After a few years as a swim coach, Kamen Casey went the school route and earned his BFA at SMU, in 2016. He’s received over 25 awards/selections for his own self produced films. Due to his training and reel, he was flown out to Hollywood to compete and ultimately win FOX’s SUPERHUMAN competition show. He’s been in feature films, multiple national commercials, local commercials, industrials, professional stage shows including Shakespeare, and voice-over work with Funimation. He’s performed acrobatics for the Lone Star Circus, and had a 2 year run performing stunts at Universal Studio’s Hollywood’s SFX Show. Now back in Dallas, Kamen has started his own business called, REEL TALENT, shooting talent reels for professionals and beginners alike. He also can’t wait to announce some recent major television and film bookings.
Shannah Rae is a vocal coach with over 20 years of experience and is the creator of the pop/rock technique program #wailwithShannahRae and Wail Super Edition with Joey Contreras and Brian Russell Carey. She serves as vocal coaching staff for Actor Therapy with Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver (NYC), as a vocal coach for Pose FX, as well as working with Broadway Kids Auditions (NYC), Broadway Dance Center Youth and Teens (NYC), Dallas Summer Musicals Academy, and Casa Mañana. In addition to her BA and MM in music, she has studied vocal pedagogy (including the Estill Method) with Broadway vocal coach, Tom Burke and has studied acting/musical theatre interpretation with Kimberly Vaughn at the Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio. When not teaching, you may find her on the stage in shows such as Sweeney Todd (Beggar Women), 9 to 5 (Judy Bernly), 1776 (Abigail Adams), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), Oliver! (Widow Corney), as well as Die Fledermaus (Rosalinda) and The Barber of Seville (Rosina). Shannah loves helping singers of all ages and backgrounds grow their beautiful and one of a kind instrument. She is a big fan of pop/rock, country, and R&B and is currently working on developing a curriculum for a comprehensive pop/rock vocal training program.
Matt Ransdell Jr.
Matt Ransdell Jr. has enjoyed a fruitful career as a touring motivational speaker and professional actor since the age of 19. He’s been the keynote speaker at over a handful of national leadership conferences and has provided speeches, workshops and skills clinics for high schools, universities, adult groups, and businesses, for over a decade. As a performer, Matt received his first Broadway callback at the age of 20 for the lead in the musical “In The Heights”, and within that same year became represented by the Mary Collins Agency and booked his first few national commercials. After a decade long relationship with Mary Collins, he’s now been featured in different commercials, cartoons, video games, industrials, and professional staged productions. Most recently since officially moving to NYC, May 2018, Matt has worked in the industry not only as a performer but as a writer and producer with opportunities in L.A., London & New York, and most recently working as an associate producer for Tituss Burgess’ sold out concert at Carnegie Hall.
Matt’s mission is always to connect, collaborate, and improve the world around him any way he can, and he cannot wait to work with you!
Having over 20 years of experience as an artist, she has traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a singer, producer, composer, music director, and songwriter. With musical references spanning over genres such as classical to jazz, music theater to gospel, she has sung behind some of the industry’s most impressive singers including Erykah Badu and The Roots (The Tonight Show Band) and even appeared on The Colbert Show as a background vocalist. Cherish has musically/vocally produced and arranged albums for artists such as, Elle King, The Texas Gentlemen, and Paul Cauthen. Her voice and productions have been featured in television shows such as: Big Little Lies, Greys Anatomy, and the Amazon Prime original movie, My Spy. She has been a contributing arts and entertainment writer for Elisia Magazine, the co-host of a radio show, The Midday Lockdown, and BroadwayWorld.com (Dallas) has heralded her as “one of DFW’s sharpest musical theater moments in recent memory” even mentioning her as one of DFW’s Fresh Faces of 2017. She was recently seen in SISTER ACT at Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA (Deloris). MADAGASCAR at Casa Manana (Gloria the Hippo), DETROIT ‘67 at Jubilee Theater (Bunny), SISTER ACT at Irving MainStage (Deloris), PASSING STRANGE at Theater Three (Desi), and Grand Prairie Arts Center ALL SHOOK UP (Sylvia/Music Director). As an AEA member, she won the 2020 Column Award winner (Best Actress in a Musical) for her performance as Deloris in SISTER ACT at Watertower Theatre. She composed, music directed, and starred in SOLSTICE written by Jonathan Norton for Theatre Three. She enjoys teaching and coaching voice and piano to her many students and is writing a book slated for release December 2020.
