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2014-2015 CATALOG
KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts is dedicated to the development of acting, musical
theatre and motion picture production skills as avenues into the professional world of entertainment.
Because the business of entertainment is ever changing, the Board of Directors, administration, staff
and faculty are continuously searching for ways to provide a strong foundation for aspiring artists.
This catalog provides general information, program outlines, course content, staff and faculty rosters,
as well as a listing of our Advisory Board. To the best of our knowledge, all information presented in this
catalog is true and correct. If you have any questions beyond the scope of the information contained in
the catalog, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 214.638.0484.
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Kathy Tyner, CEO
KD Conservatory’s AAA Degree Program in Acting was Rated “Exemplary”
by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Accreditations, Approvals and Authorizations
The school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), which is
headquartered at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 22090. The institution meets
the eligibility requirements of U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., and is approved for
participation in some of the Title IV programs. Financial aid is available to eligible students enrolled in
the Degree programs. (See the Financial Aid section of this Catalog on page 8.)
KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts is Approved and Regulated by
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Division
Memberships and Associations
Better Business Bureau - Dallas
Career Colleges & Schools of Texas
Dallas Film Society
Dallas International Film Festival
Dallas Producers Association
Lone Star Film Society
Lone Star International Film Festival
Metroplex Association of Career Schools
Shakespeare Dallas
Texas Educational Theatre Association (Institutional Membership)
Texas Motion Picture Alliance
USA Film Festival
Women in Film/Dallas
Volume XVII Published December, 2014
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TableOfContents
Administration & Governing Board........................................ iii
Appeal Process................................................................................ 6
History............................................................................................... iv
Reinstatement................................................................................. 7
Mission Statement........................................................................ iv
Grievance Procedures................................................................... 7
Objective.......................................................................................... iv
Financial Aid..................................................................................... 7
Academic Information.................................................................. 1
Pell Grants......................................................................................... 7
Education Policy............................................................................. 1
Stafford Loans................................................................................. 8
Curriculum.........................................................................................1
Parent PLUS Loans......................................................................... 8
Facilities............................................................................................. 1
Veteran’s Benefits........................................................................... 8
School Hours.................................................................................... 1
Scholarships..................................................................................... 8
Equipment........................................................................................ 1
Allyn S. Winslow Memorial Scholarship................................. 8
Admission Requirements............................................................ 1
Cancellation & Refund Policy for
Residence Schools...................................................................... 9
All Applicants................................................................................... 1
Credit for Previous Training........................................................ 2
Transferability of Credit................................................................ 2
Credit Hours..................................................................................... 2
Attendance Policy.......................................................................... 2
Leaves of Absence.......................................................................... 2
Graduation........................................................................................ 3
Student Services............................................................................. 3
Orientation....................................................................................... 3
Cancellation Policy......................................................................... 9
Refund Policy................................................................................... 9
Refund Policy for Students
Called to Active Military Service............................................ 9
Cancellation & Refund Policy for Seminars........................ 10
Admissions and Registration Policies.................................. 10
Notice of Changes....................................................................... 10
Refund Policy................................................................................. 11
Student Guidance.......................................................................... 3
Refund Policy for Students
Called to Active Military Service...........................................11
Housing.............................................................................................. 3
Placement Assistance..................................................................11
Transportation................................................................................. 3
Degree in Acting Performance................................................ 12
School Policies................................................................................. 4
Acting Performance Curriculum............................................. 12
Non-Discrimination Policy.......................................................... 4
Degree in Musical Theatre........................................................ 15
Grounds For Involuntary
Withdrawal and Readmission................................................. 4
Musical Theatre Curriculum...................................................... 15
Class Hours....................................................................................... 4
Class Size............................................................................................ 4
Privacy Act........................................................................................ 4
Sexual Harassment........................................................................ 5
Conduct Policy................................................................................ 5
Campus Security............................................................................. 5
School Holidays.............................................................................. 5
Progress Policy................................................................................ 5
Grading Methods........................................................................... 5
Progress Records and Reports................................................... 6
Degree in Motion Picture Production................................... 18
Motion Picture Production Curriculum................................ 18
Program Chairs.............................................................................. 22
Faculty............................................................................................. 22
Governing Board.......................................................................... 27
Advisory Board............................................................................. 28
Adult Workshops........................................................................ 34
Application for Admission.................................... Supplement
Tuition and Fees........................................................ Supplement
Satisfactory Progress..................................................................... 6
Academic Calendar.................................................. Supplement
Academic Probation...................................................................... 6
Class Schedule........................................................... Supplement
Repeating Course Work............................................................... 6
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Administration
Kathy Tyner
Gary Tyner, Jr.
CEO
President
T.A. Taylor
Dennis Bishop
Michael Serrecchia
Conservatory Director/Acting Chair
Motion Picture Production Chair
Musical Theatre Chair
Kaleb Wade
Lanell Peña
Becky Harris
Head of Operations
Director of Admissions
Compliance/Admissions
Helen Martin
Karen Smith
Linda Craft
Admissions
Admissions
Financial Aid
Ashlyn Nichols
J.P. Frank
Judith Head
Student Services
Equipment & Facilities Coordinator
Librarian
GoverningBoard
Gary Tyner, Jr.
Jerry Valdez
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Kathy Tyner
Eric Juhlin
Deborah Stone
Member
Member
Member
Kathy Tyner (right), CEO of KD Conservatory
with co-founder and friend, Kim Dawson
(1925-2010), in whose honor
The Kim Dawson Theatre is named.
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History
Prior to founding KD Studio in 1979, Kathy Tyner
served as General Manager of the Kim Dawson Agency,
the largest talent and modeling agency in the Southwest.
During her fifteen years with the Agency, Ms. Tyner
also served as a producer and booking agent and was
responsible for the formation of the Broadcast Talent
It is Ms. Tyner’s dedication to the performing arts and a
sensitivity to the needs of the individual artist that placed
KD Studio and KD Conservatory at the forefront of arts
education.
With the approval of the Texas Education Agency, KD
Studio began operation in April 1979 with initial programs
consisting of advanced professional workshops
designed for experienced actors. However,
recognizing that many actors required more basic
training and refinement of skills. New programs
were developed and existing programs expanded to
include voice work and acting for film and television,
as well as training in the more specific techniques of
television commercials and “cold” reading auditions.
In 1985, KD Studio obtained accreditation from
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
and in June of the following year was approved by
the Texas Education Agency to award an Associate
of Applied Arts Degree. The Conservatory became
accredited by the National Association of Schools
of Theatre in 1988, a specialized accreditation
for theatrical institutions. In 1993, Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board designated KD Studio
as a postsecondary degree-granting institution.
In August 2014, KD Studio applied with Texas
Workforce Commission, Career Schools and
Colleges to operate as KD Conservatory.
Division of the Agency. When it became apparent that
area actors were in need of a workshop space to further
enhance their skills, Ms. Tyner with Ms. Dawson founded KD
Studio. Their commitment was to create a training facility
that would provide quality instruction for beginning and
advanced actors.
For many years Ms. Tyner has been active nationally
assisting the development of actors throughout
the country. She has served on the Commission for
Accreditation with the National Association of Schools of
Theatre, is a past member of the Curriculum Committee
for the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and a past
member of the board of the Career Colleges & Schools of
Texas.
Her commitment to the arts is demonstrated in her
ongoing efforts to create opportunities for actors and
artists to work professionally. She is a past board member
of the advisory board of Women in Film/Dallas, the Irving
Film Commission, and Executive Women International.
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Mission Statement
KD Conservatory believes that each student
possesses unique qualities and that by employing their
individual strengths, students have the opportunity to
develop the skills that will enable them to realize their
full potential in the entertainment field.
KD Conservatory provides a creative atmosphere in
which students with diverse backgrounds and skill levels
can experience a variety of techniques and styles to
enrich their skills through practice and discovery.
Objective
The objective of KD Conservatory is to promote the
continued growth and development of beginning and
advanced artists. Highly qualified professionals serve
as faculty to keep students in constant contact with
working artists who understand the dynamics of the
entertainment industry.
AcademicInformation
AdmissionRequirements
Education Policy
All Applicants
KD Conservatory’s approach to education is
designed to meet the needs of students who wish
to become professional actors and filmmakers. The
school reserves the right to combine, add, delete, or
change courses in order to support that approach.
KD Conservatoryalso reserves the right to make any
changes in the school calendar and in any general or
specific school policies.
Curriculum
The goal of the school is to provide the finest
training available, with a strong educational background
to realistically prepare the student for a career in the
entertainment industry. Each program provides a final
showcase of the student’s talents and abilities to an
audience of industry professionals. The curriculum for
each individual program is listed beginning on page 12.
Facilities
The school occupies 25,000 square feet in a modern,
one-story, brick veneer and glass building located in
the Dallas Market Center area of the city at 2600 N.
Stemmons Freeway, Suite 117, in Dallas. The facility has
twelve classrooms, two casting studios, a sound booth
for voice training and auditions, an insert stage and
sound stage that can be utilized as classrooms or for
professional video productions, a 150-seat thrust theatre,
as well as a 120-seat Black Box Theatre, a backstage
makeup room, private library resource center, a student
lounge and administrative offices.
Applicants must be high school graduates or possess
a G.E.D. Students are required to provide a high school
“My 14 year old nephew is enrolled at KD
Conservatory camera class. He would love to
pack his bags and go to Hollywood, which is not
the plan his parents and I have in mind. I was
thrilled when he told me the career advice his KD
instructor gave his class this week: Graduate from
high school, audition for local commercial work,
graduate from college, then go to work in film or
television. Take it slowly, learn about yourself,
and learn your craft. Great life advice! Clearly
KD instructors have a big picture view with the
students’ best interests at heart.”
Tricia E. Kennedy, Esq.
diploma, transcript, or G.E.D. certificate. Before being
admitted to the school, students must audition/interview
with the Chair or his designee. No prospective student
will be denied admission on the basis of race, color,
gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference,
disability, or marital status.
School Hours
The offices are open from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
during weekdays and classes may be held from 8:30 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m.
Equipment
The school utilizes a variety of sophisticated
equipment to facilitate class presentations making
practical application more effective. Classrooms are
provided with up-to-date, professional video equipment
to provide camera acting experience and to enhance
students’ creative work. In the Motion Picture Production
Program, Apple computers and industry specific software
for screenwriting, production and post-production
are provided. On-site professional lighting and camera
equipment are a crucial component of the program.
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Credit for Previous Training
At the discretion of the Director, credit for previous
postsecondary training may be granted for general education courses, provided that the following conditions
are met:
Success Story
1.The course in question was successfully completed at
an accredited institution.
George Eads
2.The course in question is equivalent with regard to
the material covered and has the same scope as the
course at KD Conservatory for which the credit is
requested.
Currently co-stars
as ‘Nick Stokes’
on television’s
3.An official transcript with the final grade received in
the course is presented to the Director no later than
the second week of classes.
4.A minimum grade of “C” must have been achieved in
the course.
If credit for previous education is granted, tuition will be
pro-rated to reflect the courses for which credits have
been accepted.
“C.S.I.: Crime Scene
Investigation,” co-starred in the film “The
Dog Walker” a romantic comedy for
ABC, “Grapevine” CBS series, “The Spring”
MOW/NBC, “Second String” MOW/
Transferability of Credits
TNT, “Savannah” Spelling/Warner Bros.
Students who wish to continue their post-secondary
education after leaving the school must be aware that
decisions regarding the acceptance of credits is at the
discretion of the receiving institution. While the school
may provide assistance in obtaining transfer credit, it can
make no guarantees that credits earned at the college
will be accepted by other institutions.
Series, “ Skip Chasers” Fox/CBS, “Broken
Credit Hours
Credit hours are calculated as follows:
Two hours of outside work per week
One hour lecture per week
for 15 weeks = 1 Semester Credit Hour
Crown” MOW/ABC, “E.R.” NBC Series,
“Strange Luck” Fox, “Carlos Mencia Pilot”
HBO/20th Century Fox, “Only in America”
Conspiracy Films for ABC.
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Two-hour programmed labs per week
for 15 weeks = 1 Semester Credit Hour
Attendance Policy
For a rewarding educational experience, it is
essential that absenteeism and tardies be kept to an
absolute minimum. Because most classes at the school
are participatory in nature, consistent attendance is
required to successfully complete the program.
The school will monitor each student’s attendance
throughout the semester. Classroom attendance will be
recorded and reviewed by the administration at the end
of the first week, at the end of the fourth week, during
the ninth week and at the end of the semester.
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Leaves of Absence
All leaves of absence, including military leaves, shall
be reasonable in duration and shall be for a specific
and acceptable purpose. A written request for a leave
of absence, dated and signed by the student and the
Director, must be completed. Any student failing to
return from leave will automatically be dropped from the
roll. Students are permitted to make up any or all exams,
projects, or course work missed while on approved leave.
It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for all makeup work with individual instructors.
Graduation
For a student to graduate, he/she must achieve
a passing grade in every class, and complete his/her
academic studies with an overall average of 2.01 GPA.
Upon completion of the stated requirements, graduates
will receive an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in
either Acting Performance, Musical Theatre or Motion
Picture Production.
StudentServices
Orientation
Incoming students will be introduced to the school
by a formal class start/orientation program. During
this program, the Director will discuss the institution’s
policies and procedures, assign class rosters, schedules,
and outline student responsibilities for success in a
college environment. The Director of Financial Aid
will review financial aid awards and responsibilities;
the Registrar/Business Director will collect payment of
tuition and textbooks will be distributed.
Student Guidance
Guidance sessions are considered an important
part of student development. Each student will be
given a written evaluation from each of their instructors
at midterm of the semester. These evaluations inform
students of their progress, attitude, attendance, and
provide a critique of their overall performance. Followup conferences may be scheduled with the Chair or his
designee.
Housing
The Admissions Department at KD Conservatory
can provide a list of many types of residential apartments with easy access to the school. Many complexes
are on a local bus route. Apartments range from simple
efficiency units to deluxe units with pools, saunas,
and tennis courts. The Admissions Department can
also assist in matching students interested in shared
housing.
Transportation
Carpooling assistance, city bus and train
information are available from the Admissions
Department. Students are expected to make
themselves aware of city bus and train schedules to
assure that unexpected transportation problems will
not interfere with school attendance.
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“The instructors are the greatest.
They make the classes fun and informative.
They are very caring about your career. They try to
lift your spirits when you’re down. It’s great.
I can’t wait to see what 2nd semester is like.”
Mark Dunn
SchoolPolicies
Each class session is designed to be an integral
part of the student’s education. Therefore, students are
required to be in class, on time, during all regular school
hours, unless engaged in authorized research or location
assignments.
Grounds For Involuntary
Withdrawal and Readmission
The school reserves the right to ask a student to
withdraw for any action which is considered detrimental
to the welfare of the institution as a whole or to the
students. Students may be reinstated at the discretion
of the President through the appeal process. Students
who have been denied reinstatement or who have
chosen not to appeal their termination may not apply
for readmittance to the school until the beginning of
the next grading period. As a part of the application
for readmittance, an extensive interview must be
conducted by the Director to ascertain the student’s
level of commitment to the successful completion of
the total program.
Class Hours
Core classes in the college
program are scheduled from 8:30
a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday. Certain classes during
the four semesters require an
expanded schedule on designated
days.
Class Size
The number of students
assigned to each class is based
on a student/instructor ratio
that is consistent with the goals
and objectives of the course.
Special consideration is given to
the format and subject matter
of each class with the class size
structured to accommodate
regular participation and critique
of meaningful duration. In lecture
courses that are less participatory
in nature the class size may be
larger than the number of students
assigned to studio classes.
Non-Discrimination Policy
The school is committed to equal opportunity in
educational programs, admissions, and employment.
It is the policy of the institution to provide equal
opportunity for all qualified applicants, students, and
employees, and to prohibit discrimination on the basis
of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age,
sexual preference, disability, or marital status.
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Privacy Act
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act of 1974 gives each enrolled student at the school
access to his or her educational records, the right to
amend those records where they are inaccurate or
misleading, and the right to control their distribution
to others.
Sexual Harassment
The school is committed to maintaining a humane
atmosphere in which individuals do not abuse
their personal authority of power in interpersonal
relationships. More specifically, the faculty, staff, and
students of the institution will not condone actions and
words which a reasonable person would regard as either
gender discrimination or sexual harassment. Complaints
of sexual harassment should be made to the Director.
Every effort will be made to resolve problems on an
informal basis. Prompt attention will result in appropriate
disciplinary action, if necessary.
Conduct Policy
All students are to conduct themselves in a manner
appropriate to a professionally oriented learning
atmosphere. Each student is expected to respect the
rights of others. Student lounges are reserved for use
before, during, and after class breaks. KD Conservatory
is a vapor-free, smoke-free facility, and the possession of
alcohol or illegal drugs on school property or at school
functions is strictly forbidden. The institution is a drugfree workplace as defined by federal regulations. Because
students are often exposed to professionals in the
entertainment industry, it is imperative that performance
in and out of the classroom reflect the student’s desire to
become a part of the professional community. The school
reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw for any
action which is considered detrimental to the welfare of
the school as a whole or to the students.
