Matthias Chrans (Dane)
Matthias Chrans is a 21-year-old self-made actor from Los Angeles County. Shortly after graduating Malibu High School, he took on his career as a full-time actor. After attaining full representation and union membership, he started his commercial and film career in which he most recently acted in feature films such as Sake-Bomb (2012), a hit at the Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific Film Festival winning the award for best screenplay and premiered at South-By-Southwest 2013. Matthias also had a pivotal role in the controversially titled, award winning indy-feature Chink (2013). Having worked with such actors as Jason Lee and Jason Tobin, Matthias fearlessly took on such gruesome lead roles in dramatic shorts such as Dog Meet Goose (2012). Matthias currently attends the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He has produced screenplays, songs, and short skits. He plans on a very long and exciting career in acting while at the same time pursuing such interests as directing, writing, music and stand-up comedy.
Jeff Hayenga (Larry)
NY Stage: The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Importance of Being Earnest, Harvey, Twelve Angry Men National Tour (Roundabout Theatre), The Elephant Man (title role), Jeffrey (title role) Two Rooms, Patient A (Signature Theatre), Hapgood (Lincoln Center), As Bees In Honey Drown, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Actor’s Nightmare, Burkie, Hamlet, Beyond Therapy, Ah Wilderness, Mother Courage, King Lear. Regional: Good Boys (ACT Seattle) The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (title role, Missouri Rep) Emma (Pioneer Theatre SLC) Love! Valour! Compassion! and A Question of Mercy (Intiman, Seattle) Pride’s Crossing and Breaking Up (Old Globe, San Diego) TV: Law and Order, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Star Trek: (Next Generation and Enterprise) Jag, Trinity, Bodies of Evidence, NY Undercover, Jack and Bobby, In The Heat of The Night, Matlock. Film: Other People’s Money, And The Band Played On, Memron, The Unborn, The Prince of Pennsylvania, Center Stage.
Melissa Kite (Andrea)
This is Melissa’s debut performance with Malibu Playhouse. Melissa is a classically trained dancer, who at the age of 15 moved from home to study with the Houston Ballet on scholarship. After attending The University of Texas and then Parsons School of Design, she returned to her love of performing arts and began her training as an actress in New York. Melissa most recently co-starred on the ABC family show, Bunheads; recurred on HBO’s Big Love; guest starred on America’s Most Wanted and co-starred on the Emmy Award winning House, both on FOX. She has appeared in numerous indie films, including Skyfell And I Can’t Get Up, and most recently out on HULU, the film, Amber Lake. She also recurred on the web sensation, LonelyGirl15. Melissa works in both regional and local theater, most notable roles being Maggie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Antigone, Antigone; Gretchen, That Good Night; Sara, A Quadrimonial; Judy, Women of Manhattan; and Doris, Boise, USA. Melissa is a Lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio. To see more, please visit www.melissakite.com.
Joslyn Kramer (Chelsea)
Joslyn Kramer is extremely proud to be performing at Malibu Playhouse and feels honored to be in this show. This is Joslyn’s first play at a professional theatre company and she couldn’t be more excited to take part in this new experience. Her past roles include Maria in West Side Story, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Cinderella in Into the Woods, all from her high school’s musical theatre program in Vail, Arizona. Kramer left school at the University of Arizona and moved to Los Angeles at the beginning of 2013 to pursue an acting career in film and television, but she soon discovered that she missed the stage and the theatre community. Joslyn also plays a supporting role in the upcoming film Mercy Rule, which is set to release in Spring 2014. Visit joslynkramer.com.
Jayne McLendon (Rachel)
Jayne McLendon graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and Stonestreet Film Studios. She was last seen in New York as Emma in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. Other favorite theatre credits include Urinetown, Godspell, The Time of Your Life, Into the Woods and numerous productions at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. She recently appeared as Margaritah in Stuck, a play she co-produced at the Whitefire Theatre. Since moving to LA she has enjoyed acting in various short films, and was honored to win Best Actress at the Shorttakes Film Festival. She has performed as a back-up singer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, can be heard on 30 Seconds to Mars’ latest album, and loves writing her own music on the piano and guitar. She is thrilled to be a part of the Malibu Playhouse’s inaugural show.
Zach Palmer (Kyle)
Zach Palmer grew up in New York and Connecticut, making his stage debut in the U.S. National Tour of Cameron MacIntosh’s Oliver! at the age of eleven. Most recently, he has appeared in the TV movie Brandt Point (Fremantle Media), in feature films including Fly Away, Forgotten Pills, and Resident Advisor, and as Roger in Rent at the Skylight Theater. A graduate of the Los Angeles High School for the Arts who plans to attend The New School, he is the recipient of awards from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Grammy Foundation, and the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Ahmanson Theatre, The Troubadour, The Knitting Factory and other venues throughout Los Angeles. Zach recently finished writing a web series to be shot in 2013, and is currently a singer/songwriter for an LA-based band.
