DWAYNE BOYD  FOUNDER  A self-described perfectionist, actor Dwayne Boyd believes in delivering his true essence in every performance.  His ability to engage and affect his audiences through acting proves the potential of this rising star. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Boyd recognized his love for acting early in life. After completing high school, he served in the United States Army for seven years. Shortly after his tenure with the Armed Forces, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his acting career.  Boyd's acting skills were first honed in Atlanta-area theater productions, which included  To Kill a Mockingbird  and  A Man's World .  Boyd has since decided to train other aspiring actors to perfect their crafts by developing the Premier Actor's Network, a group that holds weekly acting classes in Decatur, Georgia.  With over 70 students on his roster, Boyd managed to impress accomplished actor, writer and director Robert Townsend, with his commitment to give back. This prompted Townsend to offer Boyd the use of rehearsal space at the network offices of the Black Family Channel, to accommodate his growing and successful classes.  Boyd’s commitment to the art of entertainment transcends his skills as just an actor.  He’s found himself writing, directing and producing short films, as well, through Mandara Pictures. This company, founded as a partnership with actor and director Erik Eddings, has produced works such as  Ruthless Company  and  Wanted: Video Girl . In 2004, the group was tapped to produce several episodes of  Gory Stories , a children's program on the Black Family Channel.  Pursuing dreams as an actor has been a labor of love for Boyd.  Still, his talent began to pay off, with a starring role as Oscar in the 2005 Screen Gems production  The Gospel , starring Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba and Omar Gooding. This film role follows Boyd's work in television, which included appearances in episodes of NBC’s  Surface , Lifetime's hit shows      Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva , and Tyler Perry’s  Meet the Browns .   As a talented actor who respects and continually improves his craft, Boyd has positioned himself for further success as the filmmaking industry takes notice. Beginning with his feature film, a romantic comedy titled  4 Minutes ; which he wrote, produced, and directed, was not only accepted into the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) of 2008, in Miami, it was ranked top four out of 600 entries; and additionally accepted into the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) in Nashville 2009.  He’s also directed the SAG feature film;  The Ivy League   Boyd’s work also proudly consists of the 2012 films, Disney’s  The Odd Life of Timothy Green , starring opposite Jennifer Garner and Common and, the Oscar Nominated film adaption of the enormously popular book series  The Hunger Games , starring Oscar Nominee Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harellson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.  Dwayne Boyd has added a slew of credits to his portfolio with his latest work to include the films,  Vengeance: A Love Story, starring Nicholas Cage in 2017, Hangman starring Al Pacino released in 2017, Jacobs Ladder staring Michael Ealy in 2017 and  Jimmy Part 1, Did You Get One?, a nd  Grass Stains  released both released in 2015. 

DWAYNE BOYD
FOUNDER

A self-described perfectionist, actor Dwayne Boyd believes in delivering his true essence in every performance.  His ability to engage and affect his audiences through acting proves the potential of this rising star. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Boyd recognized his love for acting early in life. After completing high school, he served in the United States Army for seven years. Shortly after his tenure with the Armed Forces, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his acting career.

Boyd's acting skills were first honed in Atlanta-area theater productions, which included To Kill a Mockingbird and A Man's World.  Boyd has since decided to train other aspiring actors to perfect their crafts by developing the Premier Actor's Network, a group that holds weekly acting classes in Decatur, Georgia.  With over 70 students on his roster, Boyd managed to impress accomplished actor, writer and director Robert Townsend, with his commitment to give back. This prompted Townsend to offer Boyd the use of rehearsal space at the network offices of the Black Family Channel, to accommodate his growing and successful classes.

Boyd’s commitment to the art of entertainment transcends his skills as just an actor.  He’s found himself writing, directing and producing short films, as well, through Mandara Pictures. This company, founded as a partnership with actor and director Erik Eddings, has produced works such as Ruthless Company and Wanted: Video Girl. In 2004, the group was tapped to produce several episodes of Gory Stories, a children's program on the Black Family Channel.

