Robert King (WGA/SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a writer/actor living in NYC. His performing career began with stand-up comedy and improvisation at New York’s UCB theater. The Manhattan Repertory Theatre produced Robert’s first play,  Boys Cry Too, and his award-winning solo show,  Halfrican-American, was performed Off-Broadway at the Barrow Group Theater. He created the web-series  Common Sense Police, which was the runner-up at the 2013 NYTVF. Other scripts Robert has written have been finalists in both the New York, and Hollywood Screenplay Contests. He was also a recipient of NBC’s Diversity Award winner. As an actor Robert has been seen on various television shows from  Law & Order: SVU to  The Blacklist,  independent films, and on stage with both contemporary and classical pieces. He has a great Will Smith impression, but more commonly gets mistaken for Carlton.

Jane Aquilina originally hails from San Francisco, CA.  She's been gracing New York stages (and recording booths) for the last decade producing comedy and cabaret shows at The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Broadway Comedy Club, Don'€™t Tell Mamas and Gotham Comedy Club.  She recently wrapped up her Off Broadway debut and originated the role of Sylvia Smothers in Fabulous!  Queen of the Musical Comedies.  She performed her one-woman cabaret, Bawdy 'n€™ Soul in 2011 and is the proud half of a two-person cabaret show that has been up and running since 2013 to sold out houses in New York and San Francisco with Miss Robusta Capp (New York's Premier Drag Performer).  She has studied with some wonderful folks including Machan Taylor (founding member of Hiroshima, Sting, Pink Floyd, Pat Benetar, George Benson, Foreigner) and Raz Kennedy (Bobby McFerrin'€™s Voicekestra) and is the proud member of two amazing theatre companies:  Bizarre Noir and Carnival Girls.  Jane has shared the stage with some fine musical luminaries that she is proud to call dear friends including Benny Rietveld (Miles Davis, Santana), Myron Dove (Santana), David Bell (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks), Ian Wehrle (702 Punchlines and Pregnant), Rubens de la Cortes (Angelique Kidjo, Eriana Erias) and Nanny Assis (Phillip Glass).  On the world wide web, you can see her along side Grizz Chapman (30 Rock) in Common Sense Police (as the Nail Clipper lady) and as the Homeless Woman in Cringe Factory's viral sensation, Panhandler Party€.  Favorite legitimate roles to date include Judas in Superstar, Audrey II in Little Shop and the title role in Dario Fo€™s Medea.  Her favorite illegitimate role is Desiree Jones, the nefarious narcoleptic lesbian dominatrix in the nationally acclaimed political satire, "€œLaura's Bush€."  Her favorite review to date is, "Sexily hefty and husky voiced, Jane Aquilina dominates."€

Lauren Potter hasn't yet submitted a bio because she's busy performing AND being a fantastic mom. But suffice to say she's talented, funny, and easy to work with.


Ann Marie Yoo  is a actor/comedian/violinist in NYC. Born and raised as a stereotypical 1st-generation Korean American in New York, she performed at Carnegie Hall in her youth and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. Nerd alert. She studied improv and sketch at UCBNY and has performed at NYC comedy venues like UCB and the PIT and at national comedy festivals with numerous comedy groups. Ann Marie has appeared on MTV's sketch show "Hey Girl" and NBC’s “30 Rock”. She received a positive review from the NYT,  was named a finalist for the 5th Annual PIT/NBC Diversity Scholarship and was also nominated for Best Female Performance at Channel 101 NY.

Peter Olsen has served as a director of photography on dozens of films including documentaries, television series, shorts, national spots, and more than ten features. His work has been featured on networks including PBS, ABC, A&E, ESPN, HGTV, Showtime, The Sundance Channel, STARZ, and in theatrical distribution.

Peter brings an invaluable distinction to the projects he shoots since he is also a writer, producer, and director. His debut feature, Kaaterskill Falls (co-directed with Josh Apter), on which he also served as director of photography, received the Critic's Jury Prize for Best Feature at the IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. It aired 18 months on the Sundance Channel and was released by Wellspring Media on DVD and video. He is currently developing and shooting a number of projects, documentary and narrative, for screens large and small.

Jessica Solce recently direct, produced and co-edited her first feature documentary film, NO CONTROL  She is the founder and director of The Collaborative, a salon and writing lab for writers, directors, producers and actors in NYC. Other projects include the second season of the web series DATES LIKE THIS (producer/director) and “The Crucible" at the Manhattan Theatre Source (director).

Jason Banke - For his day job, Jason oversees new York's premiere post-production training center Manhattan Edit Workshop; as well as their yearly event series "Sight, Sound & Story." Jason has worked in various capacities on set or in post production on commercials, reality shows, corporate videos and several independent films.  He received a B.A. from Hofstra University in Film and Video Production, where he completed five short films. 

