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Each year, our Session Classes end in a showcase where students perform various pieces and show off the skills they have learned throughout the year. Local Talent Agents and Casting Directors are invited to the showcase to scout our actors. Many of our actors are offered representation and bookings through being seen in the showcase.

Parents and family members are invited to attend and celebrate student accomplishments.

Showcase 2018:  April 28

Showcase Fee: $125

Showcase Details:

Each student in every level performs at Showcase.

In the Basic Track:
Original Commercial

Working Actor Track Year 1
Original Monologue

Working Actor Track Year 2
Taped Audition Piece

Conservatory Track Year 1 & 2
Audition Piece W reader

Alexander Track I & II
Live Scene

 

This year, TAS has rented the auditorium of C3 Church at 1065 Walther Blvd, Lawrenceville Ga so our students can perform live on stage, under professional lighting and sound and in front of a large live audience. This type of live performance also serves to tremendously grow acting skills while further giving a boost in confidence and self-esteem.

Admission to the Showcase for parents and guests of students is $15 for 13 year olds-Adults and $5 for 12 year olds and under.

2018 Showcase VIP List!

AGENTS


Jaron Matthews, J Pervis Talent: 
J Pervis Talent is a full service talent agency providing representation in every facet of the entertainment industry. We represent all talent, all ages, in the areas of Television, Film, Voice Over, Commercials, Industrials, Commercial Print, Fashion Print, Dance, Music, Live Promotions, and Broadway Theatre.


J Pervis Talent is committed to a philosophy of quality over quantity. We pride ourselves in working very closely with our talent and clients to provide a personalized environment designed to foster long term relationships and career building opportunities. Our strong reputation within the industry has earned us the ability to work and partner with some of the most prestigious agencies in Los Angeles and New York, providing our talent with opportunities beyond the southeast regional market. We believe that image is everything, so we strive for absolute excellence in everything that we do.


Linda Rutledge: BMG: 
 

Linda Rutledge is the founder and CEO of Babes 'N Beaus Model Talent Agency & BNB Talent.  Since 1987, Babes 'N Beaus talent has been seen on national television, award winning films, and graced the covers of many national and worldwide magazines.

BNB Talent can be seen in television shows  such as Atlanta, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, MacGyver, and Star.  One of BNB's big discoveries is Ariana Neal, who most recently beat out thousands for the role of Nicki Minaj in the Freeform show Nicki and is set to co-star on a CBS Television Show, which will be announced soon.  Corbin Kennedy, another BNB Talent, booked a reoccuring role on the television show Game of Silence.

Movie credits include Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Almost Christmas, Hidden Figures, Miracles from Heaven, and Mother's Day.In February 2016, the Atlanta office of Babes 'N Beaus merged with BMG Global in Atlanta to form a mega agency. Linda accepted the Youth Director Position at BMG Atlanta where she oversees talent from babies to teens for Print, Commercial, TV and Film on a National and International level. BMG has offices in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Orlando, Miami and Los Angeles.

 

Gerra Avery, Avery Sister Entertainment: 

Gerra Avery opened Avery Sisters Entertainment with her sister, Demia Avery, more than a decade ago. A full service agency, Avery Sisters Entertainment, represents actors of all ages (from 5 year olds to seniors) in film, television, commercials, industrials, voice over and commercial print. In addition, she offers music management for established artists.  Gerra has worked in the entertainment industry for most of her life.  She understands the challenges of the actor as well as the intricacies of the business. Her experience on both sides is instrumental in her ability to obtain work for her talent by building important relationships in the Southeast as well as the NY and LA markets. Not only is she able to open doors for her talent, she keeps them open by encouraging continual training and professionalism. Gerra believes that quality over quantity in an agency affords her talent success and offers clients committed professionals. She works very closely with both talent and clients and has built a strong reputation in the Southeast based on these very successful relationships. Gerra is also a founding member of the Atlanta Coalition of Talent Agents (ACTA.) 

