ClexaCon Virtual - Meet the Guest

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera

Pronouns: She/Her

Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera is an Australian born, Sri Lankan made writer, producer, and performer with a fierce focus on inclusivity through representation. She is the director of content for OML Media the parent company of OML on Revry; the first global, queer womxn’s, live television channel that launched in November 2020. Before joining OML, she was the executive producer of viral, LGBTQ+ web series, GIRLS LIKE MAGIC that garnered over 50 million views on OML Media’s YouTube channel. She is also the writer/creator of the short-form, digital series DATING IN PLACE, a socially distant comedy produced during the Covid-19 safer at home period for the REVRY network

Amy Acker

Pronouns: She/Her

Amy Acker is an Actress best known for her starring roles in PERSON OF INTEREST, THE GIFTED, DOLLHOUSE and ANGEL . You may also have seen her in a starring role in Joss Whedon’s version of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Amy also appeared in Lionsgate’s CABIN IN THE WOODS opposite Chris Hemsworth.

Angela Aguayo

Pronouns: She/Her

Angela J. Aguayo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a scholar-media maker specializing in participatory and engaged cinema. Her most recent book, Documentary Resistance: Social Change and Participatory Media(Oxford University Press, 2019) investigates the political impact and democratic possibilities of engaged production practice. Aguayo is an award winning writer, director and producer of documentary shorts utilized in community engagement campaigns, screening at festivals and museums around the world.

Anna Margarita Albelo

Pronouns: She/Her

Anna Margarita Albelo is a Cuban-American writer, director and 2020 Spirit Award nominated producer of Madeleine Olnek’s Wild Nights with Emily and the 2021 Oscar qualifying short, “Rosa” by Palestinian-American, Suha Araj. Anna’s award-winning feature, “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” was released theatrically in France and her short film, “The Turkey” screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This year, Anna is set to direct “Clare at 16” a feminist dark comedy written by Guinevere Turner and is also in development of “The Papaya Factory”, her coming of age film set in1984 Miami with Issa Rae’s Color Creative and Wise Entertainment producing.

Dalilah Ali Rajah

Pronouns: She/Her

Powerhouse storyteller, Dalila Ali Rajah is a wonderful mixture of sandalwood, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Whether she is lighting up the stage with her critically acclaimed acting skills or her mesmerizing dance moves, she is simply a joy to watch. She is a dynamic multi-hyphenate griot; actress, writer, and producer. Ali Rajah holds a BA in Theatre from Spelman College, an MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (Calarts), and was in the inaugural class of the London based Identity School of Acting’s (IDSA) LA campus. This well-known lauded activist and content creator was selected as one of The Advocate Magazine’s Entertainers of the Year. She Co-Created Cherry Bomb!, which ran 5 seasons on Canada’s OutTV, and her award winning short film Secrets and Toys which she wrote, produced, and stars in is now showing on Outfest NOW and OML (One More Lesbian). She’s toured in the Tony Award winning production of The Trip to Bountiful with Cecily Tyson, Blair Underwood, and Vanessa Williams; and has appeared in such shows as How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Criminal Minds. Dalila also won Best Actress for her leading role in the feature drama Quiet As Kept. She is a force to be reckoned with.

Marina Rice Bader

Pronouns: She/Her

Marina executive produced ‘Elena Undone’ and ‘A Perfect Ending’ then went on to write/direct/produce ‘Anatomy of a Love Seen’, ‘Raven’s Touch’ and ‘Ava’s Impossible Things’. She is currently developing ‘Alien Jane at the Shangri-La’, a futuristic film with an all-female cast and is in preproduction for ‘Aubrey Goes Down’, the story of just how far one woman will go to keep her dreams alive. During the COVID lockdown Marina co-created and directed the web series ‘dating in place’ which released in November and is completing another pandemic show ‘The Juniper Files’.

Kristin Bauer

Pronouns: She/Her

American film and television actress Kristin Bauer, who has been in the business since her early 20′s, is most known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in True Blood. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered around nature and animals. In junior high she got interested in the arts, specifically drawing and painting, and after graduating high school Kristin completed three years of art school before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.

Two years later she was hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy The Crew, which lasted for one season.

In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guest roles as “Man Hands” Gillian, Jerry’s girlfriend, on Seinfeld. Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regular characters including the Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama Total Security, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama That’s Life, and the sexy, softball “porn mom” on the NBC comedy Hidden Hills. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) on HBO’s original drama True Blood.

Today she lives in Los Angeles with her musician, South African husband, Abri van Straten, two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. She splits her time between shooting, painting and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation, Oceana, PCRM and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion as they “Have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical artist I have ever seen.”

Naomi Bennett

Pronouns: She/Her

Naomi is the CEO & Founder of Lesflicks; a streaming platform, events and website all focused on increasing the knowledge of, and access to, lesbian & bisexual films. Inspired by both the audience desire to see more content and the frustration of filmmakers in getting their film in front of that audience and being paid fairly – Lesflicks is proud to be an ethically priced platform. Naomi is an out lesbian or loves her community – which you can tell by her huge DVD collection and rainbow eyeshadow!

Georgia Beers

Pronouns: She/Her

Georgia Beers spends her days in Upstate New York writing, reading, and dreaming about women-loving-women romance. In her off-hours, she can usually be found searching for a scary movie, attempting to bake something yummy, sipping a good Pinot Noir, or trying to keep up with little big man Archie, her mix of many tiny dogs. Find out more at georgiabeers.com.

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Pronouns: She/Her

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Lesley-Ann Brandt has become one of the biggest South African exports via New Zealand after immigrating to Auckland with her parents and brother in 1999. With her mixed ethnic background, Lesley-Ann is Hollywood’s exciting new discovery.

As a child, she participated in almost every kindergarten and school play and was a natural singer. It was when she starting modeling and booking TV commercials that she caught the eye of casting directors. Encouraged by them, she began studying the Meisner technique as well as doing every possible acting workshop she could find and after only a few months her natural ability to perform, take direction and work with the camera saw her commercial auditions shift towards television and film auditions.

