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"Kate is amazing. Kate and PeachCraft took Chelsea's acting skills beyond where we thought they could go and now a number of opportunities are coming her way." - Susan Meyers

 


"I just wanted to thank you for all your extra-ordinary hard work this summer.  You gave the kids a wonderfully positive experience and I know that my son had a great time and learned a lot.  I enjoyed every performance of the show, the talented kids, and getting to know the other moms as well as yourselves." - Julia Frankel


   
 

Welcome to PeachCraft

Kate Kennedy

KATE KENNEDY
Director/Producer
www.imdb.com - Kate Kennedy (I)

Established in 2005, PeachCraft Studios of Drama, Voice & Filmmaking (PDVF) offers professional training for actors, vocalists, dancers, musicians and filmmakers. A member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1991, Kate Kennedy, actor, writer, director and producer, has developed her own distinctive imagination based technique for inspired acting now used by the Members of the PeachCraft Studios of Drama, Voice & Filmmaking. Building upon the Russian based techniques of Constantin Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Stella Adler infused with Kennedy's own organized technique developed over two decades as a Casting Director working with Dreamworks, Paramount, Disney, Miramax, HBO, NBC, CBS as well as with A-list directors, actors and producers in film, television and stage. The PeachCraft Actors Studio advocates defining energies in order to absorb the tone of the writer which then informs the actor's senses on choices for the character's psychological and physical core. Kate's modern approach, inspired by the Masters of yesterday, brought to PeachCraft Actors Studio a new wave of professional actor training.

Kate is a professional producer who began her career in Film, TV and Stage as a Casting Director and Master Acting Coach with now over 25 years of experience in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. After graduating with a bachelors degree from Marymount Manhattan College, Kate began her acting career touring with San Francisco's famed Lilliput Players Theatre Troupe and made her television debut in NBC's “Midnight Caller.” Beginning with “JOY LUCK CLUB”, Kate amassed a distinguished strand of Casting Director credits from the Major Motion Picture Studios and TV Networks in Los Angeles. Her film, stage and tv credits can be viewed on the professional film database IMdb.com under Kate Kennedy I.

Since its inception, PeachCraft Studios has launched the acting, singing, dance and filmmaking careers of many talented actors, singers, broadway performers and filmmakers alike. Some lucky ones have worked along side Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Kyra Sedgwick and many more. PDVF Film Studio has produced over 34 films, launching the acting, writing, directing, camera operating and singing careers of many young talented artists. The students have distinguished themselves by gaining entrance into the colleges, professional schools of their choices, being cast on film sets and festivals as well as being cast on some of the most glamorous and professional sets for TV,  New York stages.   PeachCraft's focus is on enhancing the artist's special abilities through focused training with the highest level of distinguished professional faculty in the industry.  Established in 2005,  artist development at PeachCraft Studios of Drama, Voice & Filmmaking is simply wonderful.

   
MELISSA JULIET LAWSON

Originally a student of PeachCraft herself, Melissa started off her career in an Off Broadway Production of “The Peoples Garden'' at age 11. Her recent credits include HULU, 2020 SlamDance and TIFF film festivals, a number of commercials, and currently has a 7 month theater contract produced by Netflix. She received her BFA in Acting at Syracuse University and studied classical work for a year in London, where she played Portia in “Merchant of Venice” at the Globe Theater. Represented by Innovative Artists, Eris Talent Agency and Merging Artist Management Bicoastly. Melissa has been teaching scene study and audition technique for 6 years for all ages and levels of experience.

   
FRANKIE GONZALEZ
Won the BroadwayWorld 2019 Award “Best Actor in a Musical” for Matt in the The Fantasticks, and wrapped a successful run with Lauren Gunderson’s reimagined Peter Pan & Wendy at the Shakespeare Theatre Co last season. He trained at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and is a Teaching Artist at Tisch and the Shakespeare Theatre. As a vocalist, González has produced and performed in concerts throughout NYC. His work has been showcased at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, the National Opera Center, 54 Below, and the Green Room 42.
   
Craig Newman CRAIG NEWMAN
Actor's Studio

Craig Newman holds a bachelor's degree in theatre studies and film studies from Emory University, where he was an active performer and award winning director. In addition to directing a number of short films, he was the recipient of an Award of Distinction for his direction of Sarah Kane's Cleansed and awarded a Research Grant for his documentary film on freight-train hoppers.

Since arriving in New York City in 2008, Mr. Newman has been cast in a variety of Off-Broadway productions while continuing his training in Chekhov technique with Innovative Artists, NYC. Catch CV Newman opposite Michael Strahan in National Commercial Metamucil!

In January 2009, he began teaching this technique to members of the Michael Chekhov Theater Company in workshop settings and one-on-one sessions. A student of Lenard Petit, Mr. Newman works with Kate Kennedy, a Master Michael Chekhov acting coach who trained under Mala Powers, in her commitment to the philosophy and foundation of her training the Michael Chekhov technique at Kennedy's PeachCraft ACtors Studio Master Class.

