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Acting Up Carolina - Performing Arts | Charlotte, NC

All the World's a Stage…


About our Instructors

Jennifer Tankersley

Our owner/director Jennifer Tankersley, is originally from Music City USA, Nashville TN.

She has worked in the entertainment industry, performing around the country and abroad, for over twenty years working in a variety of venues such as regional theater, cruise ships, theme parks, dinner theaters and summer stock.

In the past decade, Jennifer has turned her focus from being on stage to teaching music, drama, and dance.

From preschool age to adult, Jennifer’s goal is to foster confidence in everyone from the shy child who wants to perform, to the woman/man attempting to apply for an important job. Jennifer exudes encouragement which becomes infectious and before long everyone is giving their best effort.

Jennifer has a genuine passion for the performing arts and believes are wonderful tools to teach, promote and encourage creativity, self-confidence, team work, problem solving, communication and many other valuable life skills.

Tom Moody

Tom Moody, or "Moody" as his friends and students call him, is an award winning actor, producer and director. Recently taking 3 awards in the 48 hour international film festival, Moody also holds an Outstanding Actor award from Metrolina Theater Association. He has been seen on all the local community theater stages as a performer and director. He is also a producer on Access 21. As President of Henry Thomas Productions Inc. a non-profit film company, his mission is to provide a platform for independent film makers to expand and promote their work. As Moody always says…. “It’s ‘gotta start with the kids.”

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Erica Heer

Erica Heer started performing at the age of 9. It all started with a few dance classes and soon evolved into more dance classes, dance team, chorus, community theatre, middle school and high school musicals, as well as voice lessons. Erica graduated from East Carolina University in 2014 with a BFA in Musical Theater and has been performing professionally  since 2012. Her jobs have taken her to many amusement parks, cruise ships, theaters, and events in the past couple years. Now she is following her path in hopes to bring the light of theater and performing to others. She is thrilled to join the Acting Up team to continue pursuing her passions!

Ashley Killough started performing at the age of 3.  She stepped on the stage to compete in the Little Miss South Carolina pageant and never looked back. That love for the stage expanded to include all aspects of the performing arts. She discovered a passion for singing at age 8 when she was selected for the Rock Hill School District 3 Elementary Honors Choir.  That experience led her to middle school chorus, community theatre, and countless community plays and musicals.  

She attended Northwestern High School and joined the Northwestern Troubadours (South Carolina State 4A Choral Championship four years in a row).

During College, the Miss America Organization saw her performing in a local festival which led her to carry the titles of Miss Aiken County 2007 and Miss Florence 2008; both preliminaries enabled her to compete for the title of Miss South Carolina.

Ashley lives in Rock Hill, SC where she still performs in a local band.  She is excited to be a part the Acting Up family.




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Classes in the Performing Arts

At Acting Up, in Charlotte, NC our, students learn more than just a talent. Whether taking classes to become a professional or just for fun, our students learn many important life skills and become more confident and posed individuals along the way. AU offers students quality training in a caring environment. "We teach students to eloquently and gracefully market themselves to be more effective in whatever they set out to do in the world."~Jennifer Tankersley

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Growing up in the Los Angeles area, it was easy for Natasha to fall into the career path of a young actress. From an early age, she started training for commercials and showcases while also taking theatrical acting lessons at Beverly Hills Studios.

She recently relocated to the Carolinas, where she found ample opportunities to get involved with indie film productions and local theatre. Quickly finding new connections to the film and acting community, Natasha began working behind and in front of the camera with projects being sent to film festivals and winning awards in the 48 hour film festival. Natasha is thrilled to be a part of the Acting Up team and is eager for her students to have fun and dive into the world of film.

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