STAN ZIMMERMAN (Author). Director/Writer/EP/Creator: “secs & EXECS” – webseries (telloFilms.com), “Skirtchasers” – webseries (telloFilms.com) Consultant: “Katya” aka Russian “Roseanne” (Sony International/CTC). Writer/EP/Creator: “Rita Rocks” (Lifetime). Writer/Producer: “Gilmore Girls” (WB), “Roseanne” (ABC) WGA nomination - “Kiss Episode”. Writer: The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, “Annie” (ABC-TV movie), “The Golden Girls” (NBC) WGA Nomination, “Fame” (Syndicated), “Brothers” (Showtime). Director: Heartbreak Help (Dorie Theatre), Pledge – Hollywood Fringe 2017 (McCadden Theatre), Pinata – Hollywood Fringe 2017 (Lounge Theatre), Synthesis – World Premiere (Dorie Theatre), Warm Cheese – Hollywood Fringe 2016 (Studio C), Daughter Of... - Hollywood Fringe 2014 (3 Clubs), Entertaining Mr. Sloane (Actors Company), BLINK & You Might Miss Me (Hollywood Fringe 2013, SF Fringe, XL Lounge-NYC, Best Director winner (Broadwayworld), Spike Heels (Actors Circle), A Tuna Christmas (Theatre Asylum), Gemini (Celebration Theatre), Music video “All I Want” - Whore’s Mascara (LOGO). Writer/Director: Yes, Virginia (Studio C), Suicide Notes: In Their Own Words - Hollywood Fringe 2015 (Theatre Asylum), Meet & Greet – Hollywood Fringe 2014 (Theatre Asylum), Meet & Greet (Elephant Space), It's On!: the tv theme song musical (workshop- NYMF/Signature Theatre, Falcon Theatre). Dancer/Broadway: Nureyev & the Joffrey Ballet (Mark Hellinger Theatre). TV Host/Showrunner: “Situation: Comedy” (Bravo/Producer Sean Hayes). Teacher: Chapman University, Beverly Hills Playhouse, American Comedy Institute (NYC), Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (TX). Education: Cranbrook Theatre School, Hampton Playhouse, BFA-Drama NYU/Circle-in-the-Square. www.zimmermanstan.com
MICHAEL WILSON (Director) most recently directed the A.R.T. revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana starring James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer, Dana Delany, and Bill Heck. In 2016, he directed the Los Angeles premiere of the musical Grey Gardens starring Betty Buckley and Rachel York. In 2013, he directed the Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, for which Cicely Tyson received the Tony Award for Best Actress. Wilson subsequently directed the Emmy-nominated 2014 Lifetime/Ostar Productions television film adaptation for which he received a DGA nomination. His other work on Broadway includes the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and the Tony-nominated new plays, Foote’s Dividing the Estate and Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April. Off-Broadway, he directed Foote’s three-part nine-hour epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle for which he received 2010 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He has directed at Lincoln Center Theater, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, and the Vineyard Theatre, among others. He has also directed at our nation’s major resident theaters, including Hartford Stage, where as Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011, he commissioned and developed Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize winning play Water by the Spoonful. He has been a member of SDC for almost 25 years, on its Executive Board for six years, and has served as its treasurer since 2016.
