Creators & Cast
WILLARD MORGAN (comedian/musician/multimedia artist) has appeared as a standup and actor in New York, Los Angeles and wherever else he could get some stage time. He produced the award-winning Broadway debut of THE RUNNER STUMBLES by Milan Stitt, starred in the Playwright’s Horizon’s production of SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE, directed by Austin Pendleton. He co-produced the feature film, AMERICA SO BEAUTIFUL, directed by Babak Shokrian. His comedy short, FESTIVAL FEVER, won Best Short at the Florida International Film Festival, the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, and a Sony Visions Award. His CONFESSIONS OF A FILMAHOLIC was the featured opener at the Festival de Cine Pobre in Gibara, Cuba, and his other shorts played in festivals around the world. In Fever Pitch, his most controversial comedy feature, Morgan turned the camera on filmmaker Michael Moore, and gets thrown out of his office in the process. His comedy travel web series, MISGUIDED TOURS, can be seen at www.misguidedtours.tv. The inspiration for SAINT HOLLYWOOD came from hours of interviews taped in Los Angeles as Morgan tried to capture the disappearing denizens of the boulevard, the ‘martyrs to the Church of Eternal Fame’. He studied with Austin Pendleton, Bill Esper and owes a lot to Jacques LeCoq with whom he studied briefly. Morgan’ mother, Suzie Morgan, was a huge influence on him. She had a lengthy career as a lyric soprano and was a Metropolitan Opera Semi-Finalist (which means she almost got the ‘big gig’!) Enormous thanks to the extraordinary actress/director Jenny Lee Mitchell for helping bring SAINT HOLLYWOOD to the stage and Jerry Ziman, co-creator, for once again, taking the reins of these wild horses and guiding the piece to it’s completion.
SHANNON ANTALAN (Vocalist) has been seen on Broadway in CAROLINE OR CHANGE & XANADU, Off-Broadway: JUNIE B. JONES, ROSA PARKS. 1st National Tour of HAIRSPRAY as Lil Inez. Regional & other: Lorraine in ALL SHOOK UP, Retha in a workshop of UNCHAIN MY HEART, Abyssinia as ABYSSINIA, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2 as Taylor, Yolanda in CROWNS, and more. Shannon has also been in several commercials. She is represented by Bret Adams Ltd. & Atlas Talent.
ZOE ROSARIO (Vocalist) is excited to be a part of her first
production with Ideal Glass. Zoe recently starred as Kim in the Stage Premiere of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS in Brooklyn and is a proud member of the Brooklyn Studio Lab. Zoe also was featured in the Midtown Music Theatre Festival for her self written diary-concert KEEPING IT IN RETROSPECT and in the NYMF for the rock musical, INTERVENTION. Other credits include MISS SAIGON, LES MIS, 06880, CATS, and DEAD RISER.
EUNICE WONG (DJ/Vocalist) is a singer, lyricist and producer of electro-pop music that compares to MIA’s eclectic jungle vibes, Nine Inch Nails’ dark atmospheric sounds, and Bjork’s unique and sultry performances. With roots from Burma, Macao and Brooklyn, Eunice is the creative result of post-colonial, post-third world
possibilities. She is currently performing, producing, DJ-ing, chasing dreams and racing the future in New York City. To show love, please visit http://www.facebook.com/EuniceMusic
RUCO NISHINO (Understudy Vocalist) a professional singer from Japan, Ruco was greatly influenced, from a young age, by soul music. She graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy and just recently moved to New York from Japan, for the opportunity to sing and make her dreams come true.
JENNY LEE MITCHELL (Director) attended The Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied theater composition and performance. She studied classical voice in Germany where she remained for over 10 years singing in major operetta and musical theatre productions throughout Europe. In 2002 she began assisting the celebrated clown David Shiner and creating clown theater. After moving back to New York in 2005 she collaborated with various artists before forming Theater The with fellow musician and vaudevillian Aldo Perez. Off Broadway: OUTSIDE INN at 59East59, THE CURSE OF THE MYSTIC RENALDO at 3 Legged Dog, RAT BASTARDS at Dixon Place, The East Village Fragments PECULIAR WROKS. Europe and Regional credits include: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES directed by Roman Polanski, FAME, FALSETTOS, HAIR, JEKYLL AND HYDE, RUDDIGORE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, LUDWIG II AND MOZART THE MUSICAL. She performs regularly with Theater The’s The Renaldo The Ensemble singing and playing the clarinet, where she also serves as co-artistic director. In 2009 She can also be seen in various commercials and industrials.
