Maria Conchita Alonso is a Cuban born, Venezuelan raised actress and singer who can be seen in movies such as Moscow On The Hudson with Robin Williams, Running Man with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colors with Robert Duvall, The House Of The Spirits with Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, and Caught with Edward James Olmos for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 1996 as Best Actress and was short listed for the Oscar nominations same year.
She is also a very popular Latin singer and has been nominated three times to the Grammy awards while earning Gold and Platinum records throughout Latin America and the US. Alonso is the first non-US born Latina to star on a Broadway musical in The Kiss Of The Spider Woman .
As an activist, she has fought for human rights and democracy in Latin America and she is very happy to be part of The Secret Of Joy.
Ava was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and raised for the most part in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to California in 2013. She is the youngest of three children. She started formal training in dance at age 4 and her favorite dance style is ballet.
Her acting mentor in Los Angeles is Mr. Hal Havins. Her professional acting career began with a bank commercial that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since, she has moved on to other roles, such as young Swift in Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed music video, Emily in the short Touches, young Emily in the feature Pink Zone and Maggie in Foxglove.
Ava is very flexible, and has been nicknamed Gumby by her dance peers. She is an avid equestrian. She began riding English style on painted horses when she was 7.
Ava has been studying music, and is learning to play both the piano and guitar.
Ava’s future plan is to become a dentist, she is very supportive of the charity Operation Smile which helps to bring a smile to every child.
Born and raised in northern Italy, Silvia moved to the States when she was 18 to study Liberal and Performing Arts in Virginia. She performed in several theatrical productions as actor, dancer and assistant choreographer including Noises Off, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Trophy Wife and ‘ENRO N’ with The Generic Theater.
After putting her passion for acting on the shelf for years, she was introduced to the local film/TV industry while studying Meisner Technique at The Actors’ Place. She was also trained to work as a production and wardrobe assistant for several theatrical, television and industrial productions, gaining overall knowledge and experience in all aspects of the business.
Her true passion, however, remains in front of the camera. She has appeared in national commercials, music videos and TV shows such as Wicked Attraction and FBI Criminal Pursuit on the Discovery Channel and was featured in Unanswered Prayers (Lifetime) and House of Cards (Netflix).
Her trilingual voice over work includes industrials, commercials as well as an international feature film, Atlantis Down. She worked on several film projects as lead and supporting actress on the East Coast, including her first feature film lead role in Perils of Posting, last year.
Silvia currently lives in Los Angeles, where she studies at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse and works as an actress and voice over artist.
She is thrilled about her latest projects, particularly about joining the cast of Insidious2 for the studio movie web-series and Hotel Confidential for the Travel Channel.
JACK BETTS’ acting career was launched in New York when, under personal scholarship to Lee Strasberg, he became a member of the Actor’s Studio. Elia Kazan cast him in the national tour of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, as Brick. His Broadway credits include, RICHARD 111, THE FIRSTBORN, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, WALLY’S CAFÉ. In N.Y., he appeared in such television shows as HALLMARK HALL OF FAME, PLAYHOUSE NINETY, KRAFT PLAYHOUSE, KOJACK, and NAKED CITY.
CBS brought him to L.A. to star in the pilot, THE JAYHAWKERS. Once in L.A. he did several guest appearances on PERRY MASON, BONANZA, THE DETECTIVES, THE F.B.I., IT TAKES A THIEF, THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS and Dr. Ken Martin on the first five years of GENERAL HOSPITAL. Mega Films brought him to Italy, to star in three western films. Jack changed his name to HUNT POWERS, and was so successful in Italy that he stayed for six years, starring in over seventeen films.
On returning to America, he was standby for Frank Langella in the Broadway production of DRACULA. while during the day starring in the daytime soap, ONE LIFE TO LIVE. He also played Lars Bogart on ALL MY CHILDREN. He was the founder of THE PLAYWRIGHTS GROUP, at the Lee Strasberg Institute, in Los Angeles, where he wrote, produced and directed several productions of his own. In l996, at the Skylight Theater, in L.A., Doris Roberts directed his play, SCREEN TESTTAKE ONE! In 2011, Jack was directed in BARRYMORE to rave reviews. His play IT GOES LIKE THIS, is currently in pre-production.
His American Films Include:
SPIDERMAN, FUN WITH DICK AND JANE, VENDETTA, THE NEXT BEST THING, OFFICE SPACE, EIGHT MILLIMETER,GODS AND MONSTERS, MOCKING BIRDS DON’T SING, BATMAN AND ROBIN, POWER `98, BATMAN FOREVER, FALLING DOWN, THE COMMISSION, TITANIC, ALIEN AVENGERS 11, THE BIG FALL, THE SCOTTISH TALE, THE SOUTHERN MAN, BLOODY BROOD, SOUP FOR ONE, THE CHAIR, DEAD MEN DON’T DIE, WHITE TRASH.
