Jennifer is an actor & filmmaker based in NE Ohio & NYC with a passion for stories centering on personal, spiritual and societal transformation.
Her debut short film, “Lydia Rising”, which she wrote, directed and co-starred in, screened at several film festivals, and she has two more shorts and a feature in pre-production. She has been seen on stage locally with Kent Trumbull Theatre and with Rubber City Theatre in Akron.
Off screen and stage, she can be found reading, wandering in the woods with her husband, or hanging with her 3 cats.
Next up, catch her in a virtual theatre performance of Lucas Hnath's "The Christians" in conjunction with UUYO (uuyo.org).
"Carl" the Newsie
Ben is thrilled to join Candid Life Entertainment and the Youngstown Historical Society as Carl the Newsboy for the inaugural ghost tour.
In the past year alone, Ben has been making rounds on the local stages. He recently performed with Michael Moritz Jr. and the company of RENT at DeYor PAC, took part in the world premiere of The Other Side as Jason Day at the Hopewell Theatre, and played Robert Castle in Norm Lewis’ Kiss The Moon, Kiss The Sun at the Selah Dessert Theatre.
Other credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad), Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Where All Good Rabbits Go (Dorn), A Steampunk Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit/Young Scrooge), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin).
Much love to Mom for being his biggest advocate during this journey.
With the success of his first short film he continued on and wrote, produced, and directed his first feature film called Unwavering. Unwavering won numerous awards at the Christian Film Festival in 2017 and is being distributed worldwide by Adler & Associates Entertainment.
Since then he has worked on several other projects and traveled to L.A. and San Diego to co-direct and film a movie with Vitaliy Versace called Beverly Hills Bandits that features actors like the Academy Award nominee, Eric Roberts.
In 2016, Josh began filming for the documentary titled Gateway to Hope: Overcoming Heroin. The documentary was released on March 16th, 2018. With a packed theater and an uplifting response from the audience they began receiving requests for the documentary to be played at theaters and churches across the nation. Josh was also nominated for Best Director for a Documentary at the International Christian Film & Music festival in 2019.
In 2019 he filmed a faith-based drama based on a novel called Song of the Tree Frogs written by J.W. Kitson. This film features well-known award winning actors in the faith-based movie industry. Some of those actors are Karen Abercrombie (War Room) and Shannen Fields (Facing the Giants). It has been nominated and won numerous awards in various film festivals across the US and Canada.
In February 2022, Josh teamed up with actress and producer Karen Abercrombie to film a Pure Flix original film that is titled An Angelic Christmas, which was released in November 2022.
In the summer of 2022, Josh directed and produced Angel Mine which is based off the novel and true events by Jimmy Taaffe. Angel Mine will be released early 2023.
Debbie Reed of Columbiana is the lead Project Coordinator with Corbett Consulting and is a proud YSU alumni (Bachelor of Music Education-Voice, MSE - School Counseling). She enjoys travel, theater, history, urbex, and adventures with her daughter and friends.
Debbie has enjoyed working with the local theater community as an actor, director, and educator. Some of her favorite roles include Shrek! The Musical (Fiona), Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) and she recently portrayed Nurse Ratched in a black box production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Debbie's fascination with Youngstown history ignited when she worked as a docent at the Arms' Family Museum in college and is elated to be working with them again for this event.
"Delbert" a Buckeye Elks Member
Wuyu (We-you) Wantatah also commonly known as Ooohwee! is a charismatic and imaginative visionary who refuses to lose. He is a man of multiple talents and a master of a few, namely, bringing people together for purposeful and enjoyable endeavors whether it be in the moment or long-term.
The son of immigrant parents from Cameroon, West Africa, Wantatah began capitalizing on his flair for the dramatic in school and church, but especially in high school and college with a penchant for bringing people and events together of multiple types in various locations as an aggregator, promoter, emcee, dj, marketer, and producer through event Promotion/management/DJ services.
Wantatah is a passionate individual with exceptional communication and people skills, who by chance landed his first role in film through a friendly referral in “Worst.Christmas.Ever”, to rave reviews. Since then, he has found acting to be extremely refreshing and exciting with subsequent supporting roles in “The Con”, “Apathetic Epidemic”, “Find Them”, “Help!”, “Among the Ashes”, “The Troll”, and several other commercials, plays, and music videos.
"Buster" the Bookie
Josh is thrilled to take on the iconic role of Buster. Josh has been acting for the past 5 years, mainly with the Rust Belt Theater Company and most recently with the Squeaky Wheel Theater as Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently Colonel Mustard in Clue at the Collingwood Center.
