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2017

FILM
AMANDA MELBY and SHELLY BOUCHER are in production for "Raising Buchanan," a feature film. Please see the Durantcom.com page for casting details.  Auditions will be held September 9-10.
HEATHER COPFER was in a short film called "Blood Brawlers" and a web series called "Human Threads."
CHANCE KELLER
was cast in the short film "Bear With Me" that films in Los Angeles later this fall.
HAYDEN DOMENICO
was in "Strangely Grim," a 48-Hour film challenge film.
CHANCE KELLER
was in "On the Beach," a short film.
ALAYA WALTON
directed her first short film: "No One Talk: Dystopia."
BELLA TINDALL
was cast as Cindy in the feature film "Lighthouse Lane."
GENE GANSSLE'
s feature film "Postmarked" is now out on DVD/BlueRay. 
CANDICE LUNCEFORD booked the role of Sandra in the thriller "Perfection."
CHANCE KELLER booked the role of "Bridge Boy" in the "On the Beach."
AMANDA MELBY
and SHELLY BOUCHER are in pre-production for a feature film.
AARON SEEVER
is in pre-production on a feature film.
LEONA MARIE BAKER
plays Fly in the pilot "Shade." 
SHELLY BOUCHER
plays the lead in the short "Surprise Party."
ANDREA THOMAS
was in an ASU student film and a music video.
TOBI & MATT
(directed by Joe Gruberman, starring JUDITH EISENBERG) is in the Arizona Shorts A program at the Phoenix Film Festival.
SAYLOR BILLINGS
and BOB PETERS were in "A Secret Face" for the A3F 72-Hour festival and finished in the Top 20.
ANDREA THOMAS plays Dr. Lisa Reynolds in "It Happened So Fast."
TORIE HAYES
starred in "Captives," a short.
ALAYA WALTON
was cast in "Pull Back the Hammer."
MICHELLE Y. ALLEN
is producing a short called "Finally, You;" AARON SEEVER is in it.
IZZY WATTS
's short film is an official selection of Copa Shorts Film Festival and plays at 12 PM on Sat. Feb. 18.
JUDITH EISENBERG
wrote, starred and produced the web pilot "Driving Me Crazy." MICHELLE Y. ALLEN, DANNY GONSOWSKI and BRADY WEBER were also in it.
MICHELLE Y. ALLEN
and CAROL GIBSON are in "Dark Dignity," now fundraising on IndieGoGo for finishing funds.
AARON SEEVER plays the leads in the short film "Stay."
FAUST II (AARON SEEVER, MICHELLE Y. ALLEN) screened at Filmstock in December.

STAGE
BOB PETERS
plays DeLacey in "Frankenstein" at Theatre Works.
CAROL GIBSON
is in Stage Left's production of "The Crazy Quilt Club" playing Oct. 20-22 at Ventana Lakes Yacht Club in Sun City, AZ. 
CARIN COUNIHAN
is playing Barbara Hall in New Carpa's Production "1070" through July 9; extended through August. 
FRED GERLE
is in "West Side Story" at Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company.
BRADY WEBER
is in a Herberger Lunchtime Theatre show.
JUDITH EISENBERG and ROBERT PETERS were cast in "Circle Mirror Transformation;" it runs April 14-30 at Mesa Encore Theatre.
DANNY GONSOWSKI
plays Innkeeper Mordcha in "Fiddler n the Roof" at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre through April 1.
ANDREA THOMAS plays the Storyteller in "The Wedding Story" by Chad Cocquyt in the ASU Director's Shorts.
CAROLINE CARRIERE
is in "Legally Blonde" at DMHS.
MITCH ETTER
is in "Permanent Collection" at iTheatre Collaborative through March 4.
STEVEN FAJARDO
and BILL MOSLEY are in "Storefront Church" at Theatre Artists Studio through March 12.
DANNY GONSOWSKI
plays Innkeeper Mordcha in "Fiddler n the Roof" at Don Bluth Front Row Theatre through April 1.
RYAN ELIZABETH PARKER
was cast as Mary in "The Secret Garden" at Valley Youth Theatre.
CAROL GIBSON
is in the murder mystery "Nobody's Fool" playing Feb 14.
MICHELLE Y. ALLEN is in the "Vagina Monologues" at Phoenix Center for the Arts on February 18.
MICHELLE Y. ALLEN is also in "A Legacy of Justice" at the Herberger Lunchtime Theater Feb 6-16.
CAROLINE CARRIERE is in "Legally Blonde" at DMHS.
KELLY NICOLE
was cast in ""Is He Dead?"" at Hale Center Theatre.
FRED GERLE
was cast in "Oliver!" at Arizona Broadway Theatre.
LAUREN KOERITZER plays Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls" at Scottsdale Musical Theatre Co in January.

