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Acting for Stage 101


Alex Monti Fox


Teacher Actor Director Writer

Alex Monti Fox - Teacher, Actor, Director, Writer

Alex is extremely excited to be working with the amazing team at MVT. A theatre lifer, Alex has been on stage and screen (and behind the scenes) since he was 11 years old. Trained and educated in NYC, Los Angeles and Seattle, Alex set sail for O’ahu in 2015. Since moving here, he has taught drama and directed numerous plays with both the Mid-Pacific School of the Arts and the newly-formed O’ahu Acting Studio. Additionally, he has coached multiple Hawaii State Champions in the ESU National Shakespeare and NEA Poetry Out Loud competitions. As a coach, Alex has had the honor of guiding many early-career artists toward burgeoning professional careers, and has helped numerous acting and film students to earn acceptance at the nation’s elite conservatory programs.

As an actor, Alex has won multiple Hawaii State Theatre Council Po’okela Awards for his work in local theatre. His Hawaii stage credits include: True West and The Zoo Story at TAG, The Seagull and Romeo and Juliet with Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and Darling Sonya with O’ahu Acting Studio. Mainland stage credits include the west coast premiere productions of Eric Bogosian’s Suburbia, Mac Wellman’s Hypatia: The Divine Algebra, Mark Ravenhill’s Faust (Faust Is Dead), Joanna Laurens’s The Three Birds, and Mikhail Bulgakov's Black Snow. Other stage credits include: Back To One (the Lex),  Five Beauties: Tennessee Williams and Julius Caesar  (both with New American Theatre), The Elephant Man (El Centro Theatre), The Illusion (The Actors’ Gang), Soon My Work (International Wow Co.), Mother Courage and Her Children (Jones Playhouse), Another Showcase Showdown (U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Aspen), and Cue To Cue (Acme Comedy Theatre).

An active member of SAG-AFTRA since 2006, Alex's screen-acting credits include the indie films Treading Water, Debaser, A Friend, Dirty (with Roger Guenveur Smith), and Frank’s Book (with John C. Reilly & Jack Black). He has also acted in several web series, including Suitemates (with Kevin Pollak & Ray Wise), The Pacellis (with Michael Cornacchia), and Mr. Robinson’s Driving School (with Craig Robinson). Other screen credits include Magnum P.I. (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), The After Work Special (VH1), I Hate My 30s (VH1), XYZ  (ABC Family),  The Iceman Chronicles (Fox TV Studios), and numerous commercials.

Alex has an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington PATP, and a BA from USC. In addition to MVT, he currently teaches at O’ahu Acting Studio in Makiki, and the University Lab School in Mānoa. 

"In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities…” -Shunryū Suzuki 

Explore the craft of acting with a beginner’s mind. Practice essential foundations of creativity (concentration, observation, imagination, action) in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. Move your body. Find your voice. Express yourself! Develop your process for working on the script (monologues, scenes, auditions). Collaborate. Improvise. Perform. Play! 

Novice and experienced actors welcome. 

8 Weeks. Sundays, 3-5 PM

January 15  - March 5, 2023

Taught by Alex Monti Fox.

$200 - 8-week Course

Acting for TV and Film

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Brandon Karrer



Brandon Karrer is an experienced theatre actor who just a few years ago moved from Los Angeles and now calls Hawaii his home. Originally from Southern California Brandon spent years appearing on the stage in both LA and San Francisco. He has studied at some of the most well known acting studios in Hollywood including the Janet Alhanti Studio, Howard Fine, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Ivana Chubbick Studios. He also is the Winner of the Forensic National Championship in Prose, Poetry, & Theatre. Since arriving in Hawaii, Brandon has split his time between the stage and working as both a professional Voice Over and On-Camera actor. He is excited to join the Manoa Valley Theatre's MVT Studio as its newest Acting Coach. 

