WELCOME TO MTAS
Mighty Tripod Acting Studio was founded by David S. Hogan and Angela DiMarco in 2012. Since opening, they have quickly become a leading resource for all things actor training in the Pacific Northwest. The founders have an established a long standing relationship with local casting directors, talent agents, and other industry professionals. These connections help the studio grow and adapt to the ever-changing entertainment landscape.
At the studio, actors can learn audition techniques, the business of the business, script analysis, character development, how to become more confident in the work, and more. 5-week courses, one-day workshops, seminars, private actor coaching and career consulting are all part of the program at Mighty Tripod Acting Studio.
Our instructors are working actors – on stage and on screen – and you can read their bios on this page.
Our Training Methods
Our training is modern, but rooted in the teachings of Stanislavski and Meisner. Our instructors’ teaching style pull from real world experience (50+ years of combined acting experience), and training from contemporary masters of the craft (Steven Anderson, David Strasberg, Dennis Krausnick).
Our primary focus is on teaching actors on-camera acting skills, but, since we firmly believe that “truthful acting” is at the heart of any performance, we also teach and coach actors who are more focused on working in the theatre.
The in-studio progression is a three-step series built for actors of all ages and experience levels. When we are not teaching in person, we offer Zoom-based courses like our acclaimed Self-Tape Academy Online.
We are committed to creating a positive, nurturing, dynamic, and challegning studio atmosphere that “meets actors where they are” in their acting journey. Our students rave about our curriculum, and, with guidance and encouragement, often reach then surpass their career goals.
I came back to Seattle after acting conservatory in New York. I had taken Mighty Tripod Camera 2 before I left and while in New York I had an intuitive hit that Angela would be my mentor, teacher and coach when I got back. In Camera 2 I could tell she was a master teacher, all around good person and the coach who could help me to my next stages as an artist. I have taken a lot of acting classes, in Seattle and New York, and unique to Mighty Tripod: Mighty Tripod students get acting gigs. In other words, they work.
In addition to career coaching, she has taken me up to higher levels of my craft than I knew were out there for me. She did this through unrelenting positive attitude and master teaching of the craft of acting.
I am a dedicated professional to my primary career to being a Doctor and I know what professionalism is: passion, dedication, follow-through, accountability. Mighty Tripod is all of those.
My son has been taking classes with David and Angela for about three years. They have helped him become confident as an actor and he loves their positive approach to learning. The team is fun, knowledgeable, professional and two of the nicest people I know. David and Angela truly care about your success and will guide you in your career and help you reach your goals.
When my son has an audition he usually takes a private lesson. David or Angela work with him to fully understand the character and script. He can then go into the audition prepared and confident. They also do video submissions. I always go to them for that because they do a superb job. My son has had many callbacks and bookings because he has great coaches in David and Angela.
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Co-Founder, Actor, Coach
Angela was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She was cast in her first feature film, Waiting for the Light (starring Shirley MacLaine and Teri Garr), when she was ten years old. She attended a K-12 Alternative School of the Arts, learning the craft, while continuing to perform on stage, TV, commercials, and film. Subsequently, she studied in the BFA program at Otterbein College, then made the move to Los Angeles. While there, she began teaching and directing for both stage and camera. In 1999, she moved back to Seattle, and continued working in the theatre, appearing at The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Playhouse, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and more.
Soon after returning to Seattle, she me David. They were married in 2004, and opened this studio and production company in 2012. Angela is the Director of the Youth & Teen Division of Mighty Tripod Acting Studio, and as a former child actor herself, she knows the challenges and opportunities that come with the territory. She is also an instructor of adult students, teaching along side David, where they share their own experiences to help actors succeed in the industry.
Angela’s directorial film debut, Always, had it’s international premiere at Cannes short film corner, and it’s domestic premiere at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The powerful and emotional short film is now available for streaming at BitpixTV. In 2020, Mighty Tripod Productions’ supernatural horror feature film, The Parish, was picked up by Uncork’d Entertainment for distribution. You can also watch Angela as Rosie Finklestein in the modern holiday classic, Switchmas, starring Elliott Gould. To see her other credits, hop over to her IMDb page.
David S. Hogan
Co-Founder, Actor, Coach, Photographer
David’s career began in the theatre, and his work has been seen at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and more. As a stage actor, he is classically trained, and his resume’ boasts many colossal roles from Shakespeare’s canon: Mark Antony, Leontes, Caliban, Cassius, Puck, and King Henry (Henry V). His work in the theatre is celebrated, and he is a three time winner of the Seattle Times Footlight Award for Stellar Acting (2002, 2009, and 2012). In 2012 he received the Gypsy Rose Lee Award for excellence in acting.
David works regularly in front of the camera in commercials, film, television, and corporate videos. His work can been found on the television shows GRIMM, Z-Nation, on Amazon (The Scottish Play), in films: All Those Small Things, The Stairs, Bad Samaritan, Narco Hitman, commercials: Amazon, Lexus, voice over: Virginia Mason, Amazon, and in corporate videos.
As a feature film director, David helmed The Parish, starring Angela DiMarco, Sanae Loutsis, Sara Coates, and Bill Oberst Jr.
He is a graduate of Seattle University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, where he minored in Music and Psychology. David is also a avid dog lover, who used to walk and train companion dogs as a side hustle. When he’s not working on his own career, or helping others with theirs, you will find him adventuring with Angela and their scruffy terrier, Bruno.
David loves being an actor, but is equally gratified by the accomplishments of his students and clients. Whether teaching, coaching, or photographing, he is committed to the development and success of those he encounters.