Courtney Burr is currently in his nineteenth year at the Margie Haber Studio. He has taught in Europe as well as in New York and Los Angeles. He was also voted one of LA’s favorite teachers/coaches in the Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards.
You’ve seen Courtney’s students in recent Academy Award & Spirit Award nominated films including The Dark Knight Rises, Bridesmaids, The Visitor, as well as in numerous television series including “Glee,” “Justified,” “Agent Carter,” “Criminal Minds,” “Banshee,” “The Mentalist,” “Mad Men,” “Spartacus,” “Shameless,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: New York,” “NCIS LA,” “Will and Grace,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Dexter,” “The Closer,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Jag,” “NYPD Blue,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “King of Queens,” “My Name is Earl,” “All My Children,” “The Bold & The Beautiful,” and “General Hospital.”
Mr. Burr started his career as an actor in New York, studying at Circle in the Square as well as with the renowned Herbert Berghoff. He starred in the original cast of Tennessee Wiliams’ Kingdom of Earth, in Sal Mineo’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes, in the title role of The Elephant Man, in Equus with Kevin McCarthy, and in Noel Coward’s Hayfever with Celeste Holm at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA, among many others. His television roles included Joe Kennedy Jr. in the mini-series “Robert Kennedy, His Life and Times”, as well as appearances on popular shows like “Murder She Wrote,” “Remington Steele,” “Benson,” “The American Times,”and more.
Courtney is also an accomplished producer and director. His first Broadway production was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds starring Shelley Winters and Carole Kane. He also co-produced Harold and Maude starring first-time Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor. Mr. Burr subsequently directed Ms. Gaynor in the play On Golden Pond, as well as Keir Dullea in Deathtrap, and Chazz Palminterri in Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer. In Los Angeles, he produced the award winning productions of David Berry’s G.R. Point, and Lee Blessing’s Fortinbras, both directed by Howard Fine, and Tennessee Williams’ Kingdom of Earth.
Lawrence Dwyer is an actor/producer/writer who fell in love with the Margie Haber Studio’s philosophy immediately after studying with Margie and her many instructors.
Lawrence earned a BA degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he wrote and produced an AIDS awareness play to raise donations for The Golden Rainbow, a local charity that helps those suffering from AIDS with everyday human needs. The press from the event attracted donations from personalities such as Bill Gates, Matt Damon, Anne Rice, Samuel Jackson, Angelica Huston, Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Kimmel, Vanna White, John Travolta, Jackie Chan, and Fabio, to name just a few. He then started a theater group called, “The East Coast Wanna Be’s”. In 2001, Lawrence decided to move to the east coast and continue his studies in acting under the mentoring of Meisner Technique master teacher William Esper and legendary Broadway director Lloyd Richards, while earning his MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Jersey. This is where Lawrence’s teaching career began.
While at Rutgers he headed up the Young Actors Workshop for children. Since his return to California, Lawrence has found his home in the Los Angeles entertainment industry by filling various roles in front of and behind the camera. Some of his notable credits include “Guns, Girls and Gambling”, “ER”, “Passions”, and the Crossroads Theater production of “Fortinbras”.
Lawrence has also served as the head-acting teacher at The Paul Sorvino Meisner Intensive Acting Studio (which he co-created), and at various other institutions throughout LA. Lawrence is currently producer of the feature film “Beneath the Leaves” starring Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino, Christopher Masterson, and Doug Jones.
Margie teachers at the Master Level at the studio. Each month she works with 8 actors in her Master Weekend and has two ongoing classes each week. She also privately coaches and for more information call the studio.
Diane Charles has a unique skill set that serves her well as a teacher at Margie Haber Studio. As an Executive Producer, she has been nominated for an Emmy Award and Producers Guild Award for the Showtime series,”Web Therapy” starring Lisa Kudrow. In addition to working with Lisa, Diane has worked with and produced series starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, will.i.am, Diablo Cody, Mindy Kaling, Jack Black, etc. – over 270 pieces of celebrity-filled content. She also recently had two docu-series optioned by Cineflix Entertainment and is attached to two scripted series.
