meet our staff

Debby Schwartz

Co-founder of Cinematique Film School, Acting Instructor, and Director

Has been working in this business on and off for almost 35 years. She got her training at The New York Academy of Theatrical Arts and HB Studios, studying under Austin Pendleton and Uta Hagen. Debby was able to support herself as an actress quite nicely until 1975 when she took a break to get married and raise a family. In the late 1980's she went back into the theatre as an acting teacher/private coach and to direct stage productions. She has directed in NYC and all over NJ, where she was fortunate to win several awards for her productions. In 1996 she opened her own theatre company where she produced over 250 adult and youth musicals, comedies, dramas and original productions. Her theatre company won the best community theatre award in 2008. Out of those 250 shows, Debby directed 60 of them and won awards for a lot of them.

Debby has privately coached students to get into performing arts high schools, colleges and universities that are known for having excellent theatre departments. She also has coached actors who were auditioning for such Broadway shows as “Chicago and Bye Bye Birdie”, among other nationwide productions. Debby's skill as an acting coach has given her a 100 % success rate in getting all of the actors into their schools and shows. She has also coached some actors that have gone on to star in network television shows, national commercials, and Disney movies.

Recently, Debby has decided to concentrate her directing skills in movies and webisodes. Through her company “Performance With Passion Players” and her two partners she just completed an independent film "Shadows," which has to do with bullying in our schools. This film is scheduled for release sometime in October of this year for international internet distribution. She will soon be working on an internet drama webisode as one of the Directors.

Debby new book "Surviving Behind Closed Doors" was published on June 1, 2016, by Neely Worldwide Publishers.

Donn Shearer

Donn Shearer studied various dialects for over two years at the Actors Training Institute, under its director John Eyd. 
A working actor, Donn has appeared as a southern lawyer (Sam Rayburn) in "Liberty & Justice", and performed for seven seasons as Irish pirate Edward Hardy aboard the Dark Star Pirate Cruise. He has also appeared in the pilot webisode "Hunter."

He also joins the staff in webisode productions at Cinematique.

Donn is proficient in the American Southern, Irish, and upper-class British dialects and has a working knowledge of several others.

He teaches Adults and Children.

When you need an accent for stage or film, Donn is the coach to have.

Nick Chavez II

Currently editing "Liberty & Justice."

The co-cameraman for "Liberty & Justice."

Nick attends Cinematique Film classes and teachers  Adults and Children at the school.

Produces and edits professional commercial videos for Cinematique Film Classes and the trade.

He is also a graphic designer for video promotion.

Nick has appeared in the films "Shadows","Liberty and Justice" and "Hunter."

Bethany Miranda

Bethany has been singing for eighteen years and has acted in over 50 productions

produced by Passion Players. (Performance with Passion Players)

She has had more stage time than any youth performing at Eatontown Playhouse which

ran over 240 shows from 2000-2010.

Now, after participating in over 120 total musical theater productions from 2007 to now as

a singer and an actor, we are proud to share her enthusiasm teaching all children and adults.

Trained professionally in voice,  she is currently enrolled in the Master's program for teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University

for English, Drama, and Voice in the public school system.  

Bethany also teaches voice in Morristown at a music school for kids.

Eric Hackler

Eric Hackler is an award winning writer & director born and raised in NJ.  He started acting at age 8 and since then, has studied filmmaking in Europe,

Boston and Los Angeles working on both the business side and creative side of the film industry.  Over the last 10 years, Eric has directed over 20

short films and three features.  His scripts and film have been featured in festivals and his theatrical productions have won awards across NJ.

As a teacher, Eric has taught directing and fight choreography at various schools and theatres across Monmouth County.  

Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a degree in Directing Narrative Fiction.

Rebecca Sosa