Instructors

Brandon Lee Browning

Brandon Lee Browning graduated from High Point University in 2013 with a degree in Performance Theatre. At High Point he performed in various shows and was nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (region 4), where he placed in the final round. He was also a founding member and leader for his improv troupe and took a focus in devised theatre through independent study. Upon graduation he relocated to Atlanta to pursue a career in acting and has since been auditioning regularly for theatre, film, television, and commercials in the southeast. Brandon is a SAG-AFTRA Eligible actor currently signed with Avery Sisters Entertainment.

Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis, Act3's Artistic Director, is an Atlanta native who returned to the city after serving for six years as Programming Coordinator for The Zipper Theatre in New York City that was home to such shows as Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth and Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman. She is a Wright State University graduate with a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre Emphasis as well as a graduate of Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. She has performed professionally with several regional theatres including The Human Race, The Atlanta Lyric, and The Belt, and was selected as a featured soloist in concerts for both Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael John LaChiusa. Michelle has appeared locally in eight Act3 productions including Jekyll & Hyde where she won the MAT Award for Best Major Supporting Actress as well as The Mikado with The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Henry IV, Part I with North Fulton Drama Club, The House of Yes with Flickering Productions, and as Lucille in the Marietta Premier of Parade at The Blackwell Playhouse. Michelle has directed numerous shows including Act3's 2013 production of Parade that earned her the Moira Thornett Director's Award as well as the MAT Award for Best Choreography. She is passionate about theatre and equally as passionate about preserving it’s longevity by sharing and teaching it to younger generations!

Lisa Hatt

Lisa Hatt studied vocal performance at Florida State University, and musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, where she graduated in 2005. In high school, she attended and graduated from the Harrison Arts Center in Florida and was the recipient of the Ruth Eckerd Hall Scholarship for the Arts, presented to her in a special concert by Johnny Mathis. While living in New York, she performed with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, where she was a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall. She also performed in various children’s theatre productions, including the original production Kittens, where she originated the role of Lilly Ann. Lisa moved to Atlanta in 2009 and has been involved in the local theatre ever since. Local credits include Ruthless, Parade (MAT Award Winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Sondheim on Sondheim, Songs for a New World, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show and Mame. She has also performed at the Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center in North Carolina in their production of Oklahoma! She enjoys working behind the scenes as well and has stage managed various productions around town, including Rent at Act3 and Avenue Q. In 2014 she became the lead singer for local cover band, The Spins, and performs with them at venues all over Atlanta. A lifetime student of voice, she believes that a continuing education in the arts is vital.

Liane LeMaster

Liane LeMaster, Act3's Director of Education, is a graduate of Northwestern University and a founding member of Chicago’s award-winning Amicus Theater. In Chicago, she worked as an actor, director, and producer at the Organic, A Red Orchid, Marry-Archie, Talisman, and Bailiwick Repertory, and was a regular performer at ComedySportz in both long and short-form improvisation. She moved to Atlanta in 1995 and completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she was awarded the Paul Bowles Fellowship for Creative Writing. Her short stories have been widely published in literary journals (Porter Fleming Award; Pushcart Prize and New Millennium Nominations). Atlanta audiences may remember her from roles in Twelfth Night (Actor’s Express), Ruthless, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sylvia (Act3), Come Back to the Five and Dime (OnStage Atlanta), August: Osage County (Marietta Players), and Good People (Out of Box Theatre). She teaches composition and literature at Georgia Perimeter College and has been a director and youth improv teacher for community and school theaters in the Atlanta area for the past ten years.

Johnna Mitchell

A founding member of Act3 Productions/Act3 Academy, Johnna has taught, choreographed, directed and performed in local theater for the past 20 years. The honored recipient of the Metro Atlanta Theater’s distinguished President’s Award, Ms. Mitchell enjoys encouraging youth of all ages to find their voice, on and off stage. Her compassionate teaching style invites students to flourish and grow in their art. She is committed to “meeting the performers where they are” in order to help them reach their performance goals and potential. Nominated for 10 MAT awards, Johnna is proud to be the winner of six: Three for Choreography (Once on This Island, Parade and Side Show), Minor Supporting Actress in a Play (Miep Gies-Diary of Anne Frank), Major Supporting Actress in a Play (Mattie Fae Akin-August Osage County), and Major Supporting Actress in a Musical (Sally Slaton-Parade).

Maggie Taylor

In middle school, Maggie Taylor played Lucy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” the first production of the team that became Act 3. She graduated magna cum laude from Samford University with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance and soon thereafter returned to Marietta, where she is now Assistant Choral Director at Walton High School. Dedicated to developing the future of the arts through her work with adolescents, she also hears the heartbeat of the theater in the pitter-patter of little feet!  As Youth Artistic Director of Act 3, Maggie has directed ten youth musicals as well as intensive work shops and summer camps. She also performs professionally around Atlanta and Birmingham. Some of her most memorable roles include Timoune (Once on This Island) and Clio/Kira (Xanadu), for which she won the 2011 and 2012 Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, respectively. Maggie feels blessed to serve with this incredible group of women as they work to enrich and inspire our community!