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OUR COACHES

At The Hollywood Initiative, our aim is to provide actors worldwide with some of the best coaches in the world. We run online acting classes and casting director workshops with U.S Acting Coaches for kids, teens and adults. To join our acting classes head to the calendar and book directly. Meet our coaches!

Nancy Rizk The Hollywood Initiative CEO

NANCY RIZK 

Nancy Rizk is an award-winning Actor, Writer and Producer & Talent Agent and the CEO of The Hollywood Initiative. 

Nancy has trained with some of the best coaches in Los Angeles which paved her to a future success.

Her most recent accomplishments include, "The Red", "Chosen Kin" Amazon Prime, "Deadly Women" Netflix & Cable, “Full Disclosure”, Amazon Prime and "Counter Play" Amazon Prime and 9Go. Nancy not only acts, she is an Award-Winning Writer and Producers. She produced a TV series Full Disclosure which is now streaming on Amazon Prime USA and UK and PJ’s and Pixels worldwide. Full Disclosure has won multiple awards which Nancy is very humbled and proud of. It was the Winner at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival for best Webisode/New Media, Winner of the New Jersey Web Festival for Best Ensemble Cast, and nominated at the NYC Web Fest, Web series Festival Global, West Side Shorts Melbourne, Webisode Festival Texas and a whole lot more. Nancy’s way of teaching is spiritual, aligning yourself with the universe and creating magic.

 

“There is no rest for the wicked! Do what you need to do and stop procrastinating.” -Nancy Rizk

Bob & Claire Corff - Celebrity vocal coach The hollywood initiative

BOB & CLAIRE CORFF- CELEBRITY VOCAL COACH

Bob Corff has solidified himself as one of the best dialect coaches for actors, one of the most popular voice coaches for speakers in all fields of work, and one of the most successful vocal coaches for singers at every level. He has developed a successful line of courses that help actors learn a dialect, learn to get rid of an accent, learn to sing, and also improve their speaking voice. The list of celebrity clients he has taught ranges from Lenny Kravitz to Gwyneth Paltrow and just about everyone in between.

 

Bob’s passion for voice and dialect coaching sparked Claire’s own love for teaching voice lessons and she left her acting career behind to become a Los Angeles based dialect coach. Building on her previous studies of phonetics, years of voice lessons, and having played many roles that required learning a foreign accent, she apprenticed Bob in his teaching for a number of years before she gradually started teaching herself. Claire continues to work with Bob to develop new courses so anyone can learn a new accent.

John Posey - Kids & Teens acting coach in Hollywood Initiative

JOHN POSEY- KIDS & TEENS ACTING COACH

Lives in Los Angeles County, CA. and is the father of two boys you may know; Jesse, 25, and Tyler 28, both actors. Tyler, as a 10-year-old, starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the film “Maid in Manhattan” . In addition to his many other roles, he may be best known as Scott Mccall, in the global hit TV series “TEEN WOLF“. Jesse, also an actor, currently shooting his first series regular role, that of Chris Perez, in the upcoming Netflix Series “SELENA”. John has compiled a long list of theatre, television and film credits that include “How to get away with Murder”,” Criminal Minds”, “24”,  “Boston Legal”, “Teen Wolf”, “NCIS”, “Scorpion”,  “E.R”, “Seinfeld”, “Cheers”, “Chicago Hope”, and among many others.

A screenwriter, Posey has sold original feature scripts to Disney, HBO and Sony. His OWN feature, LEGENDARY, a coming-of-age drama, starring Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover, was produced in 2010. Posey wrote, produced and starred in the film. His original script GORGEOUS GEORGE has been set up at WWE Film Studios. He will produce the sports drama WHERE MY SPIRIT RIDES, slated for Spring of 2021.He has performed his critically acclaimed, one-man stage production, FATHER, SON & HOLY COACH, to rave reviews, all over the country, since it premiered in Los Angeles in 1993. 

 

Since 2015, Posey has taken his nearly four decades of knowledge and experience to the classroom. He teaches scene study, audition technique, voice-over and commercial technique and even solo performance classes to hundreds of students in L.A, (and now nationwide and abroad, via Zoom). His students range in age from seven-to-forty-five. He also works privately with students of all ages.

