Tessa Faye is the founder of Tessa Faye Talent, a Career Consulting business for those pursuing creative endeavors professionally. She keeps a bi-coastal roster of 200+ actors, coaching privately via Skype, and jumps behind the table from time to time as a Casting Associate, Creative Consultant, and Producer. She has cast for both voiceover and stage, with accounts ranging from small animation projects to large scale Shakespearean productions. Tessa is the resident stylist for Aaron Lenhart Photography and an on-set coach for StavisFilm. She sits on the producing teams of ABNORMAL (world premiere, Theatre Row), TALENTED PEOPLE DOING THINGS (Green Room 42), BEEOTCH (new media series, 2019 release), TALK TO ME (world premiere, TheaterLab), SCRIBBLE ITCH (NYC workshop), THAT ONE NIGHT IN RIVERSIDE (NYC reading), and THE PORTRAIT OF MRS. HOPPER (NYC reading) - and is the lead producer on an upcoming experimental revival of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. As a performer, she has appeared regionally at Goodspeed Opera, Arkansas Rep, Arrow Rock Lyceum, Weathervane, Gretna Theatre, St. Michael's Theatre, Seven Angels, and Pittsburgh CLO, but her two daughters prefer watching her in syndication on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY and listening to her voice on POKÉMON (on their iPads.) She is a member of Actors Equity, a client of The Krasny Office, and a graduate of the University of Michigan's Musical Theatre Program.Tessa is a published author (COCO COUNTS HER COUSINS, illustrated by MCS' Chelsey Hill), and a guest teacher at Kent State University's Porthouse Theatre Academy. As a student of Matt's for 7 years, she credits MCS as the place she truly honed her craft and looks to help current students move that beautiful work they do within these walls, into the audition room. Consultations include guidance on headshot, resume, website, reel, social media, branding, audition material selection, self taping, and agent/manager meetings, as well as contract negotiation and assistance with Backstage, Actors Access and other online platforms designed to up your opportunities as an actor.
Monica McCarthy is an actress, writer, and director based in NYC. Her credits include Broadway (u/s to Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone), television, film, and she is the creator and host of the philosophy podcast, The Happier Hour: Philosophy To Help Life Suck Less. She has studied in London, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and spent a year as a lead singer in a Big Band show in Japan. Monica studied Theater at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where she was awarded the Mary Pickford scholarship for Theater Excellence. She has also trained with Shakespeare & Company, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the American Globe Theater, and the Russian Arts Theater. She has spoken at TEDx and conferences around the country on the importance of valuing the humanities and classical texts. She is currently completing her Masters in Creative Writing & Literature from Harvard University. Monica is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, NYWIFT, and the Dramatists Guild of America.
A Shakespeare aficionado, Monica developed her Decoding Shakespeare Method for helping actors transform from intimidated to immersed, and she is now highly sought after as a coach for grad school auditions.
Monica is currently offering all MCS students a special Decoding Shakespeare private coaching package for four private sessions over Zoom for $350. As a special bonus you’ll also receive her Decoding Shakespeare Cheat Sheets as well as access to her video library of Shakespeare Power Hours wherein she offers an overview, context, and performance insights into a different Shakespeare play in under an hour.
Check out her Shakespeare coaching page and website at MonicaMcCarthy.net for testimonials and more information and send her an email at monicaNYLA@gmail.com with the subject: MCS Shakespeare and she’ll get back to you within 24 hours!
Annie is the founder of Up-To-Date Theatricals and author of the #1 NYC industry guides: NYC Agent Directory, NYC Casting Directors, NYC Personal Manager Directory, and the NYC theatre sourcebook, ON STAGE. Her recent performance work includes: 54 Below Cabaret, "Broadway Bluegrass," with NYCity Slickers band; New musical demo recordings, "The Long Hot Summer" (based on film by same title); NPR live performance presentation of original songs for the memoir, "Trials of the Earth," Thacker Mountain Radio; New musical reading, "Where Angels Fear to Tread," composer/lyricist Kit Goldstein Grant; Soloist, The Bluegrass Mass; sold-out Norway Tour with her bluegrass band, the NYCity Slickers; Helen, feature film, Hank Boyd is Dead; NYCity Slickers bluegrass album release, Cotton Comet Sky, the Bitter End; Featured performer, North Cape Film Festival, Norway Theatre credits include: Jacques Brel: Life Dance; Lysistrata; Something's Afoot; Cat On a Hot Tin Roof; Cabaret; Hello Dolly!; Baby; Same Time Next Year; Vaudeville Nouveau w/Bill Irwin; Gounod's Faust w/Jerome Hines; Canterbury Tales. Film/TV credits include Confessions of a Shopaholic, as John Lithgow's wife; Allison, History Channel movie Messages; Law & Order: SVU, Animal Planet; Hallmark Channel's New Morning; Awakenings; Saturday Night Live w/David Spade.
Contact at: AnnieChadwick@gmail.com
The Writers' Block
Matt Clemons Creative Director
The scariest thing about writing isn't facing the blank page, it's showing other people what you've created. The Writers' Block was formed to provide community, to be a place where writers could be held accountable, and to help take that fear away. The original Writers' Block Accountability Group formed in February of 2020 is still going strong with most of its original members, and some new. Though the pandemic threw a wrench into our plans, stay tuned for events in 2022.
If you have something to say, then come unblock on The Writers’ Block.
For info about The Writers' Block, email creative director Matt Clemons at: