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 Jonathan McFadden

Prodigy Talent Training founder and CEO, Jonathan McFadden, is an actor, producer, and educator who has been working professionally in film, television, and theater since childhood. Prior to opening PTT, Jonathan lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles where his credits have included various roles in many entertainment genres. He is the winner of a Telly Award for his on-camera hosting work, and has been on the creative team for several theme park entertainment projects for Disney and Universal. As a working actor now living in Central Florida, Jonathan believes in giving back to the community by volunteering a portion of his time to assist local schools’ drama departments. He and Prodigy Talent Training, along with its network of industry experts, coaches, agents, managers, casting directors, actors, models, photographers and producers share a common goal — to help promising and dedicated talent find success and fulfillment in this fast-paced business. In his (precious few) moments of spare time, Jonathan enjoys fine cigars, theme parks, and collecting accouterments of traditional barbershop culture.

 Kylie Higginbotham

Executive Assistant 

I not only work for Jonathan and Prodigy Talent Training, but I am also a student here. Because I have two roles at Prodigy, I get to know every student and parent on a different level as I am able to answer many administrative and procedural questions that students may have. I am an aspiring actress who loves taking classes here at Prodigy Talent Training, and I take great pride in using my administrative skills to help things run smoothly while working to further my acting career. I had the opportunity to participate in PRODIGY: On Location – Hollywood 2015 and Atlanta 2016! My fellow students and I enjoyed working with industry pros who were vastly different and kept us on our toes at all times. I can’t wait to do it all over again! When I’m not working as an actress or assisting Jonathan with Prodigy business, I attend school, full time, finishing my BA in business and marketing. I love working for Prodigy Talent Training and all the opportunities it has brought me along the way, as well as all it will bring Prodigy Talent Training and it’s students, it’s growing quickly which is extremely exciting to be a part of. I’m looking forward to an amazing future with Prodigy Talent Training and all the success that will come to the company as well as the students.

 

Christina Matas

I have been a part of Prodigy Talent Training since August of 2015. I had the opportunity to travel with my son who is also a part of Prodigy to LA, and joined shortly after returning. Not only am I a part of Team Prodigy, I am also a student. I really enjoy being in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes. As a young adult in Orlando, I worked at the theme parks which gave me multiple opportunities. I was a Jungle Cruise Skipper at Walt Disney World spieling and putting on a show for my entire boat of guests. At Universal Studios I worked behind the camera on several projects with Nickelodeon. Shortly after starting with Prodigy I started helping with production days as an assistant, taking photos, assisting in anything needed. I slowly worked my way into my current role as Operational Assistant/Content Manager. I assist with Production Days, Social Media, and content that is shared on the website. Prodigy is a growing company, and I am so excited to be a part of the future of Prodigy Talent Training and this team of talented individuals

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Derek Suomi

Derek Suomi is our resident Cinematographer. During our “Prodigy In Production” days, Derek is the man behind the camera making sure that everything we do has the polished, professional look our students expect. He also edits our scenes for review in class and as well as addition to your demo reel. Derek has over 20 years of production experience. Outside of his duties at Prodigy Talent Training, Derek is the owner of Moving Pictures of Brevard, a full service media development company. Derek says “I really dig being a part of what’s happening here at Prodigy Talent Training. If you want to get your foot in the door and get some “real world experience” in front of a camera… Prodigy Talent Training can’t be beat.”

 

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Aurelia Rose

Model Development

Aurelia Rose is a lover of life, horses, and puppies. She earned a BFA in Media and Performing from Savannah College of Art and Design and from there went on to perform in the original cast of Dream Land Drive-In at Dollywood in Tennessee. The title role in Debbie Does Dallas the Musical took her to LA to perform at the Sunset Strip’s Key Club. Next, she spent three months in Costa Rica as the host of The Outdoor Channel’s The Catch: Costa Rica. Now in Florida, Aurelia works in film, television, and modeling. She landed the leading role in the feature film The Unbroken alongside Daniel Baldwin and Warwick Davis as well as roles in Rock of Ages and Iron Man 3.

