I'd like to introduce you to the best team anyone could have brought together. Waymire Studio Directors are quality individuals who volunteer their time to make magic happen for many of our students and friends. They are the unsung heroes people often speak of. Waymire Studio began with a dream and was made possible by Rick Waymire, who believed in what we do. Without him, there would be no Waymire Studio. Since his passing, this amazing team of directors has helped keep our studio afloat with their time, talent and treasure. I am blessed to have had these wonderful people in my life during a tragedy, and continue to be blessed as they've given so selflessly - during good times and bad. The studio directors are truly the heart of Waymire Studio and I am eternally grateful for each and every one.
Gratefully, Linda Waymire
Linda Waymire - Executive Director - Instructor
Linda is the owner/founder of Waymire Studio. She has combined her expertise in the performing and healing arts to share with students her philosophy of “holistic” acting. Her knowledge of the arts, performing and healing, has given her the opportunity to offer a wide range of classes for all ages. “There is so much to teach and even more to learn.” Linda’s philosophy is that we must all be constantly learning and training, including the trainers. She remains true to her commitment of excellence and continues to provide instructors who share in the same philosophy of life long learning. She has also developed and Trademarked her GUT REACTING ™ class. “There was a time when Stanislavski’s technique was groundbreaking. I don’t believe we’ve discovered all there is to discover about acting as we have not discovered all there is to know about our universe. We need to always be thinking outside the box. I believe in rules, of course. But sometimes rules are made to be broken.” …She says with a smile.
Al "Mo" Hubbard - Managing Director
Although advanced in years, Al has only recently become involved in theater and performing. After early retirement and relocating to Arizona from Northern Virginia he became involved as a comic entertainer at a local western theme park where he met Linda Waymire. He landed an ongoing role in a dinner theater production and decided that it was time for acting classes. Where else would anyone looking to learn the craft of acting go but to Waymire Studio with Linda. While at the studio he heard Linda comment so often that “Roz (former director) would take care of that if he was here” that he decided that he would (with much assistance and advice from his wife, Carol) fill in for Roz. He's been our "go to" guy for just about everything since! ;)
Amber Ryan - Director
Amber Ryan…mother, wife, daughter, business owner, friend, sister, survivor, actor, improviser, hair stylist, team player, perfectionist, manager, student, teacher, dreamer, leader, chocoholic, giver, lover, Cubs fan, Hockey fan, winner, performer, listener, believer, achiever, extraordinaire, loner, crier, risk taker and Volunteer Coordinator…truly a woman of many hats. Amber developed a love for the performing arts at an early age. She also believes in the power of giving back to the community. In 2004, she organized an event that raised over $20,000 for local charities. She is inspired by this opportunity she has been given at Waymire Studio. “When you can take something you love" doing, your own personal passion, and then use it to touch the life of someone else…that is a beautiful thing.” Amber has become one of Waymire Studio's MVP's, and has directed several plays. She works with children, mentoring and inspiring them. Waymire Studio is proud to call her one of our own!
Cavin Gray - Director
Cavin Gray Schneider came to Arizona the start of his freshmen year in high school and grew up like any normal kid, except for the fact that a passion for acting and multiple characters were beginning to develop inside. He discovered these characters inside of him when he began performing improv in 2006. Since then, he and his “friends” have had a party going on in his head 24/7. However, he has learned to balance these characters in order to pursue his dream of acting in film and television at the same time as performing improv as often as he can. Most recently Cavin has starred in full length motion pictures and several commercials. He is as comfortable working behind the scenes as producer and director as he is in front of the camera. Cavin is extremely blessed to have an amazing family with parents who are supportive, amazing friends who continually encourage and enrich his life, and a God who opens doors, puts those people into his life and allows him to pursue his dreams. Cavin currrently juggles residency between Arizona and California, where he heads up Waymire Studio West.
Rick Waymire and Elayne Stein
Love is like a butterfly; it goes where it pleases and pleases wherever it goes.
As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us.
Rick Waymire and Elayne Stein... They made a difference!
"I am grateful for having been blessed with the gift of these two wonderful people. Without Rick, there would be no Waymire Studio. He was, and remains, my inspiration - to be all that I can be. When I didn't believe in me, he believed for me. When I had a dream he was the first to encourage me and give me the tools and inspiration I needed to follow and achieve it. I've never met a man who was loved and respected by so many people in so many walks of life. I've not met a man, other than my "daddy", who loved so unconditionally and gave so much of his heart so that others could live in peace and harmony. Rick was one of a kind and generous beyond belief.
When I decided I wanted to teach and believed that I had the capabilities, Elayne Stein opened her doors, invited me in, encouraged me and said, "Take what you need to get started." I can't imagine another person in our industry who would have opened that door for me in such a trusting and generous manner. As she prepared me to take over the "Elayne Stein" classes once she retired, I would spend hours upon hours - discussing the business and other related matters. More importantly, though, were the discussions about life itself. Elayne became my mentor, friend and confidant. I learned more about life than about acting, after class, in those late night / early morning hours between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. I am blessed and honored to have been able to share stories and learn so much from such a vibrant and talented lady.
Rick Waymire and Elayne Stein will forever remain DIRECTORS at Waymire Studio. It was their love, vision, trust and generosity that made our mission possible. It is because of them that we continue to "Touch one life at a time through the Arts" .
Rick Waymire and Elayne Stein - You are missed. You are forever loved."