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Scott Rogers

Owner

Scott served as Acting Coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a 3-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for film and television projects. He recently served as Acting Coach on the feature film “Princess Ka`iulani” starring Barry Pepper, Will Patton, and Q’orianka Kilcher. Scott has coached principal actors, for more than 3000 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed more than 100 professional productions and written, directed, and produced dozens of TV commercials. He was the full-time, on-set, Acting Coach for the TV series North Shore and was previously the full-time Acting Coach for the hit TV show Baywatch.

In the mid-1980s Scott began to get hired by actors, studios, and production companies to Coach/Produce/Direct hundreds of actors, including: Donna Mills (Knotts Landing), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Pat Morita (Karate Kid), Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break), Charles Grodin, Catherine Oxenberg, Susan Blakesley, Richard Kline, Vincent Gardenia, Charles Grodin, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, John Astin, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Ted Lange (Love Boat), Denver Pyle (Dukes of Hazard), Timothy Bottoms, Tony Bennett & many others.

In 1994, after living and working in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, Scott moved to Hawai`i with his wife, Jeanne, in order to raise their (soon to be) two children in a safe and sane environment. They opened their school in 2000, to train actors for film and television. Scott's clients include series-regulars on shows like LOST, North Shore, and Baywatch and actors appearing in: Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull, Hawaii Five-0, ER, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Rundown, Tears of the Sun, Blue Crush, Lilo & Stich, and many more. Scott still serves as acting coach on many of the film and television projects that shoot in the islands (some $200+ million worth of production shoots here, each year).

Scott is a 30+ year member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA), where he sits on the Local AND National Boards of Directors and serves as Co-Chair of the National SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee. He's taught acting to hundreds of actors, in classes all over the world, from Los Angeles to Florida, from Seattle to San Francisco, from Washington D.C. to Guam (yes, Guam!) . He has auditioned more than 15,000 actors for various productions and his clients appear on television, Film, & on Broadway, daily.




All of our teachers have studied with Scott Rogers personally, both as actors in his Master Class and as teachers. 

They teach the Scott Rogers Technique for acting as it was taught to them by Scott.

 



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Jeanne Rogers

Director of Youth Education

A New York actress, Jeanne was trained at the world renowned Neighborhood Playhouse in N.Y.C., where she studied under legendary acting teacher, Sanford Meisner.

A professional actress for over 30 years and a member of SAG, AFTRA, and Equity, Jeanne has performed in leading roles opposite many well-known actors such as Nick Nolte, Don Johnson. Ron Howard, Marion Ross, Ted Lange, Terry Quinn, and Margaret Hamilton. In Honolulu, she has guest starred on TV shows such as LOST, been featured in movies such as Into the Blue II and You May Not Kiss the Bride, and recently played the role of Alice in The Honeymooners opposite Pat Sajak and Joe Moore, at the Hawaii Theatre.

Jeanne also has extensive experience teaching children's drama classes on a regular basis at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Temple Emanu-el and the non-profit Free Arts Clinic in Los Angeles. For the past 7 years Jeanne has taught drama at the Honolulu Waldorf High School, where she has directed more than a dozen plays.  She also teaches a very popular "Imagination for Actors" workshop for the Screen Actors Guild (now SAG-AFTRA).

 


 

theo-coumbisTheo Coumbis

Acting Teacher

Theo has worked for over 25 years in film, television and theatre as a professional actor.  He is a member of SAG and AFTRA and has guest starred in shows such as LOST, HAWAII FIVE-O, OFF THE MAP, BAYWATCH, NORTH SHORE, FANTASY ISLAND and many others. He was also featured in movies such as INTO THE BLUE 2, YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE, TESTAMENTS and most recently was the lead in the HIFF short The ROUND UP.

His work with children in drama includes: Callidus (Expressive Arts and Education), The Alliance for Drama Education and Kids Gym USA (LA). He also worked on independent movie productions as an acting coach, casting director, co-producer, writer and director.

Theo has a Diploma in Performing Arts from WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts).  His work in film, television and theatre has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the USA.

 

 

 


 

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Acting Teacher

After nine years on active duty in the United States Army, the last four years stationed on Oahu, Nick settled in Hawaii. After leaving military service in 2005, Nick took up acting in pursuit of a life-long desire. Over the last eight years Nick has accrued a wide and varied acting resume. He has been in four theatre productions: Flaming Idiots, Othello, Little Shop of Horrors, and David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. However, Nick has spent most of his time doing film/TV and commercial work. He has been in two feature films: All for Melissa and, most recently, Man Up!, where he worked opposite Justin Chon (21&Over and Twilight ) and YouTube star Kevin Wu (aka KevJumba). In 2011, he was cast in Hawaii 5-0 where he worked opposite Sean Combs (aka P-Diddy) and Alex O’Loughlin. Nick has also done a slew of short films and commercials.

