A BFA in Film/Drama from Syracuse University gave Robyn the opportunity to experience multiple facets of the film and television industry, and led to a 10 year career, directing school productions and teaching drama. A pivotal change for Robyn's career arrived in 2012, when she won the role of Marcie in a production of "You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown". This stage experience inspired Robyn to pursue the performance side of the visual arts and she subsequently studied the methods of Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, the Meisner Technique, and improvisation at the Magnet Theater and UCB in NYC. Robyn has appeared in principal and supporting roles in short and feature films, television productions, webseries, commercials and theater. In 2016, Robyn won “Best Supporting Actress in a Short Drama” at the Atlantic City Cinefest for her role of Ashley in Moral Compass, an official selection of eight film festivals and a two time nominee for Best Short Film. Robyn has played supporting roles on Investigation Discovery, Shadow of Doubt, Six Degrees of Murder, and The Perfect Murder. She lives in Connecticut with her family. Robyn is a co-founder of Gladiolus Productions,LLC. and a member of NYWIFT.
Matthew Crawley developed a passion for acting during his time studying under Daryl Cox at the University of Oklahoma. After receiving his degree in film, Matthew moved to Los Angeles where he worked in post-production on various reality television shows. Feeling underutilized and creatively stagnant, Matthew decided to step out from behind the scenes and focus on his true passion for performing in front of the camera. Since relocating to New York, Matthew has had the “immense pleasure” of working with Gladiolus Productions on multiple projects. He consistently works on enhancing his craft, studying under the likes of Peter Miner and Matt Newton.
Stephen F Smith is originally from Albany, Georgia and is thrilled to be living and working in NYC. He has over 20 years of acting experience and his recent work since moving to NYC in 2016 includes theatre productions of Carry Me Home (Wes), The Windmills of Kiowa County (Tom), A Lesson in Blood (Noah), and Richard III (Hastings). His NYC film work includes: Trip (Father), The Dog Walker (Journalist), DatingMyTV (web series; Michael), and a comedy-short, No One Has to Know (Congressman). Stephen lives in Manhattan with his wife Dana and son Jeff. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, traveling, visiting historical locations, and walking and talking with his wife.
Israeli-born actress and producer, Orly Shemesh made her acting debut in the short film “See Like Me” in 2013. Since then she has appeared in over 10 film and television productions, including the award-winning short films “Moral Compass” and “Gluteny”, as well as “Gucci Gucci Prada Prada”, “My Mother's Eulogy”, “Goodbye” and “Jimmy”. Orly can also be seen on television in Lifetime Movie Network’s “Motive for Murder” and Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” and “Monumental Mysteries,” as well as in several local commercials. Drawing upon her Improvisation training at NYC’s Magnet Theater, Uta Hagen’s Technique at HB Studios, and Sanford Meisner’s Technique, Orly approaches her acting (and life) with an emphasis on living in the moment, openness, honesty, and listening above all. A member of NYWIFT and a co-founder of Gladiolus Productions, she currently resides in NYC with her devilish cat, Ollie, who makes his film debut in “The Dog Walker.” Orly is ready for her close up, Mr. Ron Howard and Mr. Steven Spielberg!
Charlie's first film appearance was in 2014, after he won the role of 'Max', in "GLUTENY" an award winning short film by Gladiolus Productions. LLC, in NYC. He has performed in numerous TV formats, most recently in Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, and has appeared in commercials across TV, internet, social media, and print. Charlie discovered his undeniable passion for acting in a NYC acting class that focused on the Meisner technique and scene study. In his showcase debut, he performed scenes from Angels in America and Once in a Lifetime; in a subsequent showcase he performed scenes from Sure Thing and Lone Star. Charlie has a passion for international travel and has lived in Madrid, London, and Singapore. He has worked as a high school Spanish and math teacher, and in corporate finance, and now is in real estate sales, experiences that enrich his performances.
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ED ALTMAN (The Editor) was last seen as Scott in Hat, and previously as Senator Charles in Political Theatre, both at Manhattan Theatre Rep. He will appear as Beatles producer, George Martin, in Nowhere Man at the Theatre for The New City in June and several low budget films. Prior roles include Cornelius Vanderbilt in Victoria Woodhull at the Theatre for The New City; Father Naill in Many Mansions; the Mayor in Mysterious Mystery of Mystery Street at the Kraine and many others. Ed appears in films, is a voiceover actor/announcer for commercial and corporate clients, and has narrated many audio books from fiction to university press. He was a founding member of the comedy group “Prom Night” with whom he wrote and performed regularly at the Westbank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar back in the days of Lewis Black and Rusty McGee, who were key supporters.