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Tonya Beckman is a Cleveland, Ohio-based actor, currently a resident company member at Cleveland Signstage Theatre, in addition to her freelance work, which has included appearances at the Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre (Lewiston ME), Berea Summer Theatre (Ohio), Cleveland Public Theatre, and Magical Theatre Co (Akron OH), as well as on-camera work.  She received her MFA from Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program in 1996.  For the past 2 summers she has also taught theatre to 10-13 year olds at Cain Park School for the Arts.  To learn more about her (and a little bit about the Cleveland theatre world), check out:
Neil Bryant - After aborting a career in radio, Neil is a relative veteran of almost 50 shows in Charleston, SC. Favorite parts have included MacDuff and Young Charles Marlowe from "She Stoops to Conquer". Neil is looking forward to making the move to larger ponds, soon. You can check out an early stage of his homepage at
  Richard Buswell - has been an Actor since 1981. He has a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma, occasionally Directs and Produces, has been a Combatant and Fight Choreographer since 1984, Co-founded of The Naughty Nobles in 1996, and has been programming computers since 1983. He's a member of both the Society of American Fight Directors, and Fight Directors Canada, and the Webmaster for KC STAGE Magazine. He currently lives in Kansas City, MO. and is willing to travel. He believes in hard work, discipline, and having fun, and actively promotes the same work ethic with his fellow actors. For more information about Richard than could possibly be listed here, visit his web sites at: (Purely personal), (Purely fun), (Purely theatrical).
Vandi Clark - has been acting since she was eight years old. She received her BA in Drama Education from the University of Arizona in Tucson and taught Drama for several years. Vandi toured Texas with the Dallas Theatre Center Humanities Tour playing eight different character roles. She also toured nationally with Bill Fegan Productions in A Christmas Carol. Her diverse stage experience includes: Cora in The Dark at the top of the Stairs; The StepMother in Cinderella; Mrs. Hopkins in My Fair Lady: Elaine Navazio in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap; and Eleanor Hunter in No Sex Please, We're British. Locally, Vandi has been seen at the Dallas Repertory Theatre (The Lark and Romeo and Juliet) and in Casa Mañana's production of Funny Girl with Ruta Lee. In addition to stage, she appeared in such movies as: Semi-Tough; Silent Rage; The Beasts are on the Street; The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald and Broken Promises. She was also seen as Aunt Ethel in The Lathe of Heaven on PBS.
Patrick Cronin - Started radio at age 3 and continued performing on radio and T.V. until his teens at which time he discovered theater.  He received an M. S. in directing from Temple U. in '68 and then taught for five years. Patrick ahs done over 150 plays both as an actor and a director. He toured for three years with Betty Grable  in Born Yesterday, Dorothy Lamour in Fallen Angels, Tab Hunter in The Tender Trap and Alan Sues in Send Me No Flowers.  His favorite acting roles are Jamie in Long Days Journey, Arthur in Camelot and Willy Loman In "Salesman". He moved to LA in '76 and has appeared in over 200 dramas and comedys and guest starred on all the major T.V. shows including All in the Family, Cheers, Seinfeld and Home Improvement .  This is in addition to over 100 commercials and innumerable V/O's, Industrials and 5 years of union Children's Theater.
Michele Cuomo - is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at The University of Mississippi.  She received her MFA in Acting from the Ohio State University, but you don't want to mess with this lady - she is a certified Actor Combatant with the SAFD and working towards certification as a teacher in Yoga from Kripalu Wellness Center (no, that's not pronounced "Cripple you!").  In NY, she has performed with The Modern Theatre of Myth, The Oberon Theatre Ensemble, in Germany with the Elysium Theatre Company.  Her original performance work includes VISIBLE VESSELS, based on the lives of Carrington, Tina Modotti and Mary Wigman, CUT OPEN and NOTHING ABOUT LOVE.  Member SAG and AFTRA.
  Rik Deskin - is based in Seattle, though originally from Hamilton, Ohio. Rik is a Senior in the BFA acting program at Cornish College of the Arts and a film-maker. He is currently working as an instructor for 911 Media and Second Story Rep and will assist with a two-week workshop at the Seattle Rep later this summer. He is also Artist-Manager of Green Theatre. He is married to the lovely Kim and shares four beautiful children with her. Some of his past work includes acting and directing in the world-premiere of Mossy Cape and touring nationally as Captain Hydro for the National Theatre for Children.
  Robert Epstein - New Yorker ROBERT EPSTEIN now teaches his program THE COMPLETE MEISNER-BASED ACTORíS TRAINING in Washington, D.C. He has recently created workshops for the ACTORíS CENTER, directed scenes for the WASHINGTON ACTORíS GROUP, and played Sidney in THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW for HORIZONS THEATRE. His former student Rachel Gardner was nominated for this year's HELEN HAYES AWARD. Robert has played saxaphone, sung SCHUMANíS DICHTERLIEBE in concert, practiced yoga, massage and hypnotherapy, and has a BA in Philosophy. His 21-month-old daughter Emily seems to have inherited his creative tendencies.