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Michael Bennett

Prodigy Production Co.

Mike’s jokes that he was born with a camera in his hand. He earned his Associates of Arts from the Brevard Community College Digital Media Program and is currently perusing his B.A.S from Eastern Florida State College. He taught with the Brevard County Public School system at both the elementary and college level. Pulling form 22 years of experience in the digital media field, my loves working on projects of all sizes no project is too big or too small. Michael has worked on productions for NASA, Church at Viera, Rockledge High School, Cocoa Beach Surf Co, The National Kidney Foundation, Just to name a few.  He enjoys teaching the craft of storytelling and film making.  What can Prodigy Production Co. Produce for you?

 Duncan Jay

Comedy/Improv Instructor

Originally from Alabama, he spent a majority of his childhood in Florida, and a majority of his adulthood in New York City…his southern charm, mixed with sarcastic quick wit leaves audiences laughing and realizing Duncan’s own brand of comedy…Southern Hostility!!! Duncan is not the stereotypical Yankee, and yet he’s not a stereotypical southerner either, Duncan Jay has seen and done it all. He possesses “southern” charm with a hint of sarcasm, the wit of a street-wise New Yorker, with the likeability of your favorite crazy uncle. Duncan loves his audiences and audiences feel that every time he takes the stage. His grandmother always told him that “It’s better to be a smart-ass than a dumb-ass” And that one phrase would haunt him for the rest of his life!! Duncan has performed in venues all over the country, from NYC to Florida, From Baltimore to the buckle of the “bible belt” even Boise, ID… He has performed for kids and family friendly shows as well as the late night crowds in NYC. He prides himself on being able to fit in everywhere. He has worked in clubs and theaters all over the country with comedians like Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock, Dave Attell from Insomniac, Mike Epps from “Friday After Next”, and Dave Chappelle… just to name a few!

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Kristen Warren

Kristen is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Brevard County. Over the years she’s had the privilege of being a part of several productions including A Midsummer Nights Dream (Puck), Aida (Nehebka), and RENT (Joanne.) She has also performed her own music at Florida Music Festival, The Original.

Music series, and a number of festivals and events throughout the state of Florida. Kristen loves to help aspiring young actors and artists realize their greatest potential. She is very excited to join the Prodigy Talent Training team!

 

 

 

 Stefani Sheron

Voice Over Instructor

Stefani is the Voice Over Instructor at Prodigy Talent Training.  She is a Florida native who has 13+ years of radio broadcasting behind her.  Her career began in Central Florida and took her to Illinois and back again.  She was part of a successful FM morning show for almost a decade and has voiced countless commercials.  She also developed, promoted and hosted her own weekly show “The Local Lounge” that featured local music and lasted 3+ years.  Outside of Prodigy Talent Training, Stefani and her husband own Lowlife Bikes, a custom cruiser bicycle company that makes some of the most unique bicycles in the world!  You would need to see them to believe them!  She also loves dogs and is the proud owner of an old, grumpy Papillion named Gizmo.

 

Luccia Rivera 

Kid’s Acting Instructor

With over 10 years in the business, Luccia has a vast understanding of the ins and outs of the film industry. As an actress, she has performed coast to coast, including performing at the Walnut Street theater in Philadelphia. She built a strong background in Comedy as a member of The Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA. Living on the west coast also provided on-hand involvement behind the scenes, including working on multiple commercials, television sets, and independent films as a production designer, set dresser, and head of wardrobe. In her time away from film she has also styled shoots for showrooms in the Los Angeles Fashion District and began shooting photography for actors in the Los Angeles area. She currently lives in Orlando and works as both a photographer and as an assistant for a local Orlando casting director.

 

 

Charlie Toro

Online Voice Over Instructor

Charlie’s commercial voice over references include WFIT Radio, Pepsi, Coors Brewing Co, Network promos, Lexus, Subaru, Jim Rome Sports Talk Radio, ESPN, Chili’s, & some local commercials including character voices at The Escape Room just to name a few.