THE SURROGATE

JOANNA GASKELL

Joanna is a Vancouver actor, writer and filmmaker. She's probably best known for her nerdy comedy work in series like Standard ActionHumans & Householdsand One Hit Die, and you can catch her performing improv comedy on stage at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver with The Critical Hit Show. A recent career highlight was performing in the Canadian premiere of one-woman drama Grounded by George Brant at the Vancouver Fringe Festival with Lutalica Theatre. Check out her website at www.joannagaskell.com and follow her on Twitter.

GOODBYE MR. ADAMS

BRIGGON SNOW

Briggon is the voice of Caleb on 'The Bright Sessions', a science-fiction podcast about people with supernatural abilities in therapy. With a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s ‘Game Shakers’ and guest spots on CBS’ ‘Seal Team’, Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’ and a lead role in the upcoming series ‘PURE’ (starring opposite Julia Morizawa), Briggon is an actor with a wide-ranging and growing body of work. In addition to his work as an actor, he is an accomplished vocalist, with his recent cover music video, ‘MERCY’, and participation in Gay Star News’ Digital Pride performance series, celebrating LGBT equality; a cause and community very close to his heart.

CHRISTOPHER REYNAGA (production team)

We are so grateful for the recording assistance by Christopher Reynaga--a multi-award winning storyteller and the writer/creator of the podcast Point Mystic. You can find more about him and his work at ChristopherReynaga.com and PointMystic.org

ALL GOD'S CHILDREN

CHARLES DEMERS

Charles Demers is a comedian, author, editor, playwright, & political activist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of Canada's top stand-up comedians, he stars in the Emmy-winning Netflix animated series Beat Bugs, based on the immortal music of The Beatles. He is the author of four books including the forthcoming comic crime novel Property Values, and is currently the editor-curator of Robin's Egg Books, a humour imprint from Arsenal Pulp Press. A former rank-and-file union organizer & longtime anti-war & international solidarity activist, Demers is a fixture of West Coast progressive & labour politics, and hosts a monthly progressive book podcast, Well Reds. His new comedy album 'Fatherland' is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and wherever else you get your music. 

ALEX ROSE

Alex grew up in a musical family and trained as a classical violinist until the age of 18. He then studied theatre at Studio 58 in Vancouver, BC. Since graduating, some of his favourite productions include Itamar Moses’ “The Four of Us,” and Joshua Harmon’s “Bad Jews.”

Alex’s current focus is on acting in film and television. He has appeared in varying lengths of brevity on “Supernatural,” “Star Trek: Beyond,” and as the Marquis de Sade in the vampire drama “Van Helsing.” As a podcast addict, Alex is pleased as pumpkin pie (and other desserts that are easily pleased) to have lent his voice to the Big Loop. 

YOU

Moisés Chiullan

Moisés studied Anthropology, Film, and Theatre (yes, that is possible) at Florida State University. His university and regional theatre career peaked when he played a character written as a white romantic lead, something he’d been told would/could never happen. He “retired” in 2006 and went into marketing. He grew to hate marketing consulting, and now he does podcasts of his own (primarily Electric Shadow), and his performance in/on The Big Loop marks his official return to acting. 

Lauren Shippen

Lauren Shippen is the writer and creator of The Bright Sessions, a science fiction podcast about people with supernatural abilities in therapy. Lauren has also lent her voice to numerous podcasts - including her own - as well as short films and web series. She has a degree in music from The College of William & Mary. Lauren is a New York native and now resides in Los Angeles, where she spends too much time on Tumblr.

Julia Morizawa

Julia Morizawa is a Los Angeles based actor best known in the audio drama world as the voice of Dr. Bright in The Bright Sessions. Other career highlights include the feature films Judas Kiss and Tied Up; TV appearances on Lewis Black's The Root of All Evil and ER; the title role in East West Players' production of Masha No Home; the world premiere of the play Without Annette; and series regular roles on the web series Star Trek: Odyssey and Frontier Guard. Julia has also written and produced award-winning projects including the improvised feature film JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult), the short film Sin & Lyle, and the play Twenty-Two. In addition, her first and only book Memoirs of a Wannabe Sex Addict is available online. Upcoming projects include Pure, a sci-fi digital series she is producing and starring in with Briggon Snow and Sensorium Pictures; as well as two other sci-fi web series: Blade of Honor and Galactic Galaxy. www.juliamorizawa.com 

Anna Lore

Anna Lore is an actor, writer and comedian living and working in Los Angeles. She's played many roles on and off screen, but a few of her favorites have been Cindy on MTV's Faking It, Brie in The Friendless Five, and Stanley the Waiter in her 7th grade production of Hello Dolly. Anna can be seen in commercials ranging from Toyota to Taco Bell, for about enough time for you to wonder if that was her. She uses her voice loudly and often, and has enjoyed using it to portray Chloe in The Bright Sessions. She likes sunshine, donuts, small animals, and baby humans and is excited to be a part of this project. For more information, please visit her website.

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DAVE RUDDEN

Dave Rudden (“Daniel”) is an award-winning writer whose works cross over from the page to the stage to your podcast app. Dave has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010, and voices Ireland’s first fictional podcast, Down Below The Reservoir.

He has won the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Prize in 2013 and was short-listed for both the Hennessey New Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Prize. Dave was awarded a Literature Bursary by the Arts Council and serves on the committees for both IrishPEN and the Irish branch of the International Board of Books for Young People. Graduating from the Creative Writing Masters in UCD, he was signed in November 2013 by Clare Wallace of the Darley Anderson Children’s Agency.

KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK is Dave’s first novel. He is extremely excited.

 

LEE SHORTEN

Lee Shorten (“Jack”) grew up in Tamworth, Australia, where he was raised by his adoptive parents Merv and Judy Shorten. Lee graduated from Law School (University of Newcastle) in 2009 and worked as lawyer for several years before he decided to pursue a career as an actor.

With several stints in the hit TV show SUPERNATURAL, Lee is most well known for his work as Sergeant Yoshida in THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

THE STUDIO

TARA PRATT

Tara's an incredibly gifted actor in Vancouver and you can catch her on Netflix in the indie film, 'No Men Beyond This Point' (Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, 2016). When this role was written, she was the only actor we wanted for the character and we rewrote it to match her voice. We needed a gifted performer for our debut and Tara was our pick for that. Find her at tarapratt.com or on Twitter at @tarakjpratt