Staff

Company Members

Alex Van

Artistic Associate

Alex Van performed in PNO productions Wall Street Wedding, Glen Garry Glen Ross, and now is extremely honored to help present Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love. Timely after Sam’s passing last July. He received a BA in theater studies from Regis University in Denver Colorado. He also studied and performed at Schiller College in Strasburg, France. Appearing in productions of The Beggar’s Opera, Sotoba Komachi, The Zoo Story, Dr. Faustus, and Moliere’s Mischievous Machinations of Scapin. Recent TV include The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Outcast and many more. The films Burden, The World Made Straight, Lawless, Dawn Anna. He portrayed the iconic killer Charlie Rotter in MTV’s “My Super Pycho Sweet 16” part 1 & 2.
Having been a member of SAG for 35 years Alex is now trying to focus time and energy on theater projects. Just finishing Essential theaters “Built To Float” Which marks his eight show with the company. He also performed around town at the Theatrical Outfit, Synchronicity, Actors Express, Seven Stages, GTA, Push Push theater and many others. He has also been selected as a lifetime member of The Actors Studio (NYC) where he will continue projects in the 2019 season.

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Andy Fleming

Artistic Associate

Andy Fleming has been involved with Pinch 'n Ouch Theatre since 2014, where he played Phil in Wall Street Wedding. Since that time, he has participated in several other Pinch 'n Ouch affiliated projects. He appears in Margo and the Universe and plays the role of Kurt in The Mother Load, both web series. He played Fountainhead in the regional premiere of Water by the Spoonful and Jasper in Annie Baker's The Aliens. He played patriarch Jim Hand in the world premiere of Being Alive at the Fern Theatre. He also fronts local funk/rock band Dapper Slap. Film credits include Crowscare, Under Lock, Werehouse, Halloween 8, No Such Thing as Nothing and Paula Peril and the Serpent Cult. He is a Meisner trained actor who has also studied with Upright Citizens Brigade and was a mainstage actor at Whole World Theatre. has been involved with Pinch 'n Ouch Theatre since 2014, where he played Phil in Wall Street Wedding. Since that time, he has participated in several other Pinch 'n Ouch affiliated projects. He appears in Margo and the Universe and plays the role of Kurt in The Mother Load, both web series. He played Fountainhead in the regional premiere of Water by the Spoonful and Jasper in Annie Baker's The Aliens. He played patriarch Jim Hand in the world premiere of Being Alive at the Fern Theatre. He also fronts local funk/rock band Dapper Slap. Film credits include Crowscare, Under Lock, Werehouse, Halloween 8, No Such Thing as Nothing and Paula Peril and the Serpent Cult. He is a Meisner trained actor who has also studied with Upright Citizens Brigade and was a mainstage actor at Whole World Theatre. 

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Brian Ashton Smith

Artistic Associate

Brian grew up in the very small town of Wharton New Jersey. His interest in acting was sparked in middle school doing school plays. In high school he was very involved in athletics. He broke school records and led his track team as captain, While starring in school plays and playing for the school band. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta originally as a physics major. He graduated with a degree in theatre and a minor in psychology. He is an avid traveler and adventurer and associate artist at Pinch n Ouch Theatre.

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Britt Douyon

Artistic Associate

Britt Douyon played the role of Honey in PNO's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Britt found her way to acting at a young age while living in Bronx, New York before journeying to Atlanta. She is an alumni of Columbus State University where she graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Since then, she appeared in various short films in the city, but this will be her official Atlanta debut. She is so excited to be in Atlanta and a part of its flourishing arts community. She would like to thank Grant McGowen for his unwavering respect, loyalty, trust, and most of all his friendship. Also, thank you to her amazing family, friends, and mentors... who always offer support, encouragement, and positive vibes. Love you all!

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Grant McGowen

Producing Artistic Director

Grant McGowen is a Founder and the Producing Artistic Director of Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre. He is an Award-Winning Director, Actor, Playwright, Teacher, Cinematographer, and Producer.

 

His producing credits include films: La Familia, Death Of The Deal, Girls Life, Let's Make It, Alone, Circuit, No Such Thing, The Voyeur, Heavy Water, Deadbeat, No Soliciting, Margo and the Universe, and The Mother Load; Theatre: This Is Our Youth, The Way We Get By, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Fool For Love, Glengarry Glen Ross, Girls Life, Gideon's Knot, The Aliens, Pizza Man, Water By The Spoonful, The Shape Of Things, Reasons To Be Pretty, Lobby Hero, Tape, Body Awareness, Bachelorette, Sex With the Censor, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Some Girl(s), Assistance, Let's Make It, Wall Street Wedding, Scratching, and Speed the Plow.



