Mikhaila "Khai" Dattoli was born and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where she started her career on the stage at age five performing an impressive tap dance routine to the song "Rubber Ducky." Her love of performance has stuck ever since.
By the time she graduated high school she had toured across the country with show and concert choirs and had landed roles such as Helena in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Norma in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” and The Wicked Witch of the West in “The Wiz.”
In 2003 Khai moved to Los Angeles to attend USC where she earned degrees in Theater and German. During her time at USC she appeared in several plays, most notably in the role of Mrs. Norris in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (another villainous sort). She also appeared in numerous student films playing varied roles as a Jersey Landlady, a German soldier, and android – and during her senior year, she landed her first feature film role in David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE.
After graduation from USC Khai wrote and performed a successful one-woman show "Twenty Minutes Left," appeared at the Hermosa Playhouse in the “Monster Monologues,” and in the most terrifying experience of her theater career thus far, spent time abroad performing avant-garde improv in German at the Angelbrot Theater in Berlin.
Upon her return to the States, she teamed up with fellow performer and friend Jen Haley to put on productions of Khai's original comedic plays, "Beyond All Understanding" (May 2010), "Off White" (September 2010), and "Missing Grace" (April 2011). From the success of their shows, Mikhaila and Jen have formed a theater troupe in North Hollywood, California called Falling Apples. Noted for the turnout of both theater-goers and non-theater goers, the troupe strives to make theater accessible and enjoyable for all types of people, no matter their backgrounds or what is in their wallets.
Also during this time, Khai took up stand-up comedy and performed in various venues from Santa Monica to Hollywood, co-wrote a television pilot with her brother Jay Aaseng, and married music producer and sound engineer, Brandon Dattoli.
Currently, Khai is in production with Falling Apples for the premiere of her fourth original comedy, "Off Book," opening this July in Los Angeles. This summer also brings the New York premiere of her play "Off White" by the Theater 68 company. She hopes the future will bring more "Off" plays as well.
Jennifer Haley was raised in Clovis, CA. Her love of performing started when she discovered ballet at the age of 8. She then studied various styles of dance such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, and ballroom. She earned principal roles with the prestigious Fresno Ballet Company in several shows including Nutcracker and Cinderella.
On scholarship to UC Irvine, Jen triple majored earning B.A's in Biology, Criminology, and Dance. While at Irvine, she was a member of the world renowned hip-hip troupe Kaba Modern who finished 3rd on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew. A year after graduation she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue dance and acting since becoming a dancing forensic scientist didn’t turn out to be as exciting as she once thought.
During her time in Los Angeles she has had the opportunity to travel the world doing what she loves. She has appeared in various music videos, commercials, television shows, and her next debut is in the feature film GUFORS, which will be out later this year. Currently she is dancing with Daurden Contemporary Dance Theater in the Hollywood Fringe Festival in a production called “Bittersweet Love,” and runs HapaFit, her own personal training and juice delivery business during her time away from the glamorous life. If she can continue to make a dollar (holla) for playing dress-up, she has officially made it.
Jen co-founded Falling Apples in 2010 with Khai Dattoli who wrote their first original comedic play entitled, “Beyond All Understanding.” It was clear after the success of their first show that they had created something people responded to, so they decided to form Falling Apples and put on two more original plays by Khai called, “Off White” and “Missing Grace.”
Jen couldn’t be more thrilled by their new production, “Off Book." Excited by the challenge of producing their longest running show to-date, she hopes that Off Book earns consideration for several Los Angeles stage awards.
Jen extends her sincerest appreciation to the loyal fans of Falling Apples for their support.
Paul is honored to be able to work with the cast and crew of Falling Apple's production of "Off Book." Paul has directed seven full length plays including Nothing Lasts, After Hours, and The House of Yes. Paul is an executive member of Theatre 68 and has a BA in Theatre Arts, directing and performance from Boise State University. Paul would like to thank the producers, Mikhaila and Jen, for bringing him on board, Ronnie Marmo and the NOHO Arts center for allowing them to use the space, to Rick Shaw for hosting us, and the cast and crew for their time and talent. Lastly, Paul would like to thank you for supporting local arts and Falling Apple's production of "Off Book!"
Anna Yosin was born and raised in Southern Arizona and spent her summers in Dallas, Texas. She studied at the University of Arizona and the University of East Anglia, Norwich England, receiving her BA in Theater Arts with a minor in music. During her studies and professional career, Anna has excelled in various aspects of theater and media arts- be it acting, comedy improv, writing, producing, stunts or directing. Anna's professional credits include independent films such as "Lost Soul," "The Runners," "Back Alive," "My Hero," "Muse from Upstairs," "Not Porn," and "Tale of Two Dragons," which she co-wrote and produced as well. She’s also studied a variety of theater techniques with the prestigious Steppenwolf West under Jeff Perry and Kim Rubenstein as well as SITI theater company and Theater 68. Between the stunts, comedy and endless curiosity, Anna has been known for being light as a feather, but heavy as a heart attack, and always a clear spring of hope for everyone to drink from.
Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Jay Aaseng found comedy at an early age, badgering a friend to perform Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First” routine for a grade school talent show. Growing up he spent large chunks of time filming absurd shorts and sketches with friends and family, which he then parlayed into a major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the guise of Communication Arts. Upon moving to Los Angeles, a random turn found him working under writer/director David Lynch, first as an assistant, then as a producer while continuing to appear on stage and screen in equally random capacities.
