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Writers 2023


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Andrew Knopp

Andrew Knopp (he/him) is a writer, director and baseball junkie. His credits include The Elite Daily Show for Verizon’s go90 and Shaded for The Fusion Network. He was previously the Director of Development for the comedy incubator; ran Deadline Junkies, an LA-based screenwriting workshop; and graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in film. Before working in Hollywood, Andrew was raised by pirates, served nearly two dozen stints in Witness Protection, and is a volunteer astronaut on weekends.

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Dana Schwartz

DANA SCHWARTZ (she/her) is an LA writer, director, producer and actress. She is a member of Director’s Lab West 2023. Her play “Presto!” was completed with The Workshop Theater in NY ."@Playaz" was a 2019 O'Neill Finalist, and World Premiered in 2021. "Early Birds" premiered in 2019. She has had plays produced at Disney Hall, Segerstrom Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Curtis Theater, and LACMA. She has directed plays across the country, and performed around the world. She produces the MADlab New Play Development Program at Moving Arts.

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Makena Metz

Makena Metz (she/her) is an LA native who writes for the page, screen, and stage. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University. Makena is a proud member of DGA, ASCAP, WIA, Maestra, and the SCL. Find her work on Coverfly, New Play Exchange, or Chillsubs and follow her @ makenametz on social media, and check out

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Mario Vega

Mario Vega (he/him) is a Mexican-American playwright currently getting his Playwriting MFA at UCLA. His work explores Latinx identity and culture through comedy and fantasy. He does theatre because it is too late for him to become a Division 1 Volleyball Player (he never played the sport until 4 months prior to this bio being written).

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Paige VanTassell

Paige VanTassell (she/her) writes stories that can make an audience laugh until they cry, then emotionally affect them until they cry. Really, she just wants to make people cry. Paige is currently a writer on the Emmy award-winning animated series, The Dragon Prince. Paige’s independent scripts have been recognized by notable festivals and competitions, and she was named one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch. Paige is represented by Erin Morris at APA.

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Shannon Corbeil

Shannon Corbeil (she/her) is an Air Force Veteran (Korea, National Security Agency) and alum of the WGA Veteran Writing Program. Shannon was a 2023 Disney TV Writing Fellowship Finalist and her screenplays have garnered recognition in multiple competitions, including placing in the Top 10% at Slamdance. She is particularly interested in deconstructing the hero archetype through a female lens.

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Stephanie Streisand

Stephanie Streisand's (she/her) past writing credits include TBS' "The Detour," DreamWorks’ “The Mighty Ones,” "Croods: Family Tree," "Dragons: Nine Realms” on HULU. In addition, she created and wrote the Amazon show "Matty Paz is a Noob" and the Off-Broadway musical "The Future Tony Awardz." She's written digital videos for FunnyOrDie, CollegeHumor, and Comedy Central, and has been a creative consultant on various TV projects for 6 Point Harness, Mondo, Henson, Dreamworks and WB.

Directors 2023


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Emily Moler

Emily Moler (she/her) is a theater, film, and VO director. Theatrical credits include Dance Nation, As You Like It, Ironbound at UCSD The Winterguard Play, And We’re Live, at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Guarding at The PIT; Chamber Music, Untitled American Flag Craft Project, and Good Cry at The Brick. Moler has also developed new work with Joe’s Pub, Chance Theater, IAMA, Ars Nova, Heartbeat Opera, The Duplex, and Dixon Place. B.S: Skidmore College, MFA: UCSD

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Kaitlin Triplett

Kaitlin Triplett (she/her) is an LA based director. Originally from Illinois, she received her B.A. in Directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Recent projects include When the Wolfsbane Blooms, Dry Land, and the short film Veil and All (currently in post-production). She is delighted to make her 14/48 debut, and would like to thank the entire team as well as her friends and family for their support.

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Lauren Currie

Lauren (she/her) is thrilled to be back at 14/48 for another amazing weekend of theater! She has a background in theater and a BFA in directing from Cornish College of the Arts. She currently works in development for film and television, and occasionally produces commercials for brands like Nike, EA, and Google.

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Lu Valero

Luciana Valero (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist from Mexico City, based in Los Angeles, and a 2022 graduate from UC Irvine. She is a visual storyteller with credits in performing arts, photography, graphic design, and more. Director, performer, writer, designer, and everything in between. She has been in the admin team of Cornerstone Theater Company since the summer of 2022, and is super excited to be back working with the folks of 1448 this year.

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Matthew Namik

Matthew (he/him) is an actor and director in both theatre and film in Los Angeles. Excited to be a first time 14/48 Director, Matthew is looking forward to bringing in his experience and knowledge to the 14/48 community. His most recent work as an assistant director can be seen in Conundrum Theatre Co's "She Loves Me" in December!

