Peace of Mind - A Rose City Center Benefit Cast

Oliver of Three (Eric Neil Gutierrez)
Eric Neil Gutierrez is a Producer, Actor, Director and Acting Coach. Eric worked Seasons 1, 2 ,3 & 4 on the critically acclaimed Netflix series, ON MY BLOCK (Teen Choice Award: Breakout TV Show) where he was a Recurring Guest Star and the On-Set Acting Coach for the Series Regulars. In 2021, he wrapped Season 4 of ON MY BLOCK, where he also served as a Creative Consultant in the Writer's Room. In the winter of 2021, he Co-Produced BOO BITCH, a Netflix limited series starring Lana Condor (X-Men Apocalypse, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy). In 2022, Eric was a Producer on FREERIDGE, the eagerly anticipated ON MY BLOCK spin-off, where he was also a Recurring Guest Star. Eric has taught at AMAW for nearly a decade and continues to teach and private coach in the off-season. He has worked over a dozen national commercials and is active in the Los Angeles Theater scene. Eric is from El Paso, TX, is a graduate of Northwestern University and resides in Los Angeles California.
Oliver of Three (Gabriel Sousa)
Versatile actor Gabriel Sousa began working professionally at the age of 12, performing on stage in theater productions under Tony Kessler in South Florida. Born in Brazil and raised in the United States, he has always considered himself a citizen of the world and an incessantly curious student of the human condition. His favorite author is Ralph Waldo Emerson and his favorite screenwriter is Jeff Locker. He can be seen in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Westworld on HBO, Guest Starring on NCIS and NBC sitcom Night Court, as well as in the upcoming seasons of “Grownish” on ABC and “Loot” on AppleTV+.
Us Two (G. Maximilian Zarou)
G. Maximilian Zarou is an actor, comedian, improviser, bon vivant, raconteur, enthusiast, and gadabout. His hobbies include aircraft repair, Norwegian-Balinese fusion cuisine, and bizarrely false self-aggrandizement. In addition to his many television and film credits, he can be seen performing in L.A.’s best (and still only) improvised puppet musical: The Sound and the Furry (@tsatf). Max is thrilled to be returning to live scripted theatre, in such a moving work, for such a great cause, and with such amazing fellow artists that he’s pretty sure he’ll be uncovered as an impostor any minute now and reported to the relevant authorities. In the meantime, thank you for coming and enjoy the show!
Us Two (Sienna Tso)
Sienna Tso is a Navajo actress/writer from Tucson, Arizona. She studied film and theater at the University of Southern California. After graduating, Sienna worked in the production offices of several movies and TV shows including Venom II and Insecure. But after working on so many sets, she knew her heart was set on acting. Sienna was most recently a lead in a festival of one-act plays at the Write Act Repertory Theater. She is currently represented at CESD.
The Forgotten Place (Jeff Locker)
Jeff Locker is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and actor. A Yale East Asian Studies major fluent in Mandarin, he was a well-known entertainer in Taiwan and China before moving to Los Angeles. Screenwriter credits include feature film THE NIGHT DRIVER and the award-winning short films SCARS, TO BE SAVED, and Oscar-qualifying THE FORGOTTEN PLACE. Produced stage works include THE FORGOTTEN PLACE (winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, published by Samuel French), SWEET, SHE (Short+Sweet Hollywood Best Production, National Award for Short Playwriting finalist), OLIVER, OF THREE (Short+Sweet Hollywood finalist, SuperBloom House Award), STRINGS (Los Angeles), THREADS (Los Angeles), and THE TIES THAT BIND (Atlanta.) American acting credits include INTERIOR CHINATOWN, MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, STASIS, and David Henry Hwang’s CHINGLISH. Jeff’s pilot SPESH recently won the Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition and made The Black List's GLAAD List. He is deeply grateful to Rose City Center for this beautiful evening.
The Forgotten Place (Ron Sequeira)
Ron Sequeira started his journey in the performing arts in 2009. He had his most recent stage and theater debut in the Short + Sweet Play Festival as well as the Brisk Festival in 2023. With a background in finance and deep passion for mental health, Ron Sequeira has served on the Board of Directors for Rose City Center as Treasurer and Finance Chair (2019-2022), and currently serves as President of the Board. In his spare time he loves to dedicate himself to his family, Olympic weightlifting, and the performing arts.
