Books With Feet
The Company

 


Tiffany Baxter, who appeared in Season Two as Ottilie in House of Flowers, studied theatre arts at the University of Southern California and received her B.A. in 2003.  She has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and several commercials.  She is a student of the Imagined Life, taught by Diana Castle in the Los Angeles area.  She is working steadily toward a career in film and television, and is currently seeking theatrical representation.

 

 

Jason Jack Beeber

Jason Jack Beeber

Jason Jack Beeber is a graduate of the University of Southern California as well as the Second City Training Center. He enjoyed dancing like a linebacker in The Waltz by Dorothy Parker. He has worked as an actor, writer and director in Los Angeles and New York. Most recently he produced and directed the television pilot "Reality Boom." He is currently on his second 5-month tour with The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more info please visit www.jjbeeber.com.

 

 

 

 

Laura Boccaletti

Laura is a New York native who studied theatre at Boston University. Her first starring role in LA was in Culver City Public Theatre’s production of The Madwoman of Chaillot. She recently appeared as Frank in Steven Dietz's Private Eyes at The Raven Playhouse, produced by fellow BWF member Sarah Kelly. Playing Mrs. Harvey in Fitzgerald's Bernice Bobs Her Hair is her third Books With Feet production, having previously played Muriel’s mother in A Perfect Day for Bananafish and a bedraggled dancer in Dorothy Parker's The Waltz. She is very happy to attach her size nine-and-a-halfs to Books With Feet. 

 

 

Ursaline Bryant
Ursaline appeared in Season Two of Books with Feet as Old Bonaparte in House of Flowers.  A native of Washington, D.C., Ursaline began her career in the modeling industry in New York, where she ultimately signed with the prestigious Wilhelmina Agency.  She has also worked with Nina Blanchard, and Cunningham and Associates in Los Angeles.  Feeling the need to fulfill a greater goal, Ursaline joined the Negro Ensemble Company in New York.  She later moved to Los Angeles to establish her career as an actor, which led to appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Red Foxx Show, and the NBC-TV Emmy award winning series Golden Girls.  She also co-starred in the feature film Hot Pursuit.  Ursaline was nominated as Best Lead Actress – Local for the play A Medley of One Act Plays: Madam C. J Walker by the 18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards.  Her most recent acting engagement is that of Queen Calafia: Ruler of California, a one-woman play presented in three acts.  When she is not studying and honing her craft with CAREZMA Entertainment Management, Inc., Ursaline enjoys traveling.  She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and Actors Equity Association.

 

Emily DeRenzis

Emily is happy to be back for her third season of Books with Feet.  She is thrilled to be playing Bernice in Bernice Bobs Her Hair and hopes she didn't get cast simply because she has bobbed hair.  Emily has also played lead roles in A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger, Miss Furr and Miss Skeene by Gertrude Stein, and Weep in Years to Come by Irwin Shaw. She studied and performed in New York before moving to LA to continue her journey and has appeared in a dozen plays from Hollywood to Palos Verdes.  A writer as well, two voices she can't get out of her head are Gelato Girl and Drunk Office Girl-an ode to the many odd jobs she has experienced.  These days, most of her writing inspiration is courtesy of her two beautiful babes, Matteo and Ruby.

Lesli Harard

Lesli played Rosita in House of Flowers and is thrilled to be a member of Books with Feet!  Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Lesli attended Washington University in St. Louis and received a dual degree in Theater and African History.  After graduation, Lesli moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of acting.  Since moving West, Lesli has appeared in many short films and plays.  In her spare time she is an active alumni in her sorority, a member of Junior League, and enjoys dance, tennis, kids, and cats!

 

 

 

Rebecca Whynaucht

Rebecca’s producing credits include Seasons I, II and III of Books with Feet as well as Baby's First Sketch Show, which incorporated short films into a live sketch comedy format. Such films include Demon Hubby, Lost, Obese Rich Kid Round-Up and Real World: Smurf Village that can all be seen on YouTube or Atom.com.  She also co-produced the short film Unconventional Habits: The Sister Mary Sarah O'Reilly Story with writer/director Julia Diddy. She wrote her most recent short film, Decode-A-Mate, and continues to perform long-form improv at The Second City in Hollywood with her group Home Invasion.

