Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American fashion model and actress. She was born in Austin, Texas, and is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Her maternal grandmother is actress Tippi Hedren.
In 1999, she made her film debut in Crazy in Alabama, where she and her half-sister, Stella Banderas, played the daughters to their real-life mother, Melanie Griffith. The film was directed by her stepfather, Antonio Banderas, but it wasn't a hit. Dakota resumed her schooling and waited several years before she decided to become a professional actress and model. In 2006, she was voted Miss Golden Globe, a launching pad bestowed on off-spring of famous parents. She served as the first second-generation Miss Golden Globe in the Globes' history, since her mother was Miss Golden Globe in 1975. She also signed with IMG Models. In 2009, she modeled for MANGO brand's jeans line. Dakota traveled to Sydney, Australia, where she shot the "Rising Star" campaign for fashion label, "Wish". Once she graduated from high school, she signed with the William Morris Agency and started her acting career. She had her first box office hit in 2010 with David Fincher's film, The Social Network, in which she had a scene with Justin Timberlake. The film received eight Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. She also appeared in three additional films: Beastly, alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen; Ezna Sands' film, Chloe and Theo; and So Yong Kim's film, For Ellen; She had roles in several 2012 films: Christopher Neil's film, Goats, with David Duchovny; Nicholas Stoller's film, The Five-Year Engagement, for producer Judd Apatow, and the hit feature film version of the 1987 television show, 21 Jump Street, that made Johnny Depp a star. She also won the female lead in Chris Nelson's, film Date and Switch, written by Alan Yang. Her first television show, Ben and Kate, where she played "Kate", aired on Fox during the Fall 2012 season. It was canceled in 2013, and she quickly resumed her feature film career with three high-profile films: "Need for Speed," the modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare play "Cymbeline," and the starring role of Anastasia in the adaptation of the best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Alfred Lewis Enoch was born December 2, 1988 in Westminster, London, England, the son of English actor William Russell (William Russell Enoch) and Brazilian doctor Balbina Gutierrez. He is an actor, known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). More recently, he has played Philotus in Timon of Athens (2012), and Titus Lartius in Coriolanus (2013 - 2014), by William Shakespeare, both at the Donmar Warehouse theater.
Natascha McElhone was born in Walton on Thames, London. She attended several schools, Camden School for Girls being the last.
Natascha McElhone established herself as a talented leading actress when she left drama school in 1993 to play the lead in her first film, Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso, opposite Anthony Hopkins.
She quickly followed this with Peter Weir's film, The Truman Show; Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own, with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford; and John Frankenheimer's action epic Ronin, in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro. She also played Rosalind to Kenneth Branagh's Berowne in his musical version of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
In 2003, McElhone co-starred with George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh's futuristic love story, Solaris. McElhone starred in TNT's mini-series The Company, a Golden Globe-nominated drama. In 2005, she starred in NBC's Emmy-nominated mini-series, Revelations.
Natascha McElhone stars opposite David Duchovny in the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series Californication.
McElhone also stars in the children's fantasy film, The Secret Of Moonacre Manor, with Ioan Gruffud. She shared the title role in Mrs Dalloway with Vanessa Redgrave directed by Oscar winning director Marleen Gorris. McElhone's other major film credits include City Of Ghosts, with Matt Dillon and Gerard Depardieu; Laurel Canyon, with Christian Bale and Francis McDormand; and Ladies In Lavender, with Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.
She has most recently starred in The Kid and in two other British feature films 'The Theatre Of Dreams' with Toby Stephens and Brian Cox and in Julian Fellowes' adaptation of 'Romeo And Juliet' to be released March 2013. She has just completed filming 'The Sea' starring with Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds and Charlotte Rampling also to be released in 2013.
Born 1989, the daughter of a magazine editor and a surgeon Kirby was turned down by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and took a gap year travelling before studying English at Exeter University. She then turned down her place at LAMDA in London after she was signed up to an agency and met the theatre director David Thacker who gave her three starring roles over 2009 at the Octagon Theatre Bolton in All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. For All My Sons she won the BIZA Rising Star Award at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, worth £5000. She then went on to star at the National Theatre as Isabella in Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton directed by Marianne Elliott alongside Harriet Walter and Harry Potter's Harry Melling. She then starred as Rosalind in As You Like It by William Shakespeare at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, where Alfred Hickling from The Guardian named her a "significant new talent". In 2011 she was in premiere of The Acid Test by Anya Reiss at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Simon Godwin earning praise for her performance with Paul Taylor of The Independent calling her "a star if ever I saw one". She has been nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for two consecutive years for five out of the six plays, 2010 and in 2011, where she won Third Prize, Ben Whishaw and Benedict Cumberbatch being previous winners. Her TV debut in the BBC's The Hour co-starring with Ben Whishaw, Dominic West and Romola Garai aired in 2011. She played Estella in the BBC's adaption of Great Expectations alongside Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson and Douglas Booth. In 2011, she was named as one of Screen International 'Stars of Tomorrow'. Previous names include Gemma Arterton, James MacAvoy and Carey Mulligan. In November, she was nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards as Outstanding Newcomer for her performance in The Acid Test. Named as one of Nylon's Young Hollywood list 2012. She is set to star as the lead role of Alice in Ridley Scott's forthcoming mini-series adaptation of Kate Mosse's novel Labyrinth. Filmed Wasteland alongside Luke Treadaway and Timothy Spall in early 2012, and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia Leboeuf and Mads Mikkelson. She is filming Richard Curtis' next film About Time] with Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy, and played Masha in the acclaimed Three Sisters at the Young Vic in September. In the summer of 2014 she played Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, again collaborating with Benedict Andrews at the Young Vic, alongside Gillian Anderson as Blanche and Ben Foster as Stanley. She won Best Supporting Actress category at the Whatsonstage Awards 2014, which is voted for by the public. Her recent film roles include Kill Command, opposite Thure Lindhardt, the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, and Queen and Country, John Boorman's sequel to his 1987 Hope and Glory. In early 2014, she filmed Working Title's Everest, starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley, playing the iconic American socialite Sandy Hill Pittman. She also filmed Anthony Bourdain's crime novel 'Bone in the Throat', alongside Tom Wilkinson and Ed Westwick. In 2015 she filmed Michael Grandage's first film Genius, alongside Colin Firth, Jude Law and Guy Pearce. It is cited she has begun filming as the title role in new series The Frankenstein Chronicles opposite Sean Bean, The Dresser for Richard Eyre with Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, Thea Sharrock's adaptation of Jojo Moyes' book Me Before You with Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke.
Tom Sturridge was born in London, England. He is the son of actress Phoebe Nicholls and sometime-actor and full-time director Charles Sturridge, and the grandson of actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent. His maternal great-grandfather, Horace Nicholls, was a prominent photographer.
Tom started his acting career under the guidance of his father's directing, in a re-telling of the Gullivers Travels TV production, when Tom was just aged 11 years old.
After returning to schooling, Tom attended the prestigious Winchester Collage, but dropped out before he completed his A-Levels.
He returned to acting in 2004, with roles in 'Vanity Fair' and an excellent performance in 'Being Julia'.
In 2005, Tom played a demanding role in a TV production about William Shakespeare, playing William Herbert 'the fair youth', the gay lover of Shakespeare. A tough role, handled well, saw Tom go from strength to strength as an actor. In that same year he played a blink-and-you'll-miss role in a bizarre mock documentary about two conjoined twins turned rock stars called 'Brothers Of The Head'.
In 2006, Tom took a part in a psychological thriller called 'Like Minds' (also known as 'Murderous Intent) and although that movie may have failed on some levels, it was the chilling performance by Tom Sturridge that won most of the positive notices.
Next it was rumoured that Tom Sturridge was supposed to be cast in the big Hollywood production 'Jumper', but was dropped in favour of a bigger star in the form of Hayden Christensen.
Next, in 2009, after a near three-year absence from the big screen, Tom returned in an all star comedy called 'The Boat That Rocked', directed by Richard Curtis. The fine cast also included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans and Bill Nighy.
Although the movie didn't set the box office on fire, it did further show Tom's potential as a future leading man.
Next, stepping up his acting credentials even further, Tom appeared in a stage play called 'Punk Rock'. So good was he in that role, he won the 2009 Critics' Circle Theatre Award.
Upcoming movies 'Waiting For Forever', 'Junkhearts' and 'On The Road' promise to continue Tom's ascendancy as one of the UK's best new actors.
Tom has a younger brother and sister, Matilda Sturridge and 'Arthur Sturridge'; both have followed Tom into the acting profession.
Camille Guaty, raised in Northern California and New Jersey, studied at Boston University and continued her education at R.A.D.A, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Here she learned the great works of the late William Shakespeare.
It was in New York when she caught the eye of a casting director that helped her sign with Innovative Artist and Handprint Entertainment.
After a ten day trip to meet her new Los Angeles reps, they immediately signed her and sent her out on her first pilot season. Camille was offered a holding deal with WB and booked her first role on Bob Sagets "Raising Dad," as a feisty best friend to Kat Dennings and Brie Larson. She next landed the lead role in Disney Chanel's "Gotta Kick It Up" and hasn't stopped working ever since.
Rahul Kohli was born on 13th November 1985 in London. Rahul began acting in school plays at an early age, but it wasn't until he was 17 that drama became his main focus. After leaving college having studied Film, Rahul applied for drama schools with the hope to begin his career as a performer. Having been accepted at school, Rahul began to learn his trade on stage, performing in various productions from William Shakespeare's Henry V to Eduardo De Filippo's Sabato, domenica e lunedi. After leaving the theatre and acquiring an agent, Rahul has been working on British television ever since, performing in well known British dramas such as Eastenders and Holby City, to working on worldwide advertising campaigns for Heineken and Sony. While screen acting has always been his primary focus, Rahul has still enjoyed success on stage in his professional career, with a stint at The National Theatre working with acclaimed director Howard Davies.
William Shakespeare's birthdate is assumed from his baptism on April 25. His father John was the son of a farmer who became a successful tradesman; his mother Mary Arden was gentry. He studied Latin works at Stratford Grammar School, leaving at about age 15. About this time his father suffered an unknown financial setback, though the family home remained in his possession. An affair with Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior and a nearby farmer's daughter, led to pregnancy and a hasty marriage late in 1582. Susanna was born in May of 1583, twins Hamnet and Judith in January of 1585. By 1592 he was an established actor and playwright in London though his "career path" afterward (fugitive? butcher? soldier? actor?) is highly debated. When plague closed the London theatres for two years he apparently toured; he also wrote two long poems, "Venus and Adonis" and "The Rape of Lucrece". He may have spent this time at the estate of the Earl of Southampton. By December 1594 he was back in London as a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men, the company he stayed with the rest of his life. In 1596 he seems to have purchased a coat of arms for his father; the same year Hamnet died at age 11. The following year he purchased the grand Stratford mansion New Place. A 1598 edition of "Love's Labors" was the first to bear his name, though he was already recognized as England's greatest playwright. He is believed to have written his "Sonnets" during the 1590s. In 1599 he became a partner in the new Globe Theatre, the company of which joined the royal household on the accession of James in 1603. That is the last year in which he appeared in a cast list. He seems to have retired to Stratford in 1612, where he continued to be active in real estate investment. The cause of his death is unknown.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lesure served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor's degree in theater. During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he performed in the productions Hair and The Island. In addition, he was able to fulfill a life long dream - becoming an amateur boxer. Lesure has also worked in a professional theater company in Los Angeles, where he played the role of Macduff in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Lesure made his series debut on the comedy For Your Love, co-starring actress Holly Robinson-Peete. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the series The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lipstick Jungle, The Division and Alias. His other television credits include guest-starring roles on Lost, Sherri and Seinfeld. He also gave a memorable performance as a resolute military officer on the acclaimed series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
On the big screen, Lesure has appeared in various independent films, as well as such high-profile features as The Ring 2, starring Naomi Watts; Our Family Wedding, alongside America Ferrera; and Crimson Tide, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman.
Lesure earned a 2006 MIB Prism Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama for his work in Las Vegas. A sports enthusiast, he has twice been named MVP of the Basketball Entertainment League. Noted for his charity work, Lesure is the recipient of the Celebrity Honoree and Distinguished Support Awards from the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation.
He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
|Liz E. Morgan
Liz E. Morgan was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her mother is a former actress and her father is a trial lawyer. When Liz was 6 years old, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her family. It was there that Liz fell in love with acting and specifically the works of William Shakespeare. By her early teens, she had worked with two professional Shakespeare companies in Georgia, the New American Shakespeare Tavern and the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, appearing in productions of A Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar. She has also enjoyed performing in many community productions, commercials and student films. When not acting, Liz spends her time singing, playing her guitar, her ukulele and listening to Jazz. In 2013, Liz landed her first film role as the edgy teen Sam in the apocalyptic thriller The Remaining. She has two older brothers, Joshua and Andrew, and a dog named Moses.
