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OUR TEAM

Meet the Performer’s Mindset team.

JOE TOWNE
Founder and CEO of The Performer’s Mindset

Joe Towne is an award-winning writer and director who got his degree in Acting from the University of Southern California. He’s been a coach for the past 19 years for both businesses and performers – some of whom are selling that product you just bought or starring in that movie you Netflixed last night. This work compelled him to write a book about how our inner reality affects our outer experience, which led him to be a guest on the Dr. Oz show.  As an actor he has worked with people like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Hillary Swank and you can see him opposite Rebel Wilson in Isn’t It Romantic, which premiered in February of 2019 and is now available on iTunes.

Joe’s also an acting coach at one of the top studios in Hollywood where he co-created their audition technique program. He works with professional actors and athletes, as they transition from their sport into the entertainment industry.  He  also works with corporations bringing Mindset into practice in the workplace.  Last summer Joe helped coached up the top 24 high school quarterbacks in the country at the Elite 11 weekend in Los Angeles. The Actors Mindset program has been in Los Angeles (both independently and at The Aquila School), at USC, UCLA and most recently at the Vancouver Film School. To learn more about Mindset check out this interview on THAT ONE AUDITION podcast.

ERIC HUNICUTT
Executive at the Actor’s Mindset, co-presenter at The Actor’s Mindset

Eric Hunicutt is a director, improviser, actor, teacher and coach. As an actor and director, Eric has worked in theatre, commercials, films, tv, sketch comedy and improv in Los Angeles, Chicago and across the U.S. In L.A., Eric taught for over a decade at Steppenwolf Classes West and Warner Loughlin Studios and was a performer and improv instructor at the iO West theatre in LA and Improv Olympic in Chicago for almost twenty years. Eric’s work as a teacher includes classes and workshops at prestigious private acting studios, theaters, comedy festivals, conferences, summer intensives, and university programs including: UC San Diego, The Art of Acting Studio (LA), The Australian Film & Television Academy (LA), USC, California State University’s annual Summer Arts intensive, and he offered private scene study classes for many years in Los Angeles. In addition to working with performers and entertainment industry professionals, Eric has coached world-class athletes, creatives, executives, and educators and led communication and teambuilding workshops for Fortune 500 companies and brands. He’s facilitated science communication workshops for researchers, faculty, and grad students at UC San Diego and he trained as a science communication instructor at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science in Stony Brook, NY. He currently works as a communication coach at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he guides faculty and students across a wide variety of disciplines, teaching them how to craft and share their stories and their work with global audiences across multiple media.

Samantha Lemole
Co-presenter at The Actor’s Mindset

Samantha Lemole is an Actress, Coach and Producer. Samantha received a degree in English Literature and Drama from Mount Holyoke College. After graduation, she continued her theater training at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London, before moving to Los Angeles to study intensively with Howard Fine, Warner Loughlin, Stan Kirsch, and at the Lesley Kahn Studio. She has guested on TV shows from Beverly Hills 90210 to CSI. She got her start in movies like The Cure and Swingers before playing opposite Selma Blair in Legally Blonde. Samantha starred as Pamela Jenkins in both Saw 5 and Saw 6 and you may also remember her acting opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Andersons Inherent Vice. Her latest feature Mom and Dad was a big hit at TIFF (and it also reunited her with her Legally Blonde castmate Selma Blair.) Samantha is a sought after voice over actress, voicing features into english for Netflix. Samantha started developing and producing film almost immediately after coming out to Los Angeles. She is currently in development on several TV and film projects and is passionate about being more involved in what stories she can help bring to life. She has been a part of the Actors Mindset program from the beginning and is excited to join the expanding group of artists bringing a new approach to performance around the globe.

HILLARY TUCK
Executive at the Actor’s Mindset, co-presenter

Hillary Tuck has been a working actor since she was 14. She has been a series regular on several shows including Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Her movies have been to Sundance. You may have seen her on shows like Grimm, NCIS and 90210… You’ve heard her voice on Family Guy and she’s been in commercials that aired during the super bowl. You can see her most recently in Sorry For Your Loss with Elizabeth Olsen and recurring in season five of Bosch. Hillary has been an acting teacher and on set coach since 2014 at Warner Loughlin Studios…coaching actors on shows like Fox’s The Exorcist, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and comedians like George Lopez.

