Ted Day, writer/ director/ producer/ editing
Ted is your friend - but only so he can gather intel. He hails from Virginia and received his higher education from Hampshire College. Ever since he was a "v" little boy, he's been writing for theatre and film. He is a founder of Hustlemilk and has worked as a director and writer for many OFCLOUDS shorts and he has also produced content for Already Alive and Greencard Pictures. He has had a crush on the following women: Ben and Addie.
Benjamin Wright Smith, writer/ director/ producer/ editing
Ben doesn’t want to talk about himself, but he has been given no choice. He is a writer and director of short films and the occasional series, as you have probably figured out if you’re not a complete lummox. He is a member of OFCLOUDS, which he can assure you is so much fun and that you wish you were, too. Ben has been uploading videos to the Internet since his days at Hampshire College, and while that was some time ago, he does not intend to stop uploading videos to the Internet until one of them goes viral, at which point he will retire. That’s the plan, Stans.
Adelind Horan, Amelia/ writer/ producer/ casting
Adelind grew up in Virginia with a lot of these fools, doing theatre and cultivating a strange sense of humor. Her first role at three years old was "Cindy Lou Who" in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and she decided then that she lived for cast parties. She studied at Hampshire College, LAMDA, and Upright Citizens Brigade, and spent many years doing film and theatre, comedy and tragedy, and even an award-winning solo show in which she played 12 real Appalachians. Her acting has been praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Scotsman, and many other publications. Critics have compared her to Diane Keaton, Anna Deavere Smith, and Nicolas Cage. http://adelind.com
Branson Reese, Greg
Branson Reese, the greatest living actor? This acclaimed and beloved comedian hails from the commonwealth of Virginia. His credits include work with The Onion, WNYC, Al Jazeera America, and a commercial for Brisk Iced Tea. He works for Story Pirates as an actor, director, voice-over artist, and puppeteer. With Story Pirates he's performed alongside Jon Stewart, Kristen Schaal, and even Lou Reed. He performs regularly as an improviser and sketch director at the Magnet Theater. His comedy trio The Junk Brothers performs all over the city. He also writes a webcomic called Escape From Heaven. You can read it; nobody can stop you.
Julia Anrather, Fiona/ producer/ music supervisor
Julia is an actor, musician, and producer who grew up sort of in Staten Island. She went to Vassar College and since then she’s been acting, often at The Flea Theater, and making music. Refinery29 called her one of "8 New York Artists Who Could Be The Next Madonna” but that remains to be seen. She's the founder of Near Thing Productions and this fall she'll be releasing an EP and performing in Taylor Mac’s "24-Decade History of Popular Music” at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
John Keating, Doctor Meaney
John is a leading New York Stage actor, he performs regularly with Theatre For A New Audience and The Irish Repertory Theatre, amongst many others. TV and Film includes Boardwalk Empire, John Adams, The Lone Ranger. He has narrated 140 Audiobooks.
Rebeca Rad, Rhonda
Rad hails from Brazil by ways of Florida & Michigan. She is also a n activist, teacher and director. NYC: New York Theatre Workshop; Joe's Pub; Theatre 167; National Black Theatre; Other Forces (Incubator Arts); The Public Theater; Lincoln Center; The Bushwick Starr; Signature Center; Pace Gallery; Target Margin Theatre; Theatre Plastique; Drama League; Buran Theatre; Rady & Bloom; 54 Below; The Wild Project; Poetic Theatre Productions; Superhero Clubhouse; The Brick; Duplex. She can be seen on screen on FOX, Discovery Channel, PBS, MTV, MTV2, MTVDesi, Multishow. Co-founder of The Oneness Project (Broadway for Black Lives Matter) and Immigrant Assistance Center. 2016-17 Public Artist in Residence with NYC Department of Cultural Affairs connecting LGBQT foster youth with the Arts. @rebecarad
Ned Riseley, Sheth
Ned Riseley is a performer/writer/comedian. Projects include: Poster Boy(Williamstown), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown), Loveplay (La MaMa), The Mysteries (The Flea), Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (3LD). Ned has performed comedy at UCB and Union Hall and for The New Yorker as part of “Friends Who Folk.” His original music has been featured in Nelly/Nelly (Fringe Arts), and Nicky Park Memorial Park.
