Katie has spent countless hours engaged in field study trial and error experiments proving the theory that life can be whatever you want it to be. Ritz is an actor, voice-over artist, writer, film producer. When not busy working on Scions as a creator/writer/producer/actor or writing her first feature length film, Ritz is a voracious bibliophile, gluten-free culinary baking genius, and HGTV/DIY binge-watcher. Ritz currently lives in NYC, though Steelers Nation is her hometown.
CJ can be best described as a west coast personality with an east coast work ethic. Maldonado has parlayed his childhood imagination into successful roles of actor, director, writer, editor, photographer, and producer. Maldonado began his acting career in stage plays, independent films, and daytime television and has studied at schools such as The Barrow Group and Upright Citizens Brigade. Maldonado’s acting experience began to open his mind to more behind the camera roles as well. As a writer, he penned A Passing Afternoon, which was an official entry at the 2009 Reel Apple Film Festival and awarded Honorable Mention at the 2009 Rochester International Film Festival and his directorial debut came with the short film, Happenstance. He also dove with sharks in the middle of the desert as a profession.
Louise’s projects as an actress include Carry On (Gene Frankel Theatre – Planet Connections Theatre Festivity winner for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play), The Tragedy of Dandelion (Urban Stages), Burial at Thebes (La Mama E.T.C.), the award-winning Close to Midnight, and Issues: The Series. Her plays include Look After You (SoHo Playhouse), Defense (Exacting Theatre Company, UK), and the forthcoming All The Better Angels. Her screenwriting credits include the festival feature Fields of November and the international short film Bury The Lede. Louise is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Film & Television, and Manhattan Theatre Works. She’s seen 28 Vermeers (and counting!).
Eric got his start in theater in high school, where he worked on stage crew and set design before taking summer acting workshops and eventually ending up onstage doing a tap dance with his hands. While attending The College of New Jersey, he served as cameraman and occasional writer for the campus’ news program, The Journal. He learned many important production lessons on the set of Issues: The Series, where he met the members of the collective whom he wasn’t currently dating. He has since worked on other projects with CJ, Katie, and his wife Michelle, and is thrilled to be working with all of them and Louise once again. Putting his interest in comics to use, he has written reviews for DrunkonComics.com. His special skills include photography and writing equally illegibly with both hands.
Michelle has been editing video since high school. In college, Dunlap expanded her skills to include directing. During the production and post-production phases of the web-series, Issues; Dunlap coordinated transportation, wardrobe, and assisted with props. Dunlap also directed re-shoots and edited the series. It was here Dunlap met CJ, Katie, and Louise. After working with them on other projects, she has loved working with her friends as a member of the SummerCamp Collective.