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Miguel Ángel Lopez

Miguel Ángel Lopez (he/they/él) is a Mexican-Indigenous award-winning director from Pomona, CA, passionate about creating art for working-class communities. After graduating from Mt. SAC and Cal State University, Puvungna(Long Beach), he wanted to explore how to decolonize theatre, and intersectional themes of the working-class, family, immigration, and masculinity through a Latiné lens. He works for the Latino Theatre Co. and has started his own, Teatro Toibingna, Pomona based.

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Nick Fox Robbins

Nick (he/him) is a screenwriter, playwright, and director born and raised in Los Angeles. His work has been produced in Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He wrote and performs the sexiest play ever performed by two eyebrows.

Actors 2023


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Andromeda Dunker

Andromeda (she/her) is a stage, screen, and voice actor. She works in Animation, Video Games, Commercial television and film, and is the longtime narrator of the House Hunters franchise, on HGTV.

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Angelique Fustukjian

Angelique Fustukjian (she/her) is so excited to return as a veteran this year! Angelique was most recently seen in an original play she wrote and produced for the Hollywood Fringe Festival titled The King & I, and Paul. Additional theatre credits include “Wickersham” in Seussical (2023), “Restaurant Man” in RENT (2022), and “Kit Kat Fritzie” in Cabaret (2022), among others. Besides performing, she co-hosts a comedy podcast called The Boozy Botanical Podcast.

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Bernard Gomes

I'm (he/him) an actor and devoted neuroscience researcher who's found a home in the vibrant creative world of Los Angeles. I've added my presence in musicals, short films, and music videos. My heart beats for both the arts and science, and I'm on a journey to uncover the fascinating connections between the human mind and the captivating world of storytelling.

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Brandon Marino

Originally from Seattle, Brandon (he/him) has a lifelong journey as a martial artist and former life as a professional wrestler. He’s studied Shakespeare in at LAMDA, appeared in film & to, but is mainly known for his all consuming obsession with BATMAN

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Brooke Moltrum

Brooke Moltrum (she/her) is an accomplished actress from Camas, WA. Her extensive theatre training propelled her onto a Broadway stage in 2016, where she competed in the Jimmy Nederlander Awards. Since then, she has continued to study and work in theatre, musical theatre, and film. Brooke brings dedication, honesty and complexity to each role she has the opportunity to play. She's blessed to be supported by her family and friends, especially during her first year living in LA! For other recent credits or inquiries, visit IG: @brookemoltrum

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Byron Scott Adams

Byron Scott Adams (he/him) is an actor from Anaheim, CA. Studied Theater at University of California, Fullerton known for a sketch comedy series The Gay Men's Screenwriting Circle (2023) and upcoming feature That Alien, Sound.

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Carol Tagawa

Originally from Hawaii, Carol Tagawa (she/her) has called many places home and is now happily settled in Los Angeles. She's a versatile actor with experience in theater, commercials, modeling, film, and television. Her skills include Spanish proficiency, Latin partner dancing, visual arts, weightlifting, stick shift driving, horticulture, and caring for her cherished 6-year-old parrot. Since moving to Los Angeles in late 2022, Carol has actively worked on diverse projects while continuing her training at the prestigious Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio

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Cristian Venegas

Cristian Venegas (he/him) is an Actor and Stage Manager in his 4th semester at Los Angeles City College’s acting academy. He was most recently seen in A Mexican Trilogy: Charity, directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela in collaboration with The Latino Theater Company, which will transfer to the Los Angeles Theater Center in 2024. He’s currently in rehearsals for Alice in Hollywoodland with Theater Movement Bazaar opening this December at LACC. He’s ecstatic to have this opportunity!!

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Christopher Neiman

Christopher (he/him) is from Atlanta Ga. He attended emory u. and CalArts. He is a loooong time member of Theater of Note. He is a mountain ultra-marathon runner, with six 100 mile finishes. His exetnsive film and tv credits can be found at

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Clifton J. Adams

Clifton J. Adams (fae/they), or Cliffies, is a multihyphenate artist with a primary focus in acting, writing, directing, and producing. As an artist, Cliffies' main focus is to create and produce storylines from an authentic lens especially storylines centered around LGBTQ people of color through their independent production company Eye of Ra Productions. Fae's short film, Sunflower Nicky, will be having their LA premiere this year at the LA Queer Film Festival.