Television Guest Appearances:
MONK, THE UNIT, THE MENTALIST, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, COLD CASE, FRIENDS, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, FRASIER, SEINFELD, MIKE HAMMER-PRIVATE EYE, SEINFELD, MAD TV, DEADLY GAMES, SINATRA, THE INTRUDERS, BOBBY REX, REMINGTON STEELE.
British actress, writer and published author, Mia has travelled and lived all over the world, working in theatre, film and television in the UK, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Argentina and across Europe. She has a BA Joint Honors in Drama and English from the University of Surrey, UK, and went on to study full-time at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and is now in the Master Class at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. Her humanitarian endeavors have included working as a volunteer in a Chinese Orphanage and as a researcher/writer for The Leprosy Mission International.
A powerhouse actress with vast emotional range: her film roles are varied and include Diane in The Men’s Group due for release this year, The Ballet Teacher in Dance Off with Finola Hughes. Earlier this year she was nominated for Best Actress in The Toscars’ parody Dallas Biters Club for her role of Crayon.
She is about to leave LA for Europe to begin filming a 4-Part Mini Series by a major network to be released in 2015. She stars in a noir-esque dramatic short opposite Doris Roberts, Jack Betts and Harry Hamlin, Buenos Aires 1980. Her previous roles have included lead roles in No Quiero Volver a Casa, Nostradamus , and Talk To Me, among others.
On stage, this year she appeared in a version of a new play by Allen Barton entitled Disconnection at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Previous theatre credits include Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer - (UK Tour), Helena in A Midsummer Night ’s Dream (Tokyo), Twelfth Night , NY C, King Lear - LaMaMa Theatre, and Ophelia in Hamlet. Mia has a penchant for great stories from history and her screenplays include the biopic of Gertrude bell, Lines in The Sand, and No Man Is An Isla nd - a World War II Drama about the Nazi invasion of the idyllic island of Zakynthos and the miraculous turn of events that saved every single Jewish resident on the island,
which is set to be filmed in the Greek Islands next year.
She is thrilled to be collaborating with Max Bartoli and his superbly talented team on this project. What better is there than the imagination of the child?
This is where the magic lives!
Ana Carolina Da Fonseca
Ana Carolina Da Fonseca, Miss Brazil USA in 1997, was born in Sao Paulo Brazil. She showed interest in the performing arts since the young age of three and by age eleven she had won a scholarship at the Florida Ballet.
Ana’s striking beauty and talent secured her a job as the host of the international hit show El Bla Blazo and was later discovered by UNIVISION who offered her the lead role of Celeste in the very successful soap opera TE AMARE EN SILENCIO which was broadcast in many countries around the world winning her the love of millions of fans.
By 2008 Ana decided to explore the world of theater and made her debut as the lead actress and producer of DIVORCIADAS, EVANGELICAS Y VEGETARIANAS which was followed by the leading roles in the TV sitcom LA FLOR DE HIALEAH, LA CASA DE CARLOS and PELLIZCAME QUE ESTOY SONANDO.
In 2009 Ana co-hosted FENOMENAL and PRIMERA FILA where she interviewed some of the music stars such as Daddy Yankee, Julieta Venegas and Pit Bull among others, and by 2010 she returned to theater in UN AMANTE A LA MEDIDA, a hit play where she showcased her talent among stars such as William Levy, Alexis Ayala and more.
Maria Elena Infantino
Maria Elena grew up in a family of Opera singers where art and life blended together in perfect unison. She moved to London at the age of 18 to attend the Foundation Acting course at East 15 , after which she trained for three years at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA).
Her past jobs include a part in Emmerdale for ITV Yorkshire television and roles in various Shakespeare productions in the theaters of Rome and London. Elena performed at the Beatles 50th Anniversary star-studded concert along with Special star guest Dame Shirley Bassey, at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her rendition of Do yo u Want to Know a Secret was a smash hit.
Nominated in 2011 for the 21st annual L.A. Music Awards as an International artist, while in Rome Maria Elena created her one woman show on the legendary French icon Edith Piaf. Her performance was a hit amongst the Italian audience. The show was later brought to the USA, where it sold out at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre in Los Angeles.
