Gwydion Suilebhan, Writer
Gwydion Suilebhan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and poet whose writing has been noted for its “dexterous theatricality and unexpected pleasure” (Washington Post). A member of the Dramatists Guild Council, Suilebhan is the author of several plays, including The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, Let X, and Transmission (a Helen Hayes nominee), among others. His work has been commissioned, developed, and produced by Gulfshore Playhouse, Theater J, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the National New Play Network, and Theater Alliance, among others. Suilebhan is also the author of Anthem, a short film commissioned by Centerstage and directed by Hal Hartley, and one of the co-founders of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights collective.
Chiara Motley, Actress
Chiara is a New York-based producer and actress. She graduated from Stanford University and the National Theatre Conservatory MFA program in Denver. Favorite credits include Princess Diana in King Charles III, Annie in The Call, Anne Elliott in Persuasion, and Jane in The Butcher. Her voice can be heard on the Her Interactive series of Nancy Drew video games as tough tomboy George, who fights monkeys and helps solve mysteries. Chiara produced and starred in And, Apart, a short film about grief set in the Pacific Northwest. Chiara was also the producer of The Casualty Process’s first music video “Violet Machine.”
Tijuana Ricks, Director
Tijuana Ricks is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where she was awarded both the Rebecca West Memorial Scholarship and the Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. Ms. Ricks has performed in numerous film, television, and stage productions. She is also an accomplished voiceover artist with a 2013 Grammy nomination for her work as Michelle Obama in the First Lady’s audiobook, American Grown. Ms. Ricks made her directorial debut in 2016 with The Vampire Leland, an official selection of the New York Television Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, SoHo International Film Festival, and SeriesFest. IndieWire singled The Vampire Leland as one of “8 great pilots that deserve a network home.”
Michael Potts, Rector Morgan Thomas (Series Lead)
Michael Potts is an accomplished actor of stage and screen who recently appeared on Broadway with Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh and is currently appearing in The Prom. Potts is widely recognized for his role as the well-mannered yet feared assassin Brother Mouzone on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire and as “Detective Maynard Gilbough” in the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama True Detective. On stage, he is known for originating the role of Mafala Hatimbi in the Tony award-winning musical The Book of Mormon.
Christopher LaPanta, Canon to the Ordinary
Originally from Duluth, Minnesota, Christopher spent 20+ years as a marketing/corporate creative executive.
A life-changing event in the form of saving a young boy from drowning in 2004 revealed his long held desire to perform. Shortly after this epiphany, Chris left the corporate world and moved to New York to study at the William Esper Studio. He has performed in several stage productions and appeared in numerous film and television productions including John Wick 2, FBI, The Blacklist, Power, Person of Interest, Fringe, The Following and all three flavors of the Law & Order franchise.
Luis Moreno, Marco Ricci
Luis Moreno is a Spanish and American actor from New York City and a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program.
Moreno most recently appeared on NBC’s The Blacklist. He’s performed on stage in New York, most recently in Red Bull’s “The Government Inspector” and Caborca’s “Distant Star,” and around the country, most recently at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and the 2018 Humana Festival. He narrates audio books, is an avid motorcyclist, and lives in Queens.
Brooke Gardner, Sofia Ricci
Brooke Gardner is currently a senior at Pace University, graduating in May with a BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voiceovers, and Commercials. Some of her favorite credits include Yahoodi in The Mad Dog Blues at The Hive, Zoe in She Wants It (A short film produced by Topic Studios), A supporting role in feature film Gap Year (Post-Production), and Edda in the original musical We Didn’t Have Time to be Scared at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to acting, Brooke enjoys being behind the camera and is credited as Assistant Camera in the short dance film Breezeblocks, nominated for ‘Best Dance Video’ at the LA Music Video Awards 2019.
Nick Sherman, Director of Photography
Nick Sherman is a New York-based freelance Director of Photography from Dallas, Texas. With nearly a decade of work in film, his understanding of digital media is at an advanced level. Specializing in graphic fashion beauty and commercial short-form, Nick blends documentary with advertorial technique in a clean and minimalist way. As a lifelong student of light and sound he aims to achieve high-end production value and authenticity.
Christine Meyers, Production and Costume Designer
Christine Meyers is a costume designer, production designer, and cinematographer who has worked in opera, theatre, dance, and film. Collaborations spanning these genres include experimental dance company zoejuniper, music videos for The Head and the Heart, and classics such as Tartuffe at Seattle Shakespeare Company. She has created dissolving dresses for an Alice in Chains video and worked with the Handel Festival in Germany and Drottningholm, Sweden.