About Robert Mello and Instructors

Robert is the former on set acting coach for MTV’s Finding Carter. Though mostly retired from acting, he recently worked opposite Tom Hardy in the feature film, Venom and Ed Helms in Father Figures. He also appeared in a co-starring role in Devious Maids.  Prior, he worked opposite Hugh Jackman in the role of Roger in the feature film, Prisoners, booked two spots for Pantech phones and appeared Pinch N’ Ouch Theatre Company’s production of Speed The Plow. In Chicago, he worked at many top theater companies, including the internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company.

The Robert Mello Studio is the only acting studio in Atlanta offering complete Meisner-based training by an instructor with over 18 years of teaching experience. Students from The Robert Mello Studio have worked on dozens of hit TV shows, in feature films, Broadway and off-Broadway. Robert has coached winners and nominees of THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD® and THE TONY AWARD®

Robert is an active film producer.  His film, Coffee, Kill Boss, with Oscar nominee Robert Forster, Hung series regular, Eddie Jemison, and Anger Management star Nouren DeWulf –  opened The Austin Film Festival, closed the Soho Film Festival, won the Grand Jury award at the Maryland International Film Festival. It won Best Comedy Feature at the Eugene International Film Festival, and won Best Feature, Best Director and Best Actress at L.A.’s Comedy Ninja Film Festival.

In addition, in 2012 he produced a SAG short Finale, featuring Necessary Roughness series regular Hannah Marks, which premiered in Atlanta at the Out On Film Festival and was an audience favorite at the San Jose International Short Film Festival.

Currently, he is preparing to make his second feature film, Book of Jake, which he hopes to be shooting in spring 2020.

Robert’s teaching style is compassionate, straight-forward and filled with joy and humor.
Teaching is Robert’s greatest passion.

Jayson Warner Smith

800 x 533 JWSBest known for his portrayals of Wendall Jelks on SundanceTV’s Rectify and Gavin on The Walking Dead, Jayson is a full-time working actor who also teaches. His feature film work includes American Made, Christine, The Birth of a Nation, Mississippi Grind, 99 Homes ...  Jayson has also worked extensively on television on One MississippiNCIS:New Orleans, Rectify, The Vampire Diaries, Sleepy Hollow, and more. As a working actor he brings his real life on-set experience to his teaching. An Atlanta native, he knows the market and all of its players very well.

Just studied locally with Sandra Dorsey and in Los Angeles with the late David LeGrant.

Kate Brown

Kate Brown is an actor, musician and teaching artist previously based in Chicago and Los Angeles.  She attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, completed the core improv program at UCB Los Angeles and studied at the School at Steppenwolf under Monica Payne, Alexandra Billings, Jeff Perry and the late Sheldon Patinkin.  Kate has been teaching Meisner, improv, scene study and audition technique since 2010 and has worked at several of Chicago’s top acting schools: Black Box Acting, Acting Studio Chicago and Soul Gurgle Inc. She has worked at several prominent theater companies, TV and film. She is an associate teacher for the Meisner Evening Intensive, and she is also available for private coaching.

Eliana Marianes– Studio Administrator and Viewpoints Instructor

Eliana studied Theater Studies at Emory University, where she specialized in physical theater, particularly movement styles.  She has performed with the Alliance Theater, Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Children’s Theater, ART Station, The Warehouse Theater in Greenville, Aurora Theater, Stage Door Players, Out of Hand Theater, the Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theater, Theater Emory, and Théâtre du Rève, both in Atlanta and in Limoges, France. Additionally, she is with Stewart Talent, and you may have seen her tiling a bathroom in a national Home Depot commercial.  She trained with Out of Hand Theater as a CORE company member for 5 years, creating original new work, directing company Viewpoints sessions on occasion, and training with the company in Suzuki, Viewpoints, and clowning. She’s been teaching Viewpoints at the Robert Mello Studio and other theater companies around town for 8 years. Additionally, Eliana serves RMS in the capacity of Studio Administrator.

Frances Mulinix

Frances is excited to bring her passion and more than 20 years of experience in voice, movement, writing, coaching, and performance to the Robert Mello Studio

Frances holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, with a focus on writing, dramaturgy, directing, and physical theatre. She spent 6 years in Australia, establishing herself as a performer, emcee, producer, and creative consultant, and completed the performer internship program with Zen Zen Zo, a physical theatre company specialising in Viewpoints, butoh, and Suzuki.

After earning her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland, she worked with elderly veterans and children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. She quickly established a reputation for incorporating her creativity, communication skills, and performance training in order to assist clients in discovering new abilities and meeting their goals. She also co-created a successful circus and performance pilot program for children with hypotonia and spasticity for CPL (formerly Cerebral Palsy League) in Queensland.

Returning to Canada, Frances taught speech arts to children and adults, assisting them in accessing presence and confidence in their voices, and coaching them to overcome personal barriers to achievement.

Frances holds an Associate Performer Diploma (ATCL) with Trinity College, London, UK, and is a certified Speech Arts Teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Toronto, Canada and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA). Trained in Reiki, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Frances is currently completing the Fitzmaurice Voicework® Teacher program. Learn more about the strategies she utilizes here.

