Viviana Leo is a New York-based actor and filmmaker. She holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University and trained at the British American Drama Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in the Eric Morris System with Anthony Vincent Bova. Her other feature screenplays include Blue for Boy, In Pursuit, and Utopia. Proud member of FilmmakeHers.
Alexis Suarez Born and raised in New York City, this Latino actor of Dominican descent has shown his versatility on stage, the independent screen, and television. His recent television credits, which include appearances on Onion Sports Dome (Comedy Central), Royal Pains (USA), Blue Bloods (CBS), and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA), highlight the skills and immense drive of this talented actor. Alexis's work ethic and ambition have led him to appear in countless theater productions with groups such as the Blue Coyote Theater company, the Dramatic Question Theater company, and the Subterranean Theater Ensemble, of which he is a member. Alexis co-executive produced a revival of Laurence Fishburne's Riff Raff and co-executive produced and starred in the comedic short Yitzy, which is making the festival circuit and won an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Stay tuned for more from this rising talent.
Alexis Brandt is an L.A.-based actor working in film, television, commercials, and theater. She majored in performing arts at NYU, graduating on the Dean’s List. Alexis has trained with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade (improv) and Alvin Ailley (dance) and currently studies with Eric Morris and Susana Morris in the Eric Morris System. Alexis's work has brought her from New York to L.A., China, and Spain. Her credits include Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe; 30 Rock; The Late Show with David Letterman; Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes Love; and work for Nike, Pepsi, Comedy Central, and MTV.
Jenniffer Diaz has resided in the United States for more than twelve years, and her familiar face has gained an international following through modeling, commercials, film, and television. She has studied law, dance, music, acting, and improvisational comedy. A resident of New York City, she is an active and proud member of R.Evolucion Latina, a New York-based organization of artists committed to empowering the Latino artistic community.
Kimberly Hebert Gregory's film and television credits include Red Hook Summer, I Think I Love My Wife, Gossip Girl, New Amsterdam, and The Black Donnellys. Her work in theater includes the thrill of playing 'Shenzi' for a year in the National Tour of Disney's The Lion King. Nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery at the Chicago Theatre Company, Kimberly has had the pleasure of performing on some of the country's greatest regional stages, including the McCarter Theatre (The Brother/Sister Plays), the Goodman (The Amen Corner), the Steppenwolf (Nickel and Dimed), and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Julius Caesar). A proud alumnus of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Kimberly has walked the same halls as some of the industry's greatest talents, most notably Beyonce Knowles and Chandra Wilson. Kimberly trained in classical theater in London and received a BA in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.
Raquel Almazán holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Florida and an A.A. in Film Directing from Miami Dade College. She is a graduate of the New World School Arts Conservatory, where she developed work as a writer, director, actor, and dramaturg. Raquel's play La Paloma Prisoner has been workshopped with La Mama ETC, INTAR and Labyrinth Theatre Company. Her short films include Death of the Doll, Blood Bits, Checkups, and the She Wolves experimental films. Stage plays as writer/performer include Glossy Page Pimps, She Wolves: Women in Sex, Death and Rebirth, and Junkyard Food. As an actor, her recent television work includes Maricela on NBC’S Law & Order: SVU, Rita Campos on USA's White Collar, and a Cuban exile opposite Cristina Ricci in the ABC Pilot Pan Am. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, Manhattan Community Fund, and the Artist Access Grant, and was nominated for the first annual United States Artists Grant in the category of innovative theatre artists. Raquel is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatist Guild.
Viviana Leo is a New York-based filmmaker. She holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University and trained at the British American Drama Academy, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and in the Eric Morris System with Anthony Vincent Bova. Her other feature screenplays include Blue for Boy, In Pursuit, and Utopia. Proud member of FilmmakeHers.
An actor and producer, Stuart Luth has been fortunate to perform in some of the greatest theaters in the world, from the Public Theater in New York to the Old Vic in London, working with artists such as Kevin Spacey, Eve Best, Brian Murray, and Meryl Streep. His recent film work includes Awake with Rosario Dawson and the lead role in Desiderata, directed by Jean-Luc Ormieres. Stuart is a professional improviser and for many years wrote, acted, directed, and produced for Slightly Known People, a longtime mainstay of the New York sketch comedy scene.
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Eric Branco: A native of New York City, Eric Branco has been working in film for the past ten years. After attending the Bronx High School of Science and the School of Visual Arts, he began working on independent films in the lighting department before making the leap to Cinematography. With dozens of music videos under his belt, for artists ranging from Kool Keith to Emmure, and a host of narrative features, Eric has moved into directing. Stay Cold, Stay Hungry is his feature debut.
Born and raised in Spain, Pilar Rico studied film at the University of Valencia and Mason Gross School of Arts in New Jersey. After three years in film festival production at DocsBarcelona International Film Festival and Havana Film Festival in New York, Pilar decided to focus on editing, where she found a balance between employing her technical and creative skills. In 2011, after a year working as editor at the New York Film Academy, Pilar becan working as a freelance editor. Her editorial work includes narrative, commercial, and documentary. She is currently editing a documentary about Cuban art for Jackson Films and directing and editing a documentary about a Bangladeshi writer living in Brooklyn. Outside the editing room, Pilar looks for inspiration in photography and collage, and enjoys singing with her band.
Diving head first into the entertainment world over 12 years ago, Maitely has earned numerous acting roles, produced several of her own projects on stage and screen, and become a sought after voice-over artist. You can hear Maitely as the haunting voice of Ali Kemp on Identification Discovery's Buried Voices, Hidden Secrets and see her cameo as a 1930's era agent's wife, Mrs. Levinson, on HBO's Mildred Pierce. As a producer, Maitely recently co-created the web series for Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood and assisted production for Downsized the Web Series.
Paten Hughes is a New York-based actress. A born ‘n bred Virginia girl, Paten moved to New York after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Theatre and French, concentrating in philosophy and poverty studies. Paten quickly found an artistic home with the Old Vic Theatre’s Network for new and emerging talent, the Old Vic New Voices. In May of 2010, she was a member of the inaugural T.S Eliot US/UK Exchange. Paten recently completed a project with world-renowned photographer Doug Menuez, focusing on what it’s like to lead the life of an actress in New York City. Other recent credits: Awake (Boheme Films), American Born Confused White Girl (Studio 2012), Three Sisters (Old Vic New Voices, directed by Eve Best), and The Thin Line (AddVerb Productions). Training includes: The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (R.A.D.A.), T. Schreiber Studio, and private coaching. She works with the La Jolla-based production company Latitude Link.
Isabelle Duverger is a French interdisciplinary artist. Her projection design and illustration/animation credits include theater La Jaula Bajo El Trapo, Playing Equality (NYC 2009 - Spain 2010), Mapping Mobius (La Mama Theater, NYC 2010) and Road to Happiness (Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC 2011), video-art piece Is there an edge of Belief? (Biennale of Art of Venezuela 2010), installation-performances Shifting Gaze ("Spain Art Fest'10", Times Square, 2010 and "Region Ø", KJCC of NYU, 2011) and Resonant Streams (Cathedral Saint John The Divine, NYC, 2011) in collaboration with video-artist Laia Cabrera. She designed the virtual set for the performance Landscape of the Soul (La Mama, October 2012) and for the play Garden of Delights, (Theater for the New City, November 2012). She is nowworking on a video-dance piece with renowned French choreographer Alexandre Proia.