Gray Studios

Its Your Turn to Grace the Stage

Casting new shows for 2019

Act. Sing. Dance.

Become a triple threat through a program that teaches you the fundamentals of musical theater performance.

Meet the Team

Kim Whalen

Artistic Director/ Director/ Lead Instructor

Kim Whalen has her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and starred as Luisa in The Fantasticks on Broadway. She is an actress of both stage and screen and trained classically in opera, musical theatre and in many vocal styles. She has played the leading roles in regional equity productions of Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Carousel, West Side Story, Oklahoma, The Light in the Piazza, Grey Gardens, Master Class, The Last Five Years and Rocky Horror to name a few. She has also worked extensively in both film and television. Some television credits include, Austin & Ally (Disney), S.W.A.T (CBS), Being Mary Jane (BET), Code Black (CBS), CSI: Cyber(CBS), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Intelligence (CBS), Body of Proof (ABC), and Perception (TNT). Film credits include Dakota Summer (20th Century Fox), Terrance Malick’s, The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight), Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (Lifetime) and the music based indie feature, A Winter Rose as the title character. She loves teaching and believes theatre should be a requirement in all schools, as it encourages listening, kindness, sympathy, and focus. All building blocks of an incredible human being and actor. She encourages learning through failure and helps build confidence. She requires an encouraging judgment-free class from her students so they all have a safe place to learn and grow.

Jennie Kwan

Vocal Instructor / Music Director / Accompanist

Jennie Kwan is most notable for portraying the character Samantha Woo on NBC’s hit show, California Dreams. In 1992, she also appeared in an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. In January 1993, she began performing the role as Kim in Chicago’s production of Miss Saigon.

Kwan played the role of student Diane in the Los Angeles production of musical Bare, a Pop Opera as well as a starring role in the one-woman play, Faces of America. Other stage credits include a brief appearance in Jewtopia as well as time playing the role of Jasmine in Aladdin. Kwan is also considered a pioneer in the web series genre for her work in the online series Fear of a Punk Planet.

In 2001, Kwan left acting for a while to join the girl group Nobody’s Angel. In 2002, the members of the group received a Gold Record for their work on two songs featured on the soundtrack of The Princess Diaries.

Kwan returned to acting in 2005, when she played the role of female warrior Suki on the Asian-influenced animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. She starred in the Las Vegas original cast of the musical “Avenue Q”, and spent time starring in the national tour as an understudy for the role of Christmas Eve.

Megan Elizabeth Littler

movement and dance instructor

Growing up in Minnesota, Megan trained extensively in theatre and all styles of dance. At the young age of 17, Megan ventured to LA to pursue a professional career. Within a short 3 weeks, she was signed with an agency, and had landed her first job as a pointe dancer with the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers under the direction of Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians). Soon after, she was off to Puerto Rico to dance in her first film; Disney Channel’s smash hit ‘Teen Beach Movie’. Megan has continued to appear on countless television shows like 90210Switched at Birth, Victorious, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, Good Morning AmericaThe View and Bunheads, among others. She has worked closely with renowned directors and choreographers like James Burrows, Jeffrey Hornaday Christopher Scott, Brian Friedman, Marguerite Derricks, Hi-Hat, and more. Most recently Megan starred in her very own HULU hopeful Pilot, The Book of Lucy, as the lead character Lucy, and landed a role on the reprise of the iconic television series, Will and Grace. You can also catch her on Lifetime starring in the film Family Vanished. All while obtaining her Associates Degree in marketing.

Megan’s professional career began at a young age, but her teaching career began at an even younger one. At 15 years old, Megan toured the country as an assistant teacher to the West Coast Dance Explosion faculty. She has been a long time assistant to Ricky Palomino, and her other mentors Stacy Boedekker and Jessica Keller. Her diligence and keen eye caught the attention of other working choreographers like Chris Scott and Sonya Tayeh who she now assists with choreography on their various projects and shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. It was on the set for Teen Beach Movie Megan really discovered her gift for teaching. While working on the dance numbers with the actors in the film, her skill of working with beginners was apparent and not unnoticed. Megan now works as a personal dance coach to many professional actors in LA. Most frequently Disney Star, Dove Cameron. Today, studios across the U.S. and Australia have sought Megan out to come teach and choreograph pieces and shows for their students, and it has become one of her greatest joys.

Kimberly McVicar

Hip Hop/Jazz Choreographer

Kimberly McVicar started out as a professional dancer, she went from dancing behind celebrities on the VMA’s to standing still performing stand up. Kim has performed stand up at Yuk Yuk’s in Canada, The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, Flapper’s, The Hollywood Improv, The Acme, in the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, The Big Little Comedy Fest and more! She was the most popular stand up in the USA for The Laugh Factory’s online stand-up competition with over 600,000 views. Kim also has over a million views on Funny or Die. Find her next show in on her Instagram: @kimberteh

David Gray

Owner/Master Instructor

A longtime student of acting, David Gray grew up on and around the stages of New York City. He is a Graduate of NYC’s High School of Performing Arts. He studied extensively after high school, with his prime mentor Anthony Abeson. He also attended H.B. Studios where he had the pleasure of studying with such teachers (and actors) as Herbert Bergoff, Carol Rosenfeld, Bill Hickey and Uta Hagen. As an actor, David performed on and off Broadway. Most noteable was his critically acclaimed portrayal of Rodolpho in the Tony Award Winning production of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The John Houseman Theater, Playwrights Horizons and many other venues in NYC. He is a company member at South Coast Repertory Theater in Orange County, California. He has appeared in several feature films working with Academy Award Winning directors Oliver Stone in Nixon, and Anthony Minghella in Mr.Wonderful, as well the feature films One Good CopS.F.W.MutinyDead PresidentsLawn DogsCops And RobbersonsWhy Do Fools Fall In Love, and Soldier Boyz. He has been a regular on three network series: Fox’s  21 Jump Street,  NBC’s  Dream Street, and NBC’s  The Client. David most recently played Todd Palin in the critically acclaimed HBO movie, Game Change.  He is thrilled to be teaching along side his wife, and love of his life Shanelle Gray.

See a complete list of David’s credits at IMDB.

Child Performer Services Permit #: CPS-000204810

Shanelle Gray

Owner/Head of School/Industry Relations

Shanelle Gray grew up performing – her first job was on stage in the role of “Young Cosette” in the Broadway production of Les Miserables.  At 13, she starred in the ABC pilot Howie & Rose, and continued her television and theatrical career with recurring roles in Daytime Soap Opera’s One Life to Live and The Bold and the Beautiful, along with guest starring roles in Cory in the House, Grey’s Anatomy, and Rizzoli & Isles.  Shanelle also lends her voice to a number of video games, cartoons, and television and radio commercials.  She is thrilled to teach alongside her husband and love of her life, David.
A complete list of Shanelle’s credits is located at IMDb.

Child Performer Services Permit#: CPS-000242642

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