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Our instructors are selected on the basis of their professional experience and educational achievement. In order to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, we seek instructors from those sectors of the entertainment industry which closely relate to the subject area being taught. Many of our educational instructors have completed a post-graduate degree and have several years of experience as actors, writers, producers, and theatre scholars. Primary consideration in the selection of educational instructors is their commitment to student success and the assurance of valuable learning experiences.

Tom Aberg

Filmmaking Program

Kellie Carroll

Acting Program, Musical Theatre Program

Kellie is currently the resident choreographer, dance director, and Triple Threat Company manager at The Acting Studio in Grapevine.  She has also performed in many productions around the Metroplex, including productions of West Side Story with Lyric Stage, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Plaid Tidings with Watertower Theatre, and The Full Monty with Theatre Arlington.  Kellie also has several choreography credits.  A few of her favorite include productions of Seussical, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of Music, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  She continues to teach tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre, and continues to perform as often as possible.

Robert J. Castaldo

Filmmaking Program

In his 25-year career in film and video, Robert has worked on hundreds of feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials, music videos, and corporate/industrial/training programs.  His involvement has spanned every aspect of bringing script to screen from writing, directing, and producing, through all aspects of post-production.  He has participated in numerous panel discussions, seminars, and workshops’ including the Sundance Institute Producer’s Project.  He is a former member of the Motion Picture Editors’ Guild and Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Phyllis Cicero

Short Courses

Bob Coonrod

Acting Program

Bob graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Drama emphasis in Directing. Over the years, he continues to produce, direct and write video projects that have educated, informed and entertained his clients from all over the United States. As an actor he has worked with national brands, world class advertising agencies and well established production companies, creating memorable moments in films, commercials and corporate communication projects. Early in his acting career he preformed in small theaters though out Deep Elm near Downtown Dallas. He gravitated toward Improvisational theater and was a founding member to two of Dallas’s premier improv comedy groups: “4 out of 5 Doctors” and “Lone Star Comedy”. He still loves preforming Improv and teaches it when the opportunities arise. Bob believes that improvisation is a key component in the acting process as well as in business creative communication. He continues to instruct acting and camera technique at KD Conservatory. He can be seen in recent movies such as “Where The Heart Is” and “Abel’s Field”. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

Niko Corolla

Acting Program

 

John S. Davies

Acting Program

John S. Davies’ 30 year career as an actor, director and teacher encompasses films (RoboCop; Magnolia, etc.); television (Prison Break; Friday Night Lights, etc.) and more than 60 professional stage appearances at theaters like Oklahoma City Rep, The Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Shakespeare Dallas and Theatre Three. He has been a teacher of acting, camera acting, audition techniques and Shakespeare for more than thirty years at various colleges and at STAGE and KD Conservatory where he currently teaches. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and has served in leadership capacities with those unions. He has, as the saying goes, forgotten more about the acting business than many people ever learn…

 

John Dolan

Acting Program, Filmmaking Program, Musical Theatre Program

John received his B.F.A. with High Honors in Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.A. and PH.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas-Dallas. He has participated as a director, dramaturge, and performer in over 35 productions, collaborating and/or studying with such noted theatre practitioners as Robert W. Corrigan, Richard Sheehner, Aaron Frankel, Israel Horowitz, Alexa Visarion, and Ljubisa Georgievski.

A scholar with many interests, he has written articles on a broad range of topics in the area of theatre, dance, and somatic practices.  He once chaired a panel discussion on Maria Fornes’ dramas at the Association for Theatre in Higher Conferences in which Ms. Fornes acted as respondent to the presentations.  Dolan is also a member of USA Track & Field and has competed in Masters and Senior Olympics events around the country since 2005.

 

Linda Duran

Acting Program, Filmmaking Program, Musical Theatre Program

Olivia Emile

Musical Theatre Program

Doug Goodrich

Short Courses

Born and raised in Dallas, Doug started performing professionally in 1990 after attending Stephen F. Austin State University’s BFA in Theater Program. in 1993 Doug moved to New York where he became a founding member of the Jekyll and Hyde Club and an Actors Equity Union member. Working on stage all around the city, Doug also had the honor of Producing and Staring in a relief show for Red Cross workers during the 9/11 clean up. Back in Dallas, Doug has continued to work on-stage, on-camera and as a writer. He is represented by The Campbell Agency and is proud to work for the prestigious and historical KD Conservatory. www.douggoodrich.com

