Shaun Toub was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. He was raised in Manchester, England. At the age of 14, he moved to Switzerland and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire, to finish his last year of high school. After two years of college in Massachusetts, Shaun transferred to USC. His high school yearbook notes: "The Funniest guy in school and the most likely to succeed in the entertainment world."
Through a chance encounter with an astute talent agent, he broke into the Hollywood scene with hope in his heart and a natural talent to entertain.
Toub has received accolades for several of his appearances in over 100 television episodes including Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Castle, NCIS, Chuck, Lost, Charmed, ER, Just Shoot Me, JAG, Married with Children and various movies made for television.
His filmography includes his memorable performance in Bad Boys, Broken Arrow, The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Iron Man, The Last Airbender and the Oscar-winning film Crash. His recent work includes playing Majid Javadi in Season 3 of Homeland and the upcoming film Papa, the life story of Ernest Hemingway, in the role of Evan Shipman the poet.
Shaun is very proud of his Persian heritage and is very active in the community. Through various charity events and public speaking engagements, he inspires the community to embrace the arts, as the arts enhance everyday life. Shaun resides in Los Angeles and loves the outdoors, sports, and music.
|Pasha D. Lychnikoff
Born in Moscow, a student of Moscow Academy of Dramatic Arts, Pasha (aka Pavel) Lychnikoff, appeared on Moscow's stages in such productions as Gogol's Inspector General and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. In early 90s Pasha moved to America to pursue his acting career in the United States. Arriving at JFK Airport with five dollars in his pocket, speaking only a few words of English, Pasha made his way to Brighton beach, Harlem, Hell's Kitchen, and then to Los Angeles to act.
As Pasha's career unfolded, he was introduced to bright minds that molded him as an actor and person. He first received a great helping hand and insight from Jonathan Banks at UCLA Film Theatre Department, which was followed by encouragement from private lessons with The Groundlings' creator Gary Austin. Jumping the fence at Twenty Century Fox paid off. Pasha was able to land his first television guest star role on the critically acclaimed NYPD Blue. This opportunity also earned him his membership with Screen Actors Guild. While working on NYPD Blue, Pasha became great friends with writer, creator, and executive producer David Milch. For the rest of Pasha's life, Milch became a mentor and friend who helped him greatly through his career.
While Pasha was living his dream of acting on television, little did he know that he was the first ever Russian to become a series regular on an American Television. Pasha's first series regular role was on David Milch and Tony Yarkovich's TV drama Big Apple on CBS after which he has had more than 40 TV guest appearances.
Lychnikoff continues to build an impressive resume in both television and film. Pasha has starred as 'Balzanov', a Telegraph operator, in a lawless town of the second and third seasons of the critically acclaimed HBO series Deadwood created by David Milch. On the comedy side of acting, he had a recurring role on Chuck Lorre's The Big Bang Theory as astronaut Dmitri Rezenov, and a lead role on the Russian hit series and number one comedy "Fizruk" as a hysterical Misha "Buddhist". His film credits include Miami Vice directed by Michael Mann with Colin Farell and Jamie Foxx, Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull directed by Steven Spielberg, Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams, and A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis, and Motherland by Peter Buslov.
Pasha has a big passion for theater which extended beyond acting to producing. The Shelter, which he created alongside Valeri Belykovich, was his production debut in Los Angeles. The play got 5 Ovation Awards nominations in 2006 in 5 different categories including the World Premier Play, Play Intimate Theater, Direction of a Play, the Ensemble Performance, and Lighting Design. His performance in the play got him rave reviews by a number of critics.
In this coming acting season, Pasha will be seen in multiple projects such as a recurring on the 4th season of Ray Donovan, mini series Insomnia, and Sony Entertainment produced film Beyond Valkerye: the 4th Reich.
Om Puri is an Indian actor who has appeared in both mainstream Indian films and art films. His credits also include appearances in British and American films. He has received an honorary OBE.
Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana. His father worked on the railways and served in the Indian Army. Puri graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India. He is also an alumnus of the 1973 class of National School of Drama where Naseeruddin Shah was a co-student.
