As an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Rob Morrow is a critically acclaimed actor, writer, and director with an established career in television spanning over three decades.
This fall, Morrow will star in The Whole Truth opposite Maura Tierney. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, the legal drama chronicles how a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and the prosecution. The show will air Wednesday nights at 10:00PM on ABC.
On the big screen, Rob will next star in the independent film The Good Doctor opposite Orlando Bloom. He was recently seen in Rob Reiner's The Bucket List starring opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, which grossed over $170 million worldwide.
Morrow's other film credits include: Michael Hoffman's critically acclaimed film, The Emperor's Club opposite Kevin Kline; Robert Redford's Oscar-nominated film Quiz Show opposite Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro; Daisy von Scherler Mayer's The Guru opposite Heather Graham; Albert Brooks' comedy Mother; Bruce Beresford's Last Danceopposite Sharon Stone; and Sean Smith and Anthony Stark's Into My Heart opposite Claire Forlani and Jake Weber.
Morrow recently starred on the long running CBS hit drama, Numb3rs. He is also well known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of New York doctor gone-to Alaska, Joel Fleischman, on the hit television series, Northern Exposure, which garnered him three Golden Globes and two Emmy Award nominations for "Best Actor in a Dramatic Series." He also starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime original television series, Street Time.
His other television credits include starring as John Wilkes Booth in the TNT movie The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Lifetime's Custody opposite James Denton, the CBS Hallmark Entertainment mini-series Only Love opposite Marisa Tomei, the Showtime movie The Thin Blue Lie opposite Randy Quaid and Paul Sorvino and the CBS movie, Jenifer opposite Laura San Giacomo, Annabella Sciorra, Jane Kaczmarek, and Marisa Tomei.
As a director, Rob's credits include three episodes of Numb3rs, an episode of HBO's crime drama Oz, three episodes of Showtime's original television series Street Time, and three episodes of CBS' highly lauded drama Joan of Arcadia. Morrow made his directorial debut with The Silent Alarm, which premiered at the 1993 Seattle Film Festival, and went on to screen at the Hamptons, Boston, Edinburgh, and Sundance Film Festivals, with its television debut on Bravo. He also directed Maze, an independent feature, which he wrote, produced and co-starred in with Laura Linney in November 2001.
A native New Yorker, Morrow began his theater career working for Tom O'Horgan and Norman Mailer. On Stage, Morrow starred in the hit Broadway show The Exonerated, a drama based on the true tales of six innocent death-row inmates, opposite Penn Jillette and Mia Farrow. Morrow also appeared in Third Street, at the Circle Repertory Theatre and London's West End production of Birdy. He has also been committed to the theater as a founding member of the nonprofit ensemble Naked Angels, along with Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Ron Rifkin and Nancy Travis, among others.
Morrow is on the Board of Directors of Project ALS. Co-founded by Jenifer Estess, who was diagnosed with ALS in 1997, Project ALS is committed to funding the research necessary for finding effective treatments and a cure for people living with ALS, a fatal neuromuscular disease.
Tall, dark and imposing Italian-American actor, Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer. He was exposed to dramatic arts while studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He furthered his studies with Sanford Meisner and eventually made his film debut in Where's Poppa?.
Sorvino suffered from severe asthma, and worked hard at mastering various breathing techniques to manage the illness. He wrote a best-selling book entitled "How to Become a Former Asthmatic". He also started the Sorvino Asthma Foundation based in New York City.
Sorvino has appeared in a variety of film, TV and theatrical productions over the the last four decades. He received critical praise for his role in the Broadway play "That Championship Season", and played the role again in the 1981 film alongside Robert Mitchum and Martin Sheen. Other noteworthy performances during the 1980s and 1990s included a stressed-out police chief in Cruising, Mike Hammer's cop buddy in I, the Jury, "Lips Manlis" in The Gambler with James Caan and in a standout performance as mob patriarch "Paul Cicero" in the powerhouse Goodfellas.
Always keeping himself busy, Sorvino has performed in nearly 50 movies just in the past decade, including a dynamic and under-appreciated portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon, as "Fulgencio Capulet" in the updated Romeo + Juliet and in the Las Vegas thriller The Cooler.
Sorvino is the proud father of Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino.
Best known for his role as Deucalion in Teen Wolf, Emery was raised in both England and South Africa. An only child, he kept himself amused by imitating voices from radio and TV, making acting a logical progression. At university, he was accepted into both the Fine Arts and Drama departments, opting for the latter. While a student, he was persuaded to audition for a professional theatre production, where he was discovered by lauded stage actor Bill Flynn. This led to his signing with a top agent and his career was started. He began performing in voice-overs in between his studies and quickly rose to the top of the field.
Emery gained exposure as one of the core performers on Not Quite Friday Night, an SNL-type sketch comedy show, which profiled his natural ability for characters and accents. He went on to appear in the phenomenally successful farce Heel Against the Head, once again alongside veteran Bill Flynn and preeminent South African playwright, Paul Slabolepszy. His performance won him the Vita Award for Comedy; the local equivalent of America's Tony awards. Emery is also a singer and joined cult a capella group Not The Midnight Mass. He combined his comedy and musical ability in the critically acclaimed Thin Man Talking and The Great Glendini, for which he recorded a jazz standards album.
On screen, Emery has appeared in Takers (Matt Dillon), Train (Thora Birch), Greetings from the Shore (Paul Sorvino) and the award-winning Survivor Type. Television credits include guest appearances on True Blood, Burn Notice, Castle, Moonlight and 24. When not acting on camera, he can be heard bringing life to characters in video games and audio books.
Born in Manhattan to Hungarian actress Iren Bordan and Father Gabor Szerdahelyi, Lili was shy until she found her voice as General LaFayette in a 4th grade play about the American Revolution. She began studying acting at 16 under the mentorship of Susan Batson and upon completing her studies in literature and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College, Lili moved to Europe to be closer to her family and to play the lead in her first Hungarian feature "Kinder Garden." She moved back to the states and played in guest-starring roles on shows like ER and Law and Order: SVU. Her award winning performance in Moth Theatre Company's production of David Hare's "The Blue Room" won her a Scenie award for best featured actress in a drama or intimate play. On the big screen, her award-winning American feature "Cherry." was picked up at Cannes for distribution by Warner Brothers, but she is most known to fans as the sensitive and flawed Becca Kelly in "Battle Star Galactica: Blood and Chrome," and the powerful, refined German security officer Hannah Strauss on ABC's "The River." A recurring role on hit BBC series "Silent Witness" introduced her to British audiences, resulting in her landing the lead in British feature film "Two Days in the Smoke," filming in London and Paris. Lili is set to play a lead in her second feature with "Cherry." director Quinn Saunders. "Remorse" with Katrina Law and Paul Sorvino is scheduled to shoot in Philadelphia in summer, 2013.
Kimberly began her career on stage, starring in shows regionally throughout her hometown of Dallas, Texas. In 2010, she played the leading role in 50th Anniversary production of "The Fantasticks" on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and TV. Film credits include Tree of Life (Terrance Malick), Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (Lifetime), Dakota's Summer, Breaking the Press, The Deserted and the title role in the upcoming film, A Winter Rose (featuring Billy Zane, Taryn Manning and Paul Sorvino). Recent television credits include Austin and Ally (Disney), Perception (TNT), Body of Proof (ABC), We Are Men (CBS) , General Hospital (ABC) and roles in the upcoming shows Surviving Jack (Fox) and Intelligence (CBS- starring Josh Holloway". She also starred in Lookbook, a digital series from Lizzie Bennet Diaries creator Bernie Su.
Wayne Kramer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He immigrated to the United States in 1986. His feature film breakthrough came in 2003, when he directed William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and Maria Bello in "The Cooler." Baldwin went on to receive a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination, while both Baldwin and Bello received Golden Globe nominations. "The Cooler" was selected for Competition in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival as well as several other prestigious festivals, including Toronto, Deauville, Karlovy Vary and Cognac Festival Du Film Policier, where the film won the Special Jury Prize. Kramer followed "The Cooler" with the propulsive action thriller, "Running Scared," a film that was all but ignored upon its release in 2006, but has fast become a cult favorite for genre fans. Kramer's most recent film, "Crossing Over" was released in 2009. A multi-character tapestry about immigration in Los Angeles, the film is said to be creatively disowned by Kramer due to tampering by Harvey Weinstein, which led to the removal of 25 minutes of plotline, including a Sean Penn framing device. Although Kramer has only directed three feature films thus far, he has earned a reputation for bringing strong performances to the screen and has collaborated with some of the finest talent working: Harrison Ford, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Ray Liotta, Paul Walker, Cliff Curtis, Jim Sturgess, Paul Sorvino, Maria Bello, Vera Farmiga, Ashley Judd, Elizabeth Mitchell... Kramer got his break in the industry by selling his original screenplay "Mindhunters" to 20th Century Fox. The script was later heavily rewritten and directed by Renny Harlin for Dimension Films.
A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, Leanne trained with the prestigious Atlantic Theater Company, where she received the award for "Outstanding Achievement in Studio". She later went on to receive classical training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in her hometown of London, England.
She started working professionally as an actress in June 2012 with her role, Riley in Every Word Handwritten (RSM Creative, Dir: Kevin Slack). The film had its premiere at the Anthology Film Archives in February 2013 and was an Official Selection at Montclair Film Festival in May 2013.
In May 2013, she filmed the lead role in the independent feature film Acabonac Sunrise (Palmarium S.P.A., Dir: Erik Flynn Patton) as well as the role of Judith Singer in the short Stanley Kubrick biopic Fidelio (Fear & Desire LLC, Dir: Jason Dubin).
In fall of 2013, Leanne filmed the lead role Velana in the feature film Hybrids, a comedy about a family of vampire/witches. She starred alongside Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) and Carolyn Hennsey (True Blood) who play her grandparents in the movie.
She will next appear in an episode of Blue Bloods on CBS.
Other film credits include Jen in Walking the Dead (Mayfair Pictures, Dir: Ash Mayfair) and Ellese in Road Trip (Tisch Thesis Film, Dir: Meera Joshi).
Favorite stage credits include Irina (Three Sisters, Atlantic Theater Conservatory); Diana (All's Well That Ends Well, RADA) and the leading role of Rivkele (God of Vengeance) & Ilse (Spring's Awakening) at the Drama-Desk nominated Marvell Repertory Theatre in NYC which marked her professional stage debut.
