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the actors district

Our actors work hard in order to reach their dreams, and you can too. Once you become a member of our community, you’re part of us for life. Our students are curious and active because The Actors District  education is a well-rounded one, both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe that you can find just as much education and support outside of the classroom as you will find inside of the classroom.

Relocating back to Philadelphia, post Hurricane Katrina, Tobi Gadison starred in several plays and independent films, and co- founded Manifesto Consulting Group (MCG), LLC; a creative venture group. MCG developed The Hip Hop Art Program and The Actors’ Institute, which led to MCG being contracted by The United Way to help train their program administrators and affiliates. While in Philadelphia, Tobi starred in a number of independent films. One of which, Myra’s Angel, garnered him The Best Actor Nomination from The American Black Film Festival (ABFF). He also starred and toured across the country in the theatrical productions of The Last Jimmy and Henry Box Brown produced by Dice Raw from The Roots.

Tobi Gadison

Meet our founder

Tobi Gadison was born & raised in Washington, DC and later moved and finished high school in Philadelphia. While there he started training at the world renowned, Freedom Theatre.  After high school, Tobi went back to DC and attended Howard University for Fine Arts. Thereafter, Tobi relocated to New Orleans and served as a program administrator for L.O.V.E. Clubs (Lifting Our Valuable Esteem) a youth outreach program that was spread throughout several schools across the New Orleans area.With several commercials and leading roles in plays that toured across the country, Tobi landed roles in major movies, which include but not limited to: “Ray”, “The Dukes of Hazzard” ,“Just My Luck” and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Glory Road”.

Committed to giving back, Tobi Gadison dedicated his time to serve on the Board of Directors and the Artistic Board Committee for the New Freedom Theatre. He also served as the Dir. of Creative & Strategic Planning for iChoose2Live, a company that inspires and motivates young adults through art, education and community outreach, as the strategic planning director on various projects. He has also produced the documentary Generation Next for BET’s Wrap-It-Up Program which targeted how popular culture affects issues such as, bullying, suicide prevention and sexual health issues that impact today’s youth.

Tobi has produced & directed several indie films and serves as the senior founding partner of a production company called GadCity,LLC. Under his company, Tobi Gadison launched The Actors District, an actor’s training facility whose actors have been featured in major films and TV shows including Marvel, Creed and The Upside. Currently, they are actively developing and curating original content for their self-generated imprint, The District Collective.

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At The Actors District, we curate & cultivate unique and strong actors. With this in mind, we put incredible amounts of attention in our training modules, that are carefully designed to establish and develop the foundational components, which address the Instrument & Business of The Total Actor.