Bri Castellini, creator, writer, actress (Alison), executive producer, director (season 2, episode 8), lead editor, sound, design, etc etc
After escaping her rural Colorado hometown, Bri earned her BA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Writing and Producing for Television, studying in Oregon and New York, respectively. She currently resides in Brooklyn with four roommates and works as an Associate Producer for Digital Development at MTV. Brains is her first real experience in filmmaking, though she acted in a handful of school plays from middle school through college and has been writing prose and poetry since age 5. You can find more about her at her decade-old blog BrisOwnWorld.com or her professional portfolio BriCastellini.com. She makes most of her friends on Twitter.
Andrew Williams, lead director, executive producer, actor (Edgar)
Andrew Williams is a writer, director and actor, who was most recently unseen as the Director of Brains and seen — briefly and terrifyingly — as the dreaded undead Seattle Mariners fan. He is excited to be stepping in front of the camera once again to play the role Edgar! New York Credits: Messages for Gary (Gary), Songs for a New World (Man 2) and The Necktie (Jessup). Favorite additional credits: Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind (Moritz), The Actor’s Nightmare (George), and The Bald Soprano (Mr. Martin). He is a proud Texas State University graduate and a retired swim teacher.
Michele Austin, executive producer, director (season 2, episode 3)
Michele has her BFA in theatre from Texas State University- San Marcos where she took classes in film and minored in Mass Communication. She’s worked as a stage manager and more since gradation, and is excited to make the leap to film, something she’s been passionate about since she was a kid.
Brandon Smalls, director of photography, actor (Ray Anthony)
A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Brandon studied theatre at Davidson College in North Carolina after discovering a love for acting as a pre-med student. Began writing at the age of 10, was first published as a poet at 13, and finished high school at 16. Brandon has since produced three full novel-length manuscripts, written a number of plays, and directed the award-winning short film HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOMMY. No stranger to the found footage genre, Brandon hopes to lend his talents and expertise to Brains.
Marshall Taylor Thurman, actor (Damian), director (season 2, minisode 6)
Marshall Taylor Thurman plays Damian, and directed Minisode #6. He is a NYC based film and stage actor, who likes directing but is worried he’ll become addicted to the power. Theatre credits: Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing (Scranton Shakespeare Festival). New York: Dog Sees God (Desotelle Studio), Woyzeck: The Human Experiment (Secret Theatre), bed play (Manhattan Rep). Fordham: The Bungle (w/Primary Stages, dir. Sarna Lapine), Phoebe In Winter (dir. Dawn Akemi Saito), Centaur Battle of San Jacinto (dir. Ralph B. Peña). Film: Blue Blood and Broke. TV: Brains (YouTube) Mysteries at the Castle (Travel Channel) @mtt_EmptyTea (Twitter and Instagram)
Colin Hinckley, actor (Carl)
Colin Hinckley is a 2014 graduate of Bennington College where he received a BA in Acting and Video production. His New York credits include: Dog Sees God (Van), The Bacchae (Soldier), Edward II (Edward III), and The 24 Hour Plays (Nationals, Public Theater). His film credits include: The Parker Tribe (Premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival), Zocky, and Stationary (Nominated for Best Supporting actor at the 2015 Short Film Awards). His past roles include Hamlet in Hamlet, Prior Walter in Angels in America, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Philinte in School for Lies and many others. He is from Vermont and lives in Brooklyn. [colinhinckley.com] Colin replaced Connor Bowen, who played Carl in season 1.
Masha Danilenko, actress (Greta)
Masha Danilenko was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan four months before the collapse of the Soviet Union. She emigrated with her parents at the age of five to Massachusetts and eventually settled into life in the Washington DC suburbs. She lived in France for a couple of years and finished high school in a French Lycee. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Literature- where she first fell in love with acting through many a staged table read.Then she moved to NYC for graduate school where she got her MFA in Writing and Producing for TV. Masha speaks French, Russian and English. She likes long walks on the beach and fresh pasta.
Jean Perez, actor (Ben)
Being a fan of the show himself, Jean Perez is excited to join the series and is looking forward to Season 2. As a theatre major at City College of New York and aspiring film actor, he just wrapped up filming ‘Pursuing to Save David,’ which he co-wrote and starred in. He also recently recieved the Bessie Spector Achievement Award for his performance as Blu in the theater production Blu written by Virginia Grise.
Kmur Hardeman, actress (Professor Sherman)
Kmur Hardeman is the assistant director of Long Island University’s TV Writer’s Studio, where Andrew, Bri, Connor (Season 1’s Carl actor), and Masha all received their MFA in Writing and Producing for Television.