JEFF BOYET as Ren
Jeff Boyet has performed professionally since he moved to Nashville in 1995. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he moved to Music City to pursue a career in country music. In 1998 he landed the role of a lifetime portraying 50’s rock n’ roll legend Don Everly in Bye Bye Love, The Everly Brothers Musical at the historic Ryman Auditorium, which opened up a new career as a professional actor.
Since then he has performed on the Nashville stage for Nashville Children’s Theatre, The Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Amun Ra Theatre, Mockingbird Theatre, Chaffin’s Barn, and Studio Tenn, among others. He has appeared in commercials and done voice over work, as well as numerous credits in film as an actor and casting director.
As a song writer Jeff has had cuts in Country, Pop and Contemporary Christian music as well as adult and children’s musicals.
JARED CARTER as Lane
Jared Carter grew up in Tennessee and still resides in the small town of Lafayette. He thought acting would be fun after he watched the gag reel on a DVD late one night. As fate would have it, the very next day he met an actress who gave him her agent’s phone number and it just snowballed from there.
His most notable role was Derrick, the cousin of Miley Stewart in Hannah Montana: The Movie. You may have also seen him in music videos by Montgomery Gentry, Dave Barnes, or Katie Armiger. He will portray The Talking Head’s David Byrne in the upcoming film CBGB.
JEREMY CHILDS as Bud
Jeremy Childs has been working for twenty years as an actor, writer, producer, and director. Career highlights as a film actor include the Dreamwork’s picture The Last Castle with Robert Redford, Sony’s The Second Chance, A Pure Country Gift with George Strait and Dean Cain, as well as the independent features Prism and Netherbeast, Inc. with Darrell Hammond and Dave Foley. He recently appeared as JJ in Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. He also has a recurring role in ABC’s Nashville.
Jeremy is currently a series regular on the Children’s show Quavers Wonderful World of Music. His varied work in music videos include the award winning “Hear Me Now” by Framing Hanley.
Blood Rogues was Jeremy’s first produced full length screenplay. Before writing for the screen most of Jeremy’s writing efforts were for the stage. To date he has had more than fifteen professional productions. Produced plays include Palisades, Casa Blue, and Vampire Monologues on which Blood Rogues is loosely based. Jeremy currently lives in Nashville.
JEFF DURHAM as Clark
After getting his Master’s in Acting from UCLA, Jeff Durham left the country for a couple of years to perform street theatre in Eastern and Western Europe. Hearing that his parents had dropped the charges and with most of his student loan money now depleted, he returned home and began writing sketches and screenplays for the stage, television, and film.
A performer at heart, Jeff has tried his hand at stand-up and improv and continues to weasel his way into most of the projects he writes for. Why someone doesn’t stop him remains a mystery.
You can currently see Jeff as the character 2Kul 4Skul on the Bible Man episode, “Tuning Out the Unholy Heroes,” Delivery Guy in Mr. Henry’s Wild and Wacky World, The Barista in Faith Café and, if you stay up late enough, on an episode of The Food Network’s Food Fight … and, yes, his team wins!
SHAWN WHITSELL as Eli
Shawn Whitsellis the founder & artistic director of the Destiny Theatre Experience and co-founder of the Shades of Black Theatre Festival. His writing, producing, and directing credits include Never Been Home, House of Harts, and Dilemmas & Perspectives: Thru the Eyes of Men.
Other credits as an actor and/or director include Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun, The 70% Club, The Sepia Chronicles, Dreamgirls, The Piano Lesson, The D Word, A Way Out, The Face of Emmett Till and No Child. Shawn wrote, produced and directed, The Test, a short film, which was an Official Selection of the 2008 International Black Film Festival of Nashville and the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival.
Shawn was recognized as “45 Leaders Under 45 in Middle Tennessee” by the NAACP and profiled in the Nashville Scene’s People Issue for his contributions to the arts. He is also currently a poet mentor for Youth Speaks. Visit him at facebook.com/destinytheatreexperience, myspace.com/destinytheatreexperience or follow him on Twitter: @ShawnWhitsell.
