- KC ClydeKC Clyde teaches the Audition Technique, Character Study, and Script Analysis classesKC Clyde
KC believes in multi-dimensional work and multi-dimensional artists. He has been incessantly studying and training in the art of acting for the past 16 years. A graduate of the Meisner Conservatory, he has then sought out and trained with some of the best teacher in the country in script analysis, scene study, audition technique, movement, Alexander technique, emotion mapping, and voice.
KC started his teaching endeavors at “ The Margie Haber Studio” where he quickly became a student favorite at the studio. In his time there, he built up a large following of students and private clients. KC has also has been working as an actor in Los Angeles and New York. Some of his most recent credits include the feature film EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY, Starring opposite Karla Souza, BIG KILL, a period piece set in the late 1800s starring Jason Patrick, WAR PIGS, an action packed WWII movie where he stars along side Oscar nominee Micky Rourke, and RUN THE TIDE, a heavy drama set on the back drop of two brothers escaping everything.
Recurring roles on DO NO HARM for NBC and VERONICA MARS for the CW, as well as multiple pilots and guest stars such as SWALLOW YOUR BLISS, SEER, ER, and CROSSING JORDAN, to name a few, have made KC someone sought after in the TV world. But it's his work in studio and independent films, such as FRIENDS WITH MONEY, SOMETHING NEW, I'LL ALWAYS KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, and STRANGER THAN FICTION that has given him a chance to truly get noticed.
All of this time and dedication are now being poured into the Clyde Bernardy Acting Studio, giving his students the opportunity to learn everything KC has picked up as a working actor.
- Nawal BengholamNawal Bengholam teaches the Business of Acting class.Nawal Bengholam
Nawal was born and raised (to be a doctor) in Casablanca, Morocco. She moved to sunny California to do her pre-med at UCSD…but then made the grave ‘mistake’ of taking a couple of acting classes as electives her senior year, took a sharp right, and landed on CRIMINAL MINDS, playing a Medical Examiner…same thing, right? Mom? Dad? Hello??
The point is: when something reaches deep in your soul, grabs you, and makes you feel more alive than ever before, you heed! This is how she feels about this beautiful craft of ours! This is how she lives it and this is how she teaches it. Having worked behind the camera in both production and casting, she also has a deep reverence for the glorious machine that is Hollywood and a great respect for the collaborative process, which she encourages her students to both respect and leverage.
A graduate of The Tony Robbins Leadership Academy, Nawal combines her peak performance coaching experience and her understanding of the business side of the industry to guide her students through the realities of auditioning TODAY and reconnect them with gratitude and pride in being the storytellers that they are. Her classes are part technique, part life coaching, all HEART...with a generous sprinkle of fun!" 😉
Nawal can be seen in such TV shows as BOSCH, CODE BLACK, CRIMINAL MINDS, MODERN FAMILY, HEARTBEAT, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, among others. On the feature side she has appeared in the Sundance favorite, CAMP X-RAY (opposite Kristen Stewart), A WIFE BETRAYED, and soon to be released, NIGHT WALK.
- Jamie Renee SmithJamie Renee Smith teaches the Audition Technique Foundations and Intermediate Audition Technique classes.Jamie Renee Smith
Jamie has been in this industry for over 25 years now! At the ripe young age of 6, she booked her first guest star on SAVED BY THE BELL: THE COLLEGE YEARS. After that, she continued to work on several feature films (including blockbuster hit DANTE’S PEAK) and booked numerous recurring guest stars over the years ranging from shows like Fran Drescher’s THE NANNY to Showtime’s WEEDS. It’s safe to say that Jamie is what you’d call a ‘veteran’ actor.
Upon graduating cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television in 2012, she promptly began her teaching career at Stan Kirsch Studios. During her 6 years of tenure at SKS, Jamie quickly became one of their most popular teachers, coaching countless students to bookings on shows like BIG BANG THEORY, BLACK-ISH, GRACE & FRANKIE, ANIMAL KINGDOM, YOUNG SHELDON and DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, to name a few.
Having grown up professionally acting, Jamie has a wealth of knowledge in this industry that she enthusiastically loves to share with her students so they, too, can be consistently working actors in this ever-evolving place we call Tinsel Town. Jamie fundamentally understands an actor’s essence and therefore tailors her notes to what will work best in a scene for each individual actor. Not to mention, she has genuine zeal for the craft and will remind you why you fell in love with it as well 🙂
You can catch Jamie on shows like ANIMAL KINGDOM, BETTER THINGS, 9-1-1, MERRY HAPPY WHATEVER, CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, NCIS and many others.
- Dennis LaValleDennis LaValle teaches the teen classes.Dennis LaValle
Dennis received his BFA from the prestigious NYU/Tish School of the Arts and worked extensively on the stage in New York before moving to Los Angeles. For over twenty years now, he has turned out some of the most exciting and successful young actors in hollywood. His clients have appeared in starring roles in such films and television shows as Star Wars The Phantom Menace, Pretty Little Liars, Hunger Games, ER, Twilight, Criminal Minds, Superman Returns, CSI, High School Musical, Bring It On, Spiderman and Glee to name just a few. Dennis believes in training for the audition that you will have tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or five years from now, today! In this way his clients are always prepared for when that "lucky" opportunity comes knocking on your door.