Company Members

Andy Fleming

Artistic Associate

Andy Fleming has been involved with Pinch 'n Ouch Theatre since 2014, where he played Phil in Wall Street Wedding. Since that time, he has participated in several other Pinch 'n Ouch affiliated projects. He appears in Margo and the Universe and plays the role of Kurt in The Mother Load, both web series. He played Fountainhead in the regional premiere of Water by the Spoonful and Jasper in Annie Baker's The Aliens. He played patriarch Jim Hand in the world premiere of Being Alive at the Fern Theatre. He also fronts local funk/rock band Dapper Slap. Film credits include Crowscare, Under Lock, Werehouse, Halloween 8, No Such Thing as Nothing and Paula Peril and the Serpent Cult. He is a Meisner trained actor who has also studied with Upright Citizens Brigade and was a mainstage actor at Whole World Theatre. has been involved with Pinch 'n Ouch Theatre since 2014, where he played Phil in Wall Street Wedding. Since that time, he has participated in several other Pinch 'n Ouch affiliated projects. He appears in Margo and the Universe and plays the role of Kurt in The Mother Load, both web series. He played Fountainhead in the regional premiere of Water by the Spoonful and Jasper in Annie Baker's The Aliens. He played patriarch Jim Hand in the world premiere of Being Alive at the Fern Theatre. He also fronts local funk/rock band Dapper Slap. Film credits include Crowscare, Under Lock, Werehouse, Halloween 8, No Such Thing as Nothing and Paula Peril and the Serpent Cult. He is a Meisner trained actor who has also studied with Upright Citizens Brigade and was a mainstage actor at Whole World Theatre. 

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Brandon Mitchell

Artistic Associate

Brandon Mitchell discovered Pinch’N’Ouch Theater after moving from Washington DC and Grant’s Meisner classes helped him connect with many talented individuals in the Atlanta Film and Theater community, as well as learning what this Meisner Technique is (it’s worth knowing about!). He served as Vice President of the Actors’ Center in DC, worked as a Casting Associate with Pallas Theater Collective, and is an associate company member with Chesapeake Shakespeare in Baltimore.

Credits include: Film: Your Worst Nightmare and Nightmare Next Door (Discovery ID), Sinister and The History Job (Cyclopean Pictures), and several industrials for Exxon, the IRS, and the Federal Judiciary Center. Theater: (ATL) One Minute Play Festival, (DC) Bang the Drum Slowly (American Century Theatre), The Iceman Cometh (Quotidian Theatre), Mein Kampf (Scena Theatre), James and the Giant Peach (Imagination Stage), Titus Andronicus/Julius Caesar/Much Ado About Nothing/Twelfth Night/The Comedy of Errors/The Tempest/Cyrano de Bergerac (Chesapeake Shakespeare Company) and Taming of the Shrew (Pallas Theater Collective).

Brandon has had a one act play produced by Silver Spring Stage (DC), and also co-founded Shakespeare Lite! which involves turning Shakespeare plays into trunk show musicals for kids, the inaugural production being “Alas, Poor Hammy.”

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Brian Ashton Smith

Artistic Associate

Brian is always pleased when he gets to work with Pinch N Ouch. He has been seen in Wall Street Wedding and co-starred in Nicole Kemper's The Motherload web series. He has also been seen on ABC's Nashville, Lifetime's Army Wives, BET's The Game, and singing and dancing in Kirk Franklins choir in the film Joyful Noise. 

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Britton Buttrill

Artistic Associate

Britton Buttrill is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at The New School for Drama. Britton’s plays include IRIS (Ego Actus, NYC, Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC), UFFIZI (Riant Theatre, NYC; Bottled Lightning/Atlanta Fringe, Atlanta), and SCRATCHING (Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Atlanta). He has also received staged readings at Horizon Theatre, Pinch n' Ouch Theatre, Drive By Theatre Project, and The Essential Theatre Festival.

Directing credits include RED at Theatrical Outfit (Assistant Director), TAPE at Pinch n' Ouch Theatre (Assistant Director) and AGNES OF GOD at Oglethorpe University (DIRECTOR). Dramaturgy credits include RED at Theatrical Outfit and THE ODYSSEY at Georgia Shakespeare Festival.

Poetry and short story publications include The Oxford Review, Opium Magazine, and TELEFUNKIN’ Magazine. He has been the recipient of Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwrights Award and has been an E.B. Osborne Artist in Residence at the Purnell School in Pottersville, NJ.

