Our Instructors

Jeff Celantano

Jeff Celentano

Jeff Celentano is an actor, screenwriter, producer, and film director. He began his career as an actor in New York. Today, he is an award-winning director and one of the most sought-after instructors in Hollywood. At 21, the New Jersey native left the Garden State for New York, where he studied acting with legendary coach Stella Adler and later became a long-time student of Sanford Meisner’s at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Jeff is a talented and award-winning director. He directed actors in his films such as Diane Lane, William Petersen, Michael Wincott, Stephen Baldwin, Chris Penn, Michael York, Rade Serbedzija, Steven Brand, Tom Berenger, Armand Assante, Faye Dunaway, and rapper and record producer, Busta Rhymes.

Jeff’s films have played in theaters coast to coast in the USA and internationally, and has been aired by Showtime, The Sundance Channel and HBO. Jeff has since worked as an actor in more than 22 films including working with legendary director Robert Altman on “The Player”. His workshops in Scene Study, Cold Reading, and Script Writing are an all-time favorite and often have waiting lists to attend. He has created an amazing Master Class program for those talented individuals who want to push their acting skills to the extreme.

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Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander

Musetta Vander started her career in Durbin, South Africa as a dancer. As the daughter of a ballet teacher, her childhood was filled with numerous stage and dance performances, and after-school qualified as a ballet teacher herself.

She went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Communications and Psychology and shortly after landed the plum job of anchor host for an MTV-like television show in South Africa.

Her first notable role was as Zander Tyler in the action-adventure TV series Super Force. In 1997, Musetta portrayed Sindel in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel to the original video game adaption Mortal Kombat.

Musetta has also done multiple national commercials for Lancôme, Sanyo, McDonald’s, Diet Coke, Mercedes, Heineken, Skittles, Yoplait, Amazon Echo, DSW and many others. She also played Agent 24-7 for Prudential Real Estate.

She can be seen in over 40 feature films including Kicking & Screaming with Will Ferrell, Gunshy with Diane Lane, O Brother, Where Art Thou with George Clooney and John Turturro, Wild Wild West with Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh and Will Smith, The Cell with Jennifer Lopez, and Breaking Point (opposite Academy Award nominee Tom Berringer & Armand Assante.)

Her television credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: Voyager, Xena: Warrior Princess, Frasier, The Bold and the Beautiful, NCIS, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Hawaii Five-0, and she can be seen in music videos for Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Elton John, and Tina Turner.

Her teaching style is fresh and intense. She teaches students how to capture raw emotion and make it relevant to the big screen.

Brent Huff

Brent Huff

Brent Huff started his career in front of the camera. He was discovered by famed model-maker Nina Blanchard while in his early 20’s. Brent moved on to acting and has starred in multiple features over the past 25 years. He is an accomplished voice-over artist and has a number of national campaigns running for major retailers.

His film, Welcome to Paradise, stars Brian Dennehy, Crystal Bernard and featured over 200 parents and students from The Performer’s Academy.  He created The Performer’s Academy Loop Group, where students learn the art of voice-over, looping and ADR for features he is involved with.

In addition, Brent directed owner Natalie Costa’s award-winning documentary Behind the Orange Curtain which depicts the epidemic prescription drug problem our teens are facing in this day and age. Brent also wrote, directed and produced the documentary “Chasing Beauty” which analyzes the modeling industry today. Both films can be found on iTunes and Hulu. Brent teaches Commercial Acting Workshops, Scene Study and Cold Reading classes.

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Paris Arrowsmith

Paris Arrowsmith is a classically trained actor, teacher, and graduate (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) from London, England, and is a BBC Nominated Voice Over artist. Known for Hanna (2011), Philomena (2013), Nice 2 Meet U (2014), and The Last Ship (2015).

Paris has been teaching voice-over for over ten years with students all over the world.

He currently is teaching Meisner technique classes. His Shakespeare workshops are filled with young actors who admire the works of William Shakespeare. Many Orange County School of the Arts students attend his workshops regularly.

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Riley Lorenzini

Riley Lorenzini is an actress, dancer, and musician based in Irvine, California. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Musical Theatre emphasis at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2016. She has been seen on stage in both regional and professional theatrical productions, performing recently as Ilse in Spring Awakening and Luisa in The Fantasticks. At an early age, she began her training in tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and modern dance under many seasoned instructors.

Riley was awarded a scholarship for her work with children’s theater during her time as an intern at the Fort Wayne Youtheatre, the fifth oldest active children’s theater in the nation, where she assisted in children’s theatre education as well as community outreach for the organization. After earning her degree, she worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a year as a performer.

In her spare time, Riley is passionate about music, travel, playing guitar, and hiking.

Riley is our Musical Theater & Summer Camp Director starting the 2020 season.

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Micah Williams

Micah Williams has been a veteran in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He began his career working in theatre and commercials, quickly adding television and film to his resume. Micah became a Disney Channel staple, well known for his role in the movie Jump In and his 4 season stint on Good Luck Charlie as Emmett.

As an actor, his television credits include: Like Mike 2, The Ron Clark Story (Young Actor Award Nomination), The Office, and Snowfall to name a few. Micah is a consummate performer, operating as a triple threat. He is a trained singer, actor, and dancer, passionate about instruction. He garnered his specialized technique after studying under Andrew Magarian at The Shop: Simply Acting. As well as various other performing arts schools and programs like CALArts.

As Micah’s reputation grows, he’s been invited to teach workshops all over the US and UK. Under his guidance, students have booked a multitude of commercials and television roles. Micah’s approach to teaching focuses on the development of his studies of all ages and experience levels.

