Gray Studios

Its Your Turn to Grace the Stage

Casting new shows, starting this fall

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.

Joshua Blaine Wark

movement and dance instructor

Joshua Blaine Wark began his training at Sally Doerr Dance Academy in Cass City, MI, and later attended The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studying under the direction of Randy Duncan and Anna Paskevska. During this time, he also studied with various artists in Chicago at the Joel Hall Center for Dance and the Lou Conte Dance Center, as well as appearing with the Joffrey Ballet in such productions as “The Nutcracker” and “Taming of the Shrew”. Upon graduation in 2004, Joshua moved to NY to attend the Juilliard School, where he worked with a wide array of choreographers, including Adam Hougland, Bennyroyce Royon, Austin MCormick, and Janis Brenner. Joshua has performed and toured with the Ron de Jesus Dance Company, and appeared in the 20th Anniversary performance of Dance for Life Chicago. He was later a lead performer in Cirque du Soleil.

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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