Lesley-Ann was discovered by local New Zealand producer Chris Hampson and creator/writer James Griffen (Siones Wedding, Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) who were on the hunt for the leading lady of their quirky new half hour comedy Diplomatic Immunity. They’d been searching for an actress for months and were 3 weeks away from shooting when Lesley-Ann auditioned. She was hired within a week, had to quit her job as an IT recruitment consultant and went on to star opposite Craig Parker (of Spartacus, Lord of the Rings and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), quickly moving her into the hearts of the New Zealand nation.

In 2010 Brandt commanded the world take notice with her role as “Naevia” in the breakout Starz hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Naevia the beautiful slave girl who’s story with Manu Bennett’s character Crixus emerged as the show’s big love story creating a fan frenzy worldwide.

Working with producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and actors John Hannah (The Mummy and Four Weddings and a Funeral), Peter Mensah (300 and Avatar), Lucy Lawless (Xena), Lesley-Ann captivated audiences with her performance, and became one of the shows break out stars.

Lesley-Ann continued to work on back to back projects, This is not My Life (2010) and ABC’s Legend of the Seeker (2010) as well as her feature film debut Insight starring opposite Natalie Zea and Christopher Lloyd.

In 2011 she resurrected her role as “Naevia” in the prequel season of Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. Roles on Chuck, CSI: New York (recurring) and TNT’s Memphis Beat soon followed as well as a lead role in Syfy’s highest rated original feature for 2011 Zombie Apocalypse starring opposite Ving Rhames and Taryn Manning.

Lesley-Ann has been named as one of 2013’s faces to watch in film by South Africa’s largest newspaper publication City Press. This year she can be seen in the much anticipated feature film Drift starring opposite Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator: Salvation) and Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse, Anonymous) as well as the dark comedy, Killing Winston Jones starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Masterson, Danny Glover , Jon Heder and directed by Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball).
Since 2015, Lesley-Ann has starred on Lucifer on the role of “Mazikeen”

Lesley-Ann is now permanently based in Los Angeles.

Ellie Brigada

Pronouns: She/Her

Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston. She is the co-host of Lez Hang Out, an LGBTQ podcast about positive representation in the media.

Bethany Brown

Pronouns: She/Her

Bethany Brown can be seen guest-starring on The CW’s series “Charmed” with her character premiering in season 2 and continuing on in season 3 as Mel Vera’s (played by Melonie Diaz) girlfriend. Brown shines as Ruby, a witch in witchness protection and with a complicated relationship with magic. Brown’s previous credits include The CW’s The 100, The Flash, and Audience Network’s series Rogue.
Born in Burnaby, BC Brown grew up in the small town of Coldstream, BC. She moved to Vancouver at the age of 17 to play semi-pro collegiate soccer at Simon Fraser University (NAIA). While she excelled in sports, Brown always had a passion for the arts and was also involved in music school. When a foot injury ended her career in soccer, she began focusing all her efforts on music and acting. Brown went on to take Performing Arts classes and trained at Railtown Actor’s Studio in Vancouver. Over the years, she has appeared in many television projects including: “Van Helsing,” “Supernatural,” “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce,” “Motive,” and “Legends of Chima.” On the film front, Brown co-starred in “Year of the Carnivore” opposite Cristin Milioti and Will Sasso, which premiered at the Toronto
International Film Festival as a Canada First Selection.
When she isn’t on set Brown loves the outdoors- you can find her hiking, kayaking, and soon to be scuba diving. She is also passionate about rainforest conservation, and is working withThe Rainforest Pavilion and Quipo to purchase rainforest land for
permanent conservation. She also holds a Master’s Degree in OccupationalTherapy and maintains a rehabilitative caseload. 

Kris Bryant

Pronouns: She/Her

Multi-award winning author Kris Bryant was born in Tacoma, WA but has lived all over the world and now considers Kansas City her home. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and spends a lot of her time buried in books. You can find her books at boldstrokesbooks.com and her queer media podcast at queerlyrecommended.com

Alyx Bui

Pronouns: They/Them

“Lisa “Alyx” Bui (they/them) is an Edmonton based director, writer and activist whose stories expand narratives divergent from the mainstream, centering the representation of QTBIPOC folx- their stories, their faces, their struggles and joys- and explores the intersections of systems, identity and culture. Sane-ish Middle Class Asians (2019) is their debut short film as a director, actor, writer, artist and editor. In 2021, they will be directing and producing “Coffee to the People”, a documentary which was selected and awarded funding by TELUS Storyhive’s 2020 Local Heroes Documentary edition, and will explore the decolonization of the coffee industry through a QPOC owned coffee shop, Intent Coffee. They are also currently writing “Myth of the Rabbit God,” a script exploring Asian queerness, sensuality, and mythology. Building on their film industry experience, they are a mentee with the Canadian Film Festival, a programmer with the 2020/21 ClexaCon Film Festival, and was selected as a featured emerging artist for Edmonton’s arts festival 2020 NextFest.”

Nikki Caster

Pronouns: She/Her

Every change you desire in the world, in your relationships and career must first be experienced within. Using movement, somatic and energy practices, Nikki has developed a method for transforming your inner world. Developed through her own need for healing, self love and transcendence, Nikki’s method created massive evolution in her own life and in the lives of her clients.

Mary Chieffo

Pronouns: She/Her

Mary Chieffo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Juilliard in 2015, winning the Elizabeth Smith Voice and Speech Prize and the Saint-Denis Prize for “Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Drama.” In her fourth year, she took on the title character in Erica Schmidt’s all-female Macbeth, reprising the role with Schmidt in 2016 for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s The Other Season. After portraying Iago in October 2015 for Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s all-female Othello, Mary participated in workshops of Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers—a one-woman show written by Grammy Award-winning Suzanne Vega and Tony- and Grammy Award-winning Duncan Sheik. She performed the piece at the Sherry Theatre in LA and at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX in March and August of 2016. Mary stars as Jane in the upcoming webseries Digital Detox—a futuristic rendering of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper—opposite her fellow Juilliard classmate Justin Lawrence Barnes, directed by Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer). ary has become known internationally as the Klingon Commander L’Rell on Star Trek: Discovery—a strong, smart female warrior struggling to reunify the Klingon Empire, a particularly patriarchal alien society. She hopes to use her newfound platform to bring about greater intersectional gender equality in front and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry and beyond. To that end, Mary is currently producing, writing, and starring in a feminist, gender, and color conscious Shakespeare adaptation alongside Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions. She is thrilled to reveal more details about the project soon!

