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.

Anna Borchert

Program and Self Tape Studio Director

Anna Borchert is former ballet dancer, who grew up in Vermont but left to study acting at the  Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre’s conservatory program in NYC. After graduating, she moved to LA and started working with Sara and studying the Mornell Method. While in LA, she created Daughters of Pop, the first Instagram micro-series with over 80 episodes and 15k views per episode. She also co-wrote, produced and starred in The Day the AC Went Out which was a finalist at the 2013 BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET film festival as well as co-writing, producing and starring in What Dreams Mae Come, with fellow Mornellians Marissa Hampton and Martha Hamilton, which was a finalist for the 2016 WIF B-STEM Hall of Fame Film Festival. She has recently moved to Atlanta to continuing acting and creating content. Anna can currently be seen in West of Hell (Tony Todd, Lance Henriksen) which is premiering summer 2018 internationally on Amazon Prime.

Amy Serafin

Tween/Teen Coach

Amy Serafin is an actor, director and writer, whom has received her Masters in Classical Acting
for the Professional Theatre from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and
her undergraduate in Acting from University of Arizona. She’s also trained at RADA, and with
master voice and Shakespeare instructor, Patsy Rodenburg.

As an actor, she's appeared on stage, television, and even feature films. As a director, she
directed in the U.S. and the U.K., from staged plays to devised theatre, and from youth
productions to professional. She is most proud of her relationship with the Kensington Olympia
Festival of Music and the Arts (London), where they have given her the freedom to create,
direct, and act in several devised and new works that she’s produced and created. She is also
an associate artist and creative consultant for Starbound Theatre in London.

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.