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Meet our teachers!

Our coaches are the center of our community. Our team of teachers is growing and they are all amazing professionals

Marcela Variani

Marcela is an Italian/Brazilian philosopher, writer, traveler, artist, and educational researcher. She graduated with a teacher’s degree in Philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (BR). She completed her Master’s degree in Pedagogy of Expression at the University of Roma Tre (IT). She is currently studying for a second Master’s degree in Philosophy for Children at the University of the Azores (PT). She has been facilitating a Self-Expression, Improvisation & Gibberish classes in partnership with Act Attack.

Jennifer Mathie

Jennifer has appeared in the Broadway National Tours of Chicago, Monty Pythons Spamalot, Fosse, and White Christmas. She was also a Radio City Rockette, and a Featured Showgirl in Follies at City Center Encores. Jennifer has performed in numerous TV commercials and films including EBay, Hoover Vacuum, Law & Order SVU, The Sopranos, The Stepford Wives and Hitch. She was a student of Stella Adler School for Acting. Jennifer continues to teach Nationally and loves to inspire and guide the next generation of students. She has been teaching Acting courses in Act Attack in Barcelona, since 2020.

Julia Gay

Julia trained in the UK, both in Acting and Musical Theatre (Tring Park and Guildford School of Acting) before completing her Masters in Acting and Voice Coaching at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She has 15 years of experience as an acting, voice and movement coach, working for theatre companies and drama schools. Julia is incredibly passionate about creating a fun, safe and imaginative environment for people to gain confidence, express themselves and have a good time in the process! She has been teaching Acting courses in Act Attack in Barcelona, since 2021.

Nina Virant

Nina is a singer, vocal coach, composer and actor from Slovenia, moving between traditional music, jazz, progressive rock and contemporary theater. She graduated from Amsterdam Jazz Conservatory and is a vocalist in the duo project LAS., exploring Slavic cultural heritage. She’s an actor in a contemporary theater group at NIM Theater. She performed in venues such as Splendor, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Dutch National Opera, Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis, Concerto Recordstore, TivoliVredenburg & TOON. She has been teaching Voice courses in Act Attack, since 2019. Watch her introduction video HERE.

Ilaria Forciniti

Ilaria is a theater director and founder of Nim Theater, actor and jazz singer from Italy. She has a Master’s degree in Theater Sciences (UvA Amsterdam) and a Bachelor’s degree in Theater History (La Sapienza, Rome). As an actor, she performed in different venues like Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Het Amsterdams Theaterhuis and abroad. Ilaria’s main interest is based on the principles of the contemporary theater. A rigorous work on the body and voice are the essence of her research. She has been teaching Physical Acting courses in Act Attack, since 2019. Watch her introduction video HERE.

Dominika Zawada

Dominika is a musical actress and teacher from Poland. She is active within the educational field by teaching vocal technique and coaching young people in music, performance and presentation. In addition, she is involved in many musical, film and theater productions where she acts as well as directs. While studying jazz singing at The Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, she fell in love with musical theater and started combining and experimenting with these two musical styles. She is part of The Royal Sisters vocal group which performs self written arrangements, mixing world music and jazz standards. She has been teaching Musical courses in Act Attack, since 2019. Watch her introduction video HERE.

Michelle van Dyk

Michelle is an acting teacher from South Africa. She has a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Arts (2016), specializing in physical theater, voice production and acting techniques. She founded her own traveling Children’s Theater company in South Africa (2012), and managed a professional Actor’s group for actors to continually explore their craft (2012). She has lectured Dramatic Arts and performance at a South African University (2019) as well as various schools for the past ten years. She has been teaching Acting courses in Act Attack, since 2020. Watch her introduction video here.

Isaac Simon

Isaac is an improv comedy performer and educator from US. He has been performing and teaching in the US and Europe for over a decade, and is the co-founder of Tag Out Theater. His teaching combines spontaneity and empathy to empower people, whether they want to spend a lifetime onstage or use improv in their everyday life. Isaac has been teaching Improv courses in Act Attack, since 2018. Watch his introduction video HERE

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