Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.
Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, "Scream Queens" opposite Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Jamie Lee Curtis. Next, Breslin will star in the coveted role of "Baby" in ABC/Lionsgate's recreation of the pop-culture classic, "Dirty Dancing."
On the big screen, Breslin was most recently seen in the Lionsgate film "Maggie" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film follows a teenage girl (Breslin) from a small town in the Midwest, who becomes infected by a disease that slowly turns her into a zombie. The film premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was released on May 8, 2015.
In October of 2015, Harper Collins published Breslin's first book "This May Sound Crazy". The book is based on her popular Tumblr "Mixtapes & Winter Coats," in which she writes honest, funny and emotional observations on her daily life as a young adult.
Breslin was seen in The Weinstein Company film "August: Osage County" opposite Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney and Juliette Lewis. She starred in the coveted role of 'Jean Fordham' the daughter of Julia Roberts' and Ewan McGregor's characters. Most widely recognized for her role in the critically-acclaimed "Little Miss Sunshine," the irreverent, antic comedy which created a sensation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Breslin played the role of 'Olive,' an ambitious young girl who is obsessed with winning a beauty pageant. For her performance, she received a Best Actress Award from the Tokyo International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award, SAG and BAFTA Best Supporting Actress awards. In addition, she was honored as ShoWest's "Female Star of Tomorrow" in 2008, and made her Broadway debut in 2010 in "The Miracle Worker."
Other film credits include "Enders Game," "Haunter," "The Call," "Rango," "Janie Jones," "Zombieland," "My Sister's Keeper," "New Year's Eve," "Raising Helen, "The Ultimate Gift," "Santa Claus 3," "No Reservations," "Definitely Maybe," "Nim's Island," "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and M. Night Shyamalan's 2012 film "Signs" opposite Mel Gibson.
Liza Weil's childhood was spent traveling around the world with her parents, who were members of The Mad House of London, a prestigious comedy troupe known throughout Europe. At the age of 7, Liza's family settled in a small town in Pennsylvania, and soon after, she began performing in local theater. Without any formal training, her parents helped guide her career, permitting Liza to travel several times a month to audition for roles in Manhattan. After a series of standout theatrical performances in such plays as "Our Town" and "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds," casting directors began to take notice of Liza. She has also appeared Off-Broadway in the Playwright's Horizon production of "Life By Asphyxiation" and has performed onstage in several regional productions, including "The Miracle Worker" and "Fifteen Minute Hamlet," among others. She made her feature film debut in Whatever which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.
Andrea Roth, a first generation Scottish-Dutch Canadian, was born in Woodstock, Ontario. Her first theatrical appearance was in The Miracle Worker when she was eleven. She received her big show business break when she starred in the mini-series A Woman of Independent Means, playing Sally Field's character's daughter Eleanor. In this period piece, she aged from 16 to 60. Other cast members included Charles Durning and Tony Goldwyn.
Andrea began her career in television with HBO's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She has been a guest star on over 15 television shows, including Highlander, Dead at 21 and Parker Lewis Can't Lose. She also starred in A Change of Place and In Spite of Love, two very well-received mini-series.
Since the start of his music career, Dwight Yoakam has proven he's more than just another guy with a guitar and a hat. He has risen from hot country star to being one of country music's biggest influences. While doing that, he has also become a critically acclaimed actor. Dwight Yoakam was born in the coal mining community of Pikeville, Kentucky, October 23, 1956. Soon after his birth, his family moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he was raised. As part of the Drama Club in his days at Northland High School in Columbus, he acted in school plays. He played Helen Keller's brother in his sophomore year in the school's production of "The Miracle Worker." He followed that his Junior year playing the lead as Charlie in "Flowers for Algernon." He capped off his high school acting career as Richard Bravo in The "Demon Seed." In 1977, Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. At the time, Nashville was moving away from the traditional country sound that he was playing. After a brief time there, he moved to California, which was more receptive to the music he was doing. He hooked up with producer/guitar virtuoso Pete Anderson in 1982. That began a musical relationship that became country music's equivalent to rock's Glimmer Twins (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards). Financial backing to make a high-quality recording came from Dwight's sister and brother-in-law, an insurance check that was meant to fix Dwight's El Camino and money raised from a benefit classical music concert staged by UCLA music professor Dr. Robert Winter. With the EP (extended play) that captured the "Dwight Yoakam sound." In 1984, Dwight released the six-song EP "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc." on the independent Oak label, and then hit the road with such artists as Los Lobos and Violent Femmes. Playing traditional country music, Dwight gained a following among not only country fans but punk rockers and rockabilly fans as well. This eclectic fan base brought him to the attention of many record labels. Warner Brothers signed him to its newly revived Reprise Record label in 1985. The EP's title and tracks were kept intact and more songs added to make a full album. At the time, country music was in the waning days of its Urban Cowboy phase, and fans of country were hungry for something "new." This new sound was a return to a more traditional style that had been abandoned when John Travolta put on a cowboy hat. After establishing himself in the music industry, Dwight set his sights on his second love, acting. In 1991 he appeared as a stuntman/country singer in an episode of P.S.I. Luv U. This became the beginning of his professional acting career. In 1992, he appeared on the big screen for the first time in the Nicolas Cage/Dennis Hopper film Red Rock West. In 1993, Dwight released what is considered his masterpiece, the album "This Time." He supported the album with a tour that lasted over a year and covered the world. In 1994, he received his first Grammy for the album's single, "Ain't That Lonely Yet." In 1996, he co-starred in Billy Bob Thornton's film Sling Blade. His work as the evil Doyle Hargraves left audiences speechless and critics hailing his performance. Dwight was included with the cast who were among the nominees for "Best Cast" by the Screen Actors Guild awards. As the 1990s drew to a close, Dwight proved that his music didn't have to suffer as he pursued more ventures into movies. While filming The Newton Boys, he wrote what many consider his most personal album, "A Long Way Home." All the tracks were written solely by Dwight. He began 1999 with a Grammy win for his contribution to the track "Same Old Train" from the various artists' album "Tribute to Tradition." He then added two new items to his resume: director and screenwriter. In South of Heaven, West of Hell, he not only starred, he made his directorial debut with a screenplay he authored. Dwight Yoakam continues to prove that he is able to successfully have careers in both film and music, without either profession suffering.
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers, John and Ethel Ross. Soon after, Anna Marie became Patty, the actress. Patty started off in commercials, a few movies and some bit parts. Her first big, memorable role came when she was chosen to portray the blind and deaf Helen Keller in the Broadway version of "The Miracle Worker". The play lasted almost two years, from October 19, 1959-July 1, 1961 (Patty left in May, 1961). In 1962, The Miracle Worker became a movie and Patty won an Academy Award for best supporting actress. She was 16 years old, making her the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She then starred in her own sitcom titled The Patty Duke Show. It lasted for three seasons, and Patty was nominated for an Emmy. In 1965, she starred in the movie Billie. It was a success and was the first movie ever sold to a television network. That same year, she married director Harry Falk. Their marriage lasted four years. She then starred in Valley of the Dolls, which was a financial but not a critical success. In 1969, she secured a part in an independent film called Me, Natalie. The film was a box-office flop, but she won her second Golden Globe Award for her performance in it. In the early 1970s, she became a mother to actors Sean Astin (with writer Michael Tell) and Mackenzie Astin (with actor John Astin). In 1976, she won her second Emmy award for the highly successful mini-series, Captains and the Kings. Other successful TV films followed. She received two Emmy nominations in 1978 for A Family Upside Down and Having Babies III. She then won her third Emmy in the 1979 TV movie version of The Miracle Worker, this time portraying "Annie Sullivan". In 1982, she was diagnosed with manic-depressive illness. In 1984, she became President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). In 1986, she married Michael Pierce, a drill sergeant whom she met while preparing for a role in the TV movie, A Time to Triumph. In 1987, she wrote her autobiography, "Call Me Anna". In 1989, she and Mike adopted a baby, whom they named "Kevin". Her autobiography became a TV movie in 1990, with Patty playing herself, from her 30s onward. In 1992, she wrote her second book, "A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depression Illness".
Anna Marie Duke had a long and successful career, winning three Emmys. She was a mother and a political advocate for issues such as the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment), AIDS and nuclear disarmament, all despite having Manic-Depression. She died on March 29, 2016, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, of sepsis from a ruptured intestine. Patty had proved her strength as an actress and as a person.
Award-winning Greek-American actor Michael Constantine (born 22 May 1927) is best known for his portrayal of the Windex bottle-toting family patriarch "Gus Portokalos" in the sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Before his appearance in that movie and the subsequent TV series based on it, he was primarily known for his portrayal of principal "Seymour Kaufman" in the series Room 222, for which he won a 1970 Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actor (in 1971, he also received a second Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe nomination as Best Supporting Actor for the role).
Michael Constantine was born Constantine Joanides in Reading, Pennsylvania, to Greek parents, Andromache (Fotiadou) and Theoharis Ioannides, a steel worker. He made his Broadway debut as part of the ensemble of the hit play "Inherit the Wind", which made its bow at the National Theatre on April 21, 1955, and closed on June 22, 1957, after 806 performances. During the run of the play, Constantine managed to work his way up into the part of "Conklin". His next appearance on the Great White Way was in "Compulsion", a dramatization of the Leopold & Loeb trial, in which he played three parts: speakeasy owner "Al", defense attorney "Jonathan Wilk" and "Dr. Ball". The show had a modest run of 140 performances in the 1957-58 season at the Ambassador Theatre.
On October 19, 1959, Constantine was part of the opening-night cast of the hit play "The Miracle Worker", appearing in the role of "Anagnos". It ran for 719 performances at the Playhouse through July 1, 1961, but his next play, "The Egg", was a flop, lasting but one week (eight performances) at the Cort in January 1962. His last turn on Broadway was in Tony Richardson's staging of Bertolt Brecht's mediation on the rise of Adolf Hitler, "Arturo Ui" (a.k.a. "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"). Constantine played the character "Dogsborough" in support of the great Broadway star Christopher Plummer's "Arturo Ui". It, too, was a one-week flop, lasting but eight performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in November 1963. Constantine's Broadway career was at an end.
He had made his motion picture debut in The Last Mile in support of Mickey Rooney, but had already begun appearing in the medium in which he made his reputation, television, the year before. He appeared in teleplays on the omnibus television anthologies Armstrong Circle Theatre and Play of the Week and made numerous guest appearances on TV series, where his ethnic look made him valuable as heavies on such programs as The Untouchables. In film, he appeared in such productions as Robert Rossen's classic The Hustler, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium and the film version of Woody Allen's play, Don't Drink the Water, the latter two films revealing his flair for comedy.
Constantine was a regular on the series Hey, Landlord. His stint on Room 222 was followed by his star-turn in the short-lived series Sirota's Court, for which he received his second Golden Globe nomination, this time as Best Leading Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series, in 1976. After that, he remained steadily employed but his career remained rather quiet until cast he was cast in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Clare earned her BFA in just three years.
While in New York, Clare appeared in numerous stage plays including one turn as Helen Keller in the stage version of "The Miracle Worker", the lead role in "Light Up the Sky" at the acclaimed Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, "Beyond Therapy" at the John Houseman Theater, and "Beginnings" at Circle in the Square. She began appearing in small and bit parts in films like In & Out and Vig.
Immediately following, Clare was cast in a recurring role as "Glory", the vain hell-goddess on the television hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer which gained Clare additional acclaim as one of Buffy's most popular adversaries.
Clare has worked in both major studio and independent films, the most notable being Roger Avary's feature adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction, as well as the villainous lesbian seductress "Lucy In the Sky" in the film D.E.B.S.. She was also cast in lead roles in The Skulls III, the independent film Mummy an' the Armadillo, and an amusing small part in L.A. D.J. that she shot with good friend, Thomas Ian Nicholas.
She also appeared on television in a few guest appearances on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Random Years, and Tru Calling. She continues to work for both stage and movie roles, most recently with the horror flick The Gravedancers.
