meet the agr staff

Jennifer Rudolph, Founder

Jen has always had a passion for helping actors succeed. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a casting director under the tutelage of Jeff Mitchell and eventually became a partner at Mitchell/Rudolph Casting. Jen has cast over 40 films and television shows and has helped start the careers of such actors as Michelle Monaghan, Kate Bosworth and Ian Somerhalder.  While a casting director, Jennifer began teaching audition technique classes and from there created The Actor's Green Room. She believes that every actor has an organic spark that if nurtured properly can become something amazing. To quote FIELD OF DREAMS, "If you build it, they will come.”

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Trish Blair, Operations Administrator 

Trish is a Southern transplant to New York City and learning to live that Big Apple life. She graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Opera Performance. Trish performed as a Mezzo-Sporano with Opera Carolina in Charlotte in their main stage productions as well as their educational outreach programs following her graduation. While music is still a passion and a huge part of her life, she is extremely excited for the opportunity to explore other aspects of the business, for which The Actor's Green Room is a wonderful resource. 

Courtney Rose, Operations Administrator 

Courtney is a classical singer with her degree in Opera Performance from SUNY Purchase. Upon graduating, she has performed numerous musical concerts, including the Baroque Workshop at Queens College and singing with the Riverside Choral Society. She has worked in administration with both the New York City Opera and the New York Philharmonic, and is thrilled to now be a part of the team at AGR. She currently resides in Queens.

Peter Johnston, Programmer

Peter is a comedian and writer that can be seen around the city performing with the children's theater group Story Pirates, in various sketch and improv shows at UCB and Reckless Theatre, as well as the countless bars that have decided to sell drinks by putting on shows. Originally from Philadelphia, Peter graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Theater in 2014.


Bettina Bilger, Industry Liaison

Bettina is an actress, writer and casting director, which gives her tremendous insight into this unique business. She loves the great creative processes involved and takes pride in being able to bring the best caliber of casting directors and agents that NYC has to offer to our Actor's Green Room.


Debbie Troche

Debbie is a working NYC actor who has appeared on TV, film and stage. Debbie enjoys helping actors by sharing the knowledge she's learned through her years of hosting intensives at AGR; and by teaching her Audition Workout class which helps actors bring their class and audition scenes to the next level. She finds that working with actors deepens her own understanding of both the business and the craft. Debbie loves being a part of the AGR community because Big Bird always taught her to share. She is also available for private coaching. 


Canedy Knowles

Canedy has been a part of AGR since the beginning and has had the pleasure of watching the careers of many actors blossom through their involvement at AGR - including her own.  She has appeared in numerous feature films, TV shows, plays and commercials.  Currently, she has recurring roles on BRAVO's "Odd Mom Out" and CBS' "Blue Bloods" and performs weekly with the Off-Broadway improv show "Chicago City Limits".  At AGR, Canedy teaches the Tuesday Night Class, and does limited coaching (when her daughter, Boss Davis, allows). 


Jane Dashow

Jane is a working actor and voice over talent. She loves helping actors find their “voice” and get to the next level of their own success. She enjoys both sides of the camera and all parts of the creative process. Being a reader has helped her own career and given her the chance to be the den mother of all the performers. Jane also offers on-camera, voice over coaching, and reel editing.  Email her for more details or check out her website. 


Josh Hemphill

Josh has been an actor since a very young age. He Has performed in Off Bway and regional theaters and has appeared in several commercials/print. Josh loves being a part of The Actor's Green Room because it constantly helps you improve yourself as an actor. His favorite part about being involved with The Actor's Green Room is all of the wonderful and dedicated people you get to meet in the industry. Josh also offers consultations, email him for more details or check out his website: http://joshhemphillagrconsults.weebly.com

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Shannon Hamm, Social Media Assistant / Monthly Challenge Coordinator 

Shannon is an actress, producer and meditation teacher in NYC. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Shannon spent her entire childhood performing in any way she could. Her first moment on stage was at age 3 for a dance recital and from that moment forward she knew she wanted to be an artist. After high school, she moved to New York City to study in the Integrated program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Shortly after graduation, Shannon was lucky enough to land a job doing background work on the hit CBS Drama, The Good Wife. For 6 seasons, she was able to take in all that she could about the professional television and film world, all the while studying and pursuing speaking roles in indie projects and student films. Working behind the scenes at The Actors Green Room, Shannon has learned an invaluable amount about what happens on the other side of the table and in the audition room. She knows that the creative process encompasses so much more than just the talent on screen and loves the team process involved in making a film or television show come to life. Being on multiple AGR Monthly Short Film Challenge teams gave her opportunities to grow more as a producer and filmmaker and she is now thrilled to be the coordinator for the AGR Monthly Short Film Challenges.


