Audiobook Series Cast
The Chicago based cast of actors performing the roles and narration in The American Fathers Include:
Episode 1: Narrator | Episode 2: Narrator | Episode 3: Kenner Woman | Episode 4: Eleanor Harrington, Sarah Maddox, Chrissy Ferrell, Daco maid, Phillip's secretary
Adrianne has had the privilege of working as an actor with Writers' Theatre, Famous Door, Next, First Folio, Chicago Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare Project, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Bailiwick, Strawdog, Apple Tree, National Jewish, Lifeline, About Face, Chicago Dramatists, and a dozen principal roles with both Organic/Touchstone and ShawChicago, where she was formerly casting director and associate artist. Her honors include: Jeff Award nomination(TWO BY SHAW - Writer's Theatre); Jeff Citation (Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF - Zebra Crossing); and two After Dark Awards (SHRAPNEL IN THE HEART - Famous Door & DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH- Bailiwick). Regional theatre credits: Indiana Repertory, BoarsHead, Human Race, New American, Artists Ensemble, and Wisconsin Shakespeare. Some favorite credits include both Masha and Arkadina in THE SEAGULL; L'il Bit in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE ; Angela in WONDERFUL TENNESSEE; Alma in SUMMER & SMOKE , and Rosemary in PICNIC . Most recent acting credits include Helen Alving in Ibsen's GHOSTS for ShawChicago, which traveled to Konya, Turkey via a MacArthur grant; as well as the world premiere of Patricia Kane's FLOAT with About Face Theatre. Directing credits: the experiment - Stockyards Theatre Project; YOU NEVER CAN TELL - Village Players; SCOUNDREL TIME & THE THIN MAN - City Lit; SENSE & SENSIBILITY &MAURITIUS - Theatre of Western Springs; RAVENSCROFT - Triton College; and CHRISTMAS IS MADE FOR FOOLS - Step Up Productions. Occasionally, she coaches dialects and is currently teaching Italian for a production of LEND ME A TENOR at Triton College. Ms. Cury is a proud member of Actor's Equity & SAG-AFTRA; and has been teaching and coaching both adults & teens at ActingStudioChicago since 2004, as well as guest teaching at Triton, North Central College,Theater of Western Springs, and Village Players. She has twice taught, via an NIH grant, a series of acting classes to Senior citizens to track cognitive improvement. Ms. Cury recently finished narrating her second audiobook, Johnny Payne's SECOND CHANCE, soon to be released on Amazon.She received a grant to travel to Grand Manan Island off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada this summer to teach acting to teens for two weeks.
Episode 4: Victor Daco
Millions of fans already know Steve Downes' legendary sound as the voice of one of the world's most beloved heroes: The super Spartan cyber-soldier--Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 from Bungie Studio's top selling HALO video game series for Xbox. But countless many have also heard this epically talented VO extraordinaire as the exclusive voice for the Carnival Cruiselines national ad campaign and as narrator for The Discovery Channel's hit show--The Shark Attack Files.
Some of Steve's other voiceover credits include Sears Craftsman Tools, International Truck, Comerica Bank/Michigan and the Chesapeake Energy TV campaigns, just to name a few. And Steve's exceptional and acclaimed voice work doesn't stop at the monumentally successful Halo game series and these fantastic commercial, promo and narration spots…
Over the years Steve has spent some of his down time as Chicago's favorite radio host from 97.1 FM WDRV, “The DRIVE,” and he's recognized, across the country, as the host of two exceedingly popular nationally syndicated radio programs: The Classics and The Wine Experience. The producers at 97.1 FM WDRV call Steve Downes a national rock 'n' roll radio icon and proudly claim that “Steve's on-air delivery and vast music knowledge not only protects The Drive's creed of 'Respect The Music', but also furthers it.”
Needless to say, Steve Downes, as the iconic voice of Master Chief (and some would say of rock 'n' roll), holds the reverence and recognition of literally millions of 12-50 year olds.
Episode 4: Narrator, Phillip Harrington
Jeff's Chicago credits include The Madness of George III and Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Curtains at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Night and Day at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company and Noises Off at Theatre at the Center. Regionally, he has appeared in In the Next Room or the vibrator play at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Around the World in 80 Daysat the Indiana Repertory Theatre, A Moon for the Misbegotten at The State Theatre in Pennsylvania, Julius Caesar at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Taming of the Shrew and The Philanderer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Cummings has narrated numerous audio books, including Finnikin of the Rock (AudioFile Earphones Award) by Melina Marchetta, Breathless by Dean Koontz, Spellbound by Nora Roberts and My Ántonia by Willa Cather.
