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Staff

MARY MCCANN
School Executive Director
Mary is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company and the Executive Director of the Atlantic Acting School. Recent credits include the role of MaryAnn in Little Children starring Kate Winslet and the upcoming films Choke starring Angelica Huston and Sam Rockwell, Sordid Things and in role of Ruthie Cheals in “The Unit” on CBS and David’s Mom in “The Naked Brothers Band” on Nickelodeon.  Mary has appeared in many Atlantic Theater Company productions, including the hit musical Spring AwakeningThe Cherry OrchardThe Night HeronThe Hiding PlaceThis Thing of DarknessThe Beginning of AugustWolf LullabyThe Water EngineEdmondDangerous Corner and Shaker Heights.  Broadway Credits:  The Old NeighborhoodOur Town with Spaulding Grey and Search and Destroy.  Other Off-Broadway Credits include:  Oleanna (OrpheumTheater); Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage); Boys’ Life(Lincoln Center); and Hot Keys (Naked Angels). American Repertory Theater:  Oleanna and Boston Marriage.  Film & TV Credits include:  “The Unit”, “Law & Order”, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Sex and the City”, “Sports Night”, “ER”, “Spin City”, It Must Be LoveDoor to DoorThe ConThe Spanish Prisoner and Things Change. Producing Credits include the films: Edmond starring William H. Mary and Colin Fitz.

HEATHER BAIRD
Director of Education and Recruitment

Heather is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Atlantic Alumna.  Upon graduation, Heather worked as a Film and Television casting director for 10 years.  Noted projects include films The Hours, Brown Sugar, Center Stage and Magnolia, HBO’s dramatic series “Oz” and “The Wire” and ABC daytime series “Loving and The City”. Her most recent casting project was the search for the lead boy in “Billy Elliot the Musical” for Broadway.  Heather began her career in the performing arts as a member of American Ballet Theater’s corps de ballet under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov.

LORIELLE MALUE
Director of Conservatory Training & Academic Affairs

Lorielle is school associate director and a faculty member.  Credits include: SELF: BY ALISON CARSEN (writer/director/actor, Student Emmy, UCLA Directors Spotlight Award), THE WONDER PETS! (writer), I Never Saw Another Butterfly… (producer/director), Lovers (VTA Best Actress Award). Current projects: THIS AMERICAN DEATH (producer), WHAT IF, RIGHT NOW…? Based on the short story “Victory Lap” by George Saunders (writer/director).  In LA she worked for six years for Jodie Foster and her Paramount Pictures financed company, Egg Pictures (Meg LeFauve, president) on multiple features and as story editor for projects Egg was developing.  BFA (NYU-Atlantic), MFA (UCLA), Ed.M. (Harvard), FIND Producing Lab Fellow.

ALLISON KARMAN
Director of Student Affairs

Allison Karman received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts after semesters at Harvard and RADA. A California native, she can be seen in several films and has performed on stages in both Los Angeles and New York for over two decades. For the past few years she has been busy producing installation and dance events in Los Angeles including Ryan Heffington’s KTCHN and has worked extensively with Nina McNeely, Nathan Kim, WIFE, and Maurice Harris. She is happy to be back in New York serving as The Director of Student Affairs. She continues to produce films and theater in her free time and was thrilled to have her directing debut at the Atlantic Acting School.

STEVEN CHINNI
Director of Admissions
Education: Queens College at CUNY, BA in Theatre/Psychology.  Theatre credits include: Dinner for a Scorched Hero, Walking to America. Television: Cain and Abel. MTV’s “Made”.  Film: Operation Film Maker (winner of KNF Award, Dutch Film Critics). Numerous Commercial Credits. 2007 Judge at Samuel French one-act play writing contest.

ALISON BEATTY
Artistic Director, Student Productions
As a proud alumna of the Atlantic, Alison Beatty has been the School Artistic Director for the past 3 years, where she is responsible for programming and producing 15 shows a year with students from both the NYU and Conservatory programs, as well as 2 Atlantic for Kids productions. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of directing and/or choreographing several ATC for Kids shows, including: The Hundred Dresses, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Miss Nelson is Missing, No Dogs Allowed, Really Rosie, Strega Nona, The Big Stew, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Choreography: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles, Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Directing: Modern Dance for Beginners by Sarah Phelps.

CHRIS BATSTONE
Production Manager, School Productions/Stage 2
Chris Batstone began his theater career in California, where he studied at Cal State Long Beach and UCLA; quickly moving on to co-found his own critically acclaimed company, Alive Theater, which is still thriving today. After a period working for the Walt Disney Company as a Technical Director, Chris decided to move to New York and explore the world of site-specific, and immersive theater.  His most recent production, HABIT, was an enormous critical success. Chris has acted in numerous stage productions, TV shows, and feature films as well.

CECILE ORESTE
School Marketing Manager
Cecile Oreste is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In 2009, she completed an International Internship MBA Program in London and Bangkok through American International College and the Mountbatten Institute. Prior to joining Atlantic Acting School, she held the position of Marketing and PR Manager at Joy of Motion Dance Center, a nonprofit dance organization based in Washington, DC. She also served on the Board of the DC area’s leading modern dance company Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, as well as the DC Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

REBECCA SCHOFFER
School Coordinator

Rebecca Schoffer is a proud alumna of the Atlantic Acting School’s 2.5 year conservatory program. She holds a B.A. in Drama and English from Tufts University. Rebecca is a playwright of children’s musicals, including The Rose Garden Recipe (currently in development). Acting credits include: The Hundred Dresses (Atlantic for Kids), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Atlantic for Kids), The Ash Girl (Pipeline Theater Company), Carnival Round the Central Figure (IRT), Warsaw: A Musical Drama, Reckless (Atlantic Acting School), Hunting and Gathering and The Liddy Plays (Crashbox Theater Company). Rebecca originally hails from Margate, NJ.