Tess Christiansen brings 20 years of training, 15 years of professional credits as a child actor in Hollywood, plus a lot of heart to her classes. Having studied at the Diane Christiansen Studios her entire life, she knows what it’s like to train, build confidence and have a lot of fun within the structure of a set, theater or class. Tess has also studied and performed Improv at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, which was founded by SNL alum Amy Poehler. Recently, Tess wrapped filming the lead role of Jade in the Mar Vista feature Most Likely to Die, due for release in October 2015. She has appeared in print campaigns for major companies such as Mattel and Harley Davidson and a multimedia campaign for Proctor and Gamble. Other credits include: Commercials for Disney and Universal Studios, over a dozen Commercial and Voiceover credits, and a recent co-star appearance on the CW’s 90210. Tess has had the privilege of working with A-List directors like Jerry Zucker and Fred Durst and celebrities such as Billy Zane, Shia LaBeouf, and Dev to name a few. She is currently one of the stars of the very popular webseries Assist Me on YouTube and is the current spokes model for BOD Men’s Fragrance. Tess adores teaching and is so excited to share her first hand experience and many years of training with young talent.
Jonathan has been an actor, producer and teacher for over 20 years. He has appeared in dozens of national commercials and hundreds of plays. His Television credits include CRIMINAL MINDS, METHOD AND RED and LEAP OF FAITH and was a series regular on the sketch comedy series, ONLY JOKING. Jonathan’s film credits include COYOTE UGLY, HOTEL FOR DOGS, TIMECOP: THE BERLIN DECISION, MOTEL, the soon to be released, THE SELLING and the Academy Award winning short VISAS AND VIRTUES among others. Mr. Klein is the creator, executive producer and workshop leader of The Young Writers Project, a ten year old grassroots arts education program that teams high school student writers with professional writers, actors and directors to develop and ultimately produce their plays. He has also been a guest instructor teaching audition techniques at Chapman University.