Jane Clark

Pronouns: She/Her

Jane has made 3 features, 8 short films, a VR short and a web-series earning numerous awards and nominations on the festival circuit by envisioning strong characters in visceral environments. She has worked with actors such as Lukas Haas, David Arquette, Tom Sizemore, Candis Cayne, Necar Zadegan and Wilson Cruz, as well as Emmy-winning sound wizard, Andy D’Addario (“Mozart in the Jungle”), Emmy-winning DP Per Larsson (“The Amazing Race”) and composer Curt Smith (co-founder – Tears for Fears). Her work has been reviewed as “Oscar-nomination worthy, “hypnotizing,” “hauntingly graphic,” “intriguing, provocative and harsh,” “compassionate,” “intelligent,” “well-conceived,” “A-plus,” “well-crafted,” and “infused with a welcome level of depth.”

Learn more about Jane on her website.

Winny Clarke

Pronouns: She/Her

Winny Clarke is an actor based in Toronto, Canada, best known for her role as Elliot, in the feature film ‘Almost Adults’. She started meditating around the time she booked the role, and has found meditation has become a pillar of her wellbeing. She is passionate about sharing her experience and hopes to encourage others to take on a daily meditation practice. You can catch her weekly on her and her partners podcast, Disciplined Stoners streaming on spotify.

Caitlyn Clear

Pronouns: She/Her

From a young age, Caitlyn’s interests have always included any form of storytelling. Now a writer by day, avid TV watcher by night, she hopes to create stories that reflect the diverse world we live in.

Elishia Constantine

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elishia K. Constantine is an independent filmmaker and producer who is tired of Hollywood gatekeepers and is on a mission to make everything gay. She went from first time Clexacon attendee in 2019 to pitching to networks within one year, so she deeply understands the power of this community to do good work and make good happen.

Shaan Dasani

Pronouns: He/They

SHAAN DASANI is an LA-based actor, producer, writer & speaker. He was recently featured as a trailblazer in the NEW YORK TIMES piece “The Trans Actors Challenging Outmoded Ideas of Masculinity,” for his work in award-winning digital series THESE THEMS and groundbreaking comedy series RAZOR TONGUE, created by EMMY nominated actress and producer Rain Valdez. Recognized as a champion of social change, in 2018 the BONOBOS brand picked Shaan as a representative for their #EvolveTheDefinition campaign, which sought to jumpstart a conversation around broadening ideas around masculinity. He has performed his lyrical rap poetry piece – I GOT A STORY TO TELL YA on stage in Los Angeles, and has been invited to speak at colleges and high schools in California about his experiences as a South Asian transgender man. With an M.F.A. in film production from Chapman University, Shaan has written, produced & directed over 30 short films, commercials and music videos and is a proud member of the Director’s Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA.

Alex Blue Davis

Pronouns: He/Him

Alex Blue Davis is an American actor and singer/songwriter. He is best known for his role as Dr. Casey Parker on Grey’s Anatomy, the first recurring trans masculine character played by a trans man on Primetime TV. His other credits include NCIS, NCIS:LA, Station 19, and Two Broke Girls. Davis is also known for his music, having toured nationally and released a number of EPs, including his most recent EP, Songs for Surgery.

Felicia Day

Pronouns: She/Her

Felicia Day is a professional actress who has appeared in numerous mainstream television shows and films, including “Buffy”, “Eureka” and ”Supernatural”. She currently stars in the revival of “Mystery Science Theatre 3000” on Netflix, as well as voices characters on animated shows such as “Miles of Tomorrowland”, “Stretch Armstrong” and  “Skylanders” to name a few.

However, Felicia is best known for her work in the web video world, behind and in front of the camera. She co-starred in Joss Whedon’s Internet musical “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” which won an Emmy in 2009. She also created and starred in the groundbreaking web series “The Guild”. It won numerous awards for web video excellence over its six seasons. Felicia expanded the show into numerous merchandizing opportunities, including a hit comic book series with Dark Horse Comics. Coinciding with the recent 10th anniversary, several props and costumes from the show were recently accepted into the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection.

Felicia’s production company Knights of Good also produced the innovative web series “Dragon Age” in conjunction with EA/Bioware in 2011 and in 2012 she created an online media company called Geek & Sundry. Since launching in April 2012, the company’s YouTube channel has garnered over 1.6 million subscribers and the Twitch channel over 30k subscribers, one of the highest on that live streaming platform. In 2014, the company was sold to Legendary Entertainment. Felicia continues to work as creative chief officer with her company, as well as develop television and web projects for her to write, produce and star in.

Melonie Diaz

Pronouns: She/Her

Melonie Diaz can currently be seen the second season of the CW series CHARMED in which she stars as the series regular role of “Mel.” She has received great acclaim in the independent feature FRUITVALE STATION, which she was nominated for as the best supporting female for the Independent Spirit Award. Melonie also appears in a great role opposite Adam Sandler in Tom McCarthy’s THE COBBLER. Previously, she has been widely recognized for her work in BE KIND, REWIND, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS and HAMLET 2

Katy Farina

Pronouns: She/Her

Katy Farina is a queer comic artist and illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. She is best known as the artist of the bestselling series BABY-SITTERS LITTLE SISTER, and is currently developing her own original stories.

Kim Fernandez 

Pronouns: She/Her

Kim Fernandez is a performing artist and creator. Known for her eclectic mix of her POVs, lipsyncs and revamping covers of songs with LGBT fitting lyrics, Kim has over 1.1M followers across platforms, frequently streams on Twitch, and is a darling of the online gaming community.

