Victor Maraña

Artistic Director


Victor is a passionate actor, proudly represented by Gray Talent, producer and coach that discovered his love for the performing arts 15 years ago. He is a proud masters graduate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London which offers a world-leading training for performers. As an actor, he has been fortunate enough to perform around the world in renowned venues like the National Theatre in Mexico, Victory Gardens in Chicago and the Messini Festival in Greece. Victor has also worked for Netflix, Disney-Pixar, Pace, Illinois Lottery both as an actor and voice over artist. He has also featured in several commercials and modelling gigs around the world. He has won several best actor awards for his stage performances. As a coach, he has been training actors for 10 years. He has also taught acting and theatre techniques for kids and young adults in different schools and academies in Mexico and the US like Chicago Public Schools, Shattered Globe Theatre, National Library Mexico among others. In 2017, after producing four successful seasons at the National Theatre in Mexico, he opened the Performing Arts Studio to share his knowledge and passion for young actors all around the world.

Jimena Herrero

Programs Director / Tutor


Jimena Herrero is a New York City-based actor. Born and raised in Mexico. She received her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. Her theater credits include; Julie (Pizza Man) Mina (Dracula) Natalie (White Nights) among others. She has also performed in various films in Mexico and NY; including The Water Pt 1 (Dir. Matthew Appleby) The Metamorphosis of Ismaila Ba (Dir. Malik Isasis) Goodbye Grandpa (Dir. Emiliano Casanova) Distillation (Dir. Diana Salgado) Herrero has training in Butoh Dance with Atsushi Takenouchi and Clown with Virginia Scott. She is excited to work with young talent and encourage a career she truly loves. www.JimenaHerrero.com

Alex Fisher

Programs Director/Tutor

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Alex is an actor, writer, director and producer.  Her TV/Film credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), and Utopia (Amazon).  Alex worked in Chicago’s storefront theatre scene for over a decade and was nominated for Best Actor at the 2017 Joseph Jefferson Awards.  Alex is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and she co-writes and produces the sketch show “Bimbo” on YouTube with her comedy partner Cassie Kramer.  

Elisa Alemparte


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ELISA ALEMPARTE LYON is a New York City-based actor and teacher born and raised in Chile. She completed her MFA in acting in the Actors Studio Drama School in May 2020. In NYC she has worked as an actor on indie films (Water, 2020), ensemble theatre (Ese Animal que soy aveces, 2018, The Park The Play, 2019 / LAB Theatre intensive ensemble, 2020), among others.  In Chile she worked for almost 10 years on theatre, films and television. Some of her theatre work include Danton’s Dead (Danton, 2012) in which she was awarded as best actor. She also played the lead on the feature Film El Nido del Trauma (Independent, 2013), and a supporting role in Mery and Mike (Invercine & Wood, 2017), Matriarcas (Televisión Nacional de Chile, 2016) and Graduados (Chilevisión, 2013). Other Studies: Jerzy Grotowski Workcenter (Italy), Meisner in Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), Linklater Workcenter (New York), LAB Theatre (New York City), Butoh (Italy). 

Dennis Garcia

Coach / Advisor 

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After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Dennis went on to study with Sanford Meisner's apprentice, John Ruskin, at The Ruskin School Of 
Acting in Santa Monica. He is also a graduate of the South Coast Repertory Conservatory in Costa Mesa. While in Los Angeles Dennis worked onstage and TV. Most notably with the Watts Village Theatre Company, CASA 0101 and Circus Theatricals. He's worked with Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, commercial director Danny Ducovny and the late Peter Boyle. 2012 brought Dennis back to Chicago. Since then he's had the pleasure to work with Teatro Vista, Urban Theatre Company, Raska Theatre Company, Pegasus Theatre Company and most recently was seen in Shattered Globe Theatre's, HOW TO USE A KNIFE. As a proud SAG-AFTRA member since 2008 Dennis has worked on numerous national commercials and can be seen in NBC's CHICAGO JUSTICE, CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO PD and the film SOUL SESSIONS. His latest film BARRIO BOY is in post production and is slated for a 2022 release.

Steph Losada



Steph is a longtime actress and teaching artist. Steph received her BFA in Acting at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. After getting her degree Steph became represented by Grossman and
Jack talent agency. Her theatre credits include ( Goodman, Urban theatre Company, Teatro Vista, 16 th
Street theater, Pride Films and plays, ect.) Her camera credits include: Kitchen towel industrial, Party
Favors, Blacksite the Musical, .ect. Steph has been teaching acting in Chicago Public Schools with
Playmakers Lab, Silk Road Rising, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Play in a Book. Steph is so excited to
be part of PAS. She can’t wait to help coach young actors and knows all the secrets to get an agent in the Unites States.

Janyce Caraballo


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Janyce is an actress and teaching artist from Chicago.  She is so excited to work with the Performing Arts Studio. She currently works as a Teaching Artist and Recruiter with college students-post grads for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Educational Programs- The National Theater Institute. Past teaching artist experience includes work with ages K-12th grade at: The Chicago High School for the Arts, Silk Road Rising’s EPIC programming, and the Hyde Park Arts Center. Chicago acting credits include work with: Teatro Vista, Raven Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Theo Ubique, Emerald City Theatre, New American Folk Theatre, and Artemisia Theatre Festival. Regional Theatre: Marriott Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, First Folio Theatre, and American Players Theatre. TV/Commercial: Chicago PD Episode #701, Discover Credit Card, Orbit Gum, ULTA 21 Days of Beauty, The Onion, Quartz Open Enrollment, Illinois Secretary of State PSA, and 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid Video. Also check her out in Lazos De Familia’s web-series ‘A Nice Ring To It’. She is a proud peacock, represented by Paonessa Talent Agency!