Oscar Seung is a Dallas-based actor, violinist, pianist, opera singer, and music director. From film and television pilots, to theater and voiceovers, Oscar champions representation of Asian-Americans in media and the arts. He can currently be seen in We Can Be Heroes on Netflix, directed by Robert Rodriguez, and The Turkey Bowl on Hulu, directed by Greg Coolidge. Anime/video game voiceover credits include: One Piece, Yuri on Ice, Free!, Attack on Titan, and Borderlands 3. Oscar also makes appearances at anime conventions all over the country, inspiring other POC and LGBT actors to pursue their passions in the arts. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
Ashley H. White is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist, with fifteen years of professional theatre experience. She brings a unique eye to her work, striving to promote honesty, safety, and excitement in a visually striking, memorable, and powerful way.
As a director, she has helmed dozens of full-scale productions, in both North Texas and New York City, where she began her career. Ashley’s Fight and Intimacy Direction experience spans more than forty productions across the U.S., receiving recognition and awards for her work.
She is a certified Intimacy Director with IDC Professionals, and is one of only 29 Intimacy Directors to have been certified by Intimacy Directors International. Ashley works nationally as an Intimacy Director and Teacher, has taught hundreds of students and introduced the work into numerous organizations and institutions. She has provided Intimacy Direction across the country, including New York, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and more. She is the only certified Intimacy Director in North Texas, was the first Intimacy Director to ever be hired by the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center, and was the on set Intimacy Coordinator for the new Amazon Series PANIC, premiering Fall of 2021, as well as the new series Walker, airing now on the CW.
She is the founder and President of SCDallas (est. 2012), North Texas’ only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction. SCDallas has over 700 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops. Ashley is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, with recommended certifications in every weapon discipline.
She is the Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT Theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. In September 2020, IMPRINT received 6 DFW Critics Forum Awards for their 2019 Season, including one for Ashley’s Direction.
She has been recognized for her work, most recently winning an outstanding direction award from the 2020 DFW Theatre Critics Forum, for the third year in a row. In 2018, she won three outstanding direction awards as well as a design contribution award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics Forum. She also won the 2018 and 2019 Column Awards for Best Director of a Musical, and was featured on 2019 year-end best lists for TheaterJones, Culture Map, and the Column Online.
A sought-after educator, Ashley has taught across the country. She has taught at every major District in North Texas, is the Musical Theater Resident Teaching Artist at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, is the head of movement at Stomping Ground Training Center, and works regularly as a freelance educator. She has taught extensively in academia, including at The University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Texas, Texas A&M University Commerce, The University of North Texas, Oklahoma City University, and more. Ashley has been a teacher at various Regional SAFD Workshops, including the Texas Intensive in Houston, the Tourist Trap in Orlando, and The Lonestar Smash in Dallas.
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Since 2008, Alex Rain’s voice has been chosen by the biggest brands in the world, like Microsoft, Hyundai, Amazon, Coca-Cola, and AT&T, when they need a friendly, versatile voiceover that gets attention and keeps listeners engaged. Alex’s natural energy and conversational delivery have made him a sought-after talent for explainer videos and for corporate training, e-learning, and branding videos.
