Award-winning Teachers and Directors, Megan Foley and Chuck Marra, have been in the business for over 30 years as Teachers, Casting Directors, Directors, and Producers. For years, they taught the most highly recommended commercial class in LA which was successful because they taught so much more
than just "commercial acting technique". Their combined experience and passion for creating well-rounded actors has led them to focus on teaching and directing more as the industry has changed. They have a passion for actors and acting and can't help sharing their years of knowledge of the business with professional, as well as up and coming actors.
In 2007, in addition to their established casting company, they started the Lake Arrowhead Repertory Theatre Company. In the first seven years, they produced and directed over 60 plays, productions, and films. In 2015, they moved the heart of the theatre company to Los Angeles to focus on building an arts community where actors are encouraged to find their voice, create art and express it.
Casting Director, Director
Megan has been in the industry her entire life. Having cast over 3500 commercials and dozens of Theatrical movies, TV shows, and Industrials in her 30+ year career, first as Megan Foley Casting and now FoleyMarra Casting. She has a great eye for recognizing and developing talent. She and Chuck have also directed and produced over 60 plays and almost always work together in every aspect of each production at their Lake Arrowhead Repertory Theatre Company. They have recently directed and produced 20+ short films through The Project, which are currently hitting the Festival circuit. As a teacher and director, she has a knack for finding "a way in" to each person's creativity to get the best out of them. She and Chuck work together amazingly and balance each other 's knowledge and support. Her nurturing spirit encourages her actors to work hard to be the best they can be..at everything they do.
Actor, Writer, Producer, Editor
Catherine 'Cat' Hammons is an accomplished performer and writer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry as well as an award-winning producer of short films. She has been working with Foley Marra Studios since 2017.
Sound Designer, Actor. Producer
Todd Gajdusek is an Award Winning Sound Designer. He has work with Foley Marra Studios for the past 4 years creating the audioscapes for multiple short films and the popular podcasts Quiet Please and Foley Marra Studios Presents. He is also an accomplished performer earning a Best Actor nomination for his film The Itty-Bitty Committee.
Casting Director, Director, Actor, Editor
Chuck began acting in high school and ended up studying with Lee Strasberg at the Tisch School of the Arts/Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.
He moved to LA and worked as an actor in commercials, theatre and television before becoming a casting director with Foley Marra Casting.
As a teacher, Chuck brings his passion for and understanding of "the method" as he learned it directly from Strasberg. Chuck's students have called him the Actor Whisperer because he has a way of getting the very best out of all our students.
He is passionate about the craft and it translated to his teaching. He can see things other teachers don't and can get performances out of students that they never thought they could deliver.
Director of Photography, Editor
Matt Marra shot his first short film at age 10 and has been behind a camera ever since.
A recent graduate from Cal Poly in Computer Science, he started shooting headshots and started his own production company creating and shooting commercials. He was just hired as a producer, Director of Photography, and editor for another local production company.