In preparation for the role of Buster, Josh immersed himself in extensive research, delving into the essence of this enigmatic character. He explored the psychological complexities of Buster, peeling back the layers to uncover the truth behind his motives and actions, going so far as to start his own underground gambling ring under the streets of Youngstown, because he's terrible with nuance.
He'd like to thank Rob Joki for putting up with him on stage for so long!
"Rosemary" the Spoiled Shopper
Selene is an award winning actress and filmmaker. Her education consists of two years at Youngstown State University, before moving to Pittsburgh and completing her Bachelors at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.
When she’s not making movies, you can find her wandering through the woods, paddle boarding on a lake, or coaching clients - helping them break cycles and live a more fulfilling life.
She’s thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in her home town and help spread some spooky vibes to the Youngstown community!
"Cliff" the News Reporter
Brayden comes from our local theater groups in the Youngstown area. He has acted in three local shows and is excited to do more. Look out world there's a new name on the acting circuit.
"Anna" a friend of Shawneenee
Brooke is a teacher from Midland, Pennsylvania. She majored in musical theatre at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in her hometown and then obtained her degree in Middle Childhood Education with a TESOL endorsement from YSU. She now teaches TESOL in Youngstown City School District and has also started a journey as a teacher-researcher, co-presenting at the annual American Association of Applied Linguistics conference this year.
Credits from Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center include Jesus Christ Superstar (Choir), The Who’s Tommy (Choir/ Ensemble), Godspell (Ensemble), An Ideal Husband (Ensemble, u/s Lady Markby), A Lyrical Christmas Carol (Solicitor), The Elephant Man (Duchess), The Outsiders (Mrs. Cade, u/s Marcia, Mrs. O’Briant, Nurse), as well as a student-directed production of The Why Overhead (Sue). Brooke also performed in audio dramas during her time at YSU, which included her role as Miss Lovecraft in Big Trouble at Studio A.
Recently, she performed alongside some of her students in Chaney Middle School’s production of Bad Auditions By Bad Actors (Agent) and, The Other Side (Ensemble, u/s Dana) with the Millennial Theatre Company, and is currently in Trumbull New Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol (Fred’s Wife). Brooke is also a vocalist for Sky Quest Music Official, whose work can be found on YouTube.
"Reggie" a Rayen Student
My name is Calvin Brown, and I am a graduate from YSU with a Bachelor’s in Musical Theater through the DANA School of music. As well as a Masters in Musical Theater and Vocal Pedagogy from Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts Theater, Music, and Dance.
I have always defined myself and found my identity through the performing arts. Whether it be acting, singing, or dance I have found new aspects and understanding of myself and a newfound deep love in each discipline of the performing arts.
My theater experience ranges from local public theater as a young child to taking professional theater jobs in the surrounding areas in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA. Yet, throughout my career I have also began travel to pursue my passion from place like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, as the list goes on I have found my way there from taking intensives to further my education to taking and seeking new opportunities in performance to broaden my horizons.
I have also found myself exploring new aspects of the arts from singing & song writing and music production, as well as taking steps into the realm of television and film by gracious opportunities given by the likes of Netflix, Disney, Paramount, and Apple.
For me performance is a form of expression that helps us not only understand ourselves on a deeper intimate level but as well with those around us and the world as a whole. For me performance is a humbling craft that requires you to humble yourself to look at things objectively to clearly see the stories of every living being around us because everyone has a story to tell, and everyone’s story is unique, powerful, and moving from one to the next.
"Natalie" the Usherette
Michela is a longtime resident of the Mahoning Valley, and is a lover of all things music, broadcasting, and theatre. Michela first began her theatre career in her early middle school and high school days. From School House Rock to Godspell, there was always a role she loved to play. She not only participated in theatre, but Speech and Debate (4 years) , as well as the OMEA honors choir.
Once those days were up, she moved for a short period of time to acquire her Bachelors degree. She assisted a team of people in setting up Westminsters collegiate speech and debate program, performed with their presbyterian chorus, and did two final college-level theatre performances before setting off for another school.
She eventually graduated from Allegheny College, with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology/Human Behavior and a final minor in mixed media arts. During those years, she became involved in broadcasting by working at three locally owned Pennsylvania radio stations. Michela played multiple roles of DJ & Emcee, Office Assistant, and (eventually) a sports broadcasting assistant.
Michela now resides back in her hometown with her husband and child, hosts two education based podcasts, and works as a part time Wedding DJ.
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