The following grading symbols are used to evaluate a
student’s progress:
Grade Points
Grade Points
Symbol
Numeric Equivalent
Earned
A
90-100
4 grade points
B
80-89
3 grade points
C
70-79
2 grade points
D
65-69
1 grade point
F
64-below
0 grade points
W
Withdrew
0 grade points
TR
Credit for
previous education
0 grade points
I
Incomplete
0 grade points
Incomplete grades “I” are assigned only when the student has
obtained, in advance, the permission of the instructor and the Director
to postpone completion of a specific task for valid reason. The grade of
“I” is converted to “F” if the work is not completed within two weeks of
the beginning of the next semester of attendance.
Campus Security
A Campus Security Report is available for students in
the school’s General Office, upon request.
School Holidays
There are no classes scheduled the week between
Christmas and New Year’s Day. Other holidays recognized
by KD Conservatory are:
• Spring Holiday (1 day) • Labor Day
• Memorial Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Independence Day
• Day after
Thanksgiving Day
ProgressPolicy
Grading Methods
Academic work is evaluated, and grades are assigned
at the end of each term to indicate a student’s level of
performance. Grades are based on the quality of the student’s
work as evidenced by attendance, performance, written tests,
class participation, projects, and/or outside assignments.
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Progress Records and Reports
Grades are recorded by instructors in their class
record books. At the end of each term, the student is
issued a “Grade Report.” All grades are transcribed from
the Grade Report to the student’s transcript. Transcripts
will be made available to prospective employers with the
student’s permission and to students upon request and
without charge for the first copy.
No student shall begin the fourth semester without
successfully completing and passing the course work
specified for the first, second, and third semesters. The
fourth semester will be reserved for those students
focusing on completion of the program.
Satisfactory Progress
To remain eligible for Financial Aid, students must
continue to make acceptable academic progress.
The student must be enrolled in an eligible program
of instruction and maintain a minimum cumulative
grade point average (GPA) of 2.01 (“C”) or be placed on
academic warning. A student who does not meet the
standard will be given one grading period to correct
the deficiency or be placed on academic probation.
In addition, all students must satisfy the following
requirements:
2.All course work must be satisfactorily completed prior
to graduation.
Academic Probation
A.Students who fail to achieve a 2.01 GPA at the end of a
semester will be placed on academic warning during
the following semester. A student is considered
“The best thing about KD Conservatory is an instant
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toward one thing, getting a job. The teachers hold
nothing back and that is exactly what we need.”
Matt Fowler
making progress during warning and financial aid will be
paid for that semester.
B.In order to be removed from warning, a student must
achieve a 2.01 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of
the probationary semester.
C.Students who fail to achieve a 2.01 GPA or higher by
the end of the warning semester will be placed on
academic probation.
D.In order to be removed from probation, a student
must achieve a 2.01 or higher cumulative GPA at the
end of the probationary semester.
E.At the end of the semester of probation, students who
achieve a 2.01 semester GPA or higher and whose
cumulative GPA is high enough to permit them to
achieve 2.01 cumulative GPA during the next semester
may continue, at the discretion of the President and
the Director, on probation for one additional semester
without financial aid.
F.Students who fail to achieve a 2.01 cumulative GPA
at the end of their second consecutive probationary
semester will be eliminated from the roll.
Repeating Course Work
Students who fail any course must retake and
successfully complete that course or courses prior to
beginning the fourth semester. If the student is required
to repeat a semester(s) of training due to academic
failure, the length of the student’s program may be
extended up to an additional two semesters.
Appeal Process
1.Upon completion of four semesters of study, a
cumulative grade point average of 2.01 (“C” average)
must be achieved to be eligible for graduation.
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If a student feels that there are extenuating
circumstances for failing to maintain satisfactory
academic progress, the student may appeal the
termination decision by petitioning the President in
writing within five (5) days
of the beginning of the
next semester. The student
must document the details
of those extenuating
circumstances and will not
be permitted to attend
class during the appeal
process. A decision on
the appeal will be made
in writing within five (5)
working days, and the
student will be so notified.
Reinstatement
A student who has
been terminated for failing
to maintain satisfactory
academic progress may
be reinstated through
the appeal process. If the
appeal is approved by the
President, the student will
be scheduled to return to
school.
A student will not be eligible for financial aid
during the reinstatement semester. If the student
achieves a cumulative GPA of 2.01 (“C” average) or
higher by the end of the reinstatement semester, he
or she will be considered to be making satisfactory
academic progress and will be eligible for financial aid
consideration in subsequent semesters. A student who
has been dismissed from school for failure to maintain
satisfactory academic progress and has chosen not to
appeal the dismissal or has had their appeal denied,
cannot re-enroll or be reinstated until the beginning of
the next grading period.
Grievance Procedures
A number of opportunities are available to
students for redress of grievances. In general, students
wishing to review the action of a particular individual
or department should direct their concerns first to
the person responsible for overseeing the actions of
that individual or department. Several procedures for
handling specific problems have been established to
expedite the filing and hearing of student concerns.
Questions involving matters related to academics should
be discussed with the Director. Questions regarding
tuition, payments, and financial aid should be directed
to the Director of Financial Aid. After meeting with the
responsible individual(s) and the respective department
heads, students may address their remaining concerns to
the President.
Questions concerning other grievances should also
be directed to the office of the President. Grievances that
remain unresolved after following these procedures may
be referred to:
Texas Workforce Commission
Career Schools and Colleges
101 East 15th Street, Room 226T
Austin, Texas 78778-0001
Phone: 512.936.3100
Financial Aid
Each student is responsible for his/her financial
obligations to KD Conservatory. Full-time students in
good standing may be eligible for federally insured
loans and educational grants. Students may apply for
participation in one or more of the programs listed
below through the financial aid office.
Pell Grants
Students may be awarded a Pell Grant based on their
financial need as determined by the U. S. Department
of Education. The amount of the grant is determined on
the basis of information submitted in the Application
for Federal Student Financial Aid (FASFA). Qualifying
students may be awarded a full or partial grant.
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Stafford Loans
There are two types of Stafford Student Loans which
students can apply for: Subsidized and Unsubsidized,
both of which must be repaid. Payments on the principal
amount borrowed and interest on Subsidized Stafford
Loans begin six (6) months after the student leaves school.
If the student completes the course of study, payments
begin six (6) months after graduation. If the student fails to
complete school, payments begin six (6) months after the
last day of attendance. Payments on Unsubsidized Stafford
Loans begin within thirty (30) days after leaving school.
Interest on Unsubsidized Loans begins accumulating at
the time the second check is disbursed.
Parent (PLUS) Loans
Unlike the Stafford Loans, which are taken out by
the student, the Parent PLUS Loan is available to parents
to assist with funding their dependents education.
Interest begins accumulating at the time the first check
is disbursed and repayment of the Parent PLUS Loan
must begin within thirty (30) days after the second check
is issued. The PLUS Loan offers parents an alternative
funding source for their dependent’s education.
Payments on this loan cannot be deferred until the
student is no longer in school.
Veteran’s Benefits
KD Conservatory is approved by the Texas Workforce
Commission, Career Schools and Colleges to train
persons eligible for VA benefits.
Scholarships
KD Conservatory honors the scholarships sponsored
by the Career Colleges & Schools of Texas for high school
graduates.
Allyn S. Winslow
–Memorial Scholarship
The Allyn S. Winslow Memorial Scholarship was
established to honor the first Director of Education at KD
Conservatory. This scholarship is awarded annually to
a Texas high school senior. Partial scholarships are also
granted, for which all in-coming students may apply. To
be eligible for scholarship consideration, students must
submit a 250 word written essay along with two letters
of recommendation and official copies of their academic
transcripts. Applicants are also required to complete an
interview/audition for the Director or his/her designee.
Scholarship recipients are selected by the Director and his
appointed committee. To remain eligible for continuing
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participation in the scholarship program, recipients
must maintain their status as a full-time student in good
standing as defined by the school’s academic, attendance
Success Story
Julie
Lancaster
A featured role in the
film “Stepmom” starring Julia Roberts,
Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris, costarred in episodes of “Law & Order”,
“Thieves”, “Dexter”, “Grey’s Anatomy”
and “Hot In Cleveland” on television and
had recurring principal roles in both “As
the World Turns” and “All My Children”.
Appeared in “The Obama Effect” and
“A Green Story” films.
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and conduct policies. In addition, scholarship students
are required to perform a designated number of hours
completing duties assigned by the administrative staff.
The number of designated hours is compatible with the
amount of the scholarship award.
Cancellation&Refund
PolicyForResidence
Schools
As dictated by the Texas Workforce Commission,
Career Schools and Colleges
Cancellation Policy
A full refund will be made to any student who cancels
the enrollment contract within 72 hours (until midnight
of the third day excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal
holidays) after the enrollment contract is signed or within
the student’s first three scheduled class days (does not
apply to Seminars).
Refund Policy
1.Refund computations will be based on scheduled
course time of class attendance through the last date
of attendance. Leaves of absence, suspensions, and
school holidays will not be counted as part of the
scheduled class attendance.
“Just like with anything else, you get what you put
into this and at KD you get so much.
I’m not just speaking of the acting techniques and
skills, you have the possibility of learning so much
about life and dealing with people.
Here you learn of a whole new world.”
Britni Updyke
2.The effective date of termination for refund purposes
will be the earliest of the following:
(a)The last day of attendance, if the student is
terminated by the school;
(b)The date of receipt of written notice from the
student; or
(c)Ten school days following the last date of
attendance.
3.If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance,
and if after expiration of the 72 hour cancellation
privilege the student does not enter school, not more
than $100 in nonrefundable administrative fees shall
be retained by the school for the entire residence
program or synchronous distance education course.
4.If a student enters a residence or synchronous distance
education program and withdraws or is otherwise
terminated, the school or college may retain not more
than $100 in nonrefundable administrative fees for the
entire program. The minimum refund of the remaining
tuition and fees will be the pro rata portion of tuition,
fees, and other charges that the number of hours
remaining in the portion of the course or program for
which the student has been charged after the effective
date of termination bears to the total number of hours
in the portion of the course or program for which the
student has been charged, except that a student may
not collect a refund if the student has completed 75
percent or more of the total number of hours in the
portion of the program for which the student has been
charged on the effective date of termination.
5.Refunds for items of extra expense to the student, such
as books, tools, or other supplies should be handled
separately from refund of tuition and other academic
fees. The student will not be required to purchase
instructional supplies, books and tools until such time
as these materials are required. Once these materials
are purchased, no refund will be made. For full refunds,
the school can withhold costs for these types of items
from the refund as long as they were necessary for the
portion of the program attended and separately stated
in the enrollment agreement. Any such items not
required for the portion of the program attended must
be included in the refund.
6.A student who withdraws for a reason unrelated to
the student’s academic status after the 75 percent
completion mark and requests a grade at the time of
withdrawal shall be given a grade of “incomplete” and
permitted to re-enroll in the course or program during
the 12-month period following the date the student
withdrew without payment of additional tuition for
that portion of the course or program.
7.A full refund of all tuition and fees is due and
refundable in each of the following cases:
(a)An enrollee is not accepted by the school;
(b)If the course of instruction is discontinued by
the school and this prevents the student from
completing the course; or
(c) If the student’s enrollment was procured as a
result of any misrepresentation in advertising,
promotional materials of the school, or
representations by the owner or representatives of
the school.
A full or partial refund may also be due in other circumstances of
program deficiencies or violations of requirements for career schools
and colleges.
8.REFUND POLICY FOR STUDENTS CALLED TO ACTIVE
MILITARY SERVICE
A student of the school or college who withdraws
from the school or college as a result of the student being
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called to active duty in a military service of the United
States or the Texas National Guard may elect one of the
following options for each program in which the student
is enrolled:
(a)if tuition and fees are collected in advance of the
withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition, fees, or
other charges paid by the student for the program
and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition, fees, or other
charges owed by the student for the portion of the
program the student does not complete following
withdrawal;
“The KD program is great for beginners.
I came here with little experience and now I have a
full resume and complete confidence in myself.”
Jaimie Johnson
(b)a grade of incomplete with the designation
“withdrawn-military” for the courses in the program,
other than courses for which the student has previously
received a grade on the student’s transcript, and the
right to re-enroll in the program, or a substantially
equivalent program if that program is no longer
available, not later than the first anniversary of the date
the student is discharged from active military duty
without payment of additional tuition, fees, or other
charges for the program other than any previously
unpaid balance of the original tuition, fees, and charges
for books for the program; or
(c)the assignment of an appropriate final grade or credit
for the courses in the program, but only if
the instructor or instructors of the program determine
that the student has:
(1)satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the
required coursework for the program; and
(2)demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program
material to receive credit for completing the program.
9.The payment of refunds will be totally completed
such that the refund instrument has been negotiated
or credited into the proper account(s), within 60 days
after the effective date of termination.
Cancellation&Refund
PolicyForSeminars
As dictated by the Texas Workforce Commission,
Career Schools and Colleges
ADMISSIONS & REGISTRATION
POLICIES
Registration for short courses is limited.
Students should submit their registration
with a $100 deposit for each class. The $100
deposit will be applied to the total cost of
the class. Payment must be received in full by
the end of the 5th class. Admission to classes
will not be denied on the basis of race, creed,
color, sex or national origin. Students must be
at least 18 years of age to enroll. A complete
cancellation and refund policy, along with
school policies, should be read and signed
prior to entering class.
NOTICE OF CHANGES
KD Conservatory reserves the right to
post classes to a later date for any reason.
Should the class be canceled and not posted,
the student will receive a full reimbursement.
KD Conservatory also reserves the right to
change the instructor without notice. Any
instructor changes will be to qualified actors
of equal qualification.
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REFUND POLICY FOR SEMINARS
1.Refund computations will be based on the period of
enrollment computed on basis of course time (clock hours).
2.The effective date of termination for refund purposes
will be the earliest of the following:
(a)the last date of attendance; or
(b)the date of receipt of written notice from the student.
3.If tuition and fees are collected in advance of entrance,
and the student does not enter school, not more than
$100 shall be retained by the school.
4.If the student fails to enter the seminar, withdraws,
or is discontinued at any time before completion of
the seminar, the student will be refunded the pro rata
portion of tuition, fees, and other charges that the
number of class hours remaining in the seminar after
the effective date of termination bears to the total
number of class hours in the seminar.
5.A full refund of all tuition and fees is due in each of the
following cases:
(a)an enrollee is not accepted by the school;
(b)if the seminar of instruction is discontinued
by the school and thus prevents the student from
completing the seminar; or
(c)if the student’s enrollment was procured as a result
of any misrepresentation in advertising, promotional
materials of the school, or misrepresentations by the
owner or representatives of the school.
6.
REFUND POLICY FOR STUDENTS CALLED TO ACTIVE
MILITARY SERVICE.
A student of the school or college who withdraws
from the school or college as a result of the student
being called to active duty in a military service of the
United States or the Texas National Guard may elect one
of the following options for each program in which the
student is enrolled:
(a)if tuition and fees are collected in advance of the
withdrawal, a pro rata refund of any tuition, fees, or
other charges paid by the student for the program
and a cancellation of any unpaid tuition, fees, or
other charges owed by the student for the portion
of the program the student does not complete
following withdrawal;
(b)a grade of incomplete with the designation
“withdrawn-military” for the courses in the
program, other than courses for which the
student has previously received a grade on the
student’s transcript, and the right to re-enroll in
the program, or a substantially equivalent program
if that program is no longer available, not later
than the first anniversary of the date the student
is discharged from active military duty without
payment of additional tuition, fees, or other
charges for the program other than any previously
unpaid balance of the original tuition, fees, and
charges for books for the program; or
(c)the assignment of an appropriate final grade or
credit for the courses in the program, but only if the
instructor or instructors of the program determine
that the student has:
(1)satisfactorily completed at least 90 percent of the
required coursework for the program; and
(2)demonstrated sufficient mastery of the program
material to receive credit for completing the program.
7.Refunds will be totally consummated within 60 days
after the effective date of termination.
PlacementAssistance
The nature of the entertainment business prohibits
the guarantee of success to any aspiring artist. Such a
guarantee would not be ethical or realistic. However,
the staff and faculty are very active in their pursuit of
opportunities for graduates to professionally apply
the skills and training received while attending KD
Conservatory.
Placement Assistance orchestrated by KD
Conservatory is intensified in the fourth semester.
Working industry professionals, such as producers,
directors, and writers for both film and television
projects, are often invited as guest instructors to offer
up-to-date information and advice on succeeding in the
industry.
To culminate the student’s course of study in the
Motion Picture Production Program, students form
production teams and each team produces a final
project for their professional portfolio, film festival entry,
or Internet distribution. Opportunities are arranged for
agents, casting directors, producers, and directors to meet
the graduates at a reception following the screening of
these student films. Students in the Acting Performance
and Musical Theatre Programs prepare and perform a
showcase of scenes and musical numbers for an invited
audience of industry professionals. These showcases
frequently result in employment for the student, which is
an important step in launching the artist’s career.
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AssociateOfAppliedArtsDegreeIn
ActingPerformance
Program Objectives
Upon successful completion of the 15-month, 71-semester hour program, the graduate may expect to possess skills
enabling him/her to compete in a professional environment in theatre, television, and film.
