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Allison Janney

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing.

Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive". As an actor, the magazine deems her to be "one to watch".

Janney was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Macy Brooks (Putnam), a former actress, and Jervis Spencer Janney, Jr., a real estate developer and jazz musician. While studying at Kenyon College, Janney answered a casting call for an on-campus play that was to be directed by Kenyon's most famous alumnus, the legendary actor Paul Newman. During her audition/interview, Janney played upon Newman's known passion for race car driving - she explained how she cut thirty minutes off of the 130 mile journey from her home town to the college. She got chosen for the play's cast.

After earning her degree in drama, Janney took Joanne Woodward's suggestion to do further study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Early in her career Janney got comedic roles in the soap operas As the World Turns and Guiding Light. Later, she gave memorable movie performances in supporting roles in Drop Dead Gorgeous, 10 Things I Hate About You, American Beauty and Nurse Betty, and in the made-for-TV movie ...First Do No Harm, among others.

Among her stage work, Janney has played in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" on Broadway opposite Anthony LaPaglia, which earned her a Tony Award nomination, and a Drama League Award for outstanding artist for the 1997-98 season. She played in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" opposite Frank Langella, which earned her the Outer Critics Circle Award and an Actors' Equity award. Janney also appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Taming of the Shrew".

In 1999 Janney became part of the original cast of the acclaimed TV series The West Wing where she played the President's press secretary who eventually gets promoted to the White House Chief of Staff. Her impressive work during the seven seasons of that renowned series earned her four Emmys and two SAG Awards.

With her reputation becoming more broadly established during her work on "The West Wing" Janney won more substantive roles in feature films, in the acclaimed The Hours where she was Meryl Streep's lesbian lover, and in How to Deal where she played Mandy Moore's mother.

Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford's credits in film, television and theater include work with some of the most noted writers, directors and playwrights in the arts, and constitute a career worthy of a Juilliard-trained actor -- which he is. But stardom is something else altogether, and it remained elusive, at least until 1999 and his appearance on NBC's acclaimed political drama, The West Wing.

Bradley Whitford was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to Genevieve Smith Whitford, a poet and writer, and George Van Norman Whitford. He studied theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and earned a master's degree in theater from the prestigious Juilliard Theater Center. Whitford's first professional performance was in the off-Broadway production of "Curse of the Starving Class," with Kathy Bates. He also starred in the Broadway production of "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." His additional theater credits include "Three Days of Rain" at the Manhattan Theatre Club, "Measure for Measure" at the Lincoln Center, and the title role in "Coriolanus" at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Some of Whitford's most memorable performances include roles in such films as The Muse with Albert Brooks and Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams. He has also appeared in Scent of a Woman, A Perfect World, Philadelphia, The Client, My Life, Red Corner, Presumed Innocent, and My Fellow Americans. He also had a prominent supporting part in the horror thriller Get Out, as a suspicious suburban father.

David Ramsey

David Ramsey stars as former United States Army Special Forces soldier, John Diggle, on the CW's People's Choice Award winning show "Arrow," based on the DC Comics superhero.

Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, "Arrow" follows presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in the Pacific, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. Unable to help people like he did as a soldier, Diggle becomes Oliver's confidant and field partner in his mission - to right societal wrongs and transform the city to its former glory.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, David gained many fans from his work on the popular Showtime drama series "Dexter" as Anton Briggs, a confidential informant who had a love affair with the character played by Debra Morgan. He portrayed the title character of Muhammad Ali in the Fox television movie Ali: An American Hero, and has starred in recurring roles on television shows including: "All of Us," "The West Wing," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Ghost Whisperer," "Wildfire," "Hollywood Residential" and "Grey's Anatomy."

David recently starred as "Rep. Harshtone" in Millenium Entertainment's political romantic comedy Accidental Love, opposite an all-star cast including Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan and James Brolin. Directed by David O. Russell, the film featured Biel as Sammy Joyce, a socially awkward small-town receptionist who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges.

David is an accomplished martial artist, and holds a black belt in jeet kune do. He has also studied boxing, tae kwon do, and trained in kickboxing under Benny "Jet" Uruidez.

Natalija Nogulich

Natalija Nogulich, newly published author of her debut novel, "One Woman's War," is currently writing Book 2 of the trilogy. She recently performed in the show finale of GLEE, an episode of Disney's new show , KC UNDERCOVER, and prior to that, the season finale of NCIS followed by an episode of Disney's Kickin' It, 2 Broke Girls and Criminal Minds. Ms. Nogulich was a regular recurring character in ABC series, Red Widow, as Russian mob wife, Elena Petrova, and appeared in HBO's biopic, Phil Spector, as Italian journalist, Giovanetta Ricci, directed by David Mamet; on Disney Channel in Wizards of Waverly Place Reunion with Ms. Nogulich as Carmela.

Originally from Chicago, she was educated in Illinois and in Spain and Italy. Studying and traveling throughout Europe, she gained command of five languages. After receiving her B.A. from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she went on to study and work with David Mamet at his St. Nicholas Theatre Company in Chicago. Later she was under the tutelage of Stella Adler and Michael Moriarty, both in New York and Los Angeles. Natalija was also a student of Kenneth McMillan until he inaugurated her teaching and directing career in Los Angeles.

On Broadway, she starred in Hurlyburly, the Iceman Cometh, and Accomplice; as well as innumerable off-Broadway productions, including Restoration at New York Theatre Workshop in 2010. On Los Angeles stages, she has been seen at the Mark Taper Forum in Scenes from an Execution; in the title role of TAMARA; and won four Drama-Logue Acting Awards for: The Three Sisters, Hedda Gabler, the White Rose and Once in a Lifetime.

Additionally, she starred in many regional productions throughout the United States, including the Pulitzer Prize Finalist, THE WAVERLY GALLERY at the Pasadena Playhouse, (for which she was awarded the "Entertainment Today" Best Supporting Actress Award), and George Bernard Shaw's MISALLIANCE at Center Stage in Baltimore.

Natalija has done five David Mamet Films: Phil Spector, Spartan, Homicide, Things Change, the Water Engine, and As Jack Nicholson's Wife, Hoffa. She has completed over thirty films including: Incarnate, Sharkskin, the Hollow, Steal Big - Steal Little, Above Suspicion, an Eye for an Eye, the Glass Shield, the Chase, Postcards from the Edge, Blood in - Blood Out, the Guardian, Christmas Vacation, Four Friends, Stony Island and others. Ms. Nogulich did two indie films, I'll Melt With You, and Commentary which were in 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

On Television she is most known for her role as Admiral Nechayev in STAR TREK - THE NEXT GENERATION; and she's done numerous movies for television including: Jane Doe 9, Locusts, Pizza My Heart, Growing Pains, Dying to Dance, the Sleepwalker Killing, Lazarus Man, and Has Recurred On Episodes Of: the West Wing, the Practice, the Pretender, Brooklyn Bridge, Tracy Takes On, to name a few. She has guested on many other shows including David Mamet's hit series, The Unit, Bones, Nip/tuck, the Closer, Huff, Crossing Jordan, Without a Trace, Charmed, the award winning 24; and many others.

As Artistic Director of The Grace Players Theatre Company, which she founded in 1994, Ms. Nogulich produced and directed the West Coast Premiere of David Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, which garnered four Drama-Logue Awards including Best Direction and Best Production. She directed the World Premiere of Jason Milligan's comedy Walking On the Moon; six One Act Festivals, and over twenty other projects featuring actors Joe Mantegna, W.H. Macy, George Segal, Frank Langella, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Carol Kane, Lolita Davidovitch and others. In Washington D.C.she directed David Selby in his play Lincoln and James at the 1400-seat Lincoln Theatre in honor of the dedication of the first Monument to Afro-American soldiers of the Civil War. In 2000, she directed her own adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in the American Civil War at Davis Theatre in Illinois, and in 2001 she directed a production of her own adaptation of An Enemy of the People at the same theatre.

In Los Angeles at the Egyptian Arena Theatre, she directed Supreme Therapy, a world premiere play written by Michael Davidson starring Ray Abruzzo of "The Sopranos." In the fall of 2004 she directed and starred in the World Premiere of her own adaptation of Alexander Dumas' novel, "Camille," entitled THE DAME OF NEW ORLEANS. In 2006 she compiled, edited and directed A Tribute to Eugene O'neilL; and helmed a revival of Burn This, starring members of her theatre company, The Grace Players. The Grace Players then produced a Shakespeare Festival honoring the Bard's Birthday which Ms. Nogulich directed. Other theatrical projects include A Holiday Potopourri, a benefit for the children of severely wounded American troops in Iraq.

As a filmmaker, she wrote and directed a documentary short called "Corporal Jake," about World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex. It was filmed in Kentucky and Chicago and was produced by BGFilmz of Chicago.

Natalija is Adjunct Professor at renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Film Directing students. She also teaches Producers at AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. She has been a Visiting Professor in the Theatre Department at Principia College, Notre Dame University and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and has also taught at the Los Angeles Country High School for the Performing Arts. She is a Private Coach to Los Angeles actors and directors.

Natalija Nogulich currently lives in Los Angeles, where she continues to act, write, teach and direct.

John Amos

A native of New Jersey and son of a mechanic, African-American John Amos has relied on his imposing build, eruptive nature and strong, forceful looks to obtain acting jobs, and a serious desire for better roles to earn a satisfying place in the annals of film and TV. He has found it a constant uphill battle to further himself in an industry that tends to diminish an actor's talents with severe and/or demeaning stereotypes and easy pigeonholing. A tough, often hot-headed guy with a somewhat tender side, John would succeed far better on stage than on film and TV...with one extremely noteworthy exceptions.

Born on December 27, 1939, John was first employed as an advertising copywriter, a social worker at New York's Vera Institute of Justice, and an American and Canadian semi-professional football player before receiving his calling as an actor. A stand-up comic on the Greenwich Village circuit, the work eventually took him West and, ultimately, led to his hiring as a staff writer on Leslie Uggams' musical variety show in 1969. Making his legit stage debut in a 1971 L.A. production of the comedy "Norman, Is That You?", John went on to earn a Los Angeles Drama Critics nomination for "Best Actor". As such, he formed his own theater company and produced "Norman, Is That You?" on tour.

The following year he returned to New York to take his first Broadway bow in "Tough To Get Help". By this time he had secured secondary work on the classic Mary Tyler Moore as Gordy the weatherman. His character remained on the periphery, however, and he left the show after three discouraging seasons. On the bright side, he won the recurring role of the sporadically-unemployed husband of maid Florida Evans (played by Esther Rolle) on Norman Lear's Maude starring Bea Arthur. The two characters were spun-off into their own popular series as the parental leads in Good Times.

Good Times, a family sitcom that took place in a Chicago ghetto high-rise, initially prided itself as being the first network series ever to be created by African-Americans. But subsequent episodes were taken over by others and John was increasingly disgruntled by the lack of quality of the scripts and the direction Lear was taking the show. Once focused on the importance of family values, it was shifting more and more toward the silly antics of Jimmie Walker, who was becoming a runaway hit on the show as the aimless, egotistical, jive-talking teenage son JJ. John began frequently clashing with the higher-ups and, by 1976, was released from the series, with his character being killed in an off-camera car accident while finding employment out of state.

Amos rebounded quickly when he won the Emmy-nominated role of the adult Kunte Kinte in the ground-breaking epic mini-series Roots, one of the most powerful and reverential TV features ever to hit television. It was THE TV role of his career, but he found other quality roles for other black actors extremely difficult to come by. He tried his best to avoid the dim-headed lugs and crime-motivated characters that came his way. Along with a few parts (the mini-movie Willa and the films The Beastmaster and Coming to America), he had to endure the mediocre (guest spots on "Love Boat", "The A-Team", "Murder, She Wrote" "One Life to Live"). John also toiled through a number of action-themed films that focused more on grit and testosterone than talent.

He found one answer to this acting dilemma on the proscenium stage. In 1985, the play "Split Second" earned him the NAACP Award as Best Actor. He also received fine reviews in a Berkshire Theater festival production of "The Boys Next Door", a tour of O'Neill's towering play "The Emperor Jones", and in a Detroit production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold...and The Boys". In addition, John directed two well-received productions, "Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" and "Twelve Angry Men", in the Bahamas. He took on Shakespeare as Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night" at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare and earned strong notices in the late August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences" at the Capital Repertory Company in Albany, New York. Overseas he received plaudits for his appearance in a heralded production of "The Life and Death of a Buffalo Soldier" at the Bristol's Old Vic in England. Capping his theatrical career was the 1990 inaugural of his one-man show "Halley's Comet", an amusing and humanistic American journey into the life of an 87-year-old who recalls, among other things, World War II, the golden age of radio, the early civil rights movement, and the sighting of the Comet when he was 11. He wrote and has frequently directed the show, which continues to play into the 2007-2008 season.

In recent years, John has enjoyed recurring parts on "The West Wing" and "The District", and is more recently appearing in the offbeat series Men in Trees starring Anne Heche. John Amos has two children by his former wife Noel Amos and two children. Son K.C. Amos director, writer, producer, editor and daughter Shannon Amos a director, writer and producer. Amos has one grand child,a grand-daughter, Quiera Williams.

