INSULT TO INJURY
An original musical comedy series
Mac, a women marred one too many times sues her guardian angel for breach of contract when her guardian angel, Edna, refuses to continue her guardianship. According to Edna, watching over Mac is just TOO much for anyone, especially an angel with a broken wing. Insult to Injury examines why we should never give up on anyone with broken wings. Not even angels.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
MAURA M. KNOWLES
Creator, producer, writer/lyricist, casting director
Maura Megan Knowles has assembled an incredible cast and creative team for Insult to Injury, currently in pre-production. A bi-coastal actor/singer/writer, Maura's talents have led to a wide range of projects, from her roles in Francis Ford Coppola's Gidget, to the award winning rock musical Bare. She has also starred in a number of feature films, sharing the silver screen with Jeffrey Donovan, Laura Prepon, Scott Wolff, Anne Meara, and Warren Beatty, and has been a featured vocalist on numerous CD’s.
In addition to Insult to Injury, Maura’s literary skills have created exciting opportunities, including being one of twelve songwriters accepted into the Mercer Great American Songwriting Program at Northwestern University in Chicago. A published writer in various media, Maura has written for trade publications, magazines and blogs (e.g., The Morselist). Her plays and musicals in development have also been featured in theatre festivals, including The Western Stage's Playwrights' Festival in Salinas, CA.
Producing credits include the musical web series Insult to Injury, the critically acclaimed world premiere of Jay Duffer's play, Big Girl, Little World at the International Fringe Festival in New York City, the award-winning Musical Theatre Guild’s Lucky Stiff, Blood Brothers, and 70 Girls 70 in Los Angeles, CA, and salons/concerts with the Irish American Writers & Artists in New York.
On the set of her first job in Los Angeles, Maura caught the eye of Warren Beatty, who upgraded her to a featured role in the film Bulworth. She's been active in the business ever since, guest starring on hit television shows such as Stitchers, Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Medium, Lie to Me, Numbers, E.R., Girlfriends, Titus, Providence, Becker, and The Young and the Restless. She's also booked recurring roles on the new series Common Ground, Just Sayin’ and The Bold and the Beautiful. Pilots include What Would Trejo Do (Danny Trejo).Maura was inspired to write Insult to Injury based on her own life and death experiences, turning to her Irish American comedy roots. She believes that a balanced life is important, as it enriches the life of all artists. An avid traveler, a.k.a, The Wanderlust Queen, her singing career has taken her across the globe, inspiring her to trek throughout Europe with a recent visit to her motherland.
She's also traveled to Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Bali, Thailand, Japan, China, Africa, the Seychelles, the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, French Polynesia, Canada, and throughout most of the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. Her guiding philosophy "It's not what happens to you in life. It's how you deal with it. Well, at least most of the time.”
Maura, Mo, the Morselist, is the C.E.O. and founder of Mac-n-Mo’s, a Morselicious healthy baking company created in honor of her dad, Mac, and an International Integrative Board Certified Health Coach (A.A.D.P.). She is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has served on the host committee for Dr. Oz's non- profit organization, HealthCorps. You can find out more about her at her website www.mauramknowles.com, and see more of her work by checking out her YouTube Channel.
Jennie Fahn recently directed BREAK, a short film she also wrote, and is currently writing the sequel to her hit one-woman show, YOU MUTHA! A One-Mother Show, that ran for two years in Los Angeles and was featured in the 2005 N.Y. Fringe Festival. As an actor, Jennie will appear shortly (pun intended) in the upcoming features THE GOOD TWIN and MUSE, and in the new Showtime episodic I’M DYING UP HERE. Los Angeles theater appearances include: GROW A PAIR…OF WINGS (Lounge Theater), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Actors Co-op), ALICE IN ONE-HIT WONDERLAND 1 & 2, JACKSON FROST (Troubies/Falcon), AMADEUS (with Neil Patrick Harris - Hollywood Bowl), THE WILD PARTY (Musical Theater Guild), ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (Matrix), A NEW BRAIN (West Coast Ensemble), UP THE WEEK WITHOUT A PADDLE (Neurotic Young Urbanites), and WONDERFUL TOWN (Reprise!). She also is the writer/co-star (with Tippi Hedren) of the short TEA WITH GRANDMA. Or you may see her in a re-run of one of her television appearances on HEROES, WITHOUT A TRACE, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, MY NAME IS EARL,WILL AND GRACE and BECKER. Jennie is the proud wife of Jonathan, and mom of Harrison and Sammy.