AAA Degree
First Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
Hours Hours
DRAMA 1351 Introduction to Acting
DRAMA 2336 Introduction to Voice
DRAMA 1322 Movement I
CMTECH 101 Camera Technique I
CREAPRO 101 Creative Process
ENGL
2341 Forms of Literature
Third Semester – 15 weeks
4.0
90
3.0
60
3.0
60
2.0
30
2.0
30
3.0
45
17.0315
DRAMA 2351 Acting III
4.0
90
SPCH
1342 Speech and Phonetics
3.0
60
MOV
301 Movement III
3.0
60
CMTECH 301 Camera Technique III
3.0
60
SHAKE 301Shakespeare
2.0 30
PSYCH
2319 Social Psychology
3.0
45
18.0345
Second Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
Hours Hours
Fourth Semester – 15 weeks
DRAMA 1352 Acting II
VOI
201 Vocal Interpretation
MOV
201 Body Language
CMTECH 201 Camera Technique II
SCPT
201 Script Analysis
BIOL
2301 Human Biology
SPCH
1315 Fundamentals of
Public Speaking
4.0
3.0
3.0
2.0
2.0
3.0
90
60
60
30
30
45
3.0
45
20.0360
CreditContact
Hours Hours
CreditContact
Hours Hours
DRAMA 2352 Advanced Acting
4.0
90
DRAMA1161
Musical Performance-Vocal 1.030
DRAMA1162
Musical Performance-Dance 1.030
CMTECH 401 Camera Technique IV
3.0
60
AUDTECH 401 Audition Technique
4.0
90
FILM401
History of Popular American
Culture Through Film
3.0
45
16.0345
Total 71.01365
Acting Performance Curriculum
DRAMA 1351 – Introduction to Acting
DRAMA 1322 – Movement I
Through improvisation, script analysis and the study
of monologue materials, students are introduced to
the fundamentals of performance. Special emphasis is
placed on interpretation of the dramatic script as the
basis for exploration of characterization, motivation and
transition.
4/30/60
This course is based on a system of exploration and
exercises which is designed to help students overcome
their inhibitions and to awaken them to certain truths
about themselves. It is a physical approach to acting,
developing a character through the use of the body.
3/30/30
DRAMA 2336 – Introduction to Voice
Through the use of television and commercial copy,
students are introduced to basic camera technique and
terminology. By incorporating the skills developed in
voice, movement and acting classes into a variety of
commercial situations students work one-on-one with
the camera.
2/30/00
Freeing the voice is the primary focus of this class, which
includes developing breathing techniques for the actor,
all aspects of tone production and vocal flexibility for
voice and speech.
3/30/30
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CMTECH 101 – Camera Technique I
CREAPRO 101 – Creative Process
BIOL 2301 – Human Biology
This course is an investigation into the actor’s own
creative process. Students will explore the use of visual,
literary and performing arts as a means of self discovery.
2/30/00
This course is designed to provide an introduction to
the building blocks and components of human life and
how they function together to support the organism.
Emphasis is on the functions of the human body
including anatomy, nutrition and the nervous, circulatory
and reproductive systems.
3/45/00
ENGL 2341 – Forms of Literature
The purpose of this course is to facilitate a
comprehensive development of students’ textual/
interpretive skills through varied written assignments
that are closely connected with readings from different
literary genres, including the history of drama.
3/45/00
DRAMA 1352 – Acting II
Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s
listening skills as they begin to work with scene partners.
Using the works of contemporary playwrights, students
will focus on discovering elements in the script that serve
as the basis for characterization.
4/30/60
VOI 201 – Vocal Interpretation
The primary focus of this course is the connection
between the actors’ emotions and the text. Additionally,
this course focuses on the further development,
maintenance and care of a well produced voice. This
allows and encourages the students to increase their
vocal range and variety.
3/30/30
MOV 201 – Body Language
Building on knowledge obtained in Movement 101,
students explore the kinesthetic dimensions of self
awareness through progressively more in-depth somatic
lessons and exercises that are creatively intertwined with
the various technical aspects of acting.
3/30/30
CMTECH 201 – Camera Technique II
Students are introduced to scene work for the camera
by learning the rudiments of camera awareness and
blocking. Through the use of short scenes, the course
covers techniques for hitting marks and the differences
between close-up, medium and long shots, and overthe-shoulder shots.
2/30/00
SPCH 1315 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking
An introduction to the principles and practice of
presentational communication, including personal
history, impromptu speaking, humorous and persuasive
speeches. Methods of topic analysis, evidence evaluation
organization and delivery are covered.
3/45/00
DRAMA 2351 – Acting III
This advanced scene study class allows the student to
build on the tools they gained in Intro to Acting and
Acting II to stretch their abilities as they attack more
difficult acting problems through situations that are
foreign and unfamiliar. Recognizing and understanding
the subtext of a scene is explored as students examine
the texture, tone and timing found in plays of
contemporary writers to bring subtle nuances to their
performances.
4/30/60
SPCH 1342 – Speech and Phonetics
Using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a tool,
this course focuses on neutralizing regional sounds and
dialects. Using drills and exercises in combination with the
IPA, students work to increase their vocal flexibility and
ability to approach new dialects for the stage and screen.
3/30/30
MOV 301 – Movement III
The first half of this course is focused on the art of stage
combat and disciplining the body. Students learn specific
techniques to create a striking reality of violence on stage,
with safety being the primary focus. The second half of the
course introduces students to mime. This ancient art not
only heightens students’ awareness of the body, but gives
them an additional avenue for artistic expression.
3/30/30
SCRPT 201 – Script Analysis
By learning to recognize the hidden beats, intentions and
images, students will focus on interpreting a script with
emphasis on character study and development.
2/30/00
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CMTECH 301 – Camera Technique III
CMTECH 401 – Camera Technique IV
Students expand their technical knowledge of acting
for the camera with an emphasis on continuity and
the importance of matching the action between
master shots, close-ups and re-takes. Focus is also
placed on creating camera magnetism by encouraging
spontaneous behavior and developing the actor’s ability
to find the character in him/herself.
3/30/30
In preparation for entry into the professional community,
students work to enhance their audition skills by reading
the film audition script, making quick, bold character
choices, listening and adding dimension to the character.
Students gain practical experience in shooting out of
sequence, staying “in the moment”, working off-camera
and all aspects of camera acting technique from previous
semesters work.
3/30/30
SHAKE 301 – Shakespeare
This course is designed to stretch the actor’s vocal and
physical range while exploring the rich emotional layers
contained in Shakespeare’s writing.
2/30/00
PSYC 2319 – Social Psychology
An introduction to psychological theories and their
application to understanding human behavior. The
course covers the psychology of learning, language,
developmental personality and altered states of
awareness and social psychology.
3/45/00
DRAMA 2352 – Advanced Acting
This course is designed as a culmination of the student’s
acting training and as preparation for entry into the
professional community. Special emphasis is placed
on recognizing character types, the choice of suitable
audition material and interacting with partners. Under
the supervision of the instructor, students will focus
on selecting and rehearsing monologues for theatre
auditions and on partnered scenes to be performed in
the graduation showcase.
4/30/60
DRAMA 1161 – Musical Performance - Vocal
This course, which is subtitled “How to Act a Song”,
focuses on singing performance and concentrates
on relaxation, vocal and breathing exercises,
characterization and the transition from dialog to song.
The appropriate use of the actor’s voice and personality
in the selection of audition material is also emphasized.
1/0/30
DRAMA 1162 – Musical Performance - Dance
With an emphasis on dance, this course covers the
fundamental techniques of dance performance and
basic styles through practical application of performing
skills. The focus is placed on body awareness, mental
discipline and non-verbal communication as students
gain experience working with a choreographer and
performing in a laboratory setting.
1/0/30
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AUDTECH 401 – Audition Technique
The focus of this course is on perfecting cold reading
technique for commercial, industrial and film auditions,
with emphasis placed on identifying and using
personal qualities, developing spontaneity, improving
concentration and listening skills. Students also work
on the preparation, organization and presentation of
resumes, headshots and other marketing materials for
their graduation showcase.
4/30/60
FILM 401 – History of Popular American Culture
Through Film
This course is a survey of early film making through
modern cinematography, focusing primarily on
domestically produced films. The impact of film and
cinematic literature on historical and current American
culture will be discussed in depth. Also discussed will
be the influence of the early studios (personalities such
as Thalberg, Warner and Goldwyn will be covered) and
cinematic developments through history.
3/30/30
AssociateOfAppliedArtsDegreeIn
MusicalTheatre
Program Objectives
Upon successful completion of the 15-month, 71-semester hour program, the graduate may expect to possess acting,
singing and dancing skills enabling him/her to compete in a professional environment in theatre, television, and film.
First Semester – 15 weeks
AAA Degree
CreditContact
Hours Hours
MUSC 1415 Music Performance
Ear Training I
4.0
90
DRAM 1351 Introduction to Acting
4.0
90
DRAM 2336 Introduction to Voice
3.0
60
DANC 1341 Ballet I
3.0
60
DANC 1247 Jazz Dance I
2.0
30
MUSI 1181 Piano Class I
1.0
30
DRAM 1100 Introduction to
Musical Theater
1.0
15
DANC 1151Dance Performance I - Tap 1.0
30
19.0405
Second Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
Hours Hours
ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature
3.0
45
DRAM 1210 Musical Theater
Performance I - Style Study2.0 30
DRAM 1352 Acting II
4.0
90
SPCH 1342 Speech and Phonetics 3.060
DANC 1342 Ballet II
3.0
60
DANC 1148Dance
Performance II - Tap
1.0
30
BIOL 2301 Human Biology
3.0
45
19.0360
Third Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
HoursHours
DRAM 2351 Acting III
4.0
90
DANC 2341 Ballet III
3.0
60
DANC 1152Dance
Performance III - Tap
1.0
30
DANC 2147 Jazz Dance II
1.0
30
PSYC 2319 Social Psychology
3.0
45
DRAM 2363 History of Musical
Theatre
3.045
DRAM 2300 Musical Theater
Performance II - Scene Study 3.0
60
18.0360
Fourth Semester – 15 weeks
DRAM 2461
MUSI 2260
DRAM 2200
DANC 2242
DRAM 1408
DANC 2151
CreditContact
Hours Hours
Advanced Acting
the Song
Musical Audition
Techniques
Musical Theater
Performance III
Ballet IV
Musical Theater I
Jazz Dance III
4.0
90
2.030
Total
2.0
30
2.0
30
4.0
90
1.0
30
15.0300
71.01425
Musical Theater Curriculum
MUSC 1415 – Music
Performance Ear Training I
This course is an introduction to sight singing tonal
music in commonly used clefs. Topics include aural
study (including dictation) of the commercial aspects
of melody and diatonic harmony. The student will learn
to sing tonal music in treble, bass, tenor, and alto clefs;
demonstrate improved sight singing abilities; and dictate
rhythms, melodies, and basic harmony.
4/30/60
DRAMA 1351 – Introduction to Acting
Through improvisation, script analysis and the study of
monologue materials, students are introduced to the
fundamentals of performance. Special emphasis is placed
on interpretation of the dramatic script as the basis for
exploration of characterization, motivation and transition.
4/30/60
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DRAMA 2336 – Introduction to Voice
Freeing the voice is the primary focus of this class, which
includes developing breathing techniques for the actor,
all aspects of tone production and vocal flexibility for
voice and speech.
3/30/30
DANC 1341 – Ballet I
This course explores basic ballet structure and
terminology. Included are posture, balance, coordination,
rhythm, and flow of physical energy through the art form.
Instruction in beginning adagio, petit allegro, grand allegro,
inside and outside turns and various jumps are studied.
3/30/30
DANC 1247 – Jazz Dance I
This course explores basic jazz techniques and
terminology. Included are posture, balance, coordination,
rhythm and style through this dance form. A variety of
techniques will be explored in order to create a wellrounded training for Musical Theatre Dance..
2/30/00
MUSI 1181 – Piano Class I
This course is a class instruction in the fundamentals
of keyboard technique for beginning piano students.
Learning the basics of piano technique allows the student
to learn new music for musical theatre performance
independently and implement vocal exercises.
1/00/30
DRAM 1100 – Introduction to Musical Theatre
The primary focus of this class is to introduce the student
to the basic elements of a Musical. Topics will include
song structure, song types, song placement and lyric
construction. It will also cover all the key players in the
creation of a Musical, as well as the audition process. The
very beginnings of book musicals will be studied from
the Greeks through the operetta. The history of the book
musical will be continued in the third semester.
1/15/00
DANC 1151 – Dance Performance I – Tap
The student will learn to execute basic tap steps and
participate in tap dance performance. This course
explores basic tap techniques. Emphasis on technique,
development and familiarity with traditional tap rhythms
and steps will be covered.
1/00/30
ENGL 2341 – Forms of Literature
The purpose of this course is to facilitate a
comprehensive development of students’ interpretive
skills through varied written assignments that are closely
connected with readings from different literary genres,
including the history of drama.
3/45/00
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DRAM 1210 – Musical Theatre Performance I – Style Study
Using techniques acquired in the first semester, the
student is guided to develop further musical theatre skills
through preparation, research and solo performance
in class. The history and styles of musical theatre are
explored through assignments that include Gilbert and
Sullivan, operettas, vaudeville, the roaring twenties, the jazzy
thirties, and the golden age of integrated book musicals.
2/30/00
DRAM 1352 – Acting II
Special emphasis is placed on developing the student’s
listening skills as they begin to work with scene partners.
Using the works of contemporary playwrights, students
will focus on discovering elements in the script that serve
as the basis for characterization.
4/30/60
SPCH 1342 – Speech and Phonetics
Using the International Phonetic Alphabet as a tool,
this course focuses on neutralizing regional sounds
and dialects. Using drills and exercises, in combination
with the IPA, students work to increase their vocal
flexibility and ability to approach new dialects for the
stage and screen.
3/30/30
DANC 1342 – Ballet II
This course is a continuation of Ballet I. Emphasis is on
body directions and stamina. More complex barre and
combinations using advanced patterning will be studied.
3/30/30
DANC 1148 – Dance Performance II – Tap
This course is instruction and participation in tap dance
performance. This course continues and further develops
an exploration of Tap Dance Performance I on an
intermediate level.
1/00/30
BIOL 2301 – Human Biology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to
the building blocks and components of human life and
how they function together to support the organism.
Emphasis is on the functions of the human body
including anatomy, nutrition and the nervous, circulatory
and reproductive systems.
3/45/00
DRAM 2351 – Acting III
This advanced scene study class allows the student to
build on the tools they gained in Intro to Acting and
Acting II to stretch their abilities as they attack more
difficult acting problems through situations that are
foreign and unfamiliar. Recognizing and understanding
the subtext of a scene is explored as students examine the
texture, tone and timing found in plays of contemporary
writers to bring subtle nuances to their performances.
4/30/60
DANC 2341 – Ballet III
This course is instruction and participation in ballet
technique on an intermediate level. The development
of ballet techniques is continued. More complicated
exercises at the barre and center floor are included.
Emphasis is on log series of movements, adagio and
jumps. Precision of movement stressed.
3/30/30
DANC 1152 – Dance Performance III - Tap
This course continues and further develops an exploration
of Dance Performance II on an advanced level.
1/00/30
DANC 2147 – Jazz Dance II
This course is instruction and participation in jazz dance
technique on an intermediate level.
1/00/30
PSYC 2319 – Social Psychology
An introduction to psychological theories and their
application to understanding human behavior. The
course covers the psychology of learning, language,
developmental personality and altered states of
awareness and social psychology.
3/45/00
DRAM 2363 – History of Musical Theatre
The student will learn the development of the musical
theatre form of art from the earliest times through the
20th century.
3/45/00
DRAM 2300 – Musical Theatre Performance II - Scene Study
The student explores a series of assigned scenes in
which the book of a musical is integrated with its score,
focusing on the skills needed to perform in a musical.
Duets, trios, and small group scenes are assigned. Solo
work continues throughout the semester with the
addition and emphasis on ensemble work. The student
will prepare a final project that integrates skill areas
including choral singing, harmony, sight singing, staging,
choreography, and character study.
3/30/30
DRAM 2461 – Advanced Acting the Song
This course is designed as a culmination of the students’
musical theatre acting training and as preparation for
entry into the professional community. Special emphasis
is placed on recognizing character types, the choice of
suitable audition material and interacting with partners’
song presentations. Under the supervision of the instructor,
students will focus on selecting and rehearsing monologues
and songs for theatre auditions and on partnered scenes
and songs to be performed in the graduation showcase,
utilizing the school library and online resources.
4/30/60
MUSI 2260 – Musical Audition Techniques
The student will perfect cold reading technique for
commercial, industrial, and musical theatre auditions
with emphasis placed on identifying and using personal
qualities, developing spontaneity, controlling anxiety,
improving concentration and listening skills. In addition,
the students will prepare and present audition songs.
Students will also work on the preparation, organization,
and presentation of resumes, headshots, and other
marketing materials for the graduation showcase.
2/30/00
DRAM 2200 – Musical Theatre Performance III– Capstone
Performance Project
In the final semester, the student will prepare, audition
for, and rehearse a final performance project of a fulllength musical. Under the guidance of a director, the
student experiences a professional rehearsal process and
participates in a musical produced at a theatre.
2/30/00
DANC 2242 – Ballet IV
This course is instruction and participation in ballet
technique on an intermediate level. The development
of ballet techniques is continued. More complicated
exercises at the barre and center floor are included.
Emphasis is on log series of movements, adagio and
jumps. Precision of movement stressed. Choreography
projects are introduced.
2/30/00
DRAM 1408 – Musical Theater I
This course is a presentation of literature from the
musical theatre including operetta, revues, and musical
comedy with emphasis on vocal and movement skills.
The student will prepare and rehearse a musical theatre
production; present a musical theatre production as part
of the cast or technical crew; memorize a musical theatre
role; and prepare vocal and/or dance performances.
4/30/60
DANC 2151 – Jazz Dance III
This course is instruction and participation in jazz dance
technique on an intermediate level.
1/00/30
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AssociateOfAppliedArtsDegreeIn
MotionPictureProduction (FILM)
Program Objectives
Teach students a proficiency in the basic skills and crafts of filmmaking, providing them potential opportunities for entering the
film industry. Equip students with the procedural processes and skills to make quality short films culminating with a Motion Picture
Production Final Project in the fourth semester. Prepare students for the reality of the marketplace for dream projects as well as
films made to fit a genre by teaching the business of filmmaking and how the industry works for independent films, the major
studios, and networks as well as commercials, industrials, Web based productions and other mediums.
AAA Degree First Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
Hours Hours
Third Semester – 15 weeks
CreditContact
Hours Hours
3.0
60
3.0
45
18.0345
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SCRNWRIT 301 Screenwriting III
2.0
60
PRODCOL 301 Prep and Production
Colloquium
4.0120
FILMPROD 301 Advanced Film Production4.0
90
SPCH
1315 Fundamentals of
Public Speaking
3.0
45
PROFILM
301 Producing the
Independent Film
2.0
30
FILM
301 History of Popular
American Culture
Through Film
3.0
45
18.0390
Second Semester – 15 weeks
Fourth Semester – 15 weeks
INTROPRO 101 Intro to Producing
& Business of Film
CREAPRO
101 The Creative Process
SCRNWRIT 101 Screenwriting I
FILMPROD 101 The Basics of
Film Production
DIGCINE
101 Intro to Digital
Cinematography
and Lighting
PSYCH
2319Social Psychology
3.0
2.0
3.0
60
30
60
4.0
90
CreditContact
Hours Hours
SCRNWRIT 201 Screenwriting II
FILMPROD 201 Intermediate Film
Production
SKED/BUD 201 Scheduling and
Budgeting
POSTPROD 201 Digital Editing and
Post-Production
POSTSND
201Post-Production
Audio and Music
ENGL
2341Forms of Literature
3.0
60
4.090
3.060
3.075
3.0
75
3.0
45
19.0405
CreditContact
Hours Hours
FILMBIZ
401 Advanced Business
of Film
2.0
30
DISTRIB
401 Distribution and
Marketing
2.0
30
ADVDEV401
Advanced Development2.0 60
POSTCOL
401 Production and Post
-Production Colloquium 4.0120
FILMPROD 401 MPP Final Project
Pre-Production to Delivery 4.0105
BIOL
2301Human Biology
3.0
45
17.0390
Total 72.01530
Motion Picture Production Curriculum
INTROPRO 101 – Introduction to Producing and the
Business of Film
An introductory course on producing independent, studio,
network and cable films as well as commercials, industrials,
Web based programs and other moving image industries.
Focus is on the basics of producing, the language and
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business of film, how the industries work with a concentration
on the marketplace reality of making dream projects and
films made to fit a genre, as well as an introduction to the
MacBook Pro computer and some of the industry standard
software used throughout the curriculum.
3/30/30
CREAPRO 101 – The Creative Process
This course is an investigation into the student’s own
creative process. Students will explore the use of visual,
literary and performing arts as a means of self-discovery.
Film students will further translate this into a filmmaking
exercise in the form of individual class presentations.
2/30/00
SCRNWRIT 101 – Screenwriting I
This course introduces students to both the craft and art of
screenwriting. Emphasis is placed on story, structure, and the
elements of screenwriting through lectures, exercises and analyses
of films. Students learn the basics of Final Draft screenwriting
software through a series of specific writing assignments.
3/30/30
FILMPROD 101 – The Basics of Film Production
This class combines hands-on experience with demos,
lectures, screenings, readings, and discussions to
introduce students to the tools, techniques, and
terminology used in filmmaking. By integrating the
skills and knowledge developed in Creative Process,
Screenwriting and Producing classes, students work
both in front of and behind the camera to produce
several short films and exercises. Students work both
independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure
creative environment that simulates professional
filmmaking. Also covered are the fundamentals of
the equipment used throughout the program: digital
HD cameras and accessories, basic audio and lighting
equipment, and basic editing with Mac computers
using software such as Final Cut Pro and Avid.
4/30/60
DIGCINE 101 – Digital Cinematography and Lighting
This course focuses on advanced digital video
filmmaking techniques and aesthetics used to create
independent shorts and feature length films. Using
state-of-the-art High Definition cameras, students learn
to expressively utilize motion picture images to evoke
deep emotional response and provoke intellectual
engagement. Historical context and modern practical
applications inform an understanding of the power
of cinematography to support and enhance a story.
Students continue to learn the nuts and bolts of dayto-day camera and lighting as well as the relationship
between Cinematographer, Director and Production
Designer in creating and exploiting the look of the film.
Topics covered include developing a cinematic style
or lighting signature, enhancing story through camera
placement and movement, complex composition,
metering exposure in complicated settings, practical
use of lenses and filters, advanced lighting scenarios,
film stocks, creating mood and ambiance in motion
pictures.
3/30/30
PSYCH 2319 – Social Psychology
This course is an introduction to psychological theories
and their application to understanding human behavior.
The course covers the psychology of learning, language,
developmental personality and altered states of
awareness and social psychology.
3/45/00
SCRNWRIT 201 – Screenwriting II
Having learned the fundamentals of screenwriting in
semester one, students are guided as they focus on writing
short screenplays, learning to take their idea from concept
to first draft. Sharing their work in class, students continue
to explore the elements of screenwriting in a combination
of lectures and workshops for writing and peer critique.
3/30/30
FILMPROD 201 – Intermediate Film Production
Intermediate Film Production expands upon the
lessons learned in the Basics of Film Production.
Lectures, demonstrations, film screenings, textbook
readings, handouts, and classroom discussions help
prepare students for hands-on exercises designed to
develop a more mature, self-confident storytelling
style. Topics such as the correct methods for shooting
dialog scenes, safe and effective construction of an
action sequence, basic approaches to location sound
recording, and techniques for shooting interviews, will
lay the groundwork for shooting fiction and non-fiction
semester film projects.
4/30/60
SKED / BUD 201 – Scheduling and Budgeting
The foundation of any moving image production is physical
production. In this dynamic course students learn the
basics of physical production using time tested methods
and the latest industry software. Using Gorilla Scheduling
and Budgeting software students learn to break down a
film script to create a production plan. The management
of the production, transportation requirements, and the
production’s responsibilities to cast and crew are examined in
detail. Students will prepare a production book that includes
a shooting script, script breakdown pages, shooting schedule,
budget, cast, crew and location breakdown. Particular
attention is paid to the structure of the workday, reasonable
hours, turn around time, and other safety issues that are
the responsibility of the producer, director, unit production
manager, first assistant director and department heads.
3/30/30
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POSTPROD 201 – Digital Editing and Post-Production
PRODCOL 301 – Prep and Production Colloquium
This hands-on course teaches the tools and techniques
used in visual post-production from media management
to advanced editing techniques including editing
theory, editing software, and basic engineering for postproduction. Students use the non-linear edit system,
Final Cut Pro, to study a variety of styles and techniques
for cutting dialog scenes, action scenes, comedy, music
videos, and documentaries. Professional workflows and
practices, engineering, color correction and grading,
motion graphics, digital video effects, compositing and
edit lists will be explored. Students create both personal
projects and projects using pre-existing footage. By
working on the same project students see firsthand the
difference an editor’s creative choices make.
3/15/60
This open discussion course is a forum for students to
address specific advanced topics and issues that arise
during their third semester projects. Round table discussion
is supplemented with guest speakers on various industry
topics including art direction and costume design.
Scheduled field trips to local industry businesses, such as
equipment rental houses, post-production facilities, and
film labs are also used to enhance and expand the student’s
exposure to the business.
4/00/120
POSTSND 201 – Post-Production Audio and Music
Students explore the practical and aesthetic aspects
of digital audio tools and procedures through lectures,
demonstrations and hands-on exercises. All areas of
audio are explored including: sync-sound, editing,
mixing, sound design, recording, editing dialogue,
prepping for automatic dialogue replacement (ADR) and
Foley sessions, loop groups, pre-dubs, composed score,
source music, print master, music and effects tracks
(M&E) and supervising the final sound mix. The impact
of sound design on storytelling in films is evaluated by
studying composer choices, edits, and sound effects.
3/15/60
ENGL 2341 – Forms of Literature
The purpose of this course is to facilitate a
comprehensive development of students’ textual/
interpretive skills through varied written assignments
that are closely connected with readings from different
literary genres, including the history of drama.
3/45/00
SCRNWRIT 301 – Screenwriting III
Greater attention is paid to elements of character
objectives and development, scene beats, conflict,
obstacles, premise, tension, emotional through-line,
and act structure. Work is read in class and evaluated
through peer discussion. Students who want to focus on
producing, directing or other film industry disciplines will
also have an opportunity to develop their story skills by
writing analyses of peer scripts and other screenplays.
Each student is encouraged to submit one or more of his
or her screenplays for consideration as a 4th Semester
Motion Picture Production Final Project.
2/00/60
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FILMPROD 301 – Advanced Film Production
Grounded in the technical skills honed in the first two
semesters, students are now ready to explore the a
more nuanced facets of filmmaking. Student filmmakers
learn how to analyze a script, cast the right actor, block
a vibrant, motivated scene, and nurture a compelling
performance for the camera. Students experience the
rehearsal process as a collaborative tool for working
with talent to achieve their storytelling goals. A
variety of acting methodologies are considered, as are
improvisation and problem solving exercises through
scene work before the camera. Each student draws upon
the multiple disciplines of development, shooting, and
post-production for the creation of a high quality Third
Semester Final Project.
4/30/60
SPCH 1315 – Fundamentals of Public Speaking
This course provides an introduction to the principles
and practice of presentational communication, including
personal history, impromptu speaking, humorous and
persuasive speeches. Methods of topic analysis, evidence
evaluation, organization and delivery are covered.
3/45/00
PROFILM 301 – Producing the Independent Film
The various producer roles are examined from
developing projects and acquiring financing to
production management and distribution. Preproduction tasks from scouting to casting, location
permits to required clearances and insurance, all the way
through post-production are examined. The importance
of having a finished script before shooting as well
as the structure and collaborative responsibilities of
crewmembers throughout a production is emphasized.
Through a series of lectures and exercises, the course
explores the creative, organizational, and management
roles inherent to producing independent films and short
films from prep to post.
2/30/00
FILM 301 – History of Popular American Culture
Through Film
This course is a survey of early filmmaking through
modern cinematography, focusing primarily on
domestically produced films. The impact of film and
cinematic literature on historical and current American
culture will be discussed in depth. Also discussed will
be the influence of the early studios (personalities such
as Thalberg, Warner and Goldwyn will be covered) and
cinematic developments through history.
3/45/00
“The instructors are the greatest.
They make the classes fun and informative.
They are very caring about your career. They try to
lift your spirits when you’re down. It’s great.
I can’t wait to see what 2nd semester is like.”
Mark Dunn
FILMBIZ 401 – Advanced Business of Film
This course examines the business and legal aspects of
film production. The economic structure and history of
the film industry, the job of production companies and
professional guilds, film festivals, grant writing, as well as
a full range of the business and legal practices of film and
television production are surveyed, including financing
and the roles agents, managers, attorneys and publicists
play in representing talent, producers and writers. Students
are familiarized with entertainment law topics such as:
copyright; option agreements; distribution agreements;
music licensing; agreements for actors, directors, producers
and writers; protecting the rights of the artist; employment
contracts, permits and releases; guilds and union;
production and distribution revenues and expenses.
2/30/00
DISTRIB 401 – Distribution & Marketing
This course examines the full range of film distribution
and marketing for major studio and independent film
projects. Market research, advertising strategies, image
development, and creative execution are explored while
focusing on understanding the interplay of markets,
buyers, sellers, consumers, and costs. Major studio
distribution topics include: devising a release plan,
analyzing grosses, scheduling bookings, creating a
marketing and advertising campaign, and independent
film acquisition. Independent film distribution covers
festival circuits and markets, educational and short
film distribution, independent features (domestic and
foreign), fundraising, and working with agents. The roles
of audience survey techniques, booking, publicity, and
advertising as well as the corporations and industries
involved in the mass media are explored. Students create
and deliver a film festival kit.
2/30/00
ADVDEV 401 – Advanced Development
This course is designed to propel forward momentum
after graduation, a companion series of lectures
assists students in the transition from the classroom
to the professional world. With the knowledge and
skills learned from previous semesters students can
develop and create a realistic production plan, market/
distribution plan, and financing strategy for a project
after graduation, or concentrate on furthering their skills
in the discipline they prefer. Motion Picture Production
program teachers and industry professionals will be
brought in to work with students.
2/00/60
POSTCOL 401 – Production and Post-Production
Colloquium
This course is a forum for students to address specific
issues that arise during production through delivery on
the Motion Picture Production Final Projects in an open
discussion format. Supplemented by guest speakers and
issue specific instruction, such as cinematography, it is
designed to address actual concerns as well as questions
engendered during production through delivery of the
Motion Picture Production Final Projects.
4/00/120
FILMPROD 401 – MPP Final Projects - Pre-Production
through Delivery
With instructor guidance, students form production
teams, with each team taking a pre-selected Motion
Picture Production Final Project from rewrites to preproduction, production, post-production, completion
and delivery in this hands-on course. Graduation
ceremonies include the screening of graduates’ Motion
Picture Production Final Projects.
4/15/90
BIOL 2301 – Human Biology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to
the building blocks and components of human life and
how they function together to support the organism.
Emphasis is on the function of the human body including
anatomy, nutrition and the nervous, circulatory and
reproductive systems.
3/45/00
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ProgramChairs
KDConservatoryFaculty
T.A. Taylor received his B.A. in Speech and Acting from Marquette
University and holds a M.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist
University. He has performed at Addison Center Theatre, Dallas Theatre
Center, Open Stage, the New Arts Theatre, Stage West, and the Dallas
Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared at numerous regional theatres ,
including Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and Virginia
Stage Company. He has worked on many commercials and training films,
as well as the television series, Walker, Texas Ranger, As the World Turns,
Guiding Light, and Another World. He had supporting roles in the feature
films, Late Bloomers and The Message. Besides serving on the faculty, he is
the Director and Director of Education for KD Conservatory.
Faculty are selected by KD Conservatory on the basis of their professional
experience and educational achievement. In order to ensure the highest
standards of professionalism. KD Conservatory seeks instructors from
those sectors of the entertainment industry which closely relate to the
subject area being taught. Many of our faculty members have completed
a post-graduate degree and have several years of experience as actors,
writers, producers, and theatre scholars. Primary consideration in the
selection of faculty members is their commitment to student success and
the assurance of valuable learning experiences.
Michael Serrecchia was an original company member of the Broadway
hit A Chorus Line and performed in the Broadway companies of The
Selling of the President, Heathen!, Seesaw, and Sing Happy. Off-Broadway
credits include Lady Audley’s Secret and Out of this World. Mr. Serrecchia
has appeared on The Merv
Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas
Show, The Dinah Shore Show, and
The Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson. Mr. Serrecchia also was a
member of the cast of Chita Plus
Two, an award winning concert
show starring Broadway legend
Chita Rivera.
Dennis Bishop has overseen
numerous commercially
successful and award winning
feature and television
productions including: Horton
Foote’s Academy Award
winning, The Trip to Bountiful,
Disney’s perennial favorite, The
Big Green, and Universal Pictures’
blockbuster, The Fast and the
Furious. As VP of Production
for HBO Pictures he oversaw
27 movies that won 51 major
awards including And the Band
Played On and Barbarians at the
Gate. He produced the critically acclaimed pilots, Dexter for Showtime and
Cane for CBS. He commenced his feature work in Texas as a Location/Unit
Manager on films such as Local Hero. He was a resource advisor for the
Sundance Institute’s Summer Workshop and has moderated, participated
in and created film festival panels and workshops for numerous festivals.
He served five successful years as director and Senior Advisor to the Lone
Star International Film Festival & Lone Star Film Society in Fort Worth,
Texas. As an educator, he served as an adjunct professor at the widely
acclaimed USC School of Cinematic Arts, guest lectured at universities,
trade schools and high schools, and mentored for numerous film
organizations and guilds including the Producers Guild and Directors
Guild programs. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America,
Directors Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a
former board member of the Dallas Producers Association.
Tom Aberg has been a successful and prolific editor in the Dallas/Fort
Worth market for over 25 years. He began honing his craft in New York
City where he moved after graduating SMU Film School. After five years
in New York he moved back to Dallas and opened up the postproduction
studio, Tom’s Easyway. For 23 years the company worked primarily for
advertising agencies but he always found time to work on a variety of
projects including documentaries,
music videos, and entertainment
projects. In 1999 he invested in
and edited the original 14 minute
short film Bottle Rocket for Wes
Anderson and Owen Wilson.
