Meet the STAFF of West Covina Central Middle School…
EMILY CLARK (Emily Jordan, Drama) is proud to be the inspiration for Slightly Dramatic. Based off her semi-autobiographical cabaret show, of the same name, and co-authored by Ryan Scott Oliver, Slightly Dramatic has been performed in New York City (The Laurie Beechman Theatre, D-Lounge) and Los Angeles (The Complex, Sterling’s Upstairs at Vitello’s, Skinny’s Lounge, and Caffeinated Cabaret). Emily founded The Unknown Artists in 2007, where she has worn many hats, including actor, director, music director, and producer. Emily has worked frequently with the Ovation Award winning Chance Theater, as well as Sacred Fools Theatre, Theatre at Boston Court, Mechanicals Theatre Group, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Artistic Director of The Unknown Artists, Pasadena Musical Theatre Program’s Junior Company Director, and Performing Arts Teacher at Sierra Madre Middle School. Emily is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre, History), the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and has studied with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. www.emilyclarkonline.com
AMY BARTLETT (Claire Blaylock, English) is ecstatic to have found theatrical kinship in Los Angeles with the Unknown Artists! A Boston native, she graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Acting from Adelphi University in New York. During that time she spent a semester at the London Dramatic Academy under the direction of acclaimed director and professor, Richard Digby Day. Since then, she has been involved in multiple productions in both New York and Los Angeles while familiarizing herself with the world of film and television. She is thrilled to put many years of watching The Office and Parks and Recreation to use in The Unknown Artists’ mockumentary web series, “Slightly Dramatic,” a Jeff Scot Carey production. Amy was recently seen onstage as Marigold the Realbot in The Unknown Artists’ world premiere original production of “Gearhead and the Realbot.” Before that, she played Ben in the company’s production of “Matt and Ben” written by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers. Favorite roles include, but are not limited to, “A Chorus Line” (Judy), “Necessary Targets” (Melissa), “I Stand Before You Naked” (Darling I’m Telling You/Pregnant), “Henry IV” (Lady Percy), and the international premiere of “edWARd2″ (Elsporie) at the Dublin Int. Theater Festival. Amy is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and is represented by MGM Talent Artist Management.
TRIPP PETTIGREW (Steven Merriweather, Principal) originally hails from Chattanooga, TN and likes miniature schnauzers, jogging outside, wearing bath robes, and drinking tea. Tripp appeared in the first national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Jeff Calhoun & Noah Racey), played Off-Broadway in Musicals Tonight’s Meet Me in St. Louis and Let’s Face It!, and spent two summers at the Ogunquit Playhouse with Sally Struthers in Best Little Whorehouse… and Hello, Dolly! Other favorites include Crazy For You (Bobby), Anything Goes (Billy), and Forever Plaid (Sparky). Tripp received a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud Equity member. IL&MYG.
ANDY KENAREKI (Franklin T. Hendrix, Music) A native of Los Angeles, Andy comes to us with over 15 years of acting experience. He is known to many in the online and sketch comedy world thanks to his popular LA Weekly Web Award nominated YouTube channels, Andy K Comedy (http://www.youtube.com/andykcomedy) and Llamas in Disguise (http://www.youtube.com/llamasindisguisecmdy). Favorite roles include A-rab in West Side Story, Reverend Hale in The Crucible, Hero in A Funny Thing…Forum, and Professor Zee in The Unknown Artists’ production of Gearhead and the Realbot. Andy is a graduate of California State University, Northridge. (SAG-AFTRA eligible)
JIM MCCAFFREE (Anderson Grand, History) started acting in high school plays, always the kid playing the characters no one else could play—usually old men. After college and a year of law school, he moved to Chicago, where he studied improvisation at Second City, IO and the Annoyance Theatre, and was an associate of WNEP Theater. In LA, he studied organic improvisation at The Hothouse Theatre and was a member of Circus Theatricals (now New American Theatre). He also does the odd commercial, odd co-star, and very odd short film. He’s appeared in Weeds, Wizards of Waverly Place, and occasionally appears as Principal Manbeck in the Nickelodeon show “The Thundermans.”
TRAVIS JAMES RINER (Randolph Smits, PE) started off doing children’s shows when he was five and continued to enjoy acting for years to come. Travis’ resume includes roles in “The Laramie Project,” “Our Town,” “Some Things you should know Before the World Ends,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Suburbia.” He continued his work both on and off screen in technical and extra work including work as a fire technician on movies and television shows including “Greys Anatomy” and “Eagle Eye” and has been trained in voice over, cold reading and stage combat skills. After a long break away from the stage and screen Travis returns to what brings him joy and gets to work with the amazing actors and writers involved in The Unknown Artists.
MEGHAN ALLISON (Stace Jennings, Cheer Coach) is thrilled to be working with Play Club West and The Unknown Artists. Her notable credits include DEVOUR (The Unknown Artists), BUS STOP (The Manhattan Playhouse), MY COUSIN RACHEL (Lamplighter’s Theater, Aubrey Award Nominee), AN ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE (Lamplighter’s Theater), and CINDERELLA (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). An accomplished choreographer, Meghan also works with the talented children of Sierra Madre Middle School’s PAK program. Meghan is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz (B.A. Theatre Arts) and has studied with Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
KATE PURNELL (Ariana Watson, Librarian) is overjoyed to work with the Unknown Artists. Her previous work with the company includes performing in Devour, and Lysistrata, A Re-Imagining. A Bay Area native, Kate has performed in various productions at Black Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, Douglass Morrison Theatre in Hayward and the former Alice Arts Center in Oakland, Ca. She received her BA in Dramatic Arts and Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Past productions include: Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf and A Night A The Cotton Club. Kate is excited to be polishing her chops in film and tv in her new home of Los Angeles!
…and the STUDENTS.
JOHN ROSS CLARK (Julius Phillipa) is the proud father of original board member and co-founder of both The Unknown Artists and Play Club West, Emily Clark. John has been acting and directing throughout the southland for over 33 years, appearing in countless commercials, TV, Film, and theatrical productions. He has worked at such varied venues as the Laguna Playhouse, LATC, Theatre 40, The Odyssey, Company of Angels, Circus Theatricals, Long Beach Studio Theatre, Littlefish Theatre Company, The Colony, The Road Theatre Company, Santa Monica Rep, California Repertory Company, Theatre Neo, Theatre Geo, Son of Semele Ensemble, The Open Fist Theatre, The Elephant Theatre Lab, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre at Boston Court, The Bank Theatre, The Hollywood American Legion Theatre Center, and American Theatre Arts. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, John graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal State Los Angeles, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Long Beach State. He has taught acting, directing, theatre history, critical analysis, and scene study as a Lecturer at Long Beach State, Cal State San Bernardino, and Fullerton College.