Leigh Holmes Foster

Pronouns: She/Her

Leigh is the co-creator and co-host of the hit queer podcast Lez Hang Out, now in its fourth season. The show was recently nominated for a Queerty award for Best Podcast and has topped a million downloads since it launched! She is also the composer and lyricist for upcoming podcast musical The Flame. She lives in the Bay Area with her wife, two kids, and dog.
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    Teruko Furuya

    Pronouns: She/Her

    A native Californian, Teruko Furuya lives in Los Angeles and works as a Business Analyst. She has been published in two volumes of the Clexacon Anthology Series Fandom to Fantasy, published by Sapphire Books. Her hand-sewn book arts project titled “Shikataganai,” a story of her family’s experience in the Manzanar Internment Camp, has shown in over 20 gallery shows. Copies have been donated to the Japanese National American Museum and the Library of Congress. Her latest project, a queer love story set in a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II, is her first full-length novel project.

    Emily Goss

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Emily Goss is a queer actress known for films like Snapshots and Season of Love, and the Revry web series Dating In Place. Her television credits include guest stars on LA’s Finest, Criminal Minds, Future Man, and Castle. She loves American soccer and the Los Angeles theatre community.

    Emily Gutierrez

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Winner of Best LGBT Short two years in a row and an Audience Award from the Toronto Short Film Festival, Emily Gutierrez is a writer, director, and producer. Growing up, Emily never got to see someone like herself on screen. As a bisexual, Toronto-born Filipino filmmaker, she has a dedicated voice championing the underrepresented.

    Lyra Hale

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Lyra is a Latinx queer writer, podcaster, and moderator who runs a Tuesday LGBTQ column titled Queerly Not Straight. Her work is available at Fangirlish, The Mary Sue, and Den of Geek.

    Devon Hales

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Devon most recently starred as “April” on the Netflix series TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS, executive produced by Jenji Kohan. She has also guest starred on the Fox drama series THE RESIDENT, and the IFC horror comedy STAN AGAINST EVIL.

    Kathleen Harquail

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Kathleen is an experienced policy advisor, independent film producer, and change maker based in Toronto.

    Lyn Hemphill

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Lyn is a Kenyan-British writer with one book out (Not Broken) and another on the way in 2022. She loves exploring all sorts of relationships and situations in her books, either in the real world or in urban fantasies.

    Rae Isla

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Born on an island near Seattle, Americana-pop singer and songwriter Rae Isla splits her time between Brooklyn, Seattle, and Mexico City. With a slew of successful singles and a self-produced EP kick starting her career with features in Complex, Earmilk, and MTV Latin America, and headline shows at Rough Trade and CDMX’s Departamento club under her belt, Rae is carving a space for her genre-blending, ethereal songs. Her debut album “Another Life” is set to release on May 7th, 2021.

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      Joanne Kelly

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Joanne can currently be seen in a recurring role in Godfather of Harlem for EPIX. She starred in the play The Fall, which premiered at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. She has appeared on TV in ABC’s The Resident, and the mini-series, The Disappearance. Joanne recurred on CBS’ Zoo, A&E’s The Returned, and CBS’ Hostages. She was a series regular lead on Syfy’s Warehouse 13. Joanne starred in the feature film Closet Monster, whichwon the best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2015, and has been nominated for two Gemini Awards in her career, one for her lead role in the mini-seriesDiamonds and the other for her lead role in the mini-series Playing House.
      Joanne’s theatre credits include Romeo and JulietJulius Caesar, MacbethMeasure for Measure, and Seven Stories, in addition to Oleanna and Proof, both of which she also produced.

      Jenna Laurenzo

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Jenna Laurenzo is the award-winning writer, director, and star of Lez Bomb, and the viral short Girl Night Stand. She most recently released Girl Night Stand: Chapter Two, along with her first single ‘The River,’ which she wrote for the short film. Jenna’s currently working on her next feature, and developing a TV series.

      May Lifschitz

      Pronouns: She/Her

      May was born in the north of Argentina, with a Danish Mother and Argentine father. She moved to Denmark at a young age, and started her career in front of the camera already at the age of 16 as a model. At the age of 19 she was scouted for her first role, and started acting from then on. Here after followed various roles such as the evil whitch Kimea in the Danish fantasy feature film ”Wild Witch”, gueststarring as Sofia in the comedy series ”Yes, No, Maybe”, as Vibeke Kruse in the historical feature drama ”Christian Den Fjerde – den sidste rejse” and latest in 2021 as Sabine in the comedy drama series ”Friheden”.

      In 2020 she was to be seen in her first international role as Chanel in Netflix US production ‘Warrior Nun’. Later this year she will air in the Finish drama tv-series ”Next of Kin” and she has just wrapped the Danish comedy series ”The Orchestre”. 

      Alongside her acting career May has been working as a model doing campaigns for international brands such as Victoria’s Secrret, Tommy Hilfiger and Adidas.

       

      Madeleine Lim

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Madeleine Lim is the founding Executive Director of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP). As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit in the late 90’s, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories. Decades ahead of mainstream conversations about gender and racial equity in film, she founded QWOCMAP in 2000. Her belief was that a community of filmmaker-activists could change the craft of filmmaking and the leadership of social justice movements. Under Madeleine’s leadership, QWOCMAP’s award-winning Filmmaker Training Program has nurtured the creation of over 450 films, the largest catalog of LBTQ+ BIPOC films in existence. Madeleine is an award-winning filmmaker with over 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world, featured at universities, museums, and broadcast to millions on PBS. Her film Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997) remains banned in Singapore.

      Iyari Limon

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Iyari Limon was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but by the age of one she and her parents had made Southern California their new home. Although English is her primary language, she’s fluent in Spanish since being raised in a Spanish-speaking household all her life. She’s also semi-fluent in French, and being of Spanish, French, German, and Mexican-Indian descent, for her it seems only right to be able to speak some of these languages. She also is very well traveled and has lived abroad in such countries as Australia, France, Mexico, and England.

