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A versatile American actress of television, film and stage, Kim has most recently become an author of Bluegoddess Love Poems: A Journey to Self Awakening. On stage Kim was most recently seen I'm Sorry by Amy Fox and as Sheila Whirley, the hard hitting DA, in the controversial play Ferguson at Urban Stages in NYC. She is well known and well loved for her portrayal of Zora in Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun a documentary for PBS. Soap fans of Guiding Light have enjoyed her for several years as Dr. Felicia Boudreau and she also recurred on One Life to Live and on All My Children.

Christine Ebersole won her first Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance of Dorothy Brock Broadway revival of 42nd Street. Ebersole won her second Tony  for the dual roles of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale ("Big Edie") and Edith Bouvier Beale ("Little Edie") in Grey Gardens, a musical based upon the film of the same name. Additional Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, the 1979 revival of Oklahoma! (as Ado Annie), the 1980 revival of Camelot, revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Steel Magnolias, Blithe Spirit and the new musical War Paint. Her television credits include 1993 television movie adaptation of Gypsy starring Bette Midler, and in the 2000 ABC-TV movie Mary and Rhoda starring Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper, Carol Walsh on Sullivan & Son, Retired at 35, and Royal Pains. Film fans will recognize her from movies such as Tootsie, Amadeus, Three Men and a Baby, Mac and Me, My Girl 2, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, and My Favorite Martian

JODI LONG A veteran of stage, film and television, Jodi made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of five Broadway shows she would go on to appear in as an adult: Loose Ends with Kevin Kline, The Bacchae with Irene Papas, Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away with Murder and the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, in a performance for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper in Los Angeles. Films include: The Tale with Laura Dern, Beginners with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, Paul Schrader's Patty Hearst, Mike Newell's Sour Sweet, Striking Distance, Rollover and The Hot Chick. 

Television series regular as “Okcha” on Sullivan and Son, Margaret Cho's mother in All American Girl, Cafe Americain with Valerie Bertinelli, and Miss Match.  Fall 2020 she will be seen as Mrs Basil E on Netflix’s new series DASH AND LILY

With over 100 films like Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Godfather Part 3, and Liberty Heights to name a few, Joe has proven his versatility as an actor and his passion for the art. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz's musical of Studs Terkel's Working, Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen RossAlways the baseball fan, Joe also conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Joe is no stranger to television either. Whether it’s an award winning TV movie like, a critically acclaimed series, or as the star of the long running hit show Criminal Minds, it seems like it’s hard not to turn on the TV and see Joe. Celebrating over 40 years in show business, Joe shows no signs of slowing down. 

Best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber on the ABC medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, and for his supporting role as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on The X-Files, James Pickens Jr started his professional acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. Pickens moved to the West Coast and began his Hollywood career playing Zack Edwards on the soap opera Another World from 1986 to 1990. He went on to have recurring roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, The Practice, Beverly Hills, 90210, JAG, Six Feet Under and Roseanne. On film, Pickens has over 25 films under his belt, including the role of Stevens, head of NASA, in Disney’s comedy RocketMan, as Walter Payne in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and as Mr. Brock in 42.

JOE SPANO is an Emmy Award-winning actor currently in his 16th season as Tobias Fornell on the series “NCIS.” Joe starred for 7 years as Lt. Henry Goldblume on “Hill Street Blues.” He also starred in the series “Mercy Point,” “Amazing Grace,” “Murder One” and “NYPD Blue.” Joe has starred in 20 films made for television, guest-starred on 38 television shows and played opposite Jane Curtin in a comedy pilot for Fox. He has appeared in 30 feature films, including “Hart’s War,” “Primal Fear,” “Apollo 13,” “American Graffiti,” “Hollywoodland,” “Fracture” and “Frost/Nixon.” New York stage credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Arthur Miller’s The Price (Tony nominated for Best Revival). West Coast credits include multiple roles over ten seasons with Berkeley Rep, of which he is a founding member; American Buffalo, (L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award); School for Scandal, Speed the Plow and A Chorus of Disapproval for South Coast Rep; and Bill Cain’s Equivocation at the Geffen. At Rubicon, where he is a company member, Joe has appeared in Ancestral Voices, Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple, Sylvia, Waiting for Godot, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History…and MYSTERY of the Universe (Ovation Award), Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cormac McCarthy’s Sunset Limited and, most recently, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

John Cullum has worked on the stage for nearly half a century, playing leading roles in Broadway musicals as well as classical theater. His honors include two Tony Awards® for Best Actor in a Musical, including Shenandoah (1975) and On the Twentieth Century (1978), winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for each. The stage has dominated Cullum’s career, having earned Tony nominations as Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown (Best Actor in a Musical) and in the revival of 110 in the Shade opposite Audra McDonald (Best Featured Actor in a Musical). He is also a familiar presence on television, most recognizable as tavern owner Holling Vincoeur in the television drama series Northern Exposure, gaining an Emmy Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama) as well as in TV shows including ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Mad Men. His films include The Prodigal, Sweet Country, Inherit the Wind, Held Up, and Blackwater Elegy. In 2007, Cullum was voted into the Theater Hall of Fame. 

Steve Harris is known for his work as Eugene Young on the legal drama The Practice, for which he was nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and six times for an NAACP Image Award, winning in 2004. For his role as Charles McCarter in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman, he was nominated for a Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Harris is also known as Detective Ethan Bennett on The Batman, James Johnson on Heist, Virgil Merriweather on Friday Night Lights, and Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman on the NBC drama Awake and most recently as Brian Rochester on Chicago PD. Harris has been in multiple films including The Mod Squad, Minority Report, Regina King's directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen which was adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best selling novel, and Burning Sands on Netflix.  

PRISCILLA LOPEZ is perhaps best known for creating the role of Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, for which she won her first Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She won her second Tony in 1980’s  A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine. She has had the distinction of appearing in two Broadway landmarks: one of its greatest hits, the highly acclaimed, long-running A Chorus Line, and, as a teenager, in one of its biggest flops, the infamous musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lopez achieved critical and popular success in Stephen Sondheim's Company, followed by the hit Pippin, in which she also starred as Berthe in the revival. From 2008 to 2011, Lopez appeared as Camilla in the Broadway production of In the Heights.

Alfred Molina has appeared in over 200 film, television and stage productions. He first rose to prominence in the West End, earning a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play nomination for his performance in the production of Oklahoma! in 1980. He made his Broadway debut as Yvan in a production of Art from 1998 to 1999. His other Broadway roles include Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof from 2004 to 2005 and Mark Rothko in the play Red from 2009 to 2010.  For his portrayal of Robert Aldrich in the miniseries Feud (2017), he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. He received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Frida (2002), and has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Tony Awards.

Widely recognized for his work as a character actor, Tony Shalhoub has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, six Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. For his work on Broadway, he has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit. His television work includes Antonio Scarpacci in NBC sitcom Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the USA TV series Monk. Shalhoub currently plays Abe Weissman, the father of the title character on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he just received an Emmy Nomination. His successful film career includes roles in films such as Barton Fink, Galaxy Quest, as well as the Men in Black, Spy Kids, Cars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises.

Chris Sullivan currently stars as Toby on the NBC drama This Is Us. For this role, Sullivan was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2019. He first gained attention for his portrayal of Tom Cleary on the Cinemax drama The Knick. He also played Taserface in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Benny Hammond in Stranger Things. Much of Sullivan's early stage experience came in Chicago, where he received improv training at the iO Theater. This includes Defending the Caveman at the Lakeshore Theater and The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Goodman Theatre. On Broadway, Sullivan was part of the original cast of Lombardi, and the long-running revival of Chicago. His Film and TV credits include the 2008 Sundance Film Festival nominated movie North Starr, The Normal Heart, The Drop, A Gifted Man, Elementary, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and The Americans. Fans might also recognize Sullivan’s voice as the camel in the popular "Hump Day" ad by the American auto insurance company GEICO. 

BRYAN CRANSTON is best known for his roles in Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Malcolm in the Middle, and Sneaky Pete. His performance on Breaking Bad earned him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014). In 2014, Cranston earned a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of president Lyndon B. Johnson in the Broadway play All the Way, a role he reprised in HBO’s 2016 television film of the same name. In 2018, he received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Howard Beale in Network at London's National Theatre, later winning his second Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the same role on Broadway.

Best known for his portrayal of Jack Arnold in The Wonder Years, Dan Lauria has appeared on stage at Laguna Playhouse in Love Letters and Tesla. In 2010, Dan stared as Vince Lombardi in Broadway's production of Lombardi, with sportswriter Jim Hague commenting, “Lauria truly becomes Vince Lombardi.” Dan was back on Broadway in 2012 with A Christmas Story: The Musical. Lauria has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions, plus a score of motion picture credits. A great promoter of new plays, Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys. 

WENDIE MALICK is best known for her roles as Judith Tupper Stone in Dream On, Victoria Chase in Hot in Cleveland, and as Nina Van Horn in Just Shoot Me!, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe Award, as well as her recurring role as Ronee Lawrence on the final season of Frasier. Malick has been in a number of films, and has made over 50 guest appearances on television shows, made for television movies, and as a voice actress. Recent theatre productions include Off-B’way: North Shore Fish, Burleigh Grimes; Los Angeles: Questa, Round Trip, Santaland Diaries, Vagina Monologues, The Underpants (Geffen). Regional: The Guys, Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas, Blithe Spirit, Closure, What Is the Cause of Thunder.  As of 2020, she stars as the voice of Eda Clawthorne on the Disney animated series The Owl House. 

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS’ breakthrough came when he starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba (1987). For the Academy Award-nominated Stand and Deliver (1988), Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won an Independent Spirit Award. He made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. His theatre credits include Hamlet; Dr. Faustus; The Lady’s Not for Burning at Stagewest, and Tony Kushner’s adaption of Brecht’s The Good Person of Setzuan at La Jolla Playhouse. Phillips’ other notable films include Young GunsYoung Guns IICourage Under FireThe Big HitBrokedown PalaceChe, and The 33. He played Henry Standing Bear in the series Longmire, and wrote thescreenplay for the feature film Ambition, and co-wrote and directed the HBO film Dangerous Touch.

CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY became widely known for playing Shane Donovan on the soap opera Days of Our Lives. His character’s romance with Patsy Pease’s character made the duo into a soap supercouple. Shaughnessy is also well known for his portrayal of Maxwell Sheffield opposite Fran Drescher on The Nanny. He and Drescher resumed acting together in Drescher's next sitcom, Living with Fran, as a guest on her limited-run daytime show, The Fran Drescher Show, and again in Happily Divorced. Shaughnessy is the voice of Dennis the Goldfish on the Disney Channel cartoon series Stanley for which won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program. His stage appearances include the Broadway musical Urinetown, Orson’s Shadow at Pasadena Playhouse, and double dipping as Arthur in both Cam- (and Spam-) alot!” Laguna Playhouse audiences will recognize him for his work as “He” opposite Rita Rudner in the new comedy Act 3.  

RENO WILSON is perhaps best known as Officer Carl McMillan on Mike and Molly. He made his television debut as Theo’s best friend Howard,on The Cosby Show, and has since starred and guest-starred in dozens of television series, including Heist, Blind Justice and the critically acclaimed Showtime series, The Hoop Life. Wilson just wrapped Grandaddy Day Care for Universal and can be seen as a regular on the NBC series Good Girls. Current films include Bolden, in which he plays legendary jazz icon Louis Armstrong, and in the upcoming Headshop. Wilson is also an accomplished voice-over artist who, most notably, gave voice to multiple characters in the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Transformers: The Last Knight.