Studio Staff

Marissa Hampton

Managing Director & COO

Marissa Chanel Hampton is an actress, comedian, and writer based in both Atlanta and Los Angeles.

After receiving her B.A. in theater from the University of California, Irvine, and graduating from the Second City Hollywood’s Conservatory Program. She has gone on to perform at UCB, iO West, and Second City.

Marissa also produced and starred in What Dreams Mae Come, with fellow Mornellians Anna Borchert and Martha Hamilton, which was a finalist for the 2016 WIF B-STEM Hall of Fame Film Festival. As a sketch comedian she has been featured in content for Funny or Die, WhoHAHA, AOL, and the Huffington Post including Pink Sourcing with Kristen Bell.

She can be seen next in the film Static, premiering 2019 and in commercials for companies such as: Hulu, American Express, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.

To book self tapes with Marissa please visit the Self Tape page of our website here or email

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.

To book with coaching Nicole email: for self tapes please visit our  Self Tapes page here.

Anna Borchert

Teacher, 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.

To book self tapes with Anna please visit the Self Tape page of our website here or email

Amy Serafin

Tween/Kids and Theater 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.

To book with Amy you can email her here: 

Christen Roberts

Class Liaison and Public Relations

Christen Roberts is a former public relations coordinator from Virginia, who took a leap of faith and left corporate world to pursue a career in acting. She is now an actor, writer and PR coordinator for Mornell Studios who resides in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Communication and a double minor in electronic journalism and events management. She moved to Atlanta in February 2017 and shortly thereafter began studying the Mornell Method with Sara. It was through the Mornell Method that Christen began to find her creative, inner kid again. She has since been working to chisel away the layers to continue honing the skills she was blessed with. In less than a year of working under Sara and Nicole’s tutelage, Christen booked her first feature film, Jacqueline and Jilly (Victoria Rowell, Richard Brooks, Daphne Maxwell Reid) which is premiering fall 2018 on UMC.TV and Amazon Prime. For PR inquiries or questions regarding class (existing students only) please email Christen here: