Women of Playhouse West

by harmoniousgirl | created - 21 Nov 2013 | updated - 08 Mar 2014 | Public

Playhouse West is a highly acclaimed acting school and repertory theater located in North Hollywood, California, founded by Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie. Grounded in the teachings of Sanford Meisner, it boasts some of the most talented actors and actresses in Hollywood.

1. Harmony Smith

Actress | What Planet Are You From?

Harmony is a native Angeleno who did her first commercial- for Johnson's Baby Powder- when she was just six months old. She spent most of her childhood in Hawaii but, back in L.A. during a summer break, was signed by Elite Model Management at the age of 15. She then traveled around the world ...

2. Robyn Cohen

Actress | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Ms. Cohen starred in the Television series GRAVITY for starz network and has made additional TV appearances on: CRISTELA, N.C.I.S., THE MENTALIST, THE DEFENDERS, INVASION, THE CLOSER, ANGEL,THE STRAND, N.C.I.S. L.A., STARVED (season 1,recurring), LAX (recurring) and others. Select Film credits ...

3. Ciera Danielle

Actress | Bella

Born and raised in Southern California, Ciera moved to Los Angeles in her teens and studied at Playhouse West in North Hollywood for 6 years. After devoting herself to theater and growing her craft for many years, her film career began with writing and directing her award winning film "Daisy's" in ...

4. Holly Gagnier

Actress | Scandal

Holly Gagnier has established herself as a versatile actress on both coasts, appearing on stage, screen and television. She is best-known for her long stints on Days of Our Lives (1965), in the ground-breaking role of young teen mom "Ivy Jannings", for which she won the soap opera award for ...

5. Marlene Mc'Cohen

Actress | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Marlene Mc'Cohen was born in Oldham, England as Marlene Nikkaran Barforough. She is an actress and producer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), Interstellar Wars (2016) and Captain Battle: Legacy War (2013).

6. Marley Shelton

Actress | Planet Terror

Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her ...

7. Anne Schmidt

Actress | Goddaughter

Anne Schmidt is known for her work on Goddaughter (2013), Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami (2013) and Phw High (2013).

8. Eva Pepaj

Actress | True Detective

Eva Pepaj was born on June 12, 1985 in Tirana, Albania. She is an actress, known for True Detective (2014), The player (2015) and Stitchers (2015). She is married to Javier Gabriel. They have one child.

9. Heather Graham

Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's ...

10. Christine Cavanaugh

Actress | Dexter's Laboratory

Christine Cavanaugh was born on August 16, 1963 in Layton, Utah, USA as Christine Josephine Sandberg. She was an actress, known for Dexter's Laboratory (1996), Babe (1995) and Jerry Maguire (1996). She was married to Kevin James Cavanaugh. She died on December 22, 2014 in Cedar City, Utah.

11. Ashley Judd

Actress | Double Jeopardy

American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known ...

12. Michelle Pfeiffer

Actress | What Lies Beneath

Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it ...

13. Jamie Anne Allman

Actress | The Notebook

Jamie Anne Brown was born in Parsons, Kansas and is the oldest of five. At a very early age, Brown dreamed of being an actress. Pursuing her childhood dream, Brown moved to Los Angeles.

One of her very first roles was a recurring part on the hit FOX series "The Shield." Soon after, she made her ...

14. Shawnee Smith

Actress | The Blob

Shawnee Smith has consistently put her versatile talents to use in the film, television, theatrical and musical arenas with much success. Her impressive career includes a co-starring role on an award-winning television show, which is now strong in syndication, and a variety of memorable roles in ...

15. Heather Morris

Actress | Glee

Heather Morris was born on February 1, 1987 in Thousand Oaks, California, USA as Heather Elizabeth Morris. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Fired Up! (2009) and Spring Breakers (2012). She has been married to Taylor Hubbell since May 16, 2015. They have two children.