Kaitlyn Danielle Ervin was born August 11, 1991 in Mooresville, North Carolina. Her parents are Wayne and Lorraine Miller Ervin; she has an older brother - Brandon Ervin and a younger brother - Clayton Ervin. Statia Ervin Sorgee of South Carolina is her older half-sister. Kaitlyn is a 2009 graduate from Mooresville High School, while in high school she did attend drama classes, but was mostly interested in pursuing a career in journalism. After high school Kaitlyn attended college and earned a diploma in cosmetology.
Kaitlyn was introduced to the stage at an early age through her love of dance. She began performing with a competition dance team at the age of four; over the next ten years the team achieved many regional and national titles for the group. Cheer-leading and softball are other activities that Kaitlyn enjoyed while in school. Her first experience with TV/Film came from working with the HBO TV Show - Banshee, this job opened up an opportunity to work in the film "Careful What You Wish For" (2013) with Nick Jonas, Dermot Mulroney, Isabel Lucus, and Paul Sorvino.
Starting out, Daniel performed at family events, eventually becoming a child actor in the Wisconsin Regional Theatre. By the time he was 17, Daniel knew what he wanted: to spend the rest of his life mastering the art of performance (in all forms).
Daniel Quinn was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father Roger worked for Pabst Brewery as a sales manager, and his mother Rosemary, owned and operated an employment agency. He was raised in Wisconsin with his two older sisters, Kathleen and Colleen.
Part of the Quinn family owns a dairy farm outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin where Daniel spent many days as a child. He began riding horses at the age 6, sparking his lifelong passion for horses - Daniel would make good use of his equestrian skills later in his acting career, as he has stared in several Western film productions.
He began performing in Milwaukee theater at the age of eight, appearing as Kurt in The Sound Of Music. That same year he formed his first garage band, playing the drums. At the age of 10 he appeared as Winthrop in The Music Man, and started marching in a drum and bugle corps, eventually joining the world-renowned Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He also appeared in commercials, starring as the "Big Boy" for the hamburger chain franchise, Marc's Big Boy. The stage was set.
At 17, he became a member of the International Thespian Society and traveled to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. While in Europe, he also studied at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre School at Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Returning from London, Daniel appeared in several regional productions including The King and I, Carousel, and a local production of West Side Story. During that production he met a ballet dancer in the Milwaukee Ballet Company, and by her inspiration, Daniel began to dance classically. With his musical background and his passion for dance as a firm foundation, he soon joined the Milwaukee Ballet Company, performing a season of The Nutcracker.
Daniel then moved to New York City at 19 to pursue his artistic dreams, making a brief stop on scholarship with the Harkness School of Ballet, and also with ballet master David Howard. He was then accepted on scholarship into the New York City Ballet's School of American Ballet at Juilliard. He became deeply immersed in the strict discipline of classical dance, and was honored to have George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins choreograph original pieces on him. He danced two years with the New York City Ballet, and one season for Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino in the Joffrey and Joffrey 2 Ballet Companies.
In 1980 Jerome Robbins revived the Broadway production of West Side Story. Daniel returned to his roots in musical theater, making his Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theatre in the role of Gee-tar, with the Big Deal understudy, and quickly moved into the role of Big Deal, with the Riff understudy. Two weeks after West Side Story closed, Daniel booked Robert Moore's Broadway production of Woman of the Year with Lauren Bacall and Harry Guardino at the Palace Theater, opening in the original cast ensemble.
During the show's run, he was asked to perform the role of Riff in the European Broadway tour of West Side Story. He toured four months throughout Italy and Monte Carlo, ending up in Paris at the Chatelet Theatre for a sold-out nine-month run. He then returned to the U.S. and into Woman Of the Year, where he assumed the role of Alexi Petrokov. After Woman of the Year closed in 1984, Daniel began performing in several television commercials and music videos.
Daniel's friend and mentor, actor Paul Sorvino, guided him into studies with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and Wynn Handman at Carnegie Hall. In 1985, Paul Sorvino cast and directed Daniel in the off Broadway revival of The Rainmaker, where he played the role of Jim Curry, opposite Gary Sandy.
In 1987, Daniel did the original off-Broadway play, Out In America, where he played opposite Darryl Hannah. Also in 1987, he performed his first guest star television appearance in The Adventures Of William Tell / Crossbow, the television series shot in France.
In 1988, director John Frankenheimer brought Daniel to Los Angeles for his first major feature film, Dead Bang, opposite Don Johnson. Within months, Daniel had landed guest starring roles in several television shows and Movie's Of The Week, including a three part Hunter with Fred Dryer, a two part Matlock with Andy Griffith, and China Beach.
Daniel appeared in NBC's first season of Baywatch, and was asked back for several episodes when the show went to USA cable network.
The first major film Daniel shot after arriving in LA was David Lynch's Wild At Heart. Lynch hand-picked him for the role of Tom Mix. He then was cast in Pierre David's Scanner Cop in 1993, in which he originated the starring role of Samuel Staziak, a role which he reprised in Scanner Cop 2.
In 1992 Daniel was presented for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination for the role of Emilio in Jackie Collins' Lady Boss. Daniel continued to show his dramatic range in several television series including two appearances in NYPD Blue opposite Dennis Franz, ER opposite Julianna Margulies, Crossing Jordan opposite Jill Hennessey, The X-Files opposite David Duchovny. Without A Trace, opposite Anthony La Paglia, and more recently, in Criminal Minds opposite Joe Mantegna, One of the highlights of Daniel's acting career was appearing in Diagnosis Murder opposite one of his childhood idols, Dick Van Dyke.
In 2002 and then in 2003 he landed contract roles on daytime shows, The Young & The Restless and Port Charles. He was again presented with a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination for the role of Ralph Hunnicutt on The Young & The Restless.
Other film appearances include Louis L'Amours' Conagher opposite Sam Elliott, Miracle At Sage Creek opposite David Carradine, Raising Flagg opposite Alan Arkin, and opposite Mickey Rourke in The Last Outlaw.
Daniel then filmed six episodes of the television show twentysixmiles. The show is shot on Catalina Island with Daniel as a series lead. The show is in the distribution stage, but can be found on the website Hulu.com. His portrayal of the role of Dirk Stillwell allowed Daniel to return to his musical roots, not only acting in the production, but also playing drums and singing.
Daniel starred in the feature film "Rubber", for French director Quentin Dupieux, opposite Wings Hauser, Jack Plotnik, and Devin Brochu. Rubber, a SCI Fi horror comedy, received critical acclaim at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, where it was picked up for International theatrical distribution, and screened at the AFI Film Festival. Rubber was released theatrically on April 1st, 2011 and is available on Netflix.
Daniel then played Ritter, in the comedy feature film "Karaoke Man", which was filmed in Los Angeles. Daniel worked opposite Brian Dietzen, Bug Hall and James Denton. Karaoke Man was directed by Mike Petty.
Daniel then starred in the political thriller, "CodeX", directed by Norwegian film maker, Hawkon Gundersen. Daniel played opposite long time friend and colleague, Denice Duff. Daniel and Denice worked together in 2002 on The Young & The Restless as CBS contract performers, where they played husband and wife Ralph, and Amanda.
In the fall of 2012, Daniel appeared in the critically acclaimed Fox / Searchlight film The Sessions, with Oscar nominees John Hawkes and Bill Macy, and Oscar winner Helen Hunt,. Written and directed by Ben Lewin. The film garnered Golden Globe, SAG, and Oscar nominations.
In 2012, Daniel was re-united with French director Quentin Dupieux and producers Gregory Bernard and Josef Lieck in the comedy Wrong Cops, opposite Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Steve Little, and Marilyn Manson. Wrong Cops first three chapters had its premier screening at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. It will premier completed at Cannes Film Festival in 2013.
Quinn has had roles that embrace the full diversity of the human condition, inspired by a wide-range of directors, teachers, artists and mentors.
Daniel resides in Los Angeles, where his story is ongoing.
Cuyle Carvin is an American Actor known for his leading man looks, heartthrob physique and his versatility which has helped him land over 35 indie films and numerous TV show appearances, and that list keeps on growing. A veteran of horror films and now making his ranks up the Hollywood chain of stars. He's appeared alongside of industry vets Bill Sadler, Paul Sorvino and also was the lead opposite Nick Wechsler of TV's new hit show Revenge - in the movie Mineville. He's a hot ticket.
Originally from New Jersey, Chris Meyer began studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City where he soon landed his first role on "Sex And The City". He quickly began working steadily with roles on "Law And Order SVU", "CSI Miami", "What I Like About You" and "CSI New York". Chris has since acted in over a dozen films including "P.S" with Laura Linney, "The Trouble With Cali" directed by Paul Sorvino and "Kiss Of The Damned" directed by Xan Cassavetes. Chris lives in New York and L.A.
Brother of Mira Sorvino and son of Paul Sorvino Attended Mason Gross School of the Arts-Rutgers University
Born in the Philippines and named after the Filipino revolutionary, general and actor Macario Sakay; Mig is the youngest of 6 children and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. Mig Macario is known for his ability to play a diverse range of characters with seemingly effortless ease.
If it wasn't for acting, he feels that he would have probably grown up being much like the gun toting, drug dealing characters he played on shows like 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy and The Commish. Macario was able to breakout from the usual thug roles when he played the lead - Song Liling in the Tony Award winning play M. Butterfly at the Arts Club Theatre. Mig's performance earned him a best newcomer nomination at The Jessie Richardson Awards. His producing, writing and directing debut was on the highly rated "Summer Love - The Documentary", which explored rave culture and aired on Much Music.
With nearly 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, he has appeared in over 40 Film and Television projects; working with artists such as Johnny Depp, Maury Chaykin, Paul Sorvino, Dean McDermott and super mom come activist Jenny McCarthy. Mig made history when he was cast as George Amahit on the Gemini award winning, dark comedy "Less Than Kind". It's the first comedic series regular role written specifically for a Filipino in Canada if not North America.
Recent projects find him recurring on not just one but two hit series! You'll see his familiar face on TV's blockbuster FRINGE for Fox and Nickelodeon's The Troop. He'll also be seen opposite Aaron Douglas (The Bridge, Battlestar Galactica) and a stellar cast including Emanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men, CSI NY), Paul Campbell, Torrance Coombs, Andrew Airlie and Crystal Lowe in Killer Mountain airing on the SyFy network.
From gang lord to Asian trans-gender diva spy to an overprotective Filipino father his performances are consistently creative, courageous and charismatic. From comedies to drama, stage to screen and everything in between; Mig's unstoppable joy, enthusiasm and humanity add a unique depth to any project he works on. As a practicing Buddhist Mig in turn supports many youth and aspiring actors globally to realize their true potential.