While earning a Masters degree at NYU for Cinema Studies, Ashley decided to put her PhD track on hold and focus on her producing career. After NYU, Ashley attended Chapman University, graduating in 2013 with a Masters degree in Film and Television Producing. Since graduating, Ashley has gone on to produce multiple projects including award-winning TV Pilots and films. Currently Ashley is in development with dozens of projects and has partnered with multiple production companies. In her free time, Ashley runs The Reel Women which celebrates and supports female filmmakers.
Associate Producer and Social Media Manager
Andrea Millard graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2015 with a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film. She has worked as a Production/Development intern at Mishnoon Productions in Austin, TX and Wind Dancer Films in Hollywood, CA where she aided the PBS Television show READY JET GO! At Wind Dancer films she also worked as a temp executive assistant to Wind Dancer executive, Dete Meserve. She has worn many hats on set, and has tried out every department from camera department to production design. She believes that every department in a production holds equal value; each department works like cogs in clockwork. Notably, she has worked as a second-second Assistant Director on feature THE BELIEVER and a second Assistant Director on feature ODDS ARE. She has also aided a Red Bull commercial campaign and shorts for DEFY Media. When she is not on set, she writes in multiple forms including screenwriting, play writing, and video game writing. https://andreajmillard.com/
Scott Anthony is a recent transplant to LA who has had a richly varied career in the arts and entertainment as an actor, singer, composer, designer and musician in studios, theatres and concert halls.
Scott was an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he was a winner and performer in a number of their songwriter and singer/songwriter contest concerts and a recipient of a SESAC scholarship for songwriting.
He has been a member of numerous popular Midwestern bands and was featured as producer, songwriter, arranger and session player on dozens of albums, working in the studio with such artists as Days of the New and a pre-My Morning Jacket Jim James.
In the theatre, he has worked as an actor, musician, music director and sound designer with many companies, including serving as music director or sound designer on six world premiere productions in the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville and music directing a staged reading of Molly Rice’s “Canary” at Playwrights Horizons.
Scott produced, music directed, sound designed and played the title role in a production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” that was awarded “Best Theatre Production” in the LEO Readers Choice Awards.
He composed songs and incidental music for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and was resident sound designer for Theatre , winner of “Best Theatre Troupe” in the LEO Readers’ Choice Awards, composing music and effects for three seasons of plays, including “The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn”, a year-long commission of monthly world premiere ten-minute serial plays.
Scott recently music directed and performed at the Mark Taper Forum in the LA premiere of “The Christians”, a play for which he won “Best Music Direction” in the BroadwayWorld.com Louisville Awards.
To hear more of his work, visit www.scottanthonysounds.com.
Production and Costume Designer - Episodes 2 & 3
Catelin is originally from Moran, Michigan, and Coral Springs, Florida. She is a former high school English teacher and moved to Los Angeles two years ago to pursue her passion for costumes and designing. Since then, she has worked on over twenty projects in all mediums ranging from theater, shorts, music videos, web series, and feature films. You can find out more at her website: cdcostumes.weebly.com.
PILOT CREATIVE TEAM
MAY MAY LUONG
May May Luong is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Film and a minor in Theater. May May has produced numerous award-winning short films, including “Spanking Lessons” which won the CineVegas Short Film Jury Prize in 2006.
May May recently completed her fourth feature film, The Track, directed by Brett Levner, starring Missy Yager (Mad Men) and Sam Trammell (True Blood, The Fault in Our Stars). Her films have won awards in film festivals worldwide, received limited theatrical releases and distribution on cable.
Currently, May May teaches Film courses in Production at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is also working on the development of a number of feature film and television projects as a partner at Roadwings Entertainment.
Pilot Director, Editor
Kathrina Bognot received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Film and Psychology. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Screenwriting program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Kathrina is versatile and enjoys many aspects of filmmaking, but considers writing her passion. She has written, directed, and edited nine of her own short films, which have screened at several local film festivals like CineVegas (RIP), Dam Shorts, Las Vegas, and Nevada Women’s. In 2014, she was the recipient of the biennial Johnny Brenden Filmmaker Award of $25K and had the opportunity to shoot her feature script, DEATH TO FALSE HIPSTERS, which is slated for completion Summer 2016. She was recently nominated as the candidate for the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Graduate competition in March.
