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.
GREG MACHLIN (Board Member/Head of Playwrights Wing/Resident Playwright)
Greg Machlin co-created the comedy webseries WRNG in Studio City (starring fellow SkyPiloter Adam Hahn), and writes for On the Rocks, the first ever multicam comedy webseries. Season 1 of WRNG can be seen here. He received his MFA in playwrighting from the University of Iowa in 2008, and his play “Family Portrait” was a Heideman finalist (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Past productions include 7 Days: A Fantasia on the Life of Miles Davis (University of Iowa, 2009, sold-out run) and Bloody Lies at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (2007, Best New Script finalist,) among others. His work has been published by Smith & Kraus, broadcast on NPR, and seen across the country from NY to LA.
For SkyPilot, he directed “I Wouldn’t Mind Seeing That Again” (2011) and, for their 2013 Valentine’s Day show, wrote & directed “Love in the Time of Very Bad Things,” a post-apocalyptic love story between robots. In the summer of 2014, SkyPilot produced Greg’s world premiere of Keith Haring: Pieces of a Life, the first biographical play fully authorized by the Haring estate.
For more info: Find scripts and more at www.gregmachlin.com.
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 (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/.
LINDSEY MIXON (Secretary/Talent)
Lindsey Mixon was thrilled to return to share the stage with her fellow SkyPilot-eers for PLANE TALK. After joining the company in November 2010, she was excited to be a part of SkyPilot’s REWIND and the summer smash-hit TO THE NEW GIRL! She would like to thank her family and her handsome husband, Terrence, for all of their love and support. Lindsey holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, but sometimes, when she getting tired of holding it, she puts it down. Lindsey was one of the first to graduate from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Hollywood. She also has been known to push a little pasta four nights a week at little Italian place on Vermont.