The Team

Brionne Davis

Teacher, Artistic Director

Brionne’s experiences as an actor have taught him many valuable lessons in entertainment. To get work, he believes, initially “you must be willing to create it yourself”. And that philosophy remains true throughout an actors career.

A man of his word,  belief into action, and after many years of stage experience Brionne glared the lack of opportunity in the face and created the first of these ventures in 2006; “A NOBLE EXILE”, a one-man show inspired by the writings of Tennessee Williams. This personal memoir involved a journey of more than 12 characters from almost every one of Tennessee Williams’ most popular plays and short stories.

Following it’s off-off-Broadway run In New York, Davis was a silent producer and starred in “TRUE WEST”  (Theater Row, NYC) as Lee, and “WALLENBERG” (Soho Playhouse)  as the Notorious Nazi engineer Adolph Eichmann. Creating his own work lead to more work and a great deal of respect from his peers.

This self-motivation and persistence would lead him toward an incredible amount of opportunities that would miraculously carry him to the Amazon Jungle in Colombia South America, where he would star alongside a globally diverse cast in the film “EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT”, nominated for the 2016 Academy Award in the foreign film category, and winner of the Sundance Alfred P. Sloan award. The film was ranked top 5 films of the year by critics including; IndieWire, New York Times, The Hollywood reporter and Dead Line Hollywood, and was featured in the ROLLING STONE, and TIME Magazine.

 Brionne is currently guest starring on  “CASTLE ROCK”  Hulu,  from the mind of Steven King and executive produced by JJ Abrams’. He can also be seen In the twisted dark comedy “MOM AND DAD” opposite Selma Blair, also starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Brian Taylor. Brionne is currently in production for the fantasy feature MOON GARDEN. 

Brionne’s stage credits, include the revival of “BENT” directed by Moisés Kaufman at Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles,  The role of Hedwig in the Box Car Theater in San Francisco revival of “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH”, Lee at the off-Broadway Theater Row, NYC revival of “TRUE WEST”, “A NOBLE EXILE” and “SHAME” another one-man-show. Film and Television credits include; Garret Coyne on Hulu’s “CASTLE ROCK” Garth on ShowTime’s “RAY DONOVAN”,  “ATTICUS’ ACTIVISTS” (comedy series pilot), “PANDEMIC”, “MOM AND DAD”, “AVENGED”, “WITCHES OF OZ”, “EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT”, “FIRE CITY”, to name a few.

In addition to his work as a director, actor, producer,  Brionne teaches acting and Theater History at the Studio Institute Global (Relativity School) located at the downtown Los Angeles Center Studios.  He is a co-owner and artistic-director of  ACTORS VIBE STUDIOS in North Hollywood.

For more information see www.brionnedavis.com

The Team - Troy Metcalf

Troy Metcalf

Teacher, Program Director

Troy is a Professional Actor who has worked on TV, Film, and Theatre from NY to LA. Originally, hailing from Missouri he holds a BFA from Missouri State University and is a Graduate of New Actors Workshop where he trained under George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills.

Troy has an extensive background in Improvisation. His training with Paul Sills (founder of Second City Chicago) was not only in Improvisation but Story Theatre as well. Troy has also studied and performed with Second City (NY), UCB (LA), The PIT (NY), Chicago City Limits (NY), and NAW Mainstage (NY).

He has years of experience performing long-form Improv such as the Harold and fully improvised musicals. He was an original cast member in the world premiere of Luck of the Draw (a fully improvised musical) which ran Off-Broadway as well as a tour on the east coast.

Troy is one the co-creators and original cast members of the hit Off-Broadway show ‘The Awesome 80’s Prom’ (available through Samuel French) an audience interactive show that was developed solely through improvisation.

Currently, Troy can be seen as Jim on the hit ABC Comedy ‘The Middle.’ for 9 Seasons. Troy spent two seasons on the cult hit Comedy Central show ‘Strangers With Candy’ where he worked with many Second City Alum such as Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello.

He has also done recurring sketch work on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and many other TV/Film and Commercial appearances!

The Team - Darnell Rhea

Darnell Rhea

Administrative Executive

Darnell is a hard-working, level-headed, and compassionate human as well as professional actress. Having warn many hats in the industry over the last 16 years, she continues to impress both in front and behind the lens. She has appeared in a number of movies including Ray with Jamie Foxx and A Kind of Magic with Ryan McPartlin. She found a passion for sketch comedy through live performances with the Brooklyn based group “American Candy”, and later studied sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade (LA). Having completed the theatre program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts before her professional start, Darnell holds the art of theatre very close to her heart. She continues to light up stages around Los Angeles appearing in newly written plays including a comedy by Ken Levine (Cheers, M*A*S*H, & Frasier ). Darnell has also been blessed to regularly appear in commercials for brands such a Apple, Starbucks, Molson’s, and Chiobani. You can see her this fall in BET’s miniseries The Bobby Brown Story as Bobby’s younger sister, Carolyn “Coop” Brown. For additional information and updates on current and future projects please visit www.darnellrhea.com.