Meet The Cast

Ryan Jamaal Swain | Dr. Emmett Fields

Ryan Jamaal Swain was born in Birmingham, Alabama and spent much of his childhood training at local theatre and dance companies.

As a writer, in 2014, Swain wrote and starred in A Negro Writer, a one-man show about Langston Hughes and his life. In 2017, Swain was cast as Damon Richards in Ryan Murphy’s FX television series Pose. The series premiered on June 3, 2018, and attracted critical acclaim. As a classically trained actor Ryan has performed on Broadway and Off Broadway. In 2019, he joined the cast of Academy Award Winner Tarell Alvin McCraney critically acclaimed ‘Choir Boy’, covering the lead role of Pharus. Among his favorite credits are his roles in Six Degrees of Separation ” “Thoughts of a Colored Man, and Spring Awakening.

Swain studied at Howard University, British American Drama Academy in Oxford U.K. Ryan is working on a semi-autobiographical young adult book and is an active advocate for civil rights and queer rights.

Matt Steele | Rob Taylor

Matt performed with community theatre companies and in his high school plays before attending New York University as a Drama major at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. There, he studied musical theatre under CAP21 and acting for the screen with Stonestreet Studios.

Following graduation, Matt was one of 22 musical theatre majors from across the country selected to perform in the Broadway Rising Stars concert at New York City’s Town Hall on Broadway. David Finkle of The Huffington Post said, “The prize for all-round entertainer goes to Matt Steele, who knew exactly how to wring every laugh and tear from Chicago’s ‘Mr. Cellophane.’ Interesting how he made a song about not being noticed into an example of how to be noticed absolutely.”

Some of his favorite Los Angeles credits include the role of Ricky in the feature film DIVOS!, Collin in Lifetime Movie Network’s Dark Desire and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood.

Gordon Thomson | Sam Taylor

Now enjoying his 50th anniversary as an actor, Gordon Thomson has steadily worked in theater, on television and in film, while he is co-starring in the new daytime drama web-series Winterthorne (2015), premiering in August 2015. His work has taken him to various locations around the globe including Toronto, Rome and London, calling Los Angeles his home since the early 1980’s, during production of the original “Dynasty.”

Gordon is best-known worldwide for his role as the evil, yet dashing Adam Carrington from 1982 to 1989 on the ABC Television prime-time drama Dynasty (1981), one of the most popular prime-time shows in television history. This role earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 1988, along with Soap Opera Digest award nominations for Dynasty in 1986, 1988, 1989.

In more recent years, Gordon Thomson has had film roles in the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Wolfgang Petersen‘s Poseidon (2006).

Michael Schwartz | Marcel Keller

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Meet The Crew

Patrick Fritz | Writer & Director

Patrick is a writer, director, and production designer. He has completed ten projects with Disney Digital Network and his LGBTQ+ short film, Elijah, has screened at UTA, WME, and many film festivals. His directorial body of work includes documentary interviews with composer Alan Silvestri, NFL coach Pete Carroll, and Matt Barkley.

A  2016 graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts at USC,  Patrick also holds a M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the Marshall School of Business. In his spare time, Patrick plays the trumpet and mellophone and is a proud alum of the Spirit of Troy Trojan Marching Band.

O’Shea” Myles | Producer

O’Shea’’ Myles is a writer, director and producer and has written four independent features. She was the Associate Producer on the Oscar nominated student short “Amelia’s Closet”. She is a  graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television production Dec. 2016. Since graduation, she has worked at CAA, the Sundance Institute, and Netflix. 

O’Shea’’ is an advocate for and member of the LGBTQ community and volunteers time to supporting community organizations.

Kyle Wilson | Producer

Kyle is a professional Post Production Producer & Supervisor, working primarily in scripted television. His credits include shows such as Bloodline (Netflix), Catch-22 (Hulu), Into the Badlands (AMC), and most recently The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (TNT). Focusing primarily on dramas, Kyle has an affinity for period and historical works. 

An avid lover of the outdoors, he spends much of his time outside the cutting room hiking, camping, or playing golf. He holds a BA in Theater from the University of Southern California.

Jeff Caroli | Director of Photography

Jeff Caroli is a cinematographer and an associate of the American Society of Cinematographers(ASC) technical committee. Jeff has filmed all over the US and internationally including Australia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, and Malaysia.

His most recent work BALI: BEATS OF PARADISE has released theatrically in the US and internationally. Jeff has shot commercials for companies like Intel, Cisco, and Dyson.

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Myra Barrera | Production Designer

Myra discovered Production Design when she was exploring career options which would marry her love of storytelling, art, and design. She attended The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television Production. Since graduating, Myra has pursued her love of Production Design relentlessly, working on features, shorts, commercials, and music videos of varying size and scope. Whatever the challenge, she prides herself on being an experienced team-player that understands and works to facilitate the requirements of other departments whilst being a highly creative designer and storyteller.

DaManuel Richardson | Editor

DaManuel comes from a long line of southern black farmers. His father was one of nine children, and his mother had 13 aunts and uncles. Growing up in a big family laid the foundation for DaManuel’s character-driven stories, exploring themes of racial equality, black masculinity, and the diaspora. He is currently an assistant for showrunner Matt Miller, programs for the Sundance Film Festival, and produces indie films with his partners at Hello Benjamin Films. He is represented by his manager Zack Zucker at Bellevue Productions. DaManuel attained his bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Georgia and earned his MFA in Film Directing at CalArts. Thanks to years of urban farming in LA, he’s also happy to report his green thumb is still intact.

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Audrey Gu | Sound Designer

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Jeremy Katz | Music Composer

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Michael Yu | Visual Effects Supervisor

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