SHANNA COLLINS (SILVIE RICHMAN)
Shanna grew up in Dallas, tried Emerson College for a while, then moved to Los Angeles where she found success in television. Her guest appearances include Veronica Mars, CSI NY, CSI Miami, Castle, Without a Trace, Malcolm in the Middle, Medium, Hawthorne, Major Crimes and Showtime's Masters of Sex. She had a recurring role as Amber on Wildfire and was a regular on Swingtown as Laurie Miller. She played Susan Raymond in HBO's Cinema Verite. Her film credits include War of the Worlds, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Sassy Pants, and Breaking the Girls.
Shanna enjoys watching male water-polo, cooking and kite-flying.
MICHAEL HANSON (BRANDON)
Michael was born in Santa Barbara, graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, and now works in Los Angeles as an actor, audio book narrator, and math tutor. Stage credits include Gospel According to First Squad (LA Theatre Ensemble), Our Town (PRT), The Fisherman’s Wife (EST-LA), and most recently Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia (also at PRT). Starting September 2013, he will appear in The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Film and TV credits include Vampires Suck and Switched at Birth. Michael is also a founder of the sketch group, Burning Sensation. (www.mrmichaelhanson.com)
TRACY SCOGGINS (JULIE RICHMAN)
Tracy began her career in New York, acting, dancing, and singing in both legit and musical theatre. She got her first TV series within weeks of moving to Los Angeles, "The Renegades," starring opposite Patrick Swayze. The next year took her on location as the female lead in the series "Hawaiian Heat." Three was certainly a charm for Scoggins because when that show ended, she landed the role of Charlton Heston's daughter 'Monica' on what was then known as "Dynasty II: The Colbys." She also played the great-niece of screen legend Barbara Stanwyck. "The Colbys" ran for two seasons, after which she reprised her role on "Dynasty" until that series ended.
Next came "The Sicilian Bachelor" which enjoyed a six month run at the Tiffany Theatre. It opened to rave reviews and Scoggins won the Marquis Award for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.'
Scoggins won the role of Cat Grant, the laser-tongued society columnist on the hit show "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." A genre hop came with her starring role opposite Eric McCormack on the critically acclaimed "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years."
She remained in Canada then France to play the recurring role of the immortal witch, Cassandra on "The Highlander." Soon to follow was the lead in another cult favorite, Captain Lochley on "Babylon:5." She starred in two Babylon:5 films opposite Martin Sheen and Ian McClellan, then reprised her role on the Babylon:5 spin-off "The Crusade" with Gary Cole and Daniel Dae Kim.
Then back to nighttime drama playing J.R.'s attorney in the two Dallas movies.
Scoggins next starred in the TV movie "Homeland Security" with Scott Glenn and Tom Skerritt.
Film credits include "Time Bomb" a De Laurentis action thriller with Michael Biehn, "Watchers," a screen adaptation of the Dean Koontz best-seller, "Otis," "Play Murder For Me"
Her numerous guest roles include Castle, NCIS, Nip/Tuck, Wings, Cybil, Felicity, DS:9, Doogie Houser, Remmington Steele, and many others.
She played fan favorite Grace, the witch of Dante's Cove in three seasons of the show of the same name.
She recently played opposite Chuck Norris in "The Cutter" and is currently working on the film, "Borrowed Moments."
JOY DARASH (LOUISA RICHMAN)
Hailing from the east coast, Joy has worked in theater, film, and television in both NYC and LA. She has performed in productions with The Elephant Theater, The Open Fist Theater and The Blank Theater (Living Room Series), and the Underground Theater in LA, and Theater Studio Inc. and The Producers Club in NYC. Film Credits include All About Steve, The Seven Greatest Bathrooms in LA, Flotsam, Everybody's Jake, and It's Hard. Television: Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds. She was also one of the leads in the KoldCast TV webisode series Acting School Academy.
RYAN SHAUGHNESSY (JASON)
Growing up in a cornfield about an hour south of Chicago, Ryan knew early on he was meant to entertain people. Twenty some years later, he is doing just that as he has made Los Angeles a second home. Ryan has many credits in theatre, film, commercials, and web series, including one of the leads in the second season of Gossip Boy. Ryan has also studied in numerous locations, most notably at The Groundlings. He lives by the motto, "You can take the boy out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the boy."
