So Who Are We?
Showdown was founded by Hollywood insiders, Cindy Marcus, Flip Kobler & Dennis Poore, artists with a stellar list of credits who wanted to empower teens though the arts. They designed Showdown to be much more than just an acting camp; it's a place where teens are accepted, explore their creativity, and feel confident to go after their dreams.
They live and work in Hollywood. With over 75 years combined experience, they share their passion, knowledge and experience with the teens to inspire them to become the next generation of leaders and creators.
Cindy and Flip are prolific screenwriters, playwrights and novelists. They've written feature films, for STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE and spent 5 years at Disney where they penned the biggest selling video in history, THE LION KING 2 and many other animated flicks. Dennis Poore is an award winning composer. His shows have run off-Broadway, aired on televion and he is currently working with Julie Brown to turn their cult hit EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY into a Broadway musical. They continue to work in the industry developing new movies, plays, musicals and books.
Whether learning how to sing a hit tune from acclaimed vocal coach Carolyn Fallin, or studying cutting edge film and TV technique with sought-after acting teacher Tracy Martin, at Showdown students learn from experienced pros who are invested in the future of teens.
Our conselors are Showdown alumni who've been with us for years and have worked their way up from students. All of our staff have undergone training in leadership, team-building, CPR/first aid, conflict resolution and have also passed state and federal background checks. Led by their conselors, students and their cabin-mates create Ensembles that create bonds and friendships that last forever.