MEET YOUR CREATIVE EXPRESSION COACHES
Poetry, playwriting, creative writing
I’m an author, poet and playwright and an award-winning director. I’m also an actor and have performed in various production, including a one-women show, which I was commissioned to write, Artemisia Bowden: The Savior of St. Philips.
I have a B.F.A. in Film/Television Production from New York University, a M.F.A. from Columbia University in Film and a M.A. in Literature from Our Lady of the Lake University, where I’ve been a professor since 1995. I’m a Dramatists Guild member, and I’m currently President of the Alamo Area Poets of Texas and Vice President of the San Antonio Poets’ Association.
I had the opportunity to self-heal, return to the moment, calm and meet other people on earth. Thank you for support and positivity.
DGA, MFA. AEA, SAG-AFTRA
Playwriting, CREATIVE WRITING
My teaching style is based around encouragement, inspiration, and fun. I help writers find their unique writing voices while discovering a sharp, original core story with multidimensional characters who move the plot forward. Everyone has an idea of something to write… or maybe they have a writing project where they are at a crossroads and aren’t sure where to go. I can help you get your writing to a place that’s full of excitement and progress. Personally, in my own writing, my goal is to not only entertain… but to change a reader/audience’s perspective and feel something completely unexpected and real.
Brian is the writer of the worldwide hit play, “GOSSIP,” as well as the plays “Checking In,” “The Jungle Fun Room,” “Username,” and more. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, has his MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, and is also a professional actor in theater, film, and television. He teaches creative writing in multiple genres to all ages across the country.
Brian is so great to work with! He holds this positive energy and has this infectious excitement about writing that makes me want to spend more time writing. I really like the class format, too!
My Off-Broadway credits include Once Upon a Mattress, The Deciders, The Last One Left. NYC Equity Showcase: Hamlet, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, One... Cuckoo's Nest, Guys & Dolls. My national tours include As You Like It, Tartuffe, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island. In San Antonio I’ve been involved in Freud's Last Session, Tribes, Clybourne Park, Macbeth, The Santaland Diaries, An Act of God, Peter and the Starcatcher. My TV/Film credits include "Law & Order;" "Smash;" "CSI:NY;" Disney's "When in Rome." I am the Artistic Director of Act-Out Acting School in NYC (2016 King of Kings Award, 2014 Star of Brooklyn) and a graduate & instructor at CUNY Brooklyn's MFA Acting program. I was listed in the Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Professionals in NYC (reviewfix.com) and I received six ATAC Globe Awards. All my love to my wife, Carolyn.
The workshop I attended with John Stillwaggon was fun and made me understand the physicality of a reaction to the character.
I first found yoga at the crux of my eating disorder, depression and anxiety. Between overtraining and restrictive eating, my body was extremely fatigued and my mental health was greatly suffering. I tried yoga and found myself in a safe space to explore my own mind and recreate a healing relationship with my spirit and body. Now, I am an professional actor, self love cosplayer, and a mental health advocate encouraging others to find their own self healing voice by sharing my journey.
I enjoyed Josey's workshop on using one's voice. It reinforced many things that I have done and taught in the past during my working life.
I am an actor and coach based out of NYC. I have a deep love of plays, script analysis, physical theater, and lifting up my fellow theater makers. Professional credits include: Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Jo March (Little Women), Carrie (Carrie). San Antonio audiences may have seen me as Carol in The Elf on the Shelf tour and Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide at the Public Theater of SA
When the pandemic hit, I decided to use the time to reconnect with my craft. Having stepped away from performing, I was apprehensive to join - That was until I found Mary Malaney. She created a community where actors were free to make mistakes and try something new. Mary’s teaching style not only challenges the actor but also encourages them to go further into the understanding of the character. I found myself diving in deeper each time because I was having so much fun discovering new ways to share my art. Veteran actors and those new to the game will thrive in the space Mary has cultivated