Named one of Backstage Magazine's Top 30 Actors to Watch in 2014, O-T Fagbenle can next be seen starring as sweet and sensitive musician Frank, in the highly anticipated, HBO dramedy Looking. Set to premiere January 19, 2014 the show follows a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.
Born in London and raised across London, Spain, and Nigeria, Fagbenle was a world traveler at a young age. As a child, music was his passion and he played the saxophone in bands across Europe, performing at the Edinburgh Festival, Wembley Arena, the Royal Albert Hall, and even touring Spain. When he was 16 years old, Fagbenle landed his first proper role in a Nigerian adaptation of the William Shakespeare play Macbeth. Originally hired to play the saxophone, Fagbenle was also given several lines in the play, and he knew at that moment that acting was his calling. The director was so impressed by Fagbenle's work, by the second revival of the play he had secured the lead role. Fagbenle went on to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, graduating early in 2001 and joining alumni such as Sean Bean, Ralph Fiennes, and Anthony Hopkins. Theatre became his passion, as he appeared in dozens of plays across the UK, working in notable productions including the national tours of shows such as Ragamuffin, Romeo & Juliet [as Mercutio], and the West End debut of Porgy and Bess, the musical. Fagbenle was soon offered his first lead role for the stage, in John Guare's award winning play Six Degrees of Separation. His work was met by outstanding reviews, and a M.E.N. Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. While Fagbenle's career flourished on the theatre front, he also made his break into film and television.
In 2006, Fagbenle made his feature film debut, appearing in The Weinstein Company's Breaking and Entering opposite Jude Law, Robin Wright, and Juliette Binoche. He was next seen in I Could Never Be Your Woman in 2007 alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd, and Saoirse Ronan. In 2008, he made his first appearance on US television, starring on NBC's Quarterlife playing John, a singer songwriter-- where Fagbenle was able pen and perform all the songs his character played on the show. 2008 also brought starring roles for Fagbenle in the UK; as he appeared in the critically acclaimed Walter's War as Walter Tull, a biopic of the first mixed heritage officer in the British Army, and Consuming Passion for the BBC. In 2010, Fagbenle took a leading role as Chris in the BBC One flagship show Material Girl. He also starred in the television series Thorne: Sleepyhead and Thorne: Scaredycat, adaptations of the Mark Billingham novels Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat. Directed by 24 producer Stephen Hopkins, the six one hour episodes also starred Sandra Oh, and David Morrissey, and was sold to over 100 countries. 2010 also brought Fagbenle back to the states, where he starred opposite Tia and Tamera Mowry in the Lifetime movie Double Wedding.
Fagbenle went back to his theatre roots in 2012, taking on the role of Slupianek [originated by Alan Cumming] in The Conquest of the South Pole at the Arcola and Rose Theaters. Once again he won critical acclaim across the board, and secured a nomination for Best Male Performance at the Off West End Awards. In 2013, he landed a series regular role in the BBC comedy Quick Cuts and also was cast on the HBO series Looking set for debut in 2014. Some of his additional credits include: Happy Endings, Brothers, My Boys, and Doctor Who. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Fagbenle has a passion for working behind the scenes, recently completing two shorts films which he directed, wrote, and produced: Big Bad Blood and MOTH (Man of the House). He also occasionally lends his voice out to projects, working with various programs for BBC Radio reaching over 2 million listeners, and he can be heard as the voice of 'Calico' Jack Rackham in the internationally bestselling video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Music is still a passion in Fagbenle's life and he loves to collaborate with artists from time to time. He recently worked with Grammy nominated artist Tyga, co-writing the single "Storm" for his Black Thoughts Vol. 2 mixtape.
In his down time, Fagbenle loves to go backpacking, play basketball, and volunteers at numerous schools, putting on free drama and music classes for kids.
Gwynyth Walsh was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada but was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Walsh earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alberta and started her career appearing on stage, across Canada and in the United States, in many classics, including. For William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", she won a Dramalogue Award in the Best Actress Category for her portrayal of Beatrice. She is perhaps best remembered for the recurring role of the Klingon B'Etor, sister of Lursa, from the House of Duras in all the versions of Star Trek, except Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. She also appeared in the feature length film Star Trek: Generations. Only in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Random Thoughts, did she not play the Klingon B'Etor. In 1993, Walsh starred in the psychological thriller The Crush, where her husband was played by Kurtwood Smith.
In 1998, Gwynyth began another role she is also well-remembered for, Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (City of Vancouver Coroner's Pathologist), ex-wife of the title character, Dominic Da Vinci, in the award-winning Da Vinci's Inquest. In 2002, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Taken, with Matt Frewer, Anton Yelchin, Rob LaBelle and Brian Markinson. She has been in many popular dramas and sci-fi series, in Canada and the United States, such as Stargate SG-1, Supernatural and Smallville. In 2006, she played Esther Heyman in the well-regarded A&E film about the ill-fated 9-11 Flight 93. The same year, she played a role in the critically-acclaimed Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as The President. The next year, she appeared in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, a retelling of "The Wizard of Oz". She continues to stay busy, both on stage and on camera and seems to be in demand in Canadian television. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.
Zero Mostel was born Samuel Joel Mostel on February 28, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, one of eight children of an Orthodox Jewish family. Raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the young Zero, known as Sammy, developed his talent for painting and drawing at art classes provided by the Educational Alliance, an institution serving Jewish immigrants and their children. Sammy often would go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to copy the paintings.
Sam Mostel matriculated at the City College of New York, then entered a master's program in art at New York University after graduating from CCNY in 1935. He dropped out after a year and worked at odd jobs before being hired by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project to teach drawing and painting at the 92nd Street "Y", the famous Young Men and Young Women's Hebrew Association located on Manhattan's 92nd St., in 1937.
Mostel married Clara Sverd, a CCNY classmate, in 1939, but the marriage was troubled due to personality conflicts. The couple separated in 1941 and divorced in 1944. While still teaching, Mostel supplemented his income by providing gallery lectures at various museums under the aegis of the WPA. His lectures were full of jokes as Mostel personally was a clown, and subsequently he was hired to perform at private parties.
Mostel auditioned as a comedian at the downtown nightclub Cafe Society in late 1941, a jazz club. Initially rejected, owner Barney Josephson hired Mostel after Pearl Harbor, figuring his patrons, now at war, could use some laughs. It was Ivan Black, the club's press agent, who gave Sam Mostel the nickname Zero, explaining, "Here's a guy who's starting from nothing."
Debuting at the Cafe Society on February 16, 1942, Zero was a hit with audiences and the critics, Simultaneously, Zero began appearing in the play "Cafe Crown" at the Cort Theatre, which opened on January 23, 1942 and played through May 23rd, closing after 141 performances. Zero made some impromptu appearances on stage, but he wasn't officially part of the cast of the play, which was staged by Elia Kazan and starred Morris Carnovsky, Sam Jaffe (a future blacklistee), Whit Bissell, and Sam Wanamaker. Zero made his formal Broadway debut in "Keep 'em Laughing" on April 24, 1942 at the 44th Street Theatre. The show ran for 77 performances.
Within a year, he was touring the national nightclub circuit and appearing on radio. He had a brief stint in the Army in 1943, but was quickly discharged due to an unspecified physical disability. Zero spent the rest of the war entertaining the troops overseas.
Zero married Kathryn Harkin, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, on July 2, 1944, an act that ruined his relationship with his Orthodox Jewish parents as his new wife was a gentile. The two remained a married couple until his death and produced two sons: Josh Mostel, who was born in 1946, and Tobias, who was born in 1949.
In the post-war years, Zero began to branch-out as a straight actor. On October 19, 1948, he made his television debut in the series "Off the Record," which was broadcast on the DuMont network, following it up with an appearance on October 26, 1948. He later appeared in the The Ford Theatre Hour episode "The Man Who Came to Dinner," which was broadcast on January 16, 1949 on NBC. He was reunited with his "Cafe Crown" director Elia Kazan in the Oscar-winner's movie Panic in the Streets (1950). In the movies, Zero often played heavies due to his physique, roles that downplayed his unique gift for comedy.
Zero had long been a leftist politically, and had made contributions to progressive causes. His nightclub act lampooned the red-baiters rampant at the time, and featured the character of a pompous senator called Polltax T. Pellagra. When he and the wife of his good friend 'Jack Gilford' were named by Jerome Robbins before the House Un-American Activities Committee as being communists, Zero was subpoenaed to testify by HUAC.
Mostel testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee on October 14, 1955. In a playful mood, he told the Committee that he was employed by "19th Century-Fox." Zero denied he was a Communist, but refused to name names. He told the Committee that he would gladly discuss his own conduct but was prohibited by religious convictions from naming others. Consequently, he was blacklisted during the 1950s. Shut-out from the movies, he also lost many lucrative nightclub gigs, and he had to make due by playing gigs for meager salaries and by selling his paintings.
In the 1950s, Mostel bumped into Elia Kazan on the street in New York City, and the two reminisced. Kazan said Mostel chided him for putting Mostel through the paces in "Panic in the Streets," forcing him to run more than he ever had. The two retired to a bar, and as they began to drink, s Mostel kept muttering, in reference to Kazan's naming names before HUAC, "Ya shouldn't a done that. Ya shouldn't a done that."
There was no blacklist in the theater, and his friend Burgess Meredith, a noted liberal, offered Zero the lead role in his 1958 Off-Broadway production of "Ulysses in Nighttown," based on the Nighttown episode of James Joyce's novel "Ulysses," that Meredith was directing. Mostel's performance as Leopold Bloom, Joyce's Jewish Everyman, was a great hit with audiences and critics alike, and he won an "Obie," the Off-Broadway equivalent of a Tony. Zero also starred in productions of "Nighttown" in London and Paris.
By the end of 1959, Zero again was appearing on television, cast in the "Play of the Week" episode "The World of Sholom Aleichem," which was broadcast on December 14, 1959 in syndication. He also was cast in a Broadway play, "The Good Soup."
Zero never opened in the play as he was hit by a bus on January 13, 1960. His left leg was severely injured, and required four operations. Zero was in the hospital for five months but regained the use of the leg.
He made a triumphant return to Broadway in the fall of 1960, starring in Ionesco's absurdist tour-de-force "Rhinoceros," for which he won a Tony award. He was cast in another "Play of the Week" episode, this time in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," which was broadcast on April 3, 1961 in syndication.
Zero and his friend Jack Gilford, who had also been blacklisted due to Jerome Robbins having named names and hadn't worked for many years, were both cast in the Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." However, the show, under director George Abbott, was troubled. When Stephen Sondheim pitched Robbins to producer Harold Prince as the savior of "Forum," which was floundering in its out-of-town tryouts, Prince phoned Mostel to ask whether he would be prepared to work with Robbins.
"Are you asking me to eat with him?" asked Mostel.
"I'm just asking you to work with him," Prince replied.
"Of course I'll work with him," Mostel said. "We of the left do not blacklist."
When Robbins showed up at his first rehearsal, everyone was terrified of him because of his reputation as a tough taskmaster and perfectionist. Robbins made the rounds of the cast, shaking hands. When he got to Mostel, there was silence. Then Mostel boomed, "Hiya, Loose Lips!"
Everyone burst out laughing, including Robbins, and the show went on. Robbins was uncredited for staging and choreographing "Forum," which opened at the Alvin Theatre on May 8, 1962. "Forum" was a great hit, running for 964 performances at the Alvin and at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and later at the Majestic, closing on August 29, 1964. "Forum" won six Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Director for George Abbott. Mostel won his second Tony and Gilford was nominated for the Tony for Best Featured Actor.
Zero followed up this triumph with his legendary turn as Tevye, the milkman with marriageable daughters in "Fiddler on the Roof," based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem. With direction and choreography credited to Jerome Robbins, "Fiddler on the Roof" opened at the Imperial Theatre on September 22, 1964 and did not close until almost eight years later, at the Broadway Theatre on July 2, 1972, with a stop at the Majestic in between during the late '60s. After seven previews, "Fiddler" racked up a total of 3,242 performances, making it one of the greatest Broadway smashes ever. After wining nine Tony awards in 1965, including Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Actor in A Musical (Zero's third Tony), the show was awarded a 10th Tony, a Special Award in 1972 when "Fiddler" became the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
Zero was cast in the 1966 movie version of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and then concentrated on movies and television for the rest of his career. Most of his projects, with the exception of Mel Brooks' The Producers, did not fully utilize his talents. It was a major blow when director Norman Jewison cast the Israeli actor Topol as Tevye in his movie adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, passing over the legend who had created the role. Topol got an Oscar nomination, but faded quickly out of American movies. The movie of "Fiddler," a huge roadshow hit in 1971, also faded out of American consciousness. One wonders if with Zero in the role, the movie would now be considered a classic and constantly revived on television.
In 1974, Zero reprised his Leopold Bloom in a Broadway production of "Ulysses in Nighttown," again directed by Burgess Meredith, which netted him a Tony Award nomination as Best Actor in a Play. He turned in an affecting performance as a blacklisted comedian in Martin Ritt's movie about the blacklist, The Front. He also had a success with a Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" in December 1976.