Puri has worked in numerous Indian films and in many films produced in the United Kingdom and the United States. He made his film debut in the 1976 film Ghashiram Kotwal, based on a Marathi play of the same name. He has claimed that he was paid "peanuts" for his best work. He has collaborated with Amrish Puri as well as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in art films such as Bhavni Bhavai (1980), Sadgati (1981), Ardh Satya (1982), Mirch Masala (1986) and Dharavi (1992). He has been active in cinema. He was critically acclaimed for his performances in many unconventional roles such as a victimized tribal in Aakrosh (1980) (a film in which he spoke only during flash-back sequences); Jimmy's manager in Disco Dancer (1982); a police inspector in Ardh Satya (1982), where he revolts against life-long social, cultural and political persecution and for which he got the National Film Award for Best Actor; the leader of a cell of Sikh militants in Maachis (1996); as a tough cop again in the commercial film Gupt in 1997; and as the courageous father of a martyred soldier in Dhoop (2003). In 1999, Puri acted in a Kannada movie A.K. 47 as a strict police officer who tries to keep the city safe from the underworld - it became a huge commercial hit. Puri's acting in the movie is very memorable. He has rendered his own voice for the Kannada dialogues. In the same year, he starred in the successful British comedy film East is East, where he played a first-generation Pakistani immigrant in the north of England, struggling to come to terms with his far more westernised children. Om Puri had a cameo in the highly acclaimed film Gandhi (1982, directed by Richard Attenborough). In the mid-1990s, he diversified to play character roles in mainstream Hindi cinema, where his roles are more tuned to mass audiences than film critics. He became known internationally by starring in many British films such as My Son the Fanatic (1997), East Is East (1999) and The Parole Officer (2001). He appeared in Hollywood films including City of Joy (1992), opposite Patrick Swayze; Wolf (1994) alongside Jack Nicholson; and The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) opposite Val Kilmer. In 2007, he appeared as General Zia-ul-Haq in Charlie Wilson's War, which stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. He has worked in Hindi television serials like Kakkaji Kaheen (1988) (roughly meaning "Uncle says") as a paan-chewing 'Kakkaji', which was a parody on politicians, and Mr. Yogi (1989) as a suave 'Sutradhaar' who enjoys pulling the protagonist's leg. These two serials underlined Om Puri's versatility as a comedian. He received critical acclaim for him performance in Govind Nihalani's television film Tamas (1987) based on a Hindi novel of the same name. He essayed comic roles in Hindi films like Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro which reached a cult status, followed by Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Chor Machaye Shor (2002) and Malamaal Weekly (2006). His more recent Hindi film roles include Singh Is Kinng, Mere Baap Pehle Aap and Billu. Puri was seen in the role of Mohammad Ali Kasuri in Road to Sangam (2009). In 2010, he appeared in The Hangman. In 2011 he was in the Indian action movie Don 2. He has also worked in Aahat TV Series in some episodes during second season which was aired between 2004-2005 on Sony channel.
A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street for director Martin Scorsese and has teamed up again with the famed director and writer Terence Winter on Vinyl for HBO. His most recent films include True Memoirs of an International Assassin opposite Kevin James and The Gift opposite Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. Byrne is also adding writer to his resume having recently sold Brothers of the Bride to Newline, a feature film that he will co-write and star in which is being produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions. Renowned for his pivotal scene-stealing role in Horrible Bosses, Byrne's character supports the stars of the film as they plot to kill their bosses. This film allows him to add Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman to a long list of important actors with whom he has had the opportunity to work. He has played opposite: Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks, Zach Galifianakis in The Campaign, Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures, Tom Hanks in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Nora Ephron's Bewitched, Jack Black in Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind, Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty and Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork. Byrne was very well received for his starring role in the 5th installment of the phenomenally successful Final Destination franchise for Warner Bros. In the film Byrne's character meets one of the more unusual demises ever in the series of sci-fi horror films. Byrne's television credits include the fan favorite role of Irv Smiff, the driven sports agent, who represents a number of professional football players in the ongoing BET hit series The Game. He has appeared in recurring and guest roles on hit and acclaimed series such as NCIS, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Bones and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911, West Wing, ER, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne also voices "Bolin" in the Emmy- nominated Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra now entering it's 4th season, and received a Behind The Voice Award for his portrayal of that character. A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey.
Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack Obama. The versatile, scene-stealer has drawn critical praise as IRK delegate Jamot on the final season of Fox's hit series, "24," and has appeared on "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Closer," "The Game," "Criminal Minds," "Lost," "JAG," "The West Wing," "Without a Trace," "The Shield" and others.
Navid's star continues to rise on the big screen. He was a standout in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster "American Sniper" as Sheikh Al-Obodi, an Iraqi local paid to help the snipers locate their targets. He can next be seen in "Baba Joon," the first Persian-language film shot in Israel from director Yuval Delshad. "Variety" proclaims Navid once again "transforms in the role of Yitzhak," a turkey farmer struggling to pass his Iranian traditions onto his precocious Israeli-born son. The film, which received best picture at Israel's Ophir Awards, is now set to be the Jewish State's submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.
