CAST

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren is one of the most well-known and respected actresses with an international career that spans stage, screen and television. She has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances, most notably the Academy Award for the film The Queen. In television she is known for her role as DCI Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, her Emmy award winning performance in Elizabeth 1 and most recently Phil Spector for which she won Best Actress at the SAG awards.  Mirren’s recent film projects include, playing a British Colonel in the thriller Eye In The Sky about drone warfare and soon to be released Collateral Beauty with Will Smith. She was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship in 2014. She recently reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the West End stage and Broadway in The Audience, to acclaimed reviews and winning an Olivier Awards and a Tony Award respectively for Best Actress.

Richard Azurdia

Richard Azurdia is a proud Angeleno, born and raised in L.A. His theater credits include: American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (Denver Center Theatre Co.-Henry Award Nominee for Supporting Actor), Just Like Us (Denver Center Theatre Co.-Broadway World Awards Nominee for Supporting Actor), My Mañana Comes (Fountain Theatre) Backyard (Echo Theater Co.), Love & Information, Iphigenia...A Rave Fable (Son of Semele Ensemble), Bill & Joan (Sacred Fools Theater), Chinese Massacre [Annotated] (Circle X Theatre Co.), Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew (Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival), Living Out (Mark Taper Forum), La Posada Magica (Odyssey Theater), Stranger(Bootleg Theater), Visitors' Guide to Arivaca (Company of Angels), For All Time (Cornerstone Theater Co.), Always & Forever (Watts Village Theater Co.) & Tropical America (24th Street Theater). Film/TV: Southland, Grace & Frankie, Hulu's East Los High (recurring Guest Star), Weeds (recurring), America 101, and Lionsgate's acclaimed Spanish film Ladron Que Roba A Ladron. He's a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Artistic Leaders Fellowship and was named one of L.A. Weekly's 54 Fascinating People of 2015. Proud AEA and SAG/AFTRA member. www.RichardAzurdia.com.

Deborah S. Craig

Deborah S. Craig is best known for originating the role of Marcy Park on Broadway in William Finn's Tony award winning musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", dir. by James Lapine. Based on her own over achieving childhood, it earned her critical acclaim, a Drama Desk Award and the distinction of creating the first Korean American character on Broadway.

 

On television, Craig can currently be seen on "Better Things" for FX, "Son of Zorn” on Fox and “Workaholics” on Comedy Central.  She has also recurred on  "Transparent" for AmazonTV,  as Luli on NBC's "The Blacklist",  Shelley on the CW's "Hart of Dixie" and Melanie on JJ Abrams' "Six Degrees" on ABC. Other notable guest stints include the Lauren Lungerich pilot "Dumb Girls" for MTV (dir. David Katzenberg), the CBS/"The Bold and the Beautiful" spin off web series "Room8" and Disney's "Dog with a Blog".

 

On the big screen she was featured in Fullscreen's "The Outfield", “Kiss Me Kill Me”,  Dreamworks "Ghost Town", "Bad Actress", "Just Wright" with Queen Latifah, "Hysterical Psycho" (written and dir. by Dan Fogler) and "Big Daddy" starring Adam Sandler.

 

As an writer/director/producer/comedian, Craig's original work has been featured on the homepage of FunnyorDie, Huffpo, Buzzfeed, TheBlush and ChannelApa. She has guest starred on the web series "Stupid Hype" for the CW Network (written by Hart of Dixie's Wilson Bethel and dir. by Dugan O'Neal), "Unicorn Plan-It" for Autostraddle.com, "Honest Andy" for SoNatural and on FunnyorDie exclusives "Call Me Doctor" and "Ryan Gosling's Acting Ranch".

 

A sought after talent for her versatility, Craig has workshopped Tony Kushner's "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide..." for The Public Theatre (dir. Michael Greif) and original work for Center Theatre Group Writers' Workshop Retreat, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Chalk Rep, Barrington Stage Co., Red Bull Theatre Co., Target Margin Theatre Co., Ma-Yi Theatre Co., Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, NAATCo and Project 400. Additionally, Miss Craig was the first actor/writer accepted into the Obie winning Ma-Yi Theatre Co. Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled.

