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JESSE LEVY (Writer, Director, Producer) hails from New York City where he was a writer and member of the sketch comedy group Wetdog.  He also directed the brilliant dark comedy Rise Above All as part of the Village Gate One-Act Festival.  In Phoenix, AZ he was a writer and performer on the cable comedy show, Station Breaks.  He directed Strindberg’s Playing With Fire for radio theater and, on stage, the world premier screwball comedy Screwball Comedy.  Since moving to L.A. in 1995, aside from his acting work, he has written and directed for the sketch comedy show Absolute Sketch and produced the critically acclaimed Dirty Work, both at the Alliance Repertory Theatre.  He worked both seasons as the drama coach and on-set voice of Eddie the talking dog on the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.  He wrote, directed and produced StigmatZa a half-hour comedy film. His second short, Red Lion, has been shown in 10 film festivals and two screening series worldwide and won Best Overall Achievement in the Barcelona Film Festival.

MICHAEL IMMEL (Co-Producer) has been a professional actor since 1978 when Dick Sherman of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins fame gave him his first union contract.  He has performed in theatre, commercials (such as the Danka Man series), TV programs and films around the world from Tokyo to Berlin to Vancouver.  Along the way he has worked alongside such notables as: Rene Russo, Robbie Coltrane, Fran Drescher, Adam Sandler, and Elmo the Muppet.  His longest association, and the most rewarding, was working as the second banana to Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV’s longest running locally produced children’s show.  As Spifford Q. Fahrquarrr (yes, that’s three r’s) he accrued not only many pastries to the visage and much seltzer down the pants, but also two Emmys as on-camera talent. He played Roger in StigmatZa, which he also co-produced. He also co-produced and appeared as The Lackey in Red Lion.  No Connection marks his third venture into producing.

DEAN SCOFIELD is a native of Los Angeles, a U.S.C. theatre alumni and acting coach, Dean has starred in the world premiere and award winning stage productions of "Luminarias", "Cheatin' ", "Jellyroll Shoes" and "The Black Duck".  Among his many theatre credits include the musicals "Grease", "Godspell", and "The Rocky Horror Show".  Dean is often found on your cable movie stations in such films as: "Last Assassin" with Lance Henriksen (Millennium) and Nancy Allen, "Metalbeast" with Kim Delany (NYPD Blue) and for kids; "The Incredible Genie" and "Prehysteria! 2." Dean has also been seen in television shows too numerous to list.

RONALD M. BANKS has worked as a singer/actor in musical theatre, opera, concert, choral and theatre.  Ronald is currently portraying Jafar in Disney's Aladdin:  A Musical Spectacular.  Film:  title role in Musashi, directed by Boris Schaarschmidt.  National Tour:  King, Kralahome-King and I, Councilor, Thief, Soothsayer, Russian Admiral, Bristish Sailor,-Pacific Overtures, Juan Peron-Evita.  Regional:  Emile in South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate, Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, Chao in Flower Drum Song revival at the Mark Taper Forum and many, others. Ronald has an extensive operatic background, having performed in over 70 productions.
 


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