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JAY JACOBSON (writer/actor) has trained and worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia. Born and raised in Philly, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University with a degree in Radio-TV-Film and a focus on film directing. Branching off into acting, he began his acting studies at the Wilma Theater, and went to New York to study acting at HB Studios and improvisation at Chicago City Limits. While on the east coast, he had a successful theater career, highlighted with leading roles in “P.S. Your Cat is Dead!" (Vito Antonucci), the original Atlantic City run of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” (Louigie Dominico), “The House of Blue Leaves” (Ronnie Shaughnessy), and ”Gemini” (Herschel Weinberger) for which he was awarded the “Dramateurs Award” for Best Supporting Actor of the Season.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Jay continued his successful theater career, with highlights including productions of “Corpus Christi” (Peter), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Dogberry), originated the role of “Pickled Punk” in the musical “Psycho Burger Bistro”, “Fourplay” (Ethan), the improv show “Four Hot Brunettes” (Brad Bodyrock), and was in the original cast (along with Billy Campbell) of the ongoing show “Dungeon Master”.  

In addition to his theater work, Jay has also appeared in many independent films, including “The Return of Tuvia”, “Legally Dead”, “Frankie Goes to Hollywood”, and the lead role of Chester LaFever in the independent feature, “Ghost in the Garden”. He also directed and appeared in the short film “Lonely Boy” (Best LGBT Film Nominee, "Swansea Film Fest"), written for Jay by Patrick Moore. His television credits include two seasons as a series regular on “Heartbreak Cafe” (Tom Wades), and most recently the pilot, “The Treaty of Amarog” (Clive).

Alongside his acting endeavors, Jay is a professional singer and songwriter, having released four full length CDs of original music. His music has been played on radio and podcasts around the world, and he was recently named “The One to Watch” on the “Off the Charts” UK radio show. His second CD, “Ready”, includes the Top Ten internationally charting single, “Boy”. In 2010 he released his first music video for the song, “Love is Love”, (from his third CD “Revelations”) which created a buzz (including stories in USA Today Online, On Top Magazine, and Towleroad), and it has since won multiple awards in film festivals. He sang back-ups for Liza Minnelli on “The Tonight Show” and at Universal Amphitheater as part of the Ewing Concert Chorale.

“Mental Creatures”, which features music from several of his CDs, (most notably his newest, "Peace At Last") is his first play as a writer or producer, and is completely a labor of love. 

For more information, visit: www.jayjacobson.com

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RANDY BRENNER (director) directed the LA Premiere production of "The Fix" at the beautiful ICT theatre in Long Beach, after a staged reading for MTG a few years back, to across the board rave reviews. Mr. Brenner, recently directed productions including the off Broadway hit, "Fancy Boys Follies" at the 44th Street Theatre in NYC, and rave reviews for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. He has directed and co produced Stephen Schwartz’s new musical “Snapshots” at various regional theaters (Seattle, Florida, etc.), and won the “DayTony” Award as best director of a musical at The Human Race Theatre in Ohio. He has directed at many musicals ("Pirates of Penzance", "Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Joseph…," "Grease"), at many Civic Light Opera’s and dozens of plays and musicals in LA, New York, Boston, Florida, Chicago, and Canada; and has won several prestigious Dramalogue, Robbie, and Phoebe Awards for his direction. Mr. Brenner directed Dan Butler and later Greg Louganis in the highly acclaimed play, "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me…" Off-Broadway, winning a GLAAD Media Award and New York Outer Critics Award nomination.

In Los Angeles, Mr. Brenner received across the board raves for his groundbreaking production of Stephen Sondheim’s "Marry Me A Little", sanctioned by Mr. Sondheim himself; for Musical Theatre Guild he directed the revival of "I Remember Mama" and "Nine" at The Pasadena Playhouse to sold out houses and rave reviews. He directed the plays "Common Knowledge", "Three Grooms and a Bride", "Autumn Canticle" (GLAAD nomination), and "To Bitter and Back" to glowing reviews in the Los Angeles Times, and Pick of the Week in the LA Weekly (the latter having a successful run in Chicago as well). Mr. Brenner also had the experience of directing Sally Kirkland in world premiere of "The Powder Room Suite", Bruce Davison in a reading of "Bashed", and the staged reading of "The Gamester" starring Tony Shalhoub.

He is a founding member, co producer and director of all of the Charity Parody Productions, with hosts Tom Hanks, Angela Lansbury, and Lily Tomlin that raised hundred’s of thousands of dollars for various HIV/AIDS organizations. He also was the director in residence for Project Angel Food Awards which has honored Whoopie Goldberg, Sharon Stone, Nathan Lane, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean “P” Diddy Combs, Jessica Lang and Angelica Huston to name a few of the recipients. For television, he directed the sitcom "Blame It On Ernrie" for Universal/Bungalow 78 Productions, and along with Mark Ganzel was the co writer for the sitcom "Shangri-La". Mr. Brenner is a proud member of SDC.

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GLORIA HURST (stage manager) a stage management/lighting designe/creative writing/Chinese philosophy student at Sarah Lawrence College, but her passion in life is taking blocking notes. Her professional credits include: "Dysnomia" (The Lounge Theater, Los Angeles); "Guys and Dolls" (Forestburgh Playhouse, New York); "The Busybody" (The Queen's Company, New York); and work with REDCAT.

KEDAR LAWRENCE (lighting and sound designer) is a visual artist based in Los Angeles. His body of work includes lighting and sound design, video production, still photography, and cinematography. Some original theater productions Kedar has been fortunate to be a part of include: "Refugee Nation" (video/sound/lighting designer); "Jump/Cut" (lighting designer); "Dogsbody" (technical director); "Nocturnal Butterflies" (lighting designer/technical director); and "Scrap-Soup" (lighting designer). His cinematography has been screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival, Shockerfest International Film Festival, and many others. For his lighting designa in Nocturnal Butterflies, Kedar was awarded the Lighting Artist in Dance grant from Dancers' Group.

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ADAM HAAS HUNTER (set designer) received his BA from California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation, he co-founded Poor Dog Group, an LA based arts collective. A few P.D.G. credits: "Brewsie and Willie"; "The Internationalists"; and "The Midnight Sun". The company has had the ability to travel and perform in Scotland, Croatia, Serbia, and Poland. Adam has appeared in "The Walworth Farce" (Theatre Banshee); "Medea" (UCLA Live); "Romeo j Julia 1968" (Mali Brijun, Croatia); "Dark Play or Stories for Boys" (Theater @ Boston Court); and "Sanstorm and Hamlet", to name a few. Adam has designed sets and lights for the Elephant Theater Company, Spy Ants, The Zephyr, Son of Semele and numerous independent productions.