Day’nah Cooper-Evans is a professional talent coach who specializes in the areas of voice and dance and acting. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRAand won an NAACP Image Award in 2018 for her vocal production work on The New Edition Storyon BET. She has performed as a background vocalist with artists including Fergie and Queen Latifah. She also works as a vocal producer for Queen Latifah for her personal music projects, as well as for the FOX hit television show Star. Day’nah has worked in the studio with other acts including Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Janelle Monae and Magic!, and has written and produced vocal tour content for Janet Jackson. She will also be featured as a singer/ actor on upcoming Netflix sitcom Family Reunion.
In addition to her career as a vocalist, Day’nah has also had a successful career as a professional dancer and actor. She was featured as a dancer at Super Bowl 51 alongside Lady Gaga in 2017. She has also danced for and toured with artists including: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg, and Christina Aguilera. Day’nah was also a cast actor on the hit Disney television shows Shake It Up, A.N.T. Farm, and Kickin’ It, as well as Nick Jr.’s The Fresh Beat Band. Most recently she is part of the cast of “Sherman’s Showcase” on AMC as an actor and is returning for season 2.
Kila’s television credits include recurring roles on the hit CBS series, “Hawaii Five-0,” ABC's “Grey’s Anatomy,” and most recently, NCIS: HAWAII and THIS IS US. Other credits include “S.W.A.T.,” “Shooter,” “Counterpart,” and “Wisdom of the Crowd.” He has performed at numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatres, notably Mark Taper Forum, The Wallis, BAM, and Classic Stage Company.
Kila has taught drama for the BELL Foundation, Columbia Business School’s Senior Executive Program, Columbia High School Institute, and Classic Stage Company in New York. Kila has lead workshops in Shakespeare and stage combat for Shakespeare Youth Festival: LA & Kenya and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.
He is a co-author of the Off-Broadway hit, Unnatural Acts, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. He is a head mentor with Young Storytellers, Associate Director of Shakespeare Youth Festival, and co-producer for the LA-based concert series, A Little New Music. Kila holds his MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Patrick Orr is a Los Angeles-based SAG-AFTRA actor who has been acting professionally for 15+ years and has appeared in films, music videos, print campaigns (Heineken, Target) and over a dozen US and Canadian national commercials (Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai, Budweiser, Etsy, Pepsi, Tostitos, Casper, Comcast, Rogers, Air Canada, Downy). He hosted two competition dating shows for OUTtv (Canada) and has worked in film production, fashion, public relations and celebrity endorsement.
Rosely’s mission is to educate dance enthusiasts of all skill levels and introduce them to new techniques and challenges. Starting to dance at the early age of 4, she realized that all she wanted was to be a dancer. Rosely graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba and in her early professional years, she experienced life as a teacher and Musical Theater dancer all over the world. This gave Rosely the opportunity to educate herself about other cultures, so she decided that it was her turn to share my Cuban roots and dance experience with the world. Rosely established herself in China, where she lived for 7 years. She started teaching Latin Dances and Classical Ballet to her Chinese and Expat community. There, Rosely had the opportunity to earn certifications from the Beijing Dance Academy and she kept developing her career as a dance instructor. Today, living in Canada, Rosely’s goals and mission are still the same. Dance is what fills her soul and makes her come alive. Rosely wants to keep spreading the love for the power of movement, and this is her main goal as a dedicated teacher and coach. Rosely wants each and every one of my students to leave her classes feeling energized and joyful.
Joseph Kelley is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, with a BM in music education and aspiring masters of music education. Joseph has been studying music since eighth grade and has devoted his life to it ever since then. Joseph has experience in both high school and collegiate choir ensembles. Joseph has been in numerous school run and private musical theater productions and has advanced knowledge of experiences that surround those productions. Furthermore, Joseph has experience in managerial positions during his time in college, as he was the secretary for one of the a cappella groups at Westminster for two and a half years. Aside from music, Joseph enjoys watching movies and TV with his girlfriend and their two puppies, Loki and Sylvie.
