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Diana Cherkas
(Actor/Writer/Producer)

Diana Cherkas trained at Performing Arts High School in New York City and the Moscow Art Theater in Moscow, Russia, before finishing her Bachelor's degree at Georgetown University. A proud member of Actor's Equity, she has been seen on stage in numerous regional theaters, where she has been hailed by critics as: “Bebe-Neuwirth-mixed-with-Bea-Arthur” (Peter Filichia, Star Ledger); “a full woman – fierce and strong.” (James Howard, Broadwayworld.com); “...with a verve and sparkle that belies the false notion that being strong and dominant need compromise a woman's feminine appeal.” (Bob Rendell, Talking Broadway). TV/Film: I'd Kill For You (NBC Universal/DiscoveryID); A Haunting (Discovery Channel); Incredible Human Machine (National Geographic); My Little Demon (winner Most Innovative Acting, BNFF); Mudvayne: Nexus.Life.Death (official selection Raindance); Modern Love is Automatic (world premiere at SXSW, Boston Underground Film Festival Best of Fest Feature winner), Nightwing:Escalation.

After studying improv and sketch comedy at UCB, Diana formed STuFF, a sketch comedy collective, with fellow UCB alums, writing sketches for their youtube channel as well as live shows (including The PIT's 2013 Sketchfest). Since then, Diana has branched into long-form comedy, penning episodes of spec sitcoms and conceiving original half-hour comedy television, while continuing to do the occasional sketch (New Media Comedy's Random Thoughts Series' Bagels: A Love Story). www.DianaCherkas.com
 

David M Kaplan (Production Coordinator/Producer)
David M Kaplan holds his BA in Technical Theatre from Hartwick College and his MFA in Technical Direction from Florida State University. Most recently, he has moved into academia, building and instructing at Kean University, Stevenson University and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Technical Director experience includes Premiere Stages, John W. Engeman Theater, Rep Stage, and Mill Mountain. Other professional experience includes... Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Theater Barn, and New York Fashion Week. Some of his most memorable moments are: the world premiere of Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods (Premiere Stages), creating a functioning fountain on stage that cascaded into a three foot deep hot tub for Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Mill Mountain Theater), carving forty-four foam balustrades and building six life-size fake trees for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare & Company), and recreating the desert with twenty tons of sand for A Better World (UMBC).