The Iron Mule Team
Jay has directed and produced over 30 short films and directed over 20 theater productions, as well as seven 1-hour dramas for for the award-winning internationally-syndicated Quicksilver Radio Theater Company. Jay’s first feature film The Changeling opened in NYC in May, 2007. His second feature, Spirit Cabinet, was completed in October 2012, and his third feature The Adventures of Paul and Marian, was completed last year. Jay also produced Victor Varnado’s films Roboto Supremo and The Awkward Comedy Show, which premiered on Comedy Central in 2011. Jay is a founding member of the WorldWideLab, a collective of international theater directors dedicated to creating director-collaborative work. www.jaystern.com
Victor is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. As a comedian he has appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Central, and as an actor he has appeared alongside Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Julia Stiles, and Werner Herzog. As a director, Victor has worked with Charlie Murphy and Dave Attell (in Warner Brother’s Twisted Fortune) and most recently with Michel Gondry for Victor’s latest short film Roboto Supremo. His latest feature, The Awkward Comedy Show, a documentary about alternative African-American comedians, premiered on Comedy Central in April, 2010, and is available on DVD by New Video. Learn more about Victor at bestalbino.com.
Daniel is/has been an actor, singer, writer, teacher, puppeteer and filmmaker. He’s studied at Fordham University, The New School, DCTV and The Brooklyn Puppet Conspiracy. As a writer, his work has been selected as a Quarterfinalist in the Nichol Fellowship and has been recognized by The Austin Film Festival. As a performer he’s appeared on Broadway with Angela Lansbury and in dozens of television/radio commercials and recordings. He is one of the creators of the short film MobSpeak Institute and the YouTube channel RatsIslandTV. He was once a Toys R Us Kid and even sang back-up for Yoko One (no, that’s not a joke).
is artistic director and producer at Chicago City Limits, and a founding member of Chicago City Limits. He studied improvisation in Chicago with Del Close and Jo Forsberg at The Second City, and helped bring CCL to New York in 1979. He performed with the company for over 10 years, and has appeared in a number of TV and film productions, including Lovesick, Cagney & Lacey, PBS’s Reading Rainbow, Tales of the Unexpected, The Today Show and Reel News on the USA Network. Directing Credits include 25 Chicago City Limits comedy Revues, Comedy Et Al, television’s first interactive comedy series, and the Off-Broadway comedy Rosa Krantz and Gilda Stern Aren’t Dead, which featured CCL alumnae Linda Gelman and Carol Schindler. Paul holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. He is married to Linda Gelman, with whom he co-produced Zara, Philip and Eli.
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