Brennan Wedl is a singer/songwriter, performer and music teacher based in Nashville, Tennessee. They graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2019 with a BA in songwriting where they received the Songwriting Achievement Award. While in Boston, Wedl co-formed cult queercore band Dazey & The Scouts who, with the help of a dance trend on Tik Tok, reached millions of streams and performed a sold-out reunion show at major NYC venue Elsewhere. All the while, Brennan Wedl has reached the hearts of many with their own songs, channeling the timeless sounds of folk and country. They regularly tour the United States with their own band playing historic venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, 7th St Entry in Minneapolis, The Basement East in Nashville and The Mercury Lounge in New York City. With two EPs under their belt, their debut self-titled album is set to be released in early 2023.
Jonn Salandria was born in Philadelphia, as a natural performer. As a child, he joined an International Boys Choir in 2003, and trained at the oldest theater in America, The Walnut Street Theatre, from 2008-20011 playing the parts of Romeo, and more.
Soon after, he was accepted to Stella Adler Studio of Acting and received his MFA.
He has performed professional theatre in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, including an Off Broadway Wizard Of Oz for Kids, A Midsummer Nights Dream in SF, and the American Premiere of Flare Path at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.
Film and television credits include a leading role in the Feature “Sweet Taste Of Souls” (AMAZON), Netflix’s & YouTube’s KEEP OUT by Crypt TV, and a Co-staring role on Animal Kingdom. He has also appeared on Mistresses and the most recent 90210.
This year he is set to star as the Green Goblin in the highly anticipated YouTube Film Spider Man Lotus.
John currently auditions for film and television projects in Los Angeles, and is looking forward to helping the next generation of actors achieve their ambitions. “Because through our work, we can change the world.”
What makes David “THE OH!” Oliver unique? The typical answer giving by most entertainers would just relate to their talent or skills, but David believes you should have more than that. “In this day and age of the entertainment business you’ve got to have other outstanding attributes that allows others to see you in many different ways in order to be the best entertainer you can be” – THE OH!
Born and raised in Washington D.C. with a career that expands for more than 25 years David “THE OH!” Oliver is no stranger to the entertainment industry. He began his career in the 90’s by planning events and promoting. Finding success in that arena he saw a market that was yet to be fully tapped into in the area and began to expand into directing and production. He has since directed and produced shows such as DC Funk Parade, Wammies Award Show, Work & Own It reality show, the Take u There Music Video, the self-titled The David Oh Show and so many more. As David began to rub elbows with the who’s who in the industry he began to take on bigger roles in production and caught the acting bug. Making waves in the entertainment industry by getting booked for various commercials, radios shows, and television shows like Gotham, Bull, HBO’sWizard of Lies, Simple Life 3, US Census bureau Ad, etc. his goal remained simple…He just want to have a great body of work that inspires others. He sees fame and fortune as the byproduct of success and hard work. He prides himself on being a team player and has what it takes to inspire a team to achieve greatness in any business.
Through all of his achievements David never lost sight of his initial mission to give back to the community. In 2006 David created Magnificence Productions. Magnificence Productions aspires to be the premier entertainment production company in the Washington, DC metro area. Its goal is to provide production opportunities designed for individuals or small companies to build resumes based on experience or a company repertoire for future projects. Additionally, He has become an acting coach & career advisor too many. His students have gone on to book tv shows, commercials & place in film competitions. He works with both children & adults plus those with special needs & learning disabilities.
