is proud to return to the Echo stage where he was last seen in the 2004 One Act Festival. Other LA Theater credits include The Speed of Darkness and Twelfth Night. If you still watch live TV, you may have caught Aaron’s face on numerous commercials on perhaps you witnessed the removal of his super glued cheek from a bare ass on “Nip/Tuck”.
is the Associate Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference where she recently developed and directed T.D. Mitchell’s Beyond the 17th Parallel. Credits include: Lee Blessing’s Flag Day, Susan Miller’s Map of Doubt & Rescue, and Rogelio Martinez’s My First Radical (OPC); Closer (Steppenwolf); This is Our Youth and Disappeared (Steppenwolf/ Roadworks); Serenading Louie, Dealer’s Choice, and The Soldier Dreams (Victory Gardens/ Roadworks); Two Planks and a Passion (Famous Door). Her work hasbeen honored with two After Dark Awards for Best Director and numerous Joseph Jefferson Awardnominations for Best Director and Best Ensemble, among others. Abigail has directed and curated live shows for broadcast for Chicago Public Radio’s Stories On Stage since 2000. She developed and directed Claire Chafee’s Five Women on a Hill (Magic Theater) and assisted Robert Falls on Young Man From Atlanta (Goodman Theater; Longacre). New York credits: Tone Clusters by Joyce Carol Oates (Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab) and Cages (Access Theater). Abigail studied with Bill Esper at the William Esper (Rutgers) Meisner program, with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studios, and earned a BA cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.S. from M.I.T.. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab (1997). She was named “Best New Director 2000” by Chicago Magazine (those were the days…). She currently resides in LA where she most recently directed two one acts for the Echo: Julia Cho’s The Small Museum and Cusi Cram’s Predator, and the MTV pilot “Blogland”. Abigail currently teaches acting for Steppenwolf West and coaches actors for theater, film and television.
Adam Bock's The Thugs premiered at NYC's Soho Rep in 2006, winning an OBIE for playwriting for Mr. Bock and an OBIE for directing for Anne Kauffman, and was named to both of TimeOut NY's Top Ten lists. His new play The Receptionist will world-premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in October 2007, directed by Joe Mantello. His play The Drunken City will be at Playwrights Horizons in early 2008.
Five Flights played Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theater in 2004, after a five-month sold-out run at San Francisco's Encore Theater in 2002. The play won the Glickman Award, and was nominated for the American Theater Critics Award, the Elizabeth Osborn Award, and two BATCC Awards. It has been published in Breaking Ground, an anthology of new plays edited by Kent Nicholson.
Shotgun Players' production of Swimming in the Shallows won the 2000 Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards for Best Original Script, Best Production, and Best Ensemble. Swimming in the Shallows was a Clauder Competition Award-winner, an L. Arnold Weissberger Award nominee, an LA Weekly nominee, a GLAAD Media Award nominee, named to TimeOut NY's Top Ten, and has been produced in Los Angeles, London, San Francisco, Boston, Providence, Santa Cruz, Ithaca, Key West, Long Beach, Toronto, Montreal, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as Second Stage's Uptown Series in New York City in the summer of 2005.
Mr. Bock helped Jack Cummings III develop The Audience, nominated for three 2005 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. His play The Shaker Chair, produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Humana Festival in 2005, was nominated for the Kesselring Prize. The Typographer's Dream has been produced in New York City and San Francisco, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in Berkeley in 2006. Mr. Bock's play Thursday was produced in San Francisco with a 2003 NEA grant.
These and other plays have been read or workshopped at New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, NYC's Vineyard Theater, Soho Rep, Underwood Theater, Rude Mechanicals NYC, the JAW/West Festival at Portland Center Stage, Printer's Devil, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theater, Salt Lake Actors Company, Southwark Theater, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, New Works at Perry-Mansfield, and Clubbed Thumb. Mr. Bock is an artistic associate at Shotgun Players and Encore Theater, and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
has been the recipient of the Herbert & Patricia Brodkin Scholarship, two Lincoln Center le Compte du Nouy Awards, a fellowship to the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwrighting, a 2000 Suite Residency with Mabou Mines, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, and the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights. His play Red Light Winter was seen Off-Broadway in the 2005-2006 season, and Essential Self-Defense will debut at Playwrights Horizons in March 2007. The World Premiere of Nocturne was produced by the A.R.T.'s New Stages Program to enormous public and critical acclaim. It received Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script as well as Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Nocturne was co-produced Off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop and the A.R.T. in May of 2001, is slated for productions at Berkeley Repertory and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, and will be published by Faber & Faber. Nocturne was also selected as one of the Burns Mantle Ten Best Plays of the 2000-2001 Season. In the spring of 2001 Animals and Plants also received its World Premiere in the New Stages Program at the A.R.T. In the spring of 2000 he directed a workshop production of his play, Blackbird, which went on to receive its World Premiere at the Bush Theatre in London. Blackbird made its American debut at Pittsburgh's City Theatre in May, 2002. Mr. Rapp's Faster received its World Premiere in January 2002 at the Culture Project in New York City. Trueblinka was presented at The Public Theater's 1997 New Work Now! Festival and went on to the 1997 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Ghosts in the Cottonwoods was selected for the 1996 New Work Now! Festival, went on to The 1996 O'Neill Playwrights Conference, and received its World Premiere in the fall of 1998 with the Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at Victory Gardens in Chicago. In the spring of 2000 Ghosts in the Cottonwoods was produced at the 24th Street Theatre in Los Angeles. Finer Noble Gases was presented at The 2001 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Originally a fiction writer, Mr. Rapp is also the author of the novels Missing the Piano (Viking/Puffin), The Buffalo Tree (Front Street/HarperCollins), The Copper Elephant (Front Street), and the upcoming Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (Candlewick Press) and Little Chicago (Front Street, Spring 2002). A graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, Mr. Rapp also completed a two-year fellowship at Juilliard where his play Dreams of the Salthorse was produced.
has appeared Off-Broadway in works by Peter Tolan, David Ives and David Mamet. On Broadway, Alison debuted in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor. In LA, she has appeared in The Marrieds, Naked from the Neck Up and the Echo's production of ANON, amongst other things. Besides appearing in numerous television shows including "Law & Order", "Without A Trace", "ER", "Seinfeld", Alison won a regional Emmy Award and has had recurring roles in "Shark", "Mad About You" and "Maggie". Her movies include Sleepover, Blades of Glory, Drillbit Taylor, Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark & Stormy Night. Alison has two amazing children with actor/writer Dan Hagen.
is a graduate of the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York City, who has received both Dramalogue and Image Award nominations for her work in the Los Angeles area. Film credits include The Gospel, Thank Your for Smoking, Johnson Family Vacation, Mr. Deed, Kingdom Come, The Brothers. For the pas six seasons, Aloma recurred as Nurse Laverne Roberts on NBC's hit series "Scrubs". This season she shall return as Shirley, Laverne's twin sister. Other TV includes "Cold Case", "NYPD Blue", "Kevin Hill", "Friends", "Frazier", "Drew Carey" and "The Parkers". While she finds directing & producing both challenging and rewarding and hopes to continue to bring good theater to LA, Aloma admits that acting on stage is still her first love in performance and God her first love in life.
is an American playwright. She was nominated as a finalist in the drama category of the 1998 Pulitzer Prizes for her play Freedomland. In addition to Freedomland, she is the author of The Beard of Avon (both commissioned and premiered by South Coast Repertory), The Psychic Life of Savages, and other plays. Her work has also been produced at New York Theatre Workshop, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth and other theaters around the country. Her play Safe in Hell, another South Coast Repertory commission, received its premiere production in April 2004 followed by a production at Yale Repertory Theatre. She has been the recipient of the Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Charles MacArthur Award and is a several times winner of the Los Angeles DramaCritics Circle Award. She currently teaches acting and playwriting at Stanford University, and is married to San Francisco Chronicle film critic Mick LaSalle.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andre Myers (b. 1973) received his B.Mus. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and his M.Mus. and A.Mus.D. from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers in composition were William Banfield, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers and Erik Santos. Recent commissions include two works for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Composer-in-Residence for the orchestra's CLASSical music outreach program, works for the new music groups Prime Directive and Warped Consort, and music for theater and multi-media installations. His works have been played by the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Plymouth, University of Michigan, and Occidental/Cal-Tech, featured on Minnesota public radio, and performed in conferences across the United States and in Europe. Honors include the University of Michigan's Rackham Merit Fellowship and King Spirit Award, the inaugural awarding of the University of Michigan's Willis Patterson Medal, and an associate artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Andre Myers lives in Los Angeles, where he is an assistant professor in the music department at Occidental College. www.andremyers.com
Andrew Z. Davis is currently involved with postproduction on Your Highness, for Universal Studios, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. He recently was the executive producer on Role Models, also for Universal Studios.
Davis was the producer of the blockbuster comedy Rush Hour 3 and executive producer of Rush Hour 2, both directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Prior to that, he executive produced Universal’s Red Dragon, starring Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton and Ralph Fiennes, and The Family Man, starring Nicolas Cage and Téa Leoni, both directed by Ratner; the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama, Love & Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, starring Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard; the mega-hit Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman; and Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. Davis also produced the action film Volcano, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. His other producer credits include Repo Men, Lost Angels, Sid and Nancy and Tapeheads.
Davis served as head of production for Stuber Pictures at Universal Studios and as executive vice president of production for MGM. Earlier in his career he was an executive at The Walt Disney Company before signing an independent production deal with the studio under his banner, Andrew Davis Productions.
Davis is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.
ANNA PERILO is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She moved to Los Angeles about six years ago. Some of her recent credits include They're Playing Our Song, with the Valley Musical Theatre, Pigs and Bugs, with the Echo, and her one woman Cabaret, which she performed in as well as produced.
London stage: The Royal Court, The Roundhouse, The Gate, and Repertory Theatres throughout the UK. Off Broadway: The Crucible, Ensemble Company at The Roundabout, new plays on Theatre Row. Los Angeles: The Court Theatre, The 2nd Stage. As a playwright: Chasing Chekhov at The Complex and Writers' Festivals. TV: BBC, Hammer House of Horror, ITV, "As The World Turns", "Days of our Lives", "Martial Law". Film: The Big Empty, Late Night Girls. As screenwriter/actor: Coming into Money and The Red Scarf. Latest play: Memory's Child, NYC.
has designed costumes for many local theatres. She is the resident costume designer at Pacific Resident theatre. Some of her favorites there include Becky’s New Car, The Browning Version, Wildboy, Fata Morgana, Hasty Heart, Anatol, Happy End, Rocket to the Moon, Orpheus Descending, Big Love, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, The Swan, Indiscretions, Master Builder, LuLu, Golden Boy and Playboy of the Western World. At The Echo she has designed Anon, Body Politic, The Illustrious Birth of Padric T. Duffy and Wirehead. Her work has also taken her to the Odyssey and The Matrix. She has been nominated for Ovations and LADCC and she recently won two LA Weekly awards for best costume design. She thanks her family of boys for their support.
Austin is proud to be a part of this great production and Chris' vision. He is from Texas where he received his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. His television credits include HBO's "True Blood", A&E's "Longmire" and CBS' "Vegas". He was recently seen onstage in The Irish Curse at the Odyssey theater. He can be seen in the upcoming independent feature The Answer which comes out this summer.
In Los Angeles Barry has appeared in E.S.T.L.A.’s And Still The Dogs, Coastline at the Common Ground Festival and Bitten by a Fly at the Actors Lab. He directed the critically acclaimed production of Linden Arden Stole the Highlights. Films include The Scorpion King, Speed. Barry can be seen in reruns of “Seinfeld”, “Suddenly Susan”, “Providence” and “Coach”. Member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.
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 theatre. 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 theatre. 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 twenty years he worked as an actor, director and writer in the theatre. With La Mama he was director in residence for a year. As an actor he also took five plays to the Italian Theatre Festival under La Mama.
Throughout those years he worked off-Broadway, major regional theatres, 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.
Mr. 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 and Deadlock. For television, you've seen him in episodes of "The West Wing", "Judging Amy", "The Pretender", "Any Day Now", and "NYPD Blue". Since moving to "Hollywood," Basil has started Boots Productions/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. You can presently see him in the feature film, Blood Diamond.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bernardo Solano is a recipient of the Fulbright and McKnight Fellowships as well as an AT&T OnStage and two Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest grants. Productions include Los Faustinos at the Cornerstone Theater; Science and the Primitives at Towne Street Theatre; El Greco, an opera (librettist) at Intar Theatre in NYC and broadcast by the National Public Radio; Buenavista at Mixed Blood Theatre; Fronteras at Los Angeles Theatre Center; Jungle Toons at Cucaracha Theatre (NYC); and Speak Spanish for Me at the Yale Cabaret, Macalester College, and Buckness University. The Death and Life of Luis Rodriguez, Buenavista and Scarlet Macaw have been presented at South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights' Project. Entries (Dramatic Publishing) premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey.
has been acting for a long time. Trained in N.Y.C , he's been working the void for a long time. He makes a living at it. Movies, T.V. commercials. No form of story telling is safe from him. He's happily married and loves his garden. Theater has always been his soul's home.
Bill Leavengood is a nationally awarded, two-time Eugene O'Neill playwright whose plays have been produced Off-Broadway at Circle Repertory, Primary Stages, Town Hall, and the Chelsea Playhouse as well as regionally for the past twenty years.
Successes in Florida include Webb's City: The Musical at the Mahaffey Theater, American Road at the Gorilla Theater and Special at American Stage.
William has taught Playwriting workshops and classes for Patel Conservatory, the Pinellas Association of Theatre Educators, the Suncoast Writer's Conference and PACT at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
He has been selected "Best of the Bay" playwright by Creative Loafing in 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2005.
He has been the Playwriting and Theater Director at Shorecrest Preparatory School for the last eleven years.
