M O N I C A Q U I N N
Executive Artistic Director Producer
Monica Quinn is a Producer & the Executive Director of the Non-Profit. She is a charismatic and upbeat stage and screen actress born in Philadelphia. From a military family, she left the snow for the sun and relocated to San Diego. Growing up at S.C.P.A., a performing arts school like “Fame,” she expanded her acting skills to include becoming a singer, voiceover artist, producer, and a champion for arts education. Monica founded Chrysalis Pictures Productions and The Moving Parts Film Festival based in Los Angeles. As a SAG-AFTRA/ AEA performer, some of her clients include Sony PlayStation, Fox Entertainment, Beats by Dre, Boost Mobile, Vital Farms, San Diego Rep, and the Virginia Stage Company.
Some of her Film/TV credits are The Wild, The Child, and The Miracle (Cannes Film Festival), Magic '85 (AFI), My Brother Wes (New York Film Academy), Three and a Half Thoughts (Winner Harlem Film Festival), SYNC (Winner iPhone Film Fest, Olleh International, Oxford iFest). Monica has also appeared in Dirty Laundry (pilot) as a series regular and 30 is Still 30 as a recurring guest star.
As a member of The Actors Gang Theatre Company, she performed under the direction of acclaimed Academy award-winning actor Tim Robbins.
She appeared in the world tour of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" directed by Tim Robbins, the national tour of "The Exonerated" directed by Cynthia Ettinger (The Silence of the Lambs, (HBO) Carnival, and Deadwood (HBO). Monica has also performed regionally in professional theaters across the nation and toured internationally with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and theater festivals in China, France, Spain, Romania, Brazil, and Italy.
Monica has a B.A in Musical Theater from UCLA, as well as a Certification in Professional On-Camera Acting from UCLA.
In addition to performing, Monica has a heart for arts education and nonprofit work. She received a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Walden University.
As a teaching artist, Monica coaches inmates with The Prison Project at The California Institution of Men, The California Institution of Women, and The California Rehabilitation Center. Through Theatre 360 and Drama Maniacs, she has also had the pleasure of teaching her artistry to children. Furthermore, she cultivates affirmative transformation with incarcerated youth at Camp Scott, encourages children who have left Juvenile Hall by working in continuation high schools, and has joined forces with The Youth Policy Institute to incorporate History and Spanish in
Immersion Programs with Culver City and La Conte Middle School.
A D A M F R I E D
Managing Artistic Director
Adam Fried is a Producer & Development Director for the Non-Profit. He is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Adam has a BA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University, and is currently in the inaugural class of actors selected for UCLA’s Professional Program for Acting for the Camera.
After touring the country with two national tours and years of performing in NYC, Adam is thrilled to call the Silver City home. Most recently, Adam wrapped shooting on episode of The Bellman Chronicles, as well as producing and starring in his original one man show, MISUNDERSTOOD: An Unrequited Love Story at the Duplex Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don’t Tell Mama in New York.
Adam is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and an even prouder Uncle.
Director of Business Development
Matt Valvardi is Director of Business Development for the Non-Profit. He is a Philadelphia native now residing in Southern California. Matt earned a BS from the University of Delaware, majoring in both Finance and Operations Management, despite using most of his free electives on acting classes. After several years working at successful investment and wealth management firms in Pennsylvania, Matt finally traded in his cubicle for the spotlight in 2016.
Since primarily focusing on acting last year, Matt booked lead or supporting roles in 9 short movies, 5 theater performances, and 2 commercials. He also wrote and produced a web series that helped earn his SAG-AFTRA membership.
He spends the summer months working as a Sequester Manager for the CBS reality show, Big Brother. He’s also a volunteer actor for the Young Storytellers Foundation.
He currently trains at Ivana Chubbuck Studio and also recently completed two years of Meisner Technique, in addition to improvisation at UCB.
Other than acting, Matt enjoys playing basketball, football, paddle tennis, surfing, painting, drawing, and watching movies.
Rafaella is a Producer for the Non-Profit. She is a French-Italian actress, writer, and producer born in Paris.
At 10 years old, she relocated to the US with her family, shortly before 9/11. At 15, she was the published author of a reality novel “Call 911 on 9/11 at 9:11” available online at Amazon.com and in local bookstores around Miami. She has worked with numerous September 11 non-profit organizations, and received numerous letters from Government officials such as - at the time - President George W Bush, Governor Jeb Bush, Former President Bill Clinton, NY Mayor Guiliani...among many others.
This inspired her to teach writing workshops for kids to encourage them to read, write, draw & encourage them to follow their dreams. Anything can be achieved.
She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue acting and singing while still continuing her B.A. of Communications Studies at UCLA.
Since UCLA, she has worked with clients such as Apple, McDonald’s, Nespresso, FORD, Honda, Nokia, KFC, FOX, A&E, MTV, Univision, CTL Wireless,…to name a few…including independent and short films, as well as TV appearancesting them made & having impact on society with her storytelling.
B R A N D I N. F E E M S T E R
Brandi Nicole Feemster is a Producer for the non profit. She grew up in Clover, SC, and began performing at the age of seven in community theater productions, and went on to perform in Clover High School's theater and choral programs. She attended Duke University earning a degree in Visual Arts and Film, while also acting in commercials and independent films, and modeling.
After landing the role of Liza in the film Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2008), Feemster moved to Los Angeles to act professionally. Since then she has reprised her role in the sequel, Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure (2010), and played roles in the film Notorious (2009) and the CBS sitcom Two Broke Girls in 2011. She had the pleasure of taking on the dual roles of Francine/Lena in The Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s CLYBOURNE PARK in 2012 as well as the title character in BY THE WAY MEET, VERA STARK in 2014.
Feemster has also played supporting roles in the films STUCK IN LOVE (2012) as a teacher, and CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY (2013) as a doctor. She plays Martha Ann in the film Field of Lost Shoes which won Best Dramatic Feature at the GI Film Festival 2014. Feemster will play the wife of the historical figure, Henry “Box” Brown in the upcoming film BOX BROWN (2015).