Bert Guthrie

Filmmaking Program

For more than 41 years, Bert Guthrie has been a part of motion picture production of feature films, television, documentary, commercial, and web-based media including productions such as the short film Bottle Rocket, which launched the Wilson brothers to fame, and the Peabody and Emmy award winning PBS television series Wishbone, for which he served as co-producer and director of photography. His work has been distributed theatrically as well on HBO, PBS, BBC, and Showtime. His focus began with cinematography and expanded to directing and producing as media moved progressively onto the web. He has designed and produced visual elements relating to a series of internet and cellular location and calendar-based applications for Ericsson, as well as many other web-based business-to-business video and HTML productions. Guthrie’s teaching experience includes University of Texas at Arlington where, as an adjunct professor, he led an advanced class in Cinematography. Recent credits include:

The Fourth Noble Truth with Harry Hamlin and Kristen Kerr – Director of Photography
University of Texas Arlington, EMBA promotional video – Producer
Starlink Faculty Development for Higher Education, online videos – Producer
McDonald’s promotional video, Moroch – Editor
7 Eleven, annual meeting, JSAV – Editor
International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, annual convention, Freeman – Editor

 

Dari Hayes

Short Courses

Chris Henry

Filmmaking Program

Henry studied Drama at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. in Speech and Drama.  Upon graduation, he worked primarily as a lighting designer and stage manager for local theaters and in club and concert venues.  It was not until he worked on a small independent feature film that he found his true passion in film and television production.  With nine years of freelance experience in the Los Angeles film industry, Chris moved to Dallas to form his own company, Professional Scenic Services, a full-service set design and construction firm at the Studios at Las Colinas.  Through this company, he worked on feature film projects like David Byrne’s True Stories, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, and multiple industrial and commercial projects.  As a Production Designer, his television and feature film credits include the NBC situation comedy 13 East, the theatrically released feature film After Midnight, produced by MGM, and the HBO golf-themed feature film Dead Solid Perfect.

Chris later collaborated on the development of the much-acclaimed PBS television series Wishbone, for which he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award as well as Emmy Awards for Art Direction, Set Decoration and Scenic Design.  Henry has expanded his involvement in digital delivery and display technologies in the trade show and meeting industry:  as creative director for Viewics Corporation developing engaging animated surrounds for video e-mail; and as a designer for casino developments for the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations.

Shelby-Allison Hibbs

Short Courses

Shelby-Allison Hibbs is a director, teacher, performer and writer. Recent projects include writing and directing mania/gift (DFW Critics Forum Award for Outstanding New Play) The Echo Room: Her Song … (Steve Lovett Award for Outstanding New Work), and her own adaptation of Metamorphoses. She is a Company Member with Echo Theatre and the Dead White Zombies. In Dallas, she has also worked with WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Junior Players, Capers for Kids and on the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas and Mountain View College. She has worked as a Teaching Artist and Director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The Berkshire Theatre Group. New York credits include Slant Theatre Project, CTown, Target Margin Theatre, Adrienne Westwood, Jim Findlay’s BOTANICA, The Wooster Group and Robert Wilson. MFA, Baylor. www.shelbyallisonhibbs.com

Carolyn Hodge

Filmmaking Program

Carolyn received her B.A. in Journalism and English at Stephen F. Austin and her Masters of Science in English Education at Florida State University.  She is a writer/producer/director who has worked at many levels of production on a variety of film projects, including music videos, shorts, features, and industrials.  She has written/directed/produced three shorts; Murder by Mistake, Emma’s Wish, and The Adventures of Little Miss Mischief.  The short film she produced, NEAL, was an official selection in 2011 of the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Dallas International Film Festivals.  She is a native Texan but spent 18 years in the United States Air Force, traveling the globe in service to her country, retiring with honors as a Major.

Carolyn is currently the President of the Dallas Screenwriters Association and is a member of the Women in Film Dallas, the Dallas Film Society, the Dallas Table, and Texas Motion Picture Alliance.  Carolyn has eight years of teaching experience, first at the University of Maryland extension campus at RAF Bentwaters, when she was in the Air Force stationed in England, and Currently Tarrant County College.

Dell Johnson

Short Courses

Megan Kelly-Bates

Musical Theatre Program

Megan received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Oklahoma City University.  It was at OCU that she had the opportunity to sing for Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Schwartz, Kander & Ebb, and John McDaniel from the Rosie O’Donnell Show.  Upon graduating with honors, Megan moved to New York City where she did many stage readings and concerts, including landing the role of Ishmael in Cameron Mackintosh’s Moby Dick the Musical, and she can be heard on the cast recording.  She can now be seen on many stages in the DFW area such as Watertower Theatre, Theatre Three, Casa Manana, and Comtemporary Theatre of Dallas.  Megan has received awards for choreography and acting and was named Best Belter in the 2008 Dallas Observer’s Best Of Issue.

