An actor and comedian, Sam hails from Wisconsin where he studied theatre. Since traveling to New York, Sam has been in numerous Off-Off Broadway productions all over the city. He participated in the Midtown International Theatre Festival in Pizza Man where he was nominated for the festival's Best Actor Award. Sam also played an integral part in an Astoria based film company called A Stori A Film.
Jessica Lea Alex (Kate Pastiche) While studying at Muhlenberg, where she graduated with a BA in Theatre and Dance, she performed Miss Julie (Julie) for which she was nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. Other Muhlenberg Credits include: Trojan Woman (Helen), Nunsense the Musical (Sister Mary Leo), and The Possibilities. Upon moving to New York City she co-founded VirtuoCity Theatre Productions, a theatre company dedicated to producing work with new artists. She recently performed Doubt: A Parable (Sister Mary James) at New Milford Theatre Works in CT. Other NYC credits include: Tempest (Ariel), Marat / Sade (Rossignol), American Tragedy (sung the role of Julia in a staged reading directed by Charles Strouse), Dream Babies, and an original cabaret performed at the Duplex.
Brett Andres (JarRed Michaels)
Brett first wanted to be an actor after throwing a man to the ground in a high school production of You Can’t Take It With You and shouting, "What did I do? I threw him on the floor, did it kill him!?" He had previously fiddled with theater in middle school skits and surprisingly detailed improvised GI Joe war dramas, but ultimately fell in love with acting opening night as Mr. Boris Kolenkhov with the audience howling and hiccupping with laughter. It was a small part and yet he was getting so much attention - applause even - every time he walked onto the stage! After leaving high school he continued to act and even wrote his own play and won a fellowship grant for it. Brett left the peaceful mountains of the Western Coast and headed easterly to New York City where he ultimately took everything that he learned, everything that he was, and spread it around the country (not in a gross way) in COUNTLESS theater tours (10 or so). What’s next for this legend? I suppose only time will tell.
Wilma Cespedes-Rivera (Natalynne Orbrook)
Ever the overachiever, Wilma received two Irene Ryan acting nominations and The Dorothy and Dexter Baker foundation award in the performing arts while studying at Muhlenberg College (B.A. Theater). Her favorite roles include Olivia in Twelfth Night and Judith in The Possibilities. NYC credits include: (Off-Broadway/International Tour) Sharon in Girls Night: The Musical, (Off-Broadway/National Tour) Dr. Luara in Girl Talk the Musical, and Something Wicked. Wilma has also performed the Puerto Rican National Anthem at Fenway Park. ¡Paciencia y fe!
Casey Cilio(Johnny College)
Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, Casey works part-time while commuting into New York City for acting classes and auditions. As well as training under the actress Brooke Bundy, he currently studies at the Bruce Ornstein Acting Workshop. Casey has also worked on student film projects at Columbia University and has been featured in IFC's Z-Rock. He is currently working on the independent film Gangs of Cornwall High.
Kelly Johnston(Jarred’s Manager)
Originally from North Carolina, he did his undergraduate studies at UNC at Chapel Hill in Theatre.He followed up a few years later by getting his Master’s degree in Directing at the California Institute of the Arts.He has worked in various regional theatres such as the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, NY, the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles, CA and the Laguna Beach Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA.He has co-founded and run two different theatre companies: Sirius Theatre in Los Angeles and, most recently, the Arizona Shakespeare Festival in Prescott, AZ.At AzSF, Kelly was the Artistic Director for its first twelve seasons and would still be there if he hadn’t moved to New York for the love of his life, Ms. Leslie Ann Kent.He is now a freelance director in the city.He is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, a founder of Directors Discuss, an Associate Artist of the Arizona Shakespeare Festival, and a Resident Director for Variations Theatre Group.He has an amazingly wonderful 14-year-old daughter, Laurel, and is inordinately fond of pie.