On television, Alex Rain narrated the Emmy-Winning program Dr. Chris Pet Vet on CBS for six seasons, and he currently narrates the spin-off program Pet Vet Dream Team. Alex has voiced commercials for clients as diverse as Auburn University, MetroPCS, BestBuy, The New York Times, AT&T, Champs, Subway, Suddenlink and Success Rice. Alex has also voiced characters for a number of video games including Miner Wars 2081, Grim Dawn, and Metropolis. A veteran stage actor, he’s appeared in several productions in the DFW area and recently completed shooting a supporting role in his first feature film. Alex is available for private voiceover coaching and demo production. www.alexrain.com
Evan Michael Woods
Evan Michael Woods is one of DFW’s most sought after creatives for headshots, promo/production photos and marketing for individuals and theatres! He is a Mississippi native where his passion for theater began at the age of 10 and visual marketing at 14. He moved to Texas to gain his BFA in Acting from Texas Christian University where he was a Chancellor’s Scholar. Evan’s acting and photography credits span the metroplex, having recently worked at the Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theatre, Uptown Players, Watertower Theatre, Stage West, Imprint Theatreworks, and more. He is staff member at Amphibian Stage as the Marketing Associate and in-house photographer. Evan is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency. @evanmichaelwoods
Joey Contreras is a musical theatre and pop songwriter originally from California. He is internationally known for his albums Love Me, Love Me Not, Young Kind of Love, & Joyride which feature an all-star lineup of Broadway and Pop talent and have spawned performances of his music worldwide.
His song-cycle, In Pieces, was originally presented at Lincoln Center and has since been made available for worldwide licensing with an album In Pieces: A New Musical (Highlights) released through Broadway Records. In 2021 the London production company, Future Spotlight Productions, developed the musical into a feature film, starring established West End performers as well as emerging talent. His musicals with bookwriter/lyricist, Kate Thomas, include All The Kids Are Doing It (Provincetown Playhouse, Tisch, IWU, O’Neill NMTC Finalist), Forget Me Not (Open Jar Institute, NYU, The Dare Tactic, dir. Catie Davis) and Elements. He is also currently developing Heartbreakers in Hell, with bookwriter/lyricist Benjamin Halstead. Additionally he has written music for the Walt Disney Company, and various short films.
Joey is a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist as well as an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program (ASCAP Max Dreyfus Scholarship) and the Johnny Mercer Project. As a strong supporter of arts education, Joey has served as Artist-in-Residence with Broadway Dreams Foundation, and regularly teaches master classes with The Growing Studio and at universities worldwide.
Leah Clark is an American voice actor and Funimation Staff Script writer. Along with regular voice work at Funimation, her voice can also be heard on industrial commercials and video games such as Smite and Borderlands II. Leah is the co-creator of a YouTube channel called Laure & Clark Explore with Morgan Laure Garrett showcasing experiences at conventions/travel and anime subculture. Leah studied music theatre at Circle in the Square in New York. She performs and directs regularly for stage productions in DFW.
Recently she can be heard in My Hero Academia (Himiko Toga); Fairy Tail/Fairy Tail Zero (Mavis); How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift (Tachibana, and script writer); Nichijou-My Ordinary Life (Mio) and Dragon Ball Z/Super (Launch, Maron, Ogma). As a staff ADR script writer at FUNimation her most recent projects include Toilet Bound Hanako; Plunderer; How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift; Ensemble Stars; RobiHatchi; How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord; Space Battleship Tiramisu; Chio’s School Road; A Certain Magical Index III, and Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.
Major Attaway is a theater and film star, known best for his portrayal of Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Major has been a major presence on the screen, with roles television shows like Orange is the New Black and films like Carter High. He is also a prominent voice actor, voicing characters like Arcadios in the TV show Fairy Tail and Ton Jravolta in Space Dandy, along with countless video games. Recently, Major played Fatty Arbuckle in the Off-Broadway production of Mack and Mabel.
Leslie Marie Collins
Leslie Marie Collins has performed all over the world in plays and musicals, at such great venues as the Sydney Opera House, Goodspeed, Casa Mañana, Flat Rock Playhouse, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many more. Leslie began studying improv 18 years ago and went on to perform on house improv and sketch teams at the Upright Citizens Brigade-NY, Magnet, Peoples Improv Theater (faculty) and with the Baby Wants Candy tour co.. Leslie continues to direct, coach and teach improv/musical improv independently. Leslie has also be seen in many national commercials (Cascade, American Express, Progressive) and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, MTV’s Made and most recently, Cruel Summer coming to Freeform next year. Leslie co-hosts a sumo wrestling podcast, Sumo Kaboom and produces a zany web series, “Nighty Night with Miss B.”
