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
DUANE TANIGUCHI (Talent)
Duane was born and raised in Hawaii on the beautiful (but crowded) island of Oahu. He is very happy and proud to be a member of The SkyPilot Theatre Company. His theater credits include: CLUTCH (SkyPilot Theatre), Terence McNally’s BAD HABITS (Underground Theater), REBECCA’S GAMBLE (Rick Walters’ Theatrecraft Playhouse), I’M NOT JUST A COMIC GENIUS (The Secret Rose Theater), THE WINTER CRANE (The Fountain Theater), SOULS ON FIRE (The Met Theater). TV/Film credits include: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MAD-TV, Crossed The Line, Suburban Commando, The Prince.
MARIE PETTIT GREGSON (Talent)
Marie Pettit Gregson has been acting and performing stand-up and improv comedy in Los Angeles for over ten years, and can be seen on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, Pauly Shore’s MINDING THE STORE on TBS, as well as stand-up performances throughout L.A. including the Comedy Store, Room 5, and the Hollywood Improv. Theatre credits include Bitsy Mae Harling in SORDID LIVES, Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and Florence Unger in THE ODD COUPLE. She also helps produce the online cooking series DISH IT OUT. You can view Marie’s original comedy songs on youtube.com/mariepettit. Marie is a member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by Serendipity Entertainment and DPM Talent.
ADAM HAHN (Resident Playwright)
Adam Hahn has been a resident playwright at SkyPilot since 2010. He has contributed to SkyPilot’s Rewind, The 12 Plays of Christmas, and youth theatre Aesop Project. Later this season, SkyPilot will premiere Earthbound, a musical that Adam is developing with Jonathan Price and Chana Wise, and his play KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla. Adam’s plays Frogger and Dear Abe have received workshop productions at Studio Roanoke in Roanoke, VA. His play Feedback Loop premiered at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival. His ten-minute and one-act scripts have been produced by theatres across the United States. Adam recently completed his MFA at the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab. As an actor, Adam has appeared in productions of the University of Iowa, in the Iowa Fringe Festival, and in the Piccolo Spoleto fringe theatre festival. He starred in his play Dear Abe at Studio Roanoke. He also performs long-form improv and is a graduate of the training program at iO West.
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 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.
SEAN SCOTT McCRACKEN (Talent)
Sean has played historical characters such as Bobby Kennedy on stage, to more or less shady heroes in films like From The Woods. Apt in portrayal of the Difficult Man, he leans into a character that maintains pure intentions, questionable habits, and unwavering intent to protect and defend even in opposition with society laws. At year’s end, Sean will complete the Meisner program at Ruskin School of Acting, after which he’ll begin classical training at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, and is a current student at UCB Improv. When not on stage, camera, or training, he’s finds solace in motion: beneath the ocean, driving his ’74 Pontiac GP, the promise after 39,000 feet, or long cycles along the beach.
LIZ SHANNON MILLER (Resident Playwright)
Liz Shannon Miller has thoroughly enjoyed working with the talented company of Skypilot Theater as a playwright-in-residence. Based in Los Angeles, she currently works as a writer on G4’s ATTACK OF THE SHOW and freelances for a number of publications; her one-acts and
sketches have been produced all over L.A. Her first full-length play, LIGHTS OFF, EYES CLOSED, will go up in March as part of Skypilot’s 2012 season. www.lizlet.com
PATRICIA MIZEN (Talent)
Patricia Mizenis an actress, writer and director. She has appeared in TV, industrials, indie films and commercials. Since moving here from Washington, D.C. in July, Patricia can be seen on stage at the LA Connection Comedy Theatre in Sherman Oaks performing improv games once a month with her fellow improv troop.
