BOB RUSCH (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Producer/Talent)
Bob Rusch professionally has appeared in numerous television shows and films including SONS OF ANARCHY, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, RAISING HOPE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and GHOST WHISPERER. His SkyPilot credits include YES SVETLANA, THERE IS A GRANDFATHER FROST, THE END OF CIVILIZATION, REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT, HELLCAB, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO and JERRY AND TOM. To learn more about Bob, go to www.nowcasting.com/bobrusch. Bob is represented by James J. Jones at Premier Talent. He is also the Artistic Director and founder of SkyPilot Theatre Company and would like to thank you for your support of local theatre in Los Angeles.
ERIC CURTIS JOHNSON (Co-Founder/Producer/Director/Talent)
Eric is a founding member of SkyPilot Theater Co, where he has performed in productions of 4 MURDERS; THE END OF CIVILIZATION; DEATH & THE MAIDEN; TAKING SIDES and JERRY & TOM. He also directed SkyPilot’s productions of HELLCAB, REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT and this year’s THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER MCGILL. Eric is also a company member at Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood, where he was in WATSON and NEIGHBORHOOD 3, as well as many installments of MAGNUM OPUS THEATER and SERIAL KILLERS. FILM/TV: VICTORIOUS; DIRTY SEXY MONEY; CUPID; KWIK STOP. www.ecurtisjohnson.com
JEFF GOODE (Senior Playwright in Residence)
Jeff Goode is SkyPilot Theatre Company’s playwright-in-chief. He is the author of over 50 plays & musicals including the holiday hit THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES and SkyPilot’s YES, SVETLANA, THERE IS A GRANDFATHER FROST and THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER McGILL. His work in television includes the pilot for MTV’s UNDRESSED and the animated series AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG, which he created for the Disney Channel. You can follow his adventures on the internet at www.jeffgoode.com
JAMES SHARPE (Director/Talent)
Mr. Sharpe previously directed 4 MURDERS, THE END OF CIVILIZATION and SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO for SkyPilot Theatre Company. Additionally, he performed in THE EMANCIPATION OF ALIBASTER MCGILL and TAKING SIDES. Recent TV and film credits include CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, WEEDS, HUNG, CRIMINAL MINDS, and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT. He studied directing at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
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 (Producer/Director/Stage Manager/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. With SkyPilot, Arden starred as Alabaster McGill in THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER MCGILL and assistant director and stage manager for TO THE NEW GIRL and 4 MURDERS. Arden’s 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 DONT FORGET THE LYRICS. He has also written, produced and directed I DONT WANNA THINK ABOUT ME, SENSELESS, HOLLYWOOD REIGNS, and music videos. He has also produced and directed the cooking show WILDEN’S KITCHEN. Check out Dragwood TV on Vimeo.com.
ASHLEY FULLER (Talent)
Ashley has been performing on the stage and in film for over 2 decades. She began her performing career as a dancer, but became more interested in acting while an undergraduate at California State University, Stanislaus. While there, she was nominated for the Irene Ryan acting award for her performances in three separate productions. Ashley continued her actor training when she was accepted into the prestigious MFA/Drama program at the University of California in Irvine; it was there she earned her MFA degree in Drama. She worked with Gordon Edelstein in GOD OF VENGEANCE at South Coast Repertory, and played the Mother in the award winning short film THE BAD FATHER. In May of 2005, Ashley founded The Haven Theatre Company, and served as the company’s Artistic Director for a time. She also produced, directed and performed with The Haven. Most recently, Ashley was seen in North Hollywood performing her one-woman show, YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE: A WALTZ WITH DOROTHY PARKER, the LA Weekly award-nominated musical SCHMUTZIGEN DEUTSCHE KABARRET and in the critically acclaimed productions TURBO TARTUFFE and TO THE NEW GIRL FROM THE FORMER MRS… Ashley happily resides in Los Angeles with her two amazing little girls.
