Marcia Bennett

Born in Evansville, IN on the Ohio River, Marcia now makes her home in Toronto. Starting in theatre, Marcia played leading roles in theatres across Canada while working with Jenny Egan and The Four Winds Theatre in NYC. In film & TV, she enjoys a non-stop career for over four decades. Currently, she can be seen as Dadie Stewart in MRS. AMERICA (Hulu/FX), playing mother to Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly. She's soon to appear in the first episode of Guillermo del Toro’s CABINET OF CURIOUSITIES (Netflix), as well as episode one of THE LAST OF US. She's also looking forward to working on a new series, REFRACTED LIGHT with Gavin Chalcraft. Marcia has a Masters in Theatre and has been a highly respected film acting coach for almost 30 years. ONE SMALL VISIT will always occupy a special place in Marcia’s heart; it was an honor to work with the warm-hearted cast, crew and real life family members who visited the Armstrongs.

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Ralph Small

Ralph is an actor, writer, director, and teacher. TV and film credits include SUITS, MEET THE FAMILY, LIVING IN YOUR CAR. Selected theatre include: include Magnus in BUYING THE FARM (Lighthouse), Skee in PAT & SKEE (Theatre Aquarius), Yvan in ART and Todd in UNNECESSARY FARCE (Drayton). Henry in SEXY LAUNDRY (Lighthouse), Joey in BAR MITZVAH BOY (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Markinson in A FEW GOOD MEN (Theatre Aquarius). As Artistic Director at Kincardine’s Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Ralph has directed THE MELVILLE BOYS, THE FULL MOUNTY, STAG 'N DOE among many others. He's also written and directed musicals for young people, writing the book for WHISKEY SERENADE, which premièred at the Toronto Centre For the Arts. Ralph holds a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto and has been an instructor and coach for the past 25 years.

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Brett Donahue

Actor, filmmaker, and theatre creator, Brett is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada. Brett’s TV and film work can be seen on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Shudder, USA Network, CBS, CW, CBC, Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios. His film work has been featured in film fests across the world including Toronto International, Madrid International, L.A.’s Dances with Films, Montreal’s Fantasia, Tehran’s International Urban Film, The Canadian Film Festival, and The Women in Film Festival. His most recent film, SLAXX, was named one of the 13 best horror films of 2021 by the Oscar’s Academy. Selected theatre credits include a starring role in National Arts Centre’s ROMEO AND JULIET, Matthew Lopez’s THE WHIPPING MAN, Ivan Viripaev’s ILLUSIONS, and Jackie Sibblies Drury’ WE ARE PROUD…When elsewhere Brett can be found plunking melodies out on a piano and riding motorcycles.

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Rose Williamson-Philip

This is little Rose's first film appearance but after her lively and adorable performance we're sure it won't be her last. A star is born.

    Gabriella Sundar Singh

    Gabriella is best known as the spunky Chelsea in Netflix’s hit comedy KIM’S CONVENIENCE for 4 seasons. Other TV credits include DESIGNATED SURVIVOR and TAKEN. A graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada, Gabriella regularly performs on stage and is currently in her 5th season with the renowned Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the second largest repertory theatre in North America. She’s also a classically trained pianist, singer, and Bharatanatyam dancer—classical South Indian dance.

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    Vick Krishna

    Based in New York, Vick has appeared on TV shows like GOTHAM and THE BLACKLIST. In theatre, he most recently performed in the well-reviewed STRANGER THAN A RHINO and ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART. Vick is constantly creating, whether that's making other people's films or digital content for his prolific social media channels. His FORK HANDS video series hilariously explaining how Covid vaccines work are viral (pun intended) sensations with multimillion views. Find him on TikTok or IG for shots of clever comedy.

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    Ellora Patnaik

    Ellora is an actor/dancer/choreographer from Toronto. Recent credits include the award winning comedy SORT OF (HBO Max/CBC), KIM’S CONVENIENCE (Netflix), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix) Schitt’s Creek, Hudson & Rex. A graduate and former company member of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC), Ellora has performed in a diverse array of theatre productions, including A Christmas Carol, Standing On My Knees, Nagamandala, Umrao Jaan Ada, The Penelopiad, Romeo and Juliet. She has performed as a voice artist for books, plays and videogames and is currently finishing up audiobook Mansions Of The Moon by Shyam Selvadurai. Ellora grew up a dancer and specializes in Odissi classical (Indian) dance.

