Hall Talent and Development is now the Actors Center for Training. Founded by Beth Craig Hall and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky at St. Matthews Station, we train professionals in the entertainment industry. Actors Center for Training also provides a collaborative workspace for actors to create, meet, rehearse and perform. Plus, we can take the skills that make actors successful and apply them to the professional world by providing services that help with public speaking, presentations and, most importantly, MEDIA TRAINING. Lastly, we offer corporate professional development programs.
It doesn’t matter where you are in your journey. From zero acting experience to seasoned pros, we can make you better and give you the skills you need to succeed—all at industry standards and beyond.
The Actors Center for Training approaches acting like a dancer rehearses their movement, or like a singer practices their vocal skills. Acting, performing, and speaking in public must be exercised and trained like any skill or talent.
We are a WORKING actors studio. At the Actors Center for Training, our talent of all ages and skill levels are prepared to work, audition, perform and apply to prestigious schools and programs. We are the go-to team to get ready for that audition because the Actors Center for Training coaches will stay with you to make sure you are ready for ANY opportunity.
ACT LOUISVILLE TEAM
Beth Craig Hall
Beth Craig Hall gets results! Beth is a Louisville girl through and through. No matter where she has worked, all roads have led back to home. Beth was an educator for over 10 years teaching the skills of critical thinking and communication. Her training record began there where many of her students earned national recognition in speech and debate, scholarships and admissions to prestigious schools like Interlochen. She also had several Miss Kentucky Teen clients win the category she coached (Interview and Talent). She managed her three children in the Los Angeles and Chicago markets where they became SAG actors. They can be seen in the feature film Extraordinary Measures and the animated series Thundercats. Recently she has been instrumental in helping talent who are Hollywood bound connected with reputable training facilities and top-notch management and agent representation. Her most recent star is Michael Behling who can be seen on the CW this fall on All American.
Beth’s mission is to bring the industry standard to this region, share her contacts, and to help her clients find their inner talent and live what they love. The job market for all industries is accessible to everyone thanks to the Internet. People in Louisville have just as much of a chance to land a job or a role as someone in Alaska or Ireland. We have incredible talent in our backyard. Beth Hall wants to make sure her clients are ready for every opportunity. As a mom and educator, she is practical and logical. She takes care of her people.
Barbara F. Cullen
Barbara F. Cullen (Director/choreographer) began her professional theatre career as a child in Cincinnati, where she learned her many crafts as a member of several theatre companies and touring troupes. She further honed her talents at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has spent the past 47 years expressing her arts and talents across the country. A professional actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, songwriter and recording artist, Barbara created DANCE for THEATRE for the Theatre departments at The University Of Louisville (six years), IUS for 5 years to the present, Dance and Voice at STUDIO B for twenty years and was Co-Artistic Director at VAULT1031 for 5 years. For twenty-three years, she was Resident Choreographer and performer at Derby Dinner Playhouse. She Directed and choreographed at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, Michigan from 2008 to 2014 Directing and choreographing Broadway professionals: Jessica Grove (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) Sarah Litzsinger (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and NINE) Dan Cooney ( LES MISERABLE and MAMA MIA) and Michael Lanning (BONNIE AND CLYDE). Barbara has performed in, directed, and/or choreographed hundreds of professional theatre productions including productions at ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE, KY. OPERA and KY. SHAKESPERE. As a performer, her favorite roles include: Cassie in A CHORUS LINE, Peggy Sawyer in 42ND STREET, Lola in DAMN YANKEES, Kathy Seldon in SINGING IN THE RAIN and Nugget Realto in CLUB MOROCCO, a show she co-wrote with partner Jon Huffman.
Stefan Gearhart has been officially performing improv for the better part of 20 years and teaching it professionally for 10. He has a BFA in Theatre from Western KY University and it was there that he discovered improv by joining Kentucky’s Longest Running Improv Troupe, Happy Gas Improv. He later went on to learn and perform as much improv as humanly possible from some of the greats in the field, even at one point breaking a world improv record, with improv troupe, SPF7 in Seaside, FL, as they performed 72 straight hours of improv comedy! However, his time as Teacher and Performer in Damaged Goods, The Louisville Improv Collective, and Zilla Improv has been the best part of his life in improv. Stefan teaches high energy/theatrical improv comedy and many other facets of the art form as well as basic acting classes. He has taught improv and Shakespeare with Kentucky Shakespeare and taught improv at many improv festivals and theaters in North America including Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, St. Louis, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and many more.
Private coach available for college pre-screens, audition prep, and script work.
Claudia Coffey is an Emmy Award winning journalist and TV host. Claudia’s career spans more than 20 years and across 8 states. In that time, she’s covered and witnessed some of America’s key moments in history including the administrations of two presidents, in the eye of one of the country’s most devastating hurricanes, along the sidelines of the Super Bowl and on the red carpet with the biggest stars.
Currently, Claudia is a television personality that can be found doing everything from cooking with celebrity chefs, interviewing musicians, athletes and hosting an entertainment show. Claudia’s ease with a variety of reporting styles and versatility has helped her in front of the camera for both CBS News and Fox News in Washington, DC. When she was not covering hard hitting news, she was tapped to report from the Super Bowl, world premiere movies and host shows from Mardi Gras for The Travel Channel.
Claudia has created a customized media training plan based on her own experiences and work with leading consultants, other actors and news personalities. It’s through this program that students, athletes and actors can learn to be their “true self” in front of the camera, during presentations, in interviews and on auditions. She teaches finding that confidence, channeling anxiety and projecting the role you were meant to be in all aspects of life.
Claudia received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. She graduated with a dual major in Political Science and Journalism. Claudia has a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on International Relations from Georgetown University.