We are happy to announce the first names for our 2019 international Judges.
More names to be announced.
Following a brief stint as a professional child actor, Stan focused on academics and eventually graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in political science. He then returned to acting and six months later landed a lead role in the ABC pilot THE STREETS OF BEVERLY HILLS in Los Angeles. Although the series was not picked up, Stan relocated to the west coast where he spent his twenties starring and guest starring in numerous television shows, movies for television and feature films. With over a hundred hours of screen time to his credit, Stan’s resume includes FRIENDS, JAG, GENERAL HOSPITAL and a five year run on the TV series HIGHLANDER.
Upon turning thirty, Stan got behind the camera for the first time. While directing several short films and new media projects including STRAIGHT EYE: THE MOVIE (Alan Dale and Rex Lee, ENTOURAGE), US ONE NIGHT (Alison Brie, GLOW, MAD MEN and Liza Weil, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER), and a commercial for QUALCOMM, he also cast a variety of projects including three seasons of the MTV series INVINCIBLE, Stan Lee’s TIME JUMPER for Walt Disney Studios and TRANSGRESSIONS (BAFTA Award nominee for Best Short Film). During that time Stan began teaching and coaching actors as well.
As demand for his classes and coaching grew, Stan and his wife, Kristyn Green, formed Stan Kirsch Studios (SKS) in 2008. SKS quickly became one of the most prominent and sought after actor training facilities in Los Angeles. Over the past decade Stan’s clientele, comprised of both celebrities and working actors throughout the entertainment industry, have booked upwards of a thousand roles from film leads to TV series regulars, recurring roles, guest and co-stars as well as leads On and Off-Broadway. SKS is now home to three studios in which multiple classes are held concurrently as well as two audition taping facilities and a top notch faculty comprised of esteemed teachers, coaches, and studio administrators.
Catherine Pierce is best known as one half of noir-pop duo The Pierces alongside her sister Allison. Beginning with a self-titled debut in 2000, their five studio albums were textured and mature offerings which showcased the sibling’s wonderful harmonies (albeit often in a subtle way). The highlight of their career together (to date) is the 2007 record Thirteen Tales Of Love And Revenge, a noir thriller of an album that also contained the Catherine-written song Secret (the theme tune to the TV show Pretty Little Liars).
The sisters, born in Birmingham, Alabama, decided to put the band on hiatus in 2015 and Catherine, henceforth known simply as CAT, now returns with her first solo offerings. Partly inspired by her recent travels, the tracks we’ve heard so far suggest that the decision to go it alone was a wise one. With charisma and talent in abundance, she combines elements of pop, psychedelia and alt-folk, all in her own alluringly inimitable fashion.
Cat has since embarked on a solo journey. With two top ten albums and a theme song to the hit TV show, “Pretty Little Liars” under her belt, Cat Pierce now sets out as a solo artist with a collection of fresh, expansive, and emotionally eclectic songs.
Auregan is a singer-songwriter and performer.
She penned more than 250 songs, and performed 300 headlining shows during her last tour, including stadiums, legendary venues across Europe, and Cathedrals.
She performed in numerous festivals in the rock, folk, Celtic and pop genres; recorded songs in Paris, London and Los Angeles.
Her duet song with Billy Ray Cyrus, “Shelter In The Storm”, is included in critically acclaimed multi-award winning movie Man Of The Past‘s soundtrack. Auregan co-wrote the song with Billy Ray Cyrus.
In her latest song “Broken Doll”, Auregan opens about choosing a path, accepting who you are, and following a higher purpose despite a strong suffering. The track was produced by Diego Alfonsi.
She is also an actress, starring in the feature film THE BARN. As she never stepped back from a performance, she portrayed the smart and fierce April, a manipulative female alpha zombie. The movie was released Sept 4, 2018 in USA and Canada and presented during the 2019 Berlin film festival (Berlinale Market), and Filmart in Hong-Kong in 2019.
As a producer she incorporated Colorado Studio LLC, her post-production, movie and production music production studio in Beverly Hills in 2017. She has several documentaries and feature films to her credits. She is currently working on projects with Paramount, The Lifetime Network, and US cable networks.