When Frances isn’t coaching her clients or creating her own art, she loves training for triathalons, volunteering as a children’s swim coach with the adaptive program Blaze Sports, being active outdoors, visiting her in-laws and their farm, and learning more about the history and culture of Georgia with her husband.

Clayton Landey

Clayton Landey has been a professional performer, actor, director, producer, writer and teacher for over 40 years with over 300 credits as an actor. He has appeared in over 180 TV episodes. He is currently recurring on If Loving You Is Wrong. He has recurred in 9 other TV series including 3 seasons on Knots Landing and 1 year on Days of Our Lives. He was a Series Regular on HBO’s first scripted comedy series 1st and Ten. His over 40 films include the current Sully, A Sunday Horse and Camera Store. He has appeared in films at the Cannes, Venice and Sundance Film Festivals. His first film Norma Rae is in the Library of Congress National Film Registry. And if anyone is counting he has over 85 commercials to his credit. Current and upcoming: The Sunday Horse (supporting), Recurring Guest Star on If Loving You Is Wrong (new series from Tyler Perry), 3 National Commercials – Xarelto, Joe’s Crab Shack, GEICO, 3rd year as The Gulf Power Energy Coach, the Atlanta premier of John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church at Theatrical Outfit.

On Television he starred as Roger Barrow in the first season of 1st and Ten, the first scripted original half hour comedy series on HBO.He has had recurring roles in nine other TV series including Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness and three seasons on Knots Landing. He has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.. Clayton is on the Board of the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local and serves as Chair of The Muriel Moore/Danny Nelson SAG-AFTRA Conservatory.


Candace holds a BFA in Theatre from Western Kentucky University.  Her credits include BET’s Second Generation Wayans, and Adult Swim’s The Rising Son and the viral Too Many Cooks, and the feature films Carl, Blackhats, Undocumented Executive, and Step Off. Her commercial credits include Moes, Rooms To Go, Northside Hospital, Honda and The Weather Channel—to name a few. On stage she’s had leading roles with some of Atlanta’s top theatre companies including Catherine in Proof, Harper in Angels in America, Lula in Dutchman, Meg in Crimes of the Heart,  Candy in Touched, and Twirler in Talking With.  Candace has produced and directed episodes of the web series The Lumber Baron (of Jasper County) where she also stars as Ashley, the spitfire with a schoolgirl crush. She also co-produced and appeared in the music video Nothin’ But Love by Brendan James.  Candace is a graduate of the Meisner Program at The Robert Mello Studio and is the recipient of the 2013 Georgia’s Rising Star Award.

Omer Mughal

Omer has studied extensively at The Robert Mello Studio and The Company Acting Studio as well as ongoing workshops with Crystal Carson, Ted Brunetti, Sam Christensen and others.  His credits include 24:Legacy, Table 19, The Vampire Diaries, The Have and Have Nots, Born Again Virgin and more. He also recently worked on the acclaimed Pinch n’ Ouch Theater Company’s world premier play, Girls Life and performs regular with the improv troupe P.I.T.  and also has extensive experience behind the camera as a casting assistant, extras casting assistant, camera PA, audition reader and more. In addition to his acting career, Omer is the owner and operator of Actors Taping Actors audition taping service since 2012.

Ian Covell

Ian Covell is the founder and managing director of Highwire Comedy Co. He has over 20 years of experience performing improv and sketch comedy across the U.S. and Canada and has trained extensively in the Meisner technique. He regularly works in film, tv, and voice-over ​​and his unique blend of improv and acting skills is a rare commodity.

Morgan Rydson

Morgan Rysdon is a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher and founder of Center Studio. With an active private practice in New York City and Atlanta, she helps actors, singers and dancers elevate their performances as well as recover from chronic pain, injury, stress and anxiety. She holds a BA in acting and performing from Illinois State University and spent time acting professionally in Chicago working at theaters such as Victory Gardens Theatre, The Redmoon Theatre Company and The Hypocrites among others. She gained her teaching certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC. Committed to helping others, Morgan teaches private lessons and group classes with a focus on building self-awareness, self-confidence and poise through improving the overall function of an individuals mind, body, breath and voice.

Jase Wingate

Jase Wingate holds his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Georgia where he was involved in Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, and Commedia Dell’Arte studies. He has also studied Commedia Dell’Arte and Shakespeare in Italy. He is a former teacher from the Rose of Athens Theatre Academy and the Rose of Athens Theatre in Athens, GA where he performed in their Shakespeare on the Lawn series. Jase has also worked closely with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company as a Teaching Artist, a Tour Troupe member for their classroom initiatives, and was selected as a member of their apprenticeship program. He believes that Shakespeare wrote universal themes that stand relevant even during our current day and age. Jase is a human man on the Earth right now. He is also a Leo.


Cook Headshot HorizontalCarolyn Cook has over twenty years experience as a professional actor, director, producer, teacher and acting coach. She has performed with some of the top theaters in Atlanta, including Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theater, The Alliance Theater, Actors Express, Theater in the Square, Seven Stages, Theater Emory, and on tour with various companies in the United Kingdom, France and the United States.