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Kathy Patterson

Kathy is the owner-operator here at AfterWords Actors Studio.  She has been involved in the acting world since the mid-70's.  Graduating with a Theatre Arts degree, she has been on and behind the stage since her teens.  It was only until she moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2008 that she pursued film and television.  To make that transition, she studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Manhattan.  

Kathy has a passion for the performing arts and the artist.  That is the main drive behind the formation of AfterWords Actors Studio.  The intense passion she has to see others succeed in this area.  "I love actors!  I love seeing them succeed and flourish in the acting community, and if I can help them reach that goal; to be the best actor they can be, then I celebrate with them!"

Kathy is available for one-on-one coaching or private consultations.  If you need help with your resume, your demo reel, actors slates, brushing up on a monologue or need help with a scene study, she is more than happy to be available to help.  Check her schedule under "Book Online".  She is more than excited to help you be your best!

Tesia Nicoli

Tesia Nicoli has extensive acting experience with stage, television, film, and voice over. She has been teaching various acting classes for over 12 years and she has been working in the performing arts industry for nearly 20 years.


Nicoli has notable experience with casting, directing, producing, script writing, location scouting, and working as a production assistant. She has worked with Aasif Mandvi (Series of Unfortunate Events, The Daily Show), Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show), and Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). While working on the television show The Stage, she has interviewed Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), as well as numerous internationally famous bands such as Seether, Flaming Lips, Weird Al Yankovic, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, and more.


She has been named a finalist in assorted competitions around the country for her playwriting and she is an active member of the Dramatists Guild. As a voice over artist, her talents can be heard in multiple commercials, eLearning courses, museums, and animation projects all over the world. Some of her dearest stage roles include: Becca in Rabbit Hole, Mary Todd Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Candy in Cider House Rules, and Jean in Stage Door.


In 2013, Nicoli founded a production company called, Global impACTORS Group (GIG). GIG’s mission is to produce thought-provoking theatre and film that speaks to the heart and captivates the mind. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, Nicoli’s true passion lies in the performing arts and she welcomes any opportunity to share her thoughts, knowledge, and experiences with others. For more information, please visit

Adam Newborn


Adam is coming to us from New York City.  He graduated with his BFA in Acting from Long Island University C.W. Post. His NY Theatre credits include Mississippi Mud's Production of Orson's Shadow (Sean), Beast: Based of the book Lord of the Flies (Boy),  Post Theatre Company's production of Bat Boy: The Musical (Roy/Pan), Romeo and Juliet (The Nurse), Le Misanthrope (Oronte), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas). He has also worked in the recent production of Angels in America at Civic Theatre of Allentown as Belize. His most recent film credit includes "The Get Down" directed by Baz Luhrman. He is currently working on his new web series called "Good For You".


Adam will be teaching a class that is focused on scene study, audition technique, and monologues. You will be working with him on how to discover the nuances of the scenes and characters you are working on. He will also discuss the realities of working as a professional actor to help take the fear out of it and bring the fun and focus back into it. 

Eric Hersh

Eric is a Lehigh Valley native.  He attended Point Park University for his undergrad in Theatre Arts.  He returned to the Valley and served as one of the first interns at Civic Theatre of Allentown, becoming the Assistant Technical Director and Director of Outreach.  Eric was the Director of Production at the Performing Arts high school in Bethlehem before leaving for the University of Montana to obtain his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting.  Eric has taught at Lehigh University, University of Montana, Cedar Crest College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, and Penn State University.  

Eric will be teaching classes on:


The Actor and Action: Doing is Better than Showing.  Working through action to bring stories and characters to life.

Bit by Bit: breaking down written text to units of action, exploring objectives, and dealing with obstacles.

Th Spoken Word: working through voice and speech techniques to build your acting voice, dialects and accents.


Jason Roth

Jason Roth (SAG-AFTRA, Actor's Equity Association)

Jason was born and raised in Allentown and has been a part of the local theatre group since returning from New York in 2014.  

Locally, he has performed with Allentown Public Theatre in "True West", Civic Theatre's production of "Angels in America", Between the Lines Studio Theatre production of "Time Stands Still" and recently in "Three Fortunes".

Additional Professional Credits Include:

New York and Regional stage credits include Lincoln Center Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Sundance Theatre Lab, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre DC, National Shakespeare Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre. Television and Film credits include Law and Order, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue, Ed, All My Children, As The World Turns, He’s On Fire, City Hall, and He’s Just Not That Into You. Awards include two time national finalist and winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF Irene Ryan Acting Competition, Robert Redford’s Sundance Theatre Lab emerging artist, Mark Twain National Comedy Performance, TCG Shakespeare performance. Training includes Brown/Trinity Repertory Conservatory, Atlantic Theatre School, Suzanne Shepard, Wynn Handman.

Currently, Jason is Owner/Operator of Lawrence Roth Salon in Allentown, PA.

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