ACTORS TRAINING GROUND'S
2021 WINTER GUEST ARTISTS
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!!
David Henderson (Acting Master Class) is a Morehead Scholar graduate of UNC and the founder and co-artistic director of Honest Pint. Most recently, he was seen as Charlotte in I am My Own Wife, (Theatre Raleigh) Tracy in The Legend of Georgia McBride (Honest Pint) and the title role in Lombardi (Theatre Raleigh); which earned him a Broadway World award for Best Actor. Prior to that, he played the title role in Hamlet which earned him the Broadway World award for Best Actor in a Play. He also starred as Sweeney in Sweeney Todd at RLT and understudied the role at Playmakers Repertory Company. Favorite roles include, Ulysses in Annapurna, Joey in A Steady Rain, Fr. Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, John Adams in 1776, Bobby in Company, and Henry in Henry V. For the past 23 years, he has had the pleasure of playing Jacob Marley in TIP annual production of A Christmas Carol. Thanks to all of you that support the arts! Drink Deep!
Paul Barnes (Acting as a Business - Building your Brand) is an accomplished, award-winning director, administrator, and teacher whose work has been seen at regional theatres, festivals, and training programs across the country. Barnes is the former Education Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director at PCPA Theaterfest, a founder of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, and a founding Producing Director and former Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Barnes has directed a wide variety of plays at Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Center REPertory Company, Alley Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, the Alabama, California, Chesapeake, Idaho, Oregon, Orlando, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, as well as PCPA Theaterfest. His work has been reviewed in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Opera News and in numerous regional media. Additionally, Barnes has directed and taught at professional training programs at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre, University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre, University of Delaware/PATP, University of Nevada-Las Vegas/Nevada Conservatory Theatre, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Utah State University, Webster University, actor training programs.
Dr. Ben Slate (Acting as a Business - Script Analysis) is a dedicated artist-scholar, teacher, theatre professional, and mentor with strong leadership skills, a commitment to artistic excellence, quality arts education, audience development, and the championing of interdisciplinarity. Dr. Slate is an arts advocate with over 20 years combined teaching experience at all levels, most at the university level. Dr. Slate holds a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary fine arts (theatre, art, music, philosophy). Dr. Slate has academic specializations in numerous arts disciplines, extensive lecture, and art research experience. He has served as Artistic Director, Managing Director, Performing Arts Director, and Director of Theatre and Professor of Theatre. Dr. Slate has worked in areas of new play development, one-act festivals, audience research, one-act competitions, and theatre for social justice. He has also served in the role of artist as director, actor, playwright, and designer in a number of productions.
Erik Stein (Acting as a Business - Nailing the Audition) 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.
Sue Scarborough (Acting as a Business - 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.
D. Anthony Pender (Acting as a Business - Set Etiquette and Shakespeare Master Class) 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).
Rebecca Jackson-Artis (Improv Master Class) is an actor, writer, and podcaster from Chicago. Rebecca has worked for over twenty years in theatre, television and film. The last ten years she’s shared her time and talents in community advocacy, political organizing, and maternal and child health. She wrote, produced, and starred in a short film, In The Midst of Morons (2018). She is the writer, producer, and star of Totally Becky (2018), a web series she co-creates with Dre Robinson. With Rebecca Fox she performs in a sketch comedy duo, The Rebecca Show (2019). Rebecca is a Spotify® Sound Up 2019 Podcast Bootcamp alum. Black Becky Speaks, the podcast she began creating in 2019, will premiere in 2021. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University in Theatre Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing at The University of Georgia. Rebecca lives with her family in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rebecca Bossen (Dialects Master Class) is a Durham-based theatre educator, voice coach, playwright, and performer. She holds theatre degrees from Duke University and Northwestern University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught theatre classes at Northwestern University, Act One Studios, Raleigh Little Theater, Burning Coal Theatre, NC State Young and Teen Writers’ Workshops, and a number of local schools. She has provided training and workshops in vocal technique and dialects for more than fifteen years. Acting credits include: Macbeth-The Banquet (SnapPea); As You Like It, The Prisoner’s Dilemma, Pentecost, Brigadoon (Burning Coal Theatre); Norway, The Changeling, Master Builder, Maccountant (Little Green Pig); Outside Mullingar, The Liar (Deep Dish Theater); Everything in the Garden (Creede Repertory Theatre). Voice and dialect credits include: The Curious Incident…, One Man Two Guvnors (Raleigh Little Theater); Miss Holmes, The Syringa Tree, I Capture the Castle, Drood, Pygmalion, Sweeney Todd (Creede Repertory Theatre); Ashe in Johannesburg, The Weir; Stuff Happens; The Royale, Heisenberg, Skylight, Blue Sky, The Heretic, Ruined, Good (Burning Coal Theatre); Sweeney Todd, Parade, Titanic (Elon University); Constellations (Bartlett Theater); Skin in Flames (Stage Left Theatre); Escanaba in Love (Circle Theatre); and the film The Game of Their Lives. Writing credits include: Delilah Lee, Blue Straggler, Iced Coffee Five Cubes, The Deepest Dark, Shards of Light, and 27. She is the recipient an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant for Scriptworks and an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant. Delilah Lee was named an O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist. www.rebeccabossen.com