Ann Hurd to appear on People Magazine Investigates

Ann Hurd to appear on People Magazine Investigates

TU member Ann Hurd loves a good true crime drama. So she was super excited when she booked a gig on People Magazine Investigates. In this episode she plays the mother, Jenny, in this true crime retelling of the Children of Thunder cult. The backstory of these brothers can best to told by the reporters and investigation experts on the show. So be sure to tune in Monday, January 28th on Investigation Discovery at 10pm or you can catch it on Amazon Prime.

About Ann Hurd

Ann Hurd is a NY-native who is an artist of many talents. She acts. She produces. She directs. And she’s currently Theatre Unleashed’s Resident Scenic Artist and has been a member since 2013. On stage, you may have seen Ann on TU’s mainstage as Judy in the 2015 production of It’s A Wonderful Life or as Valerie in Cannibals, Alone or in TU’s Late Night Series Playtime as Lena Hudson when she played a wizard bounty hunter in Wizard Bounty Hunter.  She has also written and performed her own solo performance, Remember My Name, which she is currently in the process of expanding into a one-act play. In front of the camera, Ann’s work includes a selection of Buzzfeed videos, several shorts with Hold For Plane Pictures, as well as television spots.

About People Magazine Investigates

Investigation Discovery and People magazine partner to re-examine some of the most high profile crime cases in recent history. The one-hour series brings viewers tales of betrayal, buried secrets and unsung heroes, ripped from the pages of one of the nation’s top weekly magazines. These stories transcended news and became part of pop culture, revealing shocking twists, new evidence, and unexpected resolutions. Interlaced within every episode are exclusive interviews with People’s journalists, archival footage, re-creations, and firsthand accounts by those closest to the investigations.

Sammi Lappin Guest Stars on New Episode of The Bright Sessions

Sammi Lappin Guest Stars on New Episode of The Bright Sessions

Company member Sammi Lappin (The Devil’s Bride, Sleeping Around, Friends Like These) guest stars on the latest episode of the popular audio drama podcast, The Bright Sessions, which dropped today. You can listen to Sammi in ‘The Bright Sides – Patient #2-B-4’ on Spotify.

The Bright Sessions, created and written by Lauren Shippen, is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients – each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright. The main series of the show concluded last year and, due to popular demand, the production has continued releasing  ‘bonus’ episodes, highlighting other patients of Dr. Bright’s. Sammi guest stars as one of Dr. Bright’s first patients: the sweet, sarcastic, and misunderstood teen, Rory.

This episode of The Bright Sessions was written by Mischa Stanton, who also heads the podcast collective, The Whisperforge. Sammi appeared on the Whisperforge’s SciFi drama ars Paradoxica last year, and will be joining the main cast of their new, award winning SciFi comedy series, StarTripper!! this summer.

Check out this new hotness.

Check out this new hotness.

Hey there! Welcome to the new! Nice to see you. It’s been a while. You look great. Have you lost weight?

So yeah! Check out the new digs. A whole brand-new website, and it’s all ours.

Greg‘s been working on this thing for a few months and now that it’s live, maybe he can finally get some slee- DON’T TOUCH THAT.

Ahem. Sorry. It’s just that, well, the “paint’s still wet” in a few places. Know what I mean? We still have a few things that are under construction.

As time goes on, you’ll see a few changes. Like we’re still finishing styling the site for tablets and mobile devices. That’s a top priority and will be the first major roll-out now that we’re up and running. We’ve also already found a couple bugs we’re working on fixing (yes, we know that when you look at acting and production credits on member profiles, they’re showing up out-of-order). And we’re going to roll out push notifications soon, so you never miss an update!

But that’s all coming soon. Let’s talk real fast about what this new site already can do, and what it’s supposed to be. Greg’s always wanted the company website to be a digital scrapbook, giving us a digital repository for all of our memories of productions and members past, present and future. With that in mind, as of right now we have most of the 2018 season imported, and we’re working on assembling and uploading profiles for all 100+ of our previous productions from our illustrious 11-year history. We also have more than half of the current ensemble set up with artist profiles, and we’re working with the rest of the members to get them online.

More than that, though, we’ve created a platform where members can share their major career news on our company blog, where patrons can leave reviews of our shows directly on the production pages, and where you can buy tickets and make donations through, our Patron Management System, directly on our site without ever having to leave!

We’re really excited about this new setup, and we hope you will be, too. So click around and enjoy! And if you find a bug or have any questions, leave a comment on this post or drop us an e-mail.

Onward and upward.

