Elisabeth Ness
Creator, Producer, Editor, Writer
Elisabeth Ness co-founded Good Porpoise Productions, LLC, where she produces, writes, casts, and edits various projects, including mini-documentaries for non-profits such as the Grace Institute and CBSBB. A Yale alum, she associate-produced NYCIFF ‘Best TV Pilot’ Award-winner The Grid; co-wrote and produced the short films Julie & Riley and Best Friends Forever; and produced, directed, and wrote song parodies for a cabaret at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When not performing or causing redheaded mischief, Elisabeth runs a monthly ‘salon’ for women entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry, edits performers’ demos, writes song parodies, and conducts a ninety-person choir. Check out www.vimeo.com/goodporpoise!
Daniel Seth
Daniel is a director with an interest in stories about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. His productions of new work include The One Named Leo, This Game for Two, and Hang Up. As an assistant or associate, Daniel has worked with talented writers and directors, including Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Sam Buntrock, Christopher Gattelli, Sheryl Kaller, and John Tartaglia. Additionally, he creatively assisted Forest Whitaker on various films, including Lee Daniels' The Butler, Zulu, and Fruitvale Station. Daniel graduated with honors from New York University, and you may have seen him as a green dot on your television during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, where he has proudly served as a balloon handler for Kermit the Frog.
Juliet Brett
Juliet Brett made her Off-Broadway debut in Beth Henley's critically-acclaimed The Jacksonian at The New Group. She comes from a family of visual artists, has a percussion and dance background, and studied screenwriting at The New School. Film: Admission, Untitled Noah Baumbach Project, A Most Violent Year. TV: CSI:NY, Law & Order: SVU. Training: Sheila Gray. Upcoming: Beth Henley’s Laugh at New York Stage & Film and In The Summerhouse at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.
Ed Nescot
Director of Photography
Ed Nescot is a co-founder of Good Porpoise Productions, LLC, and is the manager of Ventana Productions’ New York office. In more than a decade of shooting and producing video, Ed has helped Dr. Oz tackle his fear of heights atop the Woolworth Building 800 ft. above Manhattan, experienced Zero Gravity aboard the so-called “Vomit Comet”, fought the paparazzi on the red carpet with stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Mark Wahlberg and Steve Carell, checked up on international relations at the United Nations General Assembly, made visual music with maestros Joshua Bell, Marvin Hamlisch, and Wycleff Jean, discussed the future of Extra-Terrestrial Tourism with Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson, and even scrubbed in for brain surgery. He’s garnered five Telly Awards, three Aurora Awards, and numerous Videographer, Aegis, Clarion, and New York Festival awards. But perhaps most impressively: his Metro Soccer League team won last year’s championship!
Natalie Neckyfarow
Natalie is an actor, dancer, and singer who has built her life around her Dad’s advice to “never put all her eggs in one basket”. She’s been a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer, Web Designer, Entrepreneur, Marketing Assistant, Grant Writer, and bonafide Girl Friday. Natalie has played a range of characters on stage and screen, including: a vindictive kindergarten teacher in the Comedy Central pilot Time Trumpet, a surprisingly forward “good” girl in the indie Sci-Fi High: The Movie Musical, a jovial Jacquenetta in Love’s Labours Lost, and a shy wallflower in Junior Varsity. Natalie’s choreography has been seen in Hitgirls: The Musical, Ninja Motorcycle Babes, and Aggrippina. For more, visit natalieneckyfarow.com
Kevin Sebastian
Writer and Associate Producer
Kevin is the producer, writer, and one of the leads of the NYCIFF Best Pilot award-winning The Grid. Other writing and directing adventures include the films Julie & Riley, Sunday Times, Itch, and Mark’s Film in NJPAC’s production of RENT; as well as the NJ stage premieres of Fall of Squirrel, The Four Horsemen(c), and staged readings/workshops at The Theater Project. As an actor, he participated in one of the first Writers’ Guild series made for the internet, Issues: The Series, and is a series regular in Streamy-winner Tina Cesa Ward’s Producing Juliet. Kevin’s work has appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, NYC Opera at Lincoln Center, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Tribeca VisionFest, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Saturday Night Live, the American Globe Theatre and many others. AEA Member. @KevSebastian
Winston Hoy
Production Manager
A Los Angeles native and newlywed to a redhead, Winston is a production swiss-army knife with seven years of experience. He is a co-founder and principal of Curiouser Creative Studio, whose commercial video, photography, website and brand identity production has garnered Silver and Bronze Telly awards, an AIGA award and more. Curiouser is currently producing the open-source documentary "Your Input Needed" inviting all (film)makers to collaborate in telling the story of the maker movement. Long an adventurer, Winston once converted a school bus to run on recycled vegetable oil and toured the states with a mission. curiousercreative.com
Kimberly Graham, CSA
Casting Director
Kim has been the Associate Casting Director at Judy Henderson Casting since 2003, where she has worked on the first three seasons of the Emmy Award-winning Homeland on TV; Barefoot in the Park on Broadway; The New Group’s plays Off-Broadway; and such feature films as Avatar, Paranormal Activity 2, and Before Midnight. She is a frequent guest speaker and instructor at various venues across NYC, the US, and the UK, including The Network, Actor's Connection, Breakthrough Studios, TVI, and One on One Productions. Kim trained in and sang opera professionally for about 10 years, has a penchant for performing stand-up (feel free to ask her thoughts on red hair), and has also cast numerous video game voice-overs and commercials.