COMMERCIAL  
KELLY NICOLE booked a national commercial for Cable One.
MARK CLINTON SANCHEZ
booked a spot for Desert Schools Credit Union.
JUDITH EISENBERG
booked a commercial for Simon Med.
JOHN PIATTONI is in a campaign for the Village Clubs.
ALAYA WALTON was in a commercial for the Final Four.
ALAYA WALTON
was in a Nugenix commercial with MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
ERIN GRIFFITH booked a job for StrongMind.
DEJZON WALKER
and AMANDA MELBY worked on a Mello Yello spot; SHELLY BOUCHER was the production coordinator.
DEJZON WALKER worked on a Cable One spot.

CONGRATS
ASHLYN HALL
signed with Signature.  
CHLOE ROZALSKY
signed with Deborah Maddox Agency.
SAM BROWN
("How the Grinch Stole Christmas"/Ghostlight Theatre) and JOHN NEWELL ("Alice in Wonderland"/Desert Foothills Theatre) are both nominated for Actor in a Major Role - Youth Play for the annual Arizona Awards.
MARCIE ROZALSKY
(Chloe's Mom) was nominated for Best Property Design for "Junie B Jones..." at Fountain Hills Youth Theatre.
NICOLE ROSSI, DELAINY DRENT
and MARIAN VALENTINO signed with Signature.
GRACE LOPEZ
signed with Leighton Agency.
REBECCA DOMINGUEZ
signed with the Deborah Maddox Agency. 
DECLAN KINNANE
was awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Horizon High School) by the National Youth Arts. 
BELLA TINDALL
was awarded Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play as Various Roles in The Laramie Project (Greasepaint Youtheatre).
There were also nominees:  OLIVIA LA PORTE nominated Outstanding Lead Actress (Junior Division) as Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) and BRENNA KAYCE nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play as Miss Flora Van Huysen in The Matchmaker (Desert Mountain High School).
ALAYA WALTON
signed with an LA agent and manager.
IZZY WATTS
got a scholarship to a filmmaker's camp in Vermont this July.
BRANDON LUCERO
signed with the Leighton Agency.
ALAYA WALTON
signed with Signature Talent Agency.
FRED GERLE was accepted into Scene Study - Studio Practice at HB Studio taught by Austin Pendleton in NYC.
SHELLY BOUCHER was elected to the board of the Arizona Production Association.
ALAYA WALTON was in the recent IMTA in LA and scored big! She came in 1st Place in TV BEAUTY competition, 2nd place runner up in her monologue, received over 10 callbacks in acting and 1 for modeling and was awarded a scholarship for the New York Conservatory of the Arts.
ETHAN DREW got an agent in LA.
AARON SEEVER won "Best Redirect" at Filmstock Actor's Showcase.

TV
ETHAN DREW was in a spot for Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.
FRED GERLE
was cast in a spot for Odysea.
REBEKAH PATTON
was cast in "Deadly Dentists."
RACHEL REDLEAF
is in Netflix's show "Atypical;" which premieres August 11.
CAROL GIBSON
was cast on "Deadly Dentists."
NANCY FRANZ
was cast as Mrs. Jenner in "Deadly Dentists."
SEAN DILLINGHAM
appears on "This is Us" on NBC during the March 14 episode.
FRED GERLE is in "Quantico" that aired March 20.
LAURA MUNOZ-BOTTINI was on an episode of "Jane the Virgin."
LAURA MUNOZ-BOTTINI was in the pilot of "Saddle Up."

PRINT/VOICE OVER/VIDEOS 
JIM HANEMAAYER completed the voice over for the third floor (as the English language docent/guide) at the Institute/Museum of Russian Realistic Art in Moscow. He had previously completed floors 1 & 2.
JIM HANEMAAYER
also just completed narrated the audio book "The Path" by Jack Rigsby. 
PHILL KAST just booked his first job for a real estate company.
ETHAN DREW
is in a billboard ad for High Street.
MARK CLINTON SANCHEZ
did a print job for High Street.
SERENITY STARR FOREMAN
starred in a music video for Beca, now available online.
GABRIELLE LEE
is on the cover of the Samoas Girl Scout cookie box!
ERIN GRIFFITH booked a gig for Harkins Theatres.