Timothy Busfield

Timothy Busfield is a Producer, Director and Emmy Award winning actor with over 650 professional credits. As an actor he has been a series regular or recurring character in 14 series including "Thirtysomething", "The West Wing", "Entourage", "Sleepy Hollow", Secrets and Lies", "ED", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Trapper John, M.D.", "The Byrds of Paradise", "Champs", "Family Ties", "Without A Trace", "The Paper Chase", "Reggie" and "All My Children". Timothy has appeared in over 40 television movies and feature films, including "Field of Dreams", "Stripes", "Revenge of the Nerds", "Nerds in Paradise", "Quiz Show", "Sneakers", "Striking Distance", "Little Big League", "First Kid", "National Security", "23 Blast", "Strays", "Trucks", and "One Smart Fellow" which he co-directed, co-wrote, and acted in. Timothy has directed over 125 episodes of television, including "This Is Us" and multiple episodes of "The Fosters" (also directed the pilot), "thirtysomething", "Sports Night", "Damages", "Lipstick Jungle", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Without A Trace", "Las Vegas", "The Night Shift", "Secrets and Lies", "The Glades", and many more. Timothy has served as a Producing Director on 7 series including "Secrets and Lies", "Mind Games", Lipstick Jungle", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Without A Trace", "ED", and the mini series "Maneater". In theatre, Timothy has appeared on Broadway twice, most recently as Lt. Daniel Kaffee in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." Timothy founded two of America's most successful professional theaters, The Fantasy Theatre (AKA the B Street School Tour) and The B Street Theatre, both in Sacramento, California. Now in their 31st season, the theaters perform annually for over 200,000 children and adults throughout northern California. Timothy has an honorary PhD from Michigan State University and serves as an Artist in Residence and Director of National Content for their PBS affiliate WKAR. He lives with his wife, television icon and fantastic cook, Melissa Gilbert.

Joanna Gleason

She may be the daughter of Let's Make a Deal game show host Monty Hall, but talented Joanna Gleason has never had to worry about being overshadowed by her father's looming TV star. Born Joanna Hall on June 2, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (her father and mother (Marilyn Hall) were wed in Winnipeg, Manitoba), her father was working for the Canadian Wheat Board at the time and breaking into the radio business. As such, by the time Joanna was born, her father had already changed his name from Maurice Halperin to the easier, amiable-sounding Monty Hall for entertainment purposes.

The family moved to New York in May of 1956 when Joanna was 5 going on 6. In the early 1960s the family relocated again to Los Angeles where Monty found work hosting such game shows as "Video Village" and, of course, "Let's Make a Deal". Joanna sought out school productions while attending Beverly Hills High and worked with acting teacher-cum-character actor John Ingle before graduating in 1968. She attended UCLA, then Occidental College (also in Los Angeles) training in both voice and acting.

Making her stage debut on the West Coast in the musical "Promises, Promises", she went on to play opposite Stacy Keach in "Hamlet" in Los Angeles before earning acting accolades back East. She started off promisingly by winning a Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the musical "I Love My Wife" in 1977. After some TV, including a one-season sitcom Hello, Larry with McLean Stevenson, she regained her Broadway footing in the mid-1980s, copping a supporting Tony nomination and Clarence Derwent Award for "Joe Egg" (1985) and winning a Drama Desk Award for her combined work in "It's Only a Play" and "Social Security" (1985). She then captured New York's acting "triple crown" (Tony, Outer Critic Circle, Drama Desk awards) for her show-stopping turn as the Baker's Wife in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" (1987).

Her lofty stage reputation helped trigger higher-profile work on film. Gaining notice for her matter-of-fact portrayals of sly, classy ladies, she played secondary roles in Heartburn starring Meryl Streep, and in Woody Allen's more impressive outings Hannah and Her Sisters and Crimes and Misdemeanors. TV also helped to capture her sardonic spirit. Whether playing assorted manchasers or flip professionals, she always found a way to stand out in a scene with a single quip -- most notably as a key ensemble member in the sitcom Love & War, which lasted three seasons.

Divorced twice (her first husband was L.A. acting coach Paul G. Gleason, with whom she had one child and kept her acting surname), Joanna has been married since 1994 to actor Chris Sarandon. The couple met while appearing in the ill-received Broadway musical "Nick and Nora" in 1991, and have since continued to perform together on stage ("Thorn & Bloom") and in the movies (Edie & Pen, American Perfekt, Road Ends, Let the Devil Wear Black). Other popular films she has given a boost to have included Mr. Holland's Opus, Boogie Nights, as Mark Wahlberg's mother, and The Wedding Planner.

Joanna's two siblings are also involved in behind-the-scenes television -- writer/directors Sharon Hall and Richard Hall. Joanna's son Aaron David Gleason ("Gilly Leads" as he has called himself since age 19), is from Joanna's prior marriage, and has his own band, All Hours formerly known as The Midnight Radio). The couple also have three children from Chris' second marriage.

Into the millennium Joanna continues to find critical applause on the musical stage, receiving Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" in 2005. She has not only provided sassy support on such TV shows as "Friends", "The Practice" and "The West Wing", but has lent her voice to the popular animated sitcom King of the Hill. A respected acting teacher, she has held classes and workshops on both the East and West coasts. In 2002, she directed her first New York play, "A Letter from Ethel Kennedy".

Kenneth Choi

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Choi dreamed of becoming an actor. Against his family's wishes, Choi left college to pursue that dream. He literally ran away from home, cutting all ties with his family for 5 years to train and study before moving to Los Angeles. His dream became a reality as he landed guest appearances in 6 television series during his first year including "The West Wing" and "Roswell". Choi gained recognition as both a comedic and dramatic actor with memorable guest turns on hit sitcoms "The King of Queens", "Reba", "According to Jim" and recurring roles in critically successful dramas such as "House" and "24". In 2008, Choi landed a starring role in the ABC Family series "Samurai Girl" opposite Jamie Chung, as well as recurring arcs in 2009 with Starz's "Crash" and Fox's "Glee", and in 2010 with TNT's "Hawthorne" and FX's critically-acclaimed "Sons Of Anarchy" playing Henry Lin.

In 2004, Choi was cast in Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal". This sparked a surge in Choi's film career as he completed more than a dozen films through 2012 working with acclaimed writer/director David Ayer in "Street Kings" and "Harsh Times", and high profile roles in Lionsgate's "War" opposite Jason Statham, "Red Dawn" opposite Chris Hemsworth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and his supporting lead role in the Marvel blockbuster, "Captain America: The First Avenger" playing Howling Commando Jim Morita.

Choi gained 25 pounds to play the tough but hilarious Chester Ming alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated, "The Wolf Of Wall Street".

Along with his many film achievements, Choi has starred in several television shows including "Ironside" and "Allegiance" both for NBC Universal. Most notably, Choi inhabited the role of Judge Lance Ito for FX's highly-acclaimed Emmy-winning, Golden Globe-winning "The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story" for Ryan Murphy. Choi has several feature films coming out in 2017 including, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" with Tom Holland, "Bright" with Will Smith, and "American Express" with Joel Edgerton. Also in 2017, he recurs on the television shows, "The Last Man On Earth" for FOX, "Counterpart" for Starz, and a leading role on NBC's "Untitled Kourtney Kang Project". Author: Fifteen Minutes

Carl Lumbly

From stage to screen, Carl Lumbly is an actor respected for his steadfast talent, versatility and class. His prolific career includes over 50 credits in television, film and the theatre and extensive critical acclaim.

He portrayed CIA agent 'Marcus Dixon,' the gentle, mild-mannered field partner to agent 'Sydney Bristow' (Jennifer Garner) for five seasons on ABC's hit drama series, "Alias.

Lumbly has been cast in a recurring role in Dick Wolf's new drama series, "Chicago Med." Lumbly plays 'Bert Goodwin,' the husband of S. Epatha Merkerson's character 'Sharon,' the venerable head of Chicago Med Hospital. 'Bert' is a once virile robust man who suddenly comes down with a physical ailment that ultimately factors into his relationship with his wife and the hospital where she presides.

He has a recurring role in CBS' summer drama series "Zoo," which has been renewed for a second season. Based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson, "Zoo" is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans which is sweeping the planet. Lumbly plays 'Delavenne,' an enigmatic, veteran Interpol agent embedded within the hierarchy of the General Secretariat, who takes matters into his own hands, when faced with what he believes to be a global animal crisis.

He recently appeared in the ensemble cast of A&E's suspense series "The Returned." The show focused on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly reappear, bringing them into positive and detrimental consequences. Lumbly played 'Pastor Leon Wright,' a kindly, perceptive minister.

Lumbly has wrapped production in Berlin on a role in director Gore Verbinski's upcoming supernatural horror feature, "The Cure for Wellness," which will be distributed worldwide through New Regency's deal with 20th Century Fox.

His extensive feature credits include a role opposite Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in "Men of Honor," portraying the father of the first black diver in U.S. Navy history. In "Everybody's All-American" with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid, he starred as a former football player affected by the segregated South. Other film credits include "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "South Central," "Pacific Heights," "To Sleep With Anger," "The Bedroom Window," "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai," "Caveman" and "Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation."

For the stage, Lumbly most recently received glowing reviews for his 2015 performance of 'Pops Washington' in "Between Riverside and Crazy" at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. States the Huffington Post, "Pops is portrayed with torrents of fury and flashes of gentleness by the marvelous Carl Lumbly. He is one of seven characters in Stephen Adly Guirgis's play, which won this year's Pulitzer Prize for drama, but he provides the fuel that energizes all."

Earlier in 2015, Lumbly starred as 'Alfred' in Kwame Kwei-Armah's "Let There Be Love" at ACT and as 'Leo Price' in the San Francisco Playhouse's premiere of "Tree," by Julie Hebert. In 2014, he starred as 'Chester Kimmich' in John Patrick Shanley's "Storefront Church" at the San Francisco Playhouse and as 'Troy' in August Wilson's "Fences" at the Marin Theatre Company.

In 2013, Lumbly starred Off-Broadway at Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in the Pershing Square Signature Center in "stop. reset," directed by Regina Taylor. "stop. reset." tells the story of 'Alex Ames' (Lumbly), the owner of Chicago's oldest African-American book publishing company. As e-books begin to outsell printed copies, 'Ames' must question his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Also in 2013, Lumbly starred in the San Francisco Playhouse's West Coast Premiere of the raucous comedy, "The Motherf**ker with the Hat," directed by Bill English. He played drug and parole counselor 'Ralph D.,' the role Chris Rock played on Broadway in 2011.

He starred in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's (LHT) 2012 production of British playwright Joe Penhall's comedy drama "Blue/Orange" in San Francisco. He portrayed an enigmatic psychiatric patient who claimed to be the son of an African dictator - a story that becomes more and more unnervingly plausible as the play progresses.

He was featured in the San Francisco Playhouse's 2010 production of Cormac McCarthy's "Sunset Limited." In 2007, he starred in the SF Playhouse's production of "Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train," directed by Bill English. For his remarkable performance, he was honored with a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actor.

Lumbly was born in Minnesota, the son of Jamaican immigrants. His father was an avid reader, which inspired Lumbly's early appreciation for literature. After graduating from Macalester College with a degree in English, he landed a job writing for the Associated Press in Minneapolis. He also supplemented his income by doing freelance writing assignments for various periodicals and magazines.

While on assignment for a story on Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, Lumbly attended a public audition and was handed an audition card. "I thought it would be a great perspective from which to write the story," he says. After a three-week audition process, the company offered Lumbly a coveted spot in its cast. He stayed for two years doing improvisational comedy flavored with political satire.

Lumbly moved to San Francisco intending to continue his work as a journalist for the Associated Press. Just two days after arriving, he came across a newspaper ad seeking "two black actors for South African political plays." He went to the audition and met the other actor already cast -- an unknown Danny Glover. He landed the part and toured with Glover in productions of Athol Fugard's "Sizwe Bansi is Dead" and "The Island."

The plays brought Lumbly to Los Angeles, where he signed with an agent, followed by a move to New York. He landed his first significant on-screen role in a movie-of-the-week, "Cagney and Lacey," which turned into the hit series. Lumbly starred as 'Detective Mark Petrie' for the show's seven-year run.

Lumbly's versatility spans a range of characters, from his NAACP Image Award-nominated work in TNT's "Buffalo Soldiers," produced by Danny Glover, to a wealthy, black entrepreneur in "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding," starring opposite Halle Berry. He starred in the Showtime telefilm "Just a Dream," directed by Danny Glover, about a 12-year-old doctor's son and his unlikely relationship with a rodeo cowboy/auto mechanic (Lumbly). In addition, he has starred in the telefilms "Color of Friendship" (directed by Kevin Hooks), "Little Richard," "On Promised Land," "The Ditchdigger's Daughters," "Nightjohn" and "Sounder," ABC's telefilm remake of the 1972 classic. Of his critically-acclaimed performance in "Sounder," the Houston Chronicle stated, "Carl Lumbly plays 'Father', and his performance is a stunner: Dignity and anguish come together to touch your heart." According to director Kevin Hooks (one of the stars of the original film), Lumbly is "one of the most underrated actors out there." Hooks also believes that Lumbly is "the epitome of sensitivity and compassion as an artist, and it spills over into the characters he's playing."

He also starred in the drama series "M.A.N.T.I.S," where he played an independently wealthy paraplegic scientist/crimefighter, marking the first black superhero on series television. In 2012, he had a recurring role on the TNT cop drama, "Southland," where he played old-school, no-nonsense LAPD Captain 'Joel Rucker.' He has made numerous guest-starring appearances on such popular television series as "NCIS," "Criminal Minds," "Chuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "Cold Case," "Battlestar Galactica," "The West Wing," "ER" and "The X-Files."

Lumbly also starred as the voice of action hero 'J'onn J'onzz/Martian Manhunter,' in the Cartoon Network's animated series "Justice League." The series followed the adventures of the greatest superhero team of all time.

Lumbly works out regularly to keep in shape for his demanding roles. In his free time, he enjoys writing, as well as working in his garden, running, playing basketball and doggedly lowering his handicap in golf.

Navid Negahban

Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack Obama. The versatile, scene-stealer has drawn critical praise as IRK delegate Jamot on the final season of Fox's hit series, "24," and has appeared on "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Closer," "The Game," "Criminal Minds," "Lost," "JAG," "The West Wing," "Without a Trace," "The Shield" and others.

