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the buzzworks ensemble is made up of experienced theater, television and film professionals who are dedicated to THEATER in Los Angeles.

melina bielefelt

dramaturg

THEATRE: Molly Sweeney, (*LA Weekly Award Nom/Best Actress), Trial of the Catonsville 9 (Movement & Assoc. Director) at Actor’s Gang (Nat’l/Int’l tour), WOYZECK, dir. Robert Wilson at UCLA Live, Agents and Assets, LA Poverty Dep’t, dir. John Malpede, prod. Peter Sellars (Nat’l/Int’l tour). Bulgakhov Festival in Kiev, Zoo District. LA Theater: Theatre Movement Bazaar, La Mirada, Cornerstone, Chalk Rep, Oasis, Fabulous Monsters, shrimps, John Fleck, Melinda Ring, Rudy Perez, Will Geer Theatricum & at Highways, the Getty Center, HBO Workspace, A.S.K., LAMEC, & the Marina Abramovic Gala at MOCA. Son of Semele: The City, On Emotion, What the Moon Saw, Wrath, Sex & God [all U.S. premieres], Roadkill Confidential by Sheila Callaghan & love and information by Caryl Churchill [W.C. premieres], as well as the critically acclaimed Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek [3 LADCC awards, 1 LA Weekly Award, 3 Ovation nominations]

FILM & TV: Bill Viola’s, Ocean Without a Shore (Venice Biennale) & Going Forth By Day(Guggenheim Museums Berlin/NYC), Cellar Door, CSI, THE FORGOTTEN

kevin comartin

treasurer

Kevin Comartin is a producer, actor, writer and University of Southern California graduate. He is the Producing Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, and the producer and host of the Kitchen Sink Variety Show, a monthly comedy show in Atwater Village. Kevin is also co-founder and co-artistic director of the New West Playwrights, a developmental group for writers under 30 at EST. Kevin is committed to creating new and exciting theatre productions in Los Angeles, and thrilled to be a part of Buzzworks. 

andrea hutchman

executive director, founder

Andrea Hutchman founded Buzzworks in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1992. Since then, she has produced plays for Buzzworks in Chicago, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, and Mackinac Island, Michigan. She has been seen in numerous Buzzworks productions, including Bad Seed, Munched, and Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. Andrea has also appeared in many commercials, and on ER, Wanted, Close to Home, Third Rock From the Sun, The Young and the Restless, as an old lady co-host of the Game Show Network’s Cram, and heard as the voice of Kat the motorcycle in Team Knightrider.

rich hutchman

search committe chair

Rich Hutchman was born in Belfast, N. Ireland, and when the “Troubles” got really bad the family moved to Detroit… to be safer. Rich attended Kalamazoo College, took all four acting classes (well, one was a “seminar” but who’s counting), and moved to Chicago to get some acting work. There he worked with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, and Red Orchid among others and was proud to have been a cast member in A Bird Out of Water, a play which received the New City award as “One of the Worst Plays of the Decade.”  Since moving to Los Angeles he has done a bunch of commercials and some film and TV. TV credits include: Mad Men, Bones, Studio 60, Monk, and an ill-fated pilot for The Onion magazine.  Film credits include: 10 movies that I can thankfully guarantee you will never see, as well as Seven Pounds, Deja Vu, The Island, and Disney’s Phantom of the Megaplex, which they have been running for 8 years without a cent in residuals. Rich has performed in Invasion of the Minnesota Normals and Pete’s Garage for Buzzworks.  He is a proud Buzzworks Board Member.

sirena irwin

artistic director

Sirena Irwin originated the role of Lucy in I Love Lucy® Live On Stage for which she received numerous awards. She was with the show for three years which included sold-out runs in Los Angeles and Chicago and then the 2013-2014 National Tour – cumulatively more than 550 performances.  Other stage work includes Love’s Labour’s Lost at the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money (West Coast Premiere).  You may have heard her on various animated shows including “SpongeBob Squarepants” (in over 100 episodes since 1999), “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”, Stan Lee’s “Stripperella” and more.  Or you may have seen her on “The Drew Carey Show,” “Significant Others,” “Entourage,” or as the host of the History Chanel’s “Toolbox.”  She has written and directed multiple short films that have been broadcast and distributed internationally. She directed "The Exit Interview" for Buzzworks to outstanding reviews. Sirena is deeply grateful to be alive. Find out more at sirenairwin.com or #sirena_irwin.

davey johnson

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Davey Johnsonʼs uncle describes him as a “good old country boy from Nebraska.” This is true. Itʼs also true that heʼs been known as other things on Garfunkel & Oates (IFC), Key & Peele (Comedy Central), Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) and nearly a billion commercials. You can see him in the feature film Faults — available everywhere — and the upcoming horror anthology Southbound. 

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derrick mcdaniel

technical director

Derrick McDaniel began his acting apprenticeship in 1990 at Theater East in Studio City, CA.  This is where he honed the craft of acting and stage lighting.  In 1992 he won the 2nd place position in the Inner City Culture talent show.  Once of the prizes was a full scholarship to Lee Strasberg Acting Studio, where he studied for the next four years while playing many stage roles – everything from Felix in the “Odd Couple” to the title role in “Othello”.

Also during this time Derrick continued designing lighting for stage and started stage managing.   A few of his lighting credits include, “The Godfather Workout” for the HBO comedy festival in Aspen, “The Quiet Room” at the Whitefire Theater, “Worse Than Murder” at the Ventura Court Theater, “Among The Thugs” at the Odyssey Theater, “The Mercy Seat” at the Ford Theater (inside the Ford) – and many others.

Derrick has designed several Buzzworks productions, including “The Bad Seed”, “Invasion of the Minnesota Normals,” “Munched” and "The Exit Interview."

Awards and recognition for a 2005 ADA and a 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for lighting; a 2006 Ovation Award nomination for lighting, for “The Shelter”, and another 2008 Ovation Award nomination for lighting “Lady”.  He has earned critical acclaim, many times over, for his designs that have hung in theaters in Southern California and New York City.

jocelyn o'keefe

secretary

Jocelyn O'Keefe, hailing from the artistic enclave, Olympia, Washington, has found her creative home at Buzzworks Theater Co., Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Some Past Theatrical Productions include The Exit Interview (Buzzworks), The Regional Premiere of Elton John's Billy Elliot (The MUNY), and Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in ...Spelling Bee (Grandstreet Theatre). If living in Los Angeles, keep on eye out for her as one of the faces of The LA Metro's new bike and train campaign. Keep up with her current adventures at www.jocelynokeefe.com and @jocelynokeefe.

ryan phillips

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Ryan Phillips is from the northern San Diego County suburb of Encinitas, California. His acting journey began as the youngest – and therefore most attention craving – of eight grandchildren. He made it official as a card-carrying member of La Costa Canyon High School’s chapter of the International Thespian Society, starring in multiple productions before subsequently being voted "Most Likely To Win An Oscar" by his senior class (no pressure). He went on to attend Cal State Long Beach and graduated in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Arts, Performance Major.  Since then Ryan has steadily built his resume to include various commercials (Samsung, Home Smart, Bright Cove) and voiceover work (the "voice" of PayPal’s Braintree). Other work includes brief appearances on HBO's  True Detective,  Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp , and multiple episodes of Lifetime’s My Crazy Ex . Ryan made his LA theatre debut with Buzzworks in The Exit Interview.   

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