The Unknown Artists are the parent company of Play Club West, a group that meets every week for readings of new and established works. Our company is made up of board members and “VIPs” who excel in various artistic disciplines…
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Emily Clark – Artistic Director
Meghan Allison – Associate Artistic Director
My-Ishia Cason-Brown^* – Director of Social Media
John Ross Clark^
Tripp Pettigrew – Musical Symposium Director
Kate Purnell – Director of New Works
PLAY CLUB WEST VIPs
Jeff Scot Carey^*
Travis James Riner
*Member of SAG-AFTRA
^Member of Actor’s Equity Association
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
EMILY CLARK (Artistic Director) founded Play Club West in August 2011, and co-founded The Unknown Artists in 2007, along with Pamela Eberhardt. As an actor, Emily has performed with the Unknown Artists in 35mm, The Girl is Still Here, Gearhead and the Realbot, Matt & Ben, Right Together, Left Together, and Edgar. She has also worked with the company as a director, directing multiple pieces in The Festival of Unknown Artists and 35mm, as well as The Girl is Still Here, Devour, music directing Lysistrata, A Re-Imagining, and co-directing, as well as starring in the Off-Broadway workshop of It’s About Time. Emily is the star of a hilarious semi-autobiographical cabaret show, Slightly Dramatic (co-authored by Ryan Scott Oliver), that premiered to rave reviews at the Hollywood Fringe in 2016, and has been performed in New York City (most notably at the Laurie Beechman Theatre) and Los Angeles since 2009. Slightly Dramatic has also been adapted into a mockumentary web series, produced by The Unknown Artists, and directed by Jeff Scot Carey. She is an associate company member at Sacred Fools Theatre Company, and has worked frequently with the Ovation Award winning Chance Theater, Mechanicals Theatre Group, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Some favorite shows include Skullduggery: The Musical Prequel to Hamlet (Berta U/S); Rated RSO: The Music & Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver (with Megan Hilty, Lesli Margherita, & Natalie Weiss); HAiR (Jeanie); Assassins (Squeaky Fromme); Hairspray (Velma); The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Vixen); Merrily We Roll Along (Mary); The Rover (Angellica), and The Taming of the Shrew (Biondello). Artistic Director of The Unknown Artists, Pasadena Musical Theatre Program’s Junior Company Director, and Performing Arts Teacher at Sierra Madre Middle School. Emily is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre, History), the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and has studied with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. You can also find Emily hosting the open mic after party at (Mostly) Musicals at the E-Spot Lounge almost every month! www.slightlydramatic.com
MEGHAN ALLISON (Associate Artistic Director) is thrilled to be working with Play Club West and The Unknown Artists. Her notable credits include, LYSISTRATA, A RE-IMAGINING (The Unknown Artists), DEVOUR (The Unknown Artists), BUS STOP (The Manhattan Playhouse), MY COUSIN RACHEL (Lamplighter’s Theater, Aubrey Award Nominee), AN ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE (Lamplighter’s Theater), and CINDERELLA (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). An accomplished choreographer, Meghan also works with the talented children of Sierra Madre Middle School’s PAK program. Meghan is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre Arts) and has studied with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
MY-ISHIA CASON-BROWN (Director of Social Media) (the dashes are silent) is stoked and honored to be a part of Play Club West and The Unknown Artists. Detroit, Michigan native, that hopped, skipped & made a huge jump, here to Los Angeles. Putting that B.A. of Fine Arts from Oakland University, to use, pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Performed professionally on the stages of Meadowbrook Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Detroit Repertory, Plowshares Theatre, Boarshead Theatre and Hastings Street Ball Room. Understudy for Gretchen, in “Hate Male,” a part of the Festival of Unknown Artists. Movie credits include Gran Torino, Meet Monica Velour, War Flowers, and The Domino Effect. About that Youtube Life! Worked with sketch comedy troupes such as, Issa Rae Productions, First Team Four, and Bizarre Bizarre Monster Truck Ninja. Proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
