Instructors

photo Heather Ballantyne

Heather Ballantyne studied theatre and received her Performer's & Teacher's Certificate from The Trinity College of Music in London. She also attended a 3 year program at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in NYC. She trained extensively with Amy Poehler's Upright Citizen's Brigade in long form comedy improv. OFF-BROADWAY THEATRE; THE CHERRY ORCHARD, GRAVE'S END, I AM YOURS, LEADED and THE MELVILLE BOYS. Some regional credits include  SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (Connecticut) DANCING AT LUGHNASA (Toronto). She portrayed "Suzanne" on ONE LIFE TO LIVE for 4 years, as well appeared on GUIDING LIGHT, LAW & ORDER, BODY HUMAN 2000 and Nickelodeon's REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE PTO. She can be seen in numerous commercials like Pizza Hut, Excedrin, Miller Light, Chase Bank, Kohl's and Marshalls. She wrote and produced a short film PRE-PRE SCHOOL which premiered at The Montclair Film Festival in 2017. 

     
photo Stephen Buntrock
Stephen R. Buntrock, in the last 25 years, has been blessed to have a successful career on Broadway and off.  His latest role was in the critically acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, staring as Fredrick Egerman opposite Bernadette Peters. Earlier in the run he was honored to play the same role opposite the show’s original leading ladies Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury.  Other staring Broadway credits include Curly in Oklahoma!, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, St. John in the original cast of Jane Eyre, Barrett in Titanic, Enjolras in the Tenth Anniversary Cast of Les Miserables, performing the role of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, and creating the role of Teen Angel for the latest revival of Grease!  He has toured extensively across the United States and Canada as Rueben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond, originating the role of Arnaud du Thil in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Martin Guerre and The Phantom of the Opera. Stephen has enjoyed many concert appearances as well, most recently performing alongside Dame Julie Andrews in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl. He is a very proud Papa to Haley Paige and her little sisters Anna Louise and Catherine Caroline. He is married to the beautiful actress Erin Dilly.
 
     
photo Robert Creighton

Robert is currently starring as the Duke of Weselton in Disney’s Broadway musical FROZEN. Other Broadway credits include: THE LION KING (Timon), THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Durdles), ANYTHING GOES (Purser/Moonface), CHICAGO (Amos), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Chef Louis), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and JACKIE MASON’S LAUGHING ROOM ONLY. He is co-author and was the star of the hit off-Broadway musical CAGNEY which ran in 2016-17 for over 500 performances and will play London’s West End in 2021. For that role he won the Fred Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer and was nominated for the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as best Lead Actor in a Musical. He was a recurring guest star on the CBS series The Good Fight as Clarence Kolb. Other guest-starring roles include Elementary (CBS), Law & Order (NBC), The Family (ABC), and Life on Mars (ABC). For his cabaret AINT WE GOT FUN! he won NYC’s prestigious Bistro Award for “Outstanding Entertainer.” His debut album Ain’t We Got Fun! was released in 2012 on the LML music label. www.robertcreightonnyc.com insta: @rcreightonnyc twitter: @rcreightonnyc

     
photo Erin Dilly

Erin was nominated for a Tony Award for best actress and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance as "Truly Scrumptious" in the Broadway Production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG! Most recently, she created the role of “Mother” in the Broadway musical A CHRISTMAS STORY after a turn starring opposite Matthew Broderick in Broadway's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Other Broadway: INTO THE WOODS, BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, FOLLIES, FIORELLO! (Encores) and BABES IN ARMS (Encores).  Precious appearances at the MUNY include The Baker’s wife in INTO THE WOODS and Mrs. Banks in MARY POPPINS. Regional/National Tours: Clue (Bucks County Playhouse), Mary Poppins (PCLO), In the Mood, (BERKSHIRE THEATRE FESTIVAL) Leading Ladies (ALLEY THEATRE) and starring rolls in the the national tours of South Pacific (Nellie) Beauty and the Beast (Belle) Martin Guerre (Betrande, Helen Hayes Award Nomination).  On television, Dilly has guest starred on: “Bull” “Person of Interest” “Boardwalk Empire,” (recurring role, final season) “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Gossip Girl,” "Nurse Jackie," "12 Men Of Christmas,” and all 3 “Law & Orders”.  Film credits include: JULIE AND JULIA, TOO BIG TO FAIL, EVERYDAY PEOPLE. Erin is the founder of THE LIVING STUDIO (www.livingstudionyc.com

     
photo Heather Dilly

Heather Dilly has been a professional working actress for over 20 years.  She has starred in numerous off broadway shows (Walk Two Moons, Bag Fulla Money, Screenplay) and worked regionally all over the country.  She has also worked in film/television and voice overs where she voiced Mommy and Miss Maganza in Nickelodeon’s Pinky Dinky Doo.  She wrote the award winning short film “The Look Away Life”.  For the last 4 years Heather has been a teaching artist here in New Jersey and before that an acting coach in NYC.

