WRITER/ERIC: JOSEPH MANCUSO

Grew up in Western Massachusetts. "Born to entertain" was what his second grade teacher said as she told his mother that she was going to "break his spirit". How'd that work out for you Mrs. Maloney? A graduate from the University of Hartford and student of David Gideon, protégé of Lee Strasberg. A member of InViolet Theater in New York City.  

Can be seen in The Blacklist, Unforgettable, God Friended Me, Blue Bloods, Shades of Blue, Drunk Parents, Pee Wee's Big Holiday, and the upcoming film, Gringa, with Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, and Jess Gabor.

DIRECTOR: CHLOE LENIHAN

Chloe Lenihan joined the Screen Actors Guild at the age of seven and worked professionally as an actor in LA and New York. She received an MFA in Creative Producing from Columbia University where she won the New York Women in Film & Television scholarship. 

Her directorial debut, Red Dot, screened at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, was nominated for “Best Student Film” at the California Independent Film Festival, and won “Best Director of a Comedy” at the 2014 Best Actors Film Festival. She has written and produced over a dozen short films that have screened at festivals including: Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, UrbanWorld, and Palm Springs.  Prior to Columbia, Chloe worked for Oscar-winning GK Films on The Departed, The Aviator, and Blood Diamond.

ELENA: CHRISTINA BENNETT LIND

East-Coaster living on the West coast. Born a twin and a younger sister to painter/educator father and dance teacher/educator mother. Festival of Trees in Albany a fixture. Guilderland Ballet’s ‘Shoe’ tree and late-afternoon tree decorating a distant but potent memory, along with the gingerbread houses at the center room; the smell of sugar, the cruelty of not being able to taste it.  Fat Black Cat for as long as I can remember and first mysterious pet loss that taught me the strange sensation of guilt and loss for being too busy to investigate. Always made movies in my head and work as a television and theatre actor, few films sprinkled in. Some distant but potent memories of drawing for fun and the loss and guilt associated with ‘art becoming work.’ Theatre company took me traveling, for which I will always be grateful. I believe in ugly as beautiful and integrity, and the intensely powerful patterns of habit. Be cheerful, strive to be happy, end the procrastination, and start the collective. Known for House of Cards (2013), All My Children (1970) and Calico Skies (2016).

TOM: ADAM GRIFFITH

Originally from Missouri, Adam moved to New York to began his training at William Esper Studios, under the tutelage of Suzanne Esper. He has since studied with Bob Krakower, Matt Newton, and completed his second course at the UCB.

Recent credits include: FOX’s GOTHAM, HBO’s VINYL, CBS’ UNFORGETTABLE, and Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH.Up next, he’s set to play Jett in the film THE TRUTH OF MISS MARSHALL.

Adam also trains and teaches the Israeli Martial Art, Krav Maga, in which he holds a first degree black belt.

DANI: VANESSA RUBIO

Vanessa was born on December 6th in New Jersey. Her parents are both from Bogotá, Colombia. She is an actor, writer and director known for How To Be Single (2016), The Hudson Tribes (2016), The Dark Rite (2016) and Liv &Josh (2010). Also an accomplished artist, Vanessa paints in many mediums.

JESSUP: ANDREW BLAIR

Andrew Blair was born in Mint Hill, NC and received his BFA in Acting from East Carolina University. Based out of New York, Andrew has a successful career in TV/Film and Theater. He is known for his work in Amazon Prime's American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, Giving You The Business and Easy Street. As well as playing a slew of wholesome nerds in commercials.

ALYSSA: JJ PYLE

J.J. Pyle is an actress and director, known for Drowning(2001), Biting Personalities (2007) and Phantom Jesus :: Crucify Reality (2016).

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