Doug Spearman started acting at the age of 7. His formal training started at 14 and carried through a double degree in Theater Performance and Directing/Television Production and Directing at Indiana University (IU). At IU, Doug started his professional production career working at PBS and also working as Assistant Producer to veteran talk show host and newsman, Charlie Rose. Doug began working as a TV writer, producer, and director in 1986 at ABC and has written, directed, and created campaigns for CBS, NBC, UPN, LOGO, Soapnet, Lifetime, and many others. He’s also had the opportunity to direct for television the likes of Candice Bergen, William Shatner, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, Martin Sheen, and Nia Long to name a few. Doug has two Emmy nominations for his work as a writer and director.
As an actor, Doug’s career includes roles on Star Trek Voyager, Charmed, The Profiler, Girlfriends, The Drew Carey Show, and the groundbreaking LOGO television series, Noah’s Arc. In film, he’s starred opposite Jet Li and Gabrielle Union in Cradle 2 The Grave and Alan Cumming in Any Day Now. He also reprised his Noah’s Arc role as Chance Counter in Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom. His stage credits include Howard Korder’s The Hollow Lands at South Coast Rep and The Bacchae at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
In 2012 (at Richard’s urging), he wrote and directed his first feature film, Hot Guys With Guns, distributed by Wolfe Releasing. Hot Guys With Gun played forty festivals around the world, is available in multiple platforms and streaming services, and the main title song was short-listed for an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has included the screenplay in the core permanent collection of its library.
Doug teaches for the studio for the same reason he studies with Richard. “Actors need two things: (1) a teacher that propels and inspires them” – which he gets from Richard, and “(2) a real world understanding of the entertainment business.” Clearly, Doug has that. His hope is to give to others what Richard, by his example as a teacher and a working actor, has given him. RLS is a studio for professionals. It’s a place for actors to become writers, producers, and content makers. It’s a place where you learn to take control of your art and your career.