 

 

Adam Hunter HowardAdam is cast as G. Reece Stoddard in Bernice Bobs Her Hair.  He received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin where he was seen in The Winter’s Tale, Time Again in Oz (Austin Critics’ Table Nomination - Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), The Threepenny Opera, Spring Storm, The Man of Mode, Triumph of Love, and the Brothers Karamazov.  He has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Adam’s original play, (AINE)tigone, a Belfast-based adaptation of Antigone set amidst “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland, premiered in Scotland in 2007, and he’s hopeful to revive the project one day for a Los Angeles audience. His Los Angeles theatre credits include Search and Destroy, Private Eyes, Antony & Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  He is a member of the Harvard-Westlake School English Department and an alumnus of Kenyon College.

 

Sharon Jordan

Sharon played Mildred Snell in Down at the Dinghy. She is thrilled to be part of Books With Feet. She has appeared in such roles as Ann Stanley in Forty Carats and Cecily in The Odd Couple. Her favorite television roles include Irene the Concierge, on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana. Sharon is a graduate of The Second City Los Angeles and is personally coached by Mr. Ruben Moreno (of "Little Big Man" and more). In addition, Sharon is a published novelist. Please check out Sharon's mystery/suspense novel, Time Shadows, at http://www.authorsden.com/sharonjordan.

 

Sarah Kelly

Sarah is excited to be taking part in her second Books with Feet production, playing the delightfully catty Roberta Dillon in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bernice Bobs Her Hair.  She last appeared during Season Two as Mrs. Hubbel and The Woman in the Elevator in J.D. Salinger’s A Perfect Day for Bananafish. A native of Anchorage, Alaska and rainy Olympia, WA, Sarah sought sunnier skies and moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California.  Despite getting in a fair amount of trouble, she still managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude from USC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Minor in Theatre.  Favorite roles include Lisa in Private Eyes (which she also co-produced), Rhonda Louise in Women of Manhattan, Amelia Earhart in Chamber Music, and the female version of Quentin Tarantino in the stage play version of Reservoir Dogs. She recently completed the independent film How to Become an Action Star in Ten Weeks, which is currently seeking distribution. For information, please visit www.actionstarmovie.com.

 

Derek KokindaDerek Kokinda, who is cast as Otis Ormonde in Bernice Bobs Her Hair, is an actor and model living in Los Angeles. Born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, he discovered acting when he took his first role in the musical Crazy For You in college.  From there he ventured into the world of independent film where he had supporting roles in two feature films.  Once he graduated from Cleveland State University, he moved to Los Angeles to immerse himself in the world of acting and the entertainment industry. During his first year in L.A. he was fortunate enough to have a small guest star role on the cable series L.A. Forensics as well as a co-starring role in the feature film, Tru Loved.  He is thrilled to be a part of Books With Feet and wants to thank the cast as well as the director, Genevieve, and producer, Rebecca, for being so welcoming in his first experience with the company.

Jenna Mate

Jenna feels honored to be working on another Books with Feet production!  After playing 5 year old Lionel in Down at the Dinghy, she is thrilled to be playing a “gardenia girl”.  Jenna is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Drama program, and since then has been teaching, directing, acting, and singing (but not all at once!).  She recently played Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, and just completed directing a series of young actor’s productions at Pinocchio’s Playhouse in Hollywood. As a member of the performing arts faculty at Westmark School, she enjoys sharing her passion for theater and music with her students. She would like to thank Genevieve and Rebecca for this incredible opportunity, her husband for his encouragement, and bobbed hair everywhere.

 

Scott Mikels

Scott is excited to be working in his third production with Books with Feet.  He has the distinct honor to be the male love interest in his role as Warren McIntyre in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Bernice Bobs Her Hair.  Scott was last seen as James Gray in The Andersonville Trial with The Blues and B-B-Q Stage Company.  He is a SAG actor and while living back East worked on Showtimes’ “Brotherhood” and ABC’s “Line of Fire” as well as several independent films and commercials.  Scott would like to thank Genevieve and Rebecca for giving him this opportunity to work with Books with Feet and his wife, Crystal, for her support and friendship.

