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Meet some of our people in United States
Andrew Rein is a professional actor based in NYC. He holds a B.A. in theater from Duke University and an M.F.A. in acting from the American Conservatory Theater’s Advanced Training Program. He has worked extensively in off-Broadway and regional theater, television, film, commercials, and voice over. As a corporate trainer and coach, Andrew has worked with diverse clients including Cisco, The Chartis Group, Baker McKenzie, and Morgan Stanley. He has coached with Peers and Players since 2019.
Ashley has a BFA in Musical Theater and has performed all over the world as an improvisor and musical theater performer, including the Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. Most recently she can be seen on Apple+ in “Hello Jack! The Kindness Show” as Delivery Delores. She spent over ten years working in the corporate world which prepared her well for role-play based training with new managers, MBA students, co-workers and executives. She does role play and improv training for Peers and Players.
Master of Fine Arts from The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and BA from Stanford University. Chiara has been trained to teach voice, speech, public speaking, and storytelling in both her undergraduate and graduate training. She has led workshops for Seattle Shakespeare Company as well as the Denver Center’s Education program. Chiara has worked with chefs and restaurateurs on their ability to speak passionately and eloquently about their food and restaurant concepts in order to solicit possible investors. She recently worked for Peers and Players at the UBS Staff Training Sessions.
BS, Theatre Arts. Eddie has been acting for over thirty years. TV includes Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, Just Shoot Me, Judging Amy and Seinfeld. He creates tailor-made corporate shows, corporate entertainment and seminars. He is an experienced improviser and teacher of improvisation, having trained with the Viola Spolin School. Eddie has acted and improvised his way around America, toured and lectured on Commedia dell’Arte and performed in his one-man show.
With a Masters in Fine Arts from The New School for Drama, Eleanor was a business development manager and advised on the board of a financial advising company. She has worked in theatre extensively in NY and regionally. Her extensive roleplay and coaching experience in Australia, where she joined Peers and Players, and in New York, includes work with financial, accounting, legal and IT companies. She teaches Shakespeare skills, and as a private coach and trainer in communication skills. She is in demand as a senior member of the NY team.
Erin Dangler graduated from Denison University with a B.A. in Theatre.. Erin toured nationally with the Cleveland Signstage Theatre in the acclaimed Children of a Lesser God as both an actress and an American Sign Language Interpreter. Over the last 20 years, Erin has owned and operated performing arts businesses in three different parts of the country, teaching young performers the art of musical theatre.
Frank has performed in the US and internationally, starring in musicals. In NYC, Frank worked as a Mentor/Coach, helping young adults develop leadership abilities through the Arts, focusing on communication and conflict resolution skills. As Market Manager for advertising and branding companies, he trained and supervised teams of brand ambassadors and coaching were integral parts of the training process. He is a key member of Peers and Players in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
An Executive Coach with professional experience in the United States and abroad. He has worked with IT companies, firms, law firms, and financial institutions. With aa emphasis on practicable, experiential learning in group and one-on-one, he guides clients at all levels of management towards more facile, specific and dynamic communication. Based in New York, he works in presentation strategy and execution, influencing skills and cultured, effective and efficient interviewing and transformational feedback delivery
Jorge Lopes is a Cape Verdean/American Actor, producer, and writer known for playing Ally Boy in the Amazon Prime film Convicted (2017) and for his role as Detective Raymond in the Amazon Prime film Fourth Quarter(2018). Jorge has been called the “Dependable Actor” by world-renowned industry coach Susan Batson. His degree in journalism from Suffolk University serves as a catalyst for researching and building the three dimensional characters he portrays.
Jorge has written, contributed and ghost written several films including Erased (2020) and Life, Love and Loss (2009)–Which became an underground classic. Jorge’s passion is to tell uplifting stories, live an inspirational life and share that inspiration with the world.
Juan Isler, a native of Kinston, NC, grew up singing and earned a music-business degree at Winston-Salem State University in 1993. He has worked on more than 50 plays in venues across the Triangle on both sides of the stage, as actor, technician and director. He is the resident sound designer at Justice Theater Project. He also serves on various boards, NRACT and Beltline To Broadway and is on the core leadership committee at Pure Life Theater. He is an active member of the American Theater Critics Association and a recipient of the Raleigh Arts Commission’s Medal of Arts award. He is the host of the show “TORN,” where he is one of the public faces of the online hub Beltline To Broadway (beltlinetobroadway.org, formerly RDU On Stage).
