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Anthony Stratton is an critically acclaimed actor, receiving the 2013 Regional Irene Ryan Best Actor Award, as well as several nominations. His performance in 'The Plagiarists' attracted the attention of Broadway Director, Philip McKinley (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark' and Tony Award-Winning 'The Boy from Oz’) stating, "[Anthony's acting] is 'fresh, natural and engaging.’" Stratton was nationally recognized when invited to perform at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In addition, Stratton appeared in NBC’s Chicago Fire, as well as leading roles in independent short films. He is set to appear as the lead in the docu-drama Sons & Daughters of Thunder, directed by Kelly Rundle, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker.


Ian Scott McCullough is an award winning independent filmmaker who directed his first feature film in high school. “A Dead Dog Like Me” went on to win the Denali Award at the International Alaskan Film Awards, and McCullough was awarded “Best Young Filmmaker” at the Appalachian Film Festival. He has also directed several short films which debuted in film festivals across the country. In 2010, he founded Annotation Films, an independent production company where he produces and directs music videos.


Samantha DeMaria is an accomplished producer in film, internet, and corporate videos. Her independent web series, “People From Work,” is currently in post-production and is scheduled for a late 2014 release. “Shades of Grey,” her first film, was an Official Selection at the Heartland Film Festival High School Competition. In addition to producing, DeMaria is a professional production designer, having worked on several short films, as well as the 90 minute live sketch comedy show, Freq Out, for Columbia College Chicago, which aired in front of a live audience and had 25,000 viewers on a live stream.


Alex Parobek is a successful playwright who was a featured writer in 2011’s New Voices Young Playwright’s Festival. In this festival, his first published play, “Nesting Grounds” was produced. He has also had work he has written produced with the Walden Theatre Alumni Company and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Currently he is the Literary Manager of The Runaways Lab Theatre and an Ensemble Playwright of Mercy Street Theatre Company.



Will McKelvy is a composer best known for creating sweeping atmospheres and lush orchestration. He has worked extensively in the underground music scene in and around Nashville as well as with an array of independent filmmakers. His work is marked by a fresh approach to composition that joins music and film in a way that few artists have. As demonstrated by his work with writer/director Ian Scott McCullough, McKelvey has a promising future as one of the brightest new composers in the up-and-coming generation.

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