David Abed (Business Man) is pumped to be back in the Los Angeles theater scene. In 2016, he played the lead in the Hollywood Fringe Festival show Sex. He has also been performing murder mystery dinner theater in Hollywood for the past three years. TV credits include: FX’s “Feud”, “Game Shakers” on Nickelodeon, “True Nightmares”, “My Crazy Ex”, and “Days of our Lives”; as well as numerous national commercials. David also went blue Off-Broadway in The Blue Man Group. His first job ever as a child was as a magician at Red Lobster, and he has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.
Kenny Johnston (Business Man) has an extensive theater background both in New York and Los Angeles. He studies at the Groundlings school of improv and the Actors Studio West. After having studied with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof as a young teen in NYC, he moved to Los Angeles where he has appeared in many T.V. shows including “Law and Order”, “General Hospital”, playing ‘The Flash’ in the CBS pilot “The Justice League”, and a list of others. His film credits include “Scenes of the Crime” with Jeff Bridges, “Heli” which took the best director award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and this year’s “The Untamed” which won the Golden Lion award for best director at the Venice Film Festival. His role as Aaron in the Los Angeles stage production of A Still Small Voice earned him an L.A. Theater Award best actor nomination. Kenny is thrilled to be a part of ELEVATOR and would like to thank the cast, the crew, and the patrons that come out to see it.
William Stanford Davis
William Stanford Davis (Maintenance Man) Born and raised in St. Louis, Davis is a veteran of both stage and screen, with over 70 television and film credits. He recently appeared on hit series “Code Black” and “Chicago Med,” and he also recurs as Potato Pie on Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning series “Ray Donovan” and as “Mr Kym” on OWN’s “If Loving You Is Wrong” from creator Tyler Perry. His upcoming films include “Please Stand By” starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette, “Handsome” starring and directed by Jeff Garlin, and “So B It” starring Alfre Woodard. On stage, he appeared in the play Cages written by Leonard Manzella and directed by Jon Rivera at the Matrix, and is working with Manzella on a feature adaptation. He was honored in 2006 with an Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in August Wilson’s Fences, and in 2004 he performed in the musical North on South Central, which won five NAACP Theatre Awards. Other theatre credits: The Anteroom (also for the Actors Studio), the Circle West Production of Legacies at The Matrix (written and directed by the late John Bishop) and the world premiere of Two Ships Passing at the Pan Andreas Theater in Hollywood. In addition to acting, Davis has directed a number of productions including Lawrence Fishburne’s play Riff Raff, “Shame” at the Elephant, and The Old Settler at the Pico Playhouse. In a career that had many outstanding highlights, Davis earned an Emmy Award in 2002 as part of the cast of Rasheen Crawley’s “The Movement.” He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.
Amil N. Johnson
Amil N. Johnson (Maintenance Man) L. A. native, has performed in plays across the nation including the award-winning productions of "George C. Wolfe's" Colored Museum and the Crossroads Theatre's critically acclaimed Miss Desa. A seasoned comic, Amil performed in some of the nation's top clubs with: Robin Harris, D.L. Hughley, Jamie Foxx and Mo'Nique. He has appeared on T.V.’s Showtime at the Apollo, Comic View and the Improv. As a writer, Amil received critical acclaim for his scripting, and directing of the stage play "Reflections" and his creation of the sketch comedy troupe "Urban Komedtry" which was invited to perform with a cast of Mad TV.. Amil, was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor of Los Angeles; James K. Hahn for his creative Theatre work with Recreation and Parks and the inner city youth. Amil would like to thank Michael Leoni & Michelle Kaufer for the opportunity to be part of this phenomenal production and believes that all things are possible through God.
Erica Katzin - (Temp) grew up a Los Angeles native. She spent her formative years studying theater and majored in Theatre Arts and History at Whittier College. She continued to study theatre at Santa Monica College, and the 3rd Street Rep. Favorite theatre roles include, Sera in The Playground, a Rock-Drama inspired by the lives of teenage runaways and homeless kids, also written and directed by Michael Leoni, Lady Brucknell in The Importance Of Being Earnest and Puck in A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Films include: Someplace in Between, Signed, Soulled and Delivered, Period Movie, Web Cam Murders, Baseball Girls and Deliver Us. As a singer she has performed all over Los Angeles singing with various bands at clubs and bars throughout Hollywood, including performing with Bruce Langhorne (the original Tambourine Man) and has been a featured vocalist on several different albums.
Outside of her work in the theatre she most recently produced the feature documentary, American Street Kid and is currently filming the feature film, #WhenTodayEnds.
Karsen Rigby (Hot Girl) is beyond excited to be back on the ELEVATOR. After originating her character of 'Hot Girl’ six years ago, she is eager to be playing her new role 'Slightly Older Hot Girl.' Karsen moved to Los Angeles at the age of 15 after being accepted into performing arts high school for music and theater. Furthering her education, she received a fine arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. Aside from performing in ELEVATOR, she stays busy modeling and is looking forward to shooting a movie with director Michael Leoni this year. You can find her on social media @karsen_rigby on Instagram.
