Mark Hein (playwright/director/actor) has been making plays for more than 50 years, and is happy to call LA's vibrant small-theatre world his home. He loves and honors theatre as the oldest way we have of healing ourselves in community, and sees directing and acting as sacred trusts. At the same time, of course, there's a reason we call it a "play."
David MacDowell Blue (playwright/director/actor/webmaster) returns to acting after almost 20 years and is scared to death. But he's actually a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory and been lucky enough to have played Jacques in As You Like It, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and the Fool in King Lear among many others. These days he's a playwright and reviews theater at his blog Night Tinted Glasses. He will be Thomas as well as Putnam in Amelia's Going Down.
Ramona Creel (actor producer) is a relative newcommer to the theater world--cowriting/acting in Manicomio, then simultaneously playing two instruments while wearing a corset in Ghosts of the Underground (both at Zombie Joes). A full-time RVer who lives in a a 29-foot Airstream Excella with her fiancee, Ramona considers LA home base in between road trips. In the real world, you’ll find her working as a professional organizer, accountability coach, writer, speaker, artist and photographer at She’s thrilled to be joining the Amelia crew and the Hollywood Fringe Festival for her third public performance. (Amelia's Going Down)

Canada-born Charlotte Plummer (actor) studied at Scarborough Conservatory (accordion, piano), Dance and Drama Workshop (ballet, modern) and Children’s Television Studios (acting). Also an Olympic/World Trials qualifier, she attended Tulane University on a track & field scholarship. With an MFA in Acting from New York Film Academy, she’s working toward certification in Drama Therapy. Charlotte has done TV, film and theatre in Toronto, New York and LA (now her home), and is performing in Poetic Dancehall at the 2015 LA Cultural Festival. (Amelia's Going Down)

Lara Lihiya (actor) is a Moroccan-American actress from Berlin, Germany.  She has extensive training in theatre and has performed in numerous plays here in Los Angeles, Seattle, and in Berlin.  She has starred in many short films and has recently won an IndieFEST Film Award for her work in Empire Estates, a short film which she produced and stars in as lead.  This is her second collaboration with Mark Hein, having played the lead role of Laura in a stage adaptation of Carmilla, directed by Mark and David MacDowell Blue. She is so thrilled to be working with Mark again in this heartfelt and invigorating play about the legendary Amelia Earhart. (Amelia's Going Down)
Jason Britt (actor) Jason is from the future and has come to the present to perform in a play about the past. He's a Libra, likes co-ed volleyball, long walks on the beach, and talking about nothing all night long. He's having such a wonderful time collaborating with Mark and working with this cast. (Amelia's Going Down)

Elissa Anne Polansky (actor/stage manager) is an actress, director, and stage manager delighted to be participating in the Fringe for her fourth collaboration with Mark Hein. She most recently appeared as Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer's Night's Dream for Bigger Louder Faster Shakespeare. Elissa is a Broadway World nominee and will be attending Director's Lab West shortly before our production of Amelia's Going Down. She would like to thank Mark for the opportunity to be a part of this tremendous experience.

Originally from Los Angeles, Belinda Howell (actor) has lived on both West and East Coasts, and co-founded a theatre group on each. In August, Belinda played a no-nonsense plastic surgeon in the LA premiere of Renewal with the Write Act Repertory. Earlier in the year she portrayed five different characters in A Woman Called Truth. Belinda has also enjoyed playing a volatile Manhattan therapist in Woody Allen’s Central Park West and performing in The Other Theatre Company’s production of Brecht on Brecht, which was selected by Broadway World as "Best of LA Theatre 2013" in Drama and Ensemble categories. Belinda received her MFA in Acting from CalArts. She plays Martin in Carmilla.

Courtney Berck (actor) is a graduate of the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California where she studied all forms of theatre.  She performed in several plays including her most recent performance as Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World.  She also studied at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in the summer Theatremakers program where she collaborated, taking on writing and directing roles as well as acting in original works each week.  She continues to act in plays and short films around Los Angeles and recently joined the Circle Squared Collective which produces new work in Montebello.  She is The Countess in Carmilla.

