2016 PlayFest Artists

THE GUN SHOW - January 29 & 30 at 9:30PM.

EM-Lewis-playwright-photo-2009E.M. Lewis, The Gun Show and Magellanica Playwright.

EM Lewis received a 2012 Fellowship in Playwriting from the New Jersey Council for the Arts, and the 2010­‐2011 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. She won the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for Song of Extinction and the 2008 Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association. Her plays have been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French.

Recent work includes productions of Song of Extinction at the Guthrie, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and at CUNY Hostos College (where 900 students read and discussed the play, across all disciplines, in their Book-of-the-Semester Project), a college production ofHeads, high school productions of Infinite Black Suitcase and an evening of short plays, a commissioned history play called Talking to Westfield at Premiere Stages, teaching and mentoring young dramatists as playwright-­in‐residence for the New Voices for the Theater program in Richmond, VA, being host playwright at the Ashland New Plays Festival, and the world premiere of Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday at HotCity Theater in St. Louis, MO.

In 2013, Ellen is looking forward to being part of Page 73’s Interstate 73 playwriting workshop in New York City and the Emerging Women Playwrights Project at Playwrights Theater of New Jersey.

Lewis grew up in rural Oregon, was in Los Angeles for quite a while, and is now living in Princeton, NJ. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and currently serves as the Dramatists Guild representative for the state of New Jersey.
Website: www.emlewisplaywright.com
Blog: http://prayerstobrokenstone.blogspot.com

Robert riechel

Robert Riechel Jr., The Gun Show.

Robert is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA and South Coast Repertory Theater professional actors conservatory. He has worked extensively in theater, film and TV. As an actor: (Theater) American Buffalo, True West, Zoo Story, Woolgather, Speed The Plow, Julius Caesar & more. (Television/Film) Getting On/HBO, Uncle Buck/ABC, Fresh Off The Boat/ABC, True Nightmares/ID Discovery, Unusual Suspects/TrueTV, Mob City/TNT directed by Frank Darabont and more. Robert has four films being released this year: Selling Isobel, I Am You Are Everyone, Beyond Doubt & has wrapped the lead (Jan ’16) in the short film- The Platinum Loop.

Robert is a critically acclaimed playwright, producer and director in his own right. As a playwright: ‘aka Eat The Runt’ (Hudson Theater LA; Best Playwriting nomination from LA Weekly Theater Critics. Critics list: Backstage, LA Times, LA Weekly and many others.) Buffalohole (Egyptian Theater LA) Television: Series creator/director/writer: The Living Edge (WB network), Series creator/director: Living Ageless (Syndicated), Series creator/director: Life is Stranger Than Fiction (Syndicated). Director commercials: Montana Meth Project, Awake 2000, TTI National, Men for Sobriety.

Robert is thrilled to be asked to be part of PlayFest Santa Barbara. And be part of a great piece of American theater by the inspirational and talented EM Lewis. Robert is grateful to Jeffery Meek for his powerhouse and insightful direction. Thank you Jeff for trusting me with this precious piece of theater. And thank you for offering your talents to so many in your acting workshops. And lastly, I want to tell my wife and daughter how much I love them. They are the thing that makes this thing—life–so special sweet. To the moon and back.

JeffMeekJeffrey Meek, The Gun Show, Director

Jeff has been acting, writing and teaching professionally for over thirty years and is the founder of Jeffrey Meek Studio, a workshop dedicated to creating an environment for beginning and professional actors to have the freedom and support to reveal their true potential.

Jeff’s’ film acting includes starring opposite, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in “Heart Condition”, with Academy Award winners Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker in “Johnny Handsome”, and opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis in “Winter People”.

His television work includes starring in the CBS prime-time series, “Raven” and the CBS late-night series, “The Exile”. He also played the dual roles of Rayden and Shao Khan in the TNT series, “Mortal Kombat Conquest”. Jeff began his TV career playing Quinn McCleary on the daytime series, “Search for Tomorrow”, and, most recently, was in Bulgaria playing opposite Julie Benz in the thriller, “Taken: The Search For Sophie Parker”. He also played “Craig Montgomery” on “As the World Turns” and has starred in numerous “Movies of the Week”, mini-series, pilots, as well as, many guest star appearances on episodic TV such as “Criminal Minds”, “Castle”, “The Glades”, “Vice” and others.

