Kia Hellman (Margaret) is an actor, writer and producer. A few of her plays have been produced, including Cocktails & Leach Fields (Santa Monica Playhouse), and Rockwell Falls and The Bob House Murder (Little Church Theatre in Holderness, NH). Kia’s been acting in theater since she was 3. She attended UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & TV, where she participated in numerous theater and film productions. She continues to act in all mediums, including the recent shorts Apartment Detectives, Emergency Operator and Can I Touch It? featured on FunnyOrDie.com. She recently co-founded Hellsan Productions, an entertainment content company. Kia is excited and grateful to be bringing Margie Walsh, her humor and courage to life. Special thanks to Cary, Amy, my family, friends, teachers, Christine, Shayne and our entire cast & crew for being so incredibly inspiring and supportive! (www.kiahellman.com)
Tyler Meridith (Stevie) is a graduate of the Ruskin School of Acting’s two year Meisner technique program. While at the Ruskin, Tyler performed in numerous cafe plays, one night shows and Lee Blessing’s Down the Road in the role of Dan Henniman. His most recent performance was as Ted in Brett Boham’s original piece Colleagues. Tyler has also produced and acted in the independent feature The Longer Day Of Happiness. Other producer highlights include the edgy web series Luke, short film Pig, and the feature A Perfect Dark (currently in post production). Tyler would like to thank John Ruskin, Mike Meyers, his family and friends for all of their support.
Marsha Morgan (Dottie) is honored to be in this clever and timely production of Good People. Marsha has been acting and singing show tunes since childhood. After studying theatre in college, she attended graduate school in Boston, taking several decades off to establish her career as a psychotherapist, which incidentally and fortuitously built a repertoire of characters and narratives. Following her retirement, she burst upon the Los Angeles comedy scene, performing standup and improv. Her success onstage quickly led to a variety of acting experiences. Five years in, she has trained with the truly talented and learned from the truly compassionate. Marsha has been seen in commercials, tv shows, and film. Her greatest pleasure continues to be performing live theatre, and she’s thrilled to have this opportunity. Marsha and her service dog, Josie, reside at the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.
Laura House (Jean) starred in MTV’s first scripted show, Austin Stories and has performed stand-up on Comedy Central, NBC, HBO & more. She writes for TV shows, including the Emmy-winning Samantha Who? and Mom. She debuted her hit solo show How to Hate Yourself at the Hollywood Fringe Fest, and Huffpo called it “…a riotous laughfest and complete joy.” She also teaches meditation. She’s thrilled to release her inner Jean on stage. Go visit Laurahouse.com & follow @imlaurahouse.
Shayne Anderson (Mike) was last seen in The Only Game in Town at The Electric Lodge. Other theater includes, The Shadow Box directed by Keith David, The Dresser, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, Saved, Bent. Television, House of Lies, Cougar Town, CSI. Film, Madea: Witness Protection, The Bar and the soon-to-be released family movie The Bandit Hound with Christine Dunford and Paul Sorvino. Up next for Shayne is his most ambitious project yet, Walking Down the Aisle with Tiffany…set to premiere early next year…or whenever we can get the guest list figured out. Shayne would also like to extend a sincere thanks to his friends and family for their love and support. Lastly, to Kia and Christine, thank you both for taking this ride with me. Could/ would not have wanted to do it without you. Shayne thanks his reps, Albert, Sharon, and Innovative Artists.
Keiana Richàrd (Kate) is a native of Nashville, TN. She received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her credits include Broadway: Dividing The Estate (Lincoln Center), Off-Broadway: Ghosts (The Pearl Theatre Company), 365 Days/365 Plays (Cherry Lane/The Public Theatre), Forgotten World (The Public Theatre and Regional), Eclipsed (The McCarter Theatre), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse), The Good Negro (The Hudson Theatre) and Gallery Secrets (Chalk Repertory Theatre). Her T.V./Film credits include NBC’s The Player, Adult Swim’s Relocated, Verizon Fios’ 12 Steps To Recovery, Alright T.V.’s No Budget Gourmet, and the film Cora by Kevin Maxwell & Savador Carrasco. She is so excited to be working with such an amazing cast and crew!
Chip Bolcik (Voice of Priest) just returned from originating the role of Larry Walters in his own hit play Ferry Limbo at the HERE Theatre in New York City. At the Ruskin Group Theatre in LA, Chip originated the roles of Barry Rosen in The Face in the Reeds, and the Juke Box Repairman in Sneaky Old Time. He also played Harold in Leaving Home at the Ruskin. Last season, Chip originated the role of Ted in his play Breaking Out Is Hard To Do at NYC’s Hudson Guild Theatre. Chip has also played numerous roles at regional theaters, as well as in NY and NJ, and he has written several award-winning plays.
