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Acting Instructor Nick Conti

Nick ContiNick Conti has been a working actor and teacher for over 30 years.

Having been a member of Actor's Equity, SAG and AFTRA, Nick Conti has starred on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, Stock and Repertory Theater. Mr. Conti has guest starred with Margo Kidder in The Shell Game, Bruce Glover in The Killing Time, Tony Randall in Love Sidney, Jack Warden in Night and Day, Cagney and Lacey, The New Love American Style, and series regulars on The Edge of Night and Search for Tomorrow. He has also worked in over 75 other stage, film and television projects.

A well respected voice-over and looping actor, Mr. Conti's voices can be heard in the feature films Mobsters, RoboCop 2 and 3, Look Who's Talking Now, The Last Seduction, Bad Boys, The Hit Man, Misfits of Science, The Frank Sinatra Mini-Series and many others.

Having worked and taught in both New York and Hollywood, Mr. Conti has enjoyed working and sharing his skills with the Atlanta Talent for many years. Mr. Conti is the primary reason why the Professional Actor's Studio is the leader among Atlanta's acting schools.

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Acting & Improv Instructor Matthew Cornwell

Matt CornwellMatthew Cornwell, a Florida native, has been acting for over 20 years. He has been a part of the Professional Actor's Studio since 2001.

Represented by Houghton Talent, Inc. since 2002, he has built a substantial resume with credits including Anchorman 2, We're the Millers, Resurrection, Nashville, Reed Between the Lines, The Gates, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Meet the Browns, and many more...

In addition to his work as an actor, he has produced, written, and directed over 15 short films. Three of these films have garnered national recognition. He co-founded MAVIN Productions in 2004 as a vehicle for producing his own work. Most recently, you can see him in his self-produced Becky & Barry: The Series.

Acting Instructor Franco Castan

Franco CastanFranco brings nearly ten years of experience in the industry as a working actor in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Franco embarked on his professional acting career as a student at the Professional Actors Studio. He quickly realized his passion and moved to Los Angeles and trained under Bob Carnegie at the famed Playhouse West. Franco has starred in a slew of commercials. Franco's film and television credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ridley Scott's TV mini-series Coma opposite James Woods, and Richard Dreyfuss and BET'S Being Mary Jane opposite Gabrielle Union. Currently you can see Franco opposite Reese Witherspoon in The Good Lie.

In addition to being in front of the camera, Franco has written, produced and directed a number of productions ranging from music videos featured on MTV to official selections at Sundance, the LA Film Festival, The Atlanta Film Festival and The Toronto Film Festival. Franco is represented by Mystie Buice of Houghton Talent.

Acting Instructor Angela Davis

Angela DavisAngela has been acting since the age of four. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Angela is represented by two top agencies in Atlanta and has been seen in numerous independent films, industrials and commercials.

Some of her credits include work for companies such as Macy’s, Georgia Power, Callaway Gardens, and Mircosoft, N.A. She has also worked on many independent films including First Offense, Acquaintance, and was seen nationally on Single In the City Atlanta on Women’s Entertainment Network, (WE). She is no stranger to the stage where her training started and worked on plays, A Raisin In the Sun, The Baccalaureate, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has also done modeling and voice over work.

Angela brings to the studio years of study and work experience including a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Angela has a knack for writing and speaking and truly understands script analysis and art of acting. She calls acting “public solitude”-- her personal motto: “God has placed in you all you need to be successful-- quit outsourcing!”

Improv Instructor Adam LeBow

Adam LeBowAdam LeBow has been acting for almost 40 years. A new addition to the staff, Adam started teaching here in September of 2014.

An actor, writer, director and musician, Adam’s career has taken him from his native New York to San Francisco, Michigan, Kyoto, Seattle, Edinburgh, Los Angeles, back to New York, and now to Atlanta. His improv and sketch comedy resume includes stints with Los Banditos Chocolates (now The Nat Turner Revue) in NYC and The Boob Tube at Second City in LA; Play Things at The Hudson in LA; Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding in Seattle; and Inside Private Lives in LA, NYC and Edinburgh, Scotland.

His many other theatrical endeavors have ranged from the commercial (The Kid from Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Story) to the avant-garde (Ken Roht’s The Nutcracker), and from the sublime (Sweeney Todd) to the ridiculous (Star Drek: The Musical). He has co-authored (book, music and lyrics) an original musical, Greenwood, which premiered in the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and is currently in further development. He is a series regular on Those Who Can’t Do, a new comedy web series!

He has trained at institutes including HB Studios, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The T. Schreiber Studio, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and David Kagen's School of Film Acting; and received his BA in Theater & Film from Yale.

Adam has made teaching a part of his life for the past decade—most recently at The Actors Corner NY and New Jersey’s Performers’ Theatre Workshop—and is proud to be making his Atlanta teaching debut here at Nick Conti’s Professional Actors’ Studio.

Acting Instructor Brent Brooks

Brent BrooksBrent Brooks, the newest addition to our team, has been acting for over 20 years. He has joined the Professional Actor's Studio to share his experience and expertise with our students.

Brent Brooks is an actor/director based in Atlanta. He owns and operates Blank Stage Productions, manages the Blank Page Screenwriters’ Group and is a co-founder of Get Connected.

As an actor Brent uses his 20-plus years of improvisational experience and archetypal work from his studies of "The Hero’s Journey" to deliver his performances.

   
 
 
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