Rebecca Karpovsky - Sophia Pinsky
Rebecca Karpovsky is an actor, writer and producer originally from Boston and currently based in NYC. As an actor she has performed at the ZACH and Vortex Theatres in Austin, TX, as well as in feature films, shorts and commercials in Boston, Austin, and NYC. Her most recent projects include A Lonely Woman, Pact and Strawberries. Karpovsky is trilingual and performs in Russian, Spanish and English on the screen and stage. This most recent project, Pinsky, which she starred in, co-wrote and produced, was shot in Boston this spring and is currently in post-production with a release date of October 2015. This summer she will be acting in Andrew Wagner’s feature film Breakable You. Her actor training is based in the Sanford Meisner technique, which she studied under Kathryn Gately at the Gately/Poole Conservatory. She has also studied corporeal mime under Thomas Leabhart and Droznin-based movement training with the Moscow Art Theatre. She is a graduate of Scripps College, where she studied acting and film production.
Larisa Popova - Marina Pinsky
Larisa has been acting professionally since the age of 18. Her acting career spans across the former Soviet Union – from Baku in the South to Syktyvkar in the North and from her native Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine to Kemerovo in Siberia. She has been seen in over 75 roles, including among others plays by Chekhov (Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard), Ostrovsky (Diary of a Scoundrel, Guilty Without Guilt), and Gogol (The Marriage), as well as numerous modern plays by Soviet and Western playwrights. She was a company member of the Stanislavsky Theatre of Armenia and Chamber Drama Theatre of Moscow, she has also performed on the historic stage of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre in the production of The Marriage. Larisa's American acting credits include Babakina in Ivanov at the American Repertory Theatre, directed by Yuri Yeremin, and Waitress in Playing A Victim by Presnyakov Brothers at the ArtsLand Festival, directed by Kirill Serebrennikov. Larisa received her BFA in drama at the Theater College in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and was one of the first anchorwomen of Ukrainian television.
Ara Woland - Victor Pinsky
With an aura of intensity and a richly artistic presence, Ara Woland is a New York City based actor of extensive range, who has taken on vastly differing roles throughout his career. An Armenian-born actor with a theatre background, Ara is trilingual and has been trained in method acting, pantomime and classical piano. His most recent film Welkome Home is currently touring the international film festival circuit, and will be released nationwide in Russia in September, 2014.
Jacob Brandt - Trevor Selibovsky
Jacob is an actor, writer, director, and musician based in New York City. As an actor, he has performed at Ars Nova, The Laurie Beechman Theater, The Huntington Theatre Company, Company One, Speakeasy Stage Company, The New Repertory Theatre, and Wheelock Family Theatre. He has staged plays and readings at the Loeb Drama Center (Mainstage, Experimental Theatre), the Adams Pool Theatre, Farkas Studio, the Harvard Advocate, and Milton Academy. His new musical 1969: The Second Man was produced as part of Ars Nova's ANTfest. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied acting and playwriting.
Maria Natapov - Kiki Selibovsky
Maria Natapov was born in Moscow, Russia coming to the US with her family when she was 8 years old. She's always loved art in its many forms but tried to do the "sensible career thing" and studied architecture. Half-way through graduate school, however, she realized that her heart wasn't in it and she needed to tell stories. That was a couple of years ago and she's been acting ever since. Since then, Maria has had several leading and principal roles in films like "Having Fun Up There", "Honky Holocaust", "Mallas, MA", "Octopus", and "Thorns", just to name a few and is excited to start production on the feature “The Resurrection of Victoria Wheeler” as the title character. Maria is extremely grateful to be able to explore a varied spectrum of characters and genres in her work. She constantly looks for opportunities to challenge herself and grow as an artist and to collaborate with other passionate storytellers.
Galina Gutkin - Natasha Selibovsky
Galina Gutkin is originally from Moscow Russia.
