Tom Amandes


Tom Amandes grew up in the small towns of Richmond and Crystal Lake, Illinois. He began performing at home, with his 10 brothers and sisters, creating puppet shows, short films, music and radio dramas, before moving on to school plays and community theater.

He graduated from The Goodman School of Drama, as it became the Theatre School at DePaul University. His work on the Chicago stage began in the ensemble of the "Body Politic Theatre", where he starred in such memorable productions as "Translations", "The Playboy of the Western World" and "Falstaff & Hal". Other notable stage work includes "What the Butler Saw", "Candida" and "The Mystery Cycle" at the Court Theatre, and "Free Advice from Prague" and "The Courtship of Carl Sandburg" at Northlight.

Tom was head writer and announcer of the NPR musical variety show, "The Flea Market". He directed plays for the Curious Theater, played music with both Balderdash and Jamie O'Reilly & The Rogues, and was artistic director of the Call to Action Theater.

While working on-stage in Chicago, Tom was cast as "Eliot Ness" in the television series, The Untouchables (1993) and spent two years shooting on his home turf. Moving to L.A., Tom starred in the NBC comedy, The Pursuit of Happiness (1995), with Melinda McGraw and Brad Garrett. He's played recurring roles on Big Love (2006), Boston Legal (2004), Eli Stone (2008), The Guardian (2001), Spin City (1996), From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and, most recently, Parenthood (2010). Other favorite TV work include Grey's Anatomy (2005), Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), Just Shoot Me! (1997), ER (1994) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992).

Traveling to the western Rockies, Tom spent four years portraying the beloved "Dr. Harold Abbott" on the family drama, Everwood (2002), opposite Treat Williams. He went on to direct episodes of "Everwood" as well as ABC's Brothers & Sisters (2006) and the new CW series, Hart of Dixie (2011).

Tom's film credits include The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), opposite Geena Davis, Brokedown Palace (1999) with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, Billboard Dad (1998) with the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen', Second Chances (1998), Straight Talk (1992), HBO's Live from Baghdad (2002) and the recent black-comedy, Lucky (2011), with Colin Hanks and Ari Graynor.

His work on the Chicago stage continues at the Victory Gardens Theater, where he's starred, most recently, in "Cynical Weathers" and Edward Albee's "At Home At The Zoo", both directed by Dennis Zacek.

Tom plays "Dr. Peter Pelikan" on the hit NBC series, Parenthood (2010), opposite Ray Romano. He stars as "President Abraham Lincoln" in the Salvador Litvak film, Saving Lincoln (2013), alongside Penelope Ann Miller and Lea Coco. He also appears as "Governor Samuel Reston" on the ABC political thriller, Scandal (2012), opposite Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn.

Tom is married to actress Nancy Everhard, who played "Katherine Ness" on The Untouchables (1993). His daughters, Meg O'Reilly Amandes and Nia O'Reilly Amandes make up two-thirds of the Chicago band, "Midnight Moxie". And his son, Ben Amandes, is himself a budding hyphenate.


Laila Ayad

LAILA AYAD is an actor, singer, published author, former founding member of Apple Girl Productions in New York, where she promoted and challenged the position of female artists in the theater by producing new works by female playwrights and directors, and a founding member of Ovation award-winning IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. She was recently seen as Margot in the Off-Broadway debut of Shiner at Theatre Row in New York, developed the DreamWorks animated film The Prince of Egypt for the stage in the role of Tzipporah, and can currently be seen as Charlotte Reid on ABC’s Scandal. She has been a mentor with The Young Storytellers Foundation, a program that develops literacy through the art of storytelling in the Los Angeles public school system, for the past 5 years.

LA Theatre:  World Premiere productions of Leslye Headland’sBachelorette and Reverb, and Christian Durso’s Shiner. NY and Regional Theatre:  TheatreworksUSA (National Tour),King Tut at Town Hall, Why We Have a Body at The Producer’s Club, Spring Awakening at The Blue Heron, A Bright Room Called Day at The Frederick Loewe Theatre, Macbeth at The Geilgud Theatre in London, and Gruesome Playground Injuries with The Triptych Group at The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Film/TV:  Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Reception, Exodus Fall. B.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Jon Caren

JON CAREN (Playwright) – Plays include NEED TO KNOW (Colt Coeur Play Hotel 2015, Rogue Machine World Premiere, Fall 2015) THE RECOMMENDATION (Ground Rising 2015, IAMA 2014, The Flea 2013, Old Globe 2012, Craig Noel Award, Best New Play,  2014 Ovation, Best Play, NAACP nomination), THE MORNING THE SUN FELL DOWN (MTC 7@7 2013), LET ME GO (2013 Rattlestick Fest, JPP), CATCH THE FISH (Most Outstanding Play, NY Fringe) and THE VENERABLE RAMAN GUPTA (Flea First Look Series, Sundance Finalist, New Group 2014 New Works Lab).

