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 Ferrel, 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 Stweart, 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. Her classes are always in demand and often times have a wait list for enrollment.

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.

Angela Capps

Angela Capps

Angela Capps is an Orange County native, who fell in love with acting, singing, and dancing as a toddler, often performing anywhere she could.

She studied Improv at South Coast Repertory and at Improv Olympic in Los Angeles, and she also studied at Playhouse West where she studied the Meisner method.

After performing in over forty Los Angeles plays and several independent films, Angela decided her true passion was working with children. She has the privilege of teaching improv and comedy to children of all ages, and about performing-especially with comedic flair!

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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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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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Noelle Carney

Noelle Carney

Noelle Carney is a Cal State Fullerton graduate holding a Master’s in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Arts Integration. She has been performing in musical theatre since she was a little girl, playing Annie more times than she could count.

In her adulthood, she has played a number of lead roles in regional theater including the Narrator (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), Natalie (Next to Normal), and Janet Van de Graaf (Drowsy Chaperone). For the past 3 years, Noelle has been performing in a local A capella group called Westbeat throughout the Disney parks for Christmas caroling and Halloween Scaroling.

Since pursuing her passion to teach, she has been involved in many summer camps, ages 4-18, while also directing, musical directing, and choreographing for a wide variety of local Orange County children’s theatre companies and public schools.

In 2018, Noelle traveled the world, visiting over 15 places, and even living in South Africa teaching local village children about the importance of the environment and valuable social life skills. Her goal is to continue to teach and impact younger generations through the creative arts to become strong young leaders, all the while having fun.

She is our Musical Theater Director and our Spring & Summer Camp Director since the 2019 season.

 
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JoLynn Jones

JoLynn Jones is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and spent four years working in film, TV, and commercials. She has choreographed, directed and performed in live theater throughout Southern California and taught and performed theater in Virginia.

JoLynn also teaches acting techniques, including Improvisation/Sketch Comedy & Cold Reading skills.

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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.