      She began her acting career in 1995 with a guest appearance in an episode of “ER,” followed by other significant guest roles on various TV shows including as a guest regular in 2000 on the MTV anthology series “Undressed.” Her biggest break came in 2002 when she was offered the part of Kennedy, one of the ‘Slayer Potentials’ on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Because of supportive fan mail, she continued appearing in all of the last 13 episodes of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” 7th and final season. Being the “Scoobie Gang’s” latest addition has brought a whole new fame to Iyari, who now makes personal appearances at conventions around the world.

      Most recently, she guest starred in the 2004 premiere episode of the Emmy award winning series “Without a Trace.” She also appeared in numerous television commercials such as SBC, Always, Toyota, and Dr. Pepper. In 2001, she hosted Radio Disney’s world tour 2001 traveling to all the major cities in the U.S.

      Jes Macallan

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Before her current series regular role in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”, Jes starred for four seasons in ABC’s hit drama series “Mistresses”. She also starred in the pilot “Crash and Burn”, executive produced by Tony Hawk and has guest-starred in numerous other series, including “Red Band Society”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Shameless”, “Justified”, and “The Protector”.

      Macallan has starred in multiple films such as the book adaptation of “An Uncommon Grace”, family drama “The Mentor”, science fiction thriller, “Thirst”, romantic comedy Christmas film, “The Engagement Clause”, and was one of the leads in an ensemble cast for the digital film series, “Relationship Status”, Executive Produced by Milo Ventimiglia and StyleHaul, which screened in 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival with critical accolades and a nationwide release on Verizon’s new digital media platform Verizon Go90.

      Macallan also wrote, produced, and directed the short film “SELF, E” and  also co-wrote the film “12 DAYS” with fellow actor and friend Jerry O’Connell

      Ajuan Mance

      Pronouns: They/Them, She/Her

      Ajuan Mance is a professor of English and a lifelong artist and writer. They have published comics in a number of anthologies, including the Eisner award-winning Drawing Power anthology and the recent COVID Chronicles anthology, a New York Times best graphic novel of 2020. Ajuan is the creator of the 1001 Black Men online sketchbook, soon to be released in book form from Stacked Deck Press.

      Eeka McLeod
      Pronouns: She/Her

      I am a single adoptive mother of 3 disabled & developmentally delayed children. I am queer and raising a child who identifies as gender fluid. I utilize my platforms to promote LGBTQ+ acceptance by sharing our family adventures on social media.

      Fawzia Mirza

      Pronouns: She/They

      Fawzia Mirza is a queer, Muslim, Pakistani, She and They, writer, creator, director. She was named a White House ‘Champion of Change’ in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a ‘Yes And Laughter Lab’ and Islamic Scholarship Fund winner. Her first feature, SIGNATURE MOVE (co-wrote, produced, stars in), world premiered at SXSW, screened 150+ film festivals, won 15 awards (Grand Jury Prize, US Narrative Feature, Outfest) and is now distributed by Bohemia and Music Box Films. Her one-woman play turned screenplay ME, MY MOM & SHARMILA was an SFFILM Fellow, a Canada Council for the Arts grantee, participated in the 2020 TIFF Writer’s Studio and Filmmaker Lab; she will direct the project in Canada and Pakistan 2022. Her short films have screened all over the world with her latest NOOR & LAYLA about reclaiming ritual through queer Muslim love, world premiering at Outfest Fusion. She is one of five women directors participating in Fuse 2, Paul Feig’s writer/director incubator program and she wrote for the CBS show THE RED LINE. She and her wife started Baby Daal Productions and are hoping to live out in the dessert together making homemade nut cheeses. 

      Megan Mitchell

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Megan Mitchell is an anchor and reporter for WLWT, the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati and a TikToker focusing on LGBTQ & mental health topics with 1.2 million followers. She received a Emmy Award in 2020 for her work covering teen suicide. And in 2017, Megan’s work received first place out of every local news station in the country by the National Association of LGBTQ Journalists (NLGJA), for her documentary covering Two Spirit Native Americans. She was the first reporter to break the story of the Standing Rock Reservation’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which caused international uproar. She received the award for Best TV News Reporter in the state from the North Dakota Broadcast Association and a dozen other local broadcast awards.

      Celia Moscote

      Pronouns: They/She

      Jaime Murray is a British actress, activist and television producer who lives and works in Los Angeles California. Trained at Drama Centre London before playing con artist Stacie Monroe in the BBC series Hustle upon graduation in 2004.

      The role of Lila West in the Showtime series Dexter took her to Los Angeles in 2007 where she has since lived and worked. Jaime is developing a limited TV series about the The Life and Death of John Allen Chau. The series will tell the story of the 26-year old Chinese American, who believed he was called by God to save the souls of the last ‘uncontacted tribe’ on earth by converting them to Christianity. She will exec produce with UCP, Littleton Road Productions and Activist Artists Management.

      Known for playing Stahma Tarr in the Syfy series Defiance (2013-2015), The Black Fairy in the ABC series Once Upon a Time (2016-2017), Antoinette in The CW series The Originals (2018), and Nyssa al Ghul in Gotham (2019), Gaia in the Starz miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Olivia Charles in The CW series Ringer (2011-2012), Helena G. Wells in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 (2010-2014)

      Bianca Mujica

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      I am a Mexican-American queer woman from Texas with a background in journalism. I work for To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit that brings hope and help to people struggling with mental health. As TWLOHA’s Community Care Coordinator, my work focuses on finding creative ways to connect with our supporters through intersectional language and content.

      Jaime Murray

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Jaime Murray is a British actress, activist and television producer who lives and works in Los Angeles California. Trained at Drama Centre London before playing con artist Stacie Monroe in the BBC series Hustle upon graduation in 2004.

      The role of Lila West in the Showtime series Dexter took her to Los Angeles in 2007 where she has since lived and worked. Jaime is developing a limited TV series about the The Life and Death of John Allen Chau. The series will tell the story of the 26-year old Chinese American, who believed he was called by God to save the souls of the last ‘uncontacted tribe’ on earth by converting them to Christianity. She will exec produce with UCP, Littleton Road Productions and Activist Artists Management.

