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Cheryl Harris

CEO/Lead Instructor/Actor/Model/Singer and Public Speaker

Studio27 owner, Cheryl Harris, is a multi-talented performer and also a gifted teacher, instructing both children and adults in singing, acting, performance, creative movement and improvisation. 

Working with agents, producers, choreographers all around the country and internationally, Cheryl has helped develop, manage, cast, and place talent into the entertainment industry. 

Cheryl is also an international vocal coach with talent that spans the globe. Her approach to vocal training is her unique development approach that includes: proper breathing techniques and knowing your airflow as well as how to manipulate your air, muscle technique that not only enhances your sound but expands your range and more with specific , individual technique. Each client has a unique sound and uses a slightly different approach to maximize their vocal quality as an artist and performer. Cheryl  individualizes her training technique to suit her clients needs and goals. 

Cheryl has successfully run Studio27, a talent development studio that has has catapulted her client's carreers in Music, TV/Film as well as the Fashion industry and has won "Best Talent Development School" for 6 years in a row which has Studio27 listed in the "Business Hall Of Fame" in her market. 

Clients of Cheryl's are signed with agencies such as: Osbrink LA, JPervis Talent ATL, Ann Wright Reps NY, FFT NY, Frontier Booking NY, Savage Agency LA, RAGE LA, Treehouse Management LA, Patrick Management LA, Evolution Talent ATL & Charlotte, BENZ Tampa, Avery Sisters Entertainment ATL, Jana VanDyke ATL, Premier Jacksonville, Peoplestore ATL, CLICK Models, Runways Miami and others. You will also see Studio27's talent  in TV commercials and print for Coca Cola, Rooms to Go, Spotify, Belk, Bealls, to name a few. You can also see her clients in TV and Film and web series such as  Vampire Diaries, Discovery ID, Walking Dead, Arch Angel, Drop Dead Diva, Mercy Street, Swamp Murders,  numerous TV pilots and also Disney and Nickelodeon as well as the Broadway Touring Show, The Lion King.

Cheryl has personally assisted in the vocal careers of clients such as Jalen Harris (Lion King Broadway Tour) and Beth Spangler (The Voice) who have release their EP's which you can find on all media outlets like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc. Some of her clients have also been on American Idol and are Grammy and Dove award winning artists. 


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Kate Leek

Instructor/Actor/Model/Singer/Dancer

Kate has been working in the industry for 15 years. She has trained in NY and LA to become a quadruple threat having worked in the areas of Acting, Singing, Commercial Modeling and Dance. She has had the good fortune of working with Nick Cannon, Jimmy Kimmel and Lil Romeo in various Film/Television projects. She has performed vocally with artists Sting and Natalie Cole.  Kate has a strong Dance background as well having danced at the company level for four years with the Georgia Christian Dance Theatre.  She has also performed locally on stage at Dads Garage Theater in Atlanta. Kate, who is SAG-eligible, is currently appearing in a series of advertisements for Spotify, television shows such as Your Worst Nightmare, Killer Couples, and also on Mercy Street, a PBS miniseries produces by Ridley Scott. Coaching actors in this industry and helping them to realize their potential is her absolute passion. 


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Sekou Laidlow

Instructor/Actor/Writer/Producer

 

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sekou Laidlow is an exceptional actor who loves his craft. Trained at the famed Julliard School in New York City, Mr. Laidlow made his Broadway debut in the New Orleans centered play, Airline Highway, directed by two-time Tony Award Winner, Joe Montello. A graduate of the Julliard’s Drama Division, Mr. Laidlow has collaborated with fellow Juilliard alumnus and Director, Michael Urie, in the ensemble comedic web-series, What’s Your Emergency, written by Ryan Spahn and Halley Feiffer. He also played Homer in the Pulitzer and Kennedy prize winning productions of Suzan Lori Parks' Father Comes Home from the Wars, which is a co-production between the New York Public Theater and the American Reparatory Theatre at Harvard University. In October 2015, he performed as a guest artist in Julliard’s production of Seven Guitars as the character, Hedley. Sekou is signed to one of the most prestigious talent agencies in Atlanta.