Tyler Hollinger is an up and coming actor both off-broadway and in the indie film world. "In the past few years, Hollinger has proven himself to be one of the most vital presences on the New York stage"-off off online. Best know for his work on the hit ABC hidden camera show "What Would You Do?" hosted by John Quinones, he routinely appears off-Broadway and regionally in some of America's best theatres. TV: What Would You Do?, How to Make it in America, Dateline NBC, All My Children, Colors (directed by Joel Schumacher) FILM: Excuse Me For Living, King Lear Documentary w/ Paul Sorvino, Fishers of Men, Witches of OZ (w/Christopher Lloyd), Miracles of the Misfitted, Girls Named Pinky, Jezabel, Beds Made & Sweaters On and many more. Tyler's films have become Official Selections and award winners at such film festivals as SXSW, PALM BEACH, TORONTO, MONACO, DERBY CITY and many more... Tyler is the recipient of 2 IRNE awards, 1 mustache award for BEST ACTOR, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and the IndiesLab. He currently resides in NYC.
Chuck Shamata's career spans four decades in film, television and theatre. Among his most recent credits are the feature films One Week, The Sentinal, Cinderella Man and War Games 2; the cable movies Tipping Point,The Engagement Ring and Kojak (and the ensuing series). Don Shebib's classic Between Friends - often recognized by critics as one of Canada's all time best - was the film for which Shamata received his first Genie Award nomination, and was presented with a Migliore Attore award by the legendary Vittorio De Sica at the Sorrento Film Festival. His other feature credits include The Spreading Ground with Dennis Hopper, Joshua Then and Now with James Woods, Power Play with Peter O'Toole, The Devil and Max Devlin with Bill Cosby and Night Friend with Art Carney. On the small screen, Shamata was nominated for a Gemini Award for his starring role as a family man facing his homosexuality in the network film The Running Man. Other network movie credits include A Father for Brittany, On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story, the Cable Ace Award-winning Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, Echoes in the Darkness and Between Friends alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett. He played Pierre Salinger in the mini-series Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and for Showtime Networks he co-starred in the Tony Bill-directed cable feature Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story; as mafia boss Sam Giancana in The Family; The Thin Blue Lie with Rob Morrow; and Escape Clause with Paul Sorvino. On stage, Shamata played Dr. Astrov opposite Peter O'Toole in Uncle Vanya in Toronto and Chicago, Torvald in A Doll's House and leading roles in Doc, Good Woman of Setzuan, To Clothe The Naked, You're Gonna Be Alright Jamie Boy, Battering Ram, My Fat Friend, Chapter Two, The Country Girl and The Indian Wants The Bronx in theaters from Halifax to Los Angeles.
A native of Marlton, New Jersey, Joseph started his career after graduating from University of Delaware. He trained extensively at the Beverly Hills Playhouse (BHP) under the direction of AL Mancini and Milton Katselas.
In 2009, his episode of "Deadliest Warrior" was the highest rated of the season where he was the Mafia Weapons Expert.
In 2010, Ferrante starred in the Award Winning Short Film, "Amexica" with actress Annalynne McCord.
Starring in "Amexica" Ferrante played a classic Anti-Hero dealing with inner struggles and redemption. His performance is critically acclaimed. Winner of Malibu, Mexico & Honolulu International Film Festivals, "Amexica" earned Academy Award consideration for best live action short film and on March 16, 2011 the film screened for a panel at the United Nations in New York City.
In 2011 and 2012, Ferrante landed Principle spots on the Soap Series "Young & The Restless" and "Hollywood Heights", Guest Spots in the Warner Bros Series "Chuck" and Warner's Web Series, "Aim High" produced by McG/Wonderland. Ferrante also co starred in the viral comedy video "Shit Italian Moms Say".
2013 has been a great year so far for Ferrante. He is cast in the Pilot Series "Paulie" Starring Paul Sorvino, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Madsen & Max Burkholder. Ferrante is also cast as Mario on an episode of Disney's "Kickin'It" and in the Indi Comedy, "Wingman Inc.".
Ferrante also makes a career as a print model. Hero Spots include an add For "Premier Protein" that ran from Oct 2012 to April 2013 in Men's Health, Men's Journal and Muscle & Fitness Magazines. Further Hero spots include Harley Davidson Motorclothes, Aquafina & Marlboro.
Joseph is passionate about human rights. In his spare time, he Volunteers to help such organizations as PEHT (Project to End Human Trafficking) dedicated to building awareness and ending Human Trafficking.
Ferrante applies "The Method" to his work.
Ferrante resides in Beverly Hills, California.
Carlotta Elektra Bosch was born in Barcelona to a Castilian mother and a Catalan father. One a Designer and the other an Architect and Professor of Art in the University of Girona. Carlotta is the youngest of two siblings, her brother is a Landscape-Architect and Entrepreneur. After her birth the Bosch family moved north where Carlotta grew up between the medieval city of Girona and the Empordà. Her father, a cinephile, shared with Carlotta all his knowledge of Classic Cinema and educated her to understand Art, Philosophy and Literature.
It was from a very young age that Carlotta realized her passion for the Arts. When she was only 4 her love for Stanley Donen's "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" "Funny Face" and "Singin' in the rain", Vincent Minnelli's "An American in Paris" and "Gigi", Robert Wise's "West Side Story"... and all the American musicals awakened a strong desire in her to learn to dance. After convincing her mother, she started ballet lessons which she studied throughout her childhood. At 5 she initiated fine arts and immediately found a way to express and fulfill her imaginative personality. At 7 she began to read compulsively, for her it was a way to feed her fantasy world. From that, a passion for writing naturally grew which later on was developed within a poetry group in "el Raval" of Barcelona and, later on, Screenwriting studies in New York. Her love for the Performing Arts developed at the beginning of her life, spending her childhood wearing costumes and impersonating all the characters that she saw in films and plays and read about in books. She spent her adolescence acting in many of her school performances while creating all the sets and making movies with her brother and cousins with a 8mm and a HD tape camera from the tender age of six .
Combining design and some modeling work with Spain's most prestigious Francina agency, Carlotta graduated in Interior Architecture (Furniture & Stage Design) in Barcelona. Then she obtained a MFA in Fine Arts in Stockholm, Sweden, where she lived for almost two years. Carlotta's love for humanity has taken her to do volunteer work since her school years helping organizations for the old and the physically and mentally disabled without resources like the Cottolengo. This and her enormous interest to experience other cultures and learn other languages, has taken her traveling through many countries, also living in Greece, Italy, Portugal, France and New Zealand. She has a degree in Art and multiple languages. She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian.
With a strong will and the lack of English language, Carlotta fearlessly moved to New York to follow her undeniable dream: to pursue an education and a career in acting among the highest levels. Firstly, for some years, she studied the "Lee Strasberg method" in a Theatre Group with Gary Swanson. She also took an intensive Filmmaking course in NYU. Carlotta, soon after moving to NY, was scouted by a modeling agency that provided her with more print and commercial work to pay for her studies. Although Carlotta considered her work as a model merely as a resource to pay student loans, support herself and travel, she became very successful and after some years working incessantly in Europe, Australasia and USA, she had saved enough to study in one of New York's most imminent drama schools. Carlotta applied and auditioned for the best NY schools in drama, facing the difficulty of having to choose one as she was accepted to all of them. It was after reading William Esper's book "The Actor's Art & Craft" and having a personal interview with him, that Carlotta decided to attended William Esper Studio, graduating in June 2011. Among its alumni the school boasts great actors such as: Kathy Bates, Larry David, David Morse, Paul Sorvino, Kristin Davis, Sam Rockwell and Harold Perrineau. These are also some of the other great coaches Carlotta has worked with on her acting and voice, not forgetting Per Brahe who trained Carlotta in both Mask and Chékov: Bob McAndrew (Raul Julia, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Cooper, Chistopher Walken, Tom Selleck...), Juan Carlos Corazza (Javier Bardem...), Patricia Fletcher (Harvey Keitel, Lynn Redgraves, Jean Reno, Elias Koteas, Gina Gershon...), Nancy Mayans (Alfred Molina, Tom Conti, Mike Colter...), Linda & David Laundra and Deb Jackel.
In the last years she has been finalizing her studies of Screenwriting in the New School while performing in numerous stage productions and films in both Spanish and English.
Bill Sorvino, born and raised in Jersey City, NJ honed his craft on stages and films throughout New York City. He trained at the prestigious William Esper Studio, a school which is an internationally recognized authority on the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner. Bill Sorvino, nephew of legendary actor Paul Sorvino, and cousin to Academy Award winning actress Mira Sorvino has begun to establish his career as a lead actor. To date, he has garnered acting awards at Long Island Film Festival, Northeast Film Festival, The Accolade Competition and was nominated for Best Actor at Traildance Film Festival.
Named in the top 50 most influential people in the Garden State, Bill is also the founder of the Sorvino Film Institute at Saint Peter's University and Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City.
Giulio Base, was born in Turin (Italy) in 1964. He achieved two Doctorates. The first in Literature and Philosophy and the second one in Theology. From 1996 he's a Mensa Member (the society of people whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population).
He started as an actor studying in Florence at the School for Dramatic Art directed by the great Italian master Vittorio Gassman.
After many years working as an actor, he made his strong directorial debut with Crack (1991), his first movie, that came from a theatre's piece that he already directed and played on stage. The movie was shown at the Venice Film Festival (Italy) and it won the prize for the best first opera at San Sebastian Film Festival (Spain)
His second title The East (1992), a road movie, was shown in Venice again and at the Festival of Festivals of Toronto (Canada) where it obtained the Audience Award.
After that, he shot Policemen (1996), his first work with an European major, an international co-production including French and Italian stars. This film won a prize as the best movie at the Festival of the Film Policiers in Arcachon (France).
The West (1998) was the sequel of The East, almost a classic road movie in US: young boys riding a car from New York to Los Angeles. Special Jury Award at the Réncontres du Cinema, in Annecy (France)
His biggest success in Europe is La Bomba - Once Upon A Time In Little Italy - (1999)), a comedy about mafia lifestyle, located in New York City; the film avails itself of famous artists such as the two times Academy Award Winner Shelley Winters.
His debut as a director in a TV movie, Padre Pio (2000) obtained the highest share of Italian television of all times.
In 2005 he directed the epical tale of Peter, the real story of the first apostle, played by the legendary Omar Sharif. This work opened him the doors to Hollywood.