ALLISON ALLEN as Dr. Benson
Since bursting onto the stage at the tender age of five, Allison has been walking in the shoes of others. Allison (Metcalf) has spent twenty years as a professional actress. From her conservatory training at Carnegie Mellon University through a two-year stint on Broadway to her current work writing and performing one-woman pieces around the country with Women of Faith, she relishes the process of bringing the stories of others to life.
Captured by the power of story, Allison writes and performs pieces that often offer surprising perspectives. “Magdalene”, whose initial production featured Jordin Sparks of American Idol, has been produced to acclaim on both coasts. This musical explores one woman’s journey to dance again after suffering devastating tragedy
In addition to performing, Allison loves teaching. After four years as an adjunct faculty member at Belmont University, she has been honored to teach in master class settings, seminars and conferences around the country.
ELISE GLASSER as Maggie
At age 15, Elise Shirley signed with top agency The Artist Group and began her television, film and modeling career. In addition to print modeling and being “the face” of a Japanese makeup line, Elise landed commercial after national commercial for products such as Old Spice, Clean & Clear, Time-Life, F-X Network, Twix, Kohls Department Store, as well as eateries Pizza Hut (originally aired during Superbowl XXXII), Taco Bell, and Red Lobster.
Her first film role was as the vicious Katelyn in Between Girls, followed by other dramatic television roles on CBS’s Promised Land and Diagnosis Murder, in which she worked with a favorite actor from her childhood, Dick Van Dyke. For three years, Elise shared a role with Delta Burke as the same woman 30 years apart in Aaron Spelling’s critically acclaimed drama, Any Day Now on the Lifetime network.
Elise Glasser has since returned to the South with husband and two small sons in tow. She is now closely involved with Safe Families, Inc., and the drama ministry and Arabic ESL classes at her church.
KENDA BENWARD as Denise
Kenda graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Theater Arts, from the University of Tennessee. Her big break came when she hosted the CMT show “Hit Trip” for 2 years.
In 2006, she starred alongside Michael W. Smith in Sony’s “The Second Chance.” In 2007, Kenda’s appeared with her son Luke in “Dog Gone.” She also starred in “Adrenaline,” the longest one-shot feature ever made, and as Emily Osment’s mom in the Disney Channel movie “Dadnapped.”
Kenda also works as a private acting coach. She began instructing Luke and her business grew from there. She coached C.J. Sanders (Young Ray Charles) for the Oscar winning film “Ray” and in 2003, Kenda coached a then 11 year old Miley Cyrus for her role as “Hannah Montana.”
Kenda lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with her three children and husband Aaron. They will celebrate 17 years of marriage in 2011.
DEREK R. STOGNER as Sweetie
Derek R. Stogner is a screenwriter, musician, & actor with a background in theatre & short film. He was the vocalist & bass player for the (regionally) infamous Flint, MI punk rock band DEATH BY BOBCAT from 2000-2006. He moved to Nashville in 2007.
Derek is also a writer/producer on The Nothing.
The Nothing marks Derek’s feature film acting debut.
JEFF LEWIS as Ken
Jeff grew up in Norman, OK and moved to Nashville in 1990 after graduating from Oklahoma State University. Prior to that Jeff toured the southwest with his own band.
Jeff landed a publishing deal a week after moving to Nashville and continues to write songs today. After a major role in the film “Summer of Courage” he was an extra in “The Last Castle.” He’s been in several Actors’ Bridge productions including “Glengarry Glen Ross”, “Atlanta”, “The Payout”, and the Actors Bridge/Amun Ra Theater’s production of “Ordinary Heroes”.
He is also Elvis in the annual Marcus Hummon show “The Greatest Show Ever” which raises money for the Holy Cross Aids Hospice, Botswana.
Jeff is currently getting his Master’s in Creative Writing. He is a playwright, published novelist, actor, singer, and songwriter and is currently touring with Dean Hall in the Hillbilly Bastards, a college party band that plays all over the southeast. Coming soon- Elvis Tribute Artist…
EMMANUEL TRAMONTANO as Justin
GINA NUENKE as Rose