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Karen has worked in theater for over 30 years. Her first
professional experience was at the age of 12 at the NJ
Shakespeare Festival. Aside from her many stage appearances,
she has been in television shows and in national commercials and
documentaries. Her credits as a director are extensive, as is her
resume as a writer. K
aren authored several plays performed by the
Academy Theater in Atlanta, Georgia and was a finalist in the
Maxim Mazumdar New Play competition. She has had her work read
by NJ Playwrights, showcased at Stage Door Players in Dunwoody,
Georgia and presented at Theater in the Square's Alley Theater.
She also wrote numerous TV programs and documentaries for
educational television, and she has had  work published
throughout the world. She has also served as a lyricist and has
taught acting for over 10 years. She studied dance, playwriting and
acting throughout most of her life, and received a degree in
Philosophy at the College of William and Mary.

Motivated by a love for learning, writing and working with teens and
young adults, K
aren started Young Actors' Ensemble to teach
young actors how working in a group fosters a kind of trust and
creativity that benefits individual self-confidence, knowledge and
growth. The group is highly active in developing and performing
exciting new works which entertain and enlighten audiences of all
Karen JP Howes
While anyone is invited to participate in YAE classes,
ensemble members work long and hard to develop new
plays which are performed for the general public and
school audiences. We often explore new ideas, delve into
difficult acting exercises and at times disagree during the
development process, yet we encourage a high degree of
mutual respect and a decorum of professionalism so that
we may seek truth in our craft as actors and ourselves.  
And of course --  we always have a lot of fun!
We work with several professionals in the Atlanta community
including our choreographer, Katelyn Howes; our singing and
voice coach, Mindy Carter; and our musicians. We also work
with several  theaters who have a keen interest in nurturing
young actors through professional training techniques and the
development of new work.
some of the boys taking a rest
during a break
Our choreographer, Katey Howes has
directed the dance program at
Westminster Schools & choreographed
many Atlanta-based musicals. She
worked at Anonymous in Los Angeles,
and received an award for her work as
a TA at the editing labs at NYU where
earned a degree in film directing.
Vocal coach, Prisca Strother is
a recording artist in Atlanta and  
was a featured member of the
traveling a cappella ensemble
Up In The Air which toured and
performed  throughout NY and
in Europe. She trained with  the
New York Voices and M-Pact,
and performed at the Rock n'
Roll Hall of fame in 2005! She
has a BA in Psychology
Brooke Collins-Hamilton has
her BA in theater from Breneau
University and has worked at
Georgia Shakespeare, the
Alliance Theater, Center for
Puppetry Arts, and Art Station
Ana Llorente graduated with
Honors from the Cuban National
School of Arts specializing in
Modern Dance and Afro-Cuban
Folklore. She won a scholarship
in Choreography to Wesleyan
University in CT, and she was
recognized as the best performer
and choreographer of her age by
the National institution of writers
and artist. She is a World Mambo
Champion, Argentine Tango  
World finalist, and USA Nationals
J Star  began improv with Laughing Matters then
joined 2nd Base Improv in Roswell. In 2003 he
began his own troupe in the basement of 175
West Wieuca and since he has travelled the
country, performing with Annoyance Theatre
(Chicago), iO (Improv Olympic, Chicago), Loose
Moose Theatre Co.(Calgary), Second City
(Chicago, LA, & Las Vegas)  and UCB (NYC).
Mindy Carter, broadway voice, has
been training choirs and teaching  
vocals for the past 10 years.