In 2006 he directed his first 'mainstream' movie, called The Inquiry (produced by Avi Lerner, with Nu Image) that has released by 20th Fox in US (as 'The Final Inquiry'), by Sony in Spain and by IIF in Italy among several other countries. The cast is amazing: Max Von Sydow, Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham, Ornella Muti, Dolph Lundgren and much more great actors.
In 2007, he helmed Last Days Of Pompeii, another national and international success.
In 2009 he directed in New Mexico, Usa, a western: Doc West, starring Terence Hill, Paul Sorvino and Clare Carey among other American actors and actresses. The movie has been shown at the Cannes Film Market and it will have a sequel.
In 2010 he shot the tv movie 'A dog for two" a comedy that won Christmas night tv share.
In 2011 he helmed 'The Sunday Woman' a remake of a classic Italian masterpiece of the 70's (Mastroianni starred in it) that was acclaimed by the critics as the best direction of his career.
Born in Marlboro, NJ, Jessica developed an early love of performing. At the age of five she and her mother, Chellie, moved to Los Angeles where her acting dreams took flight. Though she began with co-star roles on Sesame street and Party of Five she soon landed recurring roles on "My Wife and Kids" (which she won the young artist award for at the age of ten and "Just for Kicks", where she stole the show as the hilarious Marnie Nelson. Jessica has also guest starred on shows such as "ER" (where she died), "Becker", "Unfabulous",and "The Drew Carey Show". Film has also been a part of her repertoire. She has worked with Madonna in "The Next Best Thing", Jim Carey in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", Jenny McCarthy in "Thank Heaven" (she played her daughter), Drew Carrey in "Geppetto" and Paul Sorvino in "The Amati Girls". When Jessica is not acting she enjoys playing classical piano, taking on community service projects, listening to her IPOD, shopping, reading and spending time with friends. Jessica remains bi-coastal and is looking forward to focusing on high school and auditioning for musical theatre (she hopes to one day be on Broadway).
Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Sam Borowski was destined to be a filmmaker. Indeed, he grew up just a stone's throw from the house that served as the Corleone Home in the Academy-Award winning film, "The Godfather." During his time at the newspaper, Sam won two national writing awards. After selling his first option in 1999 and attending the Cannes Film Festival, Borowski realized his destiny by producing nine films - six features and three shorts - with another feature on the way. Among them, he directed and produced the much-anticipated feature film, "Night Club (2011)," which was Academy-Award Winner Ernie Borgnine's final theatrical feature and also starred Natasha Lyonne, Paull Sorvino and Academy-Award Nominee Sally Kellerman. "Night Club," also won a whopping 16 awards over 8 film festivals. Before that, Borowski wrote, produced and directed, "The Mandala Maker", a short for Academy-Award consideration in 2010 that got considerable Oscar buzz and went on to qualify for the Oscars in the Live-Action Short category. To date, it garnered seven awards over eight festivals, including three in the prestigious Accolade competition (for Direction, Short Film and Lead Actress). It also played in the prestigious Film Columbia Festival, in a block alongside 2010 Academy-Award Best Picture nominees, "Prescious" and "Up In The Air." One of the features he produced, Rex (2008), experienced quite a bit of success on the festival circuit, winning numerous awards and honors. As the producer of Rex, Borowski was awarded the Audience Choice Award in both the SINY Film Festival in Staten Island, and the 25th Long Island Film Festival in 2008. In addition, Rex was nominated for Best Picture in both of those festivals, as well as several other awards. It also captured Breakout Performance for Acting (Robin Anne Phipps) in the Long Island Film Festival and Best Actress (Robin Anne Phipps) and Best Actor (Eric Rosenberg) honors in the 2008 Queens International Film Festival, and played in the 2009 Traildance Film Festival in Oklahoma. Interestingly enough, Borowski was responsible for casting Rex, and handpicked both Phipps and Rosenberg, who each won acting awards. He also selected all of the music, which included that of Empire City Motorcade, and used his style and sensibility while sitting in editing every day as the Post-Production Supervisor. Borowski also served as a Second-Unit Director on Rex, directing several key scenes including the climactic and shocking ending. Borowski cut his teeth writing and producing the feature-length documentary, "Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man", which features Academy-Award Winner Benicio Del Toro and is narrated by A-lister Keith David. The film, tells the story of the era surrounding the creation and distribution of the innovative horror film, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and its impact on the genre. In addition, Borowski has also worked as a script doctor for both studios and independent film companies. He previously lived in London, England for three years, but resides once again in Staten Island, New York.
Most recently, he produced a feature film, "A Place For Heroes," in Iowa in summer 2012 starring Paul Sorvino, Academy-Award Nominee Sally Kellerman, Bill Sorvino and Samantha Tuffarelli. And, he also produced and directed another short for Academy-Award Consideration, "Maniac," starring Bill Sorvino in 2013.
A prolific writer and idea generator, Taylor most recently teamed with Academy Award® winning actor, writer and producer Jamie Foxx to form a new specialty production company named No Brainer Films. Through this Los Angeles-based production banner, Foxx and Taylor develop, finance, write, direct and produce mainstream films and TV series.
Among the initial projects green-lit for No Brainer are the NBC television series "Tommy's Little Girl" and the revamped horror/thriller series "Night Tales."
"Tommy's Little Girl" is a mob drama starring Selma Blair, Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico, and James Russo. Taylor is co-writer and co-directer with Jamie Foxx.
Taylor is also co-writer and director (with Foxx) on "Night Tales: The Series" - a unique hybrid of "Tales from the Crypt" and "The Twilight Zone." The original 26 episode, 30-minute anthology television series is hosted by Denise Richards and Stacey Dash and features a bevy of talent including Method Man, Tom Arnold and Jason Mewes, to name a few.
Taylor continues to run his own thriving production company Deon Taylor Enterprises (DTE), which produces a diverse array of larger budgeted projects born of Taylor's boundless energy as a multi-hyphenate writer, director, producer and financier.
Under his DTE banner, Taylor wrote, directed and produced the recently released horror/thriller Chain Letter starring Nikki Reed, Brad Dourif and Betsy Russell. The film opened nationwide in October 2010 and will soon be available on DVD, Blu Ray and VOD.
Other recent projects written, directed and produced by Taylor include the comedy The Hustle starring David Alan Grier, Brigitte Nielsen, Bai Ling and Tony Cox; the horror/thriller Dead Tone starring Rutger Hauer, Aimee Garcia and Jonathan Chase; and Night Tales: The Movie with Flavor Flav.
Capitalizing on the breakout success and popularity of his "Night Tales" series, Taylor recently launched a new wholly-owned specialty label based on the "Night Tales" brand name. The debut "Night Tales" television series featured recurring star and host, Flavor Flav, and aired on WGN in 2009. The new specialty label is titled "Night Tales Presents" and is solely dedicated to producing commercial horror films and television programming that pushes the envelope of terror. The label produces feature films and television series as well as a softer edged animated kids' series and a branded interactive online platform.
Taylor has a background in marketing, sports and promotions. A Nike All-American basketball player from Gary, Indiana, he earned a biology degree at San Diego State University on a full basketball scholarship where he was named that conference's "Newcomer of the Year." Taylor went on to play professionally and still competes weekly in the coveted NBA Entertainment League out of Los Angeles.
Springfield in Massachusetts is where the child prodigy William Cary Zucker started to create music. At the mere age of nine, he began performing piano recitals in public, and soon began to score his own compositions that greatly impressed his tutor, school peers and his supportive parents. Fast forward by a few years, and by age eleven, Bill had formed a garage band 'The Divided Line,' using his very first drum kit. He loved the sounds of drums in music and would jam regularly with the band until the age of fifteen, when he picked up his first guitar. Once again, he quickly became proficient in an instrument and composed a tenderly entitled song 'Show Me,' through which he expressed his emotions over a break-up with his childhood sweetheart
The guitar was perfectly suited for Bill because he could take it with him everywhere and it rarely left his side. It went with him through all of high school, where he was chosen to perform in many concerts and events. Very often he would get standing ovations and countless encores as a vocalist and when he played his acoustic guitar as a solo
After high school Bill auditioned and was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He absorbed everything that Berklee had to offer and from there (still with trusted guitar by his side) he went to live in Seattle for three years, while he attended Western Washington College in Bellingham. It was at this College that Bill hosted his own campus radio show and became the frontman and electric guitar fiddler for the country-rock band 'Colraine.' After graduation, he ended up as many musicians do, in Hollywood California where he teamed up with a young songwriter called Ron Fair, who went on to become an extremely successful music executive, and together the pair wrote a multitude of songs that were published by Paramount. Bill relished the vast opportunities Hollywood gave him as a musician and formed his first professional touring band 'Cruise Control,' that later evolved into 'The Bill Zucker Band (BZB)' there. The BZB featured Bill's lead vocals and leveraged his multi-instrumental ability to play the guitar, drum, harmonica, fiddle and keyboard/synthesizer
He had now become an exceptionally gifted musician with an impressive catalogue of over 300 original songs. Not content with just playing music, Bill also displayed an entrepreneurial streak when he opened a night club called 'Z Street.' Being the owner gave him endless opportunity to perform with numerous bands, artists and musicians. He took every single opportunity.
At the turn of the new millennium in 2000, Bill had landed himself a new record deal in Philadelphia and then recorded a critically acclaimed twelve song CD entitled 'Millennium' but the album's arrival could not save the record label from closing down, so unfortunately the album never received any of the global distribution that was promised. Bill decided it was perhaps a blessing in disguise, and moved to the warm tropical breezes of Miami Florida
By 2009 Bill had heavily invested in real estate and the stock market but saw that wiped out in the financial crash overnight. This turn of unfortunate events, prompted him to write 'The TARP Song' that he then recorded at Audacity Recording in Hollywood FL. The song became both a powerful political parody and a phenomenon that catapulted him into the national and global media spotlight and he literally become a household name overnight. Neil Cavuto on Fox News commented: "The Tarp Song says in 3 minutes what every American is feeling and the song immortalizes the Tarp forever."