Brandie June flexes fashion muscle with Project Nunway LA

Brandie June flexes fashion muscle with Project Nunway LA

Brandie June, along with co-designer Erica Palay, has joined Project Nunway LA  as a designer for their charity fashion show happening later this month. Project Nunway LA is an event presented by the Los Angeles Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence where designers encouraged to “to stretch the absolute limits of their boundaries to create one surrealistic look that bends the perceptions of reality, ignites the senses, and tells a story while the model and garment make their way through our three-ring circus themed Nunway.” This year’s theme is Cirque Des Soeurs (Circus of Sisters) and promises to be a memorable evening with special guest performances and an after party following the runway show. All proceeds from Project Nunway LA will be going to Alliance for Housing and Healing, which provides provided vitally needed housing and support services to people struggling with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness in Los Angeles.


About Brandie June

Brandie initially joined Theatre Unleashed as an actor, before branching out into costume design and playwriting. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered last summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She loves storytelling in all sorts of formats and spends her days marketing animated movies and her lunch breaks writing fantasy novels in coffee shops. Her first novel, one involving a cursed toad and creatures of mythology, is currently being submitted to publishers by her agent, Steve Hutson of WordWide Media Services. You can follow her at  or @brandiejune.


About Project Nunway

Project Nunway LA: Cirque Des Soeurs will be January 26, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Vertigo Event Space in Glendale. Additional information and link to buy tickets are here.

Auditions for Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson!

Auditions for Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson!

Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce auditions for our 2019 spring production, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Heidi Powers!


…that the concept of computer programming was first conceived by a woman, Ada Lovelace?

…that Ada was the abandoned daughter of the poet, Lord Byron?

…that, while driven by her mother to pursue mathematics, Ada secretly wrote poetry?

…that Ada and her scientific partner, Charles Babbage, had a complex relationship?

…that Ada dreamed of a world where computers would create music?

Help the Theatre Unleashed team make Ada’s dream a reality with the Los Angeles premiere of acclaimed playwright Lauren Gunderson’s exquisite Ada and the Engine. Directed by Heidi Powers (Bronies! The Musical) and choreographed by Roger Fojas (Lucent Dossier), this not-exactly-a-musical play will include dance representations of the Babbage Engine, as well as other movement pieces that visualize the technology and dance of the era. We aim to bring life to these complex characters by telling their deeply moving true story in surprising ways.

Seeking actors comfortable with movement; also casting three singing roles. All ethnicities/types welcome for all roles.

Auditions will be at studio/stage on Saturday, Jan 19th from 11 AM-4:30 PM and Sunday, January 20, 5 PM-10 PM with callbacks on Thursday, January 24th, 7 PM-11 PM.

Actors interested in auditioning should submit a headshot, resume in PDF format, and links to any relevant reel material via e-mail to Company Manager Erin Moore. Auditions are by invitation only. If you are invited to audition, please bring a headshot/resume to the audition and come dressed to move. The audition will consist of a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue and a 16-bar vocal/general dance call.

Actors are strongly encouraged to read the play beforehand and be familiar enough to discuss the text with the production team in the audition.

Callbacks shall consist of cold reading sides and a second dance call.

Performances will be at studio/stage Thursday-Sunday nights March 21st-31st, 2019 with a Saturday matinee each weekend.


About Ada and the Engine

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.


Character Breakdown

ADA BYRON LOVELACE. Character age during the play ranges 18-36. A mathematician; a poet at heart. Curious, wry, self-aware. Above all, bright, in every sense. Singing role, any range welcome. Must move well.

CHARLES BABBAGE. Character age during the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s scientific partner and closest friend. A quietly burning furnace of ideas and ideals. More capable of dreaming than doing. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.

LADY ANABELLA BYRON. Character age during the play ranges 35-55. Ada’s fierce tiger of a mother. Handles her out-of-control life by exerting control on her daughter. Hates poets; once loved a poet. Also in movement ensemble.

LORD LOVELACE. Character age in the play ranges 25-45. Ada’s proud and proper husband. A literal man, if not a particularly literate one. Content with a monochromatic life, he cannot even begin to perceive all the colors that Ada can see. Also in movement ensemble.

BYRON. Character age during the play is 36. The spirit of Ada’s late father, the famous (and infamous) poet. Charming and passionate; quick-witted and brash… and regretful. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.

MARY SOMMERVILLE. Character age in the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s mentor and Charles’ colleague. Equal parts warm and sharp, supportive and practical. Also in movement ensemble.

About Theatre Unleashed

Theatre Unleashed is an itinerant 501(c)(3) Non-Profit membership-driven ensemble theatre company, currently producing at studio/stage in Hollywood, CA. The company’s mission is to embody original stories, shed light upon lesser-known works by known playwrights, and put new twists on old favorites; all for discerning Los Angeles audiences. Theatre Unleashed is an Actors Equity Approved Membership Company and produces under the Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.