Faculty: Acting For The Camera

Faculty

image002Judith Moreland

Judith teaches acting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is a seasoned actress who has performed both on and Off-Broadway and has worked with many theater companies including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theater Los Angeles and Shakespeare Festival/LA. Additionally, she was a company member of San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater for many years. Ms. Moreland won an Ovation Award for her performance in the Fountain Theater’s production of Miss Julie and a Bay Area Theater Critics Award for her performance in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Miss Evers’ Boys. Her film and television credits include Dark Skies, Eagle Eye, Blackish, Parenthood, Grey’s Anatomy, Parks and RecreationGeneral Hospital, The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist and Castle. She has taught at Stanford University, American Conservatory Theater, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Oxford University for the British American Drama Academy. Judy is not only an instructor, but a co-creator of this program.

image004David Dean Bottrell

David is a veteran character actor whose television work includes many guest and recurring roles on such shows as Justified, Mad Men, True BloodModern Family, Longmire, NCIS, Criminal MindsLaw and Order: SVU, Castle, Boston Legal and Days of Our Lives to name just a few. Since 2009, He’s taught a popular L.A. camera acting class as well as teaching frequent workshops for the SAG Conservatory, SAG-AFTRA’s continuing education department and the Actors Link. Since 2012, he has taught acting and camera technique for both the New York and the Los Angeles Campuses of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition, he has an extensive theatre background and has also written screenplays for many of the major studios in Hollywood.

alicia_coppolaAlicia Coppola

Alicia is currently recurring on Showtime’s Shameless and is starring in the soon to be released Feature film A Cowgirl’s Story opposite Baliee Madison. Alicia is also recurring on CBS’s NCIS LA and recently co-starred opposite Zac Efron in Max Joseph’s Feature film We Are Your Friends. She has recently appeared on TruTv’s Those Who Can’t, FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, CBS's Criminal Minds and as the Iconic role of Talia Hale on MTV's Teen Wolf. During Alicia's career, she's been known for the role of Lorna Devon on NBC's long running soap opera Another World, has starred in television series such as CBS's Jericho, TNT's Bull, NBC's Cold Feet, and Trinity, to name a few. She has recurred on ABC FAMILY's Nine Lives of Chloe King and USA's Common Law, and is highly recognizable for her roles in CBS's CSI and Two and a Half Men, NBC's Law And Order: Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan, USA's Suits and the Feature film National Treasure 2, Book Of Secrets. You might also know Alicia's voice as she has an extensive voice over career, as the tag voice of Acura, the voice of Kikkoman, Publix, the trailer of Pedro Almodovar's Volver, and "She Hulk" in the Iron Man games to name just a few. Alicia is a published author. Her book Gracefully Gone is a decade long dialogue between Alicia and her father Matt, as he lay dying from brain cancer while she struggled to grow up within that murky shadow. Alicia is from Long Island, NY and holds a Bachelors Degree from NYU in Political Anthropology and Philosophy. She currently lives in California with her husband and their three daughters.

Timothy Davis-Reed

Timothy is a veteran of over 150 episodes of network television, including two seasons as a Series Regular Sports Night and 6 seasons as White House Press Reporter Mark O’Donnell on the Emmy winning hit The West Wing.  Other television appearances include Big Love, Studio 60, Monk, Desperate Housewives, 24, Scrubs, Arrested Development, 7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show, Still Standing, Will and Grace, Star Trek: Voyager and the Pilot Chestnut Hill.  He made his professional debut swinging a sword in Syracuse Stage’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac with John Cullum which later went on National Tour.  He’s played leading roles with Riverside Shakespeare, Manhattan Stage, Theatre at Monmouth in Maine, The New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and several productions for Syracuse Stage as well as numerous roles with leading theatre companies in Los Angeles.  He was Head of On-Camera Acting in the Syracuse University Drama Department from 2007 to 2017.  Since returning to Los Angeles full time, he has Guest Starred on such shows as NCIS, Lethal Weapon, Mom, What/If, Light As A Feather, as well as a recurring role on the mini-series Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. He recently reprised his role as Mark O’Donnell in A West Wing Special Benefit: When We All Vote, streaming now on HBO Max. He has featured roles in 3 independent films released in 2020: The Way You Look Tonight, Pink Skies Ahead, and No Running. 

