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About

Hallie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 30

Teaching since:
May 2005

Hallie, an actress for over 25 years, is especially well known to audiences for her role as Jo McGuire, Lizzie's mom on the hit series "Lizzie McGuire", and in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie". ("Top Ten TV Moms" - CNN Entertainment)

In addition to her film and television work, Ms. Todd writes, produces and teaches. Her studio and acting classes have gained national recognition and have been featured on ABC Primetime, in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Recently, Todd and husband/partner director Glenn Withrow wrote and produced, along with their daughter, the feature film, "The Mooring". For ten of the twelve leading roles, they cast students they discovered in their Los Angeles classes and in workshops around the country. Lionsgate Entertainment released the suspense thriller in February 2013.

Hallie just finished starring in a popular franchise adventure film and is getting ready to produce her company's next film, The Fireman, a coming-of-age family sports drama.

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Experience

Actress
Aug 1975 - Present
Freelance

Actress - "Gemma" (feature film) 2016
Actress - "The Mooring"
Actress - "Lizzie McGuire"
Actress - "The Lizzie McGuire Movie"

(For a list of acting credits, please visit IMDb and search "Hallie T.".)

Owner and Instructor, Hallie T. Studios (2005 - present)
Owner and Partner, In House Media, Inc., a film development and production company. (1999 - present)
Writer/Producer/Actress "The Mooring"

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Education

Acting
Aug 1979 - Jun 1981
Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Sep 1975

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Photos & Videos

SUPER 8

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In class

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Lizzie McGuire - McGuire Family

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ABC Primetime interview
Photo by Hallie T.

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Hollywood Squares
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2 Reviews

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Caro Dec 14, 2015
Film and TV Acting · Online

Hallie Todd is amazing. Hallie first worked with my daughter Lizzy Kay when we lived in Perth in 2013 and she would skype with Lizzy every saturday morning for over a year. We worked that way for well over a year before moving to the US. Hallie helped Lizzy with Film and Television audition prep as well as scene study. Most of Lizzy's auditions were taped so it was critical that Hallie help Lizzy prepare for her performance on camera. Hallie would assess the sides with Lizzy and break down the scenes, the relationships and the central dramatic conflict that needed to be demonstated. In particular Hallie understands that the taped session is the best opportunity to help get callbacks. Hallie in particular assisted Lizzy with her audition prep for management representation. Lizzy was signed up by Luber Roklin Entertainment as a result of her work with Hallie. Now in LA Lizzy is auditioning in the room with Casting Directors and all the hard work that Hallie put in has paid off. To-date Lizzy has had several call backs including Director Sessions. Lizzy also recently won an Award of Excellence for her lead role in a Short Film which recently screened in St Tropez and Cannes Film Festivals.

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Erin Dec 11, 2015
Film Acting · In studio

Hallie has been my teacher and coach for six years now, and there is no one I would rather learn from. She has an incredible gift for working with actors: finding the most interesting take on a scene, teaching and utilizing various techniques to strengthen and widen an actor's toolbox. After all my time studying with Hallie I never feel at a loss when I'm handed a scene, no matter what that may be - comedic, dramatic, action-filled or technical. Her teaching is precise and astute, and I honestly cannot recommend her highly enough. As a student in her class, I was lucky enough to be cast in "The Mooring", a film Hallie produced, starred in and co-wrote which was picked up by Lionsgate - my first professional film job and one of the most remarkable experiences of my career. As a teacher, collaborator, and mentor, Hallie is amazing and inspiring and has made an enormous impact on both my career and my life.

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