JOHN ROSS CLARK is a recent addition to the Board of Play Club West, and earned his membership in time honored Hollywood fashion; through nepotism. Although it generally works the other, John is the proud father of original board member and co-founder of both The Unknown Artists and Play Club West, Emily Clark. John has been acting and directing throughout the southland for over 33 years, appearing in countless commercials, TV, Film, and theatrical productions. He has worked at such varied venues as the Laguna Playhouse, LATC, Theatre 40, The Odyssey, Company of Angels, Circus Theatricals, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Littlefish Theatre Company, The Colony, The Road Theatre Company, Santa Monica Rep, California Repertory Company, Theatre Neo, Theatre Geo, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Open Fist Theatre, The Elephant Theatre Lab, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre at Boston Court, The Bank Theatre, The Hollywood American Legion Theatre Center, and American Theatre Arts. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal State Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Long Beach State. He has taught acting, directing, theatre history, critical analysis, and scene study as a Lecturer at Long Beach State, Cal State San Bernardino, and Fullerton College. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
TRIPP PETTIGREW (Musical Symposium Director) originally hails from Chattanooga, TN and likes miniature schnauzers, jogging outside, wearing bath robes, and drinking tea. Tripp appeared in the first national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Jeff Calhoun & Noah Racey), played Off-Broadway in Musicals Tonight’s Meet Me in St. Louis and Let’s Face It!, and spent two summers at the Ogunquit Playhouse with Sally Struthers in Best Little Whorehouse… and Hello, Dolly! Other favorites include Crazy For You (Bobby), Anything Goes (Billy), and Forever Plaid (Sparky). Tripp received a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud Equity member. IL&MYG.
KATE PURNELL (Director of New Works) is overjoyed to work with Play Club West and The Unknown Artists. Her previous work with the company includes performing in Devour, and Lysistrata, A Re-Imagining. A Bay Area native, Kate has performed in various productions at Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, Douglass Morrison Theatre in Hayward and the former Alice Arts Center in Oakland, Ca. She received her BA in Dramatic Arts and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Past productions include: Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf and A Night A The Cotton Club. Kate is excited to be polishing her chops in film and tv in her new home of Los Angeles!
AZO SAFO is a trained actor and singer. She is a company member of Unknown Artists and in the Advisory Board of Play Club West. Azo was in the Unknown Artists’ production of Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall”, playing the feisty New Yorker, Elsie. Every Tuesday, Azo does stage readings of new and established works with Play Club West at The Complex theater in Hollywood. She also does TV and film. Azo is a company member of Ceili Rua, the traditional Irish dance troupe of the Gaelic League of Los Angeles. Recently, she performed with Ceili Rua at the Ford theater in Hollywood, CA. She is currently studying traditional folk dance at Gypsy Camp dance studio in Culver City, CA. Azo also plays acoustic guitar and is working on an album of covers of folks songs.
PLAY CLUB WEST VIPs
How to be a Play Club West VIP…
*Must have participated in at least 10 readings with Play Club West.
*Execute a high skill level in your area of concentration (acting, directing, writing, etc).
*Be a reliable reader, consistent, and enthusiastic about Play Club.
*Volunteer for (at least) ONE Play Club special event a year (Festivus, Fundraiser, Unknown Artists Production).
LUCAS ALIFANO has worked theatrically with The American Conservatory Theater, Marin Theater Company, Magic Theater, TheaterWorks, Marin Shakespeare Company, Colorado Shakepeare festival, the Unknown Artists, and The Western Stage and spent two summers and winters performing with Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Two weeks after earning his Acting MFA at The American Conservatory Theater Lucas was cast opposite Joan Rivers in “The Joan Rivers Theater Project” which was performed in New York and San Francisco. TV credits include the CBS series “Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side 2”, “The Young and the Restless” and the made for TV movie “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant” among others. Feature credits include “The Lost Coast” (SXSW & Venice film festival), “Plastic Soup”, “Detention” and he just wrapped the horror thriller “Fear Not”. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
CHRISTY BELL loves being involved with Play Club West and is honored to become a VIP member. She lived and worked as an actor, hair and foot model (I know, weird right?) in Los Angeles in the 1990’s then moved to Chicago in 2000 where she worked as the Director of Education for a performing arts school and found time to perform with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Country Club (Pooker) and Sylvia (Kate). Her favorite stage roles have been Rose in Wool-gatherer, Simone in Black Angel, Jessie in ‘Night Mother and Rita in Prelude to a Kiss just to name a few. She is currently building her own business called Spoil Me Fresh (.net) and teaching culinary arts for after-school enrichment programs. Christy is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and happy to be back on the west coast and enjoying all the opportunities LA has to offer.
