Donna Belajac Actors Studio


Jill Wadsworth

Jill Wadsworth is an acting instructor as well as a director and stage and film actor in her own right. She has performed with the Playhouse Professional Theatre Company, John Hancock Repertory Company, Ron Satlof Repertory Company among others. Her film credits include: Dominick and Eugene (with Tom Hulce), No Place Like Home (with Christine Lahti/Jeff Daniels) and Alone In The Neon Jungle (with Suzanne Pleshette). For more than twenty years Jill has coaxed the fullest potential from students at the college, high school, middle and elementary school levels. She has shared her expertise on the campuses of Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, Civic Light Opera Academy as well as Donna Belajac Actors Studio. Jill also works with the Pittsburgh Public Schools using her teaching talent to encourage excellence in education through the arts. Above all, Jill has earned the respect of experienced performers and beginners alike with her supportive style and clearly articulated expectations that include all of the following:

• Full attention and energy on the work
• Prompt, regular attendance
• Support for other actors in the class
• Bring something to every class (come prepared, ready to work)
• Staying involved in and out of class — volunteer, ask questions, experiment with techniques discussed in class and read between classes

Michael Fuller

Michael Fuller has worked actively as an educator and actor for over 20 years. Michael Fuller earned both a BFA in Musical Theater and MFA in Voice and Speech from Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama Department. He went on to an internship at the American Repertory Theater, working under the tutelage of Bonnie Raphael with a number of gifted performers, writers, instructors, including Tony Shalhoub and David Mamet. For the past 20 years he has trained actors in a number of settings, including Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama Precollege Program, Point Park University and Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 (CAPA) where he currently sits Chair of the Theater Department. As a professional actor he has appeared in numerous stage productions, including “Death of a Salesman” directed by Arthur Miller’s son, Robert Miller with Point Park’s The Rep. Other professional companies include: Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Bricolage, and Barebones productions. He was a founding member of Pittsburgh Theatersports, a comedy improvisation troupe that performed in various locations throughout the area, and eventually moved on to improvisational work with Unplanned Comedy. On camera, Michael has appeared in many corporate video and commercial productions with Development Dimensions, International, Ashland Oil and others. As a voice actor, he has represented many Pittsburgh-based companies, including PNC Bank, EDMC, Dollar Bank, Roomful Express, and Allegheny Power’s “Watt Watchers” campaign. His previous production work with a former start-up, ‘Wanted Films,’ led to a number of short film awards, including ‘Best Film” in the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Challenge and an official selection of the Toronto ReelHeART International Film Festival. he continues to grow as a performer and teacher, studying Stanislavsky’s ‘Active Analysis in an ongoing workshop with fellow actor and teaching professionals led by stage, film and television actor, Cotter Smith.

Morgan Kivlan

Morgan Kivlan is an actor studying at Point Park University.  Along with working toward her BFA in Acting, she has been trained by Jill Wadsworth and has been studying acting for 10 years. Her credits include working for Netflix’s “I Am Not OK With This” as well as many short films.  She is excited to be sharing her knowledge and encouraging your actors.


Don Wadsworth

Don Wadsworth is a Speech and Dialects Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. Don Wadsworth has coached actors in over one hundred regional theater productions and on Broadway. In film and television, he has worked with Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Tom Hulce, Ray Liotta, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Diane Ladd and Ellen Burstyn. He worked a variety of television and film productions including a LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, OUTSIDERS, THE ROAD, MANHUNT and ONE DOLLAR. He has covered dialects and accents as varied as British, German, Irish, Scottish, Russian, Romanian, Polish and has helped several British actors sound like Americans. As an actor, Don is currently on the streaming production of THE CHAIR for Netflix, he voiced a character in the video game FALLOUT 76 and is the solo voice on the Watchword Bible, a video production of the New Testament.