Sam Fisher (aka Tim Barcode) is a director/actor in Christchurch, New Zealand. His current home is the Oily Rag Theatre, a co-operative which provides accessible theatre, heavy on art and craft, while having a bloody good time.
Tim Barcode the playwright is a reluctant post modernist. Strong influencers are, Dario Fo, Tom Stoppard, and Bill Forsyth. Tim believes writing and performing obscure theatre may be fun, but audiences will take more from a ripping good yarn with characters they can relate too.
Dan Gregory - Dan Gregory (BAEA) has had many years experience in Theatre. From the 'original' lunchtime theatre in London, via European Tours, to the Chelsea Theater Center & Hudson Guild Theaters in NYC. Westward to San Francisco, then to Eureka with Carlo Mazzone Clementi. Returned to the UK and has done Regional Theatre, Theatre-in-Education, Young Peoples Theatre, Touring, Musical Comedy, and even Street Theatre with The Natural Theatre Company. Went to Cuba as British representative to the ITI New Theatre Workshop. Also Film, TV, Radio, Industrials, Voice Work inc. dubbing and son et lumiere. Tri-lingual English French Spanish.
Lorrie Hull, Ph.D.- teaches acting, directing and writing classes and private coaches in Santa Monica with her actress daughter, Dianne Hull. Lorrie's book, "Strasberg's Method As Taught by Lorrie Hull," is sold in leading bookstores and endorsed in the foreword by Susan Strasberg. Her 2 hr. video, "The Method: Based on Stanislavski and Strasberg," is available at Samuel French, L.A.,as well as from Hull's website, Facets Multimedia, Insight-Media, the Drama Bookshop and Bakers' Plays. Formerly a 12 yr. senior faculty member for Lee Strasberg, Lorrie has been an acting coach for motion pictures and television, taught for AFI, and conducted seminars throughout the U. S. and abroad. She was an instructor ,as a world expert, at the International Stanislavski Conference at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.Dr. Hull is married to actor-director, William Smithers, an Actors Studio member since 1952 and Lorrie's co-instructor of 2 day seminars.
Lorrie's greatest joys are her 3 grandchildren.
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Robert Jetter - After tweny years in New York as a stage, film and film actor and twelve years on the road as a stand up comedian, Robert has returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to write screenplays and material for currently working comedians.  Television credits include daytime television's One Life to Live, films  include Awakenings and Big with too many stage roles to mention.  Robert someday hopes to return to the stage and to the stand up arena.
William A. Johnston - has been both behind the camera as Producer, Director and Videographer; in front of the camera in various television commercials, and has also done voice-over and print advertising work.  For more details, visit his web site at
Elena Lawrence -
Ginny S. Loggins - originally hails from Long Island, New York.  She earned a B.A. in Drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and subsequently completed EMC internships at CSC Rep in New York and at The Barter Theatre in Virginia.  Somewhere in the middle of all that, she played Mary in The Smoky Mountain Passion Play, where she met her husband-to-be, David Loggins (playing Peter the Apostle), who swept her off to his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.  For 11 years, she has been active in Birmingham's tiny theatre and film community, having appeared in numerous plays, musicals, commercials, and industrials.  Upcoming credits include Agnes in "Dancing at Lughnasa" and the title role in "Hello, Dolly!"
Stephen McHenry - began his performance career doing stand-up comedy. He transitioned to doing improvisational theater, at the same time he moved to San Francisco (for "day job" reasons). Since the move, he has gotten more involved in Improv (to the point of creating entire one-act improvised plays), and has also added text work, appearing in several productions at the community and professional theater level, including the lead in a recent world premiere.

Location: Morgan Hill (25 mi. SE of San Jose)
Melanie Moritzky - has mostly college credits, including "The Girl" in Hot L Baltimore,
and is hopeful to expand her experience soon into the professional arena
where she plans to participate in theater projects as well as film/tv/radio.
John P. Palmer -- eccentric professor or rich-uncle type.
Lots of recent amateur acting and directing.
Recent Professional Work: "Economics for Insomniacs", a 17-part series for TV Ontario.
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Cheryl Pryzby - who has been acting casually and not so casually since the age of six, is enjoying her time upon the stage with great relish.  She and her 10-year old son Ben have been working quite steadily both onstage and backstage in CT and NY, and she has recently taken her first foray as a director.  For more details, photos and professional resume, click to
Ray Renati - I am an actor! It's fun! I love it! I have done a number of plays in the San Francisco Bay area. I just started doing musicals and now I'm hooked.