His work has been developed at theaters across the country including MTC, The Roundabout Underground, EST, The Rattlestick, New Group,  Williamstown, Ars Nova, Pasadena Playhouse, Keen Company, Colt Coeur, Woodshed, Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, Rogue Machine, The Elephant as well as developmentally at The Lark, New York Stage and Film, The Jewish Plays Project, Partial Comfort and in The Samuel French OOB Festival and The Old Vic in London.

He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, A NYSAF Award Winner, a two time recipient of a Fellowship to SPACE @ Ryder Farm, a two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner and a recipient of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, a nominee for the Otis Guerney New American Playwright’s Award.

In TV, Jonathan has written pilots for FOX and CBS amongst others. He is a graduate of The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juilliard School and Vassar College where he studied mythology and religion.  He’s a member of Partial Comfort and originally hails from Los Angeles.

Dean Chekvala

DEAN CHEKVALA is a graduate of Wayne State University and The School at Steppenwolf.  He has worked with various theatre companies in Chicago, Detroit, and LA, including the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and two seasons with the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre.  With IAMA he has appeared in Lousie Munson’s Goodbye to All That and Leslie Headland’s The Accidental Blonde.  Other theatre credits include: Hamlet, Il Bidone, Noises Off, A Flea in Her Ear, Over the River and Through the Woods, House of Yes, Romeo and Juliet, The Altruists, Ashes to Ashes, Twelfth Night, The Mound Builders, All in the Timing, Hippies Heartaches and Hairloss, Little Women .  TV/Film credits include: Harper’s Island, Justified, Lie to Me, ER, Without a Trace, 13 Graves, Numb3rs, Skip Tracer, Austin Golden Hour, NCIS LA, Breakout Kings, True Blood, People Like Us.  And the upcoming feature films Mulligan, What Remains, and Arthur Newman: Golf Pro, along with another installment of the web series Reception.  This Fall he will be in IAMA’s upcoming production of Do Like the Kid’s Do written by IAMA member Louise Munson.

Sheila Carrasco


Sheila Carrasco is from the South Side of Chicago. She has a BFA from NYU and a MFA from Harvard. She has performed at the American Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Garage, Court Theatre Chicago, Moscow Art Theatre, and for the last year and a half in the Groundlings Sunday Company. TV credits include: CBS The Odd Couple, CBS Life in Pieces, YouTube Red's Me & My Grandma, and recurs as Detective Dana Peruzzi on the CW's Jane the Virgin. She is also an actress/writer/producer for Más Mejor- Broadway Video's premium comedy studio for latino voices.  She is over the moon to be on this webpage.


Deborah S. Craig

DEBORAH S. CRAIG actor, singer, writer
Broadway:  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), Off Broadway:  orig wkshps of IHO written by Tony Kushner / Dir. Michael Grief (The Public),  Don’t Quit Your Night Job! (core cast / HA! Comedy Club),  …Spelling Bee (2nd Stage), Wave (Ma-Yi / Dir. Will Pomerantz), Pericles (Red Bull / Dir. Jesse Berger),  The Karaoke Show (Project 400 / Dir. Diane Paulus), Fuenteovejuna (NAATCO / Dir. David Herskovitz)
Regional:  Ordinary Days (SCR / Dir. Ethan McSweeny), My Scary Girl (Barrington Stage / Dir. Andrew Volkoff), Loves Labours Lost (American Stage / Dir. Kenneth Noel Mitchell), Falco (Ronacher Theatre in Vienna, Austria)
TV: recurring roles on Amazon’s Golden Globe winning series “Transparent” (Kristin), NBC’s “The Blacklist” (Luli), CW’s “Hart of Dixie” (Shelley), JJ Abrams/ABC’s “Six Degrees” (Melanie),  Room8 ( / Missy), guest star Disney’s “Dog With a Blog”, MTV pilot “Dumb Girls” (written by Lauren Iungerich)
Film: The Outfield (Oct 2015 release), Kiss Me Kill Me (2016), Ghost Town,  Just Wright, Bad Actress, Hysterical Psycho,

