Staff

Company Members

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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Brandon Mitchell

Artistic Associate

Brandon Mitchell discovered Pinch’N’Ouch Theater after moving from Washington DC and Grant’s Meisner classes helped him connect with many talented individuals in the Atlanta Film and Theater community, as well as learning what this Meisner Technique is (it’s worth knowing about!). He served as Vice President of the Actors’ Center in DC, worked as a Casting Associate with Pallas Theater Collective, and is an associate company member with Chesapeake Shakespeare in Baltimore.

Credits include: Film: Your Worst Nightmare and Nightmare Next Door (Discovery ID), Sinister and The History Job (Cyclopean Pictures), and several industrials for Exxon, the IRS, and the Federal Judiciary Center. Theater: (ATL) One Minute Play Festival, (DC) Bang the Drum Slowly (American Century Theatre), The Iceman Cometh (Quotidian Theatre), Mein Kampf (Scena Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Imagination Stage), Titus Andronicus/Julius Caesar/Much Ado About Nothing/Twelfth Night/The Comedy of Errors/The Tempest/Cyrano de Bergerac (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company) and Taming of the Shrew (Pallas Theater Collective).

Brandon has had a one act play produced by Silver Spring Stage (DC), and also co-founded Shakespeare Lite! which involves turning Shakespeare plays into trunk show musicals for kids, the inaugural production being “Alas, Poor Hammy.”

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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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Britton Buttrill

Artistic Associate

Britton Buttrill is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at The New School for Drama. Britton’s plays include IRIS (Ego Actus, NYC, Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC), UFFIZI (Riant Theatre, NYC; Bottled Lightning/Atlanta Fringe, Atlanta), and SCRATCHING (Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Atlanta). He has also received staged readings at Horizon Theatre, Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Drive By Theatre Project, and The Essential Theatre Festival.

Directing credits include RED at Theatrical Outfit (Assistant Director), TAPE at Pinch n' Ouch Theatre (Assistant Director) and AGNES OF GOD at Oglethorpe University (DIRECTOR). Dramaturgy credits include RED at Theatrical Outfit and THE ODYSSEY at Georgia Shakespeare Festival.

Poetry and short story publications include The Oxford Review, Opium Magazine, and TELEFUNKIN’ Magazine. He has been the recipient of Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwrights Award and has been an E.B. Osborne Artist in Residence at the Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ.

Britton Buttrill is an Artistic Associate with Pinch n' Ouch Theatre and Bottled Lightning. He is an Atlanta native who now lives in Brooklyn and currently writes for New York Theatre Review. 

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Courtney Lakin

Artistic Associate

Courtney is a professional actor, director, and writer. Having culminated her passion for the stage early on, she is now a SAG actor in TV and film and has had leading roles in several award winning films, including Drawn to Fear and Him+Her. She has appeared recently in TV shows Sleepy Hollow (Fox) and The Originals (CW). She also wrote, directed, and starred in the short film Veil of Spirit. Courtney studied acting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Meisner technique at Playhouse West in Los Angeles. She's represented by Don Buchwald & Associates in Los Angeles and New York City. She's also a singer, painter, and lover of animals. 

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Crystal Jin Kim

Artistic Associate

Crystal graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Radio/TV/Film and Art Theory & Practice. She focused mainly on writing, directing, cinematography (super 16mm, RED, DSLR), and production design. She has worked on many independent films and student productions in various positions. Her first short film, "Jinju," is currently in the festival circuit and has been selected for five festivals thus far (inside and outside of the U.S.).

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Grant McGowen

Producing Artistic Director

Grant McGowen is the Founder and 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: Smiley Hollow, Alone, Circuit, No Such Thing, The Voyeur, Halloween 8, Boys Life, Heavy Water, Deadbeat, No Soliciting, Margo and the Universe, and The Mother Load; Theatre: Girls Life, Gideon's Knot, The Aliens, Pizza Man, Water By The Spoonful, The Shape Of Things, Reasons To Be Pretty, Lobby Hero, Autobahn, 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.

 

His acting credits include theatre: 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: Moving On, Boys Life, No Soliciting, Brohan, Finley, We Are Marshall; TV: Margo and the Universe, Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, Killer Couples and several TV commercials.

 

Directing credits include films: The Meaningful Life of Art & Henry, No Such Thing, Halloween 8, The Voyeur, Deadbeat, Boys Life, The Decision; TV: The Mother Load, Margo and the Universe, McCullom; Theatre: 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), One Minute Play Festival; Screenwriting: Smiley Hollow, Deadbeat, Margo and the Universe, and McCullom. Grant's plays challenge the audience with important contemporary issues such as social equity, gender equality, body image, censorship and stigma. His latest play, Girls Life, a coming of age about urban millennial, will be presented this fall at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre.

