Patrick Cannon is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Screenwriting/Playwriting at Point Park University. Patrick has worked with throughout the country with theater companies such as Drury Lane Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep, Cherry Lane Theater, Hudson Guild, Cape MayStage, Mountain Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse, Stage 773, and TheBarnstormers. In his hometown of Pittsburgh, Patrick has worked with companies including Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Playhouse REP, Front Porch Theatricals, St. Vincent Summer Theater, City Theatre, No Name Players, and Bricolage.
Steve Parys started his career 29 years ago as a production assistant on THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Since then, he has worked on over 40 feature films & TV shows in theU.S. and Europe, as well as hundreds of commercials, videos, shorts and industrials. Directing Projects include: TV pilot MULLIGAN, the Tapestry Award winning feature film THE CHIEF, & the multiple award winning short films BREAKAGE, LIGHTHEADED, and REIGN OF THE DEAD. Steve is also the recipient of a Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best Director. Steve’s 1st Assistant Director credits include over two dozen feature films (including CONCUSSION, FOXCATCHER, THE BREAD MY SWEET, DANDELION, and many others)& TV shows (including FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, GONE, OUTSIDERS, DOWNWARD DOG, & SUPAH NINJAS!) all across the U.S.and abroad, as well as hundreds of commercials, videos, shorts, & industrials.
Ashley Kate is an award-winning Actress &Producer who made her Broadway Debut at the age of 23 in Tony Award Winning Revival of LA CAGEAUX FOLLES and has appeared on television in UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NETFLIX),ROYAL PAINS (USA), RULES OF COOL(FULLSCREEN), heard in TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) & seen in films such as PITCHING TENTS (Hulu), 1Message (Dish Network) & stars in the upcoming short film LOVE. She recently won the Best ActressAward at the 2018 New York Theatre Festival for the play LOVE. Off-Broadway & Regional Credits including the Culture Project, Paper Mill Playhouse, ETC, MTC and more. She started her Production Company AKA Studio Productions in 2011 and their work has been selected for over 100 film festivals. TV Properties include: MULLIGAN, RULES OF COOL (FULLSCREEN), CAPITAL ADVICE (ITV Fest) & Films include: ACE (Toronto Inside Out Fest), photo op (Winner SENE Film) and she inspired and Co-Produced the feature film BEAUTY MARK which was an official selection of the LA Film Festival in 2017 and was just distributed by the Orchard.
Gone (TV Series) (camera operator – 21 episodes), Rise (2018) … (camera operator), Demons (2018) … (camera operator), 2017 Mindhunter(TV Series) (camera operator – 10 episodes), The Path (TV Series) (a camera operator – 6 episodes, 2016) (camera operator – 4 episodes,2016), The Miracle (2016) … (a camera operator), A Room of One’s Own (2016) … (camera operator: “a” camera), The Shore (2016) …(camera operator: “a” camera), Refugees (2016) … (a camera operator , Breaking and Entering (2016) … (camera operator: “a” camera),Banshee (TV Series) (camera operator – 8 episodes, 2016) (steadicam operator – 8 episodes, 2016), Requiem (2016) … (camera operator: “a”camera) / (steadicam operator), Outsiders (TV Series) (camera operator – 3 episodes, 2016) (b camera operator – 1 episode, 2016), 2015Kantemir (steadicam operator), 2015 The Last Witch Hunter (camera operator: “b” camera, second unit – as Brian Osmond), 2015 Southpaw (bcamera operator).
Jim Kierstead (Producer) is a two-time 2013 Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions ofKinky Boots and the revival of Pippin. He also is involved with the international hit musical Matilda on Broadway and on tour and is aco-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitress and Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 and the 2018 musical PrettyWoman. He has been a co-producer of 15 Broadway productions including The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You (Tonynominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, M. Butterfly, Indecent, and Rocky.
Jim has worked in New York theatre since 2000 investing andraising money for shows including Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American Idiot, The AddamsFamily, Catch Me If You Can, among others. Jim began his career by developing and producing the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiereof Thrill Me – The Leopold & Loeb Story (nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical in 2005) and produced itsoriginal New York production in 2003.
He founded his production company Kierstead Productions, Inc. in 2004. In 2010, he produced theOff-Broadway premiere of Yank! – A World War II Love Story. Jim has been an Executive Producer on the films Between Love and Goodbye,Kiss Me, Kill Me, and Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Currently, Jim is presenting a new musical entitled UNEXPECTEDJoy with book & lyrics by Bill Russell (two-time Tony nominated for Side Show) this Spring Off-Broadway, a play entitled Cover by BillMcMahon. Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn.
Caroline Collins is a producer, actor, writer, and director. As an actor, she has appeared in films such as Adventureland and Since I Don’t HaveYou. Television roles include Polly on WGN America’s Outsiders and Theresa Malone in NBC Universal’s Gone. Caroline has written andproduced several short films including the award-winning romantic comedy Lightheaded, which she also acted in. She directed Hand MeDowns, the only film selected to screen at the 2016 SWAN Day Pittsburgh festival. Happy Birthday to Me, which she directed, won best filmand four other awards at the 2016 Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Festival. She also directed 2017’s This is How We Roll.Caroline is president of the production company 13 Films. She is also a founding member of a group of Pittsburgh-based female producers,who create and promote film and television projects with strong female leads shot by crews that include many talented women. See some ofher work here: www.imdb.com/name/nm1006744
Laury Christensen is a veteran producer living in Louisville, Kentucky. Her production career spans decades and crosses all genres, but she is most recognized for her museum work, where, for a period lasting more than a decade, Laury headed high profile, extraordinarily complex national museum projects. In collaboration with some of the nation’s most talented artists, designers, writers and directors, and led by creative visionary Donna Lawrence, Laury produced and co-produced award-winning documentary films, interactive exhibits and multi-projector immersive environments. Projects include the National World War I Museum, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, the Gettysburg Museum & Military Park, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, the National Infantry Museum (winner of the coveted Themed Entertainment Award – THEA) and “Out of Many, One…” the film that introduces millions of visitors to our democracy at the Capitol in Washington DC. These high caliber productions feature exceptional A-list talent: Morgan Freeman, Glenn Close, Donald Sutherland, Sam Waterston, Sam Elliot and more. Laury’s latest passion, narrative film, is fueled by her desire to help elevate the role of females in film, both in front of and behind the lens. Her Producer credits include: Absent Mind (short), Mulligan (TV), Overload: America’s Toxic Lover Story (Documentary), Midway to Love (Feature), and she currently has a short, Blackbird, in production and two new features in development.