Coty Warn-Forno – Owner & Director
Coty Warn-Forno is an artist, dreamer, and visionary that has turned her love of make believe and dress up into a successful career. Coty began her performing career at the age of 3 singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “Tomorrow ” to the customers dining at her parents restaurant, The Hen House, and the rest is history. A professional actress, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, teacher and now entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience, Coty is thrilled to now be operating MCCA working with students across the region.
Prior to creating and operating Mountain City Center of the Arts, LLC. Warn-Forno has worked in all of the major entertainment markets including; D.C, Pittsburgh, New York, and Los Angeles as an actor, director, choreographer, and teacher. A graduate of Frostburg State University with concentrations in acting and directing, Coty has worked across the country for a number of award winning theatrical companies such as Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, City Theatre Company, Bay Theatre Company, Santa Clarita Performing Arts, RWS &Associates and more. Coty was also able to purse careers in voice over and print work for companies such as Fisher Price, Golds Gym. She starred in several industrials, independent pilots, and feature films.
As an educator, director/choreographer, Warn-Forno has worked for outstanding companies such as Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, The Richard E. Rauh Conservatory, RWS & Associates, City Theatre Company, The Lori Allen Dance Center, Just Dance Conservatory, Frostburg State University, and as the resident choreographer of the National Pike Opry House. Coty is also a certified Dance it Out ® (D.I.O.) instructor. DIO ® is created America’s First Family of Fitness, Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks. It is a high energy, fitness-based dance workout that fuzes all styles of dance including; Hip Hop, Country Line, African, Disco, Bollywood, Latin and much more. As seen on Dr. Oz and ABC’s Shark Tank. Working with creators Billy Blanks Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blanks, Coty is the first and only certified teacher in the state of Maryland hosting the only D.I.O® class in the state.
Mrs. Warn Forno has also had the privilege of studying with some of the best teachers and mentors in the industry including award winning teacher Anthony Meindl, voted LA’s number one acting school Anthony Meindl’s Actor’s Workshop, Fitzmaurice Voice Work creators Catherine Fitzmaurice and Saul Kotezubei, Clay Banks of Clay Banks Studio International, Dallas Travers – The Actors Advocate, Improv with Lia Fischer of Second CIty Chicago, and dance at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and the Debbie Reynolds Dance Center in Los Angeles. Warn also had the opportunity to work with EMH productions facilitating workshops with notable Los Angeles based casting directors. Coty recently attended the Dance Teacher summit in Long Beach, CA where she trained with countries top choreographers and dance educators.
Coty is blessed to do what she loves every day and hopes to continue to tell stories, inspires others, create opportunities, and pave pathways for artists of all ages to nurture and pursue their passions. She believes in the power of the arts not only a means of expression, but as a tool for healing the soul. Mountain City Center for the Arts, LLC is an artistic home for all artists looking to explore and create.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”