ROBERT FULTON – PETE
Robert recently completed a five-year run at the Second City Toronto. He originated the role of The Sergeant in the Cygnet Theatre Company’s Holocaust drama Star. A writer as well as a performer, Rob is co-creator and star of The Ugly Canadians, an internet TV series that recently premiered to a national audience on CBC. Rob’s film and TV credits include the lead role in the Canadian feature Bad Days and supporting roles in the upcoming Whoopi Goldberg movie Homie Spumoni, the TMN series G-Spot, the Discovery Network’s Mayday and on the Comedy Network’s Jon Dore Show. Rob has also been seen in countless comedic television spots over the years selling everything from Midas to Budweiser. He is a well known voiceover artist in radio and television.
SEAN MARTIN – EDDIE
Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Sean Martin is an alumnus of the Abilene Christian University theatre department and one of the founders of the new Penfold Theatre Company of Austin Texas – his native state. Stage work has taken him to London, New York and Chicago. He has performed in the Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, at City Theatre in their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and was last seen on stage in Austin in Penfold Theatre Company’s production of Three Days of Rain. Other theatre includes Saved at the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, Huddersfield with T.U.T.A, and Marlowe at the Bailiwick Rep. Sean holds a Silver Medal in Britain for Dramatic Combat for such skills as fencing, rapier and dagger and hand-to-hand combat. Recent films include The Express (Universal Pictures) starring Dennis Quaid. The role of Eddie in The Devil’s Tail is his first major role in a feature.
SAMANTHA SWAN – KATIE
Another Second City alumnus, she is co-founder of The Cygnet Theatre Company and her work has premiered in Toronto, New York and Edinburgh. She produced the documentary short How Private Goodman Survived World War II Without Firing a Single Shot Except Once While Fishing which premiered at Montreal’s Festival des Films du Monde in 2002, and the 48 Hour Film Challenge short Encore. She wrote and produced the award winning short The Danger of Secrets and Get Back also for Ardent under the auspices of Filmaka in Los Angeles. As an actor, she has had roles in such films as Little Treasure (Tristar), Hendrix (Showtime) and Open Mike for the Canadian Film Centre. Recent television roles include guest appearances on the series Wild Card and Doc and she is a well-known voiceover artist. Her feature screenplay The State of Them was a semi-finalist for the Moxie! Award in Santa Monica and short-listed for Praxis in Vancouver. The Devil’s Tail finds Samantha as producer, writer and playing the role of KATIE. She is currently at work on her next screenplay for Ardent Pictures, Nothing To Declare, scheduled to shoot in Mexico early 2010.
EMILY ANDREWS – ZOE
Emily has returned to her native Canada from England after training at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Recent theatre credits include one of the witches in Macbeth for CTP, Orsino in Twelfth Night for Alchemy Theatre Toronto and she played Bunny in the world premiere of Cygnet Theatre Company’s Pinned-Up: The Exploits of Bettie. She was Choreographer for A Quiet Place, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the Toronto Youth Theatre and The Rat King Rock Opera for the NOW Indie Fest. European credits include performing in and co-choreographing Edinburgh Fringe First Winner The Jammer. Also, she performed in and was Movement Director for The Threepenny Opera for MacOwen Theatre UK, and was Dance Captain and performer for the Netherlands Tour of Daemons. Film and Television credits include; The National Tree (Hallmark Channel), Hairspray (New Line), Pride and Prejudice (Focus Films), Wind At My Back (CBC) and she shared the role of Pam with Sissy Spacek in Beyond the Call (HBO).
PHIL LUZI – DAVE
Phil Luzi is known for physical comedy and character invention in theatre and traditional French Bouffant. In 2007, Phil was invited to perform the title role in Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna as part of Hamilton’s official Gay Pride events at Piccadilly Circus and the Players’ Guild Studio Theatre. Other theatre credits include the title role in Othello at Theatre Passe Muraille, Nino in Mambo Italiano for Bellweather Productions and Marvin in The Cygnet Theatre Company’s world premiere of Pinned Up: The Exploits of Bettie. He has a recurring role in Inch of Your Life, an ongoing live episodic performance at Bread & Circus Theatre Bar in Toronto. Prior to The Devil’s Tail, Phil’s most recent film role was opposite Harvey Keitel in the ABC mini-series The Path to 9/11.
