Stefanie Ryan-Showell, President

Stefanie Ryan-Showell 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.

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.

Franziska Showell, Director of Marketing

Franziska (CeCe) Showell is the youngest member of the WBR family. Born into the film industry, her work in movies and commercials at a young age created the foundation of her love for the arts of South Jersey. She has graduated from Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts for Musical Theatre, and has had leads in countless stage productions that received national praise. Franziska has also performed at Carnegie Hall multiple times, and continues to record and perform her own music throughout the South Jersey / Philadelphia area. Franziska’s love for the arts is what drives her to promote the growing film scene in South Jersey and work passionately to introduce new opportunities to performers just like herself. 

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’.

Lada Doukhnai, Administrative 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 first year taking classes and working at Weist-Barron-Ryan. Lada graduated from Oakcrest High School in June of 2019 and has had leading roles in several 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.

Pat Kaz

Award Winning 
Screen Writer

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