Cast

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Brad Thomas Benson (Brad)

Hitting the World stage via Pittsburgh, PA, Brad immediately developed an insatiable desire to make people smile. In what seems like a former life, he earned a BA in Business/Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh then put that degree to good use in New York. Using his first legitimate tax return in 2006, he enrolled in Zach Woods’ Improv 101 at the Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed improv, musical improv, sketch, and acting projects ever since. #BRADpacking (Personal Anecdotes to Inspire Wanderlust) -a one-man show written, performed, & experienced first-hand by Brad- chronicles his World travels and debuted at Magnet Theater on May 15, 2016.
Brad is known in other circles as a digital marketing maven, social butterfly, formidable cook, avid reader, great hugger, marathoner, wanderlust traveler, and go-to wedding date. An eternal optimist, his boisterous laughs are heard clearly (and often) …careful, they’re contagious!

Rodriguez Be (Julio)

Johnathan Ross (Malcolm)

Shalini Tripathi (Writer/Producer, Meena)

Shalini Tripathi is a cheese and bicycle-loving writer based in NYC. If you ask her to talk about cheese or bicycles, she probably won’t shut up and you’ll probably regret broaching the topics.

Nabil Viñas (Mo)

Nabil Viñas is an award-winning actor born, raised, and based in NYC. His most recent short film “Program” premiered at the 55th New York Film Festival at Film Society Lincoln Center. He plays a leading role the award-winning feature film “Tomorrow Ever After” which played select theaters and comes to Amazon and iTunes Dec 2017.

His performance in “The Cat’s Cradle” earned acting awards from Atlas & Aeris, Sanford Int’l Film Festival and IndieWorks NYC. TV credits include Benito Mussolini in Emmy-nominated miniseries “The World Wars” (History Channel) and “A Crime to Remember” (Discovery) dir by Lisa Robinson.
Producing credits include “Tomorrow Ever After” and it’s sequel, set to shoot 2018, and “Come Back Hailey” for which he also wrote the screenplay.

Nabil is a proud Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member, a member of Poetic Theater Productions and a co-founding member of The Seven Collective for which he’s done extensive arts education work.

A proud Dominican, Nabil’s parents came to NYC in the 1970’s from Moca in the Dominican Republic. He speaks fluent Spanish and currently lives in his hometown of Washington Heights. More info on him and his work is at NabilVinas.com

Shana Mlawski (Director, Shana)

Shana Mlawski is a filmmaker and writer living in Brooklyn. She is the author of Hammer of Witches (Lee & Low Books, 2013) and the director of Mimesis (2016), Toothbrush(2016), and Memo Dances (2015). Her essays, comics, and reviews have been featured in VogueThe Los Angeles Review of BooksWired, and other nationally-syndicated periodicals. Shana teaches screenwriting at The Independent Film School in New York City.

Carolyn Faye Kramer (Tiffany)

Carolyn Faye Kramer is so happy/lucky to be a part of The Deported team. She is an actress, visual artist, writer, martial artist, dancer, improviser, free style rapper and general defender of all things kind, and good for the earth. She always wished she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so started practicing marital arts at the age of 14, and has a black belt in Kung Fu (which she frequently uses to enforce the laws of recycling). Some favorite credits include ABC’s The Family opposite Andrew McCarthy, CBS pilot LFE, films In Memorian (dir Stephen Cone), Adam BloomHolding Cell and Girl Parts (Zach Braff film grant, TBS Just for Laughs fest, LOGO broadcast). On stage she’s worked at Steppenwolf Theatre with Tina Landau, Olney Theatre Center (Washington Post headline: Olney’s ‘Anne Frank’ is life-affirming, thanks to Carolyn Faye Kramer in title role)Cleveland Play House, Huntington Theatre,  SoHo Rep, The Public Theatre, Theater for the New City, Next Theatre, Filament Theatre Ensemble and more. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, School at Steppenwolf, and the Shakespeare & Co. STI program. www.CarolynFayeKramer.cominsta & twitter: @cfaykray

Isabella W. (Wendy)

Born and raised in small town Laramie, Wyoming, Isabella Way started her career by writing a short winning rap song for the DARE program poetry contest. Though her rap career started and ended there, her performing and writing career is far from over. 

Isabella has appeared in numerous tv shows/films including Criminal Minds, The Blacklist, Entourage and Ricki and the Flash (w/ Meryl Streep!!, Dir. Jonathan Demme) and several national commercials. Unfortunately, her “Trump” episode of Law & Order: SVU will never been seen. As a dancer, she’s danced live on the BET Awards and with cast of Frozen on a musical number on the DVD extras. 

She’s studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) and now studies musical improv, sketch and improv at The Magnet Theatre. She created and performs with the musical improv group STAGED: An Improvised Staged Reading. Isabella created, wrote and stars in the web series, thirtydumpling, and co-wrote the feature, Operation Cherry Pop, with Sujata Day. She continues to perform, write and do improv in both NYC and LA.

Crew

Gregor Rupret (DP)

Gregor Rupret is a Mechanical Engineer and filmmaker from Slovenia, living in Brooklyn.  As a cinematographer, his watchful eye and quirky sense of composition thread a unique sensibility to his films and videos. His technical skills and engineering background bring a range of expertise to the set. As an immigrant, he was thrilled to join in creating the future world of The Deported with hopes that a series like this would open the eyes of many.

Ila Duncan (AD, Art Department)

Monique Hazeur (AD)

James Wu

Peter Getz

Dan Dobransky (Editor/Graphics/Sound Design)