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Ashley Zukerman

CHARLES

Ashley Zukerman’s work has been seen on stage and screen worldwide. He can currently be seen in the HBO series SUCCESSION, for producer Adam McKay. He can next be seen starring opposite Kate Mara in the FX limited series A TEACHER, from writer/director Hannah Fidell. Previously, Zukerman earned a passionate fanbase starring opposite John Benjamin Hickey and Michael Chernus in the critically-acclaimed WGN America series MANHATTAN. Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme executive produced the series, which is centered around the covert operation to build the world’s first atomic bomb. Zukerman also starred in the Australian thriller series THE CODE, which earned him a Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actor. Zukerman broke out on the long-running Australian series RUSH. His additional television credits include DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC), CHILDHOOD’S END (SyFy), TERRA NOVA (Fox), and HBO’s Emmy-winning series THE PACIFIC. His upcoming film credits include the FEAR STREET trilogy for Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Born in California and raised in Australia, Zukerman is a dual citizen.

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Sarah Shahi

ALISON

Sarah Shahi recently received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Rachel Behnamin in Showtime’s original series CITY ON A HILL. She will next be starring in SEX/LIFE on Netflix, as well as performing in the Dolly Parton anthology series HEARTSTRINGS. Sarah  can currently be seen starring on the NBC series THE ROOKIE, alongside Nathan Fillion. She starred on the NBC series REVERIE, and is  best known for her roles on the popular CBS series  PERSON OF INTEREST, (which won the People’s Choice Award in 2012 and 2016), the USA series FAIRLY LEGAL, and the Showtime hit series THE L WORD. Sarah won the 2012 Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role, for her performance as Kate Reed in FAIRLY LEGAL Other television credits include CHICAGO FIRE, LIFE, REBA, THE SOPRANOS, RAY DONOVAN, and ALIAS. Film highlights include JUDY SMALL, BULLET TO THE HEAD, opposite Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa, and the indie comedy FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, directed by Christopher Guest. Sarah is an Iranian-American who grew up in Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) and is a former NFL Cheerleader (Dallas Cowboys).While working as an extra on the set of DR. T AND THE WOMEN, she met director Robert Altman, who encouraged her to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting.

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Elliot Smith

CHARLIE

Elliott Smith is a Los Angeles, CA native. He began acting for fun in 6-second sketches on the Vine App (2013-2016). Several of those looping videos went viral, and he became known and quoted for "Hey, I think you're really cool. I Like you a lot. Maybe we could hangout or something" "Not really interested in being like the cool kids" and "She's a beast, I call her mama." He and his mom grew an audience of 1 million followers on the app. Elliott signed with DDO Artists Agency in late 2014, and began his professional acting career right away. His television credits include A KID CALLED MAYONNAISE, CONFESS, CRIMINAL MINDS, BREAM GIVES ME HICCUPS and the upcoming JUST ADD MAGIC: MYSTERY CITY. He’s also the voice of Oscar in SUMMER CAMP ISLAND. He loves acting, comics, and making videos on social media for fun with his mom.

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Lincoln Lambert

DANA

Lincoln (12) is a Korean-American actor that was born and raised in South Korea. Since the age of three he has been entertaining through acting, singing, dancing, and hosting television shows. His acting career started when he was cast in REAL KIDS’ STORY, RAINBOW, a South Korean variety show. Since 2016, he has been pursuing his career in Hollywood, and was honored to be cast as Dana McGucken in LANGUAGE ARTS. He has also had the privilege of performing in an episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, alongside fellow Korean-American actor Daniel Henney. Lincoln most recently had the honor of performing with Azusa Pacific University's men's choir and orchestra, to sing a solo in their Celebrate Christmas concert. Lincoln is represented by CESD Talent Agency and Symington Talent Management in the U.S. and by Echo Global Group in South Korea.

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Erin Cummings

RITA

Erin Cummings rose to international visibility for her tragic role as "Sura," wife of "Spartacus," in the Starz series, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. She played opposite Richard Dreyfuss as "Eleanor Squillari" in the ABC miniseries MADOFF, and starred as "Marge Slayton" in the ABC series, THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB. Her numerous television credits include recent guest spots on LUCIFER, ALL RISE, DYNASTY, 911: LONE STAR, MAD MEN, THE BLACKLIST, MASTERS OF SEX, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, CRIMINAL MINDS, BLUE BLOODS, HALT &; CATCH FIRE, NCIS and THE FLASH. Of course, none of this could have happened if she hadn't memorably started her career with two lines of dialogue as "Prostitute #1" on STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Cummings played "Lady Macbeth" in The Santa Susana Repertory Theater Company's production of MACBETH, followed by "Queen Gertrude" in HAMLET. Erin played the lead in Chad Beguelin's play HARBOR, directed by Tony-nominated director Mark Lamos, for Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Her film credits include THE DISASTER ARTIST with James Franco, THE ICEMAN with Michael Shannon and Winona Ryder, COLD COMES THE NIGHT with Bryan Cranston, and WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS, with Martin Lawrence. In 2016 she was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer, just after her wedding to actor Tom Degnan. This propelled her to start a podcast, KAPPA KAPPA CANCER: YOUR GUIDE TO THE SORORITY YOU NEVER WANTED TO JOIN.