ELIZABETH ASHLEY’s most recent Broadway appearances include Gore Vidal’s The Best Man with James Earl Jones in 2012 and the acclaimed 2015 revival of You Can’t Take It With You, again with Mr. Jones. She will next be seen in Ocean’s Eight with Sandra Bullock & Cate Blanchett and in Ron Shelton’s Villa Capri opposite Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones. She made her Broadway debut in 1959 in Dore Shary’s The Highest Tree. Her Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Dividing The Estate, Enchanted April, Take Her, She’s Mine opposite Art Carney and directed by George Abbott (Tony and Theatre World Awards), Barefoot in the Park, in which she starred with Robert Redford, was written for her by Neil Simon and directed by Mike Nichols (second Tony nomination), The Skin of Our Teeth directed by Jose Quintero (opened the American Bi-Centennial at the Kennedy Center & on Broadway), and Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra with Rex Harrison at the Palace Theatre. Other Broadway credits include Legend, Hide and Seek, and Agnes of God (originated the role of Dr. Livingston opposite Geraldine Page and Amanda Plummer) for which she received the Albert Einstein Award for excellence in the performing arts. Perhaps best known as one of the definitive interpreters of Tennessee Williams’ work, she has starred in many of his plays, including Eight by Tenn, the 1973 landmark Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (third Tony nomination), Suddenly Last Summer at Circle in the Square, The Red Devil Battery Sign, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, Out Cry, and Sweet Bird of Youth. She became the first actress to have played Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and returned 30 years later to play Big Mama in a highly praised production at Hartford Stage. Film credits include The Carpetbaggers (debut, 1962), Ship of Fools (Golden Globe nomination), Rancho Deluxe with Jeff Bridges, Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, Golden Needles, Coma with Michael Douglas, Paternity with Burt Reynolds, Split Image with James Woods, Dragnet with Tom Hanks, Vampire Kiss with Nicholas Cage, A Man of Passion with Anthony Quinn, and Stagecoach with Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Most recently she played Aunt Mimi for three seasons in the HBO series “Treme.” Miss Ashley was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute while serving on the first National Council of the Arts during the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and also served on the President’s Committee for the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is the author of the best-selling book, Actress: Postcards from the Road (published in 1978.
WILSON BETHEL is best known for his roles as Wade Kinsella on “Hart of Dixie” and as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” He is also the star and creator of the web series “Stupid Hype” on the The CW's new online platform CWD.
ELLEN BURSTYN’s sixty-year acting career encompasses film, stage, and television. In 1975 she became the third woman in history to win both a Tony Award and an Academy Award in the same year, for her work in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway and the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. She has received five other Academy Award nominations. She has been nominated for seven Golden Globe awards, winning in 1979 for Same Time, Next Year. She became a “triple crown winner” when she received her first Emmy for a guest appearance in Law & Order: SVU (2009), and won again in 2013 for her role in the miniseries Political Animals. She has been nominated for an Emmy six additional times. In 2014 she was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Her films include The Last Picture Show (1971-Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations), The Exorcist (1974), Resurrection (1981), and Requiem for a Dream (2000). Her recent films include Draft Day (2014), The Calling (2014), Interstellar (2014), The Age of Adaline (2015), Custody (2016), and Wiener Dog (2016). Soon to be released are The Tale, Nostalgia, A Little Something For Your Birthday and House of Tomorrow. She made her Broadway debut in Fair Game (1957). Other Broadway credits include 84 Charing Cross Road (1982), Shirley Valentine (1989), Shimada (1991), and Sacrilege (1995). She recently played the role of Jaques in As You Like It off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company. Other off-Broadway performances include The Little Flower of East Orange (2008) and The Atmosphere of Memory (2011). In London, she starred in The Children’s Hour (2011). In 2001 she received the Genesis Award as an Executive Producer of the made-for-TV movie Within These Walls. She was the first woman elected president of Actors Equity Association (1982–1985). She is co-president with Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin of the Actors Studio and has also served as artistic director. In 2006 she published her memoir, Lessons in Becoming Myself.
Chris Gethard is a comedian, actor, writer, and the creator and host of the TruTV cult variety talk show, “The Chris Gethard Show.” Chris is also the host of the popular Earwolf podcast “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People.” Gethard's one-man show “Career Suicide,” presented by Judd Apatow, premiered on HBO in May and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award for its Off-Broadway run. He recently starred in the film Don't Think Twice and can also be seen in the Comedy Central series “Broad City” as Todd.
Rashad Jennings amassed 3,772 rushing yards, 1,469 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his eight years in the NFL. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played with the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. During his time with the Giants, Jennings became one of the team’s most impactful players on the offensive side of the field. The Rashad Jennings Foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth by making education fun, providing mentorship for individual success and promoting health and fitness. In May 2017, Jennings won the 24th season of ABC’s popular primetime reality show, Dancing with the Stars.