Clare is also active in various charities dating back to 1992 when she helped the Ohio's Recreation Unlimited and in 1993 when she served as a summer camp counselor at a YMCA camp for children with physical disabilities. During summer months from 1992 to 1997, she taught young adults with development disabilities at the Young Adult Institute in New York. She worked during the summer of 2000 at LA's Camp Laurel and participated in a 2002 bicycle race to raise money for Children International. Also in 2002, Clare rode her bicycle in the annual AIDS Ride, whereas participants ride over a seven day period that takes them from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In 2006, while on a trip to Australia and New Zealand with her husband, film producer Brian R. Keathley, Clare delivered school supplies to the small village of Tufi, Papua New Guinea.
Inspired by her trip to Papua New Guinea, Clare is in the process of launching her own charity (2012), named Giver (named after her two girls Gavin + River). Giver will focus specifically on kids living in impoverished nations. Clare is currently the official spokesperson for Kids 4 Kids, an organization that provides financial aid and toys for kids surviving with cancer.
Clare resides in Sherman Oaks with her husband and four children and has recently begun a career in directing.
A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show, or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin, Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway singing ingénue to respected film and television character actress within a decade's time. Her Hollywood career was hustling and bustling at the time of her near-fatal car accident in 1982. With courage and spirit, she recovered from her extensive facial and leg injuries, and returned to performing... slower but wiser. On top of all this, the indomitable Eileen survived a bout of alcoholism and became recognized as a breast cancer survivor, having had a mastectomy in 1990. On camera, she still tosses out those trademark barbs to the delight of all her fans, as demonstrated by her more-recent recurring roles as the prying Mrs. Bink on 7th Heaven and as Zandra, the disparaging acting coach, on Will & Grace.
She was born with the highly unlikely marquee name of Verla Eileen Regina Brennan in Los Angeles, California, the child of Irish-Catholic parents Regina ("Jeanne") Manahan (or Menehan), a minor silent film player, and John Gerald Brennan, a doctor. Following grade school education, she attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and appeared in plays with the Mask and Bauble Society during that time. She then went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her lovely soprano coupled with a flair for comedy was the winning combination that earned her the break of her budding career as the not-so-dainty title role in the off-Broadway, tongue-in-cheek operetta "Little Mary Sunshine". For this 1959 endeavor, Eileen not only won an Obie Award, but was among an esteemed group of eight other thespians who won the Theatre World Award that year for "Promising New Personality", including Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Carol Burnett and a very young Patty Duke.
Unwilling to be pigeonholed as a singing comedienne, Eileen took on one of the most arduous and demanding legit roles a young actress could ask for when she portrayed Annie Sullivan role in a major touring production of "The Miracle Worker" in 1961. After proving her dramatic mettle, she returned willingly to the musical theatre fold and made a very beguiling Anna in a production of "The King and I" (1963). She took her first Broadway bow in another comic operetta, "The Student Gypsy" (1963). In the musical, which was an unofficial sequel to her "Mary Sunshine" hit, she played a similarly-styled Merry May Glockenspiel, but the show lasted only a couple of weeks. Infinitely more successful was her deft playing of Irene Malloy alongside Carol Channing's Dolly Levi Gallagher in the original Broadway production of "Hello, Dolly!" (1964). Eileen stayed with the role for about two years.
By this time, Hollywood beckoned and Eileen never looked back... or returned to sing on Broadway. After a support role in the film comedy Divorce American Style starring Debbie Reynolds and Dick Van Dyke, Eileen's talents were selected to be showcased on the irreverent variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. But what seemed to be an ideal forum to show off her abilities didn't. Overshadowed by the wackier talents of Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi and Jo Anne Worley, who became television comedy stars from this, Eileen seemed out of sync with the knockabout slapstick element. She left the cast before the show barely got off the ground. "Laugh-In" (1968-1973) went on to become a huge cult hit.
In retrospect, this disappointment proved to be a boon to Eileen's dramatic film career. Set in a dusty, barren town, she played up her hard looks and earned terrific reviews for her downbeat role of Genevieve, the careworn waitress, in Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show. As part of a superb ensemble cast, her hard-knocks vulnerability and earthy sensuality added authenticity to the dreary Texas surroundings. Following this, she scored great marks for her brothel madam/confidante in George Roy Hill's ragtime-era Oscar winner The Sting. Bogdanovich himself became a fan and used Eileen again and again in his subsequent films -- the ambitious but lackluster Daisy Miller and At Long Last Love. At least, the latter movie allowed her to show off her singing voice. Her comedic instincts were on full display too in the all-star mystery spoofs Murder by Death and The Cheap Detective where she fared quite well playing take-it-on-the-chin dames.
Eileen hit the apex of her comic fame playing the spiky and spiteful drill captain who mercilessly taunts and torments tenderfoot Goldie Hawn in the huge box-office hit Private Benjamin. She deservedly earned a "best supporting actress" Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing contribution and was given the chance to reprise the role on the television series that followed. Starring Lorna Patterson in the Hawn role, Private Benjamin was less successful in its adaptation to the smaller screen but Eileen was better than great and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards in the process.
During the show's run in 1982, Brennan had dinner one evening with good friend Goldie Hawn at a Los Angeles restaurant. They had already parted ways when Brennan was hit and critically injured by a car while crossing a street. Replaced in the television series (by "Alice" co-star Polly Holliday), her recovery and rehabilitation lasted three years, which included an addiction to painkillers. She returned to the screen in another amusing all-star comedy whodunit, Clue, in which she played one of the popular game board suspects, Mrs. Peacock. While looking weaker and less mobile, she showed she had lost none of the disarming causticity that made her a character star.
Forging ahead, Eileen went on to recreate her tough luck waitress character in Texasville, the sequel to The Last Picture Show, and also appeared with Bette Midler in the overly mawkish Stella. However, for the most part, she lent herself to playing eccentric crab apples in such lightweight fare as Rented Lips, Sticky Fingers, Changing Habits, Pants on Fire, Jeepers Creepers, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous and Naked Run. She has also provided crotchety animated voices for series cartoons.
Eileen Brennan died at age 80 on July 28, 2013 at her Burbank, California home after a battle with bladder cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Patrick (formerly a basketball player, now an actor) and Sam (a singer), from her first and only marriage in the late 1960s to mid-1970s.
Linda Purl was born in Connecticut and raised in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to train at the Toho Geino Academy. At the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, she played the role of "Louis" in "The King and I" (in Japanese), "Bet" in "Oliver" and the role of "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker".
She then went to England to study under Marguerite Beale, before returning to the United States to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute and, later, with Robert Lewis. Her stage credits include: The Broadway musical, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; "Getting and Spending", which ran on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
Israel was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1994 and has lived in the rural Mississippi community of Saucier all his life.
Israel took up acting on an unplanned audition for a Biloxi Little Theater production of Miracle Worker in 2006, playing the role of Percy. He was "discovered" by Hollywood scouts at a ProScout event in January, 2008, and signed with Abrams Artists Agency.
Israel has three sisters, three brothers, and a miniature schnauzer named Dell.
Gifted stage, film and TV actress J. Smith-Cameron was born Jeanie Smith in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, the daughter of an architect. Known simply as J. Smith by us students of the Florida State University School of Theatre program in the mid-1970s, I was privileged to work with and witness firsthand the extent of J.'s talent early in the game. A slender figure with tight, curly hair and intent, hooded eyes, she showed amazing talent and potential back then. Despite her age, she made a dazzling young "Anne Frank" in "The Diary of Anne Frank" and an equally touching and memorable "Helen Keller" in "The Miracle Worker". She was a wonderfully bizarre "Honey" in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and showed off her skill and versatility in an all-female version of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". J.'s older sister, JoAnn, also attended FSU at the time and performed with me in a production of the classic Iranian allegory, "The Butterfly" (Shaparak Khanoom), by Bijan Mofid, directed by his actor/brother Ardavan Mofid. JoAnn later became a teacher.
J. made her film debut while at FSU, starring in the acclaimed low-budget production of Gal Young Un, directed by Victor Nunez, who later helmed Ulee's Gold. The film, which was shot in Florida, starred and featured several fellow FSU alumni including David Peck, Marc H. Glick, Tim McCormack, Gil Lazier (FSU acting teacher), and Randy Ser (who later won an Emmy as production designer for the Whitney Houston version of Cinderella). The film would not be released until a few years later in 1979, years after they all graduated. Following college, J. Smith added the hyphenated "Cameron" name to her moniker as both a tribute to her great-grandmother and in order to avoid confusion once she joined Actor's Equity. Her peers in college all knew it wouldn't take long for J. to establish herself. A remarkably unique and impressionable lady both on and off stage, J. has the requisite flair for playing neurotic, off-the-wall characters, both comic and tragic. Abnormality has been a specialty on her menu and most often the delightful main course. By 1982, J. was showcasing on Broadway as the crazy, suicidal "Babe" in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart". She never had to look back. In the course of her veteran on- and off-Broadway career, J. has received a Tony nomination for "Our Country's Good" (1991), an Outer Critics Circle award for "Lend Me a Tenor" (1989) and an Obie award for her flashy, no-holds-barred portrayal in "As Bees in Honey Drown" (1997). Other successes have included "Wild Honey", "Tartuffe", "The Memory of Water" and "Night Must Fall" with Matthew Broderick.
Her TV and film work has become stronger and more frequent with each decade. She has shown that, even in the smallest role, she can draw attention to herself, as witnessed by her hysterically funny bit as a sexual compulsive in the gay film Jeffrey. She has played various mom parts, some more stable than others, in such films as Harriet the Spy, and The Rage: Carrie 2. J. met and, later married, playwright/film writer Kenneth Lonergan. They are the parents of daughter, Nellie. She was featured as "Mabel", the secretary, in Lonergan's Oscar-nominated breakthrough play-turned-film You Can Count on Me, which made film stars out of Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo. One of her latest roles of interest was as a shifter/lowlife mother in the cult TV favorite True Blood. The diverse range of her talent is what still separates J. from the much of the pack, and should certainly serve her well for years to come.
British actress Jenny Seagrove distinguished herself as a sensitive heroine during the 1980s in plush TV romances such as The Woman in White, Diana and, in particular, the adaptations of Barbara Taylor Bradford's A Woman of Substance wherein she played Emma Harte, and Hold the Dream as Paula Fairley. Jenny enjoyed a privileged childhood though it was marked with sadness. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, her father ran an import-export firm and her mother was a British aristocrat who suffered a debilitating stroke when Jenny was less than a year old. At age 9, Jenny attended a girls' boarding school in England and appeared in school plays. Initially interested in a culinary career, she opted for acting instead and trained at the Bristol Old Vic. After leaving school, Seagrove met Indian-born Madhav Sharma, a little-known actor-director, but the marriage was not a happy one (1984-1988). She also had a long term relationship with director Michael Winner of "Death Wish" fame, whom she met on the set of the Agatha Christie mystery Appointment with Death. She now lives with theatre impresario Bill Kenwright and has appeared in many of his productions including "The Miracle Worker," "Jane Eyre," "Present Laughter" and, more recently, "The Constant Wife" and "The Secret Rapture." To date, her film career has not been as favorably compared to her stage and TV work. She did enjoy a small role playing an offbeat Scottish lass in Local Hero, and in the United States she was seen in an unsympathetic light as the evil nanny in The Guardian, directed by William Friedkin.
Vincent Gale received his stage training at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland, and his credits include Beggars in the House of Plenty, in which he appeared with Babz Chula, Criminals in Love, The Miracle Worker, and The Relapse.
He won a Best Dramatic Actor Award from The Alberta Motion Picture Industry for his role of "Jimmy" in Bordertown Café.
