Faculty

Rachel Bailit is a passionate teacher of Lee Strasberg’s Method. In addition to teaching Method Acting, she teaches Acting for Film & TV and Stage Production Classes. Rachel has directed the Young Actors at Strasberg in several productions written by such playwrights as William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and Clifford Odets. Rachel’s goal is to gently and supportively guide her students through relaxation, sensory and observation exercises, to access and express their individual feelings and experiences, in order to become sensitized, thoughtful, conscientious actors and human beings. Rachel trained extensively at The Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. While a student, she developed her one-woman show “Sugar Happens”. Originally Directed and Produced by David Lee Strasberg, the show received critical acclaim playing for five years at The Lee Strasberg Institute, The Comedy Central Stage, The Sidewalk Theater and Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre in New York. A professional actress, broadcast journalist, and former casting director, Rachel has worked in many projects in television and film including: Festival In Cannes, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Conan O’Brien Show, Desperate Housewives, and the role of “Marissa” on General Hospital.


Sydney Blair was born and raised in LA and currently works as an actress, teacher, and choreographer. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned a BA in theatre. Sydney spent a semester abroad in London studying classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy and currently studies with Joe Anthony, Mary Jo Duprey and at the Groundlings Professional School for Comedy. Regional Theatre credits include The Full Monty (Estelle) – 3rd Street Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird (Mayella) – CLOSBC, Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Rowena) – Cabrillo Music Theatre, A Midsummer Nights Dream (1st Fairy, Hermia u/s) – Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde) – Starlight Theatre, and more. When she is not auditioning, rehearsing and performing, Sydney has a true passion to teach. She has been teaching since the age of 16 when she started directing the 5-7 year old program for Liza Monjauze Productions, where she continues to work as a choreographer. Sydney wears many hats as a private audition/performance coach, tap teacher for all levels and ages, pre-ballet teacher, drama teacher at Overland Avenue Elementary, and now a very proud teacher at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute! “The theatre is a truly magical place to grow up, and I am thrilled to be a part of that experience for all the students at Strasberg!”


Brian Kennedy received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and hehas worked in the areas of musical direction, orchestrating & arranging, discography, music preparation and recording. A few of his musical direction credits include Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels, Jawbreaker: Concert, Hello! My Baby and Bring Him Home: The Music of Boublil & Schonberg. The last two titles, Hello! My Baby and Bring Him Home: The Music of Boublil & Schonberg, Brian also had the pleasure of orchestrating and arranging. Brian’s Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include music preparation for 13: a New Musical, Big Red Sun and Parade.


Katey Mushlin is so incredibly thrilled and honored to be a part of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute family for so many years!! After honing her skills in New York, Boston and Austin, TX, Katey came to Los Angeles to study improv and sketch comedy, and is a graduate of both The Second City LA and Improv Olympic West. She has enjoyed performing in various sketch and improv shows throughout the years at Second City, Improv Olympic West, ACME Comedy Theatre, UCB, The Comedy Central Space & The M Bar, as well as the LA production of Tony & Tina’s Wedding at The Henry Fonda Theatre. In addition to teaching at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Katey has the pleasure to be on the improv faculty at AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts, The Comedy Playground program at the Hollywood Improv, and LA CityStage, as well as privately coaches many improvisers throughout the Los Angeles area. She also lends her talents to Theatre 31, directing and producing children’s musicals and plays.


Chris Prinzo is originally from New York City where he played the role of Pepper in the Broadway Production of Mamma Mia! He starred in ABC’s High School Musical: Get in the Picture as a coach and judge to young hopefuls. In addition to his roles on stage, TV and film, Chris has been heard as a guest On-Air Personality on The KEARTH 101 Morning Show with Gary Bryan. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he has served as an educator for New York Off-Stage, Camp Broadway, the New York City Board of Education, Hope Musical Theatre, Reprise!, and LAUSD. Chris is currently a faculty member at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles and teaches privately – providing individual instruction, master classes and workshops nationwide. Website: www.ChrisPrinzo.com


Troy Rintala, an award-winning choreographer, has choreographed for regional theatres across the country. His past and present educational credits include: Director of the Theatre Arts Conservatory at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Faculty Member at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and Director of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s adult Musical Theatre Production Series. Troy has assisted in casting with numerous professional theatres across the country, including American Musical Theatre and the Walt Disney Company. Troy’s Broadway National tour credits include Song and Dance with Broadway director Robert Longbottom, On Your Toes directed by George Abbott with Tony award-winner Natalia Makarova, 42nd Street directed by Mark Bramble and Radio City Music Hall’s Disney Summer Magic. Troy’s company credits include American Ballet Theatre’s The Informer (choreographed by Agnes de Mille), State of Alabama Ballet (premiere with Mikhail Baryshnikov), The Connecticut Ballet (with Fernando Bujones) and The American Tap Dance Orchestra with Savion Glover. His international tours include Susan Stroman’s Crazy for You, 42nd Street, My One and Only, Tokyo Disney, and the Berlin premiere of Lincoln Center’s Anything Goes.


MJ Karmi’s theatrical training began in Washington, D.C. at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and continued with her studies of classical theatre at The Shakespeare Theatre Company at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. She holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from The Actors Studio at The New School and is a Life Member of The Actors Studio. MJ has been coaching and teaching actors since 1998. She began at Black Nexus in New York, a studio owned by Susan Batson. She has enjoyed several Television credits, some of which include: NBC Law and Order Los Angeles, ABC Brothers and Sisters, CBS Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Jericho, The Guardian and Guiding Light. Her film credits include; Julia starring Tilda Swinton, Moonlight Sonata, and Answers to Nothing with Dane Cook and Elizabeth Marshall.