Acting Option Students

See below for information on our current acting students:

Third Year

Kanyinsola Agboola
Kanyinsola Agboola

Kanyinsola F. Agboola recently played Queen Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Cal State LA credits include Polonious and Bernardo in Hamlet as well as her stage debut as Agatha in Holy Seductive Dance. Born and raised in Nigeria & Minnesota, music and dance drives her creativity as an artist. Her focus as of right now is finding herself as an artist. 

Laura Dickinson-Turner
Laura Dickinson-Turner

Laura Dickinson-Turner is an actor and arts educator who is passionate about the power of the arts to heal and transform.  All artists are storytellers at their core, and story has the ability to effect social change, connect individuals to themselves and to each other, open hearts and minds, tackle difficult issues creatively, and expand consciousness.  Laura has been nominated three times for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition; she received a Best Support Actress nomination in the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Awards for her work as Laura Wingfield in 2015, and she has had the opportunity to be the teaching assistant to Alexandra Billings and Jeff Perry at the Steppenwolf Classes West program at CSU Summer Arts.  Currently, in addition to her MFA studies at Cal State LA, she is also enrolled in the Teacher Training program for those MFA Acting Option students wishing to teach acting.  After finishing her degree, Laura hopes to teach theatre at the college level, form a theatre company, continue to act, and to organize/conduct artistic workshops throughout California and across the globe.

Adam Ferguson
Adam Ferguson

Adam Ferguson is originally from Memphis, TN.  During his first year at Cal State LA, he appeared on campus as Comendador Gomez in Fuente Ovejuna directed by Guest Artist Anna Estrada and also as Eldon Phelps in The Dead Guy (both on campus and at the Hollywood Fringe Festival).  For three years Adam toured internationally (Asia, Europe, and South America) in A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins. He made his Off-Broadway debut in the World Premiere of Boys Just Wanna Have Fun.  Other New York City credits include Much Ado About Nothing, A Year in the Life (World Premiere), and Film Scenes in the Village (Winner of Producer’s Pick Best Comic Actor).  Favorite regional credits include Cabaret, Proof, As You Like It, and the national tour of Cyrano de Bergerac.  Los Angeles credits include The Altruists (winner of StageSceneLA Best Actor in a Comedy), Picasso at the Lapine Agile, and Romeo and Juliet.  Adam also wrote and starred in the webseries 30 is Still 30 which is available to watch on YouTube. He holds a BFA in Theater Performance form North Dakota State University and has trained at Circle in the Square Theater School.  He was a company member at The Actors’ Gang for four years and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Visit his websiteVisit his resumeVisit his IMDB PageVisit his YouTube Channel.  

James Feuer
James Feuer

James Feuer holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Acting from Drama Studio London (Valedictorian), a Certificate from the BESG at Cambridge University, where he studied with teachers from RADA, LAMDA and Central; an Intermediate Stage Combat Certificate from the Society of British Fight Directors test at RADA; and a BA in Drama from Kenyon College, where he won the Paul Newman Award for Best Actor. He has appeared with various region, Off-Broadway and European theater companies including Drayton Court, C Venues, Theatre Row, Philomusica, Looking Glass, Deaf West Theatre, CAPA, and CATCO. He appeared in the original cast of Accomplice: NY produced by Neil Patrick Harris.  Television and Film credits include Antonio in Wonderland (20th Century Fox) and Honey Flood, Clinton: His Struggle with Dirt (BBC, Dir. Armando Iannucci), A Crime to Remember, Grave Secrets, Scorned: Love Kills, My Crazy Love, Monsters Inside Me, Mysteries at the Castle, and The Sopranos. Illimunating the human condiction and bringing people together, preferably through comedy, drived his work as a creative artist.  He is enrolled in the Teacher Training Program and is a member of Actors’ Equity.

