Michelle Danner

Michelle Danner

Michelle Danner is a world renowned acting coach, film and stage director, author, and teacher.

Michelle has taught acting for the last 24 years and has worked with many A-List Actors privately and on set including, such as Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Christian Slater, Chris Martin, Gerard Butler, Chris Rock, Isla Fisher, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, and Catherine Bell among many others.

Michelle has trained with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in Paris and New York. She was the Managing Director of the Larry Moss Studio since it's inception in Los Angeles for 20 years. At the opening ceremony, Steven Spielberg commented, "Here we have a venue that can turn out some extremely experienced, daring and resourceful artists."

Her film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus (AMC's The Walking Dead, Martha Higareda, and Garrett Backstrom was premiered at the Hollywood Film Festival to a sold out audience and had its international premiere at the Monaco Charity Film Festival where it won the award for social relevance. Hello Herman was distributed on VOD in 100 million copies across the U.S. by Warner Brothers.

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Larry Moss

Larry Moss

Larry has been an acting coach for over 35 years and now is one of the most sought after acting coaches of our time. He has worked with many of our top stars including Helen Hunt, Hilary Swank, Leonardo diCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Garner, David Duchovny, Tea Leoni and many more.

Larry is known for his work on Beauty and the Beast (1991, Happy Feet (2006 and Fatal Attraction (1987.

He runs the Larry Moss Studio in Los Angeles, which consistently attracts a long waiting list of would-be clients.

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Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Mark has been a teacher at Playhouse West, which was founded by Robert Carnegie and the late Sanford Meisner. He was fortunate enough to sit in on Sandy Meisner’s classes and watch the master himself teach exercise and scene work.

For over 18 years, Mark has taught students from all levels (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced at the Playhouse West himself.

While teaching, Mark acted in award winning theatre plays (Hamlet Twelfth Night, 911, Lone Star, films (National Treasure, The Big Labowski, Capote, Bad Turn Worse, and TV shows (Dexter, Lost, Supernatural, Being Human, and The Returned.

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Michael Monks

Michael Monks

Michael Monks studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner, one of the greatest acting teachers of the 20th Century. He is currently teaching classes at Ivana Chubbuck's acting school in Los Angeles.

Michael has guest-starred on many TV shows, including ER, NYPD Blue, Friends, Family Law, The Division, and Profiler, and has been seen in films including Air Force One, Clean Slate, Little Giants, What's Love got to do With It and Illicit Behavior to name a few.

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Martin Thompson

Martin Thompson

As an acting teacher and coach for over two decades, Thompson has developed a powerful and passionate style of teaching – from the Actor’s Point of View – providing an extremely strong foundation, while inspiring creative, imaginative, and truthful performance from each of his students. He is highly trained in the methods of Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, and Strasberg, and an expert in the techniques of the legendary Uta Hagen, with whom he studied at HB Studio

Martin is an award-winning actor, with decades of credits in TV, fIlm, and stage. As a former New Yorker, his daytime television work included recurring roles on The Guiding Light, The Edge of Night, and All My Children, plus hundreds of appearances on the New York stage and in regional theatres nationwide, including the world famous Barter Theatre, Theatre in the Square, and the American Theatre of Actors.

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Raymond Forchion

Raymond Forchion

Raymond Forchion has worked with actors and directors such as Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves, Ron Howard, Katherine Bigelow, Randal Kleiser, Franco Zeffirelli, James Burrows, Robert Ellis Miller and many others.

Raymond has co-starred on TV series such as Burn Notice, Numbers, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Femme Fatales, and Will & Grace, and has had recurring roles on General Hospital and Miami Vice.

Films he has played in include Flight Of The Navigator, Point Break, and Master Blaster.

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Gergana Dragoeva Quievy

Gergana Dragoeva Quievy

Gergana Dragoeva Quievy is an actress, producer and founder of the Paris Film Academy, the first American non-profit organzation of professional actors and filmmakers in Paris. She is fluent in english, french, russian, bulgarian.