 

Grant was recently featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Top 20 Most Important People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." He won "Best Actor" in Philadelphia's Project 21 Film Festival for the film "Moving On," also nominated for "Best Film." His play "Wall Street Wedding" received "Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl and was nominated for the 2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. His play "Let's Make It" was honored as one of the "Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl. His plays have been recommended three times by the Suzi Bass Awards of Atlanta. His feature film "No Soliciting," which he Produced and starred in, won "Best Film" in the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. It also won "Best Acting Ensemble" and "Best Fiction Film" in the Gwinnett Film Festival.

 

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)

 

Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied Acting and Filmmaking. He received his undergrad at Wagner College in Theatre Performance. In NYC, he performed improv and stand up regularly at The Pit, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Comedy Cellar. In 2009, he worked as a Theatrical Agent and a Casting Director.

 

Grant teaches the Meisner Acting Classes at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is incredibly passionate and enjoys inspiring artists to work truthfully and collaboratively. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography, music and people watching.

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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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John Schmedes

Artistic Associate

John has been a professional actor since the 1970s, working in New York, regional, tour and in Atlanta. He is the founding director of The TellTale Theatre.He recently appeared with Robert Redford in A WALK IN THE WOODS and worked with Burth Reynolds in HAMLET AND HUTCH (out on DVD.) He was the Editor of a scandal sheet in DEVIOUS MAIDS. On camera he’s been a murdering father, a devil fighting priest, a televangelist, governor and several detectives, most recently Dectective Schaffly in the tv pilot, Mr. Lockjaw. He also loves doing sitcoms like THE LOCKHAVENS. He recently played what he hopes will be a recurring guest star role as the lead’s therapist in JUST DIVORCED. Most of his career has been spent enjoying great stage roles: Petruchio, Tevye, Henry V, MacHeath, El Gallo, Nathan Detroit, Brick, Thoreau, Teddy Roosevelt and Grandier; he’s now having a ball focusing on film. 

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Melissa Lee

Artistic Associate

Melissa Lee lives in Atlanta where she works for a large non-profit company. When she’s not working you will find her in various acting and fitness classes around town. Her love for the Meisner technique keeps her rooted with Pinch N Ouch theater where she made her theatrical debut in “Water by The Spoonful.” She has recently finished filming on Paula Peril and the Serpent Cult and the feature film Dead Thirsty.

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Michelle Pokopac

Artistic Associate

Michelle Pokopac is incredibly thrilled to be making her directorial debut at Pinch 'N Ouch Theatre with such an amazing cast and crew! She is a proud member of the PNO family, and she is honored to have this opportunity to direct Grant McGowen's newest work. Michelle is a local Atlanta actor in both theatre and film (Houghton Talent). Her recent theatre credits include: Play the Play with Cat the Cat (Alliance Theatre), Señora Tortuga (Lexington Children's Theatre), A Thousand Cranes (Lexington Children's Theatre), and Water by the Spoonful(Pinch 'N Ouch Theatre). In November, you can catch her in the upcoming shows Slur (Alliance Theatre) and On the Verge (Georgia Ensemble). Michelle would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, her Meisner teacher Prof. Lawrence McDonald for his guidance, and Matthew Kazmier for encouraging her to grow.

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Pedro Ferreira

Artistic Associate

Pedro Ferreira has been engaged with Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre since 2014. In this time, he played the character “Elliot” in the regional premiere of the Quiara Alegria Hudes play, “Water by the Spoonful”, the character “Warren” in scenes from the Kenneth Lonergan play, “This is Your Youth”, and several characters in the 2014 Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival.  On film, Pedro performed in the short “No Such Thing” by Grant Mcgowen, and in “The Motherload” webseries by Nicole Kemper.

 

A Meisner technique fanatic, Pedro has studied Meisner Foundation, Meisner Acting for Stage, Meisner Acting for Film/TV and Meisner Directing at PNO. 

 

Besides film and theater, Pedro is also interested in advocacy, journalism, literature and music. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with a BA in Journalism and a BA in English, and won the award “Who’s Who Among U.S. Colleges and Universities.” The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast has also recognized him for his service as a Public Relations volunteer. 

 

A native of Brazil, Pedro has made Metro Atlanta his home since 2001. Every Sunday, he plays guitar with his church band in Marietta. 

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