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After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and afterwards The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where he studied with the legendary Sanford Meisner, Mr. Buica went on to work at length with Michael Chekhov's associate George Shdanoff, Uta Hagen and master teacher Michael Howard.
Mr. Buica has been coaching and teaching actors since 1991, leading workshops in the Grotowski, Michael Chekhov and Meisner approaches in Malibu, Los Angeles, Bucharest, Beijing, Munich, Sydney, and New York. As Artistic Director and Founder of The Acting Corps, Mr. Buica originated and implemented unique training processes reflected in the Actors' Boot Camp and all the other programs at The Acting Corps. The Acting Corps has, as of 2012, trained 4000 actors with 1400 of them acquiring film and TV credits and now appearing with their own IMDB pages after attending The Actors' Boot Camp.
Guest Speakers at The Acting Corps On Acting series have included Academy Award winning filmmaker and actor Sydney Pollack, Peter Facinelli, Ethan Embry and Rainn Wilson, who also taught acting at The Acting Corps' Actors' Boot Camp. As a result of The Acting Corps' growing prominence, Mr. Buica, alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Dennis Franz, was asked to judge TNT's Dramatic Auditions National Competition. TNT then selected The Acting Corps to train the winner of its National Competition. Mr. Buica has appeared on numerous reality TV programs as an expert acting coach, most recently coaching the model contestants of America's Next Top Model and Pit Boss. He has also appeared as a professional coach on MTV's Taildaters, Comedy Central's I'm With Busey and E's Entertainment Special. Mr. Buica also appeared on ABC's George Lopez Show where Mr. Lopez also cast Acting Corps students. Mr. Buica has given in depth interviews on BBC's Voice of America and NBC News about what to look for in a reputable acting school and Universal Studios engaged Mr. Buica' to teach The Acting Corps technique to their studio's tour guides.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Buica has acted in over 50 stage productions. Roles include The Sound of Music on Broadway, Coriolanus at Princeton's McCarter Theater, as well as a starring role in his own adaptation of The Swan at Lincoln Center. Mr. Buica recently launched the grand opening of The Acting Corps in house stage, The Americano Theater, with an inaugural production of David Mamet's Speed The Plow directed by Acting Corps faculty member, Sydney Walsh and featured faculty colleague Corey Sorenson along with Mr. Buica.
Television series appearances include ER, Becker, Goode Behavior, Showtime's Compromising Positions and the French television series, Click. Early in his career Mr. Buica cut his teeth on the perennially running New York soaps, Another World and Days Of Our Lives. Mr. Buica has also appeared in 20 national television commercials.
Independent film appearances include the campy Merchants of Venus, directed by Len Richmond and Float, a comedy directed by Calvin Simmons, winner at the Ft. Lauderdale International Festival as well as the Houston WorldFest. Mr. Buica also starred in Elsinore directed by Robert Newlon and Glass Necktie, directed by Paul Bojack. Mr. Buica further collaborated with Mr. Bojack on a short film, Don't Call Me, winner of International Communications Media competition.
A prolific writer/director Mr. Buica has produced a number of short films through his Acting Corps banner, casting mostly Acting Corps students and alumni, including Can I Touch Your Breast, The Four Questions, Sleeping Beauty, Chip, Out Of Town and Frijole. Frijole was chosen as the Best of Los Angeles in the International Filmmaking Competition of The 48 Hour Film Festival. An anthology short, directed by Mr. Buica, Repetition Man, focuses on a famous acting class exercise as performed by various players.
Mr. Buica has also written and directed for the theater, most notably Parachute, a play in which he also starred. For its debut production at Hollywood's Theater East, Parachute gained glowing accolades from the Los Angeles Times. His book, 90 Days of Rants, Observations, and Meditations for The Actor is due to appear in November of 2012.
Sydney Walsh received her B.A. in theatre from Williams College. Shortly after graduating, she worked for a summer as part of The Second Company at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Born and raised in Manhattan, she returned to New York for what was supposed to be a short time, but ended up staying to play a psychopathic drug addict on The Guiding Light. She also appeared off-Broadway at The West Bank and The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
In 1985, Sydney moved to Los Angeles with plans to stay long enough for pilot season, and has never left. Her television credits include over 75 guest starring roles on such hit shows as CSI: NY, Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Nip/Tuck, The Division, NYPD Blue, ER, Medium, Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel and The Practice. She also held series regular and recurring roles on such shows as Hooperman, Melrose Place, True Believer and Dream On. For Disney’s animated series, Teamo Supremo, she provided the voices for many villainous evil doers. Sydney won a Cable Ace Award for best supporting actress for her work in HBO’s Viet Nam War Stories. Her film credits include-- American Gun, Auggie Rose, Point Break, 3 Men and a Little Lady, Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2, and the award-winning An Early Frost.
Sydney performed in and helped produce many one-act festivals, as well as playing the lead in an adaptation of Hedda Gabler. As a founding member of Plymouth, an avant garde theatre company, she worked as a moderator, teacher and actor for four years. She has been teaching acting since 1995 and is very happy to be a member of The Acting Corps faculty.
Corey Sorenson holds an MFA in acting from Temple University and is a Certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He loves teaching at the Acting Corps. because "it is a unique actor-training studio, where dedicated students and professional faculty create an environment of discipline, risk taking, and support.
And the result is that students discover the depths of their talent, and then they develop that talent … quickly." As an actor, Corey has appeared in over 50 plays across the country; from the classics to experimental work and everything in between, including productions at The Old Globe, Walnut Street Theatre, the New Group, and the Philadelphia Theatre Company where he worked alongside Tony and MacArthur Award winner Bill Irwin. As a company member of Vanguard Repertory theatre in Los Angeles, Corey served as the voice coach for their summer Shakespeare festival, and played Orsino in Twelfth Night (Stage Scene LA award). Corey has appeared in over 20 series, including work on The Newsroom, NCIS, Shameless, The Wire, and Chicago Fire. He also appeared in the films Head Space, The Push, Hardflip, and Universal Picture's Get on Up. He wrote and starred in the highly celebrated series The Circuit. And, he was Casting Associate for Disney's Academy Award winning film, The Help, where he also served as an acting coach.
Jen McPherson received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and received her graduate Meisner training with Bill Esper at the Esper Conservatory in New York. She has studied with Lesly Kahn, Cameron Thor, John Gould Rubin and Larry Moss and was a performer at The Second City and IO West.
She can be seen, currently, in Neil Patrick Harris' Accomplice: Hollywood, as well as upcoming films including Sprawl, Victoriana, The Deserted and Heterosexual Jill.
Rod McLachlan received a BS in Speech and Drama from Northwestern University. His professional credits include seven shows on Broadway, five shows at Lincoln Center, five seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and numerous Regional Theater productions. In addition, Rod has appeared in countless films and guest starred on network series such as CSI and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has taught on-camera acting at UC Riverside, and guest lectured at the American Repertory Theatre Institute, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and Northwestern University. He has also directed student showcases and plays in New York and Los Angeles.
A native of Minneapolis MN, Bethany studied at NYU Tisch School of The Arts where she received her BFA. She went on to study the Michael Chekhov technique with Lenard Petit. Shortly after she developed an interest in Improv and toured with the NY group the Chainsaw Boys and worked in an improv production on the Disney Magic.
Bethany's other credits include a variety of regional theatre, the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia! where she portrayed the quirky role of Ali, JC Superstar with Ben Vereen, The Sopranos, where she played opposite Steve Bushemi, and the film Humboldt County. She has also worked as a stand up comic in venues including Carolines and The Comic Strip in NY, The Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley (where she worked with Robin Williams), The Brea Improv, and The Hollywood Improv.
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