PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hallie Todd Studios comes to Santa Barbara for Acting Classes

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., October 8, 2014 – Actress Hallie Todd (Disney’s Lizzie McGuire) is coming to Santa Barbara Dance Arts to teach acting classes for kids, teens and young adults on Saturdays from October 18th through December 6th, 2014.

Todd is looking forward to teaching in the area.

“I’m very excited to work with the young people in Santa Barbara, whether it be introducing beginner students to the joys of acting or helping more experienced actors grow and perfect their craft. Many of the Santa Barbara students who have approached me are already participating in very ambitious performance-based groups, but without the advantage of ever having studied acting. I’m really looking forward to helping them enhance these experiences by presenting them with a set of skills to approach their work and create more honest and compelling performances,” said Todd.

Todd’s classes have been featured on ABC Primetime, and in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and the LA Times. Her students and private coaching clients have had success in not only gaining admission to prestigious acting programs (NYU Tisch, Stella Adler, CalArts, UCLA, USC, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon) but have worked professionally in theatre, film and television (The Best of Me, Super 8, The Intern, The Last of Us, Awkward, Glee and many more).

Santa Barbara Dance Arts students will receive a 10% discount on classes. Contact before registering for more information.

To register for classes, visit or email

About Hallie Todd
Hallie Todd, 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. (In 2010, CNN Entertainment named her as one of the Top Ten TV Moms)

Born in Los Angeles, Todd is the daughter of actress Ann Guilbert and producer/writer George Eckstein. In addition to acting in films and television series, she 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.

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

Currently, Todd is gearing up to produce and star in her company’s next feature film, The Fireman, a coming-of-age family sports drama.

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