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Ashlyn Stallings

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.

Ashlyn@AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com

Ashlyn Stallings

She/Her

Teacher, Marketing Manager

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STAFF

Bree Shannon

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!

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Bree Shannon

She/Her

Teacher, Board Member

Canedy Knowles

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

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Canedy Knowles

She/Her

Teacher

Costa Johnson

Costa Johnson is a professional TV/Film actor in the Atlanta area. He has been featured in multiple commercials, is in the award winning short film (Dis)Connected, and works consistently in TV and film. Costa is represented by Atlanta Models and Talent and has been training with the Atlanta Workshop Players over the last two years after a huge career shift from the corporate world. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Business Management Degree.

Costa Johnson

He/Him

Office Assistant

Don Stallings

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. 

Don@AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com

Don Stallings

He/Him

Teacher

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Maya Elizabeth Olmos

Maya Elizabeth Olmos is an aspiring actress from Atlanta, Georgia. She has been acting since she was 11 years old and has gained experience in both stage and on-camera acting.  She has performed in a diverse array of stage productions from the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Maya has been a part of a web commercial for Toastilla and has recently had the wonderful opportunity to play the character, Charley, in Atlanta Workshop Players’ award-winning short film, (Dis)Connected. Maya has been with Atlanta Workshop Players since 2019, as a counselor for their summer/winter camps as well as a student throughout the years. Currently she is performing in their Pre-Pro musical theatre company and working as a techie for all AWP stage productions. In her free time, she enjoys watching and studying films and spending time with friends. As she enters her final year of high school, Maya is excited and honored to work alongside the rest of the staff at Atlanta Workshop Players.

Maya Elizabeth Olmos

She/Her

Receptionist

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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:

www.HollywoodExtremeAdventures.com

Dean Cudworth

He/Him

Teacher

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Julia Collazo

Julia Collazo is a professional actor, a singer, and an overall happy human who likes to surround herself with more tacos and less negativity. Julia has played supporting roles in two award-winning films that are currently in festival circuits and has a BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida. She has a vocal range of about three and a half octaves, which essentially means that she can sing her face off. When she's not performing, you can find her memorizing rap lyrics, volunteering at church, or trying to make someone's day a little better with a pun.

Julia Collazo

She/Her

Receptionist

Deej Ledet

My love for improv started when I began working with AWP. I enjoyed it so much I went on to take classes at Dad's Garage as well. Since then I have performed with The Basement Theatre, Relapse Theatre, JackPie and Groupmind Improv. I have also taught both adult/teen classes with The Basement Theatre and adult classes with JackPie. I love using my improv skills at the DnD table to bring my characters, like Skillet the Autognome Artificer, to life. 

Deej Ledet

Deej/DJ

Teacher

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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. 

Lynn@AtlantaWorkshopPlayers.com

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Lynn Stallings

She/Her

Executive Director

Nick Clark

Nick received a BFA Degree from Florida State University through the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. He also studied with the Acting Theatre Academy London. Nick can be seen in Who Is Killing the Cheerleaders, Have a Nice Night, Left Unsaid, many theatrical productions and a plethora of commercials! (You've definitely seen his face in a Publix Commercial!

www.GoodNickClark.com

@goodnickclark

Nick Clark

He/Him

Teacher & Self-Tape Coach

BJ HOWERY

BJ’s background includes being a School Superintendent, Graduate/Undergraduate level instructor, Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources in Support of Instruction, Manager, Early Childhood Education, Assistant Superintendent of curriculum and Instruction/Director of Federal and State Programs, Teacher and has a PHD in Curriculum Development/Educational Administration.

LOUISA COX

Louisa has worked in Hospitality Management, Law Enforcement, Promotional Exams/Qualifications, Community Engagement within Police, and an Assistant in Elementary School. Within Law Enforcement Louisa has worked as Staff Sergeant, Professional Development Unit Sergeant, Intervention Response/Custody Sergeant and Police Constable.

BREE SHANNON

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!

JOHN NUCKOLLS

John Nuckolls, Jr. is an Atlanta native who graduated from Mercer University with a degree in business administration. He joined a start-up medical company as an initial investor where he worked for three years before its sale. He then attended Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham before returning to Atlanta to practice as a partner in the law firm of Nuckolls & Nuckolls. He is married to Sonya Nuckolls and has one daughter, Arianna. Due to Arianna’s filming and travel obligations, John wound down the practice but remains active with the State Bar.  It was through Arianna’s passion for acting that John and Sonya were introduced to AWP through enrolling her in its 2018, summer acting camp.  Ever since, the entire family’s support and commitment toward AWP only continue to grow.

JOHN ALAN TURNER

Speaker, Author, Mentor Coach

 

John Alan has helped organizations like the US Army, Pfizer, Ron Blue & Co., The ScreamFree Institute, Columbia Sportswear, New Dramatists, State Farm, Cox Cable, North Point Ministries International, and six of the ten fastest-growing churches in America. 

He has nine books and three daughters, and lives in the heart of Atlanta, GA. He likes jazz, baseball, and cooking — though not necessarily in that order. For more than 20 years, his passion has been helping people take their lives to the next level -- no matter how successful they already are -- in the areas that matter most: their businesses, their relationships, families, careers, and spiritual lives.

He’s been honored to help people from 40 different states and 10 different countries transform their lives and their businesses through live events, books, and personal coaching. John has been fortunate enough to work with everyone from presidents to pastors, but his work is not limited to megachurch leaders and CEOs.

He has a special passion for non-profits, parents, and students. In short, he helps leaders lead better.

SONYA NUCKOLLS

Sonya Nuckolls grew up in Mobile, Alabama where she graduated The University of South Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism. She went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from The University of Alabama. Sonya moved to Atlanta in 2005 and is employed as a staff attorney with The U.S. Federal Court.  She is married to John Nuckolls, Jr. and has one daughter, Arianna. It was through Arianna’s passion for acting that Sonya and John were introduced to AWP through enrolling her in its 2018, summer acting camp.  Ever since, the entire family’s support and commitment toward AWP only continue to grow. 

LYNN STALLINGS

Producer, director Casting Consultant, On-Set Acting Coach and experienced Talent Manager in TV/Film. 

 

Lynn began as a professional dancer, studying with Luigi and the Martha Graham Company in New York City. Lynn has taught at the Dance Theatre Workshop, the Alliance Theatre and is the Founder and Executive Director of THE ATLANTA WORKSHOP PLAYERS professional training program and production company. She and her husband, Don are published playwrights and have written and produced 23 successful, family musicals. Lynn is a Network Television On-Set Acting Coach and master teacher, as well as being a television, theatrical, commercial and voice over talent. She has performed in over 100 commercials, television shows, radio dramas and enjoyed the thrill of performing with elephants. She is an experienced Talent Manager and has been instrumental in launching many careers in film, television, and on Broadway. Lynn holds degrees in Psychology and Secondary Education, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

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JORJEANA MARIE

Television Writer, Author, Produced Playwright, Actress, Comedian, Improvisor, Comedy & Creativity

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