 

A singer, songwriter Craig's original songs have been licensed for the feature films "Reading by Braille" and "Purity". Her original song "I'm a L-L-L-L Lesbian for you" was her fifth video to go viral on youtube. She has also been a featured vocalist at Lincoln Center, concerts for BC/EFA, Rockwell/ShowatBarre, new work by Adam Gwon, Thomson and Mann, John Bucchino, Kinosian and Blair and Musical Mondays in LA and NY.

Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher spent 14 years in New York’s Off-Off & Off Broadway theaters and in regional theater, with credits including Elia Kazan’s The Chain, Hay Fever, 1984, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Arthur Miller’s last play Finishing the Picture, Three More Sleepless Nights (Drama League Award), Fool for Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Desire Under the Elms, and the Mark Taper Forum’sThe Cherry Orchard. Fisher is currently onstage at the Geffen Playhouse in Barbecue thru October 16. A member of the Actors Studio, her first acting teacher was the legendary Stella Adler. Fisher’s film credits include Titanic, Unforgiven, House of Sand and Fog, True Crime,The Big Tease, Jolene, Woman in Gold & Outlaws And Angels, among countless others. TV include Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter, The Shield, Torchwood, Masters of Sex, Criminal Minds and ABC’s Resurrection.  Check IMDB.com for complete list. In the can: The docu-drama Titanic: Sinking of the Myths, Phedon Papamichael’s A Beautiful Day & Amazon’s Melody,1963 directed by Tina Mabry.

She is currently performing onstage at the Geffen Playhouse in BARBECUE now through October 16.

Amir Levi

Amir Levi. LA theater credits include Craftsman (Lightning Rod Theater), Something Truly Monstrous (the blank), Clown Bar(Pasadena Playhouse Red, White & Bluezz), The Behavior of Broadus (Sacred Fools & Burglars of Hamm), Amir Levi: Happiness (Rockwell Table & Stage), The Magic Finger (MainStreet Theatre), Amir Levi: Bound to You (Rockwell Table & Stage), Absolutely Filthy (Sacred Fools), The Phantom Tollbooth (MainStreet Theatre), Robin Hood (South Coast Rep.), The Chrome Warrior (Lyric­Hyperion), Male Matriarch (Long Beach Playhouse), Balm in Gilead (Coeurage), Four Clowns (South Coast Rep, etc.), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Urban Theatre Movement). New York: Four Clowns (La MaMa), Male Matriarch(FringeNYC 2011), Te Busco (45Bleecker), Age of Pie (Atlantic Theater Conservatory), Turning (Working Man's Clothes), several performances as a dancer with companies Ann & Alexx Make Dances, Philippa Kaye Company, and Amir's company, The Poisonous Ladies. Internet: Unicorn Plan-­It (unicornplanit.com). Film: Head­-Tie, Courting Chaos, Special Needs.  TV:Transparent, Game Shakers, 2 Broke Girls.  Upcoming, Old Man in a Big Car at the Fanatic Salon, starring Paul Dooley, and directed by Dan Castellaneta.  Amir is represented by Smith & Hervey/Grimes, and Debra Manners Talent. theamirlevi.com.

Katie Lowes

Katie Lowes is the co-artistic director and co-founder of IAMA Theatre Company.
She can be seen starring as Quinn Perkins on ABC's Scandal, which is in its 5th season. Lowes is a native New Yorker and just celebrated her 10 year anniversary moving to Los Angeles where she resides with her husband Adam Shapiro. Katie is also in development on a TV show with Shondaland and ABC studios and working on a book. 