Megan Davis is ecstatic to be making her debut with 11:11 in "ELEVATOR" and beyond thrilled to be collaborating with an artistic team that believes so much in the power and responsibility of art. With a deep love for both stage and screen, she started as a child singing opera, and has been seen on television shows such as "2 Broke Girls", "Young & Hungry" "Bones"; films like "The Wolves of Savin Hill", "The Grimm", "Animus"; theater such as "Hay Fever", "Dracula", and in the Edinburgh Theater Festival in "The Day They Shot John Lennon". She has a BFA in Acting from The University of Arizona. You can find her on Instagram @meggydavis. Megan is extremely grateful to Michael Leoni and the whole 11:11 team for allowing her to share in their vision and to her family and friends for their constant love and support. She hopes to give that love back to the world.
Jacqi Vené (Goth Girl) moved to La La Land from Tucson, AZ to pursue film at the age of 18. She was trained in musical theatre, comedic improv and Comedia Del Arte which is apparently, not the way to get a boyfriend in high school! #protip! Jacqi has just finished working with the 11:11 Experience crew on Micheal Leoni's #WhenTodayEnds, playing one of the leads. She was just recently cast as the lead in a feature called "Ghost in the Graveyard" shooting in New York this October. She is also starring in a web series based here in LA called "The Wonderful World of Hunter Wood". She is very excited to be back with the 11:11 crew and into theatre again, for this will be her first time on stage in LA. Yeehaw!
Mara McCaffray (Goth Girl) is delighted to be joining the ensemble of ELEVATOR. Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mara studied Theatre and English at Wake Forest University and moved to Los Angeles after graduating. Recent credits include recurring as Natalie on CBS Daytime's The Young and The Restless, Ashley in the short film Covers, and Elma in the Little Fish Theatre's Bus Stop. Some other favorite theatre roles include Marisol in Marisol, Brooke and Vicki in Noises Off, Agatha Wylie in Smash, and Mallory and Avril in the musical City of Angels. Mara is currently studying at The Groundlings Theatre and performs with the improv and sketch comedy team Group Wedding. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Tyler Tanner (Cyrus, Bill (from Otis) & Jim) is thrilled to back with ELEVATOR cast! He has also worked with Michael Leoni and Michelle Kaufer before in The Playground and will be seen in their upcoming film “#WhenTodayEnds.” Other credits include: The Minister’s Black Veil and Low Tech at The Eclectic Company Theatre and Richard III, Julius Caesar and Midsummer Nights Dream at Theatricum Botanicum. He can be seen in a movie that he co-wrote, “Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers”, that is currently makings its way through the festival circuit. Tyler also hosts the movie podcast, 2nd Look Cinema, that can be found on iTunes.
Deborah Vancelette* (CEO Woman) is thrilled to be back for ELEVATOR's new run, playing the amazing role of CEO Woman, a role she originated in the premiere of the play which ran for 10 months in 2010 and 2011! Deborah began her professional acting career in Knoxville, TN where on her very first feature film audition, she landed the lead role. From that moment on…she was hooked. Shortly after, Deborah made the move to Los Angeles. Since arriving, Deborah has appeared in TV shows such as FX’s “Terriers”, “Broken Toy”, Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Point Pleasant”; independent films like “In the Dark”, “Out of These Rooms” and “Career Suicide” – and regularly appearing in TV commercials such as Lowes, US Bank, Verizon, AirTran Airway, IHOP and Petsmart to name a few. She is also very excited to be working on a role in the film #WhenTodayEnds which is currently in production. Keep an eye out! For more on Deborah, you can check her out on her website: www.deborahvancelette.com
Rosanna De Candia
Rosanna De Candia (CEO Woman) an L.A. transplant from New Jersey is excited to join the cast of Elevator. She started singing at the the tender age of 9 and has a background in musical theatre. She has performed at the Bridgeport Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse and Paper Mill Playhouse. When she isn’t acting or singing Rosanna is creating content for her 5 Instagram accounts and creating inspirational videos for her Youtube Channel, A Little Rosie in Your Morning. She loves thrift shopping, meditating, doing crossword puzzles and being present!
Devon Werkheiser* (Musician) is an actor and musician on a quest for meaning. He is navigating the waters of self, art, and industry. A working actor since age 8, he found success at a young age with Nickelodeon's "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and ABC Family's "Greek". Made the rounds guest-starring on "Criminal Minds", "Major Crimes", "Memphis Beat", "Franklin & Bash", etc. Starred in movies "Sundown", "Bad Sister", "Beneath The Darkness", and some not worth mentioning. As a musician, he has put out "Prologue" and the "Here and Now" and "I Am" EPs. He makes music about this journey of life and the truths that speak to all of us. He works to play his part in making the world a better place. He also wrote this biography.
Gavin Leatherwood (Musician) is extremely grateful to be working with Michael Leoni for the second time after filming #WhenTodayEnds. Gavin began his career in theater at a young age and was fortunate enough to travel in the National Broadway tour of PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby playing the role of John Darling. After high school he and his family moved to a small farm in Oregon where he continued to pursue the arts by doing film and TV work in Portland, Oregon and playing music till the wee hours of the night in a barn. At the age of 20 he moved to NYC performing music for late night cabaret shows. Eventually the love for the West Coast brought Gavin back to LA. He has been pursuing his acting dreams in film and TV while strumming guitar and writing music in his downtime. He recently appeared as a Guest Star on NCIS.
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