Mission Statement

Audition Prep Intensive takes a holistic approach to audition preparation, strengthening and refining skills and techniques in addition to addressing the emotional, mental and physical demands students will encounter as they advance on their path towards professional acting.

Students will study fundamentals as curriculum focuses on the dynamics of character development and text analysis, along with ensuring confidence in rich and dynamic performances.

Audition Prep Intensive offers support through one on one sessions, encouraging students to make their college audition a priority in their path to becoming a professional performing artist.

Katie McHugh

Katie McHugh is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre and film with a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University and an MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory at the Actors Movement Studio, and Co-Artistic Director of Les Exportables, a new theatre company in New York with a partner company in Quebec.

Katie is an award-winning director and teacher who specializes in devised and experimental theatre as well as the classics. With a background in classical ballet and modern dance she began performing at an early age, making the switch to theatre in her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. After Studying abroad in London Katie received her BA from FSU’s School of Theatre. Upon graduation, Katie began teaching and directing at The Pensacola Little Theatre. In the five years as Education Director Katie grew the education program expeditiously, developing new classes and outreach programs, and creating a Shakespeare company for teens. Her enthusiasm for educational theatre earned her a nomination for the Champion of the Arts Award in 2006, and the Big Read Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007. From 2008 to 2011 Katie was awarded the Ballew Directing Scholarship from the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and is the only director to receive the award three consecutive years.

In the first 5 years of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company Katie directed Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. Some of her other Florida Directing Credits include: The Dividing Tree, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Deathtrap. New York directing credits include: Travis Winters by Nick Gandiello in the New York 15-Minute Play Festival (Winner of Best Play, Audience Choice Award, and Best Director), The Author’s Voice at The Cell Theater, Euripides’ Medea in the New School for Drama’s New Visions festival, Jubilation Mississippi by Stephen Bittrich in the Drilling Company’s Happiness festival, Producer and Director of The Winter Comedy Fest at Theatre 54, Dim Sum by Deborah Savadge in the Drilling Company's Debt festival, and The List by Jennifer Tremblay in the New York International Fringe Festival 2012 (Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance). The List was chosen to perform internationally in the first Mexican Fringe Festival of San Miguel de Allende, October 2013.

Film credits include: Co-director of Off Off the Webseries, Director and Associate Producer of Internet Affairs. Katie is an Associate Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and is currently producing the Playwright’s Gallery reading series 2013-2014. She is also a two-time director for the Writopia World Wide Plays Festival sponsored by David Letterman.

Tamara Geisler

Born in Mexico City, Tamara Geisler moved to the United States at the age of three. She received her education from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York, the British American Dramatic Academy in London, and received her Bachelors Degree in English and Theater from Columbia University. Since 1994, she has assisted at workshops on Mexican folklore and cultural traditions, including Dia de los Muertos programs. Her commitment to teaching about Mexican identity includes work at the Children’s Museum, The Newark Museum, the American Crafts Museum and a 2012 JP Morgan Chase Artists in Our Communities grant. She has been acting from the age of eight, and has performed in Off-Broadway productions, at Columbia University and can be seen in various short independent films. She made her London debut in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” in 2009.

Tamara has also taught theater in several New York City public schools and at the Children’s Theater Company in Union Square. She is a teaching artist through the Center for Arts Education, Sundog Theater, Curious Jane and is the Spanish and Theater teacher at Building Blocks Montessori School, Staten Island. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Tamara is an acting member of Illuminart, a theater company committed to writing and performing anti-bullying plays to students throughout the city, as well as an acting member of the Writopia Play Festival, whose most recent festivals performed at the June Havoc Theater and on Theater Row. Tamara’s most recent work includes the Conscious Theater Workshop through the Poetic Theater Productions at the Wild Project in NYC.