Leverage

Cast

Diana Rose – “Jade Betts”

Diana Rose is an Austin based actor and producer. She can be seen in the third season of AMC’s critically acclaimed show “Better Call Saul”. You can also catch her in a few on demand feature films including the comedy “Kopy Kings” and the suspense thriller  “Inhumanity”. Diana also stars in the 2018 Academy Qualified short film “MyHeart :Ya Albi” (on amazon prime) about a Syrian refugee which has earned her several Best Actress awards in various national film festivals. She most recently starred in a webseries, “The Best of the Worst Days” and a proof of concept “En Route” about EMT’s dealing with PTSD. She is extremely grateful and excited to be playing Jade Betts in “Leverage” as she has always wanted to do action and kick a bunch of ass. 

Ronald Short – “Richie”

Ronald Short is an actor/writer/director/producer. After relocating to Austin almost a decade ago to pursue filmmaking, Short has been busy producing and performing in various projects, including the award winning features Billi & Theodore released by The Orchard and Good Feels On Wheels (in festivals now), the web series Weekend Plans (where he won Best Actor at Middle Coast Film Fest), and various shorts and sketches that have screened around the US.

Bob Fonseca – “Larry”

Bob is a 27-year veteran of KLBJ-FM’s Dudley and Bob with Matt morning show. He moved to Austin in 1974 and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s R-T-F program. Over the years, he has also worked behind the scenes at KTBC-TV, Frank Erwin Center and GSD&M Advertising. He has been in front of the cameras for Spy Kids 3, Friday Night Lights (pilot), MTV’s Austin Stories and, most importantly, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives!

Katusha Robert – “Anya”

Katusha Robert is a Russian born actress who moved to the US when she was 10. She has appeared as a series regular in the Amazon Prime series Public Displays of Insanity, and has made appearances in several network shows, numerous features, shorts, national commercials and voice overs all over Texas, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee and California. She most recently played the role of Aurora in the short film Aurora, which filmed in Shreveport, LA.

Katusha took on acting, singing, dancing and art in Oklahoma City at the age of 11. She has since moved around, studied under multiple coaches, and believes that training is crucial to her growth and career. Her goals are to continue to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances and move those that watch her work.

Erik Anderson – “Piotr”

Erik began acting at the age of 11, in Georgetown, TX, where he performed in stage productions directed by his middle school theater teacher. His feature film debut came in 2001, with a lead role in the indie comedy Jobbers. He has acted in four feature length films, and numerous shorts, two of which have won awards at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and the Austin Revolution Film Festival. Anderson is also an accomplished voice actor performing a wide range of characters and accents.

Richard Ricks – Producer / “Wolfpack”

Richard is an actor/producer in Austin, TX.  His acting career began in the theater at the age of 5 performing in plays under the direction of his grandmother who taught private children’s dramatics for over 30 years in Abilene, TX.  This experience would lead to larger stage productions as well as the occasional television commercial and short film.  Upon graduating from Texas Tech University in 2000, Ricks moved to Austin to pursue a career in acting film and commercial acting.  He is currently represented by Collier Talent Agency.  Besides being a producer on “Leverage”, Richard helped produce both “Here Comes the Neighborhood” and “Casual Encounters” in association with Rogue Alchemy Pictures.

Chadwick Smith – “Viper”

Chadwick is a comedian, actor, comedy improv and puppetry teacher, performer, producer, musician, artist, designer, puppet builder and puppeteer from Austin, TX. He is currently performing with emo puppet band, Fragile Rock and weekly improv with Fuck This Week at Fallout Theater in Austin. Chadwick can also be seen as an extra or specific roles in recent films as Maybe Shower, Trolls, Austin High, Cherry Bomb, and various short films since his time in college in the mid 1990s.


Crew

Writer/Director – Michael Charron

As far back as he can remember the movie theater has been Michael’s favorite place to be. As a child, he got lost for hours in the stories he found there, in a dark room, set apart from the “real” world. As he grew, Michael began to see the movie theater as a place where traditions are subverted–where the status quo gets turned on its head. And this is where his writing sensibilities lie–in taking an established concept or idea and finding a way to turn it into something completely different. From slasher films where the “sexy” girls are the most competent ones to a rom-com where the meet cute takes place during casting for a snuff film, there’s no trope he’s unwilling to push to its limit.   

From an early age he was a storyteller, crafting worlds that he and his friends would play in, but it wasn’t until much later that he even realized he could be the guy to create the movies he so loved. After years of pursuing music performance and production, Michael sat down to write his first script, which he eventually turned into a movie. Since then he’s written more than fifteen feature films (and produced four of them) as well as written and produced a series of shorts. Michael has had several feature scripts both place as finalists and win in festivals and has had multiple short films win awards at festivals in recent years, including several that took top honors. 

Director of Photography – Steven Gunter

Steven is a photographer and filmmaker who fell into his craft by accident. He studied vocal performance and pedagogy in college to ensure his ability to either work in retail or be self-employed, and he’s grateful the self-employment thing is working out. Steven’s film work ranges from traveling the world making micro-docs and promo films for NGO’s, clever Kickstarter videos, and music videos for local artists. Typically a team-of-one filmmaker, he’s looking forward to working on more team-based productions.

Composer – TW Bond

T.W.Bond began creating scores and soundtrack songs for independent projects in Osaka, Japan in 2000. After relocating to Austin TX in 2002, he came to specialize in recreating the Spector Wall-of-Sound style & technique as well as mimicking the distinct nuances of various film score classics. In early 2017, he completed the music, lyrics, and soundtrack of the Adult Swim musical sitcom, The Suplex Duplex Complex. Bond pioneered the idea of the “video flyer” in the early days of YouTube to promote band shows at local venues. He has performed with Nirgilis, Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates, Barry Micron, and the Charles Potts Magic Windmill Band.

Fight Choreography – Da’Mon Stith

Da’Mon is the Chief Instructor and Founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. His martial arts training began at the age of 6 when his father gave him his first sword. He was fascinated with martial arts and warrior culture. He began his formal training at the age of 9 in Asian martial arts and progressed into African and Middle Eastern martial arts by the age of 17. 

When not training and instructing, Da’Mon constructs training weaponry utilizing high-density plastic, hardwood, aluminum, and steel. Additionally, Da’Mon is an instructor during the summer for Book People’s Camp Half-Blood literary camp. 

Makeup and FX – Danielle Pirslin

Danielle started her career with FX Makeup as a volunteer moulage artist for the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Her moulage work went on to help with training drills for FEMA, city safety in transportation Dept. and The California highway patrol (CHP) program Every 15 Minutes, also known as Shattered Dreams in Texas. This work lead her to become an instructor teaching at the Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Los Gatos, CA with her mentor Rose Hill. Now is a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist. 

Danielle is known for her special-effects make up in movies like; August Falls, Keep the Gas Light Burning,The Talking Tree, Heads or Tails, Evil for Dinner, Look into the Fire, Marionettes and Gray just to name a few that can be found on her IMDb page. Recently the Movie Gray won an award for Best FX at a festival called Top Indie Film Awards.

Danielle loves being a mobile service of hair and makeup in her area, traveling to all types of events when she is not on set of a movie. You may even find her giving demo FX makeup tips at the Famous Monsters of Film Land Comicon here in Austin TX this spring. 

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