   
Gideon Dabi GIDEON DABI
Voice
Vocal Arts Conservatory

Baritone Gideon Dabi has a distinguished career as a voice teacher and music educator whose students have graced the stages of the top universities as well as Broadway. A former member of the faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Gideon brings over ten years of experience to the PeachCraft Studios of Drama, Voice + Filmmaking. Equally adept on stage, Gideon was heard last season singing the role of Marcello with New York Lyric Opera and the previous season at Symphony Hall as a soloist with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, as Papageno in BU Opera's The Magic Flute, and as the title character in Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. This summer he joins the fourth-oldest opera company in America, Chautauqua Opera, in The Magic Flute and Luisa Miller. In previous seasons, he appeared as Marcello in La Boheme, Reinaldo Arenas in the premiere of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls (Act II), and the Man with the Shoe Sample Kit (Postcard from Morocco) with BU Opera. He has sung with several companies in New York/New Jersey such as Opera NY, Manhattan School of Music Opera, New Jersey Concert Opera, Opera at Florham, and Rutgers Opera Company, singing such roles as Falke (Die Fledermaus), Zuniga (Carmen), and Ceprano (Rigoletto). Gideon was a featured soloist on the Grammy Award-winning collection The Anthology of Jewish-American Composers and a Perry Award nominee for his performance as Olin Britt in the Enchanted Players production of The Music Man (2004). He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Mark Oswald, and a graduate of the Opera Institute of Boston University, where he studied with Sharon Daniels.

Baritone Gideon Dabi’s “earnest interpretations” have thrilled audiences from his home State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, through the Music Festival of the Hamptons working with Norman Dello Joio, to Israel, Italy, and back again. In addition to his performing career, Gideon has been a voice instructor for nearly twenty years working with Broadway professionals as well as preparing singers for university and conservatory study. He has been the director of the PeachCraft Vocal Conservatory since 2012. In the 2018-19 Season, he returned to The Dallas Opera as Schaunard in La bohème. He made his Tulsa Opera debut in 2019-20 in Carmen as Morales. During the 2020-21 season, Gideon was a featured singer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and has upcoming roles with American Opera Projects. Gideon received his Doctorate in Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

www.gideondabi.com

   
DEBORAH FENNELY- singer, actor.
Called “multitalented” by The New Yorker Magazine, Deborah’s diverse resume includes operatic adventures with New Jersey State Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, and New Rochelle Opera; memorable musical theater moments at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center and regional theaters and on camera roles in She Has a Name, Red Oaks, the Blacklist and New Amsterdam. Her favorite “recurring role” remains that of voice teacher and vocal coach to the multi - talented young artists who flourish under the skilled guidance of PeachCraft's director, Kate Kennedy.

 

 
Kristin Carbone KRISTIN CARBONE

Kristin Carbone is thrilled to be on staff at PeachCraft Vocal Conservatory Faculty now going into her third year! Kristin has performed on Broadway in: Mary Poppins ("Katie Nana" and the u/s for "Mrs. Banks/Birdwoman"), Fiddler On The Roof ('04 revival - "Tzeitel/us), Into The Woods ('02 revival - "Milky White", "Stepsister"). 1st National Tours: Hal Prince's Show Boat ("Magnola"), disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Principal Vocalist in An Evening with Michael Crawford in Concert. Regional Shows: PHANTOM ("Christine") at Walnut St Theatre, Kiss Me Kate ("Kate", "Lilli") 1776 ("Abigail Adams", The Music Man ("Marian"), Carousel ("Julie"), She Loves Me ("Amalia"), Dear World ("Nina"), Passion ("Clara"), and The Fantasticks ("Luisa").

 

 

Sandy Rustin

SANDY RUSTIN
Actor's Studio
Guest Artist: Improvisation

Sandy Rustin is a Chicago native and graduate of Northwestern University's renowned theater department. Over the last decade she has worked professionally in New York City as an actress & improviser and can now say with certainty that acting is 95% improvisation and 5% knowing what to say and where to stand. She works with PeachCraft students on the improv part! At age 11 she was introduced to the freedom of improvisation by Joyce Piven, (the mother of Jeremy Pivin of Entourage) at the famed Chicago Piven Theatre Workshop. The endless opportunities to create characters & environments through improvisation, remain the greatest joy of her professional life.

Sandy improvises regularly in NYC at Upright Citizen's Brigade. She has toured the country playing "Sandy" in the Nat'l Tour of Grease! and starred in the Drama Desk Winning Musical, "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." She has appeared in numerous plays, musicals, commercials and on TV (Law & Order; SVU, All My Children, & Guiding Light). In addition to performing and teaching, Sandy is a comedy writer. Her new show, "Rated P; An Exploration of Parenthood in 24 Scenes" is in development.

Sandy joins Kate Kennedy in her committment to her philosophy and foundation in PeachCraft Actors Studio for the necessity of the creative individual to "own one's freedom" in order to create and transform believably.

 

Adam Muskin

ADAM MUSKIN
Guest Faculty, (Acting Technique and Improvisation)

Adam Muskin was born and raised in New York City, where he graduated from LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and Visual Art in 2000. Adam then journeyed to Moscow, graduating from the Moscow Art Theater School in 2005 with his fellow members of Studio Six, and staying on for two extra years at Moscow Art as an interpreter/teaching assistant with the A.R.T institute for Advanced Theater Training and Eugene O'Neil National Theater Institute abroad segments. During his time there, Adam worked with the Russian students as an assistant director as well.

After leading seminars at Skidmore University, assistant teaching/interpreting with the Moscow Art Theater Summer School in Cambridge, MA, and leading workshops at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in October, Adam is looking forward to officially continuing his studies at The Moscow Art Theater School as a candidate for an M.F.A. in acting and theater art with a minor in directing.

Adam has enjoyed acting on both continents, and hopes to actively continue Studio Six's activities as a unique cultural bridge between Russian and American art.

 

 

 


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