 Mr. Laidlow is playing the recurring role of Walter Camp in the highly anticipated series, The Breaks, now airing on BET. He is also appeared in the romantic comedy, Better Off Single, starring Aaron Tveit and Kal Pen, released in theaters nationwide in October 2016. Mr. Laidlow recently guest starred as Josiah Banner in the acclaimed CBS dramatic series, The Good Wife. He was also a supporting lead in The Mend, playing the role of Pierce, opposite Josh Lucas and Austin Pendleton.


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Julia Harris

Office Manager/Actor/Model/Make-up Artist/Stylist

Growing up with a passion to entertain, Julia was exposed to the entertainment industry early on. Not only did she spend some time in front of the camera but she found even more of a passion behind the camera. Julia's interest began to spread out into writing, fashion and make-up after traveling to Europe with our team of talent.

Julia has been developing her craft  as an actor as well as developing young actors and models, working on video and photoshoots as a make-up artist and clothing stylist.  Julia assists our staff in preparing our clients for a national platform or just getting them started on the path to success. She, too has agent representation in ATL and has booked some projects including most recently a Texas Pete commercial.

Julia has founded The Pedestrian Project, an online magazine which is a creative project for recognizing and celebrating people. She is a firm believer that “When you’re empowered, you empower others.”


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Shon Middlebrooks

Instructor/Actor

 

Shon is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program where he earned his MFA in Acting.  He has worked as an actor on stage and television, credits include:  Complications (USA Network), Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) Cape Rep Theatre, A Raisin in The Sun (Walter Lee) Summer Rep Theatre, Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (Shua) Actors Express, and Slide Glide The Slippery Slope (Sear) Synchronicity Theatre. Along with acting, Shon has also worked behind the scenes as casting associate for Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club, Love Thy Neighbor, For Better or Worse Sn. 3, If Loving You Is Wrong, The Haves and The Have Nots Sn. 2, For Better or Worse Sn. 4, Love Thy Neighbor Sn. 2, The Haves and The Have Nots Sn. 3, Too Close to Home and Sean De Simone casting in New York on various projects for FUSE TV. He has also worked at top talent agencies Gersh and Stewart Talent. He is thrilled to be working at Studio27 and with all the artists attending.


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Derek Evans

Instructor/Actor/Filmmaker

Derek Evans started his career by garnering a BFA in Acting from NKU in 2013, where he also studied screenwriting and directing.  After graduating he toured with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati as an Actor for a year before moving to Atlanta and signing with Houghton Talent. With several theatre, film, and Television credits under his belt, he decided to produce his first feature length film and by the end of 2016 will have completed, "The King of Bloody Fookin' Britain," written and directed by himself. In the film he worked with over 80 actors from LA to NY, on a 60 day shoot. He plans on touring the festival circuit with it, once completed.


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Isaiah Johnson

Instructor/Actor

 

Isaiah Carnell Johnson was born April 7th, he is a native of Miami, Florida, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Arlington and Windsor Academy. He was the Valedictorian of his class.  Isaiah began Acting in Miami starting out at workshops them moving along to Miami Acting Studio. In Miami he was signed to Gilla Roos Agency and Boca Talent two prominent agencies in South Florida. After signing Isaiah went to auditions where he later booked National Commercials such as Gatorade, KFC, Pizza Hut and also a recurring Role on Nickelodeon. He later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2015, to advance his acting career. He is represented by one of the premier agencies, Atlanta Models and Talent. Isaiah recently was cast in a Feature Film as the Lead. Isaiah loves to share his insight and knowledge about the industry with others.


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Anna Giles

Instructor/Actor/Writer/Producer


As soon as Anna Giles graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2009 with her degree in Theatre/Writing ( Magna cum laude), she set off for the West Coast! She has been working professionally in theatre and film ever since. Her resume includes spec commercials for Korean energy drinks, feature films with Courtney Stodden, and writing scripts for the likes of Delta here in Atlanta.  

