Professional training for serious careers in theatre and film.

Coaches

Elaine "EE" Moe

Artistic Director, Lead Coach

Elaine “E.E.” Moe, Artistic Director, co-founded the prestigious Megaw Theatre, Inc. and Megaw Actors Studio Theatre of Los Angeles, the nationally recognized Megaw Actors Studio of CA/AZ and the Megaw Ranch, Fine Arts Retreat in Coquille, Oregon. She has worked in Los Angeles, New York, in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, and as guest artist for Los Angeles Shakespeare Company, L.A. Olympic Theatre Festival, and solo-artists touring productions, Throughout her extensive entrepreneurial career she has earned distinguished critical honors and awards for her work as a director, actor, theatre administrator, arts management consultant, educator and master class coach. Her professional career reflects her lifelong dedication to developing artists in all mediums She is an adjudicator/panelists for national arts conferences and symposiums.

She is honored to have received awards for New York/Los Angeles Audience Development, LA Women in Theatre Johnston’s Yogurt Career Achievement, Drama Logue Courage to Dream , Greater San Fernando Valley/Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Mentorship, University of Arizona Mortar Board Outstanding Teaching; Maricopa CC District Distinguished Adjunct Faculty (AFA for SCC ) and the Maricopa District Foundation Award for Mentorship in the Arts with a Scholarship in her name. Theatrical nods _Drama-Logue, LA Reader, LA Weekly, Robbies, Goldies, AriZoni nomination among others. And, she is still the only woman to have won both a Directing and Acting Award in a single season from the Los Angeles Drama Critic s Circle. Detailed Directing & performance credits upon request some AZ credits include: PhX Theatre New Works, AJtCo, ATC, AWTC, PCFTPA, DFT, MCC, LOT, Invisible Theatre.

EE is playwright of To Feed Their Hopes, An American Cantata, a musical celebrating American women, collaborators Elaine B. Kendall and Dennis Poore - productions in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and collaborator with Joe Morella on Peter Grimm, A Christmas Story. She is also a founding member of WIT (Women In Theatre/L.A.), Arizona Theatre Company ATC/ACT, League of Los Angeles Theatres, California Business Advocates for the Arts, California Theatre Council and numerous others. Served on the Arizona Arts Commission. Arizona Arts and Education, AZ Film Commission Task Force, University of Arizona, Director of Production; ASU Lyric Opera Theatre, Guest Director; and is Adjunct Professor of Acting/Directing/ Playwriting & Dramatrug for Scottsdale College where she serves as Artistic Director of WriterzBox Playwrights Showcase and Professional faculty for Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre. She is a proud member of Screen Actors Guild - American Federations of Radio and Television Actors, Actors Equity Association-Liaison, Stage Directors and Choreographers.

The greatest reward of all is the continuing success of our actors, directors, musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, filmmakers, producers, educators and behind the scenes artisans who grace national and international stages. Thank you for the truth and discipline of our craft.

David Dickinson

Artist in Residence/Artistic Associate

David has been privileged to be a part of the Arizona theatre community for the past twelve years performing for A/C Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Childsplay, Southwest Shakespeare, Shakespeare Sedona, Class 6 Theatre and Desert Foothills Theatre. He recently spent three years as a proud member of Phoenix Theatre's Partners That Heal which entertains and sooths patients at the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. For seven seasons David toured regionally and internationally with Childsplay, Speeltheater Holland and La Jolla Playhouse delighting young audiences in over 1000 stage performances. He has directed two stage productions with Class 6 Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center. On camera, David has appeared in regional commercials, film and TV as the host of the local teen cooking show Food*Ball appearing on AZTV7. David is also passionate about the script development process and has been involved as an actor in the development of new works through the Write Now! national play development conference, the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre, and several development workshops at Childsplay including Rock Paper Scissors, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Recipe for Disaster, The Three Javelinas and Chato's Kitchen.  He enjoys playing live music on stage and has appeared in theatre productions with his violin, ukulele, harmonica and banjo though not all at the same time.  Film and commercial representation: Ford Robert Black Agency.  Recent credits: Something Wicked This Way Comes (BLK BOX PHX), Gunmetal Blues (A/C Theatre Co.), Twist Your Dickens and Bullets Over Broadway (Phoenix Theatre),  Merchant of Venice and Wittenberg (Southwest Shakespeare).  www.davidjdickinson.com

Pamela Fields

Master Classes Consultant, Acting

A professional educator, actor and director, Pam was the Theatre Arts Director at Scottsdale Community College from 1975-2002, and her directing activities there earned extensive recognition. Award-winning productions included Ladyhouse Blues, Blue Window and the acclaimed Working, which enjoyed invitational performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Active in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival at the national, regional and state levels, Pam earned three Kennedy Center Medals for Excellence in Theatre Education and membership in the American College Theatre Festival Fellows for Distinguished Service.

Pam was also the founding Director of SCC’s unique summer performance training program, Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre, for which she was awarded SCC Innovator of the Year.

Since retiring, Pam has returned to her first theatre loves: acting and directing. Recent acting projects include Rasheeda Speaking (Black Theatre Troupe), Uncle Vanya (Southwest Shakespeare Company) and shallow grave (ASU Herberger Institute of Design and Arts.) Earlier iconic roles include Big Mama in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker and Alma in Myself, Alma Mahler, her one-woman touring show.

Pam has also branched out to related fields of performance with on-camera projects including Miss Doreen in “In It To Win”, ASU Herberger Institute/Arts; Lydia Porter in "The Encounter, Episode 8, Maximum Mike", Intrigue Films; Zina Jacinto in "Kudzu Kids, the Case of the Missing Dogs", crimescene.com; "Mind Boost" commercial, Lizardland Video; Thanksgiving Dinner, Grateful Ventures; and Cox Smart Home live demonstration, Whitman Productions.

Recent directing projects have included Lines in the Dust (Black Theatre Troupe), Cemetery Club (Theatre Artists Studio), and Lasso of Truth (ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts).

Pam is Faculty Emerita in Theatre Arts at Scottsdale Community College.

Jamie Bauer Spano

Associate Artist

Jamie Bauer Spano is an actor, director and teaching artist. She began her journey with the Megaw Actors studio in 2003 and is proud to now continue her professional applications of the craft with those that have been an intrical part of her training. In addition to her training with the Megaw, Jamie holds a BA in Theatre from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Jamie has been working diligently over the last ten years with youth theatre programs in both Phoenix and Denver. She has worked with Kaiser Permanente's nationally recognized Educational Theatre Programs as a touring actor, facilitator, and project coordinator. She developed and taught a number of classes and outreach with the City of Aurora and was a member of VisionBox Actors Studio while in the Denver area. Locally, Jamie has taught with Limelight Youth Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare’s Teen Conservatory. She has been awarded two AriZonis and a National Youth Arts award for Outstanding Direction and Overall Production 2017/2018 (Youth Plays: Radium Girls and The Sparrow). Recent Stage credits include performances with The Hale Center Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre (AriZoni nomination supporting actress) and Southwest Shakespeare Company.

Laura Durant

Publicist/Guest Artist

Laura Durant is a Guest Artist and presents the very informative "Actors Toolbox." Her casting website, DurantCom.com, is the "go-to" resource for actors in the Metro Phoenix area. Laura is also an award-winning film and stage actor, voice over talent, writer and photographer.