2012 saw Miss Infantino involved with her one woman show in Europe at the Apollonia Festival in Bulgaria and in Italy. She was later invited to perform for the Jimmy Kimmel, 5th Annual San Gennaro festival as well as for the Grammy Museum.
In 2013 Maria Elena inaugurated the Piaf and Miles Davis forever stamp, celebrating the Artist’s 50th Anniversary, at the Rubin Museum in New York. She then toured her Piaf show in the best European venues in cities such as Rome, Luxembourg and Sofia and starred in a horror movie, alongside Clark Gable Jr. and Victor Alfieri, premiering November 1st at the Raleigh Studios. She has been personally invited by M. Stoller to perform at the 92Y event in New York, celebrating the legendary Lieber & Stoller.
Maria Elena is also involved in charity events for ALS, and children’s education programs.
Carlos Antonio Leon
Carlos Antonio Leon was born in a small village called “El Alto” located in the Venezuelan Andes.
At early age, Carlos Antonio moved to Caracas, and later enrolled in an Acting School named ‘Taller de Investigacion Teatral Luz Columba’.
At 21, Carlos Antonio was already producing his own fashion shows while co-hosting a fashion segment for the State TV Station (VTV). Carlos Antonio also starred in several mayor theater plays while being featured in TV commercials, catalogs, and Fashion shows as a model. He also participated in high-rated soap operas in all of the major Venezuelan TV stations. Carlos also became the leading dancer for the TV hit La Tropa de Vacaci ones.
He also was a co-host for a bilingual Midwest TV show called Enterate , which aired through My46TV (MyNetworkTV) for 5 seasons. In 2010 Carlos Antonio revamped his acting career by lending his talents to many independent films made in and out of the
USA including: Shadowland, suddenly a film, Complot, the sound of nothing among others alongside the tv pilots get it together and untold.
Besides acting, Carlos Antonio holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, earned at Washington University in St. Louis.
Doris Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s.
A versatile player with an inescapably “mom-like” presence, she was adept at playing sympathetic roles but made her most memorable mark as hard-boiled dames, gossips, and nags who were often too savvy of the ways of the world to be fooled by anyone.
Roberts built up some face recognition with regular appearances in the sitcoms Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (syndicated, 1976-77) and Angie (ABC, 1979-1980) but truly came into her own as a widely known comedienne in 1995 when she was
cast as the meddling, strong-willed family matriarch on Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS, 1996-2005).
The show became one of the best-loved sitcoms in history, and Roberts earned seven Emmy nominations and four wins for her colorful characterization.
Well past the common age of retirement and well past the show’s celebrated end, Roberts maintained a reputation as one of the big and small screen’s most iconic mothers, and she continued to be a welcome sight as a television guest star and film player.
Thaao Penghlis was born and raised in Sydney, Australia to Greek parents. After high school, he moved to New York City, where he began studying with the great acting coach, Milton Katselas. There, Thaao made his stage debut in the critically-acclaimed play Jockeys.
Thaao first appeared to daytime audiences in 1981 on General Hospital during the Ice Princess saga when he played the role of Victor Cassadine. After his character was written out the show by being taken to prison, he was cast as the villainous Count Tony DiMera, the son of villain Stefano DiMera in the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives . Thaao returned to daytime in his one-time role of Victor Cassadine of General Hospital from 30 January 2014 to 4 March 2014.
Thaao starred in the 1980s revival of Mission Impossible , which was filmed in his native Australia. Thaao’s role as actor, makeup artist, and voice impersonator Nicholas Black in the revival was a counterpart to Martin Landau’s Rollin Hand and
Leonard Nimoy’s The Great Paris.
In 2003, Thaao was nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Return for his return to the cast of Days of our Lives. Thaao was nominated for “Outstanding Leading Actor” at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008. In 2010 Penghlis returned to stage acting, performing in New Jersey’s Cape May Stage theatre. He starred in Charles Evered´s play Class with Heather Matarazzo.
Thaao has appeared in many other movies, television shows and has guest-starred on a number of crime dramas, such as Kojak, Cannon , Tenspeed and Brown Shoe , Hart to Hart , Nero Wolfe , and Magnum P.I., and travels all over the world, including such places as Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and back home to Australia.
Actor, director and dubbing artist, Sergio Sivori is one of the most talented performers Italy has produced. Sergio spent his childhood learning the traditional Italian songs and carrying out a study on the folkloristic Neapolitan character of Pulcinella. In 1985 he began attending acting workshops taught by Rena Mirecka, an actress member of the Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratorium, Leris Colombaioni, NWPL Akron/Ohio/USA Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak, other Grotowski’s collaborators.