Kate Thulin, Portia
Kate is a bi-costal writer/performer. This is her third collaboration with OFCLOUDS (WOOHOO!), having appeared in BEACON and THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON SELKIE MIGRATION PATTERNS. Other film: High Maintenance w/ Hannibal Buress (Janky Clown, dir. Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair). Recent theater: WOLF IN THE RIVER (written and directed by Adam Rapp, at the Flea Theater). Kate is also a frequent actor at The Lark, and has acted in and developed work at Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theater, HERE Arts, TheaterworksUSA, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Writing credits: this fall, Kate will be a staff-writer on a new Comedy Central series. Her pilot SANDYISM, which she co-wrote with Olivia Dufault (PREACHER), is being produced by Likely Story, and was recently sold to AMC. She is also currently developing her series GENIUS GIRLS with Red Hour.
Zardon Richardson, Robbie
Zardon Richardson is a Chicago native who resides in Brooklyn, New York. He started his career at the age of 17 as a stand up comic. He is an award-winning filmmaker who uses his impressive storytelling abilities to make people laugh when he’s on stage. He’s inspired by the work of Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Lewis Black and Woody Allen.
Carly Monardo, Gwen
Carly Monardo is an artist and performer living in Brooklyn. She has worked behind the scenes on such animated favorites as The Venture Bros. and Steven Universe, and in front of the scenes as a house performer at NYC’s Magnet Theater. You can also catch Carly on the acclaimed podcast The Truth and as the bassist for comedy punk band, My Dark Little Corner. She and Branson Reese (Greg) perform as the feather-ruffling indie duo, TJ & Blood, around the city. They are two rude boys. adulteducationcomedy.com
Johanna Day, Paula
Johanna Day won a Helen Hayes Award for her starring role in Arena Stage’s The Rainmaker. Additional Arena credits include Quality of Life and Good People. She was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Second Stage Theatre’s Peter and Jerry, Tony Award nominee for Proof at the Walter Kerr Theatre and won an Obie Award for Appropriate at Signature Theatre. On Broadway, Johanna played Mrs. Kirby in the 2014 revival of You Can’t Take It With You, opposite James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley; and Barbara Fordham in August Osage County. She appeared in the world premieres of Westport Country Playhouse’s Oblivion and Yale Repertory Theatre’s The Realistic Joneses. Prior to joining Sweat, she created the role of Zippy in Choice. Johanna currently has recurring roles on CBS’ Madam Secretary and Cinemax’s The Knick.
Maggie Horan, Becca
Maggie is the real sister of Adelind! She comes from a family of actors and started doing it like it was church on Sunday. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University's BFA acting program, she made her mark in the regional theatre world. Favorites include Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Hay Fever, Avenue Q, Circle Mirror Transformation, Rocky Horror, Shakespeare's R&J, Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, and Legacy of Light (Best Supporting Actress). She is based in New York.
Kady Ruth Ashcraft, Meredith
Kady Ruth is a writer, comedian, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn whose work has been featured in IFC, Funny or Die, Jezebel, Above Average and all over the dang web!
Luke Slattery, Francis Caspar
Luke Slattery is a Brooklyn based actor, writer, and one man goon squad-though not always in that order. He studied at Vassar and the Moscow Art Theater and has appeared in a few projects since then. TV: Bull (CBS), The Family (ABC). Theater: Rancho Viejo (Powerhouse/New York Stage and Film), On a Stool at the End of the Bar (59E59). Luke enjoys making stuff and waking up in grind mode. Although, sometimes it's just easier to peruse Reddit until your eyes fall out and you hate yourself. Luke fucking loved the experience of working on the Pioneers and thinks the whole team is dope and funny. He exists in various forms of social media even though social media is probably ruining him and everyone else. Snapchat and insta: @luke.slatts, Twitter: @lukeslatts
Greg Keller, Takeru
Greg Keller is an actor and writer who was born and raised in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn.
Benjamin DeCamp Cole, Actor
Benjamin DeCamp Cole may be on his birth certificate but please just call him Ben. Or Danger Zone. He will respond to either. Past credits include The Killer and King Lear with Theatre for a New Audience, Going Once! Laughing Twice!! at St. Luke's Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing with Barrington Stage Company, 33 Variations at The Majestic Theater in Springfield, MA, and The Tempest at The Hartford Stage Company (CT Critic's Circle Award for Best Newcomer). He also can be seen saying "When's the next Hammy movie coming out" in Top Five directed by Chris Rock. He graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Actor Training.
Ryan Pater, Duke Maylor
Ryan Pater is a Brooklyn based actor/musician/teaching artist. Graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ryan is co-artistic director of Oh Force! Theatre Company and plays guitar in his band Lion and Spaniel.