Lisa Lancaster

Filmmaking Program

Lisa received her B.F.A. in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Arlington.  As a native Texan, Lancaster has been involved in video/film production for 30 years.  Throughout the career, she has served as writer/director for such diverse projects as Crime Stoppers videos to video art pieces.  Lancaster was Producer/Director for UTA producing instructional videos for on-campus departments.  She has worked on several independent feature films in various aspects from assistant director, casting director and editor.  Recently, Lancaster taught video production for eight years at the University of Texas at Arlington, serving as Visiting Assistant Professor.

She is also a member of Women In Film Dallas. Recently she has worked as Assistant DIrector on a web series called, “BethleHAM, Texas”.

Linda Leonard

Acting Program, Musical Theatre Program

Linda received her B.F.A. in Acting from Butler University.  Her teaching credits include adjunct positions at universities around the country, including Texas Christian University, University of North Dakota, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, and Indiana University (IUPUI).  She has Education Director for Watertower Theatre for two years in North Dallas.  In recent years, she taught workshops and master classes in Musical Theatre and Movement and Voice for Texas Women’s University, Marion College, and the Strasbourg Institute in New York City.  She has appeared on stage as Grizabella in Cats for the National and European companies and as Ellie in Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat.

Clarke Lindsley

Acting Program, Filmmaking Program

Clarke has been active in the Los Angeles film and television industry for over 30 years, and his knowledge of the business is extensive.  He has been licensed by the State of California Office of Postsecondary Education and ran his own camera school in Los Angeles for a number of years.

Clarke has won awards from the Houston International Film Festival and the Southern California Motion Picture Council.  Additionally, he has worked as a stuntman, actor, writer, producer, and director with Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dalton Trumbo. He has taught a number of notable professionals in the field, among them Ron Howard, Sally Field, James Brolin, Josh Brolin, Sam Elliot, and Debra Winger.

Ellen Locy

Short Courses

Ellen Locy has worked in film, television and theater for over 25 years. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in both Radio-TV-Film and French, she worked in film production and casting before launching her acting career. Represented by the Mary Collins Agency, Ellen has appeared in hundreds of commercials and industrials, in TV series, and in films directed by Robert Altman, John Milius, Lee Grant, and other notables. Ellen read on-air news for 25+ years at Radio for the Blind. She does voiceovers for many corporate and political clients, recently narrating the HGTV show “Cool Pools” and voicing radio spots for La Madeleine Café.

Ellen’s area stage work includes roles at Theatre Three, Casa Mañana, Teatro Dallas, One-Thirty Productions and Echo Theatre, where she served as Producing Partner for 10 years. She was also a founding member of Lone Star Comedy. In 2003, Ellen was an invited participant at the Lincoln Center offshoot, Directors Lab West in LA. Since then, she has directed not only theatrically, but also for the web series “SOB” and the 24-Hour Video Race. Before joining KD, Ellen taught scene & monologue study and coached college audition monologue prep. http://www.marycollins.com/ellen-locy

M. Lynn Marple

Acting Program, Filmmaking Program, Musical Theatre Program

Lynn attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biology and attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics, and Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania with a Mathematics Major.  Lynn’s teaching experience includes Richland College:  Adjunct Faculty (Biology 1408 and 1409 – Biological Science for Non-Majors), Cedar Valley College:  Adjunct Faculty (Biology 1406 and 1407 – Biological Science for Majors), and University of New Mexico:  Teaching Assistant (Introductory Biology for Majors and Plant Anatomy).

Paula Morelan

Musical Theatre Program

Paula holds a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University and studied with Nathalia Krassovska, Victor Moreno, and Fernando Schaffenburg.  She has received numerous awards for her choreography in the DFW metroplex and has completed two original works with Mr. Akin Babatunde, Reveal and Song Un-Told.  Choreography credits include Kincaid Regional Theatre, Uptown Players, Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Theatre Three, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and Plano Repertory Theatre.