MAGGIE LACEY. A Doll's House/The Father at TFANA; Other Off-Broadway: Michael Wilson's Drama Desk-winning production of Horton Foote's 9-hour masterwork, The Orphans' Home Cycle at Signature; Roundabout, Primary Stages, The Atlantic, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Broadway: Dividing the Estate, Inherit the Wind and Our Town. Regional includes: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Cleveland Play House, Seattle Rep, McCarter. Film and tv includes: American Animals, The Life Before Her Eyes, Our Town; The Blacklist, South of Hell, Satisfaction, The Following, Elementary. Recipient of TCG Fox Fellowship Grant. MFA: NYU.
JUDITH LIGHT is known for her extensive body of work on stage, in television and film. She is currently starring in Amazon Prime's Golden Globe winning series, "Transparent," created by Jill Soloway for which she has received 2 Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe nomination and three Critics' Choice nominations. On stage, she recently completed a new, one-woman play for MCC Theatre in New York, All The Ways To Say I Love You by Neil LaBute. She received a Tony nomination for the play Lombardi, followed by two consecutive Tony and Drama Desk wins for the plays, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg. For her performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Wit, she was awarded the Helen Hayes and Eliot Norton awards. Light starred in the television series, "Who's the Boss," and received two consecutive Emmy awards for her work on "One Life to Live.” Other television work includes the Emmy winning series, “Ugly Betty”, which garnered her an Emmy nomination, "Law and Order, SVU" and "Dallas.” She starred in and produced, through her production company, the film, Save Me, which premiered at Sundance. Light performed in Europe, in several repertory companies across the country, and at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Foundation. She has been a longtime advocate in the fight to end HIV/ Aids and has been a champion for LGBTQ & human rights. Light is an active participant in a variety of organizations including Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids, Point Foundation, Elton John AIDS foundation and numerous others.
JENNIFER LIM made her Broadway debut starring in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, for which she earned a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut, the IASNY Trophy for Excellence, and a Drama Desk Nomination. She was also named “Most Exciting Broadway Newcomer" in New York Magazine's 2011 Culture Awards. NYC theater credits include: Caught (PlayCo), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), The World Of Extreme Happiness (MTC), The Urban Retreat (Public), The Most Deserving (Women’s Project), Golden Child (Signature), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S.122), YJLee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying to Heaven (HERE Arts), and Yokastas Redux (La MaMa E.T.C.). TV/Film: High Maintenance, Hell on Wheels, Person of Interest, Elementary, Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law & Order (original/SVU and Criminal Intent), The Savages, and 27 Dresses. Upcoming: Impossible Monsters. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Jenniferlimonline.com
Hari Nef is best known for her role as Gittel in Amazon’s award-winning “Transparent.” She will soon be seen as Bex in Sam Levinson’s upcoming film Assassination Nation and in Lifetime’s new series “You,” in which she plays the role of Blythe, a talented and competitive peer in Beck’s MFA program.
MAULIK PANCHOLY’s career spans almost 20 years, with a diversity of work including animation, theater, TV and film. He has worked with the industry’s most prolific directors including Andy Tennant, Nicole Holofcener, Mike Nichols, Taylor Hackford and most recently Nick Stoller, and has earned the Screen Actors Guild Award on multiple occasions. Pancholy is best known for playing Alec Baldwin’s intrepid assistant Jonathan on the classic NBC comedy "30 Rock," with the show garnering 80 awards and 310 nominations. From 2005-2012, Pancholy appeared in the Showtime hit series "Weeds," followed this by the NBC comedy "Whitney." Sporadically through 2011-2015, Pancholy recurred on the Showtime comedy "Web Therapy" opposite Lisa Kudrow, which garnered an Emmy nomination in 2012. In addition, Pancholy has made multiple guest star appearances on shows including "The Sopranos," "Law & Order" and "The Good Wife." Since 2008, Pancholy has entertained children and adults by voicing a number of animated series including "Phineas and Ferb" and "Sanjay and Craig." Most recently, Maulik can be seen on the CBS series "Star Trek: Discovery," which is the first Star Trek series to air since 2005. On the big screen, Pancholy has appeared in numerous blockbuster films such as 27 Dresses, Hitch, Love Ranch, Charlie Wilson’s War and Horrible Bosses. He has also appeared in several independent features, including Raspberry Magic, winner of “Best Narrative Feature” at Philadelphia’s Asian American Film Festival. Pancholy’s theater credits span back to his years at Yale, but they include the Off-Broadway productions of Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (with the Culture Project), Aunt Dan & Lemon (with the New Group), and playing Romeo in Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival’s production of Romeo & Juliet. After completing a sold out run of The Awake in New York, Maulik went on to portray Frank Finger in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play, starring opposite Tony winners Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing and Martin Short. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre program, Pancholy went on to get his MFA at the Yale School of Drama and trained with the renowned comedy improv group The Groundlings. He also travels extensively around the country delivering keynote speeches at universities, speaking particularly about his own journey as an actor and the entertainment industry’s evolving attitude towards minorities.