Zero was cast as Shylock in Arnold Wesker's "The Merchant," a pro-Jewish reimagining of 'William Shakespeare''s "The Merchant of Venice." Mostel had great hopes that his Shylock would be the crowning achievement of his career and put him back on top. His huge talent and larger-than-life persona seemed to do better on stage.
This was not to come to pass. He fell ill after a tryout performance in Philadelphia in September and was hospitalized. On September 8, 1977, Zero Mostel died from an aortic aneurysm at the age of sixty-two. One of the greatest, most unique, and definitely irreplaceable talents to grace the American stage and movies had passed away. We are unlikely to look on his likes again.
Theo Breaux was born the youngest of five children to a military family and spent most of his youth traveling around, in and out of the country. Theo has been a fan of television and film since childhood and knew at an early age that acting in television and film was his dream and career objective. As a young child he participated in school plays and spent most of his time performing around his home to anyone there that would listen.
In high school he continued his journey of pursuing a career in entertainment by auditioning for local programs, while being a magnet student and studying the hard sciences like biology and chemistry which he continued to study for the first two years of his college career. After taking a semester off from college, Theo got his first agent and taste of professional work in the Dallas market and returned to complete his college degree fully bent on leaving the sciences behind and truly pursuing his heart's desire.
He crafted a college degree through his school's Independent Scholar Program which allowed him to tailor a degree program that allowed his creativity to shine in the form of Marketing & Advertising for the Entertainment Industry and supplemented that with a minor in Theater at Lake Forest College.
While attending college in the Chicago area, Theo got the opportunity to perform in such theatrical productions as "Hair," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "The Comedy of Errors" and "The Colored Museum" just to name a few.
After graduation from Lake Forest College, Theo returned home to the Dallas/Fort Worth area where he got the opportunity to play one of his dream roles in William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" as Aaron the Moor alongside Ugly Betty star Michael Urie and Brian J. Smith of SGU Stargate Universe fame.
Upon his arrival in Hollywood Theo began booking work in television and film. He can be seen co-starring in such television shows as The Mentalist, NCIS: Los Angeles and Southland and the films Virtually Heroes and The Hallmark Channel's After the Fall starring Desperate Housewives star Andrea Bowen.
Born in Alexandria, Louisiana, Breaux is a tennis enthusiast and fitness fanatic and is an avid traveler. He currently resides in Los Angeles and also enjoys writing in his spare time.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Olivia has been a performer from a young age. Following in her sister's footsteps, she began learning tap dancing at four years old and eventually stumbled into acting three years later. Over the years, she appeared in both guest and supporting roles in various local and international screen productions in New Zealand, including a small speaking part as Freda in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers". Years later, she would eventually land the part of teenage sweetheart Tuesday Warner on "Shortland Street", appearing in its 2007 and 2008 seasons. After graduating from secondary school, she landed the role of teenage scientist Dr. K on "Power Rangers RPM" in 2009.
Following her time on "Power Rangers", Olivia continued landing parts in hit New Zealand shows like "The Almighty Johnsons" (2011) and "Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud" (2011). She also began performing on stage professionally, having appeared in major New Zealand productions of works like William Shakespeare's "Othello" as Emilia (2011) and a musical adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" as Dorothy (2011)--the role which made her inspiration, Judy Garland, famous.
After finishing "The Wizard of Oz", Olivia moved to Los Angeles, CA to film the independent horror film "Blood Punch" (2013), which premiered at the 20th annual Austin Film Festival and received an Audience Award. Since then, she has appeared in several smaller screen productions and has even done voiceover work, narrating Megan McCafferty's "Jessica Darling's It List" (2013) and the interactive storybook "My Friend Barlow" (2013).
In November 2013, Olivia returned to New Zealand to begin rehearsals for the innovative stage play "360: A Theatre of Recollections" (2014), where she reprised her role as the Sister to critical acclaim. She has also appeared in the New Zealand miniseries "When We Go To War" (2015) which chronicles New Zealand's involvement in World War I. She will soon appear in the jointly-produced NZ/Australian show "800 Words" (2015) and the web series "Jiwi's Machines" (2015). She also produces her own web series entitled "Dancing in Small Spaces" (2014 - 2015).
Olivia lives in Auckland with her husband Milo Cawthorne. She is enrolled in university majoring in psychology and linguistics.
Nicholas Tucci was born and raised in Middletown, CT. He graduated from Middletown High School before attending Yale University, where he had the opportunity to perform alongside fellow actors Fran Kranz, Satya Bhabha, Eamon Sheehan and Peter Cellini, among many others. He has studied and performed in Chicago, Los Angeles and on the east coast, where he currently resides. He has acted in numerous theatrical productions across the country, including several original works and many by William Shakespeare. He has also written several screenplays, both adapted and original, and all mainly rooted in the horror genre. A rabid, lifelong Stephen King fan, he owns a well-mannered Maine Coon cat named Church (after his favorite novel). Church is alive and well and lives in New Haven, albeit by a busy road.
A veteran of stage, screen, radio and TV, character actor Nigel Stock was born in Malta in 1919, the son of Captain W.H. Stock, RE, and his wife Margaret Marion Munro. In British India from childhood, he and his sister Angela returned to the UK in his early teens for schooling. Nigel was educated at St. Paul's School and studied for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he earned the Leverhulme Exhibition, Northcliffe Scholarship, and the Principal's Medal. He made his debut stage appearance at the Savoy Theatre in 1931, at the age of 12, in a production of "The Traveller in the Dark". He continued to rack up a number of classical and contemporary credits at various distinguished theaters, including the Old Vic, with productions of "The Winter's Tale", "Macbeth" (playing Macduff), "Tobacco Road" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips". Stock interrupted his thriving career by serving in the Army from 1939 to 1941 with the London Irish Rifles, and with the Assam Regiment, Indian Army between 1941 and 1945 in Burma, China and Kohima. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Major. He returned to the stage in 1946 with "And No Birds Sing" and made his first appearance on the New York stage as "Philip" in "You Never Can Tell" in 1948. A reliable player who lent distinction to every aspect of the theatrical repertoire, from William Shakespeare through Anton Chekhov to modern farce, he impressed in "She Stoops to Conquer", "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial", "Altona", "Uncle Vanya" and "Sleuth", among others. An imposing, often bearded presence, he started off in films as a teenager in Lancashire Luck, later appearing in such popular British releases as Brighton Rock, The Dam Busters, Damn the Defiant!, The Lost Continent, The Lion in Winter, Cromwell and Russian Roulette, often appearing in villainous roles. Interestingly, one of his last performances was a character part in the Steven Spielberg production of Young Sherlock Holmes. Between 1964-1968, Stock made a household name for himself playing the role of "Dr. Watson" in a BBC-TV series of "Sherlock Holmes" dramas. He had a devout interest in ornithology. Stock's third wife was actress Richenda Carey. They appeared together on stage in the world premiere of "Mumbo Jumbo" from May 8-May 31, 1986. Less than a month later, Stock died on June 23rd of a heart attack. He was survived by four children.
This Ohio native recently graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television where he appeared in numerous stage productions including an adaptation of Anton Chekov's short story "A Poor, Defenseless Creature" and a main stage production of William Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well." Since graduating, he has kept busy shooting a pilot for NBC, shooting multiple episodes of "MTV's Undressed", making guest appearances on such shows as "C.S.I." and "The Shield", as well as starring in the independent films "One on One", "Side Show" and "Lily".
Tom Aldredge was born on February 28, 1928, in Dayton, Ohio. First appearing off-Broadway in 1957 in "Electra" and on Broadway in 1959 in "The Nervous Set," Aldredge has appeared in over 30 Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Others include "On Golden Pond," "The Litte Foxes" (opposite Elizabeth Taylor), "1776," "Into the Woods" (as the memorable narrator) and "Passion." Since 1972 Aldredge has been nominated for five Tony Awards. Also an accomplished actor on film and television, he received an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Shakespeare in CBS' production "Henry Winkler Meets William Shakespeare." Entering into his later years, Aldredge continues to make guest appearances in several television productions and has recently starred in "Twentieth Century Limited" and "Twelve Angry Men" on Broadway.
Born in Nevada, Clare grew up in a small town in Wisconsin known for its extensive climate changes. Although she started out playing soccer, she quickly made her move to the stage in '98 in the play Star Struck as a cute little snail hunter. She then proceeded to spend her childhood on the stage of Zona Gale Theater. After playing the role of Queen Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, she quickly impressed Utah University drama professor Xan Johnson. It was Dr. Xan Johnson who gave her a taste of emotionally deep dramatic works by casting her as a Flunkie in the production of John Lennon & Me in the summer of 2000. It was also that summer that she started her extensive theater training with teachers who have studied all over the world. It was there that she found her deep love of William Shakespeare, and the ability to move a audience. In 2006 she left the director speechless during her audition for Juliet/Anabelle Stackpoole in the production of Romeo & Juliet, Together and Alive At Last. It would be the role that Clare would never forget playing. After graduating high school, Clare moved around the country for a few years before auditioning for the B.F.A program before the theater professors at University Of Stevens Point. She's currently attending the University of Wisconsin Green Bay to get her B.A in Theatre.
Shawn Stevens (born April 5, 1958) is an American film, television and stage actor, singer and entrepreneur.
Life Overview Shawn Stevens was born Shawn Perry Stevens in Morristown, New Jersey April 5, 1958, the first child of Gary Kieth Stevens, a carpenter, pilot and construction contractor, and Gladys Edna (Chich) Smith, a homemaker. Stevens lived in Morristown, New Jersey until his family moved to Burbank, Ca. in 1969. Stevens is the oldest of 3 children. He has a sister Jodi Beth (Blatz. b/1961) and brother Gary Kieth Jr. (b/1963). Stevens was raised Church of Christ and converted to Mormonism at age 19. Stevens married Kaylene McLaws in 1984 and together they have 4 children, Tauren-Ashlee (Tucker b. 1985), Shawn Kory (b. 1989), Perry Christian (b. 1981) and Vince Kayson (b. 1993). Shawn has 1 grandson and is expecting a 2nd in the summer of 2014. Shawn is uncle to actor/musician Kelly Blatz (One Square Mile, Aaron Stone, April Showers, and Prom Night).
Jersey Boy Stevens' parents were very young and still in high school (Bernard's High, Bernardsville, New Jersey) when he was born and Shawn attended his parents' high school graduation. In his infancy Shawn spent a great deal of time with his maternal and paternal grandparents and extended family who all lived in the vicinity. From his paternal grandmother (Stevens' father's father passed away in 1961 when Shawn was 3 years old) and great-grandparents, Stevens developed a deep abiding faith in God. Stevens' great grandfather, Eddie Grindley, was a Church of Christ minister who founded several Christian summer camps (Camp Shiloh in Mendham, N.J and Camp Hunt near Hubbardsville, New York) primarily for inner-city youth from the boroughs of New York City. The singer/actor Pat Boone was a close family friend during these years. Through his maternal grandparents, who were Methodists, Stevens was schooled in music and the arts. Stevens' grandmother Alberta May (Trebilcock), or Nana, was a piano player while his grandfather Vince William Smith (a U.S. Navy Veteran of WW2) was a Wall Street banker, violinist and painter. Stevens' first exposure to live theater came when his Nana would take him to the nearby Papermill Playhouse in Milburn New Jersey to see children's plays and musicals, his favorite being The Frog Prince. Stevens also remembers seeing Raymond Burr in a live stage production and his first trip into New York City to see the world premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964 starring Debbie Reynolds who Shawn would later meet while in high school) at Radio City Music Hall with The Rockettes opening the show.
As a child, Stevens remembers his first performance opportunity came in kindergarten (at South Street Elementary in Morristown New Jersey) as a clown in a school variety show. Shawn noticed that the older boy who was playing the "strong man" had left his bar bells on the stage. Not wanting to see the show ruined by the prop being left on stage, Shawn rushed out to center stage and retrieved the fake weights with one hand. To his amazement the audience broke out in laughter and applause. Stevens bowed and 'a ham was born'. Shawn knew that this was what he wanted to do with his life. Stevens would follow up his New Jersey elementary school acting "career" with portrayals of The Mighty Oak in The Oak and the Reed and as a Dwarf in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Stevens also developed a love for singing and would enjoy singing holiday and patriotic songs when prompted by his teachers. Stevens remembers singing America the Beautiful in front of his 2nd grade class. When funding was cut for music instruction in school Shawn jumped in and prevailed on the teacher to let him take over. Shawn remembers teaching his classmates songs like Born Free and Edelweiss. Stevens would also conduct acapella hymn singing (Church of Christ does not have instrumental music) in his church congregation as early as 10 years of age.
