Teacher, Actor, Director, Speaker
As a working actor I have come face to face with the struggles, rejection, and incredible thrills of the industry. My philosophy is that if you have a true respect for your craft, knowledge and passion for the “greats”, and a growing love and confidence in your own power then you will succeed. I teach the study of the human condition and that begins with the actor’s own journey as a human. I always say that inside each one of us is all of us, therefor we must know ourselves, embrace ourselves while using compassion to embrace the condition of humanity so that we can then interpret that condition with truth. I want to empower the actor in a holistic fashion… then … they can create powerful, brave, and layered characters.
Teacher, Associate Casting Director
Daytime Dramas, (Soaps) are unlike any other forms of television because we produce 260 episodes a year. Actors have to be ready for the fast pace the shows are produced. It can be scary walking on a soap set if you don’t know what to expect. I love introducing and preparing actors for this world. I try to cover everything from the first on camera audition, to getting the role and then giving you the tools and information you need to get through that fast paced day. I love soaps and hope to inspire you to love them too.
Teacher, Actor, Commercial Casting Director
My favorite thing about teaching is I like bringing things to the students that they don’t know already, including how to use the camera to benefit them, in conjunction with the technique that they already have. Very few casting directors I’ve ever met have run their own cameras, and for the first 8 years in the business, I ran my own camera and it teaches you things that you’ll never learn in another acting class. I was born to do three things in my life: parent, teach, and cook – everything else is just a hobby. Teaching is something I was born to do, just just something I stumbled into.
Troy is extremely excited to be a part of Acting Up Network! He is a Professional Actor who has worked on TV, Film, and Theatre from NY to LA. Originally, hailing from Missouri he holds a BFA from Missouri State University and is a Graduate of New Actors Workshop where he trained under George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills. Troy has an extensive background in Improvisation. His training with Paul Sills (founder of Second City Chicago) was not only in Improvisation, but Story Theatre as well. Troy has also studied and performed with Second City (NY), UCB (LA), The PIT (NY), Chicago City Limits (NY), and NAW Mainstage (NY). He has years of experience performing long form Improv such as the Harold and fully improvised musicals. He was an original cast member in the world premiere of Luck of the Draw (a fully improvised musical) which ran Off-Broadway as well as a tour on the east coast. Troy is one the co creators and original cast members of the hit Off-Broadway show ‘The Awesome 80’s Prom’ (available through Samuel French) an audience interactive show that was developed solely through improvisation. Currently, Troy can be seen as Jim on the hit abc Comedy ‘the middle.’, now in it’s 8th season! Troy spent two seasons on the cult hit Comedy Central show ‘Strangers With Candy’ where he worked with many Second City Alum such as Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello. He has also done recurring sketch work on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and many other TV/Film and Commercial appearances!
Teacher, Actor, Energy Coach
Teaching is one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can have. It certainly is in my case. As you stand in front of a class of students, teaching people from all walks of life, sharing your wisdom, your life experience and knowledge and watching those light bulb moments of clarity and inspiration radiate in their faces, is a priceless moment that I am grateful to be part of. As an actor myself, I too had and have similar, if not the same, highs, lows, challenges and obstacles that many actors and artists face in everyday life. Artists, have an eagerness for growth and exploration. They have a strong drive and a willingness to learn more about themselves. Most artists aren’t afraid of their vulnerabilities. They have an open mind and eagerness to discover the truth of who they are on the inside. And that is truly inspiring, for the teacher and the other fellow students. Thank you Acting Up Network.
Teacher, Comedian, Actor, Host
Adam has 12 years of experience in the comedy world performing at all of the major clubs in LA and across the US and Canada. Adam currently hosts a daily radio show, has produced and hosted 55 episodes of live streaming TV in 1 season, and has been a live event host at over 1,500 events.