Swayed by his high profile public image, Bill once again used his ability to tap into the mainstream and popular culture, and wrote and produced "The Twitter Song" and instantly he had another viral hit song on his hands. In the 'The Twitter Song' Bill parodied Twitter, Facebook and MySpace addiction and even Ashton Kutcher publicly loved and supported the catchy tune. Bill's efforts were duly recognised and rewarded by the online industry itself, when he became the recipient of an award by YouTube for having the funniest comedy video in 2009
Bill's magic touch ability to connect with an online audience was being observed by Hollywood and an enthusiastic Kelsey Grammer star of NBC's 'Frasier'phoned him one day to compliment him on his success. Bill and Kelsey had an instant rapport and both agreed that they should work together over the next few conversations. It was an alliance that even 'Laurel and Hardy'would be laughing down at. Within a few weeks, Bill finished writing the script for the first instalment of 'The Kelsey Grammer and Bill Zucker Comedy Hour' that featured skits and rude jokes and exquisitely captured the 'Benny Hill' humour of Bill and the dry neurotic wit and effervescent charm of Kelsey Grammer
Throughout 2010 and 2011, Bill wrote, directed and appeared in numerous skits and sketches with famous celebrities. He worked with the legendary heart-throb and model Fabio in 'Bill Zuckers Masterclass,' in which Fabio seemed to have lost his magical touch and so Bill gave him a pep talk so that he could pick-up the gorgeous Nicole Steinweddel! That was followed with 'A Day with the Simmons family' in which Bill spent the day at the family home of KISS musician Gene Simmons and his partner Shannon Tweed. In one hilarious scene; Gene smashed Bill's guitar to pieces and in another - Bill put on a KISS mask and got into bed with Shannon!.
Bill then flew out to Hawaii to film with Dog The Bounty Hunter and his family in a skit called 'Dog the TP Hunter tracks down Bill Zucker.' It had taken Bill; months of persuasion, perseverance and planning and in the end he managed to capture the Chapman familys' magical touch on screen. Only Dog The Bounty Hunter and his crew could have captured Zucker!
Not content with appearing in front of the camera, Bill decided to mix in a dose of film festival hosting too. He hosted the 2010 and 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival and award recipients such as; Sharon Stone Paul Sorvino, Morgan Fairchild and Joan Collins all praised Bill for such a professional and polished job on the night and promised to return following year - but only if Bill was going to MC again.
To solidify the self- belief and tenacity of this world class musical showman; Bill has compiled two hit Albums 'Stranded' and 'Every Window' and in 2011, he recorded another new album that he independently released through his website, that included the songs; 'The Answer,' 'Summer Girl,' ' Friends,' and 'Shannon,' - the latter being a wedding present to his friends Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed
In early 2012 Bill moved to Hollywood CA and formed the 'Bill Zucker Band' and in between filming new television projects with Kelsey Grammer, he is busy rehearsing with the band and preparing for a tour across the US and Europe and will be recording and writing a new live album to take on the road.
Born in Montagano, Italy, he came to the U.S. as an 8 year old with his mother and sisters to join his father who settled here a year earlier.
Excelled in sports (basketball and baseball) at St. Patrick's High School in Elizabeth, NJ. Graduated Cum Laude, and received basketball scholarship to the University of Texas at El Paso upon graduation, after having been named to All-County, All-State, and All-American Honorable Mention Selections.
He completed his college career at Biscayne College in Miami, FL (now St. Thomas University) graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English and Philosophy, and went on to play pro basketball in Italy with G.S.A. Benevento. He was inducted into the St. Patrick's High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and elected into the Elizabeth, NJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.
His interest in acting came about while teaching English and coaching varsity basketball at North Brunswick Township High School during his five years there.
Bruno attended the Strasberg Theatre Institute and continued working with: Marcia Haufrecht, John Stix, John Strasberg, Michael Shurtleff, Michael Moriarity and Gordon Phillips.
He's worked extensively theatrically in NYC. Some of his memorable roles include: Pale in Burn This, Salvatore in the highly acclaimed NYC premiere of The Headhunter, (both at the Common Basis Theatre); Benny in We Make a Wall, Gus in Tracon (both at the Open Door Theatre); Dom in Dog Eats Dog at the Ensemble Studio Theatre; Louis in The Gravediggers Tale (NYC Premiere at the Gene Frankel Theatre and published in Best Short Plays of 2009-Smith &Krauss); Gabriel in Valentino's Wing (Producer's workshop at the Actor's Studio).
Has worked in TV and film with such esteemed directors as: Sergio Leone, Sydney Lumet, Richard Benjamin, David Platt, and with such accomplished actors as: Robert DeNiro, Tom Hanks, James Woods, Paul Sorvino, David Proval and Phil Bosco.
Laura was raised in a small town, Wokingham in the UK. She grew up having lived in South America, The United States and Norway. Having studied extra classes in the LAMDA acting certificates, Laura decided she wanted professional training. After school, Laura gained a scholarship into The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California but decided to attend the same academy in New York. Having completed one year at the academy, Laura felt she wasn't getting a deep enough grounding in acting and auditioned for The William Esper Studio. On being accepted into the Studio, Laura began working with William Esper.
Since her training, Laura has worked with Michel Gondry, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Witt, Nick Stahl, Frankie Fasion, Tom Noonan, Paul Sorvino and Mick Hucknall. Laura lives in both the US and the UK.
|Joan Agajanian Quinn
Joan Agajanian Quinn, with husband, attorney John J. Quinn, and twin daughters Jennifer & Amanda, has been a supporter of the arts for over 35 years; particularly Southern California Contemporary Art. A Los Angeles native, she is the creator, writer, producer and host of "The Joan Quinn Profiles", a series of over 400 complete shows. It is a 30 minute interview show with a 2 guest format relating to the ins and the outs of the art world and the many facets of show-business. The Cable TV show airs on a mini-syndicate from California to New York (1993-present).
Guests of "The Joan Quinn Profiles" have included: Javier Bardem, Frank Gehry, Vera Wang, Georgio Moroder, William H. Macy, Manola Blahnik, Paul Morrissey, Charlie Hayden, Paloma Picasso, Zandra Rhodes, Oscar De La Renta, Dennis Hopper, Nilo Cruz, Tippi Hedren, John Waters, Richard Tyler, Salome Jens, Henry Jaglom, Michael Vartan, Charlie Shanian, Lela Rochon, Holly Woodlawn, Bob Mackie, Paul Sorvino, Michael Goorgian, Michael York, Don Bachardy, Gay Ribisi, Ed Moses, Laddie John Dill, Brenda Vaccarro, Sally Kirkland, Joan Chen, John Epperson, John Phillip Law and Guy Pearce.
She has been seen on various TV shows including appearances on: Fox News and KTLA (1989), CNN News (1993), E.R. Fox TV (2000), Hard Copy (1995-97), From Hollywood with Frank Swertlow (1997). Having written and edited (3) six minute art segments for the show Tributes (1990-91) she followed it with another TV show. She created, produced, wrote and hosted "Joan Quinn, etc..." from 1990-92.
Joan Agajanian Quinn is a visionary. who has inspired artists from all over the world to c her portrait. Such noted artists have painted or sculpted her image: David Hockney, Ian Falconer, Bob Graham, Robert Mapplethorpe, Antonio Lopez, Don Bachardy, George Hurrell, Magu, Joe Goode, Claire Falkenstein, Zandra Rhodes, Tony Berlant, Lucie Abdalian, Billy Al Bengston, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Bell, Karine Matsakian, Ed Ruscha, Ed Moses, Laddie Dill, Kristin Calabrese, Andrew Logan, Duggie Fields, George Herms, Beatrice Wood, Elsa Flores, Mel Ramos ...
Ground-breaking fashion icon, go-to celebrity stylist and television personality, New York-native Nolé Marin. He has been on ABC reality series "True Beauty" backed by power-producers Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks. A favorite judge on multiple seasons on "America's Next Top Model," Season,2, 3, 4, On Air creative director of "Canada's Next Top Model" Season ,2, 3, A fashion expert on "TV Guide, E!"style network and all so three-time coach of MTV's #1-hit makeover show "MADE," is what catapulted him to super-stardom.
As a regular contributing editor to Elle, Esquire, Allure and Vogue a round the world. Nolé's expertise has been featured for the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy's, Cannes Film Festival, MTV Awards, and Grammy's. Additionally, Nolé has established himself as every A-lister's only answer to red carpets, award shows and of course, New York Fashion Week. Currently his the fashion director for the Runway Magazine.
Marin's resume of work with high-profile advertising campaigns includes L'Oreal, Pepsi, Disney, Sony Music, Colgate, Avon, Showtime, Virgin Records, Lady Footlocker and Davidoff. while working alongside noted photographers as Danella Federrici, Richard Phibbs, Greg Gorman, Nigel Barker, Mick Rock ,Tony Druan, and Markus Klinko & Indrani, just to name a few.
His list of celebrity clients are no less impressive. Claudia Schiffer, Tommy Hilfiger, Tyra Banks, Hugh Jackman, Heidi Klum, Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keyes, Kanye West, Cynthia Nixon, Ricky Martin, Vivica A. Fox, Gabrielle Union, Kimora Lee and Russell Simmons, Antonio Sabato Jr., Chloe Sevigny, David Blaine, Smokey Robinson, Channing Tatum, Emily Watson ,Taryn Manning and Paul Sorvino. have all worked with the master of trends and style of, Nolé Marin.
As if that was not enough, our spitfire Nolé proved to the world that he has a few more tricks up his sleeve with his discovery of southern-boy-turned-international-male-modeling-sensation Sean O'pry in 2006, whose face has sold millions for Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani and H&M . Sean was named top ranked by Forbes 2009.
"Catwalk," the book one of characters is loosely based on Marin's life by acclaimed creator of Disney's "Cheetah Girls" Deborah Gregory, and a sure-hit TV show on its way.
When he's not turning the average Jane into an international fashionista, securing celebrities on best-dressed lists around the globe, or coaching a friend in need on the proper way to insert a pocket square, Nolé splits his time between both coasts and he love's all his nine animals.
Gary Sax has been involved in the film, television and entertainment industry for over 25 years as an actor, entertainer, director, producer and promoter. He graduated from the esteemed Center for Media Arts in New York City with an advanced degree in Television Production while also holding an Associate of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Florida. He also studied at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Institute also in New York City as well as the American Stage Conservatory in residence at Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, New Jersey under the tutelage of the respected and award winning actor, Paul Sorvino.
During his tenure in the music industry, Sax, an accomplished saxophonist and performer, has worked in concert both as backup, opening act and promoter for some of the most well known artists of the early and recent rock era including...Joey Dee, Dick Dale, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Coasters, Mary Wilson, Air Supply, Junior Walker, The Shirelles, Sonny Turner, Johnny Rivers, The Association, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Crystals, Gary Puckett, Gary US Bonds, Johnny Maestro, Lou Christie, DJ Fontana, Marty Stuart, The Comets, and many others.
