KD Studio Welcomes Amy Vanderoef

We are pleased to announce that Amy Vanderoef will be offering two new workshops at KD Studio. Vanderoef, best known as WFAA’s Emmy-nominated Good Morning Texas host, will be teaching: Media training/Career Dimensions for both Adults and Teens. Amy’s television career has taken her everywhere from the set of Dancing with the Stars to ABC’s The View, as well as countless red carpet events. Having been a guest star in ABC dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, she has a lot to offer students. KD Studio Founder, Kathy Tyner said, “The subject matter is extremely relevant and I cant… read more

KD Conservatory + Earth Day Texas

Earth Day Texas is right around the corner, and KD Conservatory staff, graduates and students are playing a major part in the inaugural EARTHxFilm activities. The environmentally-focused film festival will be presented at Fair Park as part of the three-day eco-conference and exhibition. “The goal is to encourage others to not only learn about making environmental films, but how to be environmentally conscious,” said Dennis Bishop, KD Film Chair. “We’ve created more than a film festival here; it’s an initiative, a creative project that will hopefully impact others and the earth in a positive way. I am honored to be… read more

Remembering Rene Moreno

René Moreno, a long time Dallas theatre artist and KD Conservatory Acting teacher passed away March 28, 2017. An accomplished director, actor, and educator Mr. Moreno was a constant creative force in the DFW Theatre community for over forty years. After graduating from Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School for the Performing Arts he enrolled at Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1981 with a B.F.A. in Theatre & Dance. Mr. Moreno then moved to New York City where he performed as Romeo in Joseph Papp’s SHAKESPEARE ON BROADWAY, directed by Estelle Parsons. He also performed in the Broadway… read more

Conservatory graduate takes on a ‘Whole New World’

KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts congratulates alum Clinton Greenspan on landing a role in the North American tour of Aladdin, produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. Greenspan will be in the ensemble as well as act as the Aladdin understudy. Performances begin April 11 at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, prior to the tour’s official opening April 19. “We are so proud of Clinton,” said KD Conservatory Co-Founder Kathy Tyner. “This is a huge step in his career, and we continue to applaud his growth. He has a bright future, this opportunity will inspire others to work just as… read more

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

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