Coach Katie Actor, Director, Producer

Katie O’Grady is founder and owner of Acting for Kids & Teens, the Northwest’s premier acting studio, located in The Studio NW, that trains and launches young actors. She believes all kids should have a safe place to express themselves and explore their creativity.

Katie is also one of the Northwest’s most sought after actresses. She can be seen on NETFLIX, NBC, IFC, Showtime and more. She has shot in hundreds of commercials and made her way through the film festivals circuits many times with the indie films she has starred in. She is a working actor that loves being part of new projects.

Her passion for acting has taken her from Los Angeles to New York City to study with renowned coaches Susan Batson and Laurel Smith. Her TV credits include: 8  seasons of PortlandiaLeverage, and Grimm. She has shared screen time alongside Jennifer Aniston, Steve ZahnJustin LongDiane LaneTommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro. She played, Claire, in the film, I Was There (2016).

She also starred as Meris in The New York Times Critics’ Pick film, Rid of Me, which earned her a place on the Hollywood Reporter’s prestigious Oscar Watch List and a nomination alongside Melissa McCarthyKristen Wiig, and Sara Jessica Parker for the The Women’s Film Critics Circle Best Comedic Actress award.

Rid of Me is a hilarious, meticulously crafted and heart-felt little film, and features a true comedic star turn from actress Katie O’Grady. Francesca McCaffery, VIMOOZ.

In addition to being and actor and coach, Katie owns and runs Alcove Productions, LLC where she directs and produces films, commercials, music videos and children’s movies. Commercials include the Emmy Award winning “Growing Up Rip City” – Portland Trailblazers 50th anniversary commercial, Carrera Sunglasses, Plasmon Baby Food, BMW/Mercedes, to name a few. Films by Alcove Productions include:

Katie O'Grady

One must go on,
on ’til one can go no further…
and even go beyond that!

- Eleonora Duse

Coach Sonya Actor & Acting Coach

Sonya Davis is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actor for over 15 years. She has appeared in television shows, independent films, and many commercials over this time. Recently, she starred in the short film “This Vast and Mysterious Ocean” working with a former student of hers! 

Television credits include NBC’s Grimm, TNT’s The Librarians, and Amazon Prime’s Vindication. Sonya has worked extensively on commercials for companies such as Columbia Sportswear, Intel, Microsoft, Fiverr, Progresso Soup, Dell, Toyo Tires, Les Schwab, Osmo Little Geniuses, Kroger and Fred Meyer to name a few. Other film credits include independent features such as The Sugar Moon Tribe, The Virgins, Emily, Death Pool, Besetment, and The Butterfly Guard. Short films include the beautiful and heart wrenching  true story “I Am Dust” where she played opposite the talented April Billingsley from The Walking Dead, Seattle sci-fi thriller “Alvin”, provocative and intimate “Side Order”, award-winning crime drama “Vengeance for Chloe Darling”, and “Details” directed by the one and only Jason Mewes to name a few. 

Sonya hosts a podcast, “Swirled” and creates content for the Swirl Your Life channel on YouTube which features her travel show: Swirl World, production company Swirl Films, as well as other creative content. 

She is a house team improviser at Curious Comedy Theatre in Portland and brings her experience from studios all over, including Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshops, UCB and Lonsdale-Smith Studios in Los Angeles to the students at Acting for Kids and Teens. 

She received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon where she spent her final term in London for the Intensive Acting Program. She believes everyone with the drive has the ability to be an actor and this is reflected in her encouraging and inspired teaching style.

Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.

- Leonard Cohen
Sonya Davis

Coach Kurt Film, TV & Stage Actor

Kurt Conroyd is a graduate of Willamette University and studied at Studio Magenia in Paris, France. He has performed with Portland Center StageArtists Repertory TheatreMiracle Theatre, and Portland Playhouse, among others. He has been awarded both the Drammy and OTAS awards for Outstanding Actor.

In 2010 Kurt moved to Chicago where he trained with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, working with actors such as, Amy Morton and K. Todd Freeman. He also worked closely with Second City founding father, the late Sheldon Patinkin. In Chicago, Kurt performed with The Gift TheatrePavement GroupStage LeftCollaboraction, and Sideshow Project.