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Deborah Cortez

DEBORAH CORTEZ (she/her) was born in Argentina, raised in Peru, lives, and works in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of The Meisner Technique Studio. Deborah dedicates this and all of her work to her late son, Paul. “Mom loves and misses you always”. For more about Deborah, please visit:

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Jalen Friday

Jalen (he/him) is a talented actor and singer, known for his dynamic performances on stage. He is a member of the popular cover band, Blondonna, where his powerful vocals and stage presence captivate audiences. Additionally, Jalen recently had the opportunity to showcase his acting skills in Altadena Music Theatre's production of "Hair".

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Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins (he/him) is a midwesterner who made his way West, picking up friends along the way. As a storyteller, he loves sharing his journey, but enjoys learning about others even more!

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Joshua Jerard

Joshua (he/him) is very excited to be a part of this festival for the first time. He is an actor and director in Los Angeles.

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Justin Fry

Justin Fry (he/him) is a 2023 14/48 Hollywood actor!

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Kaite Brandt

Kaite Brandt (she/they) is a Los Angeles-based actress, director, and dramaturg. The most recent companies Kaite has worked with include the Antaeus Theatre Company, Warriors for Peace Theatre, Chase What Flies, and the Unlikely Shakespeare Company. Kaite holds a BA in Directing and enjoys spending her non-theatre time helping animals in need.

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Kristen Phaneuf

Kristen Phaneuf (she/her) is an actor, writer, and creator based in Los Angeles. Originally from Philadelphia, she is passionate about creative storytelling and is grateful to be participating in 14/48 Hollywood. Recent work includes writing and performing in the original full-length play Us and You at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the short film We'll Find A Way (Best Actress nominee, Woman Filmmaker of the Year nominee from WIF) at the 48HFF, the feature film KINGS, and Disney Channel's ZOMBIE Z-Cap. Love to Zach, Penny, and Bosley.

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Leah Jarvik

Leah (she/her) is an award-winning actor who has recently appeared onstage at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and on-screen in “The Party” web series. She keeps one (virtual) foot in her hometown theatre scene as Literary Manager and Artistic Administrator at Seattle Public Theatre. Leah is thrilled to return to 14/48 as a real grown up, having helped produce the first ever High School Edition of the festival up in Seattle in 2014.

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Luke Steinborn

Luke Steinborn (he/him) is an actor based in Los Angeles, CA. He has a background of improv, musical theatre and film! Outside of the arts you can find him outside or at The Den.

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Malin Hayden

Originally from all over the world, Malin Hayden (she/her) is now an LA-based actor/director who is eager to be back with 14/48! After graduating from UNL, she has been seen performing in theatrical productions such as The Wild Party, Celebration!, Back on Broadway Cabaret, and Clueless on VHS. When she isn’t at Conundrum Theatre Comapny or volunteering, you can find her with a coffee in hand and a funny story about an animal she saw.

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Mercedes Stafford

I'm Mercedes (they/them), a recent AMDA College of Performing Arts graduate (Fall 2022) with a BFA in Musical Theatre. My journey spans both stage and film, complemented by my nerdy passion for marketing. Excitingly, I'm preparing for my debut at 1448 this year. I can't wait for you to enjoy the performance as much as I've cherished the creative process!

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Monika Elmont

Monika (she/they) is an actor, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles, Califor-N-I-A. They have a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts. In her free time, you can catch her performing at open mics, hiking with friends, and trying out new coffee shops!

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Morgan Moessinger

Morgan Moessinger (she/they) moved to LA in 2019 to pursue an acting career after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a BA in Theatre. Some recent credits include Wild Party (Conundrum Theatre Company), Suessical (Conundrum Theatre Company) and The Roguelike Rumbles (Pick Your Poison Productions. This is her second time acting in the 1448 festival and she is so excited to be back!


Paige Henderson

Paige Henderson (she/her) is an award-winning queer actor, writer, and director currently based in Los Angeles, California. She is co-founder of Svelte Dog Productions, a production company dedicated to pushing the boundaries of genre and advancing representation in the film industry. A SAG-AFTRA member, she was most recently numerously nominated for her lead role in the psychological thriller "Don't Talk To Strangers". Paige volunteers with Film Fatales, a non-profit dedicated to achieving gender parity in film.

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Rashad Addy-Davis

Florida native and an AMDA Los Angeles graduate. Rashad (he/him) was fortunate to star as Benny in Rent, Fakir in The Secret Garden. You can see him in the HBO OUTFEST series “Cheetah In August” and as Detective Molback in “Scottsdale” on VIMTV. Rashad also produced, wrote, and directed a sketch comedy pilot titled “That Bleep Show” on YouTube with his award winning sketches. He is very thankful to be a part of this experience.

