Maria Riboli- Director:
Maria Riboli was born and raised in Italy. She has been active in the acting world since the age of 6. First as an actress then jumping into the director seat as well. In 1998 she came to NYC and she finally felt at home. Maria has hosted a TV show for the “Cult Network Italia” channel and won the “Hot Bird Award” with them. Some theater credits in her acting resume include: Miss Julie, Betrayal, Talk to me like the rain, Dolores, Antigone, The baby dance, The white train and more.
She is a professional voice over artist (some credits include Barilla and Rosetta Stone and Verizon). She also directed numerous plays both in Europe and in the United States. In 2007 she co-directed (with Stefano Genovese), produced and acted in “BAAAHHH!!!”. The play was accepted at the FringeNYC, then the run continued at the Payan Theater and in 2008 she was able to bring it to London at the historic Pleasance Theater. Her latest theater project (November 2012) was “Want & Need” (www.want-need.com). Once again she produced, directed (along side Sanja Beštić) and starred in this acclaimed love story from a guy point of view. The show had a sold out run in the heart of NYC (StageII Theater). Maria is currently teaching at her own acting studio (www.mariariboliactingstudio.com). She is also on tv (ShopNBC) as the spokesperson for Borghese. Maria is honored to be directing “Family of strangers” by John Pastore, in March 2013.
She will also be directing a new play by John Russo “Exit Music” in the summer of 2013.
Adam Pagdon- Director:
Adam is a theatre, and television artist from Brooklyn NY with an M.F.A. in Theatre Design from UNC- Greensboro.
Adam was last in 2012’s sold-out run of Want & Need. He has performed in other NY venues including The Culture Project, The Public, St. Ann’s, HERE, and Fovea Flood theatres. He was the head puppeteer for The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway. His television credits include Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, character voice for Disney Channel’s Gaspard & Lisa, as well as puppet wrangling for Nick Jr.’s Lazytown, Eminem’s Ass like That video, and live Muppet appearances on Martha Stewart, Regis & Kathy, and the Today show.
As the Technical Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta GA, he supervised the set build for the world premiere of Kwaidan, a collaboration between Ping Chong, Mitsuru Ishii and Jon Ludwig. His set design for Jon Ludwig’s The Body Detective was selected as one of the 1998 theatre season’s best scenic designs by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The 6 shows he designed & built during his time at the Center continue to be in active rotation.
He has served as a performance & movement coach/ consultant with Lawrence University, New England College, and the current tour of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.
Jamal Solomon- Director of Photography:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, I've had the chance to travel around the country and the world. It's given me perspective into how I view things. Thankfully, that also translates into my art.
Patrick Mandeville- Assistant Director:
Patrick is an independent filmmaker in Brooklyn. He wrote and directed Worth, and is making two new films in 2013. By day, he works at Blue Barn Pictures in DUMBO. He also plays drums in a 90's cover band. Party on, Wayne.
Tanya Rojas- Writer/Executive Producer:
A California native, Tanya Rojas is a relatively new producer and writer in New York City. She discovered her love of writing and producing while doing school projects as a kid. She is very excited to work with the very talented cast and crew of “Open” and looks forward to working on the rest of the series.
Rachel Barrer- Writer/Producer:
Australian native Rachel Barrer discovered her love of theatre and film at an early age an has passionately dedicated her life to the craft of acting and to giving others the same inspiratio to follow their own dreams and create incredible art. Rachel is a theatre producer of many years. She was the co-founder of RannT Production in New York City, producing original works off-Broadway and has also served as former Vic President of the Box Hill City Theatre Company in Melbourne, Australia.
Rachel's love of behind-the-camera work propelled her career as a casting associate a Trading Pictures and assistant to the producer at I.C.E. (Independent Cinema Entertainment), traveling to the Cannes International Film Festival representing two films.
Rachel is very proud to be working along side Tanya Rojas to create the webseries “Catch-30”.