Harmony Santana is an American film actress. She is most noted for her appearance in the 2011 film GUN HILL ROAD, for which she garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and became the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a major acting award in the United States.
At the time of her performance in Gun Hill Road, Santana lived at Green Chimneys, a group home for LGBT youth in Manhattan. Being in Green Chimneys drove her to become an activist for HIV & AIDS, Homeless Youth, and Bullying. She was discovered by director Rashaad Ernesto Green at the Queens Pride parade after he had difficulty finding the right performer for the role.
She is of mixed Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage.
In addition to Gun Hill Road, Santana has also had supporting roles in Eating Out 4: Drama Camp and Eating Out 5: The Open Weekend. In 2014 she went on to do short films such as Futurestates: The Living and You're Dead To Me.Learn more about Harmony >
Davia Spain is a dynamic performing artist, transformative presenter, informed educator, and filmmaker who uses her various platforms as opportunities to speak truth to power. Through her work, she taps into the healing abilities that performance art offers both on and off stage. She believes that by utilizing the radical potential of movement and song as vehicles for change we can reach a destination of collective rejuvenation and transformation. Her understanding of our world has been shaped by her unique positionality as a Black Trans Woman, rooting her in the understanding that change is only possible when a shift in power structures occurs. And this is where her work lies, as a relayer of information about how this change can happen in ways that sustainably uplift disenfranchised peoples - namely black trans femmes. Due to the intense adversity she faces, Davia is deeply invested in offering her skills and knowledge to the efforts of creating more opportunities for people like her to be given revered positions of power in our society.Learn more about Davia >
Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song) and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people. Ryka was the inaugural performer for the first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride, and has performed in venues including the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, and Ladyfest South. Ryka also appears in the recent documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts.” She has MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.
Ryka was the inaugural performer for San Francisco’s first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride 2005, and has performed in venues including the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, and Ladyfest South. Ryka also appears in the recent documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts.” She has MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Ryka is a former national judo champion and the founder of the International Transgender Martial Arts Alliance. She teaches an inclusive system of self-defense and martial arts to at risk youth at the LA LGBT Center and has presented self-defense seminars at conferences and special events throughout Southern California. For her work with youth, Ryka was named an Outstanding Volunteer by the LGBT Center’s Children, Youth and Family Services. (It’s her favorite award ever.)
She is also a professor of English at Santa Monica College, a half-decent pianist, and is starting to learn to play the violin.Learn more about Ryka >
D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic. You’ve seen D’Lo in LOOKING (HBO), TRANSPARENT (Amazon), SENSE 8 (Netflix), Mr. ROBOT (CW) and the Emmy nominated mini-doc series THIS IS ME produced by Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker. He also can be found in the documentary based on his life/work called PERFORMING GIRL and Sundance Fellow Adelina Anthony’s film BRUISING FOR BESOS as Rani. He’s also been featured in Buzzfeed & Fusion videos, and in many webseries including EASTSIDERS, DYKE CENTRAL, Issa Rae's Color Creative & Project Greenlight produced MINIMUM WAGE and his own series PRIVATE DICK. He tours his solo shows (stand-up & theater) on the university/college circuit and theaters internationally, facilitates writing and performance workshops nationally, and also is a co-producer with Disoriented Comedy - all Asian-American touring group. D'Lo is currently in development on a scripted series based on his life that is set up at BTR Media and Paul Feig’s Powderkeg Media.Learn more about D'Lo >
Tina is a mixed-race Latina lesbian/queer identified feminist artist and professional Actor (SAG- AFTRA), Casting Director, Screenwriter, Solo Performer, Acting Teacher, Public Speaking Trainer, and Performance Coach. She is a lover of films, plays, poetry, literature, dance, and art that helps to heal, inspire, move, and create a more loving and peaceful world for all of us.
Tina grew up in Boston where she spent years developing her stage skills in theater, solo performance, and performance poetry. During her time in Boston, she performed in Living On, a Tony Award winning play, written and directed by Lois Roach. She also starred in the beloved play, Motherlands (directed by Brenda Cotto), which was staged at the Theatre Offensive. This production of Motherlands went on to win the Boston Women’s Fund Award.
Tina D'Elia is known for her Latina Lesbian - Groucho Marx solo show, Groucho: A Day in the D’Elia Soup (2002), which she began developing in 1996 at The New Theatre in Boston under the direction of Rick DesRochers. Her solo show was developed into a short film, Groucho (directed by Michael La Rocco), and toured in festivals nationally and internationally in 2005-2006.
