Staff

 

Jen Dede

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Jen Dede is a working actress, writer, and producer. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the prestigious Theatre School of DePaul University. Upon graduation, Jen worked extensively for the most well respected theatres in Chicago including: The Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and the Writers' Theatre where she received critical acclaim for her work. She moved from Chicago to L.A. to pursue a career in Film and Television and she began taking classes with Warner in 2002. Since then, Jen has appeared in many films and television programs on networks across the dial. She is also a member of the renowned Antaeus Classical Theatre Company. In addition, Jen has written several television projects, and is developing 2 new pilots that she has co-written. She has also just finished producing a feature film. Jen trains both privately and as a student in Warner's Master Class.For more information and a full list of Jen's credits, please visit: www.jendede.com.

Contact her at jen@warnerloughlin.com

 

Wendy Haines

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Wendy is a working actress and enjoys television, film and commercial success.  After being the youngest person ever to complete the Professional Actors Training Program at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Wendy’s career took her from Austin to Seattle, to touring nationally and internationally.  Wendy finally landed in Los Angeles where she studied with Dee Wallace-Stone, Ivanna Chubbuck, and Art Wolff before landing at Warner Loughlin Studios in 2007.  For four years, Wendy was the Artistic Director for City at Peace, Los Angeles— a program that brings together a large, socio-economically diverse, cast of teens to combine social change with the performing arts.  Wendy is also the founder of Illumine Education/Entertainment where she enjoys being a workshop developer/instructor and a life-career coach, sharing what she has discovered along the way about being more successful and fulfilled in life.  Wendy is thrilled to serve on the staff of Warner Loughlin Studios and share Warner’s technique.  For a list of Wendy's credits and more information about her, please visit her website at www.wendyhaines.com.

Contact her at wendy@warnerloughlin.com

 

Elena Evangelo

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Born and raised in Manhattan, Elena is an actress, writer, and filmmaker. A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in English and French; Elena went on to earn her M.F.A from USC, School of Cinematic Arts, graduating Phi Kappa Phi.

A recipient of the Jeffery Jones Screenwriting Scholarship and the Ray Stark/Ted Turner MGM Award, she continued her education in Paris studying French Theater with Tisch School of the Arts. In 2000, Elena began studying at Warner Loughlin Studios.

Elena's acting work includes: The Bride, G.I Joe Rise of Cobra, Purpose and is slated to star in East of Byzantium. She can be seen in the television shows Justified, Touch, Revenge, Body of Proof, Parenthood, House, CSI Miami, 90210, Monk, etc. And she has shot over 100 commercials and print campaigns.

Currently, Elena is directing MUSE, the feature length documentary exploring muses and their role in the Los Angeles art scene. She is also a published poet and is in pre-production for the feature length film, SHOWPIG.

Contact her at  elena@warnerloughlin.com

 

Stephen Van Dorn

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Stephen Van Dorn is a working actor, director, producer, writer, and musician. His career started in Denver at the age of 4 with church shows, school productions and as an actor/singer/dancer in the Colorado Children's Chorale. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in Theatre Arts and Sacred Music.

As a film and stage actor, Stephen has appeared in numerous independent films, and dozens of stage productions including: Silence! The Musical, Woyzeck (in the title role) at Ensemble Theater Company, and I Do I Do in Virginia Beach. His performing life has taken him from New York's Lincoln Center to Singapore, nearly each of the United States and much of Europe. Stephen is a proud member of Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood.

Stephen's directing career spans theater, film, and web-series, and his work has been nominated for an Ovation Award, LA Weekly Awards, and numerous other honors.

He has studied with Warner Loughlin since the first fledgling days of the studio in 2000, and, as an educator himself, is dedicated to the task of bringing actors the best tools available to them. For more information, please visit Stephen's page at www.stephenvandorn.net

Contact him at  stephen@warnerloughlin.com

 

Nikki DeLoach

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor
Born in a small town in South Georgia, Nikki DeLoach began her career in the entertainment business at the age of 8. By 12 years old, she became one of the new additions to "The Mickey Mouse Club" along with Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Ryan Gosling. After the show, Nikki went on to work both in the music industry, as a recording artist signed to RCA and BMG records, and as a actor in film and television. She was recently seen in "Love & Other Drugs" starring opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and working alongside Matthew Modine in the courtroom drama "The Trial." Nikki has several films coming out this year, including "Flying Lessons" opposite Maggie Grace and Hal Halbrook, "The River Why" with William Hurt, Amber Heard, and Zach Gilford, and the French comedy "Hollywoo." Television credits include series regular roles on NBC's "Windfall" and FOX's "North Shore." Nikki has also starred in various TV shows such as "Traffic Light," "The Defenders," "Cold Case", "Without A Trace" and "CSI: NY."

