A graduate of Northwestern University, I'm a working actor and filmmaker with scores of tv and film credits, including 2014 Oscar nominee American Sniper, and recently NCIS, This Is Us, Masters of Sex, American Vandal and more. I direct for both film and stage (Northern California Emmy and CINE-golden Eagle award-winner) and also spent two years directing the children's television show Adventures With Kanga Roddy. I've been teaching and coaching acting and filmmaking for over 15 years, and currently chair the Young Performers Training Program at the Los Angeles SAG Conservatory. I am passionate about working with kids, and view the teaching of listening, speaking, imagination and teamwork skills as an important part of every class.
I'm a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, and have been a professional actor for over 25 years in both film/TV and theatre. As a coach, I have taught at the California School of the Arts and at the SAG Conservatory, as well as privately. As an actor, I have more recently starred in Criminal Minds, The Fosters, Jane The Virgin, Parenthood and on BET’s Single Ladies and The Quad. I'm a mom to two awesome girls and love providing a safe and fun environment for kids to learn and grow. As a coach for the past decade, my passion is teaching life skills through play. Perseverance, resilience, confidence, communication, empathy - these skills can be taught and result in healthy, happy kids.
I’ve worked at Dreamworks Animation for the last 15 years as an artistic supervisor, designing character and environment looks for films including Sinbad, Shark Tale, Monsters vs Aliens and Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 and 3. Prior to Dreamworks I worked with legendary animator Phil Tippett at his Tippett Studio as a supervising visual effects artist on many films. I’ve instructed at Texas A&M University and BYU and presented sessions at international film conferences. I believe in mentoring creative souls to find their personal voice and in developing expressive strength inside each child.
A graduate of the University of Toronto’s UC Drama Program I have worked in theater, musical theater, film and TV since my first professional role at age 12. When not performing I have always loved teaching. Some of my favorite workshops have been with New York City schools where I worked with at risk youth, at The Drama Workshop, a school I co-founded and ran in Toronto for over 15 years, Gotham City Improv in NYC TheaterSports in Chicago and on Broadway, with the school program for the New Victory Theater. I co-founded and was Artistic Director of Canada’s Georgian Theater Festival for 10 years where I also ran the kids’ program. I have had the chance to work with and learn from some of the greatest comedy and physical comedy performers: Dean Gilmour of Theater Smith-Gilmour in Toronto, David Shiner of Cirque de Soleil and Fool Moon, master mask maker Paolo Consiglio (Italy) and have performed at Milan’s Piccolo Teatro di Milano. As an instructor for all these years and now as a Mom I see how important theater and the arts are for our kids in fostering confidence, self-expression, co-operation and…. joy. And as for comedy? We all love to laugh! Krista is a ‘stock character” of the crabby sister in the upcoming indie comedy feature 30 Nights starring Dan Fogler..
I graduated from Ithaca College, NY with a BFA in Acting, as well as studied in London, before moving to Los Angeles. I have appeared in several BuzzFeed shorts, as well as various indie films and web series. Previously, I have taught children at various theater camps in Northern California and especially enjoy working with young actors.
Mina Bloom is a recent graduate of UCLA's Theatre Film and Television Program with a focus on music directing and composing. Her mini musicals have been featured competitions such as "Showsearch" through the Foundation of New American Musicals and the Boston Theatre Marathon. She founded her own theatre company at UCLA and works as an accompanist for equity houses and local talent around LA. She loves working with rising stars and has taught music in the SoCal area since her high school days. She also works in musical theatre with autistic children with the Miracle Project based out of Culver City.
Katelyn Newham was born and raised on the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia, where she trained in every style of dance as well as Music, Drama and Singing. After completing Diplomas in Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance and Dance Teaching, she then went onto complete many professional Dance Contracts around the word for companies such as ‘Norwegian Cruise Line’ and ‘Warner Brother’s’. Over the past 8 years Katelyn has travelled around the world as a Professional Dancer and Choreographer and has performed in countries such as India, China, USA, The Bahamas and Australia and has danced on TV shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and ‘Australia’s Got Talent’. In between performing and travelling the world Katelyn has found a passion for Dance Teaching and has taught all over Australia as well at the US winning numerous choreography awards! This soon led to many Dance Judging opportunities for Local and National Dance Competitions for elite and pre-professional dancers all over Australia and now the US.
Katelyn has recently moved over from Australia to the USA (based in Los Angeles) to continue to peruse her professional Dance, Choreography and Teaching career and currently performs for some of LA’s top Entertainment Companies.
I started acting at the age of 5 and have performed in over 25 theatre productions. After studying acting at CalArts and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, I starred in Shameless, CSI, The Mentalist, and Castle among many other films and television shows. I've been coaching kids, teens and adults for auditions for the past ten years. Having thrived in acting classes throughout my youth, I look forward to providing a safe, creative space for teens to express their vibrant emotions and voice their unique ideas with confidence.