Bringing the film industry together
I started Blue Door in January of 2017 as a way to bring training, resources, and assistance to the film industry in Chicago. That means both sides of the camera. Actors and filmmakers seem to be on two different teams, aiming for the same goal. I just wanted to bring those two teams together.
As an actor turned filmmaker, I remember getting so frustrated at film schools and acting studios when I felt that I wasn't being pushed hard enough or being forced to take classes I didn't care about. Opening Blue Door was my way of providing a safe place for actors
and filmmakers to receive affordable training by creating meticulously curated classes. Blue Door is for professionals, taught by qualified professionals. Period.
There are film schools and there are acting studios, but there isn't a place where both sides of the camera are catered to. We are on-camera only. With so many other great improv, theater, and everything else classes for you to take, Blue Door is here for one reason only: to help push filmmakers and on-camera actors to the next level.
-- Sarah Clark
Owner + Director
Meet the Team
Sarah Clark CSA | Owner & Director
Sarah has worked in the industry for over ten years. Casting is her bread and butter, but she's also an Emmy Nominated producer and professional screenwriter. She’s been lucky to work on films like AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY, TO THE WONDER, RUDDERLESS, and many many more. Sarah has seen thousands of actors for hundreds of commercials with clients like NIKE, CORONA, HONDA, and hundreds more.
When she's not casting or teaching, Sarah's training for a triathlon and trying new coffee shops with her partner.
Eve Rosenthal | Studio Manager
Eve is originally from Colorado, graduated with her BFA in Actor Training from The Hartt School in Connecticut, and is now an actor artist in Chicago. Her history and education in performance make her an understanding and encouraging presence in the audition room, where she aims to make every actor feel at ease.
When not in the office, Eve can be found binging NPR, watching true crime documentaries, and drinking good beer.
Jodi Gage is an actor, director, and holds an MFA in Acting with an emphasis on teaching from Point Park University. Her mission as a teacher is to help actors develop their technique, discover their vulnerability, and build their belief that they belong – in the room and in front of the camera. She has taught at several Universities in Chicago and in Pittsburgh. As an actor, she has worked regionally with Pittsburgh Irish & Classical, Pittsburgh CLO, Theatre Factory, Chicago Shakespeare Project, Theatre Lumina, and is the founding Executive Director of Mozawa. She is co-producer of and performer in Song of Home, which will tour to Moldova in 2020. Film and commercial credits include She’s Out of My League (Dreamworks), Serta, Fisher Price, and Groupon among others. She has also had the great pleasure of Associate Directing alongside Robert Falls on Don Giovanni at Dallas Opera, as well as Assistant Directing for Olivier Award-winning director Francesca Zambello and Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, among others.
Brenna Welsh | Teacher
Brenna Welsh is Co-Artistic Director, Co-Founder and Casting Director of The Story Theatre. In addition to casting, she works in new play development as an ensemble member of The Story. She holds her BFA in Acting from the University of Arizona. As an actor, Brenna has worked with Northlight Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Prop Theatre, Rasaka Theatre, and Arizona Theatre Company among others. Some of her favorite shows include How I Learned to Drive, The Book of Will, Julius Caesar, Uncle Vanya, Other Desert Cities, Yankee Tavern, and Lend Me a Tenor. Film, television and commercial credits include Chicago Med, Ace Hardware, The Writer (Sundog Studios), Dream Fish (One Panda Films) and others. Brenna is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
Cory Hardin is the Artistic Director of The Passage Theatre and a School at Steppenwolf graduate where he trained with the likes of Audrey Francis, Michael Patrick Thornton, and Tim Hopper. He has been living and working in Chicago for 5 years now and his experience of collaborating in theatre and film makes him the perfect, versatile fit for your material. He's worked at such theatre companies as The Gift, Theater Wit, Steep Theater, Lifeline Theatre, & Chicago Dramatists. Recent film credits include Bird of Paradise, Ringolevio, #whokilledheather, & Brass Ring as well as several commercials, web content, and industrials.
Morgan Dixon | Teacher
Morgan Dixon is a Chicago based actor who was born and raised in Tampa Bay, Florida. Morgan is a graduate of Columbia College and The Second City Conservatory. She has been seen in commercials for Buona Beef, Budweiser, CreditBox.com as well has many indie films. She has been teaching dance, theatre, acting, and circus arts for over ten years and prides herself on creating a nurturing environment that allows every student to find their truest potential and artistic voice.
Paul Michael Thomson | Teacher
Paul Michael Thomson is a professional actor, playwright, and a really good friend. As an actor, he has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, The House Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Greenhouse Theatre, among others. His on-camera work includes Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, and Kissing Walls. As a playwright, his work has been produced by Other Theatre Company, Arc Theatre, North Central College, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a founding member. As a really good friend, he has validated many, many feelings. Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College at The University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, and minors in Spanish & Art History. He is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.
Melanie McNulty | Teacher
Melanie McNulty is a working film and theatre actor and youth teaching artist in Chicago. She originally hails from Glenview, a suburb north of the city, but she spent her undergraduate years in Bloomington, Indiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama-Acting with Minors in Dance and Film. She also spent a semester abroad at the Gaiety School of Acting-The National Theatre School of Ireland in Dublin, where she credits her time to finding her voice as an artist. Her resume also includes resident teaching artist positions with various companies such as Emerald City Theatre and Skyline Studios where she directs, devises, and choreographs junior musicals.
Her most recent film credits include feature Rendezvous In Chicago (HONEY) and short Compartmentalization Storage Facility (TALULAH) that is currently screening in film festivals internationally. Her next short Forever (SAM) is shooting in October 2019 and is expected to hit the 2020 festival circuit. Most recent theatrical credits include the world premiere of Amicable (SHANNON) with Theatre Above the Law and West Side Story (VELMA) with Cardinal Stage Company. She will be debuting in the Paragon Play Festival as NATALIE in Memory Foam November 2019, and with Rose Valley Theatre Company as JENNY in Sunday Evening January 2020. For further credits and updates, check out her journey at melaniemcnulty.com or on Instagram @melaniepmcnulty.