Alan H. Green
Broadway: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SCHOOL OF ROCK, SISTER ACT, PLAY ON!. Original Cast Albums include Bway shows as well as: BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER, FREAKY FRIDAY, CAROLS FOR A CURE. First National Tours: 25TH ANNUAL…SPELLING BEE, SWING!, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE. International: MISS SAIGON. TV: ALMOST FAMILY, UNFORGETTABLE, MURPHY BROWN, 30 ROCK, PETER PAN LIVE!, LAW AND ORDER SVU, THE GUIDING LIGHT. And lots of National Commercials. He has been a featured soloist all over the world from Radio City, to the The White House to the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem. Graduate of Rice University where he received a BA in Vocal Performance. Deacon at Metro Baptist Church in NYC.
Jay Armstrong Johnson
Jay Armstrong Johnson has been working professionally since the age of thirteen when he was cast in Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan as John Darling here in Fort Worth, Texas. Earning his equity card at eighteen, Jay moved to New York to study Vocal Performance at New York University. In the middle of his Junior year, Jay left college behind to join the first national revival tour of A Chorus Line (Mark). After seven months on the road, Jay got back to NYC to make his Broadway debut in the 2009 Tony Award winning revival of HAIR understudying the lead role of Claude. Other Broadway Credits include Catch Me If You Can (Standby for Aaron Tveit.), Hands On A Hardbody (Greg Wilhote), On the Town (Chip), Phantom of the Opera (Raoul). Off-Broadway Jay has been seen in Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Prospect Theater Company, Drama Desk Award), The Mad Ones (Prospect), and Terence McNally’s Fire and Air directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Company starring along side Marin Mazzie in her very last stage appearance.
Other New York credits include the title role of Candide at The New York City Opera directed by Hal Prince, starring alongside Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald as Anthony in Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic filmed for PBS, The Most Happy Fella as Herman at City Center Encores, starring Opposite Kelli O’Hara in Babes in Toyland with Master Voices at Carnegie Hall, and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Regionally, Jay has been seen in Newsies (Jack), 42nd Street (Billy), Hello Dolly (Barnaby), and Pirates! or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (Frederick) at The MUNY, On the Town (Chip) and Pool Boy at Barrington Stage Company, The Last Goodbye (Romeo Capulet) at The Old Globe, and Hairspray (Link Larkin) at Weston Playhouse.
On television, Jay played Dr. Will Olsen for three seasons on the ABC drama QUANTICO starring Priyanka Chopra. Other television/film credits include “Law and Order: SVU” and “Sex and the City 2”. Jay produced his first solo concert and debut album with Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein’s 54 Below available on Spotify, iTunes, and broadwayrecords.com. Of this solo debut, The New York Times said “He has the gift.” His favorite event of the year is his annual Halloween concert when he stars as Winifred Sanderson from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus along side friends and Broadway favorites. On top of hosting the evening as Winifred, Jay acts as producer, writer, director, and choreographer of this Halloween extravaganza!
Adrianna Hicks is a Texas native with a B.F.A degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. Throughout her career, Adrianna has had the honor of working with so many talented and inspiring artists such as Jerry Mitchell, Michael Bublé, and Heather Headley. Her Broadway debut was the revival of The Color Purple, working alongside Jennifer Hudson and rising star, Cynthia Erivo. Her previous credits Broadway credits include playing the role of the Fortune Teller in Aladdin and she is currently cast as Catherine of Aragon in the Broadway production of SIX. Throughout the pandemic, Adrianna has had the honor of exercising her teaching skills through various outlets such as Artists and Beyond, Broadway Plus, Broadway Kids Auditions, and Broadway Booker. She has also partaken in Casa Manana’s socially distanced cabarets featuring both Whitney Houston favorites and the hits of Motown. Adrianna is tremendously grateful for the love that Musical Theatre brings and she hopes to keep spreading that love to the world.