Andrea Dantas is an actress, director, writer and Flamenco dancer from Brazil. She has been performing professionally for 20 years in Brazil, Italy, England and USA; in film, theater and television. After years of working professionally in South America, she moved to Australia to study the Meisner Technique under Playhouse West alumni Billy Milionis, at The Actor’s Pulse in Sydney, then relocated to Europe to act and direct. Her studies include: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, Teatro Olmetto in Milan and Playhouse West Los Angeles. She has won Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 PHW Film Festival in Los Angeles for the motion picture Daisy's. Parallel to her acting career, she has continued to dance Flamenco; performing in Italy, Spain and Los Angeles. Her directorial works include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Luigi Pirandello’s Liola, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, What The Flowers Say ( inspired by the works of Garcia Lorca), James McLure’s Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star and Such Nice Shoes which debuted at TheaterLab in NYC. Andrea currently teaches the Meisner Technique at Playhouse West and is set to direct the Off Broadway production of Argia Coppola's Love is Blonde, a biographical play about Marilyn Monroe, in 2017.
Jim Parrack is an actor, writer, cinematographer and director. He has worked in motion pictures, television and Broadway. He has appeared in over twenty motion pictures including: “Battle: Los Angeles,” “A Night In Old Mexico” with Robert Duvall, “Fury” with Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, and “As I Lay Dying” with long time collaborator and fellow Playhouse West alumni, James Franco. He played Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s “True Blood” for six seasons. He made his directorial debut in the theater in 2009 with a riveting Los Angeles revival of Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty,” followed by winning critics and audiences over in 2013 with “A Hatful Of Rain.” In spring 2014, along with opening the Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, he wrote, directed, produced, photographed and starred in the soon to be major motion picture “Black Curry,” made his Broadway debut to rave reviews in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice And Men,” and simultaneously filmed the Robert Redford produced film “The Adderall Diaries” in NYC and the final season of HBO’s “True Blood” in Los Angeles. In 2015 he starred in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” with Jared Leto and Will Smith.
HAIR, MAKE-UP & COSTUME DESIGNER
Growing up in Michigan, John dreamed of becoming an actor. As a young man he devoted himself to dance, and at age eighteen he relocated to NYC after being signed with a professional dance company. Soon after he transitioned into the professional hair and make-up world, quickly working his way up to Broadway and the head of hair and make-up at Lincoln Center. While designing the Broadway show Of Mice and Men, he collaborated with James Franco and Jim Parrack. This led him to Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, a two year Actor training program in the Meisner Technique founded by Jim Parrack. Presently John is balancing two careers. Between acting, writing and directing work his hair and make-up design can be seen on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater in Falsettos. John's acting credits include: Off-off Broadway Milk Milk Lemonade (Emory), The Question, H2 Rook2, Trapp Street, Two of Hearts (writer, producer, "Jackie"), Bullshit Funeral and Traveling With Ani ("Blue," writer, producer, director and costume designer). Additional studies: Filmmaking Master Class with James Franco. Upcoming film projects: Gun a political thriller and an untitled horror film executive produced by James Franco.
Her work has been seen at BAM Fisher, 3LD Art & Technology Center, The Gym at Judson, The SoHo Playhouse, Theatre at St. Clement’s, Danspace, St. Luke’s and the 4th Street Theatre. Regional: Thieves by Charlotte Miller in LA. Selkie by Sarah Shaefer in San Francisco. International credits: Associate Lighting Designer for Slutforart/98.6 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Muna Tseng. Tours: The God Box Project with Mary Lou Quinlan, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for Jane The Plain with the NYITA, 2014 and nominated in 2016 for Rizing. Kia has been a creative partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble based in New York City since 2010.
Matsy is a Brooklyn based artist, designer and stylist. Favorite credits include prop designing the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (The York Theatre), associate designing with visual artist/art director Sanford Biggers for Little Opera Theatre of New York (59E59 Theatres), and creating costumes for The Enchanted Realm of René Magritte, an immersive experience in a historic mansion on Governors Island. Most recently she costume designed an untitled horror movie executive produced by James Franco. Outside of theatre and film, she has spent a year as a content creator for DIY Book series/blog P.S. I Made This, dabbled in event design, and worked as a stylist for various Brooklyn bands.
Originally from Brazil, Thiago is an actor, director and movement coach. He has taught the Lucid Body technique at the Yale School of Drama and he is a current faculty member at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, where he also coaches several productions. He is happy to be a faculty member at The Studio/NewYork and to teach extensively in Brazil, sharing his knowledge with his fellow citizens. Supporting his teaching skills he has nine years of experience in Reiki and three years in energy healing technique. He is proud to be a co-founder of Group .BR theater company, where he co-directed the company’s second season of Infinite While it Lasts, being nominated for Outstanding movement and choreography at the New York Innovative Theater Awards.