OLIVER CANTÚ LOZANO – ENRIQUÉ
Originally from Monterrey Mexico, Oliver Cantú began his career with the acclaimed, unconventional Mexican feature Así. This took him to The Venice Film Festival where René Villarreal cast him in his first lead role in Cumbia Callera, which has been shown at festivals in Malaga, Venezuela, Russia, Germany, and Mexico and for which he was nominated for a Big Apple Latino Film Award in New York. Other roles include appearances in Mexican films such as: Inertia and Beyond Myself. Television includes the lead in Muslim: A Journey To Hope for the Inspiration Network. Oliver studied film and drama at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He has produced and directed theatre, a feature documentary, and the short Sobrecamas. The Devil’s Tail is his first truly international production. Currently he can be seen on the TV show Glam Girls, airing in Mexico.
ERIKA ANCONA – ASUNCIÓN
A native of Merida Yucatan, Erika is a singer-guitarist as well as a dancer and actress. Her teaching experience includes being an instructor of jazz in dance. She spent 8 months training at el Centro de Capacitación as an expressionist artist and she is also a trained Salsa and Ballroom dancer. Currently Erika can be seen in La importancia de llamarse Ernesto, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Raquel Araujo Madera, adapted by playwright José Ramón Enríquez, a project supported by FONCA for school plays that had its debut at Merida’s Arts Festival. Other theatre productions include children’s theatre like Malas Palabras by Perla Szuchmacher, under the direction of Maestro Oscar López. Erika’s portrayal of Asunción in The Devil’s Tail is her first role in a feature film.
CONCEPCIÓN LEÓN MORA – SEÑORA BUSTAMENTE
Concepción León Mora is a native of Mérida, Yucatán. She has studied theatre for children, literature, cultural journalism and playwriting, along with folklore, dancing and acting. Choosing to specialize in teaching children’s theatre, she has given movement and pantomime workshops for deaf children to much acclaim. An accomplished actress-playwright, she’s been in more than 70 plays with directors such as: Pastor Góngora, Wilberth Herrera, Lupita López and José Ramón Enríquez. She was also in Raquel Araujo’s production of Heat. She has written and staged several plays including Las Creyentes, Secreto el Abismo, and Reflejo de Venus. She is the Project Coordinator of theatre for the Yucatan Culture Institute and created the group Saás Tun whose main topic is mysticism and the Mayan Culture viewed from a contemporary aesthetic. One of her pieces Mestiza Power has been included in many festivals including: Sor Juana´s Festival in Chicago, the XX Theatre Festival in Cádiz, and The New World Theatre in Massachusetts. Currently, she is a part of The II Playwriting workshop at London’s famed Royal Court. The Devil’s Tail is her first film.
YASIR RODARTE – ALEJANDRO
Yasir performs in theatre all over the Yucatan. Recently he appeared in a live staged reading of Prohibido a los Nerviosos, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s work at the Centro Cultural José Martí in Merida. Other theatre includes appearing at El Festival de Teatro Wilberto Cantón in Gonzalo Guerrero Primar Aliado de los Mayas (directed by Elidé Soberanis with Teatro al Aire Libre), and Historias que Mama Nunca me Conto, suspense theatre by Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga. He appeared in spots for el Programa Nacional de Escuelas Seguras for the Ministry of Education for the state of Yucatan (directed by Salvador Lemis). Television credits include the telenovela Sortilegio now shooting in the Yucatan for Televisa. His appearance as Alejandro in The Devil’s Tail was Yasir’s first major role in a feature.
