D.J. Neace: Creator, Co-writer
Lonesome Pine Podcast is a lie based on true events in DJ’s life. DJ shambled out of the heart of the Appalachians, stumbled north, and has claimed a homestead in Washington, DC. He loves his hometown of Big Stone Gap, Virginia and would do anything to help his kinfolk from the mountains. He also is really fond of his Labrador, bacon dishes, and sweet tea. DJ has years of experience playing pretend in the world of Make-Believe. He is sincerely grateful to everyone in the cast and crew for helping this abomination crawl from the edges of his daydreams.
Jud Barry: Assistant Director, Creative Consultant, Clem Smalls
Inventor of the crumbag and exponent of the solid-body electric mountain dulcimer, Jud "Dulciferous" Barry lives (mostly) in northeast Tennessee, where he makes nursery rhyme music videos, writes "real Second Amendment" novels, blogspots at folliesobarry, and promises (unreliably) to limit his bagpiping to Halloween.
Shaun Baker: Co-writer, Editor
Shaun Baker spent his childhood haunting the hills of Southeast Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. He writes both fiction and academic works and teaches writing and literature courses at university, where he lives with is wife and spawn. Influences include Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker, and Carolyn Keene.
Brett Clancy: Co-writer
Born and raised in Connecticut, Brett Clancy received his Bachelor's Degree in Film and Media Arts from American University in Washington, DC. While at American he created the late night style variety show, "Brett Clancy's American Dream" which ran on the student run television network, ATV. Since obtaining his degree, Brett has been working in the Washington DC area as a freelance production assistant for a variety of programs that have appeared on major networks such as: PBS, Comedy Central, and ESPN, among others.
Alexandra Faith: Co-writer, Ashleigh Howard
Alexandra is a producer/actor/writer with a background in behavioral therapy. But after joining The Actor's Group in North Carolina, to which she credits all understanding of acting, she knew she would never look back. She has used her master's degree in psychology to develop characters on screen, so the student loan debt isn't a complete waste. In addition to auditioning and developing story ideas, Alexandra eats a lot, specifically vegan food. Alexandra is thrilled for Lonesome Pine Podcast’s Exhibit C: Moved by the Spirit to be her first piece of writing to be brought to life!
dave ring: Co-Writer
dave ring is the community chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival in Washington, DC. He was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and has a handful of publishing credits in magazines and anthologies. He is also the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, an anthology forthcoming from Mason Jar Press. Learn more about him at dave-ring.com or on twitter @slickhop.
Jason Knauer: Creative/Art Director
Having been a graphic designer, art director, set designer, cable wrangler, video editor, web developer, producer and creative director, Jason has a very diverse breadth of experience in visual design. That experience includes work with clients ranging from upstarts to corporate giants to governmental agencies. He also loves murder mysteries. When he's not working on a branding project or website design, he's either watering a plant, cooking, or out enjoying the city. He's currently freelancing in Brooklyn.
Kay Ericson: Co-Writer
Kay Ericson hails from Seattle, WA, whose nearby piney, wooded mountains were a big part of her upbringing, and bear a striking resemblance to the town of Lonesome Pine. When Kay isn't consuming fantasy/sci-fi books and podcasts or writing short stories featuring nerdy women and weird creatures, you can find her at her day job, working to secure funds to support civil rights work in the DC region.
Alice Barry: Robin Dern
Alice Barry is playing the role of Robin Dern. She won the role because of her years of experience entertaining everyone with her outrageous stories and gift of unmatched wit. Alice is a recent graduate of Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee with a double minor in karaoke and boxed wine.
Emily Hutchins: Emma Barnes
Emily Hutchins, playing Emma Barnes, is from Northeast Tennessee where she lives with her husband, dog, and cat. Although she is an attorney, Emily does in fact have a soul that is sometimes visible when she plays fiddle on the weekends. Trained in the Bathroom Mirror school of voice acting, Emily's repertoire includes impressions of her grandfather and her pets if they could talk.
Peter Kauffmann: Paul Hoffmann
Peter Kauffmann is portraying Paul Hoffman, but don’t let the name fool you – he bears ABSOLUTELY NO similarities to his character. Peter is a glasses-wearing nerd who talks too much and who used to run an online newsletter. Okay, well, no similarities apart from all those things. This production marks Peter’s triumphant return to theatrics after receiving rave reviews for his performance as Crocodile #4 in his 3rd Grade play.
