Creative collective of the Academy
Principal & Founder / Acting Masterclass
Elena Antonenko is a graduate of “GITIS” (RATI - Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts), one of the most prestigious theatre arts & cinematography universities in Europe. A Russian-American actress of theatre & film. Member of the Russian Theatrical Society and the Union of Cinematographers of Russia. Two time winner of the Edinburgh Theatre Festival Fringe, play author, writer, art director of Moscow Theatre Most from 1989-1997. In 1994 Elena gets a recommendation from Harold Prince, producer of Phantom of the Opera and many other Broadway musicals, to acquire a U.S. Citizenship as a person of extraordinary ability. In 1997 Elena becomes a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). Since 1998 Elena has scored seven major roles in U.S. film and TV productions (Bread & Roses, The Sopranos, The Street, Law & Order, Third Watch and others). In 2001 Elena opened her Acting Workshop in New York, and now in Los Angeles, beginning summer 2009, Elena opened the International Course Program and made it possible for anyone from the rest of America and the rest of the world experience Hollywood.
Miguel Francis is a graduate of AIU LA (American Intercontinental University) with a BFA in Media Production concentrating in Media Management & Production TV & Film. Born in Moscow, most of his teen years he spent growing up between Russia and the United States, always dreaming of building a bridge between the two countries. His childhood was spent in Moscow and teen years in New York. Miguel has done his share of acting in both countries, but in the end it led him to becoming a creative producer. Miguel has worked in various production positions from Production Coordinator to Assistant Director to a Line Producer with various entertainment companies such as Sony Pictures International, Cineville, Buena Vista Productions, Hu-Man Element Productions, Universal Vision Production, Muz-TV Russia, STS Russia etc. Today Miguel is leading his own production company as well as other ventures within the world of entertainment.
The Art of the Photoshoot
My journey into the “industry” began in college. I completed 2 years at Ken College in Union New Jersey as a voice and theater major. I was made head of the make-up crew and designed all the make-up for all the shows some if which were “Blood Wedding” and “Little Mary Sunshine”, it was the latter where I learned “beauty” make-up. The girls in that show needed to look “so beautiful they could make men swoon” as it said in the script. So I learned corrective make-up and the importance of the shape of the hair to create a beautiful face. After leaving school I moved to New York, found a manager, and within 9 months became a partner in the management company. (this was before my 20th birthday) After 6 years of managing and producing model and talent competitions at the Waldorf Astoria. And discovered among other clients Richard Grieco, I left New York and moved to Los Angeles. After managing for a few more years, the acting itch needed scratching, so for income I was fortunate enough to do make-up full time while studying with Lynette Katseles, where I was Adam Sandler’s first scene partner. There a student suggested that I buy a camera and start shooting, so I did. I realized from day one that this was it! I was home. My first real shoot was on October 1st 1990. While launching my headshot career I continued studying acting, I worked with David Mann, Tony Grecco in class with Philip Seymore Hoffman, Silvana Gallardo, in class with Angelina Jolie, and my last teacher Greg Bach. I worked on “Sunset Beach” did a commercial for Comedy Central, starred in an indy film called “Proverbial Justice”, and a few more independents. I am a headshot specialist. I watch more film, television, and see more theater than practically anyone I’ve ever known. I split my time between a great house in the Hollywood Hills, and a fabulous condo off 5th Avenue in New York City. I have amazingly talented, beautiful people around me every day. I love inspiring people, and capturing their magic at every single photo session I do.
Professional Modeling (Defile)
Jessica Moreno is an international model. She has worked in the United States, Mexico, South America, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Europe. She was discovered by a makeup artist/photographer who gave her classes, put her on a diet, helped her with her look and did her first photographic session. She then went on to get an agent and booked a catalogue on her first audition. Jessica landed her first commercial within two weeks of signing with her agent. She had a lucrative career as a junior and a commercial model. Jessica has worked in over 30 commercials. Her experiences made her a steady runway model working two fashion shows a day at the Fashion Cafe of Mexico City. She has appeared in numerous print ads and magazines. Jessica is also a trained actress and one of her break out roles on Mexican Television was playing the part of a ditzy model. Furthermore, she trained as a professional cosmetologist. Currently she is living, working and acting in Los Angeles. She is a managing partner within the production company called “Kompany Films”. At the Academy, Jessica Moreno teaches the Professional Modeling class and is responsible for preparing the students for the world of fashion modeling.
English Language & Literature
Jordan was born and raised in San Diego, California. In 1995 he graduated from University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication. Today Jordan lives between the United States and Russia. He successfully teaches English language at a private school is St. Petersburg, Russia. Also, he established himself as a recurring actor and host on the various Russian TV shows and films. October of 2000 marked Jordan’s first visit to Russia. When he came back to San Diego, he understood that Russia was calling him back. Since then Jordan spends half the year in St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Russia or the Russian Venice. Jordan is a managing partner of the Academy in St. Petersburg and is responsible for the organization of International Course Programs from St. Petersburg. For the duaration of the tour, Jordan teaches English language to our students in Los Angeles. If you are in St. Petersburg and have any questions regarding our courses or the Academy, please feel free to contact Jordan at +7 961 804 41 33 he will be happy to answer all your questions!