Produced by Kia Hellman, Shayne Anderson and Charles S. Fradin
Stage Managed by Val Salas
Director, Christine Dunford is a Los Angeles-based actor and playwright. She trained at the Juilliard School in NYC and made her debut in Joseph Papp’s Two Gentlemen of Verona. Off-Broadway credits include Love’s Labors Lost (Public Theater), Serious Money (Public Theater), Infidelities (Primary Stages) and the title role in Tamara. Broadway: Serious Money. LA stage work includes: 7 Blow Jobs and Erotic Curtsies (both with Bottom’s Dream Theater Company), Losing Venice (Attic Theater), The Cryptogram and Old Neighborhood (Geffen Playhouse). Films include Ulee’s Gold, Love & Basketball, American Dream, Bandit Hound, Hello Herman, Date in Queens, Slaves of NY and award-winning shorts Dos Corazones and Lost People of Mountain Village. Ms. Dunford has appeared in over 100 episodes of television. She was a series regular on Good Sports, Bob, Hudson Street, Something So Right and Secret Lives of Men and has guest starred on Longmire, The Mentalist, Bones, Two and a Half Men & many others. She has also written and performed solo shows for the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, the Improv and the Edgemar Theater in Los Angeles. She is very happy to be making her directorial debut with this production of Good People.
Assistant Stage Manager, Carly Llewellyn-Ryan hails from North-West England where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama Production and Creative Writing in 2008. Fueled by her passion for the production process, she joined The Windmill Players in 2012 where she successfully stage managed their more technically demanding plays, including I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley and Improbable Fiction by Alan Ayckbourn. Carly’s proficiency in these roles led to a number of opportunities at local theaters as a stage manager. She also staged her directorial debut in February 2015 with Act 3 of Neil Simon’s farce, Plaza Suite. Ultimately Carly would like to use her recent move to LA as a chance to work professionally in production.
Lighting Designer, Azra King – Abadi is currently based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in theatre design from CSULB and her BFA in theatre design from Concordia University, Montreal. Her previous work includes Alexander’s Feast (LA Master Chorale), The Planets, LaMer Immortal Beethoven, Tchaikovsky’s World, Wing on Wing, Angels in America (LA Phil), The Breasts of Tiresias & Tears of a Knife (Long Beach Opera), The Lonely Wild Album Release Concert (The Echoplex), Into the Woods, The Magic Flute, The Faerie Queene (HPAF), Elixir of Love (Bob Cole Conservatory of Music), Operalia, World Opera Competition (Dorothy Chandler Pavillion), Trouble in Tahiti (Central City Opera) and The Guys (Cal Poly Pomona). She has been the assistant lighting designer at the LA Opera and had the privilege to be the ALD at the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Cos Fan Tutti. (azrakingabadi.com)
Set Designer, Yuri Okahana is based in Los Angeles and originally from Tokyo, Japan. Her scenic credits include Parkside (US premier), Pinkmilk (West Coast premier), Sans Merci and Night and Her Stars (The Garage Theatre), Medusa Undone (Pandora Production), The Lover (Litton Festival), Revival (Acting Arts Theatre), Fragile Thing Cracks (Long Beach Playhouse), La Serva Padorona/Old Maid and the Thief (Vestment Festival Theatre), and Waiting For Lefty: Seeing Red (California Repertory Theatre). Yuri’s design work has been exhibited at Design Showcase East in NYC, Design Showcase West at UCLA, and Theatre Pokoleniy St. Petersburg, Russia. She holds an MFA in Scenic Design from CSU, Long Beach. http://www.yuriokahana.com
Prop Master, Bethany Tucker is thrilled to be prop master for Good People. She has also worked on Rogue Machine’s production of Pocatello and Need To Know, Boston Court’s production of Seven Spots on the Sun, Circle X’s productions of ICU and Trevor, the Los Angeles LGBT Center productions of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.
Sound Designer, DJ Medina has been making noise since he was old enough to ‘throw things off the table just to hear them hit the floor’. Born and raised in Southern California, sound has always been the driving force in his life. Growing up as a percussionist, he has learned how important every little sound can be. His past productions include The Royal Family, Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike, and most recently Waiting for Godot. DJ would like to thank his parents for all their love and support and Kia Hellman for this wonderful opportunity.
Costume Designer, Maggie Lima is a graduate in Theatre Arts of Loyola Marymount University where she developed her interest in costuming. Her professional credits include Mary Poppins (assistant), Brigadoon (assistant), Enter Laughing (assistant), A Couple of Poor Polish Speaking Romanians (designer) and Reasons to be Pretty (designer). Working on this production of Good People has been a wonderful experience for her. These characters’ stories are ones that need to be told. She is glad that she could help bring these wonderful people to life. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew! Enjoy the show!
WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM…
Dialect Coach – Anne Burk
Hair/Make-up Consultant – Alaisha Hellman
Stills Photography – Lily Kravets
Videographer – Angela Shin
Graphic Designer – Timm Freeman
Publicist – Nora Feldman at 818-760-1240