nikki_deloachNikki Deloach

Born in a small town in South Georgia, Nikki always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She started dancing at the age of three which led to singing, modeling, and, eventually, acting. All of her hard work paid off and at the young age of 12, DeLoach became a member of The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears,Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling. After the show, DeLoach spent several years in Los Angeles pursuing acting where she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Bill Paxton in the movie The Traveller, and played Anthony LaPaglia's daughter in The Jimmy V Story, and TV series like Misery Loves Company. Soon after, she was offered the opportunity to venture into the music industry. She signed to RCA and BMG records, and became a part of the 90's girl group Innosense. Since then, DeLoach has gone on to enjoy a successful and diverse career as an actress in Hollywood. DeLoach recently wrapped MTV's #1 scripted and critically acclaimed show, Awkward, where she was considered one of television's "hottest moms" with her portrayal of Lacey Hamilton, the young and well-meaning mother of Jenna, the show's focus. The series was praised by fans and critics alike, and appeared on numerous "Best of TV Lists" including TV Guide's Hot List, Variety, USA Today, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Time Magazine, to name just a few. The series along with the cast was nominated for a Young Hollywood Award for Bingeworthy Television Show, as well as for a People's Choice Award for Best Cable TV Comedy. DeLoach has recently been seen guest starring on hit shows Grey's Anatomy, Castle, The Exes, NCIS, and Criminal Minds, and as a series regular on the popular show North Shore. Other credits include guest roles on CSI, CSI: NY, Ringer, Major Crimes, Sirens, Cold Case, Mad Men and Without A Trace, to name just a few. Some of DeLoach's most recent films include A Kind of Magic, Love & Other Drugs where she starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Flying Lessons opposite Maggie Grace and Hal Holbrook, and the French comedy Hollywoo. Outside of acting, DeLoach is dedicated to sharing her passions and idea with others. She started a blog with SheKnows.com that is a platform for women all over the world to come together through common experiences. She is also very well-versed in current events and enjoys sharing her views on politics and pop-culture as a guest panelist with The Young Turks Network and Dr. Drew On Call. DeLoach shares her love for acting by coaching at the renowned Warner Loughlin Studios. She also co-founded an organization called "iWe" (Industry that Works for Everyone), that fights for gender equality in the entertainment industry. With such a busy schedule, DeLoach works hard to find a happy balance between work and her personal life. It has been almost two years since she was blessed with a son, and a brand new role to tackle. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and watching football.