Broadway: The Man Who Had all the Luck (Roundabout), Disorderly Conduct and The Elevator (Town Hall), Off-Broadway: Tape (Naked Angels), Joe Fearless (The Atlantic Theater Company), Greeting's From Heaven's Gate (EST/Octoberfest), Regional: Servicemen, Troilus and Cressida (New York Stage & Film), Pterodactyls (Huntington Theater) and Hard Times (Evidence Room). Television: 3 seasons of “Oz”, (Dave Brass), “Cold Case” (Congressman David Lake), “Firefly” (Agent McGinnis), “Charmed”, “Law & Order”, “Third Watch”, “10-8”, and “Push, Nevada”. Film: Maze, Going Under, Gun Control, About the Cello, Love Comes to the Executioner (starring Jeremy Renner, Jonathan Tucker, Ginnifer Goodwin, in Cannes) and Alice (festival circuit '05).
In 2002 Weaver co-wrote and acted in the critically acclaimed feature film Manic, which stars Don Cheadle and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He then formed Secret Identity Productions and produced the short film Losing Lois Lane, which he co-wrote, directed and starred in as Superman. He then wrote, directed and starred in Secret Identity's first feature film Outside Sales, which won awards on the film festival circuit and was recently released nationwide through Echo Bridge Entertainment. Weaver wrote, directed and played a small role in SIP’s next feature Weather Girl with an ensemble cast that boasted Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch. Next he writes, directs and stars in the feature film 6 Month Rule.
(Freddie) has quickly emerged as one of Hollywood’s brightest young talents both on television and the silver screen. He most recently starred opposite Nick Zano and Krista Allen in the fourth installment of the highly popular NewLine franchise The Final Destination from director David Ellis and opposite Milly and Becky Rosso in MGM’s comedy Legally Blondes for director Savage Steve Holland. TV: "Law and Order: SVU", “Greek” and “South Beach.” He is thrilled to be making his LA theater debut with the Echo.
Recent theater credits include; Dogs Barking, Hurlyburly, Beirut, and Trainspotting. Recent film: In Enemy Hands, Keeping Up With the Joneses, After the Past, and Back Up, Please. Branden has recently appeared on “CSI” and “Firefly” among others. He is thrilled for the opportunity to work with Chris Fields and such a terrific cast.
A native Chicago and a graduate of Illinois State University, he also spent five years in Amsterdam working for the notorious sketch and improv theatre Boom Chicago. He occasionally performs a one-man show about the experience, unimaginatively titled Five Years in Amsterdam which was selected for the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. He can be seen improvising every Tuesday at iO West with the group Sweetness. He was seen this season on "Reno: 911" as a drug-addled Irishman. He is a slave to the rhythm and a servant of the funk.
is a bi-coastal kid with a residence in Wesborough, MA and an apartment in Studio City. He was recently seen co-starring with Benjamin Bratt in season 2 of the critically-acclaimed A&E Series, "The Cleaner". TV credits: recurring roles as Young Glen on FOX's "The Winner", Albert Masters NBC's "Kidnapped", and the voice of Jimmy O for Cartoon Networks' animated film Casper's Scare School. Film credits: Independent Spirit Award-winning Freedom Park, the short The Casket, Sundance favorite This Revolution (opp.. Rosario Dawson), Balls of Fury starring Christopher Walken and George Lopez. Despite his success in tv and film, Brett's beginnings were in theater as a member of The Wachusett Theatre Co, the Foothills Theater Co, and the Westborough Players Group where credits include Oliver, The King & I, BIG, Singing in the Rain, and A Christmas Carol. A junior at the Virtual High School of Excellence, Brett likes to play guitar, video games, ice hockey, and root for the Boston Red Sox in his spare time.
Born in California and raised in Iowa, Brett Neveu is a playwright who has debuted four plays at A Red Orchid - 4 Murders, The Earl, The Meek, and Eric LaRue (which was subsequently produced by The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford in 2005). His newest play, Weapon of Mass Impact, will premiere at A Red Orchid in October 2007.
Other production credits include American Dead with American Theatre Company (Chicago), the go with Terrapin Theatre Company (Chicago), Empty with Stage Left Theatre (Chicago), Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing and twentyone with Spring Theatreworks (New York), Drawing War with Chicago Dramatists and The Last Barbecue with the Asylum Theatre (Las Vegas), The Aardvark (Chicago) and 29th Street Rep (New York).
Brett has also worked with various play development groups such as The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, No Shame Theatre in Iowa City and Chicago, The Echo Theater in Los Angeles, The New Group and The 42nd Street Workshop in New York and he is currently a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Brett is also a guest lecturer at Northwestern University.
He has been commissioned twice by Steppenwolf Theatre Company for their New Plays Initiative. He has also received the Goodman Theatre's Ofner Prize for New Work, for which he wrote the play Heritage, featured in the Goodman Theatre's 2004 New Stages Series.
is currently a writer for ABC's “Grey's Anatomy” and recently finished as a staff writer on "Ugly Betty". He is a graduate of Yale University and received his MFA from New York University in playwriting and screenwriting. His play The Man of Infinite Sadness was performed at the Kennedy Center where it was awarded the KCACTF John Cauble Award for best American Short Play. Tanen's plays have been performed regionally including productions at The Rooftop Theater Company (Los Angeles), The Cherry Lane Theater (New York), and The Powerhouse Theater at Vassar (Poughkeepsie).
is thrilled to be a part of the amazing Thursday ensemble. She can also be seen performing in the LA area and throughout the country with the sketch comedy troop, TROOP! (troopdotcom.com) You can also catch her in reruns of “MADtv” and “Scrubs”. She would like to thank the Echo Theater Company and especially Chris Fields for this amazing opportunity to work with such a talented group of people.
Bryan Davidson is a Los Angeles-based playwright and teacher. His play War Music premiered in 2002 at Los Angeles Theatre Center, produced by Echo Theatre Company and Playwrights' Arena, and was subsequently produced at the Geffen Playhouse in 2004. The play was named as one of the top ten "Notable Shows of 2002" by the L.A. Times and received three Ovation awards, including World Premiere Play. Other recent productions include: Banned and Burned in America, a commission from the Greenway Court Theatre about censorship in the United States; and Reflecting Back, a commission for young audiences from Cornerstone Theater Company, to accompany the touring American Originals exhibit from the National Archives; and a commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create a theater piece to accompany Wing on Wing, composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In Spring, 2005, Bryan will be Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas, where he will be developing an adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper.
As an arts educator, Bryan is Program Director for Playwrights in the Schools, an arts residency program that teaches playwriting to at-risk youth, and a recipient of two City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Artist in Residence grants. He is also Literary Manager for the Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena.
(Gary) is thrilled to be returning to the Zephyr Theatre after performing in the long running, successful comedy, It’s Just Sex . Other theatre credits include: Broadway: Wrong Mountain (Eugene O’Neil Theatre), Strike Up The Band, L’il Abner, On A Clear Day...(Encores! City Center) Off Broadway: Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), No Solace in Goodbyes (Playwrights Horizons), Tiptoes (Carnegie Hall). Regional Theatre: High Society (Pre Broadway-ACT), Fanny Hill (World Premiere-Goodspeed) Love! Valor! Compassion! (Uptown Theatre), An Inspector Calls (Watertower Theatre) Actor’s Nightmare, Secret Garden (Jupiter Theatre) Pygmalion (Meadowbrook Theatre) Television: “Medium”, “Law & Order”, “All My Children”. Film: Steeling Magnolias, Cooler, I Love You Like Crazy, Alpha Male, Annie in the Aisle of Irma. In addition to performing, Bryan also runs a production company and has produced several feature and short films that have traversed the world playing at such prestigious film festivals such as Slamdance, SXSW, LAFF and Outfest to name a few. He has several projects currently in development and is working on his first cookbook.
just completed his third season as Little Paulie Germani on HBO’s “The Sopranos”. He can also be seen in “Five Corners”, “American Blue Note”, Men of Respect, Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, and Mac (written and directed by John Turturro). His plays have been presented at Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Yale Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Vineyard Theater, and Theater for the New City. He has received fellowships from the Chesterfield Writers Film Project at Universal Studios, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Carl has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University, and wishes to thank Chris Fields for the opportunity.
Carlyle Brown is a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company based in Minneapolis, which has produced The Masks of Othello: A Theatrical Essay, The Fula From America: An African Journey, and Talking Masks. His plays include The African Company Presents Richard III,The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, The Beggars’ Strike, The Negro of Peter the Great, Pure Confidence and others. He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and the Pew Charitable Trust. Mr. Brown has been artist-in-residence at New York University School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, The James Thurber House in Columbus, and Ohio State University Theater Department where he directed his music drama, Yellow Moon Rising. He has been a teacher of expository writing at New York University; African-American literature at the University of Minnesota; playwriting at Ohio State University and Antioch College; African American theater and dramatic literature at Carlton College as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Artist, and “Creation and Collaboration” at the University of Minnesota Theater Department. He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville. Mr. Brown is a core alumnus of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is on the board of directors of The Playwrights’ Center and Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the non-profit professional theater, and is a member of the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina where his works and papers are archived. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence. (http://www.carlylebrownandcompany.org/)
was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to California with his family in 2002 to pursue his acting dreams. At 17 years old, Carter has acted in several films including Bad News Bears and Keeping Up with the Steins as well as television shows such as NBC’s “Surface”. This summer he can be seen starring in FOX’s family adventure film They Came From Upstairs. This is Carter’s theatre debut. So cut him some slack. Give him good reviews.
Best known for his role of Luke on "The O.C." Chris Carmack has gone on to play theatrical roles such as Sloan in Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloan with Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell at the Roundabout Theater in New York (dir. Scott Ellis). He made his West End debut in 2006 playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (dir. Adrian Noble). He has appeared on Los Angeles stages in several plays included Kevon Elliot's The Day I Stood Still and Lament for the Moths, a staged collection of Tenessee Williams' poetry. He is from Maryland and plays in a band.
Stage: LA: Taper, Too, the Coast, the Hidden Theatre (Dramalogue Award); Chicago: Steppenwolf, the Remains, the Organic; NY: Alice’s Upstairs. TV: “The Sopranos”, “West Wing”, “Grounded for Life”, “3rd Rock”, “MADtv”, “Just Shoot Me”. Film: Dancing at the Blue Iguana and EDtv. Mistral marks Chris’ third play for Adam. Thanks Jf, Fields, Echo, and Elizabeth.
Stage: A Noise Within, The Actors Gang, The Odyssey Theatre, The Oasis Theatre Company, The John Anson Ford Theater – as well as many more in Chicago, New York, and regionally. Television and film: “Chicago Hope”, “Days of our Lives”, The Language of Kickball, and Echo’s Hammer to name a few.
Recently appeared in the Echo productions of Thursday by Adam Bock, directed by Abigail Deser, and as Freddy in Something's Hidden Inside the Couch by Padraic Duffy directed by Chris Fields. He also appeared in a stage version of Raymond Chandler's The Blue Dahlia as Mafioso club owner, Leo, and the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End (Best Ensemble and Revival awards) as Dr. Nakamura (the Japanese gangster) at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Mr. Shaw continues a collaboration with director/designer Nancy Keystone and Critical Mass Performance Group in the development of Apollo - parts 1&2, which included playing Nazi war criminal and rocket scientist Arthur Rudolph in Apollo - pt. 1, Lebensraum at the new Kirk Douglas Theatre (CTG) in Culver City. Other credits include War Music at the Geffen Playhouse, and the original Echo Theater Co production of War Music at LATC (Ovation award for Best Ensemble and Best Play). NYC and Regional theatre includes Marvin's Room at Minetta Lane Theatre, Walking the Dead at Circle Rep, PaintedRain at Playwrights Horizons, Romeo and Juliet at The NY Public, Marvin's Room at Seattle Rep and The Kennedy Center, Present Laughter at Baltimore Center Stage, three seasons at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center , Innocent's Crusade at The Long Wharf, and The Hostage at Merrimack Rep. Film and TV of note: CBS Mini-Series "Bella Mafia" with James Marsden and the feature film Dogfight with River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. Chris was recently featured in the short film Sunnyslope, directed by Chris Fields which played in the New York Independent Film and Video Festival, and won the Best NY Short award. He also appears in the recent feature film OutsideSales.
Claudia Zelevansky recently directed the world premiere of Sibyl O’Malley’s Big Baby at the California Institute of the Arts, Storyteller and Ascending to Heaven for Manhattan Class Company, and HERMANas for the New York International Fringe Festival.
Other recent directing credits include: The Footage at the Flea Theater; Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; The Laramie Project for Actor’s Express Theatre (Atlanta) and its remount at The Alliance Theatre; The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Be Aggressive by Annie Weisman, and Blur by Melanie Marnich, all at Dallas Theater Center where she was Associate Director for three-seasons.
While at DTC, she produced a play development series called FRESH INK, for which she also directed work by playwrights Brighde Mullins and Hilary Bell.
Zelevansky made her directorial film debut on The Cold Snap, which she also wrote.
She was a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, and has worked at The Public Theatre, Ars Nova/Underwood, the 52nd Street Project, Dixon Place, and The Flea Theatre in New York City as well as at the Echo Theater Company in Los Angeles.
She has taught at Yale University, Northwestern University, Dallas Theater Center, as a Teaching Artist for Theatre for a New Audience, and at Oberlin College, where she served as a both a Visiting Professor and Guest Director.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and her MFA in directing from Yale University.
Cliff Weissman is a professional actor and teacher. With more than 20 years in the industry, he has appeared in hit shows from his role as Bruno in "Beverly Hills 90210" to "Criminal Minds", "Cold Case", and "Without a Trace".