Adriana DeMeo was born in Brooklyn, New York by Italian immigrant parents. Her father, Luca, came over from a small country town in Italy in search of a better life with his parents and 7 of his brothers and sisters. Once Luca got started working a job mixing cement, he flew back to marry Adriana's mother, Antonietta. She was 17 years old. Adriana's first language was Italian until her mother started taking night classes to learn English after the family transferred to New Jersey. She and her family continually visit their close knit relatives in Italy to this day. Adriana grew up taking dance classes but when she entered Howell High School, a performing arts high school offering video, dance, and theatre, she bit the bullet and decided to audition for both dance and acting. She was accepted into both and was pushed by her mother and sister to take the dance program but her instinct told her to try out acting. During her time in this program, she played several leads including Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker as well as Puck in rock & roll version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was also 1 of 10 students in the state of NJ to be accepted into the acting intensive summer program called The Governor's School of The Arts. Adriana went on to study at Mason Gross School of the Arts @ Rutgers University with a demanding semester abroad at Shakespeare's Globe in London headed by Mark Rylance. Adriana booked her first role on Law & Order: Criminal Intent before she graduated college in 2003. Since then she has worked on various commercials, film, television, and theater including Terry Johnson's American premiere of "The Hitchcock Blonde", "Without A Trace", "30 Rock", 2015's Tribeca Film fest spotlight "The Wannabe" among others.
Jessica Kent was born in Seminole, Florida and was raised in Massachusetts. Her mother, Jane (Gagnon) is a school teacher, and her father, Jeff Kent (J Parker Kent) works for the Veteran's Administration and is also an actor. She is the youngest three, with two older brothers. She is of French, English, Scottish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Scandinavian, and Irish descent.
Jessica has performed in many theatrical productions since the age of 6. She has performed for the Company Theatre in Norwell, Massachusetts and the Alley Theatre in Middleboro, Massachusetts. There her last two productions were William Gibson's The Miracle Worker, Anne Sullivan, and Mountain Company Theatre's adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street, Grace Walker.
Jessica is busy working as an extra on several movies and local productions as she completes her studies in Theatrical Acting in New York City.
Associated with gritty, flashy film villainy, veteran character actor Torin Thatcher was born in Bombay, India to British parents on January 15, 1905, and was educated in England at the Bedford School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A former schoolteacher, he appeared on the London stage in 1927 before entering British films in 1934. During World War II he served with the Royal Artillery and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was an extremely imposing, powerfully built specimen and it offered him a number of tough, commanding, often sinister roles over the years primarily in larger-than-life action sequences. He made a number of classic British films in the late 1930s and 1940s including Sabotage, Major Barbara, The Captive Heart, Great Expectations, in which he played Bentley ("The Spider") Drummle, and The Fallen Idol. In Hollywood from the 1950s on, his looming figure and baleful countenance were constantly in demand, gnashing his teeth in a slew of popular costumers such as The Crimson Pirate, Blackbeard, the Pirate as reformed pirate Sir Henry Morgan, The Robe, Helen of Troy as Ulysses, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad as the evil, shaven-domed magician Sokurah who shrinks the princess to miniature size, Witness for the Prosecution as the prosecuting attorney, The Miracle as the Duke of Wellington, the Marlon Brando/'Trevor Howard' remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, and Hawaii. Thatcher returned to the stage quite frequently, notably on Broadway, in such esteemed productions as "Edward, My Son" (1948), "That Lady" (1949) and "Billy Budd" (1951). In 1959 he portrayed Captain Keller in the award-winning play "The Miracle Worker" with Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Also a steady fixture on TV, he appeared in such made-for-TV films as the Jack Palance version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and "Brenda Starr." Thatcher died of cancer on March 4, 1981, in the near-by Los Angeles area.
Born in Hollywood, Florida, Nathalie moved to New York to begin her professional career on Broadway in Les Miserables. She attended Professional Children's School and NYU. She went on to act in three Broadway productions most notably replacing Natalie Portman as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank after a nationwide search at the age of 13. She played Young Alma in Summer and Smoke opposite Jesse Eisenberg to critical acclaim and was awarded best dramatic actress in the New Jersey Star Ledger as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Her television roles include All My Children's Bianca Montgomery in the critically acclaimed anorexia storyline and the recurring role of Sunny in John Wells' Third Watch with Bobby Cannavale. Notable film credits include Larry Clark's Bully, with Michael Pitt, Nick Stahl, and Kelli Garner, Vadim Perelman's The Life Before Her Eyes with Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, and Bringing Rain with Adrian Grenier.
Nathalie originated the role of Monica in John Guare's Lake Hollywood at The Signature Theatre and Matryosha in Elizabeth Egloff's adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Devils at New York Theatre Workshop. She had the honor of playing Frankie Addams in The Member of the Wedding to opening night guest Julie Harris at The Ford's Theatre.
Known to top casting directors in NY and LA, Nathalie has also had the privilege of being cast in film readings with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, John Slattery, Hugh Grant, and Drew Barrymore. Her favorite experience thus far was when the late Mali Finn included her audition reel in the top 10 for James Cameron for the lead role in a project called Battle Angel which later became Avatar.
In addition to acting, Nathalie is a trained singer and has been coached by some of NYC's best vocal coaches including Liz Caplan and privately at The Metropolitan Opera. She was vocal soloist with the Boca Pops and sang at the MTV Music Awards with Michael Jackson. She has studied dance at The School of American Ballet and Broadway Dance.
Masuimi Max was born March 12, 1978, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Of Korean and German descent, she spent her early years living in Korea and the Philippines. Her father retired from the Air Force and moved to Las Vegas during her teenage years.
Masuimi is an international performer, top alternative/fetish model, actress and owner of I Am Sin cosmetics. She has modeled for hundreds of companies around the world--including such well-known brands as Harley-Davidson, Coffin Case, Pinup Girl Clothing, Murray & Vern latex and Bibian Blue--and is the spokesmodel for Pinup Girl Clothing. Sinical Magazine has said of her, "She has inspired a legion of alternative models to lace up a corset, pull on some stockings and slide into a pair of stilettos. Masuimi is a true 'master of disguise' and often makes her own costumes and backgrounds, and is an accomplished fire performer and burlesque dancer. She is a true original in a sea full of copycats, and one of the few models that has made a career out of doing what she loves".
Aside from modeling and performing, Masuimi operates an exclusive pay site for her fans, which offers a free guest area and a paid members-only area. There are over 50,000 images and videos, along with live video demos in which she connects with her fans by doing various tutorials that range from cooking to putting makeup on. She is webmaster and designer for five websites. Model Mayem magazine has said of her, "Her success in the industry paved the way for so many models that followed, but the story of her success is a classic tale of how hard work, talent and determination can overcome all challenges. Masuimi's list of credits is so vast, with nearly 100 magazine covers and many more features, music videos, TV shows and movies, that it's almost impossible to select a few highlights." She has been compared to iconic model Dita Von Teese by Sinical Magazine: "Dita Von Teese and Masuimi Max.. They've been modeling and performing full time since the 1990s. Their influence on current models is unquestioned and they've basically joined the ranks of Miss Page". Masuimi has been on the cover of Bizarre Magazine nine times, as well as Maxim, Import Tuner, Performance Sound and Auto, DDI Mag, and many others. She has been featured on Playboy.com and is the leading lady in Tiger Army's "Rose of a Devils Garden"
She has appeared in a number of films, including Unlucky Charms, Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong, Here Lies Lonely and The Devil's Muse, and was also in the mega-hit xXx: State of the Union. She also makes personal appearances at car shows. She has been a contestant in the reality television game show Fear Factor where she ate a potato bug. She also has a brief cameo at the end of the David Lynch film Inland Empire as a girl with the blonde wig who has a monkey. In 2011, she made a cameo appearance in the SuperHeavy video for "Miracle Worker."
Jacqueline Murphy is an actress,writer,director and producer. This winter she just wrapped & made her directorial debut in "The Admired". A film she also produced,wrote and starred in as the character Olivia Spencer. Jacqueline was born in New York, grew up on Long Island and is the oldest of six children. Her mom was an artist and could play any song on the piano and accordion just by hearing it. Jacqueline also plays piano and paints. In Warner Brothers film "Run All Night" & had scenes with the films stars: Liam Neeson & Ed Harris. In the past year, she was in "You Have a Nice Flight" where she had the role of "Blondie" a model who sells jewelry on QVC and she was in the feature film "Fake" where she plays Jackie: a Southern Belle Socialite/Ex Beauty Queen. Other film appearances include- "Cop Out" as Reporter Susi Stevens & the remake of "Arthur" as Dr. Julia Fields, Golden Key with the lead role of Vera & Southern Dyscomfort as a Southern Socialite. She has her Registered Nurse license and after completing acting school at AADA & Stella Adler she was discovered by ABC-"All My Children" and had a recurring role as Nurse Thomas. She continued on to play many nurses & doctors in television & film. She also medically consulted on set. While living in NYC she worked with director Martin Scorcese on "Goodfellas", Woody Allen in "Radio Days" & "Hannah and Her Sister's", Mike Nichols in "Regarding Henry", Ron Howard in "The Paper", Nora Ephron in "Mixed Nuts" & Barbet Schroeder in "Kiss of Death" & Leonard Nimoy "3 Men & A Baby". She lives in NY & LA . Other films just completed: Golden Key with the lead role of Vera & Southern Dyscomfort as a Southern Socialite. She's guest starred on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" as Emily Trudeau and in yet another "Law and Order" as Nurse Lloyd. She started out in TV, playing Recurring Roles on "The Guiding Light" as Darlene and on "All My Children" as Nurse Thomas. Last year she completed 2 new TV pilots "N.Y.J.D" as a tough lawyer Meryl and "Upper East Side" as Socialite-Christina Larraby. One of the funnier parts she's played: the Cheerleader Coach in a National Geico spot airing with the Caveman & NFL Star Brian Orapko. She became a member of the Television Academy in 2012 and has interviewed on the Red Carpet during Oscar Season. Theatre credits include: The role of Kate Keller(Helen's mom) in "The Miracle Worker" at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor directed by Murphy Davis. The lead roles of Lynn Roberts in "Take it To the Bank" and Fremda the James Bond Girl at the Neighborhood Playhouse. She originated the role of Linda in "Merry Christmas Baby" at Playwrights Horizon and performed in Guild Hall Theatre East Hamptons-75th Anniversary as Edith in "The Women". She enjoys painting and studied Art and Art History at Hunter College. She taught Yoga for a time and enjoys working out, walking by the ocean, playing piano and singing. She has a passion for traveling and has been to India, Egypt , Jordan, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Morocco, Japan, Thailand and throughout Europe. While on vacation she enjoys making short films and travelogues of her trips. Jacqueline serves on the committee for "The Fred Astaire Awards" given each year to performers, directors and choreographers for excellence in dance/choreography on Broadway. She has also served as the talk show host of the evening -interviewing award winners such as Tommy Tune and Harold Prince. She's also been on the dinner committee and the web host of various charity events such as "The Women's Project Gala" where Eve Ensler, Vivian Tam and Kathy Hilton were honored . As well as the "Asia Society's -50th Anniversary Celebration"-where Ang Lee, Mia Lynn and Vivian Tam were honored. Jacqueline has a BSN and RN degree. She's worked with disabled children and is on the committee for "The Pony Awards" which helps children at Marymount Center. She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television & the Creative Coalition since 2013.
Stefano DiMatteo originally from Toronto Ontario began his career in his hometown, but found him self looking for a change of environment, which brought him to Vancouver, where he could study his craft at the Lyric School for acting, while at the same time pursuing his acting career full time. While in Vancouver Stefano appeared in a supporting role on Cold Squad as Manuel Diaz, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend. He also quickly found himself in the pilot for the hit T.V series Stargate Atlantis, as Toran, opposite (Rachel Luttrel), and again in The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Hilary Duff), and The Chronicles Riddick (Vin Diesel).
DiMatteo returned to Toronto to give his hometown a run for its money and found that he was greeted with open arms. Since returning to Toronto, he has appeared in supporting roles on T.V. shows such as Kevin Hill (FOX T.V), Queer as Folk (Showtime), Beautiful People (ABC Family) and again as miracle worker in the made for T.V. movie Absolution, opposite Samantha Mathis (Pump up the Volume). Last year Stefano could be seen in the critically acclaimed and award winning T.V. mini-series, Across the River to Motor City, as Salvador Cruz, the Cuban diplomat, in search of the truth.
