Honorary Players Board

PlayFest Santa Barbara honors this select group of exceptionally talented professional artists who share and support our commitment to the development of new plays and musicals.

STACY KEACH

Broadway: Indians (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Deathtrap, Solitary Confinement, The Kentucky Cycle (Helen Hayes Award). New York Shakespeare Festival: Falstaff, Peer Gynt, Hamlet (Obie award). Other NYC: MacBird (Obie & Drama Desk awards), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Obie award). Other Desert Cities Lincoln Center Theater (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination). Tours: Frost/Nixon (Helen Hayes Award), Sleuth, Barnum, Camelot, The King & I. UK: Art, Hughie (National Theater). Regional: Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, King Lear (2010 Helen Hayes Award), Finishing The Picture, Ten Unknowns, (Mark Taper Forum). 

Films include: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, End of the Road, The New Centurions, Doc, Fat City, Luther, The Longriders, The Ninth Configuration, Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, Judge Roy Bean, Escape From L.A., American History X, W, Imbued (also composed the score). Upcoming: The Bourne Legacy and Planes.

TV: Mike Hammer, Hemingway (Golden Globe award, Emmy nom.), Mistral’s Daughter, The Blue and The Grey, Titus, Prison Break, Lights Out, 2 and a Half Men, Bored to Death (upcoming).

Other: Narrates American Greed, charter member LA Theater Works, 2011 Audie Award, The Little Death Mike Hammer radio novel (star and composer). Recently released first songs: Anything For Moneyand Out of Work Blues. 28 years Honorary Chairman,The Cleft Palate Foundation.

NANCY ANDERSON

Nancy made her Broadway debut as Mona in A Class Act, and played the roles of Helen and Eileen in the Broadway revival of Wonderful Town. PBS “Great Performances” audiences know her for her Olivier and Helen Hayes nominated performance of Lois/Bianca in the West End premiere of Kiss Me, Kate. Nancy is also featured in the Great Performances Broadcast of South Pacific starring Reba McIntyre. Off- Broadway, Nancy received a 2000 Drama Desk Award Nomination for her portrayal of all the women in Jolson and Company at the York Theater, and a 2005 Drama Desk Nomination as the title Role in Fanny Hill. Recently, Nancy played Oolie/Donna in City of Angels at the Goodspeed Opera House and has spent the better part of 2012 playing Gloria in Damn Yankees at the Papermill Playhouse and Seattle 5th Avenue.   She played Winnie from Washington in No, No, Nanette (Encores!) starring Rosie O’Donnell and Sandy Duncan and has starred in five musicals in Mufti at the York Theater. She has appeared with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall in his Valentine’s tribute concert, “Hooray For Love Songs”. Nancy has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and she sings regularly at Town Hall in Scott Siegel’s Broadway By The Year series. She has appeared as a guest vocalist with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and the Bob Hardwick Sound and she has been frequently seen at the legendary jazz club Birdland with Ross Patterson and His Little Big Band featuring songs from her debut album, “Ten Cents A Dance”. She is winner of second Noel Coward Cabaret Award Competition. Other credits: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (Encores!), Yank! (York Theatre), Ionescopade (The York), Ordinary Days (South Coast Rep), Side By Side By Sondheim (Signature Theatre), The Women (Old Globe), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and Sylvia in Sylvia(Cape Playhouse), Madeline in By Jeeves(Goodspeed, Geffin, Kennedy Center), The Black Monk (Yale Rep), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed), Polly in Crazy For You (Pioneer Playhouse). www.nancyanderson.name

BUD CORT

Bud Cort, American actor/comedian, was born Walter Edward Cox in New Rochelle, New York.  He grew up in Rye, N.Y. and upon graduation from Iona Prep School run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, he enrolled in NYU’s School of the Arts, now known as Tisch. The acting department was full but since Bud had a very strong portfolio as an artist and portrait painter, he was accepted in the scenic design program.  Meantime, Bud studied acting with Bill Hickey at HB Studios and secretly began working in commercials, off-off Broadway Theater, and on the soap opera, The Doctors. Given an ultimatum about working, Bud left NYU for nightclubs and stand-up.