The rest is history. Recipient of
numerous industry awards from
the likes of Cannes, The One Show,
The Clio’s and Communication
Arts, he continues to distinguish
himself as a colorful storyteller.
Kellie Carroll is currently the
resident choreographer, dance
director, and Triple Threat
Company manager at The Acting
Studio in Grapevine. She has also
performed in many productions
around the metroplex, including
productions of West Side Story
with Lyric Stage, Guys and Dolls, A
Funny Thing Happened on the Way
to the Forum, and Plaid Tidings
with Watertower Theatre, and The
Full Monty with Theatre Arlington.
Kellie also has several choreography credits. A few of her favorites include
productions of Seussical, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast, Sound of
Music, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She continues to teach tap, jazz,
ballet, and musical theatre, and continues perform as often as possible.
Robert J. Castaldo is a Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Editor, and in
his 30 year career in film and video, Castaldo has worked on hundreds
of feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials, music
videos, and corporate/industrial/training programs. His involvement
has spanned every aspect of bringing script to screen from writing,
directing, and producing, through all aspects of post-production.
He has participated in numerous panel discussions, seminars, and
workshops including the Sundance Institute Producer’s Project. He
is a former member of the Motion Picture Editors’ Guild and Senior
Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Bob Coonrod is an actor and director who received his B.F.A. in Theatre
from the University of North Texas. He has participated as a director and/
or actor in the Dallas area for over fifteen years. His television and film
work includes the series Walker Texas Ranger and America’s Most Wanted;
the “Movies of the Week” Right to Kill and When Dreams Come True. He
has appeared in numerous feature films, including It Takes Two, Winner
Takes All, and Where the Heart Is. He has performed on stage at the Deep
Ellum Theatre Garage, On The Edge Theatre, Dallas Actors Theatre,
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and the Plaza Cabaret. His numerous commercial and industrial clients
include Grandy’s Restaurants, Frito-Lay, J.C. Penny, AT&T, Motorola, and
Texas Instruments. Bob is a charter member of the Southwest’s premiere
comedy/improv troupe Lone Star Comedy.
chaired a panel discussion on Maria Fornes’ dramas at the Association for
Theatre in Higher Conference in which Ms. Fornes acted as respondent to the
presentations. Dolan is also a member of USA Track & Field and has competed
in Masters and Senior Olympics events around the country since 2005.
Michael Corolla (aka NIKO) is a graduate of Lon Morris Jr. College in
Jacksonville, Texas and Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana as
well as five years of post-graduate study at H.B. Studios in NYC. Following
graduation from Centenary he was employed full time by C. E. Byrd High
School as Artist in Residence, teaching all levels of Drama and Speech,
for two years. He served as Artistic Director for the Mississauga Players in
Ontario Canada, directing 2 six-show seasons. A member of Actor’s Equity,
he lives in Dallas, Texas acting and directing, whenever anyone will hire
him, and teaching at KD Conservatory.
Linda Duran has been an Instructor of Social Psychology at KD
Conservatory since summer of 2012. Previously, she taught Psychology
at Midland Junior College in Midland Texas. Linda worked in the public
schools system for 35 years as a teacher and Guidance Counselor.
She specialized in Grief and Trauma issues. Linda is also a Certified
Consultant and Trainer for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in
Children (TLC). She conducts trainings throughout the United States
for school districts and other organizations that deal with traumatized
children. Recent trainings have been at: Goose Creek ISD in Baytown,
Texas; Collinsville Community Unit 10 Unified School District in
Collinsville, Illinois; and Children Home, Inc. in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina. In 2012, Linda was honored as one of only two “Specialist of
the Year” award recipients from TLC. There are over 6000 TLC Specialists
throughout the world. Linda graduated from the University of Texas
at Austin with a B.A. with Honors in English and German. She was
honored with the Phi Beta Kappa key as well. Her Masters in Counseling
was from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin where she was
on the Dean’s List each semester. Linda also serves on the Rockwall
Independent School Board of Trustees where she has been elected
as Vice-President two years straight. Additionally, Linda is a Guest
Columnist for Dallas Morning News, Viewpoints Section.
Caitlin Darby graduated with Cum Laude honors from Oklahoma City
University with a Dance Performance Degree. While attending OCU, she
performed and toured nationally in the American Spirit Dance Company’s
“Home for the Holidays” shows and annual spring shows. Other performing
credits include dancing with Larrwell Productions in numerous Mary
Kay Seminars, and performing as a magician’s assistant for the worldrenowned magician and illusionist, Rob Lake. Theater credits include:
ensemble performer in Gypsy at Lyric Stage and usherette/ensemble in The
Producers at Uptown Players. Caitlin also had the privilege of working with
Glee director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and Step-Up choreographer Jamal
Sims, while performing as a principle dancer in the “Cash Spectacular”
Texas Lottery commercial. Currently, Caitlin serves as the assistant director
and choreographer for the performing company at Centre for Dance in
Dallas.
John S. Davies holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from San
Jose State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater from
Trinity University in San Antonio (Dallas Theater Center). He is a proud
member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and
stage managers and SAG-AFTRA. He has served on the National Boards
of Directors of these unions and as President of the Dallas/Fort Worth
SAG-AFTRA Local Branch. His performance credits include more than 60
professional theater productions and more than thirty appearances in films
and television. He was recognized by the Dallas/Ft Worth Theater Critics
Forum for his performance as Willy Brandt in Michael Frayn’s Democracy at
Theatre Three in 2008.
Olivia Emile has been a private lessons teacher for voice and piano since
2003. Currently she is co-owner of Bellhouse Studio, a music lessons
and productions studio. Olivia was Director of Music Theatre at The
Music Academy of Denton (2011-2012) and has worked as an actor and/
or vocal coach in DFW theaters including Stage West, Casa Mañana,
Theatre Three, Theatre Britain, and Nouveau 47. She performed at the
New York International Fringe Festival in New York. Olivia co-created and
performed in Devised Theatre via Sundown Collaborative Theatre (Denton)
and Blankline Collective (Chicago). She has eight years of experience
owning and operating an independent coffee house with art gallery, live
performance spaces, and private event accommodations.
Vanessa DeSilvio is a bilingual stage, film, and commercial actor. She
also has extensive voice-over credits in radio and animation, in both
English and Spanish. She has a MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist
University, a BA in Dance & Theatre/Psychology from Manhattanville
College, and semester training at National Theater Institute. Vanessa’s
awards include San Francisco Broadway World - Best Featured Actress in a
Musical (The Full Monty). She is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
John Dolan received his B.F.A. with High Honors in Theatre Studies from
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities
from the University of Texas-Dallas. He has participated as a director,
dramaturge, and performer in over thirty-five productions, collaborating
and/or studying with such noted theatre practitioners as Robert W. Corrigan,
Richard Scheehner, Aaron Frankel, Israel Horowitz, Alexa Visarion, and Ljubisa
Georgievski. A scholar with many interests, he has written articles on a broad
range of topics in the area of theatre, dance, and somatic practices. He once
“Who ever said that there was an age limit on
enrolling in an acting school?
There is an actor in everyone, all you have to do is get
the training, and believe me, it’s worth it.”
Jerel Wilhort
Shawn Griffith attended the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport,
CT) where he received a BFA in Film Production and Cinematography.
As a Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager, Griffith has
over 22 years experience in the entertainment industry. As a member
of the Director’s Guild of America, Griffith has accumulated credits on
numerous studio, independent, and network feature films and television
series such as Devil’s Advocate (Warner Brothers), Random Hearts (Sony
Pictures), Flawless (MGM), and the television series, The West Wing
(Warner Brothers). Griffith has worked with such notables as Robert
DeNiro, Sydney Pollack, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Harrison Ford, Bernie
Pollack, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Griffith produced the independent
film Cowgirls N Angels and line produced Searching for Sonny, and Hands
of the Dragon, shot in Deli, Rajasthan, Calcutta and Mumbai (Bollywood).
Griffith is dedicated to adolescent wellness and education and works to
introduce youth to the film industry. Along with being a mentor to high
school students, a keynote speaker at many career seminars and film
camps around the country, Griffith has also directed and produced the
children’s television series Reggie & the Roustabouts.
Bert Guthrie received a BFA in Film Production from Southern
Methodist University. As a Director of Photography, Director,
Producer for more than 37 years, Guthrie has been a part of motion
picture production including feature films, television, documentary,
commercial, and web-based media ranging from productions such
as the short film Bottle Rocket (which launched the Wilson brothers
to fame) to the much-acclaimed PBS television series Wishbone. His
focus began with cinematography and expanded to directing and
producing as media moved progressively onto the web. His work
has been distributed theatrically as well as on HBO, PBS, BBC, and
Showtime. Guthrie’s teaching experience includes University of Texas
at Arlington where, as an adjunct Professor, he led an advanced class
in Cinematography.
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Chris Henry received his BA in Speech and Drama from Occidental
College. As a Production Designer, Scenic Designer, Creative Director,
Henry has worked primarily as a Lighting Designer and Stage Manager
for local theaters and in club and concert venues. It was not until he
worked on a small independent feature film that he found his true
passion in film and television production. With nine years of freelance
experience in the Los Angeles film industry, Henry moved to Dallas
to form his own company, Professional Scenic Services, a full service
set design and construction firm. Through this company, he worked
on feature film projects like David Byrne’s True Stories (Warner Bros.),
Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio (Universal), and multiple industrial and
commercial projects. As a Production Designer, his television and
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David Michie
“Mockingbird” – post
production (2013)
played Father, “City
of Gardens” –Colonel
Ramos, “Battlefied
America” - Glen Downing, TV Series: Austin
& Ally- Emillio, “Dark Blue”- MAN , “24”
, “Weeds”, “Jericho”, “Shark”, ”Hannah
Montana” “The Tommyknockerz” –
Treadmill Guy, “ Let Lorenzo” – Salsa
Husband, “Stan” – Nick. David has been
working in the business as a Voice Actor,
Director, Producer and Writer . He lent
his voice talent in video games such as
“ Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings”,
“Superman Returns” and in videos: “
Garfield’s Pet Force” and “Garfield Gets
Real” He was the voice of Hector in
“Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness” –
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feature film credits include the NBC situation comedy 13 East to the
feature film After Midnight (MGM). Henry later collaborated on the
development of the much-acclaimed PBS television series Wishbone,
for which he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award as well as
Emmy Awards for Art Direction, Set Decoration and Scenic Design.
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Carolyn Hodge received her B.A. in Journalism and English from
Stephen F. Austin State University, and her Masters of Science in English
Education from Florida State. As a Writer, Producer, Director, Hodge
has worked at many levels of production on a variety of film projects,
including music videos, shorts, features, and industrials. She has written/
directed/produced three shorts; Murder by Mistake, Emma’s Wish, and
The Adventures of Little Miss Mischief. The short film she produced, NEAL,
was an official selection in 2011 of the prestigious South by Southwest
(SXSW) and the Dallas International Film Festivals. She is a native Texan,
but spent 18 years in the United States Air Force, traveling the globe in
service to her country, retiring with honors as a Major. Hodge is currently
the President of the Dallas Screenwriters Association, and is a member of
Women in Film.Dallas, the Dallas Film Society, the Dallas Table, and Texas
Motion Picture Alliance. Hodge has eight years of teaching experience,
first at the University of Maryland extension campus at RAF Bentwaters
in England, and at Tarrant County College.
Megan Kelly-Bates received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Oklahoma
City University. It was at OCU that she had the opportunity to sing for
Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Schwartz, Kander & Ebb, and John McDaniel
from the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Upon graduating with honors, Megan
moved to New York City where she did many stage readings and
concerts, including landing the role of Ishmael in Cameron Mackintosh’s
Moby Dick the Musical, and she can be heard on the cast recording. She
can now be seen on many stages in the DFW area such as Watertower
Theatre, Theatre Three, Casa Manana, and Contemporary Theatre of
Dallas. Megan has received awards for choreography and acting and was
named Best Belter in the 2008 Dallas Observer’s Best Of Issue.
Lisa Lancaster earned a BFA in Film and Video Production from the
University of Texas at Arlington. A native Texan, Lancaster has been
involved in video/film production for thirty years. Throughout her
career, she has served as Writer/Director for such diverse projects as
Crime Stoppers videos to video art pieces. Lancaster was Producer/
Director for UTA, producing instructional videos for on campus
departments. She has worked on several independent feature films in
various aspects from Assistant Director, Casting Director and Editor.
Recently, Lancaster taught video production for eight years at the
University of Texas at Arlington, serving as Visiting Assistant Professor.
Linda Leonard received her B.F.A. in Acting from Butler University. Her
teaching credits include adjunct positions at universities around the
country, including Texas Christian University, University of North Dakota,
University of California Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, and Indiana
University (IUPUI). She was Education Director for WaterTower Theatre
for two years in North Dallas. In recent years she taught workshops and
master classes in Musical Theatre and Movement and Voice for Texas
Woman’s University, Marion College, and the Strasbourg Institute in New
York City. She has appeared on stage as Grizabella in Cats for the National
and European companies and as Ellie in Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat.
Clarke Lindsley began his 35 year career in film and television as a
Stuntman in Los Angeles. After 8 years, he propelled himself through
the ranks to producing (3.5 years for Bill Cosby) and directing episodic
television and feature films. His expertise encompasses both sides of
the lens; acting in over 100 national commercials, 50 television shows,
and 15 feature films. His spare time in Los Angeles was devoted to
training Actors and Directors at the Film Industry Workshops (FIW).
Acting alumni included Sally Field, Debra Winger, Sam Elliott, Josh
Brolin, James Brolin, Susan Dey, and Bonnie Franklin. Directing alumni
included Ron Howard, John Heath (Producer/Director Chicago Hope),
Penny Adams (Producer, E.R.), and Jim Hallowes (award winning
commercial Producer/Director). The Southern California Motion
Picture council presented Lindsley their Bronze Halo Award for his
tireless mentoring of first time film and television directors.
M. Lynn Marple earned a B.A. degree with a distinction in mathematics
from Albright College and a Ph.D. in Biology from Swarthmore College in
Reading, PA. Marple is Adjunct Faculty at Richland College and Cedar Valley
College, and is a former teaching assistant at the University of New Mexico.
Carolyn Reis McCormick has been acting professionally since 1984.
After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas, she
moved to Dallas to pursue theatre training at the Dallas Theatre Center. A
member of the Texas Commission on the Arts, Carolyn has been involved
with many projects such as the Imagination Celebration at the Kennedy
Center and has performed lead roles in regional and stock theatre from
Texas to Virginia. She has represented many clients in television and radio
broadcasts including Air Canada, Black Eyed Pea, Lincoln Mercury, Chuck
E Cheese, and Toys R Us, to name only a few. She currently performs a
series of one woman shows based on historical characters in elementary
schools throughout the Dallas area, and she is a member of the improv
group, Lone Star Comedy.
Carolyn is also a writer,
presently working on a
series of original children’s
plays and stories.
Paula Morelan holds
a B.F.A. from Texas
Christian University and
studied with Nathalia
Krassovska, Victor
Moreno, and Fernando
Schaffenburg. She has
received numerous awards
for her choreography
in the DFW metroplex
and has completed
two original works with
Mr. Akin Babatunde,
Reveal and Song Un-Told.
Choreography credits
include Kincaid Regional
Theatre, Uptown Players,
Flower Mound Performing
Arts Theatre, Shakespeare
Festival of Dallas, Theatre
Three, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children’s Theatre, and
Plano Repertory Theatre.
René Moreno is a professional actor and director. He has worked in
New York (Broadway and Off-Broadway) as well as at many of the most
prestigious regional theaters across the country (The Guthrie Theatre,
Arena Stage, Old Globe Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
He has also worked on radio, television and in film. A native of Dallas,
he holds a B.F.A. in Acting and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Meadows
School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of
Actor’s Equity Association, AFTRA, and the Society of Stage Directors and
Choreographers.
Mark Mullino brings over 20 years experience as a professional actor,
director, musical director, pianist and teacher. A graduate of HardinSimmons University in Abilene, Texas, Mark has performed and directed
throughout the metroplex and the U.S. He has been honored multiple
times in Dallas with nominations and Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas
Theatre League, as well as Column Awards. He has worked extensively at
most of the professional DFW area theaters. He has also been seen in the
Cabaret circuit in Dallas and New York (Don’t Tell Mama Club) with singing
partner Amy Stevenson. He is one of the founding co-producers of Dallas
Young Artists and is highly sought after for his popular Musical Theatre
camps. Mark is also a painter and sells and exhibits his art throughout
Texas.
Patty Newton, an award winning filmmaker, has worked in film and
television as Producer, Director, UPM, and Art Director. She works in fiction,
documentary and art-based film. Newton wrote, produced and directed
Pursuit, which had its west coast premiere at the prestigious Palm Springs
International ShortFest. After a successful domestic and Canadian festival
run Pursuit moved on to play in Italy, Finland, and New Zealand where it
is currently on the international festival circuit. She recently produced
dawn, a short about a woman adjusting to life having just been released
from prison. She is currently directing Into The Gap, a documentary about
a Russian artist and bold seeker of truth relocating to Portland, Oregon.