You can visit my web site at:
Jack Rooney -
James Schendel - James has been an actor/director since first taking an acting class and leaving his math studies behind in 1977.  After receiving his BFA from UC Irvine in 1980, he went on to appear and direct at the Great American Melodrama Company.  After that he spent two years as an actor and teacher at the Old Globe/San Diego.  James was fortunate enough to learn the Meisner Technique from Sanford Meisner personally. Most recently, he has been acting and directing for the Nevada Shakespeare Festival, playing Don John in "Much Ado About Nothing" and Prospero in "The Tempest"  and directing "Romeo and Juliet".  For the past year, James has been studying and conducting workshops in the Micheal Chekhov technique. As well as doing extensive work in voice over, James has made numerous television and film appearances.  At the moment, James is doing school shows for "School is Fun Productions" as William Shakespeare, and also as the Nutty Chemistry Professor in addition to putting together a children's magic act, and his one-man show on William Shakespeare..
Arlene Schulman - Actor by nature and Director by choice; Currently Associate Director at both New Jersey Repertory Company, a professional theatre devoted to the development and production of new plays, and First Avenue Playhouse, an intimate but fun-loving Dessert Theatre.  She lives happily in NJ and works in the NYC/NJ area - but will Direct anywhere, provided the project fascinates and the price is right!  She is a cock-eyed optimist with a passion for theatre and the collaborative process, and a passionate belief that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds!
  Michelle Sheiman - had a revelation this month when she was called by a director she had never met, who was referred to her by a producer she had met only once, to ask her to play a character the director proclaimed as "perfect for you". The character is described in the script as "round, thin-voiced, complains...whining...a sigher." Oh, well, casting is an art.
Lauren Stanford - is graduating from college in May '00 with a BFA in Theatre and Film. She has worked with many regional and professional children's theatre companies, doing a strange mix of genres: Schoolhouse Rock (Shulie), The Woolgatherer (Rose), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), Regina (Zan), Grease (Sandy), Prelude to a Kiss (Rita) and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Flora) are some recent shows. Lauren is also a professional portrait artist (which she says has been a wonderful acting tool as well.) Originally from Kansas, Lauren is currently sorting through theatre offers and rejections trying to determine where to go and what to do next year!
Andres Useche - At 21, Colombian born Andrés Useche is a hyperactive worker. After winning a scholarship in Graphic Arts and leading a rock band, he started making zero budget film shorts that have led to awards in writing, directing, acting and composing. He's currently putting together his first feature film project.
Valerie Weak - I am San Francisco based actor who does some teaching on the side, primarily for ages 9-14.  Through June of 1999, I am touring as Helena and Peter Quince in Midsummer Nightís Dream  for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.  Recent roles include Sonya in Uncle Vanya and Camillo in A Winterís Tale, and last summer I was Thurio and Lucetta in Two Gentleman of Verona, produced by Womanís Will, an all-female Shakespeare company. I was one of the founding members of Unconditional Theatre, another San Francisco-based company, and acted in their original production of Groping for Justice: the Bob Packwood story, which was best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 1996.  I have a B.A. in Theater from UCLA, and have been rejected multiple times from several prestigious MFA and professional training programs.
Johnson Westheimer (not his real name) - A talented actor who couldn't, turned director who couldn't, turned acting coach who couldn't either, turned author who shouldn't have, turned newsgroup infestor who COULD!!! His movie credits include Moon Truce, Swindler's List, and Beach Blanket Mesopotamia. On stage, he has thrilled audiences in A Fiddler in the Basement, Dogs, A Trolley Car Named Lust, The Thirteenth Night, The Imaginary Hypocondriac, Two Sisters and Lease. His motto is "Everyone brings joy in life - some when they come, some when they leave!" Location: West Atlantis, CA (100 mi SW of Los Angeles) - (It's a joke, folks!)
Joe Wilson - "No, this isn't my headshot, and the local gendarmes don't use backlighting, so it must be the lobby still from my most recent directing gig.  I live in Crewe, Virginia, which is neither the home of Rolls Royce nor where Ringo Starr's father lives.  That's the other Crewe.  Stage actor, radio weasel, voice-overs and motorcyclist.  Most recent job was "Red Army General" in a Mainland Chinese television series.  Next time you're in Beijing, look me up!  I'll be sitting next to Stalin... (Don't look for this one to show up on my resume.)  Shakespearean and contemporary heavies a specialty.

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Please, send a short (6-8 sentence bio) describing your experience. If you want a guideline for a good length, see Ginny Loggins' or Tonya Beckman's bios - it nicely fills the space next ot the picture without going over. DO NOT SUBMIT A FULL RESUME. I don't really have time to edit it down, plus I have no idea what you think is important.

I can deal with almost any form of pictures, although existing .gif or .jpg files are the best. If you already have one on a web site somewhere, just send me the URL and I can fetch it myself.

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