We wish to express our gratitude to the performers’ unions -- Actors’ Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Guild of Variety Artists, and SAG-AFTRA through Theatre Authority, Inc. -- for their cooperation in permitting the artists to appear on this program. We are truly grateful to these professionals for supporting our cause.
Stephen Belber’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. They include Match, Tape, Don’t Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, Finally, Geometry of Fire, and The Muscles In Our Toes. He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project, and co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Movies include Tape, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Drifting Elegant, and Management, starring Jennifer Aniston, which he also directed. Television credits include Rescue Me, Law & Order SVU, and pilots for F/X and HBO. He recently directed a film adaptation of his play Match, starring Patrick Stewart, which will be released this January. His play, The Power of Duff, will be produced at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse this April.
Mo was born in St Paul, Minnesota in 1965. She started her improv and sketch career with Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis back in 1985. Also noted were her riveting character portrayals with the Eye of the Storm Theater Company in Minneapolis. Mo headed to Los Angeles in 1997 and not too long thereafter landed Mad TV on FOX. She was with the show for 6 seasons giving birth to many unforgettable characters such as Lorraine, Doreen Larkin (Stuarts Mother) Trina and many more. Post Mad TV, Mo built her credits up with hit shows such as Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Men of a Certain Age, Californication and has spent the last 5 years recurring on Parks and Recreation as scandal-wrangler “Joan Callamezzo”. She also created memorable moments in films such as 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Mo began headlining comedy clubs around the country in 2008. She also produces and hosts a storytelling show in Los Angeles appropriately titled “Mo and Tell”. Mo Collins is mother to one grown son, she is a GIST cancer survivor, and enthusiastic wife of Alex Skuby.
Liza Colón-Zayas is an original member of the LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City 1992, and the Sundance Theater Ensemble 2012. She most recently appeared in Between Riverside and Crazy as well as seven other Stephen Adly Guirgis plays, including In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, Our Lady of 121st Street, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The Little Flower of East Orange, all directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. She originated the role of Odessa in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Hudes, earning an HOLA award for Best Featured Actress at Second Stage New York. Liza toured Europe with director Peter Sellars in Story of a Soldier and later in Othello as Emilia, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman. She starred in Athol Fugard’s latest play Have You Seen Us? with Sam Waterston. She was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the NYC premiere of Living Out at Second Stage. Her solo show Sistah Supreme had a summer-long run at the First Hip-Hop Theater Festival, produced by world renowned performance artist Danny Hoch and directed/developed by playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Some screen credits include “Louie” (FX), “Hung” (HBO), “Dexter” (Showtime), “How to Make It in America” (HBO), “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime), “Taking Chance” (HBO), “House” (FOX), “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC).
Katrina is originally from Australia, and has appeared on-stage Down Under, across the U.S. and Europe. She performed in the world premiere of John Morogiello’s play ENGAGING SHAW, at Oldcastle Theatre in VT and is pleased to be presenting more of John’s work tonight. Katrina has appeared Off-Broadway, and works regularly in regional theatre, performing leading roles in comedies and dramas, both classical and contemporary. She has traveled the U.S. with The National Shakespeare Company, as well as touring Europe for ten Holiday Seasons with the American Drama Group’s production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Favorite roles include: Josie in A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN; HEDDA GABLER; Emilia in OTHELLO, ANNA CHRISTIE , and Maggie Cutler in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.
A founding member of The Australia New Zealand Artists’ Alliance (ANZAA) Katrina served as Executive Producer of The Oceania Arts Festival in New York, a five-day festival of Australian and New Zealand performance and visual art, featuring over 30 antipodean artists. She was awarded Best Actress at the Dorset Theatre Festival for her portrayal of Eleanor of Aquitaine and currently serves on the Women’s Committee at Actors’ Equity. Katrina is an avid photographer, cook, recycler, yoga practitioner, and consumer of gourmet chocolate. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.katrinaferguson.info
Lori Gardner is delighted to be a part of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 40th Anniversary Celebration. Lori resides in New York City where she is an actress and voice-over artist (commercials and animation). Recently Lori returned from Telluride, CO where she is a member of the acting company at the Telluride Playwrights Festival. Lori has worked with writers and directors from all over the globe, including Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson) and Deb Lacusta (The Simpson’s writer) with whom she helped develop their new play, The Banana Tree. Other New York/Off-Broadway credits include work at: Abingdon Theatre Company, Peccadillo Theater, York Theatre Company, Women’s Project, Culture Project, Ensemble Studio, The 52nd Street Project, HB Studios, NY Fringe Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park, Sam French Festival, New Dramatists, Luna Stage, 45 Bleecker, Funny Sheesh Productions, among others.
Kate Flannery plays alcoholic "Meredith Palmer" on NBC's The Office (2005). Her comedy lounge act, "The Lampshades", continues to play Hollywood and many clubs around the country, opening for Dan Finnerty and "The Dan Band" from time to time. Kate played Harper's mom on Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) and her other TV work includes Last Comic Standing (2003), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999) and she was the voice of "Lucy" in a Robert Smigel cartoon on Saturday Night Live: Al Gore/Phish (2002). She did a video with Eric McCormack for "Funny or Die" called "Finger Babies". Kate played "Neely O'Hara" in the off-Broadway hit, "Valley of the Dolls", at the Circle in the Square in NYC and LA's Coast Playhouse and the Bing Theatre. She's on the Valley of the Dolls' DVD extras. A former member of Second City's National Tour Co., she is an original member of Chicago's Annoyance Theater, where she co-created over 15 shows, including the "Miss Vagina Pageant" and the "Real Live Brady Bunch" (playing over 30 cities and the Kennedy Center). LA audiences have seen her in the "Phacts of Life" at the Renberg Theatre and in the Lily Tomlin / Jane Wagner production of "Three Feet Under" at the Evidence Room. Kate performed live in They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh's band, "Monopuff" (you can hear her on their album, "It's Fun To Steal"). She studied musical theater for two years at Shenandoah Conservatory. Kate graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where her family owns an Irish bar.
