Deborah LaVine is the Program Director of the Film Directing Program at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS) and an award-winning theater and film director. In theater, Deborah has directed over 300 professional productions across the United States for which she has received many prestigious awards, including 4 Ovation awards, 16 Drama-Logue/Backstage West awards, and a NAACP Image Award citation, among others. In film, she directed the feature film Wild Prairie Rose, which was shot in June 2013 on location in South Dakota. Wild Prairie Rose has been an official selection at multiple film festivals, garnering awards at many - including the Sedona International Film Festival (Audience Award), the Heartland Film Festival (Jimmy Stewart Legacy Award), Toronto International Deaf Film Festival (Jury and Audience Award for Best Drama), Black Hills Film Festival (Best Feature Film), and Seattle Deaf Film Festival (Best Drama), among others. The short film on which this was based, Prairie Sonata, (which she also directed), screened at a number of film festivals, and won the Spirit of the Festival and Audience Favorite awards at the Moondance Film Festival. She also directed the short film, Lost Music, featuring Barbara Bain, which was screened at a number of festivals and won the Jury Award for short at Cinema at the Edge Festival. Her latest short, Unintended, starring Jeff Perry and Jane Hajduk, has also screened at a number of film festivals.
Jane Hajduk is a film and stage actress. In theater, she has starred or co-starred in One White Crow, Drive, Silent Heroes, The Session, At Home, and Something Unspoken. Of her starring role in One White Crow, Broadway World wrote: “Hajduk is a marvel at conveying complexity… [she] carries through divinely.” Her film credits include the feature films, Year by the Sea (director: Alexander Janko), Ovation (director: Henry Jaglom), Zoom (Director: Peter Hewitt), The Shaggy Dog (director: Brian Robbins) and Joe Somebody (director: John Pasquin). Her television credits include guest roles on: NCIS, Monk, Chicago Hope, and Benchmarks. She also starred in the short films, Nightmare and Nothing Man. More recently, she starred in the short, Unintended, which also stars Jeff Perry (co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre and star of ABC ‘s Scandal.)
Dale Griffiths Stamos is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her full-length and short plays have been produced in the United States and abroad. She is recipient of the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville and a two-time Top Ten Winner in the Writers Digest Stage Play Competition. Dale has written and produced or co-produced six short films, three of which she directed. All have screened at multiple film festivals, including Palms Springs Shortfest, Sedona International, Dances with Films, Newport Beach, Dublin Shorts, and Breckenridge, to name a few. Her festival awards include two Audience Awards, two Jury Awards and the Bill Paxton Award (from Ojai Film Festival). Three of her shorts received an Award of Excellence from Best Shorts Competition. Her feature length screenplays have been finalists and semi-finalists in a number of screenwriting competitions, including Creative World Awards, StoryPros, New York City International, Script Summit and Flickers Rhode Island Film Fesival. In television she was Emmy nominated for shared story credit on the after school special, Words Up.