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Shooka Afshar

Shooka Afshar, Soprano, City of Boston Certified Artist, born in Tehran, Iran, finished her undergraduate studies in classical vocal performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in 2012. She received her Master’s Degree in Music in classical vocal performance and her Teaching Artist certificate in May 2014 from Longy. Shooka is a Boston-based active recitalist in Iranian and classical repertoire. She has appeared in Opera scenes such as “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni and “Electra” in Idomeneo with the coaching of Daniel Wyneken and Janice Giampa at New England Conservatory. In addition, she has appeared as “The First Lady” in The Magic Flute, “Mrs. Mc. Lean” in Susannah, and “Edith” in Pirates of Penzance under the coaching of Vanessa Schukis at Longy School of Music. She made her operatic debut as the “Princess”; from Dvorak’s opera The Cunning Peasant in its US premiere in Feb 2014 produced by the Calliope Ensemble at the First Unitarian Church of Boston.

Shooka has always appreciated the relation between music and visual arts, especially animation, knowing that she has always had a great animation-like imagination since childhood. From 2016 she started a new music entrepreneurship journey into Performance Art starting with her own composition/improvisation at the MMAC Theater, Lincoln Center, NY. Since then Shooka has been an active composer in addition to her ongoing singing career. She premiered her first album “Childhood” at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in

March 2017, and her second album “Nowrooz Stayed Untouched” at the MFA in March 2019. “Nowrooz Stayed Untouched” is a mixed-media performance, where music is followed by a narrative animation and modern dance, as what always Shooka has intended to do; engaging different senses of the audience at her performances. Some of her recent appearances include The Coded Birth at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, Turn Me Into A Mannequin at the NYU, and Nowrooz Stayed Untouched at the International Persian Nowrooz Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and at the CloudClub Boston.

Shooka’s voice teacher and mentor has been Mary McKlimeck since 2016.

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Johnny Timko

Johnny Timko

Johnny Timko started his career in the entertainment industry literally right after birth. His mother, famed talent manager Coretha Timko had him cast in a baby commercial. Johnny is known for being on Little House On The Prairie (1977), Battlestar Galactica (1978), The Love Boat (1979), Hot Moves (1984) and director John Hughes wrote a part for him in the cult favorite, Weird Science (1985). Johnny teaches intro to acting classes, scene study, cold reading, and on-camera commercial workshops.

His classes are extremely popular and a starting off point for every actor who wants to work in the business. His energy and dedication make a class a ton of fun and a great resume builder. Johnny also is a set coach for the major networks, running lines and coaching actors before they shoot their scenes for television.

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Jordan Smart

Jordan Smart got his start right here at The Performers Academy. Jordan has gone on to perform in multiple SoCal theater productions, appear in commercials, and he was selected to become a regular cast member of the Warner Brother’s annual production of ‘The Polar Express’.

A master student at the World famous Groundlings school of improv, Jordan teaches the techniques learned by comedy legends (Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, etc.) to our students.

With his years in the advertising industry, working behind the scenes on Toyota, Allstate, and AT&T commercials, he offers our students a unique curriculum focusing on Commercial auditions and performing improv.

Angela Capps

Angela Capps is an Orange County native, and she fell in love with acting, singing, and dancing as a toddler, often performing anywhere she could. After high school, she began studying Fine Arts in college, but her overwhelming love for performing convinced her to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting professionally.

She spent 3 years studying at Playhouse West and Improv Olympic and performed in over 40 Los Angeles plays and several independent films.

It was while doing improv that her ambition as an actress began to change. She knew she loved working with children and realized that her dream was actually to be a member of the Wiggles more than it was to be a movie star.

She became a Preschool Music Teacher at Grace Christian School and developed a children’s comedic, musical web show, where she stars as Mrs. Buttercup. Angela’s passion is improv, acting, musical theatre, production, comedy, and working with children.

Randi Driscoll

Randi Driscoll

Randi Driscoll is an award-winning singer/ songwriter who has shared the stage with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Jason Mraz, Bruce Hornsby, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Koz, Pat Benatar, Rufus Wainwright, and numerous others. Her accolades include; two special mentions in Rolling Stone Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine’s Female Performer of the Year and Best Small Venue Performer, 2004/ Randi’s music has been featured in films, a commercial directed by Spike Lee and the hit series Dawson’s Creek.

Randi’s performance credits include appearances at, Lincoln Center, The Seattle Opera House, The Walnut Creek Theatre, The Joint, (Las Vegas) The Japan Center for the Arts (Los Angeles), Place des Artes (Montreal), Paramount Studios, The National HRC Dinner honoring Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and hundreds of clubs, theaters colleges and universities nationwide.

Randi Driscoll’s latest release, 365 Days, is a musical collaboration with Grammy Award Winning Producer, Larry Mitchell and can be found at cdbaby.com and iTunes.

Johnny Contardo

Johnny Contardo

Johnny Contardo attended the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying voice, acting, and dance. He is best known as a former singer with the musical group, Sha Na Na. In 1978, he appeared with Sha Na Na in the blockbuster hit movie musical Grease as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers. His performance of the song “Those Magic Changes” was featured in the movie and on the soundtrack for Grease.

He was awarded a platinum album for the soundtrack from the movie Grease as well as a Grammy nomination. He also received a gold album for the Golden Age of Rock and Roll and being featured on the Sha Na Na television show, which aired for seven years. Johnny also appeared in a minor role in the movie Scarface.