Who’s Who

 
 

ACTS Instructor BIO’s

Michelle De Long (owner/instructor) is an actress, writer, producer, director, casting director and owner of Sizzlin’ Brains’ Creative and Actors Casting & Talent Services. Through Sizzlin’ Brains’, a company she co-founded with her late husband, Jef Fontana, she has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning producer of commercials, corporate marketing promotions, and industrial training films. Her casting company, ACTS, provides talent coordination and payroll services for local and national productions. Michelle’s voice has been heard on thousands of radio and television commercials throughout US and Canada for the past 20 years. She has directed and appeared in theatrical productions across the Midwest, and has written and produced original children’s productions for the Penn Square Players since 1988. She’s served on theater advisory/director boards for local community theaters and her name is well known throughout the acting and theater community for her weekly “On Stage” column in Oklahoma Gazette, which she wrote from 1996-2003. Ms. De Long serves as primary instructor and administrator for the ACTS Acting Academy, overseeing the curriculum, other instructors, and hand selecting source materials.

     Michelle has twenty years of experience as a professional child acting coach, working with local, regional and national professionals, aged 6 to 18. One of her very first students, Ryan Merriman, began training with Michelle at the age of 9, and has appeared in two TV series and more than a dozen films including The Ring II, Final Destination 3. The Deep End of the Ocean with Michelle Pfeifer; Smart House and Luck of the Irish for the Disney Channel.

     Other students of note: Blake Garrett, star of feature film How To Eat Fried Worms; Hayley McFarland, series regular on Lie To Me; recurring guest star on The Gilmore Girls and co-staring  role with Catherine Keener and Ellen Page in the feature An American Crime; Noah Crawford, series regular on How To Rock and recurring role on My Name Is Earl; Lexi Ainsworth, daytime Emmy nominee for her work on General Hospital; Brian Presley, series regular on Port Charles; and Kristen Chenowith, whom Ms. De Long directed in the musical A Chorus Line. Visit the Hall of Fame page to see more of Ms. De Long’s students and their impressive credits.

      

       For a complete list of Michelle’s casting credits, return to the home page and click on CASTING.


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Jessica Pierson (teaching assistant/stage manager / casting assistant) is a former ACTS Acting Academy alum who’s performed in numerous local stage productions to include the world premieres of The 12 Daze of Xmas and Lies My Mother Told Me as well as multiple appearances in ACTS annual productions of  Hallowteen, Cool Yule, Sketch This and Improv That. She’s stage managed and crewed dozens of ACTS productions, as well as working as a film production assistant for the award-winning local indy production of Venom.  Jessica is a Casting Assistant with numerous commercial, industrial, film short and feature credits. She also finds time to moonlight as a commercial voice over and on-camera talent. Her voice is featured on the audio book Ghost Twisters and you may see her smiling face in the TFCU Print and TV campaigns..