40th Anniversary Tribute to A Chorus Line including KD’s Michael Serrecchia

A special 40th anniversary tribute to A CHORUS LINE will took place on Thursday, April 16 in honor of the first performance of this legendary musical that premiered in The Public’s Newman Theater 40 years ago and went on to make musical theater history. Michael Serrecchia, KD Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Chair, was a part of this celebration as one of the original cast member of A CHORUS LINE. To commemorate this landmark event, the cast of the critically-acclaimed musical HAMILTON, currently playing on the same Newman stage, presented original cast members of A CHORUS LINE with a plaque that will… read more

KD Conservatory Social Psychology Instructor Helps students see their potential

(Photo Courtesy of Linda Duran) Article by Robin D. Everson You may view the original article here.   Linda Duran teaches Social Psychology at KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts. The students major in Motion Picture Production, Acting, or Music Theatre and upon completion are awarded an Associate Degree.   Why did you pursue a master’s degree? “I pursued a master’s degree in Guidance/Counseling because I have always loved learning, education and children. I wanted to work with students on a close and personal level, so that degree made sense. Also, I would make more money as a… read more

Real World Film, Real World Experience

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Recently, current and former students signed on to work on location with David Pinkston, instructor of cinematography in the Film Program at KD Conservatory. The project was a simple scene to be shot and edited and used as part of David’s Master in Film thesis proposal at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Working on location is real world “flight time” as he calls it. “There is nothing like it. Students obtain real, hands-on experience learning the creative craft of motion picture production on location.” The production day started on a Sunday and was slated for four hours. Tim Martin,… read more

Casting Director – Lisa London was a hit in Dallas, TX

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Lisa London, CSA came to KD Studio/KD Conservatory, Dallas, TX  on December 6 & 7, 2014 for a workshop for Teens and Children on auditioning for film and television. The weekend started with an agents panel for parents to answer any questions about the entertainment industry and how to submit to an agent.  Several agents came from:  Kim Dawson, Campbell, Core, Clutts, Agency Dallas and Linda McAllister Agencies.    KD Instructor, Phyllis Cicero sat in and commented that she learned so much in just that one hour on how the industry works for children and came away with very important information for… read more

KD Alum, Ivan Jones, stars in Theatre Britain’s “Beauty & The Beast”


‘There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame’ at Theatre Britain’s panto Ivan Jones, who plays the Dame in the company’s “Beauty & The Beast,” shares why he embraces the outrageous makeup, hoops and heels. Stewart F. House/Special Contributor Ivan Jones of Dallas transforms himself into Mrs. T Time as part of a British panto presented by Theatre Britain at the Courtyard Theater in Plano. He arrived at the theater to change into character on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Stewart F. House/Special Contributor “It’s just a lot of fun,” Jones says of his Dame roles. “The audience enjoys it. I love making… read more

Student Video Interviews


DeMarkus Corbins Samantha Slattery The Writer and Composer, Michael Childs Intro Video with Linda Leonard Megan Ellisor, Clayton Sackett, and Jorge Nunez Bri Shoemaker Jamison Michael Green Ashantra Ruth Olivia Dunlap Marlon Amos Bryson Marshall Jackie Cuesta Bryan Blanks

President Gary Tyner Jr. with long time friend Rick Jaffa (Writer/Producer Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) taking in the Austin Film Festival.

The Austin Film Festival was held this past week.  AFF celebrates the screenwriter.   KD Conservatory’s president, Gary Tyner Jr. met up with Rick Jaffa writer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes and  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Jaffa also wrote Avatar 2 and 3 which is currently in pre-production.

Women in Film honor Film Chair, Dennis Bishop and former instuctor Allison Tolman at the Topaz Awards

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Women in Film Dallas delighted to announce DENNIS BISHOP as 2014 Topaz Gratitude Award Honoree.  The Gratitude Award is presented to an outstanding individual who has served as a gracious benefactor and contributed time and effort to television and film presence in the Metroplex and the great state of Texas. Dennis has made giving back to the film community – especially the Texas film community – a priority and this November 22 at WIFD’s Topaz Awards Gala he joins the ranks of previous honorees Larry Hagman, Chuck Norris, and Don Stokes.  A native Texan, Dennis’ film career began with corporate videos in the 1970’s to… read more

KD Conservatory 4th Semester Project – Addiction – is playing at the Lake Charles Film Festival, Saturday, October 11, 2014

KD Conservatory Graduate, Zachary Kelly’s film Addiction, will be screening at the Lake Charles Film Festival this Saturday, October 11 at the end of the 9pm shorts block. Addiction was the 4th semester final project from the Spring 2013 graduating class.  It started out as a webisode but several months ago Zack re-edited the Addiction Webisode series (3 episodes) into a single short film and began submitting the film to film festivals. It worked! Congratulations to Zack Kelly and the Film class of Spring 2013! If you want to see the rest of the schedule click on the link. http://www.lakecharlesfilmfestival.com/schedule.html  

Congratulations to the Summer 2014 Graduates!

KD Conservatory is proud to present the graduating classes of  Summer 2014 .   We are so proud of all their accomplishments both in our school and outside.  We wish them all the best as they continue their journey in the world of Entertainment!   Summer 2014 ACTING Graduating Class: Bottom row: Colton Brown, LaTonya Coleman, Kalita Gales, Edwin Williams Middle Row: Jermaine Emerson, Sierra J.J., Taylor Robinson, Dominique Edwards Top Row: Brian Loomis, Alfonso Davis, Blake McNamara, Dylan Haymond   Summer 2014 FILM Graduating Class: From Left to Right:  David Ryan, Jeff Keas, Tanner White, Michael Goldermann, Michael Nadler, Adriana Aguilera