Core Crew

Founder Erik Lingvall brings a unique combination of perspective, experience, execution & FUN to Atlanta’s rocketing TV/Film industry. Merging Erik’s extensive industry connections and coaching experience, along with the hardest working (and also most fun) staff in the Southeast spawns a comprehensive and unmatched approach to launching talent. Catapult focuses on truly listening to and understanding its clients, leveraging resources that address their needs, and maximizes value by emphasizing both craft and career.

Erik LingvallFounder, Chief Creative Officer & Chief Talent Thrower

Winner of Backstage’s Readers’ Choice for Atlanta’s Favorite Acting Coach, Erik Lingvall brings with him over 15 years of experience guiding and training talent, throughout the country. As the founder of Catapult, Erik has established himself as one of the go-to coaches for tv/film actors in the Southeast. He also started The Acting Camp in California and is the creator of

Erik’s growing list of working actor clients can be seen in projects like: The Walking Dead, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Terminator Genisys, Short Term 12, Disney’s Dog with a Blog, Raven’s Home (That’s So Raven spinoff), Daddy’s Home, Pretty Little Liars, Jersey Boys, House of Cards, Nashville, Parks and Recreation, NOAH, The Maze Runner, and many more.

Currently residing in Atlanta with his wife Jennifer & baby Venice, Erik is dedicated to guiding & connecting his clients to the right people & right path,  always reminding them to enjoy the process as much as the product at the end.    

Matthew Barnes – Director of Production & Maker Of All Things Happening

Born & raised in Johnston, Rhode Island, Matthew moved to the Southeast in 2010 to attend Auburn University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, & Film and a minor in Theatre. After four years, he decided to pursue acting professionally and moved to Atlanta in August of 2014.

Matthew also has achieved much success as an actor in his brief time in the industry thus far. He can be seen on various television shows such as Donald Glover’s Atlanta, NBC’s Good Girls, MTV’s Scream, CBS’s The Inspectors, Tyler Perry’s The Haves & The Have Nots, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, & Dynasty,  BET’s The Game & The Quad, and Discovery ID’s Swamp Murders.

He also has appeared in leading and supporting roles in Warner Bros’  “Pure Country: Pure Heart”, Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 To Paris”,  Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”, and “Apparition” co-starring alongside Mena Suvari and Kevin Pollak.

Julia Jones – Director of Instruction & Queen

Attempting to live the life of a True Renaissance Woman, Julia has dedicated herself to living a life of many passions. After graduating top 5% in her class with degrees in Theatre Arts & History from LaGrange College, Julia decided to move to Atlanta to pursue acting. She completed a year long acting apprenticeship at the Horizon Theatre in 2011 – and has been acting ever since. It wasn’t until she discovered The Village Theatre, however, that she found her true calling as an Improv Artist. She has performed at The Village Theatre (named “Best Comedy Club 2015” Atlanta Magazine) since 2013 – and currently performs in Danger The Show!, Soundtrack, The Bligrones Effect, Her & His, Old Lady Times, as well as making guest appearances with the Improvised Mockumentary, Improv A-Hole, and Lady Like: A Variety Show. She is completely in love with the art form of Improv Comedy and hopes to turn this into a lifelong career.

When not improvising, Julia manages small to large scale events all across the country. She is super excited to be the Studio Manager at Catapult Acting – as well as the in house Improv Coach – and cannot wait to see the growth and expansion of Catapult Acting Studios!

Becca Tanner – Communications Manager, Executive Assistant & Physical Embodiment of “Work Hard, Play Hard”

Becca is a Georgia native who graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2016 where she majored in Communication. During her college career she interned at Catapult, where she became infatuated with the entertainment industry and the acting training world, soaking in every bit of information she could about how an acting studio is run. Naturally, she officially joined the Catapult team full time at the beginning of 2017 as Erik’s assistant and has fit in seamlessly, streamlining the company’s organizational system and structure. When she’s not working, Becca enjoys hiking Kennesaw Mountain with her dog Kai, spending time at the lake and exploring downtown Atlanta.

Paige Hullett – Studio Associate & Triplet

Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN alongside her triplet sisters, Paige moved to Atlanta in June of 2016 to pursue her acting career. Paige attended Elon University, and studied Meisner for 2 years under Burgess Jenkins. Initially a client of Erik’s, Paige fell in love with the studio’s mission and is now an associate at Catapult where she helps with audition tapings and workshops.

Paige is represented by Privilege Talent, and most recently starred in Blackhall Studios’ first original feature “Schoolhouse”. She also worked on NBC’s “Good Girls”, the Season 6 finale of “Homicide Hunter”, and national commercial for Lifetime Movie Club. She is excited about the rapid growth of the studio and contributing to the supportive community Catapult is harvesting in Atlanta.