Founder and CEO of Peers and Players, Lisa trained at NIDA in Australia. Since 1998 she has cast, trained and directed corporate actors for communication training. She has many years of professional acting experience in film, TV and theatre as well as coaching and corporate training in Australia and the USA. A director, producer, voice artist and actor, credits include A Place to Call Home – as Miriam Goldberg, GP, Home and Away, All Saints, Sunday Too Far Away, Monkey Grip, Fool for Love, Catholic School Girls, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Finding Nemo.
Lisa is a senior role-player, facilitator and presentation skills coach. Her role-play work has been with KPMG, GP College, The Australian Public Service Commission, Victorian Leadership Development Centres, CEB- SHL Talent Solutions, DDI, Telstra, Shell, GSK, Qantas, Gallup, Unilever, Macquarie Bank, VLDC, WIC, Citigroup, NAB, Hulu, Novo Nordisk, UCSF, Stanford, Segment and more.
Nate has been performing, writing and producing for stage and screen since 1990. He performs at comedy improv theaters. He creates original content for movies and series. Nate spent 15 years in NYC, as an award winning comedian and the most tenured improv teacher at the People’s Improv Theater. As a corporate improv workshop instructor, role player and team builder, Nate’s list of corporate clients include P.W.C., Morgan Stanley, Johns Hopkins, Google, Disney, and the U.S. Olympic Team. Before working full time as an actor, corporate trainer, coach and teacher, Nate worked as a film maker where he produced corporate films for clients such as IBM, PODS Moving and Storage, the Philadelphia 76ers and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Sohm moved to Los Angeles from London in early 2017 and has been acting since the age of 14. She has a BA Hons in Acting from Italia Conti Academy, and also studied Film Making at the New York Film Academy and Comedy Sitcom at Lesly Kahn in LA. Sohm speaks Hindi and Punjabi. Her business experience spans over 15 years, and she has had a long career in sales and marketing. Her extensive roleplay work has been mainly in the UK, with clients that include the NHS, Centrica Gas, Tower Hamlets Council, and the Ministry of Justice. She is experienced in multiple workplace scenarios, responding with sensitivity and relevance to each individual, challenging when needed, providing practical and personal feedback.
As an actor with a BA, he has worked extensively in theatre and on screen. In the corporate setting, Michael has held positions ranging from executive level assistant to guest relations for corporate events. Based in NY, Michael regularly participates in corporate roleplay and high level coaching for financial advisers, tech team members, medical students the military and works with international communication skills providers.
Rob is a veteran actor in film, television and on stage in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. As a Solution Consultant he provided document management software solutions, business case analysis and technical training. Skills include Management and Leadership coaching, Administration and Communication Skills coaching. He teaches film acting, and has coached business leaders on presentation skills performed medical role-play and critical conversations, as well as creating and facilitating roleplay sessions and playing senior roles.
With an NLP Master Practitioner qualification, her role-play and facilitation experience is extensive, across the UK, Australia, US and Netherlands. She has expertise in Diversity Issues, Performance Management and has facilitated Presentation Skills workshops. A prior Youth Group Coordinator for UK Theatre programs, currently she is the facilitator for the Directing Program at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Theatre Company.
Wiley Naman Strasser
A Performance Artist in Los Angeles, New York, Europe, and South America. He has experience with most Bay Area Theatre companies and has a degree in Theater with an Emphasis in Acting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. He has roleplay experience across multiple industries for US and UK based companies in the US and Singapore.
Ray studied acting early in his career and performed on stage in several musicals/dramas in the SF Bay Area. He also ventured briefly into stage directing with several local theatre groups while successfully navigating a 40+ year career in Corporate America. Currently, as a business career coach, Ray infuses his acting knowledge when advising clients, 1-1 and in workshops. He advocates delivery over content and authenticity in all personal interactions. Ray enjoys his recurring role with Peers And Players as a coach/actor.
