our staff



Wendy Kurtzman

Owner, Founder

Wendy is currently a professor on faculty at Pace Performing Arts University in New York. She is also the owner and founder of College to Career Acting which has launched programs for Juilliard, NYU and The New School to address the transition from academia into the entertainment industry. Wendy also runs a summer program in association with Summer Discovery at UCLA, which trains and prepares High School students from around the world for college auditions and the rigors of an acting career.

Prior to starting CTCA, Wendy was an Emmy-nominated casting director who helped launch the careers of many well-known actors including such notables as Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Evan Rachel Wood. She has more than 25 years of experience in feature films, movies for television, mini-series and theater. She has worked with many distinguished directors such as Paul Schrader, Diane Keaton, Sally Field and Roland Emmerich, for whom she cast the blockbuster “Independence Day,” starring Will Smith. Prior to starting her own casting business, she was a casting executive at Lifetime and NBC. She began her career as an actress in musical theater and graduated with a degree in theater from UCLA. Her experience as both a performer, casting director and now, teacher, afford her a unique perspective into what it takes to succeed. Her ability to call on a strong network of agents, managers, producers, casting directors, composers and musicians provides young hopefuls unique access into the professional world.


Caroline Liem

Monologue Coaching and Shakespeare

Caroline is a casting director, audition coach and international teacher based in Los Angeles. Her highly acclaimed audition and text analysis classes have been taught throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Russia. She is an adjunct professor with Pace University, and has enjoyed guest teaching at universities throughout the United States, including University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University, Juilliard, NYU Tisch, Loyola-Chicago, Columbia College and Occidental College. Before there was Glee, there was Popular, the first show she worked on alongside Ryan Murphy. Many wonderful casting experiences followed working with prominent producers and directors, including Lauren Shuler Donner, David Goyer, Jon Turteltaub and Bryan Singer, as well as Disney Studios overseeing such projects as “Gone In Sixty Seconds”, “Pearl Harbor,” and “Gangs of New York.” She served as the Casting Director for the award winning late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” She graduated with an MFA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BA from UCLA, and is a member of the Casting Society of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Paula Keane

Musical Theater and Monologue Coaching

Paula has over 30 years of experience as an accomplished vocalist, international performer, and vocal coach. As a professional performer, she earned European record deals that produced such hits as “I’ve Got This Feeling” from the movie Dance Academy and the 1990 World Cup theme song “To Be Number One.” In Los Angeles, Paula has sung in the studio with artists including Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias, and has worked in Film and TV with Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do), Bette Midler (For The Boys), and Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age). As a performing arts educator, Paula currently serves as director of the Vocal Program at The Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, and continues private acting and voice coaching. She has contributed to the youth arts community as a board member of the highly acclaimed Calabasas High School Theater Program, and by founding an after school enrichment program that provides public elementary school children with the opportunity to explore their creativity through acting, singing, and dancing. Through her work in professional and educational performing arts, Paula has gained unique insight into the daunting challenge of transitioning from high school to college arts programs.

Libby Gardner

Libby Gardner

Writing and Monologue Coaching

Libby Gardner is a writer currently living and working in Los Angeles. She has been invited to work with theaters in the US and abroad including Florida Studio Theatre, Paines Plough, the Know Theatre, and the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. An Ohio native, Libby earned her BA in Drama at Kenyon College, where she earned credits as a writer, stage manager, director, film producer, and sketch comedienne. Her new play Ryan and Alice? recently premiered at the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Monologue Coaching

Andrew Miller is currently earning his BFA in Acting at Pace University in New York City. Originally from Southern California, Andrew offers the unique perspective of being a student of both coasts. He has worked as an actor, director, writer, editor, and producer for many student films, theatre productions, and other projects.


Michaela Reggio

Monologue and Shakespeare Coaching

Michaela is a Boston native who received a certificate in Shakespeare from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has also received her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts: Acting from Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. She is a bicoastal actress whose credits include: NBC, TLC and indie features. She also was nominated “outstanding actress” from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Her work has been seen at La MaMa ETC. , The New Ohio Theatre as well as other Off-Broadway houses. She has worked commercially with SONY Pictures Entertainment as well being seen on USAtoday.