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Teaching Artists

Christopher Marshall is a member of the Board of Directors.  He made his Tampa acting debut in the TampaRep production of Copenhagen, and was recently seen as George in Hedda at Jobsite Theater.  As an actor, Christopher has appeared in many theatres including four seasons Off Broadway with PTP/NYC, Milwaukee Rep, ACTTheatre Seattle, Utah Shakespearean Festival, two seasons with both the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and American Players Theatre; Riverside Theater, Aurora Theatre , Disk Theatre (Prague), Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland), and University Theatre (Amsterdam).  He has directed shows in both Los Angeles and in Europe with the Transversal Theatre Company, of which he is a Co-Artistic Director. Christopher is a graduate of Middlebury College; MFA: UC Irvine. He has taught and directed at Middlebury College, Sage Hill School, and the Grotowski Institute (Poland); currently he is the Director of Upper Division Theatre at Berkeley Prep.

Florida born and raised, Nick Hoop has been acting and teaching professionally in the Bay Area for the last 8 years. He has garnered numerous accolades for his work, including BroadwayWorld Tampa’s Best Supporting Actor in A Play for 2019. As an instructor, he’s taught camps through City of Tampa’s Parks And Recreation, along with private coachings throughout Florida and Pennsylvania. Education includes University of South Florida and Point Park University.

Olivia Sargent is a lifelong dancer and seasoned theater performer. After focusing on dance training for over ten years, Olivia shifted her focus to theater and voice training at institutions such as Atlantic Acting School, Emilia Sargent Studio, and Broadway Artists Alliance. Since 2015, Olivia has been represented by A3, formerly Abrams Artists Agency based in NYC. She made her professional theater debut as Mary Tilford in The Children’s Hour, a TampaRep production, for which she was named in the Creative Loafing Top Ten Performances of 2015. Other regional credits include The Music Man (Zaneeta, St. Pete Opera), Threepenny Opera (Dolly, Jobsite Theater), Way Beyond Water (Jean Rose/17 original cast, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance) and Webb’s City: Concert Version (Poster Girl, American Stage/Palladium). Film credits include Law and Order: SVU (Alexandra, NBC), Revenge of the Pizza King (CineView Studios) (runner up best actress) and Stubbz (Sarah, Stag Productions). Stubbz has been shown at six film festivals across the country after premiering at Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival in 2018 and winning ‘Audience Favorite.’ In January 2021, Olivia will portray Cordelia in TampaRep’s King Lear. Olivia is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music at Oklahoma City University.

Mark E. Leib‘s plays and adaptations have been produced Off-Broadway and in Chicago, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, Tampa and St. Petersburg. For 20 years he was the chief theater critic for Creative Loafing; his criticism won seven awards for excellence from the Society for Professional Journalists, including three first-place Sunshine State awards. He was the first playwriting instructor at Harvard’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in Cambridge, and now teaches playwriting and fiction at the University of South Florida. He is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where he won the CBS Foundation Prize in Playwriting.

Jim Sorensen has been an actor, singer, administrator, designer, director, and all-around theatre practitioner for almost 25 years, working in theatres from Alaska to Florida, from New York to California, and even cruising the world. Jim currently serves as Associate Producer and Casting Coordinator at American Stage, and is a Casting Associate with DreamTeam Artistry. Previous casting and management credits include Leigh Simons Productions, freeFall Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Music of Denali Dinner Theatre, and the Melodrama Musical Theatre. As an actor, Jim has received multiple recognitions for his performances on stages throughout Florida’s gulf coast.