Sharon L Cyrus: Roberta Forte
Sharon L. Cyrus is a native Washingtonian and Howard University Alumna, with a bachelors
degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design. She loves to work with other artists who challenge
her and push her creative processes in several different directions. When she's not styling her
clients' wardrobes and outfitting them for performances, she enjoys costume design and digital
Saida Agostini: Detective Lois Hardy
Saida Agostini is a queer Afro-Guyanese poet and activist. She is the Chief Operating Officer of FORCE:Upsetting Rape Culture, a survivor artist collective dedicated to ending rape culture. Her work has been published in the Black Ladies Brunch Collective's anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, the Baltimore Sun, the Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the Delaware Poetry Review, Pluck - The Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture, TORCH Literary Arts,and Black Girl Dangerous. She recently was awarded a Ruby’s Grant to work on her first collection, uprisings in a state of joy. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her work from Cave Canem, the Leeway Foundation, among others.
Carolyn Chew Barry: Millie Pierce
Carolyn Chew Barry is a music educator and performing musician in northeast Tennessee. An experienced teacher at all levels of public school, Carolyn recently contributed to disseminating the knowledge of her native state's rich musical tradition with an activity book for upper grades called "Tennessee Music." A versatile instrumentalist, she has performed professionally as a flautist, organist, bluegrass guitarist/vocalist, and hurdy-gurdist (sans monkey). She recently discovered the melodica, but her favorite pastime of knitting seems for the moment to be safe.
Anthony Keys: William King
Anthony Keys is the owner of LionCat Media, a videography company whose focus is weddings, documentary promotional content, and story telling through video.
Before developing LionCat Media, Anthony worked as a full time musician. Over the span of 10 years, he traveled the country working with and sharing the stage with Grammy and Dove award winning artists and producers. He has also worked as a studio musician racking up credits on more than 40 albums. Currently LionCat Media films around 20 weddings a year and has helped dozens of businesses build their client base through promotional media.
Savannah Arwood: June Barnes
Savannah Arwood is from Pennington Gap, VA. After being awarded a place in the Fine & Performing Arts dvision of East Tennessee State University's Honors College, Savannah went on to receive the Bud Frank Award for Excellence in Theatre. She has worked professionally as a street performer, improviser, teacher, and director with The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and Missoula Children's Theatre. Some favorite past roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the title role in Lysistrata. She is so excited to be a part of this project.
Rachel Bradshaw: Jess Redman
Rachel Bradshaw, portraying Jess Redman, is an association executive and freelance sarcasm consultant. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Appalachia since the age of five, Rachel lacks both a consistent regional accent and a coherent answer to the question “Where are you from?” While her recent acting experience has been confined to covering for her own imposter syndrome, her past credits include (blows dust off of decade old resume) Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Rizzo in Grease, and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. When she’s not pretending to be someone she’s not, Rachel enjoys baroque cooking projects, Janis Joplin impressions, and child husbandry.
Samm Keys: Pastor Shannon Cooks
Samm Keys hails originally from Eidson, TN but has lived all over East Tennessee. She’s passionate about Appalachian Mountain culture, camping, hiking and anything outdoors. She claims Jesus follower first, wife, mother and seventh born. She has theater experience with local companies and believes that we are all just players in small scenes called our lives, some are just better at acting than others.
Laura Baker: Dr. Marybeth Graves
Laura Baker is excited to lend her acting talents to the role of Dr. Marybeth Graves for the Lonesome Pine Podcast. Although hailing from the northern end of the Commonwealth, Laura has become progressively interested in the Appalachians (correctly pronounced Appa-LATCH-uh). From her fascination with the towns and mountains to her increasing fondness for folk and bluegrass music, southwestern Virginia has captured a piece of her heart. That said, she still refuses to admit that sweet tea is anything but gross (but so is unsweet tea.) Some past theatrical forays include I Ain't Made That Way as Sherry, Joined at the Head as Maggie, The Crucible as Elizabeth Proctor, and God as Doris.