Alumni Spotlight – Caitlyn Baidas

Alumni Spotlight highlights the careers of our KD alumni, while giving prospective students a taste of life at KD; along with a real-life perspective of what life after KD has to offer… This week we got to catch up with Caitlyn Baidas over the phone. Caitlyn graduated from KD Conservatory in 2009 with a degree in Musical Theatre. At 24, she decided to take the leap and move out to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for acting and modeling. Recently, Caitlyn has starred in a short film about “a day in the life” where she had the opportunity to play the… read more

KD’s First Instagram Giveaway!

For the first time ever KD is offering an Instagram giveaway! Want a free private acting or voice over lesson? Enter, enter, enter!   We knew you’d love this! OK, so here’s what you are going to do: 1. Head over to the KD Instagram  page and click the Follow button 2. Repost this picture 3. Use the hashtags #KDConservatory and #KD4MeGiveaway 4. Tag KD Conservatory 5. Follow KD_Conservatory   That’s it! Easy right? Now go enter!

Fiddler on the Roof at Garland Summer Musicals

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From top left: Joel Early, Mark Mullino, Ivan Jones, Greg Hullet, Brooklyn McDaris, Robert Twadell, Michael Serrecchia, Paula Morelan, Sklyar Duvall, Kenny Questall and Stephanie Butler   Garland Summer Musicals, a 33 year tradition of excellent summer musicals, opens “Fiddler on the Roof” tonight, June 16, 2016 and runs untl June 26, 2016. The cast includes a stunning array of local and professional actors including 11 KD students, alumni and faculty. Fiddler is the iconic American Musical about family, love, faith and acceptance. In light of recent events in Orlando this musical is not only timely and poignant, but of great importance… read more

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”

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‘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

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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

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