Anna got her start in film acting opposite  Games of Thrones'  Aidan Gillen in the independent feature film  Scrapper . Since then, she has started her own film production company with her husband, writer/director/producer Mike Jones, called Tiny Park Productions, and become Head of Production for Grinning Man Films East in Atlanta, as well as co-produced the indie horror film 7 Witches and the dramatic thriller The Great Outdoors. She is a writer, producer, teacher, and actress who has taken part in over 20 theatrical, film, and commercial productions, and has cast actors on both coasts. Anna is on two improv teams that regularly perform at Village Theatre and Dad's Garage in Atlanta, and trained at Groundlings in Los Angeles and Jet City Improv in Seattle. She is happy to be back in Atlanta, working with the awesome, growing talent in the South.


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DeShon Green

Instructor/Actor


DeShon Green is an Atlanta native, who from a very young age developed a love for entertainment. She is a graduate from Kennesaw State University (Cum Laude), where she studied both Theatre and Film. It was there that she fostered an understanding for different styles of acting and techniques (Meisner, Stanislavski, Clowning, Stage Combat, etc.). DeShon believes that acting is an art that can be used to shape a better society by allowing its spectators to experience the stories of other human beings, who may or may not look like them. DeShon is a working actress who says she is “always learning from her experiences, her peers, and her characters.” She has experience performing professionally on stage and behind the camera, and desires to share the knowledge afforded to her with others.


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Maria Cain

Instructor/Producer/Director/Actor/Improviser

María Isabelle Cain is a recent Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia.

 While in graduate school, she worked as a company member for Savannah Stage Company. There, she performed in “(IT)’s B.I.G. The Improv Musical” and “The Call of the Wild.” She also instructed rising 3rd-12thgraders in improvisation techniques for (IT)’s B.I.G. Improv Camp. 

 In addition to performing in both theater and improv, she has directed for the stage and screen. Recent credits include producing and directing Suzan-Lori Parks’ “In the Blood,” assistant directing the stage reading of “Grace Period” at the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and assistant directing the stage reading of “Goodnight, Tyler” at the Kennedy Center.

 María is thrilled to share all the knowledge she has acquired and inspire growth in actors of all ages."


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Brianna Butler

Instructor/Actor/Dancer

Brianna Butler is a Miami native where she got her start as a dancer. After 12 years of training she was honored to be selected to work for 3 of the largest organizations in sports as a Miami Heat Dancer,(NBA), Miami Dolphins Cheerleader,(NFL), and the Florida Panthers (NHL). At a point in her Dance career, Brianna started taking a few acting workshops and discovered a whole new love! So much so that she got her BA degree in Theatre and Film from Florida Atlantic University. While in her Theatre program and simultaneously dancing for the Miami Heat, she was signed to one of the most prestigious talent agencies in Atlanta, People Store, and decided to leave her comfort zone of dance and hit the road to the west coast to pursue her new dream in acting. Brianna has booked a Large role on the Emmy award winning show ATLANTA S2 and a Lead role in the Hallmark movie Christmas Everlasting! Music is another talent of Brianna’s that she has been inspired to develop as well and is in the process of recording her first album, with 2 of her singles being out now! Brianna loves to share her knowledge and insight that she has gained over the years with others, and is grateful to be a part of our team. 


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Ellie Clark

Instructor/Actor

Ellie recently relocated to Atlanta after having received her MFA in Acting from Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program. She has performed extensively throughout the United States. Some of her acting credits include: Huckleberry (Independent Feature), Hitting the Cycle (Independent Feature), Inner Rage (Independent Feature) Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Kentucky Conservatory Theatre), Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa (Tantrum Theatre), Marie Antoinette in David Adjmi’s Marie Antionette and Anna in Burn This (Project SEE Theatre) and has premiered plays as an actor in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays.  

As a seasoned teaching artist Ellie co-founded and developed a conservatory style training program in Kentucky where students trained with artists from all over the U.S. She also acted as Education Director and Associate Producer for Woodford Theatre in Versailles, Kentucky and has taught acting at Transylvania University and Ohio University. Ellie specializes in physical actor training and while residing in New York trained extensively with New York’s SITI Company in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition.

