James L. Menzies / Writer + Producers James is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.  Since 2011, he has written over 20 one-act plays for Amios' monthly Shotz series.  His work has also appeared in MovieMaker Magazine, The Guardian, and Mental Floss. His spec screenplays and TV pilots, too many to list here, have not yet reached a producer's desk as of publication of this bio.  Several industry friends who have begrudgingly read the most recent script, however, have offered the following praise. "I really dig it, man.  Seriously. I'm not just saying that." And, "I really like the character names." Also, "I enjoyed the cinematography."

James L. Menzies / Writer + Producers

James is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist.  Since 2011, he has written over 20 one-act plays for Amios' monthly Shotz series.  His work has also appeared in MovieMaker Magazine, The Guardian, and Mental Floss.

His spec screenplays and TV pilots, too many to list here, have not yet reached a producer's desk as of publication of this bio.  Several industry friends who have begrudgingly read the most recent script, however, have offered the following praise. "I really dig it, man.  Seriously. I'm not just saying that." And, "I really like the character names." Also, "I enjoyed the cinematography."

Richard Aven / Director + Producer Richard C. Aven has directed plays by Chekhov, Coward, Hellman, Shepard, and Shakespeare, among many other new works.  In December 2011, he joined the Amios company, directing for their Shotz series on the first Monday of each month.  In early June, he directed a short film based on a Shotz piece by Lauren Lubow, Mudpies. Look for it in competitions in 2017.  In July 2014, for the Fresh Fruit Festival he directed Liz Thaler’s The Peddler’s Tale.  Previous to that, as the Associate Ar­tistic Director and Co-Founder of Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group, Richard directed fourteen of the thirty plays developed through their various reading and staged reading series.

Richard Aven / Director + Producer

Richard C. Aven has directed plays by Chekhov, Coward, Hellman, Shepard, and Shakespeare, among many other new works.  In December 2011, he joined the Amios company, directing for their Shotz series on the first Monday of each month.  In early June, he directed a short film based on a Shotz piece by Lauren Lubow, Mudpies. Look for it in competitions in 2017.  In July 2014, for the Fresh Fruit Festival he directed Liz Thaler’s The Peddler’s Tale.  Previous to that, as the Associate Ar­tistic Director and Co-Founder of Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group, Richard directed fourteen of the thirty plays developed through their various reading and staged reading series.

Christopher Halladay / Actor + Producer Christopher Halladay has been privileged to work with several of New York’s Off-Broadway theaters, including: The Culture Project (where he was a part of the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ last full-length play with Tony Award winning actress, Shirley Knight), Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Company Theatre. Christopher is proud to have also worked with many regional theaters such as: Lune Stage (NJ), Mile Square Theater (NJ), Palm Beach Dramaworks (FL), A Noise Within (CA), International City Theater (CA), South Coast Repertory Theater (CA), and The Pasadena Playhouse (CA). Television: Mr. Robot, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU (multiple episodes), Limitless, The Unusuals, All my Children and Guiding Light (multiple episodes). Film: Stella’s Last Weekend (in-production), Movie Night, February, A Guy Named Rick, Jason’s Big Problem, Forged, and Hourly Rates. He teaches an array of courses at the university level; Rutgers University Rider University, and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. To learn more about his current projects, visit www.christopherhalladay.com Twitter - @ChrisHalladay

Christopher Halladay / Actor + Producer

Christopher Halladay has been privileged to work with several of New York’s Off-Broadway theaters, including: The Culture Project (where he was a part of the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ last full-length play with Tony Award winning actress, Shirley Knight), Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Company Theatre. Christopher is proud to have also worked with many regional theaters such as: Lune Stage (NJ), Mile Square Theater (NJ), Palm Beach Dramaworks (FL), A Noise Within (CA), International City Theater (CA), South Coast Repertory Theater (CA), and The Pasadena Playhouse (CA).

Television: Mr. Robot, Gotham, Law & Order: SVU (multiple episodes), Limitless, The Unusuals, All my Children and Guiding Light (multiple episodes).

