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Richard Graham

Richard Graham

Nahanni Johnstone

Nahanni Johnstone

Nahanni has over 30 years of experience performing in front of the camera in film and television, print, and on stage.

After studying classical theater in Toronto, she started a modelling career in Paris, France where her acting ability helped differentiate her from other models and landed her monthly spreads in Vogue and commercials for L’Oreal, Diet Coke and her first acting job in the Italian film Summertime. She moved to New York to pursue an acting career and has studied and worked in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto, Canada. She started acting on daytime television, with roles on One Life to Live, Guiding Light, and All My Children, and moved on to primetime series regular roles on CBC’s Liberty Street and NBC’s Third Watch, and guest stars on shows like Law and Order, and Spin City. She has worked opposite actors such as Greg Kinnear on Emmy award winning The Kennedys, Kevin Costner in For Love of the Game, John Turturro in HBO’s Sugartime, Gary Cole in An Officer and a Murderer, and Mark Ruffalo in Eric Bogosian’s Griller directed by Bob Falls at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Booky and the Secret Santa opposite Megan Follows. Between tv and film jobs she wrote and directed plays with City Lab at Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Television credits include an iconic guest starring role on Netflix hit Orange is the New Black opposite Kate Mulgrew, guest stars on Cracked, The Following, Minority Report and recurring roles on Epitome’s Open Heart and Degrassi: Next Class. She won Best Supporting Actress at the London International Film Festival for her role as Li Bradford, Jenna Ushkowitz’s adoptive mother in indie film Yellow Fever. Recent credits include the season finale of CBS’ Ransom, another guest starring role on the the 20th season finale of NBC’s Law and Order: SVU, and a guest starring role on CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Nahanni started studying acting with HB Studio teacher Walt Witcover in New York. She trained in Method techniques including Meisner with David Kagen and the Playhouse West in Los Angeles and Strasberg with Janine Manatis. As technology and styles of acting evolved, she moved to The Barrow Group in New York with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, which offers a performance style based on simplicity, clarity and spontaneity. She was mentored by the late Curt Dempster at Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she developed her writing and directing skills and her passion for self empowerment and initiating projects. Working with acting coach Lewis Baumander, focusing on authenticity and the demands of the camera and HD, gave her the insight and inspiration to help other actors adjust their style to this technology, and she began coaching at LB Studios.

After 10 years of teaching classes, coaching privately, and taping auditions at LB Studios she launched her own Acting Studio and created a series of online courses.

Designed to accelerate an actors career with the most up to date information regarding the film and television industry, acting techniques, and the tools needed to thrive as a working actor, PRO Actor Confidence provides and unshakeable foundation for success. As students progress, they learn the business, the craft, and on-set skills & etiquette from an insider with Advanced On Set Confidence.

Nahanni coaches actors privately and in online classes, with instruction tailored for each individual actor’s success. She works to empower actors to not only “book the job” and prepare to excel on set, but also to create their own projects, and fulfill their dreams for a rewarding, successful, and sustainable career in the entertainment industry.

Married to Stunt Coordinator and Producer Steve Lucescu (The Shape of Water, Cinderella Man, Chicago), mother of two young performers Chloe (Locke & Key, Condor) and Aram (The Boys, Workin’ Moms), as dual citizens Nahanni and family work in both the US and Canada.

Madi Coffey

Madi Coffey

Madi Coffey is a sophomore clarinet performance major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She plays in many ensembles at UTC, and she spends a lot of her time teaching students and learning about music. Madi also plays professionally around Chattanooga whenever she gets the chance. Madi welcomes any student between grades 6 and 12 and is willing to work with any level of playing.

Kellen Shiles

Kellen Shiles

Kellen Shiles teaches guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele to all ages and skill levels. He is experienced in a wide range of musical styles from the more commonly heard including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Country, and Blues to more exotic styles from the Caribbean and Latin America, Celtic, Hawaiian Ukulele, as well as some African and Indian music as well. He teaches children often, but has also worked with people of all ages up to 80 years old.