Pursuing dreams as an actor has been a labor of love for Boyd.  Still, his talent began to pay off, with a starring role as Oscar in the 2005 Screen Gems production The Gospel, starring Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba and Omar Gooding. This film role follows Boyd's work in television, which included appearances in episodes of NBC’s Surface, Lifetime's hit shows Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

As a talented actor who respects and continually improves his craft, Boyd has positioned himself for further success as the filmmaking industry takes notice. Beginning with his feature film, a romantic comedy titled 4 Minutes; which he wrote, produced, and directed, was not only accepted into the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) of 2008, in Miami, it was ranked top four out of 600 entries; and additionally accepted into the International Black Film Festival (IBFF) in Nashville 2009.  He’s also directed the SAG feature film; The Ivy League

Boyd’s work also proudly consists of the 2012 films, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, starring opposite Jennifer Garner and Common and, the Oscar Nominated film adaption of the enormously popular book series The Hunger Games, starring Oscar Nominee Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harellson, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.  Dwayne Boyd has added a slew of credits to his portfolio with his latest work to include the films, Vengeance: A Love Story, starring Nicholas Cage in 2017, Hangman starring Al Pacino released in 2017, Jacobs Ladder staring Michael Ealy in 2017 andJimmy Part 1, Did You Get One?, and Grass Stains released both released in 2015. 

  TODD ANTHONY MANAIGO  INSTRUCTOR  Todd Anthony Manaigo is an Atlanta-based Actor, Coach, Writer, and Director.  Born Todd Anthony Manaigo in New York City, Todd relocated to Atlanta with his mother and older sister at an early age. A self described reserved and shy teenager; Todd Anthony spent his adolescent years in Atlanta involved in athletics, and modeling, until while in high school he was introduced through a friend to the theater.  After college and a tour in the military, Todd decided to pursue his love of acting by enrolling in the Theater program at Georgia State University. Todd Anthony’s talent was recognized by Dr. Shirlene Holmes after landing a supporting role in her original theater production “Robert-As Himself”. An apprenticeship relationship developed and his love of acting as well as his acting skills began to blossom. In 2007 he was cast in the supporting role of Stewart in the stage play “Secrets of A Woman”, written and directed by long time friend; Director, playwright, songwriter, actor, singer, Tyga Graham.  Todd Anthony’s formal theater training came in the Fine Arts program at Georgia State University where he minored in Theater. Under the tutelage of acting coach and mentor Dr. Shirlene Holmes, Todd Anthony honed his craft and matured as an actor.  Todd Anthony’s love of acting is a residue of his natural love to perform and strong spiritual beliefs. He lives his life according to the belief that “Every morning when you awake, GOD has already given you all the tools you need in order to be successful. It is your job to put those tools to use.” He also lives by the belief “In the absence of fear all things are possible.”  Todd’s current projects include a lead role in the feature film “30 Day Promise”, his weekly classes at Dwayne Boyd’s Premier Actors Network, where he is a coach/instructor for the adult and teen classes as well as writing, co-writing, producing and directing various other projects.   In the very near future Todd’s plans include producing/directing a theatre production as well as coaching a scene study workshop that will focus on developing actors for leading roles in theatre, film and television.

TODD ANTHONY MANAIGO
INSTRUCTOR

Todd Anthony Manaigo is an Atlanta-based Actor, Coach, Writer, and Director.

Born Todd Anthony Manaigo in New York City, Todd relocated to Atlanta with his mother and older sister at an early age. A self described reserved and shy teenager; Todd Anthony spent his adolescent years in Atlanta involved in athletics, and modeling, until while in high school he was introduced through a friend to the theater.

After college and a tour in the military, Todd decided to pursue his love of acting by enrolling in the Theater program at Georgia State University. Todd Anthony’s talent was recognized by Dr. Shirlene Holmes after landing a supporting role in her original theater production “Robert-As Himself”. An apprenticeship relationship developed and his love of acting as well as his acting skills began to blossom. In 2007 he was cast in the supporting role of Stewart in the stage play “Secrets of A Woman”, written and directed by long time friend; Director, playwright, songwriter, actor, singer, Tyga Graham.

Todd Anthony’s formal theater training came in the Fine Arts program at Georgia State University where he minored in Theater. Under the tutelage of acting coach and mentor Dr. Shirlene Holmes, Todd Anthony honed his craft and matured as an actor.

Todd Anthony’s love of acting is a residue of his natural love to perform and strong spiritual beliefs. He lives his life according to the belief that “Every morning when you awake, GOD has already given you all the tools you need in order to be successful. It is your job to put those tools to use.” He also lives by the belief “In the absence of fear all things are possible.”

Todd’s current projects include a lead role in the feature film “30 Day Promise”, his weekly classes at Dwayne Boyd’s Premier Actors Network, where he is a coach/instructor for the adult and teen classes as well as writing, co-writing, producing and directing various other projects. 

In the very near future Todd’s plans include producing/directing a theatre production as well as coaching a scene study workshop that will focus on developing actors for leading roles in theatre, film and television.