While appearing at the Upstairs at the Downstairs in the musical revue Free Fall, Bud was spotted by Robert Altman who was in New York looking for actors for his film M.A.S.H.  Bud was hired and from that smash hit, went on to play the title role in Altman’s next film Brewster McCloud.

Bud’s life changed with the quirky May-Dec. love story, Harold and Maude, opposite Ruth Gordon.  After a confused reception, the film went on to become not only one of the most successful cult movies in history, but eventually was crowned an American Film Classic. Bud was awarded the French equivalent of the Oscar, the Crystal Star, for best actor. The only other Americans to win this award were James Dean for East of Eden and Henry Fonda for The Grapes of Wrath.  Bud was also nominated for the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award for this performance.

He made his Broadway debut opposite Donald Pleasance in Simon Gray’s Wise Child at the Helen Hayes Theatre.  Films (over 70) include Why Shoot the Teacher? (opposite Samantha Eggar), The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud, (a comedy with Klaus Kinski and Carol Kane), and She Dances Alone (a documentary/fantasy about the real life daughter of Vaslav Nijinski, Kyra, with Max Von Sydow), The Life Aquatic (with Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett) and The Number 23 (with Jim Carrey).  Besides his film and theater work, Bud has sung all over the world from Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Alcazar in Paris.  He was the youngest actor ever given an homage at the Cinematheque in Paris in an evening hosted by the great comedic actor, Jacques Tati.

Bud lived as a house guest for many years with his dear friend Groucho Marx.  Bud co-founded the LA Classic Theatre Works with, among others, Rene Auberjonois, Richard Dreyfuss, and John Lithgow.  Bud performed the entire J. D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye live on the radio, as well as his original one man show, An Evening with Truman Capote which was the genesis for the Broadway show.  He appeared with Tom Waits in the L.A. Premiere of Thomas Babe’s Demon Wine and was nominated for the LA Theatre Critics Best Actor award for his performance as Clov in Samuel Beckett’s ENDGAME, which he first played in New York at the Cherry Lane Theatre.  For his performance, Bud was awarded a Dramalogue Award as Best Actor.

Recent films include Kevin Smith’s Dogma (as God), Ed Harris’ Pollock, and his own controversial film, Ted and Venus (Col. Tri Star Home Video) which Bud directed, co-wrote, and starred in with Woody Harrelson and Gena Rowlands and which initially, like Harold and Maude upset some critics yet was hailed as a “tiny masterpiece,” and “a courageous film, Bud Cort’s finest performance.”

Bud is a member of the Director’s Unit of the Actor’s Studio. Besides Bill Hickey, he has studied extensively with Stella Adler, Joan Darling, David Craig, and Del Close of 2nd City.  Bud recently starred in television’s Arrested Development, Funny or Die Presents and on the “Mosley Lane” episode of Criminal Minds.  He just completed a starring role opposite Chris Elliott in Elliott’s new show on Adult Swim, Eagleheart.

GORDON CLAPP

Following 12 seasons as Detective Greg Medavoy on NYPD Blue, Emmy winner Gordon Clapp took his act to Broadway where he was nominated for a Tony in the all-star revival of Glengarry Glen Ross. After numerous guest-starring roles on shows including CSI, Monk, Without A Trace and Deadwood and roles in features including Flags of Our Fathers, Sunshine State and The Game Plan he recurred as Rose Byrnes’ father on Damages and was honored to appear in Taking Chance for HBO. More recently he has returned to his first love, theatre, starring in Blood From A Stone with Ethan Hawke and the world premiere of David Rabe’s latest play An Early History of Fire with The New Group. This summer he returns to his native New Hampshire to star in Our Town at New London Barn Playhouse and the world premiere of Auld Lang Syne at Peterborough Players. He continues to barnstorm his portrayal of Robert Frost in a one-man show entitled This Verse Business written by A.M. Dolan.

RUTH WILLIAMSON

Ruth has appeared on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the 2004 revival of “La Cage Aux Folles”,  the  2000 revival of The Music Man garnering her an Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Epic Proportions for which she won a FANY Award (the People’s Choice of Broadway), Little Me with Martin Short, Guys And Dolls with Nathan Lane, Marvin Hamlisch’s Smile,  The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940  and the original Annie, followed by a tour as Miss Hannigan. She earned a Drama Desk Nomination for Charles Busch’s The Green Heart (Manhattan Theatre Club), and appeared with the playwright in his productions of Queen Amarantha  and You Should Be So Lucky (Barrymore Nomination). Also in New York: DuBarry Was A Lady (ENCORES!), The Good Times Are Killing Me (Second Stage), The English Teachers (M.C.C.), A Leonard Bernstein Revue (Rainbow & Stars).  West Coast credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Pantages,  Guys & Dolls, The Music Man and Les Miserables at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as six shows with L.A.’s REPRISE! series, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Strike Up The Band, No Strings, A Funny Thing…Forum and How To Succeed In Business. She played Vera opposite Carol Lawrence’s Mame at Musical Theatre West and played Mame at Sacramento Music Circus where she also appeared as Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Regionally: The Women (The Old Globe), Bell, Book and Candle (Hartford Stage), No Way To Treat A Lady  (Coconut Grove; Carbonell Nomination), Candide (Huntington Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Arena Stage) and various roles at Long Wharf Theatre, O’Neill Conference, Bay Street Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, Cape Playhouse and Goodspeed Opera. Featured film roles: Evan Almighty, The Producers,  Legally Blonde II: Red, White And Blonde, The Family Man with Nicholas Cage, Malcolm X, Foreign Student, Psycho Beach Party, Double Parked, Italian Movie,  Easy Six with Julian Sand, and can be heard as the singing voice of Charles Busch in Die Mommie, Die!  TV guest appearances: Monk, Medium, The O.C., Hannah Montana, Kingpin, ER, The Practice, Star Trek Enterprise, Law & Order, What I Like About You, Wonderland, Chestnut Hill (NBC pilot) and the recurring role of Mrs. Grubman on the FX series, Nip/Tuck.

KEVIN SORBO

Growing up in Mound, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis, the “Sorbs” excelled at football, baseball, basketball, and golf, but his passion was always with the theater.  After studying marketing and advertising at Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota, Kevin joined an actors theater group in Dallas, Texas before traveling to Europe for 3 ½ years and another 6 months in Sydney, Australia, where he enrolled in theater courses and modeled for print ads and appeared in over 50 commercials.  When he returned to the States, Kevin settled in Los Angeles where he studied acting with Bill Traylor at the Loft Studios, Janet Alhanti, and  Roy London. Sorbo shot over 150 commercials and began making prime time appearances on shows such as Dallas, The Commish, and Murder She Wrote.

Kevin received international stardom as Hercules on the hit TV series, Hercules, the Legendary Journeys (1993-2000).  After the success of the initial five, two-hour movies the series exploded onto the mainstream, airing in 176 countries and surpassing rating-topper Baywatch as the most watched TV show in the world.  Sorbo also directed two episodes and co-wrote one installment of the Hercules.  

As season seven of Hercules was ending, Sorbo signed with the Tribune Company and went on to star in the lead role of Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda.  The series was created by Gene Roddenberry off the heels of Star Trek in 1969 and revived in 2000.  Andromeda debuted as the number one, hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at number one for its entire run from 2000-2005.

In 1997, on a hiatus from Hercules, Sorbo starred in the feature film Kull, the Conqueror. “Kull was the prequel to Conan the Barbarian. That was followed by Walking Tall, the Payback and Walking Tall, Lone Justice, both released on Sony DVD. Other popular credits are Lifetime Channel’s Last Chance Café, and Hallmark’s third highest rated film, Avenging Angel.  Sorbo is most recently recognized for his roles in The Santa Suit (2010), Meet the Spartans (2008), Fire From Below (2009), Lightning Strikes (2009), Prairie Fever (2008), Flesh Wounds (2011), and Paradox (2011). In 2010, Sorbo played “Pierluigi” in the Australian comedy, The King of Mykonos, which debuted in Australia at number one. Sorbo has since played opposite Kristy Swanson and John Ratzenberger in the independent film “What If”, which premiered in August of 2010. The film remained in theaters for 5 months on strong word of mouth and was nominated for Best Family Movie of the Year 2011 by the Movie Guide Awards. Sorbo himself received the Movie Guide Award for Most Inspirational Performance of the Year for his portrayal of Ben Walker.