Navid's star continues to rise on the big screen. He was a standout in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated blockbuster "American Sniper" as Sheikh Al-Obodi, an Iraqi local paid to help the snipers locate their targets. He can next be seen in "Baba Joon," the first Persian-language film shot in Israel from director Yuval Delshad. "Variety" proclaims Navid once again "transforms in the role of Yitzhak," a turkey farmer struggling to pass his Iranian traditions onto his precocious Israeli-born son. The film, which received best picture at Israel's Ophir Awards, is now set to be the Jewish State's submission for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

Navid recently wrapped principal photography in Vancouver on "Brain on Fire," a biographical drama with Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie-Anne Moss and Richard Armitage, and this spring he was shooting in Morocco with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby in the espionage thriller "Damascus Cover." His additional credits include a leading role in the critically acclaimed feature "The Stoning of Soraya M." The "New York Times" called his portrayal of Ali as "satanic as any horror-movie apparition."

Navid also had significant supporting roles in the films "Brothers" starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal; "Powder Blue" with Jessica Biel and Forest Whitaker; "Charlie Wilson's War" starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Amy Adams and "Words and Pictures" with Clive Owens and Juliette Binoche.

As an active voice-over actor, he lends his smoky tenor to "Revolution 1979," a video game series based on the Iranian revolution. It was awarded support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Sundance Institute's New Frontier Program for the Islamic Art's New Frontier Fellowship.

Born in Mashhad, Iran, Navid caught the acting bug at the age of eight, when his portrayal of an old man drew laughter from a large audience at an elementary school play. His passion for acting led him to Germany where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the United States. He is fluent in English, Farsi and German, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, studying anthropology, shooting pool, driving and playing poker.

Mel Harris

Mel Harris will next be seen in the role of Nadine Davies on Hulu's new series Shut Eye. Harris is an American actress, writer and director, best known for her portrayal of Hope Steadman on the critically acclaimed, Emmy award winning series, thirtysomething, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination as best Actress in a Drama Series. She starred in the NBC comedy Something So Right and the drama series Saints and Sinners.

Harris has also starred in numerous miniseries and telefilms including Cross of Fire, The Burden of Proof, and Grass Roots, as well as appearances on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and as Senator Rafferty on The West Wing. Among her feature film credits are Brian De Palma's Raising Cain, K-9 opposite Jim Belushi; Suture, Imagine That, The Lodger, Pagemaster and Wanted: Dead or Alive.

She made her New York stage debut at the Circle Repertory Company in the world premiere of John Bishop's Empty Hearts, for which she received a 1992 Theater World Award.

In addition to her acting, in the last few years, Harris has chosen to focus on writing with her partner, Emmy Award winning writer/producer, Bob Brush, under their shingle Topanga Moon Productions.

Harris was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. Her mother was a high school science teacher and her father a football coach at Princeton University. She spent 12 years in the modeling world living in New York and Europe before stumbling into the acting business.

Harris is an avid athlete, animal lover and who, as a "full time hobby" buys old houses, redesigning and renovating them. She lives in New York with her husband and whichever of their four children happen to drop in.

Miriam Shor

Film, stage, and television actress and singer Miriam Shor was born on July 25, 1971 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but grew up in Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. Active in the arts in high school, Shor was among the first people in the newly formed BFA theater program at the University of Michigan.

In the early 1990s Shor moved to New York City and landed to role in on the many off-Broadway productions, most successful of which rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (1998-2000) by John Cameron Mitchell, where she played drag queen Yitzhak. In 2001 she starred in the critically successful film adaptation of the musical.

On television, Shor starred in the short-lived series, such as "Then Came You" (2000), "Inside Schwartz" (2001-2002), "Big Day" (2006-2007) and "Swingtown" (2008). She also appeared on FX drama "Damages" (2007-2010) and HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" (2011), and also guest starred on "Becker" (2000), "The West Wing", "My Name Is Earl" (2006), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2007) and "Bored to Death" (2009).

In 2012, Shor stars as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, a strong-willed business woman, whose husband is gay, on the ABC comedy series "GCB" (2012) alongside Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts.

Ajay Naidu

Naidu's first professional acting job was the film Touch and Go (released in 1986) which he won from an open call. He starred in the TV movie, Lady Blue (1985) as Paquito. This was followed by an ABC Afterschool Special episode, "No Greater Gift" (1985), where he played Nick Santana, a 12-year-old boy with a terminal illness. Naidu then appeared in the MacGyver TV series' first season episode, "To Be a Man" in 1986. Other film credits when younger include Where the River Runs Black (1986) and Vice Versa (1988). Between 1988 and 1995 he worked extensively in classical theatre. Naidu returned to film acting in SubUrbia (1996), where he was praised for his role as the convenience store owner, Nazeer Choudhury, and for which he was nominated for an independent spirit award for best supporting actor. On screen, Naidu starred in the cult film Office Space, as well as appearing in films such as K-Pax, Subway Stories, , Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within, The Guru, Waterborne, Loins of Punjab Presents and many more. He co-starred as a series regular in the sitcom LateLine and had guest starring roles on the television dramas The Sopranos, The West Wing and Bored to Death. Naidu has been working extensively with musicians from the Asian underground music movement for many years as a dancer and an M.C. His vocals have appeared on many records, most notably Talvin Singh's mercury award winner "OK". In 2006, Naidu directed his first feature film Ashes which had its release in 2010 and for which he won Best Actor accolades from the New York Indian Film Festival in New York and the London Asian Film Festival. Naidu's most recent theatre credits include The Master and Margarita with Complicite, a world tour of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure with Complicite, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui alongside Al Pacino, directed by Simon McBurney and The Little Flower of East Orange alongside Ellyn Burstyn at New York's Public Theater directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.[2] In 2001 Naidu's solo theatre piece Darwaza was a sold-out hit at New York's Labrynth Theatre.

Jay Underwood

From his breakout role in "The Boy Who Could Fly to 'Sonny Bono' in "The Sonny and Cher Story" to appearances at the Sundance Film Festival, Jay Underwood has enjoyed a career of much diversity both in the parts he's played and the mediums he's played in.

Underwood began his theatrical pursuits while growing up in the San Francisco Bay area and then went to a performing arts high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was there that Underwood received his "big break" into the movie business when he was chosen from a national casting search to play opposite Annabeth Gish, and Jon Voight in executive producer Robert Redford's "Desert Bloom." From there he moved to 'tinseltown' where, for over 20 years, he made his living as a working actor.

Underwood's film credits include three Sundance Film Festival participants "Dancing in September", "Valerie Flake", and "Possums." Other highlights are Billy Graham's "Road to Redemption", Alan Rudolph's "Afterglow", the Roger Corman cult classic "The Fantastic Four" (as Johnny Storm, The Human Torch), 'Bug' in "Uncle Buck," with John Candy, and Underwood's personal favorite, the title character in "The Boy Who Could Fly."

On the small screen Underwood had the incredible opportunity of portraying 'Sonny Bono' in "The Sonny and Cher Story" for ABC. He also is remembered for that lovable android 'Chip' in the Disney Channel trilogy "Not Quite Human". Other favorites would include young 'Ernest Hemingway' in "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," the mini-series "Blind Faith" with Robert Urich and "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone" with the original marshal himself, Hugh O'Brien. Notable guest appearances include "Miracles", "X-Files," "E.R.," "The West Wing," "Star Trek Voyager" and "Millennium." And finally, (but certainly not least), the voice of 'Chester' the Goat in the classic animated Christmas special "The Legend of the Candy Cane."

His theater highlights include studying and performing at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco as well as the Minneapolis Children's Theater Company. In Los Angeles he was seen in "Grand Junction" and "Fortune in Men's Eyes" both at the Coast Playhouse and had a devilish good time playing 'Geoffrey' in the Pasadena Playhouse production of "The Lion in Winter."

More recently, Underwood felt God's call on his life to pursue full time Christian ministry. After starting seminary in 2003, he became a youth pastor and then after graduation in 2007, a full time pastor in a small northern California mountain town. He now lives in "God's country" with his wife, six children and a menagerie of pets. Says Underwood, "I imagine someday standing before the Lord and if He were to ask me what I did with the life that He gave me, I don't want to merely list off my acting credits which are things that really don't have a lot of eternal value, but I want to hear those words from Jesus, "Well done good and faithful servant" because I used the gifts that He gave me to serve Him." That being said, Underwood was convinced to come out of "retirement" to participate in the Christian movie "No Greater Love," produced by Coram Deo Studios, of which he is particularly proud to be a part of. To God be the glory!

Roma Maffia

From a hit television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal.

Roma portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, 'Dr. Liz Cruz,' on the hit FX drama, "Nip/Tuck." 'Liz' has earned the respect of her physician colleagues, plastic surgeons Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). Often the voice of reason in an otherwise unpredictable environment, 'Liz' is tough on the surface yet shows warmth and concern for her patients as well as for 'Sean' and 'Christian.' An out-and-proud lesbian, 'Liz' is the only female seen as a true equal in the life of 'Dr. Troy.'

The Warner Bros. Television-produced "Nip/Tuck" won the 2005 Golden Globe for Outstanding Drama series and received an American Film Institute Award. The show is now in its fifth season and has relocated its setting from Miami to Los Angeles.

Most recently, Roma wrapped production on writer/director Robert Celestino's feature film "Yonkers Joe," with Chazz Palminteri. She has also completed production on the crime story "Kingshighway," due out in 2008. Also in the can is the psychological thriller, "Ghost Image" for writer/director Jack Edward Snyder. In the later film, Roma plays the lead investigator who probes the mysterious occurrences involving a woman who begins to receive video messages from her deceased boyfriend.

Roma started her acting career performing off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and in regional productions ranging from Shakespeare to Sam Shephard. At a benefit reading for the New Group in New York, she was asked by casting director Jane Jenkins to audition for a role in director Ron Howard's feature film "The Paper," and found a career mentor: "Ron tells people he discovered me, which is absolutely true."

When "The Paper" opened in Los Angeles, Roma took her first trip to Hollywood and her career quickly flourished. She soon met television producer David E. Kelley, who cast her as Adam Arkin's secretary, 'Angela' in his new series, "Chicago Hope."

During her one season on "Chicago Hope," Roma landed a plum role in the Barry Levinson film, "Disclosure," in which she played Michael Douglas' tough sexual harassment lawyer, 'Katherine Alvarez.' Garnering rave reviews for her performance, Roma quickly landed feature film roles in director John Badham's "Nick of Time," playing a kidnapper opposite Christopher Walken and Johnny Depp; "Eraser" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and "Double Jeopardy" opposite Ashley Judd.

Additional feature credits include "I Am Sam" with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer; "Kiss The Girls" with Morgan Freeman; "Holes," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her" with Glenn Close and Holly Hunter.

For television, Roma played the dedicated and intelligent 'Grace Alvarez,' forensic pathologist for the Violent Crimes Task Force, for four seasons on NBC's primetime series "Profiler." Her telefilm credits include "Consensual Relations" for NBC; HBO's "Mistrial" with Bill Pullman; and Showtime's "The Defenders." She had recurring roles on NBC's "Law & Order" and "ER," and she has guest-starred on numerous television shows, including CBS's "Ghost Whisperer," Lifetime's "Strong Medicine," NBC's "The West Wing" and HBO's "The Sopranos."

In her free time, Roma is actively involved with the non-profit organization, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) which dedicates itself to advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. Although she is happiest when acting, Roma also finds time to run on her treadmill, write, play ping-pong and hang out with her two dogs, Lou Lu and Lucky.

Rebecca Marshall

Rebecca Marshall was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada

She is the youngest of three with older siblings April and Joe. With an Estonian, Ukrainian and English background. This green eyed Canadian started acting at a very young age,

At the age of ten Rebecca embarked in her first musical and dance performances. At the age of twelve she wrote and starred as Dorothy in her own production of The Wizard Of Oz.

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 15. After doing numerous print ads, she decided to dedicate herself to the stage and enrolled in acting classes out of both Ryerson University and Actors Studio.

Her career began with starring roles in music videos, "Onion Girl" by Holy Cole "I Waited" by Chris Cummings.

In a career changing move to Los Angeles, Rebecca earned a guest starring role on CBS's Threshold as Emily Biggs/Candy Cane. Roles continued to come her way landing Rebecca on Emmy Award winning The West Wing playing politico Carrie Marino. Rebecca has since been in episodes of CSI Miami and Shark and has worked with such actors as Jim Strugess, James Woods, Dylan McDermott, Peter Dinkledge, Ron Silver, Jeffery Donovan and Sean Patrick Flannery.

Rebecca was in "That's My Boy" Starring Adam Sandler, where she plays the bubbly friend of Leighton Meester and stars as Matt Dallas's girlfriend in the dialogue driven indie "Life Tracker", which she also produced through her production company Moxie Lady Productions.

Rebecca's most challenging role has been one of the leads in "Raze" Directed by Josh Waller. Starring along side Rachel Nichols, Zoe Bell, Tracie Thompson. An action, thriller about women that are abducted into an underground fighting system and forced to fight each other for their survival.

Rebecca Marshall carried on to join the cast on the TV series "Arctic Air" as the towns no nonsense cop Lindsay Gallagher for Season 3. A very popular character for fans was Rebeccas role as the sexy demon Lola on "Supernatural"

As well as roles like Tenley Lark on Season 4 of "Franklin and Bash" and Jonas on "Girlfriends Guide To Divorce.

As a Hallmark favorite "Cedar Cove" fans embraced Rebeccas character of Alex on the hit show starring Andie McDowell.

Currently catch Rebecca on "Good Witch" Season 3 as Jessica Carrington the author who has given up on finding true love.

Rebecca currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Sophie.

Robert Walden

Robert Walden plays Fran Drescher's father Glen in TV Land's original sitcom "Happily Divorced."

