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Film Instructors

CHAIR-Dennis Bishop
Dennis Bishop

Meet the Motion Picture Production Chair

Our Motion Picture Production Chair, Dennis Bishop, has overseen numerous commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions including: Horton Foote’s Academy Award winning The Trip to Bountiful, Disney’s perennial favorite The Big Green, and Universal Pictures’ blockbuster The Fast and the Furious. As VP of Production for HBO Pictures he oversaw 27 movies that won 51 major awards including And the Band Played On and Barbarians at the Gate. He produced the critically acclaimed pilots Dexter for Showtime and Cane for CBS. He commenced his feature work in Texas as a Location/Unit Manager on films such as Local Hero. He was a resource advisor for the Sundance Institute’s Summer Workshop and has moderated, participated in and created film festival panels and workshops for numerous festivals. He served five successful years as director and Senior Advisor to the Lone Star International Film Festival & Lone Star Film Society in Fort Worth, Texas. As an educator, he served as an adjunct professor at the widely acclaimed USC School of Cinematic Arts, guest lectured at universities, trade schools and high schools, and mentored for numerous film organizations and guilds including the Producers Guild and Directors Guild programs. He is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a former board member of the Dallas Producers Association.

Starck the Documentary (2012) (producer)
Searching for Sonny
(2012) (consulting producer)
“Cane”
(producer) (Pilot, 2007)
“Dexter”
(producer) (Pilot, 2006)
El Cortez
(2006) (producer)
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience
(2004) (co-producer/unit production manager)
World Without Waves
(2001) (producer)

Inherit the Wind (1999) (TV) (producer)
Two for Texas
(1998) (TV) (producer)
The Evening Star
(1996) (co-producer)
The Big Green
(1995) (executive producer)
Houseguest
(1995) (executive producer/unit production manager)
Strawberry Road
(1991) (line producer)
Daddy’s Dyin’… Who’s Got the Will?
(1990) (line producer/unit production manager)

Paramedics (1988) (associate producer/unit production manager)
The Kid Brother
(1988) (line producer)
Paramedics
(1988) (production supervisor)
Promised Land
(1987) (associate producer/unit production manager)
The Trip to Bountiful
(1985) (line producer)
1918
(1985) (unit production manager)
Not for Publication
(1984) (production supervisor)

Bert Guthrie

For more than 44 years, Bert Guthrie has been a part of motion picture production of feature films, television, documentary, commercial, and web-based media, including the short film Bottle Rocket, which launched the Owen and Luke Wilson to fame, and the Peabody and Emmy award winning PBS television series Wishbone, for which he served as co-producer and director of photography. His work has been distributed theatrically as well on HBO, PBS, BBC, and Showtime. His focus began with cinematography and expanded to directing and producing as media moved progressively onto the web. He has designed and produced visual elements relating to a series of applications for Ericsson, as well as many other web-based business-to-business video and HTML productions. Guthrie’s teaching experience includes University of Texas at Arlington where, as an adjunct professor, he led an advanced class in Cinematography.

Michael Goldermann

Michael Goldermann proudly works in the DFW area as a director, cinematographer, and editor. He has led shoots for organizations such as Earth Day Texas, Rainbow Days, and Texas Capital Bank, among many others. A graduate of KD Conservatory, Goldermann strives to broaden the reach of his work and reputation, while enjoying the long term fulfillment of impactful, artistic collaboration

Patty Newton

Filmmaker Patty Newton has worked professionally in film and television in Texas, Georgia and California as Producer, Director, UPM, Art Director, and everything in between. In 2001, Newton won the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle for producing the award-winning short, A Window That Opens. She also produced the Beverly Hills Playhouse production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea which enjoyed an extended run and was critic’s picks in both the LA Weekly and LA Times. She was honored to work as Archival Producer on PBS/KCET’s Emmy award-winning documentary California at War, Tavis Smiley’s seminal civil rights documentary Stand and the PBS series Wired Science. She wrote, directed and edited the award-winning short film Pursuit which played for over three years on the domestic and international festival circuit. Patty co-produced the award-winning, short fictional drama, Dawn on HBO. Newton’s NEA-funded social-justice based short documentary City HeARTs is a timely piece focusing on how the preparation and installation of a large public art piece helped change the lives of several ex-offenders. Set to debut in 2018, Newton shot, directed and produced her full-length documentary Alchemy: Portrait of a Wood Fire Kiln on location in Navarre Beach, Florida. The film features exclusive footage of the historic initial firing of the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society 32-foot long anagama kiln and rare interviews with clay master/ artist Don Reitz.

Newton teaches art, film and video at KD Conservatory in Dallas and the University of Texas in Arlington. In 2013 she served as a mentor for the American Pavilion Student Program at the Cannes Film Festival and was President, Women In Film Dallas in 2016. She likes shiny objects and can bake a mean souffle.

Carolyn Hodge

Carolyn received her B.A. in Journalism and English at Stephen F. Austin University and her Masters of Science in English Education at Florida State University. She is a writer/producer/director who has worked at many levels of production on a variety of film projects, including music videos, shorts, features, and industrials. She has written/directed/produced three shorts; Murder by Mistake, Emma’s Wish, and The Adventures of Little Miss Mischief. The short film she produced, NEAL, was an official selection in 2011 of the prestigious South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Dallas International Film Festivals. She is a native Texan but spent 18 years in the United States Air Force, traveling the globe in service to her country, retiring with honors as a Major.


Carolyn is currently the President of the Dallas Screenwriters Association and is a member of the Women in Film Dallas, the Dallas Film Society, the Dallas Table, and Texas Motion Picture Alliance. Carolyn has eight years of teaching experience, first at the University of Maryland extension campus at RAF Bentwaters, when she was in the Air Force stationed in England, and currently at Tarrant County College and KD Conservatory.