Stefano DiMatteo recently completed a co-starring role in the upcoming horror film, Survival of the Dead, the latest installment in George A. Romero's, (Night of the Living Dead) of the Dead series, in which he stars as National Guardsman running around Plum Island, off the Atlantic Coast trying to keep the Dead, dead, opposite Alan Van Sprang (The Tudors), Devon Bostick (Adoration), and Kenneth Welsh (Adoration). Recently the film had its world premiere at the 66th Venice Film Festival, where DiMatteo can be seen standing beside George A. Romero on the Red Carpet promoting the film to rabid fans.
Upon finishing shooting of Survival of the Dead, the up-and coming actor went directly back to work in a supporting role, opposite Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) on the highly anticipated sequel to Troy Duffy's original cult favorite Boondocks Saints. Boondocks Saints: All Saints Day, is set for theatrical release in November 2009, where Judd Nelson playing Concezio Yakavetta, the new Don of Don's and DiMatteo playing his Capo, plot and scheme on how best to deal with the resurgence of the Saints. There will be guns, big guns!
Stefano has also shared the screen with Matt Lanter (Beverly Hills 90210), in a co-starring role in the third installment of the Cutting Edge Trilogy, Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream. DiMatteo plays, Lanter's, ambitious coach who covets the Olympic gold medal almost more than the two he is training to win it. The Cutting Edge, was initially made famous, by D.B.Sweeny (Eight Men Out), and Moira Kelly (Chaplin), in 1992, and it would appear as though its lasting effect has found a home among a new generation of fans with the resurgence of the Cutting Edge Films. Look for in now in video stores.
Stefano is working on Crash & Burn, a new T.V. series created by Whizbang Productions (Paul Gross), slated to air on Showcase in January 2010, where he has a recurring role as the character Arlindo.
In 2008 Stefano DiMatteo's directorial debut, Communication Breakdown, a romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of dating in the 21st century, had its world premiere at the Canadian Film Festival, followed by a screening at the prestigious Maui Film Festival and eventually winning him a Best Short Film award at the MIFF Festival.
Born & raised in Perth, Western Australia, Chanel Marriott commenced acting at the age of seven, moving to professional acting at 13, in Lockie Leonard, an Australian children's television series adapted from the Lockie Leonard books by novelist Tim Winton. The series was filmed in Albany,Western Australia & screened on the Nine Network on 19 June 2007. A second series was filmed in 2009 & screened in 2010 in Australia, the UK and Ireland. Lockie Leonard was one of the most successful Australian children's television productions with two awards wins (AFI - Australian Film Institute for Best Children's Television Drama & Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program) & nine nominations.
Chanel attended Penrhos College (2008-2010) participating in the school annual Dramafest & winning Best Play every year (The Rabbit, Our Day Out, The Devil You Know). Chanel earned four distinctions in consecutive years from 2007 through 2009 at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations. Chanel was awarded two trophies (under 13 & under 15) AMEB Perth Speech & Drama Festival in 2008 & 2010.
Chanel starred in various film productions; Shanghai-La, Demons, The Man Who Loved Bears, Swim, Frog Boy, Duty Of Care (nominated West Australian Screen Awards & The Bare Bones International Film Festival, Oklahoma) & support roles in the multiple award winning feature Needle (four wins including a trophy at The International Screamfest,Los Angeles), Ravin's Cabin, 3am, Born Again Heathen (Gold Remi Winner, 42nd Annual World Fest-Houston International Film & Video Festival Award Competitions), Love That Zombie. The Department Of Nothing (Winner People's Choice Award & West Australian Screen Award). Chanel's other starring roles include the pilot productions, Feed & Among The Bumblebees.
Theatre productions include Clark in Sarajevo by Catherine Zimdahl, directed by Jenny Davis, a well known Perth director, actor & teacher. The cast was a group of 16 highly talented local young performers between the ages of 16 & 26 who won the privilege of being in this show in the highly competitive open auditions where more than 50 young actors vied for a part to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the West Australian Youth Theatre Company.
Chanel was nominated for The Paul Treasure Acting Award by a Junior when she was only 13 in the production of Peter Pan (Marloo Theatre). Other theatre productions include The Miracle Worker (runner-up for The Robert Finley Award for Best Play), Angel's Children, Hush Little Celia (Dramafest Award winner), Lords & Ladies (The Robert Finlay Award for Best Ensemble).
In 2011, Chanel moved to Los Angeles immediately booking lead roles in productions; Penny Arcade, Only in Hollywood, After The Detention, Siblings, Jessica, Invisible Love, Black Sugar (world-premiere at Screamfest, Los Angeles & WINNER Best Short at New York City Horror Film Festival, New York), In Your Father's Shadow, Hold My Hand, Life & Death, Sunland, Doing Well, These Four Walls, The Last Request Of Sheriff Johnson.
Chanel guest starred in CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 Season 5 Episode 5 as Young Ellie Clayton playing opposite actor William Sadler which aired in the US on October 24th, 2014. Chanel booked the lead role of Lynx in the action/sci-fiction pilot series Subject 5 with fight choreography by the 87 Eleven stunt team (Bourne, Mr & Mrs Smith, Hunger Games). Chanel will portray Alison in the feature Alison's Choice filming set to commence January 2015.
In 2012, a highlight in Chanel's career was being one of the final two actors under consideration for 5 weeks for the lead role of Melissa in New Line Cinema's feature We're the Millers. She was invited to the table read w/ cast including Jennifer Aniston, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, Nick Offerman, Will Poulter, Director - Rawson Thurber, Executive Producers, Casting Directors, Writers & Producers. The role of Melissa eventually went to the other actor in the mix, Molly Quinn from the hugely popular television show Castle. The remaining lead roles in We're the Millers were also filled by name actors including Emma Roberts and Kathryn Hahn. Executives electing an ALL star ensemble for the feature film.
In May 2014 Chanel WON Best Performance Lead Actress at The 35th Annual Young Artist Awards, Hollywood for her portrayal of Penny in the film, Penny Arcade. Chanel has been nominated twice in consecutive years for The Gala Youth Event. In 2013, Chanel for Best Actress at The 34th Annual Young Artist Awards, Hollywood for her performance in the Screen Australia production, Bombay Beach - a finalist in The Open Road Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.
Other supporting roles include Days Of Our Lives, feature films Lady Bug starring Christopher Showerman (George Of The Jungle 2), Road To The Open starring Golden Globes nominated and MTV- Silver Bucket of Excellence Award winning actor Judd Nelson (Billionaire Boys Club, The Breakfast Club) and the Academy Award nominated & multi-award (including a Lifetime Achievement Award) winning actor Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, Silver Case, Less Than Perfect), The Secret Lives of Dorks starring Teen Choice Award winner, Beau Mirchoff (Choice TV Breakout Performance for Awkward) & Oscar Award nominated & six time award winning actress, Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway, Bride Of Chucky, Seed Of Chucky, Liar Liar), The Yellow Wallpaper, Undina, Synchronicity.
Marriott has appeared on stage in Los Angeles, 2012 when she starred in Ornament Exchange, written by Jan Michael Alejandro & directed by Alison Eliel Kalmus, founder of AKT (Alison Kalmus Theater) & Southern California Lyric Theater. Chanel starred in new media pilot productions Don't Look, Stage To Screen: Classics On Camera, Only In My Family & been featured in several episodes of Teens Wanna Know.
Born in 1929 in Washington, Tresa Hughes was raised in Baltimore. She attended Maryland Art Institute and Johns Hopkins and George Washington Universities and graduated from Wayne State University. She was in the acting company at Pennsylvania's Hedgerow Theatre, led by Jasper Deeter; and a member of Playwrights Theater Company in Chicago, with Mike Nichols and Elaine May. She was an emphatic advocate for New York, where she lived for 55 years. She was an accomplished actress who was cast in more than 20 Broadway plays and was nominated for a Tony Award.
On and Off Broadway, Ms. Hughes originated roles in more than 50 plays, including Hogan's Goat, by William Alfred; The Last Analysis, by Saul Bellow, with Sam Levene; The Prisoner of Second Avenue, by Neil Simon, directed by Mike Nichols, with Peter Falk; and The Man in the Glass Booth with Donald Pleasance, written by Robert Shaw and directed by Harold Pinter.
Hughes was nominated for a Tony Award for best supporting actress in 1961 for her performance in The Devil's Advocate, directed by Dory Schary, with Sam Levene, Leo Genn and Edward Mulhare.
Hughes stood by for Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker and Golda, both written by William Gibson and directed by Arthur Penn. She played many performances with Patty Duke.
She originated roles in workshops of new plays for five summers at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, directed by Lloyd Richards, with playwrights including John Guare, Wole Soyinka and Lanford Wilson.
As a young woman, Hughes often convincingly portrayed much older characters. For instance, in 1957 she played Beatrice in the touring company of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge with Luther Adler, Louis Zorich and Kathleen Widdoes. More than 25 years later, Ms. Hughes reprised the same role in a 1983 Broadway revival with Tony Lo Bianco.
Hughes originated roles in plays written by playwrights including John Arden, Saul Bellow, Eduardo Machado, Arthur Miller, John Osborne, Neil Simon and Arnold Wesker. Her directors included Martin Charnin, James Hammerstein, Fred Rolfe and Herman Shumlin.
She married Robert Hughes, the late documentary filmmaker who worked for the United Nations and public television and won an Oscar and an Emmy for best feature documentaries. Their marriage ended in divorce.
Their daughter Rebecca Hughes is a science writer for Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Her son-in-law Paul Rogat Loeb writes books: Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While. Her grandson William Hughes Martin graduated from Brown University.
Alfredo Huereca (born on October 17 in Saltillo, Mexico) is an Mexican cinematographer and actor who appeared in films such as Blank Check and Dust to Dust. He provide the voice of Cartel leader Martin Madrazo in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. He has appeared in TV shows such as NBC's third season "The Blacklist", Univision's "Ruta 35", "Cosita Linda", "Voltea Pa Que Te Enamores", Telemundo's "Eva La Trailera", shows like "Deadline", "Witness to the Execution", "Wonderland" and "Cosby" and the web-series ¡Madre Mía! He is an actor, director and producer living in New York City.
In Miami, Alfredo Huereca has produced and starred in "Solo" (Bridge Playhouse) and "Cadena Perpetua" (Bridge Playhouse), a play he wrote and directed as well, which later he adapted to the big screen. "Cadena Perpetua" ("Life Sentence"), the short film, has been selected for exhibition at the Festival of Cannes, France, in May 2016.
Alfredo Huereca graduated from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Monterrey, Mexico, in 1990 where he studied Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He obtained an MFA from UT, Austin (1995) and a Masters in Science in Educational Supervision from Baruch School of Public Affairs, New York, NY (2005).
Alfredo Huereca most recently appeared at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ in the world premiere of "Guadalupe in the Guestroom" and at the Goodman Theater in the world premiere of "Chicago Boys" during the 2011/2012 Season. His New York credits include "Cayendo con Victoriano", producer and lead actor, with World View Productions (HOLA and Latin-ACE Awards for Best Actor); "Muerte súbita", producer and lead actor with Bridge Playhouse, (Latin-ACE Best Actor); "Caprichos" and "La Cena" at IATI (New York Latin ACE Award for Best Actor and Best Ensemble); "One Hour Without Television: at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre; "Blood Wedding", "Life is a Dream", "Mojiganga", "Innocent Erendira" and "Dominican Serenade" at Repertorio Español; "Papa" at Lincoln Center Theater; "Death of the Mind" at HERE Arts Center and "Venus of Lespegue" at Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Regional credits include "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Alliance Theatre; "Magical Mystery Mal"l at Hyde Park Theatre (Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Nominee); "Birth and After Birth" at Capital City Playhouse; "Johnny on a Spot" at Different Stages Theater Company; "Macbeth" with Black Wolf Productions and "The Learned Ladies", "West Side Story" and "Yerma" at the University of Texas at Austin. International credits include "The Knight of Olmedo", "The Miracle Worker", "Candide", "The Pushcart Peddlers" and "Hotel Savoy's Dandy".
