Adrienne Barbeau became a household name and horror icon with her work in John Carpenter's films The Fog and Escape From New York. Other genre classics include Creepshow and Swamp Thing. Barbeau has also had a success television career, co-starring in the critically acclaimed HBO series Carnivale as well as Batman: The Animated Series, which maintains a cult following after more than twenty years.
Jim Beaver is recognized around the world as beloved monster hunter Bobby Singer from the long-running television series Supernatural. Beaver also co-starred in the revered HBO series Deadwood and had a memorable arc in Justified. His film work includes appearances in genre fare such as Joy Ride and Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak and Nightmare Alley.
Anne Bobby is a star of stage and screen and has worked with notable directors including Clive Barker, Oliver Stone, and Stephen Sondheim. Horror fans best know her from her iconic portrayal as Lori Winston in Clive Barker’s classic monster tale Nightbreed. She has also played opposite Tom Cruise in the Oscar award-winning Born on the Fourth of July and Brain Chamberlain in the multi award-winning Hanover House (including the 2014 Rondo Award for Best Indie Horror).
Lukas Hassel has appeared as recurring villain Elias VanDyke in NBC's The Blacklist as well as in shows such as Blue Bloods, Limitless, Elementary and more. Hassel starred in the horror feature Slapface as The Monster, which is currently streaming on Shudder. Other feature films include The Black Room, Art of the Dead, and In Montauk.
Mike Manning is a recent Emmy winner for his work on television’s The Bay but earned his genre cred with the critically acclaimed Slapface (debuting in February 2022 on Shudder), as well as The Call, which co-starred Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell. Manning’s other work includes a stint in the final season of This is Us as well as Son of the South and MTV’s Teen Wolf.
With over 8 million followers on TikTok and 2.5 million YouTube subscribers, Sydney Morgan has become an internet sensation with her innovative makeup videos, making her transition to film (especially horror) a natural one. At just 19-years old, she is already well-established as an actress, model, make-up artist, and digital creator.
Erynn Dalton is a seasoned horror director for stage and screen who founded Infinite Abyss Productions in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2010 and began producing and directing her own mixed media original horror productions at her theater. Over the years, Dalton has built a loyal cult following for her grisly live productions, with Infinite Abyss being dubbed by critics and audience as the “modern Grand Guignol” (a reference to the hugely successful horror theater in Paris that opened in 1897).
After directing dozens of live shows, shorts and producing two feature films, Dalton made her feature film directorial debut in 2019 with the gothic horror-drama The Gravedigger written by Joseph Zettelmaier. The Gravedigger had its world premiere at Popcorn Frights Film Festival, which was met with critical acclaim and resulted in Dalton and the film being featured in The LA Times, NPR and Sun-Sentinel, as well as genre publications such as Rue Morgue and Bloody Disgusting. The film subsequently secured worldwide distribution with Indican Pictures and will be released worldwide in October 2022. Dalton is also directing the drag queen horror feature film Big Easy Queens in Autumn 2022.
BARRY JAY MINOFF
Sydney Morgan is making the world a better place. At just 19-years old, she has already well-established herself as an Actress, Model, Make-Up Artist, and Digital Creator. Her vast digital footprint consists of over 7-Million TikTok followers, 1.6-Million Youtube subscribers, and too many viral videos to count showcasing her outrageous make-up creations. Most importantly though, Sydney is utilizing her platform for good: shining a spotlight on Crohn’s & Colitis and the long-lasting impacts of chronic illnesses.
Sydney has always had a creative soul, but truly fell in love with the art of make-up when she was in high school – while stuck in a hospital bed. In 2018 during Sydney’s junior year of high school, she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. The chronic inflammatory bowel disease causes inflammation in the digestive tract. With no true cure for the disease, she spent a year in-and-out of the hospital trying different medications and treatments, but unfortunately nothing seemed to work. In October 2019, Sydney underwent emergency surgery to remove her entire colon (her whole large intestine). The result of the life-saving surgery caused Sydney to require an ostomy bag (a pouch that allows bodily waste to pass through a surgically created stoma on the abdomen). In September 2020, Sydney underwent final reconnection surgery – and is now as close to healed as possible when it comes to Ulcerative Colitis.
NEXT STEP TALENT
Next Step Talent is a full-service talent management company with the goal of helping clients take their careers to the next step, founded by the brilliant CEO Temima Shames. In just over a year, Next Step Talent has amassed over 25 clients – ranging from actors, musicians, digital creators, and public figures. The company functions on the principles of family, collaboration, trust, and developing talent in all areas of the entertainment industry.adox, Jared Leto), The Requin (Saban Entertainment), and many more documentaries and independent films.
Next Step Talent has managed to successfully enhance and develop the careers of top creatives across the board. Their actors have been successfully placed in roles on HBO, ABC, and various feature films. While their music artists have triumphantly transitioned from the studio to the stage – such as C4, who just released his debut project which amassed 400K+ streams in the first 1.5 weeks. Not to mention, their digital creators have sailed to new heights. Noting, their smallest talent began at 500K followers and is now up to 10M+ followers. All around, their talent are actively working with major brands such as Netflix, Steve Madden, Sephora, Dicks Sporting Goods, Ralph Lauren, and more. Next Step Talent has continually been able to surpass their objectives of inspiring talent to break barriers, and take nontraditional steps to reach their goals.
Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play. His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays, and It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award in 2011. In 2016, his play Pulp received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. He is an Artistic Associate and Resident Playwright at First Folio Theatre, an At Large Ambassador to the National New Play Network and an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, Adrian College.
Zettelmaier adapted his play, The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Story, into a screenplay, which was optioned by Infinite Abyss Productions in 2019 and made into a feature film.
MICHAEL ALAN HERMAN
Michael Herman is a playwright and screenwriter from the greater Los Angeles area. He is one of the writers behind James Franco’s latest film The Mad Whale and holds an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Michael has also seen publications in theatre through the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and Fairweather Fox Productions. In addition to his theatre success, Michael has also been published in comics (Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime) and literature (Contract Terror).
Through these publications, he has come to believe there is no art more precious than collaboration.
HORROR COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Christopher Pinto is a writer, musician, director, and an award-winning advertising creative professional. His marketing and advertising background goes back 30 years, being the principal creative decision maker for everything from local theater to multi million-dollar companies. For over 10 years he owned and spearheaded Stardust Productions, the largest mystery theater company in the Atlantic City, NJ area, where he honed his directing and acting skills, as well as learned the ins and outs of marketing in the entertainment business. Along with multiple other stage plays, he wrote and directed the Atlantic City area's longest running murder mystery, Who Shot the Piano Player? which ran in venues from Cape May to Atlantic City casinos. Pinto currently resides in South Florida where his love of the horror genre influenced him to write four paranormal-horror murder mystery novels, plus the satirical how-to guide “How to Kill Vampires because they are unnatural jerks”, which was recently adapted for stage by Infinite Abyss Productions.