Dan Melius
Colorist / Visual Effects Artist
Dan likes to make things. With over 10 years of experience in post-production, he’s worked in many different facets of the industry, from film to industrials and everything in between! Through his work in visual effects, motion graphics, editing and producing, Dan has worked with Diageo, Nike, Google, Barely Political, YouTube, Starwood Hotels, Pepsi, Snuggle and just completed VFX work on the indie film "Sunbelt Express". Dan’s love of music has led him on many adventures: he toured the world with a folk rock band playing trumpet and mandolin, has done numerous recording projects around the country and sings with the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in New York City.
Justin Liebergen
Justin is an actor/writer living the dream. Originally from the Midwest, Justin has been performing on stage and in front of the camera for over ten years in NYC as well as in regional theaters, national tours, and a few glorious months tanning and singing on a cruise ship. The YouTube show "Vash and Justin Bicker...and talk about movies," which he created and produces, is in its third season and has over 100,000 views. He has written for Blue Core Studios, Teddy Beard Studios, and has dozens of other award winning scripts according to his mother. He would like to thank his family, friends, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for all of their support and late night caloric intake.
Brittany Tomkin
Post-Production Manager
Brittany Tomkin is a producer, writer, comedian, and crossword puzzle aficionado living in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked for Animal Planet, A&E, and Bravo and also lends her creative voice to the acclaimed webseries, Low Budget Sketch Show. Brittany is currently a student improviser and sketch writer at the Upright Citzen's Brigade Theater and is co-creator of the sketch comedy duo, Brit&Brit. You can read her incoherent ramblings on Twitter @Brittacus.
Taylor Coriell
Social Media and PR Assistant
Taylor Coriell is an actor/singer/writer living out her dreams in NYC of doing all those things and drinking a lot of iced coffee. After earning her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the University of Kentucky, she packed her bags and took two buses & a train to the big city in 2012. She has lots of tour/regional/NYC theatre credits, and a couple of on-camera ones, too, which are readily available for your viewing pleasure on her website at www.taylorcoriell.com. Taylor is a student of sketch and improv at the Upright Citizens' Brigade, and is also writing her first webseries which will hit YouTube as soon as she finishes it!
Jake Lemmen
Assistant Editor
Jake hails from the west side of Michigan and is known for his bushy red beard and dry Ron Swanson-style sense of humor. He has edited everything from wedding videos, non-profit videos, corporate industrials, and motion-graphics masterpieces, to the feature film Abduction Day, which premiered at the Roswell International Sci-Fi Film Festival. Visit www.jakelemmen.com for more, if you want.
Mengyin Lin
Assistant Director
Mengyin (who goes by her initial “M” among friends and colleagues) is a recent graduate from Tisch School of Arts, New York University with majors in Film/TV Production and Art History. During her time at Tisch, she wrote and directed 6 short films and finished one feature-length screenplay. She has worked as Assistant Director on two feature films before joining the Redheads Anonymous team. Originally from Beijing, China, Mengyin also works as a freelance English-Chinese translator for books and magazines. A screenwriter, when Mengyin is not on set, she spends her time exploring stories about art, philosophy, human nature and relationships.
