The Cast

Jensen  

Jensen Jacobs

Award-winning actress, Jensen Jacobs discovered her passion for acting at a young age.  After catching the acting bug in 8th grade during a production of Twelfth Night, she went on to study the craft in New York City & Philadelphia including work at the acclaimed Atlantic Acting School. A life-long student of the art of performance Jensen has collected “Best Actress” awards for her starring roles in the feature films No Footing and Miss December, a film distributed by Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Pictures.

When she’s not acting, Jensen enjoys running, kickboxing, Bikram yoga and anything else that challenges her both physically and mentally. She is a two time finisher of the demanding Super Spartan Races. Merging her passion for film and fitness for the role of Natalie was a dream come true.

 


Shawn

Shawn Pelofsky

Shawn was born in Oklahoma. Performing since the age of 8, it’s only natural that Shawn decided to pursue a career in comedy. She attended the University of Southern California and received a B.A. from The School of Theater. During her time at USC, she joined an improvisational group “Comedius Interruptus” which became her motivating force to train at The Groundlings.

By the age of 20, Shawn Pelofsky was performing sketches and improv with comedic giant (SNL’s) Will Ferrell’. With a couple years of improv under her belt, she became a member of The ACME Comedy Theater. During her time at ACME, Shawn flourished in the field of stand-up comedy culminating with her current status as a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store. When she’s not touring or performing for our troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Bahrain and Guantanamo Bay, Shawn performs weekly on their infamous Main Room stage. Adding to her many comedic accolades, Shawn has been featured in The Montreal “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival and in the all female hit comedy tours Pretty Funny Women, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad and The Hot Tamales produced by Eva Longoria. She has opened up for greats such as Richard Lewis, Robert Klein, Bill Maher and the fabulous Margaret Cho.

Shawn has given the comedy competition circuit a run for its money as a finalist for The Funniest Woman in Orange County and in Comedy Central’s “Laugh Riots”. Her television and film credits include Community (NBC), Lip Service (Showtime), The Gossip Queens (LOGO), Chelsea Lately (E!), Pretty Hurts (LOGO), Comics Unleashed (ABC), The Tonight Show (NBC), Pauly Shore’s Minding the Store (TBS), Last Comic Standing (NBC), Playboy Channel and Free Enterprise starring William Shatner.

Catch Shawn Pelofsky taking gay male audiences by storm performing with the Atlantis Cruises worldwide, Gay Prides around the USA, hosting HRC events and at The Comedy Store with her new monthly hit wonder “The Bathhouse Show”. Make sure to check out her new comedy album: LADY HAHA recently released on i-Tunes.

 


Jaylen

Jaylen Moore

If talent takes you far in life then Jaylen Moore is a world-class traveler. A true triple threat known for his perilous acrobatic stunts & fighting style, versatile acting chops and comedic timing, Moore is the epitome of today’s “Action Hero and Renaissance Man” all in one.

 

Moore is currently filming a recurring lead role in the upcoming scripted series “Six,” an eight-episode contemporary military action drama from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. “Six” follows the Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists.

He has amassed an impressive body of work in television and film.  He will be seen in the upcoming  “Bad Moms,” and has appeared in hit films, such as “Hot Pursuit,” “Man Down,” “Tri,” “Aztec Warrior,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Escape Plan,” “Sons of Liberty,” “Random,” “Oblivion,” “The Host,” among many others.  On the TV side, Moore has appeared in hit shows, such as CW’s “The Originals,” Fox’s “Bones” ” MTV’s comedy film “Ladies Man: A Made Movie,”  six episodes of Conan’s “Wolfboy” spoof of Taylor Lautner, and recurring roles in “Red Band Society” with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Showtime’s Emmy winning drama, “Homeland” in the role of Eric Baraz.

 

A man of healthy living and discipline, he boasts extensive work in fitness training.  This training has led to the chiseled physique that he sports and has equipped Moore with the agility and flexibility to perform his own stunts when needed.

Moore started his career in theatre where he studied at Chicago’s Second City appearing in Ovation Award winning musical “City Kid.” It was also his where he met his wife, actress/screenwriter Britt Logan.  He’s the father of a beautiful daughter and speaks Dari and is conversational in Spanish, Arabic, and Pashtu.

 


 Chris Williams

Chris Williams

An extremely versatile performer in film, television and on stage, Chris is no stranger to the entertainment arena both on and off camera in both comedy and drama.

Film credits include the “The World’s Fastest Indian” playing Tina, a transvestite opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins “The Joneses” opposite Demi Moore as well as a lead in the classic comedy “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”. Other credits include “The Lottery Ticket” “Friday After Next”, “Sex Ed” and the upcoming film “TRI”.

As for television, he can soon be seen on the Showtime series “DICE” starring Andrew Dice Clay, was a series regular in the NBC sitcom “One Big Happy”, has recurred on “Satisfaction” “Californication” starred on David E. Kelley’s series “The Wedding Bells” and is best known as ‘Krazee Eyez Killa’ on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. He has guest starred on Ugly Betty, CSI: Miami, Hot in Cleveland, Monk, Weeds, and numerous others. Chris had also appeared multiple times on Late Night with David Letterman as the angry audience member and has an upcoming self help show “Be a Better Man with Chris Williams” which he created, stars in and produces. Chris has also lent his vocal talents to such animated series as The Boondocks and Word Girl and can be heard on several video games including multiple characters in Crash Bandicoot.

Chris is a successful stand-up, he has performed at several top comedy clubs around the world including: Caesar’s Palace, The Improv, The Comedy Store and The Venetian. His innovative routines are included in his character-rich one-man show “Old Blue Eyes Is Black” while also having studied with the Groundlings.

Chris has been coaching other professional actors the craft of scene work as well as improvisation for over 15 years and speaks to children across the nation about the art of performing.

A graduate of Georgetown University, he is a magician’s member of the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle) and when not practicing as a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do or running marathons to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and Eye Bank of New York, Chris divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.  

 


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Kelly Spitko

Kelly Spitko was born in Norristown, PA and fell in love with singing and the stage when she secured the role of Mimi in her middle schools musical production of “Mimi Goes to Broadway.” Around this time she was told by a teacher that acting was not a realistic profession, and perhaps she could be a speech therapist or vocal coach. It was that exact moment she decided she would be an actor.

She began her college career studying musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory, which was ranked the number one musical theatre school in the nation at that time. She continued her studies at The University of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in theatre and musical theatre. This training lead to numerous stage productions, regionally, off Broadway, and even an operetta at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Kellyʼs performance experience is vast. Notable TV appearances include roles on NBCʼs, Do No Harm, in which she appeared opposite Steven Pasquale and Academy Award Winner, F. Murray Abraham, and the CBS crime drama, Unforgettable. She has also appeared on Law and Order SVU several times, opposite Mariska Hargitay (twice), Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Natasha Lyonne.

Being born without a hip socket ended up being a blessing in disguise for Spitko. After years of therapy at Dupont Childrenʼs Hospital, she went on to run her first race at the age of six and learned at an early age that she was capable of anything if she was willing to put the work in. She is still an avid runner which is one of the many reasons Christy was a dream role for Kelly. TRI marks her first feature film.

 


Walker

Walker Hays

Walker Hays is a comedian, actress and writer. Based in NYC and hailing from Baltimore, MD she now prefers to live as a gypsy and not be in any one city for more than 72 hours. She can be seen at festivals and in clubs around the country from D.C. to Chicago to L.A. and is part of the Underwear Comedy Party tour and the Refried Comedy tour. Walker has performed at the Improv, Laugh Factory, Gotham and can be seen weekly at home favorites Stand Up NY and New York Comedy Club.

When not doing stand up she can be found modeling and onscreen. She’s had roles on series for Fox, MTV, NBC, Discovery and just wrapped supporting roles in two pilots and the lead in an indie film. She stars in the cult favorite web series “Milgram & The Fastwalkers”, a noir soap opera about aliens that’s anything but comedic and often requires her to look very unphotogenic.

