Meet The Company

Lawrence Bierria, Artistic Director/Teaching Artist

Lawrence was born in San Antonio, TX and graduated high school in the heart of New Orleans from the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Upon graduation the jazz saxophonist moved to New York where he graduated from the accredited Ithaca College with his BFA in Acting and Directing. He has directed plays in New Orleans, New York, London and San Antonio and upon moving back to Texas to care for his grandparents he founded the Alamo Shakespeare Company (ASC). As the Artistic Director of a growing Theater Company he views hundred of auditions a year, cast and directs a diverse season of shows and films. His passion for inspiring actors is what lead him to develop ASC Fine Art Studios as a department to Alamo Shakespeare Company and the nonprofit Tell Your Story.  

Lawrence is fulled by seeing actors succeed and hopes to create more affordable opportunities for actors to train and grow limitlessly. It is his pleasure to share his passion with you in your three day Industry Masterclass.

Ari Haines, Teaching Artist

Ari Haines is a graduate from St Marys University in London England and hold a degree in Media Arts and Creative/Professional Writing with a specialized interest in the genres of fantasy, drama, comedy, memoirs, and film directing. Her bright and friendly personality and keen eye for detail charaismaticaly complements her creative and outside the box thinking when it comes to both creating fiction and scripts. Her recent accomplishments include the short screenplay “The Decision” which won best short script at the Top Indie Film Awards (Spring Edition). She is currently writing a fantasy novel and a pilot for a TV series and working as an assistant director on a feature film shooting in Kerrville, Texas this spring. 

Nick Hone, Teaching Artist

Nick Hone is a professional actor finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts training at the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama. A San Antonio native, Nick’s love of theatre was sparked by his high school’s Shakespeare productions, and his pursuance of this art as a profession has helped him grow as a person and artist. Nick has worked as an actor with Dallas Shakespeare in the Park and Oklahoma Shakespeare, as well as acting in and directing several shows at the University of Oklahoma

Hope Peña, Teaching Artist

Hope graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri with a BFA in Theatre Arts - Acting. Along side acting in shows, Hope spent a lot of her time divided between lighting design, her role is Chairwoman of the student run theatre company, performing with the school vocal jazz octet The Velvetones, and lobbying for the arts in Jefferson City. Since returning home to Central Florida, Hope as taken her love for the arts and entertainment in two directions. The first is that she spends most of her time as a performer with the Universal Orlando resort. She has performed various roles from Scareactor, to Parade Dancer, and even Character Performer. When not performing Hope works very closes with the Start Osceola Intensive where she is an Acting Coach for high school students in Osceola County. 

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