In between all that shooting, Sorbo also guest starred on a number of sitcoms.  Those included Just Shoot Me, Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg, According to Jim and many more.

In 2011, Sorbo stared alongside Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood in Soul Surfer, the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack.  Also set to release on the big screen in 2011 and 2012 is Julia X, a 3D psychological thriller, an Italian/American feature, The Captives.  Other movies include The Coffin, Sam Steele: The Silver Chalice, SoBe Real, Avarice and two comedies: Poolboy : Drowning out the Fury, and FDR:  American Badass.  He just completed Abel’s Field. Abel’s Field is a modern day Cain and Abel tale set in the world of Texas High School football.  Sorbo is currently shooting two movies in 2012. Shadow On the Mesa for The Hallmark Channel, and an independent comedy, The Whole Banana, starring along with Matthew Perry.   Sorbo is currently shooting two movies, A Matter of Time and Angel Next Door with Terri Polo and Della Reese for release in 2013.

Kevin has had the pleasure of starring in many guest spot appearances on TV shows, such as Hawaii 5-0, Gary Unmarried, Just Shoot Me, According to Jim, Hope & Faith, Two and a Half Men, and USA Network’s Psych, with recurring appearances on Dharma & Greg and The OC.  He also is attached to star in a new TV series, Me 2 for Sony Studios.

Kevin has just released his memoir, “True Strength: My Journey From Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life”. The book chronicles his near death experience in 1997 at the end of season 5 on Hercules.  Suffering three strokes and the battle to gain back his life. It is an honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy, and the power of letting go.  It is a book for anyone who suffers a setback in life and is struggling to find their way forward.

In real life, Kevin leads “A World Fit for Kids”, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to become positive role models school, fitness, sports, and uses them to mentor younger children. In 1997, the program was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California.  Then in 2003, Kevin was named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the Afterschool Alliance; a non-profit organization working to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching afterschool programs.

Sorbo currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sam and three young children.

REBECCA STAAB

Rebecca was most recently seen on Glee, Fairly Legal. Criminal Minds, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist , CSI, CSI-New York, NCIS, and Nip/Tuck, Rebecca’s first acting job (and first audition for that matter) on Loving, as series regular teenage punk-rocker Cecelia Thompson, is still one of her favorites mostly because she never gets to play punk-rockers any more.

Born in Hays, Kansas and growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, Rebecca had a 4.0 GPA in both high school and college, and was Miss Nebraska in the Miss USA pageant where she finished sixth overall.

After three years as a professional model based in Paris, and working all over the world (Italy, England, Germany, Japan, etc), accumulating covers and international campaigns in every country, she moved on to New York and continued working with the FORD Modeling agency while starting her acting career as the aforementioned punk-rocker, followed by the series regular ‘good girl’ Jessie Matthews on The Guiding Light.

Some of Rebecca’s series regular roles include the sex-crazed anchorwoman Sherry Beck on  the newsroom drama Live Shot;  innocent vampire Daphne Collins on Dark Shadows;  the first lesbian television character Ellen Sommers on Trade Winds; and the billionaire widow/vampire/fashion designer Elizabeth Barrington on Port Charles. Rebecca has enjoyed working on other network series from Cheers, Seinfeld,  Ellen, Wonder Years,  Columbo, Beverly  Hills 90210,  Drew Carey, Dharma and Greg, and Las Vegas to name a few.

Not every girl gets the chance to be a Marvel Comic superhero, but Rebecca starred in the  original film version of The Fantastic Four as Susan Storm, The Invisible Girl.

She is enthusiastically remembered by many fans of the film Love Potion #9 for her famous ‘verbally castrating’ bar room scenes with Tate Donovan; and is also  recognized  frequently for the “top funniest commercials of the year” TAG body spray,  as the Mrs. Robinson-MILF who seduces her daughter’s boyfriend.

