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Our Actors

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George Deihl Jr is most widely known as Gerald Moore on Power, Book III: Raising Kanan and Mr Mitchell on AppleTV's Hello Tomorrow!. Other TV credits include memorable roles on The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Other Two, The Blacklist, and New Amsterdam. Among his film credits are Martin in Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings directed by Randall Park, and Naked Singularity - with Olivia Cooke, Ed Skrein and John Boyega.

As a writer, he headed the team for the award-winning La Locura: The Madness. A tragicomedy television / web series about a Chilean family, living in the United States, dealing with their father's Alzheimer's diagnosis. He is author and artist of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Algorithm. 


Chelsea J. Smith is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. To capitalize on performing and creating art she believes in, Chelsea co-founded Little Spoon, Big Spoon Productions, LLC, alongside Randa Karambelas. Recently, she won Best Actress for her role as C in the indie drama, Don’t Tear Yourself Apart. Up next, she will be starring alongside Patrick Hamilton in an original short film, Robot Hearts, which they co-wrote and she can be seen on Season 3 of BMF on Starz.


Claire Woolner is an award winning actor and absurdist comedian whose solo show A Retrospection has been touring to sold out audiences and garnering rave reviews, most recently described by The New York Times as "If the performance artist Marina Abromovic were a clown". She has starred in numerous independent films, including her own short film Bodies of Water (for which she was nominated Best Actress at the Nordic International Film Festival), currently on its festival tour. 

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Robyn Payne is a film, TV, and Broadway actress. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, Robyn has Guest Starred on Blue Bloods and FBI: Most Wanted, as well as had recurring roles on For Life, Luke Cage and Daredevil. Her films include roles in Driveways (Tribeca Film Festival) starring Brian Dennehy and Hong Chau, and Confetti starring Amy Irving and Helen Slater.  Robyn performed the role of Sarabi in The Lion King on Broadway, Miss Flannery in the 1st National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie, directed by Michael Mayer.  Off-Broadway credits include the long running hit show, Sistas, The Musical, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Regional credits include Jory in Disgraced at Portland Stage and the Hangar Theatre, and many more.  She is very happy to have been asked to participatie in this project.


Her Story, the Emmy© nominated and Gotham Award winning new media series in which Caroline Whitney Smith played the controversial and much hated antagonist, led her to London for the drama mini-series Different for Girls . 

Hailing from New York, and refusing to give up the attitude, she loves arresting and interrogating perpetrators on television; Animal Kingdom, Southland, and NCIS. Currently writing her own series, Emotional Support Animal and wondering where she left her keys.

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Khalif Cotton caught the acting "bug" after booking a background role on a major film set; NYC actor, Khalif Cotton has committed to becoming a devout student of the craft. While still new to theatre, Khalif has been fortunate enough to land the lead role in QUEENSBRIDGE by Marlin Thomas. Notwithstanding, he has found a second home in the indie film market, securing a bevy of leading and supporting roles including: Moments In Horror a YouTube short horror series, The Last Vendetta an action/thriller film that is set to release in early 2024, and The Final Tour which has recently won the 19th edition best narrative short at the Vegas Shorts Film Festival.


Brian Kelly, an actor and musician in New York played Andy Warhol in the Netflix series The Andy Warhol Diaries.  He played the voice of Sigmund Freud, in Hysterical Girl, a 2020 short, which was short-listed for an Oscar.


Brian is represented by Resolute Artists / Paige Chambers, theatrically, and by Made Worldwide Agency, Katherine Connors.

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Michael Bakkensen is an actor, narrator, songwriter and teacher- a union member for over two decades with extensive experience on Broadway (Noises Off, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Festen and the National Tour of The King’s Speech), Off Broadway (RX, Three Gifts for Lenny Bruce, Out of Iceland) and in the nation’s top regional: Guthrie, Mark Taper Forum (LA), Huntington (Boston), Alley (Houston), Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theater (D.C.), Center Stage (Baltimore), Actor Theatre of Louisville, Alliance (Atlanta), Alabama and NJ Shakespeare Theaters, working with directors Les Waters, Michael Kahn, Michael Wilson, Joe Dowling, Kyle Donnelly, Kevin Moriarty and Andrei Belgrader. On camera, Michael was series lead in the award-winning comedy pilot Mann Overboard, regular on Emmy winning PBS series The Cobblestone Corridor and, lead in indie thriller The Ruse, award-winning short film The Sixth Amendment (Amazon), Vanitas, and features Zoo and Victoriana. Guest & costars on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, American Horror Stories, The Equalizer, The Americans, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, Deception, and Elementary.  He co-directed, filmed and produced Polaroid Stories (after Covid shutdown the play). Michael has recorded and/or produced dozens of fiction titles (including the best seller The Decent Proposal and Off the Page by Jodi Picoult) & educational titles. He recorded three albums of original songs (Lionize, Sekara Grace, and Circle Kiss). Awarded Best Actor IRNE (Boston) for Horace Wells in Ether Dome  & Earphone Award Salt. Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP. 

At the age of 39 Elise left the corporate world to become the oldest BFA musical theater student at the Boston Conservatory. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she moved to New York City. An Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA actress, she has studied with with pioneering teachers Moisés Kaufman and Giles Foreman. One of her favorite roles was that of Mary Surratt in The Trial of Mary Surratt by Laney Robertson. After studying with the renown Shakespeare teacher Dr. Rob Clare, she landed the role of Gertrude in Hamlet. But her most favorite role has been that of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Elise is also a producer, playwright, and author of “Ghosts and Murders of Manhattan” from Arcadia Publishing, Images of America Series.

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