Having performed in over 100 plays and musicals, Jeff has enjoyed playing such commanding roles as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory Theatre, Jim Morrison in the Doors musical, “Celebration of the Lizard”, produced by Doors co-founder and keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, at The San Diego Repertory Theatre and the title role in Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”.

Jeff also played the lead role of Markus in the west coast premier of Rob Ackerman’s dark comedy, “Table Top”, at the Laguna Playhouse, starred as Mack the Knife in San Diego Repertory’s production of “The Threepenny Opera” and, most recently, starred as Thomas Novachek in the hit, “Venus in Fur” at San Diego Rep. He has received two Dramalogue Awards.

Jeff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He’s studied acting with Ivanna Chubbuck.

Jeff has also been writing for most of his 30 year career. He co-wrote the Bobby Darin biography, “Beyond the Sea”, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth. 

Website: JeffreyMeek.net 


MAGELLANICA Parts 1-3 January 30, at 2:00 P.M, Parts 4 and 5 January 30, at 7:00 P.M.

Terry LiTerry Li, Magellanica

Terry Li was most recently seen starring as Clarissa in The
A-is-for-Abortion Play by Cassandra J. Hume (West Coast Premiere). Regional credits include This is Not a Love Song (Ethnographer), Sweet Child (Mireya), Stop Kiss (Callie Pax), Empress Mei Li Lotus Blossom (Susan Lee; World Premiere), Grease (Rizzo), Heathers: the Musical (Dance Captain), In the Forest of Detroit (World Premiere), Rent (Mimi U/S), Carrie the Musical (Southern CA Premiere), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Film credits include Timeless and In Other Words, both which were finalists at the 2014 Reel Loud Film Festival. Terry has been nominated for several BroadwayWorld Santa Barbara awards, including Outstanding Performance for her role as Mireya in Sweet Child.

She has directed and produced theatre with Elements Theatre Collective and Shrunken Head Productions, and is also a professional makeup artist and designer. She holds a degree in both English and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. www.terryli.net

luis carazoLuis Carazo, Magellanica

from Cartagena Colombia and now residing in Hollywood, Luis has worked in regional theatres including Musical Theatre West, The Guthrie in Minneapolis and PCPA Theaterfest on California’s central coast. Recently Luis finished playing one of the leads in the feature film Stand, a story about two brothers who end up stranded in an abandoned mine field in Vietnam. Recent tv credits include Criminal Minds, and The Last Ship. He also recently performed in the Ovation Award Winning play The Pliant Girls put on by the Fugitive Kind Theatre company at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.
For a full list of credits visit www.imdb.com/name/nm2963561/.

419e7555-2653-4440-988c-6f5ab8d0f94cJermaine Love, Magellanica

Originally from London England, Jermaine Love studied Art History and Film Theory, at Middlesex University. Upon graduating he moved to the United States where he worked for a year as a News Cameraman in Memphis, Tennessee.

Seeking new challenges, he relocated to New York City where he worked as a Director of Photography for various shows on MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central to name a few. It was at this time that he took his first acting class under the instruction of Nina Murano; herself a student of the legendary Sanford Meisner.

Since his move to Los Angeles in 2002, Jermaine Love continued his acting training at Beverly Hills Playhouse as well as private coaching with stage and screen guru, Jeffrey Meek. Recent projects include a guest star role on Lucha Underground

for the El Ray Network. In addition to Director credits which include the entire first season of the upcoming TV Show, Sisters In Law, which will air on WE in the spring of 2016.