Prior to her work in development and production, she was a successful television, film and theatre actress in Chicago and LA. After receiving her BA in Telecommunications/Theatre from Indiana University, her work included starring in a play written and directed by Joe Mantegna; a film lead opposite Roger Daltrey; a four-year recurring role on “The Young and The Restless”, and a five-year contract as spokesperson for Advil, along with many other television, commercial and theatrical roles.
Diane then pursued something she loved just as much as acting – becoming a therapist who would empower people to live the lives they deserve. She received her MA in Psychology from Antioch University. While working as an actress, she simultaneously worked as a therapist and led workshops for actors, musicians, models, agents, casting directors, and studio executives, among other clientele.
Diane was drawn to teach with Margie Haber and her team because of the studio’s long-standing reputation and its focus on guiding actors not only toward more successful acting careers, but also toward more authentic, happier lives. She loves how the philosophy teaches actors what she hopes she’s passed on to her daughters and the clients she has coached – to “trust themselves”, “embrace their imperfections” and replace their panic with power and passion. She loves the souls that are similarly drawn to this studio and is so happy for the opportunity to work with Margie and her amazing teachers.
Natalia Castellanos’ love for acting began as a bubbly child entertaining at her family’s large dinner parties. It was evident early on that Natalia would lead a life dedicated to the performing arts. Born in a small country known as Suriname, Natalia called many other countries home as well: Romaine, Jamaica, Poland, and Venezuela. The daughter of a Latin American diplomat, Natalia’s life experience is a global one.
Natalia’s acting career began in Kingston, Jamaica working as Jennifer Grey’s body-double in the feature film, Ritual. The experience on-set convinced Natalia she had found her calling, and upon moving to the U.S., she experienced an abundance of success in commercials. She booked several large spots including Cingular’s World Cup campaign and McDonald’s cross promotion with the film, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Upon concluding her degree in Mass Communication at Florida International University, Natalia remained in South Florida, and her ability to speak Spanish fluently allowed her to book voice-over commercials for international conglomerates such as Gap, Hallmark, McDonalds, and the voice of the bilingual channel MTV Tr3s.
You can see Natalia as the Spanish Newscaster on Battleship starring Liam Neeson. She has appeared as a Guest Star on “The Closer,” as a Recurring character on “The Doctor,” and with Co-Star roles on “The Mentalist,” “Prime Suspect,” “The Forgotten,” and “CSI: NY.” Natalia was a guest host for E! News Now and well as the host of the second season of MTV’s hit series, “The X-Effect.” She was also one of the hosts for “My Games Fever,” an interactive game show on FOX, owned and operated by MyNetworkTV.
Chris Schellenger began acting as a child; appearing in plays by the age of 8 and graduated to pursuing his full time acting career in Hollywood by age 14. He has had roles in TV, Film and numerous commercials. Chris is a passionate teacher mentor and actor committed to the growth and development of young talent. Using the Haber Philosophy to guide his students into ‘creating the life’ of each person or character they are ‘living’. Being immersed in the industry from a young age allows Chris to see and know the business from a child’s perspective. After years of studying acting with premier acting teachers and at other various institutions, Chris finally found a fit being taught directly by Margie. “Living the life” resonated so profoundly that he dedicated to educate the youngest in the industry how they too could begin to realize their dreams, while maintaining the joy they have for acting; or as we call it, LIVING!
Originally from the UK, Hamish Sturgeon trained extensively as an actor in theatre, film and TV obtaining a bachelors degree in English and drama. He has appeared in well known British TV dramas including “Moving On,” “The Village,” and “Hank Zipzer” for the BBC, as well as starring in a large number of national TV commercials and short films. In 2009 he won an independent theater Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Robin in “Time and the Conways.” Since arriving in the US he has picked up roles in “Flight World War II” for Asylum Pictures and “My Crazy Ex” for Lifetime.
Throughout his acting career Hamish has also worked as a casting assistant and later associate – working in independent film, major prime time drama and national commercials. Hamish was also an acting coach for children and adults at a number of prestigious British drama institutions. Whilst working in casting and production roles he was asked to workshop the audition process for a number of agents and management companies throughout the UK.
Hamish found an immediate home at the Margie Haber Studio connecting immediately with the transformative philosophy of “living the life” and is excited about working with Margie to support the studio going forward.