ARTHUR PELLMAN – CROSS
Arthur Pellman is originally from Brooklyn NY and has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. He began his professional career doing commercial print work and appeared in New York produced soaps and TV shows like The Defenders, a precursor to Law and Order with the late, great E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed; and For the People with William Shatner. (Arthur likes to point out they were both thinner then.) In Georgia he taught drama and directing at Spelman and Clark Colleges, part of the Atlanta University Center, and participated in Atlanta’s film, TV, and theater scene. Film includes features for Hill-Billy drive-ins, and he has appeared in commercials and industrials for everything from Dodge to AT&T. Recent credits in Voice include the role of NYC Detective Paul Dawson for Electric Sheep Company‘s internet crime game in conjunction with CSI New York for the Second Life website. Theatre credits include Macbeth; Jacques in The Miser for Bank St. Playhouse NY; Mr. Fishbein in Bernard Malumud’s Idiots First for Wings Theatre, NY; and Holofernes in Love’s Labour’s Lost with Riverside Park. In addition to acting, Arthur currently teaches drama at the SUNY College at Old Westbury.
JUAN DE DIOS BARRUETA RATH – CANCUN PRODUCER
Juan lives in Merida where he works as an actor and professor of theater history at the College of Arts of Yucatan. He has a BA in Dramatic Literature and Theater from the FFyL of UNAM, where he studied with such teachers as Hector Mendoza, Soledad Ruiz and Hector Gomez. He also studied at the Casa del Teatro for the XIII National School Theater. Theatre includes: Sartre’s The Respectful Prostitute (Theater Felix Azuela Tlatelolco Unit); La Mandrágora by Nicolás Maquiavelo, directed by Gonzalo Blanco, (Hellenic Theater); Andarse por Las Ramas by Helena Garro, directed by Alberto Estrada (the Sala Julián Carrillo de Radio UNAM); and Voces En El Umbral by Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, directed by Héctor Téllez (el Centro Cultural Coyoacanense). Juan directed El Escritor No Tiene La Culpa, by Jorge Kuri which premiered at the Mexican Foundation for Literature. Shorts include: Hasta Morir, (Vidafilms-Imcine), La Llanta y La Guerra (Universidad Iberoamericana), Asesino (Cineminutos), and Noche de Bodas (Mayab University). He appeared in the German documentary on Mayan archeology Mahler and Thompson and in TV in the telenovela Sortilegio (Televisa). Juan also directs theater workshops for older adults in the Centro Cultural de la SCT in Mexico City.
ARIADNA MEDINA – RAMONA WITH THE FRYING PAN
Based in Merida, Yucatan, Ariadna’s background includes a BA in graphic design and advertising. Theatrical training includes Commedia Dell’Arte with Juan Antonio Llanes, farce and comedy with David Olguin, and she worked at the Casa del Teatro with Luis de Tavira and did The Actor as Creator taught by Francisco Franco. She was part of the musical group Cuenta Conmigo, a project coordinated by the composer and singer Sergio Esquivel. Theatre includes: El milagro de Milagritos and Man of La Mancha, during a season in the Ramiro Jimenez Theatre in Mexico City and Los Disfraces by Ricardo Prieto directed by Nelson Cepeda Borba. She was also in Godspell directed by Juan Antonio Llanes; a translated adaptation of Sylvia Plath texts; and Macbeth under the direction of Enrique Cascante. Currently Ariadna can be seen in La importancia de llamarse Ernesto, by Oscar Wilde, directed by Raquel Araujo, adapted by playwright José Ramón Enríquez, a project supported by FONCA for school plays that debuts at Merida’s famed Arts Festival. Television includes several episodes of the German series Hospital en las Palmeras, the telenovelas Apuesta por un Amor and Sortilegio (both for Televisa), and numerous independent shorts. The Devil’s Tail is her first feature.
MARIA GUADALUPE MAY ORTIZ – DEYSI
Maria Guadalupe May Ortiz lives in Yucatan Mexico with her family. The Devil’s Tail was her first acting experience.