Navid recently wrapped principal photography in Vancouver on "Brain on Fire," a biographical drama with Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage, and this spring he was shooting in Morocco with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby in the espionage thriller "Damascus Cover." His additional credits include a leading role in the critically acclaimed feature "The Stoning of Soraya M." The "New York Times" called his portrayal of Ali as "satanic as any horror-movie apparition."
Navid also had significant supporting roles in the films "Brothers" starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; "Powder Blue" with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and "Words and Pictures" with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.
As an active voice-over actor, he lends his smoky tenor to "Revolution 1979," a video game series based on the Iranian revolution. It was awarded support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute's New Frontier Program for the Islamic Art's New Frontier Fellowship.
Born in Mashhad, Iran, Navid caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.
Sammy Sheik was born in Alexandria, Egypt. His passion for acting drove him to leave home shortly after high school and move to New York to study theatre. He soon landed his first film role in the Albert Brooks' satire comedy "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World", playing Al-Jazeera executive "Mukhtar Al-Mujib." Sheik followed this with memorable roles in both film and television including recurring roles on Homeland, 24, United States of Tara and roles on Nikita, The Unit, NCIS and Lost, among others. Sheik's film credits include Attack On Darfur, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Charlie Wilson's War among others. In 2012, ten years after leaving Egypt, Sheik finally returned to work on a series called "Hekayat Banat", which heralds the beginning of his rising international career. In addition to his acting career, in 2010 Sheik was appointed goodwill ambassador to the Middle East for Y-Peer, a youth education network, pioneered by the United Nations Population Fund. Sheik travels the world on behalf of the organization which is active in more than 36 countries.
Rick Avery is a Stuntman, Stunt Coordinator, Actor, Director, Helicopter Pilot, and Aerial Coordinator, with over 500 feature film, television and commercial credits, including; "Men in Black 2/3", "Captain America", Four Batman Movies", "Ant man","Get Smart", "American Sniper", "Titanic", "The Prestige", "Star Trek Insurrection", "The Abyss", "Gangster Squad", "The Crow", and "Charlie Wilson's War." He has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild awards winning the Screen Actors Guild Cast Award for "Traffic", the Best Stunt Ensemble Award in a Motion Picture for "Batman Dark Knight" and the 2009 Taurus World Stunt Award for Best Vehicular Work in "Batman Dark Knight." Rick a Fifth Degree Black Belt was inducted to the "Martial Arts Hall of Honors " in 2010, for Exemplary Achievements and Dedication to the Martial Arts. He Won the USA Boxing Old Dog super welterweight Boxing Championship in 2014 in the Masters Division. In 2015 He became a National Boxing Champion winning the USA Boxing Ringside National Championship. Later that year Rick doubled down and was declared World Boxing Champion in the Masters Division at the Ringside World Championships. Rick has directed two movies and a documentary: "The Expert" and "Deadly Outbreak," both of which were HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax Premieres, and "Raiders Remembered", a Documentary that won Honorable mention at the New York Film Festival. His Second Unit Director credits include: the upcoming "Hands of Stone", "Tenacious D", "Scream 3", "Anchorman", "Identity", and "The Sweetest Thing. Rick's acting credits include the films, " Ant Man" "Hands of Stone ", "Edge of Darkness" opposite Mel Gibson, "Hands of Stone", opposite Robert De Niro ,"Heat", "Spiderman", and "Batman Begins". Rick is an accomplished helicopter Pilot and instructor with over 7,500 hours.. He is Chief Pilot for National Helicopters, and was a line pilot for Guardian Helicopters working firefighting for two seasons. He flies A-Stars, Jet Rangers, Long Ranger,s Robinson R44, and Schweiser 300 helicopters. He has flown helicopters for "The Closer", "The Bachelor","Three Rivers ","Bloodshot", "Hells Kitchen", numerous commercials , and airplanes for "24". Rick also hosted the extremely successful Internet T.V. Show "Hardknocks". He is a college graduate, commercial multi-engine airplane pilot, commercial helicopter pilot and instructor, 5th degree black belt champion, certified scuba diver, was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and former Santa Barbara Metro Police Officer.
Enayat Delawary's passion for Afghanistan; its people, diverse culture and historical significance, is evident in every aspect of his life.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Enayat was exposed to the lives of all Afghans, whether in remote villages or the highest levels of government, by his father, a top advisor to King Zahir Shah.