Traveling, sports (both playing and yelling vigorously at unknowing athletes on TV) and the quest for the perfect martini are a few of her other favorite things to enjoy. She is rad, ask anyone except people who don’t think she’s rad.

 


 Tim Reid

Tim Reid

TIM REID, Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer, has appeared on television for over three decades, from Venus Flytrap, on WKRP in Cincinnati through Simon & Simon, Frank’s Place, Sister, Sister, That 70’s Show and most recently, Treme.

In 1995, he made his directorial debut with his critically acclaimed feature film, “Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored.” He has received the “Oscar Micheaux Award” from the Producer’s Guild of America for outstanding lifetime achievement.

In 1997, Tim brought together investors to build New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia, where he explores his passion for history by producing documentaries and television programs offering the unique legacy of people of African descent who played essential roles in shaping the destiny of America. NMS was honored to have its facilities used for the film “Lincoln.”

In 2012, Reid co-produced and directed Keepers of the Flame, a compelling film about Virginia’s central role in American history, for visitors to the Virginia Capitol. Through his non-­‐profit Legacy Media Institute, he instructs an international group of students and emerging filmmakers, promoting excellence and accountability in creating media that reflects a diverse global society.

Reid has received numerous Honorary Degrees and has been inducted into the National Black College Hall of Fame. He currently serves on Richmond’s Tredegar Board.  


 

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer is a theatrically trained Film/TV actor. His onscreen work includes Film and Television appearances. Most recently he played a Reporter on the NETFLIX Original Series “House of Cards”, directed by Jakob Verbruggen and the role of Scott in the Feature Film “TRI” directed by Jai Jamison.

Chris is a Martial Arts Master, 6th Degree Black Belt and has run a successful Martial Arts school outside of Philadelphia, PA for nearly 20 years. He still competes regularly in competitions adding to his already impressive list of local, state and national championships. He has used his vast experience in the Martial Arts to foray into the Stunt and Acting arena.

He considers himself to be more of an actor than a stuntman, but would be remiss if he did not acknowledge that his stunt and Martial Art background helped him to break into the business. Booking roles successfully came quickly from his first role as a Fire Nation Soldier in The Last Airbender, to playing a Gotham City Police Officer in The Dark Night Rises (I know…Batman, every kid’s dream), to his role in the Syfy Channel original movie Dark Haul playing a priest whose only job was keeping the Jersey Devil from escaping and that did not go according to the plan!

 

Chris is looking forward to appearing as Agent Jackson in “Maria DeLuna”, directed by Jana Niles, in “Bennie’s Gym” directed by Michael Skinner and in his own top secret new media series.


Kenny Simmons

Kenneth Simmons

For Ken Simmons, life has been one for the history books. Born in Michigan, Ken became a marine, then a professional boxer, celebrity bodyguard. He then moved on to acting and producing. His range of experiences coupled with his larger than life presence gave him a unique approach working within the entertainment industry. How else can you explain a then unknown producer getting an all-star cast with the likes of Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, Chevy Chase, Kevin James, Barry Manilow, Jerry Stiller, and Richard Pryor together for a no-budget film? Bitter Jester opened the Tribeca Film Festival sponsored by the Creative Coalition to the largest film audience to date. It was placed in the Battery Park Loews Cinema, a 1,500 seat theatre sold out. As a producer and co-starring comedian, that first feature, The Bitter Jester, won many awards including: Best Documentary/Best Director at the Evil City Film Fest in NY, Best Picture/Best Director at The New York Independent Film Festival, Best Documentary Dallas International Film Festival, and was an official selection at seven other festivals including, Aspen HBO Comedy Festival, Edinburgh and The LA Film Festival.

Ken began his acting career in New York City with supporting roles in films such as The Godfather III, Cadillac Man, King of New York, Streets of Gold, The Ambulance, The Last Good Time, The Cowboy Way, and Search and Destroy. He also had co-starring TV roles in The Story: Mike Tyson, Woman of Honor, and The City as well as several other TV and Film projects.

