Alex Lyras & Robert McCaskill have collaborated on multiple projects for the stage. The Common Air, a dramedy linking six disparate characters during an airport delay, was produced in Los Angeles in 2008 and transferred Off Broadway to 45 Bleecker Street where it ran from November 2009 to July 2010. Unequalibrium, their previous effort, was produced in New York and LA and selected for publication in New Playwrights: Best Plays as well as Best Men's Monologues For the Twenty First Century. Desperelics, their maiden collaboration, was also produced on both coasts. As a writing team, they have sold pilots to NBC and FOX in addition to developing pilots for Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver. They have produced two feature films, Mona, and Heterosexuals, which McCaskill wrote and directed. In the spring, Lyras will direct his first feature, How To Address An Envelope, which he also wrote.
Ken Rich is a composer, sound designer, and producer that has written music for HBO, VH1, the NBA, and the WNBA, as well as Lyras & McCaskill’s previous works, Unequalibrium and The Common Air for which he received the Ovation Award and LA Theater Critic’s awards for his score and sound design. Mr. Rich owns and works out of his recording studio, Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, NY, where he has produced/arranged and/or engineered for Ingrid Michaelson, Sophie B. Hawkins, Tracy Bonham, Julia Darling, Morley, Patrick Stewart, Joseph Arthur, David Mead, and Angus and Julia Stone, and has been nominated for two Grammys. He is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in philosophy.
Corwin Evans is a theatre artist and associate producer who specializes in video and sound design. He has been a teaching artist with Center Theatre Group, Watts Village Theatre Company, and Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Sound Design at Pepperdine and Head of A/V at REDCAT. Corwin received an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for video design of "Plasticity" in Los Angeles. Selected theatre credits include: Four Chords and a Gun (video, Bootleg), TRACERS (sound/video, United States Veterans’ Artist Alliance/RM), A Bright New Boise (video, Rogue Machine, LA Weekly Nominated design), The Word Begins (video, Hip Hop Theatre Festival/RM), Ojai Playwrights Festival (sound design, 2015-2018, general manager 2019).
Matt Richter is an award-winning lighting and sound designer based in Los Angeles. He is the resident designer for the LA LGBT Center, where he also works full time. Recent designs include Hit The Wall (LADCC Award and Ovation Nomination), and The Search For Signs Of Intelligent Life in the Universe Revisited, both for the LA LGBT Center, A Gulag Mouse (Ovation Nomination), Astroboy and the God of Comics (Stage Raw nomination), both for Sacred Fools, Rio Hondo (Stage Raw nominations) for Theatre of Note, and Macbeth for The Vagrancy. Matt also serves as half of the experimental ambient folk duo Lanfair Field (lanfairfield.com). For more information, visit mattrichter.net.
Matthew Schiffman is a Media Consultant who has collaborated numerous times with Lyras and McCaskill. As graduate of the University of Miami's BFA Theater Program, Matt began his career as a sound engineer/designer for acts including Jimmy Buffet and John Leguizamo. He built sound systems for the Broadway musical "Side Show" and the national tour of "Rent" and traveled with the European tour of the Van Joyce's "Original American Phantom of the Opera" as a wireless technician. His web consulting company, Darrow Digital Media Inc, services multiple industries.
Tim Arnold is a visual storyteller of modest talents and meaningful insights. As an editor, producer and writer, he has collaborated with Mr. Lyras on several previous projects including key video elements for "A Common Air" and “The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs.” His short film "Great Poets Die...", a Charles Bukowski adaptation, played at the Telluride Film Festival among others.
Peter Chakos is a television producer and editor with three Emmy wins for The Big Bang Theory, in addition to multiple People's Choice Awards and an ACE Eddy. Previous television credits include Cheers, Wings, Dharma & Greg, Will & Grace, Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and Mom. He also plays guitar and has been a principal vocalist in several bands. He originally hails from Chicago Illinois.
Celia Schaefer has worked Off-Broadway in productions of "Chekhovek" and "Voices of Swords," as well as world premiere productions at Ensemble Studio Theatre, LAByrinth and Atlantic Theater Company. Her regional work includes the touring company of Chicago City Limits Improv, Stageworks/Hudson’s critically acclaimed “Tomorrow in the Battle,” Fusion Theatre Company's "Old Times" and "Disgraced" and the Living Room Theatre's “Exit the King." Film work includes "Thirsty," "Detours," "Detachment" and "Heterosexuals." She has appeared on NBC’s “Conviction” and CBS Daytime’s “As the World Turns.” She will be seen in a recurring role on Hulu's original hit series "The Path" this winter.
Jonathan Schell is a cinematographer from New York whose NYU Grad film, “Picasso Would Have Made A Glorious Waiter,” won the Student Academy Award, as well as 26 festival honors. He has shot commercials for Coke, Nike and Microsoft, among may others, and worked on numerous documentaries, including Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Sierra Club Chronicles,” NRDC’s “The Follies of Liquid Coal,” and the Robert Redford hosted “Sundance Summit,” comprised of Mayors acting on global warming. Jonathan recently collaborated with Davis Guggenheim on “Waiting for Superman,” and again on “Teach.” In 2010, he co-directed the feature documentary “Sex Magic,” about a Tantric sex guru in Sedona. The film won festival honors and was acquired by IFC Films.
Christina Xenos is a professional writer and social media guru, chronicling the best things to do in Los Angeles and beyond. When she's not writing/tweeting and instagramming about food, entertainment and travel, she's helping L.A. eat well with her personal chef services and bringing proper Greek food to Los Angeles with her Sweet Greek pop-up feasts.
Dean Lyras is a cinematographer and camera operator who has shot film and television in New York, Los Angeles and around the globe. Founder of Rocky Mountain Motion Pictures, Dean’s feature credits include Nurse Betty, Double Jeopardy, Primary Suspect, Con Air and Dumb and Dumber, among many others. Television credits include Person Of Interest, Almost Human, Disney’s “Stitchers”, Mistresses. and Revenge of the Ninja Turtles. He has also shot for Fashion Week in London and Prague. His extensive library of stock footage can be viewed at framepool.com
Istros Media Istros Media is a multi award winning digital creation company that specializes in delivering creative content seamlessly across multiple channels, using the best practices, ideas, people and technology to provide innovative solutions for design, broadcast graphics, content creation, viral marketing, database development, print and video production. The opening video and print campaign for Plasticity was created by the team of Effie Samios, Ilya Startsev and Marielle Verni.