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Lisa M Hodsoll

Claire Schoonover

Karin Rosnizeck

Claire Schoonover

Lisa M Hodsoll

Karin Rosnizeck

Frank Nall

Dana Scott Galloway

Craig Houk




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Lisa M Hodsoll was born in Brussels, Belgium and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Some highlights – Laura Bush Killed A Guy (Helen Hayes Nominated) D.C. Production and New York Transfer, Medea’s Got Some Issues, – D.C. and Chicago Production, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (Helen Hayes Nominated) and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe with A Fool’s Paradise. Selected writing credits – Buffurducken (writer and director, winner of Royal Reel Award), co-writer on Kosmopolites (winner of Best International Feature Columbia Gorges International Film Festival) and a play adaptation of Company K by William March. Founder of Open Road and member of The Klunch, WednesdayHouse, and Factory 449. Never met a road trip I didn’t like.

Claire Schoonover is a local actor originally from the North of England, she has been acting in DC theatre scene since 2014 and is a graduate of George Washington University and the ACA, as well as the Theatre Lab. Claire has worked in productions at Olney Theatre, Folger Theatre, STC, Keegan Theatre and others. She can currently be seen as Clara Pemble in the Amazon Prime series Thespian. Other than her dog, her husband and her three kids, her greatest joy is making people laugh till they cry or wee themselves or both.

Karin Rosnizeck is a DC-based theatre artist, having performed in numerous shows in and around D.C. In 2019, she founded for which she directed Surfacing by Russian-Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich and Einstein’s Wife by Serbian playwright Snezana Gnjinic. Karin has translated several German language plays into English and has developed a keen interest in bringing contemporary international plays to DC. Before coming to the US, she has worked in transatlantic relations promoting cultural dialogue for more than a decade. She holds an M.A. in American/English and French Literature.

Frank Nall has been an active member of the Chicago theatre scene for over 20 years. Recent Credits: Jay Mcmullen in lookingglass’s production of Her Honor Jane Byrne, De Lacey in Remy Bumppos’ production of Frankenstein, Traitor at Red Orchid theatre directed by Michael Shannon, directing the Jeff-Nominated Only Kidding for Emergent Theatre Company, Freddy Filmore in It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play at the Clarence Brown theatre in Knoxville, and Cornelius Melody in the Artistic Home’s critically-acclaimed production of A Touch of the Poet. Additional Credits: Bill O’Wray in Trouble in Mind, Captain Jack in Juno and the Paycock (nominated for and won a Jeff Award), The Tallest Man (Jeff-nominated for best original play), Sweet Bird of Youth as Boss Finley (chosen by several critics as one of the best plays of the year), and W.O. Gant, in Look Homeward Angel. Film and TV Credits: the CNN report from Spygame, Bar Brawler in Early Edition, Possessed Bum in the new pilot Prince of the City, and numerous commercials. Frank has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana

Dana Scott Galloway, writer, actor, and producer has appeared on soaps, sitcoms, cop shows, commercials, and in dinner theatres all over the USA. He even made a guest appearance as an alligator on LA’s local “Romper Room.” His original solo show, Augustus The Sissy has been performed in NYC/ Theatre Row, DC Fringe Festival, DC Anacostia Playhouse, and on a condo rooftop in a special pandemic performance. Other credits include a year Off-Broadway in the featured role of Detective Ascher in the long running New York hit Perfect Crime, and on stage and TV along side stage and screen legend’s Tom Ewell, Leslie Nielsen, Adam West and Shelley Berman. Executive Producer credits include the New York Tribeca premiere of “Laura Bush Killed A Guy.” Born and raised in Texas, he makes his home in Washington DC, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity & SAG/AFTRA.

Craig Houk is a D.C. based Playwright, Producer, Actor & Director. His original full-length play, COLD RAIN, was awarded Best Drama and named one of Best of Festival at Capital Fringe 2018. Craig’s other plays include SYD, BRUTE FARCE, RADIATOR, THE RELUCTANT HEN, ONE OF THEM, and three play anthologies: TETHERED, LOST IN PLACE, and SOLITAIRE SIX PACK. As a general rule, Craig writes to entertain. And in the process, he does his best to write strong characters with compelling stories to tell; characters that actors might yearn to play and stories that audiences might yearn to see and hear. Craig is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Matty Griffiths

Matty Griffiths is a freelance actor, director, and, formerly, Executive Directory/Founder of City Artistic Partnerships.  Recent roles include; Hemingway in Clothes for a Summer Hotel (Rainbow Theatre Project), Boolie-Driving Miss Daisy (Anacostia Playhouse)Peach/Fag/LePrecious – How to Win a Race War (The Klunch), Greg/Kelly – Flood City (Theatre Alliance), Rabbi Barry – Constructive Fictions (Cap Fringe), Janitor – Dry Land (Forum Theatre).

Favorite directing credits include: Blues For a Royal Flush, Moscow, Interrogation, My Princess Bride, Feed Me, Edible Rex, Don’t Die in the Dark, The Santaland Diaries & But Love Is My Middle Name.


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