Scott Thomas, Bad Stephen
Off-Broadway: Coping (New York Fringe Fest / Fringe Encores -- Soho Playhouse); Donogoo (Mint Theater); The Why Overhead (The Access Theater); The Champion (BRIC Arts) Sometimes In Prague (Soho Ice Factory Festival; Joe's Pub / The Public) Regional: Chicago Shakespere Theater, Writer's Theatre of Chicago, Denver Theater Center, TheaterSquared, and the world premiere of Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas (dir: Tina Landau; Long Wharf). Film & TV: "Blue Bloods," Ambition's Debt. New Media: Work with Above Average / The Kicker, College Humor; "What If Wes Anderson Directed The X-Men," "What If Warner Herzog Directed Ant Man." Scott frequently works with and appears in Ten Bones Theater Company's Entirely From Memory series (The PIT / Videology) and is in rehearsal for The Dudleys (HERE Arts Center; October 2016).
Jenna Barron, Steph
Jenna is a former athlete and a current lover of Jessica the Hippo. She is an actor, writer and comedienne in NYC. You can catch her performing every other Wednesday at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre East Village with her team This Old House or you can watch her work any other night at the theatre as the manager. She is at her social best if a conversation involves the hit sitcom, Full House.
James Malley, Tate
James got a BFA from Tisch and hasn't done much acting since because he's got one of those "smart-person" minds and has become an entrepreneur of a shipping business. However you may recognize him as Little Hugh in the acclaimed series by Body Farm Films. He is always an oscar-winner in our hearts.
Alice Allemano, Joanie
Alice has played around a few times with the OFCLOUDS crew and loves it. Originally from London, she is now a New York based actress where her theatre credits include 24hour plays and The Mysteries at the Flea Theatre. She is currently co-producing, assistant directing and playing Titania, the fairy QUEEN, in a midsummer production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at Redwood Studios in Gowanus.
Joss Glennie-Smith, Peter Schreinmann
Joss Glennie-Smith is a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts acting program and is a recent transplant to New York City. Some of his TV work includes small parts on TNT’s SOUTHLAND and AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies and is he very happy to be working with OFCLOUDS once again.
Dominique Brillon, Louise
Hailing from California, Dominique is now a Brooklyn-based actor. She is a member of the resident acting company at the Flea Theater and has trained with Upright Citizens Brigade. NYC/Regional credits include productions and workshops at: Playwrights Realm, Long Wharf Theatre, The Flea, Soho Rep, The Public Theater, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and The Greene Space at WNYC. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley where she studied English and Theater.
Jimmy O'Connell, Beard
Jimmy is an actor and comedian living in Brooklyn, NY. He began studying improv at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta in 2008 and has been a house sketch performer at Magnet Theater since 2013. You should check out his informative web-series, Kevin and Jimmy's Guide to New York. Jimmy is a fan of the Atlanta Braves and most food.
Barrett Doss, Lily
Broadway: You Can't Take It With You. Off-Broadway: Burning; Strom Thurmond is Not a Racist/Cleansed; Canary. Regional: Orestes 2.0 (Electra); The Real Thing; The World is Round; Good People; Dreamgirls (Lorrell); Jamaica.TV: Person of Interest; 30 Rock. BA from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Andrew Yurman-Glaser, Donny D'Funni
Andrew is an actor and comedian living in Brooklyn. He has been studying and performing improv and sketch in NYC since 2006. He performs at The Upright Citizens Brigade with his Harold team Mermaids, and at The Magnet Theater with The Wrath and Friday Night Show. He also blows the minds of children, parents, and anyone else nearby when he acts with The Story Pirates. He went to Binghamton University where he created his own major through an Individualized Major Program called Humor. No fooling. You've seen him on Comedy Central's Broad City, and Nat. Geo's Brain Games. http://andrewyg.com
Woody Fu, Archie Bevins
Woody is a Story Pirate, a castmember of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and a regular performer at the Magnet Theater in New York City. He draws comics, collects records, and appeared in the second season of the UCB show for 15 seconds as a screaming, militant Vietnamese soldier covered in baby powder.
