Talent is a gift. So is the ability to bring it out in others. Our accomplished instructors are blessed with both. All are working actors, directors or other professionals active in our industry. Each also connects in the classroom, inspiring learners of all ages by speaking directly to the actors within.

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<h2>Jill Wadsworth</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst1.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Jill Wadsworth is an acting instructor as well as a director and stage and film actor in her own right.    She has performed with the Playhouse Professional Theatre Company, John Hancock Repertory Company, Ron Satlof  Repertory Company among others. Her film credits include:  Dominick and Eugene (with Tom Hulce), No Place Like Home (with Christine Laht/Jeff Daniels) and Alone In The Neon Jungle (with Suzanne Pleshette). For more than twenty years Jill has coaxed the fullest potential from students at the college, high school, middle and elementary school levels.  <br /></p>
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Jill Wadsworth


Jill Wadsworth is an acting instructor as well as a director and stage and film actor in her own right. She has performed with the Playhouse Professional Theatre Company, John Hancock Repertory Company, Ron Satlof Repertory Company among others. Her film credits include: Dominick and Eugene (with Tom Hulce), No Place Like Home (with Christine Laht/Jeff Daniels) and Alone In The Neon Jungle (with Suzanne Pleshette). For more than twenty years Jill has coaxed the fullest potential from students at the college, high school, middle and elementary school levels.


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<h2>Jean Zarzour</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst2.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Jean Zarzour is a 25-year veteran performer, seen and heard internationally in TV, film, theater, radio, dance, Improv and corporate communications. 
She has appeared in feature films opposite Joe Pesci, Stanley Tucci, Mercedes Ruell, James Coburn, Rob Lowe, Clint Howard, Marc Singer, Seth Rogen and, most recently, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Hank Azaria in Love and Other Drugs. Jean exercises her comedic talents on television as well, with stints on Candid Camera and America's Funniest People. She has appeared in five Off-Broadway productions, 30 regional theaters and performed in Menopause The Musical from 2004-2006. Recent voiceover projects include ads for Ohio Lottery, Ruggles, Ohio.net, CEI and Smith Dairy.
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Jean Zarzour


Jean Zarzour is a 25-year veteran performer, seen and heard internationally in TV, film, theater, radio, dance, Improv and corporate communications. She has appeared in feature films opposite Joe Pesci, Stanley Tucci, Mercedes Ruell, James Coburn, Rob Lowe, Clint Howard, Marc Singer, Seth Rogen and, most recently, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Hank Azaria in Love and Other Drugs. Jean exercises her comedic talents on television as well, with stints on Candid Camera and America's Funniest People. She has appeared in five Off-Broadway productions, 30 regional theaters and performed in Menopause The Musical from 2004-2006. Recent voiceover projects include ads for Ohio Lottery, Ruggles, Ohio.net, CEI and Smith Dairy.


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<h2>Joe Coyle</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst3.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />A film or television set is a world unlike any other and Joe Coyle has been there as an extra, stand-in, principal performer, writer, director and producer. In addition to his work in feature films and television (Unstoppable, Oceans 11, ER, Friends, etc.), Joe has appeared in commercials for Goodyear Tire, Roomful Express, Pennsylvania Lottery, Giant Eagle and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  <br /></p>
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Joe Coyle


A film or television set is a world unlike any other and Joe Coyle has been there as an extra, stand-in, principal performer, writer, director and producer. In addition to his work in feature films and television (Unstoppable, Oceans 11, ER, Friends, etc.), Joe has appeared in commercials for Goodyear Tire, Roomful Express, Pennsylvania Lottery, Giant Eagle and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


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<h2>Kelly Trumbull</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst11.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Kelly Trumbull is a theatre educator, actor, and producer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In 2010, she graduated with her master's degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University.  She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Syracuse University.  As an educator, Kelly currently collaborates with City Theatre, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Pubic Theater, and The Center for Theater Arts.  She is also an Adjunct Theatre Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County.  Locally, Kelly has worked as an actor at Pittsburgh Public Theater (The Crucible) and City Theatre Company (Young Playwright’s Festival).  She has also worked with Syracuse Stage, Center Stage NYC, and NYU’s Theatrix.  Kelly is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the Association of Teaching Artists. You can find out more about her at her website: www.kellytrumbull.com <br /></p>
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Kelly Trumbull


Kelly Trumbull is a theatre educator, actor, and producer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2010, she graduated with her master's degree in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Syracuse University. As an educator, Kelly currently collaborates with City Theatre, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Pubic Theater, and The Center for Theater Arts. She is also an Adjunct Theatre Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County. Locally, Kelly has worked as an actor at Pittsburgh Public Theater (The Crucible) and City Theatre Company (Young Playwright’s Festival). She has also worked with Syracuse Stage, Center Stage NYC, and NYU’s Theatrix. Kelly is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the Association of Teaching Artists. You can find out more about her at her website: www.kellytrumbull.com


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<h2>Preschutti, Eliot</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst12.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Eliot Preschutti is co-founder of the Improv Academy. This experienced instructor was named "The Official Sketch Comic of the Comedy Store" in Hollywood by Mitsy Shore in 2000. He founded and toured with six improv troupes and is the creator of the Joke Artist. Many of his students are now comedians and writers for major networks! <br /></p>
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Preschutti, Eliot


Eliot Preschutti is co-founder of the Improv Academy. This experienced instructor was named "The Official Sketch Comic of the Comedy Store" in Hollywood by Mitsy Shore in 2000. He founded and toured with six improv troupes and is the creator of the Joke Artist. Many of his students are now comedians and writers for major networks!