NIKKI DELOACH
Co-presenter at The Actor’s Mindset

Nikki Deloach has worked in film and television for over 30 years starting as a Mouseketeer on “The New Mickey Mouse Club” to more recently the critically acclaimed, People Choice Award Winning comedy “Awkward.” Over the years, she has racked up a long list of TV credits such as MAD MEN, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE RINGER, SIRENS, NCIS, CRIMINAL MINDS, MAJOR CRIMES and much more. Nikki is a regular on the Hallmark network leading some of their highest rated movies of all time (A DREAM OF CHRISTMAS and LOVE TO THE RESCUE), as well as guest co-hosting their popular daytime talk show HOME AND FAMILY. In the world of film, she has starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, Matthew Modine in THE TRIAL, Ray Liotta in THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS, and in Frederic Berthe’s comedy HOLLYWOO. Nikki also spent years of her life on the stage as a recording artist for record companies RCA and BMG.

In addition to working in front of the camera, Nikki has been a teacher at Warner Loughlin Studios for 8 years teaching Warner’s acting technique, both comedy and drama, as well as audition technique. She’s also been a teacher at UCLA for 3 years teaching both drama and comedy for the camera. Nikki worked as a creative executive for LD Entertainment and now writes, produces, and stars in movies for Hallmark Channel. She is also a spokesperson for The Alzheimer’s Association and Children’s Hospital LA participating in a variety of speaking engagements and press for both organizations.

YOGI ROTH
Co-presenter at The Athlete’s Mindset

Yogi Roth is a storyteller: seeking and uncovering the humanity in sports around the globe. A Pac-12 Networks college football analyst, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Scholar, New York Times Best-Selling Author, accomplished Coach, Motivational Speaker, Media Personality, Host and World-Traveler. Yogi began his storytelling career after coaching football at USC, co-authoring the New York Times best-seller Win Forever with Pete Carroll. As a media personality, Yogi has been a host/college football analyst for ESPN, Fox and the Pac-12 Network. In 2017, he co-hosted the podcast Season of Sam with current NFL quarterback Sam Darnold. Yogi is the host of a podcast The Yogi Roth Show: LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS. He has also hosted the Elite 11 for the last decade.

Yogi, who gave a TEDx Talk at the TEDx Austin Women’s Conference, has spoken around the globe alongside brands such as Nike, World Surf League, USC and the University of Washington. In 2018 Yogi spoke at the SXSW Festival addressing masculinity in sports. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Yogi went on to receive his master’s degree in Communications Management at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism (Magna cum laude) at the University of Southern California.

David Reale

DAVID REALE
Teacher/Facilitator at The Actor’s Mindset

David Reale is an actor, teacher and coach living in Toronto. For the past 20 years, he has worked on stages across Canada and in film, television and animation in Canada and the U.S. He spent 8 seasons as ‘Benjamin’ on the show Suits; he’s a recurring character on The Boys and American Gods; played Charlie Cole in the Ubisoft video game franchise Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist; and he played the title role in My Name is Asher Lev at the Segal Centre in Montreal and the Manitoba Theatre Centre; He also writes and performs with the sketch comedy outfit Elephant Empire who has won “Best Of the Fest” at The Montreal SketchFest for four consecutive years. David has been teaching at a Meisner-based acting studio for a decade, he teaches at AMAW Toronto and recently joined the faculty at George Brown College in both the Theatre and Acting for Media programs.

MIKAELA LILY DAVIES
Teacher/Facilitator at The Actor’s Mindset

Mikaela Lily Davies is an actor, coach, director and creator. She is a graduate of the CBC Canadian Film Centre’s Acting Conservatory, has performed in eight shows with Soulpepper Theatre and spent four seasons at The Stratford Festival. Mikaela is the inaugural recipient of the Jon Kaplan Canadian Stage Performer Award, she holds a Sterling nomination for Outstanding Comedic Performance for the titular role Miss Bennet at The Citadel Theatre and a META nomination for Outstanding Supporting Performance for her work as Bess in The Last Wife at The Centaur. Her short film CASSANDRA, that she created, co-wrote with Clara Altimas, and performed in, was a finalist for the Cayle Chernin Media Award. She has been coaching actors successfully on their film/tv auditions for the past decade, helping them book projects for NBC/Global, Hulu, Netflix, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate Television, Oprah Winfrey Network, Prime Video, MGM, CBC, Lifetime and many others. She has taught text analysis at the Canadian Film Centre, currently teaches acting on camera at Armstrong Studios and runs her own coaching business.

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