Meet The Team

The Cast

Alisha Spielmann
Rebecca

Alisha Spielmann

Alisha has been in the New York theatre scene for the past 8 years and been in over 20 full length theatrical productions both Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway, many award nominated, and numerous readings and workshops. Highlight productions include Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci with Flux Theater Ensemble, Mac Rogers’ Blast Radius with Gideon Productions and Off Broadway in The Runner Stumbles with Retro Productions. Alisha’s work in TV and Film is just beginning. She most recently appeared in Celebrity Ghost Stories, among others. A native Minnesotan, Alisha received her BA in Music and Theater from St. Olaf College. She is a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble and a Company Member of Retro Productions. Find out more about Alisha at alishaspielmann.com

Rachael Hip-Flores
Juliet

Rachael Hip-Flores

Rachael was born and raised in Piscataway, NJ and graduated with a BFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She is best known for her role as Vivian McMillan on the web series Anyone But Me, for which she received the IAWTV, Streamy, and Indie Soap Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Dramatic Webseries. Rachael also received a nomination for Best Lead Actress in A Drama for the web mini-series Good People in Love. She has appeared on Gossip Girl, as well as at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and San Diego International Latino Film Festival as the titular character in the short film Lucrecia. When not in front of the camera, Rachael is an active performer in the NYC independent theater scene, most notably with the award winning Flux Theater Ensemble and Judith Shakespeare Company, as well as a director and teaching artist.

Jenny Grace
Laura

Jenny Grace

Jenny Grace is a New York based actress. Recent film credits include Summertime (awarded “Best Sceenplay” by Martin Scorsese at NYC’s First Time Fest), Possum, (official selection of “NY International Short Film Festival, Lighthouse International Film Festival, and New Hope Film Festival), Sebatian Piras’ neo-noir Fog, Keren Cytter’s Vengeance, and the feminist comedy news show Lady Business. Upcoming projects include Err. For more information about Jenny’s work, please visit thejennygrace.com

Betty Kaplan
Andrea

Betty Kaplan

After an early life of Communism Betty moved on to Zionism and then became an ardent supporter of Capitalism here in NYC. Besides her love for living in different countries, dancing, sci-fi and languages Betty also beats on drums and is generally loud. Her recent works include the role of Tyler in Some Girl(s) by Neil LaBute, a haunted hospital themed webseries The Graveyard Shift, a site specific theater collaboration with Daniel Talbott at Primary Stages, and a role of a sassy murder witness in the indie action Pearl. Commercials and Discovery Channel gigs pay the bills (not true; that money is for shoes). When Betty grows up she hopes to spend years as an actress while waiting for her chance to wait tables. See more at BettyNYC.com

Andy Phelan
Evan

Andy Phelan

Credits include Galileo w/ F. Murray Abraham (CSC), Richard III (CSC), MilkMilkLemonade (The Management), The Chimes, Missing Celia Rose (SPF/Public Theater), Billy Witch (APAC), Measure For Pleasure (Florida Studio Theatre), The Beard of Avon, Inherit the Wind w/ Andre De Shields (Cape Playhouse) and Honor and the River (Luna Stage). He also plays the title character in Becoming Christopher, a series of films about cystic fibrosis for Novartis Inc.

Stacey Raymond
Michelle

Stacey Raymond

Born and raised in New Jersey, Stacey Raymond is a critically acclaimed stage and screen actor who graduated from Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts) where she received her BFA in Acting. Stacey has enjoyed performing at dozens of theaters including The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Theater Row’s Clurman Theater, Urban Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, La Mama’s Annex Theater, The Neighborhood Playhouse, P.S. 122, The Bickford Theater, and WOW Cafe Theater, to name a few, as well as performances with terraNOVA Collective, Red Fern Theater Company, and New York Madness (for which she is an acting company member). Stacey has appeared in television/web spots, as well as independent films, including the leading roles in the award-winning films Alice In Andrew’s Land and Dive. Stacey also recently had a blast acting in a sci-fi film titled Android Masquerade, to be released on Netflix. When not acting, Stacey can be found trying to rap and/or trying to skateboard (sometimes simultaneously). See more of Stacey on staceyraymond.com

Kevin Sebastian
Richard

Kevin Sebastian

Kevin Sebastian: Film/TV – Co-producer, writer, and series regular on The Grid pilot at Hoboken Intl (Best Pilot nom.) and Golden Door Film Festivals, Killswitch at Cannes Film Festival & Seattle’s Science Fiction Short Film Fest, Tribeca VisionFest’s The Man with the Red Right Hand, NYC Horror Film Fest’s award-winning The Lake Passage, Flatland Film Festival’s The Cyclist, Chad Lowe’s Beautiful Ohio, numerous episodes of Saturday Night Live, the Russian feature No Love in the City, and the WGA-sanctioned web series, Issues. New York Theatre – Waiting for the Bus (American Globe Theatre Best Actor Award), Importance of Being Earnest, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Intermezzo with NYC Opera at Lincoln Center, Dark of the Moon. Proud to be part of the Tina Cesa Ward lexicon!