David’s belief is in order to success you must have a great sends of business, Knowledge of production, and one must know how to present themselves. “Welcome to Magnificence”
Most recently seen on Broadway originating the role of Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer’s husband, in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, and Guest Starring on Blue Bloods. Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Tours: Wicked, We Will Rock You. Off-Broadway: Romance Language (Ars Nova), Pretty Filthy (The Civilians), Fat Camp (Dodgers). Regional: Alfred Davidson in the World Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s RAIN (Old Globe), Dracula in the World Premiere of Dracula: A Comedy Of Terrors, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), Lt. Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men (Alley Theatre), Nate in LMNOP (Theatre Under The Stars, Goodspeed Musicals), Radames in AIDA (Drury Lane), Roger in RENT (Hangar Theatre), Matthew in the DC premiere of Altar Boyz, Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza (Maine State Music Theatre). Readings: Vanity Fair and Pride & Prejudice (Bedlam), Tommy in New York New York (Susan Stroman), Rob Camiletti in The Cher Show, Vinnie in Life After High School (Roundabout), Elton in Clueless, Jacob in Twilight: The Musical (New World Stages). Television: Guest stars on Law And Order: SVU and Blue Bloods. Costars on Blindspot and Pan Am.
Aimee Lynn Chadwick was born in Sandwich, MA and made the move to Los Angeles shortly after attending The Boston Conservatory while majoring in Musical Theatre. She immediately felt at home in LA amongst the fellow “misfits” who became her family working at “TOWER RECORDS. “ Her instincts of moving across the country to follow her dreams, were validated when she realized that she booked the role of the “shock jock “ purple haired DJ “Astrid” In “A Cinderella Story” starring Hilary Duff. Not fitting entirely into the typical “Hollywood” mold, Aimee has prided herself on her ability to grow, and change, as an actor, singer, and an artist. While working at the world famous Tower Records, Aimee honed her love of music, and film, and discovered what would be a whole new love, The horror genre. She began booking roles in various genre films, most notably “Return of the Living Dead 4&5.” Aimee plays “Deborah/Deb” in Crypt TVs Mira Mira. She also just released “Behind you” on Hulu, and 3 other films are in post productions that are set to release in 2021. She is very excited to have just finished filming this past week the lead role in the upcoming thriller “The Watching”. She is also super proud of her character “Tinsel Townsend” in the award winning web series “Tinsel’s Town” directed by the legend Michael Lindsay-Hogg. These roles lead to other opportunities such as starring as Alice in the Special Edition Disney DVD of Alice in Wonderland, Disney's "Prom" and hosting DIRT (a motocross show that traveled around the US). Aimee has landed many sought-after acting roles in independent and major motion pictures, as well as many notable network TV shows acting with some of the top talents of today. To date, the role she is most proud of is playing "Tinsel Townsend" in the award winning web series "Tinsels Town”. She is an artist, empath, and lover at heart, and has spent a majority of her entire life studying the art of human nature.
Stefanie Eby, both a Creative Director and Performance Coach, has worked within the Arts and Entertainment Industry since 1998. Starting out as a performer herself, with over 20 years of competitive training in various styles of dance, and 10+ years of acting training, Stefanie has toured internationally as a performer, competed and won World Dance Championships in Germany, starred in a couple of short films that were a part of the Toronto International Film Festival, and was previously awarded “Teen Actress of the Year”, “Dancer of the Year”, and a number of other awards for her performances at iPOP! Las Vegas. Over the past decade Stefanie has led various projects internationally as an Event Manager, Choreographer, and Creative Director for events including the Toronto International Film Festival, Midem Music Festival in Cannes, Carassauga Festival of Cultures, and more. She has worked with many brands including Mercedes Benz, BMW, The Jays Care Foundation, MLSE and various musical artists including, but not limited to: Melxdie, Mavado, Unimerce, Mansuki and The Kemist. Stefanie Eby specializes in amalgamating dance choreography into narrative storytelling through film and live shows. Her passion for creation and teaching is truly one of a kind because she helps the dreamer bring their vision to a reality. Stefanie’s mission in all of her work is to align passion with purpose. Safety, community and collaboration are her core points in any business endeavor that she builds. Honesty, transparency and communication are at the epitome of her belief system to success. In any of the work Stefanie involves herself into, she is also clear with a purpose and utilizing her skills to share stories and lessons with the public to help evolve our future generations. As a very passionate individual, Stefanie only aligns with projects that she truly believes in, and is a strong advocate for tapping into a person’s potential and helping those that are looking for growth. Her mantra in life is to always think outside of the box, test the waters and see what life has in store for you.