His succession into the film and television industry first had him as an actor, working with such luminaries as Denzel Washington in "Heart Condition" and Tony Danza in "Who's the Boss". He also appeared in many stage productions including the lead in regional productions of "Grease" and "Bye Bye Birdie" as well as in an off Broadway version of Ipsen's, "Ghosts".
In his pursuits behind the scenes and camera, he has worked as a producer, director, videographer, production manager, location manager, etc.. He was a co-producer on an Erica Estrada/Paul Smith vehicle entitled, "Caged Fury". He was also Associate Producer on the campy comedy, "South Beach Academy" starring Corey Feldman, James Hong and Al "Grandpa Munster" Lewis.
Gary produced, wrote and directed the fifties style musical variety sitcom, "Harmony Street", which ran nationally on the Nostalgia Cable Network. Other productions include a short documentary, "Joe Franklin-Down Memory Lane" and a pilot for a series about disabled athletes entitled, "The Human Race" which was well received at the Paralympic Congress Disability Film Festival.
Gary also brings with him a background as a teacher, coach and camp director. Other credits in front and behind the camera include... "Coco Bay Bed Race" with Dana Plato ("Different Strokes"), Spring Break, Spring Fever USA, Can It be Love, Smokey and the Bandit II and III, Porky's 2 and 3, etc..
Niki Shadrow, Style Expert, began her career after migrating from the beaches of Malibu to the nightlife of Hollywood. Shadrow started building her name in the entertainment industry by jumping into the fashion and pop culture scene at a very young age.
A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Niki Shadrow is an active member of the FIDM Alumni chapter and frequently speaks on panels. Hundreds of students line up each time she speaks to meet her, shake her hand and take photos with her. Niki always makes time to advise each student and answer questions, despite all of the chaos that goes along with her personal and professional life. Shadrow has overcome a learning disability, a speech impediment and vocal cord complications. She has never let her challenges stand in her way. Her motto has always been "Make it happen".
Niki's styling career began while she was still in college. To date, Niki has styled celebrities such as Paris Hilton, The Pussycat Dolls, Amanda Bynes, Carmen Electra, Haylie Duff, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge, Jenny Garth, Kaley Cuoco, Daisy Fuentes, Guliana Rancic, Catt Sadler, Olympic Gold medalist, Natalie Coughlin Hall, Robin Antin, Francia Raisa, Alyson Michalka, Karina Smirnoff, Jillian Reynolds, Dominique Swain, Debbie Gibson, Eva La Rue, Victoria Justice, Kara Taitz, Cheryl Burke, Ali Landry, Patti Stanger, Kimberly Caldwell, Stacy Keibler, Hannah Cornett, Tila Tequila, Adrianne Curry and Janice Dickinson, to name a few.
Niki later transitioned to the world of print by becoming a Life & Style Editor/Fashion Editor, booking celebrity covers and writing syndicated columns for several entertainment, lifestyle and fashion magazines. As a result of working with numerous publications, Niki evolved her business into event production, structuring in-house events for the publications that she is affiliated with, in order to promote her columns, photo shoots and the branding of each publication. Shadrow's experience over the last decade has included: Fashion Consulting, Event Production, Sponsorship Coordinating, Lifestyle Consulting, Celebrity Styling, Magazine Contribution, Fashion Show Production, Photo Shoot Production, as well as coordinating and hosting red carpet events with charity affiliations as well.
Niki has produced many live events with A-List tastemakers in attendance. She has produced and styled fashion shows for The Italian Film Festival with Paul Sorvino & Sophia Loren, The Black Eyed Peas, Mercedes-Benz LA Fashion Week, The Pussycat Dolls, The Red Hot Chile Peppers and Virgin Records, creating a following for herself among the top industry executives. Her lively and pleasant demeanor makes Niki a striking character; naturally instigating interest and appeal everywhere she goes. Niki always leaves people wanting more.
Niki is a strong believer in helping to create buzz for emerging talent in all aspects of pop culture, whether it is her friend the designer, the musician or the artist. Niki has interviewed celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Nicole Ritchie, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Nicky Hilton, Bill Mahr, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Anthony Kiedis, Tommy Lee, Taryn Manning, Marla Sokolof, Rachel Lee Cooke, Jaimie Priestly, Gabrielle Union, Lisa Rhina, Alexis Arquette, Christian Slater, Jared Leto, Meagan Good, Christina Millian and more. In her young life so far, Niki has managed to secure appearances on TV as well as her name in print. Niki and her work have been featured in numerous publications such as: Star Magazine, Lucky Magazine, IN STYLE Magazine, Elle Magazine, Teen Vogue Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Us Weekly, Life & Style Magazine, The Daily, Apparel News, Clear Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, 944 Magazine, Angelino Magazine, Malibu Times Magazine, The Beverly Hills Courier, The Huffington Post, Hollywood Weekly Magazine, Gladys Magazine and Fashion LA Magazine.
Niki has made personal TV appearances on Oxygen Network, E! Entertainment, Bravo,VH1, Style Network, Logo, BBC & Fashion TV.
Niki has worked with numerous charities and philanthropy organizations. A few of the organizations that Niki has supported over the years are: Children Of The Night, The Cambodian Children's Fund, Children's Hospital Of Los Angeles, Teens For Teens Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, The National Council Of Jewish Women, The Los Angeles Mission, Downtown Women's Center and Shop For A Cause & Dress For Success.
Niki currently resides in Los Angeles and is a prominent LA/Hollywood personality. She is known around town as the young, connected style expert, magazine editor and overall concierge in Hollywood. She is also known for her big personality and her big heart.Niki has just added Teen motivational speaker to her resume. It has always been her dream to inspire teens to be confident adults. Niki Shadrow is continually building her own brand as a Personality, teen motivational speaker and true Style Expert.
Laura Maxwell is an American Actress, Writer and Producer born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where she attended Springside School for Girls. As a teenager, she excelled in the Visual Arts and Theater and was her school's first graduating senior to receive both The Suzanne Rebmann Prize for excellence in the Dramatic Arts and The Alumnae Art Award, for excellence in Visual Arts. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to begin conservatory training in Meisner Technique with esteemed acting teacher William Esper of The William Esper Studio. While in school, she was cast in the lead role, Cali, in a developmental theater production of Amanda Sorvino's play "The Trouble With Cali", opposite veteran actor Paul Sorvino, which would later be turned into a film. While In New York, she also studied with teacher/directors Kelly Kimball, Robert Castle, and the late Curt Dempster. Maxwell began appearing regularly in Off-Off Broadway productions, TV commercials and at various comedy clubs doing sketch by the mid 2000s. At this time, she also began writing plays, notably the one act play "Five Items or Less", which was produced by Ensemble Studio Theater's Citylab and the short comedy "The Last Line" which was adapted for the screen and directed by Benjamin Murray. In 2006, she co-wrote and starred in the film "Salmon Story" by director Jarrah Gurrie. which was one of the inaugural films commissioned by the International Portable Film Festival in Melbourne, AU. Soon after, she booked a leading role in the WB comedy/improv show, "Make My Day" (written by Kelly Kimball/Janine DiTullio/Paul Scheer) in which she co-starred with actors and comedians Mario Lopez, Lewis Black, Paul Scheer, Michael Maronna, and Beth Ostrosky. Although the show never aired, Maxwell soon relocated to Los Angeles and began work as a Performer, Writer and Producer in the online comedy satire "Penny and Pru", an episode of NBC's "Last Comic Standing", and in the films "Misplaced" (dir. Greg Lastrapes), "The Best of Robbers" (dir. Chris Sivertson), "Green Screen Guy" (dir. Clay Weiner), and the upcoming film "Ruby Falls" (dir. Jarrah Gurrie.)
Filmmaker Darin Ferriola has directed, written, and produced three independent feature films which have all premiered on major television networks and have sold domestically over 300,000 DVDs combined.
In 2007, First Look Pictures released Ferriola's romantic comedy Mr. Fix It. Starring David Boreanaz, Alana De La Garza, and Paul Sorvino, Mr. Fix It has sold over 170,000 DVDs domestically (ranked top comedy at Blockbuster for Feb. 2007).
Ferriola's second feature, the sci-fi adventure Soulkeeper, premiered on the SyFy Channel in 2002 as the first ever SyFy Pictures release. Described in Fangoria Magazine as "Dude, Where's My Relic?," Soulkeeper tells the story of two down-on-their-luck thieves who get hired to steal an ancient talisman capable of resurrecting the dead. Starring Robert Davi, Brad Dourif and Rodney Rowland, Soulkeeper is a high quality adventure film containing over 140 visual effect shots and numerous animatronic creatures.
In 2009, producers David Fincher (Seven, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Blur Studio hired Ferriola to write the script The Automatic Detective. Adapted from the book of the same name, The Automatic Detective tells the story of a futuristic robot that uncovers a vast alien conspiracy to take over Earth. Slated to go into production in 2011, The Automatic Detective will be Fincher's first foray into animated feature films.
Stanley moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 1992. He attended the University of California Los Angeles in 1997. Stanley left school early in 2001 to pursue his career in the entertainment industry. In that year Stanley joined CBS production team for the 43rd Grammy's and 1st Latin Grammy Awards. In 2002, he gained notoriety as an Associate Field Producer and Location Producer for NBC's distributed realities shows Blind Date and The 5th Wheel. In 2004, he made a move into feature films and one of Stanley first major features involved veterans actors Christian Slater and William H. Macy. Then, his next feature starred Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Justin Long and rising star Jonah Hill. Through the next four years Stanley added eight more films to his resume. In 2008, Stanley was handed the helms to production manage a movie made for television with the Sci-Fi Channel called "War Wolves" and he produced 2 short films that have won awards in festivals across the US. Stanley has been extremely active in film/television as well as many other avenues in the entertainment community. In the fall of 2008, Stanley help to produce Wayne Brady's video "You and Me" from his CD "A Long Time Coming" . (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz7IRYKpHmY). Currently, nine (9) of those movies are in Blockbuster stores; The Box (Gabrielle Union), The Dog Problem (Don Cheadle), American Son (Nick Cannon, Chi McBride), Pulse (Christina Millian, Kristen Bell), Stolen (Josh Lucas), Just Add Water (Danny DeVito, Johan Hill, Justin Long), American Cowslip (Vil Kilmer, Peter Falk), Vicious Circle (Paul Rodriguez) and He Was A Quietman (Christian Slater). Stanley work has been authenticated and can be viewed on IMDB.com. In 2009, Stanley was involved with 5 feature films starring; Yul Vazquez (American Gangster), Josh Lucas (The Lincoln Lawyer, Sweet Home Alabama), Diane Ladd (Charlie's War), Rip Torn (Men In Black), Val Kilmer (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), comedian Paul Rodriguez and the late Peter Falk (Columbo). In 2010 his work with seven time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette with Radio Free Albemuth was a success. The same year Stanley went on to work with Brian Geraghty (Jarhead), Faune A. Chambers (White Chicks) and Sam Jones III (ER, Army Wives, Smallville) in Krews. Despite his impressive body of work, Stanley has not slowed down. He have channeled his energy and passion into producing 2 short films, a cooking show and a feature film titled Divorce Invitation starring Jamie Lynn Sigler (Entourage, Sopranos) Nadia Bjorlin (Days of our lives) Keith Robinson (35 and Ticking, Dreamgirls) Elliott Gould (Ocean Eleven, Contagion) and Paul Sorvino (Law & Order, Good Fellas) in 2011.