Since the end of the ‘80s Sergio has been cast as leading and supporting character in many features and series for the the small and big screen, having the honor and privilege of working with some of the most prestigious directors in Italy and abroad such as: Tom Tykwer, Hans Werner Henze, Gary Halvorson, Humberto Garcia, Antonio Calenda, Giuseppe Patronigriffi, Armando Pugliese, Mario Prosperi and Luciano Odorisio.
Among the many movies and TV series he has played in are: HEAVEN, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, I GUARDIANI DELLE NUVOLE, IGNOTUS, L’INGRANAGGIO, PIANGE AL MATTINO IL FIGLIO DEL CUCULO, SENZA MOVENTE, MARESCIALLO ROCCA, PROVINCIA SEGRETA 2, IO E MIO FIGLIO: nuove storie per il COMMISSARIO VIVALDI.
Besides working for cinema and television Sergio has had a long career on stage where since 1983 he’s been constantly working, performing different roles in plays, dramas, musicals and comedies. Among many, these are worth mentioning:
STABAT MATER, GLI SPIRITI DELL’ARIA, DON CHISCIOTTO DI GIRGENTI, THE SONS OF AGROPOLI, CAINO E ABELE, MEDEA DI PORTA MEDINA, TRADIMENTI, CANTO IN DISCANTO, STORIACCE, MASANIELLO, IL GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE, REQUIEM, ENOCH ARDEN, HISTOIRE DE BABAR, IL CALAPRANZI, MAGNIFICAT, IL LEONE D’INVERNO, ROMEO E GIULIETTA.
As a writer and director Sergio wrote and/or helmed: Condannato a morte , Canto in discanto , Amen, LABYRINTHOS, STABAT MATER Action.
As dubbing artist he collaborated with the best Italian dubbing companies and gave his voice (in Italian and Spanish) to characters in the following TV-series and movies: ALIAS, KING KONG, SCARY MOVIE 4, DERAILED, RUSH, TO ROME WITH LOVE, SOPRANOS, THE LIFE AND THE DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, WALK THE LINE, POMPEI, LOST, SCRUBS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.
Jonathan Teale, born 1 January 2000, made his professional and London West End theatre debut at the age of nine in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of OLIVER! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
He then played Gavroche at the Queen’s theatre in London West End’s 25th year anniversary cast of LES MISERABLES alongside Alfie Boe (winner of a Tony in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice in Wonderland).
In 2012 he created the role of Daniel in the new play OUR NEW GIRL at London’s Bush theatre playing opposite Kate Fleetwood (Tony nominated for MacBeth) where he obtained excellent reviews:
“The amazingly poised Teale” - Variety;
“Jonathan Teale is almost unnervingly good” - The Guardian;
“Played to perfection by Jonathan Teale” - The Independent
Jonathan is well known for his main role in the BBC television series SCHOOL FOR STARS (2012 and 2013) and has also acted in short films such as LUCKY MARKO (2013) and GUTPUNCH (2014).
Jonathan is a keen designer of PC games and enjoys computer programming and developing new internet sites. He also enjoys skateboarding and soccer.
A New Jersey native, Lindsay Wolf has been acting on and off since the tender age of four. She received her Equity card at age eight after touring across the country with the National Broadway Tour of Annie.
Wolf attended NYU’S Tisch School of the Arts, where she traveled to Warsaw Poland to play the title role in an original rock musical version of The Bacchae.
Since then, Wolf has made her network television debut this past November on CBS’S Criminal Minds , and she can also be seen as a guest-star on the hit Lifetime show Deadly Wives . Wolf has worked with such illustrious film directors as M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable), Mike White (HBO’s Enlightened), and Joe Swanberg (Nights and Weekends).
One of Wolf’s most recent film projects, a 1970s thriller called Gone in the Dark (which also stars Dexter actor Kurt Caceres) has been officially selected for The Los Angeles Thriller Festival, Hollywood Horrorfest, and The Sacramento International Film Festival. Lindsay also recently completed a new media pilot called Food Truck , and she stars opposite Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii 5-0).
Also a writer and producer, Lindsay has made a half dozen original short films, the most recent a Kickstarter-funded original short called Lady & the Bum , which stars Wolf and Mike and Molly recurring actor Brendan Conner.
Leif is best known for his villainous role in "The Amazing Spider-Man." He was born in Tampa, Florida but grew up in Clear Lake, South Dakota. He graduated from Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and worked in both Champaign, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Leif was nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film at Method Fest for his performance in "Lunatics, Lovers and Poets." He writes, performs, teaches and directs sketch comedy at ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood, where they produce an on-line sketch comedy show called "Hollywood Saturday Night." He is married to Amy Gantvoort and they have a daughter named Gabrielle (Gaby), who works on the award winning web series "The Guild."