Kurt’s film credits include WildWild BlueLife and Death of Unhappily Married ManBirds of NeptuneZilla and Zoe, and recently filmed Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete. Kurt appeared in FrenchKissTV‘s comedy web-series The Hundredaires (creative producer David Cross).  Currently he co-stars in the hit comedy web-series The Benefits of Gusbandry, which has received rave reviews from A.V. ClubThe New York Times and Entertainment Weekly.

The unknown is where we go to find new things
and intuition is how we find them.

- Viola Spolin
Kurt Conroyd

Coach Eric Actor & Voice Over Expert

Eric Martin Reid has been acting professionally for over 15 years. He is a graduate of the Professional Actor’s Training Program at the Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre and has studied Advanced Meisner with Actor’s Avenue Studio. He was recently seen on stage as Watson in the Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence. He also wrote the screenplay and played the lead in the film Six Nights, produced by Limbo Films.

Eric has taught many acting and storytelling workshops as well as with Playwrite Inc, Eric has worked on stage with Sojourn and Coho Theatres and in televison as a Guest Star on GrimmLeverage, and a couple turns in Portlandia. Some of his commercial credits include Discover CardSuzukiCoors LightKroger and Oregon Lottery. As a writer/director Eric’s first short film Kidz won Best Comedy at the NW Short Film Festival.

Eric is also an experienced voiceover actor and coach with credits at DellSafeliteMicrosoft, and Eddie Bauer as well as commercial, narration and audiobooks.

Only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn't exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will then sound the depths of their own being.

- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
Eric Martin Reid

Hailee More Front Desk, Actress

Hailee More is one of our friendly faces at The Studio NW Front Desk! She is an aspiring young actress, she loves to sing and write. She recently graduated from Wilson High school in Portland Oregon and will be attending University of Oregon in the Fall.  She has worked on may sets as a Production Assistant  and has been in Make-A-Movies such as Street Kids, The Facility. H?NT, and The Hallways.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they go right, and sometimes good things fall about so better things can fall together.”

- Marilyn Monroe
Hailee More

Kilee Rheinsburg AFK&T Social Media Marketing, Front Desk & Stage Actor

Kilee Rheinsburg trained at Willamette University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, & Third Rail Repertory, fostering her passion and experience for the stage.

Kilee has worked with various companies in Oregon and Chicago ranging from Profile Theatre, Third Rail Repertory, Experience Theatre Project, and Theatre Unspeakable.  Most notably, her love of physical sports has helped create a deep connection to ensemble-based performance; rooting herself in devising, physical work.

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

- Roald Dahl
Kilee Rheinsburg

Guest Instructors

We are fortunate to be working with some of the top professionals in our industry!

Not only are our Coaches experienced, working actors with TV & Film cred but our business and support staff are people oriented and believe in community and fostering creativity.

We are especially grateful to our Guest Instructors who are Industry Experts from around the country and graciously lend their time, talent and expertise to our students.

Here are some Guest Instructors who are currently working at AFK&T or will soon be on site!

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Ayanna Berkshire

Ayanna Berkshire

TV, Film and Theater actress who specializes in drawing from real life to create truthful and dynamic characters for stage and screen. Resident Artist of Artist Repertory Theatre.

Sean Parker

Sean Parker

Sean Parker is a director, cinematographer and editor who has been working professionally in the film industry for nearly 10 years. His fascination with moviemaking began at age 7, where he got his start with stop-motion animation using action figures and his mildly demented imagination. In high school, he made his first feature-length film (the James Bond/Jackie Chan homage Leadfinger with longtime collaborator Austin Hillebrecht) and in 2011 he released his third feature Coup de Cinema, which he wrote, directed, produced, shot, and edited. Over the last several years, Parker has led the YouTube channel Hapstance Films, which has released over 50 comedy videos. Between his time freelancing and teaching filmmaking, he is currently writing and developing his next feature, a paranormal comedy titled Spectral Services.

Tyler Burnet

F. Tyler Burnet

Experienced, dedicated, and reliable character actor in Improvisational Theatre and Comedy Film.

Wendy Faraone

Wendy Faraone

Disney on-set acting coach and director of hit show, Liv & Maddie. AFKT has been fortunate that Wendy comes to teach once a year.  Keep any eye out for her next event UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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