CAST

SVETLANA EFREMOVA (role of Diana in Hotel Lobby) is an MFA graduate of the Yale School of Drama and BFA graduate of the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatre, Russia. She appeared on Broadway in a touring production of Uncle Vanya and in numerous shows at the Yale Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory Theatre.

Ms. Efremova’s television credits include a recurring role on Strong Medicine and guest-star appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Without A Trace, West Wing, The Guardian, Gideon's Crossing, and Thieves. Her films include: White Oleander, K-19, Spiral, Spinning Boris, Phone Booth, The Prince of Central Park and Fountain. For 11 years Ms. Efremova was a member of the St. Petersburg State Theatre where she performed over 20 lead roles across Europe, Canada, The United States and Argentina. Her acting awards include Yale University's Herschel Williams Award for Outstanding Actress of 1997, the Best Actress Award at the Prague International Festival of European Acting Schools and a nomination for Outstanding Actress Award from the Connecticut Critics Circle.

JENNIFER GRIFFIN (role of Colt in Hotel Lobby) is a native of Texas, where she spent several seasons with the Dallas Theater Center performing in such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire and A Doll’s House as well as in more experimental fare like Maria Irene Fornes’ Enter the Night.

She has appeared at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Yale Repertory and was an artistic associate and regular player with the more eclectic Bottom’s Dream Theater Company where she performed works by Mac Wellman, Erik Ehn and Ruth Margraff, whose play, The Elektra Fugues, won her an LA Ovation nomination for her performance as Clytemnestra. On television she has guest-starred on The X Files, Angel, Profiler, Six Feet Under, Strong Medicine, Snoops, Nothing Sacred, Cybill and Foxworthy and has appeared in several movies of the week. Films include Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, Oliver Stone’s JFK and Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World and the upcoming indie film, Would I Lie To You? written and directed by Emmy winner, Tom Sheppard.


CREW

WRITER/PRODUCER/EDITOR/ACTOR

STEPHEN KEEP MILLS (role of Horace in Hotel Lobby) graduated from the Yale Drama School in 1969, joined the Guthrie Theatre Co. for two seasons, and since then has acted with many regional companies in both the US and Canada. He performed in The Shadow Box and Story Theatre on Broadway and in numerous Off-Broadway productions including Vaclav Havel’s A Private View for the Public Theatre for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. His television credits include appearances in over 35 episodic shows and Movies Of The Week, a regular stint on Polly Holliday’s spin-off series Flo and a recurring role on the Sci-Fi series VR-5. Films include Woody Allen’s The Front, James Tobak’s Love and Money, William Friedkin’s Deal Of The Century, Steve Diskin’s experimental Evident Kiss, and Steven Seagal’s The Glimmer Man.

hotel lobby filmMr. Mills began writing plays in 1986, focusing exclusively on bringing that writing to audiences as a director, actor and producer. In LA, his work has won critical praise, Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Awards and an Ovation nomination. Hotel Lobby is his first effort as a screenplay writer and filmmaker. He has finished shooting his second film as writer/director, A Cigar At The Beach, now in post-production for an early ’06 release. He has recently completed a book of 66 original Monologues for Actors, Stop Acting!

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/EDITOR/CAMERA

JENNY FOSTER is a digital artist, editor and filmmaker, with a taste for avant-garde processes and horror films. Ms. Foster began as a painter and video documentarian in Northern California. After moving to Los Angeles and stage-managing for a wide range of Los Angeles Performing Arts shows and local theater, she later received an MFA in Film and Computer Design from Art Center College of Design.

Her notable broadcast animation and design credits include the hot new documentary pilot for the series, ”Declassified” on The History Channel; the A&E documentary”, The Barrymores” with Gary Sinise; and on the PBS network news show, “California Connected”. Over the years she has produced commercials, designed film titles and edited feature trailers.

Ms. Foster recently produced a hi-definition short film, “Small Change”, with director Dina Mande, which has garnered the Silver Remi award at Worldfest Houston, and enjoyed the festival circuit from Singapore to Key West Florida. They recently teamed up again for the short film, “Oblivion” as part of the film collective, Group101Films. Jenny is currently in post-production on a short horror film she wrote and directed; continuing her fondness for alternative and subversive cinema art.


PRODUCER

DANIEL DUBIECKI completed his first feature film, Waiting For Mo (New York Film Festival and Sedona Film Festival), garnering significant honors for director Zaki Gordon, by the age of eighteen.

Since then, Mr. Dubiecki has partnered with director Jason Reitman on the high profile short films including H@ (fX Networks/20th Century Fox) and Operation (1998 Sundance Film Festival, Montreal Comedy Film Festival). In God We Trust, selected for over sixty international film festivals (Sundance Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, LA Independent Film Festival, New Directors/New Films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York) has won fifteen international festivals, (including Aspen Shortsfest, LAIFF, and Seattle) and sold to AtomFilms for worldwide distribution including HBO/Cinemax. More recently, gulp (Sundance 2001) produced for Ford Motor Cars with AtomFilms has been featured at over thirty film festivals internationally. Mr. Dubiecki produces commercials with Tate & Partners in Santa Monica for clients such as Burger King, Amstel Light, Heineken, and Honda. He and Mr. Reitman are currently in development on the feature film Thank You For Smoking for Icon.


COMPOSER

KINNY LANDRUM has extensive experience in television and film. Mr. Landrum composed and conducted the music for the upcoming theatrical release The Chester Story as well as the thriller Control as well as the independent films Silence and Hotel Lobby.

His television credits include the weekly animated series Troubles The Cat, the documentary Living The Story, the award-winning historical drama Alamance and the family film More Than Puppy Love. Mr. Landrum also performed and arranged the synthesizers for the breakthrough, Grammy-winning TV series Twin Peaks and has had numerous songs recorded by Francine Reed, John Whelan, Kips Bay and others. He studied composition with the Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano while earning his Master’s degree in music.


COSTUMER/HAIR DESIGNER

MARO PARIAN was the original costume designer for the cult film classic Zombie Attack. Born in Armenia and trained in the former USSR, Mrs. Parian has received LA Weekly awards, Drama-Logue awards and regular raves from the LA Times for her work in Costume Design on the local LA theatre circuit, bridging a broad spectrum of budgets from the Shuberts to the Waivers. She has outfitted many shows for Universal Studios, dance companies and Ice Capades. Related disciplines also include Wig Design, Prosthetics and Make-up. She currently runs the Costume Shop for Cal State Northridge and styles for her photographer husband Levon Parian for local exhibitions. This Fall she will direct The House Of Bernarda Alba for the University of LaVerne.