Rebecca Mozo

At South Coast Repertory: Going to A Place Where You already Are, (World Premier) Five Mile Lake (World Premier), 4000 Miles, The Parisian Woman (World Premier), In the Next Room or the vibrator play, A Wrinkle in Time, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,(World Premier) The Heiress and Doubt, a parable. Her other theatre credits include Cock at Rogue Machine Theatre(Ovation Award); We Are Proud to Present... at The Matrix Theatre Company; The Savannah Disputation; Educating Rita and Trying at The Colony Theatre Company; The Cherry Orchard, opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina, at Center Theatre Group; and Uncle Vanya, Top Girls, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time, King Lear, Cousin Bette and Pera Palas at The Antaeus Company. She also appeared in I Capture the Castle at El Portal Theatre as well as at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her film and television credits include You Bury Your Own, Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole, “Pizza Time,” “Cold Case” “Medium,” “Modern Family” "Break a Hip" and “Kittens in a Cage.” She has also narrated several audio books including The Vampire Diaries series as well as Sara B Larson's Ignite series. Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Company.

Graham Sibley

Graham Sibley began his career starring in the highly-lauded cult classic Zombie Honeymoon, executive produced by John Landis. From there, he appeared in the Emmy-Award winning film Nanking, directed by two-time Academy Award Winner Bill Guttentag and starring Woody Harrelson. Other credits include television roles on The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Unforgettable, Aquarius, How to Get Away with Murder, and The Newsroom as well as the festival hit Before the Sun Explodes and Clint Eastwood's film Sully, starring Tom Hanks.  Graham has starred in four independent films set to premiere in 2017; Better Off Zed, starring alongside Christine Woods; The Passing Parade, starring alongside Tessa Ferrer, Poor Greg Drowning and Threshold.  Graham is also co-founder of Los Angeles-based IAMA Theater Company, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre LA and has produced, written and performed in 99 seat theatre for over 15 years.

Michael Shepperd

Michael is currently the Co-Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ multiple award-winning Celebration Theatre (CT). CT  directing credits include: The Boy From Oz, The Next Fairy Tale, [title of show] and numerous others in his 11 year career at CT. Acting roles include Fences (Troy; Ovation, LADCC Nominations, Lead Actor), Bootycandy (Man 3; LADCC nom, Stage Raw Win, Lead Actor), The Color Purple (Mister; Ovation Nom, Lead Actor), Steel (John Henry, Ovation Award, Lead Actor), Master Harold and the Boys (Sam, NAACP nom, Lead Actor), Intimate Apparel (George, NAACP Theatre Award, Supporting Actor), Choir Boy (Headmaster, NAACP Theatre nom, Supporting Actor). Broadway/Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan (Starkey), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey Two), Caroline, or Change (Bus/Dryer), 5 Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Fred) and The Whipping Man (Simon) TV: Soul Man, Hot In Cleveland, Adopt- able, Wizards of Waverly Place, Monk, Criminal Minds, NCIS. 

Daniel Stewart

Having just finished making his Broadway debut in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Daniel will begin work on the new David Yasbek musical The Band’s Visit at Atlantic Theatre Company premiering this Fall.  Other favorite credits include: (Hally)_Master Harold...and the Boys_The Rubicon Theatre (Indie Award, Scenie Award), (Wally Webb) Our Town directed by David Cromer  w/Helen Hunt_The Broad Stage, (Finn Frey) in Intelligence-Slave, (John Taplow) in The Browning Version, (Leon) in The Guilty Mother, and most recently (Peotr) in Fathers and Sons w/ Alfred Molina, all with LA Theatre Works. (Dominic) Belfry_Malibu Playhouse (Scenie Award), (Pete) The Burnt Part Boys at Third Street Theatre, (Denny) Sixty Miles To Silverlake for IAMA, (Smike) Little Miss Scrooge_Rubicon Theatre, (Phaeton) Metamorphisis & (Prince John) The Lion in Winter_Ensemble Theatre Company, (The Kid) The Last Days of Mary Stuart at Son of Semele, (Leamy) The Field_Theatre Banshee. Film/TV credits include: Kids Vs. Monsters, The Sound of Magic, K.C. Undercover for the Disney Channel, The Haircut, This Just In, Miss Mustard Glade, Incident(s) at Paradise Bay, The Middle on ABC, Goodwin Games, Man Up! and Cougar Town. Along with his acting Daniel is an avid Screenwriter and aspiring filmmaker. You can also see him in commercial ads for companies such as Verizon, AT&T, and Facebook. Daniel is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. www.danielstewart.me  Twitter: @daniestew

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