Film aside, Kathrina enjoys: anything art, happy hours, iced coffees, yelp reviewing, and traveling. She likes to visit her motherland, the Philippines, every few years.
MAURA M. KNOWLES (MAC) see above. mauramknowles.com
JENNIFER SHELTON (EDNA) Jennifer Shelton toured with the1st National Company of Ragtime (Livent Inc.). She’s performed with companies such as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/LA Philharmonic, Musical Theatre West, Laguna Playhouse, McCoy Rigby, Musical Theatre Guild, The Rubicon, and Sacramento’s Music Circus. Jennifer’s also a frequent headliner at the Carpenter Center, Long Beach Symphony, and Pacific Southwest Symphony. As an accomplished theatre actor, she’s been seen on countless stages across Los Angles, and the country. TV/Film credits include: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GIRLFRIENDS, PROM, and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT LIFE. www.Jennifer-Shelton.com
EDMUND LUPINSKI (MO) Eddie was born and raised about 40 minutes from the Broadway Theatre district and has been working from coast to coast in Theatre, Movies, TV, and Radio for more than 40 years.
Appearances include The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Two years at Players Repertory in Miami Fl. Summer Stock in Winter Park, FL and Dinner Theatre in Sarasota, FL and Dallas TX, but warmer weather beckoned and he moved to Los Angeles some 30 years ago where he has lived ever since. Eddie is married to an environmental attorney, he has a step daughter in publishing in N.Y. (She apparently enjoys the cold), and a son who recently graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle (He apparently likes the rain). Eddie can be seen soaking up the warmth of the southern California sun on walks with his trusty companion Dante (a shelter rescue) and occasionally on the Big Screen (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS with Sally Field), the Small Screen, Film Festivals (the upcoming MURDER MADE EASY) or a Stage, and now a Device, near you. www.edmundlupinski.com
ALEX WELLS (MO) (Pilot) has appeared in numerous critically-acclaimed stage productions in Los Angeles. He won the 2008 LA Weekly Award for Best Male Comedy Performance for “Fatboy.” He is a long-time member of Classical Theatre Lab where he currently serves as Board Chairman and Artistic Coordinator. He recently appeared in “Love and Information” at Son of Semele Ensemble, where he is also a company member. TV credits include NUMB3RS, NANCY AND TANYA: THE INSIDE STORY and film: RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH, PEROXIDE PASSION and SECRET LOVER. In addition to his stage work, Alex (a.k.a. “Sandy” Wells) is also heard on Talk Radio 790 KABC as part of the McIntyre in the Morning team.
CAROL KLINE (MAGGIE) started in regional theatre and is a "Distinguished Artist Award of the Los Angeles Music Center" for her work at the Mark Taper Forum. Carol recorded the role of Mrs. Beaver in Disney's 2006 NARNIA SONGS OF WATER. She has performed many shows for the Gershwin Foundation and Tommy Krasker. Her favorite work includes productions by Deaf West directed by Broadway's Jeff Calhoun.
CALEY ROSE (JO) Caley is a singer, actress, voice actor, and host who hails from Buffalo, NY. She performed Off Broadway in NY before heading to warmer pastures in LA. Recent credits include Marty in GREASE (Plan B Entertainment) and Jen in WE'RE HERE NOW by 1637 Productions (now on Youtube). She is a recording artist and is currently ecstatic to be working on new music with Stefan Dickerson. She has voiced radio and television commercials for McDonalds, Ice Breakers Mints, Red Bull, Payless, and more, and is currently producing an animated series called, DEAD WOMEN SAY WHAT? which will release in 2017. Steve Carell once called Caley facetious while she was interviewing him. Caley is also quite facetious.