Nikki is an ardent advocate for education, and works with organizations that are committed to improving public education. While on set, Nikki pursued her goal of graduating college. In the spring of 2012, she finally achieved that goal, receiving her degree in Psychology and English from the University of Maryland.

In 2007, she found Warner Loughlin Studios and has been studying here ever since. Now, we can catch Nikki on a weekly basis as Lacey Hamiliton on MTV's #1 new scripted show, "Awkward." "Awkward" has been deemed the "the best new scripted series of the summer," by "The New York Times." While ratings soar, it continues to be reviewed as a "must see" by all the critics. "Awkward: airs Tuesday nights at 11pm on MTV.

Contact her at  nikki@warnerloughlin.com

 

Ariel Joseph Towne

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Joe Towne is a working actor, writer and director. He studied theatre, film and psychology at the University of Southern California, where he was an Irene Ryan nominee for his work as an actor. After college, Joe had original plays produced in Los Angeles, New York and Santa Fe New Mexico and spent four seasons at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival as an actor and a director. Fringe roles include Hal in Proof, Constantine in The Notebook of Trigorin (Tennessee Williams' adaptation of The Seagull- a UK premiere,) Vince in Sam Shepard's revised Buried Child (UK Premiere), Jeff in SubUrbia (UK Premiere), Mr. Pink in the Quentin Tarantino-sanctioned stage production of Reservoir Dogs (UK Premiere), the title role in Women and Wallace and Hank in Marvin's Room.

Joe also performed in and directed at the French/American Festival for the Arts at the Pierre Cardin Theatre in Paris and went on to perform around the world in the cult stage hit The Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes for almost 7 years. A run which culminated in a special private performance for George Lucas at both Skywalker Ranch and at Lucasfilm/Skywalker Sound.

His first film as a writer/director was an animated short called Star Wars 2.5: The Pitch Wars and was an audience favorite - winning awards in festivals all over the United States (NY, Los Angeles, Houston) and ended up traveling the world as part of a digital film festival which won an award in the Best Animated Short category. He has gone on to write and produce a handful of films including; See How They Run, You Called and The Slip. His hit web series: Friends In Therapy premiered at the HollyWeb Festival in April 2013.

Joe has guest starred on shows for NBC, ABC, SHOWTIME and FOX and has appeared in studio features for Paramount and 20th Century Fox. He has been studying at Warner Loughlin Studios since 2008.

Contact him at  joe@warnerloughlin.com

 

Hillary Tuck

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Hillary has enjoyed a professional acting career for the last 20 years. She began her journey as a child actor of 14 when she decided to follow her dream of acting and move from Texas to Los Angeles to pursue film and television. Before the age of 19, she had racked up two series regular roles for NBC and Disney, studio films, several guest starring roles on network TV and over 10 national commercials. Hillary has worked steadily ever since. Her most recent television credits include The Mentalist, NCIS, Franklin & Bash, Necessary Roughness and A&E's Longmire. Hillary has guest starred in over 20 shows, and been a series regular on several pilots. Her last film, Wrong Cops, directed by Quentin Dupieux and starring Marilyn Manson, was an official selection at both Sundance and Locarno Film Festivals. Throughout her career Hillary studied many acting techniques and philosophies, but found the most success and creative fulfillment with the Warner Loughlin technique when she came to the studio in 2011. Having been in this business since she was a child, Hillary has gleaned how to adapt and succeed in an ever changing business, keep her strategy fresh as she crossed over into new age ranges and character types, and most importantly - hold onto her passion and creativity. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her experience and insight with the community at Warner Loughlin Studios.

