I met Sonia Cuvelier Walsh when we studied acting at the University of Northern Iowa. One of my favorite memories was touring Iowa in the children’s show Arkansas Bear together. She was the lead, a shining star, sweet, bubbly, cheerful and the kids just loved her. Now she’s raising 4 beautiful children, is a teacher, designer, actor and model. A true creative talent who’s light shines brightly.
Davio Dakotablu is an acting graduate of Rutgers – Mason Gross School of the Arts MFA program. He’s worked as an actor, singer and dancer all over the United States and currently resides in New York City. You can see Dakotablu in the movies: Iron Will, New Year’s Eve, Something Borrowed and others. On TV he’s appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Person of Interest, One Life to Live, SNL, The Following and As the World Turns among others.
I’ve known Sonia Walsh for 8 years and in that time I’ve learned that she’s passionate, fun, funny and extremely creative. Her experience working with children combined with her knowledge and love of the theater makes her the perfect person to be teaching drama to kids of all ages. If you want to expose your child to the magic of theater, the art of performing, help them gain self-confidence and have a great time while doing it, then Serendipity Acting Studio definitely is the place to be!
Julie Gelfand is an Associate Director working mainly on live variety and reality programs with over 25 years of experience. Some of her credits include shows like “Big Brother”, “Oscars Red Carpet”, “American Music Awards”, “Golden Globe Awards”, “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, “MDA/Jerry Lewis Telethon”, “A Home for the Holidays”, “American Idol”, and many more. She is also very active with the Directors Guild of America where she is serving her 4th term on the National Board as well as currently being the 1st Vice-Chair of the Associate Director/Stage Manager/Production Associate Council – West Coast.
Sonia has more positive and active creative energy than anyone I have ever known. Wherever she applies herself, she makes things bigger and better for everyone. From theater artist to teacher to writer and blogger to entrepreneur to community leader (and, of course, super mom and wife!), Sonia does it all. And she has the innate ability to make every person she meets feel special and worthy. Her acting school will touch many lives in a profoundly positive way.
Angie Toomsen is an award-winning theater director who works with organizations around the U.S., applying creative and theatrical principles to business and technical experience strategy. She has most recently directed at the Old Creamery Theater, Theater Cedar Rapids and the University of Northern Iowa.
I’ve known Sonia for quite a few years, but it wasn’t until a few years ago would I feel like I owe her so much. After graduating high school, I planned to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha to major in something I cared very little about. A conversation with Sonia urged me to take a leap of faith, move to Los Angeles and pursue my passion: acting. She put me in touch with her LA contacts and almost four years later, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m auditioning and have become a “working actor.” I discovered a deeper love for acting and film than I had ever felt and I truly discovered myself. Carroll needs an outlet, like this, for youth and someone like Sonia in charge. With her as their leader, she will help to inspire the next generation of artists.
Scott Cullen is an LA based actor, currently studying under World-renowned acting coach Alexia Robinson. Some of his credits include I Love Your Moves, Dumpwater Divas, as well as various music videos and short films. His stage credits include Snow White and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.