Studio Staff

Nicole Johnson

Coach and Career Consultant

Nicole Marie Johnson is an actor, writer, and producer who resides in Atlanta, GA.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Theater she moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and began studying with Sara. It was through the Mornell Method that she realized she had found her calling at the studio. A few of Nicole’s credits from her time in LA include; Lights, Suits, A Feeling from Within, and Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas.

Nicole is also one of the two creators of Girls of Wisdom. A pilot that led to the launching of #Besties, a 12 episode comedic web series about two girls that epitomized the LA attitude and lifestyle. Along with co-starring and co-writing, she also partnered in the production, marketing and online distribution that gained thousands of subscribers and over 4 million views, and was featured on Ellen and Entertainment Tonight.

Shortly thereafter Nicole moved on to her first feature film, Quarries. Alongside Sara and the team Nicole co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in Quarries. As a producer, Nicole was integrally involved in every stage of pre-production, shooting, and post-production. Nicole was also involved in executing the marketing and PR strategy for the film. Quarries has appeared in numerous film festivals, and Nicole won Best Actress at the 2017 Firstglance Film Festival for her performance in the film.

Martha Hamilton

Producer and Self Tape Studio Director

Martha Hamilton, a SoCal native and Long Beach State alumni, grew up spending most of her free time in a local dance studio. Classically trained in tap, jazz, and modern, Martha continued her love for dance beyond her early years, going on to win two national titles with her collegiate team, and dancing her way across the seas with one of Holland America's most prestigious cruise ships. Martha's excitement and passion for entertainment is what led her back to Los Angeles, where she met Sara, who helped her make the jump into the world of film and television. Using the Mornell method as her foundation, Martha has appeared in numerous award winning short films, web series, music videos and commercials. In addition to pursuing a career in front of the camera, Martha developed a talent for producing - "What Dreams Mae Come", her first short film created with two of her fellow Mornellians, Anna Borchert and Marissa Hampton, focused on shedding light to women in STEM fields, landed a finalist spot in the 2016 WIF Hall of Fame B-Stem competition. Martha now splits her time between Atlanta and Los Angeles.