Gregory Korostishevsky (SAG-AFTRA), is one of today’s most known American/Russian stand-up comedian and actor in the United States, who is instantly recognizable from Orange is the New Black, many TV shows, numerous television commercials and stand-up comedy performances.
Gregory immigrated to the US from the USSR where he studies dramatic art. He continued his theater education with the best American acting teachers in Carnegie Hall Acting Studios in both dramatic and comedic roles. Currently he is a cast member of 12 times EMMY nominated and SAG Award winner show 2015 “Orange is the New Black”, playing role of Dimitri, husband of RED (EMMY nominated KATE MULGREW). He has appeared on various TV shows including NBC’s “BLACKLIST”, NBC’s “30 ROCK”, “Ed”, “White Collar”, “BENSHEE” and many times in sketches on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows. He has appeared in more than 60 national commercials, including – “Time Warner Cable”, “Direct TV”, “Geico”, “Domino’s Pizza”, “Vitamin Water”, Verizon”, “Oreo’s” “Amstel-Lite”, “BMW” and a “Sprint” Super Bowl spot. His distinctive voice can be heard on the video games “Bully” and “Grand Theft Auto IV”.
Gregory has also played in a number of movies, including the Academy Award nominated film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, “Cold Souls” starring Paul Giamatti, “Two Days in NY” with Chris Rock, “Todays Special” starring Aasif Mandvi (from the John Stewart Show).
Gregory K. has been teaching acting for more than 20 years at private & public schools as well Universities. He has conducted many workshops at the prominent acting schools in NY & NJ including Columbia U. NY. His students have appeared in many tv shows, films, and national commercials.
Ana Barokova is an European and American trained theater director/acting teacher with more than 25 years of experience in theater. Her training includes: Stanislavski’s System, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, Modern Acting Techniques, Psychological Theater, Developing Movement (Pina Baush), Modern Dance Techniques, Theater History, Feldenkrais Method. Ana has worked with children, college students and professional actors on more than 50 productions, performing arts projects and classes.
Jon Noto hails from New Jersey where he majored in theater at Rutgers. It was there that he learned just how strong his passion for acting was, and after receiving the Rutgers award for top student in his graduating class (of the theater program) he immediately started his career in New York. At the same time he began a two year program at William Esper, Improv at Chicago Second City. He loves improv and has performed with numerous teams including “The Internet Disagrees” at locations such as “Shillelagh”, “Creek & Cave,” and “Triple Crown.” He can currently be seen on tv in “REDRUM” on ID, and in “Market Economy” by Morgan Spurlock and most recently performed a lead role in the premiere of “Reading Between the Lies” with Endangered Artists Society.”
Randy Cordero is a Rutgers-Newark Alumni with a degree in Video Production minoring in theatrical performance. He has been be involved with various projects at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, and the New York Film Academy. These programs, along with having had performed in and worked on several other both independent and SAG films throughout New York have provided him with an integral system of tools inspired by my many teachers and enriching experiences that he has been lucky enough to be able to utilize throughout York City. He looks forward to inspiring young aspiring artists to find their related niche and passion, and to give them the tools and insight they need to make work that matters to them and that will matter to their watchers.
“I believe any filmmaker, writer, actor, anybody in a position to create something even remotely artistic must create from a place that is personal, structured, relatable, and most importantly, instinctual.
I am looking forward to working with all of you, and to help create work that is as intense and provocative as it is fun.”
Gregory A Holtz, Sr., a native of Chester Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Howard University’s Department of Drama, earning a B.F.A. in 1977. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Real Life Theater Ministries.
Mr. Holtz is a writer, actor, director and teacher with an extensive background in theater, film/video and stand-up comedy. He currently teaches theater in the Newark (NJ) Public Schools. Through the years he has served as a Teaching Artist in Residence with the New Jersey State Council for the Arts, NJPAC and Playwright’s Theater of New Jersey. He has also worked with the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Playwriting in the Schools program, Mind Builders-Positive Youth Troupe, New York University’s Creative Arts Team, The Children’s Art Carnival, and Theater for the Forgotten’s Changing Scenes. In the summer of 2008 Mr. Holtz served as a Cultural Envoy to South Africa through U.S. Department of State as a playwright.
Some of his writing credits for the stage include, Black Codes From The Underground, (produced by Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab 1999), Where’s Bobby?, Grandma’s Hands, Trip This, The Anansi X-5000 and Ali…From Cassius Clay To Bomaye. His plays Lifeline and A Christ Mass Story, were both produced in NYC by Real Life Theater. Mr. Holtz’ latest stage work in development is South Africans-Americans. His films include The Mission…Field Your Way Through It and a screenplay Chicken Special awaiting funding. Among his acting credits are Jonin’ at The Public Theater, Michael Jackson’s Bad (music video), America’s Most Wanted (television) and Heavy (feature film).