Te'Juana Johnson
Te'Juana Johnson
TeJuana Johnson is originally from Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of Howard Univetsity. She has a passion for work that tells the stories that often go unheard. Visit her website.  
Jess Jones
Jess Jones

Jess Jones is an actor and fight director. She has been seen in Hamlet (Hamlet/Gertrude) at Cal State LA; The Greeks (Chorus) with Burning Coal Theatre; Hamlet (Player Queen) with Honest Pint Theatre Company; Three Musketeers (Milady), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania/Hippolyta), and Othello (Desdemona) at Cape Fear Regional Theatre; Dracula (Lucy) at Temple Theatre; The Paper Hat Game (puppeteer) at The Den Theatre, Open Eye Theatre, Little Green Pig Theatre and The Puppeteers Festival of America; Love's Infrastructure (Puppeteer) at PSI Theatre; This is not a Novel (aerial silks performer), Tartino's Yellow Speedo (Fatima) and Richie (Screw) with Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern; After the Revolution (Emma Joseph) and A Kid Like Jake(Nurse) at Deep Dish Theatre; Ether Steeds (Skeeta) with Stillwater Theatre; The Tempest (Iris) at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is a Certified Actor Combatant with the SAFD. She has trained with Ray Dooley at UNC Chapel Hill, Ward Acting Studio; with Dana Marks at Duke University, Puppetry with Torry Bend, Aerial Silks at The Trapeze School of NY Chicago and with NYC's Fight or Flight, Berkley Rep, Studio ACT, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Cambridge University, and at NCSA. Her BA is in Theatre Performance from Barton College (2010).

Eric Lauritzen
Rob Lecrone
Rob Lecrone

Rob Lecrone is an actor from Alaska who has been in Los Angeles since 2012. He believes that being an actor provides insight, catharsis, entertainment, and self-confrontation for both artist and audience to help point the way to a better future. His focus is on community-building through art and he is passionate about new works development.

Rob previously trained at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood and is a graduate of Upright Citizen’s Brigade’s long-form improv program. He completed a course in Hagen Teacher Training at HB Studios in New York and is also participating in teacher training in the MFA program.

A featured artist at the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska, Rob coaches in the monologue workshop and hosts the nightly fringe portion of the annual event. He has appeared in several main-stage shows at the conference, most recently in 2017 as George in Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, a show he co-produced and for which he designed sound.

A proud member of Sacred Fools Theatre Company, he most recently performed in the Sacred Fools’ produced Hollywood Fringe Show, Jane Austen’s Emma Frankenstein. He also appeared in Arthur M. Jolly’s A Gulag Mouse as well as numerous roles and episodes of the weekly late-night wonder that is Serial Killers, Sacred Fools’ competitive episodic theatre.

As a volunteer through Laughter for a Change, Rob is a member of an improv group that performs for patients and parents at Childrens Hospital LA.

David Miller
David Miller

David as an artist hopes to make a positive impact on the world through offering a different view on modern human circumstances such as homelessness and addiction. He has written a one-man show on those topics, titled Two Lives in One Lifetime which he performed at the University of Louisville, from which he is an alumnus. David is very much interested in Television and Film acting but has a deep love for the stage. Past credits for theatre include: How I Learned to Drive (Greek Male Chorus) and The Flu Season (Doctor) at University of Louisville Mainstage, and Holy Seductive Dance (Sergeant/Attn. General) and The Dead Guy (Roberta/Various) at Cal State L.A. Past credits for film include: From the Top, Errands for the 48 Hour Film Project, both times winning the Best Acting award in Louisville, KY. David was also a member of a theatre troupe called Bottoms Up! Productions while he was pursuing his undergraduate degree and has been in many shorts and comedy sketches they published to a YouTube channel along with being in several original plays in Louisville from 2011 – 2013.

Acting Reel Highlights

Jeremiah Ripley
Jeremiah Ripley

Jeremiah Ripley is from Wheeling, WV and received his BA in Theatre and minor in Sociology from Fairmont State University.  Before attending Graduate School at Cal State LA, Jeremiah spent the last four years working in Elementary Education in Los Angeles and Austin, TX. Jeremiah teaches Improv/Acting at elementary schools throughout Los Angeles, as well as ESL at Rider University in partnership with Cal State Northridge.  Jeremiah has a passion for storytelling, both as an Actor and Writer, and for helping to foster new generations of storytellers and artists.  He is a four time Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Award Nominee, and one time semi-finalist and was most recently nominated for his work as Dougie in The Dead Guy at Cal State LA. Selected previous credits include; Flores in Fuente Ovejuna at Cal State LA, Dr. Frederick Treves in The Elephant Man at Fairmont State University, CB in Dog Sees God at Fairmont State University, Lancaster in Edward the Second at Fairmont State University, J.R. Moretti in Remembering No. 9: Stories from the Farmington Mine Disaster at Fairmont State University, Benvolio in Romeo & Juliet at The Independent Theatre Collective.  

