Cast & Crew
SHAUN BAER - David/Show Creator
Shaun Baer is a Chicago actor, born and bred. Film credits include the title role in the short films "Scotty Works OUT", "Scotty and Josh Get Enlightened" and the upcoming "Another Party With Scotty", Charles Fleener in the short film "Adieu" and series regular Tyler Linn in the online original series "Dudes". In Chicago, Shaun has worked with several companies including Fox Valley Repertory, Court Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Kokandy Productions, Night Blue Theatre, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Circle Theatre, Endpoint Theatre, Babes With Blades, and Chicago Opera Vanguard. Regionally, Shaun has performed with the Little Theatre on the Square of Illinois, Papermill Theatre of New Hampshire, Minnesota Opera, and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Favorite stage roles include the title role in "Pippin" with BoHo Theatre, Bob in "Beau Jest" with Oil Lamp Theatre, and Homer in "Floyd Collins" with Theater Latte Da.
AUSTIN PENDLETON - Carter Daniels
Actor Austin Pendleton was born March 27, 1940 in Warren, Ohio to Frances and Thorn Pendleton. He graduated from Yale University. He later became an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and acted in several of the theater's productions. His first film appearance in Petulia (1968), a minor and uncredited role. Since, he has made over 100 appearances in television and film.
HILLARY MARREN - Melissa Prill
Hillary Marren (“Melissa”) is an actress/singer who has called Chicago home for the past 5 years. Originally from Ohio, she received her BFA in Musical Theatre, and spent a year living and working abroad in New Zealand on stage and on-camera before making her way to the windy city. She was most recently seen as Morticia in "The Addams Family" at New Theatre in Kansas, as Mrs. Banks in "Mary Poppins" at Little Theatre on the Square, and as Mrs. Walker in "The Who's Tommy" at Paramount Theatre. Other recent credits include "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" at Theatre at the Center, as well as jumping between the Witch, Stepsister, Granny, and Cinderella's Mother in "Into The Woods" with The Hypocrites. Previous credits include Regan in Bachelorette (Profiles Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (New Zealand), and a small recurring role on The Mob Doctor (FOX). Hillary is ever-happy to be a working actor, and is excited to be a part of the cast of “Humane Resources.”
LINDA RUDY - Sandy Flemming
Linda Rudy (Sandy) is a Chicago actor originally from the lovely state of Vermont. She received her degree in Theater from Middlebury College and has been working in the Chicago area since 2001. Favorite theater credits include: "Little Women - the Musical" (Amy), "The Rocky Horror Show" (Phantom), "A Chorus Line" (Bebe U/S) "The Baker's Wife" (Simone), "Storefront Theater Musical" (Annie). She frequently performs with Chicago Kids Company where she most recently originated the role of Chicken Little in their original musical production of the classic. Dance credits include: Matter Dance Company and Kiss Kiss Cabaret where she performs regularly.
Linda is a true animal lover and spends her days working as a veterinary technician at Animal House of Chicago. She is the proud mother of Sally and Katie (cats); Oscar and Amelia (Guinea Pigs); Fig (parrot); Nitrous, Sweet Potato and Dawn (turtles) and Panda, Sprout and Leonard (snakes).
MALLORY BACKSTROM - Dolores Tanner
Mallory Backstrom is a Chicago based actor and writer. On stage, she has worked with such companies as Endpoint Theatre, Dreamlogic, Mohip Theatre, and Riverside Theatre. She is also the CEO and founder of Kismet & Co. Backstage, Mallory has served as stage manager for the Collective Theatre Company in Chicago. Her first novel, "Reasons for Being," was published this February. In her own words, "Be blessed, be well, choose happiness on purpose when you can, but above all else be brave in the face of your own darkness. It will lead you to your light."
CHRIS BRICKHOUSE - Alan Kirkhoffer
Chris Brickhouse comes from Savannah Ga where he was co-creator of his coffee shop theatre company "The FowlBrick". He is a graduate from the Acting School at DePaul University. Chris's theatre experience include Mary-Arrchie's brutal military experience "The Brig" and his film credits include Dan Pal's romantic short "Scotty Works Out" and the Independent Web Series Nominated "The Dreamers" as Captain Greg. He currently resides in Chicago where he is consistently shoveling snow.
GREG DAVIES - Colin Thibault
Greg Davies (“Colin”) is a Chicago native and graduate of the Theatre Department at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Locally, Greg has been seen performing with "Golosa", Chicago's one and only Russian folk choir, as well as occasionally loaning out his bass playing fingers to a handful of bands. Though Greg’s primary performance outlets are musical in nature, he cut his teeth in film on the gritty streets of Chicago’s Gotham in, “The Dark Knight”. Bouncing from city to city as a designer, manager and jack-of-all-trades for a Chicago-based tech company, Greg is happy to come out of actor retirement to be a part of "Humane Resources".
