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OUR PEOPLE

Servant leadership. Mastery mindset.

The team at Dearing Acting Studio strives to live every day by our values.

We act with passion. We center everything in love. We progress through pursuing mastery.

The Guardians

Nimble and decisive leadership team tasked with ensuring every choice made is in alignment with our mission, vision and values.

Matthew Dearing

Matthew
Dearing

President & Chief Listening Officer

Author, speaker and professional development coach to elite performers, executives, and anyone aspiring toward greatness. Founder of Dearing Entertainment LLC, Dearing Acting Studio, PHX Casting, and Chaos Comedy Improv.

Leeann Dearing

Leeann
Dearing

Co-founder

Actress, entrepreneur and proud homeschool mom. Co-founder of the mom-centric performance and viral video company Leeann & Michelle.

Brian Sweeney

Brian
Sweeney

Chief Operating Officer

Actor, speaker and professional development coach. Founding member of Dearing Acting Studio, President and founder of Lighthouse Theater and performance director for PHX Casting and Chaos Comedy Improv.

Shea Toepel

Shea
Toepel

Chief of Staff

Actress, Speaker and professional development coach. 1st assistant to studio president, casting coordinator for PHX Casting and director of communications at Dearing Acting Studio.

Joey Sweeney

Joey
Sweeney

Director of media and production

Dearing Acting Studio online course, live and creative video producer. Social media branding and engagement specialist.

Studio Crew

Behind the scenes team dedicated to personal growth and committed to creating a safe and inspiring studio environment.

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Isabel Root

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Wyatt Root

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Max Epel

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Sophia Nadler

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Courtney Berman

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Truman Hendrix

DON’T LIVE A LIFE OF REGRETS.
MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY.