MIE ASO: Originally from Oita, Japan, Mie began her love affair with acting while still in preschool. At the age of 4, she played a mouse in the story of “The Mitten”. The play was soon over, but Mie’s desire to act never left her. Mie says that acting fills her with joy. She also loves writing stories and playing the characters she, and other authors, write about. When she moved to the United States, Mie brought her love of reading, writing and acting with her. Mie is so glad to work with fantastic actors.
JIM BEAVER is an actor, stage and television writer, and film historian. He’s best known for his roles as Ellsworth on DEADWOOD, as Bobby Singer on SUPERNATURAL, the infamous Sheriff Shelby Parlow on JUSTIFIED and Lawson, the gun dealer on BREAKING BAD. He’s appeared in movies such as MAGNOLIA, THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, ADAPTATION., BLUE CHIPS, and SISTER ACT, and will star soon in Guillermo del Toro’s film CRIMSON PEAK. He has written numerous television episodes and his plays have been produced around the world. He’s also the author of two books of film history, JOHN GARFIELD and MOVIE BLOCKBUSTERS, and is at work on a third, a book on the life and mysterious death of TV Superman George Reeves. His memoir, LIFE’S THAT WAY, was published by Penguin to considerable critical acclaim.
ELLEN BIENENFELD: Ellen is a member of AUSTIN’S DOG BREAD Improv Company directed by Gary Austin. Ellen has appeared in several films, television commercials and pilots. Her theatrical credits include; REBECCA’S GAMBLE; THE RABBI & THE SHIKSA; OLD BROADS CAN’T DUNK; BAGELS; GREEN GROCER; BACK TO THE BARBIZON; AT HALF TIME; THE WEED SHOW; BEDROOM SECRETS; PLAYING WITH KNIVES; ONE NIGHT STANDS; SEX RELATIONSHIPS AND SOMETIMES LOVE; and several others.
KEVIN M. BRENNAN is happier than a dog in heat to be playing the role of Rusty this evening alongside Joe and Rebekah. Kevin did some training at The Second City Chicago before coming to make it big in Hollywood. Since that hasn’t worked out, he’s made a few indie movies called The Scenesters, Modern Imbecile’s Planet World, Holiday Road, and It’s A Disaster. You can also catch him acting the fool with his buddies The Vacationeers on a little website called YouTube.
ANITA BORCIA began her theatrical career as a child in Chicago’s Yiddish Theatre and grew up to perform a wide range of leading and character roles. Since moving west, Anita appeared in “The Book of Esther” at Theatre East and has been seen on screens of various sizes. Highlights include Scary Tales (3-D TV);
a feature, Monday Morning; and short films, including leading roles in A Modest Stillness, Hit Squad, Sugar, Butterscotch, and The Gran’ Scam of Things (which reviewer Paul Pritchard deemed one of the most memorable independent films of 2011). A FirstStage Board member, Anita is delighted to be appearing on the J.E.T. stage tonight.
MIMI CHEN’s claim to fame is having sung the National Anthem for the A’s, Giants, California Angels and the Golden State Warriors. She likes to do a whole lot of things and especially enjoys participating in ten minute plays when she can.
TYRA COLAR is a rising star. Born in San Jose, Tyra relocated to Los Angeles for college. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from CSUN, she relocated to NYC to study with some of the best theater companies and acting coaches. While in NYC, Tyra had roles on” One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.” Tyra moved back to LA and booked roles on “Cougar Town”, “The Mentalist”, and “The Haunted Hathaway’s” just to name a few.
Lana Ford: Lana Ford’s 1st “show” was a self-taught rendition of the Charleston in her parent’s living room as her dad played her dancing music. Performing was “a natural fit” and she shimmied her way to LA as an adult. In 1997, Lana was quickly cast by heavyweight producers Steven Zaillian and Scott Rudin in a small part in 1998’s John Travolta star vehicle, A Civil Action. She has performed in minor and uncredited roles off and on since then, and has seen success on the LA stage in various comedic and dramatic roles including: Boxcar and Eugenia; Biloxi Blues; To Catch a Tooth; and A Nice Family Gathering, Follow Your Dreams, I Remember Lou! In addition to those early hometown roles in: The Diviners, Night Must Fall, and The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd. Other works are: LRS Show, Laffershock, and a soon to be named variety show in Burbank created by good friend Karen Knotts.
Beyond acting, Lana keeps busy writing; a civil war epic and a period piece musical comedy, a reality show or two and a developing a sports novelty fashion line.
Lana is happy to participate in this benefit for the Animals! Thanks to Kaz and company for this opportunity! And a special thanks to family and friends near and far who continue to support her.
RICK IRVING, professional theatre actor from Monterey California moved to LA to pursue his dream in the art of acting. Upon moving he landed a starring role in the short “Demons on Canvas” with Lance Hendrickson. Then a starring role in a film called “Vampz” and Full Moons “Cryptz.” He was also featured in the NAS “1 Mic” video which was nominated best hip hop video on MTV. Director Danny Draven called him for another audition to co- star in “Death Bed” produced by Stuart Gordon. He then landed a starring role in Warner Brothers “Fallen Angels” as Officer Stillman. It stars Michael Dorn, Bill Moseley, Adrianne Curry and many horror greats. He also starred in Danny Draven’s “Darkwalker“ and upcoming film “Ghost Month” which won best cinematography and best director at the Chicago horror film fest. Rick also has recurring roles on “Days of our Lives” and former soap “Passions” as “Officer Benson”. Rick just finished associate producing the film Set Back which he also acted in. He also associate produced the film Call Me King which which is due out early 2014. Rick also produced the film COILED directed by Tim French which is also due out early 2014. Rick is currently producing the feature film The 7th Day starring Ella Joyce, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and Michael Berryman.
MAI KOBAYASHI is a Japanese chick from a coastal village on the west coast of Japan. She has been here in the U.S. for almost 10 years. She is so grateful that she can be a part of this production again working with such amazing artists!! Love you all so much!
SCHNO MOZINGO: This is Schno’s second (and third) play(s). He debuted at J.E.T. in ‘Re-Play’ in November. Everything seemed to go well with that one; I mean, no one died or anything. So here he is again. Cross your fingers.
YOSHI MURAKAMI: Arrived in the United States from Hiroshima, Japan in December of 1999. He currently runs Boutique Sake, an import/wholesale sake company, focusing on educating the public in the finer points of sake appreciation and adaptation of pairing with world cuisines. As a certified Sake Sommelier, he has been teaching classes and participating in public Sake tasting events.
First approached the door of Arigato Kai because of a desire to improve communication skills and conquer shyness. Inexperienced and from a non-thespian background, since have become deeply involved in Arigato Kai and the acting world. He is most attracated to the intensity of performance and the challenge of learning new roles. He thanks Arigatou Kai for its wonderful learning environment and the members who are supportive and wonderful people. Experience: The Last Samurai & The Andy Dick Show.
EMILY SPALDING is a graduate of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts where she received her BA in Drama. Currently you can see her in several national commercials including McDonald’s, Honey Bunches of Oats, Dunkin Donuts and Call of Duty. Special thanks to Jim Beaver for writing such a wonderful piece and always being a joy to work with.
MICHELE TANNEN: Some of Michele’s stage credits include Lois Wilson in “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” Nurse Nella Larkin in “God Committee,” Barbara in “Social Security” and Hannah in “Rabbi and the Shiksa.” She appears in numerous television shows and films and recently filmed the drama “Pani’s Box.” Michele appears in commercials for Honda/Acura, TotalFlex Fitness, Nebraska Medical Association and more. She is thrilled to be a part of this show and to help animals in Fukushima in Japan.
ANA VALVERDE was born and raised in the lush country of Costa Rica. After relishing in this tropical paradise for the first 12 years of her life, she bought thermal pajamas, and moved to Boston. She attended Boston University where she majored in Journalism and sang her heart out in an all-female a cappella group. After graduating, Ana began her theatrical career by doing spokesmodeling for business websites, yes, that little person that walks onto your screen and you’re like, “Where’s the friggin’ X button!?” She later decided to move to Los Angeles where she could finally pursue her dreams in a professional capacity. Since then Ana has booked several national radio spots and commercials. A Jill of many trades, Ana is also a Spanish translator, a photographer, a volunteer for LA Animal Rescue, an animal blogger and an overall hardcore animal lover. She dedicates her performance to her three cats Sweetie, Friskie, and Gracie.
PATRICK WILLIAMS is very happy to be working with Kaz & her group of actors again. With Kaz, he has gotten to play a rabbi, an ex-priest, Vaginitis, and Death. Tonight he is having fun playing a wolf, and a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Check out some of his other roles on You Tube under Patrick Williams Quick Reel. As always, he is looking for good representation.
REBEKAH WALENDZAK is thrilled to perform with her fiancé, Joe and longtime friend, Kevin! She teaches sketch comedy writing and improvisation at the world renowned Second City and co-hosts the More Than A Mouthful podcast (available on iTunes & Stitcher). Learn more @ www.rebekahwalendzak.com.