Instructors

John Staley – Founding Academy Director

John Staley – Founding Academy Director

John has been teaching acting and Shakespeare for over a decade to children and adults, beginners to professionals. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego graduate theatre program, where, in addition to teaching acting and public speaking, he was an Artsbridge Scholar, introducing theatre to schools in the San Diego area. John was on faculty at the Actors Workshop Studios in San Diego where he taught intermediate and professional level classes to teens and adults. John has adapted and directed numerous plays, short stories, and musicals for young adults and...

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Thomas Shepard – Musical Director

Thomas Shepard – Musical Director

Voice teacher/vocal coach Thomas Shepard is a transplant to Los Angeles from New York City where he lived and worked as a professional performer, director, and singing teacher for 28 years. Among his long-standing professional teaching associations are scholastic institutions such at New York University-where he taught for 18 years, Columbia University, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC and Los Angeles. He teaches singing and performing skills in his own private studios in Los Angeles as well as in Las Vegas. His work with young people...

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Lacy Darryl Phillips – Musical Theatre; Dance

Lacy Darryl Phillips – Musical Theatre; Dance

Lacy was awarded a full scholarship to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center before graduating High School, which provided him a strong foundation to pursue his dreams and goals. He performed in his first professional show, Miss Moffat, with Bette Davis at the age of 9. Soon after, he toured the United States and performed on Broadway as Travis Younger in Raisin, Sophisticated Ladies starring Gregory Hines, Anything Goes starring Patti Lupone, Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen, Dancin’, Play On, Fosse, and, Me and Mrs. Jones, starring Lou Rawls. Lacy has worked with such renowned...

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Josie Walsh- Ballet

Josie Walsh- Ballet

Named “25 to watch” by Dance Magazine. Josie is a native of Los Angeles and former professional dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Zurich Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Her choreographic career began with the Zurich Opera and moved onto several freelance projects throughout Europe. Upon her return to Los Angeles she integrated this vast background into the commercial world. Choreographic credits include the feature films: Underground Comedy, Walt Disney’s Tinker Bell, and the MGM premiere, Bullet Proof Monk. TV: LA Music Awards,Torchwood, The Cleaner, That’s Life, and a national...

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Scott Fowler – Tap

Scott Fowler – Tap

New England Native Scott has performed in over six Broadway shows and two national tours – his most memorable being Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Swing, and Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out.  Feature films include Gnomeo &Juliet, Bedtime Stories, The Producers, Guess Who, George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget, Woody’s Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, and the Best Picture Oscar winner, Chicago.  Television appearances include So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, Glee, Eli Stone, Viva Laughlin, Swingtown, Ellen, Suddenly Susan, Cinderella, Annie, Caroline in...

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Ramon Del Barrio – Jazz

Ramon Del Barrio – Jazz

Ramon has had a major presence across the U.S. for more than 25 years. Audiences most recently saw Del Barrio creating the role of Damon Runyon in last year’s Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, and Billy Dixon in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. His other New York credits include Harold Prince’s, Roza on Broadway, Carousel at the Lincoln Center, and Genesis and Temptation at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His national tours include, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and the 30th anniversary tour of West Side Story, in which he played Chino. His film and...

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