16. Charisma Carpenter

Actress | Angel

Charisma Lee Carpenter was born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas. She studied classical ballet from age five. Her family moved around often. As a youngster, she entered many local beauty contests, and attended Gorman High School in Las Vegas. At 15 the family moved to Rosarita City, Mexico, and then to ...

17. Nia Peeples

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

FYI: I've written my own BIO. To be honest it felt more sincere than pretending like I hired some journalist to do a ton of research and come up with a non biased presentation. So here it goes.

Nia Peeples- What others have said: is an American actress, singer, dancer. For more than 30 years Nia has...

18. Cassidy Freeman

Actress | The Righteous Gemstones

Cassidy Freeman (born April 22, 1982, in Chicago, IL) is an American actress and musician. She is known for her role as Tess Mercer in The CW's superhero drama "Smallville" (2001) and Cady Longmire in "Longmire" (2012). Her parents are prominent attorneys, who also own a cattle ranch in Montana. ...

19. Kathryn Morris

Actress | Minority Report

Kathryn Morris was born on January 28, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Kathryn Susan Morris. She is an actress, known for Minority Report (2002), Mindhunters (2004) and The Dirt (2019).

20. Sarah Jones

Actress | For All Mankind

Sarah Jones was born on July 17, 1983 in Winter Springs, Florida, USA. She is an actress, known for For All Mankind (2019), Damnation (2017) and The Path (2016).

21. Jordana Brewster

Actress | Fast & Furious 7

Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João Leal de Sousa, is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978 . Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, ...

22. Leigh Ann Smith

Casting_department | Wonder Woman

Leigh Ann Smith is known for her work on Wonder Woman (2017), The Kitchen (2019) and This Is Us (2016).

23. Laura Azevedo

Actress | Easy S.O.S

Laura Azevedo is an actress and producer, known for Easy S.O.S (2009), Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami (2013) and Goddaughter (2013).

24. Ginny You

Actress | Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood

Ginny You is known for her work on Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood (2012), 13 Girls and Aliens vs. Avatars (2011).

25. Jennifer Black

Actress | Girls! Girls! Girls! Or: As Tammy Withers Away

Jennifer Black is an actress and producer, known for Girls! Girls! Girls! Or: As Tammy Withers Away (2018), Dating Disasters (2014) and Daisy's (2013).

26. Laura Marie Steigers

Actress | Maniac

Laura Marie Steigers was born on August 22, 1986. She is known for her work on Maniac (2018), Jilted (2015) and Alesia: Ground Zero (2015).

27. Jessica Remmers

Actress | The Taste of Copper

Jessica Remmers is an actress and writer, known for The Taste of Copper (2012), The Vanya Show (2011) and The Theatre Bizarre (2011).

28. Andrea Dantas

Actress | Drug of Love

Andrea Dantas is an actress, director, writer and Flamenco dancer. Her professional journey started when she decided to move to Australia to study the Meisner Technique at The Actor's Pulse in Sydney. After completing her studies Down Under, Andrea relocated to Europe to further her artistic ...

29. Kim Beavers

Actress | Bored to Birth

Kim Beavers is an actress and editor, known for Bored to Birth (2015), Lucy (2012) and Not Funny (2014).

30. Kimberly Spencer

Actress | Bro'

Kimberly Spencer was born on September 2, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Kimberly Ann MacKenzie. She is known for her work on Bro' (2012), Dwindle Down and Captain Battle: Legacy War (2013). She has been married to Spike Spencer since October 4, 2014.

31. Alice L. Walker

Save the Last Dance

Alice L Walker was born in Evanston, IL. Her father, a pianist and painter introduced her to the ballet Swan Lake when she was four year old, and her path in the arts began. After years of study in both ballet and theater, Alice performed with several prominent ballet companies in Chicago and ...