Episode 1: Sheila McKinley | Episode 2: Sheila McKinley
Amy plays Sheila McKinley, the idealistic economics professor who rails quixotic against 2032 American feudalism. Amy's credits include Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, The School for Scandal, All’s Well That End’s Well and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. Regional credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Twelfth Night, King John, Richard III, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Pygmalion (Michigan Shakespeare Festival); A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); The Hadeyburg Project (Metropolitan Playhouse, New York); Bump in the Road (New York Musical Theatre Festival), as well as several Ziegfeld Societies Midnight Frolics in NYC. Television credits include Boss. Ms. Montgomery holds an MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, a BFA in musical theatre from The College of Santa Fe, and she completed the one-year classical acting program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Episode 4: Arthur (Camelot 1 AI), Azim bin Walid bin Faisal, hacker (POP Watcher)
Amro Salama is a Sag-Aftra and AEA member who after spending 11 years in NYC and the last 9 years in Los Angeles, he finds himself pursuing his passion for performing in his home sweet home of Chicago. As the "Midwestern Mideasterner", he is also a local hire in both Los Angeles and NYC.
Amro's big break came while in New York thanks to Ed Zwick, working opposite Denzel Washington in The Siege as Tariq Husseini, innocent yet executed by Bruce Willis. He capitalized on this break and has appeared in numerous TV and film roles including Modern Family, Children's Hospital, Law & Order, Third Watch, General Hospital, My Name is Earl, Suite Life On Deck, Free Agents and more.
Amro credits his craft to Bill Esper of Esper Studios in NYC and, as a current Finalist at the world renowned Actors Studio in Los Angeles.
Having performed in numerous plays throughout the years, most notably, the role of Norman in SubUrbia earlier this year at Pacific Resident Theater, and the roles of Mohammed and Khalid in the Pulitzer Prize Nominated for Drama, Omnium Gatherum, performed at Theatricum Botanicum and, previously as the stand-by for the off-broadway production at Variety Arts in NYC. Amro is always looking to "fill his cup" on the stage and is looking forward to the great Chicago theater as well as NYC and California opportunities.
Episode 1: Jasira Sayid | Episode 2: Jasira Sayid
Fawzia plays Jasira Sayid, the intriguing congressional correspondent whom Sheila suspects is a dynasty insider. Jasira's charm and attractiveness battle with Sheila's suspicions to create a tantalizing dilemma - stay true to her convictions or open her heart? Fawzia is an actor, a writer, and a producer. She created the web series Kam Kardashian about the long lost lesbian Kardashian sister, Brown Girl Problems, a series about South Asian women who also happen to be regular people with regular problems too. She performs in Afterellen’s lesbian series The Lphabet, lesbian-centric Buzzfeed video about seeing your Ex that’s already had over 1.2 million views. Fawzia has been on Chicago Fire and did an educational performance work at universities and military installations performing Sex Signals, the most popular sexual violence prevention show in the world. She produced the award-winning documentary Fish out of Water, and A Message from the East.
Episode 4: President Roberto Sanchez
Born Cuban / Mexican, Tony grew up on the Northwest side of Chicago. Returning to school, he graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Theatre and quickly became an member of The Opera Factory, which produced Spanish Zarzuelas. He went on to have leads in the productions of Los Claveles, The Barber of Seville and El Desden Con El Desden. Other lead roles came in the productions of Mariposa, Los Matadores, "T", The Lost Vegas Series, Tuning in El Paso, Orpheus Descending and Cynical Weathers.
In addition to theatrical productions, Tony found success on the the small and large screen. He has had guest roles on several TV series including Walker Texas Ranger, The Untouchables, Missing Persons, and most recently on The Chicago Code. In 2006/07, Tony landed the lead role of Dr. Alfred Rivera on the FOX/MynetworkTV series "Watch Over Me". Feature films have include Lana's Rain and Nothing Like The Holidays.
Episode 1: Adriane Murray, waitress (Part 2 - Sticky Fingers)
Deb plays Adriane Murray, the flamboyant Dynasty Style TV host of Holding Court. Deb has been working in voiceover, theater and improv for over two decades. A proud member of the performer's unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA, her voice has been heard for such national accounts as Blockbuster Video, State Farm, McDonald's, Nestle's Toll House, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Ford, Breakstone and SC Johnson, among numerous others. She has run the gamut of characters from a Scrubbing Bubble to a Cashew for Fisher Nuts Clear Can campaign. Deb is currently the voice for Emmi Solutions, an interactive medical tool, and can be heard on various PlayStation, XBox and PC games, as well as on a few slot machines in various casinos across the country.
Episode 1: Adam (TV Producer), Roy (Engineer who is the main guest on Serving Court) | Episode 4: Timothy Carlock, Lieutenant Harris, David Tafuri
Scott plays Adam, the stressed out TV producer, and Roy, the engineer and first guest on the days filming of the show Holding Court. Scott is host of WCPT's Out Chicago, the only live LGBT lifestyle show in the Chicago Metro Area. Scott is a Chicago based actor, comedian, theatre educator, and activist. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is a founding member of About Face Theatre, Chicago’s award winning queer theatre company. Scott has performed with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
Jennie MoreauEpisode 2: Irene Daco | Episode 3: Irene Daco
Jennie plays Irene Daco, the beautiful engineer princess, working to gain steady footing in a world of wealth and power. Jennie helps people find their voice. Whether in a corporate or studio setting, in large groups or one to one coaching sessions, she enables her clients to create and deliver magnetic messages. She uses her years of experience as a professional actor and teacher to identify clients' core strengths, teach effective presentation skills, refine essential content, and utilize all to deliver memorable communications that unite the head and the heart.
