Brian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and began his acting career at the age of five. His first production was Once Upon a Clothesline where he played a baby grasshopper. In his pre-teens, Brian appeared in dozens of plays under the watchful eye and tutelage of some of the best directors on the west coast. They included Viola Spolin, the originator of the theatre games used at Chicago’s Second City; Paul Levit and Ted Thorpe of the Players Ring Theatre Group; Jules Getlin, Ellen Miller and Ed Reese of the Peter Pan Players. Continuing to work in theatre, Brian also began doing television and commercial work.
Brian attended North Hollywood Junior High and North Hollywood High School where he acted in all the typical high school plays. He also continued to work on his professional career. While still in high school, Brian worked on his first major motion picture “Bye, Bye Birdie”. Brian attended Cal State University-Northridge and graduated with a degree in Speech.
Brian has always worked as an actor and singer exclusively. His extensive career includes a starring role in the hit television series The Shazam Isis Hour, co-starring roles in the T.V. series Emergency, The Long Hot Summer and The Young Lawyers, in the motion pictures Airport ’79, The Concorde and Wilderness Family, Part II, and guest starring roles on T.V. series such as Rockford Files, Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider, Fall Guy and Quincy.
In 1972 Brian starred in Come Blow Your Horn at Tiffany’s Attic Dinner Playhouse in Kansas City. Then in 1983, Brian came back to Kansas City to star in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, when he decided to make Kansas City his home. Brian worked in local theatres, did voice-over work, industrial training films and commercials. After traveling to the west coast to work and teach, Brian decided to open a film technique and commercial acting studio in the Kansas City area. In 1994 Brian established the Commercial Actors Studio and began teaching an acting technique that was developed by Charles E. Conrad whom Brian studied with in Los Angeles for almost 10 years. This technique, taught by Charles to hundreds of actors including Carl Weathers, Dee Wallace Stone, Dennis Quaid, Steve Eastin, Rita Wilson, and Veronica Hamel to name a few, is considered by many to be the most effective method utilized in film today. Brian now continues his teaching, resulting in the Commercial Actors Studio being one of the premier acting studios in the United States. Brian is thrilled to be opening a second location in Burbank, CA.
Jill watched The Secrets of Isis every Saturday morning when she was young. It was then that she knew her ambition was to become an actress. It was in college that she began her acting experience. She was in various theatrical productions, but soon decided that she wanted to focus on film and television. After graduating from UMKC, a good friend, pointed her in the direction of the Commercial Actors Studio. She began studying at the studio in 1996. It was there that she discovered not only her acting talent, but also her future husband, Brian Cutler. She currently is focused on her acting career, teaching on camera for kids and expanding and developing new projects for River City Pictures.
Natalie St. Peter
Natalie St. Peter began her career at the age of four, acting on the stage in theatrical plays and dance productions. She began studying film and television after meeting her acting coach, Brian Cutler, at the Commercial Actors Studio. One of her first roles was in a feature film that had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival. Natalie has appeared in a number of feature and short films, commercials, print ads and voiceover projects. She continues to build up her filmography credits, playing both comedic and dramatic roles and thrives on improving her craft every day. In addition, she works as a producer on feature films and commercials including two feature films that are currently underway. Natalie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has worked in a number of marketing positions for a wide variety of national clients. Born and raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and her alma mater the North Carolina Tarheels. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Dan Compo (Director of Midwest location)
Dan is a talented and successful on-camera actor, appearing in feature films, short and experimental films, industrial videos, and local and regional commercials. In addition, Dan has been very successful in both commercial and industrial voiceover. His voice has been heard for several years in and around Kansas City as the primary media voice for the area’s largest retail grocery chain, as well as for audio books for Hallmark Cards, promotional video for The Farmers Insurance Open annual golf tournament, training materials for Sanofi S.A., National Seminars, and many others.
As a long-time student of Brian Cutler, and voiceover instructor for the original Commercial Actors Studio in Kansas City, Missouri, Dan was the natural choice to teach the on-camera acting classes and to run the K.C. studio when Brian and Jill relocated to Los Angeles to open the studio there.
Dan earned a B.A. in Communication and Theatre from the University of Colorado and has a life-long passion for acting, writing, public speaking, and teaching. He recognizes that everyone learns in different ways and he is adept at presenting information in a way that meets his students “where they are” and encouraging students to open to the new experiences that acting can provide.