Britton Buttrill is an Artistic Associate with Pinch n' Ouch Theatre and Bottled Lightning. He is an Atlanta native who now lives in Brooklyn and currently writes for New York Theatre Review. 

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Grant McGowen

Producing Artistic Director/Film Festival Director

Grant McGowen is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is an Award winning Director, Actor, Playwright, Teacher, Cinematographer, and Producer. 


His producing credits include films: Smiley Hollow, Alone, Circuit, No Such Thing, The Voyeur, Halloween 8, Boys Life, Heavy Water, Deadbeat, No Soliciting, Margo and the Universe, and The Mother Load; Theatre: Girls Life, Gideon's Knot, The Aliens, Pizza Man, Water By The Spoonful, The Shape Of Things, Reasons To Be Pretty, Lobby Hero, Autobahn, Tape, Body Awareness, Bachelorette, Sex With the Censor, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Some Girl(s), Assistance, Let's Make It, Wall Street Wedding, Scratching, and Speed the Plow.


His acting credits include theatre: The Aliens, Wall Street Wedding, Assistance, Some Girl(s), Tape, Autobahn, Reasons to Be Pretty, Three's a Crowd, Strange Snow, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, The Shape of Things, La Ronde, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, and Footloose; Film: Moving On, Boys Life, No Soliciting, Brohan, Finley, We Are Marshall; TV: Margo and the Universe, Drop Dead Diva, Single Ladies, Killer Couples and several TV commercials.


Directing credits include films: The Meaningful Life of Art & Henry, No Such Thing, Halloween 8, The Voyeur, Deadbeat, Boys Life, The Decision; TV: The Mother Load, Margo and the Universe, McCullom; Theatre: Water By The Sponful, Pizza Man, One Minute Play Festival, Lobby Hero, Bachelorette, Autobahn, Speed the Plow, Sex With the Censor, Baby Steps, Struggle Session, Beauty Runs on Light Feet, and Let's Make It.


Playwrighting credits: Wall Street Wedding ("Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl), Let's Make It ("Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl), One Minute Play Festival; Screenwriting: Smiley Hollow, Deadbeat, Margo and the Universe, and McCullom. Grant's plays challenge the audience with important contemporary issues such as social equity, gender equality, body image, censorship and stigma. His latest play, Girls Life, a coming of age about urban millineals, will be presented this fall at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre.


Grant was recently featured in Atlantan Magazine's "Top 20 Most Important People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene."  He won "Best Actor" in Philadelphia's Project 21 Film Festival for the film "Moving On," also nominated for "Best Film." His play "Wall Street Wedding" recieved "Best World Premiere of 2014" by Arts Atl and was nominated for the 2014 Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award. His play "Let's Make It" was honored as one of the "Best Productions of 2013" by Arts Atl. His plays have been recommended three times by the Suzi Bass Awards of Atlanta. His feature film "No Soliciting," which he Produced and starred in, won "Best Film" in the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. It also won "Best Acting Ensemble" and "Best Fiction Film" in the Gwinnett Film Festival.


Press: "Teaching artist Grant McGowen and the hardest working man in the theatre business conducts courses into the finer points of acting..." (The Backstage Beat). "Director Grant McGowen has gotten fine, sharp performances from all his actors, in every play. As an observer of the Atlanta theatre scene for quite awhile now, I must say that I’m excited by what Mr. McGowen and Pinch ‘N’ Ouch are offering to Atlanta. It appears that more and more of the city’s finest actors want to work with him. Live theatre needs a sense of being on the edge, unafraid of new ideas, new plays, new actors. I think Mr. McGowen is the real deal, and I hope he sticks around." (Atlanta InTown Paper). "Grant McGowen is quickly becoming a voice of his generation." (Pure Politics). "Grant McGowen can really make a career in comedy if he wanted to" (Punchline Magazine). "...raw, daring… McGowen’s gutsy actors give naturalistic, powerhouse performances… that seems all too real… If you go for bold and 'now' theater with a hard edge, this [theatre] is well worth checking out. Ultimately, Grant McGowen deserves strong credit, because his director’s hand is never obvious." (East Atlanta Patch)


Grant is a graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where he studied Acting and Filmmaking. He recieved his undergrad at Wagner College in Theatre Performance. In NYC, he performed improv and stand up regularly at The Pit, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Comedy Cellar. In 2009, he worked as a Theatrical Agent and a Casting Director.


