Stefanie Ryan-Manhim, President

Stefanie Ryan-Manhim has been in numerous films, commercials and TV shows since early childhood. She has worked as one of the main characters for Nickelodeon’s teen series “The Block”. Stefanie also teaches the workshop and does pageant consulting. Many of her students have gone on to do national commercials, major stage performances, major film rolls, television series, and more.

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Quinn Showell, Vice President

Growing up at Weist-Barron-Ryan, Quinn has been surrounded by all aspects of show business. His own career began at age 5. His accomplishments include several local & national commercials, TV shows & films. Commercials include Philadelphia Phillies, The Scooter Store and One Stop Car Audio. He also appeared on the Network TV Show "Hack" starring David Morris, National Geographic, and made regular principal appearances on national TV shows, radio, theatre and lead rolls in over ten films. He has studied the performing arts, as well as public speaking on both East & West coasts.

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Lada Doukhnai, Executive Assistant

Lada has had a love for acting since she started at seven years old. Performing with local theater companies over the years, she has grown to realize that acting and sharing art with people is her passion. This is her second year working at Weist-Barron-Ryan. She also has experience as a Production Assistant on several film sets. Lada graduated from Oakcrest High School in June of 2019 and has had leading roles in a number of musicals. She has also had the privilege of traveling around the country with Oakcrest’s Select Choir while competing in various music festivals. She is currently majoring in Business Administration at Atlantic Cape Community College as a NJ Stars student.

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Tristan Basile

Tristan is new to the coaching team at Weist-Barron-Ryan, but don’t worry- he’s just as dedicated as his coworkers, and at least half as funny as them. Give it time. He orients all his lessons to foster individual growth - it’s important for kids to feel satisfied with their own accomplishments, especially in a group setting. Tristan has acted for five years and has spent two years working with theater professionals to get a well-rounded insight into techniques and style. He’s looking forward to working with the talented actors at Weist-Barron-Ryan and hopes to use some wisdom from his mentor Jim McCabe. There’s no giving up on a student. There’s only a new approach for their learning.


Mike Lemon

Mike has been involved in the industry for 40 years, which includes 30 of those years as an accomplished casting director. He’s worked closely with Weist-Barron-Ryan and it’s founder, Ursula Ryan, from it’s beginning, and continues as an instructor for the film workshops offered at WBR. Famous projects Mike has worked on include, but is not limited to, 12 Monkeys, Fallen, Unbreakable, In Her Shoes, Signs, The 6th Sense, Philadelphia, Oceans Eleven, and has won multiple awards on his own short film, ‘Touched’.


Karen Kuhrt

Karen has always had a love for acting. She has appeared in Mysteries At The Museum, Evil Lives Here, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fosse/Verdon, Succession and many other TV and film productions. Karen often performs as a solo musician and is a joyful member of the Saint Peter’s Praise Band in OC. Karen has studied acting and improv in NYC at Penny Templeton Studio, The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater. She looks forward everyday to continuing her journey as an actress and teacher.


Pat Kaz

Award Winning 
Screen Writer