 

Beth Saunders; Evolution Talent Agency: 
Beth Saunders heads up Evolution Atlanta. Beth has worked as a national talent scout since 2009 and is excited to be part of building a strong talent roster for Evolution right here in Atlanta. Evolution Talent Agency is a Top full service talent agency in the southeast.  Evolution has been in business for over 15 years.  Our Main office is located in Charlotte NC.  We have discovered and placed talent all over the world.  Some of our Talent alumni include:  Supermodel Brooklyn Decker who is the 2010 Sports Illustrated Cover model and star of “Just Go With it” starring opposite Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston.  Jessica Stroup who is currently starring as Jennie Garth’s sister on the new “Beverly Hills 90210” and Coy Stewart who is starring as Kevin on the TBS series “Are We There Yet?”Over the past decade we have gained the reputation of excellence.We are in the business of building careers from the ground up.  Life is all about an evolution.  

 

Patrick Ryan-Aligned Stars Agency
Patrick Ryan is the founder of Aligned Stars Agency, a talent agency that helps discover and represent both new and established talent through the entertainment industry. ASA clients have landed recurring, guest-star and co-star roles all over the east coast. 

Before devoting his work fulltime to Aligned Star Agency, he worked in Wealth Management for one of the largest banks in the US, managing assets worth over $200 million. Many of his former clients included world known musicians, athletes and actors. 

Patrick brings his unique marketing and talent evaluation skills to uncover and enhance amazing talent throughout the Southeast US in order to give casting directors and production companies fresh new faces. 

 

 Lora Huntington: Classic Talent
Classic Talent Agency is a Boutique Full Service SAG-AFTRA Franchised Talent Agency located in Alpharetta Ga. Lora Huntington, owner of Classic Talent Agency, was born and raised in Georgia. After getting married she moved to California. She spent several years working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and when she moved back to Georgia she opened Classic Talent Agency in the North Atlanta area. Classic Talent Agency represents actors throughout the Southeast Region. Focused on providing the best opportunities for each of our Talent to advance their careers and fulfill their dreams in the Entertainment Industry.

Shanon Bell: The Bell Agency
Shanon Bell is the owner of The Bell Agency in Atlanta GA.  The Bell Agencies primary goal is to partner with clients and casting directors to find the right talent for their project's. This dedication is what sets The Bell Agency apart. Shanon Bell began her career over 30 years ago as a model/actor here in Atlanta. In 2015 at the encouragement of her agency, clients and casting directors Shanon with her husband, Glenn started The Bell Agency. It started off as a children’s agency but with the growth of the TV and Film in Atlanta, The Bell Agency has experienced extreme growth. We now have a roster of great talent of all ages, starting with Newborn - Grand Adults.

Tonya Hensley: TDH Talent Unlimited: 

TDH Talent Unlimited is a boutique Talent Agency serving the Southeastern United States.  We offer representation to a diverse group of actors serving the incredible Theater, Film, Television and New Media industries, growing in this area.  Making the perfect connection between talented actors and committed casting directors, is both our mission and our passion.   

 Tonya Hensley started TDH Talent Unlimited in 2011, after years of working in and around the entertainment industry.   After seeing talented young  actors within the local community, struggle to get into "the industry", she set off on a mission.  Coming upon seven years, she is still just as impassioned as day-one, to help aspiring actors achieve their career goals, while also maintaining a high quality roster of available talent, for the discerning directors and producers around the area.   

 Through a commitment of honesty and integrity, Tonya has been able to earn the trust and respect of her peers, clients and talent.  And those relationships have propelled her and TDH Talent to be recognized and referred to by talent and clients not just in the Southeast region, but also from New York to California.  

 

Jordon Molloy: MMG in NYC:

Carol Shaginaw: TDA: 
A native of Georgia and a graduate of The University of Georgia, Carol has a background in finance and sales.  As a former owner of a mortgage company, mortgage banker for the megabanks, sales and operations manager and even a Charter School founder, she was always focused on the business sector and involved in athletics.  Carol was not active in the arts until she became a mother of two fantastic daughters and their interest in acting became part of her own.  It was then that she became passionate about serving and leading acting coaches, actors and parents of actors.  She was the Studio Manager of an award-winning acting school for 7 years.  It was her mission to educate all on their acting journey by providing the very best in a professional studio with the necessary acting tools to do so.  After working closely with the amazing Studio Owner, professional coaches, and educated talent, she wanted to broaden her passion for putting talented actors to work!  She decided to make a career change to the agency side of the industry and joined the amazing team of dedicated professionals at Talent Direct Agency.  Her background in working for a successful acting studio has assisted her in experiencing immediate success in booking talent for many projects including film, tv, commercials, and industrials.

