Meet the Acting Program Chair
Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Baylor University, and his M.F.A. degree in Acting from Wayne State University. Mike has taught theater history, voice, and performance at Baylor University, Brookhaven College, Tarrant County College and Trinity Valley College. He has acted in over 70 productions, including venues in New York City, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and Dallas. Mike has directed professionally in New York City and Dallas. In 2004, he co-founded Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, where he served as public relations coordinator for two years and is currently on the advisory board.
Andre is a native of Poland who received rich European training ranging from drama to mime, and dance to mask work. With his great knowledge of the work of such masters as Decroux, Marcel Marceau, and Grotowski, he became a leading actor in Szczecin Mime Theatre. He has appeared in numerous performances on Polish and Norwegian television, and participated in many international theatre festivals. Over the years, Andre has toured in England, Germany, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, and in Sweden, where he performed, directed, and taught. Prior to joining the faculty at KD Conservatory, he taught at the University of Texas and at several Dallas area colleges.
Bob graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Drama emphasis in Directing. Over the years, he continues to produce, direct and write video projects that have educated, informed and entertained his clients from all over the United States. As an actor he has worked with national brands, world class advertising agencies and well established production companies, creating memorable moments in films, commercials and corporate communication projects. Early in his acting career he preformed in small theaters though out Deep Elm near Downtown Dallas. He gravitated toward Improvisational theater and was a founding member to two of Dallas’s premier improv comedy groups: “4 out of 5 Doctors” and “Lone Star Comedy”. He still loves preforming Improv and teaches it when the opportunities arise. Bob believes that improvisation is a key component in the acting process as well as in business creative communication. He continues to instruct acting and camera technique at KD Conservatory. He can be seen in recent movies such as “Where The Heart Is” and “Abel’s Field”. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
Clarke has been active in the Los Angeles film and television industry for over 30 years, and his knowledge of the business is extensive. He has been licensed by the State of California Office of Postsecondary Education and ran his own camera school in Los Angeles for a number of years.
Clarke has won awards from the Houston International Film Festival and the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Additionally, he has worked as a stuntman, actor, writer, producer, and director with Bill Cosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Dalton Trumbo. He has taught a number of notable professionals in the field, among them Ron Howard, Sally Field, James Brolin, Josh Brolin, Sam Elliot, and Debra Winger.
Jim is a Dallas actor and educator. He is a member of Actors Equity and graduated from the Southern Methodist University MFA Acting Program in 1988. Since then, Jim has had a long and varied career. For the last 16 years, he has worked extensively in Washington DC. Additionally, he has worked as an actor in Seattle, Chicago, and Houston. Recently, he re-joined the faculty at KD in 2016, having taught there seven years prior. Jim was also on faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan in 2008. Jim has acted as Managing Director for New Theatre Company for seven years and Fountainhead Theatre for three years. Some awards and nominations include: Washington DC Area: Helen Hayes Nominations for Best Ensemble; Angels in America Part I and II, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Dallas Area: Dallas Theatre Critic’s Awards; Season of Work, Leon Rabin Best Actor; Rocket to the Moon. He is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency. For more information about Jim go to www.jimjorgensen.net.
Linda Duran has been an Instructor of Social Psychology at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Arts since 2012. She previously taught psychology at Midland Junior College in Midland Texas. Linda worked in the public schools system for 35 years as a teacher and Guidance Counselor, specializing in Grief and Trauma issues.Linda is also a Certified Consultant and Trainer for the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC). She conducts trainings throughout the United States for school districts and other organizations that deal with traumatized children and adults.
Linda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. with Honors and earned her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Texas.
Linda previously served on the Rockwall Independent school district’s Board of Trustees where she served as President. Additionally, Linda was selected for the Texas Association of School Boards and serves on the Rockwall ISD School Health Advisory Council.
Linda received her B.F.A. in Acting from Butler University. Her teaching credits include adjunct positions at universities around the country, including Texas Christian University, University of North Dakota, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, and Indiana University (IUPUI). Additionally, she has served as the Education Director for Watertower Theatre for two years in Dallas. In recent years, she taught workshops and master classes in Musical Theatre and Movement and Voice for Texas Women’s University, Marion College, and the Strasberg Institute in New York City. She has appeared on stage as Grizabella in Cats for the National and European companies and as Ellie in Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat.
John S. Davies
John S. Davies’ 30 year career as an actor, director and teacher encompasses films (RoboCop; Magnolia, etc.); television (Prison Break; Friday Night Lights, etc.) and more than 60 professional stage appearances at theaters like Oklahoma City Rep, The Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Shakespeare Dallas and Theatre Three. He has been a teacher of acting, camera acting, audition techniques and Shakespeare for more than thirty years at various colleges and at STAGE and KD Conservatory where he currently teaches. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and has served in leadership capacities with those unions. He has, as the saying goes, forgotten more about the acting business than many people ever learn…
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Born in El Paso and raised in Houston, Michael is a graduate of Lon Morris Jr. College in Jacksonville TX and Centenary College in Shreveport, LA as well as five years of post graduate study at H.B. Studios in NYC.
Reis Myers McCormick
Reis received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas Austin. She has been acting professionally since 1981. Her dedication to tomorrow’s arts patrons has led her to work with The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, Children’s Arts & Ideas Foundation, and the Dallas Children’s Theater, as well as popular TV shows Barney and Wishbone. She was commissioned to create a one-woman series of curriculum-based performances for middle schools and she also created the KD Acting curriculum for kids. She serves as the commercial spokesperson for Children’s Medical Center and has been seen/heard on thousands of RV, radio and print ads.
She hosts her show, Backyard Boomers, on the Veria network, where she also co-hosts a segment on Empty Nesters. She has appeared in regional theater from Texas to Virginia, and on several major network series, including Lifetime Movie Network’s Inspector Mom, where she is a series regular. She is a Founding Member of Lone Star Comedy and is represented by the Callidus Agency. Reis has appeared in the hit series Breaking Bad and is a recurring co-star of the series American Crime.
Sarah Rutan is a member of Actor’s Equity and spent seven seasons as a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work at OSF included: Othello; Taming of the Shrew; Diary of Anne Frank; Coriolanus; Love’s Labour’s Lost; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It and many others. Other regional theaters include: Amphibian Stage Productions world premiere of The Trap, Trinity Shakespeare Festival (King Lear, Richard III, Measure for Measure and Love’s Labour’s Lost) Dallas Theater Center (The Book Club Play) Milwaukee Repertory Theater (Pride and Prejudice) Shakespeare in the Park – Bend, OR (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Pasadena Playhouse Hothouse Series (A Footnote to the Iliad.) She earned her MFA from Southern Methodist University.