 

Mark Mullino

Musical Theatre Program

Mark brings over 20 years experience as a professional actor, director, musical director, pianist, and teacher.  A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, Mark has performed and directed throughout the metroplex and the U.S.  He has been honored multiple times in Dallas with nominations and Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, as well as Column Awards.  He has worked extensively at most of the professional DFW area theaters.  He has also been seen in the Cabaret circuit in Dallas and New York (Don’t Tell Mama Club) with singing partner Amy Stevenson.  He is one of the founding co-producers of Dallas Young Artists and is highly sought after for his popular Music Theatre camps.  Mark is also a painter and sells and exhibits his art throughout Texas.

Reis Myers McCormick

Acting Program, Filmmaking Program, Musical Theatre Program

Reis received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas Austin.  She has been acting professionally since 1981.  Her dedication to tomorrow’s arts patrons has led her to work with The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Children’s Arts & Ideas Foundation, and the Dallas Children’s Theater, as well as popular TV shows Barney and Wishbone.  She was commissioned to create a one-woman series of curriculum-based performances for middle schools and she also created the KD Acting curriculum for kids.  She serves as the commercial spokesperson for Children’s Medical Center and has been seen/heard on thousands of RV, radio and print ads.

She hosts her show, Backyard Boomers, on the Veria network, where she also co-hosts a segment on Empty Nesters.  She has appeared in regional theater from Texas to Virginia, and on several major network series, including Lifetime Movie Network’s Inspector Mom, where she is a series regular.  She is a Founding Member of Lone Star Comedy and is represented by the Callidus Agency. Reis has appeared in the hit series Breaking Bad and is a recurring co-star of the series American Crime.

 

Patty Newton

Filmmaking Program

David Pinkston

Filmmaking Program

David Pinkston has been a professional cinematographer and freelance editor since 1980. He is a Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and has a BFA concentrating in Cinematography and Photography. Currently he is working on his post-graduate MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the disciplines of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing.

His film work includes features, industrials, commercials and PSAs and has worked in all film formats from 8mm, 16mm, 35mm to 70mm IMAX. Film clients and companies include Highland Myst Entertainment, Poorchild Films, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, City of Fort Worth, Baptist Radio and Television Commission, Laser Magic, and BLACKleaderFILMS.

As a videographer he has shot for clients such as Poorchild Films, Miss Texas, Southern Drive, RosePics, Buckboard Productions, Kaelin Productions, Texas Christian University, Baptist Radio and Television Commission. www.davidpinkston.com

 

Harper Robinson

Filmmaking Program

Robinson is an award winning producer and writer who got his start working on American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Then worked closely with the CEO of Stevens Entertainment Group, producer of 150+ films including The Whole Nine Yards (Bruce Willis), The Pledge (Jack Nicholson), and The Boondock Saints (Norman Reedus & Willem Dafoe) assisting with the development, producing, and directing of a number of their later films while also playing an integral role in the development of a reality TV series and a fully accredited film program. He then started producing short films that went on to becoming official selections at a number of the upper tier festivals including SXSW (4th on IndieWIRE’s list of 50 leading film festivals). His first feature length film, entitled Beyond Pollution narrated by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), is an investigative documentary covering the political and corporate corruption that led to the BP Gulf oil spill. It premiered at the largest and most influential environmental film festival in the world, the EFF and since has become official selections of 14 festivals worldwide, won numerous awards, nominated for a Cinema for Peace Intl Green Film Award and 1 of 4 films chosen by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to be showcased in an environmental series. Robinson is passionate about using the art of visual storytelling to spark conversation, create awareness, and inspire change. www.beyondpollutionthefilm.com

Andre Rotkiewicz

Acting Program

Andre is a native of Poland who received rich European training ranging from drama to mime, and dance to mask work.  With his great knowledge of the work of such masters as Decroux, Marcel Marceau, and Grotowski, he became a leading actor in Szczecin Mime Theatre.  He has appeared in numerous performances on Polish and Norwegian television, and participated in many international theatre festivals.  Over the years, Andre has toured in England, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, and in Sweden, where he performed, directed, and taught.  Prior to joining the faculty at KD Conservatory, he taught at the University of Texas and at several Dallas area colleges.

 

Mike Schraeder

Acting Program, Musical Theatre Program

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Baylor University, and his M.F.A. degree in Acting from Wayne State University.  Mike has taught theater history, voice, and performance at Baylor University, Brookhaven College, Tarrant County College and Trinity Valley College.  He has acted in over 70 productions, including venues in New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas.  Mike has directed professionally in New York City and Dallas.  In 2004, he co-founded Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, where he served as public relations coordinator for two years and is currently on the advisory board.

Mark Walters

Acting Program

Adam Wright

Musical Theatre Program

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