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.
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: 6 seasons of Portlandia, Leverage, and Grimm. She has shared screen time alongside Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Justin Long, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro. She played, Claire, in the film, I Was There (2016), about a 9/11 firefighter.
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 McCarthy, Kristen 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: Carrera Sunglasses, Plasmon Baby Food, BMW/Mercedes, to name a few. Films by Alcove Productions include:
Hot in the Zipper, a 1940s screwball comedy, that premiered at Palm Springs Film Festival;
Courage in a Time of Fear: A Practical Guide to Ending Bullying a short documentary/narrative about bullying and
The Gift of Gravity, a short film about teen girls and bullying.
Undeserved, a faith based feature film that won critical acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards at the International Christian Film Festival including Best Supporting Actress: Katie O’Grady. It also won Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film at the Churches Making Movies Film Festival.
One must go on,
on ’til one can go no further…
and even go beyond that!
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 Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Miracle 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 Theatre, Pavement Group, Stage Left, Collaboraction, and Sideshow Project.
Kurt’s film credits include Wild, Wild Blue, Life and Death of Unhappily Married Man, Birds of Neptune, Zilla 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. Club, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly.
The unknown is where we go to find new things
and intuition is how we find them.
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 Grimm, Leverage, and a couple turns in Portlandia. Some of his commercial credits include Discover Card, Suzuki, Coors Light, Kroger and Oregon Lottery. As a writer/director Eric’s first short film Kidz won Best Comedy at the NW Short Film Festival.
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
Coach Sonya Front desk, Actress
A working actress from the Pacific Northwest, New York and Los Angeles, Coach Sonya works with our younger actors and is one of the friendly faces at The Studio NW Front Desk!
Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
Coach Louise AFK&T Program Manager & TV, Theater Actor
Louise Chambers is an actor, dancer, singer, and educator. After attending the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, she studied classical music as an undergraduate at Portland State University, and received a Master in Teaching for Elementary Education from Washington State University.
Louise has performed with many local companies including Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Triangle Productions!, Live On Stage, Milagro Theatre, Bag&Baggage, as well as, Harlequin Productions and Leavenworth Summer Theater. While her career began in theater and music, Louise appeared in two commercials for Rivermark Credit Union and enjoys her continued work in the film community
The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.- Diane von Furstenberg
Chelsey Rae AFK&T Program Director, Production Manager, Actor, Model
Chelsey Rae is a proud alumni of the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics with a focus on dance and film. After graduating, she worked closely with a top NW designer, and has been modeling professionally for the past 7 years.
Chelsey worked on set for Grimm and The Librarians and quickly transitioned to acting. She’s picked up roles in web series Hot Bikini Beans and The Exceptionals, a short film about young girls battling image issues, and host spots for The DT Daily & Show My Property TV. She’s also booked speaking roles on The Competition starring Chris Klein and Thora Birch, Grimm, and has been featured on commercials for SELCO Community Credit Union & Bissell.
As a model, Chelsey has been featured in boutique marketing campaigns and websites including Flairwalk, Shop Adorn, and Bernie Dexter. Chelsey also works behind the camera with Alcove Productions, LLC as Production Manager, and is a certified Modo Yoga instructor.
Tell me, what is it you plan to do. With your one wild and precious life?- Mary Oliver
Rebecca Shapiro Business Development & Marketing, Artist
Rebecca Shapiro is an adept community organizer and freelance expert, having worked with diverse groups such as Freelancers Union and TED. She helps businesses reconfigure and refine their messaging and programming and build community.
She is a TEDx speaker and the creator of the TEDx Artist in Residence Program, a global initiative to connect TEDx Talk organizers and artists.
Rebecca is also a fine artist and author working extensively in painting, installation, public art, illustration, photography and graphic design. Her art is available on Instagram and has been on display at the Portland International Airport and the TED Active conference where she was the 2015 TED Active Artist in Residence.
Her art and work in the community is about offering a gateway, a common place to meet and portray our similar stories, struggles and triumphs. She strives to make art that acts as a catalyst for transformation.
One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience… Storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want.- Ursula K. LeGuin
Kilee Rheinsburg AFK&T Social Media Marketing, Front Desk & Stage Actor
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
Randy Field Production & Technology
As a seasoned entrepreneur and design-thinking problem solver, Randy naturally wears multiple hats and works in a variety of businesses including The Studio NW and as Co-Producer at Alcove Productions, LLC.
Known for his quick wit and helpful nature, Randy easily transitions between roles and responsibilities to address whatever needs attention. From building set pieces, to location scouting, to media management, Randy has it covered and, boy, are we grateful!
You can see some of his handiwork in our Studio including the beautiful, re-purposed wood wall in the main lobby, the hand crafted desks and tables and sound proofing solutions throughout the space. His aethetic attention has helped create a warm and welcoming environment for our community!
Sunday Manisto-Saari Front Desk, Actress
Talented actress and singer, Sunday, is one of our friendly faces at The Studio NW Front Desk!
I believe that if you’ll just stand up and go, life will open up for you.- Tina Turner
Kristen Grau Accountant
Kristen is the accountant for Acting for Kids & Teens and Alcove Productions. Her accounting office, The Clover Group, works with local businesses, she helps companies have a clear financial picture through integrated accounting and in-depth monthly analyses.
As a Portland State University alumni and an active CPA with extensive experience in the private and public sectors, Kristen has a unique perspective on accounting and working with business owners.
When she was younger, Kristen wanted to be an actress on her favorite soap opera – Days of Our Lives – when she was a child. She enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and two kids – Lincoln and Lillian.