Allison Scarlet Jaye is a bi-coastal actor, playwright, singer, and yoga teacher hailing from Southern California and New York. As an arts educator for over 20 years, Allison specializes in teaching Voice, Acting Technique, Shakespeare, Collaborative/Devised Theatre, Solo Performance, and Movement.
Allison's artistic credits span the globe, having been a long-time cast-member and songstress in off-Broadway's genre-defining immersive theatre production of Sleep No More, various roles in Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera and Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre, as well as traveling the world performing Dominique Morisseau's Blood at the Root, wherein Allison originated the role of "Toria." Allison's own play, hurt people, premiered at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in New York City. She is in various stages of the creative process for three feature films, two shorts, a series, and several plays and adaptations.
A champion for authentic, truthful storytelling, joined with her extensive experience in creating and devising theatre pieces, Allison's strengths as an artist and educator lie in the commited practice of telling and responding to the truth. Giving students and artists permission to bring and reveal their unique humanity to every performance, rehearsal, and experience makes them stronger to, not only compete in a rigorous and demanding industry, but stay empowered and in their worth no matter the time, place, or career path. She is a fierce advocate, a mouthy ARTivist, a nurturing educator, and a raw performer whose mission is to help artists and audiences strengthen their brave, nascent ability to tell their story, and the stories of others, with truth, humanity, and heart.
Steven J. Scott is an Actor, Director, Producer and Acting Teacher.
Steven is the President of Etiam Media Group, a Houston based production company that develops and produces visual media to represent reality through an absurd lens. Steven is also starring in “The Wannabes”, an American TV sitcom, that follows the lives of classical performing arts high school students who want to be pop-stars. “Wannabes” has aired on ABC, ABC3, Disney Asia, Starz, and is currently airing on Amazon Prime. Steven’s latest theatre production was a national tour of “Set It Off Live” (SIO), starring Da Brat and Keshia Knight Pulliam. SIO is a part of the Warner Bro Pictures “film onstage series.”
Steve, as he is affectionately called, is a native of Port Arthur Texas. He graduated from Lincoln High School, and received his college education at Prairie View A&M University, where he majored in Performing Arts (Bachelors). Since leaving college he has performed in more than 60 plays and musicals, in some the most notable theatre houses across the country. Steve has also worked as an actor with DREAMWORKS, VH1, HBO, CBS, NETFLIX, AMAZON, and STARZ. He has won two nationally recognized acting awards from The Ensemble Theatre and The Kennedy Center for The Performing and Visual Arts.
Like many actors who have done a lot of performing and ventured into other areas of entertainment, Steve has also been a director and acting teacher for many years. He has directed more than fifteen plays and musicals, at theaters throughout the country, and produced and directed several short films. Pre-COVID, Steve was a partner and Head Studio Director of Inspire Talent, in Denver, CO. He is the former Director of Education for Express Children’s Theatre (Houston), and the former Head of Acting for John Robert Powers (Houston) and Industry Network (Los Angeles). Steve has also been a private acting coach for young stars like Albert Tsai (Abominable Snowman, Coop and Cami, Dr. Ken), Davis Cleveland (Shake It Up, Disney), and Austin Coleman (House, Modern Family).
Steve’s goal in life is to create the definitive work; through all aspects of visual, performance and educational art, he wishes leave a legacy of healthy entertainment that is accomplished through hard work, professionalism, concentrated creativity and the desire to pay it forward through ones God given talent.
