Krista Dzialoszynski grew up in Richmond Hill and now resides in Toronto, Ontario. Her interest in film really took off in high school and she went on to College’s Film and Television production program, which she graduated in 2008. Krista was the cinematographer on the Jonathon Hunter’s short film These Were the Feets of Ashley, which premiered at the Starz Denver Film Festival and also worked on the lighting crew of Bruce McDonald’s feature film Pontypool, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2012 Krista completed Hills Green, her first feature film that she co-wrote, directed and edited with Ryan Glover. Derek Mungor’s genre feature, You Are Not Alone, marks her acting debut in a leading role and is set for release in 2015. Currently, Krista can be found working in Toronto and is writing a feature script she hopes to direct in the near future.
Keenan Camp is an improviser, writer, and amature Spotify DJ, currently living and working in Chicago. He has studied at iO, The Annoyance, and Second City. His DJ name is DJ Swaggs Boson. Most recently he can be seen hosting and performing at The Show Below in the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park, as well as MINt (Music Improv Night) at Studio Be. He is currently working on a very dark and vaudevillian musical improv show for Studio Be as well as a pilot. He's a huge nerd who loves sci-fi, comic books, writing fan fiction, has been known to dabble in cosplay, and is also a member of WhoProv (that's improvised Doctor Who). He can make a mean meatloaf too, but always prefers breakfast.
Mary Mikva was born and raised in Chicago and is thrilled to be part of “You Are Not Alone.” Other recent projects include a number of performances as Amanda in Mary Arrchie's wonderful production of The Glass Menagerie, playing the Nurse in The Father with Rendition Theatre Company, and roles in Pigeons with Walkabout Theatre Company and The Diviners with Speaking Ring Theatre. She has appeared in a number of the Collaboraction Theatre’s Sketchbooks and as Ruth in the Jeff nominated play Water at Chicago Dramatists. Over her many years in and out of Chicago theatre she has appeared in various roles with the Writers’ Bloc Festival, Dark Night Theatre, Performers’ Arena, New American Theatre, Beloit Court Theatre, About Face Theatre, Bailiwick and Chicago Dramatists.
David O'Brien is a writer, actor, designer and stand-up comedian. He performs regularly at Iowa State University where he is currently enrolled. In 2009, he was awarded an MTV Video Music Award with the group Nerds in Disguise becoming the only winning non-recording artists since the creation of the event. In 2010 he co-founded an independent film company by the same name, Nerds in Disguise, helping to write, produce, and film several in-house and collaborative projects until 2012. Currently he is finishing his Architecture Degree while working as Co-President of the DATUM Student Journal of Architecture. In his free time, he collaborates with his brother to produce the online Graphic Album Scum-Mag.
Nikki Pierce is an actress and writer currently living in Los Angeles. She is an alum of iO, The Annoyance Theatre, and the Second City House Ensembles, has worked as a choreographer for Gorilla Tango Theatre and Second City, as an actor for Second City Business Communications and Second City Network, and is a special contributor for the Second City Network and RedEye Chicago. She also enjoyed a long run as co-producer and performer in the Reader-Recommended improvised Soap Opera "The Davenports", and story-telling show "I Sh!t You Not!". Her fictional character blog, "Readsdropping" is funny and strange, as are her tweets, which you can peruse @nikkinikkip, or visit her website @ nikki-pierce.com.
Tony Rossi received his BA in theatre from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. He has worked with theatre companies including Eclipse Theatre, Factory Theatre, Waltzing Mechanics, and Trip Theatre. Additionally, he is taking classes at Green Room Studios. Many thanks to his coaches, Dallas Travers and Courtney Rioux, for giving him the courage and clarity to do what he loves with a positive mindset. Tony is extremely grateful to be a part of the Chicago acting community (despite how much the weather makes him cry). Be sure to check out www.tony-rossi.com, where you can also find his blog (mainly about how much the weather makes him cry).