Michael Rothhaar has been a professional actor since 1975 and a professional theatre director since 1985. He won the 1997 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the 1997 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in Ardèle, as well as the 1997 Drama Logue Award in Direction for Mrs. Warren's Profession. Both productions were for Pacific Resident Theatre. As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in The Front Page and The Corn Is Green, in such feature films as The Nutty Professor and Space Jam, Off-Broadway in Frankenstein and Brand, in the San Francisco company of The Foreigner, the Los Angeles company of Shear Madness, in the Geffen's production of Uncle Vanya, and the American premiere of Dog Days, (written and directed by Simon Gray)...as well as working at The Mark Taper Forum...covering in Expecting Isabel. He has worked on various television series such as Family Law, (recurring as Judge Prentiss), Ally Mc Beal, Arliss, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Murder One, Star Trek-The Next Generation, Murphy Brown, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, L.A. Law, Civil Wars, Picket Fences, Step By Step, Hudson Street, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Married ...With Children, Snoops and Love And War. His credits also include numerous appearances in regional theatre, notably: Sleuth and Charley's Aunt at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,The Tempest and The Andersonville Trial at Michigan's Meadow Brook Theatre, Terra Nova at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C., Candida and Bedroom Farce at Maryland's Olney Theatre, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award-winning production of The Visit at the Pacific Resident Theatre. In the course of his acting career, Michael has worked with such notable and talented individuals as Tony Award-winning directors Jerry Zaks and Vivian Matalon, acclaimed director Michael Langham, the distinguished English playwright Simon Gray, as well as such accomplished performers as John Lithgow, Richard Thomas, Imogene Coca, Wallace Shawn, René Auberjonois, Dennis Franz, Kathleen Quinlan, Eddie Murphy, Robert Foxworth, Dixie Carter, Peter Donat, Ray Walston, Peter Gallagher, Brent Spiner, Cecily Tyson, Orson Bean, Alley Mills, Tony Danza, Mariel Hemingway, Alan King, John Astin, Louie Anderson and Michael Jordan,. Michael served as the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992. For Allenberry, he has directed 40 productions, notably: Lettice And Lovage, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Agnes Of God, The Foreigner, Blithe Spirit, Driving Miss Daisy, The Miracle Worker, Steel Magnolias, Broadway Bound, The Diary Of Anne Frank, Lend Me A Tenor, Cabaret, Guys And Dolls and My Fair Lady. He has directed Otherwise Engaged, Candida, Mrs. Warren's Profession, Waiting For Godot, The Private Ear And Macbeth ....According To The Fifth Grade for Pacific Resident Theatre. In Washington, D.C., he directed Mrs. Warren's Profession and The Millionairess at the Washington Stage Guild. In 1994, he directed Sleuth, which toured southern California. Michael is the father of Will Rothhaar, an accomplished actor in his own right, and the step-father of Charles F. Linehan, recently engaged to be an Assistant D.A. in Manhattan.
A triple threat performer, Lance has performed in principal roles on Broadway, Film, TV, with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, The New York City Ballet, and as a voice-over artist with Nickelodeon.
Lance's opening night at The Met was on his 7th birthday in the role of "Dolore" in Madama Butterfly. He danced the role of "The Nutcracker Prince" for two years in the New York City Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, performed on Broadway with Abigail Breslin, Jennifer Morrison, Alison Pill, and Mathew Modine, in the Miracle Worker, and appeared on film as "Young Larry" in the Three Stooges Movie, as well as guest starring roles on ABC, CBS, and Disney. His voice can be heard on numerous episodes of the popular Nickelodeon shows Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go.
Lance is a member of the National Honor Society, The National Society of High School Scholars, and the service organization Broadway Kids Care. Lance's hobbies are photography, drawing, travel, and design. His sports interests are fencing, running, swimming, skiing, tennis and golf.
Lance has been a student at the School of American Ballet in New York City since 2007. He was a member of the children's chorus at the Metropolitan Opera for six years and during that time performed in eight operas.
Paul Aaron has been creating successful productions since he began his professional career directing a national company of "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie", starring Oscar-winning actress Kim Hunter. He made an impressive switch to films with the sensitive and critically acclaimed A Different Story, starring Meg Foster and Perry King. This film, which now appears regularly in film revival houses and on cable television, has become a "cult classic".
Following graduation from Bennington College, Paul Aaron arrived in Los Angeles to become the Casting and New Programs Director for the Mark Taper Forum. At the same time, he founded an actor's workshop and directed several plays, including a critically acclaimed production of "The Three Penny Opera". He was brought to New York to direct the successful, off-Broadway rock musical hit, "Salvation", featuring, among others, the then- unknowns Bette Midler, Barry Bostwick and Joe Morton. He next moved to Broadway to direct the comedy "Paris Is Out", starring Sam Levene and Molly Picon, becoming the youngest director in Broadway history.
After directing the first international company of "Salvation" in Amsterdam, he returned to New York to helm, among other plays, the Obie award-winning off-Broadway musical, "Love My Children", and, on Broadway, the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, "70 Girls 70", the Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz musical, "That's Entertainment", and the American premier of Italian playwright Ugo Betti's drama, "The Burnt Flowerbed". Variety called his direction of that play "...nothing less than masterful".
Soon after moving back to the West Coast, Aaron directed an immensely successful revival of Paddy Chayefsky's, "The Tenth Man", starring Richard Dreyfuss. He was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award as best director of the year for this presentation.
His second feature film as a director, A Force of One, an action-thriller staring Chuck Norris and Jennifer O'Neill, with a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Ernest Tidyman, was a tremendous box office success.
Paul's next challenge was to direct William Gibson's classic, The Miracle Worker, starring Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert. This NBC Special Event not only garnered some of the network's highest ratings for the season, but also won Paul a number of distinguished awards, both here and abroad. These include a Director's Guild nomination, the Director's prize from the Monte Carlo Film Festival, a Golden Globe nomination and the Christopher Award. "The Miracle Worker" was nominated for four Emmys and won three, including one for Patty Duke as "Lead Actress in a Dramatic Special" and, even more impressive, the Emmy as "Outstanding Dramatic Special" of the 1979-1980 season.
He followed "Thin Ice" with a return to Broadway, directing Claudette Colbert in "A Talent For Murder", an original suspense-comedy that turned out to be her last work on the stage.
Next on film was the CBS Special, Maid in America, starring Mildred Natwick, Susan Clark and Fritz Weaver. Aaron then directed the ABC film, When She Says No, which starred Kathleen Quinlan, Jane Alexander and Rip Torn.
Aaron's company, "Elsboy Entertainment", purchased and developed the Jack Finney novel, "Marion's Wall", and Aaron adapted it for the screen with Patricia Resnick, who wrote the screenplay. The movie, entitled Maxie, starring Glenn Close and Mandy Patinkin and directed by Aaron, was produced in association with "Elsboy Entertainment" and was released by Orion Pictures.
He then directed the award-winning NBC television special, In Love and War, the story of Adm. Jim Stockdale, which starred James Woods and Jane Alexander. "In Love and War" garnered brilliant reviews and was chosen by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top five shows televised during the season.
Aaron had also been concentrating on building a successful management and production company under the umbrella of "Elsboy Entertainment". In 1992, he sold the management division of his company to Erwin Stoff, who had worked with him for fifteen years. They met when Paul was a guest professor at the University of Washington in Seattle where Erwin was a grad student. Together, they developed the careers of several now-famous actors, writers and directors.
The reason Paul decided to leave the rigors of running a full-time management company was to concentrate on his writing and producing. The first project he sold was a three-hour mini-series for HBO, entitled Laurel Avenue, which he executive-produced, co-created and wrote with Michael Henry Brown. It aired in 1993 and was called "a golden moment in the history of television", by Pulitzer prize-winning critic Tom Shales of the Washington Post.
Paul returned to directing with a film, for the Lifetime Cable Network, entitled, Untamed Love. It is based on the book, "One Child", by Torey Hayden, and recounts the extraordinary true story of her work with special education students in the public schools.
Aaron's next project was a one-hour dramatic series for CBS entitled, Under One Roof, which he executive-produced with Michael Henry Brown and Thomas Carter, and which he co-created and co-wrote. It starred James Earl Jones and Joe Morton.
The summer of 1996 saw the premiere of Grand Avenue, a three-hour dramatic mini-series based on the book of the same title by Greg Sarris. Aaron and "Elsboy Entertainment" executive-produced the project with Robert Redford and his company, Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. This saga of three Native American families in Santa Rosa, California, was the first major exploration of contemporary Indian life on American television. It won critical acclaim among both the Native American and mainstream audiences, and scored the highest rating of any HBO program of the season. Paul is continuing to develop "Calle Ocho" (Eighth Street), the next installment in his 'American family' series for HBO, which focuses on an extended Cuban-American family in Miami.
In addition, Paul recently did a rewrite for "Jerry Bruckheimer Films" and another for 'Robert DeNiro''s "Tribeca Films" with his former writing partner, Michael Henry Brown. They also wrote "Land of Opportunity" (2000), adapted from the book by William Adler, and "Shadowman" (2000), based on the popular comic book, both for New Line Pictures. Their original screenplay In Too Deep was made into a major motion picture by Miramax Films which Paul also produced. Roger Ebert, among many other critics, gave the film two very "big thumbs up".
Currently, Paul is producing the independent film which Suntaur developed, Skills Like This.
Tasia's love for acting started at age 7 with the Children's Urban-Arts Ensemble community theatre group. In 2005, Tasia returned to her passion by getting back into class, returning to the stage and beginning work in the film and television industries.
She is known for her performances on stage in The Renaissance Project Theatre productions of A Raisin in the Sun, in the role of "Ruth Younger" and in Steel Magnolias, as "M'Lynn", and most recently as "Annie Sullivan" in The Miracle Worker.
Tasia has done at least a dozen commercials and her film credits include roles in Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" and "Single Moms Club", "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", as well as leading roles in a number of independent films, including the films "Finding Forever in Love" and "Skinned". Her TV credits include the Lifetime network series,"Army Wives", NBC's "Revolution", CBS pilot "Identity" and MTV's "Finding Carter".
Laurel started working professionally at the age of ten, when she joined the cast of the Bay Area TV show, "Just Kidding." She earned her acting chops by doing both musicals and straight drama on a multitude of stages. Her work at many equity houses includes: SJ Rep: "The Miracle Worker" (Helen Keller), SJ Rep: the West Coast premiere of "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday" (Rachel), The Old Globe: "Smash" (Agatha Wylie). In addition to her many film and television credits, Laurel is also a filmmaker. Her short film, "Call Waiting", for which she wrote, produced, and starred won "Best Short" at the Arizona Int'l Film Festival and placed in several others. Her work with LA Theatreworks, had her starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Alfred Molina, and Jack Black. The plays include: "The Lion in Winter" , "The General from America, and "The Lucky Spot." She is a member of a couple of award-winning theater companies located in Los Angeles. One of which is an all female Shakespeare Company. Laurel Moglen attended UCLA and majored in history, focusing on the 19th century American West.
Timothy Alan Powell was born on June 16th, 1956 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Carl and Bettie Powell. Tim has three brothers two older and one younger. At the age of three the family moved to Sheffield, Alabama where his father opened his own wholesale electronic parts company. Tim went to Blake Elementary in Sheffield, Alabama. When he was eight years old his grandmother dragged him to nearby Tuscumbia, Alabama, the birthplace of Helen Keller. where he auditioned for the part of a little black boy in the annual Miracle Worker Production. It was 1964 - the first year the show was integrated, and Tim didn't get the part.
