Charles Tentindo

-Director and Founder

 Lead 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.

Adanna Kenlow

Acting & Improvisation Instructor

A Long Beach native, first fell in love with improv. After achieving a BFA in Musical Theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and returning to Long Beach in 2011.

 

Kenlow has been fortunate enough to continue to be a working actress, as well as to help to train young artists at MacArthur Park's Homeland Cultural Center, The Long Beach Playhouse's Summer Youth Musical Theater. 

Kelly Brown

-Acting Instructor for young adults and Studio Manager

Was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD and recently moved to the Los Angeles area.

 

She has performed in theater and dance productions and has always had love for entertaining and well as working with kids for several years. She is the most recent instructor to join My Acting Studio and we are excited to see her train young actors at the new studio.

Henry Watkins

Improvisation Instructor Henry Watkins

From The Groundlings!

 

Was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  Following his studies at Andover and Columbia University, he got his first break in show business working for Joan Rivers. Inspired by that experience, he went on to train with comedy luminaries like Phil Hartman and Jason Alexander, as well as graduating from the Second City Conservatory.  

 

He performed hundreds of shows with a variety of comedy troupes including The Improvatorium, ACME Comedy Theatre, the musical improv group Second City Sings, and ultimately with the Groundlings Sunday Company. Now an alumni, he remains an instructor at the Groundlings School, teaching a variety of classes and levels. As a stand-up comic, he has appeared at the Comedy Store, The Improv and many smellier comedy venues.  In addition, he was co-creator of the pilots Slice and Ghost Boys, and was a series regular on the pilots Brooke and 4Cast.  Other TV appearances include The Young and The Restless, Superstore, The Neighbors, Man Up, and Christopher Guest's Census project. Henry also appeared alongside Jessica Lange on American Horror Story: Asylum and had recurring roles on Tosh.O.  

He died in Midnight Movie, once died as a guest star on Spike TV’s 1000 Ways to Die, and was a contestant on Jeopardy, where he also died, oh well. Henry has appeared in more than fifty commercials, including as the national spokesman for Pictsweet Farms, Dish Network, and Direct TV's NASCAR HotPass. For more details, sit next to his mother on an airplane.

Evan Cassidy

-Standup Instructor 

Is an LA based stand up comic. He began performing nightly in the clubs and dive bars of Orange County, where OC Weekly listed him as their "Top 5 Comics to Watch".  He has been listed as a top 25 roaster on the "Roast Battle Rankings" at The World Famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.  His "Dudely Jones" He also hosts a weekly sketch/character comedy podcast on iTunes called "Rip'n & Skip'n"

Elliot Davis 

Elliot Davis is an actor, director and improvisor originally from Philadelphia, PA.

 

He has trained with the Groundlings and has performed at the UCB Improv Cagematch Tournament and the 2019 UCB Del Close Marathon.  Elliot has also trained in physical theatre, clown, mime, and mask work with Pig Iron Theatre Company.

 

Elliot has been a teaching artist at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia in past summers, helping create original musicals with high school students, as well as assistant directing Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

 

Select credits include Poet in New York (a one man show), Urinetown the Musical, The Winter’s Tale, Rhinosceros, and Measure for Measure (Occidental College Department of Theater).

 

Elliot received his BA in Theater from Occidental College.

Diana Banks

Accent and Dialect Coach, My Acting Studio

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. 

Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey Carl has appeared on Broadway in The Goat,

or Who is Sylvia; Tartuffe; and Taboo for which he was nominated

for a Drama Desk Award.  

 

His off-Broadway credits include:

Psycho Therapy (Cherry Lane Theatre)

Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience)

Bach at Leipzig (New York Theatre Workshop)

Manuscript (Daryl Roth Theatre)

Last Easter (MCC Theater) and

Thief River (Signature Theatre Company)

 

Jeffrey's regional credits include:

Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Emery Battis Award)

Cymbeline, Richard II (Yale Rep)

Measure for Measure, Stage Kiss (Goodman Theatre)

Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company)

Lorenzaccio, Hamlet (Shakespeare Theatre Company)

Romeo and Juliet, Candida (McCarter Theatre Center)

The Miracle Worker (Charlotte Repertory Theatre)

The Importance of Being Earnest (Paper Mill Playhouse) and

Golden Age (Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center)  

 

His film and television credits include

"Hitch," "The Killing Floor," "Backseat," "Happy End,"

"All My Children," "Plainsong," and

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." 

 

Mr. Carlson was the recipient of the 2004 Marian Seldes-Garson

Kanin Fellowship and is a Beinecke Fellow at Yale School of Drama.

Charles Sanchez

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.

Tom Choi

Tom Choi is well known for playing Ken Yukimura on the teen fan favorite Teen Wolf on MTV. You may have also seen him on a number of commercials recurring as the pharmacist for a major drugstore chain along with humerous spots for a major cellular company along with many others throughout his 25 year acting career.


Tom Choi most recent roles include the feature film Red Notice for Netflix opposite Ryan Reynolds and The Rock. Other credits include recurring on Designated Survivor, recurring on Disney’s Bizaardvark, NCIS: LA and Agent Carter and last guest-starred on Hawaii Five-0, NCIS and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.

 

He also wrapped roles in the upcoming features Truth or Dare with Lucy Hale, Snatched starring Amy Schumer, Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell. Tom is no stranger to Disney audiences. He recurred as the memorable Mr. Hashimoto on both The Suite Life on Deck and A.N.T. Farm.


Tom Choi was born in Taegu, South Korea and moved to Des Moines, Iowa when he was four years old. After graduating high school, Tom moved to Seattle, Washington where he graduated from The University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Drama.

 

Moving to Los Angeles, he has continued to act in film, television and many commercials. He attended the LACC School of Cinema and Television and now adds producing, directing and writing to his credits.

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