Xiaopei Luo (Co-founder & Producer) studied improv, acting, and physical theater after graduating with a degree in philosophy. She has studied Lecoq and Stanislavsky with Huang Chun-Ta (Hong Kong) and Branko Brezovec (Croatia); improv with Jaybird O'Berski (Durham); and physical theater and devising with Pig Iron Theatre (Philadelphia). She has participated in the Beijing Improv Festival & Wuzhen Theatre Festival Carnival and written short plays, including Qing Qiang & Home for the Holidays. A member of Incubator International Actor Training, she has organized theater and film workshops in Chongqing and Kunming since 2017.
Evegeniya Radilova (Co-founder & Teacher) is an award- winning Bulgarian-American actress and a filmmaker. After making a name for herself back home, she came to the United States to learn more and play with the best. In New York, she graduated with honors from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and was invited to join the AADA Repertory Company with 4 leading roles. Since then, she has appeared Off-Broadway, joined the SAG-AFTRA and AEA unions, and became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, where she performed opposite Ellen Burstyn in The Cherry Orchard, directed by John Gould Rubin. She has appeared in prime time TV shows including Law & Order: SVU, Limitless, Elementary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, and Spartacus, and acted in multiple feature and short films. She received the Charles Jehlinger Award for Best Actress and was nominated for Best Actress at the Blow-Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival. Evgeniya is the Co-founder of I Dare Productions where she has been producing, writing and directing for the past two years. Her first music video, “True Paradise,” won three festivals: Winter Film Awards, LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood and Miami Film Festival. Her film My Relationship With The Moon won the Special Recognition Award at the Cayanne Film Festival. She is a proud lifetime member of the Playwrights Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. For the past 6 years Evgeniya has volunteered for Mythic Bridge, an NYC nonprofit organization that teaches filmmaking to homeless, poor, and LGBT kids. She has taught and directed 3 Film and Theatre workshops with the students of Chongqing and Kunming, where she created two films (Fortune Sticks& Marga), directed a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, and gave a talk for film industry and professors.
Caitlin Wells (Co-founder & Teacher) is a New York-based teacher, actor, director, and producer who has lived in the United States, Brazil, and Spain. She has collaborated with Katherine Wilkinson (Columbia), Elise Morrison & Cassandra Hartblay (Yale), the One-Minute Play Festival, Little Green Pig, Mettlesome, Joseph Megel (UNC-Chapel Hill), Chris Stamey/WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, Manbites Dog, Burning Coal, Leviathan, and T. Ryder Smith/Christopher McElroen. She has taught in Shanghai, Kunming, and North Carolina with Incubator International Actor Training, as well as in Quaker and Waldorf schools and the Andalusian public schools. She has her own theater company, Delta Boys, and is currently interning for The Wooster Group and developing original work with The Tank and Fundamental Theater Project. caitlin-j-wells.com
Ben Holbrook (Teacher) is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright and filmmaker whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, Ugly Rhino (LA), Seoul Players (South Korea), The Memphis Fringe Festival, Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, 45th Street Block Association, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC). His prose has been published in Call of the Void, a journal of visual and literary arts, and his films have been seen at the Big Apple Film Festival, The Imaginarium Convention, The Comedy of Horrors Festival, The Sickest Short Films Festival, and The Films Open Mic Festival. He's been awarded the Edward Albee Foundation fellowship, the Drama League Rough Draft Residency (partnering with Sam Underwood), Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup Residency, and Judson Church’s Magic Time Residency, and is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is Fundamental Theater Project's resident playwright.
Dena Tyler (Teacher) is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio and for 18 years Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn have been her teachers. She’s performed in many plays including The Cherry Orchard (Charlotta) at the Actors Studio opposite Ellen Burstyn. On Television she plays a character that is very different from real life – the shy, brainy attorney Liberty on CBS's hit TV show, BULL, with Michael Weatherly. Other TV credits include: Homeland, Orange is the New Black, The Deuce, The Path, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, 30 ROCK, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She has degrees in Neuroscience and Dramatic Arts from the University of Rochester. In addition to her acting she’s one of the most sought after acting coaches in New York City. She is a core faculty member at the prestigious MN Acting Studio and also teaches students privately one-on-one. She loves teaching! She’s helping to make the world a better place through storytelling and teaching kids that anything is possible! More at DenaTyler.com.
Zina Wilde (Teacher) is an actor/writer/producer/life coach. She is originally from Greece, and has a B.F.A in Acting and Educational Theater from NYU. She also has a certificate in acting from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.
As a life coach Zina is an iPEC Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner. As an actor Zina has been most notably working on the hit SHOWTIME show Billions for the past 3 seasons as Helena, Damian Lewis's (Homeland) trusty assistant. She has also appeared on the ABC mini-series Madoff alongside Richard Dreyfus. Recently she was seen in the indie film Chuck alongside Elizabeth Moss and Liev Schrieber.
As a writer and producer Zina wrote three short films that are currently showing in festivals worldwide. Her film In Private received the Best Drama award at the CineMuskoka Film Festival and was an official selection at New York's Downtown Urban Film Festival, where it will be screened at the Tribeca Film Center this May. It was also an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival. She is currently working on a short film that she wrote, produced, and is acting in. It will be directed by Stephen Kunken (Billions, The Handmaid's Tale, The Affair) and will co-star Will Rogers (Bridge of Spies). Zina was just selected by the Greek America Foundation to be a part of Greece's 40 under 40.