Rebecca played the title role in indy film House on a Hill starring with Phillip Baker Hall, and recently completed work on two other films All Ages Night, and Love at First Hiccup.

An avid traveler, Rebecca has been from Russia to Costa Rica, Italy to Bali, Japan to Austria, France to Singapore, Estonia to Kauai, Crete to Zihuatanejo, Istanbul to Hong Kong, Helsinki to the Canary Islands, Tunisia to St. Barts, Tahiti to Tulum, and most places in between!  She personally enjoy every outdoor adventure sport – her garage looks like a miniature “Sports Chalet” — mountain bike, road bike, scuba equipment, skiis, fly fishing gear, deep sea fishing gear, rock climbing gear, motorcycle, kayak, hiking poles, tents, camping gear, running shoes, cowboy boots, dog igloos……

Rebecca studied in New York City with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios, and in Los Angeles with Larry Moss.

She lives in the Hollywood Hills in a Historical Home with her boyfriend and four dogs, where she enjoys landscape architecture, interior design, and gourmet cooking.

PETER VAN NORDEN

Peter, a native New Yorker, appeared in five Broadway shows: Saint Joan (with Lynn Redgrave), The Inspector General, and Romeo and Juliet at Circle-in-the-Square; Macbeth at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre; and as the “evil” Anthony Anstey opposite Donny Osmond in George M. Cohan’s Little Johnny Jones at the Alvin Theatre (also at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in L.A., and on Showtime TV).

Peter’s feature film credits include The Accused (as defense attorney “Ted Paulsen” opposite Kelly McGillis and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster), Police Academy 2 (as Steve Guttenberg’s inept partner, “Vinnie Schtulman”), The Naked Gun 21/2 (as White House Chief-of-Staff, “John Sununu”), An Innocent Man (as Tom Selleck’s lawyer), as the lead in Don’t Call Me Frankie at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, Love Hurts (with Jeff Daniels), The Best of Times (with Robin Williams and Kurt Russell), Hard to Hold (with Rick Springfield), Roadhouse 66 (with Willem Dafoe and Judge Reinhold), The Rosary Murders (with Donald Sutherland), Hitting the Cycle, and the 1988 Academy Award winning short film Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall. On television, he was seen as “Ralph Brentner,” one of the leads in the Stephen King 8-hour mini-series, The Stand.

Among his MANY other TV credits are recurring roles on L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote and Life Goes On, and appearances on Without a Trace, Caroline in the City, Nash Bridges, In the Heat of the Night, Matlock, The Client, Tales From the Crypt, Wings, Hill St. Blues, Cheers, St.Elsewhere, Newhart, Family Ties, Three’s a Crowd, Benson, Double Switch, and as Pierre Salinger in the mini-series Blood Feud.

Off-Broadway in N.Y., he played the First Gravedigger opposite Kevin Kline in Hamlet, at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theatre. Other appearances include Jungle of Cities with Al Pacino, the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V (with Meryl Streep), and Hamlet (with Sam Waterston) in Central Park, and Shakespeare’s Cabaret at The Colonnades Theatre Co. Most recently, he appeared as ‘Henry Kissinger’ in the L.A. Theatre Works production of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers at the N.Y. Theatre Workshop, on NPR’s The Play’s The Thing, in Los Angeles, on tour across the U.S. and in three cities in China, including Shanghai and Bejing.

ARYE GROSS

Arye is a former Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Center in Hollywood, Ca, where between 2000 and 2003 he produced over 20 plays; new works and classics, musicals and pantomimes, including several Ovation, LADCC, Garland, LA WEEKLY and NAACP Theatre awards nominated/winning productions.  During this time Arye also held an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Southern California, teaching acting in the School of Theater. From 1995 through 1998 he served as a member of the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. Mr. Gross has been a professional actor for 30 years, regularly appearing in feature films, series television, Broadway, Regional, and Los Angeles area theatre, and is heard regularly on public radio across the country. He was an Associate Artistic Director of The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles and currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of The Verdugos. A native Angelino, Arye studied at UC Irvine and received his training at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Arye was recently elected as a member of the National Board of Screen Actors Guild.