Jermaine Love is truly a jack of all trades, but finds his true creative passion in acting, where he continues to seek new opportunities that enable him to inspire.

neno pervan

Neno Pervan, Magellanica

Nenad “Neno” Pervan was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then Yugoslavia). In 1990, he earned his BFA in Acting from the Academy of Arts, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In 1993, following the violent breakup of his country, he moved to the United States, where in 1997 he earned an MFA in Performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. That same year, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Following that, Neno started an ad-hoc theatre company, Il Dolce Theatre, which has successfully produced several plays by Southeastern European playwrights in various theatres in Los Angeles. As an actor, Neno was honored to collaborate with Oscar winning director Mr. William Friedkin on three different occasions. He also worked with great theatre directors and teachers Liviu Ciulei and Kathalin Laban, and Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright, professor Wole Soyinka. Neno appeared in several motion pictures nationally and internationally. He was honored to share the big screen with many great actors, including Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro, and Tommy Lee Jones. He also appeared on American and European stages in numerous theatre productions, ranging from classics like Shakespeare, Chekhov, Gogol, and Ionesco to contemporaries like Frish, Carver, Ludwig, and Mastrosimone. Presently, Neno teaches acting, and voice and movement at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, acting for the camera, and beginning acting at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California, and Commedia Del Arte technique at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, West Hollywood. He also directs, acts, and writes for theatre, film, TV, and the new media. His directing credits include titles like Genet’s The Balcony, Miller’s The Crucible, Ionesco’s Macbett, Dietz’s Dracula, Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, Mastosimone’s Extremities, Mrozek’s The Immigrants, Ibsen’s Ghosts, Zadravec’s Honey Brown Eyes, Boythcev’s Colonel and the Birds, as well as devised theatre pieces dedicated to social justice like Stages of AIDS and What We Feel About Gun Violence. In 2015, Neno was awarded The Part Time Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award at the Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles. Also in 2015, Neno was elected as a Loyola Marymont University Senate member. He will be serving as a Faculty Senator through 2018. For his work as fight choreographer on Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm, Neno won 2013 LA Weekly Theatre Award. Neno wrote several pieces for theatre, film, and TV, some of which were successfully produced in Europe, and the United States. Neno Pervan resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife of twenty plus years Milena, 18-years old son Andrej, and 5-years old daughter Mia.

R Michael GrosR. Michael Gros, Magellanica, Director

Michael served as Artistic Director for six seasons (2000 – 2006) with PCPA Theaterfest, where he produced and/or directed 70 Equity productions, including multiple world and west coast premieres, as well as, commissioning new works and producing numerous regional educational outreach tours.

Michael is a member of the professional theatre directors union (SSDC) and served as a resident faculty director at Kansas State University.

In 2005, Michael was selected to receive a residency fellowship in non-profit arts leadership at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation. He earned his MFA in directing from the University of California at Irvine, and earned his BA in theatre, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of California Los Angeles. He earned an AA degree from El Camino College where he studied with Howard Banks (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), William Buck and Charles Turner.

Michael is also an arts consultant, most recently serving as an advisor to the Board of Directors and interim Executive Director for the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande, CA. Michael has presented numerous seminars on leadership and arts management through the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Leadership Academy. He was an invited participant in Theatre Communication Group’s New Artistic Leaders Institute and New Works, New Ways Forum.

Michael has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Center Theatre Group.

Michael is currently a member of the Santa Barbara City College faculty.


THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE - January 29 at 7:00 P.M.

peter mcdPeter McDonough, The Boondawgle Estate, Playwright

Peter has always been drawn to a good story and from a young age often imagined himself immersed in the action. When he discovered the world of theatre he found a medium in which he could physically partake in the storytelling and draw the audience in with him. It became a passion. He realized that passion through acting, directing and designing. Peter has worked as a production professional in the Chicago area and expanded his interests into television and film. In addition to receiving two Emmy Awards for art direction and production design, he has also produced two award winning independent short films. Peter delved into writing when he created an Emmy nominated children’s television program on character building and recently penned a screenplay for a short film. Compelled to return to his roots in theatre, Peter now feels inspired to write as a new way of drawing back into the action of the story. The Boondawgle Estate is his first foray into a full length play but he is enticed by the idea of crafting more works for the stage.

