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Meet some of our people in the United States
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!
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 acted and 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. As well as role-play, she leads improv training focussing on Collaboration and Connection at work.
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.
Damon is a Philly-born director, actor, producer, and teacher with extensive experience in working with classics and new play development. Damon is the Producing Artistic Director of Philadelphia Artists’ Collective and co-founded the company in 2008. He is also a professor at Rutgers.
Elica began acting aged eight, at the Adelphi Theatre, London. She has appeared in many Shakespeare productions in the US and Japan. Favorite credits include the Tempest, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, among others. In New York, she worked with the ensemble cast of Mono, Waitin’ 2 End Hell. She is thrilled to be working as an actor, coach and translator 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 and a certified court interpreter (Japanese/English).
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. He has worked with Peers and Players since 2014.
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 our New York 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. She works with Peers and Players as a senior facilitator, roleplayer and coach.
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. Jorge’s passion is to tell uplifting stories, live an inspirational life and share that inspiration with the world. He is a key member of our Courageous Conversations team.
Juan Isler, a native of Kinston, NC. with d a music-business degree at Winston-Salem State University. He has worked on more than 50 plays in venues across the Triangle as actor, technician and director, and is resident sound designer at Justice Theater Project. He also serves on various boards, and leadership committee at Pure Life Theater. He is a 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 t TORN. Juan has worked with Peers and Players since 2019 as an actor/coach on regular Courageous Conversations sessions.
Peruvian Native, whose dramatic arts training led to performances in New York City, Florida, California, Alabama, and most recently, North Carolina. Credits include “Leaving Eden,” (an original play produced by Playmakers Repertory Company), interactive Shakespearean performances, and historical interpretations such as The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. Jonathan has also trained in improvisational leadership coaching, virtual reality and live-action role-play. Along with being a player in productions such as Anna in the Tropics, How I Learned to Drive, and The Aliens, Jonathan also includes stagecraft technician to his line of work.
Founder and CEO of Peers and Players, Lisa trained at NIDA in Australia. Since 1998 she has cast, trained and directed corporate actors. A TV, film and tv actor and theatre 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, and Finding Nemo.
Lisa is a senior role-player, facilitator and presentation skills coach.clients include 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..
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. LI-Leng has worked with Peers and Players in australia and across the USA, as a senior facilitator, program developer and roleplay actor.
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. He has performed roleplay, coaching and facilitation for more than a decade.
Nate has been performing, writing and producing for stage and screen since 1990. he also 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.
With over 20+ years of experience, Obie Sims, a trained actor attended Playhouse West Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. He has booked over two dozen roles on national commercials (Dodge, Applebees, Visa). He has worked in film (Vice), and has landed a number of roles on episodic television (Law and Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl).
A graduate of Boston University and a Maryland native, Obie has extensive role playing experience with Coca-Cola, Kirkland and Ellis and Blackboard, INC just to name a few. In addition to role play and professional acting work, Obie is also a viral comedy content creator.
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.
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.
Rainee Blake is an Australian-born actress, coach and educator based in Los Angeles. Rainee has studied at University of Sydney and various singing, 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 music. Rainee has a coaching business empowering people to use their voice with presence.
Rainee’s roleplay and coaching work includes Courageous Conversations and Micro-aggressions awareness. Her methodology centers on practicing presence and empathy in the workplace.
Reuben is of Filipino-Chinese Heritage. In Manila, he portrayed iconic roles, such as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. Now in Los Angeles, 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 Corporate Communications. Through empathy and practice, he believes that we can make workplaces better for a healthier, and more invigorating world.
Radhika is an actor and educator in San Francisco with an Ed.D. from Harvard Graduate School. She has acted with Shotgun Theater, Silicon Valley Shakes and Cutting Ball Theater. She is in the web series Hiraeth and Strings Attached on Amazon Prime. She has taught at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Cutting Ball Theater, LifeTheater Services, Stanford University, UCSF, USF etc. and isa Board member of Same Boat Theater Collective, working to create awareness about environmental sustainability through Theater Arts. Her work as a roleplayer, coach and facilitator is sought after.
Seema is an accomplished actor, writer, and director in India and the RTP, NC area. she has 2 Master’s degrees (MBA, MHA). Seema has worked in Finance, IT and Healthcare for over 20 years. Some acting credits include: The Great Celestial Cow, Chakra, Secret Garden, Black Nativity and The Women. Seema is a voice talent for the UNCTV talent labs and a storyteller at Triangle Radio Reading Service, a radio station for the visually impaired. Seema is a mentor and coach for corporate leaders and medical students, training them to effectively deal with challenging situations
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.
Scott Cox Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has performed in film, commercials and over 30 theater productions. Scott enjoyed a corporate career at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and The Gap, and found a perfect bridge between theatre and corporate work when he began facilitating training for medical professionals and creating engaging post-show talkbacks between audience members and the cast at New Conservatory Theatre Center and San Francisco Playhouse. Scott teaches improv and performs role-play training. He believes that employing emotional intelligence in the workplace transforms both participants and observers’ ability to engage with passion and power at work.
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. He has worked with Peers and Players since 2017, and is a bi-lingual Spanish speaker.