Chris Hawkey has been in the music business since the age of 15 and has released several full-length original recordings. Chris is the producer and co-host of Minneapolis’ popular FM radio morning show on KFAN 100.3, the Power Trip Morning Show. One of the songs from his Minutes to Memories CD can be heard each morning at the conclusion of the show in tribute to the many Americans who have served and lost their lives in the Gulf. As an on-air talent, Chris is also an announcer for the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series through an online webcast, Sledhead 24/7, and its broadcast partner, CBS Sports Network.
Since 2004, Chris has championed and become a spokesperson for those facing the daily challenges of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). He has partnered with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance not only to raise critical funds but awareness throughout the Upper Midwest. In Minnesota, he served as the honorary chair of the Step Forward to Cure TSC Walkathon, Kylie’s Hope Golf Tournament and Rev It Up for TS (an event that he created through his many NASCAR connections). In April 2006, he released his CD, The Pursuit, with 100% of the proceeds going to the TS Alliance for the fight against TSC. To date, sales from the CD have raised more than $20,000. In honor of his incredible commitment, Chris was named a 2006 Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Volunteer of the Year.
Chris’ solo band has performed at multiple TS Alliance events in the past, and Chris himself often serves as an emcee and/or auctioneer for events like Art for a Cure. Moreover, Chris has been an active participant in the TS Alliance’s annual March on Capitol Hill to secure increased Federal TSC research dollars.
Carole’s theatre highlights include long runs in "The Club" at Circle-in-the-Square, for which she won an OBIE award; "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" at the Provincetown Playhouse and the one-woman show, "Full Gallop", off-Broadway at the Westside Arts and on national tour. She has acted in regional theatres in 22 states. Film credits include: "Next Stop, Greenwich Village", "The Bell Jar" and "The Brass Ring." She is a founding member of Abingdon Theatre Company and a newly-inducted member of The Actors Center.
The state of Illinois is home to some of our country’s greatest historic attractions. The tallest man in the world, the first skyscraper, and sophisticated farming equipment via John Deer. This leaves little surprise that one of prime time television’s most loveable losers, ‘Jerry Gergich’ of NBC’s Parks & Recreations, is brought to life on a weekly basis by Chicago’s own funnyman, Jim O’Heir.
While mostly recognized for playing the office dingbat on another one of Greg Daniels’ successful brainchildren, O’Heir has graced the small screen on a regular bases for the last 15 years. His credits include; It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia , Boston Legal, The Mentalist, Vegas, ER, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, Ally McBeal, Diagnosis Murder, Malcolm in the Middle, Star Trek Voyager, Just Shoot Me,” and countless other critically acclaimed shows. It wasn’t long before Comedy Central fell in love with Jim and gave him one of the leading roles in their original program Strip Mall.
On the silver screen, O’Heir can be seen alongside Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Focus Features’ sci-fi drama, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. O’Heir also has multiple sketches with over 100,000k views on FunnyOrDie.com and Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube page.
As for life off screen, O’Heir stays busy with a potpourri mix of activities including; boating, international travel, poker and seizing as many opportunities as possible to cross paths with old Hollywood greats. He is also a self-proclaimed pet lover and supports various organizations that work to protect the wellbeing of animals.
Jim resides in the Los Angeles area with his two dogs, Aspen and Rex. Parks and Recreation is currently airing on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.
Angela is more than delighted to be apart of supporting Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance and all of the amazing work they do in raising awareness and moving forward with advancements in finding improved treatments for TSC and working again with playwright John Morogiello. Angela rounded off the summer shooting the indie feature film "Cheerleader" by Irving Franco, after having completed a run of "Deathtrap" at Bucks County Playhouse directed by Evan Cabnet opposite Marsha Mason & working on Matthew Widman's new play "Life Of The Party" for the Samuel French Festival with Gwynn MacDonald directing. Broadway & Off-Bway includes: The Norman Conquests, A Streetcar Named Desire, Bikeman, King Lear opposite Kevin Kline, Love Goes To Press, Silver Nitrate, Dorian Gray. Regional Theatre's include: The Guthrie, Old Globe, Royal Shakespeare Co., Intiman, Barrington Stage, CATF, Shakespeare Theatre of DC & NJ, Denver Center. Film & TV includes: When The Moon Was Twice As Big, Mania Days, Unburden, You Don't Know Jack, Able Danger, Mattie Fresno, What Would You Do?, 30 Rock, Lie To Me, Medium, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, Law & Order (all). BFA graduate of The Juilliard School, on the Board & Alum of The Acting Company, and teaches for Broadway InMotion in NYC.
Alex Skuby was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He has 3 children of his own: 2 daughters and a son. After leaving the Chicago theatre circuit in 1998, Alex has guest-starred on a number of hit television shows including a few recurring roles. Most notable to date was his 5 season stint in the hit comedy on CBS titled "The King of Queens" as lawyer 'Doug Pruzan'. Alex has also flourished in the Voice Over industry. Voicing big brand commercials and lead characters in video games..