Casting Directors/Film Director-Producers 

 

Kris Redding, Casting Director: 
Kris Redding Casting is a full-service casting company with over 20 years experience casting in the Southeast market for Feature Films, Commercials, TV, web and new media content. Kris’s career was launched while living in Los Angeles in the late 80’s working with the top commercial casting directors in Hollywood and progressed into working with Hollywood’s top directors, actors, producers and fellow casting directors in film as well. This amazing hands on experience and privilege has given Kris a competitive edge in the extensive Southeast talent pool since being trained by Hollywood’s finest in discovering and recognizing talented and interesting characters, including both professional actors as well as “real people” casting. Kris's latest film, "Pitch Perfect 3", starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson was just released in theaters December 22nd and has grossed over 500 million Worldwide. She also recently cast “Life Of The Party” starring Melissa McCarthy which will be in theaters May 11th. Kris has since worked bi-coastal in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

 

Jeffrey Karantza:  Producer & Casting Director, Golden Hour Films
Jeffrey Karantza is an Film Producer / Writer and Casting Director who resides in Atlanta and Los Angeles. With Casting credits in film from “The Fate of the Furious”, “Black Panther”, “The Case for Christ” to Television Shows filmed both in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Jeffrey has worked with the wolds biggest film production companies like Universal Studios, Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros, USA, BET, Cartoon Network, and many more. He is also owner and CEO of Golden Hour Studios Atlanta, a film production company that has produced several pilots and Feature film Projects. Jeffrey is also the Founder and President of “ On Set Soldiers “, a Non Profit company that provides Training to exiting Us Armed Forces Veterans. On Set Soldiers provides these veterans the skills needed to begin a new career in Film and Television Production. 2018 is the beginning of new opportunities for Veterans exiting the military and entering the film world. Along with his own upcoming content and non profit work, he is also Executive Producer of a new Feature film with Cisco Rosado of Love and Hip Hop and Producer of another feature that is currently in negotiations with Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, George Clooney, Denzel Washington among others. Jeffrey has also been named Executive producer for 2 new Reality show pilots to be filmed in 2018 and is producing 2 additional Feature films in Los Angeles with distribution deals pending with Paramount and Sony for 2018. Jeffrey has become a bicoastal Producer working in Los Angeles and Atlanta on Shows and Features many will see over the next couple years.

 Cheryl Louden-Kubin, Casting Director
Graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY (BA Drama/ English) Attended Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts -London, England. Carnegie Mellon Univ.(summer program) Pitts, PA. Cheryl started casting work as an Associate Casting Director with The Casting Directors, Inc. in Miami and then moved to in-house casting for Miami Vice with Lori Wyman. CLIO award winner for a Pepsi commercial. Opened The Casting Crew, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida in 1990 . Relocated to the Atlanta area in 2000. Opened AtlantaCastingLLC four years ago. Since then she’s been doing mainly commercials (ZooAtlanta, Google, Under Armour, American Heart, Taco Mac to name a few) and has also worked for some indie projects along with HBO. Currently she’s working on two feature films which will begin local casting in the spring. Just wrapped local Principal casting for Netflix film- True Memoirs of an International Assassin. She loves actors and the process and feels that her acting background helps her be a better casting director. 

Shannon Reis, Casting Director

Shannon Reis grew up in Southern California where she studied acting. She and her husband relocated to Georgia more than nine years ago with their three beautiful daughters. Originally Shannon pursued an acting career here in Atlanta. She has always professed to have thrill issues, and is very proud of her stunt credits in the feature film Bleed. She was a prominent headshot photographer in Atlanta, but her passion has always been behind the camera in producing and casting. She interned for a producer and fell in love with the casting process. She started her casting company Shannon Reis Casting to fill the casting needs of the independent film community. Shannon has always embraced the indie filmmaking community in Atlanta. She was featured in an article for Backstage.com. She cast and produced the award winning TV pilot, Mr. Lockjaw. She loved casting the indie drama Shine (Madeline Brewer) shot here in Georgia. Shannon is very proud of the 5 pilots the she recently cast for Sony/PlayStation's Emerging Filmmaking Program. Shannon is the casting director for numerous commercials, industrials, and New Media for companies such as Fresh Empire, Shell, Costco, Nascar, Schlotzsky's, WebMD, Pantene, Hershey's, and SunTrust Bank 

