THE TEAM

Katy Jacoby - Owner, Instructor

Acting for the Camera, Musical Theatre

Katy majored in Theatre Arts and also pursued a minor in Broadcast Journalism at Temple University. After running a theatre company for 13 years in LA and NYC, it was time to venture out do one of the things she believes in the most, arts education.  Katy has performed in a number of theatre productions around LA and NYC, performing in original and published work, musicals and festivals . TV Credits include, "Days of Our Lives", "General Hospital", "Blunt Talk", "The Mindy Project", "Young and the Restless", "The League", "Mr. Mom", and "Fuller House".  She has directed, assistant directed and co-produced over 25 plays in LA and NY. Katy also teaches at the Orange County School of the Arts.

Kelley Dorney - Instructor

Musical Theatre 

Kelley Dorney graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Emerson College.  Since graduation, Kelley has worked for over a decade professionally in London, across the U.S., and even at sea.  A native of Texas, Kelley has lived in Los Angeles for the past 4 years.  In that time, she has worked locally with Center Theatre Group, the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Musical Theatre West, 3D Theatricals, the Musical Theatre Guild, and Theatre 68.  She began working as a casting assistant for Julia Flores Casting almost three years ago, and with Julia, Kelley has helped cast shows at La Mirada, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within, Boston Court, Theatreworks, and Ensemble Theatre Company.  Kelley is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Katie Zeiner - Instructor

Voice Over, Improv

Katie Zeiner studied theatre and earned her BA from Emerson College in Boston. She has decades of experience as an actor and improvisor - working in both Los Angeles and NYC. Some of her credits include: Sex and the City, The Hughleys and stage productions of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and the LA premier of John Patrick Shanley’s Poison. Katie helped launch Real Voice LA where she is the commercial instructor and commercial demo director. Talent from all over the world have traveled to take her classes and workshops. Voice Actors who have worked with Katie have gone on to book work for McDonalds, Pier One, and Marshalls, as well as projects for CBS, Fox, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon. Before joining Real Voice LA, Katie spent almost a decade as a director at the prestigious SBV agency where she worked with some of the biggest names in the voice over business.

Leyla Kader Dahm - Instructor 

Screenwriting 101, Writers Workout

Leyla Kader Dahm is a literary manager and producer at CSP Management. After earning her master's degree in Communication at Cornell University, Leyla turned her attention toward a career in film. She started out in development and production at Miramax/Dimension Films and went on to become a sought-after, high-level script analyst for clients such as Mike De Luca Productions, Broadway Video, The Weinstein Company, and Big Beach. 

 

Most recently, Leyla ran the film development department for Hollywood veterans Ed Jones and Cary Granat and was in charge of the narrative for rock star Perry Farrell's proposed Las Vegas immersive experience, Kind Heaven. Leyla is a prolific writer and is the author of the YA novel Annabeth Neverending and sold her original screenplay, SURVIVAL INSTINCT, to Nickelodeon Original Films. She recently moved into the world of literary management, and is enjoying developing projects with her growing roster of top-notch writer and director clients. Her focus is on representing minority and female voices.

Matthew Morrison​ - Masterclass 

Musical Theatre 

Matthew is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for starring in multiple Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including his portrayal of Link Larkin in Hairspray on Broadway, and for his role as Will Schuester on the Fox television show Glee. Morrison received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza.  He starred as the lead role of J.M. Barrie in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland.

Joe Abraham - Masterclass

Musical Theatre Dance 

Joe Abraham is a veteran performer and teacher who has been working in show business for nearly 20 years… He has been on Broadway and around the country in shows such as Hairspray, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Shrek The Musical, CATS, Singin’ in the Rain and Young Frankenstein… among others.  On television Joe has appeared in shows such as S.W.A.T., UnREAL, Revenge, Hart of Dixie, How to Get Away with Murder, and the FX Mini Series American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.  He also made his feature film debut working with Clint Eastwood in Jersey Boys.

Joe has a passion for teaching and has his first book titled The Thriving Artists is now recommended or required reading in theater departments at several major universities across the country.  The Thriving Artists teaches young performers how to live an inspired life, build an empowered career, and all while having plenty of money in the bank while doing it! 

 

Joe’s Audition Workshop is a truly transformative experience for all participants involved.  Joe takes students through all of the facets of what it takes to succeed not only in a Broadway level audition, but also in any interview or high-stakes situation.  This workshop gives everyone specific tools to deal with fear, how to perform under pressure, and insider tips on how to actually enjoy the process!  Students leave with a new sense of empowerment and a massive feeling of freedom for every audition they have in the future.  (www.Joe-Abraham.com) (www.TheThrivingArtists.com

Rick Messina. CSA - Masterclass

Televison & Film 

Rick Messina currently works at Rachel Tenner Casting.  Casting Director Credits include: VUDU / MGM series Mr. Mom, the Audience Network series Hit the Road starring Jason Alexander and the Viceland series What Would Diplo Do?, starring James Van Der Beek.  Prior he worked with McCarty/Abellera Casting as a Casting Director on the STARZ series Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart and as an Associate Casting Director on the Netflix Series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and the Sony feature Jumanji staring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart & Jack Black. Past projects include: The TBS pilot World's End written by Jonathan Ames, the FOX Series The Grinder starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage, The New Line Cinema feature Keanu and CBS films' Middle School, The Worst Years Of My Life.  He recently served as casting director on the independent movie After The Reality starring Matthew Morrison & Sarah Chalke. He also worked on 3 seasons of the hit Comedy Central series, Workaholics starring Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Blake Anderson.   Rick has also helped to cast the Disney feature Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, and two pilots for ABC, The Pro starring Rob Lowe and An American Education starring Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez.  Rick has worked on two Amazon pilots, Betas and Bowsers and the WB/CW pilot The Carrie Diaries produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The OC, Gossip Girl).  Prior to that, Rick served as a casting associate for the number one rated soap, The Young and the Restless.  Rick has worked on such projects as Parenthood, United States of Tara, Enlightened, Terra Nova, Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes, and Yes Man with Jim Carrey. While working in New York, Rick helped to cast several Broadway shows, including Nine to Five, Wicked, Cry Baby, and Legally Blonde with the renowned casting director, Bernie Telsey. Rick graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor of arts in theatre arts/film with a minor in business.  Rick is also an alumnus from the Orange County School of the Arts.

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