Our Coaches and Staff
Jonna Johnson-HEAD COACH
Native Tennessean, Jonna Johnson grew up in the small town of Lebanon TN and then later Memphis TN. In fighting for her passion of Performing Arts she left Tennessee for Atlanta Ga where she attended Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff School of Performing Arts. Completing all studies in Film Concentration, Commercial, & Voice Over she had the determination to continue to use her talents to Mentor Young People Nationwide by being able to relate and motivate them to go for their Dreams and Passions in life. As a Certified Motivational/Presentation Speaker (by Clayton State University) she travels all over to reach out to troubled teens/adults with husband (retired NFL Player) Thomas Johnson, where together they share their struggling stories to relate and motivate future generations. Now, Coach Jonna Johnson not only is a Professional Working Actress, Casting Director, Award Winning Philanthropist, she is also an Instructor of Performing Arts, Lifestyle Coach to many business Professional throughout the Southeast. She has achieved her Certification from the International Coach Federation and Also the Certified Coaching Alliance! She is Globally recognized for her Expertise as a Life Coach Practitioner.
VIEW DIPLOMA OF PROFESSIONALISM STATUS: http://www.certifiedcoachesalliance.org/certificates/grad_clc_754390.htm
Sanna was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, but moved to the United States at the age of eight months old. At 15, Sanna landed a major modeling contract in New York City. Even though she always enjoyed modeling, Sanna realized that acting was always her calling. Ever since, Sanna has been passionately pursuing the art of acting. Sanna moved to Los Angeles in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts at Azusa Pacific University. Sanna soon landed the Alloy Entertainment (production company responsible for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Vampire Diaries) project PRIVATE based on the New York Times Bestselling Book series. While in LA, Sanna worked as an actor on several other projects including Cold Feet, Order, and The Royal Xaavi before relocating to work in Atlanta. You can see a full list of credits on Sanna's IMDB page. Sanna is passionate about the entertainment business, and wants to empower actors of all ages to follow their dreams.
Richard is an actor and award winning filmmaker who has been involved in the industry for over 25 years. He began acting when he was 9 years old with the support of his mother and continued to follow his passion to two conservatories in New York where he studied under Broadway names like Jack Eddleman. During a shoot for a short film by, the now, Rabbi David Nesenoff he began to develop an interest in the production process. Soon after his focus began to shift to Directing and he has been living his passion and helping others to find theirs. He has been acting, casting, teaching, writing and directing in Georgia for fourteen years. Georgia is now his home and he is driven to help the film industry make a successful home here as well.
In his experience there is a growing need for talented, driven, ethical and intelligent actors in Georgia. He has been called "an actor's Director" due to his experience and knowledge of the craft, he knows the work it takes to bring a performance to it's best. In an industry where actors can be pressured to compromise their morals or ethics Richard believes there is a place for talented individuals who will stand firm and is eager to help them acquire the tools for their "actors tool box" and the means to wield them.
Alicia recently moved to Atlanta and is excited to call it home for awhile. She is represented by Atlanta Models and Talent as Alicia Kelley, and holds a BA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Acting. During her education, Alicia not only acted in a variety of plays and films, she also directed several shows and created/produced film content as well. When she is not acting, Alicia loves coaching, teaching and directing. She was born in a small town in Indiana and knew from an early age she knew she wanted to be an actress, yet did not have the outlets around to fully explore all that acting was. She is now passionate about giving people who want to act quality opportunities to learn and grow who may not have access to that. Alicia has gained valuable experience in theatre, commercials, voiceover, film and TV and continues to learn through every audition. Being a part of creating stories that impact and inspire people is essential to Alicia as well as living a quality story each and every day.
Cindy was born in Los Angeles and raised in southern California. Her feature film credits include: 10 CLOVER FIELD LANE with John Goodman, LIFE BRIEFLY with Ashley Judd and Bill Paxton, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES with Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis, JUNE, THE DEVIL INCARNATE and UNTOUCHED as well as the award winning features WHERE I BEGIN and RED DIRT RISING.
TV credits include: ARMY WIVES, VERONICA MARS, PUSH and a series regular on the hit web series EXPOSURE. Her guest starring roles include NCIS-NEW ORLEANS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, DROP DEAD DIVA, SECOND GENERATION WAYANS, BREAK OUT KINGS and WALKER TEXAS RANGER. She is the Voice Host of the International travel show, GETTING AWAY TOGETHER.
Her resume includes hundreds of commercials, industrials and voice work. In 1996 and 97 SAG and AFTRA voted her "Member of the Year" for outstanding service for her coaching. In 2010 Cindy was awarded the "coastie award" for best workshop of the year.
Her most privileged role has been that of Zachary and Garrett's Mother and her proudest role is being Mrs Patrick Blackwell.
Rodrick "Rick" Goins, can be seen as Frank Phunn on the Fish 104.7's web series "Meet The Phunns." Rick started his career in media as an actor in New York performing on several off-Broadway productions; portraying the Tin-man on a national tour of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" for three seasons. He lived in Los Angeles appearing in several film and television programs, including "Less Than Perfect" with Sherri Sheppard and Zach Levi. Earlier in his career, he co-founded a Christian Improv Comedy troupe, "Fishes & Loaves," which toured the nation and Canada. Most recently he added "Producer" to his resume; producing the feature film "A Cry For Justice" and producing the nightly talk show "Atlanta Live on WATC TV-57.
