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ACTORS TRAINING GROUND'S

 2021 SUMMER GUEST ARTISTS

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Wendy Zier (Voice-Over) has been a successful Voice Over Artist for over 20 years. Wendy voices for such clients as Hasbo, Citgo, Disney, and Blue Cross  and Blue shield , just to name a few. While most of her work is live sessions in her studio with clients and agents around the country she does work here locally as well with some of the bigger studios. She has voiced on every platform you can imagine from broadcast commercial, to narration, to e-learning , to the voice in a kiosk, to an internal voice of an electronic toy! She offers coaching on occasion and has taught a few classes for Actors Training Ground. Wendy is looking forward to getting you all prepared for VO!!

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D. Anthony Pender (Acting: Sense Memory) is an award-winning actor and stage director. His reputation as a Shakespearean actor has garnered praise for his performances as King Richard in Richard III, Prospero in The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet with Evan Rachel Wood. His television credits include Windmills of the Gods, Smokey and the Bandit-The Series, and several guest appearances on Matlock. His film acting credits include Ramblin' Rose, Road to Wellville, Twilight Zone-The Lost Episodes, and Radioland Murders. From the beginning of his career, Tony has consistently been involved in coaching and education, developing educational programs and workshops throughout the southeast.  His students have gone on to perform on major television shows like Sonny With a Chance, in feature films like The Hunger Games, and off-Broadway in shows such as Camino del Cielo (Way to Heaven).

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Erik Stein (Working with a Director) is the Casting Director for PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre and the Recruitment Coordinator for Pacific Conservatory Theatre’s Professional Actor Training Program. On Broadway, Erik performed with Roddy McDowall, Hal Linden, Jim Dale, and Frank Langella. He appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Present opposite Tim Curry in the Broadway production of A Christmas Carol directed by Susan Stroman. Off-Broadway, Erik created the role of Stephens in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Captains Courageous starring Treat Williams and Norm Lewis. Erik is a founding member of The Alaska Shakespeare Festival and The California Cabaret Theatre. He has had the fortune to work across the country with more than 30 Regional Theaters including several award-winning theaters such as The York Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, North Shore Music Theatre, Geva Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and PCPA. Erik teaches Audition Techniques and the Business of Being an Actor for Pacific Conservatory Theatre, he has directed for several training programs and regional theaters, and he has lead Audition and Acting the Song workshops all over the country. Erik is the author of No Caution! A Step by Step Guide to Preparing Auditions for Universities, Colleges, Conservatories, and Beyond. He lives with his beautiful wife Jax on the Central Coast of California.

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Sue Scarborough (Working with a Director) is a long time theatre arts practitioner. She is the founder of  the North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators, a statewide resource for and by theatre educators and The NC Young Playwrights Festival, a statewide 4-12 playwriting program;  the Artist in the School Directory for Wake Co.,  a county-wide resource connecting artists and schools;  Raleigh Creative Costumes, a costume rental and design house; and  Teen Co, a county wide Improv Company.  She taught theatre at Enloe Magnet High for 25 years.   She directed over a hundred plays, from Really Rosie to Three Penny Opera to Pericles, served as Arts Department Chair and received numerous awards.  Sue worked in the community by serving  on many boards including ArtsPlosure, Pinecone and the Seed Art Share and directing plays for local theatre such as Raleigh Little Theatre and Cary Players.  Her work has also been seen globally in England and Scotland and  at the NY Fringe Festival and Spoleto.  She is pleased to have studied with Paul Sills, an improv founder,  Charna Halprin, Improv Olympic founder, and at the Globe Theatre in London.  Her Master’s degree is from UNCG Dept of Theatre.  She currently offers workshops, classes, and coaching as well as teaching and in school residencies.  Sue is also developing site specific pieces and directing new and classic works in Raleigh for Seed Art Share.  She has recently been named the 2020 Outstanding Alumni for the UNCG Dept of Theatre.

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Samantha Corey (Styles of Performance and Shakespeare) is a teaching artist, actress and director in Raleigh, NC. She has a BA in Theatre Performance from Appalachian State University with a minor in music. In August of this year, she'll join the Shakespeare and Performance Masters Program at Mary Baldwin University, as well as The American Shakespeare Center as an education artist. As an actress, she most enjoyed playing The Fool in King Lear with Honest Pint and Sweet Tea Shakespeare.