 

 

Greg Nystrom

Greg, who plays the Barber and Mr. Harvey in Bernice Bobs Her Hair, grew up with parents participating in musical theater and choir while rounding out the life of an ordinance delivering Navy pilot. Greg's early years as an adult actor were immersed in improvisation in front of live audiences. His path as an actor has been highlighted with leading roles in theater, film, television, industrials and commercials. Greg has also appeared in previous Books with Feet productions as Mr. Jamison in House of Flowers and a dancer in The Waltz.

 

 

Angelica Pulido

Angelica PulidoAngelica appeared as Rosita in House of Flowers. Her last stage role was in the world premiere of The Fence. She played the leading role of "Gin", a Mexican mother caught on the U.S. side of the boarder on her way home to feed her family and six month-old child. This role garnered much critical praise. She has worked on several television shows and graduate films but her heart has always belonged to the theater.

 

 

 

 

Tara is very happy to be a part of Books With Feet.  Acting is her first love and she continues to pursue her career every day.  In addition to being a part of this amazing group, she studies in the advanced class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Performance from Chapman University and then moved to L.A. to take care of business. So far, so good.  Her reel is available to view at www.youtube.com.

 

 

 

Elliot SchiffElliot Schiff is thrilled to be playing Charley Paulson in Bernice Bobs Her Hair, and is extremely proud to be a part of the Books With Feet Company. He has, most recently, performed as Arnold Epstein in Biloxi Blues and appeared on the Discovery Channel as Detective Chris Elliot on Unusual Suspects. A recent NY transplant, Elliot has been keeping busy with classes with Jim Gleason, and has previously studied with Scott Sedita (winner of BackStage West's 2008 Acting Teacher of the Year), taken Bonnie Gillespie's Self-Management for Actors course, learned from Lauren P. Nadler at Lauren Nadler Studios, and received voice-over lessons from Terri Apple. Elliot is also a member of The Actors’ Network, and is eligible to join The Screen Actors’ Guild. Many thanks to his beautiful fiancé Chari, to Genevieve and Rebecca for their guidance, to Jenna for getting him involved with this project, and to the rest of the cast and crew!

 

Lamar Stewart
Lamar, who played Royal Bonaparte in House of Flowers, is a southern gentleman from Atlanta, GA.  He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Even though he obtained his engineering degree (which his mother STRONGLY suggested that he do), acting is where his passion lies. He made his move to the City of Angels in 2007, which he says has been quite an exciting thrill. Lamar has been in a number of independent films and made his debut in the film Three Can Play That Game with Vivica Fox.  He also won Old Spice’s America’s Cleanest Comic Competition.

 

Emanuel Ward

Emanuel is cast as the Limo Driver in Bernice Bobs Her Hair,and was previously seen as Houngan and Juno in House of Flowers.  He gained initial exposure to the film industry through the studio productions With Honors and Crossing the Bridge.  His most recent work has been within the L.A. and Boston independent film scene.  Most notable projects include Underground, The Shadow in the Sun, Recipe, Chloe,  and the series pilot for The World Comes up Roses.  In addition to his film work, Emanuel consistently hones his craft through class work with Carter/Thor Studios.  On the local and national levels he's appeared in the History Channel's Slave Catchers/Slave Resisters and in various commercials for Miller High Life, Target Stores, and the Massachusetts "Click-it or Ticket" campaign.  Additionally, he has performed in national industrials for Cisco Systems, The Gillette Company and Northwest Airlines.  His early stage work includes roles in well-known productions like Oliver Twist and South Pacific, and most recently he received Boston’s Playwrights Platform 2006 Best Actor award for his performance as Peter in Holly Jensen’s One, Two, Many.  Emanuel is now a Los Angeles resident, working full time and pursuing his acting career.

 

Mathias Dill

Mathias DillMathias Dill is very excited to be part of the terrific Books with Feet Company. He's grateful to be acting again after a long while, especially with such a classy group as this. Mathias has worked in commercials, television movies and lots of theater in New York including the acclaimed Shakespeare's R&J which won the Lucille Lortel award for off-broadway show. He would like to thank his lovely mate Jenna Mate for all her passion, enthusiasm and unwavering support and love.

 

 

Kyle Burgess

Kyle BurguessKyle Burgess joined Books with Feet in Season III as the Visiting Boy and a Barbershop Patron in Bernice Bobs Her Hair. His previous performances include the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz, Mr. Green in Clue, Pat Denning in 42nd Street and Tiny Tom in Urinetown. To God be the Glory.