32. Cindy Rucker Trost

Actress | Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami

Cindy Rucker Trost is an actress and assistant director, known for Disaster Wars: Earthquake vs. Tsunami (2013), You're Killing Me... (2003) and The Anubis Tapes (2016). She has been married to Scott Trost since May 25, 1997. They have two children.

33. Nat Dixon

Actress | Cross

Nat Dixon was born on the island of Jamaica. She later moved to New York City at the age of fifteen, where she entered the world of modeling. After attended the University at Buffalo State where she earned Two degrees, she moved to LA to pursue her dream of acting, where she now resides.

34. Christina Maria Davis

Actress | Why Wait Productions

Christina Maria Davis started acting, singing, dancing, and performing in musicals as a child. She grew up in Spain (allowing her to be fluent in Spanish), the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. After studying Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Dance at Florida State University and the London School of ...

35. Kathleen Randazzo

Actress | Joe Dirt

Kathleen Randazzo is an actress and producer, known for Joe Dirt (2001), Interceptor Force (1999) and Twelve (2015).

36. Michelle Coyle

Actress | Graceland

Michelle Coyle is a hardworking actress in film, television, and theater. She grew up just outside Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. For high school, she attended DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (other notable graduates from the program include Dorian Missick, Omar Dorsey, Nikki Renee' Daniels,...

37. Estrella Nouri

Actress | Queen Sugar

Estrella Nouri is an actress, known for Queen Sugar (2016), 2 Broke Girls (2011) and Shadow Wolves (2019).

38. Ksenia Lauren

Actress | Wingman Inc.

Ksenia Lauren is an American actress currently working and living in Los Angeles. She recently guest stared on the new CBS drama "Wisdom of the Crowd", "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), the critically acclaimed Amazon series "Bosch", on the popular HBO comedy "Silicon Valley" and on the ABC drama...

39. Stephanie Charles

Actress | The Paynes

Stephanie Charles is an actress and producer, known for The Paynes (2018), Shameless (2011) and NCIS (2003).

40. Evelyn Edwards

Actress | Her

Evelyn Edwards was born as Sara Evelyn Edwards. She is an actress and writer, known for Her (2013), The Scary City (2008) and Loom (2012).

41. Cazzy Golomb

Actress | Tales of an Ancient Empire

Cazzy Golomb was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Casuarina Golomb. She is an actress, known for Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), Sometimes, It's the White Guy: Or How I Learned That Fanatics Aren't Always Middle Eastern (2014) and Legacy (2010). She has been married to Dustin Zahursky ...

42. Victoria Park

Actress | The Flash

Victoria Park was born on April 14, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Brittany Victoria Park. She is an actress and cinematographer, known for The Flash (2014), Plus One (2019) and Everything Before Us (2015).

43. Sara Tomko

Actress | Sneaky Pete

Sara Tomko is an actress and producer, known for Sneaky Pete (2015), Girls! Girls! Girls! Or: As Tammy Withers Away (2018) and Once Upon a Time (2011).

44. Jacqueline Cereceres

Actress | Franklin & Bash

Jacqueline Cereceres was born in El Paso, Texas, to Consuelo Cereceres, a business woman, and Miguel Angel Guzman, a Union Pacific Railroad engineer. She has three brothers, one sister, and 12 nieces and nephews. She was raised in the Catholic religion and attended St. Pius X until 7th grade. At ...

45. Karen Weza

Actress | Criminal Minds

Born and raised in Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu, Karen Weza grew up frolicking on Hawaii's breathtakingly beautiful white, sandy beaches. She loves to swim, and truly appreciates the ocean, and all creatures within it. An overall animal and nature lover, Karen is known to grab a garbage bag and ...

46. Veronica Mendoza

Actress | Phw High

Veronica Mendoza is an actress and producer, known for Phw High (2013), The Fighter (2009) and The Wrong Way (2010).

