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Viviana Chavez is a producer, acting coach, and actor who appeared in in The Walking Dead, The Resident, Baby Driver, and Cobra Kai. She has produced content for Husky Tools and Coca-Cola, and co-founded Latinas in Media Atlanta.

Clifton is a casting director, acting coach, head of the Film and TV Division of Big Picture Casting, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, and chairs the Artist Advisory Council of ArtsATL.

Samantha Kuchta is Assistant Professor and resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Slippery Rock University Department of Theatre. In addition to teaching and designing for Slippery Rock’s Department of Theater, Samantha is also involved heavily in the Pittsburgh theater community. 

Born and raised in Virginia, LaReau is a performer, director, dramaturg, and scholar with a unique combination of applicable skills gained in the sales world. Focusing on intercultural performance, race, and opera, LaReau's work investigates the ways the racialized Other is portrayed on opera stages. In addition to cultivating diverse theatre and opera audiences, LaReau also enjoys politics, museums, and a nice Oloroso sherry. When not working on research, LaReau can be found at the gym, a UGA football game, or a golf course. 

Casey attended the University of Georgia in 2002 where he majored in Dramatic Arts and competed on the school's Cross Country and Track Teams. Upon graduating, Casey moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television acting. He appeared in such projects as Criminal Minds, Transformers, Jane the Virgin, and Doom Patrol, to name a few. In his early 30s, that Casey began writing screenplays. In 2015, Casey wrote, produced, and starred in his first feature, The Last Treasure Hunt, which was acquired by Sony and The Orchard, and became one of the Top 25 most downloaded indie films of 2016. In 2021, he wrote and directed the feature Black White and the Greys, which won 10 awards on the festival circuit, including the Audience Choice Award at the prestigious Sedona Film Festival. Casey currently resides in Atlanta, and is in development on two more features entitled The Music Makers and Lakota. He is also an avid photographer, and can be found most days at Catapult Acting Studio, working with young actors. 

Andy Rusk (2003) is a stunt coordinator whose work includes Atlanta, Swarm, Creepshow, and Teenage Bounty Hunters. His stunt performing work includes Stranger Things, Hawkeye, The Walking Dead, Superfly, Anchorman 2, and Watchmen, among others.

Jessica Sanchez began in Props and Set Decoration on Teen Wolf, Fast and Furious 7, Anchorman 2, MacGyver, and The Big Door Prize. She now works as a graphic designer in the Art Department for shows like Swarm, Fear Street, The Exorcist, and Reservation Dogs.

Kelundra Smith is a playwright (The Wash), theatre critc, and journalist has worked in marketing and community engagement for theatres. She has written for The New York Times, Broadway World, American Theatre, The Bitter Southerner, Atlanta Magazine, and is a writer at Emory University. Most recently she serves as the Managing Editor of American Theatre magazine. 

Adetinpo Thomas is an actor and producer who played Wendy in Hawkeye , Jamillah Olsen in Black Lightning and appeared in Legacies, The Outsider, Ambitions. Producing work includes Clean Slate and The Earth Will Not Swallow Us.

Dr. Kristyl D. Tift is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Vanderbilt University. She holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, from the University of Georgia. She also holds an MFA in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School/The New School, and a BA in Theatre from Georgia Southern University.

Dylan Whitfield set designer for film and television who has designed sets for The Staircase, First Wives Club, A Man Called Otto, Kindred, and The In Between plus props and carpentry for Miracle Workers, The Gifted, Zombieland 2, Insatiable, and The Conjuring 3

Steve Yockey develops and produces original content for Warner Brothers. He is the executive producer/writer of the Emmy-nominated series The Flight Attendant and Dead Boy Detectives, co-producer/writer of Supernatural, wrote for Doom Patrol, Scream, Awkward, and is a prolific playwright. 

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