Laurence Cantor - I have written and directed for the stage, but essentially I am an actor.  Out of deference to the folks who run this site, I must admit that among more than 150 acting gigs a number were undoubtedly cringe-worthy even those manufactured in Factories other than the Cringe, but quite a few were not. Among these, my favorites include, on stage: Goldberg in Pinter’s "The Birthday Party", Polonius in "Hamlet", The Father in Pirandello’s "Six Characters in Search of an Author", Roebuck Ramsden in Shaw’s "Man and Superman", Kolenkhov in Kaufman & Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You”, The Old Man in Sam Sheperd’s "Fool for Love" and Chebutykin in Chekhov’s "Three Sisters";  in films: Abu Ali in “Homeland”, Opera in “SubterraNYa” and Avram in “Warsaw”;  on TV/Internet video: Frank Norton in “Pioneer One”, Ben Kenobi in “10 Hours of Princess Leia Walking in NYC” and The Boss in “The Lydia Show”. I’ve trained at T. Schreiber Studio, HB Studio and elsewhere with Terry Schreiber, Austin Pendleton, Peter Jensen, Christopher Martin and a host of others. 

Mike Timoney - Theater: The Bardy Bunch (Off-Broadway 2014), A Little Night Music (with Jeremy Irons), Private Lives (Elyot), Corpse! (Evelyn/Rupert), An Ideal Husband (Sir Robert) Film: Star Trek IV, Last Chance, The Cotton Club, Webseries: He's With Me (Bruce), Commercials: Snickers' "Referees" and ESPN "This Is SportsCenter" promo with Buster Posey. Graduate of Fairlfield University and member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Christiane Amorosia - Christiane is an actress, model and Pilates instructor transplanted from New York and living in Los Angeles. Whether working on-camera in shorts like AFI’s CROWNS, comedies like THE BRIAN and GUNFIGHT or National commercials like Papa John’s Pizza; onstage with improv troupes, Shakespearean epics or Pulitzer Prize nominated trilogies like “Force”; and performing in pieces with experimental movement to them like Meredith Monk’s “Mercy” and Cirque de Soleil’s 20th Anniversary special; she finds herself at home and in love. From a couple of UCLA Liberal Arts degrees and a PAC-10 title to a Post-Grad degree at England’s Guildford School of Acting, from The Barrow Group to Penny Templeton Studios, Christiane is a student of the arts as well as a practitioner. Share her love!

Justin Hoch is a beard. Ahem. Has a beard.

Michele McNally is actually two really short people wearing a very long coat. 

David Ingber is a New York-based writer and composer. He recently collaborated with Grammy Award-winning composer Lamont Dozier on the musical adaptation of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money. He has writtern comedy content for Nickelodeon, the Major League Baseball Fan Cave (online videos have amassed over 50 million views since 2012), and Cosmopolitan Magazine where he served as the resident "dude columnist." Ingber's first show, Fantasy Football: The Musical? won best the Best of Fest Audience Award as the New York Musical Theater Festival. He has written for ESPN's Mayne Street with Kenny Mayne and Microsoft's Fasterpiece Theater, a project created by and starring JB Smoove. Ingber serves as the resident playwright for the New York theater company Art Party. He graduated from Harvard College in 2007 with a degree in English Literature.

Andrew Ginsburg is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York City. His TV appearances include The View, Saturday Night Live, The Sopranos, All MY Children, As The World Turns, The Guiding Light, and One Life to Live. His humor has been published in the New York Post, the New York Times "Metropolitan Diary" section, and The Huffington Post. Ginsburg's new comedy album "Eat the Yolk" was recorded live at Carolin's on Broadway and debuted in the Top 10 on the iTunes Comedy Chart.

Jen Kwok is a writer, comedian and musician whose work has been featured on Comedy Central, and in The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Jen was a national top ten finalist in NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity competition, and has appeared in the film “Eat, Pray, Love”, Showtime's "Nurse Jackie", and the web series "High Maintenance". She enjoys cross stitching, learning about sea creatures, and playing with her dog, Lucy!


Amadeo Fusca - Originally from Pittsburgh, Amadeo currently performs on the Upright Citizens Brigade Maude House Sketch Comedy Team Archnemesis and he hosts and produces a monthly variety show at The Triad Theatre called The Comedy Blender.  When not performing in NYC, he tours the country in the one man show Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus Live! 

In 2013, he won the legendary Friars Club “So You Think You Can Roast?” competition beating out 55 other comedians, roasting 80s child star Ricky Schroeder, and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman in the process. As the winner, Amadeo was among the dais to roast comedic actor Jack Black, along with comic legends such as the “Roastmaster” General Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Artie Lange, Bob Saget, Amy Schumer and more.

