Matthew James Crawley was born on July 19, 1982 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His first taste of acting was in 2001 on the Willmington, North Carolina set of Dawson's Creek. Matthew attended and graduated from The University of Oklahoma in 2008 with a degree in Film, where he studied acting for the camera under Darryl Cox. Immediately after graduating, Matthew moved to Los Angeles and began working behind the camera on popular reality shows such as Celebrity Apprentice and The Amazing Race. Feeling unsatisfied and under-utilized with his work, Matthew left post-production and decided to focus on acting. After working on numerous short films, as well as being featured in JJ Abrams, Super 8, Matthew decided to make the move to New York City. Since arriving, he has been studying under Peter Miner at Terry Schreiber Acting Studio. In 2013, Matthew starred in Murder is My Business which was featured in the Cannes Short Film Corner and won best picture in the Landmark Sunshine ESRA festival. Matthew also starred in the horror movie Triclops, directed by Brett Piper, which is currently in post production and slated for an early 2015 release.
Charlie Gaetjens grew up near Cleveland, attended Hamilton College in upstate New York and started his career as a high school Spanish and math teacher. After working in media in NYC for several years, he earned his MBA from Yale University and has since worked in financial services with assignments in the US, Europe, and Asia. He began pursuing acting in 2014 after his friend convinced him to audit a scene study & improv training class which he continues to attend. His debut stage showcase performance in 2014 included scenes from Angels in America and Once in a Lifetime, before playing the part of Max in Gluteny. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to different parts of the world and playing sports.
Kylie Garcelon is an Australian-Canadian screenwriter and co-founder of Gladiolus Productions LLC. Born in Australia, she has lived & worked in multiple countries, from the pink, sandy beaches of Bermuda to the rugged mountains of Colorado and the Canadian Rockies; experiences that provide much of the fodder for her writing escapades that typically feature strong female protagonists. Kylie’s first feature length screenplay, ‘The Mary Project’ won an ‘honorable mention’ at the Canadian International Film Festival, received an ‘Official Finalist’ award at the Amsterdam International Film Festival and an "Official Selection" at the 2015 NOVA Film Festival. In 2014 Kylie wrote, directed and filmed the short satirical food comedy ‘Gluteny’ and produced it with Gladiolus Productions LLC. ‘Gluteny’ is slated for release in 2015. Kylie also wrote the short, emotional drama ‘Wifeality’ which has received excellent critique from the readers at Bluecat. Currently Kylie is working on her second feature length screenplay ‘CJ’, a narrative piece about the return of a U.S. female Afghan war vet who arrives in NYC to resurrect her dream of becoming a writer. Not one to sit still for too long Kylie currently has two other feature length screenplays in the works that keep her up at night, in addition to the traffic outside her window. Kylie currently resides in NYC with her husband and Labrador retriever. In addition to writing screenplays Kylie is equally passionate about education and she works as a professor at CUNY – City Tech in the Hospitality Management program. Kylie is also one of the three co-founders of Gladiolus Productions, LLC.
Orly Shemesh was born in Haifa, Israel and moved to the US (New Jersey) with her parents and two older brothers when she was 5 years old. Dancing in tap, jazz, and ballet competitions from the age of 6, gave Orly her first taste for performing and led to roles in several school productions including Annie, Oliver, Anything Goes, and Bye Bye Birdie. After graduating with a BS in Business and Economics from Rutgers University--and pushing her childhood dreams of acting aside--she worked as a mortgage banker and then spent 15 years working and traveling all over the world in the pharmaceutical medical education industry. In 2013, Orly realized that it was time to pursue her lifelong passion full-time. Since then, she has taken acting and improv classes and has had principal roles in short films such as See Like Me, My Mother's Eulogy, Jimmy and Goodbye and has appeared in television shows such as Motive for Murder, Mysteries at the Museum, Monumental Mysteries and My Dirty Little Secret. Orly currently resides in NYC and was one of the three co-founders of Gladiolus Productions, LLC.