Cricket has worked on over 200 productions in the past 10 years, in dozen of theaters across Los Angeles. Some of her more memorable designs include: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Subject Was Roses, School of Night, and Nightingale at the Mark Taper Forum; Marvelous Wonderettes at the Westside Arts, NYC and The El Portal Forum Theater; The Wake, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Ovation Nomination 2009),Two Unrelated Play, The Little Dog Laughed (Ovation Nomination 2009), and Come Back Little Sheba at The Kirk Douglas Theater; Wrecks, Some Girl(s), and Emergency (Ovation Nomination, NAACP Nomination 2008) at the Geffen Playhouse; Life Could be A Dream at the Hudson Theater, Mainstage; Mary's Wedding (Ovation Nomination 2009), Trying (Ovation Nomination 2007), Stage Struck, Master Harold and the Boys (NAACP Nomination), I Have Before me a Remarkable Document Given to me by a Young Lady from Rwanda, and Clutter at the Colony Theater; Hunters Gatherers, Back of the Throat and Impending Rupture of the Belly with the Furious Theater Company; Battle Hymn (Ovation Nomination) with Circle X Theater; The Bacchae (Ovation Nomination 2007), Beautiful Thing, Four, and Judy at the Stonewall Inn at Celebration Theater; Big, Assassins, Floyd Collins (LA Drama Critics Award) and Zanna Don't at West Coast Ensemble.
Cricket won the 2003 USITT Clear Com Award for achievement in Sound Design, and was a finalist for the TCG/NEA Career Development Grant. Cricket was mentioned in Live Design Magazine as a "Young Designer to Watch" and was listed in LA Stage Magazine as an "Artist to Watch." She is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts MFA program, and is a member of USA Local 829.
Besides work, Cricket has many other interests. She is a member of the National Ski Patrol and used to patrol at June Mountain, CA, which is just north of (and owned by) Mammoth Mountain. She is also very active in animal rescue. She volunteers for Zooh Corner Rabbit Rescue, as a foster home and their webmaster. Cricket is a world traveler, having seen 23 countries on 5 of the 7 continents. www.cricketsmyers.com
hails from Virginia. She started acting at age 6 and started her first band at 12. She’s performed at NASCAR speedways and State Fairs. She traveled to Europe as the youngest performer in the “Amsterdam Music Festival” and was invited to tour for the next 3 years. Films: The Passing, You’re Still Young, (Official selection of Outfest). Television: “Young and the Restless.” Theatre: Welcome to the Moon, Tobacco Road, The Sound of Music. She is currently writing and co-producing her upcoming album due in 2009. She is delighted to be working with Echo.
Cusi Cram's plays include Landlocked, The End of It All, Lucy and the Conquest, Twenty Shadows, and Fuente, in addition to numerous short plays and adaptations. Her work has been performed at South Coast Rep, The O'Neill Playwrights Conference, MCC, the Cherry Lane Alternative, the Williamstown Theater Festival, The New Group, Naked Angels, Joe's Pub, The Women's Project, HERE, New Georges, the Lark Theater, PS 122, and The Dag Hammarskjold Theater at the United Nations. She is a recipient of a fellowship from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard; the Le Comte du Nouy Prize; a fellowship from The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; the 2004 Herrick New Play Prize; and two Daytime Emmy Nominations for her work on the children's animated program Arthur. She has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory, New Georges, and Theatreworks USA. Her work is published by Applause, Smith & Kraus, Broadway Play Publishing, and Playscripts, Inc.
McCrackin made her film debut in the straight-to-video movie A Crack in the Floor co-starring Mario Lopez. Since then she has appeared in television series such as "Cold Case" and "Ange"l and movies such as Hollywood Horror, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Love and Suicide, and Halloween: Resurrection. She wrote the soundtrack and starred in the film Till Death Do Us Part. Mica Film released this debut recording, Till Death Do Us Part, engineered by Steve Muhic in August 2009. Aeronaut Records followed with her EP release of The Rodeo Grounds in November 2009. She will next appear in the 2011 film adaptation of Atlas Shrugged.
Dan Bonnell is an award-winning director whose work has been seen in Los Angeles at the Colony Theatre (Better Angels), Pacific Resident Theatre (Happy End, winner of Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival in 2005 and Anatol, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Directing in 2007), The Matrix, Open Fist, Theatre of NOTE (Spider Bites), The Met, Boston Court (365 Plays), Cornerstone, [Inside] @ The Ford, ASK Theater Projects, Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA (Headless, Love Water, Stage Directions, And Still the Dogs), Highways, Moving Arts, Nexus Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and HBO Workspace (Sarah Silverman’s pilot project, Sarah Says Cheese, and the live theatrical version of Mr. Show with Bob and David).
He served as the Artistic Director at Arcade, a workspace for theatre and media, from 1995 to 2001 and was the Co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA from 2006 to 2008.
In addition to the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, Dan has been honored with the LA Weekly Directing Award, the NAACP Directing Award, and the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Theater in Los Angeles. He has been nominated for the Ovation Award and for Theater Communications Group’s “Alan Schneider Award.” Prior to LA, Dan was a Resident Company Director at Circle Repertory Company in New York City and staged plays for notable institutions across the country – including Long Wharf, the Asolo, Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, and Pioneer Theater Company – and internationally at The Bronfman Center in Montreal and Theatre Les Dechargeurs in Paris. He has taught at Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute in NYC, USC, UCLA, Denison University, Cypress College, and is currently a Lecturer in Performance at UC Riverside. Dan has been a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society since 1987.
is an LA-based designer who has created lighting for over 400 productions. Credits: Rock of Ages (LA Vegas), Romeo and Juliet (dir Michael Michetti/Boston Court, Ovation Nom.), The Rover (Actors Gang, Garland Award), Great Men of Science (The Lost Studio, Garland/LA Weekly Award, Ovation Nom), Catch the Fish (New School for Drama, Winner NY Fringe Festival). Recent: Orpheus and Euridice (Long Beach Opera), Pippin (East West Players), Doubt (Santa Barbara Theater) and Two Trains Running (Ebony Rep/Ovation Nom). Designed the Ovation Awards (2005-7), the 1998 American Choreography Awards and the 1999 LA Weekly Awards. Faculty Member, Loyola Marymount and Lighting Designer for Universal Studio Hollywood's Theatrical Operations unit. MFA in Design & Production CalArts. http://danweingarten.com/
Danny Strong was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, a little borough south of Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California where he majored in Theater. During his tenure there, he was awarded the James Pendelton Award for Acting and was a finalist for the prestigious Irene Ryan Award given by the Kennedy Center. Upon graduation he immediately started working as an actor and was awarded a fellowship from the USC School of Theater to teach acting during the summer session (at twenty-two, he's the youngest person to ever receive this honor). Named by Variety as one of their "Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch" of 2007, his debut script Recount was voted number one on the Hollywood Blacklist for 2007. The film aired on HBO in 2008 with an all-star cast and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as 'the best political thriller since All The Presidents Men." It garnered 11 Emmy nominations (including Best Writing), 5 Golden Globe nominations and won the Emmy for Best TV Movie. Strong also received the Writers Guild of America Award for the script.
As an actor, he has an impressive resume with extensive credits in film, television and theater that includes classic movies and TV shows like Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, "Seinfeld", "Nip/Tuck" and "Third Rock from the Sun". He is best known for the five years he played Jonathan Levinson on the landmark television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for which he was named "One of the Top Ten Scene Stealers on Television" by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also widely recognized for his four seasons as "Doyle" on the beloved WB show, "Gilmore Girls."
Darryl is thrilled to be working with Gary Lennon again after his Ovation Award-nominated performance in last year’s The Interlopers. The cast and crew of A Family Thing have been blowing his mind since the first day of rehearsal and he has had an incredible time working with this group of insanely talented artists. Darryl’s television appearances include: "Noah’s Arc", "DTLA", "Private Practice", "2 Broke Girls", "Reed Between the Lines", "Desperate Housewives", "Ugly Betty" and MTV’s "Undressed". Feature films include: Boy Culture, Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, Another Gay Movie, and the upcoming Bolden! and Hot Guys With Guns.
An east coast transplant, David, his wife and three children have called LA home for the last 14 years. Theatre: Actors Theatre of Lousiville, Capital Rep, Virgina Stage, et al. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (also 1st National Tour). Recent television credits include "Grey's Anatomy", "Eli Stone", "Trust Me", "The Mentalist". Film Credits include the upcoming Eddie Murphy comedy, A Thousand Words.
is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Probably best known for his evening of one-acts called All in the Timing, he has adapted 22 classic American musicals for Encores! as well as South Pacific and Jubilee for Carnegie Hall and My Fair Lady for the NY Philharmonic. He translated Georges Feydeau’s classic French farce A Flea in Her Ear and Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play. His new young-adult novel, Voss, or: How I Come To America and Am Hero, Mostly has just been published. Other young-adult novels include Monsieur Eek and Scrib. His play New Jerusalem was produced last season at Classic Stage and is under option for Broadway production later this season. He is currently writing an adaptation of Corneille’s The Liar for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington.
was most recently nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on Shrek The Musical: Best Book of a Musical and Best Score (with composer Jeanine Tesori). Prior to that he was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. His other works include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, High Fidelity, and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Mr. Lindsay-Abaire wrote the screenplay for the Newline feature Inkheart, Sony Picture's Spider-Man 4, as well as the screen adaptations of his plays Rabbit Hole for 20th Century Fox, (starring Nicole Kidman & directed by John Cameron Mitchell), and Kimberly Akimbo for Killer Films and DreamWorks. He is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.
East Coast work: The Foundry Theatre, The Ohio Theatre, The Acting Company, BAM Harvey, Hartford Stage; with directors: Karin Coonrod, Melanie Joseph, Casey Biggs, and Carl Hancock Rux. In LA: REDCAT, The Evidence Room and Cornerstone Theatre. International: Laude in Urbis (Italy) and Moonshine & Peepshow (Edinburgh Fringe). Efren is also the production designer and co-artistic director of SINTROCA. University of California Irvine; MFA CALArts.
graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a BFA in musical theater. After doing theater in New York where she had a recurring role on "One Life to Live" and played the role of Mary in Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights, she moved with her writer husband, Jeremy Shipp, to Los Angeles. Elizabeth loves having the Echo as a wonderful creative outlet as well as a chance to spend time with some of her favorite people in the city. Film: Liberty Heights, Helter Skelter, Another Pretty Face, The War Movie, Soul's Midnight. Recurring roles: "CSI:NY", "Point Pleasant", "One Life to Live", "Happy Family", "Passions". Guest Stars: "Heroes", "CSI: Miami", "The Dead Zone", "LA Dragnet", "Ghost Whisperer", "NCIS".
Elizabeth Regen is an actor/writer. She made her film debut opposite Natalie Portman in The Professional. She has since earned both her BFA and MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program. In 2011, she won the Best Screenplay award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for her screenplay, The Fallen Faithful. Film/television credits include: Love the Hard Way, Nail Polish, Beer League, Parting Words, The Fallen Faithful, Big Apple, "Whoopi", "Sex and the City," "CSI", "Modern Men", "So NoTorious", "Third Watch", "The Black Donnellys", "Sherri" and "Entourage". A Family Thing marks Elizabeth's first time out on a Los Angeles stage. Ms. Regen resides in the San Fernando Valley with her husband, Kenny and two daughters, Raegan and Reign. She will always call New York City home. Elizabeth gives credit to her mother, Sharon and her father Robert for her success, and thanks her husband for his undying belief in her dream.
lighting and projection design credits include work that spans the disciplines of film, television, corporate theater, special events, and theater (including the 1996 Echo production of Bedfellows. He is known for his unique large scale special event design.
Highlights of his live show credits include the world premiere of Pearl Harbor, Fantasia 2000 World Tour and Shark Tale at the Venice International Film Festival.
He has designed corporate presentations for some of the largest companies in the world including Microsoft, Toyota, Disney, Ford, DreamWorks, Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki, and Paramount.
recently performed in the world premiere of Paradise Lose: Shadows & Wings at Theatre @ Boston Court and in the Echo Theater Company's spring production Thursday. Broadway: Les Miserables. Regional: NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players (Iolanthe), Ahmanson Theatre (James Joyce's 'The Dead'), La Jolla Playhouse (Zhivago, Dracula), La Mirada Theatre (Evita), Echo Theatre Co. (Uncle Vanya), Playwrights' Arena (The Orange Grove), Theatre @ Boston Court (Mother Courage), NoHo Arts Center (Barnum), and International City Theatre (Bed & Sofa). Recent TV guest appearances include: "Cold Case", "Big Love", "ER" , "Drake and Josh", "The Mind of the Married Man", "Helen of Troy" (mini-series).
Broadway: Miss Saigon; Film: Don't Come Knocking, Kids in America; TV: "Malcolm in the Middle" (recurring), "Crossing Jordan" (recurring), "Grey's Anatomy", "Men in Trees", "Everybody Loves Raymond"; Commercials: SoyJoy.com. Many thanks to Chris Fields, Lauren Bass and the Echo Theater.
Ms. Wilson is an internationally produced and award winning screenwriter, playwright, and professor at Duke University.
In the last three years, Ms. Wilson has had three critically acclaimed Off Broadway productions: Hurricane, produced at Classic Stage Company with Barry Edelstein directing, The Trail of her Inner Thigh, at Labyrinth Theatre (artistic directors: Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz), and The Erotica Project, co-written with Lillian Ann Slugocki, at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival. The Trail of her Inner Thigh originally opened in San Francisco and was named Best New Play of 1999 by San Francisco critics.
Among her other 15 produced plays is Cross-dressing in the Depression, produced at Soho Rep and directed by Marcus Stern. She is adapting this play into Wilder, a musical with Red Clay Ramblers', Jack Herrick (1999 Tony) and Mike Craver, directed by Lisa Portes. It will open Off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons next season.
Her work has been produced in such venues as The Mark Taper Forum, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Magic Theatre, The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, and the New Grove in London. She is currently writing new plays for Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Repertory.
Ms. Wilson is also the author of the screenplay Celeste for independent film company Forensic Films. It is a fictional love story between an exhibitionist and a voyeur. She is also the screenwriter of The Burgermeister's Daughter, the retelling of the true story of sixteenth century feminist, Anna Buschler.
Ms. Wilson has won awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Drama League, the California and North Carolina Arts Councils, and the Dramalogue. She is published by Smith & Kraus, Cleis Press, and The American Poetry Review. She has spent six summers at The Sundance Institute developing her work.
