Kristyn Green (Founder / Operations Manager)
Kristyn co-founded SKS in 2008 with her late husband, Stan Kirsch. She oversees every aspect of the studio, providing a personalized, distinctive and positive experience for each actor at SKS. More often than not, her smile is the first thing our clients see when they walk through the door.
Prior to her work at SKS, Kristyn was an actress and television host. After moving from Lubbock, Texas to Los Angeles, she immediately landed numerous film and TV roles. Kristyn appeared opposite Debra Messing on USA Network’s THE STARTER WIFE and graced the big screen alongside Faye Dunaway, Ed Begley Jr., Amy Acker and Danica McKellar in the feature film 21 AND A WAKEUP. Horror fans will recognize Kristyn from many films, most notably the cult classics CARVER and EVIL BONG. From 2008-2010 she was the host and writer of TRUE COUNTRY, GoTV Networks’ weekly rundown on the country music industry.
Kristyn has also worked extensively behind the camera, namely as the casting director of Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER for Walt Disney Studios. From 2004-2007, Kristyn owned and operated BROADWAY BABIES, an organization designed to bring dance and musical theatre to children throughout Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.
An avid animal lover, Kristyn resides in Burbank with her adopted pups, Duke and Daisy.
Colleen Foy (Director / Lead Teacher)
Upon graduating from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a major in theatre, Colleen spent a year touring the country as “Alice” in ALICE IN WONDERLAND with the National Theatre of the Deaf. She was the only hearing member of NTD’s Company in the 2004-2005 season. That year she taped several segments for the classic show SESAME STREET teaching the “Sign Language Word of the Day” to millions of children. After living in hotels for a year, Colleen relocated to Los Angeles to start her TV and film career. She has filmed several national commercials and primetime TV appearances, most recently guest starring on: CODE BLACK, BONES, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, CSI:CYBER, FRANKLIN & BASH, COLD CASE, CRIMINAL MINDS, CASTLE, and THE CLIENT LIST. In 2007 she made her feature film debut in the Academy Award winning film THERE WILL BE BLOOD, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Colleen began serving as a coach and teacher at Stan Kirsch Studios in 2010 and has been a client favorite ever since!
Aleksander Ristic (Faculty Teacher)
Aleks hails from Ontario, Canada. While studying theatre at York University in Toronto and the University of Calgary, he was privileged to take part in numerous stage productions from classics such Racine’s PHAEDRA, Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, and Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, to world premieres of original works such as SATIE ET COCTEAU by Mike Czuba and the LA Fringe premier of MY BROTHER starring Adam Wylie, among others.
But while the theatre is where an actor learns his craft, Aleks’ love is the screen. He moved to Los Angeles to complete his MFA at the New York Film Academy and subsequently starred in numerous shorts and new media projects. He’s collaborated with Youtube’s finest such as Shane Dawson on his slasher flick IT GETS WORSE, King Bach on his parodies DjANGO 2 CHAINZ, 911, THE EQUALIZER PARODY, and LOGAN PARODY. In total, Aleks’ new media projects have garnered over ten million viewers.
If Youtube’s not your thing, you might also recognize Aleks from DAYS OF OUR LIVES where he, as well as other incredibly good looking people, save Salem from a terrible disease on the NBC classic’s 50th season. He also has a barrage of indy features to his credit such as CALL OF THE WOLF, THE TOY SOLDIERS, KIDNEY AND APPLE and CARETAKERS in which he stars opposite Vivica A Fox. Aleks will soon be seen with VO legend Phil Lamar, Instagram star Marcus Johns and Emmy Award winner Nick Moss in lN THIS GRAY PLACE.
Aleks began working with SKS in 2013 and is thrilled to be a part of such a terrific staff and fantastic community of actors.
Angela Fornero (Faculty Teacher)
Angela is one of the five actresses actually born and raised in Los Angeles. Growing up with a professional musician (dad) and a dance teacher (mom), it was a surprise to no one that she earned a B.A. in Theatre from UCSD and sought to pursue a career in the arts. She performed in community theatre and a number of productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, but with idols like Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore, Angela knew her heart lied in television.
Since then, Angela has appeared on BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SPEECHLESS, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, CRIMINAL MINDS, LIFE IN PIECES, JANE THE VIRGIN, CODE BLACK, GETTING ON, TRUE DETECTIVE and THE NEWSROOM, among others. She can currently be found recurring as Kate’s friend Gretch on THIS IS US.
Also a writer/producer, Angela created the award winning comedy series THE CHEESEHEADS about her deep rooted love for the mighty Green Bay Packers.
Angela joined Stan Kirsch Studios in 2016 and fell instantly in love with the community of strong, successful, supportive actors and staff. SKS is an inspiring place and she’s so very grateful to call it home.
Brian Dare (Faculty Coach)
Brian was born and raised just outside San Francisco, and grew up in the Bay Area theatre world. He spent many summers teaching and helping run a children’s theatre camp in Point Richmond, CA. After high school, he moved to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College. He graduated from Marymount with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Performance and Musical Theatre. While in college, Brian started performing throughout NYC with Comedy Sportz Improv and working in commercials. That work led to a short film that took him to Sundance, and ultimately Brian made the move to Los Angeles to pursue television and film.
Since the move to Los Angeles, Brian has had recurring roles on CW’s JANE THE VIRGIN and the CBS soap opera THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Other credits include TRANSPARENT, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, THE MIDDLE, CHANCE and ANGER MANAGEMENT. He can most recently be seen guest starring opposite Susan Sarandon on FX’s FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN.
Brian came to Stan Kirsch Studios in 2015. After quickly realizing SKS was a unique collaborative community of working actors teaching practical technique, he made it his home. Aside from studying with Stan himself, he also enjoys coaching fellow students and actors to success.
Staci Roberts-Steele (Faculty Coach)
After graduation from Vassar College, Staci moved to Chicago where she studied and was a regular performer at IO Chicago, Second City and various local improv troupes.
Since moving to LA, Staci has appeared on PARKS AND RECREATION, AGENTS OF S.H.E.I.L.D, 90210, as well as LARRY GAYE: RENEGADE MALE FLIGHT ATTENDANT and the Paramount feature THE BIG SHORT. She is currently slated to appear in and upcoming feature film starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. In addition to her extensive acting resume, Staci is also a successful producer and writer.
Staci joined the SKS family in 2014 where she has served as an ongoing teacher, coach and studio coordinator.
DaJuan Johnson (Associate Faculty)
After receiving his BA in Theater from the University of Florida, DaJuan went on to receive and MFA from Colorado State University. In addition to making numerous appearances on stage, DaJuan’s extensive TV and Film credits include: THE NEW 30 (Series Regular), GENERAL HOSPITAL (Recurring), CSI, PRIVATE PRACTICE, PEDRO, CSI: NY, CRIMINAL MINDS and PEDRO. Currently, you can catch him as Detective Pierce on BOSCH, a role he has been proud to play for the past 3 years.
DaJuan has worked with Stan for over 10 years and has been part of the SKS family since it’s inception. In 2015 DaJuan founded THINK BIGGER COACHING and has since become one of the most sought after life coaches in LA. With both his acting career and THINK BIGGER COACHING flourishing, he is a busy busy man, but is still available for audition coaching and subbing at SKS as time permits.