James Carey - is a director/producer/teacher/writer/performer based in Los Angeles. Has directed over 100 plays and short films. Served as the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of the Attic Theatre in Los Angeles for 25 years. Has taught on the campuses of New York Film Academy, Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University, and American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Has done extensive work overseas as a teacher/consultant with arts groups in South-eastern Africa and Europe. Very happy to be working with SkyPilot Theatre.
SHELBY JANES (PRESIDENT/ENSEMBLE)
Shelby Janes was born in Missouri and made her stage debut in THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the age of 9. From that moment on, Shelby’s dream was to be an actor. She has performed in many plays ranging from WIZARD OF OZ to MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. After graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in Theater Performance from Missouri State University, Shelby moved to NYC where she had the opportunity to not only act, but to produce theater as well. Shelby now resides in Los Angeles, where she was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Unknown Theater. She has had the good fortune to have worked steadily in Television and Film and continues her love for the Stage by lending her time and energy to SkyPilot Theatre.
ARDEN HAYWOOD SMALLS (VICE PRESIDENT/ENSEMBLE)
Arden is a native of Brooklyn, New York, but is proud to call LA home now. He is also thrilled to call SkyPilot home. On SkyPilot’s main stage, Arden starred as Alabaster McGill in THE EMANCIPATION OF ALABASTER MCGILL and Jamie/Native King in KONG: A GODDAMN THIRTY-FOOT GORILLA. Arden also served as assistant director and stage manager for TO THE NEW GIRL, 4 MURDERS, and THE MERMAID WARS, as well as co-producer for EARTHBOUND. Arden has starred in productions of DRIVING MISS DAISY, DRACULA, A FEW GOOD MEN, I HATE HAMLET, BEYOND THERAPY, A BLACK TRILOGY, TO JAZZ IS A VERB, HARLEM RENT PARTY, BOX OFFICE. He is also a 3 time award nominee for his portrayal of Walter E. Parsons in INSPECTING CAROL. Some of his film and TV credits include HOLLYWOOD REIGNS, THE BAG, UNCIVIL WAR, EXISTO, A CHRISTMAS DIP, JAMAICA NO PROBLEM, FATE, I PROPOSE and a stunning appearance on DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS. He has also written, produced and directed I DON’T WANNA THINK ABOUT ME, SENSELESS, HOLLYWOOD REIGNS, and music videos. He has also produced and directed the cooking show WILDEN’S KITCHEN.
For more info: Check out Dragwood TV on Vimeo.com.
MORRY SCHORR (TREASURER/ENSEMBLE)
Morry Schorr returned to acting in 2005 after a 25 year hiatus. Since then he has appeared on stage, screen, internet and television. Among his recent credits are YES, SVETLANA, THERE IS A GRANDFATHER FROST, KONG: A GODDAM THIRTY FOOT-GORILLA and CHRISTMAS 2 at Skypilot Theater Company; MOMMY AND ME BULLET PROOF and THE TEST, indie features; GOT DRIVE an internet pilot; GHOST GHIRLS, an internet series; THE MAMALUKE, a series for Italian TV; THE NUCLEAR FAMILY, a TV pilot; and NIP/TUCK and FRIEND ME, TV series. Morry has degrees in Theater Arts from The State University of New York in Binghamton and The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He also holds an MBA from California State University, Northridge.
He is represented by Synergy Talent Agency – (818) 995-6500.
IAN NEMSER (SERGEANT AT ARMS/ENSEMBLE)
KELLI BARABASZ (SECRETARY)
Kelli Barabasz has more than 24 years of call center management involving both business-to-business and business-to-customer operations, and is responsible for the oversight of all Call Center Operations. Her experience includes both inbound and outbound operations, and she has managed multi-site operations both on and off shore. Kelli has been responsible for many call center startups, merger and acquisitions as well as change management throughout entire organizations. She has worked as a Director of Workforce management where she successfully, scheduled monitored and forecasted call volumes and staffing for 3,500 seats and 40 different clients. She is adept at building and managing peak-performance teams. Kelli prides herself in building and growing her employees and has written several training and development courses for all levels of the customer care teams. Previous employers are SXC Health Solutions, QVC & LiveBridge (ACS). She is CCC Certified (Call Center Consulting) and a member of various call center organizations including ICMI, CCIQ and the Worldwide Contact Center Professionals organization. Kelli also likes to spend time volunteering and fundraising for various organizations.
CATHY COX (ENSEMBLE)
NATALIE NICOLE DRESSEL (ENSEMBLE)
KELLY GOODMAN (LITERARY COMMITTEE/ENSEMBLE)
ADAM HAHN (LITERARY COMMITTEE/RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT)
BRITTANY HOAGLAND (ENSEMBLE)
STEPHEN JUHL (ENSEMBLE)
SAMANTHA MACHER (RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT)
SARAH MARCUM (ENSEMBLE)
LIZ SHANNON MILLER (RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT)
PATRICIA MIZEN (ENSEMBLE)
MARIE PETTIT (ENSEMBLE)
DUANE TANIGUCHI (ENSEMBLE)
Original Artistic Director (2004-2015)