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OUR TEAM

Meet the Performers 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 performance 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 at Steppenwolf Classes West and Warner Loughlin Studios for over a decade and was a performer and improv instructor at the iO (ImprovOlympic) theatres in LA and Chicago for nearly two decades. Eric’s work as a teacher includes classes and workshops at  private studios, comedy festivals and university programs including: UC San Diego, The Art of Acting Studio (LA), The Australian Film & Television Academy (LA), USC, California State University’s Summer Arts program, and leading private scene study classes for many years in Hollywood. In addition to working with creatives, executives and educators, Eric facilitated science communication workshops for researchers, faculty members 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 coaches students and faculty in a wide variety of disciplines, helping them craft and share their stories and their work with global audiences.

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.

KIRSTEN RASMUSSEN
Teacher/Facilitator at The Actor’s Mindset

Kirsten Rasmussen is an award-winning comedian and actor living in Toronto Canada. She has been improvising for 15 years and teaching improv for 13 of those years. She got her improv education at Rapid Fire Theatre, in Edmonton Alberta where she also received her BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. She then co-founded the Montreal Improv Theatre where she directed, taught and performed for three years. Kirsten then moved to Toronto where she was hired by the Second City where she wrote and starred in 3 Mainstage shows, and most recently directed the touring company’s 2020 Valentines Day Revue.Kirsten’s work has been awarded as a performer- Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improviser 2015, Just For Laughs Pick Montreal SketchFest 2017, Audience Choice Award Toronto SketchFest 2018, Canadian Comedy Award for Best Ensemble 2019. And also as a director – “Extravaganza Eleganza” Canadian Comedy Award for Best Production 2019, “Dead Parents Society” Toronto Sketchfest Audience Pick 2020. Kirsten is a part of two tour de force improv troupes, K$M with Matt Folliott, and The Bloody Mary’s with Leigh Cameron. These duos have travelled all over Canada and to a few spots in the United States. As a solo artist Kirsten has travelled all over the world making audiences laugh. In Toronto you can catch Kirsten teaching/ directing/performing at Second City, Bad Dog Theatre,Comedy Bar and the Assembly Theatre. Kirsten’s TV credits include writing on The Snoopy Show (Apple Plus) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC). Her acting can be seen in Schitt’s Creek, The Beaverton(Comedy), TallBoyz (CBC), Odd Squad (PBSkids), Dino Dana (PBSkids), Bit Playas (CBC Gem), Band Ladies (Highball TV), and Slo Pitch (Out TV and Kinda TV).

Kirsten Rasmussen

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