Walden's acting credits include hits in both television and film, such as the smash series "Lou Grant" (for which he received three Emmy® nominations), the show "Brothers" (two CableACE nominations) and the films "All The President's Men," "Intervention," "The Out of Towners" and "Audrey Rose." He has also guest starred on "Law & Order: SVU," "The West Wing" and "Judging Amy." Walden's stage credits include off-Broadway productions of "House of Blue Leaves" (Cincinnati Playhouse), "The American Clock," "Prymate" (Florida State University) and "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting" (Pasadena Playhouse) for which he won a Drama-Logue award for Best Actor.

Other acting appearances include "History of American Film" (Mark Taper Forum), "Dance of Death" (Arena Stage), "Last Days of Isaac" (A.C.T), "Other People's Money" (Old Globe) and "Jake's Women" (Stage West). He has also served as a writer for such hits as "The Twilight Zone," "Beauty and the Beast," "Who's the Boss?" and "Brothers." Directing credits include theater productions of "Dylan," "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" and "After Crystal Night."

Rose Rollins

Rose Rollins was raised in Yonkers, New York, growing up with five brothers. She is an accomplished actress who has garnered attention on both the big and small screens.

Rollins now stars in ABC's The Catch opposite Mireille Enos. The series centers on a gutsy female forensic accountant who exposes fraud for a living and has finally found fulfillment both at work and in love until a case comes along that threatens to turn her world upside down. The Catch is produced by Shonda Rhimes.

Prior to The Catch, Rollins most recently guest starred in an eight-episode arc on Amazon Studios crime drama Bosch and starred in the TNT pilot Guilt By Association.

Rollins has built her body of work with numerous roles on prominent television series including the critically acclaimed Showtime series The L Word, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced NBC drama Chase, NBC's The West Wing co-starring Allison Janney , Southland, ABC's In Justice opposite Kyle MacLachlan, The CW's Nikita and CBS's NCIS and CSI: NY, among many others.

On the big screen, the actress' voice can be heard as the White House press secretary in the 2015 Adam Sandler/Kevin James action sci-fi comedy Pixels. Additional film credits include Mission: Impossible III directed by J.J. Abrams, Undisputed opposite Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes, the romantic comedy Something New and 13 Moons starring Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, and Peter Dinklage.

P.J. Byrne

P.J. Byrne

A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street for director Martin Scorsese and has teamed up again with the famed director and writer Terence Winter on Vinyl for HBO. His most recent films include True Memoirs of an International Assassin opposite Kevin James and The Gift opposite Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton. Byrne is also adding writer to his resume having recently sold Brothers of the Bride to Newline, a feature film that he will co-write and star in which is being produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Productions. Renowned for his pivotal scene-stealing role in Horrible Bosses, Byrne's character supports the stars of the film as they plot to kill their bosses. This film allows him to add Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman to a long list of important actors with whom he has had the opportunity to work. He has played opposite: Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks, Zach Galifianakis in The Campaign, Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures, Tom Hanks in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Nora Ephron's Bewitched, Jack Black in Michel Gondry's Be Kind, Rewind, Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty and Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork. Byrne was very well received for his starring role in the 5th installment of the phenomenally successful Final Destination franchise for Warner Bros. In the film Byrne's character meets one of the more unusual demises ever in the series of sci-fi horror films. Byrne's television credits include the fan favorite role of Irv Smiff, the driven sports agent, who represents a number of professional football players in the ongoing BET hit series The Game. He has appeared in recurring and guest roles on hit and acclaimed series such as NCIS, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Bones and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reno 911, West Wing, ER, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives and New Adventures of Old Christine. In addition to his on-screen roles, Byrne also voices "Bolin" in the Emmy- nominated Nickelodeon series, The Legend of Korra now entering it's 4th season, and received a Behind The Voice Award for his portrayal of that character. A Garden State native, Byrne was born in Maplewood, New Jersey and was raised in Old Tappan, New Jersey.

William Hootkins

William Michael Hootkins was born on July 5, 1948, in Dallas, Texas. He moved to London, England in the early '70s and lived there up until 2002. Hootkins was an actor at Theatre Intime while attending Princeton University where he learned how to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. He also trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and attended St. Marks, where he was in the same theater group as Tommy Lee Jones. The imposingly bulky and heavyset Hootkins first began acting in films and TV shows alike in the mid '70s. His more noteworthy parts include the first of the Rebel fighter pilots to get killed while attacking the Death Star in "Star Wars", scientist Topol's bumbling oaf assistant in "Flash Gordon", Major Eaton, sent by the US government in "Raiders of the Lost Ark", one of Rod Steiger's demented sons in "American Gothic", a corrupt police lieutenant in "Batman", a disgusting sleazy voyeur in "Hardware", a coarse South African police chief in "Dust Devil", the mysterious and duplicitous Mr. X in "Hear My Song", a haughty corporate executive in "Death Machine", Santa Claus in "Like Father, Like Santa", and an opera-singing vampire in "The Breed". Moreover, Hootkins had small parts in two "Pink Panther" pictures: he's a taxi driver in both "The Trail of the Pink Panther" and "Curse of the Pink Panther".

Among the TV shows he did guest spots on are "Yanks Go Home", "Agony", "Play for Today", "Tales of the Unexpected", "The Life and Times of David Lloyd George", "Brett Maverick", "Cagney and Lacey", "Taxi", "Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense", "Poirot", "Chancer", "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", "The Tomorrow People", "The West Wing", and "Absolute Power". Hootkins received many accolades for his outstanding performance as Sir Alfred Hitchcock in Terry Johnson's hit play "Hitchcock Blonde". In addition to his substantial film and TV credits, Hootkins was also a popular and prolific voice artist who recorded dozens of plays for BBC Radio Drama; he supplied the voices for such iconic individuals as Orson Welles, J. Edgar Hoover, and Winston Churchill. William Hootkins died of pancreatic cancer on October 23, 2005.

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin is a Russian-American Latvian actor known for his work on Spider-Man 2 (2004), The Name of the Rose (1986) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). He has been married to Marina since 1995. They have one child. He has ultimately become one of the most popular choices whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production due to his ancestry and accent, best known for his roles in the films Air Force One, October Sky and Thirteen Days. He is known for the TV Show True Blue.

Elya Baskin was born on August 11, 1950 in Riga, USSR [now Latvia] as Elya Zalmanovich Baskin, the son of Zalman Baskin and Frieda Baskin, a Russian Jewish family. He attended and is a graduate of Moscow's prestigious Theatre and Variety Arts College and won a Festival of Young Actors Award at the Moscow Comedy Theatre; Baskin was virtually assured of a successful career in the Soviet Union. About his choice of profession in the former USSR he said:

"In Russia, being an actor when it was still the Soviet Union was one of the most prestigious professions. It was like being a doctor here. You had to graduate from one of very few theatre schools, which were all four-year colleges. Without the degree, nobody would hire you. We worked very hard because we wanted to get through the four years and get the diploma, but after you graduate and go to the theatre, the actors don't work like actors work here. That's what fascinated me more than anything else here, how professional people were, how hard they worked, and how much harder it was to get work. In Russia we were always taught that we had the best theatre schools, but when I came here and started to work, I saw how wrong we were. You really have to be the best to get the part here."

Then he built a formidable reputation on the European stage. Baskin immigrated to the United States in 1976 when pre-perestroika emigration rules were relaxed in 1976 and he came to Hollywood, although he spoke no English. About the change from stage to screen work, he said:

"In Moscow, theatre was my passion, my love, and I did very little television and film. Once I came here, I thought that because of the language barrier -I didn't know that you don't loop the films like we do in Europe- I'll try to pursue TV and films. For some reason I lost interest in theatre. Film work became so much more fascinating, the whole building of the character, no continuity, the whole camera aspect. Those are the things that really fascinated me. The language was the biggest challenge. Instead of concentrating on the development of the character, you're thinking about your mouth, about putting your tongue in the right position so people can understand you. I've worked for 20 years, and I will never be able to do a role in English like I would do it in my native tongue, and I know it. Of course, with the years it becomes easier, and more often than not I'm cast as a character with an accent."

Tall, instantly identifiable Eastern European actor Elya Baskin fit the bill in Hollywood for ethnic character portrayals, especially characters with a Slavic background and an amiable demeanor; he also frequently exhibited a slightly zany undercurrent that became something of a trademark. About his being stereotyped casted, he said:

"I feel that, of course, I'm stereotyped. But what can you do? I can't imagine that some director would cast me as a sheriff from Alabama. But you can do exactly what you said: With every character, they're different people, and it's up to you what you do with them. This is your challenge. It doesn't matter how limited your piece of the pie that you can use, you always try to do the best that you can. How can I be upset for not being cast as a Southern sheriff? That's what you call acting; you try to utilize whatever you can to be a different person every time."

He achieved his international breakthrough, however, at the hands of Hollywood giant Paul Mazursky, who cast him opposite Robin Williams as the clownish Russian circus performer Anatoly in the masterful serio-comedy Moscow on the Hudson (1984) where the actor's birdlike arm-flapping became one of the film's most poignant and memorable images. An additional collaboration with Mazursky followed, the 1989 smash Enemies: A Love Story; in the meantime, Baskin began to rack up a litany of roles in additional A-list projects, including 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), Vice Versa (1988), and Love Affair (1994). The Pickle (1993) re-teamed Baskin and Mazursky for a third occasion; unfortunately, it failed to match the critical or commercial success of its predecessors.

Baskin remained in full flower through the end of the following decade, with a memorable comedic turn as Vladimir on the sitcom Mad About You and prominent roles in the big-screen projects Spider-Man 3 and The Dukes (both 2007). And, of course, he has continued playing guest roles in TV series like The West Wing, Alias, The Closer, Criminal Minds, Heroes and Cold Case. About being an actor, he said:

"This is the strangest, most dangerous, insecure, and wonderful life. I wouldn't choose anything else [other than this]".

He emigrated to the United States in 1976 and became a United States citizen on April 1, 1985. He is married to Marina Baskin since 1995. They have one child, a daughter named Michelle Baskin.

Elisabeth Rosen

Niece of acclaimed playwright and author Beverly Simons, Elisabeth Rosen has built an impressive body of work Mesmerized by the craft as a child, she began her career after landing a recurring role in the CTV series, Neon Rider. Catching the eyes of network casting directors, she quickly moved on to guest star appearances on both ABC's The Comish, with Michael Chiklis, and Fox' The X-Files, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. That same year, she began a new recurring role opposite Ryan Reynolds in CBC's The Odyssey, followed by another role opposite Reynolds in Fox' The Outer Limits. Not a bad first two years for any new actress.

A score of other television appearances followed, including guest roles on Fox' Sliders, with Jerry O'Connell, Nickelodeon's Are you Afraid of the Dark, opposite Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui, Global's Traders, with trademark Canadian actor Bruce Gray, Paul Haggis' Due South opposite Paul Gross, Alliance Atlantis' Psi Factor, hosted by Dan Aykroyd, and CBC's Davinci's Inquest, with Nicholas Campbell. She also portrayed Air Force Lt. Jennifer Hailey in MGM's Stargate SG-1, staring opposite Richard Dean Anderson and Grace Park, and later that year, she made quite the impression on writer/producer Aaron Sorkin, and was cast as a guest star in The West Wing, appearing alongside legends Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen.

Rosen's feature film and TV movie endeavors are equally impressive. Her first such role was starring in the Atom Egoyan produced, Babyface, in which she portrayed a teenage rape victim. Following this, she appeared in Showtime's Rescuers, opposite Daryl Hannah and Micheal Rapaport, a film dealing with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, as well as NBC's Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, with Naomi Watts and Tom Skerritt. Other notable credits include Paramount's Bless The Child, with Kim Bassinger and Jimmy Smits, and a starring role in Uwe Boll's gripping docudrama Heart of America, which took a poignant look at school violence. Rosen was also fortunate to land a supporting role opposite the late Gene Wilder, playing his daughter in A&E's Murder in a Small Town.

More recently, Elisabeth can be seen in a supporting role opposite Dolph Lundgren in Uwe Boll's In The Name Of The King 2, as well playing a villain in the Battlestar Gallactica spin-off, Caprica. Her latest work includes working with acclaimed director, Duncan Jones, in the big screen adaptation of the best-selling video game, Warcraft.

Inspired by the written word and the creative collaborative process of filmmaking.

Elizabeth De Razzo

Elizabeth De Razzo was raised in Los Angeles, CA and Laredo, Texas, the oldest of three girls. After graduating high school in Laredo, she immediately relocated back to LA and began pursuing her acting career in earnest. She appeared on stage as Estella in "Real Women Have Curves: The Musical," and had featured roles on "The West Wing" and "Six Feet Under." Her first big break was a guest starring role in a 2005 episode of "Cold Case." Elizabeth continued to guest star on television for the next few years, and in 2010 became a recurring guest star on HBO's "Eastbound & Down," playing the beloved role of Maria until the series concluded in late 2013. Elizabeth stayed busy in 2014, traveling to South America to shoot "The 33," a star-studded feature about the Chilean mine collapse in Copiapó, and reunited with "Eastbound & Down" co-star Jillian Bell in the Comedy Central series "Idiotsitter." In addition to her busy acting schedule, Elizabeth is also singer/songwriter and an avid philanthropist.

Iqbal Theba

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Iqbal Theba came to the US as a college Freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. While in college in Oklahoma, Iqbal studied Civil Engineering and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Management. After realizing his true passion was acting, Iqbal returned to the University of Oklahoma study Acting. Thoroughly enjoying his time in Oklahoma (he is a true Sooner Football fan), after leaving college Iqbal decided to move to New York City to pursue his love of acting. After struggling in New York for over two years, Iqbal decided to make the move to Los Angeles in hopes of more acting work. Broke and not knowing anyone in Los Angeles, Iqbal stayed with friends in San Bernardino until he could save up enough money to finally move full-time to Los Angeles.