Patricia wrote her first short film last year called BLINK to raise awareness about PTSD. Blink made its’ debut at the REEL EXTRAVAGANZA FILM FESTIVAL in D.C. this past October and now she he is working towards having it distributed to VA Hospitals and facilities as a tool to help wounded warriors and other military personnel. Patricia can also be seen in her first lead role in a feature film called, “Assumption of Risk” as an undercover FBI agent directed and produced by Mark Kochanowicz in Philadelphia. AOR was nominated: Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay in the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival. In addition, Patricia can be seen in a crime/drama short film called “City of Lost Souls” produced by Travestee Films that will be circulating the indie market. She plays JJ, the female lead. Patricia is excited to be a part of SkyPilot Theatre. She loves the fact that SkyPilot develops, writes and produces original plays for the public!
BRETT NEVEU (Resident Playwright)
Brett Neveu’s recent productions include MEGACOSM with A Red Orchid Theatre, 4 MURDERS with SkyPilot Theatre and twentyone with The Side Project. Past work includes productions with The Royal Court Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, The House Theatre, The Inconvenience, The Goodman Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, A Red Orchid Theatre and American Theatre Company. He is a 2012 Sundance Institute Ucross Fellow and the recipient of the Ofner Prize for New Work, the Emerging Artist Award from The League of Chicago Theatres, an After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical (OLD TOWN with Strawdog Theatre Company) and has developed plays with companies including The New Group, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens and is a resident-alum with Chicago Dramatists. He is also an ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre, a member of The Playwrights’ Union and an alumni member of the Center Theatre Group’s Playwrights’ Workshop. Brett has been commissioned by The Royal Court Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Writers’ Theatre, Strawdog Theatre and has several of his plays published through Broadway Play Publishing and Dramatic Publishing. Brett has taught writing at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Second City Training Center and currently lives in Los Angeles.
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.
LOIS WEISS (Talent)
LOIS WEISS got her start on stage at age 5, dancing in Gene Kelly revues in her native Pittsburgh. After studying theater arts at Carnegie Mellon, she worked at the prestigious Pittsburgh Playhouse and acted in radio dramas on KDKA. She later moved to New York where she resumed studies at the Actors Studio (Marlon Brando was a classmate), and the Neighborhood Playhouse, appearing in several new off-Broadway plays. In New Jersey, she founded the Atlantic Community Theater and the Gateway Summer Theater where she appeared in productions of “Look Homeward Angel”, “Death of a Salesman”, “Medea” and “On Golden Pond”. After moving to Los Angeles, she spent 15 years as drama director at Sierra Canyon School, directing full-scale musicals and drama competitions throughout Southern California. Currently, she is shooting a webseries for Take Two Productions and has appeared in such films as, “Magnolia”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and “Because I Said So”. Local theater roles include “Night, Mother” and “Chaim’s Love Song’ at American Renegade Theater which had a five-month run in New York. Lois is well-known as a children’s drama coach specializing in auditions and theater techniques for young actors and adults. A SAG/AFTRA member for 25 years, she is proud to be a member of SkyPilot Theatre.
NATHAN WELLMAN (Resident Playwright/Talent)
His play Ryan is Lost won the Spirit of the Fringe Award for Best Writing. He was recently seen in SkyPilot as the lead role of Jesus in Christmas 2. www.nathan-wellman.com. O’Neill Talent Group (Commercial): (818) 566-7717. All other inquiries: 606-923-9902.
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/.
SAMANTHA MACHER (Resident Playwright)
Samantha Macher is an MFA Playwright from Hollins University. A veteran of the SkyPilot stage, this is her third production with the company as a playwright, and her West Coast directorial debut. Previous productions with SkyPilot include 2011’s REWIND and TO THE NEW GIRL.. which opened to critical acclaim as well as a run of sold-out houses this past fall. NEW GIRL will open again this spring as a late night show, and her newest play WAR BRIDE will premiere with SkyPilot in August. Her play THE ARCTIC CIRCLE *and a recipe for Swedish pancakes, will be opening at Playwright’s Horizons 440 Studios in February of 2012.