      Known for playing Stahma Tarr in the Syfy series Defiance (2013-2015), The Black Fairy in the ABC series Once Upon a Time (2016-2017), Antoinette in The CW series The Originals (2018), and Nyssa al Ghul in Gotham (2019), Gaia in the Starz miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Olivia Charles in The CW series Ringer (2011-2012), Helena G. Wells in the Syfy series Warehouse 13 (2010-2014)

      NIX

      Pronouns: She/Her

      I am singer/songwriter NIX formerly known as Krista Lee of Dead End Amelia. I am known for throwing my everything into hooks and anything that pulls on my heart. I write songs about breakups, love, friendships and everything that you could possibly feel as a human. I am so proud of my latest EP entitled, “The Shift.” I really allowed myself to just let go on this EP without self-criticism or judgments. I found a refreshing way to emulate my weird ideas and explore a cool experimental way of expressing myself and finding who I am as a solo alternative pop artist.

      Jenni Olson

      Pronouns: She/Her/TBD

      One of the world’s leading experts on LGBT cinema history, Jenni Olson is an independent writer and non-fiction filmmaker based in Berkeley, California. Her work as an experimental filmmaker and her expansive collection of LGBTQ film prints and memorabilia was acquired by the Harvard Film Archive in 2020; and her reflection on the last 30 years of LGBT film history, in The Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2021. Jenni’s work as a film historian includes the Lambda Award nominated The Queer Movie Poster Book (Chronicle Books, 2005). Amongst her many efforts in championing LGBT films and filmmakers, she is a founding advisory board member of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBT Moving Image Preservation. A 2018 MacDowell Fellow, Jenni is now in development on her third feature-length essay film, The Quiet World and an essayistic memoir of the same name

      Vico Ortiz

      Pronouns: They/Them

      Vico Ortiz (They/Them) is a proud Latine non-binary/gender fluid actor/activist born and raised in Puerto Rico. Their first breakthrough role in Hollywood was in the hit Amazon series, “Transparent” paving the way to more recognized television appearances in shows such as “The Fosters”, “Lucifer” and “Criminal Minds” among many others. More recently, Vico has had guest starring roles in “American Horror Story: 1984”, the Starz award winning series “Vida” and the GLAAD nominated Freeform comedy “Everything’s Gonna Be Okay”. Vico also recently received a Queerties Award nomination for their series regular role in the award winning digital series “These Thems”. They will also star as a series regular in an upcoming Amazon Prime Video post-apocalyptic horror set for release in 2021.

      Lys Perez

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Lys Perez was born in Downey, California, raised in various cities across Los Angeles County and has never looked back after leaving her full-time Corporate Finance career for a fresh start as an artist. She currently stars in two web series, Functional and The Fortnight now streaming on Youtube and has starred in riveting theater productions including Just Like Us with The Latino Theater Company, Womxn in Herstory from Chicanas Cholas y Chisme of Casa 0101 Theater, and Eastside Queer Stories from Q Youth Foundation. As an artist, her goal is to empower and inspire marginalized people through authentic storytelling and complex representation. She is a proud tía, dog/cat/houseplant parent, and is queer af! Lys would like to encourage you to support Outward Bound. 

      Maddie Phillips

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Maddie spent her early years in the Pacific Northwest before moving down under to Perth, Australia at the age of 10. During this time, she found her love for the arts and attended L.A.M.D.A (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts), graduating with High Distinction. Once back in Vancouver, Maddie took full advantage of her talents and decided to give acting a try. She hasn’t looked back, booking up a storm and landing major roles on Netflix, NBC, CW, Syfy, Fox and Amazon. Most recently she took up bounty hunting in Atlanta, playing the co-lead role of ‘Sterling’ on Netflix’s critically acclaimed comedy-drama “Teenage Bounty Hunters” created by Kathleen Jordan and executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is The New Black”, “Glow”). Next up for Maddie is a lead role in the upcoming spin-off of Amazon’s hit superhero series “The Boys” (Eric Kripke, Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg)

      Dana Piccoli

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Dana Piccoli is an entertainment writer and pop culture critic. She’s the Editor-in-Chief of Queer Media Matters. Dana has also written for sites like The Mary Sue, Decider, ScreenerTv, and NBC Think. She’s the former Managing Editor of the Bella Media Channel, a vertical of Bella Books Publishing that focuses on queer entertainment and pop culture. Dana was named one of The Advocate Magazine’s 2019 Champions of Pride. She was also one of Curve Magazine’s 2017 Pridelist for her work in LGBTQ media. When she isn’t writing, you can find her moderating panels and hosting podcasts, including Horror is So Queer.

      Kristina Pupo

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Kristina Pupo is a first-generation, Cuban-American screenwriter and director who once sent a letter to DreamWorks pitching her sci-fi thriller, and first official screenplay when she was the ripe old age of nine. Born in Miami, Kristina moved to LA right out of high school to attend Columbia College Hollywood for film and has since written and produced the web series, Hot Mess, and wrote copy for a commercial production company in Chicago. Kristina returned to LA in 2019 to write and direct the LGBTQ dramedy pilot, Out in Love.

      Marja-Lewis Ryan

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Marja-Lewis Ryan runs The L Word: Generation Q under her overall at Showtime. Additionally, she is currently developing a TV show for Sandra Bullock at Amazon, a remake of Splash at Disney, and the feature Buried Bodies for Noah Hawley at Searchlight.

      Ryan wrote and produced The Four-Faced Liar, which won LA’s Outfest Award for Best First Feature. She directed Netflix’s 6 Balloons starring Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco, which earned her The SXSW Gamechanger Award Nomination.

      On stage, she wrote, directed, and produced the world premiere of her plays Dysnomia (2011), One in the Chamber (2014), A Good Family (2015) and Bugaboo and the Silent One (2018). She also directed the off-Broadway production of David Mamet’s The Anarchist. Her on-stage work has garnered several Ovation Award Nominations and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards.
      Ryan holds an honors BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied with the Atlantic Theater Company. She lives in Los Angeles with her wife and son.