Tom Detrinis


Tom DeTrinis could not be more excited and grateful to be a part of this magnificent team! As a producer, he most recently worked on TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST (also directed by Tom) and SO LONG BOULDER CITY at the Celebration Theatre, BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS in NYC at the Barrow St Theatre and Soho Playhouse. He also produced REDLINE, SINNER'S LAUNDRY and SPECIES NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA for Iama. As an actor, he was most recently on stage as Binx the Cat in UMPO: Hocus Pocus at the Rockwell Table and Stage and in the critically acclaimed DIE MOMMIE DIE at the Celebration Theatre as Lance. Tom is also the producing director of the hilarious parody magic, 30 Minute Musicals, and the alternative programming director at the Celebration Theatre. More?! or @detrinis on instagram for kicks.

James Eckhouse


James has performed in dozens of productions On and Off Broadway as well as at many of the country’s regional theaters. Most recently he starred opposite Bryan Cranston in the Tony award winning hit, ‘All The Way’, He stars in the PBS drama, ‘Murder of a President’ and as arch villain Doctor Ralph Knotts in the new Warner Brothers web series, High and Mighty, premiering this fall.
Notable film credits include: The Avengers, S.W.A.T., Guess Who, One True Thing, Junior, Defending Your Life,  84 Charing Cross Road, Fat Man and Little Boy, Fatal Attraction, Cocktail, Big, Leaving Normal, and the voice of ‘Potiphar’ in the Dreamworks animated film, Joseph - King of Dreams.

Best known to TV audiences as ‘Jim Walsh’ on the original ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, James has starred in over 50 episodes on shows including: Major Crimes, NCIS: New Orleans The Good Wife, Southland, Criminal Minds, Nip/Tuck, Medium, Boston Legal,  CSI, West Wing, Once and Again, Without A Trace, andAlly McBeal.

James directed IAMA member Jaimie Wollrab in Tryptich Theatre’s production of Nocturne and the first IAMA 23 hour play festival. He directed the world premiere of IAMA member Keliher Walsh’s play, The Year of the Rabbit. Television directing credits include episodes of ABC’s award winning series, Once and Again and Beverly Hills 90210.

James began his training at Chicago’s Second City and went on to receive a BFA in Drama at the Juilliard School in NYC.


Josh Epstein


Josh Epstein is a lighting designer for theater, opera and dance as well as environmental and event spaces.

He has designed at the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theater, Geffen Playhouse. Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep, Geva Theatre Center, Playmakers Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Lyric Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor's Theater of Louisville, Juilliard School of Drama and The Alliance Theater, to name a few.

Opera and dance work include productions at Minnesota Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Opera Saratoga, The Joyce Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Wolf Trap, Danspace at St. Marks, The Duke Theater, Berkshire Opera festival and the Manhattan School of Music.

In addition to his design work, Josh is also the creator of an innovative, digital collaboration application for live events called Cuelist.

Josh received his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has served as a visiting faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College and currently teaches at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.

Josh is an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award Winner and a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers. In addition to being an IAMA Theatre Company Ensemble Member, he also currently serves on the O'Neill Playwrights Conference Artistic Council. Josh lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.


Chris Gardner

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Chris Gardner is an award nominated actor (NAACP, Sunset Baby) whose career has spanned theater, television, film, print, and radio.  Hailing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Chris began his work in television on HBO’s, “Oz” and NBC’s “Law & Order”. Since being in L.A. he’s racked up many guest appearances on shows such as “The Practice”, The West Wing”, “Hart Of Dixie”, and “Pretty Little Liars”. Some of his theater credits include Unbound (IAMA/Hudson Theater), The America Play (Theater @ Boston Court), Sunset Baby (Odyssey Theater). He is also an accomplished voice-over actor “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, the animated feature “Jungle Shuffle”. Many video games including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, World of Warcraft.

Jeff Gardner

JEFF GARDNER is an actor/sound designer born and raised in Los Angeles.  Jeff has designed sound for IAMA’s production of A Dog’s House as well as their Ovation award-winning, The Recommendation.  Jeff has designed and performed throughout the country including The Shakespeare Theatre, DC, The Studio Theatre, A Noise Within, Circle X Theatre, Echo Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival and is a member of The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood.  Jeff can be seen at LA Theatre Works where he regularly performs live sound effects and is the resident sound designer for the Westridge School in Pasadena.