Once in Los Angeles, things started to turn around for Iqbal. He soon found a niche acting in television commercials. His first big commercial was for the Wherehouse Music Chain - where he sang the Chris Isaak song Wicked Game. This was followed by commercials for MacDonalds, Burger King, Subway, AT&T, Sprint, American Express, Capital One, Holiday Inn, Kelloggs Cereal, Tostitos, Got Milk and many others. Iqbal was the first South Asian to have appeared in dozens of mainstream national commercials in the 90's. It was through these television commercials that he was able to get his SAG Card, which opened the door to more mainstream Television and Film opportunities.

Iqbal's big Television break came after booking a role on the NBC pilot Death and Taxes (his second job in Los Angeles as an actor). Although the pilot wasn't picked up, this led to numerous co-starring and guest-starring roles in Television and Film (including working on TV in shows such as L.A. Law, Living Single, Mad About You and Seinfeld). Over the next 10 years, Iqbal continued to hone his craft and work on more television shows such guest starring on television shows such as Ellen, Caroline in the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, King of the Hill, The West Wing, Judging Amy, Alias, Arrested Development, and Weeds (to name a few) as well as recurring roles on The George Carlin Show, Sister, Sister, Rosanne, Married With Children, Family Matters, ER, JAG and Life With Bonnie. Some of Iqbal's film work includes Indecent Proposal, Driven, Basketball, Dancing At the Blue Iguana, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Playing For Keeps.

After successfully establishing himself as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Iqbal's big break came from his being cast as Principle Figgins in the hugely successful FOX television series Glee. Although originally written for a Caucasian, Iqbal won the role and has in the process brought his own unique perspective to the character. As the beleaguered Principle of William McKinley High School, Principle Figgins tries to walk the tightrope between being fair with teacher Will Schuster (Matthew Morrison) while being constantly blackmailed and harassed by Coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). In addition to Glee, Iqbal is also simultaneously starring on the NBC series Community playing Danny's Dad on the series.

2010 has proven to be a busy and successful year for Iqbal. He started the year off by winning a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) Awards for his work on Glee, continues filming new episodes of Glee and Community and is looking at several Feature Film offers. In addition to his acting career Iqbal enjoys spending time with his wife Humera and their two children aged 7 and 4 and traveling. His favorite writer is Anton Chekov, favorite movie is 2001 A Space Odyssey and works with his favorite charity Edhi Foundation.

Devika Parikh

Devika Parikh graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Devika has worked in television, commercials, film, voice work and theater. She has guest-starred on Disney's "That's So Raven", UPN's "The Parkers". She also appears in the feature film "Beauty Shop" starring Moni'que and Kellita Smith. Devika has recurred on popular television shows such as: NBC's Emmy-award winning drama "The West Wing", Fox's suspense-filled hit show "24" and the Showtime drama series "Resurrection Blvd." Several of Parikh's other television credits include: "Girlfriends", "Frasier", "Sister/Sister", "The Jamie Foxx Show" and "The Wayans". She has also appeared in several TV and cable movies including: "Dancing in September", "Something to Sing About" and "The Little Richard Story" and has co-starred in the feature films: "SWAT" and "How to Be a Player". Additionally, Devika has appeared in a number of television commercials including: Southern CA Edison, Checkers/Rally's, Vons/Safeway, Kraft and Sears, Parikh also does voice-overs and has performed in a number of stage plays including: "Hatful of Rain", "The Visit", "Hamlet", "South of Where We Live", "1001 Black Inventions" and "Girlfriends". She has also performed sketch comedy/improv with various groups at the Comedy Store, the Upfront Comedy Theatre and the Underground Improv.

Julian Acosta

From Jesus Christ and Johnny Ramone, to a violently brilliant billionaire and a libidinous priest, all the way to gritty cops, international drug lords, straight laced lawyers, gay hustlers, crooked doctors and razor sharp political animals, Julian Acosta has been a part of some of television's most talked about projects, which along with his mesmerizing performances on film, have shone a light on Julian's most distinguishing quality as an artist - RANGE

Julian was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to El Paso, TX as a teenager. After dropping out of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX drifting around the state and holding down every conceivable job in order to make ends meet, he enrolled at North Harris College in Houston. Both as a result of not knowing what to do with his life and in an effort to meet girls, it is there that he discovered acting. Thanks to this life course correction, Julian went on to earn a B.F.A. in Theater at Florida International University in Miami and an M.F.A. from RUTGERS University. Upon graduation, Acosta moved to New York where he was quickly cast in Denis Leary's heralded but short-lived comedy series "The Job" on ABC. Acosta has held recurring roles on "NCIS: New Orleans" on CBS, "Madam Secretary" on CBS, "Hand of God" on Amazon, "Being Mary Jane" on BET, "Dirt" on F/X, "Strong Medicine" on Lifetime, "The Defenders" on CBS, "Hollywood Heights" on NICK, "Franklin and Bash" on TNT, and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family. He has made guest starring turns on "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders", "Elementary", "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Mentalist," "The Unit," and "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" [CBS], "The Librarians", "Proof" [TNT], "Grimm," "Law & Order," "Law & Order LA," "King Pin" and "The West Wing" [NBC], "Covert Affairs" [USA], "Castle," "George Lopez" and "Scrubs" [ABC], "Entourage" [HBO], to name a few. On the film front, Acosta has been seen in THE THREE CHRISTS directed by Jon Avnet, CBGB playing Legendary Punk Rock guitarist Johnny Ramone, THE LORDS OF SALEM directed by Rob Zombie, THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE directed by Chris Sparling, BOUND BY LIES with Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson and TRUE LOVE directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee Henry Barrial. Julian is also set to appear in his first Spanish language film EL SECRETO DEL RETRATO, directed by Janet Alvarez Gonzalez. Julian is also the creator of several original series for Television currently in development through his company Broken Toy Works.

Acosta is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City. He last appeared alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Liza Colon-Zayas, Gaius Charles and Jessica Chastain in the internationally acclaimed production of "Othello" directed by Peter Sellars. Additional stage credits include: "Penalties and Interest" and "Massacre (Sing To Your Children)" [both at the Public Theater in New York], "Piano" [at ART], "Lucy and The Conquest" [at the Williamstown Theater Festival], Pulitzer Prize Winner "Anna In The Tropics" and "Lover's and Executioners" [at South Coast Repertory Theater] for which Acosta was nominated for a Los Angeles Critic's Circle Award. Acosta's Theatrical Directorial debut "Short Eyes" by Miguel Pinero at the Los Angeles Theater Center was critically acclaimed by the Los Angles Times and selected by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to represent the city of Los Angeles at the International Hispanic Theatre Festival in Miami [July 2012] where it was raved by both the Miami Herald and the Miami New Times.

Service is an important part of Julian's life with the trans-formative power of education at the forefront. Most recently he founded and financed a yearly scholarship in his native Puerto Rico with two, one male and one female, High School students receiving a scholarship to the University of Puerto Rico. The scholarship is named after his paternal grandmother who was one of many passionate educators in Julian's family and goes to students graduating from the same rural town in which she taught. For more information go to www.puertoricaneducationfoundation.org

Julian and his wife director Nina Lopez-Corrado split their time between Los Angeles and Islamorada in the Florida Keys. On his downtime he is an avid fisherman, scuba diver and accomplished ne'er do well.

Wren T. Brown

A versatile actor with a deep melodious voice, Wren T. Brown is a fourth generation Angeleno, and also a fourth generation theatrical. He is very proud to be in his fourth decade as an Actor, Producer and Director. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Wren is descended from a long line of talented performers, including his father, jazz trumpeter Troy Brown Jr., his paternal grandmother, Bertha McElroy (a dancer at the Cotton Club NYC), and his paternal grandfather, actor-comedian Troy Brown Sr. (5th black actor in Screen Actors Guild). His maternal grandmother, Ruth Givens, was a torch singer and dancer (Cotton Club Los Angeles and movies) and his maternal grandfather, Lee Young Sr., was the first black staff musician in Hollywood (Columbia Pictures 1946) and the drummer and musical director for Nat King Cole. His great grandfather, Willis Handy Young, was a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and owner of his own Vaudeville troupe at the turn of the 20th Century (The New Orleans Strutters).

Among Wren's film appearances are: "Beyond the Lights," "Waiting to Exhale," "Heart and Souls," "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory," "The Dinner," "Hollywood Shuffle," "Biker Boyz," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "Midnight Clear" and David Mamet's "Edmond." On television, Wren co-starred as Whoopi Goldberg's brother and comic foil in NBC's "Whoopi" and was a regular in "Flipper: The New Adventures," as well as CBS's "Bless This House." He has also guest starred or recurred on: "The West Wing," "The Practice," "Touched by an Angel," "Frasier," "Seinfeld," "Charmed," "Star Trek: Voyager," " Eli Stone," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Women's Murder Club," "Everybody Hates Chris," "The Game," and as Professor Wilkins on "Half & Half." Wren also starred opposite John Larroquette in Hallmark's "McBride: Tune in for Murder." Most recently, Wren has also been seen on "Being Mary Jane," "Grey's Anatomy" (recurring), and as the voice of Virgil Simpson, on "The Simpsons." Wren will next be seen in the Fall 2018 season of the Emmy-award winning Amazon series "Transparent." Some of his theatre credits include: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (Drama-Logue Award winner), "On Borrowed Time," "Burning Hope," and his NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in "Jeffrey's Plan."

Wren has appeared in over 100 commercials and a broad range of voice-over and spoken word projects including being tapped by acclaimed pianist Billy Childs to recite the classic Langston Hughes poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" on Childs' GRAMMY Award nominated album "I've Known Rivers." He narrated The History Channel's "U.S.S. Constellation: Battling For Freedom," The Learning Channel series "Scene of the Crime," and "E! True Hollywood Story" on the life of Diana Ross. He also voiced Disney's Br'er Rabbit for various projects and can currently be heard narrating Laurence Fishburne's "Bronzeville" 10 episode 1940s-era Chicago podcast.

In his directorial debut, he directed over thirty-five actors and actresses in their performances in "Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience," winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year in which Wren also narrated the book of Matthew. In April 2018 (4/4-4/21), Wren makes his theatrical directing debut on the Lone Tree Arts Center (Colorado) stage reviving August Wilson's cultural classic "Fences." In 1999, Wren made his debut as a producer with the critically acclaimed feature film, "Boesman & Lena" starring Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, followed by Dianne Reeves' concert film of her GRAMMY Award winning CD, "In the Moment: Live in Concert." He has produced an array of short films for new directors.

In 2007, Wren founded Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT), the first African American professional theatre company in Los Angeles history where he serves as its producing artistic director from inception to the institution's now 10 year anniversary. ERT, under Wren's leadership, has produced Ovation Award and NAACP Theatre Award winning productions of August Wilson's "Two Trains Running, Regina Taylor's "Crowns," Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin In the Sun," Jeff Stetson's "Fraternity," Phillip Hayes Dean's "Robeson," "The Gospel at Colonus," of which the Los Angeles Times wrote "Theater at its most healing, electrifying and transcendent, 'Colonus' demands attendance." (June 2015) and the 2017 musical hit Clarke Peters' "Five Guys Named Moe" (May 18-June 11, 2017) which the Los Angeles Times reviewed as "...one of the more entertaining experiences available to humanity..." Wren periodically gives a six-week entertainment industry seminar through the ERT Performance Lab entitled, "Purpose, Passion & Possibility" as well as being an active cultural/motivational lecturer.

Wren currently serves on the board of Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has formerly served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, the Friends of Washington Preparatory High School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Charles R. Drew University.

Daniel Zacapa

Honduran-born Daniel Zacapa has established himself as one of the most effective character actors working. His varied and diverse film roles include Se7en, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 'The Mexican', 'The Gene Generation', and 'Phenomenon', sharing the screen with such actors as 'Jack Lemmon', Walter Matthau, Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson, to name a few.

His television credits include starring for three seasons on the highly acclaimed Showtime series, 'Resurrection Blvd.' as Tio Ruben, the heart and soul of the Santiago family. His numerous guest-star appearances include Medium, Alias, Nip/tuck, The West Wing, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, Six Feet Under, and N.Y.P.D. Blue. He was a recipient of an ALMA Award in 1998 for his work in 'Foto Novelas'.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, his ongoing work with children include the Foundation for Youth Non-Violence in Northern California and Woodcraft Rangers in L.A., he reads regularly in elementary schools throughout the state. Daniel has received numerous awards from the State of California and the City of Los Angeles recognizing him as a pillar of the Latino community.

Daniel is an avid motorcyclist, major San Francisco Giants fan (if you know the significance of the numbers 24 and 44, you now have the combination to his safe). He is also the owner/partner of The Alabama Coach Co. in Montevello, Alabama (where the strip steak is named "The Zacapa") and the proud father of two beautiful daughters. He currently resides in West Los Angeles with his three cats, Jay, Cody, and Liberty.

