Welcome to Ataraxia Entertainment
Welcome to Ataraxia……a place for kids and adults to learn and enjoy the acting process. Located in an idyllic setting walking distance from old town Calabasas, this is a creative space that offers diverse classes for all ages. Founded by Casting Directors Donald Paul Pemrick and Dean Fronk, they bring their “friendliest casting office in town’s” atmosphere and apply it to their teaching. Ataraxia means peace and tranquility in Greek and we hope you will find it here. No matter a young beginner or a seasoned veteran actor that wants a tune up, there will be a class that suits you. We hope you will find it here and flourish.
Ataraxia Teachers and Staff
DONALD PAUL PEMRICK
One of the founding Members of the Casting Society of America
Donald Paul Pemrick began his career in the Entertainment Industry in 1980 as the Casting Assistant on the Columbia Pictures feature film Annie, based on the hit Broadway musical. Working with the Academy Award Winning Director John Houston, Donald was responsible for the auditions of nearly 12,000 young girls in ten open calls throughout the U.S. A year later, he joined BCI Casting as an assistant/associate for the legendary Casting Director, Barbara Claman and her partner Marc Schwartz on numerous feature films, Movies for Television, TV pilots and Series such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers that launched the career of River Phoenix. In 1983, Donald left BCI with Marc Schwartz when he formed Marc Schwartz Casting (MSC). Donald became the casting director for one of television’s most beloved comedies: Three’s Company. He also worked on numerous pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS and the Aaron Spelling series Dynasty as well as the CBS series Emerald Point NAS. He also cast numerous Movies of the Week starring such TV favorites Valerie Bertinelli and John Ritter. At the time, he was the youngest Prime Time Casting Director for Network Television. Milt Hamerman (Head of Casting at Universal Television) became aware of Donald when working on two spin offs of the comedy series Too Close for Comfort. Liking Donald’s fresh approach to casting, Hamerman offered Donald a staff position at Universal Studios Television. Again, he was the youngest person to hold such a position. During his stint with Universal, Donald was responsible for casting pilots such as The Equalizer and numerous series highlighted by Charles in Charge created by the Emmy Award winning producer Sherward Schwartz and The George Burns Comedy Week created by Steve Martin.
In 1985 Donald chose to move into feature films. He left Universal and joined Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus at the prolific Cannon Films where he cast nearly a dozen feature films. In 1986, Donald Pemrick Casting was formed. This allowed Donald the opportunity to cast several independent films that would shoot around the world including Europe, Africa and the Philippines. In 1988, Donald’s career turned back to television, and he moved to New York City to be the Casting Consultant for NBC Television while still casting his independent features. At NBC, Donald’s job was to look for new and upcoming talent for NBC pilots and on the air series. He auditioned such future film and TVstars as Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, Matt LeBlanc and Marisa Tomei to name a few…One of Donald’s independent films at this time was the remake of Lord of the Flies, where he conducted an East Coast search auditioning over 1000 young actors in eight states…a flash back to his days on Annie.
DEAN E. FRONK
member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
In 1996, Dean Fronk joined Donald Pemrick to form Ataraxia Entertainment Inc. dba Pemrick/Fronk Casting (PFC). Pemrick/Fronk Casting has been in business for fifteen years and in that time has completed over 250 projects ranging from feature films, MOW's, television series and Motion Capture Video Games. Specializing in family entertainment, he has worked with young talent the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johanssen, Leighton Meester, Ben Foster, Haley Joel Osment and Josh Hutcherson. A true horror geek, he cast many titles like Rob Zombie's, House of 1000 Corpses and Children of the Corn IV starring Naomi Watts. Recently, PFC has done many films for the Lifetime Movie Network and the Hallmark Channel. Their features are a variety of budgets with cast ranging from Sony's The Lodger (his first Artios nomination for casting) starring Alfred Molina, Hope Davis and Simon Baker to indie films in the past year starring John Cusack, Robert DeNiro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Val Kilmer and Nicholas Cage. In addition to film and television, PFC cast Blizzard Entertainment's highly successful Video Games, Diablo II and Warcraft III. He now works with 2K handling the motion capture video games like NBA 2K 2017 AND MAFIA III! Fronk has cast on location in cities ranging from Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Houston, Austin, Spokane, Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New York. He has cast abroad for films in Bulgaria, Canada, Prague, Italy, India, England, Spain and Chile. The ability to work with companies in the U.S. and overseas, a cohesive understanding of Producers, Directors, and Foreign Sales Agents, and an "open door" policy to the Acting community has enabled PFC to cast over two hundred projects since its inception. Fronk also has a prolific teaching and speaking career throughout the U.S. Focusing on audition technique, he teaches to build confidence and success for actors everywhere. Fronk is a graduate of the Ohio State University and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nichole and their three children Dean, Scarlett and Levon. Dean is a Proud Member of the Los Angeles Brain Tumor Society.
Nichole is a Chicago native who has lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She was a series regular on Girls Behaving Badly with Chelsea Handler. She also starred in VH1’s hidden camera improvisation show, BSTV. She was a series regular for ABC in Luke Greenfield’s pilot Go Sick. Her comedic timing and fearless acting choices are what she used to book these shows. She brings that confidence into her classes and will instill that energy into the young actors she works with. She has a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Performing Arts and a Minor in Dance from the University of Illinois Chicago. She has performed her whole life in numerous dance companies and studied with Kate McGregor Stewart in Los Angeles