Molly Kunz (Brea) has been acting most of her life. Some highlights include The Secret Garden with University of Wisconsin-Opera/UW-Theatre, Annie with Stagestruck Productions, Carousel with Madison Repertory Theatre, The Sound of Music with Music Theatre of Madison and The Nerd with MTC. She has been featured in commercials for Cricket Wireless, Marshfield Clinic, Great Wolf Lodge and Wisconsin Tourism and has appeared in the feature films Something Better Somewhere Else, The Penny (Best Feature Film at SAICFF and 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation) and The Wise Kids. She will soon be seen in the Philadelphia-shot feature film Benny the Bum, currently in pre-production. When she is not filming, she is a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tyler Ross (Tim) moved to Chicago to pursue acting professionally in late 2009 from Jacksonville, FL, where he was born and raised. Since arriving in Chicago he has been seen on stage in Jeff Recommended productions of McMeekin Finds Out (Route 66 / Victory Gardens) and Hickorydickory (Chicago Dramatists). He also recently led an incredible cast in Chicago Children's Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Jackie and Me. He can next be seen in Redtwist Theatre's That Face, starting in July. In film and television, Ross has appeared in the feature films Little Men (2005), ABC Family's Searching For David's Heart (2004), and Stephen Cone's The Wise Kids. Ross has appeared in national commercials for Snickers Ice Cream, Cricket Wireless, and Steak 'n Shake. Ross is currently in Chicago shooting the feature film Nate & Margaret, starring opposite Natalie West of TV's Roseanne.
Allison Torem (Laura) was most recently seen as The Girl in The Hot L Baltimore at Steppenwolf Theatre, as Roann in The Boys Room at Victory Gardens Theatre, and as Annie in David Schwimmer's Trust at Lookingglass Theatre (Jeff Award Nomination), under the direction of Mr. Schwimmer. Allison was part of the Second City Youth Ensemble for two years. The Wise Kids is her first independent film.
Sadieh Rifai (Elizabeth) is very thankful to be a part of The Wise Kids. She has been an ensemble member at American Theater Company since 2008 and has appeared at ATC in Welcome to Arroyo's, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Distracted and Speech and Debate for which she won an After Dark Award for outstanding performance. Sadieh was most recently seen in The Piano Teacher at Next theatre. Other Chicago credits include understudying the role of Johnna Monevata in August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theatre), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre First Look) and The Merchant of Venice (Silk Road Theatre). Sadieh is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. She is also in the new mockumentary comedy series Bad Sides. In Fall 2011, she will be seen in The Amish Project, a one woman show at ATC, in which she'll play 15 characters.
Matt DeCaro (Jerry) was seen most recently as Duke Frederick in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's As You Like It, as well as the Jury Foreman in Twelve Angry Men at the Maltz Jupiter Theater in Florida. Chicago credits include: The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dinah Was, Talley's Folly (Northlight Theatre); Perfect Mendecity, Glengarry Glen Ross, Men of Tortuga, Slaughterhouse V (Steppenwolf Theatre); Romance, Heartbreak House and The Play About the Baby (Goodman Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Mystery Cycle, The House of Blue Leaves (Court Theatre); Driving Miss Daisy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Briar Street Theatre); and the world premieres of Spinning into Butter and Boy Gets Girl (Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater and Manhattan Theater Club). Regional credits include: American Buffalo, A Streetcar Named Desire, Machinal (American Conservatory Theater); and productions at Alliance Theatre and Santa Fe Stages. Film and television credits include: Prison Break, Mr. 3000, Eagle Eye, U.S. Marshall, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House, and The Office among others. This past season he was seen on Detroit 187 and Chicago Code.
Stephen Cone (Writer/Producer/Director/Austin) moved to Chicago in July of 2004. While dabbling in the Chicago theatre scene, he founded Cone Arts in 2005 to faciliate the making of his own films. Since then, he has written and directed the short films Church Story, Young Wives (co-production with Collaboraction; screened at 2007 LA Shorts Fest) and 7 Experiments, as well as his medium-length feature debut The Christians (with Split Pillow; screened at Gene Siskel Film Center; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival; NewFilmmakers @ Anthology Film Archives) and his first two full-length features In Memoriam (Gene Siskel Film Center, Big Muddy Film Festival, Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival) and The Wise Kids. As a playwright, his work has been seen in Austin and New York, and at Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction and Bailiwick in Chicago. For the side project theatre company, Stephen has directed his own plays The Dancer, Henry Hettinger and Raised. He has twice been a Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and his short play The November Boy was a finalist for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon. His short plays I'll Never Tell You, Young Wives and We Came Here Because It's Beautiful have been featured in Collaboraction's Sketchbooks 5, 6, 7 (as well as the forthcoming Sketchbook "greatest hits" revue REVERB) and his one-act Cut To : A Stream was commissioned by Collaboraction for The Siddhartha Project. Also for Collaboraction, he directed a workshop production of his own play Stonehenge. Other theatre directing work includes the side project's World Premiere of Philip Dawkins' Perfect, the same theatre's acclaimed Chicago premiere of Sarah Kane's Crave, as well as readings and productions for Bailiwick and Dog & Pony. Stephen is currently making his Chicago stage debut in the World Premiere of Philip Dawkins' The Homosexuals at About Face Theatre in Chicago.
Sue Redman (Producer) is an actor/producer/writer currently living in Chicago. A graduate of Emerson College's BFA Acting program, as well as the School at Steppenwolf, Sue helped found SiNNERMAN Ensemble, an award-winning theatre company in Chicago. As an actor, Sue has worked on productions all over Chicago with SiNNERMAN Ensemble, The Gift Theatre, The Artistic Home, Collaboraction and Theatre Seven, among others. Most recently, Sue was seen in Days of Late and Ivanov with SiNNERMAN. While acting is her truest passion, she's also co-produced a lot of theatre, with a focus on developing new plays-- including multiple shows with SiNNERMAN, and a one-woman show that she wrote and starred in, which toured to the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Sue can be seen in a bunch of commercials, web series and films including Stephen Cone's previous film, In Memoriam, and Steven Soderbergh's upcoming film, Contagion, opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Laura Klein (Producer/UPM/First AD) Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Laura immigrated to the United States in 1987. While a frequent collaborator of Stephen Cone's, she has also produced and directed numerous short films, including Sandhill Boys written by Ashley Christopher Leach, Reggie III also by Leach, The Falling of the Bright and Hidden Hearts, written and directed by Caity Birmingham. She received her MFA in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago and BA in Theatre & English from the College of William & Mary. Screenings of her films include Slamdance, Cucalorus, Miami Gay & Lesbian, Chicago International and Rhode Island International.
Stephanie Dufford (Director of Photography) graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in cinematography. Prior, she studied drawing and painting at Rhode Island School of Design for two years and ultimately decided she wanted a creative career working with people and happened upon film. The summer after transferring to Chicago, she worked as a camera intern on the feature Stranger than Fiction, which lead her to join the union as a camera assistant a couple of years later. Her focus and true aspiration is to shoot films and she continues to seek out projects that compel and challenge her. She has shot countless short films and recently completed her third feature film. Over the past two years, she has continued her learning by mentoring with cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, BSC, ASC. Her undergraduate thesis project, The Fantastic Magnifico, (a World War I short film with stop motion aerial sequences), earned her an Honorable Mention for the 2007 ASC Laszlo Kovacs Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography. It was during production of The Wise Kids that she learned she was a 2010 recipient of the ICG Emerging Cinematographers Award. www.stephaniedufford.net