BRETT FLEISHER (Producer/Director/Talent)
Brett Fleisher is proud to mark his directorial debut with the Skypilot Theatre Company. Brett has been acting since he was 14 and has appeared in several feature films as well as a number of theater shows both in NYC and LA. Look for him in the upcoming production of “1969″ produced by Rogue Machine Theater Company, scheduled to debut in March at ‘Theatre Theater.’ Also upcoming is a screening of a short film that he wrote, produced and starred in called “Bed-Stuy Lullaby”.
BRETT KOONTZ (Talent)
This is Brett’s first performance with skypilot. After taking a long hiatus writing he is excited to return to the stage and greatful to be a part of this group of talented artists.
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.
BRETT NEWTON (Talent)
Brett Newton was born in Long Valley, NJ and has been a SkyPilot Theatre member since winter 2011. From the age of 8 to 18 Brett had a long musical theatre career in NYC, NJ and CT performing in over 200 theatre productions along side such stars including Paul Newman, Nathan Lane, Julia Roberts, Joanne Woodward, Chita Rivera & Cy Coleman. As Brett’s final east coast stage performance as Baby John at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the production of “West Side Story”, he then made the move to Los Angeles. Brett’s commercial work includes multiple regional and foreign spots for; Converse, Earthlink, Ikea, Direct TV, Wannado Telecommunications, Texas Pete Hot Sauce and Cox Communications. Brett’s TV/Film Credits include Comedy Centrals “Mind of Mencia”, MTV’s Pilot “Private High Musical”, “The Gacy House” a horror movie investigating the John Gacy Murders, and has had films premiere at Cannes and Xdance Film Festivals. Brett also has two features films coming out this year “Beyond the Mat” starring Kurt Angle and the Sci-Fi Fantasy Film “Hiroken” starring Wes Bently and Max Martini. A part from acting Brett is a professional Tap Dancer for the past 19 years and enjoys teaching in Los Angeles. www.BrettANewton.com
CHANA WISE (Resident Playwright/Resident Lyricist)
Besides writing lyrics for REEL PEOPLE (with composer Jonathan Price), Chana
Wise has written book and lyrics for MARY MARIE ; THE COFFEE QUINTET
www.coffeequintet.com – a short musical film; TINSELTOWN CHRISTMAS, which will
be performed starting in 2012 as the annual holiday show at University of
California, Irvine; and is currently working on BAGELS!, A NEW MUSICAL (music –
Carl Johnson). She also wrote lyrics for AT HOME IN MITFORD, based on the best-
selling novel by Jan Karon, (book – Cynthia Ferrell, music – Carl Johnson);
WANDERING WILLOWS, (book and music, Jonathan Price); and contributed lyrics for
IN THE MIND OF THE OLYMPIANS, which was recently performed as part of the 2011
STAGES festival in Los Angeles. Other projects currently in development for
which she is writing lyrics are: THE MAX FACTOR FACTOR, (music – Joe Blodgett,
book – Adrian Bewley), for an upcoming reading at the Celebration Theatre in
Hollywood, and EARTHBOUND, (music Jonathan Price, book Adam Hahn) which is being
produced by Skypilot Theatre Company and premiering in its 2012 season.
CHERA HOLLAND BASHOR (Talent)
Chera Holland Bashor is very excited to be back on The SkyPilot Theatre Company stage, being last seen here in To The New Girl and The Twelve Plays of Christmas. She’s honored to be working with this very talented group of actors, directors, and crew! Chera has enjoyed playing a number of roles over the years among which some of her favorites are Terry in Side Man, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Aldonza in Man Of La Mancha, Maria in The Sound of Music, Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Olga in Chekov’s Three Sisters, Katerina in the original musical Rosenstrasse, various characters in 42nd Street, and two for which she won Drama-Logue theater awards, Julie in Showboat and Marissa in Time For Marissa written by award winning playwright, J.C. Curtiss. Film work includes Like Father, Like Son with the late Dudley Moore and her starring role in the CBS Special My Indian Summer. She, also, always enjoys the times being able to do daytime soaps. Ms. Holland has toured with Bobbi Stamm in their two-woman act, She and Her, entertaining in Las Vegas, international private resorts, and numerous cruise ships and nightclubs. Endless love and thanks, as always, to her ever-patient and supportive family and steadfast friends.
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.
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