Nathan Bock (Limo Driver)
Growing up in Denver, CO, a die-hard Broncos fan, Nathan followed his dream from an early age…not getting hurt playing football. He studied theatre through high school at Denver School of the Arts, attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, and the Art of Acting Studio in LA. Founding member of Visionbox Ensemble and Acting Studio, and Noggin Sauce Pictures, both in Denver. HPP marks his first LA production. @nathanbockactor
RJ Bonds (Bill Oldman)
I, R J. Bonds, hail from the mighty city of Detroit Michigan. My road to Los Angeles has included stints with the circus, NASA, and the French Foreign Legion. My most recent endeavors, as you can see from my headshot, have been in the Fine Arts; working in oils, acrylics,pastels, watercolors and far eastern meditation powders. Enjoy the lunacy!
Julia Buis (Mary Sharp)
Julia is thrilled to play the flirty and delightful-asks-a lot-of-questions Mary Sharp in Hollywood Premiere Party. Favorite onstage roles include: Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray and Margot in the original musical Reunion. Recent TV/Film credits include Co-Star roles on “Hawaii 5-0”, “Rosewood” and “General Hospital”. Julia had the pleasure of working with renowned musician Tom Goss on his recent music video “Pastor’s Son” which has been endorsed by both LGBT family group PFLAG and The Trevor Project. She was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Philippines in a convent on a ridge that overlooked a volcano and blames her #insappiness (insane-happiness) entirely on that experience and her Irish–Filipino-Cherokee DNA. Love forever to her outstanding hubby and Bear Dog. More at www.juliabuis.com
Phil Biedron (AJ McFlurry)
Born in the south side of Chicago, Phil honed his comedy skills in a city known for sketch and improvisation. Prompted by his career to move, Phil made the leap to the west coast in 2012. His first encounter with acting began when his parents bought him a video camera for his fifteenth birthday. Ten years have passed and Phil continues to act, write, and direct anything comedic. He also developed a flair for physical acting and sports in the last five years. His physical training is usually apparent in roles he is cast.
Ellie Carey (Meghan Simms)
Ellyn has been based out of Los Angeles since receiving her BFA in Acting from the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati in the Summer of 2013. Theatrical credits include The Different Shades of Hugh at the Road Theatre in LA, Boeing Boeing at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theater in MO, Coat Check Casanova at the Living Theater in NYC and numerous productions in Cincinnati including Red Light Winter, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Time of Your Life, Arcadia and The Matchmaker. At the end of her time in Cincinnati, she received the 2013 “Rising Star Award” from the League of Cincinnati Theaters. Film and Television credits include Criminal Minds, Worlds Greatest Dad, and a smattering of indie projects. Ellyn also works as a photographer and director, trying to facilitate visual and performing arts whenever possible.
David Danipour (Caterwaiter/Various)
David grew up in Los Angeles as well as Guatemala. He loves sandwiches of all kinds, especially if they have a generous serving of avocado! He is very happy to be a part of the Hollywood Premiere Party.
Stephen Hastings (Chef Claudio)
Mr. Hastings was born in the Principality of Liechtenstein, as part of the family Royal…Philipe and Madeline Royal, the Groundskeepers. For the entire country. It is a small place. The constant threat of annexation by the House of Habsburg finally took its toll…and wishing to escape another bloody coup, the Royals fled to Switzerland. Unfortunately, through some mishap at the border crossing, young Stephen got separated from his family, and rather than face the unbelievably lengthy red tape for which the Swiss government is famous, the boy ran off into the Alps, where rumor has it he was raised by wolves. In actuality, it was by a traveling band of mercenary Shepherds: Alan, Cybil and the gang…forming a bond of his love of aviation with theatrics. He soon found his way to the New World, and following the lead of Cortez and Columbus, burned his vessel, thus insuring his stay. However, since he had made his journey in a high altitude weather balloon, this proved to be not the wisest of moves…the gas envelop ignited and the ensuing explosion caused quite a stir with the locals, thinking they had been invaded by aliens (not those from New Jersey), or that more A-Bomb testing had returned, or worse, a film company was in town. Anyway, all of the townsfolk ran off to work at that new, exciting thing – Disney world. They now live in long, meandering lines. But are very happy. After many a delightful summer in the Minors as a relief pitcher, equipment manager and bus driver, Hastings joined the Circus, and came West…to Circus Headquarters. He now splits his time between the lovely hamlet of Burbank and the Large Hadron Collider, where he has a regular spot in the weekend revue…“Cern This”. Bon soire, and bon chance…
Tom Kiesche (Chaz Dearbourne)
Tom has an eclectic background of experience, school, training… has appeared in dozens of TV shows, commercials, cabaret venues, improv comedy shows, web series plays & films… and is a published novelist, poet, produced playwright and a screenwriter. As a vocalist, he became internationally known through a web series of his own creation entitled Closet Singer. Originally hails from Jersey. Graduated college with a Biology Major, Chemistry Minor, with an emphasis in Business and Communications. Quit a life in pharmaceutical sales on his 25th birthday. Hasn’t looked back. He’s worked many great shows: Breaking Bad, Masters Of Sex, Weeds, Chuck, NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI, Law & Order, BONES, 3rd Rock From The Sun…
Liesel Kopp (Starlet)
Liesel is an LA native and has appeared in TV shows as Masters of Sex, Parenthood, Men of a Certain Age, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. She currently co-hosts a children’s comedic/educational web series called The Adventures of Mr. Clown in which she’s been lucky enough to work alongside guests such as Ray Romano, Allison Janney, and Camryn Manheim.