Andrea Hadhazy is a coach who is a licensed Neuroencoding Specialist in the methods of coaching & presentation with Joseph McClendon III’s Neuroencoding Institute and also a Tony Robbins live event Trainer with Robbins Research International. She is also a licensed teacher in the Clark County School District, in addition to being a life-long actor on screens, musical theater and opera stages. When she isn’t coaching or teaching Andrea owns her own voice acting recording studio where she on average voices over 300 projects a year for clients around the world in everything from animated characters to commercials!
Elica made her debut when she was eight years old at the Adelphi Theatre, Strand, in the West End theatre district of London. She has performed in numerous Shakespeare productions in the US and Japan. Her favorite roles include Ariel (Tempest, Shakespeare at Stinson), Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival), Ophelia and Gravedigger (Hamlet, Woman’s Will), Olivia (Twelfth Night, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), among others. Upon moving to New York, she joined the ensemble cast of Mono (Time Out Critics Pick). Waitin’ 2 End Hell (directed by the legendary Woodie King, Jr., off-Broadway) was nominated for Best Ensemble by Audelco Awards.
She joined Peers and Players in 2020 and is thrilled to be working with this company of diverse and talented actors led by Lisa’s passion to “make the world a better place one conversation at a time.” Elica is a member of Actors Equity Association and a certified court interpreter (Japanese/English) in the State of Nevada.
Radhika Rao is a theater and improv artist as well as an education specialist based in San Francisco. Radhika earned an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on theater and the performance of citizenship. She was most recently seen a Shotgun Theater’s The Claim, and “Folkstales From Around the World” at Silicon Valley Shakes. She will be seen next in “The Real Sappho” at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco in June/July 2022. She is also a cast member in the web series “Hiraeth” and upcoming series “Strings Attached” on Amazon Prime. Her educational works spans from elementary schools to senior citizens.
She teaches at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Stagebridge, Urban High School, Cutting Ball Theater, Larkin St Youth Services, LifeTheater Services, Stanford University, UCSF, USF, and Samuel Merritt University. On behalf of Peers & Players where she has worked for the last 3 years, she has worked on programs at Cisco and The Chartis Group. She also serves on the Board of Same Boat Theater Collective, which is working to create awareness about environment sustainability through Theater Arts.
Rainee Blake is an Australian-born actress, coach and educator based in Los Angeles. Rainee studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney and has studied with various voice and acting teachers in Los Angeles and abroad. She is known for her recurring role as Alannah Curtis on CMT’s Nashville as well as her original EP Fool for Love (2018). Rainee currently has her own coaching business empowering people to use their voice with presence in the world.
Rainee has worked for Peers and Players for the past three years, predominantly with Cisco on training people to have courageous conversations in virtual training sessions and videos. Rainee’s teaching methodology centers on coaching people with communication and presentation skills, navigating current affairs and practicing presence and empathy in the workplace.
Reuben Uy is an actor of Filipino-Chinese Heritage. In Manila, he portrayed many iconic roles, such as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. He is now based in Los Angeles, California. Selected credits include – TV/New Media: Officer John Enochty in Bosch (Amazon Prime) FG97 in The Web Opera (Best Shorts Competition Award of Merit), Film: Ty in Zoombies (Syfy Channel), Theater: Da in Beijing Spring (East West Players).
He is a proud member of Peers and Players. Under the guidance of Lisa Peers, he has developed a passion for the development of Corporate Communications. Through empathy and practice, he believes that we can make our workplace a healthier, and more invigorating world.
Seema Kukreja is an accomplished actor, writer, and director for many productions in India and the RTP, NC area. Seema has two Master’s degrees (MBA, MHA) from Georgia State University. Seema has worked in the areas of Finance, IT and Healthcare for over 20 years. Some of her notable acting credits include: The Great Celestial Cow, Chakra, Secret Garden, Black Nativity and The Women. Seema feels honored for being a voice talent for the UNCTV talent labs and for her experience of storytelling shows at Triangle Radio Reading Service, a local radio station for the visually impaired.
For the last 7 years, Seema has been actively involved with mentoring and coaching of the corporate leaders and medical students and training them to effectively deal with challenging situations.