She writes a sex column for Razor Magazine.
Fielding Edlow, a native New Yorker, has had her plays workshopped/produced with Naked Angels, NY Stage & Film, PSNBC, the NY Fringe Festival and Home for Contemporary Arts. Her one-woman show, Coke-Free J.A.P. was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival and had a four-month, sold-out run at the McCadden Theatre with director Craig Carlisle. She performs regularly with the improv team, "Sworn to Sedition" and trained at the Uprights Citizens Brigade. Currently, her new full-length play Admissions, is being workshopped in NYC and LA. Fielding will be performing her new one-woman show, Sugar Daddy in the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June.
She teaches creative writing at LACC and graduated with a BA
from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fionnegan Justus Murphy is a Los Angeles-based sound designer and engineer. He helped install and run the sound systems for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2007-2008. In 2009, Fionn was Diablo Sound's lead designer for the mazes and backlot of Halloween Horror Nights. Theatrically, he has designed shows for the Echo Theater Company, the Havok Theater Company and many more from Pasadena to Orange County. Since April 2008 Fionnegan has been an Assistant Theater Manager at the University of Southern California, where he has helped to facilitate over twenty shows. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.
(Set Design) work in theatre, opera, dance and film. Graduated from Superior School of Theatre and Cinema, IFICT Theatre Institute, and Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon. Recipient of numerous awards, received her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts/ NYU with the J. S. Seidman Award for Excellence in Design. A scholar with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Luso-American Foundation and a member of the Portuguese Architects Association. Directors worked with include José Álvaro Morais, Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Pina Bausch, Robert Wilson, Jane Campion, João César Monteiro, Rogério de Carvalho, Nuno Carinhas, João Mota, João Canijo, Nuno M. Cardoso, Ruben Polendo, Abraham Celaya, Annie Kaufman, Will Pomerantz, Julia Frodahl, Heather Woodbury, Phyllis Nagy, Chris Fields, Simon Levy, among others. Art director for the Edison Woods (musical group). Since 2002 collaborates with Johannes Wieland Dance Company in NY and is a Usual Suspect for the New York Theatre Workshop.
Gary Lennon is a writer/producer/director who has worked on television shows such as "The Shield" and "Justified" (on which Lennon was awarded a Peabody Award in 2010, and a Writers Guild Nomination and an AFI Award in 2011.)
Lennon's play Blackout was critically acclaimed and became the film Drunks, which starred Richard Lewis, Faye Dunaway Parker Posey and Diane Weist. His play .45, directed by Wilson Milam, had its world premiere at London's Hampstead Theatre in 2010 starring Nathalie Dormer. Lennon adapted and directed the film version which stars Mila Jovovich, Stephen Dorf, and Aisha Tyler. Last season, Lennon's play The Interlopers was an LA Times' critic's pick and received Ovation and NAACP nominations. Lennon is currently adapting the play for a film version. Most recently Lennon wrote for Jenji Kohan's new series "Orange is the New Black" and finished writing a mini series for Sony about Studio 54.
was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised on Long Island, where his father was a self-employed plastic slipcover cutter and his mother tried to program computers. Gary started writing plays a year after graduating from Princeton University, where he majored in English with a concentration in Theater. He received an MFA from NYU's Dramatic Writing Program.
He has been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting and received a Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights. He has been a writer-in-residence at the Royal National Theatre Studio inn London, and is a member of the MCC Theater Playwrights Coalition and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He wrote, co-created, and co-produced the documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You (Freedom of Expression Award, Sundance Film Festival; Audience Award, Lake Placid Film Festival; Crystal Award, Heartland Film Festival; HBO Audience Award for Top Documentary, Provincetown International Film Festival), which premiered nationwide on PBS’s P.O.V. He currently writes for the HBO series "Hung".
recently moved here from NYC, where she originated roles Off-Broadway, regionally, and in pre-Broadway workshops. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Westside Theatre, original cast); Nadine in The Wild Party (New York Theatre Workshop); Millie in Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (Director's Company). Regional: Ford Theatre (LA), Cincinnati Playhouse, Capital Rep, Gateway Playhouse. TV: "Conviction", "Nothing But the Girl" (pilot). Film: Delivery Method (winner New Haven Grand Jury Prize, LA Indie Film), Honey (Boston Film Festival). Ginette is thrilled to be a part of Anon and to be performing with The Echo, a company she truly admires. Member of AEA.
Herman Farrell received his B.A., cum laude, in Drama from Vassar College in 1983, his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1989 and his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University in 1994. He teaches Playwriting, Theater History, Script Analysis, Black Theater and Topics in American Theater. He directs plays and is the Director of the Studio Season at the University of Kentucky.
Herman is a playwright and screenwriter. Farrell was co-writer of the award winning (Peabody, AFI, NAACP Image awards) and critically acclaimed HBO Film "Boycott". Herman was nominated for a Humanitas Prize.
Recent play productions: Rome, 2004 New York International Fringe Festival ; Portrait of a President, 2002 New York International Fringe Festival; Solo Goya, Lincoln Center Director's Lab at HERE (NY 1998) ; Bedfellows, The Flea Theater (NY 1997); Bedfellows, The Echo Theater Company (LA 1996).
His plays have been developed in workshops and readings at Manhattan Theater Club, Crossroads Theater Company, Primary Stages, The Working Theater, New Dramatists and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference.
Herman's work as a playwright has been recognized and honored by several national arts institutions: New Dramatists (Member Playwright 1995-2002, Joe Calloway Award); NEA Grant (To Mandela at The Working Theater 1998); NEA Grant (There at Primary Stages 1996); MacDowell Colony (Fellow 1996); 1994, 1995 & 1999 National Playwrights Conference (Bedfellows, Brodkin Scholarship Award, There 1st Eric Kocher Playwriting Award and Memorial Day). Herman was a literary department intern at Manhattan Theater Club (1992) and Negro Ensemble Company (1993).
Herman's plays over the years have been centered on themes of race and politics. The inspiration for this work stems from his life experience with his father, Denny Farrell, a prominent African American politician in New York. His research as a playwright is currently focused on a series of plays about the life and legacy of American Presidents. Portrait of a President and Rome centered on Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively. His next two plays will be titled: General George Washington and President George Washington. Herman recently completed and workshopped a play about race issues in Kentucky called Adverse Possession and he will be developing a cycle of plays about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts. He is the author of the children's play The Breeze, the Gust, the Gale and the Wind, which was commissioned and produced by La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Hicks' new play Artists & Criminals was commissioned by South Coast Repertory. His play A Hole in the Dark was presented in Manhattan Theatre Club's reading series 6@6: Discovering the Next Generation, and was workshopped at the Lark Theatre Company in New York City. A Hole in the Dark was subsequently produced at the Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta and at City Theatre in Pittsburgh. His short play Note to Self was presented in the 2001 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. His play The Home Life of Polar Bears was developed at New York Theatre Workshop and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and was further workshopped in the New Works Festival at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Mr. Hicks' other plays include The Trophy Room. He was a staff writer for the Lifetime series "Army Wives", the Fox television series "Pasadena" with Dana Delaney and currently writes for the Showtime series "The Big C".
Mr. Hicks is the recipient of the 2001 Berilla Kerr Foundation Award for playwriting and a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop. In addition to South Coast Rep and La Jolla Playhouse, he has been commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, City Theatre and The Atlantic Theatre.
Mr. Hicks is a Usual Suspect (affiliated artist) at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of Drama Dept., the Dramatists Guild, and the Writers Guild of America.
Ian maintains a design practice focused on lighting, with some work in scenic and video design. He currently serves as the lighting curator for Scenofest at the Prague Quadrennial, and is the resident designer for the Indy Convergence, an annual artistic open-space in Indianapolis. He received the 2006 LA Weekly Theater Award for best lighting for Permanent Collection at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and was the lighting designer for 2008’s Song of Extinction with Moving Arts Theater, which won the 2008 LA Weekly Theater Award for Production of the Year. Most recently he designed the lights for Hyperbole: Origins (Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford), On Emotion (Son of Semele Ensemble), Summer in Hell (Brimmer Street Theatre Company at Studio/Stage) and Marat/Sade (Pomona College). Previous credits include: Leiris/Picasso (Brimmer Street Theatre Company/Bootleg Theater), <3 (Brimmer Street at Studio/Stage), Speech and Debate (Blank Theatre Company), Body Politic (Echo Theater Company), and dozens of others. His was part of the lighting team for Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival; designed on the veranda at the Alden Hotel for a Houston Grand Opera O.N. event; and designed in the DiverseWorks Gallery for Claude Wampler’s Performance (career ender) installation.
Ian received dual MFAs in Lighting Design and Producing from CalArts, and has a BA in Architectural Studies and Art History from Rice University.
is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts. Acting credits include: Something Hidden inside the Couch, Land Lady in Killers, Tommy in Eat Me (LA Weekly nomination), Richard in Richard III, Clytemnestra in Clyt at Home (LA Weekly Award) and Emilia in And Still The Dogs (LA Weekly nomination). She is currently covering the role of Catherine in Water at Babylon at the Geffen Theatre. Films credits include Burn After Reading, Enough, 10,000 Days, Wednesday Again, North Country, Between Heaven and Hell, Walkout, Paul McCarthy's Caribbean Pirates and Catherine Sullivan's Five Economies (Big Hunt / little hunt). As a playwright, Jacqueline's plays have been produced by The Echo Theater Company, EST, Theatre of Note, Cal Arts, Occidental College, HBO, and Circus Theatrics. Her production of Eat Me, directed by Chris Fields, received six LA Weekly nominations including playwriting. Her play, Love Water, will premiere as an EST production in Los Angeles in May 2009. Wright is a member of the Dog Ear writer's collective (www.dogearplays.org.).
Tupper is best known for his role starring opposite Anne Heche on ABC’s hit series “Men In Trees” from the acclaimed Jenny Bicks of “Sex and the City.” Recently, Tupper starred in the NBC series "Mercy", recurred on "Grey's Anatomy" and guest starred opposite Christina Applegate on the hit ABC hit series “Samantha Who”, and he completed filming the feature film Me & Orson Wells starring Zak Efron and Claire Daines.
His acting resume that includes “How I Met Your Mother,” “CSI: New York,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Time of Your Life,” and “Dr. Vegas.” He starred in the critically acclaimed independent film, Peroxide Passion, for which he won the Toronto Planet Indie Film Festival’s Best Actor Award. He co-conceived and wrote Loudmouth Soup, a fully improvised film about actors trying to make it in Hollywood, released in 2005. He also starred in the Hallmark Channel’s original movie Love’s Abiding Joy, written and directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Jared's work has been represented throughout the US, on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London’s West-End, Spain, Edinburgh, Las Vegas, theme parks, and on international tours. Regionally he’s designed for ICT, the Colony (Ovation Nomination for Trying), LA Opera, Reprise Theatre Company, Civic Light Opera of South Bay, Cabrillo and Flicker House Productions revival of The Who’s Tommy (Ricardo Montalban Theatre). Broadway credits: Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory at Carnegie Hall. Jared was the US Assistant Designer for the Broadway productions of PRIMO, TheWoman in White, & the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Off-Broadway: Humble Boy, FAME, Nobody Don’t Like Yogi, & Ministry of Progress. Other design affiliations: LA Lakers at Staples Center, LA Auto Show, 09’ Neil Diamond world tour and in 2008 lighting Pope Benedict XVI in NY for the Papal Rally. Recently he completed designing the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition. His architectural designs are seen regularly in restaurants and exhibits as well as the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board. www.jaslighting.com
was last seen as Telegin in Uncle Vanya (The Lillian). TV: “Nash Bridges” (recurring), “Frasier”, “Providence”, “JAG”, “The Agency”, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, “Power Rangers”, “Silk Stalkings”, “Stark Raving Mad”, “Boy Meets World”, “Leap of Faith”, “Early Edition” and “Off Center”. He has also appeared in several feature films.
TV: “Ink” (CBS-series regular) “Men Behaving Badly” (NBC), Drew Carey's girlfriend on “The Drew Carey Show”. You can also spot her in several films like Rat Race and terrible MOW's that will remain nameless. Thank you Ma, sis, the girls, in-laws, Riley, Leroy Brown and her husband for keeping it real.
hails from Lincoln, Illinois, a small farm town south of Chicago. Intent on pursuing an acting career, she attended Illinois State University. Upon graduating, she received the 2002-2003 Steppenwolf Theatre Company Acting Internship; where she was fortunate enough to be in Tina Landau’s production of Time of Your Life as well as participate in the Steppenwolf Summer School Program. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has co-founded a theatre company called Rushforth Productions where she played Yulka in Vassily Sigerev's production of Ladybird; in addition, she's been in various Independent films, commercials and most recently was seen on "Grey's Anatomy". She also has a blog...www.playonproject.com.