MAURA MALLOY (Movement/Choreography) is a director/choreographer, actor and educator based in NYC. She was awarded an American scholarship to study classical acting at the Royal National Theatre in London, and also dance at Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham schools. Maura has performed Off-Broadway and regionally in numerous roles. Lately she’s been performing a one woman show, THE SYRINGA TREE, by Pamela Gien.
ANNA KIRALY (Scenic Design) A multi-disciplinary artist from Hungary residing in New York, Anna creates set, costume and video design for productions. Recent and past theater projects include set design for WALK…(by Taylor Mac), set and video for DOG and WOLF (59E59), FLIP SIDE (with the Talking Band where the play was created around her visual world), set design for TERRIBLE THINGS (Pearl/D’Amour at PS122), KAFKA FRAGMENTS with Peter Sellars at Zankel Hall, production design for ISABELLA, CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN and PAY UP with the Pig Iron Company. She received the Arts Link Grant (SOROS Foundation), the NEA/TCG Program for Designers and the TCG New Generations program. Her visual puppet pieces SLOW ASCENT and UFO INK premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse won the Jim Henson Foundation’s Grant.
Darlene Ken (Installation Artist) is a multimedia designer and artist who divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. She has worked extensively with Ideal Glass Gallery. The Cambodian-born artist’s body of work includes interior designs, lighting and fine art. The Saint Hollywood installation incorporated into Anna Kiraly’s set design are her first theatrical efforts, and she looks forward to further collaborations in film and theatre.
‘My passion lies in working with industrial metals, recycled
products, and reclaimed vintage materials, to create dramatic and striking concepts.’
AYAKA MAY KOMATSU (Visual Artist) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and grew up in Tennessee, Japan, and California. Currently living and working in New York City as a freelance professional photographer, Ayaka’s photographs have been exhibited world wide, winning both awards (including the
prestigious Japan Advertising Photographers’ Association (APA) award in 2005) and international acclaim. Ayaka’s award winning work “RED:WEB” (2005) is currently on exhibit at the Tokyo Art Museum. Ayaka was also recently invited to take photographs for Big Picture Rochester-an outdoor photo gallery in downtown Rochester, NY. In New York City, Ayaka’s photos are currently being exhibited at Kiwa Gallery. Previous exhibits of Ayaka’s which showed in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka include “KONONBA” (2004) “Photo is love Love is photo” (2004) “Your Little Monster” (2003) “Dreamer” (2003) and “ayakamay” (2002).
UTA BEKAIA (Costume Design) was born and raised in Tbilisi , Georgia, ex-Soviet Union. He has been living and working in New York City since 1998. Primarily a costume designer, he has worked on over 150 projects with theater and film companies and using his background in fashion design. Some of them include: Shaw’s DON JUAN IN HELL, Genet’s THE BALCONY, James Joyce FINNEGAN;S WAKE and many others. He worked with director Jim Milton on Michael McClure’s VKTMS and Allies in wonderland at Kaufman center .Always looking to express his visions and experiment with new ideas, Uta has lent his creative eye to numerous other projects involving fine art, film, interior and industrial design. His main objective is to find beauty in our surroundings and highlight it for everyone to see. SAINT HOLLYWOOD is a New York based multimedia art project involving sound and visual art. This is a first collection presented to fashion world from SAINT HOLLYWOOD, created by Uta Bekaia and Willard Morgan. In this collection we want to highlight the balance of dark and bright, hard and soft beginnings. With inspiration of urban New York street s and patterns of nature, we want to present a show that would be unforgettable, inspiring and entertaining.
