Pantelis Kodogiannis, a graduate of Vassar College and UCLA Law School, is a founding member of The Renegade Theatre and Film Group in Hollywood. He has performed in numerous films, plays, short films and commercials. Most recently, he played the lead role in the internationally acclaimed film “The First Line.”
A Chicago native with an undergrad in theatre performance, Chrisi recently earned an M.F.A. from UCLA in Film/TV Producing, specializing in Showrunning and Digital Media. She produced the twice award winning sci-fi comedy web series, “D.I.P.S.,” the web series “Dario Undiscovered” for R&B artist Dario, and wrote and directed the 2015 Hollywood Fringe show, Wombat Man: The Cereal Murders which went on to an extended run at the Eclectic Company Theatre that fall and is currently in pre-production as a web series.
Chrisi is a veteran improvisor gracing stages in Chicago (including the Second City MainStage), Atlanta and Los Angeles where she has also coached teams and taught.
A versatile character actor hailing from the Detroit suburb of Taylor, Michigan, Ian has acted in numerous stage, television, and film productions. Having studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, Ian’s theatre roles include Paul Hornung in Lombardi, David Moss in Glengarry Glen Ross, Mr. Kraler in Diary of Anne Frank, and Sturdyvant in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
His television credits include “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “NUMB3RS” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” . He is a lead actor in a Montana Meth anti-drug campaign directed by two-time Academy Award Winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Ian has also recently been nominated for best supporting actor at the Idyllwild Film Festival for the multiple award winning short “The Watchers” and is very much looking forward to the 2017 feature releases of “FEARLESS” and “The Meanest Man In Texas”. Ian is a proud member of Towne Street Theatre Company
James Blanchard recently arrived in L.A. after a lifetime in Vermont, where he did lots of musical theater. He’d rather not perform if it doesn’t involve singing, but the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker movies were such an influence on him early on, he deigned to make an exception for Airplane Live! Thanks to Chrisi and the team for making this West Coast debut possible.
Bert Emmett as Steve McCroskey / Mr. Hammen
Favorite roles in LA include Col. Armadillo in The Armadillo Necktie (Last Straw Award), Kanute in Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant (Eddon Award), Scoolch in Bulrusher, Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Dodgson in Sherlock Through the Looking Glass (Broadway World Awards nominee), Lombardi in Lombardi, Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Watson in Sherlock’s Last Case (Scenies Award), and Ty in Cobb. Mammoth Lakes: Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Baskerville. Film: “The Forsaken,” “Alien Hunter,” “Outside Ozona.”
Bert is a proud member of The Group Repertory Theatre in NoHo (serving as President of the Board for three years), and SAG/AFTRA.
Michael Davanzo as Joey/Johnny
Michael Davanzo – Born in Ohio, raised in Nevada, and now living in L.A., Michael is that bright-eyed cliche young actor hoping to take Hollywood by storm. He has 15 years of musical theatre under his belt (sometimes a dance belt) having starred in productions such as Rent, Hair, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, Into the Woods, and his favorite, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Michael is also a graduate from the Second City school for improv and sketch comedy, dapples in writing and photography and he has plans to launch his own production company, VanzoVello Entertainment.
Alana Gospodnetich is an L.A.-born Hawaii-raised Croatian-American writer/singer/performer who got her start on the stages of UCB and The Groundlings while getting her B.A. in Theatre from Cal State University Northridge. Past theatre credits include: The Witch in Into The Woods, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma and Mrs. Pechum in Three Penny Opera. See her performing with her sketch groups “These Are My Friends” and “Razor Burn” and catch her shaking it Tuesday nights with the LA City Municipal Dance Squad!
Steven West as Samuel
You’ve seen him in “Space Cowboys,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” “Bring It on Again,” “Walking Across Egypt,” “The Confession,” in a recurring role on the TV series “Sheena” and on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Stage credits include Reuben in a West Coast revival and sold-out run of Charles Fuller’s Obie award-winning play Zooman and The Sign here in Los Angeles. Steven has also appeared at GRT in the well-received Lombardi , Tiger by the Tail and Phil Olson’s, A Nice Family Gathering.
Samantha Clay as Mrs. Hammen/Mrs. Elderly
Samantha Clay was born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia. She writes, produces, and stars in her own web-series, “Loud Noises, Inc.” “Bitch Please Comedy” is a web-series she previously wrote and starred in. She is also a member at Towne Street Theater and performs with them often.
Steve is an actor (obviously) hailing from the far away land of San Francisco. He became an actor because a little girl once told him he couldn’t play pretend with her since he wasn’t a good actor and he wanted to prove her wrong. So naturally he went to Los Angeles and received his B.F.A from the AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts.
Steve was a company member of the award-winning Marin Summer Theatre and is a current member of the improv troupe Improvisers With Benefits. His theatre credits include Wombat Man: The Cereal Murders at the Hollywood Fringe Festival/Eclectic Company Theatreand Shitty in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. He has also worked with Disney Interactive and can be seen in the upcoming film “Kong: Skull Island”.
Stepy Kamei is excited to be re-joining Airplane Live! for its extended run at the Flight Theatre! She was recently seen in Screenshot Productions’ immersive show The Rope, as well as multiple monthly “Short Play Nights” at Santa Monica Theatre. In October, she was interviewed for Backstage’s #IGotCast. Stepy recently discovered the wonders of performing standup comedy, so you can find her working on her sets at open mics across the city.
Genevieve loves puppies. And singing. And acting, particularly when it’s in comedy photo shoots or for general Snapchat laughs. Sometimes she dresses up as a unicorn and rants about things on video. She recently appeared in the original musical production of In the Chips. You can find her occasionally on television doing improv with the likes of Judge Mablean. Singer in two bands, one of the melodic punk variety and the other of the late 80’s flavor, she gets the biggest kick out of her gig with USC’s United University Church, as she is a Jewish girl that literally gets paid to sing in church every Sunday. But really, it’s the gig that keeps her the most on her toes. Five languages, people. She is a general fan of acapella. Stay tuned.
Tom O’Connor is a writer (WGAw) with credits in TV, Anime, Videogames and Print – including DC Comics, McSweeney’s and the LA Times. He is also an improvisor/comedian & improv teacher who has trained at UCB, Bang Improv Studio, Groundlings, HothouseLA and Improv Boston. He has performed in improv festivals in nearly every US time zone (come on, Hawaii!) and is a regular performer at storytelling shows all over Los Angeles. His cat is amazing.
If he hadn’t been invited to direct this great show, he probably would have begged to do it.
Jeremy has performed on stages all over the country. Always feeling that a good performer must also know what’s going on behind the scenes, Jeremy paid close attention to the many skilled and talented tech folk with whom he’s worked through the years. Now it’s his turn to step into the dark and support the brilliant actors on stage with lighting and sound.
Jeremy still appears on stage frequently as the lead vocalist for his original rock band, No Vanquished (NoVanquished.com). And, stay tuned for Jeremy’s newest project, Seriously Phil – The Phil Collins Tribute, where Jeremy is assuming the role of the man himself.