AMARU "Acting gives me the opportunity to become another person.  My acting experience includes an NBC Dateline show and Ben Affleck's Academy Award winning film, Argo.  I like to rap. Hip Hop/Rap is my favorite type of music. I play basketball and am a New York Knicks supporter. Boxing is another sport I participate in."  

 

AMARU

"Acting gives me the opportunity to become another person.  My acting experience includes an NBC Dateline show and Ben Affleck's Academy Award winning film, Argo. 

I like to rap. Hip Hop/Rap is my favorite type of music. I play basketball and am a New York Knicks supporter. Boxing is another sport I participate in."

 

 
  JOHN "I’m a Queens, New Yorker who enjoys writing. I’ve been creating poetry and singing since I was seven. My main goal in life is to become a famous entertainer so I can repay my family for all they have done.   I am a three-time winner of the Flowetry (flow +poetry) Competition in Queens, NY. One of my biggest accomplishments was getting my poems into The American Library of Poetry book." 

 

JOHN

"I’m a Queens, New Yorker who enjoys writing. I’ve been creating poetry and singing since I was seven. My main goal in life is to become a famous entertainer so I can repay my family for all they have done.  

I am a three-time winner of the Flowetry (flow +poetry) Competition in Queens, NY. One of my biggest accomplishments was getting my poems into The American Library of Poetry book." 

 
  MALAKOT "I'm a Chicago native who moved to NYC when I was just two-years old. My friends and family know me for my wit and sharp tongue while others know me as "just another hood teenager." I love to act in films. I believe that if you work hard, success will come. So far I have worked on several film and TV projects including a popular show on VH1. Other interests include fencing, producing music, and making clothes."

 

MALAKOT

"I'm a Chicago native who moved to NYC when I was just two-years old. My friends and family know me for my wit and sharp tongue while others know me as "just another hood teenager." I love to act in films. I believe that if you work hard, success will come. So far I have worked on several film and TV projects including a popular show on VH1.

Other interests include fencing, producing music, and making clothes."

 
  VICTORIA "At age five I wanted to become a surgeon.  This was short-lived when I almost fainted at the sight of blood... from a paper cut on my pinkie.  Since then, my lifelong dream has been to become an actress.  I have been in numerous productions and am proud of the best actress award I won from New York Film Academy."  

 

VICTORIA

"At age five I wanted to become a surgeon.  This was short-lived when I almost fainted at the sight of blood... from a paper cut on my pinkie. 

Since then, my lifelong dream has been to become an actress. 

I have been in numerous productions and am proud of the best actress award I won from New York Film Academy."

 

  COREY COTT Corey Cott has been cast in the lead role of the idealistic first-year teacher Vance Stewart. In 2013 Cott was named one of the hottest actors under 25. He was star of the Tony award-winning Broadway show Newsies.  The NY Times called his versatile performance as the rabble-rousing newsboy Jack Kelly "electric," and Entertainment Weekly called  it "winning" and "imbued with sensitivity and vulnerability. 

 

COREY COTT

Corey Cott has been cast in the lead role of the idealistic first-year teacher Vance Stewart. In 2013 Cott was named one of the hottest actors under 25. He was star of the Tony award-winning Broadway show Newsies. 

The NY Times called his versatile performance as the rabble-rousing newsboy Jack Kelly "electric," and Entertainment Weekly called  it "winning" and "imbued with sensitivity and vulnerability. 

 
  INDIA "I was born in New York City and have lived in Indonesia and Rhode Island. My love for the theater came from my mother who is a playwright.  I’m also passionate about dance and music. I love going on adventures, getting lost, learning more about the world, dancing, making art, and laughing."  

 

INDIA

"I was born in New York City and have lived in Indonesia and Rhode Island. My love for the theater came from my mother who is a playwright. 

I’m also passionate about dance and music. I love going on adventures, getting lost, learning more about the world, dancing, making art, and laughing."

 

 
  KAVON "I’m from the Bronx, NY. My family is large. I have 8 brothers with oddities including our own “slang words”. My closest pals find me funny, creative, trustworthy, independent, and thankful. My desire is to become a visual artist of some sort and a creative writer. I feel that film will broaden my horizons."   

 

KAVON

"I’m from the Bronx, NY. My family is large. I have 8 brothers with oddities including our own “slang words”. My closest pals find me funny, creative, trustworthy, independent, and thankful.

My desire is to become a visual artist of some sort and a creative writer. I feel that film will broaden my horizons." 

 

 
  SHAYLA "My name is Shayla and I am 16 years old. I attend Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where I major in drama. I’m from Astoria, Queens and I’m half black and half Albanian. Acting is a passion for me.  When I was five, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’m always looking forward to meeting new people that love doing what I do."  

 

SHAYLA

"My name is Shayla and I am 16 years old. I attend Frank Sinatra School of the Arts where I major in drama. I’m from Astoria, Queens and I’m half black and half Albanian.