Viviana Chavez has been pursuing an acting career for ten years after destiny stepped in and she was accidentally cast in her high school's one-act play. Viviana went on to receive a B.A. in Theatre and an A.B.J in Video Production at the University of Georgia. She's since signed with People Store and appeared in numerous TV shows and films including, The Walking Dead, Homeland, and Drop Dead Diva. In 2010, Viviana co-founded the production company, DarkLine Productions, with which she has produced an ongoing web series, Bethany. She is currently producing and directing the multi-platform sketch comedy troupe, Balderdash, and actively auditioning and performing.
Tiffany Gist is a seasoned performer and has been a gifted teaching artist for the past ten years. Although a native of St. Louis, she has traveled the world performing, directing, coaching and teaching everywhere from England to West Africa. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery, and has also received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting, as well as a Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Because of her love for coaching, she has also most recently earned a Master of Arts in Education in Coaching and Training. She has taught various acting, voice and movement courses for both K-12, undergraduate and graduate institutions, both in the United States and in Central America. Today, she continues to teach and privately coach acting students for TV, film and theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as online. Her work directing children’s theatre has appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and she has been awarded several honors for her contributions in art and education. She has most recently been working on several regional and national commercials, and can be soon be seen on network television and several feature films throughout the Southeast and in Los Angeles.
Michael Justice was born in Detroit Michigan and starting acting at age of 14. After studying drama in High School and doing several plays and local commercials Michael decided he wanted to make a career as a professional actor. After High School he attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts graduating from Video and Radio production. At 19, Michael moved to New York city with a internship at MTV Networks which later turned into a freelance production assistant on several tv shows and projects.
While in New York Michael fell deep into the world of Fashion and Acting. Booking several major print and commercial campaigns. Michael studied at Terry Schreiber and Weist Barron acting studios in NY and join Screen Actors Guild in 2003 becoming a professional actor.
After working with several NY agents and managers Michael decided to take his acting career to next level moving to Los Angeles.
Now after 13 years in Screen Actors Guild, Michael has build a strong resume of TV & Film credits and continued studying his craft at Aaron Speiser acting studio and also the Stella Adler conservatory. Michael has also worked for several agencies, producers, and managers over the years learning all aspects of the business. Michael is now a professional ACTOR / FILM MAKER living in Atlanta Georgia. Michael produced his first 60min feature film called Ticket to Ride in 2014 along with several other short films and a tv pilot in development. Michael also is a professional photographer at his company HOLLYWOOD HEADSHOTS ATLANTA. Michael has a huge passion for the business and is excited to pass his knowledge of New York and Los Angeles to the next generation of Southeast Actors. Michael is currently represented by Houghton Talent Agency.
CAROL SHAGINAW, OFFICE MANAGER
Jeanne Morales, Front Desk Assistant
As a child, Jeanne was incredibly shy; however, she always knew that she wanted to be on the big screen one day! As she grew older, she noticed that everyone's childhood dreams began to cease, as did hers, from fear of not being successful, or having unrealistic expectations. This led her to follow society's demands to go to college and she received her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice.
Although she loved her major, she realized how much her mind has always been against society's standards so she decided to have the courage to go against them. Jeanne has artistic passion that sees beauty in all arts: acting, fashion, dance, modeling, etc.
Little by little she started putting herself in situations where she would have to step out of her comfort zone and do things that would force her to get over her shyness. She started taking up dance more seriously than just a hobby and entered clubs for modeling and dance. After college she began doing a lot of extra work and realized she had a stronger love for film than she imagined.
She began realizing how much of an art acting truly is. She not only was in love with the acting aspects of film, but the creation of films: the mastermind behind all of the intrinsic details! She knew that she wanted to be a part of the creation of films as well. Once she decided to take her career into this direction, she landed her first two speaking roles where she played lead characters. She has also been booking fashion shows, an online commercial for a medical spa, and a recent print gig for a line of sunglasses.
Jeanne also teaches modeling and personal development to teenage girls with hopes of helping them come out of their shells so that they may break down barriers within themselves, and free themselves from the disservice of not doing what they love every day. She is also currently working on a fashion blog that will evolve to filmmaking that will incorporate music as storytelling and fashion as a cinematic art. She hopes that these will be the stepping stones for those with creative ideas too afraid to show them to the world.
Dana Rice, Social Media Director
Dana Rice has been involved in performing arts since the age of 2 when she announced to her family that she wanted to be a singer. By age 5 she was playing the piano and at age 9 had her first “real” public performance - a monologue- which she delivered to a live audience of over 2,000 people.
Dana attended a performing arts high school where she studied music, dance, and drama. In spite of her love for the arts, she decided to study Chemistry in college, believing that it would provide more stability. While earning that degree, though, she continued to be actively involved in performing. Ultimately, Dana’s passion for the arts won out and after completing a BS degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree she began to focus on developing a life in the arts.
Besides writing original music for local stage productions, Dana has had the privilege of having acting roles in several local stage productions. As a result of her experiences Dana is passionate about encouraging young artists to pursue their dreams of having a life in the arts.