Alyssia ‘Dujmovich’ Dodson has been an acting coach for 13 years. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, she has been acting professionally for almost 30 years. She has worked in film, television, commercials, voiceovers, and theatre including work for Reelz, National Geographic, Millennium Films, NBC, Sci-Fi, Tribecca Films, the Alley Theatre, the Houston Grand Opera, and more. She’s appeared in Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, and Keri Russell, and in Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist on the National Geographic channel, Scandal Made Me Famous on the Reelz Channel, and most recently in a commercial with Mike Rowe for Mister Sparky. She has also had supporting roles in Daughters of Houston directed by Tony Garcia, Lars the Emo Kid directed by Joe Grisaffi and Spirit Camp, written and directed by Kerry Beyer, all independent filmmakers in Houston. She began by spending her summers in New York auditioning for everything she could from Nickelodeon shows to Broadway to films like Interview with the Vampire, Little Giants, and Beautician and the Beast. She was trained in New York as well as in Houston with some of the best actors and acting coaches available. Not only is she a previous student of Eleese Lester’s, but she has had extensive training in New York with Bob Luke, who has worked with actors on the Cosby Show, Ransom, Zathura, Enchanted starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Patrick Dempsey, and Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games franchise.
In addition to her own acting career, Alyssia enjoys coaching other actors, helping them prepare for auditions, and putting them on tape for auditions in other cities. Many of Alyssia’s students have booked roles from the audition tapes that she coached and taped them for. She has even taped Shantel Van Santen (One Tree Hill, The Messengers, and Final Destination), Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls, War of the Worlds), Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds), and Chelsea Ricketts (Scream Queens, The Killing, True Blood). She’s worked extensively with Allie DeBerry, formerly a regular on Disney Channel’s Ant Farm and David Simpson, who’s appeared in Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Bad Moms, Preacher, and Wolverine. She’s also had students book roles from their taped auditions with her, such as the Emmy nominated HBO film, Bessie, Left Behind, We Are The Millers, Daddy’s Home, One Mississippi, Hoovey, Eastbound and Down, and many more! She looks forward to continuing growing as an actor and acting coach and working with as many of Houston’s up and coming actors as she possibly can! She believes strongly that Texas has some amazing talent and that our region offers a plethora of opportunities for actors looking to work in the film, television, and commercial industry. So if you love it, then go after it! The opportunity to thrive is at your finger-tips!