Hashim Lafond (Cater Waiter/Various)
Hashim Lafond, also known by the stage name “it’s Hashiggity Baby”, is an artist, actor and director from Boston, Massachusetts. Hashim Lafond is best known for being the Host for Radio Disney and the Disney Cruise Line. Lafond has made appearances in films such as The Purge, Central Intelligence and Ted 2. While at Boston Arts Academy, Lafond met his wife and together, they created murals to beautify the inner-city. At Emerson College, Lafond charmed listeners under the name of “it’s Hashiggity Baby.” Just two weeks ago, Hashim Lafond resigned as the Performing Arts Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to pursue a career in Hollywood. HashimLafond.com
Jordan Leer (PA)
Jordan Leer grew up in Constantine, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where he studied film and tv production while starring on “The ShoW”, America’s longest running student sitcom. Jordan moved to Los Angeles in 2012, where he currently performs stand-up comedy, improv, and music. He hosts a weekly podcast called “Kicked in The F’n Face” where he interviews comedians about fights they’ve been in. Jordan is also the post fight interviewer for the University of Mixed Martial Arts, an amateur fighting promotion based in LA. In 2016, Jordan has been featured on Season 2 of Investigation Discovery’s “Murder Book” as well as a commercial for Painmatters.com.
Loren Lester (Acting Coach)
Loren Lester will be seen this year in the films A Week in London and Tragedy Girls, and guest-starring in the TV shows Scorpion (CBS) and I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime.)
A native of Los Angeles, he began his career as a teenager and has accumulated almost forty years of film, stage, and television credits. In his early years he played the evil hall monitor “Fritz Hansel” in the cult classic film Rock ’n’ Roll High School and he recurred for five seasons as “Roy” on The Facts of Life. Since then Loren has guest-starred on more than 200 TV shows including Parenthood, Bones,. Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Closer, NCIS, Final Witness, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Victorious, Good Luck Charlie, etc. He also recurred for three seasons on the HBO hit comedy series Hung. Favorite motion picture roles include the Wes Craven suspense thriller Red Eye.
Loren has appeared in dozens of plays and musicals in Los Angeles, most recently at The Odyssey and at the Pasadena Playhouse (Fallen Angels.)
In the world of animation, Loren has a large following for voicing the roles of “Robin” and “Nightwing” on Batman: The Animated Series.
www.lorenlester.com. Follow him on Twitter @actorLL.
Kristen Lynn (Nikki Pantera)
Kristen sprang into this world singing, dancing and willing to perform anywhere they would let her. From Philadelphia, She holds a BFA in Acting from WVU, trained at I.O. Chicago, Groundlings, and is a graduate of the United Stuntman’s Association. Moving quickly and bound to try everything, Kristen has performed and wrote for the main stages of the LA Comedy Festival, I.O. West, and Second City Hollywood. Some credits include Laura in the Indie Film “How to get rid of a body,” Dotti in the two woman comedy touring act “the Washing Well Wenches,” and “CA almonds” & “Canadian realtor Commercials.” Never leaving home without her banjolele, Kristen Lynn is also a singer/songwriter, and a traveling vagabond.
Sarah Martellaro (Girl off the Bus)
Sarah was born in Burlington, Vermont and grew up right here in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Occidental College in 2014 with a dual degree English Literature and Theater. While at school, Sarah performed with Occidental’s highly physical and interactive outdoor theater troupe, where she explored many complex and multifaceted roles, such as “the Unicorn” and “Gorilla #3.” Sarah studies improv at Second City, Hollywood and audition technique with Michael Woolson.
Shay Marie (Caterwaiter/Various)
Shay Marie was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. There, she grew up with her younger brother, Kevin, and parents, Bill and Theresa Brown. In high school she developed a passion for the Spanish language and she took that with her to college. At the University of Oregon, she fulfilled her dreams of studying abroad in South America and graduated with a degree in Spanish in 2013. The time to achieve another passion of hers came and she went to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to ski instruct for two seasons. An unfortunate knee injury brought her back home and it was time to jump into acting with both feet. Having only fully pursued this career for nine months, she has progressed in so many ways. She has currently booked three projects and is studying her third semester of improv at Second City in Hollywood.
