The Staff at CBSI is the best! These guys and gals work tirelessly to provide you, our student body, with the highest quality experience, studio, coaching and acting training in the city. Go ahead, meet them!
Coach Clay Banks: Head Coach, Owner and Founder!
Coach is a class act! Bold statement? Maybe… but that’s how we feel! But you might want to check him out for yourself. His accomplishments as a former Fortune 500 Motivational Speaker – National Instructor – Improv Director – Comedy Coach – Life Coach – Live Empowerment Coach – Business Coach and more…. will have you asking… “How’s he do it”? His profundity is eye opening as he carefully serves up his words so the listener can gain maximum benefit for their own self growth. He specializes in empowerment! Getting you to unlock the ultimate champion inside of you. Hasn’t really set in yet? Check out our testimonial page and you’ll see. Oh, and he also trains actors how to work professionally in films and television shows.
Coach Jack Stuart is a graduate of The Process. He’s studied under the direct leadership of Coach Banks for several meticulous years. Jack’s a well skilled actor with a special added gift… his profound ability to communicate writer’s intent. This gift has opened up a sensational opportunity, not only for Jack as one of our Full-Time Teachers and Coach of the CBSI Process, but also to coach you, the aspiring on-camera actor… that is if you’re fortunate enough to get in his class.
Coach Joe Abraham is a graduate of the CBSI Process. Joe is not only an amazing CBSI Coach, he’s also a working actor, writer, motivational speaker, and family man. As a writer, Joe and his wife Christine, co-authored The Thriving Artists. TTA is a groundbreaking book that teaches actors insider secrets for lifelong success in the industry as they master the demands of life, finances, and the career they so desire to achieve.
Chrysta Marquez is Executive Personal Assistant to Coach Banks. Chrysta maintains the administrative side of the Studio while working magic to help free up Coach Banks schedule. Chrysta’s been a student at CBSI since 2014. She’s a CBSI Sr Alumni and studies acting and character development in the CBSI Master Class.
Chris Tedrow is the Operations Manager, Head of Student Affairs, and Lead Technical Director for the CBSI. He also has the longest title… Chris is the guy to get to know. He not only handles the on-boarding of all new students (meaning… seamlessly helping you to get from where you are right now into one of our five all-star on-camera film acting classes you so long to be in.) Chris manages all class schedules, runs the live-streamed Wednesday Night class, and is the first point of contact for most studio business. He too is a magician! Chris has been a student at CBSI since 2014 , is an actor in the Master Class and a proud member of the CBSI Sr ALUMNI.
Allison Walter is the Social Media Coordinator for CBSI. “SOCIAL!” She handles all of our studio promotion on all of the social media portals. At least the ones she likes. She also acts as a liaison for our workshop series hosted by CBSI each month. Allison, along with her acting partner Leigh, also a student alum, are currently staring in their original Web-series, How To Live Without Experience. Allison’s been a student at CBSI since 2014. She’s a member of the CBSI Master Class, part of the Sr Alumni and is one of the fastest talking actors in town.
Danielle Argyros is an acting warrior! She loves, loves, loves to act! She flat out craves the heavy and often painful roles. A lot! So, to help balance her out… we put her in charge of our In-House Headshot Division, which we affectionately call Cheap Ass Headshots. As a service to The Studio (and because she’s actually very good at it), she shoots high-quality photo sessions that don’t break the bank. In fact… they don’t even touch the bank. Why? Because she’s an actor! An artist who just happens to have an eye for talent. Danielle recently wrote, produced, and starred in the original short film Day of Reckoning, directed by Emmy Award-winner Jeff Wolfe, also a CBSI Sr Alumni. Very cool stuff!
Jeromy Ramos too is a working actor. When he’s not on set, he’s in charge of our In-House Productions Department, Cheap Ass Productions. He’s young, ambitious and hungry! This is an amazingly fantastic thing! Why? Because he not only feeds off of his acting roles… but puts just as much energy into producing, shooting, and editing high-quality demo reels for our students and other actors. Jeromy’s been a student at CBSI since 2013 and is currently a member of the CBSI Master Class. He may look a bit young… that’s because he is… however, he’s still a proud member of the CBSI Sr Alumni!
Laura Grimaldi is the Executive Accountant for the Studio. She handles all taxes and business expenses and helps us to keep everything financially fair… for everyone! And, she’s really good at it! She’s so good that she’s able to keep the left side of her brain working numbers… while her right brain, (you know the creative side), continues to knock out acting jobs right and left. Ha! Look at that!
Meredith Meredith is the newest member of our illustrious team and heads up our Social Events Calendar. No Alumni. No Master Class. No Cult. She’s just a young and energetic gal, a delightful actor, and a pretty darn fun person to hang out with and someone who’ll make you feel like you’ve known her your entire life. Just the right personality to head up our creative community. Shoot her a text and introduce yourself. That is if you like beach volleyball, movie night, dinner, drinks, talking, hanging out, camp fires, climbing, shooting, girls night (sorry fellas, gals only), and so much more! Hey, why not? After all, this is California!
Riley Schultheis is the newest, newest member of the team. In fact, she’s still working through her ridged CBSI orientation, and doing great! She’s CBSI’s Special Projects Facilitator. Fancy title, right?! Riley is in charge of our International operations: Master Classes in major cities around the world. She’s also helping to take LA’s 1Minute Monologue Contest global. She works with the Manhattan Monologue Slam’s team and spearheads our 1Minute Monologue Writers Contest. You can check out some of what she’s up to by visiting the 1Minute Monologue page of this site.
Aleida Lam is the longest running member of the team. On-board for over a decade, she’s our silent hero…a behind the scenes marvel if you will. As Sr. Scene Manager, it’s Aleida’s job to see that all of our actors have fresh copies of their scenes each and every week. CBSI is proud to supply our actors with a vast range of scenes from classic films and television shows (and some plays) of the the past and present, to the latest in cutting-edge new media and indie films. You may not ever get to meet Aleida, but just know she’s there for you!