In the sixth grade Tim began attending Mars Hill Bible School, a private Christian School run by a very strict fundamentalist sect called the Church of Christ. At Mars Hill Tim received several years of a capella voice training. His parents planned for him to be a preacher and, at the age of eight, he preached his first sermon. Tim had other aspirations. When he was eight he had seen a live production of the Music Man and he wanted to some day play the stuttering kid. From 14 to 17 Tim played bass guitar in a rock and roll band with some other guys from Mars Hill.
As a result of a blowout with his father Tim left Mars Hill after his Junior year and went to a public school and graduated in 1974. After graduating from High School his father gave him two alternatives to attend one of two Christian colleges if he would take them and Tim was to major in Bible and minor business and come back to work for him or become a minister. Instead, after a three month hitchhiking adventure Tim returned to Florence, Alabama, and paid for his own education at the University of North Alabama and started a major in psychology. In his second year a friend of his suggested an easy arts credit in theater lab, you work 50 hours and get a B. Work a 100 hours building sets and get an A. One night he was working on a set piece when the director came over to me and asked if he could sing or act, as he needed a freaky looking guy to play the illiterate Bible salesman in Inherit the Wind. He took the part and for the next few years, went out on every audition he could and got parts in almost all of them. He took theatre classes for fun, never dreaming he'd use them.
In his junior year he was told he only needed three more hours for a theater major so he ended up going a fifth year and double majoring in English and drama. Tim took the first graduate assistantship that was offered to him at the University of Mississippi as an MFA Directing Candidate in Theater. Now he was moving into academic theater, teaching 12 - 14 hours, taking 12 hours, he had to perform in every main stage production that came up and had to produce and direct one of his own in each semester. This was wearing him down and at the end of the third semester a friend of his from UNA came through town and asked Tim how he would like to be a lighting designer doing rock and roll concerts. Tim jumped at the chance and dropped everything and left and worked one niters all through the southeast. He found out that the lighting was the first thing in and the last thing out and he spent a lot of time by himself sitting in motel rooms. He knew he was on the wrong side of the stage. Tim soon tired of this lighting life and went back to the University for another year and six hours short of his MFA, again, dropped everything to go to New York to work for Playboy's marketing division. He produced and directed promotions for spring break in beach resorts for six months out of the year for Playboy and other marketing companies for the next six years.
He then played the part of Private White in a low-budget Science Fiction movie called: What Waits Below. With the earnings from this film he joined SAG and moved to Nashville, Tennessee and shared a house with four other guys he had known from Florence AL. Tim booked several jobs in commercials, joined AFTRA, got his equity card and became a regular performer at Tennessee Repertory Company. For his day jobs Tim conducted tours at the Guinness Hall of World Records on Music Row, booked performers for a singing telegram service, and continued to do Spring Break Promotions for various Advertising and Marketing companies. It was in Nashville that he met his future wife, Elizabeth.
Tim often went to Atlanta for auditions and was cast in a Disney Feature called Goodbye, Miss 4th of July. While living in Nashville a friend, who had moved to Orlando in the early eighties, began sending Tim newspaper clippings describing the building film industry and describing Orlando as "the new LA." In 1987 the Powell's sold their home and moved to Orlando. Tim signed with a few agents and at first got very few calls.
Things started to happen for Tim in Orlando with Superboy, and Superforce and regular commercial gigs, and he frequently returned to Atlanta where he did Silent Victim and Class of '61. While Tim was working at the Caldwell Theater in Boca Raton in the play The Importance of Being Ernest, Lori Wyman who at the time was casting Miami Vice, came back stage and asked him for a resume. She invited Tim to read for the show and he booked a part on Miami Vice.
Other television credits are In the Heat of the Night, Wiseguy, Problem Child 2, Sea Quest, The Cape, ER, Safe Harbour, Unsolved Mysteries and once as a guest star and as SAG Voice talent looping 28 episodes of Sheena. His theater credits include roles in Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fallen Angels and Pygmalion.
Today, Tim has his own production company called Bark at the Dog Productions, Inc. He continues to do regular Voice-Over work, produces, develops and performs as a narrator-spokesperson in non-broadcast industrials and interactive CD ROMs, and is a continues to work as a Macintosh computer consultant to a few select clients. He also teaches occasional voice-over workshops.
(2014) Tim lives in Los Angeles, CA where he serves on the SAG Conservatory Steering Committee, teaches their Acting and VO workshops at the American Film Institute, and is an active member of the TV Academy. He has built a professional acting resume in Theatre, Film, TV, and VO, that spans 3 decades. From Shakespeare, Moliere, and Oscar Wilde at TN Repertory in Nashville and the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL, to on-camera work throughout much of the east coast; landing speaking roles in 30+ Films (Pregnancy Pact, Recount, Bad Boys II, Sunshine State, Holy Man) and Dozens of Television shows (Rake, Criminal Minds, The Glades, One Tree Hill, Army Wives, Burn Notice, ER).
In 2014, he appeared in a (Sold-out) one-man show, entitled Man's Dominion, in the LA Fringe Festival where the show was held over for the Encore presentations.
Matthew was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from Upper Canada College, he moved to London where he trained at LAMDA and then at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. He then worked extensively in theatre in the UK, including playing leading parts in the West End productions of 'The Miracle Worker' and 'The Boys in the Band'. He also started landing film parts there, doing two films for Richard Attenborough as well as Saving Private Ryan. He moved back to Toronto in 1998 where he immediately booked the sketch comedy TV series History Bites (for which he was nominated for a Gemini Television Award in 2000) as well as guest leads on 'Traders','The Associates' and 'Twice in a Lifetime'. He then landed the part of Henry Guyrich in X-Men in which he morphed into Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
Matthew moved to Los Angeles in late 2001 and married Tove Limm on September 28, 2001 in Hualalai, Hawaii.
Nadia Tass started her career as an actress in the acclaimed TV series "Prisoner," which ran for an unprecedented 692 episodes, while simultaneously directing in Australian theatre. Her 1986 debut feature Malcolm was a worldwide smash, winning 21 international awards and 8 AFI Awards. It starred Colin Friels and John Hargreaves with a soundtrack by the renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It went on to win an unprecedented eight Australian Film Institute Awards (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress). The film is considered today an enduring Australian comedy classic, an Aussie ode to Ealing Studios. The film vied with Crocodile Dundee and Aliens for the top spot at the Australian box office that year. "This film is a real winner, a true surprise"- Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert.
The third feature by Ms. Tass was 1990's The Big Steal, is considered an Australian Classic. It introduced the American film-going public to Ben Mendelsohn, most recently seen in Animal Kingdom (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress) and Killer Elite. The film was an Aussie twist on Hollywood's teen romantic comedy genre; blokes, cars and Sheilas. Once again, Ms. Tass swept the Australian Film Institute Awards winning three and being nominated for six more. The film was such an international success for Ms. Tass that Hollywood came calling once again and she went on to direct Pure Luck with comedian Martin Short and Danny Glover which opened on 1,600 screens; and, the acclaimed three-episode TV series "Stark" for BBC UK that was so successful it was edited into a feature and theatrically released.
Ms. Tass continued on her acclaimed trajectory by next directing Mr. Reliable starring the charming Colin Friels which was nominated for three Australian Film Institute Awards. Amy, starring Rachel Griffiths and Ben Mendelsohn was Ms. Tass' next international critical and box office success. An eight year old girl, deaf and mute since witnessing the horrible death of her beloved father, a rock musician, who can only communicate through music, struggles with her mother (an extraordinary performance by Rachel Griffiths) to overcome their grief with the help of a bemused songwriter (Ben Mendelsohn). The film won 28 international awards, including two at the Cannes Film Festival. Once again Ms.Tass was nominated for two Australian Film Institute Awards.
In 2000 Ms. Tass expanded her horizons by directing the critically and commercially acclaimed Australian theater productions "Miss Bosnia" and "Cosi." Her experience as a director of theatre is extensive and diverse ranging from improvised theatre, classic plays, contemporary pieces and musical theatre. Her production of "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe" in 2002/2003, premiered to rave reviews and sell out business, touring across Australia and New Zealand.. The play garnered her a nomination for Best Direction Of A Musical for the prestigious Sir Robert Helpmann Awards (Australia's Tony Awards). Recently she has directed "The Gronholm Method" (2010); "The Aliens (2011), a play by Annie Baker; "Three Women In An Ice-Cream Cone" (2010) in London; "Promises, Promises" (2012) at the Victorian Arts Centre; and "The Other Place" (2013) by Sharr White.
During the last decade Ms. Tass has continued to direct high end television movies for Disney, ABC, CBS and the WB. These rating winners include "The Miracle Worker" with David Straithairn; "Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story" with Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) and Malcolm himself, Colin Friels; "Undercover Christmas" with Jami Gertz and Tyne Daly; "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" with Mia Farrow and AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer); "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure" with Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), John Schneider and Marcia Gay Harden; and "Custody" with Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure").
Ms. Tass returns to the big screen in 2012 with Matching Jack featuring Jacinda Barrett (Ladder 49, School For Scoundrels), Richard Roxburgh (Mission: Impossible II), James Nesbitt ("Ballykissangel", Waking Ned Devine, The Hobbit) and the ever reliable Colin Friels. The film won three awards at the Milan International Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay) and was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award.
Her next film is Fatal Honeymoon, starring Harvey Keitel and is due for a release later in 2014.
Ms. Tass is considered to be one of Australia's most respected and unique filmmakers with her films being responsible for twenty-three Australian Film Institute nominations, while garnering eight wins including Best Film and Best Director. She has had retrospectives of her body of work in Moscow, Capetown & Johannesburg, New Delhi and most recently at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles in 2012 - a program which is now travelling to other US cities. In addition, Ms. Tass has sat on film festival juries for the Hawaii Film Festival, Head of Jury at St. Tropez, Asian Festival Of First Films, and most recently, the Chair of the Pune International Film Festival.
A consummate professional, Ms. Tass has given back to the industry by presenting Masterclasses around the world from New York to London to Singapore to nearby New Zealand (Auckland & Wellington) and of course in Australia's major film cities of Sydney and Melbourne on multiple occasions.
Tim R. McAdams began his performing arts career at age 8. Recognized by his elementary school drama teacher for his potential in the arts, Tim was cast in a major role of a school production of, "Pandora's Box". That recognition and play would truly open a box for Tim - a box that would reveal to him his life's passion - performing. Tim performed in a number of local plays and productions (including Howard University). He went on to perform on some of the most prestigious stages in Washington DC from the Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre, to the Arts of Washington.
While performing in the Miracle Worker at the Olney Theatre, Tim was discovered by producers from BET. He was given the opportunity to audition for a new early morning kid's show. The producers and directors immediately took an interest in Tim. He was cast as one of the lead clubhouse kids. This show introduced Tim to the world of film and television. He would go on to perform on multiple television and film projects. As a result of his accomplishments, Tim was given the opportunity to attend Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts, majoring in Theatre.
Tim spent four years studying the Art of Theatre. During that time, he had the opportunity to perform in multiple productions on Duke Ellington's stage. Upon graduation, Tim continued his pursuit of the television and film industry. He had the opportunity to perform in principal roles on networks such as HBO and NBC.
In 2004, Tim was presented with the opportunity to become a stunt performer on HBO's hit series, "The Wire". Embracing the opportunity to expand his scope from strictly acting to other areas, Tim welcomed the opportunity. Following the first episode, he immediately realized another passion. Tim found working as a stunt performer very exciting and gratifying. Stunt performance gave Tim both the opportunity to work on camera (which he loves), and at the same time utilize his athletic abilities, which also fuels his love for contact and high adrenalin activity. Tim has worked as a stunt performer on some of the largest films and most successful television series in the country. In 2012, Tim was offered the opportunity to work as the Stunt Coordinator for a new BET series, "2nd Generation Wayans". This project opened up yet another door for Tim to explore his creative desires.
Additionally, while working on the HBO series, "The Wire", Tim was also given the opportunity to join the Loop Group. This experience gave Tim another valuable skill. Performing voice-over work in the studio enhanced his versatility as a performer. Tim worked in the studio for several years performing ADR work as well as syndication work.