Acting credits include theatre: The Way We Get By, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Aliens, Wall Street Wedding, Assistance, Some Girl(s), Tape, Autobahn, Reasons to Be Pretty, Three's a Crowd, Strange Snow, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, The Shape of Things, La Ronde, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, and Footloose; Film: Let's Make It, The Stain, Moving On, No Soliciting, Finley; TV: Being Mary Jane, Margo and the Universe, Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, Killer Couples, Brohan, and several TV commercials.

 

Directing credits include films: La Familia, Absent Minded, The Meaningful Life of Art & Henry, No Such Thing, Halloween: The Shape Stalks, The Voyeur, Deadbeat, Boys Life, The Decision; TV: The Mother Load, Margo and the Universe, McCullom; Theatre: This Is Our Youth, The Way We Get By, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Fool For Love,  Glengarry Glen Ross, Girls Life, Water By The Spoonful, Pizza Man, One Minute Play Festival, Lobby Hero, Bachelorette, Autobahn, Speed the Plow, Sex With the Censor, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, and Let's Make It.

 

Playwriting credits: Wall Street Wedding ("Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl), Let's Make It ("Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl), and PNO's highest grossing production, Girls Life. Screenwriting: Absent Minded, Let's Make It, Deadbeat, Margo and the Universe, and McCollum. Grant's plays challenge audiences with important contemporary issues such as social equity, equality, self-image, LGBT+, censorship and stigma.

 

Grant was featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Most Important People to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." He won "Best Actor" in the 72 Hour Film Festival for his performance in The Stain. He won "Best Actor" in Philadelphia's Project 21 Film Festival for his performance in Moving On, also nominated for "Best Film." His play Wall Street Wedding was named "Best World Premiere" by Arts Atl and was nominated for the 2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. His play Let's Make It was acclaimed as one of the "Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl. The feature film "No Soliciting," which he starred in and Produced, won "Best Film" at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. The film also won "Best Acting Ensemble" and "Best Fiction Film" at the Gwinnett Film Festival. In 2017, McGowen was nominated "Best Director" and "Best Cinematographer" by the 48 Hour Film Project in Atlanta. In 2018, he was nominated for "Best Director," "Best Editor," "Best Cinematographer," and "Best Writer" by the 48 Hour Film Project in Atlanta. He was nominated for Best Director by Broadway World in 2018 for directing Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. 

 

Press: "Teaching artist Grant McGowen and the hardest working man in the theatre business conducts courses into the finer points of acting..." (-The Backstage Beat). "Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I'm excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch 'N' Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city's finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around." (-Atlanta InTown Paper). "Grant McGowen is quickly becoming a voice of his generation." (-Pure Politics). "Grant McGowen can really make a career in comedy if he wanted to" (-Punchline Magazine). "...raw, daring... McGowen's gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances... that seems all too real... If you go for bold and 'now' theater with a hard edge, this [theatre] is well worth checking out. Ultimately, Grant McGowen deserves strong credit, because his director's hand is never obvious." (-East Atlanta Patch). "...impressively, the actors under the direction of Pinch ‘N’ Ouch founder Grant McGowen are so present and spontaneous that there are moments when the show almost doesn’t seem scripted at all. There’s a remarkable note of naturalism, of casual, quiet intimacy..." (-Arts Atl)   

 

Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied Acting. He received his undergrad at Wagner College in Theatre Performance. In NYC, he performed stand up at the Comedy Cellar, improv at Upright Citizens Brigade, worked as an Assistant Theatrical Agent for the Artists Group East, and an Assistant Casting Director for Stark Naked Productions.


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Jackie Costello

Artistic Associate

Jackie started off at Pinch 'n' Ouch taking Meisner Acting Classes. She was cast as Karen in "Speed the Plow" and also Bobbi in the Suzi Bass recommended "Some Girls." She also performed in the PNO's "The Issues Project" on the Hertz Stage. She starred in the film “The Promotion” which premiered at the Short Film Corner of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Hoboken International Film Festival. When she is not in the theatre, she works at a local university in human resources. 