Tom Everett

Graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts on an ITT International Fellowship in the Fulbright Competition, Tom is an accomplished country singer-songwriter (RCA album - "Porchlight on in Oregon" and the independently released "Still Waters - (A collection of Years)), a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, and a first-rate chameleon character actor playing everything from white collar professionals to starring as Brian David Mitchell in the CBS television movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story," to receiving glowing notices for his comedic work as a dweeb/nerd/gofer in "Winning Isn't Everything" at New York's Hudson Guild Theatre directed by legendary comedic director George Abbot, to playing southern white trash Alfredo in "Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3." High profile roles include, but are not limited to, the scruffy 'George 'Gabby' Hayes'-like Sgt. Pepper in Dances with Wolves, the straight-laced National Security Officer Jack Doherty in Air Force One, and the black stovepipe-hatted Mosley Baker in The Alamo. Everett has also created a whole host of other memorable, idiosyncratic characterizations, albeit in, perhaps, lesser known films: Assistant Coach to James Earl Jones in Best of the Best, Rabbitt in Prison starring Viggo Mortensen, etc.. He's had the pleasure of working with directors and producers more than once including three films with Michael Bay ("Pearl Harbor, "Transformers," and "The Island"), three films with John Lee Hancock (including John Lee's first film "Hard Time Romance," starring alongside Tom's friend Leon Rippy), several projects with Alex Graves, Kevin Falls, Jeff Burr, Michael Pressman, Kevin Costner, Frank Von Zerneck & Bob Sertner, Ian Sander, Jeff Morton, Renny Harlin, Peter Segal & Michael Ewing. Television audiences have seen him in many projects doing a variety of roles including as Rory Carmichael, the condemned Alabama death row inmate in the pilot episode of _"The Beast" (2001) directed by Mimi Leder, as the recurring character Charles Frost on "West Wing"_, and most recently as the recurring character Dr. Elliot Langley on "Journeyman." He's also a cellist, guitarist and little-known humorist; in that last vein, and as a closet comedian, he recently had the pleasure of working with Judd Apatow and Paul Rudd in "This Is Forty." He received scholarships to Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, NYU School of the Arts where he received an MFA, Perry-Mansfield School of Drama and Dance, and is a native of Oregon, and the son of Viennese parents. Tom spent 12 years in New York honing his craft and acting in five Broadway plays, many off-Broadway & off-off Broadway & regional theatre ones too (including his being a Resident Member of The American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut.

Kris Murphy

Best known for her portrayal of the character Katie Witt for the entire series of NBC's The West Wing. Originally a theater actress, who transitioned into television and film. Divorced in 2012 from Democratic Congressional Candidate Mark Murphy, from New York City. Has two daughters from the marriage and resides in New York City and South Florida. Attended the University of Notre Dame. Father a U.S. Federal Judge, mother an elementary school teacher, and older brother a U.S. attorney. Bucket list achievement? Working and remaining dear friends with Aaron Sorkin.

Mia Tate

Originally from Utah, Mia Tate's career began as a professional dancer, working in theater, music videos and films. She moved to Los Angeles for a dance scholarship in 1995 and shortly after started her acting training. She has been lucky enough to study with some of the greats at Larry Moss's studio, Beverly Hills Playhouse and Uta Hagen in New York to name a few. Mia has been a professional actress for over 15 years. She is best known for her role as the sexy siren who seduces George Clooney in the Coen Brother's classic, 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'. She worked with Antonio Banderas in 'Crazy in Alabama', has guest starred on ER and West Wing and was featured in Maxim Magazine, promoting her role as a siren. She has also starred and co-starred in multiple Independent Films. She just wrapped Friend Request playing opposite Anthony Michael Hall and before that Kessler's Lab, with director Brenda Urquhart, who quoted 'Mia is fantastic, a joy to work with. Professional and so talented, and it shows in every frame'. Before that she worked with Scott Wolf and Tom Amandes in the Physiological drama, 'Imagine'. This summer she produced her first film, Boys at the Bar, starring Bo Hopkins. She lives in Park City, Utah and goes back and forth to Los Angeles for work.

Andy Umberger

Andy Umberger is an American actor who spent the early part of his career in New York City, where he was primarily a stage actor and appeared in three Broadway shows: "City of Angels," "Passion" and "Company." In the late 90s he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Since then he has had supporting roles in over 15 films and has guest starred on over 60 television shows, with recurring roles on 10 different series, including "Mad Men," "Weeds," "Boston Legal," "The West Wing" "Desperate Housewives," "ER," and as D'Hoffryn in "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer."

Paul Eiding

Paul Eiding, is an American actor, who is equally comfortable on stage, in front of the camera or behind a microphone. He is the voice of Perceptor, from the original Transformers, cartoon series (1985) and Transformers: The Movie (1986).

He is probably best known as Colonel Roy Campbell, in the Metal Gear Solid series. He is the narrator and Lazarus, in Diablo, Judicator Aldaris in Starcraft, and Grandpa Max Tennyson, in every Ben 10 cartoon series, including Ben 10, Alien Force, Ultimate Alien, and Omniverse, in which he also voices Blukic, Eye Guy, Liam, and others.

On camera, he appeared in Star Trek: TNG, as Ambassador Loquel. Paul has guest starred on Grey's Anatomy, CSI: Miami, The Drew Carey Show, ER, The West Wing, The Practice, My Name Is Earl, The Charmings, L.A. Law, Picket Fences, The Pretender, Providence and many other shows.

Paul, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, began his professional acting, directing, and writing career over 30 years ago. He sang, played bass, and directed the 3rd Infantry Div, Marne Glee Club, in Germany. Later, while creating and performing comedy sketches at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis,Mn, Paul also contributed as a writer/actor to National Public Radio's, "All Things Considered" supplying topical satirical material. He has directed stage shows in Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1983. The following year he received both an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and Dramalogue Award for his work in the critically acclaimed stage production of 'Cloud Nine'. He was a series regular on ABC's, The Charmings, and for two seasons, recurred as school teacher Jason Steinberg, on the highly acclaimed Picket Fences.

He is the voice of Pa Kent, in Superman vs The Elite, the bath house manager, in Spirited Away, and various characters in Pixar's Finding Nemo, WALL-E, Monsters, Inc, Up, Cars, A Bug's Life, and Monsters U.

Some other animated series work includes, The Toxic Crusaders, The Littles, Pirates Of Dark Water, The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest, Sky Commanders, and Challenge Of the Gobots. He can be heard on classic series such as, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Swat Kats, and Animaniacs.

His video game credits are extensive. He voiced Hojo, in Final Fantasy VII, Zephyr, in Ratchet and Clank, Galmar Stonefist, Felldir, and Septimus, in The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Zeus/Gravedigger, in God Of War, Theseus, in God Of War II, and 14 characters in Fallout 3. As the Executor in Starcraft II. He's the one who tells the player, "You must construct additional pylons." or "You need more vespene gas!"

A few other games, include: Resistance 3, Rage, Resident Evil: Revelations, Mass Effect 2, HALO: Reach, Guild Wars: Eye Of The North, Guild Wars 2, Jade Empire, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, Starcraft 1, 2, 3, Diablo, 1, 2, 3, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

Paul believes in the old theatre axiom, "The more you can do, the more you will do." To that end, he continues appearing in live theatre, as well as, television, webisodes, film, cartoons, voiceover commercials and games.

He has had the absolute joy of performing on stage with his entire family. Wife, Colleen and both daughters, are all actors. He happily admits, "Clearly, we're all crazy."

Paul attends conventions, and other personal appearances all over the world and truly loves to meet fans.

Jana Lee Hamblin

A Portland native, Jana Lee was last seen guest starring on Dad Crush with Rusty Joiner, Lucy Loken, and Laura Bilgerii, ZNation and Portlandia. Her recently completed work includes Mason Blair's I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore, with Elijah Wood and Melanie Lynskey and Seaside with Ariana Debose - directed by Sam Zalutsky.

She has worked on NBC's Grimm with Russelll Hornsby, David Giuntoli, and Sasha Roiz and A Walk in My Shoes with Nancy Travis and Philip Winchester. Previously, she worked with Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in Extraordinary Measures.

Other television credits include: TNT's Leverage, four seasons on The West Wing, E.R., Family Law, Lincoln Heights, and the American pilot Fawlty Towers. She has worked with Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, and Harvey Keitel. She's also worked with local directors and producers such as David Cress (Portlandia, Restless), Neil Kopp (I Don't Feel at Home In This World Anymore) and James Westby (Rid of Me, The Auteur, Film Geek).

Her list of commercials, both national and regional, is extensive. Recently, she's expanded her live theater experience, playing Morgan Fairchild in the Portland premier of Artists Repertory Theater's Trevor and Emily in Beirut Wedding's production of Reborning.

In addition to film and stage credits, Jana is also the owner and founder of Jana Lee Hamblin's Act Now Studio in Portland, OR. As a coach and mentor for over 10 years, Jana has nurtured a creative and supportive environment for actors to hone their craft. Additionally, she facilitates ongoing workshops with casting directors, directors, producers, and coaches from New York and Los Angeles.

During her time off, Jana spends rainy days on the trails of Portland's forests with her three dogs or she's found hiking the desert landscapes of Southern California. Jana is a staunch animal rights activist.

Anthony Azizi

Anthony Azizi started his career many years ago, as a child, acting in plays for the Touchstone Theater run by Bill and Bridget George in Bethlehem, PA. He also started writing and staging his own plays at the age of eight for school and other public venues. He continued in the arts throughout all of his schooling. Anthony attended Freedom High School where went to school with fellow alums Daniel Dae Kim and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Anthony attributes the love for acting and the inspiration to pursue it as a career to Cathy Caparrazo and Mrs. Bauer while attending Freedom High School. Anthony was accepted to Muhlenberg College with a soccer scholarship, but soon fell into acting once again after a very bad knee injury ended his collegiate soccer career. While at Muhlenberg he received his BFA in Theater Arts and soon was performing in many of the plays and musicals at Muhlenberg. He starred in the world premier of accomplished playwright Jim Ryan's "South Pacific Snow" and was nominated for an Irene Ryan award for his portrayal of Sam in "The Miss Firecracker Contest." Anthony gives a lot of the credit for choosing a career in acting to Charlie Richter who was the head of the theater department at Muhlenberg. He believes that Richter's belief in him translated to belief in himself to make the choice of moving ahead with his professional career. Upon graduating, Anthony moved straight to New York and lived with his college buddy Spencer Holover. Although broke, Anthony believes that his "starving acting" period in New York was some of his happiest years as an artist. Anthony did not waste any time starting to do plays all over New York including working at the famed Ensemble Studio Theater run by the late Kurt Dempster and the Thirteenth St. Reparatory Company run by the legendary Edith O'Hara. It was at the 13th Street Rep where he finally got noticed in New York in the play "Three of a Kind." The play landed him his first agent and soon it was off to Los Angeles. Anthony ran his own theater company in New York called The Clandestine Group which used 13th Street's space to stage its own productions. Once in LA, Anthony started working quickly in film and television. In 1996, Bryan Spicer hired him to play one of Tim Curry's sidekicks in the Universal feature McHale's Navy. Anthony attributes this film to be one of his first and biggest breaks in his career. Anthony also credits Curry for mentoring him through his first studio picture by graciously teaching him the dos and don'ts of the business. Soon after McHale's Navy other roles started coming in including Three Kings with George Clooney, For Richer or Poorer with Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, Tomcats with Jerry O'Connell, and many TV guest spots working with some of the best in the business including Eddie Griffin, Maria Bello, Kevin Dillon, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Chiklis, and many more. In 2001 came The Lost Battalion, a film about the battle of Argonne in France in which American forces were heavily outnumbered by the Germans but were able to turn them back, thus ending World War I. Anthony was very proud of the film which received critical acclaim for A & E. It was produced by the legendary David Gerber whom Anthony attributes for giving him another break in the business.

In 2003 Azizi landed his first series in ABC's one hour drama Threat Matrix starring opposite James Denton and Kelly Rutherford. He played Mo', a courageous Egyptian-American former CIA agent assigned to an elite task force whose mission is to keep the country safe from terrorism. The show took television audiences behind the headlines and into the world of homeland security. After extensive research, it came to light that Anthony was the first Iranian American actor in history to be a series regular on a network one hour drama and holds this as one of the most crowning achievements in his career.

Anthony continued to work in many series after Threat Matrix including Dragnet with Ed O'Neil and Ethan Embry, NYPD Blue, The Shield, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls to name a few. In 2002, he recurred as Mamud Faheen on the groundbreaking series 24 with Kiefer Sutherland; and then again in 2005 as Rafique. He has also recurred on Desperate Housewives playing Mr. Falati which reunited him with his Threat Matrix costar James Denton and producer George Perkins.

In 2005 Anthony got a call from Rod Lurie asking him to do his series Commander in Chief. No time was wasted in saying yes to the groundbreaking series about the first female president of the United States starring Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland. It was to be one of the most fulfilling experiences in Azizi's career. He played Vince Taylor, Chief Aid to the President of the United States, and his character was gay and had HIV. The show was critically acclaimed and the pilot was seen by 17 million viewers. Commander in Chief received a Peoples Choice Award nomination in 2005, as well as a GLAAD nomination for best series primarily because of Anthony's portrayal of Vince Taylor.

Many other guest spots came after Commander in Chief including CSI Miami, Without a Trace, Sleeper Cell, and Criminal Minds alongside Mandy Patinkin for which the episode won a couple of awards.

In 2006, Anthony starred opposite Tony Shalhoub in the film AmericanEast for director Hesham Issawi. The film has been an official selection for many of the world's most prominent film festivals and has won numerous awards. The film addresses the relationship between Muslims and Jews living in Los Angeles.

Anthony Azizi is currently recurring on the hit TV series Lost playing Omar which has reunited him with his dear friend Daniel Dae Kim whom he went to high school with.

Anthony played in rock band growing up and still would like to reunite for a few shows with his band mates. Scott Bradoka, who was their guitarist, is now an accomplished musician. Azizi was the Homecoming King of his high school and still maintains close ties to his roots in Pennsylvania and New York.

Anthony has a production company with his dear friend and ex Threat Matrix cast mate Kurt Caceres. They are producing many projects including a film with Mark Frydman of Battleplan Productions.

Anthony has a sister, Mona, who was a reporter for an ABC affiliate news station in New York.

Azizi is involved in many social causes including Equality Now and The Noor Film Festival which he co-founded.

He is married to Cymbeline Smith, an actress from England, whom he says is "a way better and more talented actor than I am." They reside in LA with their twin boys Kambel and Smith -- the greatest achievement to date for Azizi.

