Dave Droxler (Author, Producer, "Gavin") is a NYC based actor/playwright and studied at Point Park University. He was a founding member of the sketch comedy group “The Animal Club”. His first one-act, The Rest Stop, a recreation of a silent film for the stage using Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, was performed at the Raymond Laine Memorial One-Act Festival at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. He wrote and performed a one-man “clown” show called Character as part of Prospect Theater Companies Dark Night Series in NYC. His modern day silent short film, “Silent City”, premiered at the 2010 Three Rivers Film Festival. Dave also collaborated with Shane Portman on a play about Buster Keaton’s life called Buster.
Highlighted Acting Credits- New York Theater: Candide, directed by Hal Prince, Choreographed by Pat Birch (NYC Opera), Drama Desk nominated The Man Who Laughs (Stolen Chair Theater), Honky (Urban Stages), Sweetee, directed by Pat Birch (Signature Ford Studio), Alysha by Marilyn Michaels (The Directors Company), Gold
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Chelsey Shannon (Executive Producer) has worked extensively in the arts as a performer, producer, teaching artist, booking agent and non-profit Director over the span of her theater career. Her most prominent leadership role in the theater community has been that of Co-Founder and Director of The New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit organization supporting artists as they develop new theater for young audiences. As Director, Chelsey oversees all operations and planning for each year's Festival Season, which is now in its fifth year. As a booking agent, she has worked with young audiences theater companies throughout the city since 2010 and continues to book with Play Me a Story and Broken Box Mime Theater. As a producer, Chelsey has had the pleasure of working on numerous theater and film projects over the years including Character (part of Prospect Theater Company's Dark Nights Series) and “Silent City”, which was featured at The Three Rivers Film Festival. She has also had the pleasure of working as a Producing Associate with Gables Grove Productions alongside John Tartaglia, helping with various productions including Re-Usable the Musical at The Bronx Zoo
Maggie Carr (Executive Producer, "Jenny") is happier than Katrina and the Waves to be a part of Walken On Sunshine! Proud New Yorker and Pittsburgh native. Maggie's producing credits include Sweeney Todd (Carrnivale Theatrics) and ...Spelling Bee and Dog Sees God (both Black and White Theatre Co.). Onstage: First Date, Judge Jackie Justice, Kopit and Yeston's Phantom (all Pittsburgh CLO), Evil Dead: the Musical (No Name Players). Readings and workshops: First Date, Judge Jackie Justice (PCLO). Web: "The Sisters Sorella" (co-creator and co-star), "Maggie vs. Evil Dead" (creator and star), "Conversations w/ My Ex" (Fifty2&Nine Productions). You can also see Maggie in the upcoming short horror film, Help Me First, distributed by Drafthouse Films and slated to appear at Fantastic Fest 2016. Her favorite Christopher Walken movie is Sleepy Hollow.
Cast & Creative Team
Cedric Hill (Consulting Producer) A well rounded background as a technical director, actor, stage hand, writer and producer has influenced and prepared Cedric Hill for the role he relishes most, director. The art of telling stories well has been a driving force for Mr. Hill throughout his career. With more than a decade of professional expertise, he seamlessly traverses between theater and film using his innate curiosity to produce works replete with depth and meaning. Mr. Hill founded To and Fro Productions, LLC, in 2005. As executive producer he wears many hats from developing scripts, creating budgets and casting to writing, engineering production strategy and directing. Under his leadership, the company has produced staged readings, plays, documentaries, shorts and feature length films. These endeavors have been showcased at festivals domestically and abroad, while garnering nationwide media attention. Projects of note include: Lunatics Lovers & Actors (producer, co-director), Homeland (line producer), Jimmy and the Double Barrel (producer), I Do (writer), Outwordly Fabulous (producer, director), Passing (producer, director), Shades
James Rushin (Music, "Pianist") is a pianist, composer, and music director with an extra degree in creative writing. He started in the theater at the young age of 13, when he played piano for community theater productions of Cabaret and Nunsense. Since then he has worked on over 40 musicals at theaters around the country. As composer he has collaborated with EA Games writer and designer Amy Claussen (Off with Her Maidenhead), “Pinkolandia” playwright Andrea Thome (Carnivale), Kennedy Center Fellow Frank Gagliano (The Moscow McDonald's Miracle of Love, The Endgame Cabaret, The Private Eye of Hiram Bodoni, et al.), and recently made his debut at Bricolage Production company as composer and music director with acclaimed writer Tami Dixon. In the improv world James has accompanied and taught workshops with The LuPones, Baby Grand, and toured internationally with Baby Wants Candy. As keyboardist, he has shared the stage with jazz legends Tim Price, Ken Karsh, Joe Negri, Spider Rondinelli, Duke Ellington drummer Ronnie Burrage, and currently plays for the neo-soul group Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution. His high energy stage presence and teaching have earned him nicknames like “Muppet” and “The capslock of all human beings.” His favorite Christopher Walken film is the award-winning dance short “Weapon of Choice” by Fatboy Slim.