Jenny Schwartz is a New York-based playwright and a graduate of Juilliard, where she received a fellowship in the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program. Her play, God’s Ear, was premiered by New Georges under the direction of Anne Kauffman in February 2007; and was subsequently produced by the Vineyard Theatre in spring 2008; and has been published by Faber & Faber. God’s Ear was a finalist for the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her play, Cause For Alarm, was part of the New York International Fringe Festival, as well as PSNBC's "Best of the Fringe Festival" at HERE. She received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in 2001. Jenny is the recipient of a grant from the Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Foundation. She is currently working on her new play, Somewhere Fun, which is a commission from Soho Theatre, London & Soho Rep, NY. She is also under commission from South Coast Repertory and True Love Productions, where she is writing a musical with Ethan Lipton. She was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Soho Rep Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship and has attended the Sundance Institute in winter 2008. Jenny is an Associate Artist with The Civilians, and a member of New Dramatists
Jeremy Pivnick is a freelance Lighting Designer based in New York and Los Angeles. He graduated with a BA in Theatre (with Minors in Cinema-Television and Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California. He has been a prominent member of the Los Angeles theatre community for many years and has designed over 250 productions in LA, New York, Chicago, and beyond, at places like Northlight, San Jose Rep, Capitol Rep, South Coast Rep, the Laguna Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse. Recently, his work was seen in New York in the hit Off-Broadway musical The Marvelous Wonderettes, which ran at the Westside Theatre for 18 months and he has designed many productions of the show regionally, as well. Jeremy has been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement, 2 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards (18 nominations), and 4 Backstage West Garland Awards (including 2 awards for Outstanding Year in Lighting Design). www.jeremypivnick.com
was birthed in Los Angeles. He made his stage debut with the Echo in Padraic Duffy's Something Is Hidden Inside the Couch, where his hands did very funny things. He is also proud to have worked with Critical Mass Performance Group on a number of workshops for Apollo, as well as their production of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/ 365 Plays. When he is not acting, he is working behind the camera on a documentary called Metropolis In the Making, about the growth of Los Angeles and the impact on it's history, as is examined through the demolition of the Ambassador Hotel. He is also a writer. He recently finished co-writing and starring in his first short film, Hollywood Bourbon. If Jeremy wasn't pursuing a career in film and theater, he would be a homeless man chasing squirrels in a park.
Plays include: Get What You Need which was commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company (NY); Sex Parasite which received a grant from the NEA, and recently premiered at The Mark Taper Forum’s Taper TOO; Good Thing, The Mark Taper Forum Taper TOO (LA), The New Group (Off-Broadway). Refuge, which premiered at Playwrights’ Horizons (Off-Broadway, NY), won the 1999 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has had many subsequent productions including The Schaubuehne (West Berlin); The Hologram Theory, and Stuck. Her plays have been translated into German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Catalan; and are published by Dramatists Play Service Inc., Vintage Press and Smith and Krauss. Jessica is a graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and The Juilliard School. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow at The University of the South, a recipient of The Le Compte de Nouy stipend, the first annual Helen Merrill Award, and a 2000 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award. She has been a resident at The O’Neill, New River Dramatists, Colony 3, 10 and 11, is a member of The Dramatist Guild and PEN American Center.
Jessica’s television work includes the creation of the pilot “The Prince of Motor City” for ABC. Her film work includes “Upstate,” “Absent Hearts” with Imagine & Film 44, an adaptation of the film “Since Otar Left” for Vertigo and “The Amadou Ly Story” for Kennedy/Marshall.
is an award-winning director working around the country in venues as diverse as The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, the Mark Taper Forum New Works, LA’s Disney Hall, the American Stage Co., The Boston Publick, London’s Old Red Lion, and Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms. Kubzansky is also the Co-Artistic Director of The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena’s newest intimate performing arts complex, where she directed the inimitable Camille Saviola in the David Hare version of Brecht’s Mother Courage,as well as the world premieres of Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Light, and Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender. Other recent work includes Tory Stewart’s Leitmotif for South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, The Glass Menagerie (The Colony Theatre), Colorado by Peter Sinn Natchtrieb for South Coast Rep’s NewSCRipts Series, the world premiere of Tom Jacobson’s The Orange Grove—a modern adaptation of The Cherry Orchard (Playwrights’ Arena), a theatrical staging of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing for the LA Philharmonic at Disney Hall, Julia Cho’s BFE (Portland Center Stage JAW/WEST), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), the Playwrights Arena/Echo Theater Co. world premiere and subsequent Geffen production of Bryan Davidson’s award-winning War Music, Sheila Callaghan’s Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre), the multi-Ovation-winning Toys in the Attic (The Colony), the Salamone/McIntyre musical Moscow (Chekhov Now Festival, NYC) Measure for Measure (A Noise Within), David Hare’s Amy’s View (International City Theatre), Carol Wolf’s The Thousandth Night with Ron Campbell (most reently at the Aurora Theatre, SF) and many, many others. Kubzansky received the 2004 Los Angeles’ Drama Critics’ Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.
marks his fourth year working on The Echo’s One Acts…prior collaborations include Jessica Goldberg and Adam Rapp plays as actor and then director. Also Echo, under the stealth direction of Chris Fields, Jf appeared in Bernardo Solano’s Wild Life. On television, scores of unscrupulous sorts: “The Mentalist”, “The Closer”, “Weeds”, “24”, recent pilot “The Madness of Jane”...and so on. Film includes independents: Hijacking Hollywood, Fixed, Duck and Second to Die. Jf’s a founding member and Program Director for The Echo’s ActOut: creative writing/acting program for incarcerated youth. Jf owns and operates (with Nikki Audet) The Mutt Scouts Animal Rescue (www.themuttscouts.com). Kindness/humility and humor trump all else.
John received his MFA in Directing from UCLA, and has been a Guest Artist at the Sundance Institute, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Eugene O’Neill Center. He was a founding member of Annex Theater in Seattle, and has worked regionally, Off-Broadway, Off-West End, and in Europe at the English National Opera, the Royal Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. John has received numerous honors, and was guest director-in-residence at The Hartford Stage and New York’s The Acting Company. His world premiere of Robert Sherwood’s SPIN was Time Out Critic’s Choice four times, and ran Off-West End in the “Best of the Critic’s Choice” season. His world premiere of Hilly Hicks’ A Hole in the Dark was selected among the Top Five Plays of the Year in Atlanta. John directed Joe Hortua’s Making It at Sundance, and Sylvia Jaunzarins’ Chronic Withholding at the Arcade Theatre in Los Angeles, and co-wrote and directed Glory Pie for a sold out run at the Coronet Theater. In 2009, he made his debut with the Echo Theater, directing Hilly Hicks’s one-act play The Local Color. Currently, John is creating a high school for the visual and performing arts in inner-city Los Angeles.
last performed with the Echo in War Music at LATC and then later at The Geffen. Other credits include performances at Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, The Lucille Lortel, The Pasadena Playhouse, Playwrights Horizon, The Mark Taper Forum and The Walnut Street Theater. In LA he appeared in Tonight at 8:30 and Pera Pelas with Antaeus. He has appeared in over sixty tv shows and over thirty films. With Echo, he teaches at Camp Kilpatrick, a boys lock down facility, and with Antaeus he teaches at Aggeler, a halfway house facility for boys. Proud son of the late Robert, proud father to six year old Joe, happy husband of Kimiko Gelman - his reason to breathe.
Hailing from Syracuse, New York, Messner attended college at San Diego State University where he studied communications. He developed a love for sports while playing on teams at military bases, turning to acting after initially planning to be a sportscaster. Messner started his training at David Mamet and Bill Macy’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Known for such films as Spartan (directed by David Mamet), Running Scared and The Sweetest Thing starring Cameron Diaz, he also starred as Detective Jack Hale in the Fox crime drama "Killer Instinct" and as Bill Johnson in the 2004 movie "Anacondas". Other TV credits include "Chuck", "The Gates", "Dark Blue", "Law & Order: SVU", "Cold Case" and "The O.C.". Messner went on to work alongside Bruce Willis on three films, Tears of the Sun (directed by Antoine Fuqua), Hostage and The Whole Ten Yards. Recent film credits include She Wants Me starring Hillary Duff and Charlie Sheen, Arena starring Kellen Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson and the upcoming Officer Down with Steven Dorff. Messner is currently starring in the feature The Outsider with James Caan and Jason Patrick.
He is producing several projects through his production company Johnny B Goode productions and resides in Los Angeles.
makes his Echo debut with God’s Ear. Over the past two years he has been producing the hit nightclub act All Hail the Queen: Hail Yes! starring Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, for which he also designed the costumes. Additionally, he is a founding partner of bass/casting, a bi-coastal feature film, tv, & theatrical casting company. Thank you to Lauren & Chris for this opportunity.
(Julian) started playing the cello at age 9. He studied at the Colburn School of Performing Arts with Richard Naill. He was a member of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra as well as the principal cellist for the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra. Joseph attended USC where he studied chamber music with Peter Marsh as a member of the Camden Quartet. In 2003, The Camden Quartet won the USC Chamber Music Award and the following year they won 1st Prize at the Peninsula Music Festival. A 2004 graduate of USC, he is currently on the faculty of the Southern California Conservatory of the Arts, The String Program in South Pasadena and is a member of the San Bernadino Symphony.
Josh has worked in Film, Theater, and Opera. Many of the projects directed by Josh are works that he personally adapted or created for performance. His work has been selected by juries to be performed at REDCAT, the LAByrinth Theater Company, the New York International Fringe Festival, the American Living Room Series at HERE, and the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab.
California theater credits (representative): Three Women (Echo Theater Company), Adramelech’s Monologue (Bootleg Theater), The Circular Schoolhouse (REDCAT), 365 Plays/365 Days (24th Street Theater), My Uncle Sam (Sacred Fools), W.W. of Oz (The Brewery Arts Complex), The Sandman (Edge Of The World Festival), and Macbeth (Walt Disney Modular Theater).
New York City theater credits (representative): The Thursday Project (LAByrinth Theater Company), Woyzeck (Westbeth Theater Center), Theme with Variation (Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab/Judson Church), and The Scrivener, a musical (HERE).
For four seasons Josh served on the advisory committee for the Sundance Theatre Lab. In 2006 Pendulum Pictures released Josh's feature film Blood Rites both domestically and internationally. He holds degrees in Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and California Institute of the Arts.
had a principle part in Hidalgo (tried to have Viggo Mortensen killed), has played a child in love, Macbeth in Scotland, and a drag queen in three different great wigs, and worked at the La Jolla Playhouse, The Guthrie Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Josh has also worked with Tina Howe, Michael Grief, August Wilson, Joseph Chaiken and Edward Albee.
Jud Williford was last seen at the International city Theater production of Around the World in 80 Days as Phileas Fogg. Other credits include: Asolo Repertory Theater in Twelve Angry Men (dir. Frank Galati), Las Meninas, and La Bete. He was a company member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2008 thru the 2011 season where some of his highlights include Scapin (with Bill Irwin), The Imaginary Invalid, The Time of your Life (Tina Landau), War Music, Happy End, The Rivals and Tom Stoppard's Rock'n' Roll. Other Selected regional theater credits include; Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Macbeth (title role), The Tempest, and Nicholas Nickleby at the California Shakespeare Theater, and Saturn: The Musical (featuring Jeffery Alexander Galfer as Alexander Oakwood) at the 30 Grant Black Box. Other theaters include, The Aurora, The Huntington, The Peoples Light Theater and others. Film credits include, Rite time Wrong Spot (w/Olympia Dukakis), and The Tripper (dir. David Arquette). He received his MFA from ACT.
Plays including-- The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories -- have been produced at The Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, South Coast Repertory, The Theatre@Boston Court, East West Players, Theater Mu and Silk Road Theatre Project among others. She is currently a resident playwright of New Dramatists.
Julie comes to us from the world of television. A native of New Jersey she has been involved in the theater since she was a child. In her career she has been part of over 20 productions doing everything from performing, to directing and choreography, to producing and stage managing. After relocating to Los Angeles 13 years ago, Julie began working as a Television Producer and Casting Director. Her credits include: "The Biggest Loser", "Scare Tactics", "Nashville Star" and "The Glee Project". She was honored to have been the Assistant Stage Manager in the LA Reprise Productions revival of the musical Hair, in 2001, starring Sam Harris and Steven Weber. She is excited to be working with such a great cast and crew on A Family Thing.
Non ho mai conosciuto l'amore fino ad oggi. Se mi lasci me uccido. Che cosa? Quello é tuo marito!? Meriti ben altra gioia che quella che può dare un tipo cosi! Almeno dammi il tuo numero di telefono, mio sugo alla marinara.
is best known for being the first female producer on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under". Theater productions include Intrigue with Faye (MCC), The Light Outside (The Flea), Swimming in March (The Market Theater - Winner of IRNE Best Play of 2001), Bride Stipped Bare (ThreadWaxing Space), Given Away (Westbeth Theater Center), 7 Trumpets (The Women's Project). Workshops and development at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights' Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, The Royal National Theatre, The Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater Co, The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Portland Center Stage. Screenplays include Me Times Three (Miramax), Fundamentals of Play , (Scott Rudin), That Kind of Woman (Mutual Films/ Paramount), Coming Soon (Bandeira), Sticks and Stones (Talking Wall), Dish (Lakeshore/Paramount). Kate holds an MFA from NYU and a BA from Harvard University where she received the Phyllis Anderson Award for Playwrighting. She is the 2003 recipient of the Princess Grace Statuette, the 1995 recipient of the Princess Grace Fellowship, and a 1997 recipient of the Whitfield Cook Prize. In 1997 she was in residence at the Royal National Theater. She is an alumna of New Dramatists.
Kathryn is a Los Angeles based costume designer. She has designed and assisted for such companies as the Bootleg Theatre, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, Fremont Centre Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, and the Actor’s Gang. Recent design credits include 9 Circles at the Bootleg. She holds a BFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Southern California.
Norman Lear’s Embassy Television (1982-83); Lorimar Television (1987-88). Press Associate, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson, Kirk Douglas Theatres, Mark Taper Forum) 1986-87, 1990-95, 2000-2009. Boneau/Bryan-Brown (L.A.), 1995-97. Miramontez/Werther Company, 1988-90. Also: 42nd Street, Sweet Charity starring Debbie Allen (prior to Broadway), Sandra Tsing Loh’s Bad Sex With Bud Kemp, Aliens in America and Mother on Fire!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Forever Plaid; the original production of Naked Boys Singing! at Celebration Theatre (1998). Blank Theatre Company: The Wild Party, Lobster Alice, Hotel C’est L’amour, Little Fish, Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, See What I Wanna See, Terre Haute. Black Dahlia Theatre: Orson’s Shadow, Belfast Blues, An Infinite Ache, Secrets of the Trade. Elephant Theatre Company: Block Nine, Supernova, Parasite Drag, The Little Flower of East Orange. Moth Theatre Company: Geography of a Horse Dreamer, The Quarry. Previously for the Echo Theater Company: Wirehead. Member: Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, Publicists Guild of America. Co-Producer: 2008 L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Associate Producer: Leiris/Picasso for Brimmer Street Theatre Company. Assistant Director: Stop the World I Want to Get Off for Musical Theatre Guild; The Women of Brewster Place at Celebration Theatre. www.kenwerther.com
Kira Obolensky’s new plays include Modern House (finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize) and Lune, pronounced loony, commissioned and produced by the B Street Theatre, with thanks to the NEA and Irvine Foundation. Her story, “Snow Man,” commissioned by Open Eye Figure Theatre will be adapted by the theatre into a puppet play for adults and children. A new play, Cabinet of Wonders; an impossible history, has received funding from the Pew Theatre Initiative for a production at Gas and Electric Arts in Philadelphia (fall of 2009). Her adaptation of Crime and Punishment, called Raskol, won a national playwriting commission from Ten Thousand Things Theatre. It will premiere in an area prison April of 2009. And an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, a co-production of the Guthrie Theatre and The Acting Company, will open at the Guthrie in January 2010.