Justin Ahdoot, Goot's Brother
NYC: Off-Broadway: Sleep No More (Punch Drunk); Off-Off Broadway: The Mysteries (The Flea Theater); Regional: Cymbeline (Richmond Shakespeare); performed his solo show Justin versus at Richmond Triangle Players, and Uncle Tom: Deconstructedat the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV: The Americans, Blue Bloods. He graduated from VCU with a BFA in Theatre Performance. www.justinahdoot.com
Matt Clegg, Director of Photography
Matt knows how to make a pretty picture and have fun at the same time. He just got a Vimeo Staff Pick for his short, Some Kind of Quest, and the feature he worked on, Are We Not Cats, has been selected for the Venice International Critics Week. http://www.matthewclegg.com/
Drew English, Director of Photography
Drew is a Director and Cinematographer based in Brooklyn, NY and has done work for clients such as Facebook, Intel, Jameson, Conde Naste, Woodford Reserve and Uber, to name a few. Drew strives to create meaningful experiences that leave a lasting impact. He is a movie dweeb, is obsessed with retro synth sounds and has what some may call, an "unhealthy" caffeine addiction.
Michael Herbert, Director of Photography
Michael J. Herbert is a freelance filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. When he isn’t directing/shooting/editing film and video for the masses he busies himself by keeping it real. For more information, please visit www.filmcorps.net.
Tavner Murphy, Director of Photography
Tavner Murphy is a Director of Photography and Gaffer based in New York City. His work has screened at film festivals around the country and world. A backpacker, writer, and culture junkie, he thrives on projects that highlight the unconventional, the uncomfortable, and the extraordinary.
Luke Taylor, Director of Photography
Luke has a lot of energy. He puts it great use when behind a camera. He comes from the west coast, studied/partied at Hampshire College, and has worked on many films, music videos, and TV shows. His most recent job was on FX's LOUIE, and he also does a lot of good stuff with the team at OFCLOUDS. His favorite things to talk about are Nadine and Monitors. He is very easy to do an impression of.
Kristina Porter, Art Department
Kristina is also from Virginia, but a different part of Virginia than the rest of her Pioneers peers. Pion-peers. She's always loved shopping and creating and when she found out that was a job Hoo-boy she was all over it. Over the past few years she's been working within various Art Department roles for shows on Comedy Central and Adult Swim. She's also shopped/decorated/designed various commercials/music videos/features, none of which she can discuss because of a blood oath taken. She's an intense lover of R&B from all decades and her catch phrase is "Holy Toledo."
Emma ZT, Art Department
Emma Zbiral-Teller is a video artist surviving on yoga and kale in Brooklyn. Born in Chicago, educated at Hampshire College and the Prague Film School, her roots lie in poetry, documentary photography and experimental film. Currently, she is the film curator at The Tank in NYC with a series called “Spatial Film” that explores the physical environment and viewing experience of video pieces made by emerging artists. She works as a production designer on features, shorts and independent series’ of all kinds. Exhibitions of her personal work have been featured on Nobudge.com, at the Center for Digital Art in Brattleboro VT, Pleasant St. Theater, The Canal Gallery, Microscope Gallery, The Brick and The Tank.
Alex Royle, Art Department
Alex hails from the mountains in Southern California followed by graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she honed the skill and fell deeply in love with composing an image. Very shortly after moving to Brooklyn working as a photo assistant she realized that styling was where her true passion lied. Since then, shes worked all over the art department and prop styles for still life photography. Recently she's worked as production designer for the web series The Impossibilities directed by Anna Kerrigan and filmed by the award winning Dagmar Weaver-Madsen who has also worked as DP on High Maintenance and set dresser for the short film 30 Minutes by Kate Phelan. Other passions will always include portraiture photography of artists and families. She works freelance at the Redhook based flower design studio Saipua and the well known artisan piñata and other paper fabrication studio Confetti System. She doesn't throw out flowers once they've dried up and and wants to learn how to whittle spoons this summer.
Ariel Marx, Composer
Ariel Marx is a New York City-based composer for film and multimedia. She is also a violinist/fiddler and maintains her repertoire in jazz, experimental improvisation, and traditional Irish, Scottish, Swedish and American folk music. She is currently earning her Masters of Music in composition with a concentration in film scoring from New York University, where she is also on staff in the music department. Ariel draws from many different genres but specializes in minimal and atmospheric textures and often combines orchestral and folk instruments with electronics to create unique worlds of sound.
Seth Glennie-Smith, Composer
Seth grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains with many of the friends involved in this series. He has been a multi-instrumentalist since he was small and toured as a bassist with many bands supporting the likes of Blues Traveler, Blue Oyster Cult, and Dickey Betts. After studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, Seth moved to LA where he now composes and music edits for features and television under the wing of Brian Tyler and Keith Power. Some recent credits include Flytrap, Furious Seven, Criminal, and Amazon’s Edge. His favorite animals are cats.