From a young age, Enayat studied the varied cultural traditions and mastered the languages of the different ethnic and tribal areas of the region.
In 1971, after graduating from the Nedjat (high school,) he worked as a tourist and mountain guide to deepen his understanding of the diverse geography of Afghanistan.
In 1973, Enayat moved to Germany where he received his Masters Degree in Social and Political Science. While in Germany, he worked closely with renowned scholars, filmmakers and journalists translating books and documentary films. This included translating material from Farsi, Dari and Pashto into German, as well as fact checking for historical, political and cultural accuracy.
Most recently, Enayat has had the privilege of working with some of the world's most esteemed directors as a dialect coach, translator, cultural advisor and actor on multiple films. He has served in all of these capacities for Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War" and Jim Sheridan's "Brothers," working intimately with Mr. Nichols and Mr. Sheridan through all stages of production.
Enayat's life has prepared him with a very unique skill set for providing unparalleled services to writers, filmmakers and historians during these tumultuous times. His passion for his homeland and a lifetime of ongoing curiosity and study makes him an ideal candidate for providing assurance for the accurate representation of the Afghan people, Afghanistan, and the entire Central Asian region.
Binghamton native Jon Donahue has amassed a dizzying list of credits over the years, and has solidified his reputation as one of Hollywood's nicest, most charming and versatile actors. Growing up in the quiet town of Binghamton, Jon was surrounded by the Hollywood lore of many of the town's famous residents, including "The Twilight Zone" creator, Rod Serling. As a freshman at Seton Catholic Central, he joined the stage production of "Arsenic and Old Lace," playing the character of 'Mr. Gibbs', and cementing his love of acting and entertaining. As further testimony to his love of entertainment, he started working at the concession stand at the local movie theatre and was managing the theatre by the age of 18. Rushing through the rain one night with a reel of film for the single screen theatre, he dropped it in a puddle of water but was still able to salvage the film, "Joe Versus The Volcano". Little did he know at the time, but it would be the beginning of his long standing and fruitful collaboration with the film's star, Tom Hanks. Bursting with talent and eager to make his mark, Jon subsequently moved to Orlando to work at Universal Studios, where he would proudly defend boatloads of unsuspecting tourists from "Jaws" with a handy 40mm grenade launcher. Steven Spielberg himself would later remark to Donahue on the set of the Academy Award winning "Bridge Of Spies", "Now we are working together again on dry land!" His energy and talent was soon recognized by Nickelodeon Studios, where he was brought on in the sought after role of the 'Gakmeister', maker of the studios famous GAK and trademark green slime. After he was done with his slime making days, he returned to Binghamton where his 'Gakmeister' role was immediately recognized by the hiring manager at his hometown local CBS affiliate, WBNG-TV. After Jon was offered a behind-the-scenes production job there, he convinced the news manager to let him do an on-air segment when the Nickelodeon traveling show came to town. The segment was a smashing success and he was soon the on-air Feature Reporter, where he would write, produce and host his own segments. During his time with WBNG, he interviewed actors Gregory Hines and Jon Stewart, among others. Encouraged by this success, Jon moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. He began to seriously study and hone his craft at the award-winning Playhouse West in North Hollywood, founded by actors Jeff Goldblum and Robert Carnegie, where he studied the Sandy Meisner technique, following in the footsteps of Playhouse West alumni and screen icons Michelle Pfeiffer and James Franco. He also trained with "E.T." actress Dee Wallace at her studio in Burbank. He was then encouraged by Robin Williams to enroll at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center. This led Jon to a television and film career where he has worked for some of the world's most renowned directors including Mike Nichols, Steven Spielberg, Paul Greengrass and Ron Howard. Jon is a regular collaborator with Tom Hanks, including his most recent role as 'Richard Savage' in the SONY film "Inferno", where he is starring alongside Hanks and working under legendary director Ron Howard. Prior to his role in "Inferno", Donahue worked with Spielberg and Hanks on the Academy Award winning "Bridge Of Spies". Jon also worked with Hanks and Mike Nichols on "Charlie Wilson's War". Donahue showcased his tremendous acting range while working with Ray Romano on the Emmy nominated TNT comedy "Men of a Certain Age" and in the Cameron Crowe/SHOWTIME original series "Roadies." Jon is frequently recognized by his youngest fans from his voice work as 'Antonio' the K-9 German Shepherd in the hit Disney film "Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2". Jon lives in Los Angeles, and while not busy filming, he enjoys hiking in the local mountains, watching movies with his friends and adding to his vintage movie poster collection.