 

January Curry, Destination Casting
Born in Cincinnati Ohio, January D Curry caught the entertainment bug at a very young age. Starting in theater at the tender age of 9, she moved on to land national commercials and small roles in major theatrical releases. By the time she was 12 she developed a love for music and began to use her vocal abilities to her advantage. January has opened up for major recording artists, given the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for the Cincinnati Reds, sang with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and worked with Grammy nominated and awarded Producers. In 2003 January moved to Atlanta GA, which she now calls home. Sticking true to her acting roots, however jumping behind the camera into casting, writing and producing. She is credited as Casting on numerous theatrical releases and major network projects such as Almost Christmas, Creed, The Underground, TV One's hit shows Born Again Virgin, Bounce TV’s Saints & Sinners and BET’s The Quad, just to name a few.

Jen Kelley, Casting Director: Big Picture Casting: 

Jen Kelley is the co-founder and casting director of Big Picture Casting in Atlanta, GA. Prior to casting, Jen began her career as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California where she represented talent on sitcoms, feature films and national commercials.

 In 1996, Jen moved to Atlanta and joined one of the top talent agencies and after working in all departments, she became the Department Head of the Commercial Division.

 In 2011, Jen took her agenting skills to the casting world and became a casting director. With a desire to foster a more focused and creative involvement in the entertainment industry, she and Rita Harrell formed Big Picture Casting, Inc. Big Picture Casting casts principal talent for feature films, television, commercial, industrial and new media projects from coast to coast.

 

Bruce Downs, Producer, Mile 29 Films

Bruce Downs - is the CEO and President of Mile 29 Films, LLC. Mile 29 Films is an independent motion picture development company dedicated to crafting cinematic narratives that entertain, challenge, and inspire.  Under the guidance of filmmaker Bruce Downs, Mile 29 Films seeks to collaborate with other like-minded creatives and investors and, together, produce media that is solidly constructed with excellence and integrity from script to screen.  His last short film, “No More Forgiveness”, was shown on Atlanta’s PBS station PBA30 and later made into an eBook titled “No More Forgiveness – From Word to Screen and Everything In-Between” sold exclusively on iTunes. Bruce currently has 2 feature films in post-production; “Hubcap” & “Atlanta Vampire Movie” and is currently in either early development or preproduction for a feature film called “Night Terrors”, and a complete kids cast short film call “The Curse of the Bevakoof”.   The feature film “Horrorshow”, in which Bruce served as a producer, recently sold the international rights to New Films International and are days away from announcing a North America distribution deal.

 Laina Burgess: Stilwell Casting:
Laina is a Georgia native with a passion for the growing Atlanta film community. She’s a commercial casting director with Stilwell Casting, as well as an actor, writer, and director. She likes to spend most of her time working with actors, making people laugh, and cuddling with her pup, Piper.

Chad Zemel, Film Producer
CHAD ZEMEL creates multimedia art and virtual reality experiences parallel to production coordination at POPfilms, 3rd party production company for Viacom. From network television to community installations, Chad's interdisciplinary body of art consists of THE CLASS PROJECT, BY NECESSITY; BLOB alongside cable hits MTV's FINDING CARTER and BET's BEING MARY JANE. Chad is currently working on an upcoming project to be shot summer 2018 and will be casting predominately middle and high schoolers. For more information on this Atlanta artist, please check out his website: http://www.chadzemel.com/

Jessica Fox-Thigpen, Casting Director, Fox Casting: 

As Owner of Fox Casting, Jessica Fox-Thigpen specializes in casting scripted projects for film, television, commercials, and corporate videos. Recent projects include 78 combined episodes of the hit TV series’ Swamp Murders, Your Worst Nightmare, Dead Silent and a new show, To Catch a Killer, for Investigation Discovery; the Mar Vista feature film, The Boarder, and upcoming feature Fran K: Frankenstein.

Jessica utilizes the top online casting tools to reach the widest pool of available talent. By nurturing relationships with more than 300 agencies across both coasts, Jessica can bring the best principals and leads for any project.

