SkyPilot Theatre Company is a non-profit ensemble of resident playwrights, actors, directors and designers producing provocative, compelling and challenging new works for the Los Angeles theatre-going audience.


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Sean Abley

SEAN ABLEY (Board Member, Dramaturg/Literary Manager, Resident Playwright)

Sean Abley was born and raised in Helena, MT. After a stint in the theater department at the University of Montana, he moved to Chicago where he cofounded the Factory Theater. While there, he wrote, directed and appeared in over 20 shows, including ATTACK OF THE KILLER B’S (Backstage West Garland Award for the L.A. restaging), REEFER MADNESS (non-musical version), BITCHES, SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS: THE MUSICAL, NUCLEAR FAMILY, CORPSE GRINDERS, and P.  After moving to Los Angeles, Sean’s playwriting career continued to flourish, with hundreds of productions of his two dozen-plus plays all across the U.S. and around the world including the musicals WELCOME TO THE AFTERLIFE! and HORROR HIGH: THE MUSICAL; the comedies THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER), THE END OF THE WORLD (WITH PROM TO FOLLOW), and DR. FRANKINCENSE AND THE CHRISTMAS MONSTER; an ever increasing number of plays for high school actors; and the decidedly adult fare L.A. TOOL AND DIE: LIVE! He is currently an MFA candidate in the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University (2017).

A staff writing job on the YOU DON’T KNOW JACK cd-rom series opened the doors to scripted television, with multiple episodes of SO WEIRD (Disney Channel), SABRINA – THE ANIMATED SERIES (ABC), DIGIMON (Fox Kids) and MEGA BABIES (Fox Kids); pilots for MTV and Voxxy.com; and several animated pilots for Klasky-Csupo including TURBO SNAIL, SCHMUTZ, and BENCH PRESSLY AND SHO-GIRL (with Ahmet Zappa, starring Bruce Campbell and Tim Curry). In the “Where exactly does this fit in?” category, Sean also wrote the scripted material for the MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN ATTACK theme park attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Sean created the gay horror blog, Gay Of The Dead, one of the most popular blogs on Fangoria.com.

Arden Haywood Smalls

 ARDEN HAYWOOD SMALLS (Board Member/Talent)

Arden is a native of Brooklyn, New York, but is proud to call LA home now. He is also   thrilled to call SkyPilot home. On SkyPilot’s main stage, Arden starred as Alabaster McGill in THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER MCGILL and Jamie/Native King in KONG: A GODDAMN THIRTY-FOOT GORILLA. Arden also served as assistant director and stage  manager for TO THE NEW GIRL, 4 MURDERS, and THE MERMAID WARS, as well as co-producer for  EARTHBOUND. Arden has starred in productions of DRIVING MISS DAISY, DRACULA,  A FEW GOOD MEN, I HATE HAMLET, BEYOND THERAPY, A BLACK TRILOGY, TO  JAZZ IS A VERB, HARLEM RENT PARTY, BOX OFFICE. He is also a 3 time award nominee for his portrayal of Walter E. Parsons in INSPECTING CAROL. Some of his film and TV credits include HOLLYWOOD REIGNS, THE BAG, UNCIVIL WAR, EXISTO, A CHRISTMAS DIP, JAMAICA NO PROBLEM, FATE, I PROPOSE and a stunning appearance on DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS. He has also written, produced and directed I DON’T WANNA THINK ABOUT ME, SENSELESS, HOLLYWOOD REIGNS, and music videos. He has also produced and directed the cooking show WILDEN’S KITCHEN.

For more info: Check out Dragwood TV on Vimeo.com.

Morry Schorr

MORRY SCHORR (Board Member/Talent/Director)

Morry Schorr returned to acting in 2005 after a 25 year hiatus. Since then he has appeared on stage, screen, internet and television. Among his recent credits are YES, SVETLANA, THERE IS A GRANDFATHER FROST, KONG: A GODDAM THIRTY FOOT-GORILLA and CHRISTMAS 2 at Skypilot Theater Company; MOMMY AND ME BULLET PROOF and THE TEST, indie features; GOT DRIVE an internet pilot; GHOST GHIRLS, an internet series; THE MAMALUKE, a series for Italian TV; THE NUCLEAR FAMILY, a TV pilot; and NIP/TUCK and FRIEND ME, TV series.  Morry has degrees in Theater Arts from The State University of New York in Binghamton and The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  He also holds an MBA from California State University, Northridge.  He is represented by Synergy Talent Agency – (818) 995-6500.

Shelby Janes

SHELBY JANES (President/Talent)

Shelby Janes was born in Missouri and made her stage debut in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the age of 9.  From that moment on, Shelby’s dream was to be an actor.  She has performed in many plays ranging from WIZARD OF OZ to MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.  After graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in Theater Performance from Missouri State University, Shelby moved to NYC where she had the opportunity to not only act, but to produce theater as well.  Shelby now resides in Los Angeles, where she was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Unknown Theater.  She has had the good fortune to have worked steadily in Television and Film and continues her love for the Stage by lending her time and energy to SkyPilot Theatre.

For more info: http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/shelbyjanes and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1572177/.