SHAUNA MARKEY

Founder & Instructor

With a BFA in acting from USIU in San Diego, Shauna is proud to say she’s has been a working professional actress (Stage, Radio & TV/Film) for the past 23 years.  She’s been on Broadway and has traveled the world doing National Tours, working side by side with such stars as Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Joanne Worley and Cathy Rigby.  She’s starred in over 70 National & Regional commercials, including her DISNEY, XFINITY, SOUTHWEST, WOW CABLE and KMART spots that are currently running.  You regularly hear her on your radio and TV doing Voice-Overs, plus several films and animation film projects. You may also recognize her from her DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (playing opposite Eva Longoria) and PARKS AND RECREATION (playing opposite Amy Poehler).  She’s a proud member of the Musical Theatre Guild of LA where she’s apart membership committee and has co-produced their Educational Outreach Programs.  She has also directed and choreographed main stage shows at Musical Theatre West, 3-D Theatricals, Sacramento Music Circus, Cabrillo Musical Theatre, and the Starlight Bowl… just to name a few.

Working with children is a great passion of Shauna’s which is why, in 1997, she opened THE STAR YOU ALREADY ARE (formally known as THE BIZKIDZ) to coach kids and teens in TV/Film, commercials, musical theatre, and voice-overs.  Through this, she's had the privilege to also teach along side other outstanding performing arts programs: LA Unified Educational Outreach, Take the Stage Long Beach, The Norris Theatre, Orange County Song & Dance, Musical Theatre West, Center Stage Utah and San Diego Musical Theatre.  

"I’m often times cast as “the mom” in commercial and TV spots I book, giving me not only the opportunity to see and know firsthand exactly what’s expected of kids & young adults on the set, but to also develop an effective technique on how to prepare young actors to have strong, competitive auditions!  Thus in turn, giving the casting director and producers exactly what they’re looking for and landing our clients the jobs!” 

For more about Shauna visit:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ShaunaMarkey  or www.shaunamarkey.com  


JENNIFER MINER

Instructor & Consultant

Jennifer  has three children who are working professionals in the entertainment field.  Her kids have worked across the board including TV & film, commercials, stage, music videos, live events & voiceovers with skills in acting, dance, music and more. Her oldest child booked his very first commercial audition at age 13 and the younger two started around age 7.   She went from being clueless to being on set with that first booking and has acquired 9 years experience being a parent of working actors/dancers.  Her mission is to guide other parents on the uncertain road of how to parent a child who wants to be in “The Business”.  In addition to parenting, she has been working with children most of her life as a teacher (general music, chorus, musical theater) and coach (youth sports) with an educational background in the arts.   She grew up a competitive figure/show skater and has performed all over the U.S.  Since middle school, she has been involved in musical theater productions both on stage and behind the scenes.  She has film and commercial credits and her on-camera experience adds to the overall benefit of her coaching.


SJAAN TROWBRIDGE

Instructor & Consultant

Sjaan has been working for the Walt Disney Company for 20 years as an entertainer in a variety of shows, special events, and is currently a Teaching Artist for the Disney Performing Arts Program at Disneyland.  She choreographed the “Land of Enchantment Parade” for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has been seen in shows such as “Damn Yankees”, “Suds”, and “Ruthless” to name a few. However, her greatest passion is to inspire, transform, and educate young performers from all over the globe in areas of Dance, Musical Theater, and Audition Techniques. She shares a parental perspective as she helps her own daughter navigate through the ups and downs of being a young aspiring actress.  With her sunny disposition, sense of humor, and genuine approach she tackles the adventure of the “Biz” one day at a time and with a great big smile. 


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RC JONES PRODUCTIONS 

Demo Reel Director/Producer & Consultant 

Ron Christopher Jones is the 2018 winner of Best Actor, and Best Fight Choreographer, as well as the 2016 winner of Best Supporting Actor, at the televised San Diego Film Awards. In 2017, Ron produced and directed the multi film festival selected 4-H 4-US, a short film written by then 15 year old Tobin Carter.  Additionally, he was the lead actor & colaborator in the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Project 2016 winner, The List.  He has been a professional actor for over 20 years both on stage, and in Film. Credits include 4 years in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre, and Play On at the Pasadena Playhouse, which was recorded by KPBS as part of their Great Performance series.  Ron was in the CBS movie of the week, Surrender Dorothy, starring Diane Keaton, and is a featured actor in the award winning thriller, Blood Will Have Blood, now streaming on Netflix. Ron is a graduate of the famed USIU with a BFA in Acting, and is a member of both The Screen Actors Guild, and Actors Equity Association. 


BETHANY PRICE

Special Guest Instructor & Consultant

Bethany received her theatrical training at California State University, Long Beach, where she was a founding member of California Repertory Company. She has stage managed, directed and/or produced more than 50 productions, and performed on stage herself for more than 15 years in musicals, operas and plays. She is the mother of three children, ages 12, 20 & 28, and has more than 30 years experience casting, coaching, and directing school-age kids in stage productions. In recent years, she has directed productions of Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Seussical! and her own stage adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit, with music by Erik Przytulski. The Velveteen Rabbit has now seen almost a dozen separate productions throughout the United States. Additionally, she wrote, produced and directed two original musicals for elementary school students, The Kingdom that Couldn't Sleep and Adventure!: The Musical, both of which featured the music and lyrics of Erik Przytulski. She recently directed The Sound of Music and The Music Man for Orange County Children's Theatre. And is an in-demand children's theatre director/audition coach and workshop leader in the Long Beach/Orange County region. Her teaching focuses on helping students learn to make strong, active choices based in true emotions and using imagination and playable actions to create compelling, interesting and unique characters on stage and on film.


SCOTT DREIER

Special Guest Instructor & Consultant 

Scott Dreier has been making his living as a professional performer for over 20 years in TV, voice-over, commercials, theater, recording, and cabaret. 

TV credits include: Harold the Herald on Disney's The Suite Life on Deck, I Carly, The First Family, Malcolm in the Middle, Greetings from Tucson, General Hospital, and Enchanted Go West (Film). 

Theater credits include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (12 Productions), Forever Plaid (San Diego Company), and JP Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (4 years--Old Globe Theatre). Scott was also the official voice of Knuckles the Echidna in the Sonic the Hedgehog Sega game series for many years. 

Scott has been successfully coaching young artists for over 15 years, helping them to hone their craft to book the job. Scott coaches for TV, Film, Voice-over, Theater, Musical Theater, and for college auditions for performance programs. BEING PREPARED for your auditions frees you up to be relaxed, creative, and confident. Scott's coaching style is always motivating and comes from such a positive place. You will quickly learn to break down a scene, dig deeper into character to make the richest choices, learn to take direction, and strengthen your auditions skills to help you give your best audition. Scott's coaching also includes helping to demystify the "audition room" so that you are better prepared for every situation that you may encounter. 

"It has been my wonderful honor to get to work with young actors to better prepare them for their auditions and for the journey into the world of becoming a professional actor. "