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American Actor, Martial Artist
Jason David Frank is an American actor as well as a professional mixed martial artist. He is famous for playing the role of Tommy Oliver in multiple seasons of the series ‘Power Rangers.’ He has also portrayed the same character in its feature film incarnation ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie’. Besides this, the actor has guest-starred in the dramas ‘Cybertron’, ‘Sweet Valley High’, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Undressed’. He has also acted in the web series ‘Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe’ and ‘Transformers: Titans Return’. In addition, Frank has done considerable work on the big screen as well. He has acted in the films and short films ‘The Junior Defenders’, ‘Fall Guy: The John Stewart Story’, ‘The Blue Sun’ and ‘Crammed 2: Hoaching’. He is a trained martial artist as well. As an internationally recognized award-winning instructor, he is also known for developing his own style of American Karate namely ‘Toso Kune Do’. The style is a unique combination of Taekwondo, Shotokan, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Jeet Kune Do, Wado-Ryu, Wing Chun, Savate and Muay Thai. The American actor, who holds a 7th Degree Black Belt and 25 years of experience in martial arts, is also the CEO and President of Rising Sun Karate Academy (R.S.K.A). Frank also knows skydiving and is a 2013 Guinness World Record Holder for the most 1 inch pine board broken while in freefall!
American Actress, and Model
Smith began her career as a teenage model. She moved to Los Angeles and planned on doing commercials to support herself while she attended UCLA. She was in an HBO commercial that aired during the Super Bowl; this exposure led to her finding an agent and beginning her acting career. She has played in several movies, ranging from Jerry Maguire to the Transformers, and has been actively working in television over the past two decades. Her most notable role is Mary Winchester on the paranormal and fantasy TV series, Supernatural. She has also had guest appearances on Rizzoli & Isles and Criminal Minds.
Canadian Actress, Director, and Producer
Annette Reilly was born in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and began acting professionally at the age of 16. Annette has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria, specializing in acting. Soon after obtaining her degree, Annette began directing theatre which in turn led to directing and producing independent film with her first production company, EVE Entertainment. She spent several years focusing on that until she was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 30. She has since been declared medically cured and has been actively pursuing her film work both in front of and behind the camera. Annette's most recent film, "A Typical Fairytale" (Exeunt Productions), which she produced, directed, and starred in, is available on Telus VOD as of September 2018. Annette is based in Vancouver, Canada, where she works both in theatre and film.
Canadian Actress, Community Manager, and Internet Personality
Barbara Julie Dunkelman is a Canadian actress, community manager and internet personality. She is the Director of Social and Community Marketing at the production company Rooster Teeth, Program Director of the RTX gaming and internet convention and voice of Yang Xiao Long in the web series RWBY, Cosmos in Fairy Tail, and ORF in X-Ray and Vav. Her live-action acting credits include roles in Rooster Teeth Shorts, Immersion,Day 5 and Ten Little Roosters, as well as the horror comedy Blood Fest.
Kara Eberle is an American voice actress and Internet personality. She's most known for her role as Weiss Schnee in the award-winning anime series, RWBY. Kara first stepped into the industry working at Rooster Teeth Productions, where she met Monty Oum (RWBY ) in 2011. They became close friends, and Oum shared a "crazy idea" that would turn out to be a global phenomenon. Warner Bros. Japan recently debuted RWBY to the eastern market in late 2015. Kara also lends her voice to the new video game, RWBY: Grimm Eclipse- introduced at RTX 2015 and currently available on Steam.
In addition to voice acting and interacting with fans, Kara works as an executive at Powerhouse Animation Studios, located in Austin, TX. She enjoys seeing all aspects of the animation world!
British-American Actress and Voice Actress
Born in London to Greek parents, Marina began her passion for acting at the Royal Shakespeare Company affiliated Guild Hall of Music and Drama School. The Worthington Repertory Theatre company's production of Hamlet was Marina's entre into the theatre world. She went on to appear with a variety of European companies such as Coventry Rep's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the role of Esmerelda and in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Magenta.
Once Marina distinguished herself in theatre, she began to expand her acting career into television. She appeared in several popular British television series such as Minder & Hazel and starred in the critically acclaimed made for British television film One Last Chance. Marina also appeared in feature films produced on both sides of the Atlantic including: The Wicked Lady with Faye Dunaway; Death Wish III opposite Charles Bronson; Blind Date with Bruce Willis and Richard Donner's The Thief of Baghdad.