  ANDRENE WARD-HAMMOND  INSTRUCTOR  Andrene Ward-Hammond is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a Jamaican household, she was exposed to a diverse element of culture and art. Her love for entertaining grew from observing the figures in her family and neighborhood, as well as, the films she digested growing up. Many of her influences were powerhouse performers like Whoopi Goldberg, Cicely Tyson, Don Cheadle and Meryl Streep. While in high school, Andrene cut her acting teeth studying improv at the local Jamaica Arts Center. She furthered her studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA majoring in Communications with a concentration in PR and minoring in Psychology.  Upon moving to the South, Andrene brought her New York City hustle with her. She continued honing her skills as a member of the improv comedy troupe, Strange Groove and taking weekly acting classes at Premier Actors' Network. It was here she met her longtime agent, Alexander White.  Andrene broke onto the acting scene as a character actress, making memorable appearances in television shows like, NCIS: New Orleans, Complications, and Being Mary Jane. With roles in FX's Atlanta and as caretaker Laura in period racial awards season romance, Loving, Ward-Hammond can be found on FOX's newest musical drama by Lee Daniels, Star and indie drama, Strange Weather with Holly Hunter and Carrie Coon.  The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Andrene's daughter, Tyla Harris is also a budding young actress making her mark in Hollywood. She plays "Esther" in the History Channel war drama, Six. Andrene, as well as her daughter are apart of the next breed of actresses leaving a lasting effect in Hollywood. With no signs of slowing down, Andrene exudes a fearless, dynamic energy her friends and supporters have coined by giving her the nickname Andreamin'.It

ANDRENE WARD-HAMMOND
INSTRUCTOR

Andrene Ward-Hammond is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a Jamaican household, she was exposed to a diverse element of culture and art. Her love for entertaining grew from observing the figures in her family and neighborhood, as well as, the films she digested growing up. Many of her influences were powerhouse performers like Whoopi Goldberg, Cicely Tyson, Don Cheadle and Meryl Streep. While in high school, Andrene cut her acting teeth studying improv at the local Jamaica Arts Center. She furthered her studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA majoring in Communications with a concentration in PR and minoring in Psychology.

Upon moving to the South, Andrene brought her New York City hustle with her. She continued honing her skills as a member of the improv comedy troupe, Strange Groove and taking weekly acting classes at Premier Actors' Network. It was here she met her longtime agent, Alexander White.

Andrene broke onto the acting scene as a character actress, making memorable appearances in television shows like, NCIS: New Orleans, Complications, and Being Mary Jane. With roles in FX's Atlanta and as caretaker Laura in period racial awards season romance, Loving, Ward-Hammond can be found on FOX's newest musical drama by Lee Daniels, Star and indie drama, Strange Weather with Holly Hunter and Carrie Coon.

The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Andrene's daughter, Tyla Harris is also a budding young actress making her mark in Hollywood. She plays "Esther" in the History Channel war drama, Six. Andrene, as well as her daughter are apart of the next breed of actresses leaving a lasting effect in Hollywood. With no signs of slowing down, Andrene exudes a fearless, dynamic energy her friends and supporters have coined by giving her the nickname Andreamin'.It

 
  LARRY RHEM  NSTRUCTOR  Deeply embedded in actor Larry Rhem, is the desire to change many lives along his journey. He has graced screens and stages around the world, always leaving a little more emotion, and at times laughter, than before. Now he is even more focused to help the arts live on, and show others how they can make the most of their passions. Born in Landstuhl, Germany, growing up in Kinston, North Carolina, and spending his teen and adult years in Atlanta, Georgia, his rich cultural background has enabled him to grow as a performer, teacher, and man.  As a child Larry enjoyed writing horror stories that included his classmates. His vivid imagination was always in full force.  He always thought it would be cool to be in a movie or on a television show, but never felt it was an attainable goal. While in college he decided to change his major from business to Mass Media Arts, with a concentration on radio, television, and film. After getting the opportunity to be an extra in  Drumline , which was filmed on the campus, he knew that was the path he was meant to take. From that point on things seemed to begin to fall in place. Larry Rhem has been seen in  Devious Maids ,  The Rickey Smiley Show ,  Being Mary Jane ,  Let's Stay Together,   The Game , Russ Parr's  Hear No Evil ,  Comeback Dad  and BET's  The Quad . He is also recognized as Yung Humma of the well-known group, Turquoise Jeep. Their videos have gained over 20 million views on YouTube, and they have toured all over the United States.  Between scripts and castings, Larry has started teaching acting classes to those in the Atlanta area. There he helps cultivate the skill sets and potential in budding actors, young and old. Being a strong believer in purpose, Larry Rhem feels part of his is to help the next person find their own spot under the big lights. When it comes to any of the actors and actresses he admires, they have one thing in common, totally commitment to their craft. This is something Larry also resonates, and can be seen anytime he performs.  As he builds his legacy he hopes to be remembered as a genuine being, and talent. “I would love for people to look at my work and say I was one of the best to ever do it. I want my friends and family to look back and say I was an amazing son, father, husband, friend, nephew, uncle and brother. Every single role I play in life is vital to me. I want to be known as honest, encouraging, inspiring, and hard working. Most importantly, I want people to say I was definitely led by Jesus,” states Mr. Rhem. There isn’t just one script to follow on the road to success. Larry is writing his very own one, and the world is waiting to see how well it turns out.