Grant teaches the Meisner Acting Classes at Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre. He is incredibly passionate and enjoys inspiring artists to work truthfully and collaboratively. In his spare time, he also enjoys photography, music and people watching. 

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Jackie Costello Interview Director Grant McGowen

Showguide Magazine: Meisner 101 by Grant McGowen

Creative Process: Pinch ’N Ouch Theatre Offers Youthful Enthusiasm and Edgy Fare

Backstage Beat: Grant McGowen Teaches Meisner Acting Classes

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Hillary Heath

Artistic Associate

Hillary Heath is a graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga where she studied Theatre, English, and Studio Art. While at Oglethorpe she directed and produced "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" and "The Vagina Monologues" (2011,2012), produced and acted in "Almost, Maine", and completed an internship with Georgia Shakespeare as the Assistant Director for "Macbeth".

She won Best Picture at Campus MovieFest in 2013 for her short film "Getting Brain" and her film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Hillary co-created and directed "LoversLane", a dark comedy about siblings who get addicted to online dating, at the 2013 Atlanta Fringe Festival.

Shortly after completing Fringe Festival, Hillary began working with Pinch 'n Ouch as the Assistant Director for "Scratching". She directed scenes from "Other Desert Cities" and "The Aliens" for the PnO Acting Showcase and directed the development cast of "Wall Street Wedding". She recently performed on stage in the One Minute Play Festival and the PnO Acting showcase as Jessica from "This is Our Youth".

Hillary created original artwork for scenes in "Margo and the Universe" and worked on select episodes as Set Designer. She is currently assistant directing the web series "The Mother Load" and is completing the Meisner 4 Film Production class where she is writing a comedy web series.

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Jackie Costello

Artistic Associate

Jackie started off at Pinch 'n' Ouch taking Meisner Acting Classes. She was cast as Karen in "Speed the Plow" and also Bobbi in the Suzi Bass recommended "Some Girls." She also performed in the PNO's "The Issues Project" on the Hertz Stage. She starred in the film “The Promotion” which premiered at the Short Film Corner of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Hoboken International Film Festival. When she is not in the theatre, she works at a local university in human resources. 

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Justin Anderson

Artistic Associate

Justin directed Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre's "Body Awareness" in 2011. Previous directing credits include Autobahn, Ordinary Days, The Last Romance, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Synchronicity Theatre), The Unexpected Showcase (Alliance Theatre Education), Say de Kooning and Lady of Fadima (The Jameson Project), and numerous high school productions during his four years as a theatre educator in Cartersville, Georgia. Since the summer of 2009, Justin has served as the production director for KidStuf at North Point Community Church. He holds a BA in theatre arts from Campbell University (Buies Creek NC), and a MA in theatre studies from Regent University. His upcoming works include: ONE-MINUTE PLAYS at Actors Express, TIME BETWEEN US at Serenbe Playhouse, TIGERS at Aurora Theatre, ASSASSINS at Fabrefaction Theatre, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at Stage Door Players, HARABEL at Theatrical Outfit, the remount of PETITE ROUGE with Synchronicty Theatre, and THE FABULOUS LIPITONES at Theatrical Outfit.

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Nicole Kemper

Artistic Associate

Nicole Kemper attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she acted in university productions, and wrote/produced several of her own plays. She graduated in 2002, summa cum laude, with highest honors in theater studies. 


In 2005, she left Atlanta to pursue an MFA in Directing for Film and Video at Columbia College in Chicago. While there, she wrote, directed, and edited short films that have screened the Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Macon Film Festival, Dixie Film Festival, and the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Georgia. She returned to Atlanta in 2008, and began work as a video editor where she worked with commercial, broadcast, and corporate material in addition to documentary and narrative films. In 2010, she became a faculty member in the Digital Filmmaking and Video Department at the Art Institute of Atlanta where she taught video editing and production to up and coming filmmakers. 


Nicole has worked closely with Pinch n' Ouch Theater in Atlanta since 2013, where she is currently acting, developing new works with their company, and edits many of their filmed projects. In addition to developing her comedy series for the web, The Mother Load, she is looking forward to seeing another web series she has created, Art and Science, shoot in Atlanta in the summer of 2014. 