Eli Gonda

ELI GONDA was raised (professionally, that is) by David Leveaux and Jack O’Brien, Eli served as Associate/Resident Directing on numerous Broadway and West End productions including: Cyrano de Bergerac,  Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Sinatra, Henry IV, and Nora Ephron’s Imaginary Friends. His stage Directing credits include: The Kid starring Joey McIntyre (Denver Center for Performing Arts), Halley Feiffer’s I Didn’t Want a Mastodon for IAMA Fest 2015, Little Miss Fix-It (Roundabout Underground), The FIFA International World Congress- Opening Ceremony (Atlantis, Bahamas), The Catholic Girl’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity (Pico Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights), The 8 Minute Musicals, The Crow Mill by Andrew Unterberg (The Cherry Pit), Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me (Producer), and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (Creative Consultant).

Eli’s TV/FILM credits include: THE OUTFIELD (Fullscreen Films) starring Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas, “HUSBANDS” for CW Seed (nom. Best Director, IAWTV and ISA Awards), the award winning short, THE ROOSTER written by Danny Strong, and producing the award winning documentary, AMERICAN TEEN (Paramount Vantage).

Named one of LA Confidential’s “Artists to Watch,” Eli is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received the Mitsy Dailey Award for Music. Eli is a proud member of the ABC|Disney Directing Program and the IAMA Theatre Company.

Josh Heine

JOSH HEINE is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he studied at Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Stonestreet School of Film and Television. Josh has appeared in IAMA’s Production of The Accidental Blond by Lesley Headland as well as a number of new work readings. Other theater credits include the world premier ofMy First Time and the co-lead in Jewtopia, Diving Normal at Fringe NYC (Outstanding ensemble award for 2006). Josh understudied the title character in Wendy Wasserstein’s last play, Third, at Lincoln Center, and starred in Sickopposite Andre DeShields at the Summer Play Festival. Regional credits includePicnic (Baltimore Centerstage) and Women and Wallace (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He played Benjamin in the national tour of The Graduate (Las Vegas).Film: Nice Knowing You, Manslaughter, Exposed, A Night in the Hill. Television: “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday”, “Without a Trace”, “Law & Order: CI”, “Off The Map”, “The Exes”.  Web: The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros (Cupid), The Silverlake Badminton and Adventurers Club.

Laura Holloway

LAURA HOLLOWAY was most recently seen on the IAMA stage in IAMAfest 2013- Ivana Shein’s Single.  Theater credits include:  IAMAfest 2012, Reverb (U/S Ivy), The Women (NY), Love’s Fire (NY), Leader of the Pack. Film credits: The upcoming Loser’s Crown, Without Ward, The Famous Joe Project (Official Selection Outfest 2012), The Black Belle, Carlos Spills the Beans & Death in Love. TV credits: Enlisted, Brothers & Sisters.  Laura is a graduate of the Atlantic Acting School in NYC.

Tina Huang

TINA HUANG is a first generation Taiwanese-American actress born in Dallas, TX and was raised in Chinatown and the Lower East Side of New York City. She is the daughter of an insurance broker and a travel agent. Tina attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and then went on to graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts focusing in acting, directing and design at Playwrights Horizons. She also completed a two year Meisner Training program at Baron Brown Studios in Santa Monica, CA. Tina’s recent TV credits include: a recurring role on Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), a series regular role on Nickelodeon’s Hollywood Heights, and Guest Starring on shows such as: The Night Shift (NBC), CSI(CBS), Switched at Birth (ABC Family), The Office (NBC), Kroll Show (Comedy Central), Criminal Minds (CBS), House, M.D (Fox), and Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC).  Her films include: Larry Crown, Drive, and independent films:Pig Hunt, and Tenderloin. Her stage credits include an award winning production of Amy Tan’s Immortal Heart that went on a west coast tour and a French Tour.  In 2010 she co-wrote and co-produced Oregon Trail Live! A 4D, 8-bit Adventurethat played to sold out crowds in Los Angeles. In January 2012, she was in the production of Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over which garnered rave reviews from various publications including the LA Times and LA Weekly. Tina continues to perform in this show today. Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 in which she will be performing in August. She is also a founding member and co-artistic director of Ammunition Theatre Company whose mission is to propel underrepresented voices into the forefront through original work and re-imagined classics. Ammunition Theatre Company had a successful one-act festival and plans to launch its premiere full length season Fall 2015. The company also partners with a community organization each year, this year is My Friend’s Place; an organization that provides services to homeless youth in Los Angeles. The company members each volunteers and run workshops with the youth. The workshops will culminate in a performance stemming from the work produced by the youth. Tina is grateful to be added to the IAMA family and cannot wait to continue to grow the LA theatre community.