DAVID TIROSH (Lighting Design) Originally from Israel, David is a multi-media artist, performer and designer. David is the Co–Founder of WAX, a supportive environment that inspires discourse among artists in all media. In 2004, he became the Company Manager of 3-Legged Dog, freelance designer, performer, artistic advisor and media support. In 2008 he became the Technical Director of Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo and the Managing Director of the HomeBase project. Most recently he co-founded, with designer Alex Koch, Ghost Corporeal, a collaborative collective design house.
JOHN SULLY (Musical Director/Co-Composer) describes himself as an ‘Audio Artist’. As the resident composer for NYC experimental theater company Temporary Distortion, he has created the music and sound designs for the stage productions, AMERICAN KAMIKAZE and WELCOME TO NOWHERE. His music was also included in the interactive video installation, AN INSTRUMENT FOR THE MEASURE OF ABSENCE. Sully is currently woking on Temporary Distortions latest invention, NEW YORK LAND and WELCOME TO NOWHERE-The Film. Other stage works by Sully include ASPHYXIA AND OTHER PROMISES by N.A.C.L., OPEN DOOR and BOKAN by Loco7 and THE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR by Teatro a Benzina.As an Multi-instrumentalist John Sullivan has shared stages around the world with such notables as Martin Chambers, Noel Reading, Bo Diddley, Fishbone and Albert King. Sully is very proud to be part of the Saint Hollywood show.
LUCIA JEESUN LEE (Co-Video Design/VJ) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in digital media. Life, death, body, dreams, strangers, urban space, myth, messages and communications are concurrent issues in her works. She has been working as an installation & live projection artist /video designer / VJ in various venues in New York including Ideal Glass, Brooklyn Design Lab, Digital Rituals Show, and Dumbo Under the Bridge Festival. As her Korean name Jeesun stand for ‘share your knowledge’, she teaches at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ and Hostos Community College of the CUNY. She currently breathes and sleeps in Brooklyn, New York. Her works could be seen at http://www.smellsdreamy.com/
ALEX KOCH (Co-Video Design) designs and leads the production and post-production for video installations, short narrative works, and theatrical projections. Recent projects include: a new rock opera with Waterwell, GOODBAR, playing monthly at Ideal Glass in the East Village; with José Zayas, EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS at Repertorio Espanol; for UNDER THE RADAR at La Mama, a revision of LIVING IN EXILE; and an upcoming national tour of KJ Sanchez’s REENTRY. Select previous credits: IRENA’S VOW (Broadway), REENTRY, THE OXFORD ROOF CLIMBER’S REBELLION (Urban Stages), GHOST LIGHT(59e59), #9 (Waterwell). Associate design and technical work with Jay Scheib, Big Art Group, and New Georges at 3LD. His work was seen with Andrey Bartonev at the National Arts Club in 2008.
DAN KOHLER (Audio Engineer) is a New York City Native currently studying Theatre and Electrical Engineering at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. His sound and lighting designs have been showcased in several regional festivals and theaters (Hatching, The Confessional, Art’s Heart) as well as The College of Staten Island (A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM, MACHINAL, DELIRIUM). Off-Broadway credits include ZERO HOUR (Sound Design) and THE HOLE (Sound Engineer).
ROBERT SIGNOM III (Production Stage Manager) Dance: OLIVE Dance Theater; OPUS Dance Theater; NYDC. Off-Broadway: GOODBAR, THE WALK ACROSS AMERICA FOR MOTHER EARTH, #9; GONE MISSING; NO CHILD; (I am) NOBODY’S LUNCH; THE LATE HENRY MOSS; THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS; THE VAMPIRES; STATES OF SHOCK; CIRQUE JACQUELINE. London: (I am) Nobody’s Lunch National Tour: THE KING OPERETTA; THE PERSIANS…; (I am) Nobody’s Lunch; I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE; GONE MISSING. Regional Opera: THE MERRY WIDOW; TURANDOT; Il BARBIERE DI SIVIGILIA; LA BOHÈM. Film: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. Rob is an Eagle Scout, a Vigil Honor recipient, a trustee of America’s Packard Museum, and a company member of Waterwell.