Graduated from Russian Academy of Art. In 1988 was accepted as a leading actress in Ermolova Theater in Moscow. Debuted in "The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman as Ellis, French princess.
Over the next 10 years, Galina played in a variety of roles on stage of the Ermolova Theater including Tennessee Williams " Battle of Angels" (“Orpheus Descending") as Cassandra, Neil Simon " Prisoners of Second Avenue" as Jessie, Anton Chekhov "The lady with the dog" and many modern Russian writers.
Galina appeared in a few Russian TV shows and hosted "Legends of ancient civilizations" show on Russian television.
Samaria Sam Jay Johnson - Sam Wittle
Hailing from Boston, MA, a city that is no stranger to comedic prowess; a place that can lay claim to the comedic talents of Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Conan O'Brien and many others, Sam Jay is setting her own stage. Witty, candid, and raw she is bringing about a brand of comedy that has yet to be seen. Provoking audiences by pushing their thinking while still giving her sets the feel of a barroom conversation with one of your funniest friends. Her 2013 invite to Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and her 2014 acceptance into the Women In Comedy Festival; along with her recent trip to the Stand Up NBC 2014 NYC semifinals and an invite to the HBO/ABFF 2014 comedy wings semifinals has the industry talking about this young lady. Opening for power house/veteran acts like Hannibal Burres (Comedy Central), and Rob Stapleton (Comedy Central) has not only helped this rising star hone her skills, but has allowed her to branch out booking shows up and down the east coast.
Alan Blumenfeld - Rabbi Bob Stern
As a professional actor, director and teacher for the past 40 years, Alan has a long history of work in theater, film and television.
As a veteran actor in Los Angeles, Alan has appeared in more than 300 guest star roles including; Shameless, Murder In the First, Parenthood, Arrested Development, Heroes (recurring as the Nightmare Man), Madmen, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Mentalist, Gilmore Girls, ER, Uncle Willy, Brooklyn Bridge among others and in films such as: Righteous Kill, In Her Shoes, The Ring, Heartbreakers, Bob Buss in 2gether on MTV, Tin Men and many more.
Avery Bargar - Dominic Galliano
Avery has enjoyed acting since the age of 14 and had the honor of studying with world-renowned clown teacher Philippe Gaulier (mentor to Sacha Baron Cohen and Emma Thompson) in France and Gary Austin (founder of Los Angeles improv company The Groundlings). His recent roles include Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Hal in Proof, and the Duke of Cornwall in King Lear. Avery joins the Pinsky team after doing theater with Rebecca and Amanda back in high school.
Allison Smartt - Dina Harper
Owner of Smartt Productions, LLC which produces MOM BABY GOD. As a designer, her production credits run the gamut of theatre and dance and include Tryst (Chester Theatre Company), Take it Over (The Club at La MaMa), The 10x10 New Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Forsenga (Arts in Odd Places Festival, NYC) andHairspray (Hartford Children's Theatre). She is a proud member of I.A.T.S.E #232 (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and is currently the Technical Director of the Mount Holyoke College Dance Department. She is an alumna of Hampshire College, where she concentrated in Immersive, Design Driven Performance.
Nelcie Souffrant - Jessica Elliot
The copious, versatile, witty and fast learning Nelcie Souffrant, has portrayed roles such as the musically talented violinist Stacey in “Strings Attached”, the studious abused teenager Margaret in “Young Stan” and the raging murderous teenager Tiana in Discovery ID “Frenemies”, while focusing and working ceaselessly in the film and television market. Nelcie has trained under Rose Bonczek and Gary Cowling at Brooklyn College. Nelcie is currently studying at Play House West (Studio 4 NYC) studying Meisner at the school of award winning actor James Franco. Nelcie’s most recent work "Strings Attached" which is written, directed, produced and starring herself, has been accepted to Cannes Short Film Corner, LA International Shorts Film Festival, AOF Film Festival, Lady Filmmakers Festival, African American Women in Cinema, Women in Cinema, Pan African Film Festival and Urban World presented by BET.