Born on Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, Russell spent his early years as a military brat. He became a father at age 17, passing up a theatre scholarship to join the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division. Peace time provided a unique opportunity as he soon discovered the Fort Bragg Playhouse, where he honed his acting skills working with seasoned professionals. By the end of his enlistment he had earned his Actor's Equity card and headed for New York City, where he spent two liberating years before moving to New Mexico, where he tended bar and directed local theatre. In 1986 he joined the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sassafras, patrolling the Hawaiian Islands performing Federal Aids to Navigation while making extra money as the ship's barber. During off duty hours he studied at the Honolulu Film Actor's Workshop and was soon transferred to Long Beach, California where he met his wife Shelley at a theatre audition. In 1991 they moved to New Orleans where he worked in as an actor and scenic artist before being cast in Tim Burton's film 'Big Fish'. In 2003 they packed up a big yellow truck and along with his daughter and two grandchildren headed for the Pacific Northwest, luckily missing Hurricane Katrina!


Gretchen Krich recently moved to Seattle after living and performing in New York for 25 years. In NY she has work with New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin, HERE, New Dramatists, SoHo Rep, and the Cocteau Repertory. Favorite productions include the 1st National Tour of the Vagina Monologues, Hal Hartley's Soon at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, The Beauty Queen of Lenanne, Spinning Into Butter, Anton in Showbusiness, Ti Jean Blues (directed by JoAnne Akalaitis), Anna Bella Eema, Krapp's Last Tape and Dancing at Lughnasa (Broadway U/S). She has performed at Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Hangar Theater, Hartford Theatreworks, BAM, La Mama, Joe's Pub and The Empty Space. Television and film include: Law & Order, Third Watch, As the World Turns, Ghostwriter, Hal Hartley's Henry Fool, Room (Sundance 2005) and Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain. In Seattle she was most recently seen in The Great Gatsby at Seattle Repertory and in Upstart Crow's all female production of King John at The Capitol Hill Arts Center.


Avital Ash is an actor, writer, director and producer. She created the acclaimed web series, 7p/10e, and wrote, directed, and acted in her own feature film, Kaleidoscope. She stars in several indie features (including Dark Space, now on Netflix), and a short (Baby Is It Warm in Here?) currently on the festival circuit.


Tyler Trerise attended the Cornish College of the Arts and is now a stand up comedian in Seattle. He appeared in the 2012 film “Fat Kid Rules the World” as well as a co-starring role in the movie "Star Leaf".