David Castro (Writer) is a writer-producer of network and cable TV with over 20 years in the writers’ rooms on shows such as Married With Children, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Jack’s Place and many others – as well as Emmy-nominated for Bobby’s World (Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, 1994) and CableAce-nominated for Not Necessarily the News (Writing a Comedy or Music Program, HBO, 1984). David has over 30 years experience creating original stand-up material for some of our best-known comedians. He is the author of the nonfiction book, Max_Brooklyn23 – From Good Girl to Callgirl, as well as two books of poetry – E is for Elvis – and C is for Chupacabra – A Poetical Alphabestiary. Man’s Dominion is David’s first play – and thanks to Tim Powell and Dennis Neal – certainly not his last. After moving to Asheville, NC and learning of the 1916 lynching of Mary, a circus elephant 40 miles away in Tennessee he knew he had to write about it.
John Coppola (Studio C Artists Director) A native of Brooklyn, New York, John Coppola is a multi-talented director, producer, teacher and actor. John began his career attending C.W. Post’s Department of Theater and Film, Yale Drama’s Purple Crayon and various courses and workshops with Circle In The Square. John has taught and delivered lectures at C.W. Post University, SUNY Old Westbury, Dartmouth College, The Riverside Shakespeare Company, The Skyboat Road Company, HBO and UCLA’s Extension Program. John has performed in Broadway shows and national tours as well as numerous television shows and independent films. John also starred in his award winning one-man show entitled The DeVivo Variation, which was produced and filmed by the prestigious HBO Workspace. As a director, John has helmed over 25 theatrical productions in New York, Los Angeles and abroad. He won Best Director in the New York Film and Video Festival for his film Possibility. John currently lives in Los Angeles, where he recently finished directing the TV pilot Bourbon Street, co-founded Studio C Artists, and is preparing to direct a slate of independent feature films and documentaries.
Dennis Neal (Original Staging Director) was fortunate to have booked his first audition and a 27-year (and counting) career in theater, film, and television followed. He originated the roles of Louis Armstrong and Joe Glaser in Terry Teachout's Satchmo At The Waldorf, now playing in New York. Dennis is also a founding member of Mad Cow Theater Company, one of Orlando's (FL) premiere companies. On stage, Dennis has played everything from Scrooge in A Christmas Carol to Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot along with his work in plays by, among others, the modern pantheon of August Wilson, David Mamet and Harold Pinter. A short list of Dennis’ credits on the big screen will include Dead Man Walking with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon; John Sayles' Sunshine State; and Wild Things with Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell and Bill Murray. Among his small screen credits are the TV Movie First Time Felon with Omar Epps and Delroy Lindo; ABC's The Practice; and NBC's The West Wing. For the past 15 years Dennis has been conducting classes and doing private coaching in his Acting Bootcamp which has become the go-to class for deep and meaningful acting work. An active member of SAG-AFTRA, Dennis would like you to know “that THIS right here is a wonderful thing.” www.dennisneal.biz
Tim Powell (Actor) is currently recurring as the no-nonsense, jaded, cynical Chief of Detectives on the critically acclaimed Fox comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine - not to be confused with the cynical, jaded, and no-nonsense Chief of Police he portrays on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Ray Donovan. On Film, Tim has had the pleasure of working with such luminaries as Robert Altman, (Tanner 88), John Sayles, (Sunshine State), and Michael Bay (Bad Boys 2 and the recently released 13 Hours). In 2015, Tim was directed by Helen Hunt on Revenge, recurring as Chairman of the Board of Southampton Medical Center. He's also had the great fortune to be directed by Rosemary Rodriguez, Jay Roach, Tom Hanks, John Badham, and Joan Tewkesbury, among others. In addition to Ray Donovan and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Tim appeared in 2015 on Revenge, Nashville, Scandal, Rake, and the upcoming new series Heartbreaker, premiering in 2016. Tim grew up in north Alabama and went on to receive his MFA from Ole Miss. While performing Shakespeare (Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Tennessee Repertory, Tim played a murderous demolition expert on the hit series Heat of the Night. Tim was then “discovered” on the stage of the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and began his on-camera career in earnest, co-starring as a yuppie kidnapping victim on the Michael Mann series Miami Vice. His Television career continues to grow...
Tim currently resides on the east side of Los Angeles, near Griffith Park, where he teaches on-camera classes for The SAG-AFTRA Conservatory at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. When he's not working, he can be found hiking numerous trails in southern California, in Malibu enjoying seafood, or visiting his adult daughters on the east coast. — more at www.timpowell.com
Emily Button – (Mary) Emily is the daughter of two professional athletes, which does not at all explain why she became an actress. An award winning actress, improviser, voiceover artist and producer. Emily has performed in over fifty plays and films, recurred on NBC’s Days of Our Lives and had the privilege of working with many gifted artists including the great Paul Sills, Mike Nichols and George Morrison. Recently nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” for her work in Peter’s Ashes with Dee Wallace Stone, you can also see her in the recently released Other People’s Children with Chad Michael Murray. Check out more of Emily’s work at EmilyButtonVO.com, IMDB, and YouTube. As a child, Emily always wondered why Goldilocks didn’t buy the cottage and put the 3 bears on payroll…
Jim Furmston (Original Music) is a talented composer, arranger/performer and was recruited for Masters and Doctoral programs at U.S.C Thornton School of Performing Arts. Jim performed a debut recital at New Yorkʼs Lincoln Center. He also played on the inaugural program of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles. Jimʼs music and performances garnered acclaim in both worlds of classical and popular music in over 400 venues across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to session work for television, jingles and film, Jim performed with Gene Barry at the Oak Room/ Algonquin, and with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Nell Carter, Carol Channing, John Fleck, Debbie Reynolds, Joel Grey, Jane Seymour, Jeff Goldblum, Marni Nixon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ann Margaret, Tony Orlando, John Rubinstein and Gedde Watanabe He is ʻhouseʼ pianist at Hillcrest Country Club and one of “Irmaʼs assistants” at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.
Paul Major (Technical Director) is a multi-hyphenate (actor/writer/producer/etc) living in the heart of Hollyweird. He is a long-time student and friend of Dennis Neal and is thrilled to be working with such a talented team. His full-service production company, Visual Medium, has credits that include The Case, The Fix, Wigga Please, HooHa, and the upcoming The Bigfoot Hunters. www.paulmajor.com