Meet the Acthound Team

Acthound Team developed this program designed to empower new talent in the industry with tools and needed guidance for a successful launch to their careers in the entertainment business because we had the very same struggles that plague many when first joining this new career path of your life. Dedicated to excellence here are the people helping shape your new view of entering the industry.

Jaquan Kelsor

Founder & CEO

Creating Acthound LLC and learning at Hollywood Grade acting schools. Mr.Kelsor made appearances on Adult Swim’s Digikiss, Vh1 Music Video Content, HBO Legendaries, and many short films and student films within the Industry.

Nathan Preval


An actor who’s had a lot of training in scene study, improv, auditioning, monologues, audition sides, etc. He’s made appearances on TV and film, such as HBO’s The Deuce, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Plot Against America, and Manifest. ABC’s For Life, Netflix’s Iguana, and the film Marry Me starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson. His goal is to succeed and make his mark on the film industry while aiding new talent in the process.


Toni Vitale

Acting/Modeling Instructor

Toni Vitale is an Actor/Director/Producer/Writer from Northport, NY. She is currently working in
Film/Television, Independent Films, Commercials, Print Modeling and Voice Overs. She studied
in various acting schools throughout NYC. Master trained in the Sanford Meisner technique,
audition technique, scene study and movement. She is a versatile actor in both drama and
comedy. She is the owner of her production company Toni Vitale Productions creating projects
such as short and feature films, pilots, webseries, documentary films, actor reels, music videos
and more. She is also the founder/president of the Roosevelt Island Film Festival. Years of
experience in the business and her love for Acting/Directing prompted her to begin coaching


Abigail Almonte

Modeling Instructor

Abby for short. Raised in the Philippines having the degree of BSBA major in banking and finance. Started as a lifestyle blogger, influencer and promoter in the year 2016 in the Philippines. After moving here in the year 2018 she started attending camps and pursuing her career in modeling. 
Getting brands, designers and walking to fashion shows. Walked for some designers for Manhattan Fashion week September 2019 and February 2020.

Aura Paola Roberts

Acting/Modeling Instructor

Aura Roberts is a trained actress, model, and dancer. She went to American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She enjoys teaching, and helping others with their craft. She loves helping people be their better selves, and better performers. She also enjoys improv games & sword fighting!.

Shannon Murphy

Modeling Instructor

Shannon moved to NYC from Texas to get her BFA in Musical Theatre from CAP21. She’s a professional model and actor. She’s signed with SW Artists Agency. She walked in New York Fashion Week, has runway experience, done several campaign ads, published in multiple magazines, several national tours, commercials, voiceovers, and films. She loves running, coffee, and puppies!

Allegra Henderson

Acting Instructor

Originally from the UK, Allegra moved to NYC to pursue a BFA in Acting from NYU, TISCH. She has since appeared in multiple independent and short films. Allegra is also a professional Voiceover Artist and has voiced campaigns for numerous major brands including Instagram, Away Luggage and Casper Mattresses. Most recently you may have heard one of her campaigns, which aired during the World Series. She is represented by DDO and Avanti Talent.

Ross Rosenfeld

Marketing Director

Ross is a creative graphic designer and marketing specialist from Long Island. He is currently a marketing major at the University of Delaware. He has had a passion for the arts ever since he was young starting as an actor and then making his way backstage to technical theater and the business side of productions. Ross has created a marketing company geared towards production marketing called Theatrical Marketing Solutions and has assisted many theaters and acting workshops grow. He is excited to bring his talent and expertise to Acthound!

James “Cam” Matino

Marketing Intern

James is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is majoring in Motion Media Design and works with programs such as Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. He is very excited to be making content for the Acthound team this summer.

Willie Foster


Running an independent photography business, He has shot numerous people in professional, urban, avantgarde, etc style settings and now giving his expertise to Acthound.

Elizabeth Soto-Lara

Creative Writer

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raise in the countryside of Jalisco State, Elizabeth
learned to love the peaceful silence of the mountains along with the hustle noisy vibe of
the metropolitan city.

Soto-Lara has written more than 30 films short and feature length for production companies in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, India and Saudi Arabia that have being acclaimed globally with awards.

Gabriel Jaime Villagran

Creative Writer

Gabriel is Latinx writer who grew up in a near East Los Angeles in California. He left the neighborhood and moved to Chicago to study psychology and work with at-risk youth like himself. While doing counseling work for several nonprofits he developed a love of creative writing that helped people gain a better understanding of themselves. He has since written curriculum, screenplays, teleplays, and even video game animation scripts for a long list of entities. We’re very excited to have him on the team.

Shannon Marie Soccocio

Creative Writer

Shannon Soccocio is an actress, screenwriter, and entrepreneur. She has been acting since the age of 4 in musical theatre and film. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Oswego. She also developed her own script consultation and editing business called Script Assist. She enjoys writing screenplays and plays.