About

Our Instructors

SUMMER RAIN MENKEE started acting in community theatre and commercials at age 10 in Oregon. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University, and attended American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she started her Film & TV career with small roles in SLEEPER CELL (SHOWTIME), THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, commercials, many independent films, and over 30 stage plays. She worked for 10 years as a Teaching Artist with L.A.U.S.D.'S Arts Education Branch & Gifted and Talented Conservatory, and as as Drama Clubs Director at Le Lycee Francais De Los Angeles (Oui, she speaks French). Summer has studied comedy with Lesly Kahn and Upright Citizen's Brigade, Strasberg Method, as well as on-camera technique with DRAMA, INC. and Vince Pisani. Summer has recently appeared on THE RESIDENT, Tyler Perry's SISTAS, Swipe Club (now streaming on VOD & Digital). As a writer, she's had 3 of her original One Act Plays produced, and co-wrote an award-winning short film. She is a mom of 2 awesome boys and a cat, and loves the mix of sun and greenery in Atlanta.

JULIE KENDALL got inspired to share her acting expertise while participating in an original short film series that was written, directed and produced by kids, 4 years ago. She decided that it was her time to give back and that it needed to start with youth. She has always been drawn to nurturing and providing guidance and light for children. Before becoming an actor, Julie was involved in a big sister program, though JAFCO (Jewish adoption and foster care), which gave her so much fulfillment and gratification, and was a camp counselor back in her late teens. After a successful career in Sales Management, Julie discovered her true purpose- acting. She has appeared on Cobra Kai, If Loving You Is Wrong (Guest Star- recurring), America’s Most Wanted, Under the Dome, Your Worst Nightmare, commercials, and films that have appeared on Netflix, HBO and Showtime. For the past 12 years, Julie has been coaching and taping both adults and children who have successfully booked roles on TV shows and major motion pictures. She is passionate, kind and loyal, and loves to inspire and empower everyone around her, especially children! Julie has studied with Eric Morris (L.A.), Anthony Vincent Bova (NYC), Gilda Pianelli (FL), Tim Phillips and currently Adam Stoner in Atlanta. She is a dog mom to Ruby, whom she helped deliver 11 puppies in COVID.

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