At present, Kenneth is Producing and directing Rise of the Freedom Tower- Americas Unsung Heroes, about all the first responders and their accolades surrounding 9-11. His most recent film roles include a Theodore Adams Film, Tri, directed by Jai Jamison, as well starred in Christian Winters’ Old 37, The Briefcase, Hated, and American Terror directed by also Eric Ramos. Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, Kick-Ass, the blockbuster directed by Matthew Vaughn, recently starred in Christian Winters’ Old 37, The Briefcase, Hated. Ken also appeared opposite Eddie Izzard in My Super Ex- Girlfriend, directed by Ivan Reitman, with supporting roles in films such as Shadowboxing and Windows, the Warrior Class, and Last Request. He has had recurring roles on both As the World Turns and One Life to Live, and can be seen on hit TV shows such as ABC’s 6 Degrees, Law and Order,Law and Order SVU, Johnny Zero, and Third Watch.

Although much of his time was spent acting on the big and small screen, Ken found the time to work on Miasma for the late Henry Wyatts, in an off Broadway Play. Ken is currently producing America’s Unsung Heroes, a feature film documentary featuring the incredible stories of all the ‘Average Joe’ first responders, volunteers and rescue workers that sprung into action on 9-11 and in the time that followed.

Helping others has always been an important part of Ken’s life, which led to his interest and participation in event producing. This platform has allowed Ken to focus his charitable efforts, do some good in this world, and inspire others to do what they can to help uplift humanity.

Following 5 days and nights assisting in rescue efforts at the World Trade site on September 11, 2001, Ken co- produced The World Aid 9/11 Benefit at The Hammerstein Ballroom in NY to raise monies for education for the children of 9/11 victims by bringing in talent for the event, including Chevy Chase, Colin Quinn, Paul Shaffer, Charlotte Church, Barry Manilow and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Ken divides his time between NYC and Los Angeles and when he isn’t acting, writing, or producing, he enjoys spending time with his son, cooking for his friends, working out and Training some female Boxers and riding his Harley along the Pacific coast.

 


NIkki

Nikki Estridge

Nikki Estridge was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 21, 1982. She earned an athletic and academic scholarship to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she played softball for the Lady Volunteers, and graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies. After college, Nikki moved to Jacksonville, Florida to work for a Fortune 500 medical device company, and although this was a great opportunity for a college student with no money, she knew her life was meant for more than the typical “9 to 5.” So as a leap of faith, she finally decided to pursue her childhood dream of acting. This southern belle, who has studied under famous actors David Keith and David Dwyer, can be seen on hit t.v. shows such as Law and Order:SVU, America’s Most Wanted as well as many films and national commercials. Nikki’s comedic skills, and exotic blend of beauty and curves light up any movie screen and make her a crowd favorite.

 


Shaira

Shaira Barton

Shaira Barton has been performing since she got her first lead role at the age of five. She has been an Actor, Model, TV Host and Voiceover talent in the English and Spanish markets, working alongside known names. She has landed versatile roles which can be seen on HBO, Warner Brothers Pictures, Disney, FOX, NBC, UPN, CW, Netflix, FPA, Univision, Telemundo, as well as independent venues. In addition, she has performed for national Public Service Announcements such as MalariaKnowMore.org, and EndItNow.org; and collaborated with known brands like Black & Decker, Strayer University, City Center, Kutra Spa and BG&E. The Puerto Rican Actress has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 2007.

A dedicated professional, Shaira trained for a triathlon for 6 months, and ran a race in preparation for TRI.

 


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Farai Kofi

Timing couldn’t be any better as Farai Kofi makes his feature film debut with TRI. He hails from the Washington DC area with an extensive training background for Theatre and Film. Some of his favorite credits include Prometheus in “Prometheus Bound”, Tybalt in “Romeo & Juliet”, Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” and many more. He is also an aspiring songwriter who plays several instruments including guitar and piano.

Farai has really enjoyed this experience and wishes to thank the entire TRI family for welcoming him on board and being part of a film that will impact many lives.