LAINIE KAZAN

Lainie Kazan is a visiting associate professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She is the embodiment of the word entertainer — an artist who has reached the pinnacle in virtually every area of performance. She has come a long way since she was Barbra Streisand’s Broadway understudy in Funny Girl. Once she was able to display her talent in two shows, she became the chanteuse of her native New York, with nightclub stints and guest appearances on virtually every top variety and talk show in network television, including an unparalleled 26 appearances on The Dean Martin Show. She even hosted her own variety special for NBC, and at the Playboy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York, opened the popular Lainie's Room and Lainie's Room East, respectively. The sensual magnetism Kazan exuded in her variety shows and nightclub acts attracted film directors and producers, leading quickly to roles in both film and television. After watching her perform at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola offered her a prominent role in One From the Heart (1982), which led to more acting opportunities. Her next role was in Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year (1982), starring Peter O'Toole, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Other films include Lust in the Dust (1985) with Tab Hunter and Divine; The Delta Force (1986) with Chuck Norris; Harry and the Hendersons (1987), directed by Steven Spielberg; Beaches (1988) opposite Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; 29th Street (1991) with Danny Aiello; The Cemetery Club (1993); The Associate (1996) with Whoopi Goldberg; Love Is All There Is (1996) with Renee Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Paul Sorvino; The Big Hit (1998) with Mark Wahlberg; The Crew (2000), with Burt Reynolds, Richard Dreyfus and Jennifer Tilly; What's Cooking? (2000) with Mercedes Ruehl, Julianna Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick and Alfre Woodard; Gigli (2003) with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez; Whiskey School (2005) with Olympia Dukakis, Mary Stuart Masterson and Gary Swanson; Bratz (2007); You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008), alongside Adam Sandler; and Beau Jest (2008), starring Seymour Cassell and Willie Garson. Kazan received critical acclaim for her role as Maria Portokalos in the blockbuster comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), which received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, and grossed more than $369 million at the worldwide boxoffice. She reprised the role of Maria in the CBS TV series My Big Fat Greek Life (2003) and the film's sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016). Kazan’s other television credits include The Paper Chase, for which she received a Cable ACE Award nomination; and St. Elsewhere, for which she was Emmy Award nominated. She was featured on Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210 and had recurring roles as Aunt Frieda on CBS'The Nanny, and as Kirstie Alley's mother on NBC's Veronica's Closet. She guest starred on CBS’ Touched by an Angel and starred in the Wonderful World of Disney TV movie Safety Patrol, opposite Leslie Nielsen. She guest starred on Will & Grace and co-starred with Virginia Madsen in the Lifetime Original Movie Tempted. She starred in TNT’s The Engagement Ring with Patricia Heaton, Vincent Spano and Tony Lo Bianco, helmed by Emmy-nominated director Steven Schachter. Other credits include the webisode In the Motherhood, opposite Leah Remini; ’Til Death, starring alongside Joely Fisher and Brad Garrett; Ugly Betty, with Vanessa Williams, America Ferrera and Judith Light; Desperate Housewives; Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy. Kazan received her bachelor of arts degree in speech and drama with a minor in education from Hofstra University. She studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, voice with Joseph Scott, and acting with Lee Strasberg. She is a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio.

 

KATIE AMANDA KEANE

Katie was born and raised in Kansas where she received her BFA in theatre. Her ultimate goal was always to move west, which she did, despite everything her mom made her watch on the news. She received her MFA in acting from Cal State University, Long Beach and has been a working actor for the past fifteen years. Katie was a series regular on the ABC family show Ruby and the Rockits where she got to perform alongside legendary teen heart throb David Cassidy and Academy Award winner Shirley Jones. It was pretty much the best job ever. She has also recurred and appeared in over thirty TV shows and films including: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Major Crimes, Rebel, The Exes, Without a Trace, NCIS, Notes from the Underbelly, How I Met Your Mother, Back in the Game, See Dad Run, Rizzoli & Isles, USS Alabama (f/x pilot), Prison Break, CSI:NY, Funny People, and My Name is Khan. Recently, Katie has been pursuing her career as a writer and producer, with a love for all things dark, funny, and slightly offensive. She has developed projects with Eric Tannenbaum (CBS, Two and a Half Men), Linda Wallem (co-creator Nurse Jackie, That 70’s Show) and rock legend Melissa Etheridge, Nat Bernstein (Ally McBeal, Doogie Howser, MD), Bold Soul Studios, Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Reno 911!), Avalon Studios, and CBS Studios. 

Megan McNulty

Born on Long Island, NY, and raised in Princeton Junction, NJ, Megan grew up on the stages of the McCarter Theatre and the Princeton Ballet. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with her Master of Teaching and BA in Theatre, Megan moved to New York, where she worked in film, commercials, daytime drama, and on stage - both regionally and within the city. She then relocated to Los Angeles and quickly started to accrue network, cable and pilot credits. Megan has guest starred on CBS, ABC, NBC, TNT, Showtime, Lifetime, Disney and Nickelodeon. Favorite credits include This is Us, How I Met Your Mother, and General Hospital, opposite James Franco. On stage, she has originated numerous roles, including world premieres at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Abingdon Theatre Company, and the LA premiere of Dog Sees God (ensemble nominations -LADCC, LA Weekly & GLAAD Awards).