Kira has worked collaboratively with choreographers and visual artists and is co-founder of The Gymnasium, a consortium of nationally known artists and scientists and innovators involved in the incubation of new work and ideas. Force/Matter, created by The Gymnasium, was recently produced by Shawn McConneloug and her Orchestra at Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. She’s collaborated with University of Minnesota students and theatre professionals Shawn McConneloug, Luverne Seifert, Michael Sommers and Eric Jensen on a site-specific University of Minnesota presentation and adaptation of The Master and Margarita. (One of City Pages’ top 10 productions of the year.) She is currently working on a national initiative regarding online identity.
Her short puppet and film piece, poor little poor girl, premiered at Flat Works, produced by Open Eye Figure Theatre in fall of 2004. And her play Quick Silver, which premiered as a play for puppets and actors in Minneapolis, was produced by 3Legged Race and The Playwrights’ Center. Named by Twin Cities Critics as the “most outstanding experimental theatre event of 2003,” it was presented in Prague, June 2006, where it was lauded for its script and visual landscape, and was subsequently produced by Gas and Electric Arts in Philadelphia. Other plays include Lobster Alice (Kesselring Prize, finalist for Susan Smith Blackburn, published in Best Plays by American Women 2000, and produced in Atlanta, California, Texas, Minneapolis, Off Broadway, and Los Angeles, with Noah Wylie as Salvador Dali); The Adventures of Herculina, (Honorable Mention Kesselring Prize, Edith Oliver Award, produced in Chicago and in Minneapolis). Other plays include Pleasure Cruise, commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre and published in Best 10 Minute Plays of 2002-03; Collective Nightmare, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre and A New House, or 21 Lies for Four Characters. She is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Bush Foundation fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Jim Henson Foundation grants, a Jerome Fellowship and a McKnight Advancement Grant.
Kira is a graduate of Williams College and the Juilliard School’s Playwriting Fellowship Program and recently received her MFA in Fiction Writing from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. She is also a published author (The Not-So-Big House,co-author; Garage: Reinventing the Place we Park; and Good House/Cheap House.) Writers. She teaches at Goddard’s MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program and at the University of Minnesota.
Kristie has designed for many theatre, opera, and dance companies including: the Geffen Playhouse, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, the Getty Center, Method Contemporary Dance, and Speak Theater Arts. Her theatrical designs have been seen on tour nationally as well as in cities around the world including New York, Vancouver, Seoul, and Warsaw. Kristie’s most recent theatrical work includes: All Hail the Queen with Lesli Margherita, Some Girl(s) at the Geffen Playhouse, and See If You Still Love Us with Method Contemporary Dance.
Outside the theatre Kristie has brought her mad skillz to theme park, live performance, and television projects, including Bruce Springsteen concert tours, the TED Conference, and GLAAD Award shows. Her lighting credits include web broadcast and television specials for artists such as Rihanna, Ben Harper, Joss Stone, and John Legend.
Kristie received her BA from Brown University, and an MFA in Lighting Design from UCLA.
is known to audiences in Los Angeles for his critically acclaimed productions including Eric Overmyer’s Dark Rapture (Evidence Room), the World Premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Crumble (LATC), Keith Josef Adkin’s Farewell Miss Cotton (Black Dahlia) and David Rock’s Grand Delusion (Lost Studio), and the LA premiere of Mickey Birnbaum’s Big Death & Little Death. Biederman spent seven seasons with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, directing and serving in many senior capacities on the A.C.T. artistic staff, and as Associate Director of their M.F.A. program. He later served as the Head of Directing at Cal State Fullerton. This year, Biederman moved his innovative staging of Schnitzler’s La Ronde to the New York International Fringe Festival where it received great acclaim and performance awards for both actors. Upcoming: Los Angeles premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House (Odyssey Theatre) and Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden (Antaeus Company), in addition to creating several new original works with his collaborators.
has performed on NY stages for two decades. He originated roles in Craig Lucas' Blue Window (dir. Norman Renee); One Tiger To A Hill with Denzel Washington; John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo with Randy Mell, Mary McDonell and Debra hedwall; Israel Horovitz' Sunday Runners in the Rain with Peter Riegert & Carol Kane; The Ground Zero Club with John Spencer, Polly Draper & Elizabeth Berridge; and Thomas Babe's Kid Champion with Alan Rosenberg. Larry has also worked at The O'Neill Playwrights Conference with Lloyd Richards.
is thrilled to be returning to the Echo Theater Company after 2009's The Illustrious Birth of Padriac T. Duffy. Regional theater credits: Massoud: The Lion of Panjshir and NEVA (Center Theater Group Workshop), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Escort, The Break of Noon and Ruined (Geffen Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest, A Little Night Music, The BFG, La Posada Magica, dead man's cell phone, An Italian Straw Hat, Sunlight, Jungle Book and Peter Pan (South Coast Repertory Theater). Other theater credits: King Lear, Cousin Bette, Classicsfest 2010, and American Tales (Antaeus), My Sister in This House (Deaf West Theater), Stick Fly (Matrix), The Illusion (Open Fist), Man of La Mancha (Reprise! Theater Company), Norman's Ark (Ford Amphitheater), Talley's Folly and Collected Stories (CCAP).
writer/actress is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theatre Company. Theatre credits include Den of Thieves, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, and La Gringa written by Carmen Rivera. Her work has been developed and performed at The American Place Theatre, The LAByrinth Theatre Company, NYSF/Public Theater, INTAR, Aaron Davis Hall, and The MET Theatre. She has appeared in numerous films and television programs. You can catch her one woman show I Love America, on November 14, 2004. She wants to send a special shout out to Elizabeth Rodriguez and mad love to Wassa Wassa.
Cardellini made her mark in the critically acclaimed series “Freaks and Geeks". Other television work includes "ER", “The Lot,” “Guys Like Us” and “Bone Chillers.” Her guest appearances include “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Boy Meets World,” “Clueless” and “Pacific Palisades.”
Film: Brokeback Mountain, Nana's Boys, Scooby Doo, Legally Blonde, Good Burger, Dead Man on Campus , the thriller Strangeland, and the independent feature The Unsaid, opposite Andy Garcia. She also recently completed work on another independent project, Welcome to LaLa Wood opposite Martin Short.
is happy to be a joining the Echo Theater Company again having designed The Echo One Acts 2006. Other LA theatre credits include Two Gentlemen of Corona,Floyd Collins, and The Grapes of Wrath at West Coast Ensemble; La Canterina and Gigantes y Cabezudos at Cal State LA; Peter & Wendy and Sleeping Beauty at the Nine O'Clock Players; Bing and Little Eyolf at Occidental College; Bent with Aislinn Productions; Pacific Daylights with Lion’s Share Productions; Focus Today with the Burglars of Hamm; and The Drawer Boy and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Colony Theatre.
graduated from Northwestern University’s Creative Writing for the Media Program. His produced plays include Hogs (Northwestern), Oasis (Hanger Theater), and How to Act Around Cops (w/ Matthew Benjamin), which won Best Play at the 2003 New York Int’l Fringe Festival and a Fringe First at the Dublin Fringe Festival in Ireland. Cops then went on to a successful run at London’s Soho Theatre where it received a Critic’s Pick in Time Out London. It has since been published and produced around the world, including numerous performances in England, America and Australia. Recently, Logan created the web series "Not Aone" and wrote and directed the short film, Simulacrum®, which was accepted into numerous film festivals, including the 2009 Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival, London Sci-Fi Film Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, Israeli ICON SF Film Festival, Sedona Int’l Film Festival and many more. It won the Playhouse West Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy Short. Logan is now proud to present Wirehead , the next theatrical collaboration with Matthew Benjamin. Rep: Olivier Sultan CAA/NY (theater).
Originally from Washington DC, he studied theatre at Brown University, where he first met the now-infamous Grellong and Bass—a pair with whom he is delighted to be reunited. Favorite roles include: Kilroy (Camino Real), Lord Goring (An Ideal Husband), and the Abbe de Coulmier (Quills).
is a graduate of CalArts. Her most recent performance was A Mulholland Christmas Carol with Theatre of Note and Sacred Fools. She also had the pleasure of performing in the New York Fringe Festival with Calamity Theatre and Wildboy '74. She is a proud member of Theatre of Note. Thanks to the fam.
is the author of seven plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of the World, and Monstrosity. The Atlantic Theater Company opened its 2007/08 season with Scarcity. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay. Bottom of the World was commissioned and workshopped by Women’s Expressive Theater, Inc. at the Eugene O’Neill, the first Tribeca Theater Festival and The Public Theater. Monstrosity was workshopped at Encore Theatre Company (San Francisco) and produced at 13P. She was the recipient of the 2000-01 Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship, and has been a guest artist at Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre twice, where she helped to adapt both Moby Dick and Desire Under the Elms. She has had reading and workshops at Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, Encore Theatre Company, PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New River Dramatists and Soho Rep. She was one of three playwrights in residence at The Orchard Project, summer 2007. Her ten-minute play, Dinner, is published in Not So Sweet, a collection of plays from Soho Rep’s 10-Minute Play Festival. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre. Her produced plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. She is a member of New Dramatists, MCC Playwrights’ Coalition, 13P, and Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages. She is currently writing a new play under commission from Playwrights Horizons. She is the recipient of the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwrighting 2008.
Recent theatrical credits include Adam Rapp’s Finer Noble Gases at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the premiere of Wesley Moore’s Finder’s Fee at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles premiere of Adam Rapp’s Ghosts in the Cottonwoods at the 24th Street Theater, also participated in the Ojai Playwrights conference with Rapp’s Finer Noble Gases, last year in the Echo One Acts with Paul Grellong’s, The New Fire. Film/Television: “The West Wing,” “C.S.I.” and can be seen in the upcoming Unchain my Heart, directed by Taylor Hackford.
Maria Cina has danced with Prince and Reba McEntire. Film credits include April's Shower (Regent Ent.) playing the title role, producing and winning festival awards; Coppola's Dracula, Off The Ledge and Falling Up. Notable TV: "Switched At Birth", "Criminal Minds", "The Cleaner". Stage: Jerry Herman's Broadway (Hollywood Bowl), Jon Robin Baitz' Ten Unknowns (Mark Taper Forum), Chay Yew's A Distant Shore (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey (Boston Court), Ben Elton's Popcorn (El Portal), and Masha in Chekov's Three Sisters (Stella Adler). Maria has designed jewelry for Cirque Du Soleil, Naomi Campbell, been featured in IN Style, Harper's Bazaar, and VH-1's "Fabulous LIfe". She is married to frequency.com founder Blair Harrison, has one fantastic son, and two rescued doggies.
(Joan) In Chicago: plays with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Goodman, Court, John Cusack's New Crime, Piven, Latino Chicago, Teatro Vista, A Red Orchid. In Los Angeles: The Met Theater, Actor's Gang (Methusalem and Violence directed by Tim Robbins) and Padua. Productions also in New York and Paris. Movies with Robert Altman (The Company), Stephen Frears, Michael Apted, Joel Schumacher, Adam McKay and others. Various television performances.
Plays include: The Gingerbread House (the stageFARM); Deathbed (Apparition Productions); Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Soho Rep/True Love Productions) for which he won the 2005 Oppenheimer Award and the 2006 Kesselring Prize; Polar Bear (commissioned and produced by Birmingham Rep, UK) Gift (Rising Phoenix Rep / NY Fringe Festival); and various one-acts including, most recently Fun (commissioned and produced by the StageFARM). Everything Will Be Different was produced by the Actors Touring Company with Theatre Royal Plymouth under the title A Brief History of Helen of Troy at the Soho Theatre in London after a UK tour. Other plays include Magic Kingdom; Brightness. He has received a Sloan Commission from MTC, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons and The Exchange. Readings and workshops: MCC Theater; The Vineyard; Rattlestick; MTC; New York Theater Workshop; The Public; Studio Dante; Woolly Mammoth. He was selected for a 2006 Royal Court Residency. He is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, and is coordinator of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.
Recent directing credits include Party Show, Resa, Fantastiskt Mystisk and Hot City for Burglars of Hamm, Crazy Drunk for Buffalo Nights at [Inside] the Ford, Bing for Theatre of NOTE and The Superhumans for Moving Arts. Next up, Matt will direct Jacqueline Wright’s Buddy Buddette for Ensemble Studio Theatre – the L.A. Project.
Matt Richter is a lighting and sound designer based in Los Angeles. He works numerous companies including Theatre of Note, The Elephant, Sacred Fools, and Theatre 68. He is thrilled to making his debut with the Echo Theater Company. He also serves as half of the experimental ambient folk duo Lanfair Field. Love to RSS. For more information, please visit mattrichter.net or lanfairfield.com.
Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. London/UK Theatre: Twelfth Night, El Cid, The Foreigner, Don Carlos (dir. Nicolas Hytner) among others. LA Theatre: Finder's Fee, I Hear the Mermaids Singing, Aristocrats (at the Taper). TV Regular/Recurring: "West Wing", "Desperate Housewives", "Inconceivable", "Center of the Universe", "The District", "My Adventures in Television", "Skin", "Living in Captivity", "Pursuit of Happiness", "The X-Files", "The Commish", "Human Factor". TV Guest: "Saving Grace", "Close to Home", "The Practice", "Ally McBeal", "Mad About You", "Larry Sanders", "Seinfeld". Films: Albino Alligator, Nutty Professor 2, Wrongfully Accused and The Dark Knight.
is a Los Angeles based set designer and installation artist. She co-founded the Joint Workshop, a design/build studio in Cleveland before obtaining her graduate degree from Cal Arts. Set design credits include: Gogol’s The Gamblers presented by Cleveland Museum of Art, Gilgamesh (Boston Court Theater), Ubu Roi (A Noise Within), Orpheus Rising ( RED CAT, NOW Festival). Currently, she also works as co-lead scenic artist and in the technical department at the Los Angeles Opera, and is a faculty member at East Los Angeles College. Please see www.mficociello.com for more information.
appeared in the Ovation nominated Echo production of Body Politic (by Jessica Goldberg), as well as Astrov in Chris Fields' direction of Uncle Vanya (Lillian Theatre). Mr. Reed has been seen on Broadway in La Bete, and off Broadway as Edgar in King Lear starring Hal Holbrook at the Roundabout Theatre. He has also been seen in New York at the New York Theatre Workshop (A Forest in Arden), Classic Stage Company (Amphitryon), numerous productions with the Pearl Theatre Co, and in Leon Uris' own adaption of Trinity. Regionally, he's been seen as Joe Pitt in Angels in America, Parts I and II (The Alley Theatre), Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (ACT, San Francisco, directed by Israel Hicks), Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (Old Globe, directed by Daniel Sullivan), the title role in Pericles (Old Globe, directed by Darko Tresnjak), Twelfth Night (Old Globe, directed by Jack O'Brien), and Nostalgia and Terra Nova (South Coast Rep). Other regional appearances include work at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Rep Theatre St Louis, Asolo Theatre Co, Syracuse Stage, Papermill Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. In LA, he's been seen at the Pasadena Playhouse in Enchanted April, in the Odyessy Theatre's The Memorandum, the LA premiere of Shopping and Fucking, and in the ongoing Apollo Project with Nancy Keystone. Mr. Reed also appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Co in Richard III starring Antony Sher. He was in the British award winning film The Dressmaker, and has been seen as a guest star on "JAG," "Six Feet Under," "24," "The Shield," "Ladies Man," "That 70's Show," "Silk Stalkings," "Numbers," "King of Queens," to name but a few. He received his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and attended the Univ of Calif at Santa Cruz.
Recent projects: Brooklyn Boy (Broadway),Going to St Ives, Sabina, The Persians, Talking Heads, People Be Heard, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen (off-Broadway) and, happily, Put Your Pencil Down, a short musical film written with Joy Gregory; many collaborations with Randy Newman; many collaborations with Mac Wellman; numerous productions at South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse including A Walk in the Woods (also Broadway, PBS), Culture Clash's The Birds, and the premiere of Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade; with Tom Stoppard and Carey Perloff, the American premieres of Indian Ink and The Invention of Love (ACT); with Garry Marshall, Happy Days, the musical; with Erik Ehn, FireFlow (Bottom's Dream/LA). Many other theatre, film, music/theatre, and chamber music projects. The CD of his chamber opera Their Thought and Back Again is available via Rothmusik@aol.com
is a New York City-based playwright who grew up in New Jersey. He’s received critical acclaim for his three Off-Broadway plays, Port Authority Throw Down (which was produced by the Working Theater and the Culture Project), Chicken, and Ponies (both of which were produced by Michael Imperioli’s Studio Dante). His play Bodega Lung Fat was produced at the Hackney Empire in London, his play Flag produced at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca (NY), and his play Urban Legend received critical praise and media attention from the Washington Post as part of the first annual Source Festival in Washington, DC. Greenbox Films recently made Ponies into a feature-length film--for which he wrote the screenplay--starring John Ventimiglia, Kevin Corrigan, and Tonye Patano (dir. Nick Sandow). He is a graduate of the Juilliard playwriting program, a recipient of a NYSCA grant, and has been commissioned by both the Atlantic Theater and the LAByrinth Theatre Company in New York. Ponies, Port Authority Throw Down, and Chicken are available through Dramatists Play Service.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Mina attended college in Italy and the United States. She worked at the Denver Center Theatre Company for two seasons where she was involved in the RSC co-production of Tantalus. After receiving her MFA in Theatre Design, she moved to Los Angeles where she has worked in both film and theatre. Recent scenic design credits include Stew Rice with East West Players; Thursday" and Anon with the Echo Theater; Arlington with Company of Angels; Three Sisters with HapaLis Productions; Marriage of Figaro at Smothers Theatre; Living Out at Wallachs Theatre; and American Monsters 2, Golden Hour, Mikado Project, and Trojan Women with Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.
actress, voice-over artist, writer and producer is a New York City transplant. Her NYC theater credits include Performance Space 122, The Knitting Factory, The WestBeth, and The Mint theaters. LA theater credits include The Blank, The Zephyr, The McCadden & Theatre Theater. TV credits: "NYPD Blue", HBO's "The Comeback" and "Sex and The City". Recent Echo appearances include Julia Cho's The Small Museum as part of 2006 One Act Festival and Adam Bock's Thursday. She is also a member of Jose Rivera's mentored Writers Group and is currently working on and developing a production company. Misi's cooking skills match her passion, talent and love of acting.
is a multi-talented actor, singer, director and humanitarian. This past year, Ms Edwards traveled to Uganda to work with youth in war-torn areas for the documentary film Voices of Uganda that chronicled their work. She also traveled to Washington DC with Resolve Uganda to lobby on behalf of peace in Northern Uganda.
Most recently, Edwards completed filming The Social Network written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. She has also guest starred on many shows such as "Lie to Me", "CSI", "Without a Trace" and "How I Met Your Mother".
Earlier in her career she worked on such acclaimed shows as "ER", "NYPD Blue", "Everybody Loves Raymond", "Friends", "The X-Files", "JAG", "Judging Amy" and a Peabody-Award winning episode of "Boston Public". She became more generally known, though, by her recurring roles as Nurse Laurel Canyon on the critically acclaimed "Chicago Hope" and as Teena Davis in another Stephen Bochco vehicle "Philly".
Edwards screen credits include To Save a Life, The Secret of a Horse, All Over Again, October 22nd, Race and Kinfolks.
Her stage credits include 1-800-Call-God, Wildlife, A Thimble of Smoke, Adam & Eva Maria, Looney Town and The Emerald Society. She received a nomination for Best Actress from the ADA for her work in the latter.
Regional theatre: South Coast Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Dallas Theatre Center, Studio Arena Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Contemporary Theatre. New York: Manhattan Theatre Club, NYTW, Ensemble Studio Theatre. TV: "Medium", "Numb3rs", "Huff", "Chicago Hope", "Mad About You", "News Radio", "Star Trek Voyager", "Cover Me", "Payne", "The Journey of Alan Strange", "Guiding Light". Films Loudmouth Soup, Thirst, American Tragedy, and the upcoming The Sitter. She currently appears as Dr. Marcia Caron on "The Bold & The Beautiful". Nancy is delighted to work on her fourth project with the Echo, having appeared in their productions of A Devil Inside, Wildlife, and the award-winning War Music.
plays include Jump / Cut, which recently premiered to great acclaim at Woolly Mammoth and Theater J in Washington, DC. Other plays include Hard Feelings, A Common Vision, Tomorrowland, Failure to Thrive and The Brief but Exemplary Life of the Living Goddess. Her one-acts include Misreadings, which premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival and is published in The Best American Short Plays 1996-1997. She has received an A.S.K. Exchange to The Royal Court Theatre, an Amblin Commission from Playwrights Horizons, and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award for new plays. She is a member of New Dramatists, HB Playwrights Unit and The Women's Project.
Her short film Bad Dates (based on her monologue Food) was directed by Des McAnuff for Touchstone. Her writing for children's television ("Little Bear", "Clarissa Explains It All", HBO's "Happily Ever After" fairy tale series, "Pepper Ann") has garnered Emmy and Ace Award nominations. She has also written for MTV's "Daria", and is currently collaborating on a pilot for HBO.
As a playwright, Padraic has worked at theaters throughout L.A., including, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, The Met Theater, The Echo Theater Co., Sacred Fools Theater Co. and Cypress College. His full-length plays include Tym & Brizz, The Illustrious Birth of Padraic T. Duffy, Feet, The Mechanical Rabbit, Tell the Bees, and Something is Hidden Inside the Couch, the latter of which was produced by the Echo Theatre Co. in 2006. As a lyricist he was chosen to participate in the 2002 A.S.K Nautilus Composers Studio, and since November 2006 has been writing the book and lyrics for Beaverquest! a serialized musical premiering new episodes weekly at the Sacred Fools Theater Co. He currently serves as Literary Associate at the Geffen Theater, and has begun his fourth year as Co-Artistic Director of The Sacred Fools Theater Co.
(Sound Design) is a first year MFA Sound Design student at UC-Irvine. Recent production work includes serving as the engineer for Girls vs. Boys at the House Theatre of Chicago, assistant sound designer for The Brother/Sister Plays at the Steppenwolf and The Fall of Heaven at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, associate sound designer for Medea with Child at Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago, and sound designer for The Armageddon Dance Party at Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago. She received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with an emphasis in sound design at Penn State University and was honored to receive the 2009 KCACTF National Sound Design Award.
Paul Grellong wrote Warfare; Power of Sail; Dog Park; and Radio Free Emerson (Winner: 2008 Elliot Norton Award from the Boston Theater Critics Association for Outstanding New Script), which was commissioned and produced by the Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, RI. His play Manuscript was produced Off-Broadway by Daryl Roth and Scott Rudin in the summer of 2005. He is currently adapting Manuscript into a screenplay for production company The Film Department. Paul was a member of Los Angeles’ Taper / Center Theatre Group’s Writer’s Workshop for 2007-2008. Television credits include: NBC’s "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Nominee: 2008 Edgar Award for Best Television Episode Teleplay for his episode "Streetwise"). He graduated from Brown.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, McCrane began to study guitar in his early teens and his teacher encouraged him to pursue a music career. However, since he was primarily interested in acting, McCrane soon landed his first role in John Guare’s “Landscape of the Body” at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Numerous other Broadway and off-Broadway roles followed, including “The Iceman Cometh” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”
McCrane studied with a number of teachers, most extensively with the noted Uta Hagen. He first starred on the big screen in 1980 in “Fame,” and has been seen in “The Hotel New Hampshire,” “Robocop” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” He recently completed production on the independent film “New Suit.”
McCrane also has extensive television credits, including appearances on "ER", "24", "Ugly Betty", “From the Earth to the Moon,” “The X-Files,” “The Practice,” “Cop Rock” and “Under Suspicion.”
A gifted musician and songwriter, McCrane plays guitar and piano. At the age of 16, he wrote the song “Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?” for his girlfriend, and it was later used in the film “Fame.”
Paul Zimmerman currently teaches Creative Writing at Hofstra University, and Playwriting and Screenwriting at the Gotham Writers Workshop. He wrote the screenplay for the nationally distributed feature film, A Modern Affair, produced by Tribe Pictures. He has spent several years as screenwriter-in-residence for Tribe Pictures, and has written screenplays many other companies.
Paul’s stage play, Pigs and Bugs was originally presented at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and subsequently received a staged reading at the New York Public Theatre. It was recently produced to critical acclaim in Los Angeles by the Echo Theater Company.
Paul’s one person play Reno was seen in New York at the West Bank Café, Under Acme, The Tweed Ensemble Festival of New Works, and at many other colleges and performance spaces nationwide.
His play The Founder has been produced in New York and Los Angeles.
Paul is a recipient of a playwriting grant from the New York Public Theatre. He has a BA from Bennington College, and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Recent credits include Eurydice at the Piven Theatre Workshop and at Madison Repertory Theater and Orlando at the Actors' Gang. Also at the Piven Theatre Workshop: Melancholy Play, Brilliant Traces, and Orlando. Polly worked with Soho Rep and New Dramatists in New York and was a founding member of the New Criminals in Chicago. She studied with Joyce and Byrne Piven, Uta Hagen, and most recently, with Shira Piven. Film credits include Novocain, High Fidelity and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She is new to Los Angeles.
Precious Chong is an actress/writer/stilt performer/mother/wife/daughter who has recently relocated to Toronto via Los Angeles. Her television and film credits include "Show Me Yours", "April's Shower", "Strong Medicine", and LA Confidential as well as numerous television commercials. She has performed her solo show The Porcelain Penelope Freak Show at Highways, the Zephyr Theater, and Masquer's Cabaret in Los Angeles and at The Culture Project in New York City. Theater credits include Mating Dance of the Werewolf at MTC, Defying Gravity, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Glass Menagerie at the Rubcion Theater in Ventura, California, and Dominion and Echo Park at the Taper.
Her writing has been published in Hobo magazine and in "The Solo Performer's Journey" by Michael Kearns. She is a proud member of "Girls On Stilts", has performed at the Groundlings, and is currently at work on her next solo show tentatively titled "Penelope Gets Knocked Up".
Rayan Lawrence hails from Brooklyn, New York. He holds a BA in Criminal Justice and Theater from John Jay College where his portrayal of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream received the Irene Ryan nomination. Additionally, his performance as Malcolm in Macbeth received high praise. Film and television credits include Cadillac Records, History Channel's "Honor Deferred", Tyler Perry's "House of Payne", ABC's "All My Children" and over 30 independent films. Rayan can currently be seen in the romantic indie The Last Fall and will also be seen in the upcoming dramedy Back Then which is an official selection of the 2013 Pan African Film Festival.
From New York to Los Angeles, Rena Strober has been praised for her Broadway performances, tv roles and her 1-woman show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls! She has also received rave reviews for her album Finding Home.