Haldane Morris (Mark Madson)
Haldane is a Los Angeles native. In his early years, he raced on the U.S. National Cycling Team grabbing a silver medal at the US Olympic Trials. After retirement, he started modeling, and studied acting. Currently he has been producing films such as “Violet” which is currently in production and “The Dark Tapes” winner of Accolade Competition 2016
Kathleen O’Grady (Aging Starlet)
Kathleen O’Grady (SAG-AFTRA, AEA): Recent theater credits include: LA: Street Corner Named Desire: Neo Theater Ensemble, Ferguson The Play: Verbatim Theater, TalhotBlond: The Ruskin Group Theatre. New York: Off Off Broadway Atomic Farm Girl: Drilling Company, Apotheosis of Vaclav Durda, Tartuffe and Benjamin Constant at Gad’s Hill where she was a company member. Regional: The Clearing: Pittsburgh City Theater, The Cryptogram: Alley Theater, Secret Rapture: Steppenwolf, Serious Money: Court Theater. Film & TV: Murder in the First, Law & Order, MTV’s twisted comedy series Wonder Shozen, and a recurring role in the ‘Christopher Chronicles’ a web and comic book series for The Cystic Fibrosis community. Kathleen is a member of LA’s Theater of NOTE.
Venk Potula (Big Little)
Venk Potula recently graduated from the theater program at UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. While in school, Venk studied acting with James Franco, Peter Weller and Charlies Haid. His recent credits include BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Comedy Get Down, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, School Dance, and MTV2’s Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon. Venk’s hobbies include club dancing, playing chess, and basketball. www.imdb.me/venkpotula
Christian Gnecco-Quintero (Caterwaiter/Varous)
Christian is an actor born in Mexico, Puebla. He recently got his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Some of his acting credits include: Theatre: Julio (The Keeper of the Vineyard) Justino (No Oyes Ladrar Los Perros) Winner of best play in the BFA international theatre festival. Film credits include: Jami (Ahimsa:Methods of resistance), Jose (Under The Wings of Angels) Chris (The Unholy War). AMDA Credits include: Aldolpho (The Drowsy Chaperone), Guido(Nine).
Cameron Tagge (Caterwaiter/Varous)
Cameron Tagge is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood Premiere Party. Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and a graduate from Loyola Marymount University, Cameron is an actor, writer, musician, and comedian you can find bouncing around LA. Thanks to his family and friends for their constant love and support. www.camerontagge.com
Wesley Timmons (Cameraman/Producer)
Wesley Timmons has loved acting, musical theatre and Improv since a young age. After the military, he went on to continue his study in Theatre Arts in Orange County. He came to L.A. five years ago and has never looked back since. He’s very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of this production and would like to thank his fiance Joanna for her support and encouragement.
Claudia Zielke (Celebrity Stalker)
Claudia Zielke was born in Frankfurt, Germany to Polish immigrants. She is multilingual, having professional acting experience in English, German and Polish. Claudia moved to the City of Angels in 2013 in order to pursue her acting career, study in Ivana Chubbuck’s Master Class and prove that Germans can be funny! Especially the ones from Poland… You might currently catch her on the big screen as the Devil in the feature film “Slit Mouth Woman in LA” or in the second season of Jane The Virgin. Or you might forget to switch channels during a commercial break and see her advertising products no one can live without made by companies such as Disney and Mazda. We promise there won’t be any commercial breaks interrupting tonight’s show. Lean back and enjoy!
Jack Zullo (Bobby ‘Box Office’ Gold)
Jack is thankful for the opportunity to attend the Hollywood Premiere party and looks forward to yucking it up while simultaneously rubbing elbows. He just wrapped a run of his original production, “Live From The Grave It’s John Belushi”, to accolades from the Hollywood Fringe community, including nominations for Most Unleashed Performer and Best Cabaret & Variety Show. Demos at www.jackzullo.com
Kay Aston (Starlet)
Kay Aston (starlet) received her MFA in acting from Cal State Fullerton. She has done innumerable theatrical productions, but if you watch HGTV, you probably know her as the Overstock.com girl! She has had great success in commercials, working for Volkswagen, Nike, Dannon, and the international company Iberogast (she did the commercial in Russian!). Recently appearing as a guest star in the show MY CRAZY EX, Kay has starred in a just completed pilot, WEEDLAND, which is currently in post-production. In addition, she has leading roles in many indie and short films. In her spare time, Kay mentors students at her favorite acting studio, Speiser/Sturges.