Film, television and stage actor Michael Spellman hails from Detroit, Michigan. After discovering his passion for acting at a young age, he attended New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating from the school's Los Angeles campus in 1999. After furthering his skills at Oxford University's Balliol College, he made his way back to the states to formally pursue his career in acting. He made his film debut in the award-winning indie production How to Ace an Intervention (2005) and in his break-through television role, he played recurring character, Dr. Jim Babinski in the long-running series, ER. His first role in a major release was in Charlie Wilson's War (2008) directed by Mike Nichols, starring Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Spellman is also quite active on the Los Angeles stage, where he has appeared in numerous productions including the LA Weekly Award winning "The Grapes of Wrath" and the West Coast premiere of "Epic Proportions" both at the highly respected, West Coast Ensemble. He is also a member of The Actors' Gang theatre where he was seen in "The Seagull" (directed by Georges Bigot) and "Mephisto" (directed by Tim Robbins).
Gingger is an Indian America composer, violinist and singer.
In 2007, Gingger was one of only six film composers selected from around the world to attend the prestigious Music Composer's fellowship at the Sundance Film Institute.
She has scored films such as Sundance award winning documentary 'Recycle', IDFA documentary 'This is My Picture When I Was Dead', 2011 Sundance feature film' Circumstance' and many others.
In 2008, Gingger was selected for the BMI conducting fellowship under Lucas Richman. Some of her film works were recently performed live at the opening night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Her haunting, angelic vocals and prolific composition and instrumental talents entwine to create a musical experience unlike any other. The artist and co-composer behind the poignant score of Mel Gibson's 2004 box office hit The Passion Of The Christ, Gingger has lent her voice and vision to several diverse projects ranging from soundtracks to soulful pop and electronic hip-hop.
She is the only female in the world that has mastered the 10-string Double Violin, an instrument that covers the entire range of the orchestra's double bass, cello, viola and violin, and of which there are currently only two in existence.
Gingger has collaborated with such uniquely talented and varied artists as L. Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Phil Collins, Steve Vai, Peter Gabriel, Steve Lukather, Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor and Tony Levin, to name just a few.
Her music can also be heard in Mike Nichol's film, "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, where she had a chance to collaborate with film composer James Newton Howard.
In the fall of 2008/2009, Gingger appeared as a special guest with the Smashing Pumpkins on their 20th Anniversary tour. During that time, Gingger debuted at Carnegie Hall as a soprano in the opera 'Ainadamar'.
In (2007) John Robert returned to acting. Since then John has appeared in 40 feature films and 4 Boston Legal(s) among other entertainment projects. He appeared in a White Stripes music video and a Toyota commercial. He has worked in films connected to Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro, Ron Howard, Jackie Chan, Sandra Bullock, Ron Howard, David Mamet, Mike Nichols. Jeremy Piven, Barry Levinson and William Shatner. John was a Congressman in Charlie Wilson's War, a Senator in Eagle Eye and The President in the recently completed K Citizen. He has been producer in a tux at Cannes in both What Just Happened and Entourage.
Marwa Bernstein has been a professional performer for most of her life, first as a ballet dancer and second as an actor. She moved to LA from New York. Marwa's Los Angeles credits include Theatre: Much Ado about Nothing at La Jolla Playhouse, Frankincense at Pacific Resident Theatre, My Werewolf (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Even Yet It's Mighty Daring Sings, and Anton in Show Business (XRT). Film/TV: Charlie Wilsons War, Love Wedding Marriage (Dermot Mulroney, Dir.), Blind Spot with Sally Kirkland, Two and a Half Men, and The Dixie Chicks video Not Ready to Make Nice.
New York credits include Performance at Here for the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Emilia Galotti at BAM, Zenobia (World Premiere) for Princeton Summer Stage, Edward II for The Queen's Company, 3D World at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Off-Broadway productions of Necropolis and Artists and Anglers, the NYC Lysistrata Project and Aquila Theatre's A Very Naughty Greek Play.
As a dancer Marwa has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center, Ballet Ireland, Lexington Ballet and the Opening Ceremonies of the 98 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, among others. In 2001, she and her sister, Bobby, were the only two Americans chosen to dance in a gala performance at the Lincoln Center with Rika Yu Oriental Ballet.
