Anisha Adusumilli is a first generation East Indian raised in the midwest. An artist from a young age, Anisha began studying Classical Piano at the age of 5 - having graduated from the Trinity College of London Program. Continuing her creative expression through Dancing and Singing, Anisha inevitably discovered her love of Acting. Studying both Business and Theater at UCLA, she immediately began her career in Film and Television upon graduation. She dove deeper into studying her craft at The Imagined Life and discovered empathy to be the core of her art. Recent credits include NBC's Heartbeat, Fox's New Girl, and CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles among others. Anisha believes in the healing power of stories and aims to fully express herself so others may do the same.
Matthew Hancock (Snow)
Matthew Hancock is an award-winning actor and chanteur. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, he got into performing arts at the age of 4. Some of Matthew’s favorite credit includes LA LBGT Centers’ Hit the Wall (Carson), I’M DYING UP HERE (Showtime), and the short film MARTYR.
While not acting on the stage or screen Matthew is the elusive chanteur Michael Siren doing various gigs throughout the country. Matthew is a part of Soka Gakkai International buddhist endeavor. Matthew is an advocate for LGBT rights and proponent of world peace. Matthew graduated from Adelphi University with honors. He also graduated from The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts- School of Film and Television. Follow Matthew on Instagram: @imichaelsiren, Twitter: @therealmatteo.
Tembi Locke (Judy)
Tembi Locke has made a career starring in over fifty television shows and films. She has appeared and recurred on long-running series such as NCIS, THE MENTALIST, CASTLE, BONES, FRIENDS. For two seasons she played Dr. Grace Monroe on the Syfy an favorite EUREKA. You can enjoy her comedic turn opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in DUMB AND DUMBER TO and on The CW series, CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND. Currently, she has recurring roles on the critically acclaimed series THE MAGICIANS.
Tembi is also an artist and an advocate. Her paintings are in private collections across the United States.
In 2015, she launched THE KITCHEN WIDOW, a personal story and advocacy project. Tembi uses the prism of food to inspire how we foster connection when it matters most. Visit thekitchenwidow.com to learn more.
Dashiell Gowen (Kid 1)
Dashiell's career began when he supplied quality sound effects for his second grade class production of Quark Raygun. In his spare time, he enjoys solving challenging math problems and engaging in extreme sports.
Harper Gowen (Kid 2)
Harper's acting career kicked off as Ms. Frizzle, the lead role in her kindergarten class production of The Magic School Bus. In her spare time, she makes collage art and plays the ukelele.
Andy Kreiss (Scarface)
Some of Andy's more recent television credits include: American Horror Story, Crazy Ex-Girlfiend, Brooklyn Nine-NIne, Hart of Dixie, The Middle, and Parks and Rec. IMDB suggests that he is best known for his memorable turn as a sex-obsessed stockholder in the Adam Sandler film, Mr. Deeds. This gives him pause. Nonetheless, Andy is a proud graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Bob Cesario (Veteran/Uncle)
Robert's Off-Off Broadway theatre credits include Estragon in WAITING FOR GODOT, Tusenbach in THREE SISTERS and Truffaldino in SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. He originated the role of Dan in Plays For Living's STILL GROWING as well as the role of Richard in the Blowing Rock Stage production of NUPTIALS. Television credits include BOSTON LEGAL, STRONG MEDICINE, THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, GIRLFRIENDS, TITUS, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, DHARMA & GREG, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, DAVE’S WORLD, CAROLINE IN THE CITY and DESIGNING WOMEN. On film Robert can be seen as the Crazed Fan in JACKIE'S BACK and Sigmund Freud in THE SECRET DEATH OF SALVADOR DALI. He currently teaches Theatre to the kindergarten through third grade students at Sequoyah School.
Sonal Shah (Temple Manager)
A combination of wit, strength, and heart, Sonal recurred top of show on Scrubs and currently recurs on the Emmy-Nominated Powerpuff Girls. She has acted on pilots, award winning stages including The Goodman, praised short films, as well as New Girl, Transparent, Better Things, White Flight on Comedy Central, and the lead in the feature thriller, Cold.
A Loyola University Theatre Major, Sonal also graduated from The Second City Conservatory, and studied with The Moscow Art Theatre School at Harvard, The Groundlings, and Improv Olympic.
Anokhi Magazine featured her on their most Sexy and Successful list and she was named among the Top 50 Coolest Desis in the world. An artist and human advocate, she is a founding member of Rasaka Theatre Company. Most recently, Sonal and Parvesh Cheena were the comedic hosts in DC for the Asian American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd Annual Gala and welcomed President Obama to deliver the keynote. Soon after, they hosted the American India Foundation Gala on Wall Street. A teacher and acting coach at John Rosenfeld Studios, Sonal was selected for the NBC Diversity Showcase and has tested for several network pilots. She was awarded recognition for 'Outstanding Dedication and Support for the Community' by Indo-American Community Services. In addition to acting, you can find Sonal dancing, doing standup, teaching math, volunteering, writing, hosting, and directing. Kick it with her on Instagram/@sunshinesonal, Twitter/@sonalbshah, Facebook/Sonal Shah or her website/www.sleepingwithsonal.com