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Jamie Dion

Artistic Associate

As a alumnus of the Sandford Meisner Acting Technique at Pinch N' Ouch Theatre, Jamie looks forward his first production as assistant director of the Meisner Student Showcase. There is nothing more rewarding than living the emotional journey with an audience. Jamie Dion is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and no stranger its theater life. "The Pinch N' Ouch Meisner Showcase" Dion says, "is an exciting the opportunity to collaborate with talented actors and directors from such diverse theatrical backgrounds." He thanks his notable Howard University alumni for providing a standard of excellence and brilliance in both theater and film and hopes to one day, contribute to its legacy. "If you're not willing to put it all on the line to live your dream, then you don't really believe in yourself."

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Jason Winn

Artistic Associate

 

Jason Winn is an independent film director best known for such works as the critically acclaimed feature film The Fat Boy Chronicles, the award-winning (including Best Director) short film Last Bullet, and the recreation of the Paula Peril comic series. Along with his success in full-length and short feature film, he has extensive experience with documentary films and groundbreaking advertising work, such as the edgy and shocking “Your Silence Kills” anti-bullying campaign. Winn recently completed production on The Assault, starring Khandi Alexander and MackenzieVega, airing on network television in the fall of 2014. Winn’s colleagues and former cast members attribute his continued success to his innate ability to inspire stellar performances from his actors (thus making Jason Winn the quintessential “actor’s director”) and his intuitive talent for making films that are cerebral, emotionally charged, entertaining, and relevant. His ability to consistently deliver first-rate work and inspired performances demonstrates his diverse vision and versatility. To date, Winn’s most commercially successful work has been The Fat Boy Chronicles, released in 2012 by Melee Entertainment and Phase 4 Entertainment . This heartfelt and unflinching coming-ofage film remained in the Top 10 most rented family movies for more than a month and the Top 20 most rented family films for over 8 months with Redbox in January of 2012. Since then, the film achieved the same top ten status in VOD downloads, as well as being a consistently strong seller in Walmart and other retail outlets in North America following its retail launch in February of the same year. Since it’s release, The Fat Boy Chronicles has had continued world wide success and has been viewed by millions internationally. It has since gone on to become an important and hugely successful learning tool within the nation’s schools.

In 2008, Winn directed the short Last Bullet, an intense and deeply moving portrayal of two American soldiers caught in the struggle for their lives. Winn’s efforts with Last Bullet won accolades for the movie and for himself, including Best Short Film, Finalist Awards, and Best Director. In 2011, Winn reimagined, reinvented, and revamped the market for the acclaimed Paula Peril comic book series and directed the short Paula Peril: Midnight Whistle, as well as directed, rewrote, and produced the upcoming feature anthology The Adventures of Paula Peril, to be released globally in 2014 by Fairway Alliance.

His recent achievements also include the soon-to-be released (Marvista Entertainment) feature The Assault, which is the bold, gritty, and all-too socially relevant tale of a vulnerable young girl who is the victim of a violent sexual assault, but becomes a pariah in her own community- due to the power of social media and the societal pressures facing our suburban youth in 2014. Like much of Winn’s other work, The Assault is a poignant and brave reflection of American culture that uniquely manages to be disturbing and powerful, yet entertaining and hopeful. Along with these feature films, Winn will also release the full feature documentary Spiral Bound: Arts and Education in America, which is a film about the recent defunding of the arts in public education in the US and the consequences we might face in ten to fifteen years if changes are not made today. Spiral Bound will hit the festival circuit in the fall of 2014. For a complete list of Winn’s credits, please visit IMDB.com

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Philip Mertz

Artistic Associate

Philip Mertz recently appeared in Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love at PNO. He has appeared in Dangerous Women at the Weird Sisters Project, Harvey at New London Theatre, and Assassins at New London Theatre. He has also performed in PNO student productions of True West, The Flick, A Behanding in Spokane, and The Aliens. Philip is an Associate Artist at Pinch 'N' Ouch.

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Thien Vuong

Artistic Associate

Thien Vuong is a uprising YouTuber, director, actor and cosplayer. Best known for the cosplay films & music videos on his “RealTDragon” youtube channel. Thien’s channel has garnered over 100k subscribers and over 80,000,000 views. Most recently known for his work on Marvel’s Marvel Becoming series playing the role of the Advanced Suit Spider-Man. He has worked on all kinds of creative projects creatively making his own card game “Bite Me Cutie” a card game about yummy food. Has a natural tendency to pet animals, originally wanting to grow up to be a vet but unfortunately settled to be an artist instead.

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