Faculty & Staff

JOHN WALCUTT

JOHN WALCUTT

Director, El-Erian Family Acting Conservatory

Teaches: Acting for the Camera I, Voice and Movement

john.walcutt@ocsarts.net

Mr. John Walcutt earned a Master of Fine Arts from USC’s professional actor training program; he also studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles. He has more than 35 years of experience on stage and screen as a professional actor and director, a film and theatre producer, and a screenwriter.

Mr. Walcutt has worked on nearly 200 film and television projects with more than 100 guest-starring roles including TitanicMulanLittle Miss Sunshine, LostCriminal Minds, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. For many years, he was the artistic director of Shakespeare Orange County, where he played Macbeth, Malvolio, and Richard III, among many other roles. Mr. Walcutt has won the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Golden Ace Award, as well as the award for Best Director at the Indie Fest and the Las Vegas Film Festival. He was named by Orange County Register as one of the Most Influential People in Arts and Culture for 2014.

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STEPHANIE DORIAN SMITH

STEPHANIE DORIAN SMITH

Assistant Director, El-Erian Family Acting Conservatory

Teaches: Acting Fundamentals I, Acting Techniques IV, Movement II

stephanie.dorian@ocsarts.net

Stephanie is a professional actor, who has worked in New York and regionally for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from San Diego State University a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Brandeis University. In 2014, she was one of 16 artists in the country to receive the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Award, a national grant that supported the development and performance of her one-person play, Above Water, under the mentorship of critically acclaimed actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith. The play premiered in 2015 and she continues to perform the piece in performance, educational, and advocacy capacities. 

Advisory Board

 Michael Nehring

Michael Nehring

Professor

Theatre Department, College of Performing Arts

Chapman University

Bio coming soon!

Mary Joan Negro

Mary Joan Negro

Associate Professor of Theatre Practice and Director of BA Acting

School of Dramatic Arts

University of Southern California

Bio coming soon!

 Kevin Kuhlke

Kevin Kuhlke

Arts Professor specializing in acting (advanced scene study), directing, improvisation, and physical theatre

School of Acting, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Drama

New York University

Mr. Kevin Kuhlke has acted with Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, Mabou Mines, the Builders Association, the Iowa Theatre Lab, and the Holderness Company regionally and in New York including Lincoln Center, the Public Theater, PS 122, Danspace, MOMA, the Franklin Furnace, the Culture Project, and La Mama.

Mr. Kuhlke’s directing work includes over 30 productions in various venues including the Atlantic Theater Company, Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theater Company, Theater for a New Audience, ICA in London, Warsaw Theater Festival, Moscow Arts Theater School, the City Theater in Iceland, the A.R.T. Institute, and theatre schools in New York, the Netherlands, and Greenland.