Newton teaches film and video at the University of Texas in Arlington and
KD Conservatory in Dallas.
Alex Organ is a native Texan and holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Abilene
Christian University and an M.F. A. in Acting from the Yale School
of Drama. Regionally he has worked at The Epic Theater Ensemble,
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and Elm
Shakespeare Festival, to
name a few. Television and
Film appearances include
Law & Order: SVU, and
Second Guessing Grandma.
Alex has appeared locally
with Second Thought
Theater, Theater Three,
Watertower Theater,
Shakespeare Dallas, Trinity
Shakespeare Festival and
The Dallas Theater Center.
David Pinkston
earned a BFA in Studio
Arts; concentration
in Cinematography
and Photography
from the University of
Texas at Arlington. As
a Cinematographer,
Gaffer, Editor since
1980, Pinkston’s film
work includes features,
industrials, commercials
and PSAs. He has worked
in all film formats from 8mm to IMAX, and video from analog tape to
digital cinema files. Film clients and companies include Highland Myst
Entertainment, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, City of Fort
Worth, Baptist Radio and Television Commission, BLACKleaderFILMS
and Poorchild Films. As a videographer, he has shot for clients such
as Miss Texas, Texas Christian University, and the Baptist Radio and
Television Commission. Pinkston is also an Adjunct Professor of
Cinematography at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Allison Pistorius has been a professor at KD Conservatory since Spring
2012. Regional Theatre highlights include Betsy and Lindsey in Clybourne
Park (Dallas Theater Center); Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2011
Westword Best Actress in a Shakespeare Production), Rosa LaBella and
Blanca in The House of the Spirits, Bianca in Othello, Nancy Holmes in When
We Are Married, Iris Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (all Denver Center Theatre
Company). Dallas/Fort Worth credits include Vanda in Venus in Fur (Circle
Theatre), Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (Stage West, 2013 D/FW Critics
Forum Award, Outstanding Performance by an Actress), Olivia in Twelfth
Night, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Portia in The Merchant of Venice
(all Shakespeare Dallas). Allison is represented locally by the Kim Dawson
Agency, and her voice is currently appearing in a national radio ad for Motel
6 with Tom Bodett. She is a Teaching Artist with the Dallas Theater Center,
spent three summers teaching with the Denver Center Theatre Academy,
and is a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor.
Harper Robinson earned a BA in Sociology, with a minor in American
Studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and an MBA in Business
Administration, with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies at Texas A&M
University. As a Producer, Robinson’s start in the Film/TV industry
was on network reality TV shows such as American Idol, The Biggest
Loser, and So You Think You Can Dance. Working closely with the CEO
of Stevens Entertainment Group Inc., he contributed significantly
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to the completion of many of their successfully distributed films
shot in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; he also played an integral role in
the development of several of their Film/TV projects. Robinson has
produced a number of short films that have played at notable festivals.
Most recently he Executive Produced the documentary, Beyond
Pollution, narrated by Dean Cain, a compelling in-depth look at the
2010 Gulf oil spill.
Andre Rotkiewicz is a native of Poland, who received rich European
training, ranging from drama to mime, and dance to mask work. With his
great knowledge of the work of such masters as Decroux, Marcel Marceau,
and Grotowski, he became a leading actor in Szczecin Mime Theatre.
He has appeared in numerous performances on Polish and Norwegian
television, and participated in many international theatre festivals. Over
the years, Andre has toured in England, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium,
Denmark, and in Sweden, where he performed, directed, and taught. Prior
to joining the faculty at KD Conservatory, Andre taught at the University of
Texas and at several Dallas area colleges.
Mike Schraeder earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary
Education from Baylor University and his M.F.A. degree in Acting from
Wayne State University. Mike has taught theatre history, voice, and
performance at Baylor University, Brookhaven College, Tarrant County
College and Trinity Valley College. He has acted in over 70 productions,
including venues in New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas.
Mike has directed professionally in New York City and Dallas. In 2004, he
co-founded Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, where he served as public
relations coordinator for two years and is currently on the advisory board.
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Mark Walters has become a fixture in the Texas film and television
industry over the past three decades since his first supporting role in
Dallas twenty seven years ago, to his recent starring role in Carried Away,
a critically acclaimed independent feature released in 2011. In his acting
career he has appeared in over 20 feature films, 25+ network television
programs and movies, more than 50 plays, and many commercials. He
is an MFA graduate of SMU’s prestigious Professional Actor Training
Program. He has taught acting, directing, and tech theatre at Tulsa
Community College where he was the Coordinator of Theater, in the
Dallas County Community College District and for several years at
Richardson High School. He was also the director and producer of 4
OUT OF 5 DOCTORS comedy/improv troupe in Dallas for 25 years. Mark
is an ETCP certified rigger, a scenic carpenter, a shade tree mechanic,
and a pretty darn good cook. Which means he can act in your film, hang
your production rigging, build your sets, keep your picture cars moving,
and feed the cast.
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Gary Tyner, Jr. (Chairman) is President of KD Conservatory College
of Film and Dramatic Arts, which is one of only a handful of Nationally
Accredited acting schools between New York and California offering
Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in Motion Picture Production,
Acting, and Musical Theatre. Raised in the Dallas area, and represented
by the Kim Dawson Agency from the age of 2 , Mr. Tyner has had the
opportunity during his career to gain multidisciplinary experience in
film and television as well as modeling. Mr. Tyner has been active in
the career school sector of education for more than 20 years and has
served on numerous boards and committees at the municipal, state, and
national level. He served as Chairman of the Board of Career Colleges
and Schools of Texas (CCST) based in Austin and previously served two
terms on the board of directors. As Chairman, Mr. Tyner represented
CCST in Washington D.C. regarding the state of the industry, the strategic
changes occurring, and the resulting impact on the association on a
national level. CCST consists of more than 200 member schools, which
provide resources on regulatory and legislative matters and shared
knowledge about pivotal issues and opportunities within the sector.
Mr. Tyner also served as Chairman of the Legislative, Membership, and
Conference Committees, where he worked to close the gap between
legislators and regulators by testifying and lobbying in both the Texas
House and Senate. He has co-authored legislation and worked closely
with legislative staff in this effort. He is an active member of the board of
the Trinity River Arts Center (T.R.A.C.), a not-for-profit arts center whose
mission is to expose at-risk youth to the arts. He serves on the advisory
board of the Lone Star Film Society (LSFS) which showcases some of the
best in American independent cinema. Mr. Tyner served on the advisory
board for the Deep Ellum Film Festival which fostered growth and
nurtured development in the film community from 1999 to 2006. He is
the Co-Executive Producer on A Higher Power, My Brother’s Keeper, Bullied,
and Missed Connection, all filmed in Texas.
Jerry Valdez, (Vice Chairman) a registered lobbyist, is a specialist
in understanding how government works. He has served in various
public positions and successfully advocated for regulatory change
at the local, state and federal level. He has hands-on experience
in successful public/private partnerships, legislative solutions and
support, business development and target issue advocacy. With
statewide contacts outside of Austin, Valdez often coordinates efforts
for clients at City Halls, County Commissioner Courthouses and with
regional governmental entities to successfully advocate approval and
community support for a variety of projects. A strong advocate for
his clients, Valdez coordinated the passage of landmark legislation
in such diverse topics as Natural Resources, Real Estate Land Use,
Public Finance and Consumer Matters, Career Schools and Colleges
Higher Education Sector, and Residential Building Standards and
Practices, Energy (both Nuclear and Fossil Fuel) and the Wholesale
Electric Market. During the most recent legislative session, Valdez
led the effort to amend the states’ Education Code that had been
left unchanged since 1972. Valdez has been a part of the legislative
process for more than a decade, beginning with the 1995 legislative
session on behalf of legislative issues important to Denton County
and North Central Texas. Politically, Valdez has been involved in the
fundraising and grassroots campaigning efforts of countless elected
and appointed officials, congressional and legislative officeholders.
Valdez is often asked by many elected officials to serve on political
advisory and campaign fundraising committees.
Kathy Tyner (Member) is the CEO of KD Conservatory College of Film
and Dramatic Arts. Prior to founding KD Studio, Inc., Ms. Tyner served
as General Manager of the Kim Dawson Agency, the largest talent and
modeling agency in the Southwest. During her fifteen years with the
Agency, Ms. Tyner also served as a producer and booking agent and
was responsible for the formation of the Broadcast Talent Division of the
agency. When it became apparent that many actors were in need of a
workshop space to further enhance their skills, Ms. Tyner joined with Ms.
Dawson to create KD Studio, Inc. Their desire was to create a training facility
that would provide quality acting instruction for beginning and advanced
actors. Ms. Tyner has served on the Commission for Accreditation with
the National Association of Schools of Theatre, is a past member of the
Curriculum Committee for the Texas Educational Theatre Association, and
a past member of the board of the Career Colleges & Schools of Texas.
She is also a past board member of the advisory board of Women in Film/
Dallas, the Irving Film Commission, and Executive Women International.
Her commitment to the arts is demonstrated by her ongoing efforts to
create opportunities for actors and artists to work professionally. It is Ms.
Tyner’s dedication to the performing arts and her sensitivity to the needs
of the individual artist that has placed KD Conservatory at the forefront of
arts education.
“Learning never felt so fun!”
Thiago Martins
Eric Juhlin (Member) earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology
from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988 and a
Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University
(SMU) in 1993. His career in proprietary education began in 1989 as an
admissions representative for The Court Reporting Institute of Dallas
(CRID). In 1997, Mr. Juhlin became the President/CEO and a shareholder
in CRID having developed the college into the largest court reporting
school in the U.S. with a population of approximately 1,200 students.
Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Juhlin held the following positions at the
Institute; Director of High School Admissions, Assistant Director of
Financial Aid, Assistant Director of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and
Vice-President. In addition to total control over P&L and balance sheet
items, Mr. Juhlin was responsible for day-to-day operations, strategic
planning, personnel, government relations, regulatory compliance and
capital budgeting for the institution. In 2005, Mr. Juhlin coordinated
and negotiated the sale of CRID to Vatterott Education Centers Inc.,
a wholly owned subsidiary of Wellspring Capital Management. Upon
conclusion of the sale, Mr. Juhlin became the Texas Regional Director for
Vatterott Education Centers, Inc. with responsibility for 3 career colleges
in Texas. In 2006, Mr. Juhlin left Vatterott Education Centers, Inc. to form
EJFT Investments, LLC a private investment firm whose primary focus
was investments in for-profit colleges and schools. In October 2008,
EJFT Investments LLC acquired the stock of Central Texas Commercial
College, Inc. a college located in Dallas, Texas. Following significant
growth, EJFT Investments sold Central Texas Commercial College in
April, 2010. In May 2010, Mr. Juhlin accepted the CEO position with
CollegeAmerica Services, Inc., which manages and operates a group of
onground and online colleges in the western U.S. under the following
brands; Steven-Henager, CollegeAmerica, Independence University, and
California College San Diego.
Deborah Stone (Member) works in both the film and television
industry as a writer, producer and director. Over the years she has
produced numerous commercials, several music videos, directed a
national children’s series, was special project writer for the Smithsonian
Institute; writer, director and producer of the national series, Backyard
Boomers. In 2011, she produced a feature film, Life Before Wedding and
produced fourteen shorts. She is currently working with PBS NY on a
documentary scheduled to air in December, 2014. She has been an
acting instructor in NY, and KD Conservatory, Dallas. She is represented
as a writer/producer by Jeff Witjas, Sr. Vice President of the Agency for
the Performing Arts, LA & NY.
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AdvisoryBoard
The Advisory Board plays a vital role in upholding the high
standards of education at the Conservatory throughout the many
changes that periodically sway the entertainment industry. Their
professional credentials and active involvement in KD Conservatory is
essential in assuring that students receive training that is commensurate
with current demands of the entertainment profession.
Andy Anderson has produced, written and directed four successful
independent feature films including the indie hit Positive I.D. (Universal
Pictures) and his most recent, Detention released theatrically in 2001 and
as Learning Curve for DVD release in 2003. He has also written for Universal
Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Hyperion, and Eddie Murphy Productions.
His features have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The Museum of
Modern Art, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Moscow, Berlin, and
Munich Film Festivals. His photography and installation works have been
widely exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Carnegie Museums
of Art, The California Center for Photography, and Camerawork. Anderson
has also been a Commercial Director and Director of Photography for
Disney, Ford, MasterCard, ABC Sports, Holiday Inns and two hundred other
commercials including The Peace Corp. Anderson was a Professor of Art,
Film/Video/Photography at the University of Texas at Arlington for 25
years. He developed and implemented the MFA curriculum and program
of study in Film/Video at UTA. Anderson was awarded the Minnie Piper
Stevens Award for Outstanding University Teachers, received three NEA/
SW Alternate Media Project production grants, The 2011 Kansas City Film
award and the 2011-12 Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professorship in
Film. Anderson is currently developing a new independent feature, and a
quirky novel, Tender.
Lucie Arnaz, having had one walk-on part in her parents’ television series
I Love Lucy and on Lucille Ball’s second TV series The Lucy Show, made her
first acting appearance in a continuing role in the series Here’s Lucy from
1968 to 1974. She played Kim Carter, the daughter of the eponymous
Lucy — who was played by Arnaz’s real-life mother, Lucille Ball. Arnaz
also briefly had a series of her own, The Lucie Arnaz Show, in 1985. She has
also had a lengthy career in musical theatre. In the summer of 1978, she
played the title role in “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Jones Beach Theatre
on Long island, NY. This was the first production at Jones Beach Theatre
after the death of longtime producer Guy Lombardo. She made her
Broadway debut in 1979 in the musical They’re Playing Our Song. Arnaz
won the Theatre World Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Sonia Walsk in the
show. In 1986, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her tour with Tommy
Tune in the international company of the musical My One and Only. She
has numerous other theater and musical credits both in the United States
and abroad, including roles in Seesaw, Annie Get Your Gun, Whose Life Is It
Anyway?, The Guardsman, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True,
Sonia Flew, The Witches of Eastwick, Vanities, Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Terence McNally’s Master Class. Arnaz has also
made some feature film appearances, the most prominent of which was
1980’s The Jazz Singer, in which she co-starred with singer Neil Diamond
and renowned actor Laurence Olivier. She earned a Best Supporting
Actress Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film. She won an
Emmy Award in 1993 for her documentary Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie.
Mark Beasley is President and Brad Beasley is Vice President of MPS
Studios Dallas. With over 30 years providing exceptional service to clients
worldwide MPS is a full-service facility offering 65,000 square feet of
sound stages, equipment, and support staff. MPS provides standard
packages or custom orders for the production of motion pictures,
documentaries, industrial films and television commercials. MPS prides
itself on not only focusing on providing the friendliest, most comfortable
atmosphere and the most functional facility imaginable, they aim to give
their clients the best rental experience possible. With over 20 specialists
and trained technicians on staff to service each job from pre-production
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Julio Cedillo
Co-starred as the title
role opposite Tommy
Lee Jones in “Three
Burials of Melquiades
Estrada” – award
winning movie at the Cannes Film
Festival. Co-starred in “Frontera” with
Ed Harris and Eva Longoria. Co-starred
opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford
in the blockbuster hit “Cowboys and
Aliens”. Cedillo can also be seen in the
Gregory Nava’s film “Bordertown” with
Antonio Banderas and Jennifer Lopez,
Billy Bob Thornton’s “All the Pretty Horses,
Luke & Owen Wilson’s cult classic “Bottle
Rocket”, along with several other films.
His small screen credits include a guest
star stint on FX’s “The Bridge”, AMC’s hit
series, “The Walking Dead”, “The Good
Guys”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Prison Break”,
several made-for-tv movies and many
other television series.
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to deliverables, MPS has the knowledge and expertise to support their
client’s projects like no one else.
Janis Burklund is Director of the Dallas Film Commission and has been
active in the local film and television production market since 1982
and has been promoting the area since 1997 when she first started
as project manager with the former DFW Regional Film Commission.
With the inception of the Dallas Film Commission in October 2002, she
was hired as the project manager, and then named Director in October
2003. In November of 2010 the film commission transitioned to the
City of Dallas, Office of Economic Development in order to provide
a more synergistic approach to growing the city’s targeted Media
Industries. Under Burklund’s direction the commission has attracted and
supported approximately $1 Billion in economic impact from the film and
television related creative media industries. Prior to working for the film
commissions, Janis freelanced in the film/ television industry for 15 years;
much of that time as a Location Manager working on numerous television
shows, series, commercials and motion pictures. In addition, she actively
supports numerous local film festivals and industry organizations; and is
an active member of the Association of Film Commissioners International,
Success Story
Kinna
McInroe
A guest star on
“C.S.I.: Crime Scene
Investigation,”
recurring role on “American Dreams.”
Guest star on “The Bernie Mac Show,”
“Strong Medicine,” “Criminal Minds,”
and “Drop Dead Diva.” Co-starred in
“Where the Heart Is” starring Natalie
Portman and Ashley Judd. Also appeared
in “Office Space” and “Lightening”. In
addition, she can be seen in four other
independent productions, “The Anarchist
Cookbook,” “F.A.T.,” “Almost,” and “The
Wedding.”