Marwa has been a guest artist and or worked with such notable individuals as Gelsey Kirkland, Melissa Hayden, Maria Tallchief, Diana Cartier, Wes Chapman, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Belotserkovsky. Some of Marwa's favorite dance roles include: Giselle in Giselle, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Firebird in Firebird, Sugarplum Fairy Nutcracker, Marie Taglioni Pas De Quatre and the soloist role in Trey McIntyre's Square One.
She studied acting at HB Studios, primarily with Rose Arrick (who was also her mentor and coach until her death in 2008) and Austin Pendleton, and in Los Angeles with Jeffery Brooks and Sally Kirkland. Her formal dance training began in Cape Town, South Africa, with Yvonne Adkins, formerly of the Royal Academy in London. Her training in the United States began at the School of the Chicago City Ballet, where she was a trainee with the company and continued at the Salt Creek Ballet and in the trainee program with the Joffrey Ballet.
Academically she is very proud to have been home-schooled through high school and to have attended Sarah Lawrence College (New York)
Melinda Esquibel is an award nominated producer and encompasses fourteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. Esquibel's current projects include producing and directing a documentary on the famous disappearance case of Tara Calico, producing National Wildlife Federation's Campus Chillout! (campus solutions for the climate crisis), a feature film entitled: PAIS: The Untold Story of Cuban Revolutionary, a feature documentary, and an all encompassing book on the life and death of Frank Pais.
Other projects Esquibel has produced include Shepard Fairey's Vote for Change and Hopes for Change Campaign, FOADAC's Virtual Telethon and Green Means Go (celebrity solutions for greener living).
Previously Esquibel worked in the Social Action Team at Jeff Skoll's company, Participant Media, and was the Campaign Manager for the Oscar nominated documentary, Muderball (which included raising $350,000 for program development at the Paralympics for Iraq war veterans who have come home with spinal injuries), and has been a Campaign Contributor to films such as: Oscar winner and Nobel Prize winner, An Inconvenient Truth, with Al Gore - the Train the Trainer Program and AIT school curriculum , Charlie Wilson's War, Angel's in the Dust, Good Night and Good Luck, Fast Food Nation, Syriana and North Country.
Prior to Participant Productions, Esquibel previously served as the Live-Action Production Supervisor for Fox Family Worldwide. A key player at Fox Family Productions, some of her credits include: Addams Family Series & Movie, Captain Kangaroo, Casper Meets Wendy and Power Rangers Series and Movies.
While at Fox Family, Esquibel served and was a founding board member on the Diversity Advisory Board at Fox Entertainment Group. This committee was created to increase minority vendor spending and diverse presence throughout the studio in compliance with the Multi-Cultural Coalition. Esquibel has also served on the Board of Directors of the Imagen Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Orphan Abandoned and Disabled African Children.
Esquibel has been awarded for her work by the Environmental Media Awards and was nominated for an Imagen Award in 2009 for Best National Informational Programming for National Wildlife Federation's Campus Chillout! Campus solutions to the climate crisis.
A native Californian, Nancy Beer grew up on both the East and West Coast. She began working in the creative department of an advertising firm in San Francisco, and later moved to Phoenix to join another ad agency as a Jr. Account Executive working on such accounts as the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Valley National Bank. When Hollywood came calling, Ms. Beer found her way onto the staff of TV game shows "Face The Music" starring Ron Ely and "You Asked For It" hosted by Rich Little. "This was my boot camp for two years to give me production experience into video tape editing with major production companies," she said. Several years later, she joined a Beverly Hills business management firm working with Cher, Dolly Parton, Mac Davis, Kenny Loggings, The Commodores, Lou Rauls, and Planet Records, to name a few. Along the way, Nancy has also served as a Makeup Artist for print and TV commercials over the past 10 years as well as working on the feature film "Boogie Nights" and Playboy TV. She also served as an assistant casting director on such feature films as "Charlie Wilson's War," "Larry Crowne", "Hop", "Tropic Thunder" and "The Little Fockers." She has continued to move into the position of Casting Director for many productions. Nancy Beer has also been seen in front of the camera over the past six years as an extra and stand-in on hundreds of film and television shows. Away from the entertainment business, Nancy is an accomplished photographer who has worked with the L.A. County Fire Department photo unit. She also served on the board of directors of the American Women in Radio and Television.
Michael Saba was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. He is known for Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Diagnosis X (2007), and The Shuttle Run (2006). Michael has been featured in commercials for: Universal Studios Hollywood, UGGs Men, and Apple, among other smaller productions such as NASCAR Kids (2005) and small Theatre roles.