JOHN WALCUTT

John just completed playing Shakespeare’s Richard III at Shakespeare Orange County, and plays Tea Party rabble-rouser Greg Owen on Aaron Sorkin’s hit new HBO series, The Newsroom with Jeff Daniels.

He has built a wonderful career as an onscreen actor, a stage actor, a director, writer, and producer. His many fond theatre memories include dozens of shows at South Coast Repertory, The Odyssey Theatre, The Old Globe in San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Mark Taper Forum. In L.A., he is a founding member of both The Antaeus Company and The Matrix Theatre Company, and he has Guest-Starred in nearly 200 TV shows and films, including Titanic, Little Miss Sunshine, Seabiscuit, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Mad Men, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and many, many more.

His favorite TV roles have included cult-popular recurring turns as Dennis Hopper’s whacked-out doctor on Crash, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s evil nemesis “Wide Brim” on Ghost Whisperer, the struggling alcoholic father “Tom Johnson” on JAG, and the time-traveling father of Quinn (Jerry O’Connell) on Sliders.

John received The Golden Ace Award at The Las Vegas Film Festival for Comedy Feature Director (The Alpha Geek); wrote the screenplay for the film, Making Contact (BRI/BET TV), produced Sex And A Girl for Lifetime Television, and just received an Indie Fest Award for Best Director for the new, scary feature Termite: The Walls Have Eyes, which played this year at The Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals.

John is very proud to have received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Acting in the film, Little Miss Sunshine.

His many voice over credits for Disney Feature Animation include his favorites, Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

ELIZABETH DENNEHY

Elizabeth is originally from Long Island NY. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1989, she studied Theatre Arts at Hofstra University, and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Onstage she has performed at the NYSF in Henry V with Kevin Kline, at the Kennedy Center with Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, at the Provincetown Playhouse in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, at South Coast Rep in Dancing at Lughnasa and A Streetcar Named Desire, at Williamstown and Shakespeare & Co, and is one of the original creators of Tony and Tina’s Wedding, which she performed in NY and Los Angeles. 

Among her many TV appearances her favorite roles are Commander Shelby in Star Trek the Next Generation, working opposite Robert Urich in the Lazarus Man, and to finally get to play the bad guy in The Mentalist.

Film roles include Hancock, Red Dragon, Soldier, the Game, Gattaca, The Watergame, and Welcome to Paradise with her dad, Brian Dennehy.  She lives in Hollywood with her two teenage sons and husband.

JOHN ACHORN

John is an actor, director and teacher.  He is a master teacher of the commedia dell’Arte, which he studied under the late Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, and with whom he helped found the noted Dell’Arte School in Humboldt County.

LA stage: Synesthesia LA, 2012 (Athena/Bootleg), The Seagull, The Malcontent (Antaeus) The Capulets & Montagues (ANDAK), The Importance of Being Earnest (LA Women’s Shakespeare), The Arsonists (Odyssey), Golden State (Dell’Arte/24th Street), Fafalo! (Ziggurat) , Master Class and The Wood Demon (Mark Taper), La Bête (Stages/John Anson Ford), Mercadet, Mysteries and Mayhem, and Norman Corwin’s The Plot to Overthrow Christmas (Antaeus Company), Bullshot Crummond, Footlight Frenzy (Low Moan Spectacular), plus productions at the Virginia Avenue Project, Powerhouse, Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, The Magic Theatre (S.F.). 

Film: Almost Broadway, Born Yesterday, Book of Love, Night of the Comet, Beverly Hills Cop, The Incredible Shrinking Woman

TV: Talk Show With Spike Feresten, Days of Our Lives, McBride, Lazarus Man, Quantum Leap, Fresh Prince, Murphy Brown, Golden Girls, Newhart and the role of Don Kipper on the CBS sitcom Bailey Kipper’s P.O.V

He has been seen in numerous commercials, and done voice work in many films.