LARRY RHEM
NSTRUCTOR

Deeply embedded in actor Larry Rhem, is the desire to change many lives along his journey. He has graced screens and stages around the world, always leaving a little more emotion, and at times laughter, than before. Now he is even more focused to help the arts live on, and show others how they can make the most of their passions. Born in Landstuhl, Germany, growing up in Kinston, North Carolina, and spending his teen and adult years in Atlanta, Georgia, his rich cultural background has enabled him to grow as a performer, teacher, and man.

As a child Larry enjoyed writing horror stories that included his classmates. His vivid imagination was always in full force.  He always thought it would be cool to be in a movie or on a television show, but never felt it was an attainable goal. While in college he decided to change his major from business to Mass Media Arts, with a concentration on radio, television, and film. After getting the opportunity to be an extra in Drumline, which was filmed on the campus, he knew that was the path he was meant to take. From that point on things seemed to begin to fall in place. Larry Rhem has been seen in Devious MaidsThe Rickey Smiley ShowBeing Mary JaneLet's Stay Together, The Game, Russ Parr's Hear No EvilComeback Dad and BET's The Quad. He is also recognized as Yung Humma of the well-known group, Turquoise Jeep. Their videos have gained over 20 million views on YouTube, and they have toured all over the United States.

Between scripts and castings, Larry has started teaching acting classes to those in the Atlanta area. There he helps cultivate the skill sets and potential in budding actors, young and old. Being a strong believer in purpose, Larry Rhem feels part of his is to help the next person find their own spot under the big lights. When it comes to any of the actors and actresses he admires, they have one thing in common, totally commitment to their craft. This is something Larry also resonates, and can be seen anytime he performs.

As he builds his legacy he hopes to be remembered as a genuine being, and talent. “I would love for people to look at my work and say I was one of the best to ever do it. I want my friends and family to look back and say I was an amazing son, father, husband, friend, nephew, uncle and brother. Every single role I play in life is vital to me. I want to be known as honest, encouraging, inspiring, and hard working. Most importantly, I want people to say I was definitely led by Jesus,” states Mr. Rhem. There isn’t just one script to follow on the road to success. Larry is writing his very own one, and the world is waiting to see how well it turns out.

  MICHAEL FINN  INSTRUCTOR  Michael is a versatile film and stage actor with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, and is known for bringing endless energy, unique ideas, and a high level of professionalism to any project. Born and raised in Toms River, NJ, Michael began his foray into the arts through music, taking up the drums at a young age. It wasn't until high school that he discovered his love for acting, and he continued to pursue his passion through college, obtaining a B.F.A. in acting from Montclair State University. Michael then continued on to New York, which he called home for many years. Currently calling Atlanta home, he is always working to hone his craft, and looks forward to all the challenges and opportunities ahead.  Michael is not only an actor, but also a director, cinematographer, and photographer and is the founding member of both Thaumatrope Films and Upstart Artists Productions. With multiple productions under his belt, including a few festival nominations, Michael is constantly creating and challenging himself with new projects and scripts, from writing to production to editing. He loves bringing a positive and driven energy to his work that is both undying and contagious. Recognized as one to push limits, erase boundaries and help people reach new heights, Michael is a proud instructors and looks forward to working with anyone with the love of the craft.  Michael's most recent project found him on a national tour as Det. Strode in  Set It Off Live.  Michael is also the CEO and co-founder of NOVA House in Atlanta, GA. 

