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Kevin Bigley is a television and film actor, best known for playing rookie EMT Brian Czyk on USA Network's series, Sirens. Bigley studied acting at DePaul University in Chicago. After graduation, Bigley appeared in a seven-month run of Killer Joe at Profiles Theatre in Chicago. He also worked as an understudy in A Separate Piece at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater. In 2010 he appeared in the movie Game Change. He has also appeared on Detroit 1-8-7, The Chicago Code, Coco & Ruby, CSI: Miami, Bones, Melissa & Joey, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Good Wife.
Aya Cash is an Actress known for appearances in the films The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Sleepwalk with Me (2012) and Begin Again (2013). She has also appeared in Brotherhood, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Mercy, and The Newsroom. She also appeared in the WB pilot Spellbound, the Fox pilot Strange Brew, and the pilot Friday Night Dinner, alongside Tony Shalhoub and Allison Janney. Cash was also a series regular in the 2011 Fox comedy Traffic Light, which ran for one season. She starred in the FX Network series You're the Worst in 2014 and was named one of "10 Comic Actresses Who Deserve A Big-Screen Leading Role" by Indiwire.com.
Margaret Cho is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. She has also directed and appeared in music videos and has her own clothing line. She has frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.
LaDamon Douglas is a Music Producer, Actor professionally known as Fatboi is an American hip hop producer who has produced beats for artists including Camoflauge, Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Flo Rida, Bow Wow, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juvenile, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, OJ Da Juiceman, 8Ball & MJG, Jeremih, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Bobby V, Ludacris and Yo Gotti.
Tommy Guerrero is an American professional skateboarder, and musician. As a teenager, Guerrero was one of the prominent members of the Bones Brigade, Powell Peralta’s professional skateboarding team that was successful during the 1980s. He was well known for his relaxed style of street skateboarding and his Bones Brigade footage was primarily filmed in his hometown of San Francisco—the videos Future Primitive, The Search for Animal Chin, Public Domain, and Ban This all featured the street skateboarding of Guerrero. After riding for Powell Peralta, Guerrero and Jim Thiebaud, a hometown friend and Powell Peralta teammate, started the skateboarding company Real. After his success in the world of skateboarding, Guerrero decided to pursue his musical interests and was a member of the skate rock band Free Beer and the experimental group Jet Black Crayon; however, Guerrero's work as a solo artist has so far been the most commercially and critically successful. Guerrero's critically acclaimed albums, EPs, and singles incorporate various types of music, from rock, hip hop and funk, to soul, and jazz. The EA video game skate. has featured numerous unreleased compositions that were written and recorded by Guerrero.
Lena Hall is a Tony Award Winning American actress and singer. She is known for being the lead singer of the band The Deafening and for her work on Broadway, including originating the role of Nicola in Kinky Boots and her Tony Award-winning role as Yitzhak in the 2014 revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hall has appeared in Sex and the City and All My Children. She has appeared in three movies: The Graduates, The Big Gay Musical, and Born from the Foot. On October 27, 2014, Hall announced she recorded her voice for an upcoming season 5 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
Yuri Lane is a beatboxer especially known for beatboxing through a harmonica. He has made a movie, Compulsory Breathing, in which he plays a beatboxer. He has been seen the movies The Principal, Farmer & Chase and Playing Mona Lisa. He featured in a Subway advert by McCann Erickson, where he plays a sandwich as a harmonica. In addition to being a graduate of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School, Lane studied extensively at American Conservatory Theater as well as studied classical and musical theater at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Crystal Lee is an American beauty queen who was Miss California 2013, the first runner-up in the Miss America 2014 pageant, Miss Chinatown USA 2010, and Miss California Outstanding Teen 2008. She received her B.A. in Human Biology and M.A. in Communication from Stanford University in 2013. After completing her reign as Miss California 2013, Lee joined Google's Market Development Team.
Michaela Anne Nobilette also Emkay Brazil, most commonly known as MK Nobilette is an American singer who finished in tenth place on the thirteenth season of American Idol. She is the first finalist to be openly gay going into the top contestants round, and the only openly gay female to compete in the finals.
Sam Rockwell is an American actor known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs (1997), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Choke (2008), Moon (2009) and Seven Psychopaths (2012), as well as for his supporting roles in The Green Mile (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Frost/Nixon (2008), Conviction (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010), Cowboys & Aliens (2011) and The Way, Way Back (2013).
Salvador Santana is an instrumentalist whose main instrument is the electric keyboard. He sings and is a spoken word artist, songwriter and composer. He is the son of ten-time Grammy winning guitarist Carlos Santana and poet/author/activist Deborah Santana. In 1999, Salvador collaborated with his father on composing the Grammy winning track El Farol on the album Supernatural.
Jaz Sawyer (yes, one “Z”) began playing drums in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco, California when he was 2 years old, which led him to music programs at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
His eclectic and refined personal style of drumming stems from his deep roots in Classical, Jazz, West-African and Afro-Caribbean musical training. Jaz has worked with many notable artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jacky Terrasson and Dee Dee Bridgewater, in some of the world’s premier concert venues, including The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and the Sydney Opera House. He is actively involved in the community music education programs in New York City, the Bay Area, New Orleans and in Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
Jesse Thorn is an American Public Radio show host/creator. He is the host and producer of the radio show and podcast Bullseye (formerly The Sound of Young America), which is distributed by National Public Radio to 25 public terrestrial radio stations in 13 states and is also broadcast weekly on XM Radio's "XM Public Radio" channel. He also hosts the podcasts Judge John Hodgman and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, as well as the television program The Grid, which formerly aired on IFC. Jesse Thorn also runs Put This On, a blog and web video series devoted to men's fashion.
Aisha Tyler is an American actress, comedian, author, producer, writer, and director. She is known for portraying Andrea Marino in the first season of Ghost Whisperer, voicing Lana Kane in Archer, and portraying Mother Nature in the Santa Clause film series, as well as recurring roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Talk Soup, and Friends. She is a co-host of CBS’ The Talk and the current host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, and has hosted the past three Ubisoft E3 Press Conferences.
Anthony Forté better known by his stage name Rappin' 4-Tay, is an American rapper. He made his debut on the Too Short album Life Is...Too Short. In 1995, two Rappin' 4-Tay songs –– Problems and A Message For Your Mind –– were featured on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.
Alysha Umphress is a Broadway Actress. Her Credits Include BROADWAY: American Idiot (OBC), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Bring it On!. OFF-BROADWAY: Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn). REGIONAL: Signature Theatre: Beaches (Cee Cee Bloom) Barrington Stage: On the Town. TV: Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie. RECORDINGS: I've Been Played: Alysha Umpress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz, American Idiot, Bring it On!, Fugitive Songs, Alysha Umphress Live at the Laurie Beechman. Also a featured performer in "Broadway Sings Amy Winehouse", Le Poisson Rouge. Alysha is a Graduate of The Boston Conservatory.