Vanessa Claire Smith (Keely / Co-Author)

Vanessa Claire Smith Vanessa Claire Smith grew up in Louisiana, where she developed a love for local culture and music, including the earlier works of Louis Prima and his contemporaries. She attained her BFA in musical theatre at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis before going on for more studies at the Oxford School of Drama. Regional Theatre Credits include: Romeo and Juliet,-- Texas Shakespeare Festival; Return to the Forbidden Planet-- Hope Summer Rep; The Glass Menagerie, Gypsy-- Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night-- Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival; Volpone-- Burton Taylor Theatre. Vanessa received a 2004 L.A. Weekly Award for Leading Female performance for her work as Alex in the world premiere of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange with the Ark Theatre Company in Los Angeles. FILM/TV: Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (Wildvision Prods), Joan of Arcadia (CBS Television), Toto Out (Debut Productions) and Chase the Slut (Fleur De Lis Films)


Jake Broder (Louis / Co-Author)

Jake Broder Jake’s theatre credits include: Mozart in Amadeus (West End London, Broadway, L.A.), When Harry Met Sally (West End), Lord Buckley in His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley (Off Broadway, Off West End, L.A.) and Ophelia & Juliet in the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of Shakespeare show in London.

Film includes: Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea, Shadow Dancer, L’entente Cordiale, In A Day and The Barn (for which he was awarded the 2004 BIFA award).

Television Includes: How I Met Your Mother, Keen Eddie, Roman Mysteries and The Eagle (Winner of a 33rd International Emmy).

As a writer, Jake has written plays (Thanksgiving, His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley) and films (Esther�s Pool, A Car Stopped and The Barn).

His latest script, Diz for Prez, is about Dizzy Gillespie’s 1964 bid for the presidency of the United States.