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    Certificate Program Info

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    • Meet Your Director Rachel Bellack

    • Meet Your Director Kate Peckham

Director(s)

Rachel Bellack

Executive Director

Rachel is a native of Canada where her love of acting started with books and performing Shakespeare and grew to encompass commercials, television, and independent film. It was when she filled in for a cast member at Tony and Tina’s Wedding that she discovered her love of improv and the journey began. After moving to the USA she graduated from the Second City Conservatory and became an instructor at the Second City Detroit Training Center and at local colleges in the Metro Detroit area. Rachel is currently the Executive Director at Michigan Actors Studio, Executive Producer at Comedysportz Detroit, and a Leadership Coach/Consultant at The Improv Advantage. She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Coaching Team for Women at Sundance. Rachel was brought up in an entrepreneurial family and spent her early years working with her grandfather in the family business. It was there that she learned the thrill of building new businesses and being a trailblazer and innovator and she applies her creativity to both her acting and business careers. Rachel is an ICF Credentialed Leadership Coach and Organizational Development Consultant as well as an actor, director and producer. She uses Applied Improvisation and Positive Organization Development approaches to assist individuals, teams and organizations in areas such as, leadership development, agility and resilience, culture and change management, diversity and inclusion, innovation and creativity. As a coach, speaker, and facilitator with a performer’s unique flair, she offers stimulating and entertaining workshops and signature programs that apply acting and improv methodology to “real world” leadership, presentation, and emotional intelligence training. Rachel is a contributing author to the book “Words of Wisdom” along with Brian Tracy and Dr. John Gray. (2013 Amazon.com) In 2020 she received her Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University. ​ For more about Rachel check out her website. www.theimprovadvantage.com www.linkedin.com/in/rachelbellack Contact Email: Info@MichiganActorsStudio.com Tel: 877-636-3320

Kate Peckham

Director of Education

Kate Peckham has been a professional theatre artist for almost 30 years. She is a teacher, coach and director as well as an award-winning actor who has appeared in over 100 stage productions in Detroit, Los Angeles and San Antonio as well as films and commercials. She has been an acting teacher and coach since 2000. She began teaching with Anthony Meindl's Actors' Lab in Los Angeles. As the Director of Acting Programs and Co-Artistic Director at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit (2003-2010) her directing credits include "Now That I Can Dance: Motown 1962" and the world premiere of "Sing Jubilee: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers" by OyamO. Many of Kate's former Mosaic acting company members were accepted to prestigious drama programs such as SUNY- Purchase, Carnegie- Mellon, DePaul, NYU, University of Minnesota, Howard University as well as all of the major universities in Michigan. At the Michigan Actors Studio, Kate teaches all levels of acting from Acting 1 for beginners through Acting V- on-going scene study. And many of her MAS students have gone on to success in the film, television and theatre industries here in Detroit as well as in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. She has former students on Broadway, on television, and starring in and producing their own films. Kate works as an acting coach with private students and continues to direct. She most recently directed "A Doll's House Part 2" at Tipping Point Theatre in Northville. Favorite credits from her career include directing “Waking the Witch (Planet Ant), “Beyond Therapy” (Detroit Ensemble Theatre) and “The Empire Builders” at her alma mater, The Theatre Co. at the University of Detroit-Mercy. "Proof", alongside her husband,(Tipping Point), "And the Creek Don't Rise" (Williamston Theatre), Jeannie in “Hair” at the Strand Theatre in Pontiac and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” at the Actors Rep in San Antonio (For which she won a Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress) are some of her favorite acting roles. Kate is also proud to be a 2009 Community Arts Leadership Academy (CALA) Fellow sponsored by ArtServe Michigan. She was one of twenty community leaders from across the state who were selected based on their experience and ongoing dedication to community arts programs in their respective regions. Kate is thrilled about her new opportunity to head up the certificate program as MAS’ Director of Education.