The great-grandson of Russian vaudevillians, Keith grew up in Cleveland, OH, where as the only Jewish kid at Our Lady of Angels School, he would pass out matzoh in the cafeteria under the crucifix. Bespectacled and the smallest in his class, he would read the encyclopedia during recess while his classmates played kickball, until one day his insightful second grade teacher Mrs. Gibbons stood him on a milk crate and had him sing two songs his mother had taught him - "High Hopes" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight." At that moment, he was hooked. That self-discovery led to performing throughout his childhood with the Singing Angels, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and other theatres. He had found a purpose.
Keith went on to study acting while earning a Masters Degree in Architecture through Tulane University and the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, traveling extensively throughout Europe. Returning to Cleveland, he worked as a registered architect, eventually becoming a respected designer of performing arts centers and a contributing writer to two books and over a dozen magazine articles. He continued to perform regularly and was a co-founding member of a small resident professional theatre company in downtown Cleveland.
Moving to NYC in late 2003, Keith expanded his theatre background to include over 50 stage credits, from Motel the tailor opposite Paul Sorvino in Fiddler on the Roof to Marlin the father in Disney's Finding Nemo the Musical, which found him singing high B-flats while doing aerial somersaults with a puppet in his hands. He studied improv and on-camera acting and began working in TV, film and commercials, including the Zac Efron feature The Derby Stallion and The Onion, which had the rare distinction of being included in the PBS series Make 'Em Laugh, a documentary on the history of comedy that found Keith sandwiched between Mae West and Family Guy.
He now lives in LA, where he works in TV, film, and commercials.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Vladimir and his family moved to Los Angeles in late 90's. He holds law, music and cinematography degree. He has spent over six years producing film and television. For this short period of time he already has produced and directed over hundred sequences and episodes for several major broadcasting channels in Russia, two Hollywood feature films and number of short films, documentaries, commercials, pilots and music videos. During his short career he has had a pleasure to interview and work with numerous celebrities and well-known people like Hugh Hefner, Timur Bekmambetov, Steven Seagal, Pamela Anderson, Paul Sorvino, Mark Millar, John Dykstra, Terence Stamp, Armand Assante, Martin McDonagh, Colin Ferrell and many more.
Matt Dahan's music career started twenty years ago with an abandoned upright piano and a Talkboy tape recorder in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Today, his music has been performed or synced onto nearly every medium - from scoring stages in Los Angeles to concert halls in New York City, from Top 40 radio stations in North America to hit television shows in South America.
The passion to write for all kinds of musicians and formats led Matt to Berklee College of Music, where he specialized in songwriting alongside the best writers and performers in the world. His ability to write for any and every genre has amounted to nearly 400 songs to date, as well as a versatility that opened the door to television placements on high-profile networks such as MTV and PBS. Meanwhile, he had been playing his songs with various pop bands around the east coast for almost a decade, compiling accolades from Berklee to Billboard as he made the trans-continental jump from Boston to Los Angeles.
In addition to songwriting, Matt began professional work as a film composer in 2010. A trio of dark-suspense thrillers paved the road to the musical comedy How Sweet It Is - starring Joe Piscopo, Paul Sorvino, Erika Christensen and Michael Paré - for which Matt contributed over an hour of music, including eleven original songs. This was quickly followed by the independent drama Lonely Boy, which was selected to world premiere at CineQuest Film Festival 2013.
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Based in New York City, Tyler A. Chase, Artist/Film Maker/Human Rights Advocate and President and CEO of L'ORAGE Productions, has consistently focused on new and socially relevant work. Having worked in New York City in the OFF OFF Broadway scene for years as director, playwright, actor and producer and having studied acting with people like Lloyd Williamson and Herbert Berghof, Tyler was intoxicated by the prospect of putting it all on film. Tyler transitioned from theater into independent film maker and even prior to graduating from New York University's Film Program Tyler wrote, directed and edited two short 16 mm narrative films: Urban Inquisition (a controversial film about a gay bashing) and the dark comedy, Fowl Play (with Jack Mulcahy). Both the films were lauded at the New York International Independent Film Festival and screened at the Tribeca Screening Room. They were also screened at the Ocularis Open Eye Festival and later at the Pioneer Theater in New York City. Soon after Tyler was associate producer and production consultant of Joanne Chengs' award winning documentary, Mamas Gold and was associate producer of Chengs' revolutionary, China Gold Rush, both screened at multiple festivals and China Gold Rush was aired on PBS. It is no surprise that one of Tyler's current films as Auteur and Producer is the work in progress, "Touched by Duse" about the mother of modern acting, Eleonora Duse. The feature is a "film trippant", done with renowned Canadian actress and collaborator, Jennifer Dale. Some of the actors involved in the film are: Ellen Burstyn, Paul Sorvino, Austin Pendleton, Anne Jackson and Marian Seldes. A segment of it screened at the National Arts Club in 2011.
Aside from "Touched by Duse", Tyler is developing and producing "Of Renegades and Monks",(a story of a mother and teenage daughter who transform a personal tragedy into a magnificent year long journey of self discovery and martial arts at the WuDang temple in China). There is also a work in progress that is nearing completion: "A Castle in Brooklyn - King Arthur and the Serfdom of Kent", (a docu-drama about the forced evacuation of artists from Brooklyn). A segment of A Castle in Brooklyn was screened for the United Nations Universal Period Review process (investigating Human Rights Violations in Housing in the US) that took place in New York in 2010 and outtakes were screened at the United Nations in Geneva in November 2010. As a member of the UPR panel, Tyler addressed the issue of forced, pre-emptive eviction of artists and participated in these historic human rights events.
Memberships include: New York Women in Film and Television, IFP, The National Arts Club, The Dramatists Guild, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity Association, AFTRA, Artists
Jack Walker is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he was awarded the American Theater Wing Scholarship for most promising new actor in 2002. Shortly after graduating he was cast as Deke Carter on the long running, award winning day time drama "One Life to Live". After his 10 episode run he went on to guest star in other day time dramas such as, "As the World Turns" and "Guiding Light". Landing roles on "Law and Order CI:" and the original "Law and Order", where he worked with Sam Waterston and Mario Van Peebles. He went on to be cast as the lead in David DeVries epic Civil War movie, "Fields of Freedom". This 3.2 million dollar, thirty minute film produced by Craig Haffner centered on the experiences of two soldiers. Jack played the young, Pfc. Jeremy Johnston. A true character who charged the Union lines in what has come to be known as Pickets Charge. Jack also narrates the films perspective from the Confederate side. From "Fields of Freedom" Jack was cast as Adam Charles in Davis Guggenheims "Gracie". Working with such seasoned actors as Dermot Mulroney and Elisabeth Shue. Following "Gracie" Jack was cast along side Michael Sorvino in "The Trouble with Cali" A film directed by Paul Sorvino. Jack got to spread his wings playing a mentally challenged skateboarding thug that looks up to and is protected by, Michael Sorvinos character Guido. Jack can also be seen as one of the bank hostages in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" Jack has also worked behind the camera. Operating as the Assistant Stage Manager for NBC's Mercy where he was frequently invited to read with the cast of the show. Look for Jack next year in "Smurfs".
Erin Prieth Citti is a costume designer and wardrobe stylist. Born and raised in San Diego, she relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of California, San Diego to follow her lifelong passion for the art of fashion - and to turn her knack for creating a character through a visual image into a career.
Erin has since lent her classic-high-fashion-meets-edgy-bohemian aesthetic to editorials, music videos, feature films, television shows, commercials, and lookbooks. She has worked with top brands and talent, including Leighton Meester, Wilmer Valderrama, David Burtka, Shane Harper, Kathryn McCormick, Finola Hughes, Erika Christensen, Joe Piscopo, Paul Sorvino, Vince Offer, Elodie K, Honeydew Intimates, and Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine.
Rocco Olivo was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 1928. His parents Vita Maria Cimmarusti and Biagio Olivo were from a small town in Italy called Valenzano which is in the province of Bari. The son of Vita Maria and Biagio was the second of five children. Their first child who was named Rocco passed away at 1 year old after receiving an immunization shot which killed 13 other children from the same town. Later that year Vita Maria and Biagio suffering the loss of their first child decided to move to The United States and settle in Chicago where Rocco who was named after his brother was born.
They did not settle for very long. Due to the depression and increased violence in the streets of Chicago, Vita Maria and Biagio did not feel it was a good place to raise a child so they moved back to Valenzano, Italy. Because the economy in Italy was not very stable Biagio would be forced to find work in The United States while his family remained in Italy. For many years Biagio traveled back and forth from the United States to work and back to Italy to reunite with his family. At times Biagio would be gone for two or more years at a time. Consequently the reunions with his wife Vita Maria always produced a new sibling for Rocco. For the next several years Rocco would welcome his sisters Giacomina, Maria and his baby brother Vito into the world.
In 1939 soon after Vito was born, Italy entered the war. His father got aboard the last ship leaving for the United States and headed back to find work. Rocco remembers the war bulletins describing the action of the Italian army in Albania, Greece, Yugoslavia, North Africa, Russia, the air raids, the German occupation after the Italian surrender and the liberation by the British and American troops. As a young boy while all that was occurring Rocco became acquainted with a teacher of languages by the name of Professore Leopoldo while attending school at the Church of San Rocco. The professor who played the church organ and organized staged acting and religious dramas for the local community saw that the young boy was thrilled and excited about the theater and encouraged young Rocco to participate in local performances. Rocco knew he found something of great interest that he could pursue the rest of his life.
