Ashlyn Stallings is the graduate of a New York based Film Acting Conservatory and is a professional actor and dancer. Ashlyn can be seen in AMC's The Walking Dead, BET's The Quad, the award winning short film CUPCAKE, many independent films and her hands are pictured on many a mozzarella stick box! Ashlyn is also a resident member of the Victorian Gothic Horror troupe Phantasmagoria Atlanta. She writes and produces original work on stage and screen. Ashlyn believes she can do magic and is still waiting for her letter from Hogwarts. A lover of succulents, animals and fruit tarts.
Teacher, Marketing Manager
Lynn is a producer, director, casting consultant, on set acting coach and experienced talent manager in television and film. She has performed in over 30 musicals and hundreds of commercials, voice overs, radio dramas, and talk shows. Lynn began as a professional dancer, studying with Luigi, the Martha Graham Company, Rowland Dupree and the Dance Theatre Workshop. Her theatrical training includes the University Theatre Program, the Academy Theatre, Theatre Atlanta and the Alliance Theatre School. Lynn has taught at the University of Mississippi, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Alliance Theatre and is the founder and executive director of The Atlanta Workshop Players. She has written and produced 23 successful, family musicals.
After 20 years working as a decorated stunt man in LA, Dean is excited to call Georgia his home. He has over 25 years of stunt experience working closely with Disney and Universal Studios in their live shows and as a Director for The Hollywood Stunt Camp for kids, at Pali Overnight Adventures in Lake Arrowhead, CA. He also has on-camera acting credits on shows such as The Goldbergs, Nashville, and Scandal.
You can find out more about Dean’s stunt school at:
Bree Shannon is an alumnae of the Atlanta Workshop Players and the amazing, life-changing, impactful AWP Tour Company. With over 20 years of entertainment experience, she recently retired from Carnival Cruise Lines where she traveled all over the world and performed as a featured vocalist and dancer in their main stage production shows. She is currently a vocal teacher and works with local bands and productions in the city. She has recently been appointed as the founding drama teacher for a new charter school called Atlanta SMART Academy, where they focus on math, science and the arts. Bree has several commercial, voice-over, on-camera acting and theatre credits and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.
Bree loves sharing what she has learned and experienced. Even as a professional she is continually training to improve her own skills and abilities, and working to maintain knowledge of all the different
acting techniques. She is very excited to be teaching at the place she’s always considered HOME. So happy to be back AWP!
Teacher, Board Member
Taylor Ashley Knott is a Brooklyn, New York native who discovered her passion for the arts after watching the premiere of Missy Elliot’s Gossip Folks music video.
Taylor has over 9 years of theatre and dance experience and is so blessed to be apart of the AWP family. She is currently working on some upcoming projects that she believes will allow her to take the world by storm and she is super excited about it. When she is not focusing on her career as an actress she is dancing the night away with her friends and family.
Taylor Ashley Knott
Don has performed to critical acclaim in New York, Los Angeles and throughout the Southeast. He is a popular commercial talent and can be seen in The Resident, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits and Monsters, Freaky, Stan Against Evil, Raising Dion, Zoe Ever After, Turn: Washington's Spies, and Game of Silence...Don performed nationally as a stand up comedian, is an experienced stage combat choreographer who received his training with the Society of American Fight Directors, is a teacher, producer, director, editor, shoots independent, corporate projects, and is a published playwright.
Canedy has recurring roles on the BRAVO sitcom Odd Mom Out and Blue Bloods. She has portrayed many ridiculous characters on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Lifegame. She's been in Strangers with Candy, Saturday Night Live, Ugly Betty, numerous national commercials, Shortcut to Happiness, Mona Lisa Smile, The Departed, Enchanted, Spider-Man (if you don’t blink) and many independent films. She also won the prestigious "George Lucas Selects Award" for her impressive turn as Chewbacca in the short film For The Love of the Film. She always dreamed that one day George Lucas would recognize her talent and reward her, she just never imagined it would be for her portrayal of a Wookie.
Canedy has performed improv with Chicago City Limits, ImprovOlympics, LA TheatreSports, The PIT, at the LA Comedy Festival and is an original member of Luck Of The Draw-The Fully Improvised Musical.
And SO much more! www.CanedyKnowles.com
Josh Whitehead (they/them) is a NC Native and graduate from NC State University. With a degree in Religious Studies, a passion for volunteering and a lifetime of Scouting experience, Josh always knew that they wanted to work in non-profit.
They served as District Executive with the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Josh served in that position for three years, managing thousands of volunteers and programs for an even larger number of youth. Josh was responsible for events and fundraising campaigns for hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. They learned many valuable lessons about fundraising during that time, but none resonated more than this: People will always support causes that they care about. And frankly, it is easier to sell something that you are passionate about.
Josh loves to entertain and be entertained! They were the lead in three musicals in high school, blossoming a love for theatre. In college, they explored improv comedy, creative writing and script writing. Since then, they have begun doing stand-up comedy. In Josh's spare time, they enjoy board games and Dungeons & Dragons. Josh and their partner, Catie, have two cats, Oates and Charlie, and an enormous St. Bernard named Fitzsimmons.
Ambassador, On-Camera Acting
Hey fellow actors. I am kate Wilson. I am so excited to be working with AWP in the new ambassador program. I am a funny, athletic , hard working girl who loves to swim and act. I am 15 years old and a freshman at Northview high school. I am super excited for this coming year:)
MAYA ELIZABETH OLMOS,
Ambassador, Senior Company
Maya Elizabeth Olmos is a sophomore in high school from Atlanta, Georgia. She has been a part of AWP since June of 2019 and is currently in their Senior Company. She has been acting since she was eleven years old and has a passion for musical theatre, along with tv/film acting. Prior to joining Atlanta Workshop Players, Maya performed on stage in shows such as The Wizard of Oz Jr., Guys and Dolls Jr., and a play called I Never Saw Another Butterfly. At age 13, she did a web commercial for a new product called Toastilla. Maya is excited to start this new journey as an ambassador with the Atlanta Workshop Players and cannot wait for the experiences and opportunities ahead!
LUKE GRAYSON, Ambassador, Pro Company
Luke Grayson is a sophomore at Johns Creek High School and has been apart of the AWP team since he was in fourth grade. Some of his favorite roles include Kurt Kelly in Heathers the Musical, Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical, and LeFou in Beauty and the Beast. He is thrilled to start working behind the scenes at awp!
SAMANTHA LANE, Ambassador, Pro Company
Samantha Lane is a rising 9th grader from Atlanta, GA and is a Professional Company Member of the Atlanta Workshop Players. Some favorite roles include Fiona in Shrek Jr., Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Mia in A Midsummers Night’s Prom Dream, Veronica Sawyer in Heathers, and Heather McNamara in Heathers. In addition to her love of the stage, she is a singer/songwriter and plays guitar, ukelele, and violin. Samantha is ecstatic to be involved in the ambassador program and looks forward to many more opportunities to come!
SOFIA COZONAC, Ambassador
Sofia is in her fourth year of being with AWP and she is a sophomore at Roswell High School. She enjoys writing, word searches, and taking care of her two fish (and acting, of course) in her free time, and she is so excited to be an AWP ambassador!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tracey De Poalo
Zack Hosseini is a Student Emmy Award-Winning director of short films, commercials, and music videos, and graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
He grew up immersed in the blooming film and TV industry in Atlanta, and started developing and directing web commercials for national brands prior to graduating high school, as well as completing his first feature film at the age of eighteen.
He has since directed and produced ads for notable podcasts, smartphone apps, and food brands, as well as short films that have screened at film festivals across the globe.