GINA D'ACCIARO (JO) (Pilot) is an Actor/Singer from Philadelphia and 2 time Ovation Award Nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Musical at the Actors Co-op. www.ginadacciaro.com
ALISON SHANKS (JUDGE) Television: Guest and co-starring roles on FRIENDS, TWO AND ½ MEN, THE PRACTICE, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT among others. LA Theatre: THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Colony Theatre and Laguna Playhouse (Ovation award); A SHAYNA MAIDEL, THE CLEARING, THE LIVING, (Colony Theatre); JOHNNY BOY (Falcon Theatre). New York (selected): Elise in THE MISER (Lincoln Center), Inez in COAL DIAMOND (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regional; Leading roles with Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota New Play Festival, four seasons with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival.
BETH ROBBINS (SISTER MARY SCHOLASTICA) (Ep. 2) Proud member of The Open Fist for 4 years. MFA from UCI. Improv with Viola Spolin , The Groundlings and Stephen Book.
Her roles include Karen EVERYTHING IS ENOUGH, Estelle in DRIVE, Eleanor in ROCK AND ROLL, Mrs. Shin in GOOD WOMEN OF SHETZUAN, Mrs. Shaw in STAGE DOOR at Open Fist. Sara Jane Moore in ASSASSINS, Gussie in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and Ethel Banks in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Received rave reviews for her one woman show HEAVEN KNOWS. Two award winning films for AFI, WET FUR and LEFT AT THE RIO GRANDE. And she was one of the first actresses to play a lesbian for daytime TV on ALL MY CHILDREN in the 1980’s.
JAMES LIEBMAN (JACK) is a recent transplant to L.A.. He has been starring in the ongoing improv-based production of “James Liebman” since he was born. You’re all in it too! He has also just starred in the Los Angeles premiere of HONKY (Ovation nominated- Best production) at the Rogue Machine Theater and the World Premiere and the premiere of FOREVER HOUSE at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. Other theater appearances include: LA PRIDE AND PREJUDICE at the Actors Co-Op NY JOKING APART at Gloria Maddox Theatre, RABBIT THE DOG (best actor nominee) at the Network Festival, SEAGULL at Columbia University, CORNER POCKET at the Gene Frankel, EXPECTING at the Players Theater TV: MASTERS OF SEX, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, MiPROMISE (daytime EMMY award winner), Film: THE DANGLE, THIS IS REALITY, SUNDAY, THE END OF SOMETHING. jamesliebman.com
ERICA GREEN (PRUDENCE) (Ep. 3) Erica Green is a native of Dallas, TX and a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Communications with an emphasis in Performance. She then went on to become a radio personality at one of the top radio stations in Dallas, which got her nominated for Impact Radio Personalities of the year for the Southern Entertainment Awards. Erica has starred in the theater production “Black Betty” , “First, Last, and Security”, “Big Fat Clown: A Love Story and "Eviction Notice" . She has been featured and starred on the television shows “Chuck”, “Greek”, and most recently "Grey's Anatomy" as well as the Feature Film “Jack and Jill” starring and co-directed by Adam Sandler. In addition to acting, she is also a freelance host, writer, model, and humanitarian.
JENNIFER WEISS (DOCTOR) (Pilot) is an actor/singer whose work spans film, theatre, musicals, opera, and classical music. Jennifer has a B.A. in theatre and an M.M. in music. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she continues performing and teaches voice and piano .www.jenniferweissmusic.com.
STEPHEN VAN DORN (GERMAN DOCTOR) (Pilot) recently portrayed John Jasper/Clive Paget in Actors Co-op's production of DROOD, which he also directed. Last year he appeared in Santa Barbara in WOYZECK in the titular role, and Virginia Beach in I DO I DO. Recently, he's taken turns in LEND ME A TENOR, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, THE LEARNED LADIES, and SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gatelli, wherein he played serial killer Buffalo Bill/Jaime Gumb, opposite Christine Lakin and Davis Gaines. Recent film credits include TURNAROUND JAKE (available on Netflix), and CHASING THE RAIN (Premiering June, 2016). Van Dorn is a frequent soloist with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and the Inland Valley Symphony, and he teaches acting at the prestigious Warner Loughlin Studios in Hollywood. www.stephenvandorn.net
DEMETRIO JAMES (ITALIAN DOCTOR/COP VOICE) has acted for nearly 30 years, performing in every medium, from soap operas, to indie films, to the majority of Shakespeare's canon on stage and even in animation for video games. Why not add Insult to Injury?