Lisa Datz (Riley)
Lisa Datz, a dynamic force in the entertainment industry, seamlessly transitions between roles as a critically acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer, and voice over artist. She's known for Broadway roles in “TITANIC” and “THE FULL MONTY”, Off-Broadway in "HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH", and TV roles in “FBI: MOST WANTED” , “ELEMENTARY”, 'BONES, CASTLE, "LAW & ORDER", and films such as "THE PERFECT HOLIDAY" and "SPONGE BOB 2", and "TIME OUT OF MIND" starring Richard Gere. video game work includes “RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2” as ‘Jessica LeClerk’. Lisa's directorial debut “LIFE OF RILEY” has garnered festival acclaim and the Jury Prize for Best Short Film of 2023 at The Los Angeles International FIlm Festival. A former competitive figure skater, Lisa's passions include hip-hop dancing, equestrianism, European travel and her family.
Sergio Carlo (Juan Carlos)
Sergio Carlo is a renowned Dominican actor and political activist, celebrated for standout roles such as Carbo in Andy García's "THE LOST CITY" and Manolo Tavarez opposite Michelle Rodriguez in "TRÓPICO DE SANGRE". He has also shared the screen with notable actors like Gael García Bernal in "CUBAN BLOOD" and Zoe Saldana in "LA MALDICIÓN DEL PADRE CARDONA". Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Sergio moved to Boston at 16 to study television and radio broadcasting. Besides acting, he's recognized for co-hosting the TV show "CHEVERE NIGHTS" and currently helms the radio program "12 y 2.
Silas Weir Mitchell (Simon)
Silas Weir Mitchell has appeared in hundreds of episodes of TV., and is perhaps best known for his 6 seasons on NBC’s GRIMM, and 2 seasons on FOX’s PRISON BREAK, among many others. (MY NAME IS EARL, THE MENTALIST, SIX FEET UNDER, DEXTER, COLD CASE, BURN NOTICE, THE CLOSER, THE SHIELD, 24, LAW & ORDER, CSI, NYPD BLUE, ER.
Silas has appeared on stage in New York (Playwrights’ Horizons, The Harold Clurman Theatre, HERE Theatre); in Los Angeles (The Actors’ Gang, Circle X, The Stella Adler Theatre); and regionally in California (La Jolla Playhouse), Ohio (The Porthouse Theatre) and Oregon (Portland Center Stage).
Dionne Gipson (Danielle)
Dionne Gipson hails from Peoria, Illinois. She is an original company member of the long-running hit live show, FOR THE RECORD. She has sung professionally for Rick Springfield, Wayne Brady and Public Enemy, has written songs for and played roles in the films, JOSIE AND THE PUSSY CATS, TROIS and BLACK DYNAMITE and has co-written alongside greats like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Raphael Saadiq and Chris Collingwood. She has worked abroad in Australia with the revered and legendary director, actress and producer, Debbie Allen in the musical FREEZE FRAME as well as THE HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER.
Her film credits include SWEET HOME ALABAMA, SQUATTERS and PEE WEE'S BIG HOLIDAY (Netflix. She’s guest starred on the hit television shows, CRIMINAL MINDS, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and GREENLEAF (OWN) and currently appearing as a reccurring guest star on the CBS long-running hit NCIS. Follow her in the brand new series, THE WILDS, coming soon on Amazon.
Akende Munalula (Jeremy)
With Akende Munalula has acted opposite Stephen Dorff in DEPUTY on FOX, JK Simmons in COUNTERPART on STARZ Network, Tyler Perry in Tyler Perry’s Boo2; A Madea Halloween, and in other independent productions such as the Emmy nominated digital series, THE NEW 30, about a group of friends navigating life in their 40’s. He can also be seen in THE SALON released in 2020.
Akende has been a professional actor since 2015 when rejoined the Screen Actors Guild SAG-AFTRA. In 2015, he wrote and starred in CITY OF DREAMS, which premiered at the Action On Film Festival. He also appeared in shorts like TEAR JERKER, THE INCISION and others. Before that, Akende spent two years from 2012 to 2014 at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting.
Akende uses his writing passion to develop scripts for television and film. Using his connections Africa, he wants to bring African stories to a worldwide audience and show a different side of the continent that is missing script shows today.
WIth his experience in acting and writing, Akende dedicates his spare time to coaching youths in his home country of Zambia who wish to pursue acting and writing dreams. He started thinkPURPOSE as a means to give back to those in need.