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serving on their certification committee and assisting with further
development of their professional education courses.
Michael Cain, a native of Dallas, graduated from the American Film
Institute with a Masters in Fine Arts – Producing. He has produced and
executive produced over 20 feature length films for cable television,
working with directors such as David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and
Christopher Taylor (The District) and Cinematographer Wally Pfister
(Academy Award Nominee for Batman Begins and The Prestige). As
President of Deep Ellum Pictures, Cain produced and directed the
documentary TV Junkie winning the Special Jury Prize, 2006 Sundance
Film Festival, and the Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television
Arts and Science (The Emmy® Awards). Following that success, he
launched the educational program TV Junkie: Faces of Addiction which
won an AVA Award and has been nominated for a Prism Award. He is
the Co-Founder and former President, CEO and Artistic Director of the
DALLAS Film Society and the DALLAS International Film Festival, one of
the nation’s 20 largest international film festivals. He is a principal in the
Trinity Diversified Film Fund Advisors. He is also currently in production
on the Starck Project.
Blake Calhoun is an award-winning Filmmaker who has successfully
directed both feature films and web originals including the Streamy and
Webby winning hit series Pink, also Continuum, 88 Hits, and the TheWB.
com’s Exposed. Pink has been viewed nearly 10 million times since it
premiered in late 2007. Calhoun is also an extremely versatile Director,
rarely working within the same genre. He has directed dark comedy,
action, mystery, sci-fi, drama and even physical comedy. As well as
directing, Calhoun often writes, produces and edits his projects through
his production company Loud Pictures. It was formed in 1997 to produce
high quality film and television content at a fraction of the cost of the
typical Hollywood productions. Loud Pictures has multiple projects in
development including a Warner Brothers TV pilot and several feature
film scripts.
Julio Cedillo attended and graduated from KD Conservatory.
KD Conservatory is the only “Accredited Degree Granting” Actors
Conservatory outside of New York and Los Angeles. Julio holds an
Associates in Applied Arts Degree in Acting Performance. Julio co-starred
opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, an
award winning movie at the Cannes Film Festival. He co-starred opposite
Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas in Gregory Nava’s film Bordertown.
Starred as Oscar Perez in Killing Down. His other feature film credits
include On The Borderline opposite R. Lee Ermey, Billy Bob Thornton’s All
The Pretty Horses, Alan Parker’s The Life of David Gale, Reginald Hudlin’s
Serving Sara with Vincent Pastore, and Luke & Owen Wilson’s cult classic
Bottle Rocket. On the small screen, Cedillo’s credits include a regular as
Travis Del Rio on the Emmy Award winning PBS series Wishbone, about a
literature-loving canine. He has co-starred opposite George C. Scott on
ABC’s movie of the week Finding The Way Home, as Lt. Herrera on TNT’s
Two for Texas with Kris Kristofferson, and CBS’s The Legend of Cadillac Jack
opposite Clint Black.
Clayton Coblentz, a media producer for the past 20 years, has extensive
experience in feature, television, corporate video, e-commerce, live event,
and interactive media projects. Clayton has two television series airing
nationally and an independent feature film that was screened on 176
screens in the top 32 U.S. markets. His projects have appeared in front of
numerous audiences from NASA dignitaries to hundreds of attendees
at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Clayton has served as a
senior/executive level production professional for companies as Head
of Production and Vice President of Production. He has won numerous
awards for his work including two Silver and three Bronze Telly Awards,
two Communicator Awards, and seven domestic and two international
film festival awards.
Rondi Hillstrom Davis is an independent Costume Designer with 25
years of experience. Hillstrom Davis is renowned for her work in film,
television, and theatre. Her credits include projects for Disney, Warner
Bros., Sony Pictures, Miramax, NBC, ABC, CBS, and PBS. Her creative
talents include designs for celebrities Gene Hackman, Jean Claude Van
Damme, Robert Mitchum, Geraldine Page, Jimmy Smits, Patti LaBelle,
Harry Connick Jr., Tyne Daly, and Stephen Dorff. In addition to film
and television, Hillstrom Davis is recognized for her costume designs
throughout regional theatres and Shakespeare Festivals around the
country. Hillstrom Davis graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree
from SMU and later served on the faculty for five years as an Assistant
Professor of theatre. She has also taught at The University of Dallas
Theatre Department and KD Conservatory College of Film & Dramatic
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Art. Hillstrom Davis is a member of the Costume Designers Guild local
892, TAFTP, TXMPA and WIF.Dallas, where she served as Program Director.
She also serves on the grant review committee for the Dallas Women’s
Foundation. In addition, Hillstrom Davis is an accomplished Publisher
and Co-Author of the award winning book, “Together: Creating Family
Traditions.”
alternative independent film distribution company, and Texas MicroCine,
a co-op and resource for small format filmmaking in north Texas. Barak
started Aviation Cinemas in 2010 as a cinema exhibition firm that has
revitalized the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff as an operating movie
theatre and event space and in 2012 the first annual Oak Cliff Film Festival
was held. By all accounts it was a big success.
Joe Dishner has worked in the film industry for over 30 years. His feature
film Line Producer and Unit Production Manager credits include: The
Mothman Prophecies, A Simple Plan, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
Evening Star, Houseguest, and The Big Green. He produced the independent
feature film Ninth Life, which his long time friend, Ken Harrison, wrote
and directed. His television credits include: Starkweather, Murder in the
Heartland, Two for Texas, When the Time Comes, The Ghost Whisperer, The
Good Guys,, and the 2012 pilot and TV series, Dallas. Dishner was a founding
member of the weekly newspaper The Austin Chronicle. Dishner serves on
the advisory board of the Dallas Film Society and the Lone Star Film Society
in Fort Worth. He is a member of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance and the
Directors Guild of America.
James Faust began as the Senior Programmer at the Society’s inaugural
2006 AFI DALLAS Film Festival. A graduate of Cinema Studies at SMU
following Telecommunication/ Theatre degrees at Texas Tech University,
Faust began his film career as a Grip on Armageddon and the locally
produced television series, Walker Texas Ranger. After working his way
up to being a commercial Producer, Faust started a local production
company for which he won a local Emmy. One of the founding members
of the Deep Ellum Film Festival, Faust held the positions of Associate
Programmer, Managing Director, and Programming Director during that
festival’s seven-year run. Instrumental in the formation of AFI DALLAS
and the Dallas Film Society, Faust has also served as a Programmer with
the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, The Austin Film Festival of Austin and
the Texas Black Film Festival of Dallas. He was honored by that festival as
Filmmaker of the year in 2009. Faust has served on juries and panels all
over the world speaking about film festival management, programming
and marketing. He resides on the Board of Directors for Arts Fighting
Cancer. Faust loves his family. Loves film. Loves Dallas. Wants you to stay
in school.
Terry Dobson has been a member of Theatre Three’s Artistic Staff since
May 1980. He currently serves as T3’s Musical Director and Company
Manager. Terry directed and accompanied the longest running stage
production in Dallas theater history – Theatre Three’s production of I Love
You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! He also directed and/or accompanied
many of the critically acclaimed Theatre Too! productions. Myths & Hymns,
First Lady Suite, Elegies: A Song Cycle, The Big Bang, Six Dance Lessons in Six
Weeks, Flaming Guns of The Purple Sage and Songs From an Unmade Bed are
among his favorites. Terry has performed with The Dallas Theater Center,
Casa Manana, Lyric Stage, FMPAT, Theatre Arlington, The Philadelphia
Theater Company and The Red Barn Theater in Key West, Florida. Terry
won a Leon Rabin Award and is the recipient of numerous “Column
Awards”. As an actor, Terry has appeared in T3 productions of Sylvia, Nice
People Dancing to Good Country Music, Beyond Therapy, Death Defying Acts,
God’s Man in Texas, Dirty Blonde, Glorious! and Duets. Mr. Dobson recently
wrote & performed an autobiographical cabaret piece titled My Own
Private Diva, which won the DFW Theatre Critics Forum Award for “Best
New Play of 2006” and a Column Award for “Outstanding New Work by a
Local Playwright”. Terry is also the Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale’s
small group ensemble, ENCORE!
Russell K. Dyer is currently the Manager of the new Dallas City
Performance Hall in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Formerly the
Managing Director and Resident Lighting Designer for The Contemporary
Theatre of Dallas; Russell has managed hundreds of performing arts
productions from the live event management and technology side. He
attended the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico where he received a BFA
in Theater Technology with specialization in Light Design. Russell has
worked professionally Off-Broadway as a lighting designer, production
electrician and assistant technical director. Upon his return to Dallas in
2000, Russell continued his award-winning theatrical freelance design
work in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana
and New York City. Russell worked as the Performing Arts Coordinator /
Technical Director at The Bath House Cultural Center and assumed the
role of Managing Director of the Festival of Independent Theatres for
seasons 8-10. Mr. Dyer has worked as a theatrical facilities equipment
and design consultant, and is celebrated as “one of Dallas’ best theatrical
lighting designers” (D Magazine).
Barak Epstein earned a degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the
University of North Texas and afterwards moved into independent film
production, distribution and Film/TV technology sales and consulting.
As film Producer, Epstein has completed five feature films, which have
played at film festivals throughout the world and have international
distribution. Recent films include Blood on the Highway, which was
released internationally in 2009, Earthling, which premiered at SXSW
2010 and Wuss; SXSW 2011, AFI Fest 2011. Barak also works as a Senior
Production Consultant at Videotex Systems and has several start-up
ventures in various stages of incubation including Film Out Releasing, an
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Ernest Z. Frausto began his career with Arthur Anderson & Company,
where he served as Senior Manager of North Texas Media and
Entertainment Practice. Since leaving Arthur Anderson, he has served
as Executive President and CEO of Film Dallas Pictures (responsible for
financing, producing, and/or distributing thirteen feature films including
Academy Award winning films, The Trip to Bountiful and Kiss of the
Spider Woman); COO of Los Angeles-based Apogee Productions, which
combined creativity and technology to produce special visual effects for
scores of major television and motion picture projects, including Star Wars;
as Corporate CFO of Lyric Corporation, and most recently, as President of
The Lyons Groups, producers of the children’s television show Barney.
Sylvia Gill is director of the Kim Dawson Agency’s Talent Division, which
is the premier talent agency in the Southwest. She is regarded by her
peers and associates as an influential leader, who has played a vital role
in the growth of the film and broadcast industry in Dallas for the past
thirty years. On the national level, Ms. Gill has negotiated on behalf of
her clients for film, episode television, and network commercials. As
Executive Producer, she pioneered the concept of the agency’s master
videotape and audio compact disc, which are essential promotional tools
for the agency. During the early years of her association with the Kim
Dawson Agency, she served as an agent for the fashion and print division.
She also assisted in the production of fashion shows at the International
Apparel Mart in Dallas for companies such as Monsanto and Dupont. She
has been elected president of the Dallas Communications Council, and
she has served on boards of the Association of Independent Commercial
Producers, Association for the Preservation of Talking Pictures, and the
Irving Arts Board.
Scott Hadden has been a force in the Texas film/video industry for many
years. After graduating from UT Austin in 1975, Hadden worked at KERATV on Austin City Limits, then at 36 NBC-TV, before helping to build Third
Coast Video in Austin. Moving to Dallas in 1981, he directed the Roger
Staubach Cowboy Football Show for Channel 21 Productions. In 1983,
along with partner Joe Manganello, he formed Hadden Manganello &
Associates and brought “Entertrainment” to corporate communications.
In 1990 as VP of Development & Production for Lessonware, Hadden led
the team producing the Study Game, a series of educational programs
blending the motivation of big name athletes (Magic Johnson to Chris
Evert), the experience of celebrity academics (Dr. Bob Ballard to George
Plimpton), and good common-sense study skills. Hadden’s current
company Film & Video Direction, formed in 1993, specializes in corporate
communications and TV commercials. FVD has produced training and/
or marketing videos for companies such as Mary Kay, Texas Instruments
and Nortel. Hadden is twice past-President of the Dallas Producers
Association and was on the Board of Directors from 1987-2008. He has
also served on the board of the DFW Regional Film Commission and the
Dallas Communication Council.
Ken Harrison has received numerous awards from the USA Film
Festival, the San Francisco Film Festival and the American Film Institute
for his work on documentaries and short films. Mr. Harrison studied at
Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and received critical acclaim for his
direction of Horton Foote’s 1918 and On Valentine’s Day. He wrote and
directed the independent feature film, Ninth Life and is a director of the
PBS children’s series, Wishbone.
Ken Heckman’s career spans the fields of television, advertising, as
well as industrial, dramatic, and documentary films. As an independent
producer and director, he has been the recipient of numerous awards,
including an Addy and Clio award, as well as an Award for Outstanding
Creativity from the U.S. International Film Festival, Cine Golden Eagle
from the Washington Council on International Non-theatrical Events,
Gold Camera
Award from the
U.S. Industrial Film
Festival, Bronze
Award from the
International
Film & TV
Festival, and the
Backstage Award
for producing
and directing
the Nation’s Best
Public Relations
Film.
Russ Jolly is owner of 214 Media and a fifth generation Texan. He’s a
graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and has enjoyed a 25-year
career in creative storytelling. In the past dozen years, Russ has produced,
directed, written, shot & edited over 300 corporate marketing and
industrial films for companies across the nation such as Cisco, Humana,
Charles Schwab, Hotels.com, HSBC, Tenet Healthcare, Infinera and
Mission Foods. From ’84-’98, his NYC-based theatre career included work
on Broadway, off-B’way and in regional theatres around the country as a
Director, Writer and performer.
Larry Luckinbill was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the son of Agnes
(née Nulph) and Laurence Benedict Luckinbill. He graduated from the
University of Arkansas in 1956 and The Catholic University of America in
1958. He starred in the 1976 Broadway play Poor Murderer. He portrayed
Spock’s half-brother Sybok in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). He also
appeared in The Boys in the Band, reprising the part of Hank, which he
originated on stage. Other film appearances include Such Good Friends,
Cocktail, and The Promise, and he has been seen in numerous television
shows, including Law & Order, Barnaby Jones and Murder, She Wrote. His
acting career has also included writing and directing. He has written
and performed in
several one-man
shows including,
“Hemingway”,
“Teddy”, “An Evening
with Clarence
Darrow”, as well
as, “Lyndon”, which
he didn’t write,
KD Conservatory student
but has performed
numerous times,
including a
schedule at the LBJ Museum in Austin, Texas, where Lady Bird Johnson
was one of those in attendance. He narrated the documentary Moonwalk
One which has recently been restored and re-released.
“This school is totally unique,
trust me you will not be disappointed.”
Micah Pediford
Rick Jaffa began his entertainment career with the William Morris
Agency in the literary department where he was involved in the
packaging of Mask, The River, Robo Cop and Mrs. Soffel. Currently an
independent writer/producer, Mr. Jaffa produced the feature film The
Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which was written by his wife Amanda Silver.
Together Rick and Amanda co-wrote the Paramount film, Eye For An Eye,
starring Sally Field, Keifer Sutherland and Ed Harris. Rick and Amanda
recently wrote and produced the box office smash hit Rise Of The Planet
Of The Apes, starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto. They are
currently working on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 and Jurrasic World.
James M. Johnston is a Filmmaker from Fort Worth, Texas. He was
recently awarded a Creative Producing Fellowship by the Sundance
Institute. His work as a Producer includes David Lowery’s dramatic
thriller, Ain’t Them Bodies Saint starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck
as well as the award winning films St. Nick and Pioneer, which won Best
Narrative Short at SXSW. He also produced Tom Huckabee’s 2010 feature
Carried Away and co-produced Yen Tan’s award-winning 2008 film Ciao,
which was distributed theatrically by Regent Entertainment. In addition
to filmmaking, Johnston is a Vegan Chef, and operates two successful
restaurants with his wife Amy McNutt. He and Amy are also in the process
of opening Fort Worth’s first art house cinema, The Citizen Theater.
Janis Jolcuvar has served as Director of Publicity and Publications for
Caldwell College as well as created a successful freelance writing and design
business, working on a wide array of projects from script consulting to jazz
interviews for industry publications, film festival program guides to scripts.
She graduated with honors from SMU with a BFA in playwriting. Currently
Jolcuvar is a writing consultant to independent film producers, freelance
writes print and web material as well as video scripts and sits on the Advisory
Boards of Lone Star Film Society and KD Conservatory. She is a published
Poet and short story Writer and two of her plays have been produced.
Melina McKinnon holds a MBA in Finance from SMU and focuses
her efforts in film on production and finance. She developed the
Filmanthropy Concept which utilizes traditional and philanthropic
business practices to produce and exhibit Movies with a Mission
through M3 Films, the production company she co-founded in 2003.
In 2011 McKinnon founded the Trinity Diversified Film Fund Advisors
which will provide capital to the film industry via a diversified film fund
format. Since 1999 McKinnon has been instrumental in the creation and
production of 15 film festivals in North Texas and California, including
Deep Ellum, Santa Monica and the DALLAS International Film Festival.
She has served as consultant to the Lone Star Film Society and as Director
of Development for the Dallas Film Society. As Executive Director of Arts
Fighting Cancer, she and Michael Cain co-founded the Cancer Relief
Fund which provides direct financial relief to cancer patients. She is also
currently in production on the Starck Project.