John is also currently teaching various classes at Santa Monica Emeritus College and the Virginia Avenue Project.  He is also a founding member of Studio Zanni, a commedia dell’Arte Company in Los Angeles.  He has also taught acting and directed at University of Redlands, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Current projects include a documentary on the late Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, and the translation & adaptation of A Sensible Girl, a comedy written in 1692 by Jean de Palaprat for the Theatre Italien in Paris.  He is a long-standing member of The Antaeus Company.

TRENT DAWSON

Trent was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA and received his BFA in Acting from the University of Colorado. His first few years after graduation were spent performing in nearly 20 productions of Shakespeare across the country with theatres like First Stage Milwaukee, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, and American Stage.

He made his Broadway debut in The Herbal Bed, and appeared Off Broadway in Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), The Memorandum (Beckett), and Macbeth (SOHO Rep). Also in NYC , The Revival (IT Nomination), many works of Shakespeare with American Globe, and The Way of the World and Altitude Sickness with his own company, Blue Coat Rep.

Major regional credits include The Homecoming, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Missalliance with Baltimore Center Stage; The School for Scandal at MacCarter Theatre, Beyond Therapy at Westport Country Playhouse, Cyrano at The Fulton Opera House, The Miser at Geva,and the title role in Pal Joey at the Prince Music Theatre.

 In television and film, Trent has appeared in The Good Wife, Homeland, Guiding Light, Men in Black III and he received three Emmy nominations for his role as Henry Coleman on As the World Turns

LARRY POINDEXTER

Larry has acted in hundreds of hours of episodic TV, MOW’S AND Pilots. He spent the last two seasons starring as the swinging Rick “The Brick” Berger on the MTV ½ hr. The Hard Times of RJ Berger. He’s appeared on Californication, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, Weeds, Nip/Tuck, Bones, Friends, Will & Grace, and many, many others. He’s currently recurring as ADA Melvoy on CSI (and has appeared on the other two CSI’s as well). He’s also been featured in multiple episodes of Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union as well as several other shows including JAG, Notes From the Underbelly, and Blade, The Series.

On the big screen, he recently completed the indie flick 180, and most recently was in theatres with 17 Again with Zach Efron. Though he has over 30 film credits, he’s mostly seen every hour on the hour on HBO opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in S.W.A.T. and Halle Berry in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. He has also produced and 2nd unit directed – most notably the HBO world-premiere movie The White Raven, and the recent short film, Strings – where he first met (and hired) Hard Times DP Mathew Rudenberg.

On stage, Poindexter, for the firth year in a row, appeared in the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. Prior to that he played Benedick in Much a Doobie Brothers About Nothing for the Troubadour Theatre Company, of which he is a founding member. He has also appeared with them in The Comedy of Aerosmith and Shrew. He was the defrocked priest Reverend Lawrence T. Shannon in the Los Angeles revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana. He played the infamous role of Jack/Jesus in the “hit” musical Reefer Madness – for which he won an Ovation Award. Other roles include the long-running theatrical experience Tamara (as the brooding and mysterious Chauffeur), the Pen/West award winning adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, and the 25th anniversary production of Boys in the Band. He co- wrote and composed, The Devil You Know an R&B musical that is currently being shopped regionally with Tony nominee, Sheryl Kaller attached as Director. He and writing partner David Carey Foster recently started work on another musical set in Austin, Texas – his home state. As a theatre producer, he and partner Flody Suarez, along with Reefer Madness alums, Director Andy Fickman and writer Kevin Murphy, are currently developing an authorized Bio Stage Musical of Cher.

His band, alt-country fave, The High Lonesome, recently re-released the Spark Records album Feel Free To Do So, with additional/bonus tracks – including their hard to find EP. With the retirement of that group, he has placed songs in any number of feature films.

He is a die-hard basketball fan with season ticks to the Clippers and plays in an Over (cough/ahem “something”)League when not acting. He was a design and illustration major in college before being talked into a college production of You Can’t Take it With You. He’s never regretted switching majors…

He is happily married to Casting Director Carol Kritzer and they have twin boys, Rees and Jake.

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