Jay’s feature film credits include CABIN FEVER and INLAND EMPIRE, as well as comedy web series News 4 Blondes and Love Midori. He has performed improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood, and has extensive experience in voice acting, having lent his voice to numerous commercial campaigns such as Carl’s Jr., Coca- Cola, and JC Penney. He has also narrated multiple audiobook titles for Audible.com through acclaimed audiobook producer Deyan Audio.
Jay is proud to be a part of the Falling Apples family, having directed their inaugural play “Beyond All Understanding” and assisted behind the scenes with subsequent plays “Off White” and “Missing Grace.” He’s thrilled to be starring in Falling Apples’ current production of “Off Book,” the fourth original comedy from playwright Khai Dattoli.
Jay resides in Los Angeles with his wife Amber and a neighborhood cat that sometimes wanders into their apartment, but isn’t actually theirs.
Corsica Wilson was born in Portugal into a Navy family and moved every two years of her childhood until her father retired in New Hampshire. It was here, at age 12, that she began exploring acting through improvisational style role-playing at a local history museum. She then started in theater in high school, but eventually found her love for film at Florida State University. She was accepted to the competitive BFA Acting program, but chose to earn a degree in Public Relations to allow more time for short films at the FSU Film School as well as several other independent feature films, including SyFy's Dead Season. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles and has been working there for five years. You can see her in In a World... that premiered at Sundance 2013 and Wiener Dog Internationals, which will release this summer.
Matthew has been acting, writing & producing ever since he was a young lad growing up in SF. After graduation from SFSU with a degree in Cinematography & Theatre Arts, he made the jump to Los Angeles where he continues to stay creative by day, and a scruffy looking nerf herder at night.
Some of his favorite theatre credits include: "Legally Blonde: The Musical" (Warner Huntington III), "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera" (Pauly D), "Once Upon A Mattress" (Jester), and previous Falling Apples Productions' "Missing Grace" (Dan). Recently he's been seen as Agent Garret Hansen on NBC's "State Of Affairs" and in the films "The Ten Year Plan" and sci-fi/thriller, "Dark Harvest."
Currently, he's working his way through an ASL Interpreting program and producing a various variety of web-series'. Check him out @ www.matthew-bridges.com
Lauren Baldwin is an accomplished Actress and Chocolate Enthusiast, hailing from the North of England (Winter is Coming).
Lauren began acting at the age of 10 when she was cast in the music video for ‘Free As A Bird’. A late release track from the infamous Liverpool band The Beatles. She then became a regular fixture on UK national television with numerous guest-star roles on TV series such as ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Waterloo Road’ and the original UK version of ‘Shameless’.
In 2008 Lauren shot her first feature film for Tai Shan Productions, starring as Holly in the thriller ‘The Last Holiday’. Lauren also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the Greek tragedy ‘Peace’ that same year.
Since arriving in the US, Lauren has worked in feature films, commercials, web series and short films, as well as securing critical roles in TV series such as the award winning ‘Southland’. She was also cast in the role of Francine Rifkin for Emmy Award nominated producer Tammy Wood’s latest project – ‘Headlines’.
Lauren has narrated three successful audio books and provided voice work for commercials such as ‘Love Happy Hour.com’ and several award winning web series.
Most recently, she worked on the feature film ‘Rage of Innocence’ from Pirromount Productions – with whom she worked on ‘The God Complex’ in 2009.
Lauren is a huge fan of Falling Apples Productions having seen several of their previous shows and can’t wait to finally be a part of one!!
Luis Selgas is a Venezuelan-born actor, obviously (pay no attention to the hair; this ginger is Latino). He most recently reprised the role of MILES in the NYC production of the musical, "Behind Closed Doors," which he previously originated at the historic Hayworth Theater in Los Angeles. After that mouthful, he shot an episode of ABC Family's new show, "Recovery Road," and has been seen in numerous commercials (you may have seen him shaking his thang on a Mountain Dew Kickstart spot). Previous credits include: [TV] "Jane By Design" (ABC Family), "Dumb Girls" (MTV), [FILM] "Sex & Violence: Or A Brief Review of Simple Physics", [THEATRE] "The Rocky Horror Show" (Brad), "Little Shop of Horrors" (Seymour), and "12 Angry Men" (Juror 10). He is very excited to work with Falling Apples for the first time as well as return to The Secret Rose Theater after performing the original play "Therapy" here. Luis would like to thank his family for their endless support and love. LYA www.LuisSelgas.com [SAG-AFTRA]
Danielle Lazarakis was born in a quiet little suburban town in Northern California. Even at a young age, she showed a particular zeal for performing. Danielle loved to build stages in the corner of the living room requiring all family members to attend the ‘show.’ Whether it was a song and dance number, a small scene, or something resembling a variety show, Danielle loved the energy of the performance. Danielle performed in shows all throughout grade school. Wanting to take her skills to a more professional level, Danielle attended San Diego State University majoring in Theatre Performance. Degree in hand and passion in pocket Danielle arrived in Los Angeles ready to turn some heads.
Ryan is a recent import from the great state of Michigan. As a small boy Ryan always dreamed of entertaining the masses but is lazy so he didn’t decide to do anything about it till he was 20 years old. He got his start in musical theatre and quickly progressed into the world of comedy, improv, and drama. After getting a taste of the stage he picked up and moved to the big city with big dreams. He now tends a bar full time.