ANNA BOWEN: Broadway: 101 Dalmatians. Off Broadway: The Music of Motown, Rom and Julz, Doubletime, Wanda’s World. Regional: Queenie Pie, RENT, Aida, Evita, Once on This Island, Cinderella, Godspell, Aladdin.TV Credits: Castle, Mixology, Law and Order: SVU, As The World Turns.She can be seen around Los Angeles singing with the Overstreets New Orleans Jazz Band. Her non-fiction book, Me+You is available now at meandyouthebook.com/: Ranging from ages 30-87, different couples share their stories of love, hardship and why they stay together through it all. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. www.annabowen.com
TIFFANY BRAIN is a proud Company Member of Play Club West and the Unknown Artists. Tiffany returned to the stage with the help of the Unknown Artists, first in Snakeskin Suit (Syl) and then in Gearhead and the Realbot (Corporal Holly Henderson). Previous shows include Metamorphosis (Company), Snow Angel (Twin #2), Romeo & Juliet (Company), Bus Stop (Elma Duckworth), and Tartuffe (Elmire). Tiffany is trained in stage combat and is studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Alberto Crane at Gracie Barra Burbank. Tiffany received her MA from Woodbury University.
JEFF SCOT CAREY happily counts himself among the ranks of these beautiful misfits at Play Club West and The Unknown Artists. Broadway: 101 Dalmatians and Rent (Tenth Anniversary Concert). National Tours: Grease, South Pacific, Cinderella, 101 Dalmatians, and Rent. World Tour: Rent. Off-Broadway: Tails, Dorian Gray, War Brides, and Back Home. Favorite Regional and other NY Theatre: The Last Five Years, John and Jen, Hair, Footloose, Godspell, Joseph…,Two Rooms, Spring Tides, and The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) LA Theatre: Doomsday Cabaret, and The Unknown Artists’ Right Together, Left Together. Film/TV: One Life to Live, All My Children, The Reformation, The Crooked Symphony, Intrinsic, Egyptian Holiday, The Bathroom Attendant, and The One You Marry. As a writer Jeff has had three of his plays performed in New York: The Order of Things (Under St. Marks) Paint (Stella Adler) and Storm Control (City Attic Theatre) and has written and directed the short films, Magnanimous, and Gerald Granderson. He is also the writer/director of The Unknown Artists’ own web series and Feature Film, Slightly Dramatic, that features many wonderfully brilliant Play Club actors, and will be premiering this spring. Jeff is a sports junkie who writes a blog that no one reads called The Under Dogs, sings occasionally with Jazz Trios at The Music Room in Hollywood, and sometimes drinks a craft beer or two with TheHappy Hour Guys as a camera man and sometimes-host of their incredible web series. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Cheers Play Club! www.jeffscotcarey.com
CODY CLARK is pleased as punch to be a member of Play Club West. He has worked throughout Los Angeles as an actor and stage manager and has most recently become the Unknown Artists’ in-house concept artist/designer. Cody created the Unknown Artist logo, the Play Club logo and various other art designs for shows, ads, and posters in the LA area. In addition to acting and art, Cody is a fully trained singer with four years of vocal training and two years of vocal masterclasses; not to mention an uncanny imitator with a long list of characters, original and established, which he can switch into at any given moment. Cody attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received most of his voice training. He also attended UC Santa Cruz studying fine arts, Pasadena City College also studying fine arts, and most recently has started attending Art Center night school to continue his education as an entertainment designer.
