Charles Maceo

Charles M.

Torrance, CA
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Film Acting

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I've taught acting for 10 + years and I'm also a WORKING actor in Los Angeles (proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association). My professional experiences have provided valuable insight for my students especially in the areas of scene analysis/study and audition prep.

You'll see a long list of major network and TV credits on my IMDB - including: Agent Nelson on Big Little Lies (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), Officer Jim Gray on Criminal Minds (CBS), a recurring on Grey's Anatomy (ABC), and a Guest Star on Bold & The Beautiful (CBS).

I received a BA in Drama from one of the best theatre schools in the country: UC Irvine and have an extensive list of theatre credits in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut and also did a national tour as David Logan in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry."

COACH/EDUCATOR:

My teaching career actually began as a credentialed 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA prior to starting my acting career. I've taught acting classes for over a decade in LA and overseas - most notably with the non-profit, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. My elementary aged acting students performed for the likes of agents at William Morris Endeavor, Glee star Max Adler (FOX), Empire star Grace Byers (FOX), and placed 1st and 2nd place at the annual Shakespeare Challenge in Topanga, CA for 8 consecutive years. I've also taught acting workshops for high schoolers at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea.

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Charles delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2006

I am a working professional actor (proud member of both SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association). I've worked on some of Television's biggest shows including: BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO) as the character Agent Nelson (opposite Golden Globe winner, Laura Dern). I've also landed recurring roles in Grey's Anatomy (ABC) and General Hospital (ABC). Other highlighted (of my many) TV credits include: True Detective (HBO), Jane the Virgin (CW), Criminal Minds (CBS), Veronica Mars (HULU), Scandal (ABC), and the hit multi-cam series, FAM (CBS). I'll be seen in the upcoming Feature Film BUTTER starring Oscar winner, Mira Sorvino as well as 2 soon-to-be released Netflix series, Unbelievable and Medical Police. I've also done several National commercials for the likes of: Honda, Toyota, and McDonald's.

I received my classical training from UC Irvine and have performed with some of Los Angeles' most renowned theater companies and stage directors including: the Actors Co-Op, Company of Angels, and stage director, Don B. Welch. Other regional highlights include working with one of Connecticut's renowned Equity theatre companies (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing (respectively as Oberon and Don John).

COACH: My teaching career began as a credentialed 5th grade teacher in Los Angeles, CA prior to starting my professional acting career. I started officially teaching acting classes (and tutoring) in 2009 - mainly all over Los Angeles and the Valley - most notably with the non-profit, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. My elementary aged, inner-city acting students performed for the likes of agents at William Morris Endeavor, Glee star Max Adler (FOX), Empire star Grace Byers (FOX), and placed 1st and 2nd place at the annual Shakespeare Challenge in Topanga, CA for my entire tenure of 8 consecutive years. I've also taught acting workshops internationally for high schoolers at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea. My current private coaching clients range from professional actors to younger actors seeking to better understand the craft of acting, preparing for school play auditions and productions, etc.

I love to give my students PRACTICAL tools to have a better sense of scene and character analysis, audition preparation, and perhaps just as or more important, tools to have a health and confident mindset as they approach any and everything dealing with acting.

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Experience

Acting Teacher
Dec 2009 - Jul 2017
City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts

Teaching acting, improv, and Shakespeare to at risk inner-city youth ranging from grades 3 - High School. Heavy focus on character development, scene and text analysis, movement, and speech. My students were in class 2 times per week, 90 minutes each class. The year ended with students competing in the City Heart's Annual Shakespeare Challenge - with "scene" and "monologue" categories. During my entire duration, my students competed against students from all over Los Angeles and the Valley...placing 1st and 2nd in each category every single year!

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Private Tutor
May 2010 - Sep 2012
United Friends of The Children

Offer clear and dynamic instruction catering to each student’s learning style and circumstances in order to help students realize significant gains in Mathematics and English Language Arts (at least one letter grade improvement). Students through this program were all specifically inner-city foster youth.

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Private Tutor
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009
Champions Learning Center (New York)

Offer clear and dynamic instruction catering to each student’s learning style and circumstances in order to help students realize significant gains in Mathematics and English Language Arts (at least one letter grade improvement).

5th Grade Teacher
Aug 2006 - Nov 2007
Lynwood Unified School District (California)

I taught 5th grade in all subject areas through the Teach for America program. 1.5 years later, I was offered a role for a play in New York which quickly led to a national tour and my Actor's Equity card within a matter of months.


Education

Preliminary Multiple Subjects-Credential
Sep 2006 - Jun 2007
California States University at Dominguez Hills
BA in DRAMA
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
University of California, Irvine

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Honors in Acting Award
Jun 2006
University of California, Irvine

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Sep 2010

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Actors' Equity Association
Jul 2008

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

On set as OFFICER JIM GRAY on Criminal Minds (CBS).

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Guest Starring in CBS' Bold & The Beautiful.

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Curtain call for the PILOT CAST of CBS' multi-cam hit, FAM, starring Nina Dobrev.

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Still from the PILOT episode of CBS' multi-cam hit, FAM, starring Nina Dobrev.

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As Officer Jim Gray on CBS' hit show, Criminal Minds.

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As Officer Jim Gray on CBS' hit show, Criminal Minds.

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Still from Girlboss (NETFLIX).

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Recurring role in Grey's Anatomy (ABC).

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Recurring role in Grey's Anatomy (ABC).
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5 Reviews

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Kim Sep 11, 2019
· In home

Knowing Charles delivers excellent quality lessons, with real world acting experience my school flew him overseas to work with our students. He was amazing and supporting and challenged our students to break our of their shells, and discover the joy of acting. His time with the students was invaluable and forever changed the groups view towards acting- acting became a passion for our students as they broke out of their shells and engaged in the art of improve and connecting with authentic emotion. I wholeheartedly recommend him.

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Daniel Aug 29, 2019
Acting · Online

I really love working with Charles. He makes acting very practical and challenges me to look at scenes and how I break them down in a different way. My preparation for auditions has improved so much given his guidance. HIGHLY recommend it!

Trey Aug 29, 2019
Acting · In studio

Charles' acting program taught me professionalism and the meticulousness that are essential to have in my acting career. He propelled me to become a better artist as I spent engaging and personal time with him in and outside of class. He really cares about his students and he will do anything to make his students feel comfortable and most importantly, learn more about acting.


- Trey Noh

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Bailey Aug 21, 2019
Acting · Online

Wow! Charles is fully knowledgeable, confident, and great at bringing out 'YOUR BEST' in such a dynamic and complicated art form. He gave me effective coaching to prepare for my audition, and I got a callback - as a result from our first session. Normally, I just work on the material by myself, but I'm looking forward to getting more opportunities - just so I can reach out to Charles. I'm fully invested in his career as well now that I know him. My wife and I geeked when we saw him on 'Big little lies' so cool... thats my coach!

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Nate Aug 19, 2019
Acting · Online

Charles is an amazing instructor for a few reasons. He truly makes you a well rounded actor. He gives you lots of i depth help on pretty much any and every acting topic whether it’s monologues and line delivery or learning to be comfortable in front of the camera. As a highschool actor he has been the most professional, productive, and helpful teacher that I’ve had.

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