Our Instructors

Sal Romeo

Sal Romeo’s career as an educator, director and producer spans 30 years in New York and Los Angeles. A noted authority on the Stanislavski System, he has trained actors through the work of Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner, Jerzy Grotowski and Kristen Linklater among others.

The complete craft of the actor: voice, speech, body and internal technique are stressed in all of his classes and workshops.

He has produced / directed over 100 plays, 90 TV episodes and 2 feature films. His work has been honored with 41 various critic’s awards.

He has trained some notable actors including:

  • Sarah Brightman (Phantom of the Opera)
  • Kelly McGillis (Top Gun)
  • Ricky Martin (singer),
  • Leon
  • Jason Scott Lee (Jungle Book),
  • Tamara Braun (General Hospital)
  • Members of the band “En Vogue”

Janice Allen

Janice Allen has been teaching actors about the business and techniques of acting for the past five years. She is a working actor who gets inspiration from helping others to grow and succeed.

Along with Sal, Ebba & Camille, she has studied with Judy Kerr (author of “Acting is Everything”), Galen Yuen (writer, director, actor), Jeff Doucette (2nd City Improv & “Desperate Housewives”) and Stacey Martino among many others and brings all of their expertise and wisdom to her teaching methods.

Janice believes that there is no “right way” or magic formula to being a successful actor. It’s hard work, perseverance, passion and belief in your self. Her job is to help the actor find his or her own “method” and cultivate it.

Ebba Gendron

For the past 20 years, Ebba-Marie Gendron has worked as an actor both in Los Angeles and in New York.

Her New York credits include work at The Raft Theatre, Theatre of the Open Eye and the Vineyard Theatre.

Here in Los Angeles, she has worked in both theater and in film. Most recently she played the part of Rose in “Critical Condition” directed by Stacey Martino. Ebba-Marie has had a long-standing relationship with Sal Romeo and the Friends and Artists Theatre as both an actor and as a teacher. She has an extensive movement background that includes; intensive training in the work of Jerzy Grotowski, as well as dance, yoga and a Masters Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy. Ebba-Marie has combined these forms to develop her own movement for actors training method.

Camille Ameen

Camille has been in over 90 plays professionally, including Othello on Broadway with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. Favorite roes include: Miss Burstner in the Obie Award winning K-Impression of Kafka’s The Trail: Off Broadway, Katherine in The Foreigner at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at Capitol Rep, Hennie in Awake and Sing with Nancy Marchand at Playwright’s Horizons, Natasha in The Three Sisters at The Lion Theatre Company, and The Tattooed Woman in Talking With…at FATE. She has appeared in numerous TV episodes, MOWs and independent films including ER, Beverly Hills 90210, Roseanne, Melrose Place, Golden Palace, LA Law, Newhart, Copper Women, My Life Begins at the End of the World and most recently, Critical Condition. Ms Ameen is also a voice-over artist and has been heard in animated films, commercials, children’s records, and internet programs.

She first met Sal Romeo when she became a member of the award-winning Friends and Artists Theatre Ensemble (FATE) in 1988. She established a new play development program for the company and dramaturged Metropolitan Prairie, which went on to win a Dramalogue award for writing.

Camille has had the pleasure of teaching acting and voice at Sal Romeo’s Acting Workshop since 1989. Ms. Ameen uses the acting approaches of Stanislavsky, Strasberg, Meisner, Chekov and Hagen, as well as guided imagery, mind/body connection, awareness of breath, meditation and on-camera techniques.

She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke in Theatre Arts & Speech. In New York, she studied voice with Pat Mullen and Ruth Lienau. Her vocal teaching is primarily influenced by the work of Kristin Linklater. However, she has gathered many exercises over the years and her approach to voice includes Yoga, Chi Gong, Visualization, and Cecily Berry exercises among others.

Camille is also the Co-founder and Co-Director of Inside Out Community Arts, a theater-based Arts program for at-risk and underserved youth and their families.