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<h2>Trisha Simmons</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst19.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Trisha has been coaching young actors for over 25 years. Her well-trained young actors star as series regulars on television, earn awards & nominations for their brilliant performances in films, perform on stages around the world, become producers, directors, lawyers, doctors, Harvard graduates, even speech writers for our President at the White House.  <br /></p>
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Trisha Simmons


Trisha has been coaching young actors for over 25 years. Her well-trained young actors star as series regulars on television, earn awards & nominations for their brilliant performances in films, perform on stages around the world, become producers, directors, lawyers, doctors, Harvard graduates, even speech writers for our President at the White House.


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<h2>Glover, Tressa</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst22.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Tressa Glover is an acting instructor, stage and film actor, writer, and theatre producer. As an actor she has appeared locally with Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Quantum, PICT Classic Theatre, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Microscopic Opera, and Off the Wall Productions, among others.  <br /></p>
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Glover, Tressa


Tressa Glover is an acting instructor, stage and film actor, writer, and theatre producer. As an actor she has appeared locally with Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Quantum, PICT Classic Theatre, Bricolage, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Microscopic Opera, and Off the Wall Productions, among others.


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<h2>Jaime Slavinsky</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst23.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Jaime Slavinsky most recently appeared in New York City in The Man in the Window as Emily Roebling, "The First Woman Engineer" at the Payan Theater, in Caravan Theatre of Pittsburgh's 800 Words:  The Transmigration of Phillip K. Dick & in B.U.S. 7 at Bricolage.  Ms. Slavinsky was honored by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as "Top 10 Lead Actresses" in 2011 for her work as Jean in Organic Theater Pittsburgh's Dead Man's Cell Phone.   <br /></p>
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Jaime Slavinsky


Jaime Slavinsky most recently appeared in New York City in The Man in the Window as Emily Roebling, "The First Woman Engineer" at the Payan Theater, in Caravan Theatre of Pittsburgh's 800 Words: The Transmigration of Phillip K. Dick & in B.U.S. 7 at Bricolage. Ms. Slavinsky was honored by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as "Top 10 Lead Actresses" in 2011 for her work as Jean in Organic Theater Pittsburgh's Dead Man's Cell Phone.


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<h2>David Whalen</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst24.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />David Whalen is an award-winning film and television performer and an acting instructor with teaching experience at Carnegie Mellon, Point Park and Villanova universities, as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  <br /></p>
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David Whalen


David Whalen is an award-winning film and television performer and an acting instructor with teaching experience at Carnegie Mellon, Point Park and Villanova universities, as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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<h2>Julianne Avolio</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst26.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Julianne Avolio is an actor, teaching artist, writer, and producer. As a teaching artist, she has worked with City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Bricolage, Pittsburgh CLO, and Act One, to name a few.  <br /></p>
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Julianne Avolio


Julianne Avolio is an actor, teaching artist, writer, and producer. As a teaching artist, she has worked with City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Bricolage, Pittsburgh CLO, and Act One, to name a few.


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<h2>Charlie Mengine</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst28.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />As a child actor Charlie studied with Jill Wadsworth at the Civic Light Opera Academy. He worked on such films as “Milk Money”, “Striking Distance”, and “Only You”. <br /></p>
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Charlie Mengine


As a child actor Charlie studied with Jill Wadsworth at the Civic Light Opera Academy. He worked on such films as “Milk Money”, “Striking Distance”, and “Only You”.


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<h2>Kelley Davis</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst32.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Kelley Davis graduated with her BA in theater and performance from Christopher Newport University.  Upon graduation, knowing that she wanted to make the transition into TV and film, she went on to study film acting for two years at a privately owned film acting school.  After seeing her love and knowledge for the craft and it’s technique, the owner offered her a teaching position at the school, which she gladly accepted.  She also began to work with a talent agency where her primary job was directing and coaching talent through their auditions while putting them on tape for projects all over the country.   <br /></p>
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Kelley Davis


Kelley Davis graduated with her BA in theater and performance from Christopher Newport University. Upon graduation, knowing that she wanted to make the transition into TV and film, she went on to study film acting for two years at a privately owned film acting school. After seeing her love and knowledge for the craft and it’s technique, the owner offered her a teaching position at the school, which she gladly accepted. She also began to work with a talent agency where her primary job was directing and coaching talent through their auditions while putting them on tape for projects all over the country.


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<h2>Katie Killacky</h2><br/><img src='images/thInst34.jpg' width='80' height='84' class='instTH' />Katie Killacky received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois. Upon graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles where she became a member of SAG-AFTRA via commercials,  appearing in ads such as Toyota, TJ Maxx, McDonald’s, Best Buy and Quizno’s.  <br /></p>
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Katie Killacky


Katie Killacky received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois. Upon graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles where she became a member of SAG-AFTRA via commercials, appearing in ads such as Toyota, TJ Maxx, McDonald’s, Best Buy and Quizno’s.