Bailey Humiston


Bailey Humiston, a born-and-raised Buffalonian, moved to Los Angeles in January of 2016 immediately after graduating a semester early from the University at Buffalo. With a BFA in Music Theatre and an eagerness to work, Bailey made her LA theatre debut that summer in Orange Is The New Musical: An Unauthorized Parody as Piper Chapman at the Whitefire Theatre. Other LA credits include: Bad Jews (Melody), Songs For A New World (Woman One) and the IAMA Reading Series, in which she participated in the staged reading of Dooley Street: Between the Sandbar and the Shore by Brian Otaño. Buffalo credits include: Legally Blonde: The Musical (Elle Woods), Spring Awakening (Ilse), Les Miserables (Cosette) and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Joan). In the film world, Bailey has acted in two 48 Hour Film projects, as well as many short films throughout LA. 

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John Lavelle

JOHN LAVELLE: His favorite theatre credits include Benjamin in The Graduate (Broadway), Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company), Achilles in The Iliad (Syros Festival, Greece), Yosarian in Catch-22 (Lucille Lortel Theatre), Spatter Pattern(Playwrights Horizons), The Jew of Malta (Theatre for a New Audience), On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Burleigh Grimes (New World Stages), Rope (Drama Dept.), and Touchstone in As You Like It (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles). He has also performed regionally at The Old Globe Theater,  La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Hartford Stage.  John recenlty played Roy Reed in the film Selma. Other televison and film credits include Forever, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, The Black Donnellys, Numb3rs, NCIS,The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Zerosome, August, Frozen, Broadway’s Finest, and the soon to released films Born Guilty and Heirloom. John is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Sharon Lawrence


You may know Sharon Lawrence from multiple nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in NYPD Blue, as a stay-at-home prostitute in Desperate Housewives and a murderous realtor on Monk, as a serial killer on Law and Order:SVU, coming to terms with her long lost daughter on Rizzoli & Isles, bantering with Alfred Molina on Ladies Man or beating up Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sharon grew up in Charlotte and Raleigh North Carolina, graduated form UNC-CH with a degree in Journalism and spent her college summers doing musicals in summer stock. She became an Actors Equity Member in 1984 and a SAG-AFTRA member in 1987. Recent work includes Blunt Talk opposite Sir Patrick Stewart and an arc on NBC's upcoming series Game Of Silence. Recent film includes Solace opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, Of Music and Mind with Joaquim De Almeda and Aunjanue Ellis and award winning The Bridge Partner with Beth Grant. An accomplished stage actress, Sharon played twenty different women in the Coward cabaret Love, Noel at the Wallis. At the Pasadena Playhouse she starred in Noel Coward's final play, A Song at Twilight and as Vivian Leigh in Orson's Shadow -(Ovation nomination, winner LA Drama Critics Circle Award). At the Taper she created the role of Maureen in the premier of Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior and was featured Carl Reiner's gala Enter Laughing. Broadway credits include Cabaret, Fiddler On The Roof and as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Former Chair of Women In Film Foundation; serves on the Board of Directors of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation,, and UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association Twitter-@sharonlawrence

Laura Mann

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LAURA MANN – Theatre: Currently performing in the national tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, IAMAFEST 2015, IN THE NEXT ROOM… (Theatre Union), MACBETH (Tennessee Shakespeare Company). Film: 1982 (tiff), Neil LaBute’s SOME GIRL(S) (sxsw). TV: FRINGE, TRUE JACKSON, AS THE WORLD TURNS. Commercials: Honda, Lowes, Sony, Dove, Corona, Apple, and others… Shakespeare: Shakespeare & Company, Advanced Shakespeare Workshop w/ Kristin Linklater. Scene Study: Lesly Kahn, Warner Loughlin. Voice: Elisabeth Howard. BFA- Syracuse University. Summer Semesters- NYU Tisch. Proud member of Actor’s Equity.