Rob GraysonRob Grayson, The Boondawgle Estate

Rob has been involved with theater for over 30 years. Rob played Mike in the Los Angeles cast of “A Chorus Line”, Woodstock in the regional tour of “Snoopy”, Sam Harris in the SBCC production of “George M”, Rocky in Firelight Theater production of “Damn Yankees, Charles Guiteau in the Out of the Box Theater production of “Assassins”, Evil Eddie in Evil Dead, and has been featured in productions of Spring Awakening, Heartstrings, and Godspell. In addition to his work on stage Rob has been featured in a number of national commercials and in the Film “Newsies.” Theater has always been a passion of Rob’s and he is very honored to be serving as the Executive Director for the Elements Theatre Collective.

Kathy MardenKathy Marden, The Boondawgle Estate

Kathy Marden was last seen in Prism Productions wild ride of “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Production of A Christmas Carol. Prior to that she was in the Santa Barbara City College production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”. At Center Stage Theater she was in the Producing Unit’s production of “154 & Paradise”, as well as Drama Dog’s production of “Dance me to the end of Love”. Also at Center Stage; “Mornings at Seven”, and two productions of “Bill W & Dr. Bob” as well as Speaking of Stories Additionally, she appeared in over 11 productions at the Circle Bar B Theater. Some of her favorite roles were in “Jake’s Women”, “The Cocktail Hour”, “Regrets Only”, “Any Wednesday” and the final show “Ghost of a Chance”.

Meredith McMinnMeredith McMinn, The Boondawgle Estate

Meredith McMinn has been a professional actress for over 30 years, performing at such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Houston’s Alley Theatre, PCPA, the Old Globe, and San Diego Rep. Favorite roles include The Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi; Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker; Paulina in AWinter’s Tale; Aldonza (Dulcinea) in Man of LaMancha; Juliet’s Nurse; Kitty in Taking Steps, Grandma in The American Dream, Claire Zachanasian in The Visit; and the dual role of Paulina/Josephina in I Married Wyatt Earp, for the Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, co-produced by ASCAP. Santa Barbara audiences have seen her as Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (Indy Award); Regan in King Lear; Olga in The Sisters; Aunt Dan in Aunt Dan and Lemon; Bernarda in House of Bernarda Alba; Josephina in Ambition Facing West; Hannah in Hannah and Martin; Hesione Hushabye in Heartbreak House; Alice/Mrs. Plant in Blue Heart; Queen Margaret in Richard III; Ella in Curse of the Starving Class, Betty in Defying Gravity, Margaret Sanger and Emily Dickinson in two editions of Meeting of Minds and Gingy in Love, Loss and What I Wore, at various Santa Barbara area venues. Most recently she performed at the Lobero as Egeria in The Christmas Revels: The Treasures of Spain and the previous year as Mary in An Irish Celebration of Winter Solstice. She has enjoyed appearing a number of times with Speaking of Stories, including telling her own story in Personal Stories: Santa Barbara Voices. Last summer she starred as archeologist Mary Leakey in the world premiere of Footprints at Laetoli, followed by three very different roles in Re-Connected, an evening of new short plays at The Plaza Playhouse. Some may have seen her at SBIFF a few years ago as Grandma Rose in the film The Secret Ingredient. Meredith is also a singer, voice-over performer, director and dialect coach, and has taught at SBCC and UCSB in film and theatre departments.

ken gilbertKen Gilbert, The Boondawgle Estate, Director

Ken Gilbert, MA, is a Theater Artist and Somatic Educator. Ken received his MA in Dramatic Arts at U.C. Davis. During a seventeen-year hiatus from theatre, Ken pursued and developed his teaching style and capabilities. Currently with DramaDogs, a Theater Company, along with E. Bonnie Lewis, he co-founded DramaDogs in 1999, formerly Slightly Askew Players. He is a physical-based actor/director in the theater; directing and performing; having directed Joyce Carol Oates’ “I Stand Before You Naked” which received a ‘Garland’ from Backstage West citing the production as “bold, innovative theatre,” filled with “strong, compelling performances.” Ken acted, produced and co-directed “Taut Wires: three by Lanford Wilson” which garnered him an Independent Theatre Award for his performance.

Ken is known for his ingenuity in integrating material from various fields and creating dynamic presentations and sentient experiences; pursuing issues with depth and vision, he revels in the art of collaboration. Theater and teaching provide him finding new ways to understand himself and the people in his life.