Jessica honed her casting eye in the mid-1980’s with Mick Dowd Casting in Los Angeles, where she secured talent for commercial campaigns. Accounts included Oscar Meyer, Discover Card, Toyota, 7-Up, Miller Light, Bud Light, AT&T, Oil of Olay, Six Flags, Cheerios, Maybelline, Ford and Cheer. She also assisted with casting the Orion Pictures film Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman.

After spending the next 20 years as Co-Owner of Travis Fox, Inc., Jessica helped individuals foster a world-class mindset in their business and personal lives. She produced live entertainment and multi-media products, working with clients like Honda, Goldman Sachs, T-Mobile, Huddle House, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo and Bell Atlantic. Jessica is a Certified Coach by the Institute for Social & Emotional Intelligence. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and four younger children. Her oldest son is an Air Force Special Forces veteran who is now studying at Georgetown Law.

 

Scott Thigpen: Film & TV Director:

Christi Holiday: Pierre Casting

Christi’s love and passion for the television and film industry developed at a young age. She attended Valdosta State University for Mass Media. Upon graduating, in 2012, she began her career as a Television and Film agent at one of Atlanta’s top Talent Agencies. She has been in the film and television industry for over 5 years. 

After feeling fulfilled with her career, as an agent, Christi wanted to be more involved with casting and production. She happily accepted a position with Pierre Casting working alongside George Pierre, CSA. She has worked on projects such as Mario Van Peebles’s SYFY series Superstition, the Kevin Hart film Night School, Lee Daniel’s FOX series STAR, the BET series The Quad, and many more. Her experience working so closely with actors as an agent and with directors and production in casting has provided her the ability to give insight from both perspectives and assist with ensuring directors have the most talented actors to work with.

 

Roman Weaver: Mad Roman Media

Annie Carter: Mad Roman Media:

Laquanda Plantt, Casting Director:

LaQuanda Plantt, born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, founded ElleQ Casting in 2009.  ElleQ Casting is a casting company specializing in Principal Casting for any type of project from feature films to music videos.  Her credits include the feature films Walk Away from Love starring Noree Victoria, Brad James, Brely Evans and Robert Christopher Riley & For the Love of Christmas which aired on BET.   In 2014,  LaQuanda assisted with Extras Casting for the Academy Award Nominated film “Selma”.  In addition to Casting Director, LaQuanda is also a Producer and she recently made her Directorial Debut when she shot her first short film, Valerie Morgan: TV Qualified.  She is transitioning into a filmmaker, recently graduating from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a BA in Video Production & Digital Filmmaking.

Via ElleQ Casting Workshops, social media and guest speaking appearances, LaQuanda wants to encourage others that dreams are not limited, if you believe and work hard towards that belief, you can achieve anything you dream to do.

 

Jordan Brown, Casting Director:

Jordan Brown has been working in the Atlanta film industry for four years. After studying at Stella Adler and working in NYC she moved back to the midwest to work in the film industry. She started her extras casting experience as an assistant for films like The Avengers. Jordan has been working as a casting director for GA independent films for two years. Films include: Thieves of Almira, Mine 9, Summer 03 (World Premiere at SXSW), Only, and Black Rose.

Jessica Gartland, Casting Assistant, In Our Image Productions:

Jessica Gartland is a casting associate with In Our Image Casting. She has worked in the industry since 2003 as an art director, production designer, production coordinator, producer and casting director. She is a strong supporter and advocate for diversity in film and television. Her casting credits include independent features and shorts and she is now working with In Our Image as they begin the casting of their first two international commercial ventures with Indian packaged food Company and Finnish sports drink Company.  They are expanding their markets with a series of training and sales videos for Finnish Biomaterials company Hycail. 

 

Managers
Nicolle Campbell: TASM:
The vision of The Actor's Scene Management is to present the very best possible roster of talent ready for agency representation, auditions, and bookings. TASM is here to bring talent ages 3-25 to the next career level in the entertainment industry. Managing seasoned talent, as well as fresh, new, developmental talent, Nicolle is always looking to add special actors to her roster.  TASM talent recently booked recurring role in HBO"S hit new series The Young Pope, Criminal Minds, Good Girls, Steel Country, Church's Chicken, Spongebob the Movie, Keeping Up with the Joneses and the lead in Cecil the Movie, plus dozens of commercials and industrials.

 Check back for more 2018 Showcase VIP List updates!