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DION FLYNN is a comic actor best known as Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show. Dion has performed stand-up and improv all over NYC and while serving overseas in the U.S. Army. He holds a BA in Theatre from UAlbany and an MFA in acting from NYU.
His performance history includes mainstage of the Moth Storytelling Events, Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater and The Guthrie. Dion is half of the improv team of Farahnakian and Flynn and the newest member of NYC’s longest running improv ensemble: Big Black Car.
In August, Dion performed his solo show The Only Brown Kid In the Trailer Park at Proctors Theatre.
"I discovered puppetry while at the University at Albany studying acting and directing. My first paid professional performance was for the Student Association. I had built a walk-around bag booth and performed The true Story of Prince George and the Dragon. I was paid the princely sum of $15 for the show - I still have the receipt I was given with my first check!
When the Muppets were looking for people to help in their NYC workshop I was able to show them the work I had already done building and performing shows at Albany. This all led to my work in films, commercials, TV, and, of course, bringing back to life Admiral Ackbar in The Force Awakens."
Sharon Sobel was Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer at University of Nebraska at Omaha for 21 years. Previous institutions include University of Connecticut and SUNY Geneseo. She has taught Stage Makeup at the college level since 1990. She has lead multiple KCACTF workshops in makeup design and application and served as guest respondent for student makeup designs. She has designed and draped costumes and served as advisor for makeup for over 100 productions and is a member of United Scenic Artists of America.
She is also a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion.
Joseph Travers has been a professional Fight Director, Stunt Coordinator and Stage Combat Teacher for over 25 years. He has created fights, stunts and action sequences for stage and screen, working with performers such as Mary Louise Parker, Peter Strauss, Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, Michael Rispoli, S. Epatha Merkison, Robert Cuccioli and John Cullum, and directors such as Anne Bogart, Sheryl Kaller, Kristin Linklater, Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman and James Lapine.
Joe holds the rank of Certified Fight Director and Certified Teacher with both the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. He is a regular contributor to the SAFD journal The Fight Master through his column, Fight Matters.
John Fico is an award winning New York City based character actor.
Since 2010, he has been performing in the four-character one-man show MADE FOR EACH OTHER; written for him by Off Broadway playwright Monica Bauer and partly based on scenes from his own life. MADE FOR EACH OTHER premiered in the 2010 Planet Connections Theater Festivity (Nominated: Outstanding Actor in a Solo Show) and has been performed in the UK at London’s Etcetera Theatre and The Dukebox Theatre in Brighton as well as in festivals on two continents.
Frank Whaley is an actor, film director, screenwriter and comedian. Whaley made his film debut in 1987's Ironweed written by William Kennedy. Even though Whaley is most known for his film and tv roles he has maintained his roots in theatre, appearing in the New Group's revival of Wallace Shawn’s Marie And Bruce opposite Marisa Tomei and The Exonerated at the Bleecker Street Theater.
D.B. Woodside is an actor and director, known for 24, Romeo Must Die, and The Temptations. Most recently he played Jeff Malone in the TV series Suits, Det. Thomas in The Man in 3B, Robinson in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, and Amenadiel in the TV series Lucifer.
Brian McNamara has been acting for over 30 years. He got his break in Hollywood with a part in the hit movie "Flamingo Kid" and has since appeared in numerous roles in both film and television. McNamara starred in "Storm and Sorrow", "The Secret Lives Of Second Wives", and Changing Hearts. Some of his other film credits include, "Short Circuit," "Arachnophobia," "Mystery Date" and "Dead of Winter," which was also his directing debut. Early in his career, McNamara was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in the TV movie, "Billionaire Boys Club." Some of his many TV credits include guest starring roles in such popular series as, "Seinfeld," "Monk," "NYPD Blue," "St. Elsewhere," "JAG," "Mad About You," "Ellen" and "Murphy Brown," as well as playing Brooke Shields love interest in her series "Suddenly Susan." While still continuing his acting career, Brian also pursues directing, most recently, several episodes of “Army Wives” and “Granite Flats”.