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    Allana Harkin

    Allana has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards for her work as a correspondent, director and co-executive producer on seven seasons of FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE. She started her comedy career as a writer, performer, and founding member of the acclaimed Toronto sketch troupe The Atomic Fireballs. Besides starring in numerous TV shows and movies she has written for TBS, TNT, PBS, Nick Jr, CBC and CTV. Allana also co-directed the Emmy-nominated special THE GREAT AMERICAN PUERTO RICO and wrote and directed the award-winning short film, THE GODMOTHER, which played at festivals across North America and premiered on TNT. She met OSV writer/director Jo Chim when they were cast as cousins in Canadian Stage’s 2004 production of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT. They’ve been cousins ever since.

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    Global Storytelling 

    While most of the world was still in lockdown we gathered our far flung team around Hong Kong, London, Toronto, and D.C. and collaborated across oceans and mind-boggling time zones. After 9 months of countless Zoom calls, texts, emails, video chats and good ol' fashioned phone calls we shot near Hamilton, Canada and did the post production in HK and Wellington, New Zealand.

    Mac Summers  

    Producer

    Mac had a thirty-year career in finance and entertainment prior to joining Coffee Partners as one of its founders.

     

    He created the TV comedy, TFW, has appeared in films and TV series, and wrote several feature film scripts.  He is one of the founders of Kuntz Brewery, which revitalized a 130-year old brand in Canada.

     

    In his spare time(ha!), he moonlights as a musician with SmileNWave and On British Soil.

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    Michelle Arvizu

    Producer 

    (KIDNAP CAPITAL, ORPHAN BLACK, PURE) is a Toronto-based, multi-ethnic (Mexican-Italian-Yaqui) actor, producer and writer, as well as a resident Acting Coach at LB Acting Studio, through which she is one of the city’s most in-demand acting coaches.

    Michelle was one of the producers on the short film WITHHELD, which won Best Canadian Short at the Whistler Film Festival in 2015.


    Michelle is also one of the founding artistic directors of LES WOO which raises money to create more female-identified and BIPOC content in the Canadian Market; as well as spearheading the BIPOC Committee at the LB Acting Studios, in Toronto.

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    Jackie Chau

    Production & Costume Designer 

    Jackie has designed sets and costumes in over 200 productions spanning over 20 years. Her theatre work can be seen across Canada and has toured internationally. She's also production designed for various indie films.

     

    Selected credits include SEXY LAUNDRY (Theatre Aquarius), GAS GIRL, CAKE (New Harlem Productions), THE MAKING OF ST. JEROME (eastBOUND Theatre), ROMEO & JULIET (TD Dream in High Park/Can Stage), ZADIE'S SHOES, LADY SUNRISE (Factory Theatre), BROWN BOYS, MIXIE AND THE HALFBREEDS (Fu-Gen), DIRTY BUTTERFLY (Bound to Create), FISH EYES TRILOGY (Nightswimming), COWBOY VERSUS SAMURA (Soulpepper), and THE KOMAGATA MARU INCIDENT (Stratford Festival).

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    Nireesha Prakash

    Design Director

    Nireesha is a problem solver and visual storyteller. As a multi-disciplinary designer, she focuses on a variety of different areas including branding, packaging, digital experiences, campaigns, print, and more. 

     

    Growing up as a third culture kid in India, Oman & Canada and now based in the UK, Nireesha was immersed in several cultures at once, which is what she credits for her perspective and love of all cultural influences. Her aim is to design with purpose & cultural relevance. Her strengths lie in bringing clarity by defining communication goals, in encouraging collaboration, and most importantly, continuously improving how we communicate with each other.

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    Jackie Chau 

    Writer | Director | Producer

    Born in  Hong Kong and raised in West Africa, Canada, and the US, Jo’s been a global nomad most of her life. A career chameleon, she’s had multiple roles in the arts, media, and corporate branding for over two decades. After college, she worked in New York and played in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. She returned to North America and pursued acting in theatre, TV, and the occasional Hollywood blockbuster, earning her very own Mean Girl meme. Now in HK, she oversees a creative studio for branding and marketing content, specialising in making short form videos, for a global private education company. Her latest musings can be found at jojofierce.com.

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    Morgan Davidoff

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    Guy Bertrand

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    Jo Chim 

    Writer | Director | Producer

    Born in Hong Kong and raised in West Africa, Canada, and the US, Jo’s been a global nomad most of her life. A career chameleon, she’s had multiple roles in the arts, media, and corporate branding for over two decades. After graduating from Brown University she worked in New York and played in Paris before moving to Hong Kong. She returned to North America and pursued acting in theatre, TV, and the occasional Hollywood blockbuster, earning her very own MEAN GIRLS meme. Now in HK, she oversees a creative studio for branding and marketing content, specializing in making short form videos, for a global private education company. This is Jo's debut as a writer, director, and producer.