Contact her at  hillary@warnerloughlin.com

 

Eric Hunicutt

Certified Warner Loughlin Comedy Instructor
Improv Instructor

Eric is a working actor, director, writer and teacher based in Los Angeles. As an actor, Eric has appeared in television, feature and short films, plays, commercials, and hundreds of improv shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and touring across the country - including over a decade as a member of the acclaimed improv ensemble The Reckoning.

Eric's directing work includes world premieres, plays, solo shows, sketch comedy revues, short films, commercials, and web series. Stage productions include shows at IAMA Theatre Co., Skylight Theater Company, Casa 0101, Tryptych Theater Co., The NY Fringe Festival, The Second City (L.A. & Chicago), Upright Citizen's Brigade, iO West & iO Chicago, The Lost Studio, The Comedy Central Stage, Piccolo Spoleto Fringe, as a Guest Artist and faculty member in the Department of Theatre & Dance at The University of California San Diego, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

In Los Angeles, Eric teaches at Steppenwolf Classes West, Warner Loughlin Studios, The Art of Acting Studio, iO West, and is a guest artist and teacher at California State University's annual Summer Arts intensive.

For more info, please visit www.erichunicutt.com

Contact him at eric@warnerloughlin.com.

 

Terryn Westbrook

Certified Warner Loughlin Comedy Instructor

Terryn Westbrook has been a working actor for the last 15 years, enjoying success in television, film and commercials.

Terryn grew up a military brat, living all over the world from Japan to Mississippi. After studying theatre and electronic music at University of South Florida and Middlesex University in London, Terryn headed to Los Angeles where she began popping up in television shows such as House, Parks and Recreation, Weeds, Gilmore Girls, New Adventures of Old Christine, 90210, and How I Met Your Mother, independent films such as "Congratulations," "Four Boxes" and David Lynch.

Contact her at  terryn@warnerloughlin.com

 

Megan McNulty

Director of the Young Actors Program
Foundation Instructor

Megan McNulty is a working actress, producer, writer and educator. She holds her Master of Teaching in Special Education and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Virginia. Upon graduating, Megan moved to New York, where she worked in film, commercials, and extensively on stage, both regionally and within the city. While in NYC she originated numerous roles, including world premieres at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Abingdon Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Source. She also began a successful private tutoring business, which she then relocated to Los Angeles. Since moving to LA, Megan has continued working in television, film, national commercials, and theatre. Stage credits include the West Coast Premiere of Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God (LADCC, LA Weekly, GLAAD ensemble nominations) and The Baby Dance, which developed from scene work in Warner's Master Class. Megan has guest starred in various television shows and pilots, including "Friends With Better Lives," "How I Met Your Mother," "Still Standing," Showtime's "Huff," "Zoey 101," Lifetime's "Secret Lives of Wives" and "General Hospital" - opposite James Franco.

In addition, Megan is a busy writer and producer with several new television projects in development. Her half-hour comedy LICK IT, with creator Bert Royal ("Easy A") and producing partner, Christine Lakin, sold to a major cable network. She and Christine are now in development on an hour drama with Imperative ("Heroes Reborn") and an hour dramedy, TEACH, based on her private tutoring stories, with Director/Executive Producer, Scott Winant. Other current projects include MOMMIES, a half-hour comedy with Sundance Producer Jodi Redmond ("The Witch") and fellow writer/creator Carissa Kosta, an animated and reality series, and an hour drama, LESS THAN SAINTS, which she wrote based on her Irish family.

As a certified educational specialist with 15 years in the field, Megan is experienced with curriculum, individualized instruction and creative teaching strategies. She brings this unique perspective to actors of all ages and is committed to meeting their specific needs and developing a plan to help them grow. Megan is thrilled to combine her passions for acting and education in her work with the Young Actors and Foundation Programs.

For more information and a full list of Megan's credits, please visit www.meganmcnulty.biz.

