meet the agr family
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 Manager / Programmer
Trish graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance in Opera. She has 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. Recently, she has made the transition to a Full Lyric Soprano and is loving all the new repertoire that comes with it! While music is still a passion and a huge part of her life, she is enjoying learning about other aspects of the industry. Trish has been with AGR for 2 years now has loved watching this amazing community grow.
Becca Beberaggi, Operations Administrator
Becca Beberaggi is a writer, comedian and performer born and raised in New York City. She has been featured in Time Out NY and described as, "A sharp writer, very funny and multi-hyphenated." She has also previously served as the assistant comedy producer and host of "Comedy Night" at Paste Magazine and is currently the editor of a humor blog called, "Lady-Saurus Comedy". You might see her performing in sketchy bars and not so sketchy bars from time to time but above all she's very excited to be a part of the AGR family! You can learn more about Becca on her Website: https://www.beccathetinyhuman.com/
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 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 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).
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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.
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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: www.joshhemphill.com
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Shannon Hamm, Social Media Assistant / Short Film Screening Series Coordinator
Shannon is an actress, producer, writer and meditation teacher. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, she spent her childhood jumping at any chance she had to perform. When she was accepted into the Integrated program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, she jumped at the chance and never looked back.
Shortly after graduation, Shannon was lucky enough to land a job doing core background work on the hit CBS Drama, The Good Wife. For six seasons, she was able to take in all that she could about the professional television and film world, all the while studying her craft and pursuing speaking roles in smaller projects.
Working behind the scenes on a huge network show as well as for AGR, Shannon has learned an invaluable amount about what happens on the other side of the table and in the audition room. She deeply understands 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. Shannon prides herself on knowing as much as possible about all aspects of filmmaking and thrives on a curiosity that is always looking for ways to learn more.
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Erin Roth, Short Film Screening Series Co-Coordinator
Erin Roth is a New York City based actor, writer, director and producer. She has been acting in theater, film and commercials for over a decade and loves to both create and inspire others to create their own work. Films she has produced have screened at international film festivals, including the Raindance Film Festival in London, and she currently has several pilots and a feature film in the works. When she isn’t acting and writing you can find her doing comedy improv at The PIT with her improv team Mama’s Pearl, where they have a run through the end of 2018. Erin is also a Registered Rodenburg Teacher, certified by internationally renowned voice and speech for Shakespeare teacher, Patsy Rodenburg. She loves teaching voice and speech for Shakespeare and coaching Shakespeare, and her passion is in empowering actors and non-actors alike through Shakespeare. AGR has been her business, artistic, and holistic home for many years and she is beyond thrilled to be joining Shannon Hamm and the AGR team as Assistant Coordinator of the Monthly Short Film Screening Series.
Latisha Di Venuto, ELEVATE Support
After a life threatening hospitalization in July, 2011 from an unforeseen development of Juvenile (Type I) Diabetes, Latisha 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 and the positive community that Jen and the amazing AGR staff have fostered. In-between classes, auditions and writing material for shorts / 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 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.
Natalie Roy, Guest Acting Teacher & ELEVATE Mentor
Natalie Roy is an Actress, Author, creator of the Activated Actor technique, and C.R.E.A.T.E Co-Founder 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline Duncan, Commercial Technique Teacher
Caroline is a commercial expert with over 70 principal roles booked in national commercials, ranging from IBM to SUVs to any fast food you can dream up, in addition to countless print ads, recurring network roles and film credits. Her students say: "Caroline is an innovator, she has a natural talent for for zoning in immediately on each actor's strengths, and setting you free of limiting habits that might be muddying your performance (and outlook on life!) She knows how to help you "use your smart and your heart" and makes it easy!" Her students have gone on to book national commercials, print ads and industrials, films and TV. Using common sense, intuition, radical authenticity and play, she creates a joyful space, where actors learn to merge instincts and logic to strengthen their spirits and their craft. She is an accomplished painter, composer, writer and director. Creating art and empowering artists is the greatest joy of her life. Her work is rooted in the belief that every one of us are in the right place at the right time, with precisely the tools we need to live a fabulously rich, unique life. www.thecarolineduncan.com
Kelly has years of professional experience on-camera, on-stage and in production. She believes the most successful actors are able to marry their honed 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. You can learn more about her at her website www.kellytuohy.com
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.
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.