A year after the war ended in 1945, Rocco's father Biagio who was still living in America and Vita Maria decided to move the family to Torino, Italy where some of her relatives lived. In Torino Vita Maria was able to buy a new house and opened a grocery store with the money she had saved. During this time Rocco was drafted into the Italian army. He served 11 months in the city of Montorio Veronese (a small town near Verona). In a short time Rocco went from being a soldier to a trainer and drill instructor were he instructed soldiers on how to operate military equipment and weapons. On his days off Rocco would go to watch the opera at The Arena of Verona and on occasion being a history aficionado, would tour Verona. He even visited the graves of the real Romeo and Juliet that William Shakespeare wrote about hundreds of years before.
After his stint in the army, then aged 18, he decided to go to college. Rocco's talent was immediately recognized at the University of Torino and with the help of his fellow students organized a theater group and performed several plays by Carlo Goldoni, Giovanni Verga, Peppino and Eduardo De Fillippo, Anton Checkhov and many other novelist and dramatists. The group gained enough attention to catch the eye of a city official in the cultural department of Torino who wanted Rocco's troop to be the first to reopen the prestigious "Teatro Gobetti". The theater was reduced to rubble and in need of much repair as a result of the war. The theater reopened with Rocco's group performing to flocks of people eager to enjoy the theater after years of oppression. Rocco's performance was said to bring tears to the eye of his father who was back from the United States. The success of Rocco and his theatrical group allowed them to travel and extend their shows to neighboring towns. One of the group's highlights was being able to perform and be directed by Silvio D'Amico of the Academy of Roma, who was one of the premier acting teachers and directors in all of Rome.
In 1965 Rocco and his family lost their beloved husband and father, Biagio Olivo who suffered a stroke. In an effort to help support his family after his father's death Rocco took a job with the FIAT auto industry during the day while continuing to perform with his theatrical troop at night. A couple years later in 1967 his mother decided to move to Chicago where all the Olivo children had moved. Rocco remained in Italy for a short time but then decided to go and be with his family in The United States. Over the course of a couple years Rocco and the entire family who had started families of their own all migrated to California. Now at the age of 39 he found himself in Los Angeles. He continued his dream of performing Italian plays by founding the "Teatro D'Arte Italiano".
Rocco met professor Anna Seldis who was teaching Italian at Northridge University. Prof. Seldis believed that the best results in teaching the Italian language would be obtained combining the use of the didactical system with assistance of the theater performing Italian plays. Rocco who became enthusiastic about Prof. Seldis' concept teamed up with her and performed "La Giara" by Luigi Pirandello that was performed at Cal State University Northridge. The success of that production led to a tour of performances at local schools like Santa Monica High School, Chatsworth High School, El Camino College and UCLA. The buzz of this educational experiment caught the attention of Fr. Luigi Donazan (a priest at St Peters Italian Church) who requested that Rocco and his group perform at the Casa Italiana in Downtown Los Angeles where the theatrical group would find a home to perform its plays for the next several years.
It was at the Casa Italiana were Rocco met his soon to be wife Maria A. Ferrari who joined the group in 1974. They were married in Los Angeles that same year and on March 5th, 1975 Daniel Joseph Olivo was born. A few years later in November 21st 1978, Rocco Biagio Donato Olivo Jr. was born. Both Daniel and Rocco Jr. have followed in there fathers footsteps. Daniel now 31, starting working as an actor from the time he was born and even did several plays with his father, mother and brother and today is pursuing an acting and singing career while taken classes with the renowned Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He has appeared and worked in film, television, theater and has sung on radio stations all over Los Angeles and is continuing to work in the industry. Rocco Jr. now 27 also worked as a child actor in film, television, and theater and began singing lessons with Maestro Giovanni Zavatti. Rocco Jr. recently graduated with a business degree from the University of Pepperdine in Malibu, California. and now has started his own successful business in the real estate and mortgages industry and has two offices in Pasadena.
Rocco and Maria's efforts with "Teatro D' Arte Italiano" have produced years of wonderful plays, benefits and cultural events for the Italian community in Los Angeles. Having performed such countless plays at The Casa Italiana such as Luigi Pirandello's: "La Giara", "L'Uomo dal Fiore in Bocca", "La Licenza", Giovanni Vergas's: "Caccia al Lupo", "La Lupa", Eduardo de Filippo's: "Filumena Marturano", "Pericolosamente" and Peppino De Filippo's: "Don Raffaele" "Il Trombone". The attention from the Italian community about Rocco's theater group caught the eyes of Gene Dynarski and Robert Burgos, a producer and director who were going to do a production of "The Girl on the Via Flaminia" and wanted Rocco to desperately star as Ugo. Rocco gladly accepted and starred opposite Sean Penn and Meg Tilly in 1980. Rocco and Sean became close friends and Rocco even befriended Sean's father Leo, a famous actor and television director in his own right who asked Rocco to play a role in the television series "Mike Hammer" where he performed a very funny opposite the shows star Stacy Keach.
In the early 1980s the region of Italy surrounding Naples suffered an earthquake. Rocco gathered his troop of actors to perform a series of shows with all the proceeds going towards the Earthquake relief efforts. Then in 1984, in an order to promote culture in the Los Angeles community during The Olympic Games, Rocco was asked to direct and star in a production of Luigi Pirandello's "La Giara" where he won an award for the 'Best Foreign Language Play from the City of Los Angeles'. In 1987 he received rave reviews from various Los Angeles Theatre Critics for his performance as Tomaso in Preston' Sturges's "Strictly Dishonorable". In a pursuit of promoting Italian culture all over Los Angeles Rocco and Maria for two years had a radio program in Italian for KFOX FM called "Italia-Italia" between 1987 and 1988.
In 1997 he had an opportunity to help a friend Rino Piccolo from Naples to produce an evening to honor the works of Franco Zeffirelli at UCLA where a selection of his movies were shown and a question and answer session was held regarding the famous directors works. Rocco and Rino were both honored that evening with an award presented by the famous singer Tony Renis for their efforts. Rocco has been busy working in the entertainment industry since coming over from Italy in 1967. Most recently he co-stared with Paul Sorvino and Ellen Bernstein in an episode of a television series called "That's Life". A year later he starred opposite Talia Shire, Burt Young and Alyssa Milano in a movie called "Kiss the Bride". Rocco also co-starred in a production of "Idiot's Delight" directed by Anthony Caldarella who also wrote and directed a film in which Rocco appeared earlier called "My Brother Jack".
Over the course of his career he has worked with many of Hollywood's most famous actors, directors, singers and producers including Francis Ford Coppola, Kevin Kline, Dolly Parton, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Riser, Billy Crystal, Tony Shaloub, Joseph Campanella, Anthony La Paglia, Joe Mantegna, Al Ruscio, Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Cybil Shepard, Tim Daily, Susan Lucci, Robert Loggia, Marco Leonardi, Freddy Rodriquez, Kevin Dillion, and producer Donald Bellisario.
Most recently he began a mission to teach children about Italian literature and theater by producing and staring as Geppetto in a production of Pinocchio were children of the Los Angeles community were given a chance to act and learn about Italian literature. Rocco is also the co-founder of the Pugliese Association of Southern California and member of the Abruzzesi and Molisani Club and a former member of such organizations as UNICO of Los Angeles, the performing arts branch of The Sons of Italy, the Italian Catholic Federation of South Pasadena, the Federated Italo-Americano, and was the President of The Sons of Italy Los Angeles Lodge. Rocco and his wife Maria have been members of St. Peters Italian Church since 1974.
Today Rocco, now 78 enjoys spending time with his friends, family and people of the Italian community and continues to work in the entertainment industry carrying forth his dream to promote Italian culture and history.
J. Harley Gilmore was born in Orange, California and raised in West Los Angeles, Malibu, and Palo Alto, CA. He started his entertainment career in music at the early age of five as a drummer, playing his first professional engagement at fourteen. After graduating high school he attended Foothill College in Los Altos California. After two years, he transferred into the Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, CA and completed a one-year intensive study program. Shortly thereafter, he landed various gigs eventually taking him to London, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and West Germany where he toured and recorded with BMG recording artists "Monro" in 1989/90. He's also played/recorded/auditioned for artists such as: Blu Cantrell, Mozella, Tyler Hilton, Erik Palladino, Summer Rose, The Black Summer Crush, Thomas Flowers, (Oleander) Gods of the Radio, Cordell Crocket, (Ugly Kid Joe) The New Breed Orchestra, Weylon Krieger, Suicidal Tendencies, Robert Plant, The Cult, Chet Thompson and Mandy Lion, (WWIII) Patrick Muldoon, Robert Sarzo, Lisa Hawkins, Kingdom Come, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ashes II Ashes, Andy West, (Dixie Dregs) John Goodsall, (Brand X) and Rick Springfield.
In 1990, Gilmore worked as an assistant drum tech advisor to Kevin Dillion in Oliver Stone's "The Doors". In 1994, he began working in television, first as an office runner, then a PA and eventually a segment producer/production coordinator for the Grab Productions reality series, "Behind Bars", starring Paul Sorvino. He also worked for HBO and Showtime for various original TV dramas. Between 1995 and 1998, Gilmore worked as an in-house Production Manager for DnA Broadcast Design in Glendale, producing corporate videos, bumpers, and various media projects. Clients included: NBC, ABC, KCOP TV-13, Comedy Central, MTV, KTTV-11 and KTLA-9 television.
In 1998, he worked as a second/second AD for the first season of "VIP" starring Pamela Anderson. From 2001-2004 Gilmore became an artist representative at Motion Artists, Inc. in Los Angeles, handling over thirty Production Designers, Storyboard Artists, and Art Directors for film and television.
In early 2004 he co-wrote "The Players Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Dating For Women" with Heidi Fleiss and Libby Keatinge, published by One Hour Entertainment. Later that year he wrote the screenplay, "Nationwide" for actor Tom Sizemore and Lionsgate Films which was never produced.
Gilmore is busy as a spec screenwriter, seeking new representation at this time.
Areg Barsegian was born in Yerevan, Armenia on September 4th 1987. His family migrated to Queens, New York when Areg was four years old. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, a specialized science magnet school where he studied architecture. Fascinated by the sciences he went on to study neurobiology at Stony Brook University. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended New York Medical College for two years, where he passed the first licensing exam for medicine. Ultimately, Areg's passion for film and theater prevailed. He left medical school to study acting and film making. During this time he trained under master instructor William Esper, whose past alumni include Paul Sorvino, Aaron Eckhart, Jeff Goldblum, and countless others. As a film maker, Areg has produced music videos for such artists as Depeche Mode, J Cole, Fabolous, Outasight, MSMR and Bastille. 2014 also sees the release of the independent feature film Lily & Kat starring Hannah Murray, which Areg co-produced.