Acting is a passion for me. 

When I was five, I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’m always looking forward to meeting new people that love doing what I do."

 

 
  CLARKE PETERS Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme, Redhook Summer) will be playing Earl Hayes, a cynical but deeply humane veteran teacher who takes Vance under his wing. Peters played Lester Freamon on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire.  His performance on Treme was called "breathtaking" and "stunning" by the Wall Street Journal. Roger Ebert called his work in Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer "Outstanding" and the NY Times said it was filled with "raw vitality.

 

CLARKE PETERS

Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme, Redhook Summer) will be playing Earl Hayes, a cynical but deeply humane veteran teacher who takes Vance under his wing. Peters played Lester Freamon on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. 

His performance on Treme was called "breathtaking" and "stunning" by the Wall Street Journal. Roger Ebert called his work in Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer "Outstanding" and the NY Times said it was filled with "raw vitality.

 
  LIAM "I’m a city kid whose heart is in the country. I’m happier in upstate NY where you can find me shredding the slopes on my snowboard in the winter. In the summer, you can find me hiking in the woods, swimming in the lake, riding a horse or dirt bike. I have two dogs, two cats, and a big, fat bunny. Stray animals find their way to me.Nothing is dearer to me than my friends and family along with my hobbies and passions."

 

LIAM

"I’m a city kid whose heart is in the country. I’m happier in upstate NY where you can find me shredding the slopes on my snowboard in the winter. In the summer, you can find me hiking in the woods, swimming in the lake, riding a horse or dirt bike. I have two dogs, two cats, and a big, fat bunny. Stray animals find their way to me.Nothing is dearer to me than my friends and family along with my hobbies and passions."

 
  ALEXIS "I’m from New Jersey. I’ve been acting since the age of nine and hope to pursue a career in acting. I’m receiving training in the arts under Maria Aladren, at the Verne Fowler School of Dance and with Cleo Mack. When I’m not performing, I’m learning about the technical aspects of putting on a show. In my spare time I enjoy writing."  

 

ALEXIS

"I’m from New Jersey. I’ve been acting since the age of nine and hope to pursue a career in acting. I’m receiving training in the arts under Maria Aladren, at the Verne Fowler School of Dance and with Cleo Mack.

When I’m not performing, I’m learning about the technical aspects of putting on a show. In my spare time I enjoy writing."

 

 
  AYLA "My career in entertainment started when I was cast in a professional production of A Christmas Carol at age seven. Since then I have worked on independent films and TV shows including the Interactive Discovery Channel and ABC. I also had an amazing experience playing the part of a dead doll with an awful latex mask at an interactive art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum I want to have a life worth writing about."

 

AYLA

"My career in entertainment started when I was cast in a professional production of A Christmas Carol at age seven. Since then I have worked on independent films and TV shows including the Interactive Discovery Channel and ABC. I also had an amazing experience playing the part of a dead doll with an awful latex mask at an interactive art exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum

I want to have a life worth writing about."

 
 
 
  JOANNA "I am 18 years old. I love playing different characters as if I went through the same situations that they had gone through. I'd say I'm a little cuckoo but in a good way. You never know just what to expect with me. My biggest life experience was getting locked up for a while. There's nothing better than your freedom. I took it for granted and now I am working hard for what I really want in life."   

 

JOANNA

"I am 18 years old. I love playing different characters as if I went through the same situations that they had gone through. I'd say I'm a little cuckoo but in a good way. You never know just what to expect with me.

My biggest life experience was getting locked up for a while. There's nothing better than your freedom. I took it for granted and now I am working hard for what I really want in life."   

 
  YURI "My name is Yuri and I’m a 16-year-old sophomore. I started learning to play the cello when I was five years old  and I have been studying ever since. In my spare time I enjoy visual arts such as photography and drawing. I also enjoy exploring New York City as there is always something new to discover."  

 

YURI

"My name is Yuri and I’m a 16-year-old sophomore. I started learning to play the cello when I was five years old  and I have been studying ever since.

In my spare time I enjoy visual arts such as photography and drawing.

I also enjoy exploring New York City as there is always something new to discover."

 

 
  LJ ISLER  "I am 16 years old and I love acting. I have been part of the IMPACT Repertory Theater Performance Company of Harlem for the last 4 years. I also love music and am a skilled rapper and tuba player. Acting allows me to bring out different sides of my personality. A lot of people see me as kind of quiet but on stage or in front of the camera I can become bold and confident." 

 

LJ ISLER 

"I am 16 years old and I love acting. I have been part of the IMPACT Repertory Theater Performance Company of Harlem for the last 4 years. I also love music and am a skilled rapper and tuba player.

Acting allows me to bring out different sides of my personality. A lot of people see me as kind of quiet but on stage or in front of the camera I can become bold and confident."