Tina’s award winning solo show, The Rita Hayworth of this Generation, directed Mary Guzmán garnered Best of Fringe and Best of Sold Out Shows at the San Francisco Fringe Festival (2015). Lucha (2009), a short film that she co-wrote with the award-winning film director, Maria Breaux, won The Audience Award at the Frameline International LGBT Festival (2009) and was nominated for the prestigious Iris Prize (UK). Tina also won Best Stunt Award in the LGBT Moorhead Film Festival for the short film Mechanics Daydream. She is currently developing a new solo show, Overlooked Latinas, with director Mary Guzmán and Solo Performance Teacher & Dramaturge, David Ford.
Tina’s film and television credits include: The Pursuit of Happyness, Knife Fight, Don't Shoot I'm the Guitar Man, Junkie, Sense8 on Netflix, Trauma on NBC TV, Dyke Central (web series), and Possession: A Game of Inches (web series).Learn more about Tina >
Skyler Cooper was recently voted one of Autostraddle’s 100 LGBTQ People You Should Know and Cooper is increasingly showing up as an influential transgender pioneer in the arts. He has received critical acclaim for his gender-bending live and film performances. Currently, Cooper is in development of his next film, Worthy of Survival. Cooper marked his directorial debut with Hero Mars, a beautifully cinematic and thought-provoking award-winning short film of which he also wrote, produced and starred. Hero Mars is also the pilot film for Cooper's series show concept that he is developing called "The American Anthology of Gender"" a collection of stand-alone comedies. dramas and adventures that follow transgender people across time as they search for their place in the world. "" Hero Mars captures what this series is about and it will be the shot heard around the world as the gender revolution moment in history continues to unfold."
As an actor, Cooper received accolades for his revolutionary adaption playing Othello as a female commander. Skyler is pleased to announce he will be reviving the role of Othello in July of 2019 with Livermore Shakespeare Company, which could mark as a historical moment in history as the first Transgender male to play Othello on a professional theater stage.
In film and television, Skyler has appeared in the LGBTQ films such as Elena Undone, The Owls and The Insomniacs, and on television in RuPaul’s Drag U. In 2016 Skyler was cast in a horror film called LASSO where he played a rough and tough cowgirl fighting for her life alongside actors Sean Patrick Flannery, Lindsay Morgan, and Karen Grassle.
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Kelsi Umeko is a Japanese American actress born in Seattle ,WA. She began acting and modeling as a young child, but then put it aside to focus on gymnastics. Kelsi grew up competing as a level 10 gymnast then went on to cheerlead at the University of Hawaii.
Kelsi resumed acting after college and has been fortunate to work on many cool projects. Some of which are; The Librarians on TNT, series regular for REI’s Trailheads series, The Sacren, Scoundrels: A Star Wars Story, Shawn Mendes: Lost In Japan music video, Supreme: Green Fiction, Transfinite, and many more.
Kelsi is currently prepping for her role as Officer Woo for an upcoming feature film.
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Jay Gash is an Oakland, California native, independent filmmaker, producer, director, cinematographer, photographer, and educator. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Art History and Photography. She later completed video production and video editing training at Berkeley City College. Over the past few years her photography and short films have made their way from Oakland and San Francisco to Boston, Corvallis, London, Berlin and beyond. Currently she is the Youth Programs Manager at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco where she was previously the Education Coordinator and Social Media for Social Justice Instructor.Learn more about J.Gash >
Yhana Sibelle is an indie actress and Bay Area California native. Her resume consists of some of the Bay Area's top creative pieces. Yhana was raised with performing arts as her guiding light setting her eyes on becoming an actress at the age of 6. She was trained in Russian and Classical Ballet, modern Jazz and Tap while a member of the Studio S Broadway Dance Company and studied Meisner Technique at the Bay Area Acting Studio at the start of her career. Her love for performing blossomed into on camera work consisting mostly of short indie dramas. Yhana aspires to uncover concealed emotions in her audiences and stretch out a hand through the screen to those who live out the compelling stories she portrays. She was nominated for Best Actress by The Oniros Film Awards for her performance in Shutter. Yhana is signed to MDT Agency in San Francisco, CA and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
J Aguilar is currently collaborating as an actor on an improv ensemble indie feature directed by Maria Breaux. J lives in Oakland with her partner and kiddo.View a sample of Maria Breaux's work >
Cielo Flores aka Cilantro, is a Transqueer Salvyboi by way of West Oakland. Through a process of self-realization Cielo has dedicated their organizing efforts, work, and creative expressions towards creating inclusive space for QTPoC! Their love for Oakland and visions of the future has brought Cielo to the GSA Network, where they support and empower QT youth in local highschools to mobilize for change. Through projects like Transinfinite, Cielo hopes to continue growing as a community member, organizer, and artist. ~ PAZyAMOR ~[email protected]
