Jim brings over 25 years of experience and training to the Margie Haber Studio Team in Los Angeles as well as a megaton of fresh energy! To say Jim’s had a varied career so far would be an understatement.
Conceived in Germany, born in Ohio, and raised just outside of Washington, DC. Jim’s professional career is based in a solid foundation in comedy beginning his professional acting career in 1991 performing improv and stand up comedy around the Washington, DC area. Since then, Jim has done every type of performing and acting from clowning with the Big Apple Circus’ Clown Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, to Shakespeare in the park to fire-eating and celebrity impersonations to film and television.
In 2004 Jim moved to Los Angeles and since then has had made some fantastic memories including opportunities to work with such directors as J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Clint Eastwood (Changeling). Over the years Jim has worked on dozens of commercials and most recently has made frequent appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC in a variety of sketches.
Though one of Jim’s strengths has always been comedy with training that includes ComedySportzLA and The Groundlings, his dramatic training goes deep and is grounded in truth, being based in the Meisner technique he received from Playhouse West where he trained from 2005 until 2010. Teaching has always been a passion for him and in 2009 he was asked to join the staff where he began teaching the dramatic technique classes as well as founding the successful comedy program there.
Margie’s positivity and the supportive nature of the Margie Haber Studio Team in Los Angeles, combined with a program which so positively helps actors get out of their own way and into their bodies allowing for more truthful work is what drew Jim to the Margie Haber Studio Team. The studios philosophy is a perfect compliment for the Meisner training he’s so well versed in already. He can’t wait to meet you! See him at our Studio in Los Angeles.
Diane has a unique skill set that serves her well as a teacher with the Margie Haber Studio Team. 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 Margie Haber Studio 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.
Natalias’ 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. Growing the Margie Haber Studio Team
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 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! Margie Haber Studio Team
Lawrence is an actor/producer/writer who fell in love with the Margie Haber Studio’s philosophy immediately after studying with Margie and her Margie Haber Studio Team in Los Angeles.
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 Los Angeles. Lawrence is currently producer of the feature film “Beneath the Leaves” starring Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino, Christopher Masterson, and Doug Jones.
Tania is a New Zealand born actress originally from the very small town of Rakaia. The idea of acting first piqued her interest as a child when watching the US television show ‘TV’s Bloopers’. “I thought it looked like the greatest job ever. All this laughing and spontaneous behavior when the actor’s ‘messed up’. So funny to think way back then it was the ‘in betweens’ that had me sold on what a fun job this could be”.
However it wasn’t until Tania was 19 that she took the big leap and moved from away from home to study full time in Wellington at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. After graduating with a Bachelor of Performing Arts, Tania was fortunate to quickly land her first lead role on the television drama The Hothouse (2007), and receive a Best Actress Nomination at the Qantas Television Awards for her efforts . Since then she’s appeared in recurring roles in the U.S. series’ Spartacus- Blood and Sand (2009), Legend of the Seeker (2008-2009), and feature film Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009). As well as several Australasian Series Regular roles under her belt; This Is Not My Life (2009), Go Girls (2009 – 2011), Step Dave (2014 -2015) and Home and Away (2017), Tania has a wealth of on set experience that has continued to shape her as an actress and teacher.
After several years of living in the states, in early 2016 Tania’s path brought her to study with Margie Haber. “I wish I had found Margie and her incredible ethos so much sooner! It’s a game changer. Focusing our thoughts and energy on creation, on relationships and experience, on ‘Living the Life’ – this is what frees us from the fear that can so often cripple us as actors, especially under the pressures of an audition environment”.
Now as a teacher here at The Margie Haber Studio, Tania is passionate about sharing how these very ‘in betweens’ that she once admired as a child, don’t need to be reserved for the ‘outtakes’ only. “How we can channel the mistakes, the messy and unpredictable parts by falling forward and staying ‘in the middle of life’ instead breaking it by judging and censoring ourselves. I’m passionate about sharing this empowering perspective – shifting our mindsets from the actor ‘trying to get it right’, to the character experiencing this ‘Slice of Life’. “
Originally from the UK before joining the Margie Haber Studio Team, 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. In 2016 Hamish starred as Dan in “Closer” – a theater production that was nominated for “Best Ensemble Theater Performance”. His latest film “Joan” premiered at the Athens International Film Festival in 2018.
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 with the Margie Haber Studio Team connecting on a deeper level with the transformative philosophy of “living the life”.