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DEVON WERKHEISER (Musician) Devon Werkheiser is an actor and musician on a quest for meaning. He is navigating the waters of self, art, and industry. A working actor since age 8, he found success at a young age with Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and ABC Family's "Greek". Made the rounds guest-starring on "Criminal Minds", "Major Crimes", "Memphis Beat", "Franklin & Bash", etc. Starred in movies "Sundown", "Bad Sister", "Beneath The Darkness", and some not worth mentioning. As a musician, he has put out "Prologue" and the "Here and Now" and "I Am" EPs. He makes music about this journey of life and the truths that speak to all of us. He works to play his part in making the world a better place. He also wrote this biography.
WILLIAM STANFORD DAVID (Maintenance Man) Born and raised in St. Louis, Davis is a veteran of both stage and screen, with over 70 television and film credits. He recently appeared on hit series “Code Black” and “Chicago Med,” and he also recurs as Potato Pie on Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning series “Ray Donovan” and as “Mr Kym” on OWN’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” from creator Tyler Perry. His upcoming films include “Please Stand By” starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette, “Handsome” starring and directed by Jeff Garlin, and “So B It” starring Alfre Woodard. On stage, he appeared in the play Cages written by Leonard Manzella and directed by Jon Rivera at the Matrix, and is working with Manzella on a feature adaptation. He was honored in 2006 with an Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in August Wilson’s Fences, and in 2004 he performed in the musical North on South Central, which won five NAACP Theatre Awards. Other theatre credits: The Anteroom (also for the Actors Studio), the Circle West Production of Legacies at The Matrix (written and directed by the late John Bishop) and the world premiere of Two Ships Passing at the Pan Andreas Theater in Hollywood. In addition to acting, Davis has directed a number of productions including Lawrence Fishburne’s play Riff Raff, “Shame” at the Elephant, and The Old Settler at the Pico Playhouse. In a career that had many outstanding highlights, Davis earned an Emmy Award in 2002 as part of the cast of Rasheen Crawley’s “The Movement.” He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
ERIKA KATZIN (The Temp) Erica Katzin (The Temp) grew up a Los Angeles native. She spent her formative years studying theater and majored in Theatre Arts and History at Whittier College. She continued to study theatre at Santa Monica College, and the 3rd Street Rep. Favorite theatre roles include, Sera in The Playground, a rock-drama inspired by the lives of teenage runaways and homeless kids, also written and directed by Michael Leoni, Lady Brucknell in The Importance Of Being Earnest and Puck in A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Films include: “Someplace in Between”, which she also produced, Signed, Soulled and Delivered, Period Movie, Web Cam Murders, Baseball Girls and Deliver Us. As a singer she has performed all over Los Angeles singing with various bands at clubs and bars throughout Hollywood and has been a featured vocalist on several different albums. When not performing she works with An 11:11 Experience, creating film and theatre that will help challenge audiences and change the way they think about and see the world. Erica is extremely excited to be returning to the stage with ELEVATOR and the rest of the incredible cast and team.
KARSEN RIGBY (Hot Girl) Karsen Rigby is beyond excited to be back on the Elevator. After originating her character of 'Hot Girl’ six years ago, she is eager to be playing her new role 'Slightly Older Hot Girl.' Karsen moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15 after being accepted into performing arts high school for music and theater. Furthering her education, she received a fine arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. Aside from performing in Elevator, she stays busy modeling and is looking forward to shooting a movie with director Michael Leoni this year. You can find her on social media @karsen_rigby on Instagram.
DAVID ABED (Business Man) David Abed is pumped to be back in the Los Angeles theater scene. In 2016, he played the lead in the Hollywood Fringe Festival show Sex. He has also been performing murder mystery dinner theater in Hollywood for the past three years. TV credits include: FX’s “Feud”, “Game Shakers” on Nickelodeon, “True Nightmares”, “My Crazy Ex”, and “Days of our Lives”; as well as numerous national commercials. David also went blue Off-Broadway in the Blue Man Group. His first job ever as a child was as a magician at Red Lobster, and he has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.
