Resident Artists

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Tessa Faye
Career Coaching

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.​


Annie Chadwick

Career Coaching


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.

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Chris Russell

Chris Russell
On Camera Technique

Chris Russell is an actor, filmmaker, and acting coach. Recent TV credits include FBI, Blue Bloods, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, The Deuce, and Law and Order: SVU. He has written and directed several series and short films, which have been recognized at numerous prestigious film festivals across the country. Five years ago, he discovered his second passion in coaching actors, and has been consistently teaching a popular on-camera class ever since. Chris is dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, and collaborative atmosphere in his classroom, pushing actors to elevate their work, as well as develop an understanding of how to navigate the business of film and television.

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Johanna Tacadena, CSA
Casting Director

Johanna is a casting director and founder of T CREATIVES CASTING which casts nationwide for commercials, print, voice-overs, industrials and independent films. Former co-owner of BreakThrough Casting, Johanna has worked with directors such as Andrew Semans (RESURRECTION), Joel Souza (CROWN VIC), Kevin Phillips (SUPER DARK TIMES), Frank Lotito (GROWING UP SMITH) and Ramaa Mosley (LOST CHILD). With a BA in Dance from the University at Buffalo, Johanna has performed on Broadway and regional theater as well as on-camera in national and regional commercials. Johanna also works on set as make-up artist for commercials, videos and films. With over thirty years in the industry, Johanna loves to advocate and consult with fellow actors by sharing her experiences to help give talent the competitive edge.