CEO, Acting Coach, Casting Director, Manager
has over 20 years professional experience in the entertainment business as an actor, director, acting coach & teacher, talent agent, Assistant Director of a Tri-State Talent Agency, and Artistic Director of Pacific School of Music and the Arts in Southern California.
In the Ohio/Kentucky Region, she has taught acting, directed and performed with the Tony Award winning Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati Ohio, The Human Race Theatre & Shuster Center in Dayton, the College Conservatory Theater in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. She works with local and regional talent agencies in TV/Film and commercials, has performed in over 150 stage productions and directed over 75 theatrical productions.
Professional National Touring as an acrtress, singer, dancer with Artreach and 4th Wall Productions in over 25 states & New Hampshire Equity Theater Company. Locally she has performed with professional theater companies in the Tri-state including; Tony Award Winning Playhouse in the Park, Equity Human Race Theater in Dayton, Equity Ensemble Theater Company, Know Theater Tribe, New Edge Cliff, Showboat Majestic, Covedale, NKU Summer Dinner Theater, Performance Art Gallery, CIncinnati Playwrights Initiative, Queen City Off Broadway, Women’s Theater Initiative, Ovation, Children’s Theater of Cincinnati.
Training in Acting, Singing, Dance, Directing and Teaching includes; a BA from University of California, Irvine, The American Ballet Company in New York where she studied with Uta Hagen and Nicole Fosse, the American Conservatory in San Francisco and Stanford University, Improvisation & acting in LA. She continues her study of acting with various professionals she brings into Zappa Studios for monthly Group Master Classes and Rocco Dal Vera – author, acting professor at the College Conservatory of Music, and renowned dialect coach.
Recent performing includes; Hollywood Films “A Strange brand of happy“ starring Shirley Jones, “Secretariat” starring Diane Lane & John Malcovich, “The Black Dove” starring John Savage, TV host for documentary film “The Abertooth Lincoln Story” with Wally Amos, & Dayton’s punk band, singing on the original CD cast recording of the musical “Shapin’ Up”, performing in The Grapes of Wrath at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, starring in the film “Method of Deception” which premiered in New York. She can be seen in the world premiere of “Changing Mom’s Diapers” at the Aronoff Center in 2012.
Local Directing includes; the world premiere of Stone My Heart with Artistic Director Ed Stern at Playhouse in the Park, the world premiere of Scorched Earth at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio which she also directed portions of as a film, the two world premieres of Chasing the Moon and In the Vice of Evils at the Aronoff center, other world premieres at the Schooster Center and Human Race in Dayton, Zappa Studios Company in 2010 and Zappa Studios Cabaret performers in 2011.
Carrie-Ellen Zappa has helped her student's prepare for and be offered professional opportunities including; talent representation locally and regionally in LA, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Michigan. Students of Zappa's have been cast in Hollywood & Independant Films, TV, commercials, psa's, print work, internet, voice over work, and more. See “Student & talent Success” for complete list.
Student's of Zappa's have been cast in Equity Professional paying theater companies, local professional theater companies, local professional singing concerts, local community theater and local children's theater companies including Aronoff Center, Playouse in the Park, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Human Race Theater of Dayton, Shuster Center in Dayton, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, La Comedia Theater, Jersey Productions, Know Theater Tribe, College Conservatory of Music, Covedale Performing Arts Center, Showboat Majestic, Children's Theater of Cincinnati, Artreach, Muse Machine, Miami University Hamilton Campus Theater, Breibe Productions, Fairfield Community Theater, Greater Hamilton County Theater company, Loveland Stage Company, Middletown Lyric Theater, CCT, Mason Community Theater, Acting Up, Fairfield Spotlight KIDS, Children's Theater of Mason, Town Hall, Playhouse South, Plot Performers, Tri County Performers, Sunset Players, Union Kentucky Commity and more. See “Student & Talent Success” for complete list.
Students have been cast in World Premiere Productions at the Aronoff Center, College Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Art Museum and more. See “Student & Talent Success” for complete list.
Her students have been accepted to top colleges in the country including; NYU Tish, Northwestern, USC, Carnegie Mellon, College Conservatory of Music, Pace in NYC, Ball State, Oberlin, Wright State, AMDA in New York, Indiana University, Northern Kentucky University and more. Students have performed on Broadway, in National Broadway Tours, singing with professional bands and the Cincinnati Pops, started their own theater companies, taught acting classes, written and directed plays, and are working professional performers. Students have been contenders and have won singing contests including "American Idol", several local "American Idol" contests, “Celebrity Showdown”, "Inspiration". Students have won various awards for acting, singing and performing including OCTA, OMEA, Acclaim Awards with the Cincinnati Enquirer, City Beat awards, Overture Awards, Orchid Awards, Cappy Awards, Recording Artist Competitions, National Dance Competitions, and the Presidential award.
All students gain confidence, acting and vocal technique, skills in voice, movement, and critical analysis for theater, musical theater, TV, Film, and commercial work as well as studying the Stanislavski Acting Method and other acting methods.
Zappa Studios has coached and represented actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors since 2007, founded by Carrie-Ellen Zappa. Our talent is known locally, regionally, and nationally as rising stars from Broadway to Hollywood.
Zappa Studios is always looking for new Talent!
Talent (Actors, Singers, Dancers, Etc)
interested in representation please visit www.zappastudios.biz and email firstname.lastname@example.org
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