SAM COFFMAN loved the arts long before an on-stage kiss in an 8th grade play, leads in high school musicals, and community theatre in his home state of Michigan. After training at Second City Chicago, Sam took a long break from acting to concentrate on the loud arts as a musician in the windy city. Sam left that comfort zone and transitioned back to the quieter arts while living in Japan for a few years. Sam’s acting work in Japan included a blockbuster, the #1 prime time TV detective show out of Tokyo, the #1 reality TV show out of Nagoya, a web series, and the play “Wait Until Dark” that was produced in historic Osu. The “big in Japan” thing was manifesting, but Sam left his comfort zone again and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to be in the place where actors get discovered and scripts get bought. Upon arrival in the city of angels, Sam trained as a method actor with The Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film. Sam has been patiently writing screenplays since then – all the while accruing credits as an actor and filmmaker for his art world résumé and IMDb page. But truth be told, as far as collaborating with artists in Southern California’s part of the entertainment industry goes, the greatest joy Sam experiences comes from performing with The Unknown Artists in Play Club West. Sam is honored to have finally become a TUA/PCW VIP, and he’s looking forward to many more years of good times with the best people he’s met in Hollywood!
ALLIE COSTA is an actress, writer, director, singer, and voiceover artist. Theatre credits include Spring Awakening, Hamlet, Pope Joan, Alien vs. Musical, and Wake. Film/TV credits include 90210, Unusual Suspects, Solace, and You Me & Her. She has also appeared in commercials, narrated audio books, and lent her voice to video games. A published playwright and screenwriter, Allie’s original works have been produced internationally, including Femme Noir (Best Script – 2015 One-Act Festival), She Has Seen the Wolf, A Taste of the Future, and Can You Keep a Secret? Her favorite Play Club West readings and roles include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), Clueless (Tai), and Saved by the Bell (Kelly Kapowski). http://www.alliecosta.com
CHRISTINE CRONIN was born in the North and raised in the South. She now resides in the West. She started as a lover of being on stage in any capacity, but over the years has made her way in front of the camera as well. Notably, Christine has placed in annual nation-wide competitions with awards reflecting vocal ensemble and silent drama. Currently, Christine is writing her first feature, casting a feature, assisting in editing a short film she wrote and starred in, and submits bimonthly projects for review in FlamFest. With experience and training not only in front of but also behind the camera, Christine is excited to see what the future holds in Los Angeles. Oh, and she absolutely LOVES her Play Club West family!
HANNAH DOTY is excited to be a part of the Play Club West family! She was recently seen touring with CLIMB theatre company in Minnesota and performing in Pinocchio at Berkshire Theatre Group where she was an Apprentice. She was also featured in Langhorne Slim’s music video for their hit “The Way We Move” and starred in the short Girls Room that played at the Cannes and Tribeca film festivals. Hannah trained at Second City in Chicago and received her BFA in Theatre from Adelphi University. She is the founder of V.I.P. Hospital Productions that makes customized films and other entertainment for hospitalized kids. www.HannahDoty.com
STEPHAN EARLY was born in Brooklyn so long ago that he saw the Dodgers play in Ebbets Field. Joined SAG in ’75, studied at the Globe Theater in London when it first opened in ’95, teaches Shakespeare as Lit in a Public High School, last appeared in a City of Hope Promo for Breast Cancer Awareness. Works out with the incredibly talented Play Club West.
PAMELA QUINN EBERHARDT is originally a playwright from New York who co-founded the company Unknown Artists with Emily Clark in 2007 and founded Play Club in New York in 2011. After the success of Play Club developing branches in New Orleans and Los Angeles, Pam decided to move to LA and focus on furthering her creative endeavors! She is very much looking forward to collaborating with new composers, writers, actors, directors and producers. Some of her favorite works include: Outrageous Fortune – a drama that focuses on the flaws in our justice system, Right Together Left Together – a musical romantic comedy about coming of age in your 30s and 13th Grade – a musical comedy in the vein of Wet Hot American Summer about community college. Look for it at 2017’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. www.ruckusrockwell.wordpress.com
OSCAR GUBELMAN was born and raised in the beautiful rainy city of Seattle. After coming down to Los Angeles to follow his passion for acting, he then trained and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and following, became a member of the company of 2008. He has had the amazing opportunity to work many great theaters including South Coast Repertory Theater completing their Professional Intensive Program as well as performing in A Christmas Carol and their New Playwrights Festival. He has been seen in such plays as Suburbia, Pride and Prejudice, Anna K, You Can’t Take It With You, Bus Stop and the musical Enter the Guardsmen among many others. Oscar has also had the one of a kind opportunity to study under the talented Hank Azaria, and the fantastic director Joel Bishoff. He recently won two Inland Theater Awards for IVRT’s Bus Stop and Our Town. Now he has the privilege and pleasure of being part of the Unknown Artists, and the fantastic Play Club West. A thank you to all who have got me where I am, couldn’t have done it without you.
