Sacramento’s diverse arts scene is not without quality actors. They not only take part in local theater productions, but also star in local movies and commercials and sometimes teach others their craft. – Steve Hartsoe

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Ed Claudio

Ed Claudio’s career in theater covers more than 40 years. He has worked as a producer, director, acting instructor, playwright, and actor. In 1989 he co-founded the Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento. Ed Caludio has appeared in more than 150 plays and has produced and/or directed more than 70 full-length plays and over 200 one-acts. Ed Claudio is a winner of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Theatre Award for Arts Educations. He has taught a wide range of classes over the years, including directing, play analysis, acting theory, theater history, improvisation, scene work and technique. He also teaches private acting classes. Ed Claudio is a founding member of Timothy Busfield’s Fantasy Theatre for Children. His local stage appearances include critically acclaimed portrayals of Joe Keller in Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” at The Sacramento Theatre Company and the dual lead role in Athol Fugard’s “Valley Song” at the Foothill Theatre Company in Nevada City. Claudio has also worked in national television and radio commercials and has landed roles in the CBS Television “Movies of the Week,” including “Spring Awakening” and “A Tangled Web.”

Gregory Smith

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Gregory Smith refers to himself as “an actor with passion for his art.” Like many actors, he is also hoping to someday play a role in a feature-length film. In the meantime, this Sacramento talent is staying busy working on a movie script. In 2007, he was in a short film titled “Sac Effect” that showed at the Crest Theater in Sacramento and won Best Comedy Film. He’s also been in local films “Dad’s Café” and “The Hitchhiker.” Gregory Smith enjoys performing on stage and “hearing people laugh at a funny line or look.” One of his favorite aspects of being an actor is developing interesting characters. “I dream big, yes. But if you never dream a dream, it would never happen.”