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Carlos Reyes Hailey trained as a clinical psychologist in the early 00s, before signing with talent agencies in San Juan, Puerto Rico, San Francisco & Los Angeles. Reyes Hailey now acts full time, digging into roles that remix and subvert traditional expressions of gender. His first break came in high school, when he was privileged and blessed to be able to perform ""Frankie"" from Sam Shepard's A LIE OF THE MIND, described lovingly by the lead female character as, "my woman-man." Featured in the indie hits UNLEASHED (2016), EDSA WOOLWORTH, and MOM MURDER & ME, Reyes Hailey recently completed filming his first feature length lead role, in the film A GOOD YEAR IN METAPHORLAND.More about Carlos >
Aditi Bhuman is a magical kid, childhood brain tumor warrior, whose creativity and love of life knows no bounds, with top attractions being painting, singing, acting, craft making, writing song lyrics, reading, watching movies and simply hanging out with family and friends. Her upbringing is nurtured by a spirited family that believes in the power of art to heal, instigate thought, and entertain. While in chemotherapy in 2017, she found it exciting, healing and joyful to be a part of the new experience of being on a film set, to train with the Bay Area’s favorite acting coach Tina D’Elia and multitalended choreographer Jessica Dunnaville-Lotz for the role of NOVA in TRANSFINITE. She was thrilled to make her onscreen debut playing her first lead actor role. Growing as a performer, Aditi was part of the recital camp on Mary Poppins at Children’s Movie Theater in San Jose. Developing her vocal strength and breadth, Aditi is training in Carnatic music, which originated from Southern India around 12th century. Aditi is also a student of The Tech Kids Fun STEM program that engages kids in programming activities such as game design, interactive storytelling, and open-ended tech creativity. Through this program, Aditi worked on various coding projects including games, and music videos, bringing her creative ideas to life using technology. Lastly, as an active and enthusiastic Girl Scouts Brownie, she is looking forward to climbing ranks to junior level next year.
Kayen Manovil is an ultra-creative tween whose life is ruled by a love of acting, drawing, singing, watching movies, and making slime with friends. Born to queer parents, one an Argentine screenwriter-director, the other an African-American poet, Kayen was exposed to queer, feminist, art-centered perspectives from a very young age. She made her onscreen debut at 1.5 years old in her mom’s feature Fiona’s Script, but she didn’t get hooked on screen acting until acting in two episodes of Dyke Central. She then trained under Giovannie Espiritu (Hollywood Actors Workshop), as well as in various Bay Area children’s theater schools, and acted in a handful of local film projects, such as Transfinite and “A Simple Problem”. In 2018, she took on her first major lead role as ‘Luciana’ in the film “Solstice”, a mother-daughter magical-realist tale. Kayen also sings with the Oakland Youth Chorus, plays rec soccer with the awesome Cheetahs, and is working on her first long-form comic.
Adrian is an actor based in the San Francisco Bay area. He has performed in several summer camp theatre productions, in "Oliver" at the Throckmorton Youth Theatre and was recently cast in his school's production of "High School Musical". Adrian was thrilled to play the dramatic role of Billy in Transfinite, his first feature film. When he's not acting or voicing characters, Adrian sings in his school’s chamber choir and is lead singer and guitarist for the youth rock band, Amped Up! He recently coded his first video game, enjoys playing soccer, skiing and practicing karate as a 2nd degree black belt.Adrian posts on Instagram @ampedupmv.
Liz Anderson is an actor, filmmaker, teaching artist, and native San Franciscan. Her acting credits include Trauma (NBC), SanFranLand and Dyke Central (AmazonPrime). Her narrative work includes short films Rapunzel’s Etymology of Zero, The Tolls. and the live action single take zombie film, Welcome Back Mr. Buzzcock, for Blumhouse’s Crypt TV. Ms. Anderson is a member of the studio faculty at American Conservatory Theater and is a 2019 FilmHouse Resident with the San Francisco Film Society, where she is developing a SciFi feature film entitled Cordyceps.Learn more about Liz >
Barnaby was born into a working class family, his parents both having a background in music and entertainment. His mother, an ice show performer, and his father a musician performer and teacher, both influenced his interest in the performing, musical, and martial arts.
He lived and worked in Germany and became near-fluent in the German language. While in Germany he performed piano at talent contests with pieces by Debussy and also Liszt's Operatic Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto. He was introduced to acting in Germany and performed stage plays along with musical shows.
He continues his love for martial arts today practicing and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in San Jose. His love of language extends to Russian. Barnaby is tackling the Entertainment Industry one project at a time. Within his first year he has already been in 17 film, television, and commercial productions, including scenes with William Fichtner in "The Wizard".IMDB >