But it was Marina's riveting portrayal of Deana Troi, the psychic counselor, for seven years on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as her co-starring role with Patrick Stewart in the feature films Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact and in the most recently released, Star Trek: Insurrection that has brought her legions of fans throughout the galaxy.
Ms. Sirtis made her American theatre debut in Hartford Stage's production of Loot and then starred in the world premiere of Neil Simon's Hotel Suite at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, both of which won her exceptional praise for her performances.
American Comic Book Writer and Novelist
Writer Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. He is a NY Times best-selling author, been awarded the prestigious Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters by Bard College, inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Hall of Fame. His work has won multiple awards in France, Spain, England. His papers are collected in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University, New York.
Chris’s stories are trend-setters for the industry. Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, where he created the characters of Legion, The New Mutants, Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Kitty Pryde, and the White Queen amongst many others, he has also written seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated The New Mutants and Captain Britain for Marvel and several creator-owned series. Chris is published throughout the world in many different languages. He has authored nine novels. He has spoken at Princeton, MIT, U Penn and Columbia University, appeared on television in the US and abroad. His work has touched millions.
American Actress, Voice Actress, Director, Gamer, and Host
Lindsay Elise Jones is an American actress, voice actress, director, gamer and host. She is best known for her work at Rooster Teeth, with roles such as Ruby Rose in RWBY, and Kimball in Red vs. Blue. She was also a director, writer, and voice actress on X-Ray and Vav, a cartoon series by Rooster Teeth. Additionally, Jones was the primary manager of Rooster Teeth's video gaming website Achievement Hunter, and has appeared in many other Rooster Teeth productions such as Ten Little Roosters and On the Spot. In April 2012, she was added to the cast of the three-time winner of the Podcast Awards, Internet Box.
Actress and professional flower hoarder. Gif over-user. The Zen of Pancakes Coffee and puppy lover.
Arryn Zech is an American actress best known for her role as Blake Belladonna from RWBY. She also voices the character Dr. Emily Grey in the longest running web-based series, Red vs. Blue, created by the Austin-based production company, Rooster Teeth. Arryn was born in Rota, Spain, but was raised in the city of New Braunfels, Texas. She attended the North East School of Arts high-school in San Antonio, Texas, where she majored in Musical Theatre. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors of Journalism in Copy Editing and Design, but found her passions still lie with acting and singing. She worked at the university's student run television station, TSTV, where she worked as an actress, writer, and host for multiple shows including Videogame Hour Live and Still Life. With over 10 years of training in theatre, various acting methods, and classical voice, Arryn is now based in LA pursing her career in film and television.
Kimberly Rhodes is an American actress, who is most known for her portrayal as Ensign Lydnsey Ballard in "Ashes to Ashes" episode of Star Trek Voyager, she also portrayed the role of "Cindy Harrison" on two different soap operas, Another World and As the World Turns, as well as Carey Martin in the Disney Channel sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, in which she played the mother of twins Zack and Cody (Dylan and Cole Sprouse). In 2010, she was cast as Sheriff Jody Mills on the CW's show Supernatural. She first appeared in the season 5 episode "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", with her character appearing in every season since.
Canadian Actor, and Martial Artist
Chau was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. In 2000, he took up Wing Chun and continued to study the martial art for eight years. He also studied tai chi and traditional forms of wushu under Zhang Zhi Bing, a master from Harbin, China. After four years, upon Zhang's return to China, Chau enrolled in West Coast Chinese Martial Arts in Vancouver under head instructor Bruce Fontaine and studied modern wushu, a more performance-orientated martial art. In 2007, Chau trained for seven months with the BSU Wushu Team at Beijing Sport University in preparation for the Canadian National Team Trials. Upon his return, he became a member of the Canadian National Wushu Team.
Chau originally wanted to be a stuntman rather than an actor, and worked on stunts for EA Games before appearing in his first major role opposite David Carradine and Daryl Hannah in the two-part TV movie Kung Fu Killer. He went on to make his feature film debut in a supporting role in the 2009 film 2012 and is best known for his role as Kevin Tran in the CW series Supernatural and Vogel in the BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.