KAREN GARCIA* (Original Frida 33, Co-Author) recently won the “Best Actress” Award at the Hollywood DV Festival for the SAG independent film “Prism,” and has earned critical accolades for her lead role of Rosa, a Cuban immigrant in the short film “Lauren’s Call.” In addition to many television pilots, Karen has also appeared in over forty commercials including national spots for Verizon, Palmolive, Sears, and Tylenol. Recent stage works includes leading roles at American Stage Theatre Company, like Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and Conchita in Anna in the Tropics. As a producer she has produced the new musical, Zombies Can’t Climb, and a successful new comedy Grimm Shorts. as well as Blood Rogues, a film in which she will star, produce, and co-direct with partner Jeremy Childs, begins shooting this month.
JEREMY CHILDS (Co-Author) has appeared in more than 40 Equity stage productions, including Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Lenny in Of Mice and Men and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. He has also received professional productions of his commercially successful and critically acclaimed original plays, Vampire Monologues, Palisades, Grimm Shorts, and the Zombie Western Christmas Musical Zombies Can’t Climb (soundtrack available at www. Infinitycatrecords.com). Jeremy has appeared with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini in the Dreamwork’s picture “The Last Castle”, and in the Sony film “Second Chance”. Currently he has two movies in post-production: “Prism” (check out the trailer on www.prismmovie.com), and “Netherbeast, Inc.” (trailer on www.netherbeastinc.com) with Jason Mewes, Robert Wagner, Dave Foley, and Judd Nelson. Currently Jeremy is in pre-production for his first full-length feature film, Blood Rogues which he wrote and will direct with his partner Karen Garcia. Future projects include developing another Screenplay with co-writer Karen Garcia, working title Cuban Indiscretions. Jeremy currently lives in Los Angeles.
Todd Olson (Co-Creator) is currently the Producing Artistic Director for American Stage Company in St. Petersburg, Florida where he has directed several plays recognized by Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay” Awards for “Top-10 Productions of the Year” and “Best Director,” including Stones in His Pockets, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Much Ado About Nothing, and Anna in the Tropics. Other American Stage credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Crowns, Three Days of Rain, I Am My Own Wife, The Exonerated (with Sandy Duncan and Antonio Tarver), Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and Dinner with Friends, the highest-attended production in American Stage’s history. Last season Todd directed the regional premiere of Dennis Lehane’s Coronado at Eckerd College and at American Stage. In 2006 American Stage was voted "Best Theatre Company" in the Tampa Bay-area by both Tampa Bay Magazine and The Weekly Planet. Prior to Florida Todd spent three seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Wit, Cyrano de Bergerac, An Ideal Husband, How I Learned to Drive, Dinner with Friends, The Miracle Worker, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Francis of Guernica, winning a dozen annual Nashville "Tennie" Awards for "Best Production" and "Best Director". Todd has directed My Way several times, including at the Actor's Theatre in Louisville. Other original work includes I Left My Heart, a tribute to the songbook of Tony Bennett (which made it’s World Premiere at American Stage in 2006), and CASA BLUE, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, which he co-created with Karen Garcia and Jeremy Childs (world premiere in 2007 at American Stage). Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Scanlan, Robert Woodruff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. While at Harvard Todd directed productions of Cervantes’ Judge of the Divorce Court, Brecht’s The Informer, Pinter’s Betrayal, Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and The Winter’s Tale. He also assistant directed In the Jungle of Cities (for Robert Woodruff), The Bacchae (for Francois Rochaix), and Woyzeck (for Marcus Stern). He has taught at Harvard (as a Teaching Fellow), Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina, among others. Mr. Olson has directed over 150 plays, musicals, and operas, including Hamlet (Boston Theatre Works) and the Hungarian premiere of Sam Shepard's Buried Child. His opera credits include work on Vanessa (Des Moines Metro Opera), Tosca (Opera Southwest), Seven Deadly Sins (Boston University Opera Institute), The Elixir of Love (Harvard), and Carmen (Opera Southwest). Todd lives in Seminole, Florida with his wife Charlotte and their children Jonas, Corinna and May.
AUBREY BRAMBLE (Video Sequences) is a filmmaker, educator and video production professional who has worked in both the U.S. and Europe on independent and commercial films, TV adverts, music videos, documentaries, PSAs and original programming for Showtime, Home Shopping Network, and numerous other cable networks and production companies. She currently runs local arts collective Avant-Garde in the NOW, which brings original film, performance, visual art and music to the masses on a regular basis. Bramble completed her undergraduate studies in video production at the University of Florida, and attended the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, taking courses in 16mm black & white film. She has been involved in various non-profit art education programs in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, bringing film and video curriculum to at-risk youth. For the past three years, she was the head of the Digital Filmmaking program at Blake High School for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. In her spare time, she writes for regional music and culture publication, REAX Magazine and enjoys making experimental shorts for independent release.