René Moreno is a professional actor and director. He has worked in
New York (Broadway and Off-Broadway) as well as at many of the most
prestigious regional theaters across the country (The Guthrie Theatre,
Arena Stage, Old Globe Theatre, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
He has also worked on radio, television and in film. A native of Dallas,
he holds a B.F.A. in Acting and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Meadows
School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of
Actor’s Equity Association, AFTRA, and the Society of Stage Directors and
Choreographers.
Glenn Morshower, one of the busiest character actors in Hollywood
today, has appeared in over 200 film and television projects in a career
spanning four decades. His first appearance was in the feature film DriveIn, in 1975. Audiences worldwide know Glenn best for his seven year run
as Agent Aaron Pierce, on the FOX hit series 24. Glenn currently appears as
Lew Rosen, the Ewing family attorney on TNT’s Dallas. Glenn was recently
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seen on the big screen in Moneyball, with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, as
well as all three of the “Transformers” movies, as General Morshower. He
appeared this past summer in After Earth, with Will Smith, and Parkland,
with Paul Giamotti and Billy Bob Thornton. The film was executive
produced by Tom Hanks. Other film credits include X-Men: First Class, Men
Who Stare at Goats, All the King’s Men, Good Night & Good Luck, The Island,
Hostage, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, Air Force One, The River
Wild, Star Trek: Generations, and the upcoming films Hoovey, and Dark
Places, with Charlize Theron. Additional television credits include NCIS,
Revolution, Castle, Eli Stone, Friday Night Lights, Shark, Bones, The Closer,
Walker: Texas Ranger, Charmed, Monk, ER, Alias, Deadwood, CSI, and The
West Wing, among many others.
Danny Ohman, with a degree in Communications from the University
of New Mexico, landed the position of Production Manager for Bob
Bain and Greg Sills Productions. Ohman worked on multiple TV specials
including Billboard Awards and Teen Choice Awards. He was fortunate
to work with Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake, Clint Black, Tony Bennett
and Jennifer Lopez. Ohman went on to work with all the top networks
including Discovery, NBC, ABC Family, CBS and ABC. As Co-Executive
Producer, he developed and produced the pilot Discover America for
Fremantle, (American Idol). SiTV, the first English speaking Latino cable
network, hired Ohman to line produce seven original television shows.
Quickly promoted to Executive in Charge of Production, he produced
over 400 hours of original content, including The Drop, nominated for a
prestigious Imagen award alongside HBO and Comedy Central, a major
milestone for an independent startup network. Ohman is currently VP of
Production for YouToo Media, where he oversees all original content and
network re-branding for the YouToo Cable Network. Ohman also recently
produced the satirical web series, Suck and Moan which looks at a zombie
apocalypse through the eyes of vampires. Before YouToo, he served as
the Senior Director of Business Development at iBallz.com, an online
studio for content collaborators.
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Raphael Parry, noted director and actor, has been with Shakespeare
Dallas since 2002. In January 2008, Mr. Parry assumed the role of Executive
& Artistic Director of Shakespeare Dallas. During his tenure at Shakespeare
Dallas, he has directed Pericles, Twelfth Night, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Two
Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Romeo & Juliet,
The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet and a world
premiere adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He most recently played the
role of Polonius in Hamlet. Before serving in his current role as Executive &
Artistic Director and his former role as Producing Artistic Director, Raphael
was a guest artist and directed Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He also acted in Shakespeare Dallas productions from 1984 including
Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and King Lear. Mr.
Parry is the co-founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Undermain
Theatre. During his tenure at the Undermain, he directed and acted in over
40 productions. Memorable projects at the Undermain include Goose and
Tom Tom, Ghosts, Disgrace, Camino Real, The Deatherians, an international
tour to Macedonia of Sarajevo, and a trio of play commissions from long
time collaborator Erik Ehn including The Red Plays, Beginner, and Shiner.
Additional selected directing/performance credits include An Almost
Holy Picture (Echo Theatre); Road, Fool For Love (Kitchen Dog); Tartuffe,
A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center), and A Streetcar Named Desire
(Zachary Scott Theater in Austin). A recipient of citations from the Dallas
Theatre Critics’ Forum and the Leon Rabin Awards, Raphael was recognized
for his ongoing contributions to the theatrical scene with the Dallas
Theatre League- Standing Ovation Award in the fall of 2006. Raphael is also
the Director of Texas Bound - Arts and Letters Live, a literary series presented
at the Dallas Museum of Art and is the Chief Artistic Officer of Project X.
Don Powers is the Musical director in residence at Theatre Arlington.
Mr. Powers holds a BS in Theatre and MA in Music from Stephen F. Austin
University. In addition to his duties at Theatre Arlington, Mr. Powers has
worked in other Regional theatres including Stage West and Fort Worth’s
legendary Casa Manana. Through the 1970’s Mr. Powers was the principal
keyboardist for Don Ho, both live and on TV. He has also written and
produced 14 children’s musicals.
Chita Rivera, an accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, has
won two Tony Awards (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and received
six additional Tony nominations. She recently starred on Broadway in the
revival of the musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. Ms. Rivera created the
role of Velma Kelly in the original Broadway production of Chicago opposite
Gwen Verdon (1975) and appears in the film version. Chita starred in the
London, Las Vegas and Toronto productions of Chicago The Musical. Her
recent starring roles include the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical The Visit
(Goodman Theatre) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Mark Taper Forum). Chita
trained as a ballerina (age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American
School of Ballet from the legendary George Balanchine. Her first appearance
(age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance
as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her
stardom, which was repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring
roles in Bye Bye Birdie and Jerry’s Girls (original Broadway casts), Chita Rivera:
A Dancer’s Life, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born
Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity,
Kiss Me, Kate, Zorba, and Can-Can with the Rockettes. Chita played Nicky in the
film version of Sweet Charity.
John Schrimpf, a native Texan, attended Highland Park High School
and college in Fort Worth at both TCC and TCU. Heavily involved in the
Forth Worth music scene, he discovered a passion for photography and
began his media career in 1974 with local Dallas TV stations. After eight
years of directing, editing, sports photography and news gathering,
Schrimpf left to start a freelance career in 1982. Wanting to launch an
off-line editing business, he felt the technology was about to change,
so to develop a better business base, he took a “temporary” job in 1984
with Victor Duncan Inc., a local production equipment rental company
and a Panavision agency. Over 25 years later he is basically still there as
the General Manager of Panavision Dallas and the VP of U.S. regional
operations with offices in Houston, New Orleans and Orlando. Schrimpf
works tirelessly to incentivize Texas filmmakers to keep business in
Texas and lobbies the Texas Legislature to keep Texas competitive;
he is a valued Board Member of TXMPA. He has served on the Texas
Comptrollers Advisory Board and he serves the same function with
the Dallas Film Commission. He is involved in the creative process of
filmmaking by getting the proper tools in the hands of the filmmakers
and by realizing that this is a continual learning exercise, as the process of
filmmaking is ever evolving.
Bill Schwarz, in his 30-year career in the industry, has worked in various
capacities behind the camera. His work has screened at film festivals including
the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and he has participated in festival
panels as well as taught film seminars. His work as a Director of Photography
includes numerous commercials, music videos, and feature films. A working
professional based in Dallas, he embraces the traditions of filmmaking honed
over 100 years of history while fully embracing the evolving methods of highend digital acquisition. He is a Board Member of TXMPA.
Buff Shurr is currently the Director in Residence at Garland Summer
Musicals for the past 30 years. Mr. Shurr comes to Texas from New York
where, as a performer, he originated roles on Broadway in Carnival, Roar
of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd and Off Broadway, The Scarlet
Pimpernel, and Finian’s Rainbow. On television, his performing credits
include, The Jackie Gleason Show, The Perry Como Show, The Steve Allen
Show and Firestone Theatre. As a Director in New York, Mr. Shurr has
countless TV shows, Industrials, Dinner Theatre productions and Operas
to his credit.
Don Stokes is president of Post Asylum, a founder & president of TXMPA,
past president of DPA, board member of Dallas Film Society and a very
active member of the Texas production community for over 35 years.
Don has produced award winning films and videos in the documentary,
commercial, and corporate sectors, running the gamut from script and
project development, supervision and selection of production teams to
budgeting and cost control. He’s a graduate of SMU’s Radio, Television and
Film program and credits include Executive Producer of the Sundance/
HBO-Films documentary TV Junkie, the Starck Project and the feature film
The Playroom.
Amanda Stone holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from University of
Texas Austin. She was the first person worldwide to receive a grant from
Federal Republic of Germany for study and performance in Berlin. After
dancing in Los Angeles with Dramatic Dance Ensemble, she became
artistic director for Dance Wyoming! with the mission to bring live dance
and music to rural areas. Amanda’s choreography credits include Amity
Singers in Hollywood, Oregon Shakespearean Festival and Longview
Community Theater. With Zoe Artz Projects, she produced tributes to
American composers William Grant Still and Leo Sowerby on the 100th
anniversary of their births.
Fred Strype has a BA from Fairfield University, an MFA from Columbia
University School of the Arts and postgraduate study at the American
Film Institute and New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Strype
is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has been
screened and honored internationally. Head of Raindance Pictures, he
heads up the Filmmaking/New Media Arts Program at Sarah Lawrence
College, in Bronxville, NY where he is also a Professor of Screenwriting. As
a faculty member in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University,
his alma mater, he taught screenwriting, film history and theory. Strype
is a former Executive Director of the Irving Texas Film Commission.
He recently won the Grand Prize at the Nantucket Film Festival, The
Showtime Tony Cox Award in Screenwriting and was also a 2008 member
of the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony. He lectures nationally and is
a screenwriting juror and panelist at the Austin Film Festival. Strype
has developed projects for companies such as: Columbia/Tristar/Sony,
Lifetime, MTM Productions, Family Channel, FX, Alliance/ Atlantis,
Turman-Foster Productions, James Manos Productions and FX.
Jackie Townsend-Burger, a former professional model and actress,
formed the Jackie Townsend Agency in 1981, which during her ten years
in business, was recognized as one of the most successful talent and
modeling agencies in the Southwest. Ms. Townsend was noted for her
ability to help talent she represented identify their personal qualities,
find a niche in the business, and realize their potential by setting their
goals accordingly. She now utilizes those same abilities as an executive
recruiter, and she continues to provide career guidance to those in the
entertainment industry.
Joy Wyse , a talent services consultant, draws on her many years in the
entertainment industry, including her years in Los Angeles, as a comedy
writer for Phyllis Diller, and a writer for television, motion pictures,
and magazines. Upon relocating to Dallas in 1969, Ms. Wyse opened
the Joy Wyse Agency, which was one of the first agencies in Texas to
be franchised by the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and Actors Equity
Association. She now uses her vast knowledge of talent negotiations in
a consulting capacity to assure equitable contractsfor the production
company and the performer.
Marilyn Burton Seeberger, having served as president of the Southwest
Chapter of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers, the
Dallas Communications Council, and Women In Film/Dallas, has been an
influence on the evolution of the film, video, and advertising industries
in the Southwest and nationally. She has served as VP of Broadcast
Production with the Bloom Advertising Agency prior to beginning her
career as an independent producer and director. Her work includes
national campaigns, music videos, and award winning films for corporate
and non-profit groups.
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More
Successes
KD C
of
onservatory
Toby Metcalf
Comanche Moon, Serving Sara, Pure
Country, Painted Hero, Space Marines,
For the Love of Zachary
Chase Ryan Jeffrey
Exposed, CSI Miami, With a Trace,
Mind of It’s Own, Phobia
Holt Boggs
Sinner and Saints, Road to Red, Hostage,
The Underneath, The Prodigy
Darren Wadyko
Mind of Mencia – Co-Producer,
Spider Games – Associate Producer,
Human Wrecking Balls –Network
Executive Producer
Bo Barron
Finding North, A Day at the Office,
The Creed, Barney
Mark E. Howell
Killer’s Reprieve, Blood on the Brazos,
The Pendulum, Vertigo Summer,
Hallow’s End
Richard Jackson
No Country for Old Men,
The Man Who Came Back, A House Divided,
Friday Night Lights
Shaw Jones
Desperate Housewives, The Closer, JAG,
Men Behaving Badly
Chip Joslin
Trauma, Cold Case, CSI, The Back-Up
Bride, Order of Chaos
Sonia M. Acevedo
Any Given Sunday, Fear Factor, Chase,
All She Can, Sweetwater
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ActingClassesAnd
Workshops
The specialized workshops at KD Conservatory are
designed to meet the needs of the individual actor
by offering training in specific areas at both the
introductory and advanced levels.
Introduction to Television
Commercials
Course is designed to help students in all aspects of
making television commercials. This course begins
with a discussion of technical terms, scoring copy, and
basic guidelines for interpretation. Class includes an
introduction to camera technique by using a wide variety
of situations. Students will be taped, and qualified
instructors will give feedback on performance. Course
will conclude with a discussion on resume writing and
obtaining headshots and an agent.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Television Commercial Workshop
Course teaches all the aspects of television commercial
work. Throughout each class students are videotaped
as they rehearse a wide variety of commercial copy from
slice of life, bite and smile, spokesperson to industrials.
Course work will include cold reading and audition
techniques for the camera.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Introduction to Acting
Students learn the basics of acting through scene study
and improvisation. Course covers the fundamentals
of character development for identifying objectives,
obstacles and tactics in each scene. Acting and film
unions and their membership are discussed throughout
the course.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Acting Workshop
(Prerequisite-Introduction to Acting or approval of
Admissions Dept.)
An advanced class which includes acting truthfully under
imaginary circumstances, emotional preparation, and
improvisation techniques. Students learn to break down
material to understand what they are saying and doing.
Exercises are taught for getting out of the head and into
the heart, moment to moment, character development,
transitions, motivation and script analysis.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
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Camera Workshop
Introduction to Musical Theatre
(Prerequisite-Camera Acting or approval of Admissions
Dept.)
(Prerequisite-Musical Theatre Voice or Dance or approval
of Admissions Dept.)
Students will be coached and directed in musical scenes
and production numbers from Broadway musicals in
a variety of styles. Classes will include vocal training
and coaching by the Musical Director, as well as dance
and musical performance coaching by the Director/
Choreographer, culminating with the finished scenes and
numbers.
Class works on the specialized techniques of acting
for film and television. Material covers the further
exploration of close-ups and over-the-shoulder shots
along with techniques for hitting marks and staying in
frame.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Audition Workshop
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
The focus of this course is on perfecting cold reading
technique for commercial, industrial and film auditions
with emphasis placed on identifying and using personal
qualities, developing spontaneity, controlling anxiety
and improving concentration and listening skills.
Students also work on the preparation, organization and
presentation of resumes, headshots and other printed
materials for their business knowledge.
Career Dimensions
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Comprehensive self-enhancement program designed for
the individual trying to keep pace with changing styles.
Focus will be on wardrobe choice, day and evening
application of makeup, skin care, diet and nutrition.
Professional consultants will assist in individualizing
personal style in hair and wardrobe. Attention on voice
and diction, maintaining interpersonal skills, and a
graduation photography session.
Voice Over/Radio Commercials
20 Clock Hours – 10 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Students learn the ropes of acting on mic with a
professional sound engineer and established voice coach
as their guide. Lecture includes DFW market audition, the
job, follow-up, self-promotion, the union and agencies.
Each student receives private coaching and studio time.
Makeup Workshop
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Voice & Diction
Class discusses voice skills for power and projection
utilizing vocal exercises and activities to free the voice.
Breathing and relaxation techniques and development
of diaphragm and support skills can be used prior and
during audition and performance. Class emphasis on
learning the International Phonetic Alphabet.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Musical Theatre Workshop
Starting with a “clean face”, we teach the basics of
makeup application for runway and photography;
emphasizing color blending, flattering eye-makeup, and
advancing through contouring and shading techniques
for the camera and runway.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
Runway Workshop
Posture and walking, fluid turns, posing for pictures at
the end of the runway, stance, poise, runway walk and
pivot. Advanced runway turns, working in doubles and
triples, working with props. “How to Shine”!
8 Clock Hours
Children and Teen classes are not approved or regulated by the Texas
Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Division.
Students will work with Musical Director/Vocal Coach
preparing solos and ensemble works from Musical
Theatre. Classes will include vocal warm-up, technique
and performance coaching. Students will be coached
and choreographed in dance combinations and routines
from Broadway musicals in a variety of styles. Classes will
include warm-up, stretching exercises, technique and
performance coaching.
16 Clock Hours – 8 Weeks: Evenings (2 Hrs Each Week)
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More Successes
of KD
Conservatory
Timothy Walter
Chase, Friday Night Lights, Prison Break,
Dallas (Reunion)
Johnny Wimbrey
Internationally Acclaimed Talk Show
Host, Author, and Motivational Speaker
Danny Luna
Three-time Emmy Winning TV and Radio
on-air Personality, Danny can be heard
on Univision Radio in Dallas, Houston
and Phoenix
Joe Shamel
Cinematographer for Broken Spirits,
Black Gold, Last Flight to Abuja, and
Black November
Gabriel Horn
Ghostbreakers, Nick Phenty; Internet
Millionaire!, West Wing, Stripped
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