Latisha Di Venuto, IMMERSION Support 

After a life threatening hospitalization in July, 2011 from an unforeseen development of Juvenile (Type I) Diabetes, atisha decided that life was too short to not live for her true passions: The Arts and humanity.  She appreciates every opportunity that she has been presented with to learn and grow as an actor. She loves The Actor's Green Room, AGR'tists and the positive community that Jen and the amazing AGR staff have fostered. In-between classes, auditions and stand up shows, Latisha enjoys hanging out with her family/friends, meeting new people, and eating buffalo wings with ranch. She also loves music, dancing like nobody is watching, and doing marathons... of tv shows. 


Sarah Baskin, Guest Scene Study Teacher 

Sarah Baskin is an actor, teacher, & private coach who has worked professionally in NY for close to a decade. She is a Master Teacher at the LA's #1 acting school, Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, helping build the NY studio into the thriving school it is today. In her classes, she guides her students to the next level of their work and career - everything from booking their first co-star to series regular roles. In the past year alone, her private coaching clients have booked roles on shows including, "Madame Secretary", "New Girl", "Untitled HBO/Rock&Roll Project", "The Following", "Power", "Law&Order: SVU", "The Blacklist" as well as several feature films including Stereotypically You and Price for Freedom. Sarah truly enjoys teaching at AGR because it attracts such passionate, curious students and artists who are willing to do the work to get to the next level in their art as well as their career. The "AGRtists" in her classes are eager to go the extra mile to become the actors they want to be. The classes are small, so the intimate environment allows for deep, personal work. In addition, it is fantastic to work in an environment that puts a strong emphasis on "inner work" - this attracts the type of actors who, while becoming better versions of themselves as actors, just might also become better versions of themselves as humans.


Kaye Tuckerman, Guest Scene Study Teacher 

Kaye Tuckerman is an award winning artist, who has worked all over the world as a director, actor, singer and teacher.  Having worked with high profile companies from around the world including;  Nina Lannan & Associates, Bespoke Theatricals, The Really Useful Group, Cameron Mackintosh Limited, Disney Theatrical Productions, Gordon/Frost, and Duet Productions, Kaye has extensive knowledge of the audition process from the perspective of both the actor, director, and casting director. She has coached actors for many years, in the art of audition preparation with consistently successful results.   Past students have successfully auditioned for some of the world’s best acting conservatories including WAAPA (training ground for Hugh Jackman), NIDA, (training ground of Cate Blanchett), and Lasalle University (Singapore), and have gained contracts on Londons prestigious West End, the Australian Opera Company, International Tours of high profile musicals, as well as film and television placements. . Specializing in monologue, scene coaching and song interpretation for theater, musical theater, film & television, Kaye works to create a relaxed, positive atmosphere, and get the best out of every student.  Kaye has been the Associate Casting Director and Casting Director for musicals such as The Lion King (Australia), Tivoli (Sydney Dance Company) respectively, and has been on selection panels for drama institutions in Australia and Asia. and film & televsion castings in New York and Kenya.  Kaye’s vast knowledge of acting technique comes from her tertiary education at Australia's most prestigious Arts Education Institutions: WAAPA and NIDA, as well as 25 years of professional experience as an actor, and director.  Kaye's sessions are structured to showcase each actor’s individual strengths and encourage bold unique choices to make each audition stand out from the crowd.  Offering one on one coaching as well as small group sessions, Kaye conducts coaching in person in New York City, and internationally via Skype. For more information please email kayetuckerman@gmail.com


Nichole Yannetty

Nichole Yannetty is an actress, improviser, and comedian. She can be seen in numerous web-series, improvising around NYC and in sketch comedy shorts that she writes and produces. It's all about who you know and who knows you in this business. Nichole is super excited to join The Actor's Green Room where industry gets to know the best you due to the great classes and supportive staff. 


Kelly Tuohy

Kelly is a working actor, both onstage and in front of the camera. She brings years of professional experience to AGR and believes the most successful actors are able to marry their honed acting craft and keen business sense; AGR helps actors do both. She has experienced firsthand how AGR's supportive guidance, coaching and introductions can foster careers and she's elated to be part of such a nurturing environment.  


Lianna Nielsen

Lianna is an actress, improviser, writer and producer. She has been seen in films, on television and on stage here in NYC. Most recently in David Cross's feature film, “Hits,” and performing with her improv team "The Snatch Menagerie." Lianna is grateful to be a part of The Actor's Green Room because it’s a wonderfully supportive community that provides the perfect environment for actors to perform their best work for industry.  



