Anthony Galde (Co-Founder)
Anthony is a true Broadway Veteran and worked for over 25 years on Broadway, in National Tours and International Productions. He was last seen in the Broadway production of Wicked and is a co-creator of Wicked’s hugely successful behind the scenes tour, Behind the Emerald Curtain. Anthony’s Broadway credits include Starlight Express, The Prince of Central Park, King David, Civil War, the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific and Wicked. His national and international credits include The Who’s Tommy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Prince of Central Park and Starlight Express and his regional credits include Hot Mikado, The Fix, Irving Berlin Songbook, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Lil’ Abner, Peter Pan, Oliver, and Kiss Me Kate and many more. In addition to his performing credits, Anthony has directed productions of Romeo and Juliet, Annie, Sweet Charity, The Wizard of Oz, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Who’s Tommy, Zombie Prom, Little Shop of Horrors, Greater Tuna and others. Anthony was the main stage director of The World Cultural Expo in Kyonju Korea and served as Associate Director and Choreographer for the national arena tour of Pokemon Live produced by Radio City. In addition to his performing, directing credits, Anthony has produced numerous events for philanthropic organizations across the country raising awareness and well over 6 million dollars. Anthony Galde has spent his entire life working and training in the entertainment industry and has had the pleasure of working with some of the giants in the industry: Bob Hope, Elizabeth Taylor, Bill Cosby, Benadette Peters, Bebe Neuwirth, David Hyde Pierce, Nathan Lane, Liza Minnelli, Phylicia Rashad, Rue McClanahan, Ben Vereen, Andrea McArdle, Hugh Jackman, George Hearn, Joel Gray, Cyndi Lauper, Allison Janney, Jane Fonda, Elton John, Jack Klugman and even LaToya Jackson. Anthony’s passion for the arts and sharing his life experience is his calling card. His proudest achievement is his son. “I take very seriously the importance of the legacy I create for him and every person I teach and share a stage with. The arts were my haven growing up and I’m passionate about making those same opportunities available to every child. It is truly my deepest passion”
Chris Hall (Co-Founder)
Chris Hall has been an actor, director, teacher and musical theatre specialist for the last 20 years. His professional musical theatre acting credits include Chris in Miss Saigon, Ravenal in the National tour of Showboat, and the original cast of Jean Ann Ryan’s Hey, Mr. Producer , produced in partnership with Cameron Macintosh to name a few. His regional theatre credits have included the prestigious Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he originated the role of Smudge in Plaid Tidings with the writer and creator Stuart Ross. Directorial Musical theatre credits include Cabaret, Children of Eden, Crazy for You, Annie Get Your Gun, Urinetown, Hairspray, Damn Yankees, High School Musical, The Robber Bridegroom and a host of others. His directorial work on theatrical plays has included Lend Me A Tenor, The Lion in Winter, Much Ado About Nothing, Almost, Maine, Neil Simon’s Rumors, The Crucible and countless others. Chris is a musical director as well and one of his favorite ways to engage with students and professionals is by coaching audition material and offering a detailed acting approach to song. He is also an experienced voice teacher with degrees in music and musical theatre from Shorter University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. One of Chris’ passions is the Educational Theatre Association, which is responsible for the creation of the Georgia Thespian Organization. He sat on the board of directors for this organization for several years and was instrumental in planning and operating the Georgia Thespian Conference for thousands of high school aged acting and theatre students each year. He is thrilled to be launching the Orbit Performing Arts Academy with partner Anthony Galde along with a brilliant staff of performing arts professionals. Chris resides in Marietta and his family has built a rich tradition in the arts here in the Atlanta area for the last 60 years.
Clay Adams (Film/TV acting, Voiceover)
A sought-after audition coach, Clay’s clients have booked roles for NICKELODEON, USA NETWORKS, TYLER PERRY STUDIOS, and many more. As an actor with 25 years of experience, he has worked in all aspects of the industry—primetime (ONE TREE HILL), daytime (AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), feature film (Tyler Perry’s GOOD DEEDS), animation (TMNT: Fast Forward), and commercials (Coke, PNC Bank). He has also worked behind the camera for Woody Allen’s Sweetheart Productions. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he was an apprentice teacher under Earle Gister and has directed at The Stella Adler Studio in New York.
Jamie has been acting since birth, whether putting on plays for the neighborhood or entertaining the family at parties. As of late, however, he has attained some more impressive credits including, Anchorman 2, Identity Thief, Homeland, East Bound and Down, House of Payne, Army Wives, One Tree Hill and working in commercials with the likes of Michael Jordan, Jeff Gordon and Johnny Cash, to name a few. He has an extensive resume in television and film and has done over 75 commercials. As an improviser he has had the opportunity to work and study with the Groundlings from LA, Second City from Chicago, and UCB out of New York. He continues to work and grow as an actor and passes that knowledge on to his students.