Rena appeared on Broadway as Cosette in Les Miserables, and most recently starred opposite Betty Buckley, Peter Scolari & Tuc Watkins in the Off-Broadway comedy White’s Lies. Her 1-woman show, Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!, has run Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and in Leeds, England to enlightened and entertained, sold out houses. From 2009-2010 Rena toured the country with Fiddler on the Roof as Tzeitel playing opposite Topol, Harvey Fierstein & Theo Bikel. Rena originated the role of Tonya in the pre-Broadway production of Zhivago (Directed by Des McNuff) at the La Jolla Playhouse for which she was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Some of Rena's proudest moments are singing at home plate at Shea Stadium and belting out the National Anthem on the dais for the infamous Friar's Roasts. Rena is one of the youngest members of the NY Friar’s Club.
Most recently, you can see Rena on TV as part of the National Playtex Bra campaign and on the children's DVD series 'Your Baby Can Learn'. Her voice is also heard in the upcoming Harold & Kumar movie (released Christmas '11) and on 3rd & Bird, a new Disney cartoon.
Rena is currently living & working in Los Angeles where she is focusing on her voice-over, film & TV career.
Rich Liccardo is a recent transplant from Denver, and loves this play. He spent the past three years working with the Denver Center Theatre Company both as an actor and a Teaching Instructor. While there he worked on productions of Three Musketeers, Charlie’s Aunt, and Cult Following. Other DCTC credits include A Lie Of The Mind, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hey Fever, Pierre, Betrayal, and Cyrano De Bergerac. For the past two years Rich has been the “Voice of Colorado Tourism”. He received a BFA from the University of Evansville and an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.
Theater: Monster (East West Players), Side Man (Ensemble Theatre), Over the Tavern (La Mirada Theatre), K2 (San Francisco-Bay Area Theatre Critics Award). TV: “The Practice”, “X-Files”, “Any Day Now”, “Diagnosis Murder”. As a playwright, his plays Deer Shot, Riding the Wave, and Zen in the Art of 7-Eleven Love have been produced in Los Angeles.
Rob Deemer is extremely active as a composer, conductor and educator and is emerging as an important artist of his time. He was born in DeKalb, Illinois in 1970 and is currently serving as a visiting instructor of composition at the University of Oklahoma. Such groups as the Chicago Trombone Quartet, the Millar Brass Ensemble, the Tosca String Quartet, the MacArthur String Quartet and the Austin Civic Orchestra have performed Rob’s music across the country. In addition to his work in concert music, Rob has extensive experience as a composer for film, theatre and dance. With over 30 films and documentaries to his credit, his film scores have been heard in many festivals including the Cannes Film festival and the Festivale Pan African du Cinema. As an author, he is currently co-authoring Music in Sound Film, An Introduction with noted film scholars David Neumeyer and James Buhler. His relationship with choreographer David Justin led them to create the American Repertory Ensemble, a radical new concept that creates unique concert experiences with chamber music and dance. Frequently conducting contemporary music, he has recently given world premiere performances of works by Per Bloland, David Wolff and Anthony Burgess as well as conducting works for Melinda Wagner, Christopher Theofanidis, David Froom and Carter Pann.
Handy work includes: woodworking - daybed, TV Cabinet, plumbing - toilet, sink and fixtures, electrical – switch replacement, and rewiring various lighting fixtures. Rob lives in Los Angeles and has appeared in many commercials. He owns his own tools.
A professional actor for the past 30 years, Bob has worked regionally, Off Broadway, and in Film and Television. Stage: Greater Tuna, Tintypes, and Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center and both Tug of War and The Wasps at the Getty Villa. Television: "Rules of Engagement", "Lie to Me", "The West Wing", "Friends", "CSI: Miami", "Murphy Brown", "General Hospital", and "Malcolm in the Middle". Film: Heartbreakers, When Harry met Sally, In the Line of Fire, and Outbreak, among others. An avid sculptor, Bob originally learned mask-making from Julie Taymor in New York and over the years has gone on to create puppets and masks for both TV and the theater. In 2001 he was thrilled to travel to Prague to study marionette carving. His play with masks Stories of the Season was a critical hit in Los Angeles in 1992 and has been performed in Regional Theaters across the country. In 2003 he created 55 puppets and masks for his second play with writing partner Rob Harrison, In the Valley of the Mist, presented with the Virginia Avenue Project in L.A. He lives with his wife Terry, (also an artist) in the valley with their three dogs Lucy, Agnes and Max.
has performed on stage in Berlin, Stockholm, Chicago, New York, Mendocino and of course, Los Angeles. Most recently at the Electric Lodge in Apt. A's A Safe Distance. Also in LA -Theater of Note, where she is a member (Lady Anne in Richard III, Cherry in Bing), at the Zephyr, the Actors Gang, E.S.T., and her other company, Apartment A's last two productions. She has been a founding member of no less than three theater companies, worked on the staff of Edgefest for two years, and L.A.'s own PLAY7. In New York she worked at the Ontological- Hysteric with Richard Foreman. She graduated from CalArts, and the FAME school in NYC.
a proud Echo member and LA native, studied acting at the LA County High School of the Arts and the North Carolina School for the Arts. TV: "House MD", "Castle", "The Cleaner", "Eleventh Hour", "Conviction," "Monarch Cove", "Gilmore Girls", and "C.S.I. Miami" among others. Films: Women In Trouble, Rise: Bloodhunter, Shopgirl, and White Oleander. Recent theatre: Jessica Goldberg’s Body Politic (Echo); Nice Work If You Can Get It (Broadway workshop: dir. Kathleen Marshall, w/Harry Connick, Jr.); Little Fish (The Blank: w/ Alice Ripley); The Shape of Things (Santa Monica Playhouse); Emptier (The Hudson : dir. Kristin Hanggi ). Sam, a singer/ songwriter, released 2 records in 2009, both available on iTunes. She was also lucky enough to be asked to record a song for the GRAMMY nominated soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s award winning film Inglourious Basterds, called “The Man With the Big Sombrero” for which he also produced a swell video, currently online. For more info: myspace.com/samsheltonmusic twitter: samsheltonmusic
Originally from Canada, Sarah has been living and working in Los Angeles for the past eight years. Starting out as a regular on Jud Apatow's short-lived comedy series "Undeclared", Sarah has continued to build her career in film (Haven, Berkley, Killing Zelda Sparks, Final Destination II ) and television ("Entourage", "Smallville", "Boston Legal", "Numb3rs"), but is most recognized for her regular role on CBS's television series "Shark", and her recent work on ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money". After studying and falling in love with the theater at Ryerson University in Toronto, Sarah was anxious to find a theater company to be a part of in LA. It was through the ActOut program that she found herself at home with the Echo. Working with the boys at Camp Kilpatrick was such an honor for Sarah. She is proud to support a company committed to inspiring young people through their own creativity.
grew up in Virginia and received her B.S. in Finance and Management at U.Va. After working as an investment banker in San Francisco for 2 years, Sarah moved to LA to pursue her acting career. She has been in numerous commercials and her television credits include "Crossing Jordan", "Las Vegas", "Grounded for Life", and the WB pilot "Aces". She is a recent graduate of the Hothouse Improvisation Theater, where she performed weekly long-form improvisational plays. She is thrilled to now be a part of The Echo.
plays include In The Next Room (or the vibrator play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); Melancholy Play; Demeter in the City (nine NAACP Image Award nominations); Eurydice; Orlando; and Late: a cowboy song. Her plays have premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cornerstone Theater, Madison Repertory Theatre and the Piven Theatre Workshop, and have been produced across the country. Her plays have also been produced internationally and translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German and Arabic. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with PaulaVogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers' Award. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006.
has appeared on stages in Los Angeles, Europe, and New York working with playwrights Maria Irene Fornes, Murray Mednick, Jose Rivera, Michael Sargent, Justin Tanner, and the delightful Sharon Yablon. She is the recipient of 6 Dramalogue Awards and 8 LA Weekly Award nominations. Shawna’s first short play, The Aegean, was produced by Padua at the Lillian in Hollywood and opened to good reviews. Her homemade book of short stories, Fear Not is at Skylight Books in Los Feliz where her new zine, Love, will be hitting the stands for Valentine’s. Thanks to all at Echo and husband Jack!
Recent theater: The acclaimed revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing ( I.C.T)., world premiere of Roger Hedden's Adaptation (Ensemble Studio Theater -N.Y. one-act festival), and Gunplay and Naked T.V. (Naked Angels). Regional: In the Moonlight Eddie and Alone Together (Pasadena Playhouse), Heartbreak (Hudson Gulid - Dramalogue award) and Joyce Carol Oates' The Rehearsal for E.S.T. L.A. project. Broadway: Roots and Wings (Circle in the Square). Television: Over 100 guest leads including "The West Wing", "The Practice" (recurring), “Carnivale”, “CSI”, “X-Files”, “Law and Order” (recurring). Film: House of Sand and Fog, Lovely and Amazing, Air Force One, Stars Fell On Henrietta, Permanent Midnight and the little-seen classic Starfucker. Onward.
Stefan Novinski is a freelance director based in Los Angeles. Recent credits: A Little Night Music starring Stephanie Zimbalist, Mark Jacoby and Terri Ralston at South Coast Repertory; Nighthawks for Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, J.O.B. the Hip-Hopera in Los Angeles and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics Circle nominations for Best Direction and Best Musical), The Map Maker’s Sorrow (Summer Play Festival, NYC); Wreckage by Caridad Svitch for New Dramatists, Medea for the Theatre @ Boston Court; Around The World in 80 Days adapted by Mark Brown at The Colony Theatre; Sideways Stories at South Coast Repertory; Skin of Our Teeth at the Evidence Room (LA Weekly Award, Best Revival 2003) and at the Open Fist Theatre Company: The Time of Your Life; Cosmonaut's Last Message… (LA Weekly Awards for Direction and Best Production 2003); As I Lay Dying (LA Times Critic's Pick) and Fen (Garland Award for Direction).
Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, Stefan served as the Associate Producer of the Big D Festival of the Unexpected at the Dallas Theatre Center which produced new works by artists such as Chay Yew, Len Jenkin, Naomi Iizuka, Eric Ehn and Octavio Solis
He holds an MFA in Directing from the University of California, San Diego
Mr. Gifford's work has been seen on both coasts, from New York City where he received his MFA in Scenic Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, to Alaska, where he designed for Juneau’s Civic Light Opera. In Los Angeles, Mr. Gifford’s worked with various theatre companies in LA including: International City Theatre, The Colony Theatre, The Actor’s Co-op, Celebration Theatre, 3D Theatricals, The Road, and many more. He also has received Ovation Nominations for the last three years for his designs at The Colony Theatre and International City Theatre. Mr. Gifford continues to work with Sacramento Music Circus with notable productions including Funny Girl and Miss Saigon with three productions coming this summer. Upcoming productions include: Cassiopeia (The Theatre @ Boston Court), I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (The Colony Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Cal State LA), and Having It All (Laguna Playhouse). More information on Mr. Gifford can be found at www.stephengifforddesign.com
Stephen is originally from Queens NY and now lives in LA. His stage credits include Harvey at the Laguna Playhouse, Truckline Cafe at the William Alderson Theater and the Circus Theatrical company's one acts. His tv credits include "Desperate Housewives" , "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful".
Extensive regional theater career includes: ACT (San Francisco), Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, California Shakespeare Festival, The Actor’s Gang. Films include: The Brothers, Undisputed. Television includes: “The Hughley’s”, “The Practice”, “Felicity” and a WB drama pilot. Education: Boston University (BFA); and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
(Carl—Fixed) After 23 brutal Michigan winters, Thomas headed for the west coast with his brother Geoff, where he spent four years playing drums in the seminal, 90’s alternative rock band Hollowbody. After the much publicized and misunderstood break-up of Hollowbody, Thomas got back to the theater in regional productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Fifth of July and Breaking the Code. Since arriving in Los Angeles eight years ago, Thomas has appeared in commercials and television shows including “Strong Medicine”, “Felicity”, “3rd Rock from the Sun”, “The Guardian”, and “The Shield”. Thanks to Chris Fields, Geoff Bankowski and to his amazing wife Karen for everything.
Thomas Beatty writes, directs and occasionally acts in plays and films. He studied playwriting at Brown with Paula Vogel and Oscar Eustis and is now writing screenplays with poop jokes. One time he won that one award and he is in development on that other thing with that important sounding company. He has blue eyes.
spent the last bunch of years doing theatre in NYC and working at regional theaters throughout the country. He has been seen in commercials as well as independent films and was most recently seen in a recurring role on “General Hospital”.
is a set designer and puppet artist. Her set designs include Circle Course, recently performed in Katmandu; Body Politic, at Echo Theater; Pygmalion at Southwest Shakespeare Co.; Stephen Wadsworth's Agamemnon at the Getty Villa, Los Angeles; References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at Empty Space Theatre in Seattle; Omnium Gatherum, The Bald Soprano/The Lesson and Brilliant Traces, for which she received a Drammy, and A Tuna Christmas at Oregon Repertory Theater; and at California Institute of the Arts, she designed Hamlet, Bacchae and Woyzeck. Bend has done Production Design for the History Channel's documentary on Einstein, and designed puppets for magician Dominik Krzanowski's Mystic Travelz.
Bend is the Artistic Director of 10foot, directing their premier production of Loser, taking the show to Prague, Minneapolis and New York at the Great Small Works Toy Theatre Festival at St. Anne's Warehouse.
She has taught at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and California Lutheran University in Los Angeles.
recently appeared in Safe in Hell at South Coast Repertory. Credits include The Vagina Monologues national tour, and the New York premieres of A Lesson Before Dying (Signature Theatre), Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop), Kristit (Primary Stages), Le Menage (La MaMa ETC), and Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). Regional credits: Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Rep, Intiman, A Contemporary Theatre, and San Diego Rep, among others. TV credits include "Strong Medicine," "Charmed," "Law and Order," "Under Suspicion," and "Under One Roof," and Lifetime’s "Intimate Portrait: Terry McMillan" (narrator).