JD Moran
Production Designer
Male. 5’6”. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wait, wrong bio. J.D. Moran was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s studied, interned, lived, and worked throughout the U.S., France, and Italy within opera, ballet, theatre, talent agency, film, film festivals, and several universities. His favorite off-set activities include spending time with his family, attending an Apostolic church, Anti-Gravity Yoga, museums, traveling, and books on art. jamesdanielmoran.com
Lesley Mealor
Associate Producer, PR Associate and General Ginger Gopher
Lesley graduated from Oklahoma City University, with a degree in Dance Performance. She has danced around the world with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, aboard the Vision of the Seas and the Voyager of the Seas; and toured North America with productions of The Music Man and Sweet Charity. In addition to performing, she teaches master classes in jazz and musical theatre, and adjudicates for top dance competitions across the country. She owns several "Redheads Have More Fun" t-shirts and is always on the lookout for fellow gingers to snap pictures of during her travels (yes, she realizes this is creepy). lesleymealor.com
Samantha Northart
Associate Producer
Samantha was a founding member of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts ROAR acting company under the direction of David A. White III. She has traveled the world as the Lead Vocalist on the MV Century, MS Volendam, and MS Voyager, and was part of the opening cast of Walt Disney's ENCORE! (a musical revue) at Tokyo Disney Sea. Samantha was in the World Premiere casts of The Gospel According to Tammy Faye (Tammy Faye Bakker), A Christmas Carol (Belle), and War Games (Lead Woman) at the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, and can be heard on the original cast recordings. She just wrapped a short and a feature, and has been known to dabble extensively in stage management. samanthabnorthart.com
Beth Benge
Social Media Manager Extraordinaire
Beth is a telecommunication major and business administration minor at the University of Florida. She co-founded and executive produced UF's premiere TV production company "ChomPics Productions". In six months, ChomPics created a 5 episode broadcast TV style webseries titled "Off University", 22 commercials, 3 webisodes for a spin-off series, and 10 behind-the-scenes videos. This fall, ChomPics will create a new webseries, with Beth producing. She also works every day in UF's television equipment room, interns for musical theatre composers Carner & Gregor, serves as secretary of the student union's film committee, and is the Vice President of the National Broadcasting Society. As a proud pale ginger, Beth is excited and grateful to be working on Redheads Anonymous.
Sarah Jacobson
Assistant Editor
Several years after moving to Spain to teach, Sarah decided it was time to come back stateside and explore her longtime interest in film production. Since her return she has produced, edited and assisted on a number of incredible projects. Her recent work includes her role as associate producer on the award-winning documentary We Could Be King, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Sarah has always wanted to be a redhead, and has mistakenly become a purplehead on several occasions in her efforts to join the redhead community. She is super excited to join the Redheads Anonymous team!
Misha Calvert
PR Manager
Misha Calvert is a writer and actor in New York City who has been self-producing theater since moving to New York. With a background in original and devised work, she has launched several of her own plays Off and Off-Off Broadway, and has had many wonderful acting roles in film, theater and television. She studied at The Studio/New York and in her free time enjoys going to the movies and harassing children who’ve been left alone in public. www.mishacalvert.com
Michelle Scofield
PR / Social Media Guru
Michelle oversees major media projects for high-profile individuals seeking to build and manage their reputations on a national and international level. In addition to producing videos and podcasts, she has coached clients for radio, newspaper, and television interviews, as well as university lectures and business conferences worldwide. She holds a BA(Hons) in Practical Filmmaking from The Met Film School in London.
Miriam Morales
Social Media / PR Guru
Miriam Morales is an alumnus of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Fordham University at Lincoln Center. A well-trained and experienced theatre and film actor, some of her credits include Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal (OWN Network), and the upcoming indie film An Ornament of Faith. Miriam has shot commercials for McDonald’s and Affinity Healthcare to name a few. For more information on Miriam, visit themiriammorales.com or http://www.imdb.me/miriammorales. As a digital strategist she has done social media and digital strategy for NBCUniversal, and Youtube channels JAY Z Life+Times, LIVES with Meredith Vieira and 123UnoDosTres.
Em Grosland
Logo Designer
Em Grosland is the owner and designer at Plaidgoose Graphic Design and Illustration (www.plaidgoose.com). Em received their BFA in Graphic design and dance from Washington University in St. Louis. Em is also an actor and a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Because of Em’s other career as an actor and dancer, Plaidgoose specializes in designing for performing artists, dance, and theatre companies. As an LGBT supporter and activist, much of Em’s illustrations center around LGBT visibility. You can see this work on the Etsy site: Gyrls & Bois.
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