AA4K Studios

Staff

Monica Cortez

Conservatory Director

Monica's arts journey began when she was cast in a Christmas show at the age of 8 in her hometown of San Antonio, TX.  Her love for acting led her to New York City where she studied various forms of acting and completed the William Esper acting program with the esteemed teacher, Terry Knickerbocker.  She has performed on many stages, large and small, and has had the pleasure to embody roles from original scripts to Shakespeare.  When an acting role took her to the Sundance Film Festival, her passion for film was ignited.  She returned to school to study all aspects of filmmaking at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with honors.  She’s traveled extensively and has experience working with performance and kids through educational programs based in New York City, Canada, Mexico and China.  She is currently writing a TV family drama series based in Orange County.

Katie Robinson

Program Coordinator &

Social Media Manager

Katie was born and raised in Mission Viejo and is proud to be an MVHS alumnus. She recently graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her Bachelor of Arts in Cinematic Arts with an emphasis in Production Management and is currently working towards her Masters in Organizational Leadership at Brandman University. When she's not at AA4K Studios, you can find her working at the Disneyland Resort in Entertainment. She is also the Staff Coordinator for California Miss Amazing, a beauty pageant-like event for girls with special needs and disabilities. Katie looks forward to working with your student and helping nurture their ideas from dream to reality.

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Mark Chapman

Video Editor

Meet Mark! He recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Television Arts. While working on his degree, he has worked for multiple summer school programs in I.P.S.F. (Irvine Public Schools Foundation). This allowed him to gain more experience working with kids from 2nd through 8th grade, and sometimes even early high school. In these classes, he would be the headteacher for classes of 30 or more students and would teach filmmaking ranging from stop motion to special effects. And for actors needing new pictures, Mark is an experienced headshot and portrait photographer.

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Liam Shannon

Production Assistant

Intern

Liam has just graduated Mission Viejo High School and will be attending DePaul University in Chicago to study Theatre Arts and Directing. Fun fact, Liam wears a button up shirt every single day because he likes feeling formal. He loves leading, teaching, and directing, and cannot wait to be the Production Assistant Intern for AA4K studios.

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Chloe Johnson

Video Editor

Chloe is an Orange County native and loves the Acting Academy Program! She has been working with the Acting Academy's Musical Theatre program (as a Technical Director and Activity Director) for many years and is very happy to start work in their film program. Chloe has been interested in filmmaking and acting ever since she was young, and has now been trained in her craft by industry professionals. She has helped produce, edit, direct, and has acted in short films. Chloe recently received her Bachelor's Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Cinematic Arts (concentration in Production and Post). Bringing these student's stories to life is something that Chloe is super excited about!  

Hannah Mcelfresh

Audio Editing Intern

Hannah grew up in the Pacific Northwest watching lots of movies and going to summer camp! Her senior year of high school she switched gears from chiropractic medicine and decided on film school at Azusa Pacific University in SoCal and this is where she fell in love with sound design. With her degree in Cinematic Production, she hopes to work in children’s entertainment or animation when she graduates. Everything made sense in choosing sound design when she remembered doing her own Foley to Disney movies early in her childhood. If she's not editing audio she’s listening to her record player or meeting Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland. If she could eat one food for the rest of her life it would be really great sushi!

Cailyn Reinhart

Animation Intern

Cailyn is a senior studying at Woodbury University in Burbank. She’s majoring in Animation while also minoring in Writing. She has loved watching cartoons all her life and hopes that one day she can have her own cartoon on the air! She is all about embracing her inner child and tries to find fun in everything she does. When she’s not drawing, you can usually find her playing Pokémon, which also happens to be the cartoon that initially got her interested in animation.

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Acting academy for kids

Stephen Zygo

Maggie Zygo

Founder & Director

Co-Founder

To learn more about AA4K's staff and their courses in theater, music, and more

(949)390-5033

24196 Alicia Parkway, Suite A, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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