She wrote , directed and produced her first show “French High School Awards” at the age of 17, gathered an audience of 700 at the town's largest theater. At the age of 18, Gergana produced and directed the first Christmas FEG Show which is still organised every year for the last 14 years.

While studing law in Paris she was part of the University’s acting group. In 2008 she won the Annual Student Trial Advocacy Competition and graduated in 2009 with Master degree in European Business Law from the University of Paris-Saclay.

After working for 2 differents companies in Paris, Gergana dedicated her self to her passion and dreams and went to Hollywood to study with the celebrity acting coaches, such as Larry Moss, Michelle Danner and Ivana Chubbuck.

In 2012, Gergana has founded the Paris Film Academy, creating an opportunity for European actors to improve their English accent, get training in Hollywood acting techniques, and prepare for auditions - all of this in an environment that feels as a creative home.

PFA’s film productions have been shown in festivals around Europe and the USA. For the last few years, the Academy has hosted acting workshops, conferences and meet-ups in both Paris and Los Angeles, with notable guests such as Mark Pellegrino, Evan Handler, Michelle Danner, and Garrette Batty to name just a few.

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Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris Mack is an american acting coach, actor, writer, and director of plays and movies, in Paris and New York. He is also a Paris-based voiceover artist, he does voiceovers for numerous documentaries and films, including such recent films as "Persepolis", and an upcoming series of animations based on Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories.

He has been a director and acting coach and performed in a variety of industrial films and ads, and fictions. His Recent directing credits include Alan Arkin’s « Virtual Reality », « The Importance of Being Earnest », « Seventy Scenes of Halloween », « Paris Vampires » and « Vampire Vermont ».

With a Master of Arts in Theatre from Hunter College, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Drama from Bennington College, Chris has trained with Nicholas Martin, David Perry, David Saint, Janis Young, Leroy Logan, Betsey Shevey, Arthur Kopit, and Eric Bentley, among others.

Chis is the co-founder of Paris Playwrights and a former member of Blueprint Theatre, The Empty Space Theatre, and Annex Theatre in Seattle; he is a former advisory board member for ESTRENO, which promotes Spanish plays.

Chris taught theatre, communications and voice classes within the City University of New York, where he also ran Bronx Community College's Theatre Workshop. Currently, he teaches scene study and acting on camera classes for the the Paris Film Academy, the American University of Paris, New York Film Academy at La Femis, EICAR, Blache Salant as well as periodic workshops for EuroDisney.

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Debbie McWilliams

Debbie McWilliams

Debbie McWilliams Casting Director Debbie McWilliams is a leading international casting director and has cast the last 13 James Bond films. Her experience with the Bond Films has taken her all around the world, casting A list stars as well as unknown actors in various unconventional settings. She has worked with a diverse range of directors including Derek Jarman, Roman Polanski, Stephen Frears, Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes, Martin Campbell, Marc Forster, Ron Howard. Among her early credits are American Werewolf in London, My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up Your Ears and Henry V (Kenneth Branagh). In recent years she has worked on; Angels and Demons, Centurion, the 12 part TV series Borgia for Canal Plus, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Skyfall, The Silent Storm, “One Child” for BBC directed by John Alexander, as well as Take Down for Jim Gillespie.

Debbie Mcwilliams studied English and American Literature at Manchester University before arriving in London where she has lived for over 40 years. Debbie started out in the theatre in London in the early 70s but quickly realised that film was where she wanted to be. Having served a four year apprenticeship with Mary Selway, her first solo film was Superman 2. She has cast over 50 films, 20 TV series and still enjoys casting for the theatre.

In her quest for new and interesting talent, Debbie has travelled all over the world and is the Chairman of the International Casting Directors Network, a member of the Casting Directors Guild of UK and has recently been selected to join the Academy of Motion Pictures in USA, one of the first UK casting directors to be honoured in this way.

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Kate Colebrook

Kate Colebrook

Kate Colebrook is an English actress and voice coach who left London several years ago to live in Paris. She has had a varied career in theatre and on screen.

Most recently performing in Complicites' production of A Dog's Heart in Amsterdam and Jos Houben's La Princesse Légère at L'Opéra Comique. In the UK she has played multiple roles on London’s West End including Sir Trevor Nunn's awarding winning production Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, and the Olivier and Tony-award winning War Horse for The National Theatre.

Her Television credits include WW1 Remembered from the Battlefield alongside Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, and Solange in the Versailles series for Canal+.

Kate has a wide range of teaching experience, from text work to puppetry and movement skills. She specialized in voice work, which she studied in greater detail during her training, due to a problem with vocal strain. In the UK, she taught drama, dance and singing with teenage school groups and through Saturday school, Stagecoach. On moving to Paris, she has involved teaching workshops with the International Section at Lycée, La Celle Saint Cloud, where she also worked as an Assistant d’Education and organised a trip to see King Lear in London.

Trained at Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire, Kate was taught by the prestigious voice coach Annie Morrison and uses many of her techniques for accent reduction and voice improvement. She also had the opportunity to work with voice tutors from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the National Theatre, London. During her time in France, she has taught English to a variety of clients in the professional field using techniques taken from practitioners including Cecily Berry, Kristin Linklater and Frankie Armstrong.

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John Henry Richardson

John Henry Richardson

John Henry is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer and has over 300 motion picture, television and theater credits to his name.

He has won numerous awards in all categories from major film festivals throughout the world.

Drawing upon his experience and knowledge as a professional actor he gives students a working understanding of the disciplines and tools needed to master the art of acting for the camera and teaches them invaluable secrets to bringing a performance to life on film.

The Los Angeles Times wrote of him:
"He already has his fifteen minutes of fame, now he’s shooting for feature-length celebrity."
His comic cliffhanger, DILLINGER IN PARADISE, which he wrote, directed and co-starred in with Maria Conchita Alonso, Angie Everhart and Gary Graham, won four Best Film Awards from major U.S. film festivals.

He was also honored with a Hollywood Discovery Award from the Hollywood International Film Festival. He received one of seven Cybermania Academy Awards for his screenplay of the political thriller, VOYEUR, the world’s first interactive feature-length film.

He made his foray into the field of television, having written and directed the romantic adventure, SANTIARA, for Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network.

Recently John Henry starred in and co-produced the prime-time television series, NEW YORK BLUES, for China, shot in the U.S. and broadcast on Beijing’s number one television network, CCTV.

Having taught the craft of film acting for over 30 years, John Henry designed and implemented the MFA, BFA and AFA curriculum for the Acting for Film School of the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios.

It has been a longtime wish for him to work with his former students on a real feature film, which has now become a reality with "...Where is she now?" which he directed, produced, co-wrote and photographed, featuring over 50 of his graduate student actors.

So far, the film has won 25 International film awards, and John Henry has won 8 Best Director trophies. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts and the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Wendy Cunningham

Wendy Cunningham

Wendy is an English language teacher from New York City. She has subsequently taught multiple subjects from preschool through adult learners, and has taught English language and pronunciation to beginning and advanced learners from all over the world. Wendy has experience teaching in native English, dual-language, and foreign language environments.

She is a proponent of language immersion and immersion simulation for language learning. Wendy specializes in foreign accent reduction and English accent acquisition technique.

In September 2017, Wendy packed up her life in New York City, and with just two suitcases and a bit of determination, followed her lifelong dream of moving to Paris.

Language and accent acquisition technique remains one of her many passions. She believes her personal language journeys will continue to prove helpful as she coaches her students in their own journey towards acquiring native accents.

Continuously passionate and vivacious in her teaching style, Wendy always seeks to create dynamic, interactive, and rigorous learning communities where students feel at ease to exceed expectations and where it's fun to make mistakes.

Wendy will be teaching the American Accents Course in which students will learn how to produce a variety of American accents, and take their acting career to a new level.

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