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Julianne Deming

Julianne Deming

Ms. Deming began her training under the tutelage of Janet Reed, Fred Douglas DeMayo, Sarah Cook and Anne Hebard. She appeared with the the New Windsor Ballet, The NYCB at SPAC and at the Woodstock Playhouse. Her training in NYC included work as a trainee at Harkness House of Ballet Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and Finus Jhung. In 1981 Ms. Deming began her teaching career at The Hochstein Music School in Rochester, NY. Her interest in teaching ballet inspired her to enroll at the Hartford Ballet School to study pedagogy, dance and music history. While in Hartford she also performed with The Hartford Ballet Company. Returning to Rochester, she taught at a number of small schools from 1984 until 1987. In 1986 Ms. Deming became a founding member and Assistant Director of “The Studio”, now known as The Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester. She is also a founding member of the Draper Dance Theatre, currently known as the Rochester City Ballet. In addition to dancing as a soloist, Ms. Deming served as Assistant Director in the company’s formative years. Since 1986 she has focused her energies towards the development of serious students. This progression entails teaching intermediate and advanced students the beauty and discipline inherent in this exacting art. A demonstration of Ms. Deming’s success as a teacher is the number of former students dancing in major companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. Among them are, Aesha Ash (NYCB, Bejart, Lines), Sarah Lane, Kristy Boone (ABT), Jim Nowakowski (Houston Ballet), Jonatan & Gabriel Davidsson (National Ballet Canada, Swedish Nat’l Ballet), Tina Brock (Hubbard Street), Hayley Meier (River North), Jordan Drew (Cirque de Soleil), Cameron Thomas (Kansas City Ballet), Jamie Cullen (Tulsa Ballet). Many adult students not going on to professional careers as dancers, gained lifelong respect for the decorum and discipline of the art form.

Beth Carroll

Beth Carroll

Dana Shavin

Dana Shavin

Dana Shavin's essays and articles have appeared in Garden and Gun, Oxford American, The Sun, Today.com, Psychology Today, Parade, Bark, The Writer, PBS's Next Avenue, AARP's The Ethel, Fourth Genre, Appalachian Review, storySouth, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chatter, Get Out, and numerous other commercial and literary magazines (full publishing history at Danashavin.com). She is an award-winning humor columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the author of a memoir, The Body Tourist: A Memoir of Hunger and the Search for Home (Little Feather Books, 2014), and of Finding the World: Thoughts on Life, Love, Home and Dogs, a collection of her most popular columns spanning twenty years. She has conducted writing workshops at the Meacham Writers Workshop, Keystone College in PA, and at Chattanooga State, and has been a guest speaker at fundraisers, book clubs, writers’ groups, colleges, and alternative worship centers. She was a therapist for many years, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach.

Lily Lansden

Lily Lansden

Our teachers have unique backgrounds and training from Ireland, England, and America which give our school diversity and experience in all areas of dance, including team and solo competition, performance, exercise, and sharing the love of the tradition and culture of Irish dance. We each share the passion of teaching, and we are committed to the education and success of every student. Our lives have been influenced by many great teachers and dancers, and we are excited to pass on our knowledge to our dancers.

Lindsay Manning

Lindsay Manning

Dean Arnold

Dean Arnold

Banjo and Mandolin
Dean has been involved in the folk and bluegrass music scene for several years. Starting out with banjo he has played and performed with many bluegrass bands. One of his early teachers on banjo was Eddie Shelton who was also Alan Munde’s first instructor. His primary style is three-finger “Scruggs” style, which is the foundational sound for banjo in a bluegrass setting. Dean honed his skills on the mandolin as well with the help of Roland White and Matt Flinner. He has played with several groups in the Chattanooga area and has performed at local venues such as the Three Sister’s and Boxcar Pinion bluegrass festivals and events at Miller Plaza. While teaching mostly bluegrass style he also teaches formal reading of music and classical, swing and jazz music styles as well. Beginner and intermediate students of banjo and mandolin are welcome.

Monica Wright

Monica Wright

Throughout her childhood, Monica Wright grew to love music and education beginning early in her childhood. She was homeschooled and spent much of her education outdoors, learning to observe nature’s changes. As she connected more with her natural environment, she also developed her love for music.
Because of her intense musical studies beginning with violin at age three, by high school Monica was performing in college orchestras like Providence College and Rhode Island College, adult classical choruses like the Providence Singers and mentoring middle school choirs in the Rhode Island Children’s Chorus. Monica went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, with a teaching licensure and degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis in 2019.
During college, she taught pre-k music classes at the Children’s Learning Center and student taught from grades pre-k to 12. She also began teaching private music lessons in violin and piano. Since her graduation, Monica has taught for three years at the Woodsong Forest School and received certifications in Trust-Based Relational Intervention and level 1 Orff Scheulwerk. According to the American Orff Scheulwerk Association, “In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.”. She has a passion for teaching child-led, creative play in early elementary music and now specializes in Piano, Violin and Guitar!
She now teaches at River Gorge Forest School near Suck Creek and serves as a Pre-K teacher as well as the music teacher for all classes. Along with her passion for education, Monica enjoys writing and recording music, gardening, practicing yoga and hiking. She also loves creating food that heals and brings people together.

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