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Rory Gill-Smith

Rory Gill-Smith (she/they) is a queer actor, singer, writer, and dialect coach who is so excited to be making their 14/48 Hollywood debut! Rory holds a BFA in Acting from Cal State Long Beach and is always looking for ways to be involved with projects that evolve the theatrical medium. An avid participant in 18 hour theatre fests back in high school, they are excited to embark on this 48 hour journey.

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Sarah Karnes

Sarah (she/her) is an actor, writer, and performer who got her start on Seattle stages, often singing and dancing. Now based in LA, she performs on camera, on stage, and is always looking for ways to make theatre and community happen. Sarah is excited to be involved as an artist and a producer for 14/48 Hollywood this year!

Musicians 2023


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Eric Ray Anderson

Eric (aka Eray) (he/him) Anderson is a musician and theater artist from Seattle, who has been in several Seattle 1448 bands over the years. What a fine thing! He plays in The Klein Party Band, The Mamie Lavona Band, and leads the band Eray and the Lost Positives.

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Jordan Wainwright

Jordan Wainwright (she/they) here. I’m a So-Cal-based musician with not one, but *two* degrees in trombone (an excessive amount for trombone, I know). But I put those degrees to good use: I tour internationally, perform at world-renowned venues from Disney Hall to The Mint, appear in film and television, and arrange/orchestrate for artists such as Ginger Root, hell! I’m even published in the International Trombone Association Journal. Like you’d care. It’s fine though.

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Noah Reasoner

Noah Reasoner (he/they) is a queer Songwriter/Producer/Drummer from Seattle, Wa. They grew up in a live show setting and over the last couple years have grown into writing, co-writing and producing with many up and coming artists such as Lauren Frihauf, Mack Imagine, Nico Muhoberac, Sun Zu and more. Currently they work as a session musician and producer but hope to keep exploring each part of their artistry in Los Angeles.

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Princess Sabrina

Princess (a.k.a “Princess Sabrina”) (she/her) is a singer, songwriter, and executive producer born and raised in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. She was born into a legacy of gifted songwriters, singers, and
musicians. She has written an album and two singles and has expert experience with live bands and vocalists.

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Sam Levi

Sam (he/him) is a multi instrumentalist singer songwriter who can be found playing, mostly in old dive bars but occasionally on a national tour. Look out for his debut solo album release in early 2024.

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Wynn Tutt

Hi! I'm Wynn, (she/her) a musician and storyteller with concepts galore! New to the scene of making music for theatre; yet excited. My virtual identity will lead the way towards any upcoming projects I may have! @guavavessel

Designers 2023


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Alex Kowal

Alex Kowal (she/her) is a DIY crafter and costumer, as well as a writer/comedian. She loves Halloween and cosplaying and is currently trying to take her sewing game to the next level. During her spare time, she’s often working on stories, thinking up jokes, or planning her next grand theme party.

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Amanda Boé

My name is Amanda Boé (she/her) and I identify as a “Jack of all trades but a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” When it comes to creating I am ready to step in wherever I’m needed. I am a singer, actor, and dancer, but this go round you’ll be seeing my design skills. Most of all I love building a community and a place for people to express their art!

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Grant Luecke

I (he/him) am an escape room designer and actor from Portland, Oregon! Previously, I've acted in a season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, Macbeth) and also worked as a teaching assistant for Mark Rober's online Creative Engineering course. I'm so happy to be making theatre again!

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Hannah Schnabel

Hannah (she/her) has a 16 year history with the 14/48 Festival, from Seattle to Hollywood. She has participated as an actor, designer, band member, and most recently a producer. She can make anything out of hot glue and trash!

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Lex Levy

Lex (she/any) loves theater and the people who make it! Big thanks to 14/48 for having me back.

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

The 14/48 Projects, the Broadwater Theater, Padraic Duffy, Conner Marx, Sarah Karnes, Mercedes Maria, Susanna Burney, Macall Gordon, Libby Barnard, Maritza Cabrerra, Corey Ball, Riley Shanahan, Nik Doner, Jared Gohr, Andrew Buffelen, Peggy Gannon, Gregory Smith, Jennifer Saul, Sara Rhodes, Rachel Alquist, John Bradshaw, Orion Bradshaw, Conner Nedderson, Lisa Domke, Rachel Brackett, Rachel Delmar, Jamie Clay, Sandy Novo, Kate Myre, Ashley Flannegan, Nicki Vissel, Brian Leahy, Christine Venegas, Justin Huertas, Richard E.T. White, Rachael Fosket, James & Marcy Venturini, Laura Wallace, Matt Barrow, Deb Pralle, Tracie Pyers, Alicia Sanchez, Ashley Flannegan, Stephen McFadden, Kyle Thompson, Laura Burris, & Anthony Winkler.

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