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Mariana Klaveno

SYLVIE

Mariana Klaveno made a lasting impression as Lorena, Bill Compton’s “maker,” on Alan Ball’s HBO award-winning series TRUE BLOOD. Before portraying a seductive and manipulative vampire, Klaveno grew up in a rural area of Washington State, and pursued her B.A. in Theatre at the University of Washington in Seattle. Klaveno has since transitioned into one of the leads of Marc Cherry’s DEVIOUS MAIDS and Kevin Williamson’s drama, STALKER, for CBS. She also enjoyed juicy arcs on Showtime’s DEXTER, ABC’s DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, and starred in the TNT original telefilm, Scott Turow’s INNOCENT. A chance meeting with acclaimed Producer/Director J.J. Abrams led to a role in ALIAS, and she played Bonnie Parker on STANDOFF, opposite Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. Additional guest roles soon followed, on SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, ER, K-VILLE, and LAWS OF CHANCE. Klaveno has also starred in the telefilms FINAL APPROACH and WHILE THE CHILDREN SLEEP, NO GOD, NO MASTER, and the Kairos film WEST OF REDEMPTION. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Jane Ryan

MRS. BRAXTON

Jane Ryan is a professional actor, director, and teaching artist. She co-founded one of Seattle’s first Improv companies, and taught theatre classes for UW, SCT, and many Seattle schools. Her recent directing credits include TWELFTH NIGHT, BECKY’S NEW CAR, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and CRIMES OF THE HEART, as well as numerous new works. She has appeared onstage in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Dallas in a variety of plays. Previous screen credits include NORTHERN EXPOSURE, Karl Krogstad’s STRINGS, corporate videos for Boeing, General Motors, and Safeco, as well as commercials for Bon Marche, Scott Realty, Seattle City Light, and KZOK radio. Jane is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRA.

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Suzanne Bouchard

EULALIE

Suzanne is an award-winning actress and Lunt-Fontanne Fellow based in Seattle, WA. Her stage career spans decades of prominent roles across the country, including Billy Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY (Intiman Theatre), Karen Knightly in REVENGERS’ COMEDY (ACT), Henrietta in SMASH (Intiman Theatre), Lina in MISALLIANCE (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Charlotte in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Helen Lawson, Miriam in VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (Empty Space Theatre), Deborah in A KIND OF ALASKA (Shadow and Light), Elizabeth Bishop in DEAR ELIZABETH (Seattle Repertory) and Mrs. Alving in GHOSTS (ArtsWest).

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Kevin Alejandro

BRUCE

Award-winning actor Kevin Alejandro currently stars as LAPD Detective ‘Douche’ Espinoza working with the Devil in Netflix’s dramedy series LUCIFER. He previously starred on HBO’s global hit series TRUE BLOOD as fan favorite character, Jesus Velasquez, a powerful Brujo (Mexican witch doctor). He also starred opposite Ben McKenzie and Regina King in TNT’s critically acclaimed SOUTHLAND, as Detective Nate Moretta. He previously starred in A&E’s THE RETURNED, Showtime’s Emmy-nominated SLEEPER CELL:AMERICAN TERROR, ABC’s UGLY BETTY, CW’s ARROW, CBS’ Greg Berlanti series THE GOLDEN BOY, starring opposite Theo James. Alejandro recently directed the dramedy short, BEDTIME STORY, starring Patrick Fischler and Tricia Helfer, which won Best of Festival, and Kevin won Best Director, at the Hollywood Short Film Festival 2018, as well as the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at the Mammoth Film Festival. It has also been admitted into the Hollywood Reel International Film Festival. Kevin is directed an episode of LUCIFER for season 3. His additional television acting credits include recurring roles on CBS’ SHARK, opposite James Woods, ABC’s PARENTHOOD, GREY’S ANATOMY, Showtime’s WEEDS, and FX’s SONS OF ANARCHY. Additionally he has starred in various independent and major feature films including Kevin Smith’s RED STATE, MEDEAS opposite Catalina Sandino Moreno, CROSSING OVER, opposite Harrison Ford, and SAFELIGHT, opposite Juno Temple and Evan Peters. He studied theatre at the University of Texas, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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Pamela Reed

SISTER GIORGIA

Pamela has over 60 film and television credits under her belt, including film performances in THE LONG RIDERS (1980), THE RIGHT STUFF (1983), KINDERGARTEN COP (1990), JUNIOR (1994), BEAN(1997), and PROOF OF LIFE (2000). Pamela's television credits include the portrayal of Jack Tanner's (played by Michael Murphy) campaign manager, T.J. Cavanaugh, in Robert Altman's TANNER ‘88 (1988). Her performance in the series earned her a Cable Ace Award. Most recently, she has appeared as Marlene Knope on PARKS AND RECREATION. Pamela also appeared on stage in 2013 at ACT Theatre in OTHER DESERT CITIES.