Tim continues to expand his skills and hone his craft within the Film, Television, Commercial, Theatre, Voice-over and Stunt Performer arena.
Katharine "Kat" Kramer founded Kat Kramer's Films That Change the World to showcase motion pictures that raise awareness about important social issues. In so doing, she is following in the foot steps of her late father, the legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who was known for taking artistic and financial chances by making movies about controversial subjects.
Selections in Kat's screening series have included Teach Your Children Well, which deals with the growing problem of bullying in schools; The Cove, which exposed the slaughter of dolphins in Japan; Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy, about the suffering of elephants in captivity; and Barbra Streisand's Yentl, which focused attention on women's equality, and was used as a springboard for a discussion about the widespread sexual abuse of women in the Congo. Kat most recently celebrated the 5th anniversary and 5th installment for "Kat Kramer's Films That Change The World" by presenting the U.S. premiere of Fallout hosted by Lily Tomlin. This was followed by the 6th installment screening of documentary The Decent One (Der Anständige) and most recently presented the 7th installment, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain hosted by Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton.
As an actress, Kat has appeared on stage and screen. She has starred in two popular one-woman shows, The Colors of Myself and Kriss Krossing. Kat has played the classic roles and won awards as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," Anne Frank in "The Diary Of Anne Frank," Estella in "Great Expectations," Lisa in "David and Lisa," and Saint Joan in "The Lark." She has also appeared in such films as Hollywood Dreams, Going Shopping, What Just Happened, and Little Fockers. She will also be seen in the upcoming film Katie Q, with Karen Black, Paul Sand and Zack Norman. As a singer, Kat is recording Gemstone, an album of Mick Jagger love songs, each as a duet with a different artist who has previously worked with Jagger. As a producer, she is developing a web series about the making of her album, titled My Duet with Mick.
Kat has performed special tributes twice for the legendary Lily Tomlin. Kramer served on the Dais and opened the program at the Pacific Pioneers Broadcaster's Awards in February 2012 honoring Tomlin. Kat received a standing ovation with a special musical salute to her mentor with the original parody "Dear Lily Tomlin."
She most recently sang a heartfelt rendition of "Bless The Beasts And Children" from her father's landmark film for Tomlin when she was honored with the Hope Award from the Petco Foundation. Kramer made her Avalon Hollywood debut with Le PeTiT CiRqUe for Circus Paws in front of a star-studded audience that included Lily Tomlin, Susan Sarandon, Lainie Kazan and Stewart Copeland. She has recorded the new re-imagined version of "Bless The Beasts And Children" that will be released as a single for PAWS and animal-rights organizations. Kat also performed a humorous kitsch version of the song for the PAWS/LA Fundraiser sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Petco Foundation.
Kat previously received the "Compassion Award" from the Braveheart Women and recently sold-out her first workshop with "Meet The Biz" titled "An Evening With Kat Kramer." She is set to launch "An Evening With A Trailblazer" series along with "Meet The Biz."
She performed a stand-up routine at Hard Rock Hollywood to Benefit "Comedy For Caleb" and Kat has been a presenter for LA Comedy Awards twice. She was also a celebrity judge for the LA Music Awards. Kat was most recently named Entertainer of the Year by the LA Comedy Awards. Kramer has headlined at awards shows and galas for such luminaries as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Shirley MacLaine.
Kat, who is the Godchild/Namesake of screen icon the late Katharine Hepburn, proudly serves as the West Coast representative of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. She was an in-studio guest on Larry King Live for a tribute to Hepburn after her death in 2003.
Kat is set to launch her new one-woman show "My Duet With Mick." In addition, she co-stars as Frances Rye and multiple characters in Seasons 3 and 4 of popular web series Child of the '70s. She was recently selected for the Advisory Board of the prestigious LA Press Club. A former Miss Golden Globe, Kat resides in Los Angeles.
Madison grew up in Petersburg, IL before moving to complete her BA from Louisiana State University. She found her love in acting when she performed as Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker at Theatre in the Park. To expand her knowledge in the industry, she worked on different films doing crew work and production assistant jobs. She has two older brothers and two younger brothers. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Lindy Newton began her acting career at age 10, performing on stage at the Waycross Area Community Theatre. By age 12, she had received the Deep South Theatre Coalition's Best Leading Actress award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker".
In May of 2004, Lindy graduated from the College of Charleston where she double majored in Media Communications and Theatre. During this time, she was cast as a cheerleader in Radio and played "Heather Lynn" in The Notebook.
Moving to Los Angeles in 2004, her first audition landed her the lead role of "Lulu Nichols" in Thicker Than Water, a Hallmark Movie of the Week.
Subsequent roles have included a co-starring role on Fox's short-lived Head Cases, another Hallmark film Though None Go with Me and as "Young Trudy", the late wife of "Adrian Monk", in a flashback scene on the popular television series Monk.
Lindy resides in Venice Beach.
Miracle Pelayo is an actress born with Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair and walker She was born on December 10,1992. She grew up in Los Angeles,California. Miracle is best known for her roles "Stacy" on Nickelodeon's Hit Show Bella and The Bulldogs and "Miranda" in Alan Tudyk's Comedy Web Series Con Man. Miracle has been dreaming of becoming an actor since age four. At twelve, she went to go see her first play "The Miracle Worker" it was then she was officially bitten by the theatre bug. In January of 2007, at fourteen, Miracle auditioned for performing arts theatrical group, Kids on Stage for a Better World directed by Grounded for Life's Lynsey Bartilson. During her years of CC Kids, Miracle performed over thirty shows. While she was a member of CC Kids, Miracle started studying voice with Hollywood Vocal Coach, Joy Graysen. She has been working with Joy for over 10 years.
After taking her bow in CC Kids in May 2009, she continued to work with Joy Graysen in many vocal showcases each semester in The Joy Graysen Vocal Studio. Joy Graysen is responsible for the success of American Idol Season 8 Finalists Alison Iraheta and Jessica Sanchez. Miracle has performed in Joy Graysen Vocal Showcases that began in late January 2009.
In June of 2010, Miracle was accepted into a summer acting and music program, Dreamworld's Vocal Academy created by her voice teacher, Joy Graysen. There she learned Artist Development, Performance Communication with Joy Graysen and Disney Recording Artist Shelby Spalione. Her acting classes at Dreamworld's were taught by Young and The Restless Michael Fairman & the Night Shift's Robert Bailey Jr.
During her 4 years of high school, Miracle was an active advanced Drama Classes. She was the lead actress in 3 school plays, The Curious Savage, The Mustache, and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.
Since Fall of 2015, Miracle has taken numerous acting classes in performing art school and has been apart of many summer acting intensives to focus on her craft of being an actor.
In October 2013, Miracle did her first PSA Short Film, "Look Around" that was written by The Writers Guild to bring awareness about actors with disabilities in the entertainment industry. . Besides having a very busy schedule with her career, Miracle likes to hang out with her family, friends, and her Best Friend, Kaitlyn Jenkins who is an actress. (Boo From Bunheads) Miracle hopes to one day be as successful as her favorite actors Winona Ryder, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Amanda Seyfried, Demi Lovato, and so much more. Miracle also loves to write and listen to music. Miracle is very determined and is very passionate about acting. When she is on set, she prefers to call it Her "Disneyland". Miracle knows that that this is what she wants to do for the rest of her life. With God by her side, she knows that anything is truly possible. She doesn't let anything get in the way from living her biggest dreams of becoming the best actor she can be.
You can follow Miracle on her Official Social Media: Facebook.com/MiraclePelayo Instagram: MiraclePelayoOfficial Twitter: MiraclePelayo20 Snapchat:MiraclePelayo23
Lucinda Rogers is an actor based in NYC and LA. She can be seen in the upcoming film The Bleeder, opposite Liev Schreiber and directed by Philippe Falardeau.
Recently, Lucinda stunned in her star turn as a young woman rapidly losing her eyesight in Laura Point, which had its premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Lucinda was named the #3 actress to watch at the Cannes Film Festival by the Actress and Life Obsession Blog.
Her other film and television work includes Richard Raymond's Nomis (opposite Burn Gorman), Mali Elfman's Do Not Disturb (score by Danny Elfman), SyFy's The Terminators (opposite Jeremy London) and ABC Family's Greek. Recent theater work includes Everything's Whispered at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC.
Lucinda's roots are set in South Carolina, where her father was a state legislator and onetime Democratic Majority Leader. Through watching her father fight for human rights and education, Lucinda found her own form of the same: theater. She began acting in classical theater, performing in Richard III, King John and Macbeth with the South Carolina Shakespeare Company when she was as young as six years old, as well as playing Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird and Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. She left home at age 15 to study acting full time at the prestigious South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and continued her training at Southern Methodist University, earning a B.F.A. in Acting. She continued working in regional theater, performing with Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Minnesota.
Lucinda continues her work in the community in other ways as well, mostly with the Lighthouse Guild in NYC, where she aides the visually impaired in many ways, including tutoring students as they work to achieve their GED.
Mike Hardy was born in Salt Lake City, UT. He came into the acting business late, but he'd always enjoyed escaping into movie theaters, living vicariously through the exciting worlds presented on the big screen.
His first exposure to the acting world was in 1982, working as an extra on The Capture of Grizzly Adams. In 1988 he signed with Kristi's Modeling and Talent Agency in Scottsdale Arizona, where he was encouraged to audition for theater.
That year, he was cast as Roy Selridge in a summer stock production of Biloxi Blues.
In 1989, having moved back to Utah, he won the role of Master of Ceremonies in a Broadway musical review for the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (you know... the Mormons), although not an active member.
He then started a five year run with Pages Lane Theatre in Centerville, UT., performing in family themed theater and musical productions including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, You Can't Take it With You and The Miracle Worker.
During this time, he began working steadily as a stand-in on the TV series Touched by an Angel, Promised Land, Everwood, numerous movie of the weeks and feature films.
He was been represented by Talent Management Group in Salt Lake for nearly twenty years, working in dozens of commercials, industrial and print jobs.
In 1996, he was cast in his first feature film, Nightfall, and the USA Original Movie, UnaBomber: The True Story.
In the ensuing years he studied a rotating syllabus of acting for the camera, accents and dialects, acting theory and an introduction to Shakespeare under Frank Gerrish's Fastudio workshop.
His other accomplishments to date include writing and directing the original short film, Invisible, directing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, for the Midvale Main Street Theater, writing and selling two original short film scripts, including Darker Side of the Moon which screened at the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con festival.
He recently relocated to Vista, Ca. where he plans to continue his adventures in the film industry.
A Southern California native, Alexis "Lexi" Marman was born on July 9th in Mission Viejo, California. She is the daughter of Kent and Elayne Marman. With a strong theatrical family background, Lexi had developed a love for performing at a very young age. She was discovered by a director at 7 years old at Disneyland and was asked on the spot to be in a Disney commercial. It was there she got her first taste of acting and fell in love. Lexi began performing locally in theatrical and dance productions. At the young age of just 13, she won Saddleback's Youth "Best Actress" award for her performance of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker". She started performing at Disneyland at the age of 17 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Since then, she has been in several Award winning television shows and films. She was selected to perform in the annual NBC/Universal Showcase three times where she was discovered by several top Agents and Casting Directors. In 2010, Lexi booked a role in NBC's Emmy Award winning show Without A Trace and FOX's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning show "GLee". In Fall of 2010, Lexi was nominated for "Best Actress" at the 168 Film Festival. Lexi and the cast of the film "Hamill" received the prestigious breakthrough "Audience Award" in the world known AFI Film Festival. Not only beautiful, talented and charismatic, Lexi has the ability to light up a room and possesses that extra special star quality.
|Natasha Lee Martin
Natasha Lee Martin was born in Providence, RI and began her career at the age of 5 when she was cast in a radio play for WSAR Radio called "The Man in the Snow". She has since has appeared in television and film roles on FOX, TLC, DISNEY, NIPPON TV JAPAN and many stages throughout Philadelphia, NYC, Los Angeles and across the USA. Natasha holds an MFA in Acting Pedagogy from VCU and trained at the Actor's Studio Program in New York City where she trained extensively in Stanislavski, Strasberg (Moscow Art Theater) Kazan, Hagen and Meisner and at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She also received instruction from world renowned director Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde, The Miracle Worker) executive producer of Law and Order Estelle Parsons (Roseanne) and Digby Wolfe, writer of TV shows such as Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, All the Queen's Men and Fol De Rol. She also received training in Improvisation from Gary Austin, David Razowsky, Scotty Watson and Johnny Zito.
