About the Cast and Crew

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Dawn Alden (Ruth)

Dawn holds an MFA in Acting and has 15+ years of experience on Chicago stages. She was the Founder and for 10 years, the Artistic Director of Chicago’s acclaimed all-female stage combat theatre company, Babes With Blades www.babeswithblades.org. She moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and has since been seen in short films, web series and network television.

She is still pursuing her dream of a recurring role on a sci-fi television series. Visit her on the web at www.dawnalden.com

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Justin Bondi (Show Creator/Jeff)

Based in Chicago, Justin Bondi and Andrew Ludington are the founders of RED 0 HAT Productions. Together they have sold scripts to companies including LAKESHORE ENTERTAINMENT and Len Wiseman’s SKETCH FILMS. Justin also directed the short URBAN LOVE (written by Ludington and Vidas Barzdukas of AIDAN 5) which appeared in numerous festivals and was picked up by American and Asian television networks.

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Andrew Ludington (Show Creator/Virgil)

Andrew Ludington has been writing with Justin Bondi for fifteen years. They have sold scripts to companies including LAKE SHORE ENTERTAINMENT and Len Wiseman’s SKETCH FILMS. His short film, URBAN LOVE, appeared in numerous festivals and was picked up by American and Asian television networks. He and Bondi also penned the award-winning 48 hour film festival short, PINS AND NEEDLES, which paired them with Michael Ward and Kent Meloy.

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Kent Meloy (Director)

Kent’s background in film and theater production extends back to the mid 80’s when he landed a position doing location audio recording and then audio post production for the nationally syndicated Young People’s Specials for NBC. He went on to work on films for ABC, PBS, the Disney Channel and the BBC before taking a position as lead editor at Image Matrix (now Possible Worldwide). He spent two years working as the technical director for Madcap Puppets, a national touring children’s theater. Soon he directed the filming of “Cardiac Dance, the Spirals of Life” for the University of Cincinnati – a ground-breaking original modern ballet based upon a revolutionary heart surgery technique. He began writing and directing in the mid 2000’s and has won several awards (including best director) for shorts he has helmed. Dark Age is his debut in long-format dramatic work, and he is currently finishing up pre-production on his first feature.

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Timothy Ortmann (Bob)

Timothy Ortmann worked for a decade as both an actor and director in the live theatre, with production work ranging widely from Shakespeare and the ancient Greeks to musical comedy, avant-garde theatre and new works. Tim has been honored to train under world-renowned kabuki director Shozo Sato, and has toured with his productions. At present he is the Theatre Director at Niles North High School where he has directed over one hundred productions. He is certified by the American Society of Fight Directors and has served on the Illinois Theatre Association board of directors, most recently as its president. He recently received the ITA’s Award for Achievement in Secondary School Education and was named the 2006 All-State Director for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival. In 2007, Niles Township High School’s arts programming was named best in the nation by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is the Illinois Theatre Association’s most recent Award of Honor recipient, and was recently honored as Teacher of the Year by AATE.

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Michael Joseph Thomas Ward (Arthur)

Mike is so grateful to be part of this amazing DA journey. Impressed with the writing of Season 1, Mike feels strongly that Andy and Justin kicked it up a notch in Season 2. Other recent work for MJTW includes: A scene with Rooney Mara in the film Carol, starring Cate Blanchett; and a scene with Patrick Wilson in The Blunderer, starring Wilson and Jessica Biel. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA, Mike thanks you for watching and supporting Dark Age.

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Betsy Williams (Georgia-Ann)

Betsy is an actor and drama teacher in Chicago. Recent performance credits include Urinetown, Measure for Measure, and LibertyTown Players Summer Musical Theatre Showcase. Directing credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Honk!, and Once on This Island. Betsy is active in professional organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Illinois Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theater and Education.

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David Williams (Pastor Randy)

David is an actor living in Chicago, IL. Dark Age is his first substantial film role. Stage credits include Measure for Measure, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and Psycho Beach Party, which he directed for Easy Street Players. He was also a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe, Giggle Jones in Memphis, TN. David is very excited to be involved in such a dynamic series as Dark Age.

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Kathrynne Wolf (Cat)

Kathrynne Wolf has approximately 15 years of Chicago storefront theatre under her belt, including appearances with Lookingglass Theatre Company, Fifth House Ensemble, Mary Arrchie Theatre Company (where she received a Jeff Nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role), Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, and others, including 13 years as an active company member of Babes With Blades Theatre Company. She has also recorded voiceovers for TV & radio commercials, video games, and one pinball machine, and she can be seen in indie feature film, “Sword of Hearts” and the indie short film “The Lovecraft Syndrome” (both with Sword & Cloak Productions), and indie short “My Story 1″ (Warsaw Warrior Productions). She has recently lost her mind and founded a production company (Wolf Point Media) which is producing a web series she’s written – she’s looking forward to spending time on the Dark Age set worrying only about her acting.