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John Coppola

A native of Brooklyn, New York, John Coppola is a multi-talented director, producer, teacher and actor. John began his career attending C.W. Post’s Department of Theater and Film, Yale Drama’s Purple Crayon and various courses and workshops with Circle In The Square. He has taught and delivered lectures at C.W. Post University, SUNY Old Westbury, Dartmouth College, The Riverside Shakespeare Company, The Skyboat Road Company, HBO and UCLA’s Extension Program. John has performed in Broadway shows and national tours as well as numerous television shows and independent films. He also starred in his award winning one man show entitled The DeVivo Variation, which was produced and filmed by the prestigious HBO Workspace. As a director, John has helmed over 25 theatrical productions in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. He won Best Director in the New York Film and Video Festival for his film Possibility. John currently lives in Los Angeles, where he just finished directing the TV pilot Bourbon Street, founded Studio C Artists, and is preparing to direct a slate of independent feature films and documentaries.

Michael Sonntag

Michael Sonntag is a casting director, film producer, teacher, and actor. 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 film, Nephilim, as well as a number of commercials for clients such as Walt Disney Studiods, TV Land, and DeclareYourself.com, with his business partner, John Coppola. 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 this year. 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.

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