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

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

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