The Wonder Full Years When Stevens was 10 his family moved to California so his father could pursue career opportunities. Stevens felt that this was fortuitous for his desire to have a performing career as well. (Shawn remembers his parting words to his friends when driving away from his home as "watch for me on TV!"). Within months of landing in Burbank, California (home of Walt Disney, Universal, Warner Bros. and NBC Studios) Shawn had hand written a letter to Walt Disney introducing himself, and with the help of a friend's father (who worked at Disney) delivered the letter to Mr. Disney's office. Although this didn't lead to a personal meeting with Mr. Disney, the letter was passed off to the head of the Disney children's casting office and a meeting was granted. He was told to get some more experience and to be in every local and school production possible and that the time would come. That's all Shawn needed to hear. That summer, Shawn's elementary school, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, was making a film as a summer activity of The Wizard of Oz. Shawn wanted to play his favorite character, The Cowardly Lion, and the audition criteria was whoever made the best costume got the part. Shawn and his mom set about dyeing pajamas, attaching fake nails to socks and fashioning yarn to make a wig and mane. Their efforts paid off and Shawn was in his glory that summer hamming it up in front of the 16 mm camera. Through another family friend that year Shawn heard about a local theater, The Glendale Centre Theatre, in neighboring Glendale, California that was casting a production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Shawn auditioned and was cast as The Spirit of Christmas Past, a role generally played by an adult. This production played to a sold out house of 350+ patrons nightly for 6 weeks. Shawn had found a home! Stevens remained the resident young male actor at GCT through his adolescence and teens, oft times taking the bus to and from the theater, performing in every play possible including The Remarkable Mister Pennypacker, I Remember Mama, Up the Down Staircase, Turn 'Round West Wind and the annual A Christmas Carol, maturing into multiple roles (Shawn's wife and children would later appear in the production making it a family affair. Life would come full circle!) Stevens was simultaneously highly involved in his junior high school (John Muir Jr. High) and senior high school (Burbank Senior High, class of 1976) drama, choral music and, even, band departments (Shawn took up playing the bass drum) where he sang barbershop, men's, mixed, and madrigal music (Shawn was awarded Best Male Vocalist for 4 straight years), played in marching band, and played leads in such plays as Barefoot in the Park, Bad Seed, David and Lisa (directed by classmate Tim Burton) and, his personal favorite, portrayed Prof. Harold Hill in Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. Other high school musical highlights including Shawn receiving a vocal scholarship to Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, where Shawn won the coveted opportunity to sing the school Alma Mater at commencement, and participation in the Southern California and All-State Honor Choirs, the latter directed by Roger Wagner (of the world famous Roger Wagner Choral). Not one to waste time during his summer breaks from high school, Shawn participated in the Teenage Drama Workshop at California State, Northridge where he would study musical theater. Another alum from this program, who would become a great friend, is the award winning actress Mare Winningham (Amber Waves, Hatfields and McCoys).
Adversity and Opportunity At age 13 Shawn had back to back removal of his tonsils and appendix and, when his mother offered him a treat for having endured going under the knife, asked if he could have voice lessons. He began taking voice lessons, with an emphasis on musical theater. (He would later study with Seth Riggs, Nolan Van Way and David Craig.) As a side note, Shawn had several illnesses during his teen years and was forced to miss school for extended periods of time. Although he did keep up with his schoolwork from home he also used this time to watch the many classic movies that used to play on television during the daytime and evenings. He would develop a deep respect and admiration for the great actors from the golden age of film and would put many of the great scenes and monologues to memory. Henry Fonda, Orson Welles and Jimmy Stewart were among his favorites and he was overjoyed at the prospects of meeting and perhaps working with them someday, which he was able to accomplish. He even met Debbie Reynolds by whom he had been mesmerized as a youth while watching her onscreen at the Radio City Music Hall in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Again, his young life had come full circle!
On The Road During his senior year of high school, Stevens auditioned for and was invited to join the singing group "The Young Americans' where he participated in their summer repertory group "Torchlite Musical Theater" in Petosky, Michigan. During his first summer away from home he played a variety of roles in the musicals George M., Oklahoma, GODSPEL, and The Music Man. Stevens was also invited to tour with the group in a 9 month, 165 city, 48 state tour which he says was one of the most grueling experiences of his life.
(Shawn's only post high school educational experience came in the form of a semester at Los Angeles Valley College where he participated in the musical Fiddler on the Roof in the role of Perchik.)
After landing back in L.A., Stevens auditioned for a role which was to change the course of his life. A family friend knew of a director who was looking for a young man to play the lead in a low-budget independent feature. The film was called "No Place to Ride" and was a thriller about 3 friends being terrorized by a crazed killer while dirt biking in the southeastern badlands of Utah. Shawn was offered the part and was off to Utah (Kanab) for 6 weeks. It was while in Utah that Stevens had the opportunity to witness Mormonism at work and where he developed the desire to investigate the LDS Church further when he returned to Los Angeles. This led to his becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in 1977 at age 19. (About this time Shawn also signed with personal manager, Bonnie Larson (also LDS), who would groom Shawn and place him with noted theatrical agent Arnold Soloway at The Artist Group.) Shortly after becoming a Mormon and setting out on his new faith journey Shawn was offered the leading role of Jimmy in the LDS landmark musical "Saturday's Warrior", with which he toured the western United States for the next year.
Big Break Stevens' big break into television came in the summer of 1978 when he landed the leading role in the William Blinn (Brian's Song, Roots, 8 is Enough, Starsky and Hutch) penned and produced series "The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove" for ABC. The series was filmed entirely in Hawaii and co-starred Clu Gulager (The Virginian), Sean Marshall (Pete's Dragon) and Keith Coogan (Adventures in Babysitting). Although the series only lasted 1 season, it was enough to catapult Stevens into the spotlight. Shawn was quickly picked up by the teen magazines and in 1980, at the non-teen age of 20, was named the most popular "Teen Idol" by Laufer Publications (Tiger Beat, Teen Beat) due to the tremendous amount of fan mail he received at their offices. Shawn would continue to dominate the covers and pages of teen targeted publications through the mid 80's.
Career Stevens continued to work on television and in films (see filmography) continuously throughout the early and mid '80's. He appeared in a wide variety of genres and acting styles including soaps, sit-coms, afterschool specials, episodic, and mini-series' and would appear as himself on game shows, talk shows, and telethons. Shawn would eagerly use his "celebrity" status to participate in charitable causes such as being a national spokesman for the March of Dimes' Walk America and also serving as host for 4 years of the Miss Teen USA Pageant. One of Shawn's most rewarding experiences was when he was invited to be the guest of honor and perform at a fundraiser for the Morristown N.J. chapter of Birthright. He was surprised to have the date proclaimed "Shawn Stevens Day" in his hometown and to be given the Key to the City by the mayor. In addition to acting, Shawn was simultaneously pursuing a singing career. He was featured as a singer in numerous live events across the country and on television. It was while singing on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow (Shawn's character sang live 2 to 3 times a week) that Shawn caught the attention of iconic record producer Michael Lloyd (Shaun Cassidy, Debbie Boone, Leif Garrett, and The Osmonds) and was signed to a recording contract with Warner/Curb Records. Not one to rest on his laurels, Shawn always had the dream of giving back and starting a children's theater like the one that had inspired him as a child. In 1983 Shawn turned the dream into a reality when he founded The Children's Theater of Los Angeles with the assistance of Magic Castle founder Milt Larsen. Mr. Larsen also owned the historic Variety Arts Theater in downtown Los Angeles which became the home of the CTLA. The inaugural production of the CTLA was an original musical called I Will which followed a group of children into the Tudorian world of William Shakespeare. Although a critical success, the show lost money and the support of backers and Shawn was forced to reconsider his foray into the world of children's theater. The theater company closed after it's second production, Big Time.
Focus on Family In 1983 Shawn met the love of his life, Kaylene McLaws, (a fashion designer within the garment industry) at church and after a year's courtship they were married June 16, 1984. Together they have 4 children (Tauren-Ashlee b. 1985 (married Dylan Tucker 2012), Shawn Kory Albert b. 1989 (married Mallory Peterson 2011), Perry Christian Garack b. 1991, Vince Kayson Clark b. 1993) and have one grandchild, Shawn Jeremiah, and are expecting a second, Jack Dylan, in the summer of 2014. In 1987 Shawn participated in an LDS missionary film called "Our Heavenly Father's Plan" and, after searching his conscience, decided to voluntarily put his professional career on the shelf so as to allow the film to serve its purpose worldwide. Shawn also took this as an opportunity to pursue other interests and focus on his family and personal growth.
Second Act In 2012, after 25 years offstage, Shawn was given the opportunity to audition for the legendary 50's and 60's doo wop group The Diamonds (Li'l Darlin', The Stroll) and was invited to perform with them during a 4 month engagement headlining the world famous Palm Springs Follies. During this experience Shawn remembered how much he missed and loved performing and, with the love and support of his family, decided to set about returning to his passion. Shawn will be appearing in the T.C. Christensen penned and directed feature The Cokeville Miracle to be filmed the summer of 2014 and has several other projects in development including reality show concepts and theatrical productions.
Craig Huxley is an American Emmy winning film producer and American Grammy nominee musician and soundtrack producer who has been involved in a wide range of entertainment-related projects.
He was born Craig Hundley in Hollywood, California, and began his career as a child actor, starring in hundreds of TV shows; his most notable roles were those of Captain James T. Kirk's nephew Peter Kirk on the "Operation: Annihilate!" episode of the original Star Trek television series and Tommy Starnes on the ST:TOS episode "And The Children Shall Lead." At the age of 10, he guest starred on Bewitched as Samantha's warlock nephew. At the age of 14, Huxley led the successful and youthful jazz band The Craig Hundley Trio, while simultaneously making a name as an accomplished concert pianist, performing Bartok's 3rd, Beethoven's 4th, Tchaikovsky's 1st and his own adaptation of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with major symphonies and on network primetime broadcasts. He composed dozens of his own songs and unique multimedia pieces. He also appeared in an episode of The Brady Bunch and Streets of San Francisco as a musician. His appearance on Kung Fu began a long friendship with David Carradine, leading to Craig's composing the score to Americana, a film directed by Carradine and starring his wife, Barbara Hershey. Later he garnered starring roles in Gene Roddenberry's Planet Earth, as well as in Ron Howard's first film.
He won the Showcase 68 primetime competition show (akin to America's Got Talent), tying with Sly and the Family Stone. Craig then headlined Madison Square Garden with Deep Purple, performing jazz and Beethoven to a psychedelic light show.
As a musical phenomenon he appeared around the world as the guest star with Bill Cosby, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis and Jerry Lewis. He guest starred and was musical director for Pat Boone and Debbie Boone and for Trini Lopez.
Craig played piano on Frank Sinatra's hit song "New York, New York" and on the soundtracks for movies The Color Purple, ET, and Dead Poets Society.
After a prolific and hard-working childhood, at age 18 Huxley took a two-year hiatus, during which time he studied progressive, multi-dimensional philosophy, with a number of important futurists within this field. The shift in perspective gained through these teachings subsequently led to a desire and passion for musical innovation. This resulted in the creation and patenting of several new instruments. The most recognizable of these is the Blaster Beam, featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as the "V'ger sound", and also featured on the score, composed by Jerry Goldsmith. The instrument with its dark and ominous tones has been used in many other fantasy and science fiction movies over the years. Huxley also created much of the special music for the first four Star Trek movies. Featured in Star Trek: The Motion Picture with his keyboards, modular synthesizer, and Blaster Beam. The Director's Cut features extended sections of Blaster Beam solos composed by Craig to special effects arriving in the last 48 hours before wide release of the film. Craig's composition of "Genesis Project" for Star Trek II and Star Trek III holds the world record for music score to the first entirely CGI film scene. The music was released on Huxley's album of the same name, but never appeared on any Star Trek soundtrack until the 2010 release of an expanded version of Star Trek II.
Through Huxley's role on Star Trek both on and off-screen, he later became the music director for William Shatner, appearing in many shows and concerts, and helping to create arrangements of songs such as "Rocket Man", and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
Following this, Huxley began performing most of the synthesizers on a variety of Stevie Wonder albums, and later with Earth, Wind & Fire. This era culminated with a half-year project in which Huxley performed most of the keyboard, synth and sound design work on Michael Jackson's Thriller. Craig's patented Blaster Beam is featured on Billie Jean, Beat It and Earth Song. Further notable projects within this time period are the composition and production of the music for the twenty-year and still running Captain EO exhibit at Disneyland, and producer of the hit soundtrack for Arthur C. Clarke's film, 2010.
Huxley then founded The Enterprise Interactive in 1984, a multi-media conglomerate that provided services in audio, video, DVD, interactive and live productions. Enterprise in 2004 was named the #2 mixing studio in the world for hits by Billboard, hosting artists such as Beyoncé, Slash, Snoop Dogg, Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Kelly Clarkson, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, Maurice Jarre, George Martin, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Mariah Carey, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul McCartney, John Barry, Shaq, Placido Domingo, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Dr. Dre. and Paul McCartney. Huxley continued to produce and create within his own studio, for ten years composing music for Knots Landing with co-composer Jerry Immel and later for many years the episodes and title theme song for Walker Texas Ranger, as well as producing the soundtrack to China Beach for all four years. Full Sound Services of editorial, Foley, ADR and sound design for the first five seasons of Imagine Entertainment's television series 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland was also provided by Huxley and The Enterprise Studios.