47. Jahnnalee Randall

Actress | Why Wait Productions

Jahnnalee Randall is an actress and filmmaker. She created her own film company called Why Wait Productions and creates scripted feel-good humor videos with her talented son, Gizmo the Chihuahua, on Wacky Wednesdays. She's a one-person show & crew on her YouTube channel! She has won many film ...

49. Sharon Jordan

Actress | The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Sharon Jordan was born on March 11, 1960 in Fontana, California, USA. She is an actress and director, known for The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005), Askew Circus (2015) and Dying to See You (2013). She has been married to Tracy Luster since August 4, 1984. They have two children.

50. Katherine Boecher

Actress | The Spy Next Door

Katherine Boecher was born on August 10, 1981 in Beaumont, Texas, USA as Katherine Camille Boecher. She is an actress, known for The Spy Next Door (2010), Crossroads (2002) and Supernatural (2005). She has been married to Lukas Behnken since July 15, 2006. They have two children.

51. Alejandra Morin

Actress | Odds Are

Alejandra Morin was born on June 6, 1987 in Lima, Peru. She is an actress and producer, known for Odds Are (2018), Rider (2015) and Candid Carmen & Co (2016).

52. Anna-Lisa Flinchbaugh

Actress | Void

Anna-Lisa Flinchbaugh is an actress and producer, known for Void, Hummingbird (2018) and Girls After Dark (2018).

53. Ariana Savalas

Actress | Deus Ex Machina

Ariana Savalas was born on January 9, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Ariana Karin Savalas. She is an actress and composer, known for Deus Ex Machina (2010), Miriam (2006) and Ariana Savalas: Too Late.

54. Natasha Hall

Actress | Game Night

Natasha Hall is an actress and writer, known for Game Night (2018), S.W.A.T. (2017) and Castle (2009).

55. Janelle Paradee

Actress | Black Scorpion

Janelle Paradee was born in New London, Minnesota, April, 11, 1963. Her mother was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and her father was an Aeronautical Engineer with NASA.

At the young age of 11, Janelle was accepted at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, where she first learned about theatre...

56. Elissa Shay

Actress | Paradise

Elissa Shay is an actress and producer, known for Paradise (2013), Wish and God Send (2019).

57. Azita Ghanizada

Actress | Complete Unknown

Azita, a political refugee, came to Hollywood with an incredible story of cultural backlash. As a baby, she and her family fled Afghanistan to the United States and gained asylum thanks to her father's work with the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Being raised in a conservative multicultural home, she was ...

58. Roxie Sarhangi

Actress | Lost

Roxie Sarhangi was born as Roxana Sarhangi. She is known for her work on Lost (2004), The Sweetest Heir (2018) and Workshop (2009).

59. Victoria Hamilton

Producer | Rider

Victoria Hamilton is a producer and actress, known for Rider (2015), Night of the Deceitful Spider (2017) and Richard Peter Johnson (2015).

60. Amanda Ashley Canty

Actress | Betrayal

Amanda Ashley Canty was born on December 24th, 1986. She grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, a sleepy town filled with rustic barns, tobacco fields, and the smell of sweet grass in the air. As a child she loved to wander through the woods and enact stories as they played out in her mind.

Amanda ...

61. Ingrid Sthare

Actress | Where Evil Lies

Ingrid Sthare was born on October 17, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Where Evil Lies (1995), Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) and Parting Gifts (2002).

62. Erin Ross

Actress | NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Erin Ross was born on December 9, 1979 in Sandy, Utah, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for NCIS (2003), Scandal (2012) and Franklin & Bash (2011).

63. Hazel Calderon

Actress | Tooken

Hazel Calderon is an actress, known for Tooken (2015), Crossed the Line (2014) and Back in the No.

64. Ruth Barrie

Actress | How to Go Out on a Date in Queens

Ruth Barrie was born on January 31, 1939 in Manchester, England. She is known for her work on How to Go Out on a Date in Queens (2006), Put That in Your Skits (2017) and Anchor Baby.

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