Jeffrey Ventre is a practicing medical doctor licensed in the state of Washington. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He treats patients with various disabilities ranging from spinal cord injury to low back pain. He is (also) a chiropractor, and uses spinal manipulation in his practice. Jeff trained cetaceans at SeaWorld in Florida for seven years, and pinnepeds for one year. He disagrees with the practice of captivity for free ranging mammals. JV is in the book "Death at SeaWorld," and the movie "Blackfish," as himself.
Karol was born in Folkestone in Kent, to Henry 'Mick' Ryan, a well-known local cricketer and footballer, and Elsie Howard, a former London beauty queen and Regimental Sergeant Major in the Woman's Army. She was educated at the Folkestone Technical High School for Girls (now the Girls' Grammar School), South Kent College in Ashford, and is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Kent. Karol's entry into the world of acting in 2005 as Anne Scarlett in 'Hood The Musical' for the Blackfish Theatre Company, she describes as her 'mid-life crisis'. Since then she has many theatre credits to her name including 'Alice The Musical', 'Talking Heads 1 and 2', 'Jack and Beanstalk', 'Dick Whittington', '2000 Years of History', and 'Scrooge'. During the 2009 Christmas pantomime season she was one of the Front of House pirates at the Marlowe Arena for the Evolution Productions pantomime Peter Pan starring Adrian Edmonson. 2013 saw Karol return to the theatre when she took on two lead roles; the first was Lady Fortesque in A New Year's Eve Murder Mystery in Whitstable for The Short Theatre Company. The second was as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest at the Marlowe Theatre for the Back of House Theatre Company. Karol's first foray into motion pictures was in 2006, when she answered a advert in her local paper asking for extras to work on The Other Boleyn Girl at Dover Castle. Since then she has worked in several feature films and short films, including the musicals Les Miserables where she had a featured role during the factory scenes, The Muppets Again, and Into the Woods. During the summer of 2011 she worked on her son's directorial and writing feature film debut, Merry Z-Day, in which she starred as Beth. Karol has recently been the star of two major productions. The first was the pilot for a new web TV series called Second Choice; and the second on a short film/documentary made by Viola Films to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 called Time Bleeds. 2013 was the year Karol worked on several new TV series including Southcliffe, The Tunnel and Edge of Heaven - all of which were shot in her home county of Kent. Karol attended acting and singing workshops at the Blackfish Academy in Dover, and has training in several different dance styles. December 2013.
Ben became a member of the newly-founded Blackfish Academy in Dover in 2005, and won a small role in their first show, "The Musical Hood". From there, Ben won starring roles in the Academy's productions of "Alice the Musical", playing "the March Hare"; "Scrooge", playing "Topper"; "The Jungle Book", playing "Colonel Haithi"; "Fame", playing "Goody"; and "The Runaways", playing "Rocco the Pimp".
He has also been in a number of Dover Youth Theatre productions, including "The Boy Who Fell into a Book", playing "Rockfist Slim"; Agatha Christie's "An Appointment With Death", playing "Colonel Carberry"; and three workshop productions which allowed him, in 2010, to be the first actor to play "Shrek", on the English stage, in a scene from "Shrek the Musical".
Ben was an original member of The Canterbury-based Unfinished Business Theatre Company, and was a huge hit in their debut production, "The Penis Monologues". He also starred, to great acclaim, in their subsequent shows, "The Best Panto Ever" (as "Grumpy" and "Jack"), and their 2011 hit play, "The Last Theatre", playing "Job".
He was a member of the Dover Pageant Society, playing a number of roles in their open-air productions in 2002, 2005 and 2008.
Ben's filmography includes the award-winning shorts, "Marty's Project" (playing "Ben the Red Carpet Presenter"), which won 2011 Seriac Best Acting Award; "Playground" (playing a Gang Leader); and The 2008 Prix Europa film, "Washed Up" (playing a Czech Castaway). He has also finished filming the London School of Communication short film, "Frequenze"; and is working on the KETV/CBBC short film series, "Davey and ..." by Anne Perry, in which Ben plays a number of historical characters encountered by time-traveling schoolboy "Davey Smith".