Lucy Cavallo is an entertainment industry professional with over 30 years of experience in Casting for film and television. Recently, as Senior Vice President of Casting at CBS, Ms. Cavallo oversaw the casting of thousands of actors for pilots, series and movies for television, working with producers, studio/network executives, casting directors, agents, and mangers to bring iconic characters to life. During her 24 years at CBS, some of the series she has overseen are CSI, NCIS, THE GOOD WIFE, FBI, GOD FRIENDED ME AND CRIMINAL MINDS.
Prior to working in film and television, Ms. Cavallo worked in summer stock and was entrenched in New York theatre. A graduate from both Florida School of the Arts and The University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Cavallo has in-depth experience in all facets of the entertainment industry and is well-versed in interdisciplinary training for actors. Throughout her longstanding career, Ms. Cavallo has established herself as a distinguished acting teacher, coach, executive and on-line casting director. Many have benefitted from her mentorship and training both in front of and behind the camera. She is a member of the Television Academy and The Casting Society of America.
Samantha Jai (she/her) was born in Albuquerque, NM and spent most of her early years
performing in local theatre and church before moving to Chicago, IL to further pursue her
studies in theatre performance.
After finishing programs at Columbia College Chicago and The Second City, Samantha was
given an opportunity to combine both her love for acting and teaching children when she joined
About Face Youth Theatre, a group dedicated to uplifting queer youth through art, education,
and activism. She was also cast in Thumbelina (Thumbelina Understudy) with Lifeline
Theatre's Children's Productions, Line One with Waltzing Mechanics at The Greenhouse
Theatre, and several indie film projects. After deciding to pursue more film, TV, and
commercial, she moved to Los Angeles in 2017 and has so far racked up several commercial
credits including Target, Oxiclean, and Girl Scouts USA.
David got his start in show business as the front of the Cow in Second Grade in Pennsylvania. After that auspicious start…at least it wasn’t the back…his love for performing grew and grew and after getting his MFA in Acting moved to NYC and has been making his living as an actor ever since then.
He has been on Broadway ( AN INSPECTOR CALLS…with Rosemary Harris), National Tours (FROST/NIXON with Stacy Keach), worked with over 20 Off and Off-Off Broadway companies and regionally from coast to coast in over 160 plays and musicals in roles from Atticus to Scrooge.
He just shot a horror short and has been in many award-winning films including the Pilot GIRL BOXER that has been a favorite on the festival circuit garnering many nominations and 12 awards. TV credits include LITTLE AMERICA, HUNTERS, PLANT and LAW AND ORDERSVU and many more web series.
David is married to Carolyn Popp and they have shared the stage and screen many times over there 30-year marriage and are thrilled to be sharing their life and show business acumen and experiences with the young performers of tomorrow.
Over 15 years experience coaching & I’m still a kid at heart. I’m able to relate to the my students on a level where other coaches can't while having fun right along with them! I understand the business side of the industry as I’m a producer, on set coach, and actress/stuntwoman myself. Fun Fact: Thanks to my father's love of the Martial Arts I started throwing knives at the age of 3! My love of the arts started young as I grew up performing Musical theater in one of the original Warner Brother's theaters.
My clients have found success from co-stars to series regulars on TV shows such as Cousins for Life, This is Us, Criminal Minds, Shameless, The Mayor, The Good Place, The Fosters, Murder Among Friends, School Of Rock, Bizaardvark, Ghosted, The Mick, Little Big Shots, Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything, Game Shakers, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Bosch, You're the Worst, Veep, A Girl Named Jo, Grace and Frankie, American Housewife, Teachers, Arrested Development, 9-1-1, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Life in Pieces, Vampire Diaries, Orange is the New Black, Scorpion, Kidding, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Good Girls, The Young and the Restless, Legion, Single Parents, Doubt, People Magazine Investigates, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Best Friends Whenever, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family and Henry Danger. They have also voiced characters on animated shows like Tangled: The Series and Vampirina.
