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.
SAMANTHA CARRO (Talent/Costume Design)
Samantha Carro, an L.A. native, is a triple threat! At age 7 she was named “Miss Jr. America” and started her commercial career starring in ads for McDonald’s and Medipren. Samantha’s training in voice technique and dance lead her to perform at numerous charity events, and in music videos with Christina Aguilera and JAH. She was recently reviewed in The Tolucan Times, “A poignantly sweet Samantha Carro”, for her role “ELISSA” in the hit play “To The New Girl…” produced by SkyPilot Theatre Company. Other stage credits include, Yes Svetlana, there is a Grandfather Frost” (Devuchka) and “The Beautiful Princess Megan tries to get fired from Video Palace” (Princess Megan) Some of her most recognized film credits include speaking roles in the blockbuster films, “Lions for Lambs” and “Eagle Eye”. Currently she is working on the web series “Borderline Coyotes” and performing with “POPULIS” a traveling improv troupe based in West Hollywood. Stay tuned…
JUDE EVANS (Talent/Producer)
Jude Evans appear in SkyPilot productions as Jesse and Kevin in PLANE TALK; Joel in 4 MURDERS; Deputy Lynch in THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER MCGILL; and Quentin in REWIND: NETFLIX KILLED THE VIDEO STORE. Other Los Angeles credits: Blackjack the Bold in SUPER SIDEKICK: THE MUSICAL; Clarence/Martini/Ernie in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY with Theatre Unleashed. Film credits include the shorts DRIPS and the upcoming HIPSTER BACKLASH. Jude has also been co-developing/writing a late night show with SkyPilot that will premiere later this year. When he is not engaged in the business of show, Jude may be found either working with children, or rocking the bass in the band Spaceships.
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.
PHOEBE KUHLMAN (Talent)
Phoebe Kuhlman studied acting in NYC at The Freeman Studio, after graduating from Boston College (B.A. in Theater). She is currently studying at The Groundlings, and has also performed at Boston Improv. Since returning to her hometown, Los Angeles, she was cast as a 1940’s “girl-next-door” in FEMME NOIR, a one-act homage to film noir, performed at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. Phoebe has appeared in original webisodes and multiple short films, including A TRIP BACK HOME. She’s been acting on stage since childhood in works ranging from Shakespeare, Shaw, and Chekov to Rodgers & Hammerstein. Her most memorable roles are Catherine in THESE SHINING LIVES, Calonice in LYSISTRATA, and Hippolyta, in a Bollywood version of MIDSUMMER… To relieve stress from the biz, Phoebe can be found climbing to the tops of mountains, doing yoga (in a non-cliché way), and cooking any recipe involving cheese.
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.
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.
CHRISTOPHER PALLE (Talent)
Starting with REWIND Christopher has been in one act plays and readings for SkyPilot.
He has worked on independent films and art projects. He moved to LA to find more camera gigs, but will never give up a chance to perform for a live audience.
RANDY POUND (Talent)
I moved back to LA about 4 years ago to expand my “acting” career to include film and television. But, Stage will always be my favorite! Some of my more memorable roles would include playing Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, Malvolio in 12th Night, and Feldzieg in The Drowsy Chaperone.
DAVE ULRICH (Resident Playwright)
As a playwright in residence at SkyPilot, Dave has penned DEATH AND POPCORN, THE RAVEN AND THE SWAN, TEN LORDS A-LEAPING, and most recently, THE INFERNAL AIRPORT for PLANE TALK. He has written over 40 short plays, two one-acts and two full length plays: THE PASSIONATES and THE HARVEY PROJECT. His work has been performed on both coasts, the heartland, and even in the Czech Republic. He sunlights as an ad creative and international man of mystery. His latest full-length play, THE GOLDEN PARACHUTE, is in revision after a SkyPilot reading. You can find him online at daveulrich.net