Episode 4: James Maddox, David Paulson
An Oak Park resident since 1992, Tony’s relationship with OPFT began with the 1996 production of HAMLET in which he played both Polonius and The First Grave Digger. In 1997 he played Leonato in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. 2001 saw Tony as Baptista in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Most recently, Tony was Lord Stanley in the 2012 production of RICHARD III. In addition to his Austin Gardens appearances, Tony has also performed in the annual OPFT and PREVAIL (and its previous incarnation) 8 holiday benefits of MRS. CONEY and MIDSUMMER TALES. He performed as a part of OPFT “Radio Acting Company” in its inaugural performance of last Fall’s HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and will assay the role of Oscar Wilde (as narrator) of this Fall’s THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. A former costume designer and long-time jewelry designer, Tony’s creations have graced numerous OPFT fundraisers. Tony appears regularly with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. He is also the Literary Manager/Dramaturg for INCONCEIVABLE THEATRE, for which he also directed the premiere of THE TROJAN WAR: OR HOW ONE BAD APPLE SPOILED THE WORLD in 2011. Chicago acting credits include productions with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, First Folio Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Illinois Theatre Center, Marriot Lincolnshire, Northlight, National Jewish Theatre and more than thirty productions with Shaw Chicago. Regional credits include Madison Rep (WI); Boars Head Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre and Meadow Brook Theatre (MI). Tony has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1989.
Episode 2: Professor (Warning Signs)
Rebecca received her BA in Theater from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (yes, it is a real place. A charming one, actually) and moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue acting. You can find her acting resume here.
She holds dual certificates in Enology and Viticulture from Washington State University and sometimes channels that knowledge as a writer (and wine club organizer.)
When not acting, she can be found reading- sometimes in Spanish- and when possible at the beach, cooking, crafting, playing with her crazy cat (she knows tricks!) drinking wine, and working with adult English Language Learners.
Episode 2: Devin Wayne | Episode 3: Devin Wayne
Cameron plays Devin Wayne, the brash ex-general of The Fathers, who has risked his to be with Irene Daco. Classically trained, Cameron has played roles from Shakespeare to August Wilson, working in major American Regional theatres, as well as work in voice overs and commercials.
Notable roles include: Corey in Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ned in Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth at Quantum Theatre, Dave Robinson in Lombardi at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the title role in Othello with the Independent Shakespeare Company and the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
Cameron received his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Delaware, Professional Theatre Training Program training under Jewel Walker, Sanford Robbins, Deena Burke, Joann Browning, Leslie Reidell, Steve Tague Andrew Wade, Anthony Zerbe, Adrian Hall and Brian Protheroe.
Cameron is certified in Sanford Meisner technique with Larry Silverberg.
As a director, Cameron directed Seven Guitars for the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was an assistant professor of Acting. While at CMU he also directed Once on This Island and developed a staged reading series, Horizons, that introduced the University population to theatre from underrepresented communities addressing various social themes. He also directed for Bricolage Theatre’s annual fundraiser B.U.S. a 24-hour play festival as well as Underneath the Lintel with Twelve Peers Theatre.
Cameron was heard as the voice of the Bee for a Honey nut Cheerios spot and the “Guy” for the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Episode 2: Samantha (Irene's AI) | Episode 4: Natalia Daco
Karin plays the complicated artificial intelligence Samantha, the person Irene trusts and depends on the most. Karin is known for Connect with English (2007), Kwik Stop (2001) and Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator (1999).
Juan Francisco Villa
Episode 2: Mike Costa, Michael Nutter, Kip Dure | Episode 3: Mike Costa
Juan plays the gruff but loveable soldier Mike Costa, Devin Wayne's best friend, and therefore the only vassal in House Daco Devin can trust. An actor, playwright and teaching artist currently residing in Chicago, Juan has worked nationally with both his acting and writing being performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Syracuse, and Chicago. His credits include numerous theatres, from the Goodman to Rattlestick, television, and film. He has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, 3 New York Theatre Innovation Awards, won ITBA Patrick Lee Award, and performed in the Jeff winning production of Luis Alfraro's MOJADA. Juan's play, EMPANADA FOR A DREAM, was names best show in Chicago and Los Angeles. Juan is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.
Episode 2: Paul Talbot, Bartholomew Kideris (Bart) | Episode 3: Beinville (Frank) | Episode 4: Colonel Anderson, Ignacio Tafuri, Ted Watson, referee (Coliseum Night), Thaddeus Maddox
Kevin plays Bartholomew Kideris, also known as Bart, the idiosyncratic inventor of the Vortex Drive, a device capable of creating and manipulating wind tunnels. Since 1987, I have been a performer on stage, screen and radio, in venues large, small and unbelievably small. Primarily acting in and around Chicago (but also on both coasts and all points in between), I have specialized in the classics- Shakespeare in particular- and have had the great honor to work with some of the Midwest’s greatest talents during the course of my career. On this page, you can peruse some of my most recent work, take a look at my commercial and theatrical resumes and even listen to and see clips from past projects. My agent is Grossman & Jack Talent of Chicago, but I’m always up for a chat about a new production if you want to contact me directly.