For as long as she can remember, Robyn Babina has always had a fascination with acting. Her BFA in Film/Drama from Syracuse University allowed her the opportunity to explore different aspects of the industry and after college, she spent 10 years directing school productions and teaching drama to middle school students. In the winter of 2011, Robyn joined a community theater group portraying Marcie in a local production of You Are A Good Man Charlie Brown. After that first experience of being on stage, she knew there was no going back! She began taking classes and fine tuning her skills by studying the methods of Stella Adler, the Meisner Technique, and practicing improvisation with the Magnet Theater. In these few short years, Robyn has appeared as principal and supporting characters in all forms of media including short and feature films, television productions, webseries, commercials and also theater. Most recently, in addition to portraying Jules in Gluteny, she has starred in an episode of Monsters Inside Me (Animal Planet) and participated in a showcase performance of scenes taken from both Angels in America and Agnes of God. Robyn is next slated to portray Ashley in the short film, Wifeality (2015). She currently lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and her two little boys. Robyn is also a co-founder of Gladiolus Productions,LLC.
Laura Erikson got her first taste of the arts in 2010 being the subject of an award winning photo called "Beauty" by Sam Sarkis. While living in New York, Laura trained with Ron Millkie and studied the Meisner Technique. Under Ron’s guidance, she participated in a staged reading of "Our Town", as well as two “Evening of Scenes,” portraying characters from Agnes of God, Carlitos Way and Once in a Lifetime. Laura was also featured in the trailer for the web series "Sikhs in the City", the trailer for the film "The Mary Project", and of course, "Gluteny." Outside of acting, Laura is a nanny and also attends the University of Michigan for her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.
Arnold “Christiano” Sanchez was born and raised in New York City. He studied programming at the New York City College of Technology, where he obtained a BA in Computer Information Systems. Christiano started modeling in 2012 and then began acting in 2013. Since that time he has been studying with Ron Millkie and in May 2014 he participated his first live performance, showcasing scenes from "Lone Star" and "Carlito's Way." Aside from portraying a cook in Gluteny, Christiano has also played various parts in student films. He is excited to be a part of Gluteny!
Being that his alma mater was founded by the off-broadway theater company, the award winning EPIC, Ryan Dempsey was exposed to theater during his freshmen year of high school. He spent the duration of his H.S years participating in various theater productions, both as an actor and as a writer. Although most of his early exposure was primarily to William Shakespeare, in his first two years of college, Ryan was cast as Ray Dooley in the dark Irish comedy ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh, and as Marmaladov in Fyodor Dostoyevskys ‘Crime and Punishment’. Most recently, Ryan was cast in his dream role, the Joker, in the stage play ‘Fathers of the Dark Knight’ by Roberto Williams. He also just recently experienced acting on film, not only in ‘Gluteny’ but several student films as well. Ryan was honored to work alongside the cast and crew of ‘Gluteny’ and can't wait to see what his next adventure will be.
Costin Becheanu is originally from Romania but arrived in New York in 2011 following his dream of studying film acting in the famous "big apple". He has trained with both Bob McAndrew and Meghan Duffy and since has appeared in a few short films. He is excited to be a part of Gluteny and is looking forward to more experiences that allow him to develop his craft.
Molly Dunne’s turn as Lily in the short film Gluteny marks her film debut. Prior to this, her most prominent performance was while attending Western Reserve Academy, she was one of Reno’s Angels in Anything Goes. Molly's first dalliance with acting came as a young child with chorus roles in Western Reserve Academy musical productions of shows such as The Music Man and Once Upon a Mattress, and a Hudson Community Theater role in The Lion and the Mouse. Outside of acting, Molly works for a brand consultancy, Sterling Brands, heading up their market research department. Molly hails from Hudson, Ohio and currently lives in NYC.
Meghan Lynch is a musical theater and film actor living in New York City. Originally from Washington, DC, she acted in numerous stage productions there before moving to New York City to pursue her dream of acting. She is a Meisner trained actor, having studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and, most recently, with actor and teacher Ron Millkie. She appeared in the recent short film "Selected," produced by Threshold Films and was also a member of the cast of the stage play "Fathers of the Dark Knight," produced by Roberto Williams. She is excited to be a part of "Gluteny" and looks forward to what her future in the arts holds.
Steve Carter is an actor who has appeared in several TV/film/stage productions. He is also a singer and sometimes performs in the NYC Subway system.