Charles Tentindo

Director, Founder, and Head Instructor 
 

Is an American actor, award winning director and acting coach in Long Beach, CA.  He is a musician, and a producer-director-editor. As an acting coach he is best known for his truthful teaching style which is a blend of several methods.  He is also the author and the creator of The Deck of 52 Choices For The Actor. -A deck of cards with choices he has created to help actors be spontaneous and unpredictable in their available now on this site. He has appeared in numerous films, commercials, 

television and on stage in the Los Angeles area. IMDB

As a director, Charles received a Telly for producing directing and editing the documentary ' Making  A Killing, Inside The International Arms Trade ' for Lion's Gate Pictures as well as numerous other awards for directing. In his spare time he likes to play piano, write music and invent musical instruments like his Zen Riffer Keyboard sold to Maroon 5.

Charles Sanchez

Standup Comedy Teacher

 

Charles Sanchez was born and raised in Long Beach, California.

 

He is a 20-year veteran of Stand-up Comedy with several comedy club, concert, television and movie appearances.

 

He was also a head writer and leading cast member of the sketch comedy show, “Unacceptable Behavior,” which is currently airing on the FUSE Television Network.

 

Charles has taught Stand- Up Comedy, Improv and character creation for many years.

 

He is a comedy icon on the 12 Step recovery convention circuits, as well as regional conventions and conferences for Native American and Latino youth.

 

He is also a member of SAG/AFTRA and has traveled all over the world entertaining our Troops over seas.

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Jeffrey Carlson

Shakespeare Instructor

Jeffrey Carlson was the recipient of the 2004 Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship and is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama. has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award.

 

Broadway Credits: The Goat, Who is Sylvia; Tartuffe; and Taboo.

 

Off-Broadway credits: Psycho Therapy, Antony and Cleopatra, Bach at Leipzig, Manuscript, Last Easter, Thief River,

 

Regional credits: Romeo and Juliet, Cymbeline, Richard II, Measure for Measure, Stage Kiss, Edward II, Henry IV,  Lorenzaccio, Hamlet, Candida, The Miracle Worker, The Importance of Being Earnest, Golden Age.

 

Film and television credits: Hitch, The Killing Floor, Backseat, Happy End, All My Children, Plainsong, Law & Order

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Diana Banks

Accent and Dialect Coach

Diana Banks brings her extraordinary gift of language and dialect to My Acting Studio.  

 

Diana speaks 9 languages and is a linguistic specialist.

 

She will teach you several accents that can take you deeply into character work to create extraordinary performances.

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Sheila Touchstone

The Business of Acting 

 

Sheila has a BS from Suffolk University in Boston and began her career as an intern helping produce the Ten O’clock Evening News on PBS and later went on to help produce an early morning radio talk show, where she wrote air-time ads and jingles.

As a performer she has worked in various markets including Boston, New York City, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Ten years later, she also started her own video production company

With her children getting older and being performers themselves, she started using her experience and management skills to "mom-manage" them. Several years later, she opened her own Talent Management Company in Los Angeles. California.

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Joaquin Garay III

Improv Teacher

Joaquin, was born into an entertainment family and got his start at the ripe old age of 4. Throughout his career he studied anywhere he could absorb any nuance of the art.  Learning from the best, and his own experience, he performed all across Southern CA, and after urging from fellow artists, he began teaching, and now has a complete Improv curriculum for kids, teens, adults, corporations, and more.

 

The pandemic, again nudged in him another direction… Believe it or not, Improv can be done on Zoom!  This increased his reach not only across the U.S., but internationally!

 

And now wanting to bring his own unique methods of improv, here he took a step to The Aurora Theater.

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