Michael Jared Kite (Writer) Originally from Levittown, PA, Mike studied philosophy and theatre at Muhlenberg College. He has written and directed several plays in New York, including A Levittown Story: The Legend of Lilly Pumpernickel, as well as the original theatre production, Duck Rape: A Romantic Comedy. His short play A Month of 8-0-8’s and Heartbreak was produced off-Broadway by Punch Theatre. He has also had several of his plays performed in PA, including Book: a Play and Beyond Apathy and Destruction. Also an actor, he has performed with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and had a starring role in the award winning Web Series Gemini Rising. His second grade teacher called his writing, "Unyielding. Post-modern. And really, really confusing for an 8 year old." He resides out of a box and drives a minivan.
Katherine Lannon (Executive Producer) Like many producers, her early work went largely unnoticed. Granted, it took place in the living room of her childhood home, starred her, a local neighborhood child and her then 6-year-old sister in flamboyant costumes and makeup singing along to The Lion King Soundtrack and was sparsely attended by a smattering of parents, family pets and 1 baffled grandmother. She wishes to not be held accountable for these somewhat misguided productions. Though she maintains the production value of said Disney-themed musicals and vows to uphold her dedication and passion for film, she does hope Fowl Play will be a least slightly better attended.
Evan Scott Loewenstein (Kate's ASSISTANT) Evan graduated Muhlenberg College in 2009 with a degree in Theater and Media & Communications. He was most recently seen in Rabbit Hole, Dog Sees God, Passion of the Christ, and A Flea in her Ear. Evan has been a featured actor in the Brooklyn College and Fairfield University film festivals, and has done various work with the New York Film Academy. In early 2011, Evan began work on his solo electropop band Work It Work It. With the summer release of the debut EP entitled Something Stirs, Work It Work It has been featured on popular online music websites Pandora, Spotify and LastFM. You’ll also be able to hear Work It Work It on XM Satellite Radio in the coming months. Evan is currently working on his sophomore album.
Meg Mark (Virginie Luc Goddard) Currently a graduate student at The Actors Studio Drama School working toward her MFA, she recently returned from The CrisisArt Festival in Italy where she performed in Architecture, a dance/theatre fusion play focused on 9/11. She has produced and acted in many new comedies in NYC, including Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! (Girlfriend). Recent NY Credits: Titus Andronicus (Lavinia), Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine) Henry V (Katherine) The Death of Emily Webster (Ivy), The Science Plays (Snake) Onlything East (Betsey). National Tour: Chamber Theater. Regional: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne), Dracula (Lucy Westerner), Servant of Two Masters (Clarice), The Odd Couple (Vera). She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and holds a degree in Musical Theatre from The New School University.
Charles MIller (Reality Show Director) After beginning his acting career performing the lead role of Les in Take a Giant Step at Texas Southern Univ., he continued performing on stage in Houston and New York in plays such as Day of Absence, Emperor Jones, The Visitor, and Electra. He has since developed as an actor for film by starring in A Turn For the Worst, Losing Grandma and Jam Session. Charles is excited at the chance to work with such a crazy cool team and hopes this series goes viral in a matter of minutes!
Patrick Scheid (Thaddeus)
An actor and theatre-maker from Ramsey, New Jersey, Patrick first learned that decency ain’t no thang while performing in a staged reading of Michael Jared Kite’s Beyond Apathy and Destruction as a young freshman at Muhlenberg College. Patrick is now a company member of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble and the associate artistic director of Homunculus Inc., which premiered their original production of Ghost Sonata in this year’s PhillyFringe Festival.Recent New York credits include: Three Seagulls (TRE/ HERE), The Bedbug (Target Margin Theater Lab/ Bushwick Starr), Spoon River Anthology (Jimmy Maize/ The Invisible Dog), Pest Actors (Dixon Place), and Ming Wong’s Persona Performa (Performa’11 Festival/ MOMI). He studied drama at Queen Mary College, University of London; and is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he received a BA for Theatre and for History.