Past Credits Include: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”/Berkley Repertory Theatre, Ibsen’s “A Doll House”/ South Coast Repertory, “Taking the Jesus Pill”/The King King, “Little Women”/Long Beach Playhouse, Sam Sheppard’sTrue West /TAG, Home of the Brave/ HTY, Way of A God /Kumu Kahua Theatre, A Steady Rain/KOA, Laughing Wild, and Popcorn Falls/Manoa Valley Theatre. Some Film/Television Credits Include: “In Her Shoes”/Dir. Curtis Hansen, “Focus”/Miramax, “They Crawl”/Fox 2000 , & “Shakedown”.

Are you interested in being a part of the local and vibrant film and tv community? In this eight week course participants will learn how to approach a TV or Film script, how to audition, and how to work successfully on set. You'll get a chance to work in front of a camera as well as work on your audition - self tape and casting office. AGES 18+

8 Weeks. Sundays, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

January 15 - March 5, 2023

Taught by Brandon Karrer

$200 - 8-week Course



Shannon Winpenny


Teacher Writer Directer Performer

Shannon Winpenny has studied at several prestigious acting schools in Chicago. Shannon has been writing, directing, and performing in Chicago and Honolulu for over 15 years. In 2008, Shannon opened Laughtrack Theater Company. This improvisational training center and performance venue was the first of its kind in the state dedicated to the art of improvisation.

Shannon has received multiple Po’okela awards. With small and big screen credits, Shannon also teaches elementary school as a performing arts instructor at several schools around the island as well as Diamond Head Theatre’s acting instructor for children and adults.


Shannon Winpenny is a performing arts, teacher, writer, director, and performer. Born and raised here in Hawaii, Shannon has Studied at the most prestigious improvisational conservatories in Chicago.

This class will focus on long form improvisation. A one word suggestion will create a one act play. Unscripted and based on character and relationship, the long form improvisor will create a unique once-in-a-lifetime performance each time. Relying on quick thinking and teamwork, students will be able to think quickly and entertain without a script. AGES 18+

8 Weeks. Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM

January 19 - March 9, 2023

Taught by Shannon Winpenny

$200 - 8-week Course

Stand-Up Comedy


Jose Dynamite



Jose Dynamite first attempted stand up comedy at a talent showcase in 1999 while in college. He took another brief crack at it in 2002 when the Laugh Factory opened its doors in Honolulu. Just a couple of years later, he decided to really make an effort, and began to pursue his dream of being a stand up comedian: he hasn’t looked back since. And in 2004, Jose Dynamite was given the opportunity of a lifetime, where he gained most of his comedy knowledge and experience: working as the opening act and occasionally as a promoter for Augie T., for nearly 9 years. Within that time, he toured throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the west coast, and internationally in Guam and Saipan. He has opened for several big name artists, including Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Eddie Griffin, The Beach Boys, and much more.


Now he currently produces two weekly comedy shows, Comedy U Wednesday’s at Anna O’Brien’s and the longest running Friday Night Comedy Show in Chinatown: Jose Dynamite & Friends at O’Toole’s, where he’s given the opportunity for several up and coming comedians the chance to perform on a regular basis, proving that Jose Dynamite is a major contributor to Hawaii’s recent boom in the stand-up comedy scene. His album “Something Smells Funny” is a culmination of years of hard work creating original material, with subject matter ranging from racism, relationships with his local girlfriend, experiences as a parent and grandparent, religion, and much more.

Do your friends tell you you're funny? Do you sometimes find yourself in awkward or weird situations? Do you have a dream of standing in front of a live audience and being the center of attention and making people laugh? Stand Up Comedy has been growing by leaps and bounds in Honolulu, and Comedy U is teaming up with Manoa Valley Theatre to offer a 4 week introductory workshop - in this workshop you will learn basic joke writing and performance techniques for stand up comedy, to help you feel prepared and confident when you walk into a comedy open mic.

4 Weeks. Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 PM

January, 21, 28, February 4, 11

Taught by Jose Dynamite

$100 - 4-week Course

MVT Studio is truly a place to grow and develop as an actor. Out of all the classes I've taken on the island, this is the most fulfilling and challenging. It is truly a place to grow.

   -Lee S. 

Janine Myers is a master at her craft. Her generosity of spirit in sharing her expertise was invaluable! I now have a greater appreciation and understanding of the intricacies of lighting design.

  - Walt Gaines

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