As a result of his producing soundtracks, he created ambient musical soundscapes for San Francisco Ballet's The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Huxley ventured into Broadway, first producing the soundtrack for Shogun: The Musical and later creating the synthesizer orchestrations for Larry Gelbart and Cy Coleman's City of Angels.
Huxley launched SlingShotEntertainment in 1997, producing and releasing the first DVD in history (outside of Japan). He has led SlingShot in multiple firsts. Huxley made the first IMAX film on DVD; the first 3D film on DVD, the first 8 languages on a DVD, the 1st interactive movie DVD, the first IMAX Multipack and the first wildlife four-packs and exploration four-packs on Blu-ray. Huxley also created the comedy hit CD and DVD of perfect-pitch-pooches named Top Dog. To date, he has recorded three albums, Howliday Favorites in Dog, Howlin' Classics - from Bark to Beethoven, and Howlin' Petriots.
Huxley is the producer of eight films on endangered species and extreme expeditions, released on Blu-ray in 2010. Extreme expedition was first explored in his GoPlanet series with Explorers from Titanic (starring Buzz Aldrin and James Cameron.
Craig produced portions of the score to the meditational masterpiece Baraka.
In 2013 he had produced over 40 videos delving into the musical, acting and comedic talents of his daughter, Fiona Huxley, at FionaHuxley.com.
Christie Miró recently appeared in the hit television series: "Burn Notice" on USA Network.
She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to local television show host and comedian, Eddie Miró and Ita Medina, a dancer and choreographer.
Didn't take long for Christie to follow her parents' footsteps. Growing up in the industry, she started working at a very young age on a children's tv show: "Las Telecomicas" with a recurring spot on the excercise segment with healthy tips. Soon after she started working on various local sitcoms also for Telemundo, like.: "La Pension de Dona Tere", "Mi Familia" and "Los Garcia Reunion Special".
By that time she was already a member of numerous theatre companies landing leading roles like Helena in William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". She has performed in a handful of productions, including: "Actrices (E.R.)" and "Vidas en Rosa" and "Amor en el Caserio", "La Cigüena va la Escuela", directed by playwright Carlos Ferrari.
Throughout her career she has been the principal talent and image in commercials, print and voice for important companies and top brands and hosted various television shows for PBS (WIPR), like: "Xpresion" and "Expresate"
When it comes to film, Christie has starred various puertorrican movies such as: "Taínos" and "Pasaporte a la Fama", and on more than 8 television movies with international exposure such as: "Por Carambolas", "Sirenas", "Las Infieles", "La Última Noche" along side reggaeton recording artist, Tito El Bambino, among others.
Maricel Alvarez began her work in the artistic fields over 16 years ago, with studies framed within acting and contemporary dance.
Over 11 years ago began team-working with Emilio Garcia Wehbi, sharing artistic activities in the contemporary opera Sin Voces, in the pieces Cuerpos Viles: Museo de la Morgue Judicial [Vile Bodies], Los Murmullos [The Murmurs], Hamlet de William Shakespeare; Büchner's Woyzeck, Elfriede Jelinek's Bambiland, Sophie Calle's Dolor Exquisito [Exquisite Pain] Thomas Bernhard's Heldenplatz and in the serial performances project El Matadero [The Slaughterhouse].
Worked as guest performer in the last two productions by El Periferico de Objetos: La Ultima Noche de la Humanidad [The Last Night of Mankind] premiered at the Wiener Festwochen in 2002 and Children's Manifesto premiered at the Kunsten Festival des Arts in 2005.
Other renowned work in the acting field includes Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis directed by Rubén Szhuchmacher, Prometeo Olvidado [Prometeus] directed by Laura Yusem, Ramon del Valle-Inclan's Bohemian Lights directed by Villanueva Cosse and Hejduk's Project: The Mask of the Medusa directed by Laura Yusem.
Her most relevant film credits are Biutiful (Cannes Film Festival, 2010, Official Competition, Golden Globe and Oscar nominee as Best Picture in a foreign language) directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu where she played the leading female role. And Eliseo Subiela's Pequeños Milagros.
Her credits as choreographer and/or co-director includes Dr. Faustus (Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Buenos Aires); Red lights for Dr. Faustus (Akademie der Künste, Berlin); Moby Dick oder der Weisse Wal (Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich); Chacales y Arabes [Jackals and Arabs] (National University of Bogota), El Matadero.5: Aullido [Howl] (Buenos Aires) and El Matadero.6: Ciudad Juarez (Festival de México en el Centro Historico).
Along, Maricel Alvarez develops artistic production activities. Her most recognized work in this area being, the Philoctetes Project, urban intervention presented in Vienna - Buenos Aires - Berlin - Kyoto and Cracow, an Artist Collective collaboration.
Granted artist by Goethe Institut in Berlin -2002- and guest artist at the 2007 Theatertreffen-Internationales Forum in Berlin.
Also develops teaching activities in Argentina and abroad (Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Centro Helenico Mexico D.F., Kyoto University of Arts and Design, Freie Universität Berlin and Universidad Nacional de Colombia).
Teatro del Mundo Award (Buenos Aires University) nominee for her work in Bambiland, Woyzeck and Children's Manifesto. Trinidad Guevara Award nominee for her performances in Dolor Exquisito and Heldenplatz. For her work in Biutiful she received the Ischia Art Award (Ischia Film Festival, Italy) as Breakthrough Actress of the Year.
Pankaj Kapur the acclaimed film, television and stage actor signified the young crop of great actors of which Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Ifran Khan formed a part. Unlike his other counterparts Kapur hasn't broken the vow to work only in good Art and Independent projects. A perfect actor Pankaj Kapur did his engineering from New Delhi topping the class and then joined National School Of Drama. Since then he has portrayed many characters flamboyantly. Like Puri, Shah and Khan he didn't hesitate to portray either a terrorist in Mani Ratnam's Roja or to play a miser father in 'Chameli Ke Shaadi' or either a struggling scientist in 'Ek Doctor Key Maut' (probably his most flamboyant role of all). The actor will probably be remembered best for playing King Duncan (William Shakespeare's Macbeth) inspired character in the critically acclaimed 'Maqbool'. To add more to Kapur's flamboyance in Television serials like 'Karamchand' to 'Office Office' as well as many stage plays hasn't been hidden.
Ahnika Hendrickson is a young adult American actress. Ahnika is known for her work in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV series), Sleepless Night (2016), Satisfaction (2014 TV series), and Freak (2014). She was born in Renton, Washington, on March 3rd, 1997, to parents Dawn and Jeff. She has one younger brother, Evan. Ahnika also models and sings. Her first time on stage was in Kindergarten as a "Baby Chick" in the "Little Red Hen" play. She has modeled for Macy's, Zulily, and Joico/ Minardi. She also has done several other photo shoots. Ahnika started her training through Seattle Talent in February 2014, and with them, performed at the International Models and Talent Association in New York City. Her first role in a short film, "Freak", premiered in Seattle for the 48 Hour Horror Film Festival in 2014. While acting and modeling, Ahnika graduated high school with honors, early in January 2015. In the spring of 2015, she played the role of "The Lady in Waiting to the King" in the Green River Theater Company's performance of "All's Well That Ends Well" by William Shakespeare. She is also in the "Watch Me" Official Music Video by Silento, filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. Ahnika plans to work hard and enjoy life, as she follows her dreams.
|David Olawale Ayinde
David Olawale Ayinde was born in Stepney, Mile End in East London (England) to Nigerian parents. David was born Olawale Adebiyi Ayinde. 'Olawale' means bring wealth or honour home.
David lived in Nigeria for ten years where he completed his Primary and Secondary education, before returning to London.
As a professional actor he has worked in Film, Television,Commercial and Print.
David had a passion for acting at an early age. In Secondary School, he studied History and English Literature. Some of the Literature books he read were: "Things Fall Apart" (Chinua Achebe), "Animal Farm" (George Orwell), "Oliver Twist" (Charles Dickens), "Trials of Brother Jero" (Wole Soyinka), "Merchant of Venice", "Julius Caesar" (William Shakespeare), "The African Child" (Camara Laye), and "Silas Marner" (George Eliot)
He grew up watching "Six Million Dollar Man", "The Persuaders", "The Bionic Woman" (the original series with Lindsay Wagner), "Charlie's Angels" "Hart to Hart", "The Invisible Man" and "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
David trained at Rose Bruford Theatre College where he obtained a Certificate in Theatre & Arts (Acting) and the London Actors Workshop. When he is not acting, he works as a Professional Corporate Security Officer and a Freelance Examination Invigilator.
Earlier in his career, he worked for the Civil Service (in various governmental departments)in London.
David has a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Science (Specialised in History), from University of Westminster, and a BTEC National Diploma in Business & Finance from Tottenham College of Technology.
He enjoys listening to Gospel, Soul, Ballad, and Jazz music.
David is happily married.
Hersha Parady was born on 25 May 1945, and raised in Ohio, USA. She later became an actress, appearing on television and in the theatre.
Years later, while living in California, Hersha often used to look after a free-spirited dog named Lightening, who used to roam the streets of Hollywood. This is how Hersha came to meet and befriend actress Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor, who also looked out for the same dog! It was around that time that MacGregor was starring, as Harriet Oleson, in the television series Little House on the Prairie.
When Hersha starred in a play as Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, MacGregor and her Little House co-star Richard Bull came to see it. They were thoroughly impressed with Hersha's performance, and recommended her to the Little House casting director, as a possible new cast member.
This recommendation led to Hersha being cast as a guest star (playing Michael Landon's sister-in-law) in one episode during the third season, before being cast as a regular player in the role of Merlin Olsen's wife, Alice Garvey, for Seasons 4 - 6.
Ironically, Hersha's own personal favourite Little House episode is "May We Make Them Proud" - the one in which Alice Garvey and her friends' infant son burn to death in the blind school! Hersha relished acting in scenes containing real, controlled fire with the Los Angeles Fire Department on hand for safety reasons! On her unforgettable death scene, Hersha remarked: "At least I went out with a bang and not a whimper!"
Hersha was once married to Oscar-winning producer John Peverall, with whom she has a son named Jonathan. She currently lives in Florida and continues to act in the theatre. In July 2005, she delighted fans by attending a Little House on the Prairie reunion in Tombstone, Arizona along with many other members of the cast.
|Giovanni Francesco Ripa
Giovanni Francesco Ripa was born in the Bronx, New York. He was raised in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. His mother, Patricia, is of Italian descent, and works as a teacher. He has never met his father. The grandson of Dorothy and Frank Ripa. Giovanni graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a B.A. in Theater. There, he crafted his acting technique, most notably displayed as "Iago," in William Shakespeare's "Othello."
Tony Schiena got his start in the film business with the role of Leonardo in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He quickly followed that with a starring role in the action thriller "Wake of Death", theatrically released in Europe, Asia and various other territories, Tony garnered great revues for his dramatic and action skills a like.
Lead roles in John Irvin's Dot Kill and The Number One Girl opposite Oscar nominee Pat Morita and action villain Vinnie Jones, had Tony further showcase his dramatic range. His first appearance on television was as the main "guest star" opposite Oscar nominee's Gary Sinise in CSI NY. A quick succession of roles have seen Tony progress to leading man with incredible pace.
Tony has since taken on a diverse array of roles. Bringing humor to the role of Johnny in "The Bleeding". Light romance as the charming treasure hunter, Max Belvedere in "The Gold & The Beautiful", versatility as a roaming warrior lost in the desert, in "The Infidel" and shock and betrayal in the sci-fi feature "Saurian".
His latest action roles include starring in Lionsgate's Circle of Pain, in which Tony plays a destitute former mixed martial arts fighter, battling to get back on his feet and "Locked Down", starring Tony as an undercover cop thats infiltrated a crime syndicate operating from within a prison.
"Shadow People" see's Tony's first exploration in the horror genre in the role of Robert, a stern and serious doctor witnessing the inexplicable.
Tony's first venture behind the camera is executive producing "Wilde Salome", directed by and starring Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain.
"The Sheriff" is a documentary television show that see's Tony lead a team of US special forces into Sheriff departments who are losing the battle against the Mexican drug cartels. Produced by Ben Silverman, Spike TV names Tony "One of the most highly trained ex-military operatives in the world".
|Ryan Jason Cook
Ryan Jason Cook started his performance life while attending Eastern New Mexico University, where he received his BFA in Theatre Performance in May 2005. He then founded his own theatre production company, RyBan Productions, the following August with The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at The Gorilla Tango Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After spending a short time in Los Angeles, he returned to the Albuquerque theatre community in full swing, performing in 19 productions within a two year span.
He began dipping his hands in the theatre direction pot about four years ago when he directed Fat Pig at The Gorilla Tango Theatre. He then knocked out one directing production a year under his company, RyBan Productions, including How I Learned to Drive, One Flea Spare, and a Series of One Acts he wrote called An Evening of Struggle; until last summer when he took on the role of director for the ALT Musical, FAME. He is now reaching outside of RyBan Productions and directing for other theatre companies around Albuquerque. Next summer he will be directing Romeo and Juliet at The Vortex Theatre for the second annual Summer Shakespeare Festival as well as Charlotte's Web at The Albuquerque Little Theatre in the spring 2011.