Film: Stella’s Last Weekend (in-production), Movie Night, February, A Guy Named Rick, Jason’s Big Problem, Forged, and Hourly Rates.

He teaches an array of courses at the university level; Rutgers University Rider University, and The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

To learn more about his current projects, visit www.christopherhalladay.com

Twitter - @ChrisHalladay

 
Eric Michael Gillett Eric Michael Gillett is a 6-time MAC Award-winning director and performer.  His film and television appearances include Kevin Can Wait, The Blacklist, Daredevil, The Mysteries of Laura, The Producers, Maid in Manhattan, Good God, Out of Order, The Third Testament, My Brother, Law & Order (SVU & Mothership), and Ed.  Broadway credits include original casts of Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs, and Kiss Me, Kate (revival).  Other major NYC credits include principal soloist turns with New York City Opera in Cinderella and Candide, as well as New York City Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins.  Most recently, he performed in the world theatrical premiere of Cast of Thousands: The Songs of Craig Carnelia, at the Wyoming Theater Festival.  His new CD, Careless Rhapsody, is now available.  ericmichaelgillett.com

Eric Michael Gillett

Eric Michael Gillett is a 6-time MAC Award-winning director and performer.  His film and television appearances include Kevin Can Wait, The Blacklist, Daredevil, The Mysteries of Laura, The Producers, Maid in Manhattan, Good God, Out of Order, The Third Testament, My Brother, Law & Order (SVU & Mothership), and Ed.  Broadway credits include original casts of Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs, and Kiss Me, Kate (revival).  Other major NYC credits include principal soloist turns with New York City Opera in Cinderella and Candide, as well as New York City Ballet’s Seven Deadly Sins.  Most recently, he performed in the world theatrical premiere of Cast of Thousands: The Songs of Craig Carnelia, at the Wyoming Theater Festival.  His new CD, Careless Rhapsody, is now available.  ericmichaelgillett.com

Lisa Kitchens Lisa Kitchens Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/The Cherry Lane). Regional: Radiunt Abundant, Actions and Objectives (Triad Stage); Napoli!, Major Barbara, A Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Henry IV Part II, Man in the Iron Mask (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). Other credits include: The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry (Concrete Temple/HERE Arts Center); Raft (59E59/Edinburgh International Fringe Festival); Angel Food Cake (Strange Sun Theatre/The Clemente Center). Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater; BFA, The University of Evansville.

Lisa Kitchens

Lisa Kitchens Off-Broadway: Everything You Touch (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/The Cherry Lane). Regional: Radiunt Abundant, Actions and Objectives (Triad Stage); Napoli!Major BarbaraA Christmas Carol (American Conservatory Theater); Henry IV Part II, Man in the Iron Mask (Shakespeare Santa Cruz); The House of Bernarda Alba (Moscow Art Theater). Other credits include: The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known to Make Me Cry (Concrete Temple/HERE Arts Center); Raft (59E59/Edinburgh International Fringe Festival); Angel Food Cake (Strange Sun Theatre/The Clemente Center). Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater; BFA, The University of Evansville.

Susanne Houstle / Costume Designer Susanne Houstle has designed costumes for theatre, film and live events in Boston and NYC. Credits include Victory Garden (NYU Grad Acting), Algorithmism (Fringe NYC), The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, and Kimberly Akimbo (Moonbox Productions), Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company), Sexyback: or what you will (Touch Performance Art) and Not Jenny (Bridge Repertory Theatre). Upcoming: Julius Caesar (Gallery Players). She is currently working toward her MFA in costume design at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.susannehoustle.com.

Susanne Houstle / Costume Designer

Susanne Houstle has designed costumes for theatre, film and live events in Boston and NYC. Credits include Victory Garden (NYU Grad Acting), Algorithmism (Fringe NYC), The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, and Kimberly Akimbo (Moonbox Productions), Playhouse Creatures (Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company), Sexyback: or what you will (Touch Performance Art) and Not Jenny (Bridge Repertory Theatre). Upcoming: Julius Caesar (Gallery Players). She is currently working toward her MFA in costume design at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.susannehoustle.com.