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Kristin Hanggi, Co-Founder of C.R.E.A.T.E. Workshops

Kristin Hanggi is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages, which received five Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Direction of a Musical. She has directed the productions on Broadway, the West End, Australia, Toronto, Las Vegas, and two National Tours.

Kristin made her feature directorial debut with Grantham & Rose starring Jake T. Austin and Marla Gibbs. Ms. Hanggi recently directed her follow-up, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List, an adaption of Rachel Cohn & David Levithan's novel of the same name, starring Victoria Justice. For television, Ms. Hanggi adapted and directed the hit book series, Dear Dumb Diary into a musical movie, under Executive Producer Jerry Zucker for Walden Media.

Ms. Hanggi's other stage productions include the acclaimed pop opera bare, which ran to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles and off-Broadway. bare brought Ms. Hanggi numerous accolades including the Ovation Award for Best Musical, LA Weekly Award for Best Musical, and the Robby Award for Best Director.

She also directed the initial production that launched the Pussycat Dolls, Pussycat Dolls Live at the Roxy with stars Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, and special guests Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Brittany Murphy, Nikka Costa, and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron.Among other exciting projects, Kristin is working alongside Amy Heckerling to develop Ms. Heckerling's hit 1995 film Clueless into a musical for the stage.Ms. Hanggi graduated with her Masters from USC after receiving her Bachelors from UCLA in Theater. In June of 2013, Kristin returned to her alma mater when she received the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award. For everything Kristin Hanggi visit: http://kristinhanggi.com/

Kristin currently teaches ongoing workshops in Los Angeles and New York that helps artists connect to their spiritual self.


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Natalie Roy, Co-Founder of C.R.E.A.T.E. Workshops

Natalie Roy is an actor, author and holistic teacher.  She has performed across North America on stage and screen and has appeared in such projects as: The Affair, Law and Order: SVU, The Detour, Power, The Following, Being Erica, Murdoch Mysteries and in two films directed by award winning director Sidney Furie. Natalie authored her first book: 30 Years, 30 Lessons several years ago and has since collaborated on The I’mPossible Project and the upcoming CREATE Book: Let’s Play! Natalie is a 500 hour certified Yoga Teacher and a meditation teacher specializing in Visualization technique, positive psychology for actors, the Yoga Sutras and taking ancient Eastern philosophy and practices and bringing them into the audition room and onto set. Natalie is passionate about bringing together the practices and techniques of meditation, mindfulness and “learned optimism” with the artistic process.  Natalie Co-Founded C.R.E.A.T.E to do just that. “Nothing makes me happier than creating and seeing others live a life they love, doing the same. My career and life transformed when I began using holistic tools in my creative projects and process. It is my deepest passion to empower other artists to learn how to do the same. These tools are a game changer. They are the foundation for a career of longevity, success and joy.” Natalie Roy.WWW.NATALIEROY.COM

Check out Natalie's recent interview in Indieactivity! 


Zinarta Judea Cruse, C.R.E.A.T.E. Creative Director

Zinarta is an International Woman Filmmaker telling stories that reflect the human experience. She embodies being a loving stand for Diversity & Inclusion from Script development stage to filming story in role of Actress, Director, Writer, or Producer. She was destined to be a storyteller with her name z-in-art....with last A standing for "Always" ( just guessing). She also believes in the power of service and contribution as a key part of one’s life fulfillment. She currently Volunteers as an Crisis Counselor & Advocate for CVTC, a not-for-profit and Co-Leader & Training Facilitator for OutSmartNYC, another non-profit.She is grateful to have discovered the C.R.E.A.T.E. community in January 2016 and has taken many of the classes that C.R.E.A.T.E. has to offer. She continues to experience first hand the radical transformative power of being immersed in this dynamic community. Zinarta is trained in Meditation Therapy with C.R.E.A.T.E. Co-Founder, Natalie Roy. After having private sessions with C.R.E.A.T.E. Co-Founder, Kristin Hanggi she came to the idea to do “Path Work” and use gifts she had studied for 9 years with various mentors. Zinarta works one-on-one integrating Native American tools, Eastern Medicine, Ecstatic Dance, Sound Healing, & Celtic traditions during “Path Work” Sessions. www.Zinarta.com.

Shannon Hamm, Guided Meditations 

Shannon is an actress, producer and teacher who is trained in spiritual meditation and meditation therapy by C.R.E.A.T.E. co-founder, Natalie Roy. Shannon specializes in visualization to help guide artists to their deepest most authentic self. After seeing how much meditation practice and the C.R.E.A.T.E. series helped her in her own life and work, she wanted to obtain the tools necessary to help share it with others in her community and beyond. She truly believes that every actor and artist is also a strong, much needed healer in this world. Shannon likes to incorporate the use of DoTERRA essential oils and music to help deepen emotional and physical healing in her classes.