Chris Henry

Chris studied Drama at Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. in Speech and Drama. Upon graduation, he worked primarily as a lighting designer and stage manager for local theaters and in club and concert venues. It was not until he worked on a small independent feature film that he found his true passion for film and television production. With nine years of freelance experience in the Los Angeles film industry, Chris moved to Dallas to form his own company, Professional Scenic Services, a full-service set design and construction firm at the Studios at Las Colinas. Through this company, he worked on feature film projects like David Byrne’s True Stories, Oliver Stone’s Talk Radio, and multiple industrial and commercial projects. As a Production Designer, his television and feature film credits include the NBC situation comedy 13 East, the theatrically released feature film After Midnight, produced by MGM, and the HBO golf-themed feature film Dead Solid Perfect.


Chris later collaborated on the development of the much-acclaimed PBS television series Wishbone, for which he was awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, as well as Emmy Awards for Art Direction, Set Decoration and Scenic Design. Henry has expanded his involvement in digital delivery and display technologies in the trade show and meeting industry: as creative director for Viewics Corporation, developing engaging animated surrounds for video e-mail; and as a designer for casino developments for the Chickasaw and Cherokee Nations.

Clarke Lindsley

Clarke has been active in the Los Angeles film and television industry for over 40 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. He was recently awarded the Bronze Halo Award by the Southern California Motion Picture Council as well as an honorary membership in the Fort Worth Black Woman’s Chamber of Commerce.Clarke 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 Elliott, and Debra Winger.

David Pinkston

David Pinkston has been a professional cinematographer and freelance editor since 1980. He is a Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and has a BFA concentrating in Cinematography and Photography. Currently he is working on his post-graduate MFA in Film at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the disciplines of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing.


His film work includes features, industrials, commercials and PSAs and has worked in all film formats from 8mm, 16mm, 35mm to 70mm IMAX. Film clients and companies include Highland Myst Entertainment, Poorchild Films, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, City of Fort Worth, Baptist Radio and Television Commission, Laser Magic, and BLACKleaderFILMS.


As a videographer he has shot for clients such as Poorchild Films, Miss Texas, Southern Drive, RosePics, Buckboard Productions, Kaelin Productions, Texas Christian University, Baptist Radio and Television Commission. www.davidpinkston.com

Deborah Stone

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Harper Robinson

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John Dolan

Dr. Dolan received his B.F.A. with High Honors in Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas-Dallas. He has participated as a director, dramaturge, and performer in over 35 productions, collaborating and/or studying with such noted theatre practitioners as Robert W. Corrigan, Richard Schechner, Aaron Frankel, Israel Horowitz, Alexa Visarion, and Ljubisa Georgievski.


A scholar with many interests, he has written articles on a broa
d range of topics in the area of theatre, dance, and somatic practices. He once chaired a panel discussion on Maria Fornes’ dramas at the Association for Theatre in Higher Conferences in which Ms. Fornes acted as respondent to the presentations. Dolan is also a member of USA Track & Field and has competed in Masters and Senior Olympics events around the country since 2005.

Linda Duran

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.

Lisa Lancaster

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Lynn Marple

Dr. Marple attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biology and attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. with distinction in Mathematics, and Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania with a Mathematics Major. Lynn’s teaching experience includes teaching biology at Richland College, Cedar Valley College, and the University of New Mexico

Michael Schraeder

Mike is the Acting Chair at KD Conservatory, College of Film and Dramatic Art and has been an instructor at KD Conservatory since 2004. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State University, a B.S. in Secondary Education from Baylor University, and is currently completing his dissertation for his Ph.D. in the Arts and Humanities with an emphasis in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mike has presented his research at several conferences throughout the country, including the Film and History Association, The Literature and Film Association, American Studies of Texas, Texas Educational Theatre Association, and RAW: Research, Art, and Writing Graduate Symposium. In 2004 he co-founded the acclaimed Second Thought Theatre, serving as Co-Artistic Director, Public Relations Coordinator, and Advisory Board Member for the company’s first three years. Mike has performed in over seventy professional theatrical productions in venues across the country, including New York City, Detroit, Nashville, Atlanta, and Dallas. In addition to his work on the stage, Mike has made appearances on national television series including Friday Night Lights, Inspector Mom, and Guiding Light, along with award winning independent films, and several national and regional commercials. Most recently, his play The Bookman was produced OFF OFF Broadway in New York City at the historic Under St. Marks Theatre. Additionally, he has taught Theatre and Film at The University of North Texas, Baylor University, and Tarrant College.

Reis Myers McCormick

Reis Myers McCormick brings over thirty years of professional performance experience to the classroom, including stage, film, TV, and voice-over as well as corporate spokesperson and emcee work.

A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, Reis has taken a leadership role in the DFW industry through her work with Women in Film, Echo Theater, and recently elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the DFW local of SAG AFTRA. As a mentor, Reis’ background in the Integration of Abilities philosophy of Paul Baker has led her to create a documentary film about the late, great artist/educator/Texan, which is also the backbone of her Creative Process curriculum here at KD Conservatory.

Reis hosted her show, Backyard Boomers, on the Veria network, where she also co-hosted 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 was a recurring co-star of the series American Crime.

Robert Castaldo

In his 25-year career in film and video, Robert has worked on hundreds of feature films, documentaries, television shows, commercials, music videos, and corporate/industrial/training programs. His involvement has spanned every aspect of bringing script to screen, from writing, directing, and producing, through all aspects of post-production. He has participated in numerous panel discussions, seminars, and workshops, including the Sundance Institute Producer’s Project. He is a former member of the Motion Picture Editors’ Guild and Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Tom Aberg

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