Teachers

Our Teachers

Eduardo Antonio Tobias

Eduardo Antonio Tobias is a 25 Year old Chicano Filmmaker from San Antonio, Texas. He has worked on several feature films, commercials, and documentary series. In 2011 he received a Best Director award at the Dallas Horror Race for his short film El Güey, and adapted it into a feature film the following year. His experience in Documentaries started with a 2012 series "Its good to have friends" for Southwest Airlines traveling the country. The same year he Produced a Vimeo Staff Pick award winning short documentary about an Austin Junk King. His 2014 Austin Tinkering School PSA gained over 100,000 views and was licensed and sponsored by Dremel. In 2015, he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Digital Film making and Video Production and now resides in Austin, Texas working in the industry.

Angela Bennett

Angela Bennett is a member of The ACTORS EQUITY and SAG – AFTRA. She has over 15 years of experience as an actress. Some of her stage performances include Night Mother, Crimes of the Heart, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, The Miracle Worker, In Preparation of Eden, In the Blood and Spell #7. She has won ATAC Awards for her roles in Spell #7 for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama; and for her role in, In the Blood for Lead Actress in a Drama.

Some of her TV credits include Friday Night Lights, ER, Sisters in Spirit 2 and The MC Hammer Story. Some of her film credits include Facade, Between Kings and Queens, Glass of Water, and Road 2 Damascus. She has Improv training from the groundlings in Los Angeles, and years of commercial and film training from teachers in Los Angeles and Texas. Her most recent credits include a Nike national commercial, and a SAG-AFTRA short film called Blind Date Rules. She was also co-writer and co-producer on this film. She is currently enrolled at Austin Community College in the RTF program.
IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2438049/

Kelsey Kimble

Kelsey Kimble uses her vast experience in performing a variety of different genres to entertain and educate others. As a performer, Kelsey enjoys singing jazz music with her husband and local jazz pianist, Austin Kimble. She also writes and performs original rock music with their band, The Kimbles. Trained in classical voice technique from The University of Texas at Austin under the direction of Rose Taylor, Kelsey also enjoys acting in theater productions. Recent roles include: Tantomile in "CATS", a member of the Mission Band in "Guys and Dolls", Elf in "Shrek the Musical" as well as in the Women's Ensemble for "Jesus Christ Superstar". Aside from performing, Kelsey has a passion for educating voice students of all ages and experience levels.

Andrea Silvas

bio coming soon!

Justin R. Durban

Justin’s strong desire to work on anything involving films led him to pick up a keyboard, find some music software, and begin to write and score his own music for his own movie projects. He gained recognition by giving away his music to anyone that found a place for it within their films. This was accomplished through the online entity called, “Edgen” (pronounced: edge – in). This working partnership and “Pay it Forward” thinking with filmmakers lead to a growing body of work that has spanned and grown tremendously over the years.

Justin continues to write music for the boutique trailer music company, X-Ray Dog Music, located in Burbank. By writing orchestral music through X-Ray Dog, his music has been in recent campaigns such as; "Muppets: Most Wanted", Disney's "BRAVE", "How to Train Your Dragon", Relativity Media’s “Immortals”, James Cameron’s “AVATAR”, FOX’s “Chronicles of Narnia 3 – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, “Battle for Terra”, 20th Century Fox, “Australia”, Touchstone Pictures, “Miracle at Saint Anna”, Warner Brothers, “Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix”, and Universal’s “HULK”, and “Mummy3″ theatrical and TV trailers. He has also written for national commercials such as "SunnyD", "Mercedes", "Phillips", and has composed film scores for the "SyFy Channel", "Lifetime Channel", and Numerous video game titles. He has 20+ feature film scores under his belt along with hundreds of short films from directors and producers around the world.

Along with his talent for writing emotional music for film, he has a strong passion for the visual arts including Directing, Visual FX, Compositing, Editing, Web, Digital Art, & Graphic Design. His music can best be described as “Upliftingly Dark” Cinematic Film Music with Epic Intimacy. He plays by ear but the music ultimately resonates through his heart.

For more information, visit:
www.justindurban.com

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0243943/

Daniel Calderone

Daniel (Dan) Calderone has been drawing since kindergarten where he skipped-out on class to hide in the library with a learn-to-draw Popeye book, until he got caught. Dan was born in Pennsylvania, although he grew up in Houston, TX and currently resides with his family near Austin, TX. where they are active in the homeschool community.

Dan attends The Art Institute of Austin in pursuit of a BA in Media Arts & Animation with graduation anticipated in December of 2015 at which time he will present his full portfolio. He studies predominantly in 3D environment art but additionally he is advanced in concept art, storytelling, story boards, animation, and digital paint. His work has been represented in two film festivals and has been featured by Professors. When not busy with homework, Dan can be found fighting evil doers from his home base in Hutto, TX along side his team of trusty sidekicks: his wife, three daughters, and super-pets kitty and fish.