ARTHUR ROBERTS (JACK RICHMAN) first fell in love with acting starring as Crichton in The Admirable Crichton at Fieldston, his New York City high school. The most beautiful girls in the class surrounding him after the curtain fell didn't hurt either!!! While Dean’s List and on scholarship at Harvard, he found acting far more fun than studying pre-med - he thought, “ if I can just get them to pay me to do this…”
So off he went to learn his craft with the Harvard Summer Players with Faye Dunaway and Jane Alexander, and then Summer Stock all over the East Coast. At the Hampton Playhouse in New Hampshire, they paid $27 a week, which covered room and board. He then played the title roles in Mr. Roberts and Poor Richard in Pennsylvania, won the Barter Theatre award in a big New York competition for the famous Barter Theatre Virginia, did Streetcar Named Desire in Connecticut and Barefoot in the Park in Michigan, and starred in Neil Simon in Winter Rep in Buffalo and Pinter in Princeton. He got his Equity card playing in Othello with James Earl Jones and the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
During all this, he got an MBA at NYU (a fallback option which thankfully he never used) with a prize-winning thesis " On Why Good TV Series Stop Production and Go off the Air." The prize money helped buy his first Chevy convertible, which he then drove down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to play the third lead, Lord Henry Darnley, husband and King to Inga Swenson's "Mary," Queen of Scots in a pre-Broadway musical tryout.
He then had a strong New York run playing Hank with the original cast of The Boys in the Band, starred on Broadway in the Tony-winning Borstal Boy, and won wide critical acclaim from all the New York critics as Karenin in Anna Karenina. On matinee days of Borstal Boy, he took great natural light headshots of fellow cast members with his Nikon and lifted his portrait photography hobby to a professional level. He starred in a wide range of intriguing independent films, enjoyed a run on the soap Secret Storm, did numerous commercials and print modeling for Wilhelmina.
He sailed thru a Nova Scotia storm for Maxim Coffee - because he, the director and the DP were on deck sailing through rain, wind and storm, they were fine; the poor ad agency folk who mistakenly stayed below became quite seasick. Bodybuilding took him to walk the Bahamas beaches with a gorgeous bikini blonde for Bahamas Tourist Board TV and print ads.
After traveling to Mexico, Greece and Europe, he came to LA in 1974 and soon guest starred in Starsky and Hutch, Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files and enjoyed a six-month run on General Hospital as James Duvall, the scientist who invented the Ice Princess at the height of the Luke and Laura excitement. He pitched for the General Hospital softball team and played celebrity tennis.
Playing the title role in Not of This Earth proudly got him into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1988. This and other films, among them Revenge of the Ninja, rent worldwide and give him international recognition, as do the reruns of his many TV shows.
He was a regular on the Lorenzo Lamas series Air America in 1998 -- 1999. He continues to work all over the world, shooting Hammerhead with William Forsythe and Hunter Tylo for six weeks in Bulgaria in 2004, and a commercial for Labatt Canadian beer that was cast to LA and shot in Prague, Czech Republic -- go figure -- in 2007
On LA stages he has starred at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and as Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest, a huge workout… it took five weeks to learn all the words.
A strong believer in the Greek ideal of mens sana in corpore sano - a sound mind in a sound body - he enjoys weight workouts, swimming, tennis, basketball biking and hiking and absolutely loves playing beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica. Often his group is the last one standing, the only people playing volleyball as far you can see up and down the beach.
An avid swimmer, he ran camp waterfronts in Maine during college summers and remembers the adventure of saving a sailor who overturned his catamaran in the Atlantic Ocean off Fire Island and was out way past where lifeguards would go... they said " if you get in trouble out there, you're on your own... we won't come get you!!"
Arthur loves traveling and taking pictures on photo safaris to Kenya and Tanzania in 1999, in Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong in 2000, Prague in 2007, a grand tour of China in 2008 - the Great Wall and shooting the Yangtze River Cruise were his favorites,
He toured Peru in 2009, Turkey in 2010, and France in 2011. He has shared with his good friend and manager Phil Brock his love of framing and hanging the very best of his travel photos on the wall - so you live with your own self-made art. He loves cameras and helps friends pick out which one best to buy.
He has taught Actors’ Survival - How to Earn Your Living Acting -- at UCLA and Santa Monica College and enjoys giving powerful private coaching. Author is currently writing a book based on his Find Love Seminar: Overcoming Shyness and Fear of Rejection to Find Love Anywhere Anytime.