TV and film credits include: Boardwalk Empire, Daredevil,  As The World Turns and a supporting role in the feature film A New York Heartbeat, starring Eric Roberts and Rachel Brosnahan. 

Nick Cobb - Hailing from Memphis, TN, Nick attended Indiana University where he majored in Psychology and leanred to obsess over tiny unimportant things. This learned neurosis (sometimes known as "passion") let him to work in his first comedy club, Aptly named The Looney Bin.

Nick has been featured on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham," VH1's "Morning Buzz," as well as NBC's "Last Comic Standing" where he not only earned a spot in the semi-finals, but was also featured in a montage of comics recognized for having highly original material.

Now living in Los Angeles, Nick recently co-starred in an episode of Inside Amy Schumer, starred in Funny or Die's three-part series Disney Couple's Therapy and won the March Madness Competition at the Hollywood Improv. He also played the lead in a comedic web series for ESPN called "Team Players," and has been featured in many commercials including, Joe's Crab Shack, Carmax, and starred in an e*Trade spot during halftime of the Super Bowl! When not performing standup, Nick is brooding over that one guy in the crowd who was texting during his act.

Alex Grybauskas - A Baltimore native, Alex moved to New York in 2006 to attend a film school. After a mentorship by prolific music video editor Brian Kushner, Alex joined post-House Refinery NYC as a staff editor in 2010 where he cut everything from a reality series to dozens of commercials and music videos and just about everything in between.

In 2013 he joined digital agency Deep Focus to head their video department and has since shot and edited web videos for brands ranging from Pepsi and Lay’s to Tombstone and Purina, among others. That same year, he wrote and directed his debut short film “Do You Believe In The Devil?”, which screened at film festivals across the country and took home awards including Best Horror Short (HollyShorts International) and Best Short Film (Maryand International). Since then he's continued to produce short films and collaborate with others on any form of storytelling he can get his hands on.

Dan Jamieson is an English pop singer and songwriter. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England.  In 2010, Jamieson auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor.  After being eliminated as a solo performer, Jamieson was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction.


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Jeff Nathan is a 3rd year MFA acting candidate at the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska! Go Big Red!! He was recently seen in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” at the Orlando Shakes

Film/TV “Good Luck Charlie”, “Dexter”, “Tosh.O”, “The Big C”, “ABC’s What Would You Do?“30 Rock”, “Rescue Me” , and “The Sopranos”.  New York Credits: Fantasy Football the Musical?,  (Original Cast) Henry and Mudge (Original Cast),  Wanda’s World, The Playwright.  Regional/Touring: Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun, Boys Next Door, and Merry Wives of Windsor, Eight is Never Enough.  Jeff is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Watch for Jeff in upcoming episodes of ABC’s What Would You Do?

Josh Hyman is a New York City-based actor, comedian, and writer.  He studied at the Atlantic Acting School, performs standup comedy and improv on stages all around the city and has competed in numerous IFNY Monologue Slam competitions, winning the Battle of the Champions in 2011. He is also known for his commercial TV work appearing in spots for Dunkin Donuts, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, ESPN, Jimmy Dean and more.  Josh is also an original cast member of the Off-Broadway smash-hit Drunk Shakespeare , and has appeared on CBS' Blue Bloods and Nick Jr.'s Team Umizoomi.  Along with developing the TV pilot Sport Smart and the webseries Let's Shoot Dirty, he also produces YouTube videos - most notably the "You Down With JPP" song-parody sensation that accompanied the New York Giants' 2012 Super Bowl run.  

Mike Baez - I am an actor filmmaker, writer and DP, I’m also doing aerial videography at the moment. I went to William Esper school for a summer intensive 3 years ago and fell in love with the technique, not just the technique but the art in itself. I’ve always been a pretty sensitive guy and realized during training how important your vulnerabilities are when acting. I have been cast in various comedies, commercials, shorts and just last year I acted in 4 Feature films, One of which was mine. I wrote, shot and directed a Feature Film called Stiffed, about a waiter that robs people that don’t tip. It’s a dark comedy based on actual dream sequences in my life, like many New Yorkers, I have waited tables for over 7 years and wrote about my experiences as a server. This movie was also funded by Italian Distributors so It will have Distribution in Italy. I also acted in Lloyd Kaufman’s Return to Nuke ‘em High Vol. 1 and 2, which is coming out soon, this is also a Starz movie so it will most likely make it to Netflix or the Starz channel soon. I have also performed standup comedy for 3 years roughly at the Comic Strip Live and studied under DF Sweedler. At the moment I am currently in pre production of Stiffed, I am co-writing a Zombie Comedy, I am Producing Music videos and editing "Stiffed" and am the Director of Photography for a feature called "I want Candy". I also have a small aerial videography business where I appeal to short films and music videos and provide aerial videography.