Dan can be reached at calderone.dan@gmail.com

My online Generalist Reel can be viewed here at www.dancalderone.com

Kerry Valderrama

Kerry Valderrama is a former airborne infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a team leader in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He received a B.A. from Methodist University in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. While attending the University of Texas at San Antonio for his Masters degree in International Relations, Kerry withdrew halfway through the program to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Since working in the entertainment industry, Kerry has directed, produced and written two award-winning feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, created a comic book series (distributed through Diamond Comics), as well as an award-winning screenplay “Memories of a Hundred” that among other credits, became a 2010 Nicholls Semi-Finalist. Kerry’s first feature, titled “Garrison,” was released nationwide through Phase 4 Films (Wal- Mart, Netflix, Blockbuster, Best Buy) and distributed to over 20 countries around the world. ”Sanitarium” (Starring Malcolm McDowell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert Englund, and Lacey Chabert) is his second feature film distributed nationwide through Image Entertainment and is currently available on DVD & VOD. "Sanitarium" was also distributed internationally to over 30 countries worldwide and is currently being developed into a network television series.

Nicholle Walton-Durban

Mrs. Durban is a producer and development executive, performing artist, wife, mom, and business entrepreneur. She is CEO of Edgen Films, LLC and COO of Global 3 Media, LLC.

For more information, visit:
www.edgenfilms.com

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3546871/

Erin Volkman

Erin's adventure in hair and makeup started at the tender young age of 3, where being the youngest in a house full of older sister, taught her to become clever at getting little hands in to big sisters makeup to create "magic".

Formal training would begin in 2002, when Erin attended Tony and Guy Hair & Makeup Academy. In 2009, Erin would add SFX Makeup to her bag of tricks, with hands on training from some of Texas's local SFX Masters, honing skills that include distressed looks, gore, creature work, gunshots and wounds, SyFy and many more. For the last 13 years, Erin has provided hair and makeup needs to all walks of life, from everyday makeup, bridal, to runway and film. Constantly looking for inspiration and knowledge to keep her craft top notch, Erin has worked with children, adolescents, even adults in various training's for 20 plus years. She has a passion for sharing knowledge and, of course, making "magic"!

Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson has been in the entertainment business for over 25 years, first as an actress and now as an award-winning make-up artist, artist development consultant, and industry gate keeper. She knows the good, the bad and the ugly in the business of film and TV. She is often called upon to do special effects make-up involving lacerations, bone breaks, gore, blood, and horror. However, she can also capture the glamour required by her more sophisticated fashion and actor clientele.

She has studied the life of Marilyn Monroe and Anna Nicole Smith. This knowledge is critical to actors who want to capture what it takes to establish a persona in the industry.

She is an incredible ally to filmmakers and producers and is highly regarded and respected in the industry for her value. That’s not all, she sings too!

She is an amazing person and has a solid work ethic, a vision and a dream to bring out the best in all of the productions she is attached too.

Her clients rave about her dedication and professionalism. She has done work for Anaik Films with owner Maurice Moore on “Collisions”, “Founding Father” and “Empath”. She has also worked with Director/Producer Mark Baird at Clear Lake Christian Media Project, Saltire Productions, LLC owner Mark Docherty, and writer James Longmore “Mr. Chucklebones” and “First Impressions”.

For more information, visit: www.TDJohnson.com

Bob Maccarni

Bob Maccarni has been playing guitar for over 45 years. He found his love of music at the age of 7 and has since been involved in almost every style of music. Bob has played with numerous bands over the last 40 years both as a guitar player and vocalist, and has done well over hundreds of studio recording sessions.
His unique style of teaching incorporates all important facets of playing and understanding the instrument, while presenting it in an upbeat and fun way. He especially enjoys working with younger students, as well as, those of all ages. Bob believes that music can be a positive entity in everyone’s life. See Bob play live in and around Austin, TX with his acoustic cover band The Funky Apples.

Past Instructors

Some of our past teachers have helped tremendously and we could not have done it without them.

Orion West

Oryan West is a busy working actor based in Austin, TX who works regularly in lead and supporting roles in independent films, commercials, music videos, and TV. He has recently worked with actors Robert Patrick, Jesse Borrego, Ethan Embry, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Patrick Muldoon, and Dominique Swain. He has done stunt work on the TV show From Dusk Till Dawn, and has worked as a principal on commercials for Verizon, Zales, Cooper Tires, and DELL, among others. He is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a combined degree in Theater & Film, and recently taught acting classes at Alleywood Studios on South Congress.

For more information, visit:
www.orion-west.com/

IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1773060/

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