Meet the Instructors

Will Wallace

Will has produced, written, & directed numerous award-winning films. He is a producer at Sunflower Films with Terrence Malick & Ed Pressman in L.A. His projects include executive producing the new IMAX film “Flatland: The Movie” (Martin Sheen & Kristen Bell), & directing the multi- award winning comedic feature entitled "Cake." Will produced, "Rock Slyde," (Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, & Jason Alexander) and “The Appearing," (Lionsgate release). Most recently, Will directed the feature entitled, "Red Wing", starring Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher and Luke Perry, which had a limited theatrical release and is On Demand in over 100 million homes (Warner Brothers). Will is currently in post production on a film he produced and directed called "Trafficked" (Ashley Judd/Anne Archer), and in pre-production on a new film called "Warning Shot" (Bruce Dern/Tim Roth attached).

As an actor, Will has worked on over 40 films including: "The Thin Red Line," "I Am Sam," "Rules of Engagement," "The New World," "The Tree of Life," and "Broke Sky" for which he received a best actor nomination from San Francisco's Indyfest. Will has also played roles on TV shows such as "Leverage," "Beverly Hills 90210" (both series), "Pensacola" and "Baywatch". He was recently seen in the film “Detention” (Dane Cook, Josh Hutcherson) and "Doonby," both theatrically released and currently on demand. Will Wallace directed/produced “Trafficked” (Ashley Judd, Anne Archer), which was theatrically released and invited to screen before the United Nations. Additionally he produced “Warning Shot” (David Spade, Bruce Dern & James Earl Jones) 2018 release as well as, “The Great Race” (Treat Williams, Henry Thomas).



Sara Wallace

Sara has been working as a casting director for roughly 9 years and has cast many feature films. Early on, Sara cast "Rock Slyde," starring Patrick Warburton, Jason Alexander and Andy Dick & “Red Wing" starring Bill Paxton, Luke Perry and Frances Fisher. In 2014 Sara & her casting partner Jaime started Wallace/Gallagher Casting. They cast 14 films in the first two years, a few of their films include: “Red Wing” (Bill Paxton, Luke Perry, Frances Fisher), “Trafficked” (Ashley Judd, Anne Archer), and “Butterfly Caught”. They’ve since cast a handful of films which are showing on the Lifetime channel, some of which include: “Deadly Inn”, “My Stepdaughter”, and “Fatal Defense”. 
Wallace/Gallagher is slated to cast a handful of films in 2017/2018.  

Sara has been an instructor at the Will Wallace Acting Company for several years and teaches an on-going On-Camera Class and an Advanced Acting Class there.  She is also a guest instructor at the SAG Conservatory as well as at Reel Pros.  Sara has also taught acting workshops in cities all around the country including Atlanta, Dallas & Minneapolis.

Sara has a Bachelors degree in theater from California Lutheran University.  As an actress Sara worked in Soaps for years, starred in "Cake, A Wedding Story" and recently worked with Christian Bale on the Terrence Malick film, "Knight of Cups."


Guest Instructors


Niki Koss

Actress Niki Koss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She can next been seen co-starring in the new ABC Family/Free Form drama series, "Famous In Love" (2016). In addition to "Famous In Love", Niki recently co-starred in the Paramount Pictures film, "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" (2015) and was seen as the lead in the Lifetime TV film, "Stepdaughter" (2015), Her major roles in several independent feature films include: "Red Wing" (2013), "The Appearing" (2014), and "Girl on the Edge" (2015). Niki's short film credits include leading roles in BAFTA nominated, "A Teenage Drama" (2014), and "Augury" (2013). In addition, Niki recently completed filming "Trafficked" (2016), alongside Ashley Judd, Anne Archer, and Patrick Duffy.


John Schneider

Actor John Richard Schneider IV was born in Mt. Kisco, New York, and began acting at the age of 8. His big break came when he won the role of Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazard" (1979) on CBS from 1979-1985, and has been featured in dozen of other films and TV Shows such as "Walker, Texas Ranger" (1999), "King of the Hill" (2006), "CSI: Miami" (2008), "CSI" Crime Scene Investigation" (2009), "Nip/Tuck" (2007-2009), "Dirty Sexy Money" (2009), "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (2008-2009), "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (2009), "10,000 Days" (2010), "90210" (2009-2010), "Desperate Housewives" (2010), "Smallville" (2001-2011), "Glee" (2011), "Doonby" (2013), and many others.


Erin Way

Actress Erin Way, a former ballet dancer, got the acting bug while in high school and has never looked back. Erin has starred in movies and TV Shows such as "Hawaii Five-0" (2011), "Alphas" (2012), "Castle" (2012), "Grimm" (2013), "Grey's Anatomy" (2013), "Doonby" (2013), "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (2013), "The Mentalist" (2014), "Code Black" (2015), "Supernatural" (2016), "Bones" (2017), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2017), "The Handmaid's Tale" (2017) and more.


William Zabka

Actor William Zabka was born in New York City, New York. He is an actor and producer, known for "The Karate Kid" (1984), "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010), "How I Met Your Mother" (2013-2014) and "The Karate Kid II" (1986).

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Alan J. Levi

Producer and Director Alan J. Levi began his career at the age of 15 when he produced and directed a half-hour 16mm black-and-white comedy entitled "Keep Your Spirits High" while a sophomore in high school. Finding no one who would hire this aspiring director, he organized his own company, "Petite Productions," which was financed entirely by his fellow schoolmates, and with a grand total of $256 in operating costs, he began his career as a Director/Producer. By the time he graduated from high school, he completed a total of 43 films. Among the series he's directed are "NCIS" (2003), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2009), "ER" (1994), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), "Dr. Vegas" (2004), "The Fugitive" (2000), "Magnum, P.I." (1980), "Miami Vice" (1984), "Quantum Leap" (1989), "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (1995), "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1993), "The Cosby Mysteries" (1994), "Promised Land" (1996), "The Six Million Dollar Man" (1974), "Falcon Crest" (1981), "Scene of the Crime" (1984), "The Oregon Trail" (1976), and many more.


Courtney Gains

Actor Courtney Gains first achieved success during the 1980s with a variety of roles in films such "Children of the Corn" (1984), "Back to the Future" (1985), "Can't Buy Me Love" (1987), "Colors" (1988), "The 'Burbs" (1989) and "Memphis Belle" (1990), "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), "Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness" (2009) (which he also produced), "Faster" (2010). In addition to his film work, Gains has guest-starred on several notable television shows including "Seinfeld" (1989), "Monk" (2002), "In the Heat of the Night" (1988), "Tales from the Crypt" (1989), "ER" (1994), "Nash Bridges" (1996), "Charmed" (1998), "Alias" (2001), "The Guardian" (2001), "My Name Is Earl" (2005), "Bones" (2014), "The Middle" (2014), "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (2016), "Criminal Minds" (2016), and mini-series "Texas Rising" (2015).


Jaime Gallagher

Jaime Gallagher has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has worked as an actress, casting director and producer.  She considers her casting partnership with Sara wallace one of the highlights of her career. Together, they pride themselves on finding top names and the very best talent in general for each project.  Together they have cast dozens of films. Jaime has also produced over 25 films and is slated to direct her first film this Spring.