As a certified educational specialist with 18 years in the field, Megan has managed a successful tutoring business, throughout NYC and LA, utilizing creative instructional methods to help her students master concepts and gain confidence. She is the creator and partner of The Tiny Tutor, a home learning system that guides parents on how to support their childrens’ early reading, writing and math development.  Megan has been thrilled to combine her passions for acting and education in her work at Warner Loughlin Studios in Hollywood. Here she serves as an in demand certified instructor and coach. She loves to mentor students of all ages in the classroom, and on set, and enjoys watching her clients star across feature films, cable, and network television. Known for her experience with curriculum, individualized instruction, and varied teaching strategies, Megan always brings her commitment to meet the specific needs of her actors and help them grow. She also serves on the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television Faculty in their Acting for the Camera Professional Program.  

As a producer, Megan’s first project, ½ hour comedy Lick It, with writer/creator Bert Royal (Easy A) sold to a major cable network. She has developed projects and scripts for Hallmark, MTV, Origin Entertainment, Imperative, and has been an ATX Television Festival finalist. She now has several TV projects in development, including a true crime series with EP/Dir. Scott Winant, writing partner, Nikki DeLoach, and co-writer Charlotte Chatton. 

TAYLOR NICHOLS

Taylor has been working in the entertainment industry for almost 30 years. This has afforded him the opportunity to bridge generations by working closely with the likes of Angela Lansbury, Shelley Winters, James Garner and Charlton Heston to currently starring in Hulu’s Emmy nominated Pen15 and HBO’s Perry Mason. Taylor is an award winning short filmmaker having directed Two Heterosexual Men... and Last Train and is an experienced producer with feature credits including The Next Step and Case 219. But Mr. Nichols is best know as an actor beginning his career with the Academy Award nominated Metropolitan, Barcelona and Boiler Room to Godzilla, Chappaquiddick and 1BR. TV credits include series regular roles on HBO’s Mind of the Married Man, Man of the People and many recurring roles on shows such as Friday Night Lights, Criminal Minds and The Last Tycoon. He has over one hundred guest starring roles and is an experienced theater actor and director having worked at the Geffen Theater in Los Angeles and Playwrights Horizon in NYC. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is a Creative Consultant at Meteor 17, a Los Angeles based production company.

image014Emily Rose

Emily received her B.A. in Theatrical Arts from Vanguard University and continued her studies at UCLA where she received her MFA in Acting from the School of Theater Film & Television. Rose most recently led five seasons of SyFy’s hit supernatural Stephen King drama series Haven playing FBI Agent Audrey Parker. Rose’s other TV series roles include Graceland, E.R., Brothers & Sisters, Jericho, and David Milch’s HBO series John From Cincinnati. Additionally she has guest starred in Private Practice, Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace and Cold Case. Rose also has a cult following for her role in the popular video game franchise Uncharted for which she voices and portrays the game’s heroine, Elena Fisher. While at UCLA, Emily was an active participant in Arts Bridge America, a program that fights to keep arts education in public schools, and also taught at the UCLA summer Youth Performance Conservatory. Theatrical roles include Sylvia in I Gelosi, Dorine in Tartuffe, and Beth in Wounded with the Los Angeles Theater Ensemble. Emily currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, son and miniature schnauzer.