KHAKI PIXLEY - Tessa Barrington
Khaki Pixley is a Chicago actress originally hailing from the beautiful Traverse City, MI. Her recent theatre credits include: Let's Misbehave at Fox Valley Rep, "A Class Act" at Porchlight, "Time after Time" at Theo Ubique, The title role in "The Baker's Wife" (Circle Theatre) and Petra in "A Little Night Music" (Circle Theatre) for which she received a 2012 Jeff Nomination. She is the co-writer of the short film "A Phony Dilemma" (FreshPic Films) and recently filmed the music video for her recording of the classic Irving Berlin song "I Don't Want Him (you can have him)". She has been fortunate enough to live and perform in Germany and to sing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field. This Summer, Khaki will be touring with the show "The Man In Black Show" covering songs by Hune Carter Cash.
STEVEN CALLAS - Producer
Steven Callas (Producer) is a producer and assistant director from Chicago. With a Masters in Cinema Production from DePaul University (a Hollywood Reporter top 25 ranked film school) he has extensive experience in all levels of the filmmaking process. He runs a small studio called 35Muse that discovers interesting stories and develops them for film. Steven has worked on FOX’s musical drama “Empire” (Lee Daniels, Terrence Howard), as a 1st Assistant Director on the period sci-fi short “Una Mujer Sin Precio 1961” (winner of 10 awards at Premiere Film Fest) and LGBT comedy “Scotty Works OUT” (winner of audience choice awards at Cinemadiverse and Palm Springs).
KURT NAEBIG - Co-Director
Kurt has worked in the film/TV/theatre community most of his life. He has directed countless plays and worked as an acting teacher and coach. He has worked with, and assisted casting directors Jane Brody, Mali Finn, and Lynn Stalmaster. Kurt is also an actor and graduate of The Juilliard School who trained in Russia at The Moscow School of the Arts. On camera, Kurt has appeared in such films as "Public Enemies", "Road to Perdition", "The Express", "Witless Protection", "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer", "Dillinger", "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder", and TV episodes of "Chicago Fire", "Chicago PD", "The Chicago Code", "Detroit 1-8-7", "ER" and "Prison Break". He has also been on stage at Steppenwolf Theatre, National Jewish Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare and A Red Orchid Theatre. Kurt is a current member of Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, a former artistic director of The Theatre of Western Springs and former co-owner and director of The Acting Studio Chicago.
ALEX THOMPSON - Co-Director
Alex Thompson (Co-Director) is a filmmaker, writer and actor based out of Chicago. His recent work includes the short films "Irene & Marie", "The Celebration" and "Calumet", collaborations with Sad Brad Smith, a photo series on masculinity in film called Icons, a feature film in Greece and a web series with Paul Stovall. Alex is also a staff writer for the web publication "Gaper's Block."
EDDIE AVINASHI - Cinematographer
Eddie was born in Chicago, IL. From an early age, he expressed a unique fascination in narrative cinema, specifically taking an interest in the independent/avante-garde variety. Eddie attended the Digital Cinema program at DePaul University. After generously being offered entry level positions with professional camera/lighting crews on narrative films, music videos, and commercials, he soon found himself immersed in the collaborative craft of filmmaking and sought to find work whenever possible. He is always eager to push his abilities to understand color, light, depth, and visual dynamics working professionally as a Gaffer, Cinematographer, Assistant Cameraman, and Colorist.
JESS GODWIN - Singer/Songwriter
JESS [jes] noun
1. A person who is generous, talented, and kindly
2. A short leather strap that is fastened around each leg of a hawk.
Jess has released five EP's: To the Heart of It, Quiet the Room (produced by Jan Smith, vocal coach to Usher, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry), Klutz, Santa Monica, and her most recent self-titled EP released in November 2012. Jess's single, Katy's Side, was featured on “Keeping up with the Kardashians” in 2013. Her voice can currently be heard on the Wisconsin-based Patrick Cudahy radio jingle and the Lia Sophia theme song. Recent Chicago appearances include Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities include NY, LA, San Francisco, Atlanta, SXSW, VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont and Philadelphia. She has performed the National Anthem at the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Bandits, and the Chicago Fire. She was a featured performer at the Human Rights Campaign Galas in San Francisco and Chicago in 2013. Jess has been fortunate to play some incredible venues, but nothing makes her happier than bringing musicians in to perform for the Lincoln Park Community Shelter.