MICHAEL FINN
INSTRUCTOR

Michael is a versatile film and stage actor with over 20 years in the entertainment industry, and is known for bringing endless energy, unique ideas, and a high level of professionalism to any project. Born and raised in Toms River, NJ, Michael began his foray into the arts through music, taking up the drums at a young age. It wasn't until high school that he discovered his love for acting, and he continued to pursue his passion through college, obtaining a B.F.A. in acting from Montclair State University. Michael then continued on to New York, which he called home for many years. Currently calling Atlanta home, he is always working to hone his craft, and looks forward to all the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Michael is not only an actor, but also a director, cinematographer, and photographer and is the founding member of both Thaumatrope Films and Upstart Artists Productions. With multiple productions under his belt, including a few festival nominations, Michael is constantly creating and challenging himself with new projects and scripts, from writing to production to editing. He loves bringing a positive and driven energy to his work that is both undying and contagious. Recognized as one to push limits, erase boundaries and help people reach new heights, Michael is a proud instructors and looks forward to working with anyone with the love of the craft.

Michael's most recent project found him on a national tour as Det. Strode in Set It Off Live. Michael is also the CEO and co-founder of NOVA House in Atlanta, GA. 

  MAC WELLS   SELF-TAPE SPECIALIST  Actor, Singer and SongWriter Michael Lawson(Mac Wells ) has always had a passion for Entertainment,whether it was singing, Acting, Dancing or Writing he knew at a very young age he would Do something Amazing with the Gifts God gave him....Starting with his church home Second Ebenezer under the leadership of Bishop Edgar L. Vann, he was able act and sing in numerous stage plays which opened his eyes to a whole new world of Arts....he credits Charles Thomas , Dorthia Sharon, The Matrix Theatre Company &Dwayne Boyd for giving him the necessary training and tools he needed to pursue a career on a professional level.....  After Graduating from the World Renowned Marvin L. Winans Academy of performing Arts in Detroit, Mi he relocated to Wilberforce University to get a degree in Music, while there he linked up with the super artist Label Ma Soul and has yet to turn back....after recording two hit albums with the group and graduating Wilberforce in 2012 he then relocated to Atlanta, Ga to pursue his dream on a higher level. It was here where hejoined Premier Actors' Network and trained professionally for the TV and Film industry under the Leadership of Dwayne Boyd.  Since then Mac has gone on to star in Commercials, Tv shows and films that include:Norfolk Southern, Homicide Hunter,Finding Carter, Outcast, Sleepy Hollow, Nashville, The Haves & The Have Nots, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Pitch Perfect 3 and hosts of other amazing projects. In 2014 he teamed up With Dwayne Boyd Enterprises to Head their Self-Taping Division and has such a passion for people and helping their dreams come to life! , .....he has hopes of making a huge change In the world with all of his talents, to empower those after him to have Faith in God and Faith In Self......#WhenDreamsComeTrue 

MAC WELLS
SELF-TAPE SPECIALIST

Actor, Singer and SongWriter Michael Lawson(Mac Wells ) has always had a passion for Entertainment,whether it was singing, Acting, Dancing or Writing he knew at a very young age he would Do something Amazing with the Gifts God gave him....Starting with his church home Second Ebenezer under the leadership of Bishop Edgar L. Vann, he was able act and sing in numerous stage plays which opened his eyes to a whole new world of Arts....he credits Charles Thomas , Dorthia Sharon, The Matrix Theatre Company &Dwayne Boyd for giving him the necessary training and tools he needed to pursue a career on a professional level.....

After Graduating from the World Renowned Marvin L. Winans Academy of performing Arts in Detroit, Mi he relocated to Wilberforce University to get a degree in Music, while there he linked up with the super artist Label Ma Soul and has yet to turn back....after recording two hit albums with the group and graduating Wilberforce in 2012 he then relocated to Atlanta, Ga to pursue his dream on a higher level. It was here where hejoined Premier Actors' Network and trained professionally for the TV and Film industry under the Leadership of Dwayne Boyd.

Since then Mac has gone on to star in Commercials, Tv shows and films that include:Norfolk Southern, Homicide Hunter,Finding Carter, Outcast, Sleepy Hollow, Nashville, The Haves & The Have Nots, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Pitch Perfect 3 and hosts of other amazing projects. In 2014 he teamed up With Dwayne Boyd Enterprises to Head their Self-Taping Division and has such a passion for people and helping their dreams come to life!
, .....he has hopes of making a huge change In the world with all of his talents, to empower those after him to have Faith in God and Faith In Self......#WhenDreamsComeTrue