Our Teachers

Elena Maria Garcia
Teacher universal acting
Elena Maria Garcia: She is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Carbonell award best supporting actor Zoetic Stages Moscow and City Theatres Summer Shorts and best ensemble for City Theatre. The World Premiere of FUACATA! A Latinas Guide to Surviving the Universe, co-written with Stuart Meltzer of Zoetic Stage, earned her a Carbonell nomination for best performance and best new work. Elena also has presented her self-written, directed, and produced one-person show, DO YOU SPEAK MEXICAN? throughout South Florida. Elenas future project is OYEME! The Latinx Festival. She hopes this venture will bring light to our Latinx community of artists and thinkers. Elena was the founding member of Separate Checks Improv Troupe, Quien Sigue A Quien, the first Spanish speaking improv troupe in the US and the first all-female improv troupe on the East coast, Big Purse and Matching Shoes. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters in Acting/Directing. She has appeared in numerous national commercials, feature films and television. Elenas students have garnered Critics Choice for Florida High School District competitions 2003-2017 and received ten Thespian State Champion titles in 2007-2017. Many of her students have been featured in national television shows and Broadway and have been accepted in top Universities and Colleges. Elena has taught improvisation and acting for over 30 years. She currently teaches at Universal Acting and New World School of the Arts, Nova Southeastern University, Florida International University and is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.
Chris Perez
Teacher universal acting
Christian Perez graduated with a BFA from New World School of Arts. He has been seen in a numerous of production: Rashomon, Speed the Plow, The Miser, Lend me a Tenor, Lloyds Prayer, Six Characters in search of an Author, Our Town, Godspell, Working, Master and Margarita, Camino Real,The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and As You Like it. Chris passion is comedy and he has been performing Stand Up Comedy since 2001 throughout the east coast. Chris has a great eye for the comedic side of life. He can take any individual and help him/her find the funny and put it in a sketch or stand up. Chris has written comedies for TV shows and wrote and performed his one man show Flying Lessons at the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach. Chris continues to work the stand-up circuit on the east coast.
Jerry Seeger
Teacher universal acting
Director of Drama, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1/06-Present) Faculty, Universal Acting School of Acting for Kids Speech & Debate teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (8/04-6/06) Faculty, St. Jerome Catholic School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (8/02-6/04) Faculty, St. Clement Catholic School, Wilton Manors, FL (3/02-6/02) Substitute Latin instructor, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1/02-3/02) Professional: Producer, Underdog Productions (1995-Present) Founding member, Separate Checks Improv Troupe (1998-2008) HONORS AND AWARDS Broward County Theatre Teacher of the Year, 2016 Florida State Champion Critics Choice, 2010, 2015, 2017 (2x) Florida District Champion Critics Choice, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017 Broward County Cultural Arts Grant Recipient, 2004, 2006 Finalist, Broward County Theatre Teacher of the Year, 2014

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