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    Morgan Davidoff

    Producer | Morganizer

    As a lifelong creative, storyteller & someone who thrives in pressure cooker scenarios, Morgan balances her time between various creative developments, a professional problem solving career, a pro bono role as Domestic Engineer of Child Development, & her enthusiastic love of spreadsheets. 

    She holds a BFA in Acting and has launched multiple businesses. Her latest entrepreneurial venture is a premium vegan cosmetic & lifestyle brand- LES WOO focuses on female-driven content and products that donate to Intersectional Rape Crisis Centres.   

     

    Growing and working with the OSV family has been one of her greatest pleasures.  Closing the gender pay gap and commissioning mandatory 12 hour on set turns arounds has been a highlight in her accomplishments.

    She built this website with love.

    For more, visit www.morgandavidoff.com  

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    Anisha Abraham

    Producer

    Anisha is a board-certified pediatrician and adolescent health specialist, researcher, TedX speaker, and author of the book “Raising Global Teens.”  Anisha knows what it’s like to face an ever-changing social landscape. She grew up in America as the daughter of South Asian immigrants and has lived with her husband and two kids in Asia, Europe, and the US.

     

    She has held multiple roles, including being chief of an adolescent medicine division and a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army. Currently based in Washington, DC, Anisha’s passion is helping cross-cultural kids to thrive. She treats young people with health issues such as depression and provides training on adolescent health to organizations and schools. As a teen health expert, she has been featured on CNN, NPR, Fox News, the BBC and the South China morning Post. For more, visit Dranishaabraham.com.

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    Guy Bertrand

    Director Of Photography

    A native of Montreal, Guy moved to Hong Kong in the early ’90s, starting his career in fashion and advertising photography with clients such as L’Oreal, Lane Crawford, and The Mandarin Hotel. After moving back to North America, he branched into moving images when he lensed Sin Embargo, a documentary based on the resourcefulness of Cubans. Since then he has worked with clients on both photos and videos during campaigns. Now based in HK, Guy’s expertise in lighting, composition, and eye for detail make him sought after by lifestyle, architecture and agency clients worldwide. 

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    Manon Dave

    Composer

    Repped by Universal Music, Manon is a UK-based music producer, songwriter, and award-winning technologist. His works include production and co-writes with will.i.am and the Black Eyed Peas ('Fiyah') and Maroon 5 members: Adam Levine, PJ Morton and James Valentine ('Heavy').

    Owing to his versatility and a broad repertoire, Manon's catalogue spans multiple genres and styles. From classical and pop compositions for Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) to executive producer for the enigmatic UK rap sensation Che Lingo, Manon's uniquely polished sound keeps him held in high regard amongst his peers. Manon's music has appeared in ads (Spotify, Lexus), TV & Film (NBC, BBC), and video games (Red Bull, EA). 

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    Lindsay Robertson

    Editor

    Hailing from Scotland and living in Hong Kong - Lindsay has been producing, directing, and editing factual and scripted content across Asia for the past 20 years.

    Learning the ropes in news and docs and then working in features, commercials, and Reality TV, Lindsay is passionate about creating and producing engaging content in any genre. 

    Lindsay has cherished the opportunity to edit 'One Small Visit’ and hopes audiences will connect with this timely and essential film.

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    Rachel Jones

    Hair & Makeup Artist

    Rachel Jones is a hair and makeup artist in the Toronto area. Her passion is creating beauty looks that empower the people under her brush. Her talent is clean skin and flawless makeup applications, while enjoying stretching creative boundaries with colour and texture. You can find her online https://linktr.ee/RachelMUA

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    Karen Ancheta

    Art & Locations

    A Hamiltonian Filipina Canadian multidisciplinary artist, Karen is an original member of the Hamilton 7. Karen is a co-founder of Porch Light Theatre Hamilton, lead facilitator of The House Key Project and Company In Residence at Theatre Aquarius. She also co-founded The Garden Project/ Party, an initiative that supports Indigenous, Black and racialized artists through mentorship and celebration. She has worked at Kwentong Bayan Collective, Filipinas Of Hamont, Red Betty Theatre, Sulong Theatre, CBT, fu-GEN, Stratford Festival, Factory, Cahoots, YPT, Carousel Players, The Lighthouse Festival and currently in new play development on: FERTILITY MONOLOGUES, CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE TABLE, HEALING THREAD. Karen received the Hamilton Arts Award 2021, was 1/15 artists for #iamstillanartist, and nominated for YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award 2022.

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