      Troy Rockett

      Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them

      Troy Rockett is an actor and writer based in Oakland, CA. Dyke Central, Oakland’s first Queer web series, is Troy’s most prominent screen acting role. Troy was later cast in Jewelle Gomez’s Leaving the Blues, 2017; for Troy an unforgettable introduction to theater acting. He is interested in both stage and screen acting, and will produce his first play through Queer Cat Productions for their 2021 season.

      Sav Rodgers

      Pronouns: He/Him

      Sav Rodgers is a filmmaker and writer from Kansas City. Sav’s work centers on the queer experience through a comedic or personal lens. He is the director of CHASING CHASING AMY, an upcoming feature documentary about the cultural impact of Chasing Amy (1997) on the greater LGBTQ+ community and the profound, lasting impression on his own life. Sav also delivered a TED Talk on the subject titled, “The rom-com that saved my life.” In addition to his work as a director/writer, Sav is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Film Center, a nonprofit aiming to help trans creators bring finished films to audiences around the world.

      Annika Roseen

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Annika is a psychology major and neuroscience minor at UNLV passionate about mental wellness among Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ populations. She hopes to represent these identities as a future clinician and provide holistic mental health care to her people. She is enrolled in the Diné/Navajo tribe and centers her platform as Mx. Native on Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention.

      Shamim Sarif

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Shamim Sarif is an award-winning Canadian and British novelist, screenwriter and director, and an advocate for the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community.
      Her latest book, The Athena Protocol, is a feminist thriller from HarperCollins with a lesbian lead character. The sequel, The Shadow Mission, was released in October 2020. She is developing the TV show with Village Roadshow and Gran Via (Breaking Bad).
      Shamim’s work focuses on themes including social justice, feminism, and humanism.
      Her feature films have won 47 awards between them. Titles include The World Unseen, I Can’t Think Straight (starring Lisa Ray) and Despite the Falling Snow (Rebecca Ferguson).

      Michelle Mary Schaefer

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Michelle Mary Schaefer is an award-winning and a breakthrough Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Creator, and Director of Artistic Sign Language who happens to be Deaf. Her Deafness does not define her, instead of waiting for opportunities she creates them. She is a very versatile Actress playing all kinds of roles as she doesn’t believe in limiting herself when there is much more to the roles and her ability to create them. Once people open their mind, eyes, and heart magic happen, which the webseries she created REAL has made an impact upon the mainstream audience craving for authentic materials which authentic voice matters. She also created and wrote a TV Series and several Film scripts which she looks forward in bringing her scripts alive onscreen. Michelle Mary Schaefer is one of the kind, rare, hardest working, authentic, passionate human within the industry, and has been doing it since she was a kid.

      Annie Segarra

      Pronouns: She or They

      Annie Segarra, also known as Annie Elainey, is an YouTuber, artist, and activist for LGBT and disability rights. Segarra, who is queer, Latinx, and disabled, advocates for accessibility, body positivity, and media representation of marginalized communities.

      Leo Sheng

      Leo Sheng grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. While a student at the University of Michigan, Leo wrote and directed two student films centered on LGBTQ+ narratives. In 2017, Leo starred in his first film role before returning to the University of Michigan’s School of Social work for his graduate studies. He left after his first year when he was cast as Micah Lee in Showtime’s The L Word: Generation Q in 2019Leo’s work focuses on centering and uplifting queer and trans BIPOC, both in media and community spaces.

      Ashlei Shyne

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      Ashlei Shyne is a comedy writer, actress, and filmmaker hailing from the home of US innovation Dayton, Ohio. She’s an LA-based writer, who loves writing character-driven comedies with BIPOC & LGBTQ+ leads. She is best known for her roles in “#TMI” and “Dyke Central”. Ashlei has appeared in several national commercials such as Carfax, Gain, NBA, and Credit Sesame. Her past time is spent traveling, Googling useless information, and tending to her forty-plus plant children.

      Riley Silverman

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      Highlighted by VICE for her “wry observational comedy, radical openness, and casually inviting demeanor,” Riley Silverman has been seen on STARZ’s Take My Wife, Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and is a regular on Screen Junkies. Riley is the head writer for the Troubled Waters comedy panel show podcast, and as well as a contributing writer for SYFY WIRE FANGRRLS, Nerdist, D&D Beyond and the comedic sci-fi series Bubble. She is a member of the all-women genre improv troupe Ripley and is an active presence in the online tabletop roleplaying space.

      Brooke Smith

      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

      Brooke Smith was recently seen in ABC’s hit drama, David E. Kelley’s THE BIG SKY.

      Brooke guest starred in a recent episode of FBI:Most Wanted. She was in Jay Roach’s BOMBSHELL which centers on the female Fox News personnel and their allegations against founder Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). She plays Ailes’ PR watchdog ‘Irena Briganti’.  

      Brooke will next be seen on Amazon’s anthology series, THEM: Covenant from creator Little Marvin and executive producer Lena Waithe Set in 1953, it centers on a young couple who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.  Brooke appears

      in Netflix’s UNBELIEVABLE as Kaitlyn Dever’s court appointed therapist and the Hulu crime anthology series THE ACT as the attorney who Patricia Arquette seeks advice. 

      She is best known for her iconic role as ‘Catherine Martin,’ Buffalo Bill’s kidnap victim, in Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which swept the Academy Awards, winning all five major categories, including Best Picture.  

      Television credits include a major recurring role in the fifth and final season of A&E’s thriller BATES MOTEL as ‘Sheriff Dana Green,’ the new face of law in White Pine Bay; The History Channel’s PROJECT BLUE BOOK,  portraying a farmer in 1950’s West Virginia who believes she saw an Alien and a UFO near her home; a prominent recurring role on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN playing ‘Frances’, the nurse and love interest for Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) brother, ‘Terry’ (Eddie Marsan); a series regular role on GREY’S ANATOMY; recurring role on WEEDS; guest starring roles on CHICAGO MED, THE GOOD DOCTOR, SUPERGIRL, BOSCH, GRACELAND and AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM.  Films credit include Jason Reitman’s LABOR DAY alongside Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet and INTERSTELLAR for director Chris Nolan), MELINDA AND MELINDA (dir. Woody Allen),  FAIR GAME (dir. Doug Liman)and BAD COMPANY (dir. Joel Schumacher).  Brooke has worked with an amazing range of directors, including Alan Rudolph, Alan J. Pakula, Anthony Minghella, Robert Altman, Steve Buscemi, Sydney Pollack, The Coen Brothers, Curtis Hanson, Mira Nair, Zoe Cassavetes, Michael Apted, and Allen Coulter.