Anthony Azizi is a member of the Baha'i Faith - the guiding compass in his life.

Basil Wallace

Basil Wallace immigrated to the United States from Jamaica, West Indies with his four siblings. They joined their parents in Brooklyn, New York where Basil went to elementary and junior high school. The family then moved to Long Island where he attended high school. It was while at Hempstead High School that Basil knew for sure that he wanted a life in the theater. He auditioned for a Broadway bound play, Front Page, starring Henry Fonda, Estelle Parsons, and Robert Ryan. He won the role. That experience sealed his future.

He applied to Yale, New York University (NYU) and Harvard. He was accepted to both Yale and NYU, but chose NYU for both New York City and Lloyd Richards of famed A Raisin in the Sun, who was teaching there at the time. That same summer he was selected by Ellen Steward of La Mama ETC (Experimental Theatre Company) to become a member of her theater. He is now a lifetime member.

He attended NYU for two years and while there he got his first off-Broadway play, The Pig Pen at the American Place Theatre. His life in the theatre had begun. For the next 20 years he worked as an actor, director and writer in the theater. With La Mama, he was director in residence for a year. As an actor, he also took 5 plays to the Italian Theatre Festival under La Mama.

Throughout those years he worked off-Broadway, major regional theaters, and national tours. To keep his craft sharp he continued to take private lessons at places like the Negro Ensemble Company and The Players' Workshop where he eventually taught.

Wallace also taught theater aesthetics' for Lincoln Center for ten years. He was the Director of Drama for school district 13 in the Bronx, NY, and Director of Mini-Mobile Theatre for two years. He was one of the founding members and artistic director for its first year of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre. He was also director of the Yard Bird Players for three years.

In 1990, Basil decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting in films. He auditioned for the film Marked for Death and got the leading role. He has been working in both film and television since then. Some movie credits to his name are Grand Canyon, The Wood, Free Willy 2, Return of the Living Dead 3, Caught Up, Deadlock, and Blood Diamond. For television, you've seen him in episodes of West Wing, Judging Amy, The Pretender, Any Day Now, and NYPD Blue. Since moving to "Hollywood," Basil has started JaCuBas Films for the development of new product.

He continues to learn and grow through working with other actors as both a coach and director of scene study.

Krista Sutton

2003 Dora Award nominee and co-star of the 2004 Genie nominated The Dogwalker, Krista Sutton has years of professional acting experience both in Toronto and in New York. Sutton's career soared to new levels of industry awareness with a key scene in the much talked about film, American Psycho. Called the "It Girl" at Sundance, Sutton's role opposite Christian Bale generated international coverage. Her performance was a hot topic again recently at Sundance 2006 with the screening of Kirby Dicks popular documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated. A very familiar face for not only her widely played hit comedic commercials for Special K including with Cindy Crawford, Sutton has played a range of supporting and leading roles. Her much-loved role as Liz Irwin-Gallo on the nightly improv soap opera Train 48 was seen for over 340 episodes on Canada's Global TV. Krista has also been seen in numerous TV appearances, most recently as herself as quirky sitcom wife on Comedy Central's Punched up. Past credits include Lorna Luft, in the ABC mini-series Me and My Shadows, Shauna Bellman on The Associates, on Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom, and in guest roles on Missing (Justin Louis) Kevin Hill (opposite Taye Diggs), This is Wonderland, and West Wing (Jimmy Smits.) Her film work has included roles opposite Richard Dreyfuss and Judy Davis as Georgia in Coast to Coast, Welcome to Mooseport, Stir of Echos II (Rob Lowe), Jack and Jill vs the World (Freddie Prinze Jr), Doomstown and the renowned short film The Dogwalker, which was a 2003 Toronto International, Montreal World and Palm Springs Film Festival selection. It is an award winning film including a 2004 Genie Award nomination for best short film. Sutton is the co-star of Fine Living's hit comedic travel series Suite and Simple. In May 2003, Sutton starred in Brock Simpson's This Could Be Love under the direction of Steven Morel at The Artword Theatre in Toronto. It was a triumphant Dora-Nominated return and she received rave reviews for her performance: Sutton's goofy glamor lights up the small stage.(Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail) and Sutton can out sing out act out pratfall Rene Zellweger in her sleep. Her performance is musical theatre gold ! Eye Weekly. In September 2006 she was back in this popular role at the prestigious New York Musical Festival where critics compared her to the 2006 TONY award winning Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone). She was co-producer. The theatre is where Sutton started her career. A graduate and Drama Prefect of Toronto's Havergal College, Sutton went on to the University of Toronto's theatre program. Upon graduation, Sutton embarked on a European Tour with the Berliner-Ensemble directed production of The House of Bernarda Alba. Returning to Canada, she played in MacBeth directed by Robert Lepage. Other selected stage credits include the Mary Magdalene role in the much-heralded revival of Godspell at the Bathurst Street Theatre and Thaisa in Pericles (Festival of Classics). Sutton's yearlong run in The Vagina Monologues had her sharing the stage with Sheila MacCarthy, Dana Reeve, Elvira Kurt, Jann Arden, Carole Pope, Jeanne Beker and Erin Brockovich In New York Sutton has landed roles Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Circle Rep, La MaMa ETC, and The Vital Theatre Company. Fluent in American Sign Language, Sutton was active in the Deaf Theatre scene in New York and went on to play Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream in ASL. In her off-stage time, she studied with renowned Broadway performer David Shiner (Cirque Du Soleil, Fool Moon). She has extensive training in Commedia dell'Arte, Improv and Clowning and has taught it in Toronto, New York's inner city schools and at Gotham City Improv, NYC.

Paris Barclay

Paris Barclay is one of television's most successful and honored directors. Throughout his illustrious career, Paris has directed over 150 episodes of television, including episodes of NYPD BLUE, ER, THE WEST WING, LOST, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, SONS OF ANARCHY, HOUSE, GLEE, IN TREATMENT, SCANDAL, EMPIRE and PITCH. He won two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD BLUE and has received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing, including three for directing episodes of GLEE, and one for THE WEST WING. Paris has also garnered ten Directors Guild nominations (for shows as diverse as IN TREATMENT, WEEDS, HOUSE, as well as GLEE and THE WEST WING), winning once for NYPD BLUE. He also became the first Director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (2008 & 2009). He's received three NAACP Image Awards, for producing, co-creating, and directing CITY OF ANGELS, and for directing COLD CASE and SMASH. In 2014, the NAACP inducted Paris into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. He directed the feature film (and cult favorite) DON'T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD, as well as telefilms for HBO (a western, THE CHEROKEE KID, starring Sinbad, James Coburn and Burt Reynolds) and THE BIG TIME for TNT (a drama with Christina Hendricks, Molly Ringwald, and Christopher Lloyd.) Further bulging his shelves, Paris has been recognized as a writer as well, receiving a WGA and Humanitas Prize nomination for his telefilm (with Dustin Lance Black) PEDRO, for MTV. He's shared two Humanitas Prizes, four prestigious Peabody Awards. He co-created the series CITY OF ANGELS (which ran for 2 years on CBS), co-wrote and directed the pilot HATE for Showtime, and has rewritten projects for Disney and HBO. Paris was honored with the Robert Aldrich Award in 2007, which is given for providing extraordinary service to the Director's Guild of America. Paris was elected President of the DGA in June 2013, and served two terms, stepping down in June of 2017.

Kristin Carey

Kristin Carey grew up in Santa Rosa, California with aspirations of working in the movie and television business. At a young age Kristin demonstrated a propensity for acting on the stage. She quickly became involved in her school productions. After graduating from the B.F.A Theatre Program at The University of Southern California, she has appeared in numerous national commercials, films and television shows such as "The West Wing," "Without A Trace" and "Bones." She had a 'recurring role' as Dr. Dottie Prewitt on the soap opera "Passions."

Kristin was chosen by the Farrelly Brothers to play a supporting role in their New Line Cinema produced film "Hall Pass." She has played the lead role in a number of independent feature films. Her Sprint commercial, where she plays a studio executive, was produced and directed by the Farrelly Brothers. It has appeared in film theatres across the country.

Kristin has earned rave reviews performing on stage in the plays "It's Just Sex," "Embraceable You," "Agency," "Evita" and the highly acclaimed original play "The War Room" which honored and raised money for the VFW. She gave a stunning portrayal of the complex personality traits associated with criminal behavior for the Los Angeles Police department. She has trained with acting teachers Ivana Chubbuck, Harvey Lembeck, Stephen Book and H. Richard Greene to name a few. She possesses an excellent singing voice developed through her musical theatre work on stage.

Michael Chieffo

Mr. Chieffo, an actor for over four decades was born and raised in New York where he studied acting at The Juilliard School. His credits include working with renowned directors Barry Levinson on Disclosure, Tony Scott on Crimson Tide, Lawrence Kasden on I Love You To Death, Harold Becker on Mercury Rising, Mike Mills on Beginners as well as perhaps his favorite with Curtis Hanson playing the coroner in L.A. Confidential, to name a few.

A sampling of television shows Michael has guest starred are: Better Call Saul, Castle, Mad Men, Criminal Minds, The Closer, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, , Bones as well as West Wing, Boston Legal, CSI, Roswell and a particular "fan favorite", The X-Files as the deranged Carl Wade.

Favorite roles include playing the great Art Carney opposite Brad Garrett's Jackie Gleason in the CBS movie Gleason and playing Dave Madden/Reuben Kincaid in Come On Get Happy, The Partridge Family Story on ABC.

Michael was gratified to play the lead role of "Curtis" an extremely social phobic man in the Independent Feature Unreal Estate, directed by Todd Malkin and Nick Huntington. Unreal Estate premiered at the IFS Film Festival and was honored with Best Dramatic Feature Film award and ultimately won Best Picture of the entire festival.

Mr. Chieffo recently completed roles on the features Ben and Ara, and Ben Affleck's Live by Night, as well as playing Billie Jean King's Dad in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Battle of the Sexes.

Michael is very happily married to actress Beth Grant and they have a daughter Mary Chieffo

Vincent De Paul

Vincent De Paul was born in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was a mortuary scientist and owned funeral homes in Maryland. His mother, a Maryland socialite, dedicated her time to Chairing committees for the March of Dimes, Children with Birth Defects and Relief to Earthquake victims in Naples. De Paul's acting career began with his first role as Beowolf, in one of the oldest Scandinavian epics. De Paul is a Miami, New York, Los Angeles bi-coastal film and television actor. He's been in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland (Studying Epidemiology, Biomedical ethics and Bio statistics), Vincent De Paul moved to Miami Beach to work at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. While working at the Miami Beach Hospital he was discovered and began doing fashion shows for the late Gianni Versace . www.vincentdepaul1.com Represented by Wilhelmina Creative, Vincent has worked internationally and has appeared, and been interviewed in, numerous magazines including, GQ, Vogue (Spain), Cosmopolitan (Greece, Spain, Poland, Russia) 8 covers of  Men's Health (Peru, Ecuador, USA  edicion en  Espanol, Mexico, & Columbia), Men's Exercise, Vanidades, Complot and Metrosource magazine. Vincent has been featured in the following Campaigns worldwide, L'Oreal (France) w/Stephanie Seymour directed by  Patrick  Dermachelier, El Corte Inglese (Spain with Ricky Martin, Christian  Dior (Latin America) Oscar  De la Renta (Mexico) and FUJI (Mexico) Avon Campaign USA, Guy La Roche Campaign (USA & Canada). His film career spans more than a decade. The first feature film was Hairspray in which he played one of the original Corny Collins Dancers (Dir. John  Waters), Riding in Cars with Boys with Drew  Barrymore as a Line Backer directed by Penny Marshall. His TV career includes  appearances on West Wing, Frasier, Charmed, Sex in the City, HBO's Six Feet Under as a  Hollywood  junkie snorting the ashes of his best friend, and most recently appeared on NBC's Medical Investigation.  He has re-occurred for the last 4 years on As The World Turns as  Charlie the Bartender at the Metro. He has served on the Audrey Hepburn Red Rose Award committee with Sean Hepburn Ferrar.  He volunteers his time at the House of Camillus for battered  women.

Elizabeth Greer

Elizabeth Greer, an award-winning actress and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, has been cast in recurring and guest starring roles on many TV series, including Bates Motel (S4), Ray Donovan, Video Game High School (Best Ensemble- Streamy Awards 2015), The Reveal (Best Supporting Actress Award of Merit- indiefilmfest 2015), Cold Case, The Shield, My Own Worst Enemy, Charmed, West Wing, Before We Go To Sleep (Best Actress nominee- HOLLYWEB Festival) and more. She was also cast in such features as Alibi (with Jonathan Banks- produced by Mark Burnett) and Plural of Blood (directed by Mary-Lynn Chambers), Smiley (playing Caitlin Gerard's mother), Interference, Transformers 1.5, Fickle or Fair, In Embryo, Medicine Men (with James LeGros) and The Sphere and the Labyrinth (with Jonna Going). She appeared in the awarded short, Sexting, written and directed by Neil LaBute. She has performed leading roles in over 70 plays at such venues as the Yale Repertory Theater, EST-LA, The Open Fist, Lincoln Center, The American Jewish Theater, the Skirball Center and many more. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Mark Cirillo

The great great great maternal grandson of Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Cirillo was born and raised just outside Hartford, in Connecticut's first town, Windsor. There, he and his family survived a tornado, a hurricane, and carbon monoxide poisoning all before he reached the age of 14. He grew up acting in school plays and local theater productions. His second cousin, Ernie Cirillo, taught and directed Mark at Windsor High School and Ernie's son, Patrick Cirillo is a screenwriter (Tears of the Sun) in Los Angeles. After High school graduation, Mark moved to Los Angeles at 18 years old to attend Loyola Marymount University where he double majored in Film Production and Theater Arts (Bachelor of Arts Degree) with actors Linda Cardellini (ER), Brian Poth (CSI: Miami), Busy Phillips (ER), actress/writer Gloria Calderon-Kellett (How I Met Your Mother) and producers Effie Brown (Real Women Have Curves) and Paul Redford (West Wing). After college, Mark studied (and continues to study) with Arthur Mendoza (Stella Adler's protégé) at the Actor's Circle Theater, The Groundlings, and Jack Plotnick (Ellen, Gods & Monsters). All throughout, appearing in plays, on television, and in films.

