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Masterminds of Acting Success

The Masterminds of Acting Success are dedicated to making a real difference in actors' lives by bridging the often-unaddressed gap between training and professional show business life. They each combine decades of experience with mastery of their areas of specialty to bring you practical, inspiring, and empowering approaches to acting success. At this 90-minute panel, they will discuss career empowerment versus career sabotage, impart valuable techniques, and take questions from actors in the audience.

Speakers include:

* Karen Kohlhaas, Atlantic Theatre Company 
* Paul J. Michael, The Network
* Robert and Michelle Colt, Acting Success Now
* Ron Shetler, acting teacher
* Tim Philips, acting coach


Karen Kohlhaas, director-filmmaker-teacher-author
Karen Kohlhaas is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, and a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School. She recently directed the Off-Broadway world premiere of Annie Baker's play "Body Awareness" for Atlantic, and directed actress-comedienne Judy Gold in the Drama Desk Award-nominated one-woman show "25 Questions for a Jewish Mother," written by Gold and Kate Moira Ryan. Her short films have played at the Silverlake, Galway, and Crossroads film festivals.

Karen is the author of "The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors" (foreword by David Mamet); "How to Choose a Monologue for Any Audition"; and "The Monologue Audition Teacher's Manual." She is the director-writer-producer of "The Monologue Audition Video" (DVD). Information on her New York classes, actor resources (including The Overdone Monologue Survey), books, and DVDs are available at

Paul J. Michael, executive director, The Network
Paul J. Michael is the executive director of The Network, a company devoted to networking for the professional actor. Paul and his staff work with actors, directors, casting directors, and agents on a daily basis, giving advice and receiving feedback about effective marketing and networking techniques. Paul brings a wealth of experience as a director both regionally and in NY. Most recently, he produced the first Network One Act Festival, a three-week, forty-play festival, and the upcoming off-Broadway "Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens," which he is working on with two-time Tony Award-nominated producer Kimberly Vaughn. For more information on The Network, visit

Robert and Michelle Colt, Acting Success Now

With their program Acting Success Now, Robert and Michelle Colt seek to point out how to get out of your own way, and teach how the process of creativity, your brain/nervous system, and your subconscious processes operate on their deepest levels. Over 1,700 actors to date have experienced their workshops and over 6,000 actors have participated in Acting Success Now.

With a background in quantum psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), they have been creative success coaches and workshop leaders for over six years.  They are frequent guest speakers at SAG in New York and Los Angeles, and are being brought into AFTRA Los Angeles in November for a special presentation on career sabotage.  Among their many clients are award-winning and working actors and actresses, singers, dancers, writers, entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, doctors, therapists, business and Life Coaches. For more information, visit

Ron Shetler, owner-founder, Shetler Studios & Theatres
Ron Shetler is a master singing instructor whose technique has been used by numerous stars of stage and screen, including Kevin Kline, Val Kilmer, Sherie Rene Scott, Terrance Mann, Leo Norbert Butz, Melina Kanakaredes and Eric Riley, just to name a few. During Ron's fifteen years as a performer, he performed in four Broadway shows, created a jazz album with legendary jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, and composed film scores for Roger Corman's New World Pictures.

Since leaving the performing world, Ron has directed or produced over eighty shows, coached privately for thirty-three years, served as a faculty member at the Voice Foundation and has been the head of the Musical Theatre program at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre for the past 25 years. Ron is an active member of the New York's Singing Teachers Association and the National Association of Teachers Singing.

In addition to his theatrical and film accomplishments, Ron is the founder and owner of Shetler Studios & Theatres, an upscale theatrical complex in Manhattan's midtown theater district, which has the unique ability to support a project from auditions through rehearsal to performance. For more information on Ron Shetler and his coaching style, visit

Tim Phillips, actor-teacher-coach
Tim Phillips has worked as an actor with Meryl Streep, Robert Duvall, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. He has taught and/or coached Emmy winners Richard Schiff, John Leguizamo, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Wendy Malick, Nancy Travis, Roma Maffia, and thousands of others in a 25-year career. His current coaching students include Justin Timberlake ("The Open Road," "Alpha Dog"), Molly Sims ("Yes Man," "Vegas"), Jayne Brook ("Private Practice," "Chicago Hope"), Joanne Baron ("Spider Man 2"), and Justin Chatwin ("Middle of Nowhere," "War of the Worlds"). He is the one of the acting teachers of acting coach Larry Moss, who was thanked by Hilary Swank and Helen Hunt in their Oscar acceptance speeches. Larry wrote in his book: "Tim Phillips, who taught me to be more specific than I knew I could be." For more information, visit

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