Amy Dean Kennedy
Amy is an accomplished film and television executive, producer and screenwriter. She began her career in Los Angeles as an assistant to mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and worked her way up to Vice President of Development and Production for Simpson Productions, a subsidiary of Simpson/Bruckheimer Films. In her tenure at Simpson/Bruckheimer her credits include: Armageddon, Enemy of the State, Gone in 60 Seconds, Coyote Ugly, Remember the Titans, Veronica Guerin, Bad Company and Bad Boys 2.
In 2005, Amy moved to New York and into television where she served as a senior Director of Development at Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network. Overseeing the development and production of several original movies and television series, Amy also served as creator and Executive Producer of the prime-time special Repo Girls, as well as several pilots for the network.
Amy is a graduate of the School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts at Florida State University where she sits on the Dean’s Council Board of Alumni. In addition to her role as a film and television executive, Amy wrote and directed the International Award-Winning short film, Ethan’s Tuesday. She has optioned screenplays to major Hollywood production companies and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Currently, Amy is producing a television series about the acclaimed family band Laughing Pizza, and is hard at work on her next screenplay.
Alex Preston is an entertainment professional serving downtown and metro Atlanta areas. He is a choreographer, a cinematographer, a designer and a performer. Equipped with this holistic understanding of the production process, he takes on each project with a responsive, logistical approach. His work ethic and dedication have earned him opportunities to work with prominent talent such as Shoshana Bean, Switchfoot, 3OH!3, Lisa Howard, Nancy Grace, Far East Movement, Karen Olivo, The Ready Set, and Travis Porter among others. Alex teaches hip hop, jazz, tap, clogging and lyrical. He has done choreography for television shows, music videos and live performance events. He is just as familiar with the other side of the production; having worked as a crew member on TV shows, feature films, shorts and commercial content.
At the ripe old age of six years old, Tatom knew what she wanted to do when she performed for the first time in front of a crowd. After performing in numerous productions from childhood to college, she later graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Throughout her life she has worked with children– as a lead teacher with a private Pre-K program and as a substitute teacher in the private school system. By combining her love of the industry and her knowledge of child/human development, she has found a form of “teaching” she loves. She has a unique, encouraging way of “teaching” others to find their own way of working–and to have a blast doing it! Tatom Pender can be seen in the all new BET series “Being Mary Jane” as recurring co-star Tracy opposite Gabrielle Union, Richard Roundtree, and Margaret “Shug” Avery. You can also catch her in the 2014 thriller “No Good Deed” opposite Idris Elba.
Jillian Hanes-Murray, a native of New York, is an accomplished performer, choreographer and teacher. She has studied dance, vocal, and drama extensively across the country. Her performance credits include Star Search, Fiesta Texas, Opryland USA, Opryland Hotel, The General Jackson Showboat, as well as numerous music videos, television pilots, commercials and industrials. A published journalist, Jillian has also written a column in Dancer Magazine. She has choreographed shows such as “The Wiz”, “A Chorus Line”, “West Side Story”, “Grease”, “Footloose”, “Zombie Prom” and “Little Shop of Horrors”. She has been a choreographer and teacher in the Atlanta area for 17 years and her love of dance and musical theatre has inspired her to implement it into both studio and school curriculums. The art of storytelling through song and movement is something that Jillian enthusiastically shares with both her students and audiences. Her passion for the arts along with current teen social issues in the media inspired her to write, direct & choreograph a new musical revue for teens titled “Generation.net.” It’s thought provoking message addresses important challenges that today’s generation faces everyday: dating, the cyber world, stereotypes and bullying. The show was met with rave reviews and is a labor of love for Jillian, who hopes to inspire the next generation to stand up and make a difference.
Lexi is excited to be joining the team at Orbit Theatre as director, teacher and programming consultant! Lexi has been involved theatre since the age of six months old, when she made her debut on stage. As a child and teen Lexi studied performance and voice in Vienna, Austria with company members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and performers at the Vienna Volksoper.
At Marquette University Lexi trained in classical theatre and in social justice oriented directing. Lexi has continued her studies including Meisner training with master teacher Larry Silverberg and Mask Work with master teacher Phyllis Ravel. Lexi holds a BA in Theatre and History from Marquette University is currently pursuing a MSW from Smith College. Lexi plans to combine her love for theatre education, psychodynamic clinical work and to offer therapeutic acting classes for adults and children with PTSD, and neurological disorders to name a few. Lexi is excited to have the opportunity to continue to direct socially relevant shows with Orbit. Lexi has previously won awards for best direction as a director at the American College and Theatre Association and at Chicago’s Abby Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival.
Katie has been teaching and performing in the musical theatre and dance world for over 25 years. She has worked with regional and professional theatres in California, Georgia, and North Carolina, and taught voice, piano, and musical theatre performance for all ages at Peggy Still School of Music for 10 years. She is trained in musical theatre, classical, and opera singing styles, as well as ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theatre, and modern dance. She has directed/choreographed numerous productions, and has worked with children, teens, and young adults for Cobb County’s Cabaret Camp, Mable House Arts Center Theatre Project, The Art Place in Marietta, as well as several high school theatre programs around Atlanta. Katie has successfully taught and coached her students to achieve their goals including: lead roles, participation in GMEA All State Chorus, and acceptance into collegiate music performance and theatre programs.