Ryan began poking around in the film and television world in February 2009. From that point forward he has appeared in TV shows like "In Plain Sight," "Crash," and "The Odds" as well as films like "The Eyes of an Enemy," "Illegales," "The Hike," "Hollywood Hill," and the web series "The Scare Game." He is currently shooting a feature film entitled "Mantequero," while also waiting for the next installment of "The Scare Game." This year starts his third year working in the film industry. Over the last two years he performed in 12 film or television productions. He is working hard at continuing his film experience strongly through 2011!
Katie O'Malley was born in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. She began her acting career at the young age of eight years old when she played the fairy, Peaseblossom, in a production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". While still in High School, she landed her first television role on the hit Disney series "Wizards of Waverly Place" and since then has worked in both television and film. Katie graduated from Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in 2013 and lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tudor Chirila aka Tudor Kyrilov is a Romanian actor and musician. Winner of the Uniter Award for Malvolio in "Twelvth Night" by William Shakespeare, Tudor performed in several plays of famous playwrights as Neil Simon, Edward Albee, William Shakespeare and Arthur Kopit. His movie career includes performances in Romanian and international movies such as Tudor Giurgiu's "Love Sick" and Barbara Albert's "Nordrand". Tudor Kyrilov is also a Romanian pop-dance star, leading vocal of Vama and former vocal in rock band Vama Veche.
Desi Bakardjieva is one of Bulgarian 's best actress. She is born on December 4, 1978 Sofia Bulgaria. The daughter of Ivan Bakardjiev and Ivanka Bakardjieva. Her sister Borislava (b. 1976) works at Ministry of Education. Desislava showed an interest early on in entertainment. She starred on stage when she was 4 years old. The most famous and theater roles include: Nurse ("Romeo and Juliet" - William Shakespeare) Bosiljka ("Vrazhalets" - St. Kostov), Katherine ("Prespa Bells" - D. Talev), Anna Petrovna ("Ivanov" - A. Chekhov),Klarice ("The King Stag" - C. Gozzi) and others. Participate in TV shows and series, including "Family" of Dimitar Gotchev "Glass House," "Devil's Mirror," "She and He", "Church of Wolves", "UFO Club", "Tonight Show Azis ", leading the popular show" Bulgarian Top 100 "and many others etc.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Carolyn has been performing since she was 10. She achieved note when she was selected to play the part of Ruth in The Lovely Bones, but her first performances were in singing, not acting. At age 10, with no previous background in performing, she was picked to sing with Suzanne Prentice at a World Vision "Kids for Kids" Concert. The following year she gave a solo performance in front of several hundred school children and their parents at the annual regional school choir festival, with guests including the Mayor. She was encouraged by teachers to develop her talent, and began to study classical singing (as well as theory and piano) with the professional soprano, Gina Sanders. The beautiful tone to her voice has won her multiple awards and commendations as a soprano in regional competitions. Her acting career began at high school, where she developed a passion for drama. The move into acting was an easy one, as she was used to singing in front of audiences. Her first performance was the school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, in which she played a fairy who has a spirited exchange with Puck in Act 2. Later she joined drama school and the local theater club. Her roles included the part of "the horrible adenoidal daughter", Elsie, in Noel Coward's "Fumed Oak". Her first professional role was in the American TV production "Fatal contact - Bird Flu in America" as the daughter of a businessman who on a visit to China contracted bird flu and unwittingly caused an outbreak of the virus in America. She has also appeared in Walt Disney's "Legend of the Seeker" 2009 season in "Fury" as Veta, one of the Minders, a tribe of healers who won't fight for their own rights and who are under an ancient spell cast to control anger and lust. Somehow the Seeker (Richard) and Minders are linked and an evil side to Richard shows itself as he trains some of them (including Veta) to defend themselves. Her most important role to date is in Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones", where she is one of two Kiwis to have earned a slot amongst a star-studded cast. She played the role of Ruth Connors, a slightly unconventional character who is into art and in touch with the supernatural. In 2010 she appeared in "Shortland Street" as Penny who took a job as an orderly while plotting to poison Scotty to avenge the death of her father, killed in action when she was just a child.
Victor Warren, a native Californian, has been acting since the age of ten. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University where he majored in Acting and Directing. After graduation Victor worked in California for over fifteen years for Universal Studios as a director, camera operator, technical director, announcer and stunt show performer. In 1993, Victor moved to the east coast where he owned a very successful retail business. He also worked successfully as a director and actor in Boston and New York doing commercials, print work, voice-overs, regional theatre, films and television for 14 years. He won Best Independent short film at the Canadian International Film Festival for his film "Alone" that He worte, directed, and acted in. He was awarded First Prize at both the Massachusetts film office screen writing competition and Rhode Island International Film Festival. As a director, The Register voted Victor Warren's production of Woyzeck one of the Best plays of 2002. He directed a successful run of A Midsummer's Night's Dream for Shakespeare by the Shore. He has been involved in eight different productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged . He acted and directed in a wildly popular run which was voted "Critic's Choice For 2003". Other directing projects include Walt Whitman Speaks for the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles and the world premiere of Betterland for the Theatre Studio in New York. He recently received both LA Drama Critiques award and LA Weekly Award for his work on the production of Stranger for the Bootleg Theatre. He has directed over 50 projects and acted in over 70 roles. He moved back to LA in 2008 to create greater opportunities to self generate projects. In 2010, he Stunt Coordinated Who Killed Chandra Levy for TLC while he was the artistic director at the NoHo Arts Center. With the creation of Glydascope, he will apply his 30 years of experience and proven expertise to realize his vision of offering specialty projects to targeted audiences.
Navid was born in Teheran, Iran. Due to the Iran-Iraq war the four-year old Navid had to escape with his family from his native country. They lived for some time in the USA but since 1985 Navid has been in Germany at home.
Navid has grown up trilingual (English, German, Persian). He was 8 years old when he stepped foot on a stage for the 1st time. He has played famous literature characters in different theater plays e.g. the part of "Lady Macbeth" in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" & "Romeo" in "Romeo and Juliet". Navid has also worked on several TV & film-productions during and over this time.
During 2003 Navid earned a nomination in the category "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for his performance in "Fremder Freund" (a.k.a. "The Friend"), for the "Förderpreis Deutscher Film". "Fremder Freund" (directed by Elmar Fischer) has won several prizes at International Film Festivals.
More award wining movies Navid played leading roles in: "For a Moment Freedom" (directed by Arash T. Riahi) counts over 25 prizes at several international film festivals and was the Austrian entry for the Oscars in 2010. "Salami Aleikum" (directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi) won the main award and the audience award at the film festival in Emden Nordeney. "Match Factor" (directed by Mahin Zia) has won during the Berlin Film Festival 2008. "Fremde Haut" (directed by Angelina Maccarrone) & "Anam" (directed by Buket Alakus) are also winners of international film festivals.
Navid is also a director who has directed over 20 music videos and one short film called "Empty" starring Mina Tander. On Valentines Day 2014 he released the music video "Behesht" (meaning: Paradise) for the legendary Persian singer Googoosh.
In March 2014 Navid changed his stage name from Navid Akhavan to Navid Navid.
Grigori Mikhailovich Kozintsev was born on March 22, 1905, in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, named Mikhail Kozintsev, was a medical doctor. Young Kozintsev studied at the Kiev Gymnazium. There, in 1919, he organized experimental theatre "Arlekin" together with his fellow students Sergei Yutkevich and Aleksei Kapler. During 1919 and 1920 Kozintsev studied art at the Kiev School of Art under the tutelage of Alexandra Exter.
Experiments. In 1920 Kozintsev moved to Petrograd (Leningrad or St. Petersburg). There he studied art at the "VKHUTEMAS" at the Academy of Fine Arts for two years. In 1921 Kozintsev with Sergei Yutkevich, Leonid Trauberg, and Leonid Kryzhitsky organized and led the Factory of Excentric Actors (FEKS). There Kozintsev directed radically avant-garde staging of plays "Zhenitba" (Marriage 1922) by Nikolai Gogol and "Vneshtorg na Eifelevoi Bashne" (Foreign trade on Eiffel Tower 1923). They were based in the former Eliseev Mansion on Gagarinskaya street No. 1 in St. Petersburg. Kozintsev and FEKS collaborated with writer Yuri Tynyanov, cinematographer Andrei Moskvin, young actor-director Sergey Gerasimov, artist Igor Vuskovich, and young composer Dmitri Shostakovich among others. Initially FEKS was the main platform for experimental actors, directors and artists, and was strongly influenced by Vsevolod Meyerhold and Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Artistic position. In 1924 Kozintsev and Trauberg came to "SevZapKino" Studios (now Lenfilm Studios). There Kozintsev continued his FEKS experiments in his first eccentric comedy 'Pokhozhdenie Oktyabriny' (1924). Kozintsev's early films were strongly criticized by official Soviet critics. His film 'Shinel' (1926) was compared to German Expressionism and accused of distortion of the original classic story by Nikolai Gogol. Kozintsev strongly argued against such comparisons with German expressionism; he was unhappy until the end of his life about such criticism of his early experimental works. Kozintsev insisted that his cheerful experiments were essential in the city of Petrograd (St. Petersburg) after the Russian Revolution of 1917, which brought destruction, depression, crime, and degradation of culture.
Early films. Kozintsev made twelve films together with Leonid Trauberg. Their collaboration began in 1921, in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). Their film-trilogy about Russian revolutionary hero Maxim was made from 1935-1941, when people in the Soviet Russia were terrorized under the most brutal dictatorship of Joseph Stalin. In departure from experimental youthfulness and freedom of their FEKS years, the Maxim trilogy was a trade-off blend of experiment and Soviet propaganda. It was still a powerful work and was even banned by censorship in the United States from the 1930s-1950s. For that work Kozintsev and Trauberg were awarded the Stalin's State Prize in 1941. After the Second World War Kozintsev and Trauberg made their last film together: 'Prostye Lyudi (Plain People 1946), which was censored and remained unreleased until 1958, when "Nikita Khrushchev' lifted the ban imposed by Stalin's censorship.
Highlights. Grigori Kozintsev ascended to his best works after the death of Stalin. Then Nikita Khrushchev initiated the "Thaw" which played a role in some liberation of individual creativity in the Soviet film industry. Kozintsev's adaptations of classical literature combined some experimental elements of his earlier silent films with the approach of a mature master. His Don Quixote (1957), King Lear (1969) and especially Hamlet (1963) were recognized worldwide as his highest achievements. In _Korol Lir (1969)_ Kozintsev made a brilliant decision to cast actors from the Baltic States as the Lear's family. Jüri Järvet, Regimantas Adomaitis, Donatas Banionis, Juozas Budraitis, and Elza Radzina together with Oleg Dal, Galina Volchek, Aleksey Petrenko made a powerful acting ensemble.
Hamlet and King Lear. Kozintsev first staged Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and 'King Lear" in 1941. His collaboration with Boris Pasternak began in 1940, when Pasternak was working on his Russian translation of the Shakespeare's originals. Both plays were prepared for stage under direction of Kozintsev. King Lear was staged in 1941, but further work was interrupted because of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Hamlet was staged in 1954. At the same time Kozintsev continued developing the idea of filming _Gamlet (1964)_, until everything came together in his legendary film. The adaptation by Boris Pasternak, the music by Dmitri Shostakovich, the direction by Kozintsev, and the acting talent of Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy produced special creative synergy. Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy was praised as the best Hamlet by Sir Laurence Olivier.
Legacy. In the 1920s Kozintsev taught at the Leningrad School of Acting. From 1944-1964 Kozintsev led his master-class for film directors at the Soviet State Film Institute (VGIK). Among his students were many prominent Russian directors and actors such as Sergey Gerasimov and others. Kozintsev was the head of master-class for film directors at Lenfilm Studios from 1964-1971. He wrote essays on William Shakespeare, Sergei M. Eisenstein, Charles Chaplin, and Vsevolod Meyerhold and published theoretical works on film direction. Grigori Kozintsev lived near Lenfilm Stidios in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) for the most part of his life. His work and presence was essential to the status of Lenfilm Studios as well as to the film community in Leningrad during the political and economic domination of Moscow as the Soviet capital. From his early works of the 1920s to his masterpiece _Gamlet (1964)_, Kozintsev was faithful to creative experimental approach.
Kozintsev was designated the People's Artist of the USSR. He was awarded the State Lenin's Prize of the USSR (1965), and received other awards and nominations. He died in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) on May 11, 1973, and was laid to rest in the Necropolis of the Masters of Art in St. Aleksandr Nevsky Convent in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Jordann is an American actor/writer/producer born in Paris, France. When he was 17, he started taking acting lessons in Paris. A year later, he moved to New York City and trained at Herbert Berghof studio. He then discovered the Actors Studio where he first worked as an intern in the frequent company of Al Pacino who was the Actors Studio Co-President at the time.
He performed in plays such as "A view from the Bridge," "Waiting for Godot," "Of Mice and Men," and William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." He was also featured in short films, "Stiff Neck" and "Real Life True Liars" before making his way to Hollywood.
Not only has Jordann been actively involved in theatre arts and acting, but fighting sports and martial arts have also been an important part of his life since childhood. In 2006, he represented the US in the World Championship of Kick Boxing Savate (amateur).
In 2004, he had a supporting role in the short film "Wedding Gift," On stage, Jordann played the part of Chance Wayne in the critically acclaimed "Sweet Bird of Youth." Jordann's acting credits include "Couples Retreat," (opposite Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love and John Favreau in Universal's 2009 biggest comedy of the year) "Couples Retreat""Syndicate," "The Wedding Pact" and "Being American."
Jordann is currently working on the production of his latest feature film project: "Street Millionaire" an action/romance/thriller based on true events, a project he wrote and will star into.
Mustafa Haidari is a multilingual actor, known for The Kite Runner, Kabuli Kid, and Lone Survivor. He speaks Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu languages. Mustafa studied on camera and stage acting at the faculty of Fine Arts, Kabul University prior moving to LA. He has also been trained by international artists such as Ariane Mnouchkine, the French founder and director of theater Du Soleil, Corinne Jaber, and a few other artists. He is an active, hardworking actor who likes to expand his acting skills and has participated in several commercial, theatrical and voice training classes in Los Angeles as well. Besides acting in film and television, he also appeared in several plays such as (I am Not The Second Gender), (A Tragic Disaster), and the Dari translated version of William Shakespeare's play, (Love's Labour's Lost.) Mustafa moved to the United States in 2008, settling down in Los Angeles, California to pursue his 'American Dream' as an actor in Hollywood. Being multilingual helped him to do acting and voice over in films, television and commercials. Mustafa also lent his voice for the Dari version of a popular language learning program called, Rosetta Stone.
Ionut Grama (born December 12 1982) is a Romanian film, stage and voice over actor. He graduated from the National University of Drama and Film (UNATC) in Bucharest in 2007. At age 26, he recieved a nomination for Best Debut at the Romanian Association of Theatre Artists Awards for his performance as George in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
His film credits include English speaking roles in A Royal Christmas (2014), Sons of Liberty (2014), Closer to the Moon (2013), The Devil Inside (2013), The Whistleblower (2011) and The Robbery (2010). He starred in the Romanian productions A Month in Thailand (2012) and Gruber's Journey (2009) and several short films.
On stage, Ionut has performed in the Romanian productions The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (2014), The Most Beautiful Novel in the World (2013), Orphans (2013), Julius Caesar (2012), Girl Gone (2009). He also starred in several UNATC productions, such as Two Worlds Hotel (2011), Parasites (2010), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2008), Belgrade Trilogy (2007) and Some Explicit Polaroids (2007). He was cast in the British site-specific productions of The Winter's Tale (2012) and Pericles (2010), performing in English, Czech and Polish.
From 2013 to 2014, Ionut was the Romanian continuity voice for DIVA Universal. His voice over work includes roles in the Romanian dubbed versions of The Boxtrolls (2014), Escape from Planet Earth (2014), Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy (2014), Khumba (2014), Planes (2013), Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (2012) and several Disney Channel and Nickelodeon TV series.
In 2014, Ionut attended Neil LaBute's Why Don't We Do It In The Road? workshop at Sibiu, Romania. He participated at the Sarajevo Film Festival Talent Campus in 2013.
Actor/writer Charles Emmett has really been acting and writing since he was eight years old. In Portland, Oregon his third grade teachers, Mrs. Collins, and later Ms. Feingold would encourage him. "If you want to write.., just write. Just write and see what happens..." At eight years old Charles wanted to be the next William Shakespeare.
In his mind, Charles became the black Woody Allen instead. But with a twist. When he saw the film 'What's Up Tiger Lily?' by Woody Allen, Charles realized Woody Allen could help him become an expert on healing a nation through entertainment. Charles' very first film won "Best Directorial Debut" at the 2013 New York International Independent Film Festival (Los Angeles Edition). The film: 'An Average American Marriage', is a poignant take on our contemporary times incorporating everything that makes us seem different and shoving it through a truth blower aimed right at your face with love and respect for the human condition. The film also won "Best Short Film" and "Audience Award" at the 2012 ITN Film Distribution Festival in Los Angeles, California.
Charles has also produced over forty Public Service Announcements, (PSAs). These PSAs, "ONE Nation: Get Out There And Vote! and Volunteer In Your Community!" were selected and distributed across the United States for the 2008, 2010, & 2012 local and national elections. The film and PSAs were produced through Mr. Emmett's Non Profit Organization, Americans United For America, Inc.
Charles' over fifty movie and TV acting credits include: Liar Liar, Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, Growing Up Fisher, Dads, Switched At Birth, 24, Prison Break, Star Trek: Voyager, etc. His over fifty national TV commercial credits include Tide, Best Buy, Comcast, Sears, Direct TV, McDonald's, Pepsi, GM, Walmart, Bank of America, American Express etc.
In cinema, Dilip is known for introducing new exceptional talent as a Casting Director. He has worked with some of the world's most talented directors. His casting credits include Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited, Florian Gallenberger's Shadows of Time, Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra's Delhi 6 and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Ashvin Kumar's The Little Terrorist, Pan Nalin's Valley of Flowers, Mike Cahill's I Origins.
He was Associate Director with Pan Nalin on Faith Connections, a docu-feature on the Kumbh Mela. The film opened to rave reviews at the Toronto International Festival 2013. He has been Line Producer on three feature films -Ayurveda - Art of Being, Samsara and Valley of Flowers, all by Pan Nalin.
Dilip Shankar is an actor and director in the Delhi theatre scene.
As an actor, he is known for essaying a variety of roles - Cassio in Roysten Abel's award winning William Shakespeare's Othello-a play in black & white, Raju Guide in Sanjoy Roy's adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Guide, Jawaharlal Nehru in Pramila Le Hunte's Nehru-His Inner Story. He has worked with directors B. V. Karanth, Anamika Haksar, Abhilash Pillai, Bertina Johnson.
A theatre director of note on the Delhi theatre scene, he has directed a number of plays, and has written 36 plays so far. He was also Show Running Director for Zangoora - the Gypsy Prince at the Kingdom of Dreams from 2010 till 2012.
|Mercedes "Pachula" Benmoha
Mercedes gets her artistic skills in the Educational Cultural Center Hebraica Gonzalo Benaim Pinto where she's directed by Julio Serna, Ricardo Nortier, Mario Sudano among others.
Graduated from Law School in 2004 at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, throughout her career she participated in many workshops with Mario Sudano, Reuben Morales, Karen Ruiz, Lisa Formosa (member of the Actors Studio) among others. Also attended the 8 week professional Acting Training Program at TVI Actor Studio in Los Angeles, CA. and received one-year voice and singing lessons with William Escalante.
Mercedes just finished the 16 week Hybrid Conservatory program at TVI Actors Studio in Los Angeles, CA.
She was nominated for:
-"The dream of a turtle" by Pedro Riera, lead actress at the José Angel Porte Acero Theatre Festival, Venezuela (1997).
-"God" by Woody Allen, Supporting Actress at José Angel Porte Acero Theatre Festival, Venezuela (1998).
-"Deranged Chronicles" by Indira Paez, Lead Actress at the Inter club Theatre Festival, Venezuela (2008).
She was awarded for:
-"Mr. "X" by Julio Serna, award for Best Female Characterization at José Angel Porte Acero Theatre Festival, Venezuela (1998).
-"Love's labors lost" by William Shakespeare, award for Best Supporting Actress at the Habima (Stage) Theatre Festival, in Mexico (2002).
-Received recognition for Outstanding work, Professionalism and Trajectory. Ateneo of Caracas, (2009).
|Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra
Miguel de Cervantes' baptism occurred on October 9, 1547, at Alcala de Henares, Spain, so it is reasonable to assume he was born around that time, and Alcala de Henares has long claimed itself as his birthplace. The son of Rodrigo de Cervantes, an itinerant and not-too-successful surgeon, Miguel was educated by monks as he and his family wandered from city to city. In 1570 he obtained a position as a kind of secretary to Cardinal Aquaviva in Rome. In 1571 he became a soldier and fought in the famous Battle of Lepanto that pitted Spain against Turkish forces. Being ill with fever at the time, and wishing to prove his bravery, he asked to be put in the most dangerous fighting position on his ship. He was, and received two wounds in the chest and one in his left hand, which rendered him disabled for life. Returning home with his brother Rodrigo in 1575, they were captured by the Barbary pirates and sold into slavery. He and his fellow captives made three attempts to escape, all unsuccessful - one because they were betrayed by a fellow captive. In each attempt Cervantes deliberately shouldered the blame on himself, in an attempt to shield his fellow captives from torture. The Turkish Bey was so impressed with his perhaps foolhardy audacity that he spared him each time. The Cervantes family was able to ransom Rodrigo but not Miguel, and he remained in captivity until 1580, when he was finally ransomed by two Trinitarian friars.
He then began a writing career, which was at first completely unsuccessful due to the fact that Cervantes deliberately tried to write the kind of plays and poetry popular at the time, and to imitate their style, something he was woefully inadequate at doing. He fathered a daughter out of wedlock, and entered into an unhappy marriage in 1584. He took on a series of odd jobs to make ends meet. His financial difficulties netted him three or more prison terms and an excommunication by the Spanish Inquisition, although it was clear he never committed any crimes. Finally, in 1605, he published the first part of the novel which gave him immortality, the brilliant and unforgettable "Don Quixote de La Mancha", which was supposed to be a satire on the chivalric novels of the time, but was actually a work unlike anything anyone else had ever written (the second part followed ten years later, after the success of the first had produced a plagiarized sequel that not only coarsened the satire but contained openly insulting remarks about Cervantes). "Don Quixote"'s surface seems comic, but Cervantes, finally writing in his own personal style and no one else's, created two characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, to whom he gives more multi-layered depth than anyone else up to that time had given characters, except possibly the depth that William Shakespeare had given to Hamlet. The novel "Don Quixote" itself becomes an ironic mixture of comedy, humiliation, disillusionment and tragedy. All of its characters, except those in the interpolated romance novels, are believable and each reacts to Don Quixote's madness in an illuminating way. "Don Quixote" was immensely successful in its time, but it did not make Cervantes a wealthy man.
His other highly regarded works are his collection of "Exemplary Stories", published in 1613, and his "Eight Interludes", published in 1615. He died of dropsy on April 23, 1616, but in an especially ironic twist, his gravesite is lost. His contemporary, William Shakespeare, died ten days later, which according to the Julian calendar then used in England was, coincidentally, also April 23, 1616. Strangely enough, to the end of his life, Cervantes valued his poetic work more highly than his prose (perhaps just a case of wishful thinking) and never considered "Don Quixote" his masterpiece. He died without knowing that it would be one day regarded as the world's greatest novel by many critics.
Greg is an American actor, artist, and writer who's experimental art short film, Sequential Paint, was a featured selection at the Spring 2010 NewFilmmakers Series in New York City at the Anthology Film Archives. The film also screened at various exhibits, art shows and galleries in Los Angeles, including the opener of the 2006 Santa Ana Film Festival. His work blurs the boundaries between Pop Art, Abstract-Expressionism and Street. He has garnered a strong following among the Hollywood community as well as holding his own in the street art scene, having recently completed a collaboration with graffiti legend, artist RISK and others within one of L.A.'s most respected crews, The 7th Letter. Most recently, Siff, co-founded 'The Creative Cartel' with the artist Mar to promote their vision of what's next and new in the art scene and beyond. In 2011, he was commissioned to paint some of LA's most notorious walls, including The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA and The De la Barracuda Wall, with his simplest, yet deeply emotional work. In addition to exhibiting in Los Angeles and New York - where his work was featured in The Deitch Art Parades, Siff has shown his work in London, Dublin, Italy and Vancouver. Siff's work has also appeared in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, Paper Mag, The LA Times, Complex and Glamour. As an actor, Gregory started out on stage at the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Among the operas he sang in were Carmen, Tosca, Lucia and Turandot. He was cast in the duel role of Barry Williams/Greg Brady in Fox's true-life story of The Brady Bunch: The Final Days. In I.F.C's Rome & Jewel, a modern update of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, he played the role of Tybalt. He has also guest starred on Showtime's Nurse Jackie, HBO's How To Make It In America, and C.S.I: N.Y. In 2008, Siff wrote and starred in The Nothing Boys, a critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical play about a young man who returns home to his high school for his 10-year reunion only to find one other student in attendance. The Nothing Boys was produced by Rob Weiss, best known as producer of H.B.O's Entourage.
Christian Rodrigo is a Spanish Actor born in Barcelona, who is recognized internationally as a fresh, unique, creative, generous, passionate and extraordinary performer.
