The son of a professional bull-rider turned stuntman, C. Thomas Howell started working in the film industry at the age of seven. In 1981, he was cast as ‘Tyler’ in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Shortly thereafter, he nabbed the lead in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic The Outsiders, starring opposite the likes of Diane Lane, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise. It was Howell’s gripping performance as the tough, yet vulnerable, ‘Ponyboy Curtis’ in The Outsiders that made him a household name virtually overnight.
Earmarked as one of the most promising young actors of the 1980s, Howell’s career soon skyrocketed with roles in films such as the cold war invasion drama Red Dawn, the classic psychological thriller The Hitcher, and the hilarious but controversial college farce Soul Man. Since then, Howell has been in consistent demand with filmmakers for the last thirty years, appearing in favorites such as That Night, Gettysburg and Hidalgo.
In the last two years alone, Howell has found himself cast in several recurring roles in three popular television series currently on the air: Outcast for Cinemax TV, Stitchers on Freeform TV and Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
Howell also appeared in the Marvel/Netflix series, The Punisher as well as the hit CBS-TV series Seal Team. As well as the CW’s Dynasty series, CBS’ MacGyver and AMC’s Walking Dead. He also co-starrred opposite Woody Harrelson in the Rob Reiner directed feature film LBJ which was released theatrically. Additionally, Howell also had recurring roles on NBC’s long running drama series The Blacklist with James Spader and Bravo’s Girlfriends Guide To Divorce.
Most recently, Howell has guest-starred in several popular television series including AMC’s The Terror and Amazon’s Bosch.
Howell co-starred as the unpredictable Officer Bill “Dewey” Dudek in the TNT smash hit drama series Southland as well as appearing a in special episode of Hawaii 5-0 while also making several guest appearances as the serial killer ‘The Reaper’, on CBS’ Criminal Minds. His many television appearances include The Glades on A&E as well as Torchwood on the Starz Channel and TNT’s Animal Kingdom. He also played a key role in Sony’s blockbuster SPIDER-MAN reboot.
Outside of his acting career, Howell is an accomplished team roper, enjoys a good game of golf and spends as much time as possible on his farm and with his family.
Jacy King is an award-winning actor and musician, best known for her lead roles in Zoey Cassavetes’ Tribeca winner OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME, and Ron Howard’s Sundance short WHEN YOU FIND ME. Her stage performances in THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE and FIRST LOVE were both honored as Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice picks, and her original musical compositions for NIGHTCOIL garnered a LA Weekly Awards nod.
Jacy graduated from Northwestern University with a Musical Theater Degree. After college she booked her first studio movies with New Line Cinema, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and SUGAR & SPICE, which brought her west.
She has appeared on many acclaimed television dramas, including THE AFFAIR, GLEE, THE NEWSROOM, GREY’S ANATOMY, C.S.I., as well as over 100 national commercial campaigns.
She currently stars opposite Christy Carlson Romano in the Amazon Studios film DREAM KILLER. Look for her soon in the thriller WHILE WE SLEEP, now in post-production, by director Andrej Sekula, former Tarratino D.P. of PULP FICTION and RESERVOIR DOGS fame. Jacy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, actor and writer Brian Gross, their two children, a dog and a lizard.
Toni Torres is so grateful to be a part of this production, two of her favorite topics to explore are love and bravery so she is over the moon to be able to pull apart these themes with old and new friends. Toni Torres is best known for her role on Amazons Goliath, How to Get Away with Murder, Stumptown, Criminal Minds and Lopez.
Pierre Adeli is a longtime member of The Actors' Gang where he has been in thirty productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon/Theseus) 1984 (Winston) Red Noses (Scarron) Love's Labour's Lost (Costard) Tartuffe (Tartuffe) and The Rivals (Bob Acres). Film credits include Jimmy Vestwood Amerikan Hero (Mr. Magician) Justify (J-Dove) and Problem of Evil (Xolotol). He recently returned from a US tour of The New Colossus, an original piece that deals with the refugee experience. Pierre lives in Los Angeles.
D.M. Conte brings decades of experience across multiple disciplines as the writer/producer of Worst-Case Scenario. She is currently shopping a half-hour comedy, 150 Jobs, as well the feature Continental Divide. Additionally, she is developing two features, the thriller The Gateway, and a coming of age comedy CORNHOLE. She will produce her next play, SHAME, later this year. She has also written for Cultural Weekly and WriteMovies.com. Her producer credits include Searching for Jimi, and FRESH NEWS. She is a proud member of The Chimaera Project.
Shana Betz is an award-winning independent director whose fearless, character-driven approach is bolstered by life experience and a passion for storytelling.
Best known for her 2015 film FREE RIDE, starring Anna Paquin (HBO), as well as her work in the award-winning anthology GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!, her latest feature, a thriller starring Richard Roundtree, is set to release in 2020. Betz is now focusing on content creation for television with her series, THE MILLER LINE.
Betz is a former Film Independent Directing Fellow and the co-founding President of The Chimaera Project, a non-profit dedicated to empowering female filmmakers to fearlessly create, inspire and lead.
As a member of Tim Robbin’s The Actor’s Gang Theater, Betz began her career as an actress working in theater, television, and film while transitioning into the writing, producing and directing chair. In 2016, Betz produced Cherry Boom Boom, a 25 person dance show, at the world-famous Tropicana in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Betz's childhood experiences growing up on welfare as the child of a drug runner in Akron, Ohio, have led to her deep affinity for salt-of-the-earth characters and stories that celebrate humanity in its truest form, however gritty that may be.
Walker Babington is a multimedia artist and sculptor as well as an actor and stunt performer. He has built giant fairytale-inspired sculptures for several arts festivals, used his flame-engulfed body to scorch a “Fire Angel” into a panel of wood, and created large-scale relief murals in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Bangalore, India. He recently relocated to Los Angeles from New Orleans.
Music Director/Sound Designer
David has created original music, music arranging and sound design for countless Actors Gang productions over the last 24 years, including Tartuffe, 1984, Embedded, Alagazam!, The Exonerated, Mephisto, Titus Andronicus, Mayhem: The Invasion, Freaks, and Carnage: A Comedy. His first experiences in theater were in the ’70’s, doing music design, editing and/or playback for productions by the Chelsea Theater in New York. David currently enjoys a career scoring music for feature films, documentaries and TV since 1990.