I’ve coached kids that have gone on to star opposite Hollywood’s A-lister’s such as Jennifer Garner in “Peppermint” (Tate Birchmore), Sean Penn in Hulu’s “The First” (Amber Patino), and Halle Barry “Kidnap” (Sage Correa). Other movies you can catch my students in are Love, Simon, An American Girl Story: Maryellen 1955 - Extraordinary Christmas, Insidious: Chapter 2, Suburbicon, How to Be a Latin Lover, and Prodigy.
Commercials include Samsung, Little Live Pets ,Kmart, Mattel, Target, Char-Broil, Cuties, Rose-Art, Simply Healthcare, Palace Resorts, Hilton Honors, Kay Jewelers, St. Elizabeth's Healthcare, Ford, Ashley Furniture, Skyrocket Toys, My Little Pony, Disney Playmation, iZombie Easy Brains Oven, Sphero Spiro Toy, Pop Secret, Kmart, Lexus, Subaru, The Home Depot, Xfinity, Firefly, Skechers, Living Spaces, etc.
Benjamin was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He moved to Los Angeles at the young age of 17 to start training and developing for his acting career. Benjamin actively auditions for TV/ Film and Commercials. He recently filmed a role on the reboot of “One Day at a Time” for Netflix!
Benjamin has coached many young actors towards their career goals, loves working with young talent and parents, and take great pride when his students book!
Carolyn Popp has a 40-year career as a professional actor, mostly in live theatre from Off Broadway to Utah to Florida. She is married to David Sitler who also coaches with SPA, and they live in their very own “Our Old House” in the NYC area. Over the years together, we have shared the famine and the feast of this great endeavor called ACTING! – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Notable theatre roles: Linda in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, M'Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Virginia in NATIVE GARDENS, Lane & Virginia in two productions of THE CLEAN HOUSE, Mrs. Bennet in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Miss Maudie in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Sonia in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE; Kate in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN; Reba in THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO; Mrs. Webb in OUR TOWN; Margaret Littlefield in DEFIANCE; Lady Capulet in ROMEO & JULIET; Emilia in THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Polina in THE SEAGULL.
Notable musical theatre roles: Fraulein Schneider in CABARET; Mrs. Potts in BEAUTY & THE BEAST; Rev. Mother in NUNSENSATIONS, Melissa Frake opposite John Davidson in STATE FAIR; Agnes in I DO! I DO!; Vi Moore in FOOTLOOSE; Nettie in CAROUSEL; Lizzie in 110 IN THE SHADE; Miss Mona in BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE; and the Mother in AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS.
Carolyn and her husband David performed in Ben Platt's music video "Temporary Love." Some may also recall her from Comedy Central's TV series STRANGERS WITH CANDY in which she played opposite Stephen Colbert as his unsuspecting wife Claire Noblet. Carolyn is active developing new plays and musicals at NYU, Cherry Lane Theatre, York Theatre, Jewish Plays Project, American Lyric Theater Center, and Mint Theatre in NYC and with NJ Rep, Centenary Stage and Luna Stage in NJ. As an SPA coach, she is looking forward to helping you develop your talent and skills as a performer.
Shabi Shahryar started her career at the prestigious William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills. She worked with top agents who represented some of today’s biggest movie and television stars. After learning from the best of the business, Shabi moved on to Industry Entertainment, a very well known management company that represented Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Galecki and Sam Worthington. After a couple years Shabi landed in the fashion industry at the number one modeling agency in Beverly Hills, Bleu Model Management. As the director, Shabi represented some of the most sought after models in the world. Her models worked on campaigns like Versace, Gucci, Guess, Abercrombie and Fitch, Target and Nordstrom’s just to name a few. She discovered Tyler Blackburn and with the help of Joe Lorenzo, Tyler was the lead in Pretty Little Liars and is now on Roswell. With an eye for success and over 12 years of experience, what sets Shabi apart is her well rounded knowledge of both the film and fashion industries.
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