STUDIO C ARTISTS
Based in Los Angeles, Studio C Artists is a production, casting, and arts education company founded by director John Coppola and producer Michael Sonntag. The production unit focuses on film and television – primarily features, documentaries, scripted series, and web series. In addition, Studio C Artists develops projects for the stage, with the intention of working some of them into material for the screen. The Studio C Artists Acting & Filmmaking Institute is an all-encompassing acting studio, which offers a curriculum of acting classes, career-related seminars, and filmmaking workshops. The curriculum emphasizes The New Approach – a unique formula taught only at Studio C, which has been cultivated and perfected over the last 10 years. Studio C Artists’ clients range from up-and-coming actors to major film and television stars, and are represented by some of Hollywood’s busiest agents and managers.
Studio C Artists is located at 6448 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Theatre Row, in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit studiocartists.com.
Michael Sonntag – Producer
Michael Sonntag is a producer, casting director, and acting coach. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Michael began his career producing local evening news for NBC, after graduating from the University of Notre Dame. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera, in a wide range of positions – most recently casting the feature films, Styria and Nephilim, as well as a number of commercials for clients such as Disney, TV Land, NFL Networks, and the U.S. Army. Michael has also worked as the casting director and line producer on the television series, Bourbon Street, for Rampart Entertainment. His other producing credits include Co-Producer on award-winning director Vince DiPersio’s acclaimed feature documentary, Truth In Terms Of Beauty, and Associate Producer & UPM on Semper Fi: One Marine’s Journey, for Showtime. His next film project, the indie drama, The Starfish Scream, is slated for production in 2015. Michael has also produced over twenty-five stage productions in Los Angeles. Prior to producing, Michael held the title of Director of Development for Shakrah Films, after working for many years as an actor in Hollywood. One of the founding partners of Studio C Artists, Michael currently teaches acting classes to both kids and adults, and offers private coaching.
Kate Robertson knew she wanted to pursue more roles in film after working with William H. Macy on the set of Rudderless. Kate spent years in regional theater, playing roles such as Kate in the Taming of the Shrew and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. Before moving to Los Angeles Kate worked as a fire dancer and static trapeze artist at festivals and events, and still loves to set herself on fire every now and then.
Michael Lamb – Asst. Stage Manager
Michael got his first taste for theatre in Long Island, NY where he appeared in over 40 productions in various community theatre companies. There, he discovered how easy it was for him to slip into comedic roles portraying the fool, the snob, the idiot and a whole assortment of other odd characters. He moved to Los Angeles in 1989 where he started Echelon Magazine, an LGBT business publication. Michael merged his love for theatre and writing with his last two experiences with Studio C Artists’ productions, IN THE BEDROOM and IN THE DINING ROOM. As producer, Michael is proud to bring an array of new and talented individuals together at Studio C Artists.
Brett Mason – Set Designer
Brent Mason studied production and design at the Edith Cowan Academy of Performing Arts in Western Australia. In 1993, he came to America and became the head of the scene shop at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts summer camp, where in one summer over 70 theatrical productions are put on over 12 weeks. A move to Los Angeles expanded Brent’s expertise to include music videos, movie theatrical displays, television, short films, and features – production designing such projects as Free Enterprise, Dean Quixote, Young Again, Breathing Underwater, and Opus – as well as local theater productions including Pope Joan at the Stellar Adler Theater and Barbara’s Wedding at the Blank Theater. Brent also works as a technical theater teacher at such schools as Milken Community High School, Vistamar School, and Crossroads School of the Arts, teaching students and putting up productions in those schools.