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Pedro Ferreira

Artistic Associate

Pedro Ferreira has been engaged with Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre since 2014. In this time, he played the character “Elliot” in the regional premiere of the Quiara Alegria Hudes play, “Water by the Spoonful”, the character “Warren” in scenes from the Kenneth Lonergan play, “This is Your Youth”, and several characters in the 2014 Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival.  On film, Pedro performed in the short “No Such Thing” by Grant Mcgowen, and in “The Motherload” webseries by Nicole Kemper.


A Meisner technique fanatic, Pedro has studied Meisner Foundation, Meisner Acting for Stage, Meisner Acting for Film/TV and Meisner Directing at PNO. 


Besides film and theater, Pedro is also interested in advocacy, journalism, literature and music. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2015 with a BA in Journalism and a BA in English, and won the award “Who’s Who Among U.S. Colleges and Universities.” The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast has also recognized him for his service as a Public Relations volunteer. 


A native of Brazil, Pedro has made Metro Atlanta his home since 2001. Every Sunday, he plays guitar with his church band in Marietta. 

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Robby Glade

Artistic Associate

Robby Glade graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a BBA in business administration and a minor in Theater Studies. While at Emory he directed and performed in many productions with Theater Emory, Rathskellar Improv Troupe, and Ad Hoc Productions, for which he also served as the Artistic Director. Robby also performed with the a capella group Aural Pleasure and hosted a radio show on Emory’s WMRE radio station.


Robby Glade is also an alumnus Main Stage Actor at Whole World Improv Theater, where he performed as an improvisor and music director for five years. Currently, Robby is the director of music for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Decatur GA, where he leads three choirs singing a mixture of traditional and contemporary Catholic and Gospel music. He is also the music director and keyboardist for Dapper Slap, a five member jazz funk band performing around Atlanta. In addition, Robby is currently apprenticing in studio photography under Atlanta-based photographer Wesley Channel.


Robby Glade has worked closely with Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre since 2013 as an actor, director, writer, and director of photography. Recently, Robby directed PnO’s world premier production of Wall Street Wedding and acted in both PnO’s stage production of The Aliens and its first web series, Margo and the Universe. In addition to directing PnO’s upcoming comedy series for the web, Art and Science, he is looking forward to producing a short film he wrote, Diner, shooting in Atlanta in the summer of 2014.

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Sarah Hodges

Artistic Associate

Sarah Hodges is a student and artist at Pinch ’N’ Ouch Theatre. She has taken Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Meisner technique under Artistic Director Grant McGowen, which includes stage and camera performance as well as writing, producing, and directing skills. Her credits at PNO Theatre include Assistant Stage Manager of ‘Scratching’ and Stage Manager for ‘Wall Street Wedding.’ She has appeared onstage as Catherine in three scenes from ‘Proof,’ on film as Cynthia in a scene from ‘Sex, Lies, & Videotape,’ and as Norah in two scenes from ‘Sunshine Cleaning’. She wrote a final reel scene for two peers, and was the script supervisor on that shoot. She dealt with props for Morgan McGowen’s first episode of ‘Margo & The Universe.' She is also currently directing two scenes from ‘The Penetration Play’ for a PNO Student Showcase, producing Patrick Morgan's short film, ‘Ruthless,’ preparing for her own final reel, as well as writing an upcoming play and upcoming screenplay. She is so excited for the opportunity to direct the short film, ‘Hi, Grandma,’ written by Patrick Morgan, and produced by Morgan McGowen.

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Topher Payne

Artistic Associate

Topher Payne is the author of more than a dozen produced works for the stage, including LAKEBOTTOM PROPER at The Springer Opera House, TOKENS OF AFFECTION at Georgia Ensemble Theatre, ABOVE THE FOLD, which won the 2009 Metro Atlanta Theatre Awards for Best Original Work and Best Play of the Year, and THE MEDICINE SHOWDOWN (co-authored with Adam Koplan), which Creative Loafing selected as one of the Best Plays of the Decade.A resident of Atlanta since 1999, Topher served as a Grand Marshal for the 2011 Atlanta Pride Parade, and has been honored with numerous distinctions by the community, including: Best Local Playwright (Creative Loafing Reader’s Choice, 2010 & 2011); Best Local Writer and Best Local Actor (GA Voice Reader’s Choice, 2010 & 2011); Artist of the Year (David Magazine 2011) ; Best Local Playwright (Sunday Paper, 2010); Best Actor (2011 Post & Alley Awards, for his performance in Proof.)

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