Elizabeth Sampson

Elizabeth is an actor, director, spoken word artist, and playwright. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. program at The American Conservatory Theater.  Elizabeth’s play The Petoskey Stones has been performed at The Road Theatre Company and The Bay Theatre Company in Annapolis, MD (chosen for the New Women’s Voices in Theatre Festival Washington DC 2015). Her short play trilogy Irish Coffee was presented in succession at the Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival 2013 with Kathy Baker and Perry King. It Was The Lark 2014 with Michael O’Neill.  The Lighthouse in 2015. In 2016 her festival play Hell Is Empty was performed at the Road Theatre. As an actor Elizabeth has worked with numerous playwrights including Horton Foote, Wendy MacLeod, Teresa Rebeck, and playwright Craig Wright on Lady, The Unseen, and Melissa Arctic. While at A.C.T. she was asked to join the prestigious resident acting company where she performed in the west coast premiere of 1918, as well as Christmas Carol, and Twelfth Night.  Her NYC credits include Bringing’ Home the Girl (Here Space as co-writer and actor), King of the Moon (Present Company, director). As a Los Angeles based actor she has been seen in Detachments w/ Glenn Hedley at the Loretta Theatre Company. She is a founding company member of A Noise Within where she did The Way of the World. More LA theater credits include The Memorandum, The Dearest of Friends, Mr. Happiness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (w/ Carlos Bernard and Ashbury Actor’s Group) and Measure for Measure directed by Tina Packer for the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Elizabeth studied and performed at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. Other D.C. credits include, Ten Little Indians, Killing Real Estate Women.  She directed Spring Dance (Pepperdine University), King of the Moon (The Groundlings, Present Theatre Company

Her TV work includes – ‘The Passage’, recurring ‘Law and Order True Crime The Menendez Murders’ ‘Aquarius’, ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, ‘Law and Order: Los Angeles’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Private Practice’, ‘Without a Trace’, ‘E.R.’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Strong Medicine’, ‘The Unit’, ‘Cold Case’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘Medical Mystery Investigation’ and a long recurring on ‘The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire’. Film Work: ‘Last Rampage – The Escape of Gary Tison’, ‘Leaving Barstow’, ‘As Easy as Pie’, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (Sundance), ‘Disfigured’, ‘Modern Vampires’ (w/ Rod Steiger). 

She has been performing her short stories in the heralded Common Ground, Spark Off Rose, Melt In Your Mouth and Tree People spoken word events in Los Angeles for the last 18 years. She is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

image017Scott Alan Smith

Scott serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Road Theatre Company and has been the Summer Playwrights Festival Director since it began in 2010. At The Road he has directed Melissa Arctic by Craig Wright (LA Times Critic’s Pick), Sovereign Body (world premiere) , That Good Night (world premiere) and Lady by Craig Wright (4 Ovation nominations and 5 LA Weekly Award nominations with 2 wins) Scott also directed New York Mets (ADA nominated) and So Nice to See You (1 Dramalogue award), and The Petoskey Stones. Scott is co-author of King of the Moon which ran Off-Off Broadway, in Los Angeles at the Groundlings Theater and HBO Workspace and was made into a film for FOX Searchlab that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He directed Ed Harris for the L.A. Philharmonic's 2005 Season Opening Gala at Disney Hall, and Heart...Beat for the Boston Court’s Music at the Court series. His over 100 appearances in television and film include playing Kate Walsh’s therapist on 'Private Practice' appearing in 21 episodes. Other TV credits include The Fosters, State of Affairs, Revenge, Newsroom. (with Jeff Daniels), Rizzoli and Isles, Murder in the First, Hung, CSI: Miami, CSI:NY, CSI, Medium, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Next, Rules of Engagement, Bones, Three Rivers, True Blood, House, Chuck, The Closer, Veronica Mars, Big Love, Entourage, Justice, Philly (recurring), NYPD Blue, Boston Legal, Six Feet Under, 24, JAG, Alias, a recurring role as Dr. Jack Gannon on The Young and the Restless and others. Scott's film credits include A Matter of Faith, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Stargate, Mousehunt, D.C.9/11, Magnolia, Déjà Vu, Bewitched, The Ring, X-Files: The Movie, and Bounce. He is also featured in the documentary No Net about making intimate theater in Los Angeles. Scott trained at Arena Stage and the Studio Theater before earning his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, SDC and the Actor's Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, and is also a proud alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab West (Gold Medal Class of '05). He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pepperdine University.

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