     
photo Jenn Dunne

Jenn is a current member of the Broadway Production of Chicago. She has been involved in various productions of this show since she was cast in the "Cellblock Tour" of Chicago, which was launched after the movie of Chicago premiered. Her involvement with the Chicago company led to joining other productions of the show in Taiwan, Dubai, and Japan (Japanese speaking company). Through her association with Chicago the musical,  she has worked alongside dance legends such as, Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Chita Rivera, Kathryn Dobe, and the late Patrick Swayze . Additionally, she has performed in Curtains and Oklahoma! on Broadway, Spamalot (German speaking company), A Chorus Line (European Tour), Annie (National Tour), as well as dancing on various shows such as "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", "Late Night with Conan O'Brian" "The David Letterman Show", The Tony Awards, MET Gala, and a Jennifer Nettles music video. Jennifer is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 

     
photo Kristy Graves

Kristy began working professionally in theater at the age of ten, playing the title role in a National tour of Annie. Her credits include: Broadway: A Little Night Music, A Little Hotel on the Side, National Regional Tours: The Sound of Music, A Little Night Music, The King and I. Off-Broadway: The Wild Duck, Irish Coffee, Bad Girls. Feature Film: Woody Allen’s Alice (Young Alice) and A Kiss Before Dying (Rose), TV: Ghostwriter (Series regular, Lisa), As The World Turns (Iva), Girl Crazy, Star Search and numerous pilots, commercials, voice-overs and jingles. Kristy studied classical voice at The Julliard School. She received her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, where she also studied jazz vocal performance through a joint program with Manhattan School of Music. Awards: Presidential Scholar of the Arts in Musical Theater, Level One with The National Foundation of the Arts Association in Theater. She was also acknowledged by Carnegie an award for her excellence in teaching. Kristy is currently the Artistic Director for Gas Lamp Players where she enjoys cultivating the arts in her community as well as teaching numerous talented young performers. Her greatest joy, however, is being the very proud mother of three exceptional and very special young ladies, Eryka, Mykhel and Kya Duckett

     
photo Deshja Driggs-Hall

As a professional actor, over the past 21 years, Deshja has been privileged with starring in many plays and films. From Off-Broadway to the Tribeca film festival, AFI and Sundance. Most recently, Deshja won Broadway Worlds 2019 NJ Regional Theatre Award for ‘Best Actress in a Play’ for her performance of Toni Lafayette in “Appropriate” at Studio Playhouse. As a writer- she was given an honorable mention to the Kilroy’s “The LIST” and was named a finalist in The Bridge Initiative’s “Playwright of the Year” contest. Her screenplay, “Stuck”, has been a finalist at Sundance, Austin Film Festival and The Academy Awards Screenplay Competitions. Her voice can be heard as Pinkfoot in the animated PBS show,”Pinkalicious” as well as countless commercials including PNC Bank, Friskies and Airwick.

     
photo Troy Hall

Actor/Writer/Director, Troy Hall, a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, has been a working actor for the last twenty years. Troy has made his career doing movies & television, as well as commercials, video games and voice-overs. Some of Troy’s credits include: Peel, The Dissection of Thanksgiving, Another WorldThe Family Man, Two Against Time, Tower Heist, Delivery Man. Video games: The Walking Dead, Alone In The Dark, Red Dead Revolver, Read Dead Redemption 1 & 2 and has been The voice of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher for the last seventeen seasons.  His first screenplay, The Dissection of Thanksgiving, premiered at the AFI Film Festival in 2008. It stars Kathleen Quinlan and Jay O. Sanders, along with Troy’s wife, Deshja Driggs-Hall and Troy, himself.   “...Thanksgiving” went on to win multiple awards, including Best FilmBest Screenplay and the coveted Audience Award. Troy also co-wrote and acted in Peel, starring Emile Hirsch and Amy Brenneman. It was released by SONY in 2019. Most recently Troy wrote, shot, directed his short film, “The Unraveling of Margaret Fisher”... a story about what lengths a mother will go to when her son is relentlessly bullied and tormented at his school.

 

     
photo Susan Knight

Susan Knight has played leading roles across the country, most recently at Portland Stage, The McCarter and Lincoln Center.  Her film and television work includes NOT FADE AWAY, FRINGE, LAW & ORDER, SVU, ALLY McBEAL and many commercials.  She has also enjoyed many years of teaching acting at Fordham University, Pace and MSU.  A proud member of Actor's Equity and Sag/Aftra for 30 years, Susan is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the Yale School of Drama

     
  Cody Renard Richard