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Kieran Walton

CODY

Actor Kieran Walton is making his feature film debut in LANGUAGE ARTS. In his short acting career, he has participated in film, theater, and voice over work as well. His first professional performance began in theater, as he starred as "Orlando" in Young Shakespeare Workshop's production of AS YOU LIKE IT and "Hamlet" in their production of HAMLET. Most recently, Kieran has lent his voice for the character "Axel Mulligan" in Cartoon Network's new hit show POWER PLAYERS.

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Aishé Keita

ROMY

Aishé Keita is a Jamaican-Malian-American storyteller. She is Seattle-based with credits at Arts West for SUNSET BABY, and at Intiman Theater,‪ Seattle Shakespeare Company‬, and Book-it Repertory Theater for I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, for which she received a Gregory Award for Best Actress in a play. Aishe also starred in Danai Gurira’s play FAMILIAR, as Nyasha, at the Guthrie Theater and Seattle Repertory Theater. LANGUAGE ARTS Is Aishé’s first movie, and she is so excited to share it with the world.

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Larry Estes

PRODUCER

Larry Estes was named “Hollywood’s Quiet Godfather of the Offbeat Film” by The New York Times. As a ColumbiaTriStar executive, his films include Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape, Allison Anders’ GAS FOOD LODGING, Carl Franklin’s ONE FALSE MOVE (co-starring and co-written by Billy Bob Thornton), John Sayles’ CITY OF HOPE and PASSION FISH, Neal Jimenez & Michael Steinberg’s THE WATERDANCE, Bobcat Goldthwait’s SHAKES THE CLOWN, and John Turturro’s MAC, among others. Since becoming an independent producer, five more of his films have premiered at Sundance, four of those in dramatic competition, including Sherman Alexie’s SMOKE SIGNALS, and THE BUSINESS OF FANCYDANCING. He served as executive producer of THE HEART OF THE GAME, and he has produced five feature films with Kairos Productions.

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Cornelia Duryée

WRITER/DIRECTOR

Cornelia Duryée began as a playwright and stage director, but it was her relationship with Madeleine L'Engle that led her into the world of film, when L’Engle invited her to adapt several of her novels and plays for the screen. Corrie’s films include THE DARK HORSE, CAMILLA DICKINSON, WEST OF REDEMPTION, PORTAL RUNNER, and LANGUAGE ARTS. Corrie served as Executive Producer for cult favorite JOURNEYQUEST Season 1, as a producer of JOURNEYQUEST Season 2, and as a casting director for THE GAMERS: DORKNESS RISING, as well as working on many other Seattle film and theater productions, including co-founding Seattle Shakespeare Company, and serving as Casting Director for Thalia’s Umbrella. Cornelia is in the continual process of writing and developing numerous projects for Kairos. She is now in pre-production for a 2020 feature film shoot in Washington State.

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Stephanie Kallos

NOVELIST

Stephanie Kallos was born in Idaho and grew up in Nebraska. Before coming out of the closet as a writer, she had a varied work history, which included many years as a musician, and a long career in the theater as an actress and teacher of voice, speech, and dialects. Her short fiction has received two Raymond Carver Awards and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her first novel, Broken for You, was published in 2004; it was chosen by Sue Monk Kidd as a “Today Show” book club selection, and received the Washington State and PNBA Book Awards. Her second novel, Sing Them Home, was published in 2009; a Pacific NW Independent Booksellers bestseller, it was selected for Iowa’s “All Iowa Reads” program and named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009. Her third novel, Language Arts, was published in 2015. Stephanie lives with her family in a north Seattle neighborhood which has no sidewalks and looks very much like a small town. Sightings of men in kilts are common. Happily distracting her from writing are numerous unfinished knitting projects, a doe-eyed Labrador named Mr. Nick Tumnus, an extremely vocal tabby cat named Sydney Australia, and her raucous family of men. Stephanie is a proud member of Seattle7Writers and its offshoot band, The Rejections. She is currently at work on a short story collection and her fourth novel.

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J.D. Henning

WRITER

J.D. loves all things genre, from spies to spaceships to zombies, and has been writing in that vein since 2013. J.D. graduated with a film degree in 2011 from Montana State University and continued his education, graduating from the University of Montana with a law degree in 2014. He’s a licensed attorney in Montana and Washington, but he's not a jerk.

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