Marcus Stevens (Director) is a New York-based actor, director, and playwright. Directing projects include Titanic, My Favorite Year, Ragtime and Fiddler on the Roof at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia, as well as the upcoming New York premiere of Josh Young Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber - a concert evening featuring Broadway’s Josh Young. As an actor, Marcus most recently performed Off-Broadway as Mandy Patinkin, Matthew Broderick and many others in Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking and Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! He can also be heard on the original cast recordings for both of these shows. Marcus has had the opportunity to work at many great regional theaters including The Walnut Street Theatre, The Pittsburgh Civic Light
Cedric Hill's aspiration of filmmaking almost didn't come to fruition. In 2002 he suffered the loss of both kidneys and his dreams of spending 15 hour days on set quickly turned to the reality of spending 4 hours a day, three days a week on a dialysis machine. In an unexpected plot twist, Mr. Hill received a "second chance" when he was gifted a kidney from an Iraq War Veteran who had befriended Mr. Hill a decade earlier while the two studied Theater at Rowan University. The New Jersey native and resident spends his down time honing his culinary arts skills, studying history and sharing a good chuckle with family and cherished loved ones.
of War (producer, director) and Acceptable Losses (writer, producer, director). As a freelancer Mr. Hill, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers, has served as producer and/or director for a number of projects creating PSAs, training videos and short films. The culmination of his experience lends itself to the benefit of students taking the Acting for Film courses he instructs at the New York Film Academy.
Opera, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Sacramento Music Circus and The Kennedy Center. Marcus is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop, ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, and is the recipient of the 2005 Richard Rodgers Award for his musical, Red (written with composer, Brian Lowdermilk) His musical Yo, Vikings! (written with composer Sam Willmott) was recently published by Samuel French Inc. Marcus’s favorite Christopher Walken movie is Catch Me if You Can. There’s something about that crazy guy talking about mice and cream and butter that really gets Marcus going. For more information about Marcus, check out www.marcus-stevens.net.
Coast (Metropolitan Playhouse), Character (Prospect Theater), Regional Theater: This Is A Ghost House (Artbarn Festival), Last Gas by John Cariani (Penobscot Theater), The Lonesome West, Mojo (The Pittsburgh Rep Co.). Film: "Remorse", “The Nesting”, "Limitless". TV: Upcoming Nick Jr show "Sunny Day" (VO characters), "How to Get Away With Murder". Commercial: “Subway”, "AT&T", "U.S.Cellular".
His favorite Christopher Walken movie is Wedding Crashers… so many great line deliveries. www.davedroxler.com.
and productions on board Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines. As a performer, she has worked with: Theatreworks USA, The New School, The Sam French Festival, The New York Theatre Workshop, Columbia Stages, Working Man's Clothes, The City Theatre, The PIT and The REP. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. Chelsey notes that her favorite Christopher Walken Movie is of course, Puss 'N' Boots.
Paul Pakler (Social Media Guru, "Dante") is thrilled to be revisiting "actor, vocal coach, and idealist," Dante Cresta. Paul is NYC-based actor, writer and "Social Media Guru" on Twitter and Facebook. He recently completed his first short film Living Room, on which he produced, wrote, and co-starred. He is a member of the improv team Modern Baby. He is a cohost of the podcast Quality Time with Family Ties - a show in which he and two friends watch and review every episode of the '80s sitcom "Family Ties." Paul worked as dialect coach and NYC director as well as portrayed the character Finnick Odair in the audio drama The Katniss Chronicles (an unofficial adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games series). Paul was a founding member of the sketch comedy group The Animal Club. Onstage: Orphans (Penguin Rep), Some Voices (Rude Guerrilla - Received Best Actor Award from OC Weekly), Snow White: An Enchanting Musical (Disneyland), Gompers (City Theater workshop with Adam Rapp), Allister Cromley's Fairweather Belle (Smyrna Opera House), Biloxi Blues (Costa Mesa Playhouse), Intimately Wilde(Olio Theater Works), Riddley Walker (Playhouse Rep), and Floyd Collins (Playhouse Conservatory). Film: Slice, Limit, A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story. Paul has a BFA in Theater from Point Park University and is a graduate of the Peoples Improv Theater. Paul's favorite Christopher Walken movie is Annie Hall because, as an artist, he understands.
