Karina Mangu-Ward (co-creator, director, writer) is a filmmaker and media producer working in New York. She likes to follow obscure lesbian plot lines only available in grainy online video and thinks urology is hilarious. Her work includes the documentary series MADE HERE:Performing Artists in New York City and she is the project director of ArtsFwd.org, an initiative of EmcArts to share stories of innovative in the arts sector. BA Harvard. MFA Columbia. Her website.
Wil Petre (Mark Weston) is a performer and writer. With award-winning physical theater company Witness Relocation he has performed in/created 6 pieces. In 2011 he travelled to Abu Dhabi to work with Ruben Polendo and his company Theater Mitu in an original production Chaos, performed on the beach of the Arabian Gulf. Other theater credits include Hell House at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Dance Dance Revolution at the Ohio, both with Les Freres Corbusier; Captain Overlord’s Folly written and directed by John Clancy, and Actors Are F*@#ing Stupid at the Wild Project. He often stars in plays by David McGee, often playing characters named ‘Wil Petre.’ Film and TV credits include: “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!” released at IFC. He was also in that omnipresent NY Times Weekender commercial. BFA from NYU Tisch. www.wilpetre.com
Max Jenkins (Jim Gable) is the recipient of the 2009 Internet World Award for his performance as Jim in Season 1 of Gay’s Anatomy. He has been seen on TV in Gossip Girl and will appear in the new season of 30 Rock. Film: Breaking Upwards. Off-Broadway, Max was in Unnatural Acts at Classic Stage Company and Coney Island Avenue at New York Theatre Workshop. He is currently working on a new musical version of a Shakespeare play with Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman.maxjenkins.org
Becca Blackwell (Casey Blunt) has been an artist in NYC for nearly 15 years. Notably with Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok and The Sum of Us with Michelle Matlock, as well as theatre companies Two-Headed Calf, Six Figures and Blessed Unrest . For two seasons she has had a recurring role in the serial drama Room for Cream presented at LaMama. Becca has also performed in the Fringe, HOT and JAW festivals. Currently she is performing in pieces for video artist Sharon Hayes in a variety of countries. Becca can also be seen playing with her band Inner Princess.
Amy Kersten (Amy Campbell) is a recent graduate from the National Theatre Conservatory. Credits include The Liarat the Denver Center, Williamstown, Les Freres Corbuiser, La Mama, UCB and others. Amy also writes and produces the Webseries Hot Mess, a scripted series entirely based on True Hot Mess Stories, now in it’s third season. www.ShesAMess.com. Amy recently won the 2011 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jim deProphetis (Eddie DeGrazio) New York: How My Mother Died of Cancer and Other Bedtime Stories (Tim); Corsets (Ernie); Dance, Dance Revolution (Ensemble); The Naked Dead Elephant in the Middle of the Room (Jack); The Liar (Arlecchino);Peter and the Starcatchers (Jim); Snake in Fridge (Corbett). Regional: The Corn is Green (Ensemble); 2007 Williamstown Theatre Festival Acting Apprentice. Film: Hooking Up (Colin). Television: One Life to Live, The Electric Company (Paul the Gorilla). Web: Hot Mess.
Beth Hoyt (Robin Starr) has done some theater at The Flea (A Light Lunch, IE In Other Words, Twas the Night Before) and some theater with Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith (Transition at Under the Radar, Radio Play at PS 122). She recently was in a piece written and directed by Christopher Durang at 59E59 (Summer Shorts). She’s in the upcoming movie The Bachelorette (don’t blink). Other webseries: Shut Up, Beth! Beth co-hosts a weekly comedy show called Big Effing Deal! every Wednesday at 7pm at 2A in the East Village. www.bethhoyt.com
Joe Currnutte (Brad Johnson) is Co-Artistic Director of award-winning company The Mad Ones (madone.wordpress.com) and has worked as an actor and writer on: Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (The New Ohio, Ars Nova, The Brick Theater), The Tremendous Tremendous (The Brick Theater) and Inspector Pennywhistle and the Nefarious Case of the Sweet Shop Murder (Clubbed Thumb). Off-Broadway: writer/actor in Unnatural Acts: Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 (Classic Stage Co.) and an actor in Camino Real (Riverside Theater), La Femme Est Morte (PS 122, 59E59), Millicent Scowlworthy (13P). Regional: Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theater), Uncle Sam’s Satiric Spectacular (Humana Festival), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theater of Louisville). TV: I Just Want My Pants Back, As the World Turns, All My Children
Drae Campbell (Shelly Lopez) has had an eclectic career as a comedian, rock singer, director, choreographer, teacher and actor. She’s even been seen on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Drae has proudly created and developed several pieces including NERVE and MUMIA. Drae wrote and starred in the short film YOU MOVE ME with Rebecca Drysdale, which won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST, 2010, The Short Film Jury Award and Audience Award at the Austin International Gay and Lesbian Film Fest and is available for rent on YouTube. Drae also performs burlesque and hosts shows all over NYC and was crowned MISS LEZ in Murray Hill’s famed NY “Miss LEZ Pageant.” www.draecampbell.com.
Meghan Hemingway (Esme Cunkle) After a brief stint as a reckless bartender in season one, Meghan is thrilled to be joining the cast of Gays Anatomy for the second season! Hailing from Salmon Arm, BC (and if you ask her nicely she’ll show you the secret handshake) she’s has been in New York City for the past 8 years. Recent on-screen credits include ‘PAN AM,’ ‘Men in Black III’ and the webseries ‘Forever 31′ (in post production). Recently Meghan has had the pleasure of playing Desdemona opposite Anna Deveare Smith’s Othello, directed by Eve Best at the artist’s space in SoHo. Other recent credits include Lily Harvest (staged reading, MTC), Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You like It and she can currently been seen as Masha in Checkhov’s Three Sister’s at the Players Club.
Other guests: Jess Burkle, Sam Dingman, Chelsey Donn, Mary Greenawalt, Meghan Hemingway, Jojo Karlin, Sam Perwin, and Tyler Ward.
Directed and Written by: Karina Mangu-Ward and B. Hodgson
Director of Photography: Karina Mangu-Ward
Crew: Carla Borras, Amy Kerston, Megan Low, Jenn Brown, Anne Erbe, Casey Cormier, Jim deProphetis, Brianna Norton, Jojo Karlin, Melissa Goldman, Ryan Dann, Kyle Kelly, Rhett duPont, StJohn McKay, and Ian Fraser.
Web Development: Catherine Tomezsko
Logo Design: Michael Bodel