Lauren Kathryn (actor) portrays the title role of Carmilla. A Los Angeles native, Lauren's first performance came at age 18 as a seductive apparition in Whitman, an indie film about THE poet Walt Whitman. She went on to play a child bride in Tyler Lund’s dark comedy, Under the Weeping Willow. She worked with the director frequently over the years appearing in many of his films. She has written for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as well as Extra TV. In 2015 she won Best Actress in the Los Angeles film festival for her role as Lulu, a career killer in “Lulu and the right words” by director Enrico Le pera. The film went on to appear as an official selection at the Cannes film festival in southern France. She is a member of the walking in your shoes theatre troupe and continues to write and produce her own independent films in Los Angeles.
Erin Elizabeth Reed (actor) A recent Los Angeles transplant, Erin makes her debut into the L.A. theatre scene playing an isolated virgin surrounded and fascinated by dark, mysterious forces that tempt her with half-sincere promises. The irony is that's kinda how she feels being here in Tinseltown. Joking! (not joking.) Happily though, this wide-eyed maiden has had a blast doing all kinds of things for the first time with this group. Like learning to tango! And wearing sparkly masks! And kissing another woman in front of a crowd of strangers! (Oh, wait... new things...) Like learning to tango! She is a two-time graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her B.A. with highest honors in English with a minor in Theatre, and her J.D. in Law. She has appeared opposite Nicolas Cage in the critically acclaimed drama, Joe (2013), and continues to study and train with some of the city's best coaches. She plays Laura in Carmilla.
Doug Haverty (Fontaine): At Group Rep: Hotel Paradiso as Martin; Sherlock’s Last Case as Holmes; My Three Angels as Felix; And Then There Were None as Wargrave; A Christmas Carol asCratchit; Inspecting Carol as Wayne, Lend Me A Tenor as Max, in Don’t Hug Me We’re Married as Gunner/Trigger; at ZJU: The Bereaved as Mr. Elim; Lonely at the Top as Simon Trent; and around town: Monet in Defying Gravity at NASA, Algy/Fenton+5 in Bullshot Crummond at Advent and Ray Bradbury’s Falling Upward at The Falcon & Theatre West.
Gary Shaw (actor/voiceover artist) is excited to be making his Actaeon Players debut in the important role of Colonel Speilsdorf in Carmilla. Gary has appeared in numerous theatrical productions such as Our Town, Man of La Mancha, Dracula, The Elephant Man, See How They Run, Oklahoma! and Fiddler on the Roof. His strong stage presence and rich resonant voice has also been heard throughout the stages of Palm Springs and Los Angeles at countless benefit and award shows announcing for such shows as Evening Under the Stars, Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, Barbara Sinatra Champion Honors Luncheon, Coachella Valley Symphony, Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, BAFTA Awards, One Night Only and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards held recently at Sunnylands. Gary currently lives in Los Angeles with his Jack Russell George.
Roger K. Weiss (actor) has performed in dozens of plays, earning nominations for his lead performances in Turbo Tartuffe (LA Weekly Awards) and Sylvia (OC Weekly Awards).  A member of the acclaimed horror troupe Urban Death, Roger's other recent stage appearances include Blood of Macbeth, Dead of Night, The Odd Couple, Of Mice and Men, Grace Note, Redhead, Oliver!, and Bus Stop.  Roger has directed 14 plays on local stages, most recently Tina Howe's The Art of Dining, and he wrote and directed the award-winning adaptation of Moliere's The Hypochondriac at Zombie Joe's Underground. He portrays Carlsberg the Peddler in Carmilla.
Michelle Danyn (actor) portrays Ingrid in the play Carmilla. She is a Southern California native from Fullerton, Orange County.  She graduated with a BA in Theater from the University of Southern California.  Her most notable onstage performances for which she has won critical praise are No Love by Andrew Osborne, Low Tech by Jeff Folschinsky, The Possethsion by Ron Burch, and You & Me & She & I by John Levine at the Eclectic Company Theatre.  Michelle played Ingrid in the extended run of the original production of Carmilla at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre and she is ecstatic to be reprising the role.  She would like to thank David and Mark for this opportunity, Elissa and the cast and crew for the experience, and her family and friends for the love and support. 
Ellen Burr (actor) has been most active in Los Angeles’ independent theater and film these past two years. She has appeared in A Moment in Life at J.E.T. Studios, Nightmares and Astroglyde at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater, presented several times as a storyteller and with the Walking Theater Group at Electric Lodge’s “Max Ten,” and at the Westside Comedy Theater as a member of Improvisation for the People.  Ellen is a member of the Underground Theater. She appears in Joseph Culp’s feature film “The Men’s Group,” as a defendant in the TV show America’s Court, and as a main character (introduced in episode 7) in Lawrence Le’s webisode #L.A. Nites. She plays Madame Perradon in Carmilla.