Chinaza Uche
Jacob

Chinaza Uche

Chinaza Uche is a graduate of the Experimental Theater Wing and The Classical Studio at NYU. He will be next seen in Mother of George (Sundance 2013) which will be in theaters September 13th, and on stage in Plum De Force. Recent Film: Terry Richardson’s Last Hours (Cannes 2012), Threading Needles. Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Deception and Golden Boy. Recent Theater: Othello with The Kinetic Theatre Ensemble, Honeyfist and Hearts Like Fists with The Flux Theatre Ensemble, Obskene with The Talking Band, Flipside with The HartBeat Ensemble (New York Fringe Festival – Best Ensemble; Broadway World Connecticut Awards – Best Actor Nomination), The Brothers Size at The Everyman Theatre (Best of Baltimore Awards 2012 – Best Play). He’s an associate Ensemble Member with The HartBeat Ensemble.

David Drake
Henry

David Drake (Guest Star)

DAVID DRAKE (Henry) has performed off-Broadway in A Language of Their Own (The Public), The Boys in the Band (Lortel), End of the World Party (47th St. Theater), Pageant (Blue Angel), Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Provincetown Playhouse), The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse), Son of Drakula (Dance Theater Workshop), Tawny Tell Me True (Laurie Beechman), and in his long-running one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, for which he won Obie and Dramalogue Awards. TV/ FILM credits include The Good Wife, NY Undercover, Law & Order (repeat offender), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Longtime Companion, We Pedal Uphill, It’s Pat, Peoria Babylon, Naked in New York, David Searching, Hit & Runway, Bear City, Jonathan Demme’s Academy Award-winning Philadelphia, as the feature film version of his one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. Theater directing credits include Sundance Theater Lab, The Public, NYMF, NYC International Fringe Festival, and Taylor Mac’s Obie Award-winning The Lily’s Revenge at Here.

Alexis Slade
Lainey

Alexis Slade (Guest Star)

Alexis Slade received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts. She studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London where she performed as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. Her credits include; Sara in Firecracker (Theater Row), Emily in It’s our Town, Too (The Vital Theater), Maria in West Side Story and Ti Moune in Once on this Island (both at NJ Performing Arts Center), the staged readings of Doris to Darlene (Playwrights Horizons), Maggie in Other People’s Children (Manhattan Theater Club), Ezzie in Palmetto, Anarcha in Damaged Virtues, Jackie in The Green Book (all at La Mama Annex). She most recently played the role of Elisabeth in the award winning web series Anyone But Me and currently teaches theater and directs for the Paper Mill Playhouse. She is so grateful and excited to be working with director, Tina Cesa Ward once again and joining the amazing cast of Producing Juliet.

 

The Producers

Tina Cesa Ward

Tina Cesa Ward

Executive Producer, Writer, Director

Prior to creating Producing Juliet, Tina Cesa Ward was the Executive Producer/Writer/Director of the web series with 35 million views, Anyone But Me. Tina won the first ever Writers Guild of America Award (with Susan Miller) for Original New Media and also won the International Academy of Web TV award for writing in 2012 and her directing in 2013. Tina also directed the branded web series Bestsellers. And in 2011 debuted the mini series Good People in Love hailed by DIGIDAY as ‘…a new milestone for online video series.’ Before her work on the web Tina directed for the stage receiving the Jean Dalrymple Award for her direction of Freak Show. She’s also written and directed several short films and a feature. Her short film In Their Absence has screened in over a dozen festivals around the world and was awarded five times both domestically and abroad. And was named one of the best short films of the decade by Festival de cortos MíraLes in 2011. Tina is also the creator of the comic book series Guards of Dagmar, which will digitally publish its first issue this fall on Comixology.

Allison Vanore

Allison Vanore

Allison Vanore is an award-winning independent film and indie television producer born and raised in New Jersey. She resides in Los Angeles but juggles projects on both coasts and anywhere in between. Allison’s producing credits include original series, Anyone But Me, Cost of Capital, SOLO: The Series, a series for Lookbook.nu and she co-produces and directs PAWDCasts: Pilar and the World of Dogs. Her feature film credits include romantic comedy, Hopelessly In June, starring Keith David and Tiny Lister, and soon to be released horror comedy, Love in the Time of Monsters, starring horror legend Kane Hodder and versatile Doug Jones. Allison produced the popular anti-bullying PSA The Price of Silence, taught online safety and anti-bullying to middle school students in Los Angeles, and currently teaches Producing Independent Film at the Los Angeles Film School in her spare time – of which there isn’t much!

Rochelle Dancel

Rochelle Dancel

Born, raised and based in London, UK, Rochelle is an international web producer in every sense. Rochelle is a producer on B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye, a Canadian web series that debuted on AfterEllen.com (Logo Network/MTV). She is currently working on Witch Like Me, a multi-platform web series with Fletcher creator, Regan Latimer. Last year, Rochelle produced the indie shorts El Armadillo (finalist and official selection at the One Take Film Festival in Zagreb and the One Shot Movie Competition in London) and Dust & Waltz (finalist at the Reed Short Film Awards at BAFTA) for Front Line Picture House. A postgraduate of Goldsmith’s Media & Communications department, Rochelle is also a partner at Shoreditch-based brand communications team, Bats In Belfries, where she works on digital, content and social marketing projects, including the Social Media Week London Event, Pimp My Web Series.