Professional Staff Are The Difference
ACT’s professional instructors offer progressive, experiential learning opportunities for students at all levels of creative development. We are a place to take risks, be bold, experiment, and embrace curiosity. Students are encouraged to construct meaningful responses, collaborate, and to think critically by engaging with innovative artists and arts-workers while discovering the artistic process.
Come Let Us Inspire Success.
Our Artist-In-Residence program exists to invite artists and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations. This program provides a time for reflection, research, teaching, presentation, and production.
Greg M. Grist, BFA Digital Movie Production
Gregory is a Filmmaker and Photographer with a variety of skills in the visual production industry. Greg earned his bachelor's at IADT (International Academy Of Design & Technology). He started his professional career shortly after enrolling in the summer of 2006. With a deep passion for the motion picture arts, Greg plans to produce various creative films that inspire and empower. His professional background has provided a full range of experiences, giving him the opportunity to be involved in everything from music videos to event photography.
Video Production Instructor
Vocal & Choral Instructor
Gordon Bonnett, BA
From prestigious performances with the Andrea Bocelli’s National Tour and the Opera Tampa chorus in Carmen and Rigoletto, Gordon Bonnet is an experience choral performer beyond average. He is an accomplished performer, musician, composer, arranger and editor of music for dance. Gordon has extensive experience in training vocalists and leading community choruses throughout his tenure as a vocalist and musician. He has led choruses and held the position of music directed for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and nationally assembled Men of Song Chorus for the Tampa Chamber Singers. He currently leads an after-school choral programs at the DePaul School for Dyslexia and choral directs and vocal coaches at the Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT). In addition to his conducting choruses in the community, Gordon currently performs with the Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church choir. Gordon says, “I am inspired by all genres of music from pop to baroque and jazz.”
Gianna Pergamo, BFA
Gianna Pergamo is an illustrator and designer from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Creating art her whole life, it was in college when she discovered her love of mixed media and penchant for narrative imagery. Gianna runs Pergamo Paper Goods, a collection of her vintage inspired collage art for animal lovers. Besides the originals, she sells reproductions in the form of signed art prints, greeting cards, and small gift items, both online and through boutiques across the country. Gianna also does freelance illustration for books and contract graphic design work. She enjoys sharing her skills with the enthusiastic youth and teens who join the Arts Conservatory for Teens.
Visual Arts Instructor
Chris is a professional photographer and graphic designer in the Saint Petersburg area. He is a photojournalist at heart and his passion is to capture history in the making. His love for photography has never waned, nor his love of people. He is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College with a BS in Theology/minor in counselling and is currently a youth pastor and mentor. He studied photography at Pinellas Technical School and started his own photography business, Davis Photography. He has done an array of freelance work to include: Tampa Tribune, HSN, City of St. Petersburg, Delmar studios as well as wedding and special events photographer. Chris’s commitment to people and to his work have proven him a leader in his community and the field of photography.