STUDIO C ARTISTS
Based in Los Angeles, Studio C Artists is a production, casting, and arts education company founded by director John Coppola and producer Michael Sonntag. The production unit focuses on film and television – primarily features, documentaries, scripted series, and web series. In addition, Studio C Artists develops projects for the stage, with the intention of working some of them into material for the screen. The Studio C Artists Acting & Filmmaking Institute is an all-encompassing acting studio, which offers a curriculum of acting classes, career-related seminars, and filmmaking workshops. The curriculum emphasizes The New Approach – a unique formula taught only at Studio C, which has been cultivated and perfected over the last 10 years. Studio C Artists’ clients range from up-and-coming actors to major film and television stars, and are represented by some of Hollywood’s busiest agents and managers.
Studio C Artists is located at 6448 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Theatre Row, in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit studiocartists.com.
Michael Sonntag – Producer
Michael Sonntag is a producer, casting director, and acting coach. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Michael began his career producing local evening news for NBC, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera, in a wide range of positions – most recently casting the feature films, Styria and Nephilim, as well as a number of commercials for clients such as Disney, TV Land, NFL Networks, and the U.S. Army. Michael has also worked as the casting director and line producer on the television series, Bourbon Street, for Rampart Entertainment. His other producing credits include Co-Producer on award-winning director Vince DiPersio’s acclaimed feature documentary, Truth In Terms Of Beauty, and Associate Producer & UPM on Semper Fi: One Marine’s Journey, for Showtime. His next project, the romantic comedy, Detour, is slated for production in 2014. Prior to producing, Michael held the title of Director of Development for Shakrah Films, after working for many years as an actor in Hollywood. One of the founding partners of Studio C Artists, Michael currently teaches acting classes to both kids and adults, and offers private coaching.
Emily Cohn – Musical Director
Emily Cohn is a professional musician and songwriter based in Los Angeles, playing musicals, jazz, and other styles. Emily earned her Bachelor Degree of Music from Cal State Northridge in 2010, specialized in jazz piano. She started classical piano training in 1995. Emily has played the piano,keyboard or synth book for the following shows: Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rent, Les Mis, Spamalot, Xanadu, Little Shop of Horrors, Peter Pan, a Hollywood Fringe 2013 Original Exorcistic, and a one woman show by Ken and Kate Fugeli Rachel Calof in 2011. She has enjoyed working with the talented cast and director and feels honored to play this creative and beautiful music. This is Emily’s first show with Studio C.
Rochelle Leffler – Assistant Artistic Director
Michael Lamb – Stage Manager
The One Act “Room” Series at Studio C Artists has given Michael Lamb the opportunity to create on many levels. He is grateful to have acted as producer, house manager, director and writer for the theatre’s original works. Michael got his first taste for theatre in Long Island, NY where he appeared in over 40 productions in various community theatre companies. He has also appeared in many other Los Angeles theaters including; The Complex, The Matrix, The Odyssey, among others. He’s happy to be joining ‘Hi-Tech Hijack’ now – in another production at Studio C.
Brett Mason – Set Designer
Brent Mason studied production and design at the Edith Cowan Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australia. In 1993, he came to America and became the head of the scene shop at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts summer camp, where in one summer over 70 theatrical productions are put on over 12 weeks. A move to Los Angeles expanded Brent’s expertise to include music videos, movie theatrical displays, television, short films, and features – production designing such projects as Free Enterprise, Dean Quixote, Young Again, Breathing Underwater, and Opus – as well as local theater productions including Pope Joan at the Stellar Adler Theater and Barbara’s Wedding at the Blank Theater. Brent also works as a technical theater teacher at such schools as Milken Community High School, Vistamar School, and Crossroads School of the Arts, teaching students and putting up productions in those schools.