Jennifer Fouche ("Narrator") is an ensemble member of New York’s critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company and former member of The Flea Theatre's award-winning resident acting company, The Bats. She is currently producing several projects in which she also stars, including an original web series, MENTAL ISSUES and an original stage play, THREEPLE. Some credits: Sistas The Musical (Off Broadway), Babes In Toyland (Lincoln Center), Amerissiah (Off Broadway), B Boy Blues (Off Broadway), Better Than Yellow (OBIE AWARD winning 48 Hours In Harlem Play Festival), Rock Of Ages (The Palace Theatre), Hairspray (Florida Studio Theatre), Ain't Misbehavin' (Cape Playhouse), Hamlet (The Drilling Company), Blue Fire On The Water (Fresh Fruit Festival), Julius Caesar (Hudson Shakespeare Company). Television: SMASH (NBC), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS) Monsters Inside Us (Animal Planet). Film: Darker Than Blue, Judy's Child, Patient Zero. Dearest Flash...I loved you in King Of New York...and Finding Nemo. www.jenniferfouche.com
DeLance Minefee ("Quinn") Originally from Arkansas, DeLance is pleased to be making his NY Fringe debut. Favorite theatre credits include: Honky (Off-Broadway), Dust (Off-Broadway), The Christians (SyracuseStage/The Wilma Theater), Lights Rise on Grace (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.), Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre), Donnie Darko (American Repertory Theatre), Phoenician Women (Moscow Art Theatre), A-Train Plays (Neighborhood Playhouse), All The Way (New Stages Theatre), and Soldier›s Play (Arkansas Rep). TV credits include: Shades of Blue (NBC), Redrum (Investigation Discovery), and a new TBA Marvel Series (ABC/Netflix). DeLance is a company member of BrickaBrack Theatre Company in NYC. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Henderson State University and an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre - Institute for Advanced Theatre Training @ Harvard University. Walken is a drug kingpin who wants to be Mayor makes "King Of New York" my favorite Walken movie but my favorite Walken scene will always be the "Your Dad's Gold Watch" monologue in Pulp Fiction.More info available @ www.delance.net
Jonathan Spivey ("Mr. Donaldson") is an actor and writer who lives in New York City. He appeared on Broadway in Front Page and Act One at Lincoln Center directed by James Lapine, later televised on PBS. Regionally, Jonathan appeared in Arcadia (Yale Rep), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Long Wharf), Death of a Salesman directed by Pam MacKinnon, Richard III, Amadeus (Old Globe), Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville (Syracuse Stage), His Girl Friday, Man of La Mancha (Barrington Stage), Dogpark (Milwaukee Rep), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre), Souvenir (Heritage Theatre Festival, Virginia Rep), Cyrano de Bergerac, Anything Goes (Virginia Rep), Black Gold (Phoenix Theatre), Around the World in Eighty Days (Sierra Rep), Room Service, The Foreigner, and She Loves Me (Hope Summer Rep). A writer, lyricist, and composer, Jonathan’s road-trip musical comedy Murphy’s Law co-written with Andy Nagraj premiered in Pittsburgh this past May. His one-man-and-a-piano show Rodgersandhart based on the life and songs of Lorenz Hart is currently in development. He earned his MFA in classical acting from the Old Globe/University of San Diego. Jonathan especially appreciated Mr. Walken as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live.
Deb O (Set/Prop Design) Deb O (designer) Selected set and costume designs: Selkie (Z Space, CA) Thieves (El Portal Theater, LA) Sweeney Todd (Perseverance Theater, Alaska) Christmas Carol and Middletown (Trinity Rep, RI) Light: A Dark Comedy (New Victory, NY) Rite Of Spring (Kimmel Center, PA) The Seagull, Ivanov, Platonov, Uncle Vanya (Lake Lucille, NY) The Nature of Captivity (Mabou Mines, PS 122) Salsalandia (La Jolla Playhouse, CA) Savannah Disputation (The Old Globe, CA) The Lacy Project (Premiere Yale) Jihad the Musical (Edinburgh Festival) The Mistakes Madeline Made (Yale Rep). She is a member of Wingspace and a co-artistic director of ARTBARN. She received her MFA from Yale and teaches design at NYU/PHTS and Brown University-Trinity Rep MFA Directing Program. Her favorite Walken movie is Hairspray! See more work at http://www.debo.nyc
Keith Truax (Light Design) is thrilled to be joining the company of “Walken On Sunshine!”. Past credits include PICT Classic Theatre’s: “Two Tales of Terror”, “Oliver Twist”, “Sharon’s Grave”, “How The Other Half Love” & “Women and Scarecrow”. “First Date”, “Altar Boyz” for Pittsburgh CLO, “Sherlock’s Last Case” & “Romance” for Kinetic Theatre Ensemble, Fred Astaire Awards & Destiny Rising for NYCDA Foundation. Keith recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with his Masters Degree in Lighting Design. His favorite Christopher Walken movie would have to be Hairspray. For additional information please visit www.keithtruax.com.
Haley Wilson (Stage Manager) Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Regional: Kinship, The Old Man and the Old Moon, June Moon (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Festival of New Musicals 2014 (Goodspeed Musicals), Underneath the Lintel (Triad Stage), The Call (TheaterWorks) Unlimited (No Rules Theatre Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (ART-FARM). Events/Workshops: Ultimate Man! (New York Musical Festival), Poster Boy, The Lion in Concert (Williamstown Theatre Festival). University of North Carolina School of the Arts.