Contact her at  megan@warnerloughlin.com

 

Kimberly Bigsby

Certified Warner Loughlin Technique Instructor

Kimberly Bigsby is a working actress, producer and writer. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Texas Tech University graduating with a double major in Theater Arts and Dance. She began her professional career in her teens, touring as a national performer for Six Flags Amusement Parks. In college, Kimberly received her first film role starring in the Lifetime film "What Matter's Most." She now works regularly in film, television and commercials. Her favorite credits include: NBC's "The West Wing," and the award winning independent film "Where God Left His Shoes." She also recently worked as a consulting producer on the CBS comedy pilot "Stand Your Ground." Kimberly is currently slated to appear opposite Ryan Phillippe in the film "A Civil Right," as well as continuing work writing her debut feature film "Birds Of Prey."

In addition to her passion as an actor, Kimberly is also a credentialed K-12 educator, specializing in "on set" tutoring for young working actors. She loves working alongside her fellow actors as a teacher, student, and colleague. She couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of the impeccable Warner Loughlin Studios instructor staff. Kimberly has been a member of WLS since 2008 studying under Warner in her Master Workshop. The profound change WLS brought on in her work as an actor is incomparable to any other. She will always continue to be a part of this wonderful studio and is proud to be able to pass along all she has learned to her students.

Contact her at kimberly@warnerloughlin.com.

 

Aimee Parker

Certified Warner Loughlin Comedy Instructor
Young Actors Program Instructor

Aimee is a working actor who made her way to Los Angeles after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Virginia. Aimee has had successes on both stage and screen with notable credits including roles on PARKS & RECREATION, CASTLE, CSI: NY, SCANDAL and a 2013 pilot for NBC called HOLDING PATTERNS. She has appeared on stage as a member of several theatre companies, earning an ADA Nomination for Best Ensemble in 2005 in an experimental play called "Urban Death." Aimee currently recurs on two web series; both series written, directed and produced by fellow WLS studio members.

In addition to working as an actor, Aimee has spent countless hours on studio sets and in exclusive casting rooms given her extensive work as both a personal assistant to celebrity talent and as a seasoned reader for pilot producer sessions and studio/network tests. Experiencing the business in these two capacities has given Aimee invaluable insight that can often be elusive to and/or "mythical" for us actors. Fear not, she's quick to share the lessons she's learned with her students and peers.

After many years exploring the varied techniques and studios that Los Angeles has to offer, Aimee was referred to Warner Loughlin in 2008. She responded immediately to the positive energy and environment, the incomparable instructors, and a method of study that took her acting to the next level within mere months. She's called WLS her home ever since and is exceedingly proud to be joining the staff, hopefully paying forward the joy and wisdom that Warner and the studio have brought her.

Side note: Aimee has spent many years - past and present - as a youth mentor, camp counselor and academic tutor. That said, she's a total pro when it comes to kickin' it with young people.

Contact her at aimee@warnerloughlin.com.

 

Chelsea Taylor

Young Actors Program Instructor

Chelsea Taylor is a working actress. She grew up performing in regional theatre in Houston, Texas. Throughout school she was very active in theatre and sports, excelling at tennis, volleyball, and competitive cheerleading. She spent most summers teaching at tennis and cheerleading camps for kids. After graduating high school early, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her love of acting, completing the Conservatory Program at The New York Film Academy. She then continued her studies, attending highly respected studios including Playhouse West, and of course, Warner Loughlin Studios where she began studying in 2009. Her theatre credits include "Fool for Love," "Imagining Brad," "Laundry and Bourbon," and "When Hope Arrives," which premiered at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her film and television credits includes CBS's "NCIS: Los Angeles" and the independent film "Lie." She is currently developing a TV show called "Euston Prep" which she is producing with her sister, Kacy Bartleigh. She is madly in love with the Warner Loughlin technique and is thrilled to be able to share it with the Young Actors' Program.

Contact her at chelsea@warnerloughlin.com.

 

Jamie Wollrab

Voice and Movement Instructor

Jamie Wollrab is a jack of trades in the voice and movement arena.  He has worked extensively at New York’s Actors Movement Studio under the guide of Lloyd Williamson.  He also studied the Michael Chekov Technique for two years with Lenard Petit, and the Linklater Technique for four years with Nancy Mayans and Peggy Loft.  Jamie has MFA form Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University with William Esper.  He currently works as a director, actor, dialect coach, and fight choreographer.  He is the Artistic Director of Triptych Theatre.

Contact him at jamie@warnerloughlin.com