LOIS SMITH recently appeared in both the feature film and Playwrights Horizons production of Marjorie Prime, and can also currently be seen in the feature Lady Bird. She also appeared at the Signature in Annie Baker’s John, for which she received a Lucille Lortel nomination; Tony Kushner's The Illusion and Horton Foote's The Old Friends and The Trip to Bountiful, winning many awards for the latter. Other favorite stage roles include The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child (Tony nominations for both), Broadway productions originating at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and Amy Herzog's After the Revolution at Playwright's Horizons. Her first film was East of Eden. Many others followed, including The Comedian, Five Easy Pieces, Minority Report, Twister, Dead Man Walking, How to Make an American Quilt, Four Friends and Please Give. Numerous television credits include, most recently, “Sneaky Pete,” “Younger,” “Blacklist,” “The Affair,” “Grace & Frankie,” “The Americans,” and “True Blood.”
Amber Tamblyn has been a writer and actress since the age of 9. She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film. In 2007 she won the Locarno Film Festival award for Best Actress for her work in the film Stephanie Daley, in which she starred opposite actress Tilda Swinton. Her television credits include “Joan of Arcadia” and “House.” In film she has starred in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours opposite James Franco as well as Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Most recently, Tamblyn wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature film Paint It Black, based on the novel of the same name by Janet Fitch. The film was acquired by Netflix and will premiere in 2018. Tamblyn is an accomplished and critically acclaimed author whose writing and poetry has been published by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, and countless notable publications.
RAVIV ULLMAN was born in Eilat, Israel, to American parents, Laura (Ehrenkranz), a teacher, and Brian Ullman, a printer. His family is Jewish, and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Ehrenkranz, is an Orthodox rabbi. Through his mother, Raviv is a first cousin, twice removed, of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman. He moved to Fairfield, Connecticut, with his parents from Israel shortly after his first birthday. His first professional stage role as Louis in the national touring company of The King and I. Raviv has played both musical and dramatic roles in various regional theater productions including Dead End at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, California. He received a 1998-1999 Best Actor award nomination from the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for his portrayal of Stanley in A Rosen by Any Other Name. He starred in the Disney Channel's television series "Phil of the Future," as well as The Walt Disney Company's made-for-TV movie "Pixel Perfect," ABC Family's "Searching for David’s Heart," and NBC's "Growing Up Brady." He has guest-starred on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "That’s So Raven." His feature films include The Big Bad Swim; The Boys of Sunset Ridge, and the independent film Crossfire (1998). In his spare time, Raviv enjoys playing guitar, percussion, dancing, and volunteering with the charity organization TAP (Teen AIDS Prevention).
VANESSA WILLIAMS (Host) is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold million of records worldwide, Vanessa has also scored numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single "Colors of the Wind," from the Disney film Pocahontas, won the Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe for Best Original Song. A strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities, Vanessa was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. She also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Her autobiography, “You Have No Idea,” co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012. Vanessa returned to Broadway in the spring of 2014 for a special limited engagement in the musical After Midnight. She also co-starred with Cicely Tyson and Cuba Gooding, Jr in Trip To Bountiful, which was the #1 play of the 2013 Broadway season. She appears regularly on E-Vine live promoting her fashion line, V. By Vanessa Williams and her new TV series, “Daytime Divas” on VH1.