Tyler Ritter (Steve)
Tyler Ritter is a Los Angeles native who made his acting debut in 1994 on the PBS show, Storytime. After performing in various student films and plays throughout high school and college, Tyler did what many aspiring actors would consider impractical and left Hollywood to become a teacher in Argentina. Three years later he was married to Argentine director, Lelia Parma, and having found a place in South American television decided to bind this new life with whatever awaited back home. Tyler has since acted for the Young Playwrights Festival at the Stella Adler Theater and is a consistent participant for Young Storyteller’s Big Shows. He has also worked in film and television including, An Evergreen Christmas, Weekends At Bellevue, and Slice.
Ede Crowder (u/s Rachel/Chelsea)
Ede Bell Crowder is a local resident of Malibu and is about to enter her senior year at Malibu High School. She first became interested in acting in 2007 at the age of ten when she was cast in Lisa Cole’s short film Water Moccasin, which was screened at over thirty national film festivals. Ede has continued her passion for acting by participating in numerous productions including Competition Piece, Spurs of Love, Alice in Wonderland, Darcy’s Cinematic Life, and A Christmas Carol with the Young Actors Project at Malibu Stage Company. Her most recent performance was on stage in Malibu High School Theater Department’s rendition of the Golden Compass trilogy, His Dark Materials. With her father being an editor and director of many successful documentary films, Ede has always had a knack for film making. Throughout her teenage years, she has filmed and edited many of her own shorts, one of which won overall best film in Malibu High School’s 2012 Film Festival. Her dream would be to attend film school for directing and editing after graduating from Malibu High. Her love for theater is ever-growing and she is so grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this inaugural production at Malibu Playhouse.
Breck Gallini (u/s Steve)
Breck Gallini hails from Highland Park, Texas, having performed in plays, musicals, movies, and national commercials since age 11. His career began as Michael Darling in KD Studios’ production of Peter Pan. He quickly won the attention of his first agent, a partnership from which he acquired 6 national commercials, including Nickelodeon and CompUSA, as well as voiceover work for the Dallas Zoo. Breck went on to star in other theatrical productions such as Godspell, in which he played Judas, and The Music Man, in which he played the title role of Harold Hill. He also performed in the world premiere of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage! in association with Stagedoor Manor, the acclaimed school in New York. At 18 he was offered an acting scholarship from Pepperdine University and finally made the move to California. Soon after landing in Malibu he co-starred with Academy Award nominee Katharine Ross in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly Akimbo. Directed by BAFTA nominee Graeme Clifford at the formerly-named Malibu Stage Company, Breck’s performance received critical accolades from LA Weekly and Malibu Times. This fall, Breck makes his big-screen debut with a supporting role in digital filmmaking pioneer Neil Johnson’s Starship: Rising. He is proud to be performing for the Malibu Playhouse and would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the process of his unfolding career. Breck is currently represented by RPM for theatrical work and ABA for commercial work.
Michael Stahler (u/s Dane/Kyle)
Michael Stahler was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA where he began a career in acting and music at the young age of seven. After relocating to Malibu High School, Michael became a fixture in the local acting community, taking on dramatic leading roles such as John Proctor in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and also received accolades for his vocal and comedic abilities, playing Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical. After high school, Michael continued to study acting at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts’ conservatory theater program, playing such roles as Ralphie from Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing, as well as the title role in Shakespeare’s Richard III. Michael soon left CalArts when he was plucked by theatrical representation, and has continued to act professionally ever since. He has appeared alongside Jimmy Smits in NBC’s Outlaw. He wrote, produced, scored, and starred in his own web-series. appeared in numerous short films, and acted on stage with actors Leigh McCloskey and A Martinez. He recently starred in the film adaptation of Naomi Wallace’s play The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, which won “Best Narrative Short” at the Los Angeles Film and Script Festival, and just had its international premiere at Cannes, to much praise. He recently wrapped shooting the feature film The Broken Legacy, due out this fall. Michael is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, and can be found playing at many notable LA clubs, as well as on iTunes.
Michelle Burke Thomas (u/s Andrea)
Michelle was born in Defiance Ohio and headed out to Los Angeles in her early twenties. Her first acting role was playing Jody Cramer in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. She went on to star in such features as Coneheads, Major League II and The Last Word. She then moved into the television world and played Jo Bhaer in an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Men for two seasons.