Our team

Learn from the best acting & filmmaking instructors in Houston.

Katie Martin

Owner/instructor

Katie Martin is an actor, director and teacher. She has been acting for over thirty years, gaining experience onstage and onscreen. Katie is also an award winning director and filmmaker, winning awards for her film Cybil which she also starred in.  Katie began teach HS theatre, and has been teaching for over ten years. Some of her favorite roles include Ms. Berry in 6 Rounds of Chloe,  Elizabeth in A Monkey’s Paw, and of course Cybil! Katie loves passing her passion for acting on to her students and being a part of their journey. Katie is represented by Acclaim Talent.

Joe Grisaffi

Instructor

Joe Grisaffi is an actor and award-winning director from Houston. His films include the acclaimed Lars the Emo Kid and fan-loved Conjoined, as well as Dead of Knight and Laughing Boy. As an actor, Joe has staring roles in films such as Joe Returns a Video, Gem of the Rainforest, Pound of Flesh, to name a few. Joe also spent many years working as a casting director in Houston, casting dozens of commercials, including spots for McDonald’s, Renault, Conn’s Budweiser and many more. Joe is represented by Beaz Talent. 

Rafael Lozano

Instructor

Rafael Lozano has been acting professionally for over 5 years. In that time he has trained with various influential coaches. Rafael has had a role in several commercials and industrials in Texas. He was also the lead in a short Horror film releasing in 2022. Rafael has worked with ReelArc company in NYC and has appeared in the Unsolved Mysteries series on Netflix. Rafael hopes to inspire other actors and to help them pave a successful path in the acting and filmmaking industry. Rafael is represented by Spark Talent Agency.

Sommer Bruens

Studio manager/instructor

Sommer Bruens grew up in Southern California but has lived in Houston for over 15 years. She is an art enthusiast and has used art as a form of expression since childhood. She grew up taking filmmaking classes in California and had a video camera rolling non-stop. She has taken several filmmaking courses and is an award winning filmmaker. Sommer believes in the importance of following your passion and dreams and hopes to instill that in her students while inspiring them to make movies!