Major-specific Program Mentors are assigned to each of our students for all special projects created at Hussian College LA Campus. Program Mentors are established industry member in a related discipline. Students have direct access to their Program Mentors all semester.
Matt Kirkwood | Acting + Contemporary Musical Theatre Program Mentor
Matt Kirkwood graduated from Emerson College and has been an actor, director, artistic coordinator and producer in Los Angeles theater for the last 30 years. As an actor, Matt has been on such television shows as The Lincoln Lawyer, Criminal Minds, Castle, Boy Meets World, Strong Medicine and Quantum Leap. Matt is the recipient of numerous nominations and awards, including LA Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and Valley Theater League awards and his credits as an actor include: Moonlight and Magnolias, The Chicago Conspiracy Trial (both at the Odyssey Theatre), Our Class (Son of Semele), The Goat or, who is Sylvia? (LGBT Center Los Angeles), Lady, Unseen and White People (Road Theatre Ensemble), Metropolitan Prairie, The Threepenny Opera and The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie (Friends and Arts Theatre Ensemble). Matt has worked with award-winning directors such as Ken Sawyer, Scott Cummins, John DiFusco and Jon Lawrence Rivera. Directing credits include: The Lady’s Not for Burning, Coming Attractions, The White House Murder Case, Mall America, Theresa Rebeck’s The Family of Mann, Wake, and The Miser. He has also had the honor of shadowing famed director Jim Burrows on Will and Grace. Matt is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and Directors Lab West.
NAPOLEON W GLADNEY | Commercial Dance Coordinator
NAPOLEON W GLADNEY has a diverse performance and arts management background which spans seasons and international tours with dance companies including Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Dance Cartel and Backhausdance. National Broadway Tour credits include Wicked The Musical, most recently as Dance Captain/Swing/Chistery Understudy.
In addition he has been involved in the creation of new musicals/shows Me and Caesar Lee (Choreographer - NYMTF Nominee), Dear Evan Hansen (Choreography Lab), and Better for Night (Featured Artist). His work with production companies, hip hop dance teams, and commercial projects span both coasts. Napoleon has worked with artists Agnes Carlson, Meaghan Smith, and Shinedown. Other projects include promos for the FIFA World Cup, music videos for Funny or Die, and commercials for Budweiser and iBillionaire.
As a choreographer and teacher, Napoleon has had the opportunity to travel to teach classes and set choreography on dance companies, teams, university programs and studios around the the United States.
As an arts administrator Napoleon has stage managed the mobile opera Hopscotch by Los Angeles’ The Industry and created or held positions for non-profits the Theater at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in New York City; MUSE/IQUE, Grand Performances, and Greenway Court Theater in Los Angeles. He was recently the Audience Development Manager for Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University and is currently Managing Director of LA Contemporary Dance Company.
DUANE DELL'AMICO | Film + Digital Content Program Mentor
Duane Dell'Amico received an M.F.A. from UCLA’s Department of Film and TV, then worked in a variety of positions on documentary and fiction film crews in the U.S., Hawaii, and Jamaica, including cinematography on two Greenpeace campaigns in Peru and the Tropical Pacific. He’s been writing screenplays professionally since 1990, and worked for Lightstorm Entertainment, Stonebridge, Propaganda Films, Fox, and Touchstone, directors Neal Jimenez, Michael Steinberg, and punk-impresario Malcolm McLaren. He’s an alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. His credited work includes indie features SLEEP WITH ME and SHOOTING LILY, Nikkatsu Studios’ war epic RAKUYU, starring Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland, and the Japanese anime TWILIGHT OF THE DARK MASTER. He also wrote and directed three episodes of a comedy web series, FORGOTTEN JONES. He’s currently writing a war epic, THE LIBERATOR, for Level 4 Films.
Bridget Flannery | ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATOR & LEAD ACTING FACULTY
Bridget Flannery received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
She has performed in theatres all over the country. This past spring, she played Olga in Three Sisters at Studio Theatre in Washington DC. Other favorite stage roles include: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Rita Malone in The Psychic, Beppi in Farmyard, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Viola in Twelfth Night and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale. She is currently starring in the West Coast Premiere of New York Water as Linda Shoup at The Pico Playhouse.
Bridget has appeared in many television shows and films, including: Hart of Dixie, Desperate Housewives, Two and a Half Men, Will and Grace, Without a Trace, General Hospital, Out of Practice, 7th Heaven, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, All My Children, Guiding Light, Babylon 5 and Something Blue to name a few.
CHRISTOPHER BRATTEN | Music Director
Christopher Lloyd Bratten was not named after the guy who played Doc Brown in Back To The Future. He is a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. He's also the co-creator and former music supervisor of For The Record, a nationally acclaimed theatrical concert series based on the music of films by famous directors. He's had the pleasure of working with countless performers from stage, studio and screen: Evan Rachel Wood, Megan Hilty, Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter, Rumer Willis, Neil Patrick Harris, Courtney Act, Adam Lambert, Eden Espinosa, Shoshana Bean, and more. When he's not at Studio School, he's working on various projects - most recently arranging and music directing the New York workshop of a new musical named The Demise in the summer of 2017. Outside of music, he studies American Sign Language and artificial intelligence.