Dan Ewing

DAN EWING- ONE ON ONE COACHING

Aussie leading man Dan Ewing rose to fame as the iconic ‘Heath Braxton’ on channel 7’s Home & Away. Since then, he has been nominated for multiple AACTAS and Logie Awards including “Most Popular New Male Talent” 2012 & “Most Popular Male Actor” in 2014. 

 

Such is his range & quality of work Dan has lead back to back feature films for the past several years in a variety of different genres including drama, thriller and comedy. However, it is the ACTION genre Dan has particularly excelled. He has high level experience in stunts including high falls, evasive driving, wire work, firearms, fight staging, deep water submersion and combat training in various martial arts styles.

 

A global movie star on the rise Dan can now be seen as lead antagonist 'CAP' in Paramount's critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated ‘LOVE AND MONSTERS'. The film was ranked #1 in the World for the whole of April & May 2021 on streaming giant NETFLIX.   He also reprises his leading role of 'Simmons' in US chart topping sci-fi blockbuster OCCUPATION RAINFALL opposite Ken Jeong, Jason Issacs and Temuera Morrison for LIONSGATE.  
In 2023 Dan has already shot THE SILENT SERVICE for Amazon Studios & action comedy ZOMBIE PLANE. His next project to hit theatres is the compelling GODLESS: The Eastfield Exorcism which is based on one of Australia’s most horrific true crime stories. 

Ted Brunetti - Adult Acting Coach

TED BRUNETTI- ADULTS ACTING COACH 

TED BRUNETTI (Los Angeles/New York/Atlanta): Producer, Director, Acting Coach, Teacher, and Actor.

Ted created the role of “Frankie Coffee Cake” in Broadway Production of A BRONX TALE (co-directed by Robert De Niro, and Jerry Zaks, book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, produced by Tribeca Productions, Dodger Theatricals & Tommy Mattola). Ted was Uta Hagen's protégé (20yrs).

Invited Guest Member of the renowned ACTORS’ STUDIO (LA). Ted is creator and executive producer of a half hour comedy pilot for FOX Broadcasting Network and has several other projects currently in development and is an award winning coach/teacher.

Brunetti assisted many years at ABC Primetime Casting in NYC under Alexa Fogel, Bob Huber, & Marci Phillips.

 

Ted directed the Ovation Award Nominated production of THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (LA). He’s directed several productions for "The Company" at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA).

As an actor, Ted has worked on projects with: Uta Hagen, Jerry Zaks, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Whoopi Goldberg, Dan Petrie Sr., Donald Petrie, Rob Marshall, Diane Paulus, Mark Brokaw, Nicholas Martin, Graciela Daniele, Steven Sondheim, Flaherty & Ahrens, Pat Birch, Paul Gemignani, and many others.

Ted is recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Achievement in the Arts Award. He was finalist in three Backstage Magazine Readers Choice Awards 2016 & 2014 including: Best L.A. Acting School/Coaches, Best L.A. Audition Technique Teacher, Best L.A. On-Camera Teachers as well as runner up Favourite L.A. Acting Coach & L.A. Favourite Teacher 2008 & 2010.

Ted is writing a book, based on his seminar, NEVER AUDITION (“Prepare to WORK, not audition!”) release date TBA.  

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RICH BAKER

Author of the book Improv Made Easier and host/creator of the YouTube show Improv Breakdown, Rich Baker has performed all over the U.S. with The Second City, ComedySportz Chicago, Mission Improvable, and his festival headlining duo with Rolland Lopez, Rollin’ In Riches.

He’s also the director & co-writer of the award-winning web series Third Shift on Amazon Prime. He was a writer for the hit YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History.

He narrated the viral video Gym Wildlife (44 million views). And he currently teaches improv to students from all over the world online & in person with Rich Baker Coaching. We are so excited to add Rich to our wonderful pool of coaches worldwide!

We run specialty Improv classes with Rich. This is not to be missed! 

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