Ben is an undergraduate at the Christ Church University in Canterbury, studying BA Drama, and where he recently headlined and was the critically- acclaimed act in the university's three variety nights, where he performed his own unique mixture of stand-up and impressions.
He is a former student of the Dover Grammar School for Boys and Canterbury College, where he also performed in a number of productions.
Ben was lucky enough to be one of the hopefuls picked from a line-up of 4,500 people who attended the casting in Chatham, Kent for the new film, musical version of "Les Miserables", starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Ben is working on a comedy double act with fellow university student, Jack Blundell, and their first show, "They've Landed", at Quarterhouse Theatre in Folkestone was a critically-acclaimed success. The pair are working on a second show to be performed in Canterbury, and are planning to take their shows to The Edinburgh Fringe in the future.
He is also worked on his first feature film, produced by his own production company, "A World Called My Mind Productions", and written by himself, called Merry Z-Day, which was released, straight-to-video, in October 2013.
Ben is also an accomplished Jazz and Blues pianist (having passed his Grade Five Jazz Performance exam) and singer, and is learning to play the guitar.
Chris Towey has worked in the film industry for nearly three decades. During the past 12 years, he has traveled worldwide shooting for television, corporate, and feature films. Towey has served as cinematographer on feature-length documentaries including Blackfish, a Sundance featured film (purchased by Magnolia Pictures) that explores the exploitation of animals for the entertainment business; Finding Hillywood, which profiles a new generation of Rwandan storytellers; Bear Trek, which follows a biologist as he researches bears and climate change in Alaska and Peru; and Trade Off, which examines World Trade Organization and its impact leading up to the 1999 Seattle riots, and was an official selection at film festivals in Canada and the U.S.
Towey has also shot dozens of commercials and television programs for networks including MSNBC, National Geographic, E!, PBS Nature, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and the BBC.
Ched Tolliver is a multi-faceted musician and composer. Classically trained, he is skilled in composition, arranging and production. Ched's scope of film writing ranges from romantic comedy, action/drama, to singer songwriting in a rock, pop, or folk genre. His recent work includes the film score to the documentary Newman (2015) which was produced by Sunset Pictures and Our Turn Productions, the producers behind 2013 Official Sundance Selection Documentary, Blackfish. He's scored a Berlin Film Festival selection Born to Ride and the feature film The Bronx Bull. The Bronx Bull is due to be released theatrically in 2015. Ched has just produced and arranged a re-boot of the classic Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" with Katie Holmes as vocalist. The song will be featured in the new film, Miss Meadows. He has just finished scoring the comedy TV pilot, Codependence and is slated to score the comedy feature Big Finish, starring Bob Newhart and Don Rickles, coming to theaters in 2015.
Awarded 2nd place in the 2014 "Funniest Person in the World Competition," Saad Haroon is a world renowned Comedian, Writer and Performer. A comedy pioneer, he created Pakistan's first improvisational comedy troupe 'BlackFish,' which performed weekly for three year and was also selected to represent Pakistan at "Contacting The World," one of the largest international theatre festivals. A UCB trained performer, Saad went on to create and perform in 'Shark' and 'The Agency,' two critically acclaimed bi-lingual improvisational theatre groups that toured nationally. Haroon is also the first stand-up comedian to tour Pakistan. Having written three solo shows, he has performed in prestigious venues all over the world including the Southbank Centre in London and the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He created, hosted and was head-writer for "The Real News," Pakistan's first English language comedy program on television which presented a mix of political and social satire. He went on to produce and star in another critically acclaimed show, "Saad Haroon: Very Live!," based on his exploits traveling as a stand-up comedian. Saad's work has been featured in publications and news media over the world including The Huffington Post, NPR, The Guardian, BBC, The Telegraph, The Young Turks, and many more.