Audition Taping & Private Coaching

when emailing a coach for a taping.

Moonlight Stage Company offers private coaching in acting, singing, songwriting, playwriting, as well as audition coaching and taping.  See our staff below, or go to our Teachers page to email your coach directly!

Tapes will be edited and sent to you, as well as your designated recipient(s) by your chosen staff member.


estes-coachingEstes has students who have booked major roles on shows and films such as Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Barely Lethal, AMC’s TurN, Terminator Genesis, Drop Dead Diva’s, Last Vegas, Stuck in Love, Eastbound and Down, Triple Nine, Hunger Games, The Bay (Barry Levinson), Army Wives, Hick, Banshee, Revolution, Austin and Alley, and many others, and have had callbacks to many Feature FIlms, Disney TV, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, and the National tour of “Peter Pan”,…etc. Estes also regularly works on Television, and has a Masters from UNC in Acting.


Jeris Donovan is an actress and comedian who has worked at all levels of the business. She has performed and directed improv for over twenty years and performed stand-up comedy all over the country. She studied improv at the renowned “Second City” in Chicago, Improv Olympic-Chicago, and Annoyance Theater, and has taught all levels of improvisation at the Improv Olympic West conservatory in Los Angeles, where she created and directed several shows and coached many teams. Jeris is a Meisner trained actor, and has worked on such television shows as Spin CityTwo Guys and a Girl, and much more for networks such as ABC, CBS, etc.


Oliver Riera is a professional actor and improvisor who has worked in films, television, commercials, and on stage. His students have had callbacks to producers and booked major film and television such as The Accountant (Ben Affleck), Disney Channel, Mercy StreetBare KnuckleOutcastFist Fight (Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Tracey Morgan), Big Little Lies (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Kravitz), and many more. He has studied with Rich Talarico (Head writer for Key and Peele, Mad TV, SNL, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), Emmy Award Winner Joan Darling, DSI Comedy Theatre, and Jeris Donovan.



Sean McCracken is a professional actor, singer, and improvisor who has over 20 years experience working on stage, as well as in television, film, voice overs, and commercials in Raleigh and Los Angeles. Sean’s students have booked major roles on Broadway, Film, and Television, including The King and I (Broadway), Office Christmas PartyDiary of a Wimpy Kid 2, House of Cards, Daytime Divas, Good Behavior, Bobcat Goldwait’s Misfis and MonstersBlack Lightning, Ozark, and many more. Sean has a BA in Dramatic Art from UNC, and has trained with Emmy Winning Director Joan Darling, as well as Estes Tarver and Jeris Donovan.


paul-coachingPaul Paliyenko is a professional actor and improvisor with over twenty years of experience on stage, screen, television, commercials and voiceover in Boston and Raleigh. His students have booked roles in feature films, television and commercials including The Best of Enemies (Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson), Mr. Mercedes, Smoketown (TBN), The Jane and Cam Show, VISA/Starbucks, Don’t Say Velcro, Republic Wireless as well as callbacks with major producers, directors and casting directors. Paul is also an award-winning producer, director, cinematographer and sound designer with hundreds of credits for TV, video and audio productions.


Katy Castaldi is an MFA Graduate of Playmakers Rep, at UNC Chapel Hill. Katy has over 15 years of experience in acting, and numerous credits, including:
PlayMakers: Detroit ’67, Three Sisters, Into The Woods.
Regional: Our Town (New Canaan Town Players); Enchanted April, Steel Magnolias (The Wilton Playshop).
Film/Television: The Lost Girls, The A.R.K. Report, Shameless Reality, A Dangerous Place, 8 Behind the Wheel.


Carrie Coaching

Named “Top Charlotte Vocalist” by the Carolina Entertainment Network, Carrie Marshall has performed on stages across New England and the Carolinas. Carrie has been involved as a performing artist, session singer, composer, producer, keyboardist, vocal coach and music director. 1st place winner of the NC Songwriter’s Co-Op Competition and a Top 10 finalist of the UK International Songwriting Competition, she holds a B.A. in Music and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Vocally she studied under Mark Baxter and Dr. John Hugo and specializes in helping singers understand and best use their unique instrument. Carrie’s piano instruction blends the classical model with music theory and ear training from beginner to advanced levels.



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