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Sandra Dorsey, Founder, Dorsey Studios for the Performing Arts



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Faculty Members - Dorsey Studios for the Performing Arts

Sandra Ellenburg-Dorsey  |  Founder, Dorsey Studios
 - while helping a new student with their 1st scene

The highly credentialed and experienced faculty members of Dorsey Studios have been selected for their educational and performance skills.  To help you reach your goals, each Dorsey Studios teacher maintains a careful evaluation of your progress, and works closely with other faculty members to encourage and further your learning. In every way, we are dedicated to your success as an artist and as a working actor.

Sandra Ellenburg Dorsey, Acting Classes,  Acting Instructor, Vocal Performance Instructor

Sandra Ellenburg-Dorsey, Founder, Acting Instructor, Vocal Performance Instructor

Founder and Director, Acting Instructor, Voice Instructor. Bachelor of Arts, Oglethorpe University; Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance, University of Georgia. Ms. Dorsey attended the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, and has studied extensively with the David LeGrant Actors Studio in New York.

She has performed in five plays on Broadway in NYC: "Illya Darling" with Melina Mercouri," "Gantry" with Robert Shaw and Rita Moreno, "Drat! The Cat!" with Elliot Gould, "On the Town" with Bernadette Peters and Phyllis Newman, and "Mata Hari" with Pernell Roberts, directed by Vincent Minnelli. She played Franlein Kost in th
e National Tour of "Cabaret"  directed by Harold Prince.

Ms. Dorsey's film and television credits include the role of Edna in "Norma Rae" with Sally Field, "Passing Glory" with Andre Braugher and Rip Torn, "Impure Thoughts" with John Savage, the cult classic "Sleep Away Camp 2" with Michael J Pollard, "Angel City" with Ralph Waite, and "The Georgia Peaches" with Tanya Tucker.  Ms. Dorsey's credits also include regional and national TV commercials, and  industrial theatre.

Ms. Dorsey wrote and directed "Biba Revue" at Maxim's in Chicago, directed and choreographed "Amahl and The Night Visitors" in Atlanta, and was musical director for "An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein" at Emory University. Ms. Dorsey directed the critically acclaimed "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." 

Ms. Dorsey is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors' Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She has served as SAG president for the state of Georgia, and been a member of the Dekalb Council for the Arts, The College Music Society, The Episcopal Drama Foundation, and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Before founding Dorsey Studios in 1977, Ms Dorsey taught acting and vocal performance exclusively in NYC.  Ms. Dorsey has also taught at the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta) and Emory University .  
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Sharon Blackwood, Vocal Coach, Vocal Instructor
Sharon Blackwood, Vocal Instructor
Voice Instructor. Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Vocal Performance, West Georgia College.  Ms. Blackwood studied extensively with Inge Manski-Lundeen of the Metropolitan Opera. Operatic roles include the Georgia Opera Company's production of "Rigoletto" with Jan Peerce, the Mother in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Prince Orlovsky in "Die Fledermaus," and Esmeralda in "The Bartered Bride." 

Ms. Blackwood has extensive experience in Oratorio and sang with the Symphony Chorus under the direction of Mr. Robert Shaw. Her oratorio credits include soprano soloist in "Messiah," Peroglesi's "Stabat Mater," Vivaldi's "Gloria," and Mozart's "Requiem" at Emory University.

Ms. Blackwood has numerous regional theatre and musical theatre credits.  She appeared as Martha in Theatre in the Square's production of "Zion!" during the 1996 Olympics, and created the role of Sharon in "Appalachian Christmas:  Homecoming," at Theatrical Outfit.  Ms. Blackwood recently appeared in Georgia Ensemble Theatre's production of "Side by Side by Sondheim," and as a guest artist in the Julliard Professional Program's staged reading of "Bless Her Heart" in NYC. 

Her film credits include "Claudine's Return" with Christina Applegate, "Neon Bible" with Gena Rowlands, "Remember the Titans" with Denzel Washington, and the upcoming film "Sweet Home Alabama" with Reese Witherspoon.

Her television movie credits include "Mama Flora's Family" with Cicely Tyson, "Flash" with Ellen Burstyn, "Passing Glory" with Andre Braugher, and "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn" with Sydney Poitier. Her television series credits include "Savannah," "I'll Fly Away," and "Heat of the Night."

Ms. Blackwood is a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actors' Equity Association.
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