TUCE YASAK (Asst. Lighting Design) graduated from the department of industrial design at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey in 2004. She worked for XXI Architecture and Design Magazine from Istanbul for five years as the editor of industrial design. Her interest in Argentinian Tango brought her to her first lighting experience for the METU Couple Dances Club’s annual show in 2003. Falling in love with light, she continued to get experiences in lighting dance. Finally, she moved to New York in November, 2009, and since then she has been working on dance, concert and opera lighting. She collaborates with The Tango Zone Dance Company, Fernando Otero Quartet and Mientras Tango. She has recently designed lighting for the opera Elixir of Love presented by Divaria Productions. She has been dancing tango since 2000.
TARYN ANDERSON (Company Manager) graduated from Binghamton University receiving a BA in Theater with a concentration in acting. This Degree along with many years of both performance/ administrative experiences has enabled her to follow her truest and deepest passion; to inspire and be inspired through theater. Throughout her professional career Taryn has had lead roles in THE GOOD DOCTOR (Narrator), RAISIN IN THE SUN (Beneatha), FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (Lady in Blue), and VAGINA MONOLOGUES (various). Outside of theater Taryn has held roles in various industrials, commercials and television shows. Taryn’s production career has also started to bloom after producing a two-act piece entitled BLUE SKY SOMEWHERE; and the World Premier of BROOKLYN BETS ALEXI, as well as pilots for Marvel/ Pow productions. Taryn was born and raised in New York, and is enjoying city life!
Allison M Keating (writer, director, and designer of experimental theater) She has written and directed RODS AND CABLES and WINSTON’S LETTER produced by 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and was the Assoc. Production Designer for the company for 5 years designing seven large-scale multimedia performance installations. She was also in charge of promotions at 3LD Art & Technology Center. This is her second time working with Saint Hollywood and wishes to thank the great efforts of all the people involved.
MEDIA BLITZ press representative) provides media relations and marketing counsel to The Metropolitan Room, The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, The German Films Service and Marketing, Origin Theatre Company (the annual 1st Irish Festival), Raissa Katona Bennett, Michael Garin & Mardie Millit, Melba Moore and Ideal Glass. Past clients include the Times Square bistro Chez Josephine, the notorious Russian nightclub Rasputin, the Avignon-New York Film Festival, and the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, among others. Some of the plays the company publicized were GRANDMA SYLVIA’S FUNERAL, THE COUNTESS, CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE, SECRETS EVERY SMART TRAVELER SHOULD KNOW, and ON SECOND AVENUE.
JERROLD ZIMAN (Co-Writer & Producer SAINT HOLLYWOOD) Founding partner Minetta Street Productions. Producer ZARMEN, co-Producer 13P’s CRAWL FADE TO WHITE, co-writer/producer ME & MICHAEL, co-producer LITTLE SHAOLIN MONKS, producer with Tony Bill DIPLOMACY starring Garrett Morris and Joe Regalbuto, producer TWICE REMOVED with Estelle Parsons and Carol Kane, director FIRST TO SEE THE LIGHTS GO ON with Regina Baff, co-writer/producer CROSBY STREET and THE TRIAL. Actor in Yentl with TOVAH FELDSHUH, HAMLET with Rip Torn, KADDISH with Marilyn Chris, Genet’s THE SCREENS, Saroyan’s REBIRTH CELEBRATIONS OF THE HUMAN RACE at Artie Zabala’s Off-Broadway Theatre with Dick Shawn, East Lynne with Christopher Guest, GOLDEN BOY with Jerry Zaks, Josh Brand’s BABYFACE, THE MARRIAGE OF MR MISSISSIPPI, and opposite Mary Louise Wilson in THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, THE COLLECTION AND THE DUMB WAITER with Kenneth Northcott. Films include THE REHEARSAL (Jules Dassin, dir.), BIMBO (Martha Coolidge, dir., Josh Brand screenplay), 9 TO 5, HARRY’S WAR, THE CHEAP DETECTIVE, CALIFORNIA SUITE. TV includes Ryan’s Hope, ALL IN THE FAMILY, BARETTA, EIGHT IS ENOUGH, STARSKY & HUTCH, MORK & MINDY. CEO St. Andrews Capital, managing partner Trinity funding, founding partner BBZ Films with Moritz Borman and Bill Benenson. A graduate of the University of Chicago and member of the Board of Directors of the Adamant Music School.