Katie Johnston-Smith, a Pittsburgh native, is an improviser, actor, singer, writer, and producer living in Chicago. You Are Not Alone is her first film role. You may recognize Katie from her various stage performances, most notably playing DJ Tanner in the critically acclaimed show, Attend The Tale of Danny Tanner: A Full House Musical (which she also co-wrote), as an ensemble member with the Cupid Players in Cupid Has a Heart On, and as a member of The Second City Training Center's Musical Improv House Ensemble, Infinite Sundaes/Song Co. She holds a bachelor's degree in music from Belmont University (Nashville) and has trained at both Second City and iO. Katie is also the founder and co-producer of The Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival at Stage 773 and a founding member of the Chicago based production company, Outside High 5, specializing in humor with heart. Follow her on twitter @ GenericBrunette!
Eric Wood has been performing stand-up since the age of 19 which has lead him to discover the gorgeous world of improv, sketch, and acting. His most notable distinctions include graduation from the improv conservatory as well as the musical conservatory at world-renown Second City Theater, and his former ensemble role in an improv team at the Playground Theater in Chicago. Among his acting credits, he most notably played the lead role in the parody "True Twilight: a Glee Club Musical" at Gorilla Tango Theater. TV appearances include TruTV's "Wiener Circle" and TLC's "What the Sell?" Eric currently resides and performs in New York City where he is convincing himself that he is living the dream.
Jonald Reyes is a writer, improviser, and filmmaker. As a graduate of Rutgers University, he went on to study at the Second City Training Center, iO Theater, Annoyance, and the Chicago Dramatists Theater. Jonald’s comedy sketches have been performed in various theaters including Chicago’s Sketch Comedy Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival. Reyes’ stage Directing background includes: Gorilla Tango Burlesque’s El Mari Chi Chi: A Robert Rodriguez Burlesque, Plan 9’s Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque, Yellowstone: A Twilight Zone Musical, Tetrazzini’s Last Hurrah, and Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. He has been named Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director for 2012 & 2013. His film work includes the documentary, “That Asian Thing,” which went on to receive the Audience Choice Best Documentary Award from the Independent Features Film Festival in 2008. He is the Artistic Director of Mental Notion Society Productions (mentalnotion.com).
Michael Maggio, originally from Cincinnati, OH, now lives in Chicago, IL. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he received his degree in Science/Business. Since then, he has studied acting, improvisation, and film at the Acting Studio Chicago, The Second City, iO Theatre, and The Artistic Home. He is currently a board member for the Chicago International Film Festival’s Junior Board, as well as Co-Producer and 2nd Assistant Director for “You Are Not Alone.” He has been seen in several independent films from filmmakers all over Chicago, and was most recently seen on stage in The Artistic Homes "Cut to the Chase" series. He is thrilled to be apart of "You Are Not Alone" and Hi-Fi Motion Pictures, and looks forward to the future of independent film in Chicago!
Derek Mungor is an independent filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. His directorial debut, Desolation Wilderness, is a surrealistic independent film that was produced over the summer of 2009. The film was released in October 2011 to positive critical reception. You Are Not Alone marks Mungor’s second feature film directorial effort. His other works include a number of commercials, short films, and a television pilot produced in 2013.
Chris O’Brien is a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance where he received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Acting. There he studied Meisner Method Acting under Katherine Gately and Richard Poole. While there he played Tig in “Balm in Gilead” Directed by the late Christopher Markle and Philinte in Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” Directed by Alexander Gelman. He also starred opposite Justin Mentel as Nathan Leopold Jr. in “Never the Sinner” Directed by Patricia Lynn Ridge. His many screenplays include “Trial By Fire: A Brutal Tale of The West” and “The Sui-cycle.” While writing “Life Goliath” he first met his writing partner Derek Mungor who acted as editor. His film credits include Creative Consultant on “Desolation Wilderness” and co-writer and 1st Assistant Director of “You Are Not Alone.” He currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with his amazing Wife Johanna, Daughter Natasha, and Son Edward. Current projects include co-writing the follow-up to You Are Not Alone with Derek Mungor and a children’s book with brother, artist, and “You Are Not Alone” actor David O’Brien.
Ryan Glover is an independent filmmaker and freelance cinematographer from Toronto. He graduated Humber College’s Film and Television program in 2008. He, along with Krista Dzialoszynski, recently completed work on their first feature film “Hills Green”. Ryan was a camera operator and 2nd unit director of photography on Kate Melville’s feature debut “Picture Day”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. He was also the cinematographer on José Lourenço’s short “Hollow Bones”, which debuted at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Currently, he continues to work as a cinematographer while preparing his second feature film.