She also performs regularly in improvised theatre and in a project called "Martin & Shaw" (an hour of improvised theatre with fellow actor Cooper Shaw) which has completed successful residencies in NYC at The Living Theater, Gotham Comedy Club, Theater 54, The PIT (People's Improv Theater), The Creek The Cave and The Producer's Club.
She has performed at NYC theaters such as JACK, Brooklyn, Theater Lab, The Gene Frankel Theater, Raandesk Gallery, Roy Arias Theater, Theatre 54, Bryant Park and Union Square to thousands. Also in Philadelphia at Society Hill Playhouse, Adrienne Theater, Mummpuppet Theater, NJ PalaceTheater, VA Barksdale Theater, Richard Newdick Theater, Kansas City at Liberty Symphony Orchestra, Albuquerque, NM Hiland Theater and Sol Arts. She has also performed and taught in Los Angeles at venues such as Sacred Fools Theater, T.U. Studios, Greenlight Productions, The Lost Studio Theater, and collaborated on projects with faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Some Professional Workshops taught include Theaterlab, NYC, LaMama, E.T.C. (Umbria, Italy), The Lost Studio Theater, Los Angeles, Northern Illinois University, Rutgers, Claro Talent (Phila), Sycamore Rouge, Virginia Commonwealth University, Theater Virginia and Kansas City University. She has also been awarded Faculty Excellence in Teaching and several grants to fund her dramatic writing and performance work. In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Center for the Performing Arts) Innovation Grant for the solo show she wrote, performed and directed, "Confessions of a Synesthetic Sailor; An Interactive Journey Through High Seas". The show opened for the second time in NY to a successful run in Jan, 2015 at Theaterlab, NYC.
Olivia Friedman was born April 28, 1982 in The Bronx, she then moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There she appeared in numerous musicals/plays: "Evangeline", "Miracle Worker", "The Diary of Anne Frank", etc... In 1998 she was casted in the Lifetime hit show "Any Day Now" as Kelly Sims.
As a shy Japanese American girl growing up, Colleen Kresoja imagined from a young age that she'd be an actress though she was too shy to tell anyone for years. She was fascinated by stories and being able to put herself in "other people's shoes". She would lie in bed at night, as a child, pretending to be Helen Keller after watching the Miracle Worker, imagining and trying to empathize with being deaf and blind.
Her inspirations are varied and eclectic, ranging from Eckhart Tolle to Harry Potter, The Station Agent to The Gilmore Girls. But by far, her greatest inspiration comes from love and beauty and specifically from the love and beauty of her loves, Joe and Leia. Colleen lives in Los Angeles and enjoys reading, yoga, meditation, walking, coffee (especially at Philz) and eating popcorn.
Rachel Lien is a rapidly emerging, award-winning actress, singer and dancer.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska - Rachel's desire to perform became apparent before the age of eight. She soon began acting, singing and dancing on the same stage where such legends as Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda began their careers - the nationally renowned Omaha Community Playhouse. By the age of 12, Lien was garnering praise from theater critics and audiences alike. Roles in The Miracle Worker, Gypsy, and Annie Get Your Gun would earn her the Theater Arts Guild Award for Best Youth Actress, and the prestigious Mary Peckham Award for her stunning portrayal of Helen Keller.
Although aptly described as "a bubbly ingénue who can sing and dance up a storm," Lien's dramatic talents began to emerge on screen as well. Appearing alongside other rapidly rising young actors such as Kelly Blatz and Daryl Sabara in the film "April Showers" (also starring Tom Arnold and Illeana Douglas), Lien's depiction of Jessica earned high praise from director Andrew Robinson who described her as, "One of the best raw talents I've come across in a long time." Her role in "Ticket Out", starring Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Charlie St. Cloud) and Billy Burke (Twilight, New Moon), will further reveal her range of talent as the rifle-toting, orthodontia-challenged drugstore employee, Ellen.
With a year to go at the University of Nebraska - the urge to head to Hollywood was too great. Armed with a trunk-load of talent, along with a sparkling, fresh and determined spirit, Rachel Lien recently arrived in Hollywood and is decidedly on track to become one of our next great American actresses.
Joy Haven was born in the Philippines and grew up in Southern California. At a very early age, her passion was entertaining people. She'd belt out songs like Tomorrow from "Annie" for the neighborhood kids. Her love for acting grew when she starred in an elementary school production of Rip Van Winkle in which she played a female version of Rip Van Winkle. She enjoyed doing plays so much that when she got to High School, she juggled her time between performing on stage and cheer-leading. Her performance as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" was very much received by her peers. Taking acting classes outside of high school allowed Joy to polish her acting skills. In College, she performed in many theatre productions while also minoring in psychology. While performing on stage became second nature to her, Joy became interested in acting for the camera and was cast in a handful of independent films, shorts, commercials and music videos. Joy can be seen as the moody, young girl sitting on the hood of an old car in the music video "Chemistry" by Semisonic, directed by Liz Friedlander.
After taking a trip to Hawaii, Joy's passion for the Hawaiian lifestyle grew and she decided to stay for several years. She learned about sustainability and organic farming. She resided on the Big Island where she also became a certified zip line guide and was signed on to be a promotional model for the same zip line company. Her billboard remains on the Hamakua Coast entering the World Botanical Gardens. Joy resides in Los Angeles where she is continuing her passion for acting and filmmaking.
Nadine Hanwell began her professional acting career at the age of 12. She trained at Corona Academy in London. As a child actress she appeared in numerous TV, Radio, and Theatre productions. Her first TV appearance was in "Probation Officer" (1960). As a young adult she joined "Crossroads" soap to play Marilyn Hope (1968-1972). Many Theatre productions followed - including playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" opposite Patricia Phoenix (Coronation St). In 2002 she opened Nadine's Window at the Barons Court Theatre, London - as Director/Producer she presented 37 plays. (2002-2012). Her production of "Daisy Pulls it Off" transferred to the Arts Theatre in the West End (2010). Her book "Nadine Who?... and a dog called Shoe" - a little life in London, was published in 2011. She continued her acting career in 2012...
Osmani Rodriguez is one of seven siblings and was born in Camaguey, Cuba. He is of Lebanese and Italian descent, speaks Spanish fluently, and was blessed to become an American citizen.
He and his family immigrated to the Untied States in 1971 and they settled in Boston Massachusetts.
Osmani's earliest roles began in theatre where he played "Chino" in West Side Story. Later he went on to play some of his favorite roles as "Nicky Arnstien" in Funny Girl, "Mr. Fagin" in Oliver, and "Max" in Lend Me a Tenor.
He and his wife, Rena, have produced and starred opposite each other in shows such as "Michael" in I Do, I Do! And the Miracle Worker.
He began to find interest and now loves to perform in print, commercial, and film work. To date he has played Principal roles in over eight national commercials. Some of which include the Principal Role as the "Security Guard" in the national commercial for American Express and the honor of playing opposite one of his favorite directors, Mr. Martin Scorsese (a dream come true), playing the "Pharmacist" for CVS, Principal in "Jenny O", and playing the "Pepsi Worker" for Pepsi Cola's national commercial, "The Machine".
Another dream come true, was playing the featured role of "Carlos" in the film, The Maiden Heist directed by Peter Hewitt and playing opposite some of his most favorite legend veteran actors: Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macey, and Marcia Gay Harden.
Among some of his TV series experience was in the CBS Series "Waterfront" playing "FBI Agent Ramirez" with Billy Baldwin and filling in, two years in a row for George Lopez and Freddie Prince Jr. to help set up the NFL Opening Kick off games with White Cherry Entertainment.
On occasions, he may still be seen hosting the nationally televised eleven minute public service announcement for paternity acknowledgment.
Osmani loves to spend his spare time with his beautiful wife Rena and his two blessings, his sons Osmani Jr. and Nathaniel.
Rachel grew up in a small suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was involved in gymnastics, karate, and dance. In middle school, she twice played "Wendy 'Weenie' Weinerman" in Attack Of The Pom-Pom Zombies.
Rachel also appeared as one of the blind girls (Georgia-Anne) from Anne Sullivan's classroom in The Miracle Worker (the story of Helen Keller), which ran for 10 days at the Grand Rapids Civic Theater. She also took acting classes and workshops there.
In August 2008, Rachel portrayed the part of "The Girl" in the movie Offspring for director Andrew van den Houten, which is scheduled to be released in winter 2009. Her most recent project was acting in a short film called "Hey Josh!" for Josh Shipp, a motivational speaker for teens who travels around the country doing seminars.
James has worked on stage and screen for the majority of his life. Growing up, he spent years clowning around the house, doing "stand-up" in front of his classmates in school, and entertaining family with songs, puppet shows, and impromptu dance performances. The eldest brother in a family of seven, he always had a supportive fan base and an enthusiastic audience.
James was introduced to the stage at age 13 when his parents signed him up for acting classes as a creative outlet and social activity. Theatre awakened Pendleton's passion for acting and fueled his enthusiasm, focused his energies, got him through high school, and was his sole focus in college. In 2008 Pendleton broke into film work, working on over a dozen films within his first four years. Starring as Thomas in "Slow Fade" brought his first leading role in a feature film, and the opportunity to reach audiences with his personal convictions.
A theatrically trained professional actor, James has performed in several acclaimed stage productions, most notably as James Keller, in "The Miracle Worker" directed by Academy Award winning actress Patty Duke. Inlander Magazine nominated James as "Best Featured Actor" for his portrayal of Jason Willette in "Rabbit Hole"- awarded Best Ensemble, and Best Drama. In college, James was nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, for his versatility and comedic timing. And he received the Senior Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama-Acting, upon graduating high school.
An artist to the core, James is also an aspiring writer, artist, musician, vocalist, and visionary. Alongside his beautiful supportive wife, James has ambitions to pursue great things in the name of art, peace, and love.
Megan Lane, a classically trained actress originally from Wisconsin co-starred as Lula the 'haunting' love interest in the Internationally acclaimed award winning indie drama "The Why" directed by Anthony Pedigo. Megan has played such classical roles as Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker, Beatrice in Much ado about nothing, And Meg in Crimes of the Heart. She was also seen as Donna Marsala in The Dallas cast of Tony N' Tina's wedding that later combined with the New York cast on tour. She is often sought out for period dramas, fantasy roles, and comedic character roles.
Megan lives in Los Angeles. She is a triple threat with a BFA in Theatre from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She also studied Improv at UCB, Meisner technique with Steve Travillion-Smith, Voice with Lee Ritchey, Alexander technique with Nancy Thorough, and singing technique with Gwen Eagleton. She has had several years of formal dance training and was a dance minor before transferring to TCU. She is known for her smoky voice.
Megan has a serious love of all things vintage from the 20-40's especially. Her friends describe her as a 'throwback,' She has swing danced in WWII parade groups to raise money for veterans. It is likely to catch her singing with a big band, or as an official member of the art-deco society helping to preserve L.A.'s Architectural history. Megan has a serious love of nature. She loves to dance, ski, bike, sail, swim, ride horses, and travel.
Alex Darke (Garcia) was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the age of 6 he moved to Las Vegas where he uncovered the world of performing. He starred in several stage productions in Las Vegas theatres including "Guys and Dolls" (2004), "Annie Get Your Gun" (2003), and "The Miracle Worker" (2002). He then began modeling and acting in commercials before moving to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts where he graduated in 2008. In addition to acting in numerous film, television, and theatrical productions, he works behind the scenes as a film and television director and producer.