About The Academy at American High

The Academy at American High was founded in 2018 by a collective of entertainment industry veterans interested in discovering and fostering new talent.

Our Mission

The mission of The Academy at American High is to provide comprehensive training in digital media and content creation delivered by highly-qualified professionals, in an innovative and engaging format, that effectively prepares students who may otherwise not have the resources for a variety of careers in the world of entertainment and media production.

What We Do

We actively and immersively teach all aspects of media production through:
– workshops,
– masterclasses,
– on-set opportunities,
– studio tours,
– internship programs,
– support for short films,
– guest speakers,
– screenings,
and more!

The Academy’s focus is both theoretical and hands-on. We host regular in-person workshops for local enthusiasts, as well as virtual seminars for a diverse global audience.

Meet Our Team

The Academy is overseen by a dynamic group of talented industry veterans, including a Primetime Emmy-Award winner, an Essence Magazine “Top 150 Black Women in Hollywood,” and renowned director & CEO of American High, Jeremy Garelick.

These exceptional people cast a wide net of perspectives and expertise. We’re extremely grateful for their dedication to mentoring and inspiring our students.

Andie Schlenker

Head of Development & Fundraising,
The Academy

Jeremy Garelick

CEO, American High

Matt Sacca

Head of Development & Internships, American High

Molle DeBartolo

Producer, Syracuse Studios
TRF Instructor, Syracuse University

Will Phelps

President, American High
(Second Vice-President)

Jen Flanz

Executive Producer, The Daily Show
(Board Member)

Kelci Parker

Vice-President of Animation, Hulu
(Board Member)

Jamie Garelick

Of Counsel Attorney, Blank Rome LLP
(Board Member)

Ramses IsHak

Motion Picture Literary Partner, United Talent Agency
(Board Member)

Michael Sheresky

Motion Picture Talent Partner, United Talent Agency
(Board Member)

Noah Hartman

Educator, AP Human Geography
and the Arts
(Board Member)

Tom Beecher

Film Screenwriter, Director,
and Educator
(Board Member)