Actor Updates

In the more than 20 years Bruce Ducat of Studio Actreel has been coaching, he has had the pleasure of working with countless actors who have gone on to achieve success in national commercials, video games, TV shows and feature films. Several have won theatrical representation or have been accepted to prestigious universities. Presented below is just a small selection of notable recent achievements of current and former students.

2018 promises to be an exciting year for a lot of very special Actreel Actors and Alumni based on their 2017 successes. For real time updates on these successes, and current class information, visit us on Facebook.

Studio Actreel Actors Work

KATIE CASSIDY

Katie has co-starred in several hit series, including Supernatural, Harper's Island, Melrose Place and Gossip Girl. She currently stars as Laurel Lance AKA Black Canary on the CW's Arrow and has appeared as or voiced this character in five other shows and films.
SCOTT CLIFTON

In 2003 Scott booked the coveted role of Dillon Quartermaine on General Hospital. Less than two weeks after his first appearance he was offered a multi-year contract. He was nominated for an Emmy for his first three seasons of work on the show. Scott has also done national commercial work for Adidas and Volvo, voice-over work for several TV and radio commercials, as well as the video game Hitman 5, and guested on multiple shows. He also has lead roles in the feature film Arizona Summer and independent film The Death Strip. In 2009 he booked another major contract role on another major daytime drama, One Life To Live, for which he received his FOURTH Emmy nomination, and in 2010 he booked yet another major contract role on yet another major daytime drama, CBS's Bold and the Beautiful, for which he received his FIFTH Emmy Nomination and WON! He was nominated for a SIXTH time in 2013 and WON again! Scott is also a musician, with three albums under his belt (Untitled, Unbeautiful and So Much for the Night Life), which sold out in record time at Disney World's Super Soap Weekend. Scott made history when he won Best Actor at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards by becoming the first man to win Daytime Emmys at all three acting levels: younger, supporting and lead.
STEPHEN FALK

Stephen graduated from the advanced training program at NYU, moved to Hollywood and became an extremely popular playwright. He co-starred in the 2002 film Buttleman. He now writes a lot of television scripts and screenplays. 2009 found Stephen writing for Showtime's hit series Weeds, and in 2012 he wrote and produced Next Caller, which was picked up by NBC. He went on to write for the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black and is the creator, writer, and director of FX's hit series You're the Worst, which was picked up for its fifth and final season in 2017.
AMANDA FULLER

Amanda has built an impressive resume which includes an enormous number of guest-starring roles including NCIS, Threshold, 7th Heaven, Strong Medicine, Without a Trace, Judging Amy, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with alum Sarah Hagan). She also co-stars in the feature films The Failures, Askari, Death Can I Buy You A Drink?, Americanese, KUSH (with alum Escher Holloway), and Mr. Sadman. She was a series regular on ABC's Last Man Standing and has a starring role in the new film All the Creatures were Stirring.
ANNA HALBERG

Anna booked guest-starring roles in FOX's Boston Public and Disney's That's So Raven, graduated from USC Film School, finished a presentational pilot as the lead for director Joe Napolitano and was in a short film called "Ma Cite Mon Histoire." She now owns her own film production company, Six Foot Turkey Productions, and is producing with Spencer Pratt from MTV's The Hills. She is set to executive produce a new series Epiphany being developed by Stranger Things producers in 2018.
JADE HARLOW

Jade had a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun, was a series regular on Passions, produced and starred in Old Man Music, and was featured in the film Prey 4 Me. She has been a series regular in Youthful Daze, Days of Our Lives and The Bay, for which she received her first Emmy. She guest-starred the pilot of CBS's Zoo. In 2017, she is still a series regular on The Bay, starred in the film Murder on the Cape, and had a guest spot on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
DESI LYDIC

Desi and her many looks scored roles in films Legally Blonde II: Red, White and Blonde, Out at the Wedding, Screw Cupid, Not Another Teen Movie and Stan Helsing, and booked episodes of What I Like About You and Invasion Iowa for Spike TV, Complete Savages, CSI: NY, Pepper Dennis, The Real Wedding Crashers, The League, Two and a Half Men and Traffic Light, and a starring role in the MTV series Awkward. She did a really fun microseries called Fresh Takes with Alicia Keys. And most recently became a correstpondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
ALLISON MACK

After starring as trusty sidekick Chloe Sullivan on TV's Smallville for ten years, Allison went on to co-star in the American version of Wilfred, and had a recurring role on American Odyssey. She now voices the character Evelyn in the Amazon Original series Lost in Oz.
FRANK MERINO

Frank booked two back to back national commercials and guest-star roles on The Division, Judging Amy, ER, The Shield (recurring), Strong Medicine and Heist. He also snagged a meaty role in Holly Hunter'’s film Thirteen along with classmate Brady Corbet, major roles in the feature films The Last Shot, Wrong Turn and Providence, and a guest role on Freddie Prinze Jr's show, appropriately titled Freddie. Frank also became a performing member of the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood. 2006 saw Frank become a series regular in the Comedy Central show American Body Shop. He also guests in Showtime's Sleeper Cell and landed a juicy co-starring role on Grey's Anatomy. And in 2017, he co-starred in Snowfall and High and Mighty.
BROOKE SMITH

Brooke has had quite a ride with guest spots on 7th Heaven, Malcolm in the Middle and a major appearance in Max Keeble’s Big Move. She also booked a WB Pilot called House Blend and a guest-starring roles in My Wife and Kids, Judging Amy, Cold Case and CSI. She starred in an Educational Series ALERT (with alum Zoe Levy) and booked a National Commercial. In 2010 she booked a starring role in the Independent Film Nowhere Home and the horror film Mischief Night. In 2012 she joined the cast of Renee Zellweger’'s Lifetime 1970's drama pilot Cinnamon Girl. And in 2017 she co-starred in Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home.
RIDER STRONG

After 7 1/2 years on Boy Meets World, he chose to take some time off to go to school in N.Y. where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University. While still in school, he booked a pilot for UPN, produced and starred in feature film Buck Naked Arson, and starred in feature film Cabin Fever and indie film Mojave. He guested on Law & Order and had a recurring voice role on Kim Possible (with alum and Boy Meets World co-star Will Friedle). He also starred in the 1st National Tour of the Broadway hit The Graduate and booked films On The Rocks, Borderland, Doubting Thomas, and WB show Pepper Dennis (with alum and friend Larisa Oleynik), starring Rebecca Romijn. Rider is slowly becoming the Indie king. He and his brother Shiloh (another alum) have written and directed three independent films Irish Twins and The Dungeon Master, which were accepted to the 2008 and 2011 Tribeca Film Festivals, and Method. The Dungeon Master won Best Comedy at the 2011 Sonoma International Film Festival. He is now directing and guest starring in Girl Meets World.
KELCIE STRANAHAN

A fairly busy Ford model, who booked a national Levi's print campaign in 2010, Kelcie starred in an Indie Film Series Adina's Deck which was directed by former Actreel Student Debbie Heimowitz. Kelcie also appears in the films The Kite Runner, Less, Avarice, Under the Bed and Hiding, The Watcher, as well as an episode of Without a Trace. She alo has a starring role in the web series Runaways and films Last Hours in Suburbia, Dirty Teacher and Stalked by My Neighbor. In 2017, she had a lead role in a new movie for television, The Stalker Club.
JODIE SWEETIN

After her 11 years on Full House, Jodie guested on Party of Five, Brotherly Love, and Yes Dear. After some hard times she has re-invented herself and is back to acting. She has returned to stardom reprising her role as Stephanie Tanner in the successful Full House reboot, Fuller House.