Second Year

Amy Shu
Amy Shu

Amy Shu has a curious heart and mind, and because of this trait and her willingness to let it influence her, she's found a unique path that allows her two passions partner and strengthen each other. Born into a Chinese immigrant family in Southern California, she had the privilege of growing up with a foot in both American and Asian cultures. She had always had an artist's heart, but as a child of an immigrant, Amy felt it first necessary to gain skills that would guarantee income and stability. It wasn't until after getting credentialed as an elementary school teacher and working as an administrator (of a preschool and elementary second language after school program) did she finally decided to give acting a try. From there things took off and she went from taking acting classes and performing in plays at a local city college, to training her voice at East West Players with Leslie Ishii, to writing and performing her own solo show, Meili de Ai (Beautiful Seedling) at the International Fitzmaurice Voice Conference in Vancouver, B.C.,Canada. After a few years of pounding the pavement in Hollywood, she moved to Milwaukee, WI, to be a Teaching Artist Fellow at First Stage, a Theater for Young Audiences (TYA). There, she found a balance of her two careers. She taught young students the acting and storytelling skills and performed and understudied in First Stage's productions. Amy hopes to continue to grow in both careers so she will begin her graduate studies at Cal State Univ. Los Angeles to earn her MFA in Acting to hone and master her craft. 

Joel Martin
Joel Martin
Joel Martin completed his undergraduate degree at BYU-Hawaii in International Cultural Communications. Although he was born in Washington State, Joel will say he grew up in Hawaii. His acting roots began with an excellent mentor in his high school theatre program which led to a successful collegiate career. Some of the characters he played during his undergraduate included Christian from Cyrano de Bergerac, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, King Oberon A Midsummer Nights Dream and Roger Together Again for the First Time. Joel won Best Actor 2001 as well as acting scholarships at BYU. By the time he had received his BA in 2007, he had played over fifteen lead roles in theatre productions and one amateur film.
 
Video had caught his attention and he started working behind the camera, taking production and editing courses. Right after college, Joel started a production company in Hawaii. This move took him away from acting and into writing, directing and producing. Shooting and editing music videos, tv commercials and wedding videos, he found a love for the audio visual art form. As life happens, plans changed and Joel went into TV and digital marketing for corporations. Joel spent ten years in corporate marketing manager roles. 
 
Joel moved to LA in 2018 to get back to his acting roots. As a graduate student in the Television, Film & Theatre program at CalStateLA, Joel is excited to be training with the talented instructors in this singularly outstanding interdisciplinary program. 
Jeremy Leochner
Jeremy Leochner

Jeremy Leochner is a first year member of the MFA Acting Cohort in the Television, Film and Theatre program. Prior to attending CSULA, he obtained his Bachelors in Theatre Arts from Cal State Fullerton, where he graduated Cum Laude. While at CSUF he performed in several productions including Comedy of ErrorsA Christmas Carol and Two Gentlemen of Verona. He also took part in the pioneering class for the schools Physical Theatre program. Outside of school he has performed throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Orange County. Including appearances in Play It Again Sam at the Mosiac Lizard Theater in Alhambra, The Book of Andy at Grand Central in Santa Anna, and Man Who Came to Dinner at Glendale Centre Theater. 

As an artist Jeremy is driven by the desire to find the honest truth of what people feel and want. As an Autistic individual he is driven to counter act the stereotypes of Autistic people as being unable to express or understand emotion. He is a proud advocate of Autism Acceptance and tries to bring the unique perspective of people on the spectrum into his work. He hopes to develop more works based on the unique disorder in order to further the cause of Neurodiversity within the theatre community. 

Jeremy currently lives in Glendora with his family. He considers them his most valuable critics and the best audience. He knows he can rely on their continued love and support as he goes on his journey at Cal State LA

Matt Stepan
Matt Stepan

Matt Stepan is an actor, improviser, and director from McKinney, TX. He loves stories, and has been a storyteller for as long as he can remember. He is driven by work that provokes us to empathy, explores the human condition, and dares to ask big questions. He acts because he has to. He believes that as an artist he has a responsibility to share stories that promote understanding of our shared experience, inspire wonder, and entertain. He holds a B.F.A. in theatre from Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX) and is proud to be an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Visit his website