      Carsen Taite

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Carsen Taite is the award-winning author of over twenty-five novels of mystery, romance, and romantic intrigue, including the Luca Bennett Bounty Hunter series, the Lone Star Law series, and the Legal Affairs Romances. Her latest novel, Spirit of the Law, is a standalone romantic suspense with a special twist.

      Mariel Taren

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Born and raised in Chicago, with the accent to prove it, I became immersed in the acting and comedy scene from a young age. After years of being the class clown to then graduating from The Second City Chicago Conservatory, I figured it was time to move to Los Angeles and pursue a professional career in entertainment. It has been 6 years in La-La Land, and although the pizza is garbage, I am so lucky to be here doing what I love. Making people laugh.

      Clarissa Thibeaux

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Best known for her role as ‘Xavin’ on Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu), Clarissa Thibeaux is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. She’s Californian born and raised, specifically from a suburb in Norcal you’ve never heard of. Recently, Thibeaux starred in the Fountain Theatre’s production of Hype Man: A Break Beat play, and has since been nominated for multiple theatre awards in the LA area. In the past, you may have seen Thibeaux in the LGBTQ short film Other Loving, or in the films Flight 666 (Hulu), Ice Sharks (Hulu), & Bruno and Earlene Go to Vegas (Amazon)

      Kristina Tonteri-Young

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Of Finnish and Chinese descent, Kristina Tonteri-Young is a graduate from London’sGuildhall School of Music & Drama and can speak four languages including English, Finnish,French and Russian. A former Bolshoi Academy (Russia) trained ballerina, Kristina has alsostudied costume and clothing designs and frequently designs her own outfits.

      Tonteri-Young currently stars in her debut on screen and breakout role as ‘Sister Beatrice’in the Netflix original series “Warrior Nun.” The 10-episode fantasy drama series, createdby Simon Barry, was inspired by the Manga novels of the same name. 

      Tonteri-Young has completed production as the lead in the upcoming film “The Swan,”based on the real life story of Tia Zhang, a young Chinese ballerina who came of age during the reign of Mao Ze Dong.

      Other film credits include  “Outside the Wire,” opposite Anthony Mackie, and  “A Gift from Bob,” alongside Luke Treadaway. 

      Toya Turner

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Toya Turner is a multi-talented actress that sets herself apart with her brave and intuitive performances, portraying an array of complex and powerful characters that continue to grow her career in television and film. Turner is a Jamaican-American, who grew up in Chicago. She began her career training at the prestigious British American Drama Academy (BADA) at Oxford University. 

      Turner can next be seen in the highly anticipated action and adventure Netflix series “Warrior Nun.” Inspired by the Manga Novels, the series revolves around “Ava” a 19-year-old woman , who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and an ancient artifact embedded in her back, which allows her to discover she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her.  Turner plays ‘Shotgun Mary,’ a woman loyal to the sisterhood more than the church who escaped family tragedy and was raised with religion but never really took to it fully. Naturally, she has a chip on her shoulder about loyalty, and all the nuns know they can count on Mary to have their backs. The series launches globally on Netflix on July 2, 2020. 

      In 2018, Turner was seen in the indie feature “Dead Women Walking” that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Told through nine moving vignettes, each anchored by a subtle, yet overwhelming performance, the film traces the final days of a series of women on death row, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. 

      Past television credits for Turner include a recurring role on the Joe Swanberg Netflix comedy “Easy,”  the Fox hit comedy series “The Mick,” NBC’s successful franchise series “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire” and the Fox hit drama series “Empire.” 

      Toya’s previous stage credits include “Raisin in the Sun” at A Noise Within Theater (Los Angeles) as well as “Blues for An Alabama Sky” at Court Theater (Chicago).

      Toya currently resides in Los Angeles.

      Andria Wilson Mirza

      Pronouns: She/Her

      Andria Wilson Mirza is the Director of ReFrame, an initiative of the Sundance Institute and WIF that advocates for gender equity in the screen industries. Previously, Andria was the Executive Director of Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival, where she launched initiatives including the world’s only Film Financing Forum for queer feature films, and the North American Queer Festival Alliance. With her wife Fawzia Mirza, she co-founded Baby Daal Productions in 2020.

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        Nana Visitor

        Pronouns: She/Her

        Nana started her career in her hometown of New York City by starring in Broadway musicals such as MY ONE AND ONLY, 42nd STREET and CHICAGO and also had the pleasure of playing the role of Gypsy Rose Lee opposite Angela Lansbury in the touring companies of the musical GYPSY. Nana has guest starred in over fifty TV shows. For years she was a regular on the soap operas ONE LIFE TO LIVE, RYAN’S HOPE and THE DOCTORS. Prime time series include WORKING GIRL with Sandra Bullock, DARK ANGEL with Jessica Alba, seven seasons on Star Trek: DEEP SPACE 9 as Major Kira, four seasons of WILDFIRE on ABC Family and has provided many voices on FAMILY GUY. Films include THE SENTINEL, MIMI’S FIRST TIME, BABY SITTER WANTED, SWING VOTE, FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH and the upcoming releases of HELL OF A VIEW and TED2.

        Breanne Williamson

        Pronouns: She/Her

        She is a YouTuber, Podcaster (@ICanExplainPodcast), Actress, and Short Filmmaker (her most recent short film “Coming Out” has screened world wide and amassed over 1.6 million views).

        Brey Willows

        Pronouns: She/Her

        Brey Willows is a longtime editor and writer. When she’s not running a social enterprise working with marginalized communities on writing projects, she’s editing other people’s writing or doing her own. She lives in the middle of England with her author-wife and spends entirely too much time exploring castles and ancient ruins while bemoaning the rain.