JAKE L. SMITH - Rene Sendam
Jake Smith was born in Iowa, and raised all across Kansas. He first trained in acting at the University of Kansas from 2007-2012 under the tutelage of a highly esteemed faculty. Smith is an international performer (including a performance at the ancient Greek amphitheater at Oiniades) in mediums ranging from feature film to classic theatre, and will soon complete his training with the prestigious NYU Graduate Actor Training Program. Smith's latest roles at NYU include Brick from Tennessee Williams's "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and Brutus from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." He also recently appeared in Joshua Zev Nathan's film "Another Easygoing Brother in the Meadow Wind."
SOPHIA SAVAGE - Marie DiPierro
Sophia Savage was raised and home-schooled by totalitarian hippies in the woods of New Hampshire, where she was given ample freedom to explore multiple creative outlets. Sophia started training as a ballerina at age 5 and quickly became involved in local theater. She continued acting while concentrating on writing and directing at Smith College, where she graduated with top honors and received the institution’s yearly writing award for a play that was subsequently produced. Sophia continued to star on the stage while living abroad in New Zealand, and came to Los Angeles in 2009 where she spent over three years as a staff writer for Indiewire and Thompson on Hollywood. While learning the industry from this vantage point, she continued training as an actor and produced her directorial debut, "Empyrean." The short film, which she also wrote, starred in and co-edited, went on to play the festival circuit and win “NH Short of the Year” at the New Hampshire Film Festival and “Best Director” from the Amsterdam Film Festival. Her second narrative, "Total Moon," premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival. She continues to write and direct short narrative and documentary films, the latest of which is a subversive found-footage horror, "Victim Number." Sophia studied at Seattle’s prestigious The Film School screenwriting intensive, and was selected for Werner Herzog’s 2016 Rogue Film School in Munich, Germany. She has two features in development.
JOE GRIFASI - Dr. Bradley
Joe Grifasi was born on June 14, 1944 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Joseph G. Grifasi. He is an actor, known for The Deer Hunter (1978), Batman Forever (1995) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). He has been married to Jane Ira Bloom since 1974.
STEVE EASTIN - Gordon
Steve has guest starred in such classic shows as "Little House," "Hill St.Blues," "NYPD Blue," "A-Team," "CHiPs," "NCIS," "Dexter," "In Plain Sight," and over two hundred others. His feature film career is remarkable, starring in such films as "Field of Dreams," "Bound by Honor," "Austin Powers," "The Scout," "Con Air, Catch Me If You Can," "A Man Apart," "Matchstick Men," and, "The Black Dahlia." His scene from "Up in the Air," with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick was featured twice during the 2011 Oscar Presentation. A sampling of the list of directors he has worked with includes, Taylor Hackford, Steven Spielberg, Brian DiPalma, Ridley Scott and Jason Reitman. In 2012, Steve was named one of The Top Three Hundred Most Underrated Actors in Hollywood (click here for list), appearing alongside such names as Peter Lorre, Warren Oates and Jeff Daniels.
In 1991, Steve received a call from Charles Conrad. He informed Steve that he was nearing retirement and approached him about continuing training actors in this singular and unique way of working.
Steve consented and has been training actors throughout the ensuing 23 years. He continues his acting career, while keeping the Steve Eastin Studio as a top priority. He teaches with a deep affinity for his students. Having been there, himself, he has personal knowledge of what they are up against. You can learn more about Steve here, and more about his acting studio here.
Check out some of Steve's work here.
DARWIN LUJAN - Jim Lapish
Darwin Lujan is a Los Angeles based actor born in Lubbock, Texas and raised primarily in Wichita, Kansas. In 2002, after finishing high school, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an Artillery Fire Direction Control Man in G Btry, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. After 4 years of honorable service and a deployment in 2004 to Iraq, Darwin attended the University of Kansas in 2007. Finding a passion for Theatre Arts and under the training of a stellar faculty, he trained for five years accumulating experience in a diverse range of theatre and film including ensemble puppetry, Greek Classical Theatre (involving a performance in Greece), and one man shows. He has lived in Los Angeles since 2013. A small sample of items for his one man show can be found at http://www.theonemandarwin.tumblr.com