Profiles

Larisa Oleynik

I think most of us look at child actors with either a sense of compassion for somehow being stripped of their precious childhood or they are a candidate for ostracism for being stupid.  But in fact, there are a breed of child actors that come out of the gauntlet pretty damn cool and feel grateful to have such a great job.  Larisa Oleynik is definitely ...

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Tim Cummings

Tim Cummings should be neck deep in pilot scripts and big job offers.  He should be talking to his agent everyday saying things like “I’ll shoot that film if I can still do that play with Annette.”  He should have a hit cable series and have his choice at little heartfelt dramas he shoots on his hiatus which screen in Park City.  Hell, Mr. Cummings ...

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Veronica Brady

Veronica Brady is relaxed.  Or so it seems.  “We found another great actor,” Brady says as she falls into an tattered-old couch backstage at The Malibu Playhouse.  Brady, who is in rehearsal for the West Coast premiere of Billy Roche’s Belfry out in Malibu, has a warm relaxed confidence that you can tell after a minute or two is a refined skill she’s developed in ...

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Caryn Desai

Growing up in Philadelphia, Caryn Desai (lower case of her own choosing) knew she was an artist.  Even in her early stages, Caryn remembers her family watching television while she was self-engaged with arts and crafts projects, learning to see and reach beyond what was in front of her.  The church choir and community theatre nurtured her dreams while giving Caryn early opportunities to stretch ...

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Brian Canup Remembered for Playhouse Work, Love of Theatre

by Brian Addison (Long Beach Playhouse Board Member) Brian Canup was more than just a large part of the Long Beach Playhouse, the face you would often see at the box office or on stage. He was this essential cog that challenged the term “theatre person” to a new definition and lifted the Playhouse, both in revenue and spirit—and his unexpected passing will be a ...

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Neel Keller

Neel Keller talks fast and you can tell he’s thinking even faster.  After sitting down with him for a little over an hour I feel like I learned more about the art of storytelling than any master class I have ever taken.  Every other line Keller spouts is a gem about the art, about the craft, about what it takes to create magic in the ...

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Simon Levy

The mid-afternoon September sun is scorching as a portable air conditioner blows cool(ish) air into a tight room above The Fountain Theatre.  Simon Levy, one of LA’s theatre gems as well as Producing Director at The Fountain Theatre, sits across a dining room table and tells me he doesn’t like talking about himself.  It’s true.  He likes talking about theatre. Levy doesn’t come off as ...

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Jules Willcox

The Los Angeles actor is often branded with laziness, vanity and hunting for fast fame as their defining characteristics.  Well, Jules Willcox has none of those qualities.  In fact, she is the polar opposite of that lazy, vane, fame-monger bouncing around auditions with their dogs.  She is the real deal, an actors-actor who can do it all. “I’m busy.” Willcox says through a charming smile. ...

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Dakin Matthews

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Dakin Matthews deeply understands the actor, although his journey has been anything but traditional.  “I never intended on being an actor.  I fell into it by way of teaching,” Matthews says.  “I was teaching in the Bay Area and stumbled onto stage as a way to better understand the (Shakespearean) text I was teaching my students.”  For twenty years, Matthews drove upwards to a hundred ...

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Katie Lowes

After spending just a moment or two with Katie Lowes it’s easy to understand why she is so busy.  You don’t have to look too hard and you’ll see her either singing the National Anthem at the Dodger game, hosting some charity event or starring as Quinn Perkins on ABC’s hottest new drama “Scandal”.  Besides being obviously talented, smart and beautiful, Katie Lowes has that ...

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