Ellie also co-founded The Girl Project, an arts-meets-activism initiative that educates and empowers girls to challenge American media culture and raise their social consciousness about the issues girls and women face by writing and devising original plays. The Girl Project’s work was the subject of the Documentary Film JUMP. She is also a founding member of Project SEE Theatre where she acts as Co-Artistic Director and Co-Producer. 


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DeReginald C. Lewis (Rege)

Instructor/Actor/Writer

DeReginald C. Lewis (Rege), is an accomplished award winning tv-film-stage actor/industry consultant, and the founder/creator of the Anti Bullying Team initiative and stage plays for elementary and middle schools.

Currently residing in Atlanta, GA, DeReginald is an advocate of the business side of show business and holds a degree in Business Administration, while currently pursuing his MBA. He is a graduate of the prestigious William Esper Conservatory having matriculated under the tutelage of the esteem, Bill Esper.

He is a long-time SAG-AFTRA member, with eminent credits that includes: two supporting role appearances at the Sundance Film Festival for Monster and The Official White House film of 2013: The Inevitable defeat of Mister & Pete, Guest Star - Chicago PD, Booth(u/s) in Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize winning play - TopDog/UnderDog(George C. Wolfe), and originated the lead role in Carson Kreitzer’s - 1:23(Mark Wing-Davey). Other notable appearances include: House of Cards, and Blue Bloods.

In 2011, he earned a breakout recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, where they won a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama Series, and a SAG-AFTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. (2011)

In addition to acting and academic endeavors, DeReginald consultants with aspiring actors, having helped launch acting careers, bookings, legit representation, and assisting with pathways to performing art schools. His passion for helping others and working with children inspired and sparked the idea for his Anti Bullying Team initiative and stage plays sponsored by theREGELEWISbrand.

As an original MBK board member and Augusta native, DeReginald aims to lend his acts of philanthropy and use his platform to enlighten and empower others. Especially, creatives and everyone in his hometown. "I aim to served the Augusta community via My Brother's Keeper Initiative, with authenticity, transparency and efficiency."


“LoveGodOneAnotherAndThoseWhoDont” -DeReginald C. Lewis


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Joshua Wade

Instructor/Actor/Writer

Joshua Wade, is an American Actor, Author, and Screenwriter. Born and raised in Pasadena, California he is best known for his self-published book “Top 20 Vocabulary Words & Tips Every Actor Should Know”, which he released in 2018.

Joshua received his Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University in 2010. He began on-camera training at the Miami Acting Studio with instructor Ralph Kinnard, Lori Wyman at Lori Wyman Casting in South Florida and The Actor’s Gym in Atlanta, GA with instructor Thomas Scott II. In addition to being an accomplished author, Josh teaches workshops centered around screenwriting and entertainment entrepreneurship.

With his passion for philanthropy, Joshua Has participated in charitable events including “Bread of Life” and “Save Our Sons” youth event in Miami, FL. Joshua has been seen in local and national commercials such as KFC, Burger King, and Miami Dade Medical to name a few. With his entertainment roster ranging from acting, hosting, screenwriting, and onstage performance; he has truly found a lane of his own where all of his talents can be utilized.


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Evan Bergman

Actor/Instructor

Evan is a new transplant to Atlanta having recently completed his MFA in Acting from University of Virginia. Represented by a top Atlanta talent agency, Evan most recently booked a hilarious pilot for Adult Swim. He’s currently in the independent feature film, Huckleberry, which is premiering around the US in the festival circuit.

With a background in theatre, Evan is a proud member of Equity and has acted on stages in NYC and regionally. While in NYC, he trained at the renowned Maggie Flanigan Studio completing the 2yr Meisner conservatory program. Evan has taught acting at University of Virginia, Ohio University, Transylvania University, and University of Kentucky.

Most recently Evan was accepted into SITI Company’s 2018 Summer Intensive where he was able to delve into Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Composition work. He firmly believes to be an effective teacher of acting he must continue to be a student of acting.