ZACK CARTER (Business Man) ZACK CARTER (Business Man) is very honored to be a part of this amazing collaboration for ELEVATOR's current run here at The Coast Playhouse. He would like to thank everyone involved with the Production, especially director Michael Leoni for the opportunity to work in such a dynamic & inspiring environment. Zack would also like to thank his entire network of supportive teachers, friends, and family (from hometown New Orleans & elsewhere). As always, Zack proudly dedicates his performance to his mother, brother, & father. -- For more info about Zack (including his role in the upcoming Rob Reiner film 'LBJ', starring Woody Harrelson & Jennifer Jason Leigh) see his website at: www.zackcarter.com
DEBORAH VANCELETTE (CEO Woman) Deborah Vancelette is thrilled to be back for Elevator's new run, playing the amazing role of CEO Woman, a role she originated in the premiere of the play which ran for 10 months in 2010 and 2011! Deborah began her professional acting career in Knoxville, TN where on her very first feature film audition, she landed the lead role. From that moment on…she was hooked. Shortly after, Deborah made the move to Los Angeles. Since arriving, Deborah has appeared in TV shows such as FX’s “Terriers”, “Broken Toy”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Point Pleasant”; independent films like “In the Dark”, “Out of These Rooms” and “Career Suicide” – and regularly appearing in TV commercials such as Lowes, US Bank, Verizon, AirTran Airway, IHOP and Petsmart to name a few. Deborah is also very excited to be working on a role in the film #WhenTodayEnds which is currently in production. Keep an eye out! For more on Deborah, you can check her out on her website: www.deborahvancelette.com
KRISTINA ST. PETER (Goth Girl) Kristina St. Peter is delighted to be making her Los Angeles theater debut in An 11:11’s Elevator. Kristina has focused on film and TV since moving to Los Angeles five years ago, and is currently studying in the Master Class at Anthony Meindl Studio. You can catch her in Michael Leoni's feature length film #WhenTodayEnds coming to a theater near you later this year.
VIVI THAI (Goth Girl) Vivi Thai (Goth Girl) is ecstatic to be joining the 11:11 Experience in Elevator. After she studied film at UT Austin, she acted internationally in Hong Kong and Atlanta before tackling Los Angeles - ask her about her Southern accent. In LA, she has learned much from Judith Weston and is currently studying with Stuart Rogers. Highlights of her theatre experience include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rachel Brown in Inherit the Wind, and Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas. When not onstage or on film, she likes to create her own film projects, like "3 Minutes." Look for her in the second season of web series "F*ck Yes" and new upcoming sci-fi web series "Personal Space." You can keep up with her on Instagram or Twitter @like2vs. She dedicates this performance to Hammie, his family, and her uncle Phu.
TYLER TANNER (Cyrus, Otis Rep) Tyler Tanner is thrilled to back with ELEVATOR cast! He has also worked with Michael Leoni and Michelle Kaufer before in The Playground and will be seen in their upcoming film “#WhenTodayEnds.” Other credits include: The Minister's Black Veil, and Low Tech at The Eclectic Company Theatre and Richard III, Julius Caesar and Midsummer Nights Dream at TheatricumBotanicum. He can be seen in a movie that he co-wrote, Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers, that is currently makings its way through the festival circuit. Tyler also hosts the movie podcast, 2nd Look Cinema, that can be found on iTunes.
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
MICHAEL LEONI (Director/Writer) Michael Leoni has always committed himself to creating and directing original material that can reach beyond the scope of traditional entertainment, challenge an audience’s beliefs, and motivate a movement for positive change.His production of Elevator, L.A.’s smash hit, returns after rave reviews and sold-out audiences. The show garnered the esteemed Los Angeles Times’ Best Bet and Critics’ Pick, as well as earned 11 nominations including Best New Work from Broadway World. Leoni also wrote and directed The Playground (a rock music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids)which continued to run at least once a year for five consecutive years. The Playground is now in development as a feature film. He directed the one-woman show, Listen, Can you Hear Me Now, which was acclaimed at the New York International Fringe Festival and won Best of Fringe at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. NY theatre credits include directing the Off-Broadway production of the NY Fringe hit rock musical, Loud as well as writing and directing Enigma, and Deviants. Most recent film credits include writing and directing the award-winning feature documentary, "American Street Kid" – Official Selection and Winner of the People’s Choice Award at The Beloit International Film Festival – Official Selection and Winner of the Social Impact Doc Award at The Hollywood Film Festival and most recently Leoni received the Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards. Other credits include the short films "Radford Rd.", "Deliver Us", "Disappear Here", "Spare Some Change" and "Someplace In Between" - an Official Selection in the LA Shorts Film Festival. American Street Kid will be released in theaters Fall 2017. Leoni is also the founder of Spare Some Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless youth. Presently he is in production on his new feature film#WhenTodayEnds, and has just completed the writing of his new book "Dare To Be Bad," currently available on Amazon.com
DAVID GOLDSTEIN (Scenic and Lighting Design) Previous Design Credits Off Broadway include: Church and State, That Golden Girls Show, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, The Portal, Fabulous The Musical, Sweet, Sweet Spirit, I Know what Boys Want, Senior Moment. Los Angeles credits include: Around the World in 80 Days, Elevator, Playground, Rocky Horror, Boomermania, Its Top Secret! Regionally, Goldstein has designed across the country, including NC Stage (Stalking the Bogeyman, Someone Else), Des Moines Playhouse (You Cant Take it With You, West Side Story, The Great Gatsby), WV Public Theatre (9to5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up), Allenberry Playhouse (39 Steps, Smokey Joes Café). RLYcore4. www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com
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