In an effort to continue to improve and grow as an actor, Nick is also a devoted student at Scott Rogers Studios where he regularly attends the Master’s Class, and recently completed a Meisner Intensive.

 


 

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Julia Levanne

 Acting Teacher, Teen Acting Teacher, Keiki Acting Teacher

Julia was born into the theater and dramatic arts, her parents both professional actors and teachers. Raised in Ashland, Oregon, she grew up immersed in the culture of Ashland's Shakespeare festival, performing in her first Shakespeare play at 6 years old. Professional acting classes began at age 11 where she learned scene study and techniques designed by Darryl Hickman. At age 14 her family moved to Honolulu where she was signed by ADR Agency and began studying acting for film with Jeanne and Scott Rogers at The Academy of Film and Television. Julia has taken many lead roles on stage, including Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abigail Williams in The Crucible and Karen in Speed The Plow. She had a lead role in the 2004 independent film "Paradise Dreams" at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Since then, she has continued to play leading roles in independent films such as the soon to be released feature film "Truth or Dare". Julia works with internationally renowned musician, Taimane Gardner, in creating her music videos and live theatrical productions. Julia has also done commercials for companies such as AIG Car Insurance and was featured in Mobi PCS's Super Bowl commercial. She is trained in the Meisner technique and Method acting as well as ballroom dance and circus arts.

Julia's teaching experience began in 2007 at The Honolulu Waldorf School where she worked with kids ages 4 through 14 in their after school care program. In 2011 she worked as a volunteer teacher with indigenous children in The Andes of Peru. During the summers Julia has taught on-camera acting classes for kids and teens alongside Jeanne Rogers and James McCarthy at Scott Rogers Studios.

Julia continues to be involved in the local film and theater scene in Honolulu and studies advanced scene study with Scott Rogers in his master class.


 


 

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Barbara Logan

Acting Teacher, Teen Acting Teacher, Keiki Acting Teacher

Barbara Logan has been performing and teaching all her life and she is passionate about both. She has extensive experience and training in personal development, coaching, management and leadership and she’s taught everyone from swimmers and dancers to special needs second graders, business people, and of course, actors.

In spite of having her heart set on a performance career, at 19, she dropped out of the theater program at UC Berkeley for a “real job” which eventually led to a successful business career in Silicon Valley and to much of the education and experience she so values now.   Ten years later, she left California with her husband and fellow adventurer, Paul, raising a family and ‘serial-entrepreneuring’. Among other things, they produced children’s stories and music, owned a bustling neighborhood café, and lived in seven foreign countries. Of everything she’s done, she’s most proud of home schooling their two children and co-founding a non-profit, LifeStar Institute, for restoring health to aging.  But once the children were on their own, she was drawn back to the craft she loves so well, returning to film and stage work in Florida where she lived. Meanwhile, she studied intensely everywhere she could, most notably the Meisner Foundation curriculum at Truthful Acting Studios, improv at Orlando's SAK Comedy University, and traveling for intensive acting, vocal and movement training with University of Delaware faculty. At the urging of her own teachers and fellow actors, she began teaching and coaching, helping others to develop their authentic, organic craft.

Upon moving to Hawaii, Barbara started training with Scott at Scott Rogers Studios, driving into town from Haleiwa three times a week for class. She says, “Thanks to my own mentors, I have come to know the truth of Sandford Meisner’s statement that "Who you truly are is magnificent and totally unique," and that you are enough. The authentic, deeper place that truthful acting spontaneously comes from is there in every actor. And to work with actors in discovering and deepening their connection with that unique place is truly a privilege.”

 

 


 

 

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James McCarthy

Media Coach, Acting Teacher, Keiki Acting Teacher

James earned a Masters in Education from Harvard University, with a special emphasis in training individuals for performance. James' innovative approach to media training and public speaking has earned praise from college presidients, internationally recognized scientists and civic leaders. He has significant teaching experience at every level of the educational system, and was a co-founder of Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. James has extensive television, stage, writing, directng and composing credits.

He's currently featured opposite Kiefer Sutherland, in the film "To End All Wars". James has taught drama to children throughout Oahu under the artist-in residence program for the D.O.E. He has also taught acting to adults and teens for many years. James can currently be seen starring with Keifer Sutherland in the feature film To End All Wars.

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