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Acting Instructors

ACTING-THEATRE-Michael Schraeder
Michael Schraeder

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 Rotkiewicz

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 Coonrod

Bob is a founding member to two of Dallas’s premier improv comedy groups, “4 out of 5 Doctors” and “Lone Star Comedy.” He believes that improvisation is a key component in the acting process, as well as in all creative communication. His improv skills have landed him dozens of commercial and industrial roles. Bob can be seen in movies such as “Where The Heart Is” with Academy Award winner Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd.

Clarke Lindsley

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 Jorgenson

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

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.

Lizz Bashore

Bio coming soon.

Linda Leonard

Linda has appeared as Grizabella in the international tour of Cats, as well as Ellie in Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat. No stranger to prime-time, she has guest-starred in Friday Night Lights, Dallas, Salem and American Crime. Her movie credits include Cleaner, Playing for Keeps with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, and Wonderful World. Most recently, Linda has created the role of Texas’s beloved governor, the late Ann Richards, in the one-women hit show “ANN.”

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…

Mark Walters

Bio coming soon.

Michael Corolla


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 Myers McCormick is known professionally in the worlds of broadcast, gaming, network television, indie film, commercial print, and regional theater from Texas to Virginia. She is an award-winning performer in thousands of national commercials, corporate projects and television and radio voice-overs for an international clientele. Behind the camera she has written for screen and produced a documentary on the late, great artist/educator/Texan, Paul Baker. Reis has served the Texas talent pool as a national delegate and first VP of SAG-AFTRA, past president of Women in Film, Dallas, and on the board of Echo Theater. In the realm of education, Reis has been a guest artist and taught workshops and performed commissioned works for students of all ages all over the U.S. At KD she serves on faculty as well as being the conservatory’s Director of Development. 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

Classically trained and a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Sarah began teaching at KD after  seven seasons as a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. in Ashland. Her impressive regional theater resume includes such notable theaters as Amphibian Stage Productions, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Shakespeare in the Park-Bend, OR, Idaho Repertory Theatre, and Meadows Showcase at SMU.

Resa Willis

Bio coming soon.

Michael Childs

Bio coming soon.