Natalie Jacobs is a Virginia native who trained at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Her TV credits include The Mind of a Murderer and Grave Secrets. She may also be seen playing Monica Lee in Season 1 and 2 of Tough Love on Black & Sexy TV. Her NYC theatre credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Black Footnotes (Evelyn Boyd Granville), Birthday Girl (Mel) and Six Triple Eight (Sammy). She has been featured in national training videos for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Phoenix House. She has her motorcycle license, is a vocalist and was a former United States Olympic Development Athlete. For additional information, visit www.NatalieDJacobs.com.
Lauren Sowa is thrilled to join the cast of PRIVILEGE UNHINGED. Lauren is a big-time animal lover, and has yet to meet a pretzel she doesn't like. When not shooting, you can find her on stage, reading a good book, catching up on old films, doing yoga, and watching soccer. Recent Film Credits: THE RAINBOW EXPERIMENT, WAY, 42 SECONDS OF HAPPINESS (Winner: Best Ensemble Cast, HIFF ’16; Indie Spirit Award, PIFF ’16; Best Feature Film, WTFF ’16). Training: NYU Tisch Drama. For more info and updates, check out www.laurensowa.com!
John Charles Nagy is an actor, writer and very recently, director. In addition to appearing in various multimedia projects recently, John founded the sketch comedy group, Mom Picks Us Up with his friends and colleagues at LightSwitch Entertainment; the first sketch, "Uptight Date Night", will premiere on streaming sites later this month! Other recent credits include the Lilly Singh sketch; "How to Be a Good Wing Woman, ft/ Priyanka Chopra", "5tages of Realizing You're in a Love Triangle" (Elite Daily), and L'Highm (Lightswitch Entertainment), a short comedic film currently making festival rounds. When the red lights go off, John loves to be at home cooking and watching movies and shows with his fiancee Megan, and their mini Dachshund, Ruby. Find out more about Charles at www.johncharlesnagy.com.
Marisa Vitali is a Brooklyn based actress and producer. She found acting at an early age, and after graduating from NYU Tisch she pursued a professional acting career. Soon, she became disillusioned with acting and was attracted to the instant gratification of clubs and drugs. Marisa found herself in a treatment facility at 25 years old for heroin addiction.
Marisa says acting saved her life, knowing she had other options besides a life of addiction. In treatment, she met Lawrence Sacharow (Broadway Director “Three Tall Women”) who was on staff and casting his Off-Broadway play THE CONCEPT, which chronicles addicts in treatment. Marisa was cast in his show and Lawrence became a mentor, encouraging Marisa to pursue acting fulltime. She joined Michael Howard’s Master Class and found a channel for the guilt, shame and resentments that she carried into recovery. Marisa credits working on THE CONCEPT and honing her acting craft as the two things that kept her clean.
Since then, Marisa has been seen in films on the festival circuit, television shows aired on HBO, ABC and ID Discovery, and in NYC theater. She has been in numerous commercials and is the voice of many audiobooks for audible.com. She was a lead in the Official Cannes Film Selection "YOU & I," directed by Christopher Scott, opposite Blake Gibbons.
Marisa produced, wrote and acted in the short film Grace, based on her struggle with heroin addiction, and is in the final stages of preparations for a festival run. She is in development on a feature film loosely based on the short film. Marisa is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA; and is on the programming committee at NYWIFT (NY Women in Film and TV). Find out more about Marissa at www.marisavitali.com.
Alana Raquel Bowers is a recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Drama and a double minor in Sociology and Africana Studies. Her high caliber training has gotten her featured in a video for Gavin DeGraw's "She Sets the City On Fire", "Step Up 2", "PRÆY" (Best Youth Film at Blackstar Film Festival), and FringeNYC's "Girls Will Be Girls" by Jolie London Glickman.
Alana has performed and trained around the world. She toured with her dance company in the International Association for Blacks in Dance (IABD) Conference. She also workshopped and performed "Working" The Musical in Guilford, England at the Nomad Theater under the direction of Donald Hicken, Becky Mossing, and Carli Jones.
Challenging her trilingual talents (French and Spanish), she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and co-directed and shot an original documentary entitled "Ritmos Del Alma Española". She also studied at the International Theatre Workshop (ITW) in Amsterdam, Netherlands where she was intensely trained in Shakespeare, Commedia Dell'Arte, Brecht, and Post-Modern Dance. With the responsibility to give back and inspire the youth, Alana was chosen to be the keynote speaker at the Choir Academy of Harlem for their last high school graduating class.
Reggie Williams is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and actor. He studied at Emerson College in both fields and has appeared in several short films, starred in Stone Broke, a web series about student loan debt, and made an cameo appearance in the breakout independent feature, Funeral Kings.
Reggie specializes in screenwriting and music videos and is currently working on a feature length documentary about black identity. Reggie also co-coordinates a group call Black Film Space which hosts events geared towards filmmakers of the African diaspora.
His long term goal is to write, direct and act in feature films. To find out more about Reggie and his projects, log on to http://www.reggiewilliams.me.