Dallas Producers Association Presents Kathy Tyner with Film Pioneer Award

The Dallas Producers Association (DPA) awarded Kathy Tyner, Dallas performing arts icon and co-founder of KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts with the organization’s Film Pioneer Award last night. The event,“It Came from Dallas,” celebrated its tenth anniversary of honoring Texas filmmaking and filmmakers. “I am humbled to have been chosen for this esteemed award,” Tyner said,“And I’m grateful for the continued support of the community.” The award recognizes and honors the contributions and achievements of film and video production professionals who have worked in the Dallas area over time. It is a symbolic recognition of those who… read more

Proud to be a Drama Queen!

Dear Theatre Geeks, Drama Queens and Film Nerds! Hey! My name is Tiffany, and I was once in your position – a high school senior stressed about finding the perfect college and trying to figure out my path. One day, I was online searching for acting programs when I came across KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts. I made the drive out to Dallas from Florida, nervously auditioned for the acting program, and the rest is history. My time at KD was life – changing, I arrived for orientation nervous, afraid and without friends, and left with a… read more

Making the KD to Santa Fe Connection

Development Corner by Reis M. McCormick If you are thinking of using the Articulation Agreement between KD and Santa Fe University of Art & Design, you’re in great company! On our recent recruiting trip to New Mexico’s state thespian festival, we took the opportunity to catch up with a few KD alums who were just coming back to SFUAD from winter break. Our meeting at the historic Plaza Cafe in the Santa Fe square was a pleasant way to hear their news. RM: How’s everybody doing? Two thumbs up all around our crowded little lunch table. Paul Gleason (MPP) has… read more

KD Alum Nominated for ‘People’s Choice Award’

  We are proud to announce the success of  alumni, George Eads, best known for his role as forensic investigator Nick Stokes on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Eads is part of a 2017 People’s Choice Award nominated show, “MacGyver,” a 2016 remake of the show from the late 80s and early 90s. “He’s certainly come a long way since we first met him,” said KD Founder and CEO Kathy Tyner. “Everyone at KD Conservatory is very proud of where his career has taken him, especially to this point of such great recognition.” In MacGyver, nominated for Favorite New TV Drama,… read more

Student Spotlight: Brooklyn McDaris

Meet Brooklyn! She is a 20-year-old from Temple Texas, studying Musical Theatre here at KD Conservatory. We sat down with Brooklyn to discuss why she chose KD, her favorite part about studying at the Conservatory, and her career goals after graduation. KD: Hey Brooklyn, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. So tell us why did you decided to attend KD? BM: I decided to attend KD because it had all the specific classes and training needed to be an actress. The classes are very focused on a particular craft. I originally thought I would attend a University, but… read more

KD Welcomes Andy Anderson!

KD Conservatory recently welcomed renowned Writer, Producer and Director, Andy Anderson, to faculty! Andy is the writer and director of the independent feature hit, Positive I.D., (Universal Pictures) nominated for Best Picture at Sundance Film Festival. The film also made a number of  best lists and was one of only two American films to be chosen for the exclusive “New Directors/New Films” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has written screenplays for Universal Pictures, Hyperion Pictures’ Honeymoon in Moscow, and Paramount Pictures’ Eddie Nine Lives for Eddie Murphy Productions. His screenplay Look It Up was invited to… read more

#KDKid’s Big Break

If you don’t know who Saffron Herndon is you are in for a real treat. Saffron is an 11-year-old girl from Mesquite,Texas with a personality as big as the state; and she is getting ready to take over your television screen. Saffron has been working towards becoming a stand up comedian, and it looks as though she has received her big break. According to D Magazine, comedian trailblazer, Ellen Degeneres is producing a show for A&E revolved around Saffron. The show will follow ‘Saffy’ as she tours the country. She will receive coaching from top comedians and entertainers, people like… read more

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

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