Meet The Acting Out Studio Team | what sets us apart
What Sets Acting Out Studio Apart From The Rest? All of our instructors are professional working actors. Check them out on set!
Kamber Hejlik | Owner
Kamber has been passionate about acting her whole life. She was working with her first talent agent and doing commercials by the age of 10. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Emphasis in Performance at The College of Film and Television at San Diego State University. Along with being an actress during college and producing student films, Kamber worked at a Talent Agency and an Extras Casting Office in San Diego. She wanted to experience all aspects of the business so she could be a well rounded actress.
After college Kamber got her first job as a reporter for a show "Good Morning Vail" and was promoted to Co-Host for the show "Apre Vail" where she produced her on segments in Vail, CO.
Kamber started teaching acting so that she could bring her passion for acting to her students. Kamber opened her first acting studio in 2007 in California, Acting Out Studio. She moved the studio to Charlotte in 2008 where she now has hundreds of students in three locations. She coaches actors in acting for the camera, improv, scene study, monologues, commercials, and audition technique. She also consults actors who are breaking into the business and place actors in the Southeast, NYC, and LA, as well as tapes actors for auditions. She still coaches in LA every summer and brings her LA knowledge back to the Southeast in her classes and workshops.
Elizabeth Byland | Director Of AOS Improv | Improv & Acting Instructor
Elizabeth Byland (EB) is beyond thrilled to be teaching at Acting Out Studio. EB grew up as a competitive level 9 gymnast. After injury upon injury, she decided to hang up her leotard and devote time to her high school drama and improv team. It was then when she discovered how much cooler it is for her to be in theater than wear a leotard, but every four years during the Summer Olympics she can be found in her leotard, glued to the tv, eating cheetoh's. EB received a BFA in Acting from Northern Kentucky University and trained at Improv Olympics in Chicago. She left the Windy City to attend SCAD, where she earned her MFA in Performing Arts with an emphasis on Acting and Improv.
EB takes great pride in being a working East Coast actor with three agents! Not only does she work regularly in the film and tv industry, but she just finished up being a company actor and directing intern with CAST. EB has been teaching acting, dance, and improv for nine years, but every once in a while you might catch a glimpse of her flipping around and doing handstands!
PJ Barnes | Acting Instructor
Although his film life has been in the foreground for the past 7 years, PJ has never left his love for the stage. Over the years he's directed and choreographed several musicals and theater productions across the country (integrating his hip hop background with his broadways and show tunes styles) as taken the stage to perform stand-up comedy whenever he gets the chance.
PJ is excited to be apart of the Acting Out community, and is thoroughly enjoying teaching students, and helping them grow in their respective crafts. As a teacher, PJ feels he can not only influence, but also gain new information and learn from the unrestrained minds of the students, as they come into their own, and put their teachings to use.
Tomeka Leaphart | Music Director
Tomeka has diverse experience in the music, acting, and modeling industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Vocal Performance from Columbia College and in 2006 completed her Masters in Arts Education. Tomeka is classically trained and has experience teaching musical theatre, country, pop, gospel, R&B, reggae, and jazz. Tomeka has worked with vocal coaches Elizabeth Briggs, Richard Veal, and Donald Grey. Her theatrical work includes performances with Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Workshop Theatre of Charlotte, and Two by Two Productions. Modeling credits include work with Ron Chappel Studios, Jeffrey Mccullough Photography, and Swag Photography. She's also appeared in commercials for Carolina Volkswagen of Charlotte and in print work at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Joanna Dendrovlivanos | Voice Instructor
Joanna is a graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has performed with The Portland, Maine Opera Company, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in Europe. She has also had many solo vocal concerts in the Boston, MA area. Joanna has been teaching for over 20 years and is skilled in various genres of music, including musical theatre, jazz, pop, classical, and opera. Her love of music is expressed in her style of levels of skill. She teaches vocal techniques into song preparation and also works on acting skills in which she prepares her students for auditions.
As well as teaching, Joanna currently performs musical theatre, jazz, and spiritual songs at assisted living facilities throughout the greater Charlotte area. She is married and has a 10 year old boy and 8 year old girl and lives in Matthews, NC.
Logan Stamey | Director of Musical Theatre and Instructor
Logan is excited to combine his passion for teaching and his years of theatre experience to AOS! Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, his love for musical theatre begin at a very early age with his Great-Grandmother, watching musicals together as early as he can remember. Throughout his high school and college years he spent his time performing in community and professional venues as well as directing children's musical theatre. Logan began his professional theatre experience as a performer at Carowinds back in 2010, during his time at there, Logan began to take interest in performance quality and management positions. Missing the stage Logan traveled back up the mountain to become a live-entertainment performer at Tweetsie Railroad, there he performed in live train shows. Logan then brought his live entertainment and theatre experience back to the Charlotte area. His other passion is teaching, Logan is currently a middle school teacher in Charlotte and has been teaching for over 5 years. His desire to empower, encourage and engage students of any age to be their true self is his life’s joy. His love of teaching and theatre lead him to AOS! Logan also thanks his biggest supporter, Lindsey, for pushing him back into theatre. Logan is proud to have built the musical theatre program here at the studio and see it grow so quickly.
Natalia Charmichael | acting instructor
Natalia is an alumna of Acting Out Studio’s Master Class and Talent Inc Program. She has experience on stage, as well as on and off camera. She has starred in productions such as God’s Masterpiece, Oklahoma!, Up the Down Staircase and Legally Blonde the Musical.
In her free time, Natalia writes spoken word poetry and plays with her Labradoodle, Olive.
Karla Dingle | Improv Instructor
Karla is a University of Georgia Theater Alum who has been performing improv in Charlotte since 2009. She is currently a cast member with Now are the Foxes Improv Comedy and Charlotte Comedy Theater. In addition to performing, Karla runs a short form improv team Off the Cuff Comedy, provides coaching to improv groups and was instrumental in setting up the Queen City Comedy Festival. Most recently, Karla helped created Background Noise; Charlotte's first musical Improv team. Karla takes the stage each month at the Blumenthal Stage Door Theater as part of the Queen City Improv Room. When asked what she does when not on stage, she said: "I'm married with a teenage Son. I'm obsessed with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, my Mini Cooper, Broadway, Melissa McCarthy, Ireland & exclamations!!!!"
Michael ruff | Acting Instructor
Michael Ruff began his acting career as a preteen doing community and regional theatre. As an adult he realized his dream would include all aspects of storytelling. His experiences have helped him to broaden his skill set to include writing, directing, set design and construction, beauty and SFX makeup, as well as sound recording and mixing. His horizons expanded when he worked for two weeks as a principle actor for Steven Spielberg in the movie “Lincoln”. He also occurs as a recurring character on the AMC tv show "Turn:Washington's Spies". Other film projects Michael has worked on include “Night Feeders”, “Never Feed the Troll”, and “Cold Storage”. He is described as infectiously enthusiastic and he strives to be a valuable asset in any team environment.
Elisabeth Guptill | Modeling Instructor
Elisabeth loves all things preforming! She began her career modeling locally in Charlotte, and soon after started acting. Two years into her career, she moved to New York City. She was featured in a photoshoot in The New Yorker Magazine, and worked for multiple designers in New York Fashion Week. She also was in several short films, commercials, and Off-Broadway productions. After a year and a half of working and living in Brooklyn, she decided to return to her roots in North Carolina. She now enjoys having a big back yard (with lots of trees) for her puppy to play in. Working locally, Elisabeth keeps busy between teaching and her other adventures!