Good Acting Studio embraces the beginner, advanced and professional actor in a way that stimulates the imagination and creativity which lies beneath the soul of every human being - Training for the Total Actor.



Good Acting Studio assists the training actor with the tools that will allow creative discovery for performance in various entertainment mediums. Founder Michael Mario Good firmly believes that the “Total Actor Training”  focuses on the Body, Mind & Spirit of an actor.








Michael Mario Good, Founder

Michael holds a BA in Professional Drama & English from South Carolina State University, a GPSC certification in Drama and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.  He has worked as an actor for over 15 years, a drama teacher for all grade levels and has a passion for helping actors achieve their dreams.  As owner of Good Acting Studio, his vision is to train all actors from novice to professional to become a total actor.  He holds true to the belief that, “Character is not made in crisis… but is only exhibited.”  Michael thanks God for giving him the privilege of a lifetime.





Tara Helrich, Teaching Artist

Tara recently graduated from Binghamton University in New York. Her studies there resulted in a Master’s degree in Theatre, with a focus in acting and directing. She has taught many classes in schools and studios around Atlanta, as well as been involved with multiple theatres and training programs around the city. Some of her training includes the Meisner technique, directing, Children’s Theatre, Improvisation, Musical Theatre, and Commedia Del Arte. She is very excited to be a part of Good Acting Studio’s education program.






Kia Fisher, Teaching Artist

Kia Fisher most recently appeared in Atlanta on stage in the HUCC Production, “MALICE.”  She will appear as a guest star in an episode of the new B. Rhino LLC web series, “Life Coached” and is currently filming the starring role in the independent film, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.”  Kia received a BA in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville.  Kia has performed in Atlanta’s Black Arts Festival and the Grahamstown Arts Festival in Grahamstown, SA.  Kia worked as an educator in several Los Angeles area school districts and as an actor-educator at C.L.I.M.B. Children’s Theatre in St. Paul, MN.  Kia teaches acting at Clayton State University’s Center for Continuing Education and is an adjunct instructor at Kennesaw State University.




Kevin Galloway, Teaching Artist

Kevin has over 20 years of professional acting experience. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a B.A.  in Theatre Arts, where he focused on acting, writing, and directing. Kevin started his own theatre company called Prodigal Drama at the age of 22. He has performed original material to businesses, schools, churches and various organizations with audiences up to 7,000 people. In 2006 he founded imPROvise  to develop leadership, communication, and presentation skills through traditional acting and improv techniques. His client list includes Oracle USA, Cisco Systems, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Baylor University, and  the University of Georgia. Prior to starting imPROvise, Kevin toured with an improv comedy troupe called Third String Varsity for over four years, and also served as Theatre Director at a prestigious private school in North Atlanta. He is the author of over 150 plays and scripts and has directed and acted in a large variety of shows from classics to drama to comedy.



Sanna Haynes, Teaching Artist

Sanna was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, moving to the United States at the age of eight months old. At 15, Sanna landed a major modeling contract in New York City. Sanna moved to Los Angeles in 2008, graduating Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts at Azusa Pacific University. Sanna soon landed the Alloy Entertainment (production company responsible for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Vampire Diaries) project PRIVATE based on the New York Times Bestselling Book series. While in LA, Sanna worked as an actor on several other projects before relocating to work in Atlanta. Sanna is passionate about the entertainment business, and wants to empower actors of all ages to follow their dreams.




Dayna Damron, Teaching Artist

Day(na) has a BFA in Acting from the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University. Having performed all over the country, she’s been privileged to learn from some of the best in the business. Recently returning to Atlanta from New York City, she couldn’t be happier to be a big part of Georgia’s rapidly growing performance industry. Her heart swells for the jaded actor and the burnt out artist so she has made it her life goal to facilitate restoration in the individual and opens doors in the creative process. Gifting the actor to bring new and truthful performances to the table, no matter where they are in life.






Maria Howell, Teaching Artist/Acting & Singing Coach

Maria is a singer, actor and voice over talent with over 25 years of experience in the industry. She is most recognized as the choir soloist in the movie version of The Color Purple, and has appeared on TV and in motion pictures, such as Daddy’s Little Girls, Army Wives, Necessary Roughness and her voice is heard on numerous radio commercials nationally. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from each medium.  She has worked domestically and internationally as a singer, sharing the musical stage with famous artists such as Ray Charles, Babyface and Will Downing, among others. She’s a member of Screen Actors Guild, ASCAP and NARAS and also serves on the Board of Directors for Students Without Mothers, a non-profit organization committed to providing scholarships to high school students.  She is equally committed to sharing her expertise with artists aspiring to embark on a career in the acting/singing industry. www.mariahowell.com

Gary Yates, Acting Coach

Mr. Yates has over 25 years of professional experience in regional theatre, film and television. He started his acting career in New York working in theatres and daytime soaps Ryan’s Hope and Search for Tomorrow, to name a few. His stage credits include a range of theatre performances in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.  Mr. Yates has had supporting roles in such films as Drumline, Fled, and Midnight Edition and guest-starred on television shows such as Seinfeld, Sparks, I’ll Fly Away and Heat of the Night.Aside from his professional career, Mr. Yates is the Chair of the Speech Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Clark Atlanta University-Atlanta.


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