Jim Parrack is an actor of motion picture, television and Broadway. He began studying acting with Robert Carnegie and Tony Savant at Playhouse West Los Angeles in 2004. Two months later his professional career began when he was cast in a supporting role in Walt Disney Pictures’ Annapolis. He has since appeared in twenty motion pictures including: Battle: Los Angeles, A Night In Old Mexico with Robert Duvall, Fury with Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf, and As I Lay Dying with long time collaborator and fellow Playhouse West alumni, James Franco. He played Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s True Blood for six seasons.
He made his directorial debut in the theater in 2009 with a riveting Los Angeles revival of Clifford Odets’ Waiting for Lefty, followed by winning critics and audiences over in 2013 with A Hatful Of Rain. He made his feature film debut with the award winning feature Post which he also wrote, produced and served as cinematographer. He produced the award winning Daisy’s in 2012 for which he was also cinematographer. He has been a teacher of acting at Playhouse West since 2010 and has guest taught on both coasts of the United States and in England.
In spring 2014, along with opening the Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab, he wrote, directed, produced, photographed and starred in the soon to be major motion picture Black Curry, made his Broadway debut to rave reviews in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, and simultaneously filmed the Robert Redford produced film The Adderall Diaries in NYC and the final season of HBO’s True Blood in Los Angeles. In 2015 he starred in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad with Jared Leto and Will Smith.
Acting Instructor: ANDREA DANTAS
Andrea Dantas is a vibrant actress, director and Flamenco dancer from Brazil. She has been performing professionally for 19 years, in Brazil, Italy, England and USA, in film, theater and television. After years of working professionally in South America, she moved to Sydney, Australia to study the Meisner Technique under former Playhouse West alumni Billy Millionis, at The Actor’s Pulse, then relocated to Europe where she continued to act and direct. Her studies include: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, Teatro Olmetto in Milan and Playhouse West Los Angeles. Parallel to her acting career, she has continued to dance Flamenco, relocating to Seville to further expand her knowledge and technique, performing live in Spain for a year. Her directorial works include Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, Luigi Pirandello’s Liola, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, What The Flowers Say a play inspired by the works of Garcia Lorca and James McLure’s Laundry and Bourbon / Lone Star. She is currently working on her one woman show, based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo.