STEPHEN BITTRICH  (Blake / Series Creator)  has had extensive experience with the Off Off Broadway experience since moving to New York over 25 years ago. In those precious little havens of creation he has as a writer had about 30 brand new one-acts and 5 new full-lengths produced. As an actor he's played Bluntshli (Arms and the Man), Marchbanks (Candida), the Hostage in Brendan Behan's The Hostage, Harry/Martin (Cloud Nine), Boo (Marriage of Bette and Boo), and scores of never before seen characters in plays performed for the first time before no more than 99 people at a time. (An Off Off Broadway Theatre by definition cannot have over 99 seats.)

And he's often pondered if art is only important or relevant based on the number of people it reaches. Off Off Broadway, now sometimes called ("Indie Theatre"), for all it's inconsistency in quality, is a much less restricted venue than most commercial theatres (which must turn a profit) – whereas OOB is a place where artists are godlike and create out of thin air, a new story, a new experience, where your only limit is imagination...and, well, budget. Oh yeah, there are also egos to negotiate. Okay, let's face it. Creating cool theatre is hard. But awesome when it works.

Other fun things Stephen has done -- was "Top 30" in the orginal Project Greenlight, a screenplay contest put on by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. His finalist position meant he got flown to LA to shake hands with the lads in person. He just sold a screenplay called Healer to Past Present Productions, and he's had a bunch of plays published. Go here for more details: And if you want a chuckle, go check out his old soap opera appearances.

DAVE MARANTZ  (Carlton, aka, "Jim" / Co-Producer)  has been acting and directing at The Drilling Company Theatre since 2002, most recently appearing as Noah in Noah's Ark, a short play by Paul Hufker for TDC's HAPPINESS project; and as Greeley Greene in Stephen Bittrich's full length comedy, Home of the Great Pecan. David has also collaborated with Stephen in the past as an actor in Stephen's short play The Sign and as a director for the short play and a workshop of the subsequent full-length version of Hole, Stephen's play about 3 trapped miners.

Along with work on TDC short play projects and full-length productions, David has performed in 5 Shakespeare in the Parking Lot productions, including Lucio (Measure for Measure) Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) and Sir Toby (Twelfth Night). Away from TDC, he has worked with the Mint Theatre, Theatre Works USA, Mount Holyoke Summer Theatre, Nicu's Spoon and many more. His favorite was playing Kippy in Take Me Out for the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH.

TV/film work includes the indie feature "Nail Polish," "L&O," a re-creation for a NOVA science show in which he plays the Dr. who took Einstein's brain, many appearances on the soaps (when there were many soaps) and more student films than is right. David is also an audiobook narrator with titles available on See and hear more at

DAN TEACHOUT  (Hank) Recent work includes Trigorin in The Seagull, the Gravedigger in Hamlet and the film Forged, which won Best Domestic Feature at the 2010 New York Latino International Film Festival, opening July 29th. Off Broadway he played Larry in the Working Theatre's production of Killa Dilla by Oyamo directed by Andre De Shields, and he played Leonard Zehm in the Culture Project/Impact Festival's production of Atomic Farmgirl. Other NY Theatre: Vershinin in Three Sisters (Neue Theatre Prods.), Artists & Anglers, Punch! (HERE Arts Center).

Regional: Oscar in The Odd Couple (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Measure for Measure, King John, Death of A Salesman, Waiting for Godot (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Stand Up Tragedy (Apple Tree Theatre, Chicago), Macbeth (Live Theatre, Chicago), A Farm Under A Lake (City Lit Theatre, Chicago), In My Fathers Court (National Jewish Theatre, Chicago), Barbie and Ken at Home (Cast Theatre LA). The Drilling Company: Fathers, Waiting, Security 2, Heroes, Paper, The Service Project, Theft, Faith, Home of the Great Pecan.

ROB A. WILSON  (Johnny)  has worked as an actor regionally, Off and Off-Off Broadway throughout his career. He also appeared on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and has taken the time to raise his three amazing daughters along with his wife.
KIRSTEN BENJAMIN  (Helen)  New York: The Good Person on Szechwan (Columbia Stages), Follow the Leader, Rosencrantz a Guildenstern are Dead, winner of best play- Midtown International Theatre Festival (Panicked Productions), Rosie the Riveter (Urban Stages), Who Will Carry the Word (Redfern Theatre Company) Winter Comedy Festival (JK Productions). Washington DC: The Winters Tale, As You Like It (The Folger Theatre), The Way of the World (Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV/Film: Undercover Titanic (National Geographic Television), SFS Welcome (National Science Foundation). Creator of Guide to Give a travel tv show rooted in volunteerism. University of Michigan (BFA), British American Dramatic Academy. For more information please visit:
DON CARTER  (Cecil)  Off Broadway: Ensemble Studio Theatre. Off-Off Broadway: Target Margin Theater, The Drilling Company and Blue Coyote Theater Group. Regional Theatre: Berkshire Theatre Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and The Public Theatre (in Maine).

Film/TV: Hitting the Ground (Living Pictures), Kingdom Come (Rockville Pictures), One Life To Live (ABC TV) and As The World Turns (CBS TV). MFA/Acting: Rutgers University.

VERONICA CRUZ  (Serene)  New York theatre credits include Bottle Rockets (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), Widows by Ariel Dorfman (59E59) directed by Hal Brooks, Night by Philip Gerson (FringeNY), Acts of Mercy by Michael John Garces (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Abandonment by Kate Atkinson (Sanford Meisner Theatre), Greater Messapia by Andy Bragen (Queens Theatre in the Park) directed by Jonathan Silverstein, Us by Karen Malpede (HERE Arts Center), God's Creatures by Ian Cohen (Lark Theatre Company), as well as numerous productions with The Drilling Company, most recently Home of the Great Pecan by Stephen Bittrich!

Regional theatre includes Sonia Flew (CATF), Anna in the Tropics (Pittsburgh Public Theatre) directed by Rob Ruggiero, Diosa (NY Stage & Film) directed by Melia Bensussen, Cascarones (O'Neill) directed by Rebecca Taichman, and Black Coffee (Dorset Theatre Festival). TV: House Rules (pilot), Third Watch, Law & Order, recurring roles on One Life To Live and Guiding Light. Film: Occupant, Somebody's Hero, Spider-Man and A Gun For Jennifer. Veronica did her Undergraduate work at Yale. Info at Actors Access

DENNIS GAGOMIROS  (Derrick)  On television he has appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos and in multiple roles on a number of New York based soap operas. He also played a minor role in Ang Lee's award winning The Ice Storm.

He has performed in many Regional and Off-Off-Broadway theatres playing lead roles in such plays as The Taming of the Shrew, Oedipus Rex, True West, Luv and others. He has been a member of Red Earth Ensemble and, most recently, The Drilling Company .

HEATHER LEONARD  (Charlie, aka, Charlene)  Heather Leonard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was introduced to theatre at a young age and developed a long-standing love for performing arts. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and moved to New York City to work on Wall Street, secretly bringing her closer to the theatre world. After too many all-nighters, bad coffee and watching buildings collapse, she "left" that world to pursue acting and writing. More information can be found at (website by Stephen Bittrich).
LISA PEART  (Sammie)  recently filmed a leading role in a developmental TV pilot starring Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. Film credits include '79 Parts, Faeries Fatale, and the German TV mini-series Harriets Traum. She has extensive experience in the Off Off Theatre world in New York, including Healer, written by Off Off's creator Stephen Bittrich and directed by fellow cast member Rob Wilson. She was also recently seen in This Property Is Condemned at the Bay Street Theatre. She is a regular cast member in the web series Marty & Doug's New Religion, and is the voice of the animated character Reid in the new series Hunters.
KENDALL RILEIGH  (Bethany)  is an actor and aerialist from NC. She recently appeared as Mirandor on 30 ROCK. National Tours: Great Expectations; Charlotte's Web. NY: off-Broadway revivals of Another Part of the Forest and Savage in Limbo; Reservoir; The Drunkard; Stephen Bittrich's Jubilation, Mississippi; Sex & Violence; The Tempest; The Three Sisters; A Piece of My Heart; There Will Come Soft Rains; The Melting Pot. Regional: Romeo & Juliet; The Seagull; The Cherry Orchard; The Lonesome West; The Miss Firecracker Contest; Antigone; Midsummer Night's Dream. Film: lead in feature Eight Lessons in Living Together. Training: Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa), Moscow Art Theatre, NY Circus Arts, Streb Lab, Circus Warehouse. AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
EPISODE 101 – "Home Sweet Theatre"
EVE DANZEISEN  (Cassandra)  New York credits include Buried Words, The Body Politic (world premiere), Romeo and Hamlet, Savage in Limbo, Rocket to the Moon, Alice (in Wonderland). Regional credits include numerous productions at The Old Globe including A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Uncle Vanya, Sir Patient Fancy, Lobby Hero, Christmas on Mars, and Richard III. Has also worked regionally at Premiere Stages and The Wilma Theatre. Film/TV: The Same Deep Water as You, Meet Pete, Guiding Light, This End Up, Spokesperson for Optimum Business and many other commercials. Education: MFA (USD/The Old Globe), BA (Sarah Lawrence College).
EPISODE 102 – "Vanity Production"
SALLY SOCKWELL  (Hildy Crumpsnapper)  played Joanne in the New York production of Vanities for three years. She has appeared at Playwright's Horizons, Lion Theatre Company, Manhattan Punch Line, Primary Stages, Joe's Pub, the Actor's Studio, Carnegie Hall, HERE, Dixon Place, West Bank Café, Artist of Tomorrow Theatre Company, the Left Out Festival and Emerging Artists Theatre. Regionally, she has worked at Baltimore Center Stage, Portland Stage Company, Syracuse Rep., Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Rep, and Cincinnati Playhouse.

She was in Money Matters for HBO, the film Rollover, the soap opera Texas and Late Line with Al Franken. She was a member of the Montana Playwright's Festival and Robert Redford's Sundance Institute. Also, a writer, her play The Contest was the first new play performed at the new Margo Jones theatre in Dallas. In New York her plays have been done at the WOW Café, Dixon Place, and HERE.

EPISODE 103 – "Gettin' Back in the Saddle"
LAUREN FRANCESCA  (Chastity)  Go to Lauren's website for all the info on her:
ROBERTO DE FELICE  (Jacques d'Anad Artaud)  Film - The Stronger (dir. Gabrielle Lansner), Blue Angel (NY Independent Film Fest), Blackmail, Night Menu, Calling St. Carmine, The Game, Fantastico, Playing House. Television - Law and Order, Free Talk -NJ Public Access

NY Theater - The Frugal Repast (dir. Joe Grifasi), Home of the Great Pecan, Justice: By the Book, Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, Cliffnotes Macbeth, Crush, Is God Yellow?, Leonardo's Cat, Blue Beard's Lover. Regional Theater - Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jewish Wife, Zoo Story, The Pearl, Frankenstein, Lysistrata.

Training - The PUBLIC Theater Shakespeare Lab, University of Delaware, The Actors Center NYC.

????  (Back of Matt Damon's Head)  

KATIE McHUGH  (Homepage Model / Assistant Director, #101)  is a New York based director, teacher and producer of theatre and film. She recently received her MFA in directing from The New School for Drama. She is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company and Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory at the Actors Movement Studio.

Her Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company annual productions include Much Ado About Nothing, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest. Some of her other Florida Directing Credits include: The Dividing Tree, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Deathtrap.

Her New York directing credits include: Travis Winters by Nick Gandiello in the New York 15-Minute Play Festival (Winner of Best Play, Audience Choice Award, and Best Director), Richard Greenberg's The Author's Voice at The Cell Theater, Euripides' Medea in the New School for Drama's New Visions festival, You Don't Know Jack by Dara Levendosky in the New School for Drama's New Voices festival, Jubilation Mississippi by Stephen Bittrich in the Drilling Company's Happiness festival, and Mad Girl's Love Song an aerial theatre piece based on the poem by Sylvia Plath performed in the 100,000 poets for Change Festival at the Circus Warehouse.

Katie is currently directing a series of sketches and one-acts for the First Annual Winter Comedy Fest of which she is a co-creator, opening at Shetler Studio's Theatre 54 March 7th - 11th, 2012. Website:

PAUL GARAFOLA  (Behind the Scenes Footage)  All about Paul on his website: PGMediaWorks
JOHN PAINZ  (Director of Photography)  After 15 years in graphic design, John decided to try his hand at filmmaking. His first project, a 9-episode web series – "8 for Vegas" – which he wrote, shot, directed, and edited, was a resounding success with the cast, crew, and their families. Occasionally viewed by perfect strangers, a second season of "8 for Vegas" is in the works. He is survived by his... Wait.

You can find him most nights at the World Financial Center, writing and drinking coffee, or on his site:

LEE WEXLER  (Photographer)  Lee Wexler has been photographing for over twenty five years. He has had solo photographic exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Paris, France. His work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, The French Museum of Photography, the New York City Transit Museum, and The Centre National de la Photographie in Paris. Lee's photographs have also appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, American Photographer and Art in America and on television. He has taught photography at the New School for Social Research, the Parsons School of Design, and the University of Pennsylvania. His photographs have been published in several books, including Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, Scalo Press, i, Columbia University Press, and Rising from the Rails, Holt Press.

Lee has been the official photographer for a variety of theatrical productions and ensembles, including productions at the Fringe Festival in NYC, The Drilling Company Repertory Theater, The Culture Project, College and Community Fellowship, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, La Mama Experimenal Theater, Theater for the New City, The Bread and Puppet Theater, Stagedoor Manor, Applause Repertory, and various independent repertories in New York City. His photographs are featured on a variety of theatrical websites.

The homepage image and banner image for blog were taken by Lee.