Bayonas, an European actress, moved to Los Angeles from Madrid, Spain. She belongs to a family of filmmakers. She started working in films at the age of four years old and since then she has accomplished a strong career in Europe, with leading roles in film and TV with well known Spanish directors, like Jose Luis Bunuel, Jaime Chavarri, Julio Medem, Alfonso Ungria, Fernando Fernan Gomez, Jose Luis Cuerda, Manolo Matji, Jose Luis Berlanga and others.
She received her biggest media attention as a controversial artist as part for the cultural wave originated from Madrid, "La Movida". She was considered a mysterious, dark and complex actress as in all her roles she played. She broke that image and surprise the media and film critics by appearing on the cover of Interview magazine, as she wanted to seduce director Bigas Luna to play the lead in the "The Ages of Lulu".
She published the novel "Yes Father, no Father", a radical critic against parental education, which was a best seller in the 90's. She received an award for her first screenplay "Panfilas" by ICAA, Ministerio De Cultura of Spain. She played her first lead at the age of seven in" Correo De Guerra" ,1972 She studied Piano for ten years guided by her Godfather, the well known Classic pianist Manolo Carra and studied for 5 years with John Strasberg (Actors Studio New York). She is the daughter of Lola Salvador, a well known scriptwriter and film producer.
Her career was interrupted because of the serious illness of her son, who together fought for 20 years, finally loosing the battle to cancer. Bayonas is a founder member of the "Academia De las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematogricas of Spain" (GOYA awards). Her most recent work in Hollywood is Lewis Teague's, "CharlottaTS",( 2011).
Massimiliano Furlan, aka Massi, was born near Venice in Treviso, Italy. Massi is the oldest of two brothers. Massi played semi professional soccer since the age of nine. He attended Liceo Artistico art school, specializing in painting; a hobby he still enjoys. Massi voluntarily joined the Italian Army at the age of 17. He was based in Aosta, Italy where he flew helicopters for six years. He later performed as a stand up comedian for four years, impersonating famous Italian celebrities.
Massi moved to Miami Beach in May, 1998 where he worked in the restaurant business helping his brother Christian Furlan, a successful Italian chef. After a few years off, he returned to his real passion, being an Entertainer. After booking a few feature films including "Vale Tudo Project", "Phoenix Falling" and "Secret and Death" (starring Melvin Van Peebles) he produced and starred in "Italian's Do It Best".
In 2007 Massi moved to Hollywood, CA where his acting chops were quickly recognized. He was immediately cast in the HBO pilot 1%, Days of Our Lives, Terminator: Sarah Connors Chronicles, and also starred in the controversial Carl's Junior commercial, The Visit. Later in 2010 he landed a recurring role on ABC's General Hospital. The year 2011 brought several more projects including Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill, Aim High (Jackson Rathbone) in addition to a few feature films.
The Italian actor was most recently cast in the most anticipated movie of the year- The Dark Knight Rises (expected release July 20, 2012). In a recent interview Massi (once proclaimed "The New Villain in Town") stated that one of his goals is to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins.
2012 continued on the right path for the Italian actor that was cast as one of the leads in a Lifetime movie Layover alongside Lauren Holly. Layover later changed the title to Abducted for the dvd release.
Other noticeable projects Massi worked until now, Summer 2014, includes a recurring guest star role on NCIS Los Angeles and a great supporting role on the film Blood of Redemption alongside Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones.
The latest projects where you can catch Mr. Furlan are, True Blood for HBO and The Last Ship a new series produced by Michael Bay on TNT.
Cynthia Quiles was born in Puerto Rico and grew up all along the East Coast, including New Jersey, North Carolina and Miami. Cynthia began acting as a child, where she would perform in front of anyone who would watch, as well as choreograph dance with the neighborhood kids. She began professionally focusing on acting in 2005, when she was offered a part in a short film project. One film led to the next and she eventually left school to focus on acting full-time. She has studied acting in San Francisco (Nancy Berwid) and Los Angeles (Howie Deutch, Beverly Hills Playhouse).
She has appeared in many independent films, such as We Were Once a Fairytale directed by Spike Jonze, Somebody's Watching, Angel and numerous others. She has also appeared in various TV shows, such as Enourage, iCarly and 90210.
Cynthia is additionally a producer and writer but has also studied Business Administration, Marketing and Fashion Merchandising.