His film credits include the lead/title role in The Seminarian, Plato's Symposium, Cook Off! (with Gary Anthony Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Jennifer Elise Cox), Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, Academy Boyz (with Ed Asner and Donald Faison), Girls Will Be Girls (with Varla Jean Merman and Miss Coco Peru), the multiple award-winning shorts Making Changes (with Rosa Blasi) and Gay Propoganda (over 150 film festivals world-wide) and voice over work on Sam Mendes' American Beauty. On television, Mark has appeared on Will&Grace, Quintuplets (with Andy Richter and Ryan Pinkston), How I Met Your Mother (with Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan), Ashton Kutcher's Room 401 on MTV, had a recurring role on the short-lived Olsen Twins' series Two Of A Kind, and was a series regular in the independent Homwrecker Houseboy as the brain damaged Randy. Mark's greatest stage roles were Kenneth in Caught, Edmund in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Clov in Endgame, Andre in The Three Sisters, and Zachariah Rowen in The Kentucky Cycle.

When Mark isn't acting, he has worked in the community with non-profit organizations like the spcaLA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles), Project Angel Food providing free meals to the seriously ill, and ConnPIRG protecting consumers and the environment. Mark has appeared on several news shows as a representative for Project Angel Food and has appeared with animals up for adoption on LA7 ABC Eyewitness News at 11AM and Good Day L.A. on FOX 11 as a representative for the spcaLA.

Charles Noland

CharlesNoland has worked on over 100 different film and TV episodes including "Blow" and "Waynes World". He was a supporting character on "The West Wing" for seven seasons. While there, he received two "Honors for Contributions to the Drama, The West Wing", from the Primetime Emmy Awards. He also had a supporting role on "ER" for 2 seasons. He received two "Honors for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" from the Screen Actors Guild.

Catherine Urbanek

A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Catherine now resides in Los Angeles and has been working consistently in film, theater and new media.

Catherine's credits include the independent political feature Courting Des Moines playing Kelli Brown, campaign manager to a dark horse presidential candidate, The West Wing's Melissa Fitzgerald. The film also stars Carolyn Hennesy, Brandon Jones, Academy Award-nominated actress Sally Kirkland, Gina Belafonte and Brian Haley.

Catherine's other credits include Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (20th Century Fox), The Duke: Based on the Memoir 'I'm The Duke' by J.P. Duke (official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival), Relationship Red Zone from Bent writer Marc Singer, A Little Game with Olympia Dukakis and F. Murray Abraham, Lucky Stiff with Jason Alexander, and Texas Heart with John Savage.

In 2013, Catherine formed her own production company, Bodacious Content, Inc., and has written and directed 4 short films, 2 web series, and 3 web pilots.

She wrote, directed and starred in the series The Dates of Laura, about a young LA woman unlucky in love. The series was featured prominently on Funny or Die.

She recently finished shooting three other series: Rolling High and the award-winning comedy series Welcome Home, Loser.

Nick Somers

Nick was born in Wisconsin, and moved to Maryland when he was about one year old. Growing up, his first experience with acting came when he was 8 years old after seeing one of his friends perform in a local play, and he knew right away it was something he wanted to try. He started becoming involved in community theatre and performed in dozens of plays all the way through high school, where he continued to take advanced drama classes.

Simultaneously, he took a passion to music, and joined the school band as a trumpet player in 4th grade, and played with every possible school band, jazz band and professional group he could find, all the way through high school. He participated in several prestigious music programs, including two years at the renowned Summer Center For The Arts at Goucher College in Baltimore, and was even invited to play with the high school jazz ensemble while he was still in junior high. He also sang with the high school choir and elite chamber choir.

Not content to just play the trumpet, he started tinkering with his family's old upright piano that had been sitting in the garage for years, and learned to play piano without any formal training, leading eventually to forming a classic rock band with his friends, and playing many community events as the lead singer and keyboard player of the foursome. They released two albums.

After high school, he continued acting in community theatre, while also exploring other interests. His passion for music served a dual-purpose as he started a recording studio, and served as the producer and engineer for over 40 local bands. He also became a web designer for a local Internet Service Provider back when the Internet was just starting, and quickly learned the ins and outs of Internet & server technology and graphic design.

He also became actively involved with the local police department for over 4 years, receiving police training (including Hostage Negotiation Training from the FBI), as well as being selected for a full-time internship with the department's Youth Services Section (where he helped teach DARE and other programs in schools, as well as serve as a counselor in various police-sponsored after school programs and Summer camps). He made his way up through the ranks of the specialized group he worked with, eventually being promoted to Captain. He also took an interest to the other side of the public safety world, and became a Board-Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the fire department, and actively worked on an ambulance for over 3 years.

In late August 2001, Nick decided to pursue his acting career full-time, and drove 3000 miles from Baltimore to Los Angeles. However, life is never supposed to be easy, and less than a year after moving to LA, he discovered he had a rare form of cancer - a tumor the size of a golf ball had taken up residence in the back of his neck. After 2 surgeries in July and August of 2002, he quickly bounced back, and returned to his acting & film career.

Throughout the years, Nick has become extremely active in the acting & filmmaking community, having performed in leading roles in several independent films, as well as supporting roles in larger films and TV shows. He's had the opportunity to work with the casts and crews of shows such as The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, ER, Without A Trace, 7th Heaven, The Shield, Boston Public, Crossing Jordan, The Agency, and Spin City, among others. And he's worked as either a cast or crew member on films such as Austin Powers 3, Matchstick Men, Seabiscuit, Red Dragon, Bruce Almighty, House of Sand and Fog, The Stevens Get Even, Biker Boyz, Like Mike, Solaris, and many more.

Art Chudabala

Art Chudabala is an American actor, director and film editor. Born Sept 10, 1970 in Los Angeles, California to Thai Immigrant parents, he got his start while still in High School when he landed the pivotal role of Christian Slater's adopted brother Vinh Kelly in Graeme Clifford's 80's skateboarding cult film "Gleaming the Cube".

Though he was clearly hit by the acting bug, he placed his screen career on hold to finish both school and earn his certification in sound engineering. He not only pursued a degree in music and film by day, but was also fronting a rock band playing gigs on the Sunset Strip during the heyday of hair bands. As that era of music came to a close, he found himself at a crossroads and decided to give acting another try.

He has since appeared in a strong list of feature films and has worked with many notable directors. Some of his credits include Kathryn Bigelow 's "Strange Days", Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House", Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and was part of the ensemble cast of Paul Haggis' Best Picture Oscar-winner, "Crash" for which he received a Screen Actors Guild Award.

On television, he has guest starred on numerous hit shows such as "The West Wing", "Six Feet Under", "ER", 'Boston Legal", "CSI", "Grey's Anatomy" and "House".

Alongside his acting career, he has also ventured behind the camera, working as an editor, producer and indie filmmaker with credits such as "My Sweet Killer", "Hard Luck", "Valentina's Tango", as well as behind-the-scenes DVD content for Sony Pictures' "Underworld" franchise and Showtime's "Californication". Another life long passion behind the camera was food and he was invited to cook alongside Bobby Flay on the Food Network hit "Grill It with Bobby Flay" where he displayed a family recipe for Thai BBQ Chicken and a flair for Food TV.

He made his directorial debut with the short film "Stardust" about an aging Starlet and her obsessed fan that screened at The Method Festival in Burbank, Ca. His follow up is the psychological thriller "The Anniversary", another short film about one man's journey through madness and trying to find redemption through his own death.

Abigail Kintanar

Abigail Kintanar's humble beginnings can be traced back to April 2005 when PAX-TV cast her to star in her own episode for their reality series "Xtreme Fakeovers." This not only marked Abigail "Gail" Kintanar's debut on cable television, but the network featured her to play the lead role in her own reality episode titled "Star Discovery."

By June 2005, she lands her second reality show when Discovery Health cast her to star in her own episode "Gail and Mark" for the reality series "Love on the Rocks."

Abigail Kintanar is now famously known for her roles as CelebReality Star "Red Oyster" of VH1's "Flavor of Love" and as a "Charm School" Alternate. She reprises her role as "Red Oyster" in several network television cameo appearances - "VH1's Big in '06 Awards," "Flavor of Love" (The Reunion), "Flavor of Love" (Season 2), NBC's "Identity," FUSE TV's "Pants-Off, Dance-Off" and even Red Oyster's most memorable and shocking moment (when she bowed out of the competition in the middle of the elimination ceremony) was a highlight on E!'s "Talk Soup" during the host's recap of the show's first shocking twist (no one knew Red Oyster would voluntarily eliminate herself from "Flavor of Love" in episode 5).

She solidified her "Reality Show Star" status by appearing on "Details Magazine" for their "Reality Stars" Issue, "Life & Style" Magazine and makes headline news on "The Signal" when the "Lifestyles Section" dedicated the front page of their February Valentines Day Edition in honor of Abigail's obsession for the color red and attempt to set a world record with Guinness by wearing red everyday for 8 years to date.

Dubbed as the "Most Infamous Filipina on Reality TV" with her own reality episode, "All About Abby" on TFC's "Pinagmulan: The Journey Home," Abigail Kintanar solidified her controversially-clad CelebReality Vixen status on TFC's "Speak-Out" and joins the elite class of Filipino-American Celebrities, ranking #2 with them on "Balitang America's" List of "2006's Biggest Newsmakers."

While Abigail Kintanar is a mainstay Model for Vance McDaniel's True Image Concepts website, she has tried her hand in all aspects of the entertainment industry. She hosted the Love4Leyte Benefit Concert @ The Grove in Anaheim working alongside Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas, The Basco Bros. (Dante Basco, Dion Basco, Darion Basco and Derek Basco), Fil-Am Comedian JoKoy, DJ Rocky Rock, Hyphy Performer Nump, etc. She was also the host of the US Theatrical Movie Premiere of 'Wag Kang Lilingon and introduced the likes of Philippine-based stars Anne Curtis and Kristine Hermosa.

Kintanar was briefly featured on Fox 11 News, NBC's "Joey," "Las Vegas," and "West Wing," Showtime's "Huff," UPN's "Half & Half," TLC's "Untold Stories of the ER," FOX's "The Inside," CBS's "The Unit," MTV's "Wild 'N Out" and if you look real closely, you'll catch her wearing yet another red outfit in Lindsay Lohan's music video "First."

She also had the wonderful opportunity to work with Director James Olmos on HBO's made-for-tv film "Walk-Out," and Susan Lucci for the "Youthful Essence" Infomercial. You might even catch her as she appears in "Disney Secrets Revealed" showcased in Disney Parks around the world!

Kintanar graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Bakersfield with a BA in Communications, Mass Media, Law and Film. She graduated from College of the Canyons with an AA Media in Media Arts and Majored in Radio/Television/Video/Film. Therefore, because she has two degrees under her belt, she is quick to confirm the fact that she IS also a shrewd, cunning and unscrupulous Machiavellian breezy who is capable of outwitting even the most highfalutin swain.

Jason Ensler

Jason Ensler is an American director, producer and writer. He began his career in promotion at NBC, launching The West Wing, Third Watch, Will & Grace, and ER. He went on to direct the hit movies "Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Three's Company'" and "Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart." He has since directed and produced dozens of episodes of television including "The Newsroom," "The Exorcist," "The West Wing," "Grace and Frankie," "Lethal Weapon," "Chuck," and "Red Band Society." He directed and executive produced the pilots for the series "Franklin & Bash," "Hart of Dixie," "Cult," and "Andy Barker P.I." Ensler is an avid photographer and is the host of the soul/funk/jazz podcast "Here 'Tis."

Tim Lounibos

Much was expected of Tim Lounibos when he acted in the 90s. Critics considered him at the forefront of an "exciting new breed of Asian American actors" with "widespread mainstream appeal"-graced with "charisma" and performances which they called "absolutely luminous" and "remarkable."

But Tim was acting at a time when reflecting the face of society was hardly a consideration and the phrase "we're not going that way" was commonplace.

Still he found steady work into the 2000s, guesting on numerous television shows - including Shark, Crossing Jordan, The West Wing, JAG and The Practice - and continually landing commercials for companies such as McDonald's, Carlsberg Beer, Toyota, I.N.G., and Home Depot.

But then Lounibos entered what one network executive termed the "tweener stage" - too old to play the young buck, too young to play his dad - so Tim made the decision to leave Hollywood in order to provide for his family.

After seven years and countless hours of supervising hundreds of employees while striving to be a quality husband and father of two, it turns out that leaving acting was the best career choice Lounibos could ever have made. That real world experience thoroughly infused him with a groundedness and, as one casting director noted, a newfound gravitas.

In acting and in Hollywood, timing is everything. This is the right time for Tim Lounibos to return. Now that diversity and reflecting the face of society does matter and is an economic mandate, his mixed-race combination of German/Irish/Asian along with his seemingly unlimited acting range and depth of character make him a very viable answer to that diversity demand.

Lounibos is truly a special talent in a town that thrives on mainstream uniqueness; and his decision to return paid immediate dividends when he booked a lead in a film and recurring role on a soap opera in his first two auditions coming back in early August 2016.

After leaving Hollywood to go on a real world walkabout, Tim Lounibos has been wonderfully welcomed home.

Yes, timing is indeed everything.

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