Core Crew

Erik Lingvall (Chief Talent Thrower) brings a unique combination of perspective, experience, execution… and fun to Atlanta’s rocketing TV/Film industry. Merging Erik’s extensive industry connections and coaching experience and Julia, Erik & Matt’s experience as working actors spawns a comprehensive approach to launching talent. Catapult understands its clients, leverages resources that address their needs, and maximizes value by emphasizing both craft and career.

Erik LingvallCo-Founder & Chief Talent Thrower

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Winner of Backstage’s 2015 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, and has established himself as one of the go-to coaches for tv/film actors in the Southeast. Erik is also the owner of The Acting Camp in California and creator of

Erik’s growing list of working actor clients can be seen on Networks like NBC, Disney, FOX and CW,  on shows such as Dog with a Blog, Kickin’ It, Sleepy Hollow, The Walking Dead and Hart of Dixie. His clients can also be seen in some of biggest and highly anticipated films of 2014-15, including The Maze Runner, Noah, Jersey Boys, Short Term 12, Terminator Genisys, Marvel’s Ant Man, and many more

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

Julia Jones – Studio Manager A.K.A. 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!

Matthew BarnesCreative Director & Maker Of All Things Happening

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Born & raised in Johnston, Rhode Island, Matt moved to the Southeast in 2010 to attend Auburn University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, & Film. After four years, he decided to pursue acting professionally and moved to Atlanta in August of 2014. He initially joined Catapult Acting as an intern, but ultimately became a full-time employee who serves as a graphic designer, marketer, scheduler, office assistant & handyman; hence the name “maker of all things happening.”

Matt 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 The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”, BET’s “The Game”, Discovery ID’s “Swamp Murders”, Lee Daniels’ new FOX pilot, “Star” and Tyler Perry’s “The Haves & The Have Nots.” In 2016, he will appear in a supporting role in Ang Lee’s film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Jack Vincenty – Associate & Resident Cabana Boy


Jack is a Florida native who began doing theater when he was in seventh grade. Since then he hasn’t been able to turn away from acting. He just finished earning his BFA in Acting from Elon University and is now starting his professional career in Atlanta. Having trained with Erik over the past two years he felt right at home joining the team in the summer of 2016.

As an actor he is taking his first foray into the world of film and television after being entrenched in theater and improv during college. Outside of acting he is an avid outdoorsman who loves to surf, climb, hike, and skate. He’s excited to learn how the TV/Film world differs so that he can help other actors grow into the performers they’re born to be.