He is based in Los Angeles, specialized in acting on camera with experience in 10 feature films, around 40 short films, several TV-shows and in some theatrical independent plays.
He is a member of SAG-AFTRA (the biggest Actors Screen, TV and Radio Union in the US). He is a member of the Professional Actors and Directors Association of Catalonia (AADPC) and also of the Cinema Academy of Catalonia.
Christian is an Intern Member of The Actors Gang, an American Theater company which Tim Robbins is the artistic director. He is also a member of the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory.
At a young age, he starred in a lot of school plays at Thau School. Thanks to his performance in the play "Carlota i la Dona de Neu", (when he was 16 years old) he was hired to become a member of the CC Sants Theater Company, a theater company based in Barcelona.
At 18, he started his studies in Business at the University, and at the age of 23 he got a Business and Administration Degree and an MBA from ESADE, one of the top European Business Universities with an exchange program at Goizueta Business School (Emory University, Atlanta). Then he started working on worldwide companies, such as Danone where he worked in the Marketing department, or Michael Page as a Headhunter. This experience allowed him to be involved in a lot of commercials and TV projects, working as a decision maker.
Then, due to his passion for acting, he came back to his origins and he studied Performing Arts at the Col.legi del Teatre de Barcelona, one the most well known Acting Schools in Barcelona. He was trained with some of the most talented teachers including the Russian theater director Boris Rotenstein (who studied with one of Stanislavski's students) and learned Stanislavski's technique for four years.
Education has been always very important for Christian, that's why after his studies at El Col.legi de Barcelona, he trained with some of the greatest international coaches such as Michelle Danner (Salma Hayek, Gerald Butler, Christian Slater, or Penélope Cruz coach, among others), Bob McAndrew (Raul Julia, Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Cooper, Christopher Walken, Tom Selleck, or Liza Minelli coach, among others), Juan Carlos Corazza (Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Sergio Peris-Mancheta teacher, and many other Spanish great actors), Javier Daulte, Helen Rowson, Alexandra Neil's, Manuel Carlos Lillo, Ragnar Freidank, and many other great professors.
He also took some Meisner Technique courses with an incredible actor and teacher, Javier Galito-Cava and his colleague Matthew Graham Smith. Thanks to Meisner Technique he evolved to a new step as a performer.
Christian is a very experienced actor. He will be starring in a period piece feature film, "Calungsod", directed by Enzo Williams, that will be shot during 2013 winter in The Phillipines. He also will star in 2014 in two international co-productions: "Wallash Darketh", another period piece feature Film that will be shot in USA and Mexico and "To Cross The Line" that will be shot between Spain and Mexico also in 2014.
Among the feature films he has worked on, two of them were international co-productions between Spain-USA and Spain-UK. Christian was proud to have worked with actors such as Robert Pattison in "Little Ashes," directed by Paul Morrison, (Highest Award at Schermi d'Amore Italian Film Festival and Award at GLAAD Media Festival); "Trash," directed by Carles Torras, starring Oscar Jaenada (Oficial Selection in Malaga International Film Festival); "7.5 Steps," directed by Lalo Garcia, starring Ernesto Alterio (Award winner in the Malaga International Film Festival); "Stevie," directed by Bryan Goeres, starring Jordi Mollà and Catherine McCormarck. His last film was "Violet" directed by Luiso Berdejo, screened at the International Film Festivals of San Sebastian and Sitges.
He starred and completed more than 40 short films, main lead roles in all of them. Among them are "Wings" directed by Jose Villalobos, screened in the most important Film Festivals all over the World, such as TRibeca, Austin, Nantucket, Malaga, and many more; "Behind the Door," directed by Jan Baca, which won the Golden Medal for the Best Short at UNICA Cinema Film Festival in 2006; "Ilusion" directed by Alexia Muinos, selected in more than 10 International Film Festivals around the world; "Water Moon" directed by Carles Reixach, Audience Award and Best in Cinematography at Girona's Film Festival in 2007; "The Last Dinner," directed by Javier Ideami (selected in several international film festivals); "El Refugio," directed by Albert Ribas, which won the special prize as Best Cameo Short and Best Cinematography at the 2009 Inexperto Film Festival (distributed in Spain); "My invisible Friend," directed by Pablo Larcuen, Best Narrative Short at the 2010 LA Film Festival ; "The Prize," directed by David Blanco, short that was shown for 3 months at the MACBA (The Barcelona Modern Museum).
In Television he appeared in several TV shows such as "El Cor de la Ciutat" (TV3 production), "My Adventure in Barcelona" (a China-Catalonia co-production) or "A fork in the Mediterranean" (Australian SBS Production). But the most notable was his collaboration with TVE (The Spanish Public TV) on its daily show "Los Lunnis", the most successful Puppet show ever done in Spain (sold all around the world with more than 500 chapters). He was a voice over actor of one of its main characters, an American Speaker teacher named Luke. He was also the lead role in the web series "Croma," directed by Victor Quintero and the new tv pilot "Zero" in a leading role. He is been the lead role in some TV pilots such as "Zero" or " Strangers" that are still waiting for a Green Light to be shot.
In Theater, besides his involvement as an Intern Member at The Actors Gang (Culver City, CA), he has been involved in many independent projects such as "Blak & Deker," directed by Roger Delmont (Film, TV and Theater director educated at the New York Film Academy); "I'll Tell you the Truth," a mix of monologues and poems from William Shakespeare, directed by prestigious Russian theatre director, Boris Rotenstein, who has directed also two more plays with him --- "Passions and Slides" and "Impossible Love"; "The Miser" and "El Cafe de la Marina," directed by Rafael Duran; and "Hysteria" (he was the assistant director to John Malkovich).
Hosting is one of his greatest skills. In Europe, he hosted important events, music concerts, premieres, with audiences between 300 to 20,000 attendees. Among them were "Batecs d'Esperanca Concert" (for Haiti victims), "Best AIJEC Entrepeneur Prize 2010", "Trash Premier Party", "Viceversa Editorial" and the "La Festa de la Llibertat concert". He is under negotiations to host a TV-Show for an International Network in 2014.
But he also has a great experience in two more fields. As a producer, thanks to his MBA, he's become a great Film and TV producer, with awarded films under his name. And as an Acting Coach, with his own Acting Studio, coaching dozens of actors every year.
Christian Rodrigo has worked also as a model on TV and print commercials. He also worked as a children animator and has worked in summer camps as a Children Counselor for 15 years.
Blaine graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and has performed on stage in Indianapolis and Chicago. Most recently he appeared in the Fox television drama Prison Break as a young prisoner, Seth Hoffner.
While at Butler, he adapted Franz Kafka's "Before the Law" as the short play "The Door", which was performed on two snowy evenings in an alleyway in Broad Ripple. Hogan previously appeared as Gregor Samsa in Steven Berkoff's adaptation of The Metamorphosis.
Hogan's other roles at Butler included Rosencrantz in William Shakespeare's Hamlet (whom he played as a Niles Crane-style neat freak on a stage with a dirt floor) and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. He also played Hedwig and Tommy Gnosis in a sold-out extended run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Phoenix Theatre (in which he pointed out that Jim Jones preached in the same building) and Snoopy in Snoopy!!! at Edyvean Repertory Theatre.
Most recently Blaine teamed up with XXX Church and Difted Films to create a series of short films based on the book, Starving Jesus.
Oliver Rayón was born (1983) just east of Mexico City, in the colonial city of Puebla, the historic, cultural, and economic capital of the state of Puebla, México. He was four years old when his single mother brought him to Southern California. He grew up first in Bellflower, and later Santa Ana, California. Oliver loved sports and played Pop Warner Football and National Junior Basketball. But music was unquestionably his first love. He sang in the choir throughout elementary school and junior high school, and won recognition as a soloist. In high school show choir, he learned about musical theater productions and ventured to audition. His first acting roles were in "Guys and Dolls" and "Babes in Arms". He went beyond school productions to perform in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", and played Vittorio Vidal in "Sweet Charity". All indicators seemed to point to a future in the performing arts. By the end of high school, Oliver decided on a different course. He had a talent for math and science. His inquisitive side was captivated by avionics and the promise of flight. He logically joined the Air Force ROTC to become an electrical engineer and pilot.
Performing to engage an audience proved to be Oliver's clear calling. He inevitably left the Air Force ROTC. While attending Orange Coast College (OCC), he rekindled his love of performing and ultimately set his goals firmly on acting. Being quickly cast in several college theater productions affirmed his decision. He was first cast as Estaban in the one-act play "Lynette at 3 a.m.", partly by virtue of his reputation as an actor in high school, and also because he was bilingual in Spanish and English. He was invited to audition and was simultaneously cast in two additional one-act plays. He went on to play Montano in an OCC production of William Shakespeare's "Othello", and reveled in his favorite role as Herb in an OCC production of the musical "Godspell".
A new era of acting began for Oliver at California State University, Long Beach. Hugh O'Gorman introduced him to the Michael Chekhov Technique, and helped him begin to act with specificity and focus. The high point of his training at CSULB, and indeed his entire early career, was working under the direction of Anne D'Zmura in a production of Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses" (Fall 2006). Each cast member played multiple parts. Oliver played Zeus, Erysichthon, Cinyras, and others. Coaching from William Francis McGuire in voice, diction, and text exploration was invaluable to his performance in the play and beyond. Working with D'Zmura gave him insight into the art of directing, and vision for a career beyond acting. Oliver added the role of Shalva, the Adjutant in Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" to his list of CSULB theater credits (Fall 2007). Rounding out his college training, Philip Charles MacKenzie helped him to strengthen his grasp of technique and craft and translate it to an on-camera environment. His college career ended with a BA in Theater Arts from CSULB (June 2007).
Oliver's artistic and professional standards were largely shaped by his training at The Actors Center in New York City (Summer 2006). The intensive schedule and rigorous work cemented his commitment to the craft of acting. The instructors were all masters in their fields of specialization. Oliver studied Fitzmaurice Voicework with Grace Zandarski, Balinese mask work with Per Brahe, movement with Felix Ivanov, and scene study with Scott Freeman, who guided him towards a realistic acting style that he now considers to be second nature. Acting ideally gives Oliver opportunities to tell stories that deeply impact audiences. As a student of filmmaking, he counts John Cassavetes, Guillermo del Toro, Pedro Almodóvar, Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Quinn, Meryl Streep, and Daniel Day-Lewis among his many influences. He learned piano as an adult and makes music in his spare time.
Adaptable to acting on stage, television, and film, Oliver's credits reflect his commitment to versatility and craft. Some of his early roles were on local-market TV shows (The Heartbreak Cafe, Secretos). Followed quickly by star billing in short films that became a part of the film festival circuit (Good Day LA, Lawnchairs & Grappling Hooks, Vlad & Antoinette, New Filmmaking). Along with a stint as a recurring character on the Univision telenovela No Me Hallo. His latest TV appearance was on the long-running daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful.
Fluency in two languages gives him depth and authenticity in his personal and professional roles. Being multi-ethnic (Mexican, Spanish, German) lends credibility to the diversity of characters he plays. He has convincingly played the Latin romantic with a passion for the paranormal (Paranormal Incident), the all-American assistant left in charge of a frightening turn-of-events (Reality Terror Night), and an Italian heavy infected by mutated creatures (Stem Cell), among others.
His principal role in the star-studded play revival "La Victima", alongside esteemed actors Lupe Ontiveros, Sal Lopez and Geoffrey Rivas, under the skillful direction of José Luis Valenzuela, was his first foray into professional theater. Other high points in his diverse stage career include the touring production of the passion play "Viva Cristo Rey," directed by Ángel Durán & the immersive theatrical experience "Accomplice: San Diego" written and directed by Tom Salamon for the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse.
Oliver continues to add lead and supporting roles in a range of independent feature films (Spermicide, Thursday's Speaker, Guns Don't Kill People), some of which have been in rotation on the SyFy Channel (War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave, Journey to the Center of the Earth, 2010: Moby Dick, Silent Venom). His most recent work came in Doc Holliday's Revenge a Western feature film by Lionsgate & Rapid Hearts Pictures, starring Tom Berenger & Eric Roberts, where he played the infamous Florentino "Indian Charlie" Cruz.
Born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Tampico, Mexico, Lourdes Narro is a bilingual and bi-cultural actress, who began her studies in performing arts when she was four years old. Whether it was by way of competing in national dance events or by studying and writing poetry, Lourdes Narro has always had a burning passion for all things artistic.
It was the Spring of 2010 when Lourdes made her transition to Los Angeles and immediately enrolled in the internationally recognized Acting school, Stella Adler Academy of Acting, where she will graduate from in the fall of 2013. To say she is a dedicated student is an understatement, Lourdes lives and breathes acting and since she began studying at Stella Adler, she has starred in a number of plays including playing Juliet in William Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet.
Aside from her busy schedule as part of Stella Adler, Lourdes has taken part in and starred in a number of student films and has also acted as the lead news anchor in a Maker Studios online entertainment and current events show called, M.I Entertainment.