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Our faculty members are highly influential players in the industry. They bring their rich experience, knowledge, and passion to the Studio.

Get to know our talented team below.

Nicole Burgess

Nicole Burgess

Operations & Program Manager

Nicole Burgess is a professional actor, writer and director. She began acting at age ten, performing in Oklahoma (Vivian) and various other musicals as an ensemble dancer. In high school she won a choreography award for Grease and West Side Story and was featured in the News and Observer. Notable performances include Office Girls (Tazzy), West Side Story (Francesca) and Un-Shame On You (Imara). Her screenwriting and directorial work includes the short film, Marked, which was a selection at the 48 Hour Film Festival, The Black Devil, and second unit director for Shutter. Nicole has trained and worked with many seasoned and award winning actors. Her film and television work includes an international Walt Disney World commercial, Bojangles, Carowinds, Infiniti and NASCAR commercials, Union Bound, Birds of a Feather 2, But Deliver Us From Evil, Carbon Neutral Pig and the Emmy award winning Hulu miniseries, Dopesick.

In 2018 Nicole was invited to join a Mastermind group where she met with CEO’s of major companies and helped businesses grow and adapt to new financial models. Nicole is skilled at merging business with her passion of acting, writing and directing. She is also a social media brand ambassador. We are very lucky to have her as a part of Back-to-One!

Email:  nicoleburgess@backtooneactingstudio.com

Paul Kilpatrick

Paul Kilpatrick

Head of Productions

Paul Kilpatrick’s professional path has not been a straight line but has always focused on how creative work moves from some people’s brains to other people’s eyes, ears, mouths, noses, fingers and toes . He has worked in comics, publishing, video games, music, theater and film. For the last 13 years he has worked on sets up and down the east coast starting as a production assistant and working his way up to Assistant Director. At the same time he developed and launched a software company for writers and traveled around the country speaking at writers conferences. Acting is his favorite but enjoys being on set, writing, and teaching people what he has learned.

Email: production@backtooneactingstudio.com

Hannah Lawrence

Hannah Lawrence

Office Assistant Manager

Hannah is a Greensboro native & UNC Chapel Hill alumna. She has been taking classes at BTO & been with the Creative Film Group since the beginning of 2022. When she’s not at the studio or on set, you can find her cooking vegan food & binge-watching shows like Derry Girls & Outlander!

Hassan Darwish

Hassan Darwish

Editor & Content Creator

I started my journey as an actor two years ago and worked on a couple short films, some commercials and industrials. I’m currently based in Raleigh North Carolina.