JENI INCONTRO is thrilled to continue her involvement with the Unknown Artists and Play Club West. Credits include: New York Theatre: “Women and Wallace” (Mother), “Right Together” original musical, “It’s About Time” original musical, “Fool for Love” (May), “No More Waiting!” original musical. Los Angeles Theatre: “Out of My Head” (Therapist), “Sweet Charity” (Nikki), “Oklahoma!” (Ado Annie), “Anything Goes” (Bonnie), “42nd Street” (Peggy Sawyer). New Media: Onion News Network. Jeni is a proud actor and producer for the Mechanicals Theatre Group and the Unknown Artists. Producer credits include: Right Together, Left Together, 3-2-1 One Act Festival, The Elephant Man (Ovation Nominated). Training: NYU CAP 21, Atlantic Acting School, Los Angeles County HS for the Arts. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
ANDY KENAREKI: A native of Los Angeles, Andy comes to us with over 15 years of acting experience. He is known to many in the online and sketch comedy world thanks to his popular YouTube channel, Andy K Comedy (http://www.youtube.com/andykcomedy). Andy is also a member of the sketch comedy group Llamas in Disguise (http://www.youtube.com/llamasindisguisecmdy), which has featured many Play Club members in the past. Favorite roles include A-rab in West Side Story, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Hero in A Funny Thing…Forum, and Professor Zee in The Unknown Artists’ production of Gearhead and the Realbot. Andy is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.
PAT LENTZ: Former member of Lonnie Chapman’s Group Theatre, The Limelight Theatre and current member of The Mechanicals, Pat has been appearing on stages throughout the West for, well let’s just say, for some time. Pat is delighted to be a part of Play Club West. She is an actress whose talent for interpretation and communication has made its mark on some of the most prestigious projects in Hollywood. On screen, Pat’s theatrical resume includes numerous film and television roles including appearances in Rob Reiner’s Flipped, Desperate Housewives, Bones and Private Practice. Off camera as a voice over artist, Pat has been heard on hundreds of commercials, films, television shows, video games, and audio books. Her narration resume reflects work on a wide range of popular and critically acclaimed movies, television shows, and IMAX productions. Known for her keen ability to navigate complex prose and fast-action dialogue, Pat has been a key voice for WGBH’s Descriptive Video Service for the blind for twelve years. She can be heard on countless films and television shows including, James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Return to Mecca narrated by Helen Mirren, as well as The Cleveland Show, American Dad and over ten seasons of The Simpsons. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA.
KATRINA RENNELLS is a native Angeleno and has been performing onstage for nearly 20 years. Some of her favorite credits include Kate in The Wild Party, Cecily Pigeon in The Odd Couple, Kathleen in Ragtime,and a Featured Soloist in Chess: In Concert as well as various other stage productions. In 2011 she was a finalist in the competition L.A.’s Next Great Stage Star, resulting in a co-headling cabaret at Sterling’s Upstairs At Vitello’s and earning her a nomination for Best Female Cabaret Artists for Broadway World Los Angeles. She is currently putting her college major of Advertising Art to use by designing posters and advertising materials for Play Club West and The Unknown Artists and was seen as Gayle the Woman in The Girl is Still Here, and Alison in the Unknown Artists’ 2013 production of Right Together, Left Together. She is thrilled to have found the warm and encouraging environment of Play Club West and the family of crazy performers it has brought her.
TRAVIS JAMES RINER started off doing children’s shows when he was five and continued to enjoy acting for years to come. Travis’ resume includes roles in “The Laramie Project,” “Our Town,” “Some Things you should know Before the World Ends,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Suburbia.” He continued his work both on and off screen in technical and extra work including work as a fire technician on movies and television shows including “Greys Anatomy” and “Eagle Eye” and has been trained in voice over, cold reading and stage combat skills. After a long break away from the stage and screen Travis returns to what brings him joy and gets to work with the amazing actors and writers involved in Play Club.