Sweet, She (Frances Brennand Roper)
Hailing from across the pond, Frances has trained and worked all over the world. Her theater credits include Love and Human Remains, at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Cast Aside at Alan Ayckbourn’s Stephen Joseph Theater which was selected for the NSDF festival, in Scarborough, Colder than Here at the Nottingham New theatre, and productions of original plays at Circle X theater, The Blank, and The Hudson Guild here in Los Angeles as well as three sucessful consecutive years performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to name a few.... (the list is long!) In Film and TV, Frances starred in the pilot “Herotica” Dir. by Pete Hewitt as well as the TV show “We Were Tomorrow” set to be released in 2024. She also stars in the award winning film “Scars” and “The Pharm” on Amazon. As well as producing, developing TV and Film in the US and in the U.K, Frances also writes and directs and became a member of the WGA, after writing on Limitless on CBS with Bradley Cooper. She is so happy to be part of this benefit to support mental health! 🥰
Sweet, She (Natasha Behnam)
Natasha Behnam is a first generation Iranian American actress, writer, and comedian. Currently, you can see her starring in the HBO Max original series, “The Girls on the Bus,” which airs new episodes weekly. On the feature side, you can see her starring in the latest “American Pie: Girls’ Rules” film on Netflix, Cupid for Christmas (Hulu), Diamond in the Rough (Prime Video), and Magic Carpet Rides (Tubi). Her other TV credits include Mayans (FX/Hulu), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW), and Animal Kingdom (TNT). Behnam is a UCB and Groundlings trained improviser and sketch comedian. In 2021, she was an Actor & Writer for the ViacomCBS Comedy Showcase, and she continues to write her own original projects. Aside from acting, she has an affinity for traveling and learning new languages; She is a yogi and a meditation teacher, bringing a soulful touch of genuine human connection to her work.
Abe (Sandi McCree)
"Undeniable, deliberate, inviting and engaging are some of the words to describe the works of With the wisdom of 1,000 elders and the moxie of twice as many teenagers, McCree knows just what to say and how to say it. Which makes sense- McCree is a legend. She recently wrapped shooting with Cristo Fernández from the Emmy award winning series Ted Lasso in an upcoming project produced by Bo Youngblood and John Ierardi. Standout roles include Delonda Brice on HBO's critically acclaimed series, The Wire. Slate Magazine wrote, ""De'londa was one of the great maternal monsters in screen history. She made Joan Crawford look like mother of the year.” Her performances don’t stop there, though. McCree made a lasting impact in her role as Carole Brown, the mother of the legendary performer Bobby Brown, in BET’s The New Edition Story and Bobby Brown Story. In addition to McCree’s impressive strong dramatic work, she is well-known for her comedic timing, sketch comedy, and improv. She is a proud alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company and The Upright Citizens Brigade. McCree has also served as a Master Acting Teacher and Coach with the prestigious Zak Barnett Studios and is currently the Senior Casting/Producer Director for Allen Media Group's Justice Central TV. McCree holds a B.A. in Film and Television as well as an MFA from Case Western Reserve University, National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Sandi dedicates her performance in memory of Anthony Joseph Monahan. REST IN LOVE POPPA *SAG-AFTRA.
Abe (George McGrath)
George McGrath is a four-time Emmy nominated writer/producer for his work on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and “Tracey Takes On.”. He wrote the theme song for “Playhouse” and played several of the puppets on the show. He won a GLAAD award for his work on Takes On. He created and starred in the sketch comedy series “On the Television,” Nick-at-Nite’s first original series. Other writing credits include “Big Top Pee-wee,” the TV movie “Based on an Untrue Story,” “Riders in the Sky,” and “Ruby Romaine’s Trailer Tales.” He co-starred in the movie “Punchline” and guest starred in many TV sitcoms. He was a member of the Groundlings from 1983-1992 and continues to perform with them and teach at their school
Brown Bag (Cara Kluver)
Cara Kluver graduated from Viterbo University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She worked in various theatrical productions in the Twin Cities before moving to Los Angeles, California to further her acting career. Since then, she has worked as a Creature Performer with roles in Bright, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain Marvel, and The Orville. She has also appeared as more recognizably human characters in Mary + Jane, The Fosters, and #FullMethod. Her most recent performance was as Kay Strange in Agatha Christie's Towards Zero at Theatre Palisades Pierson Playhouse.
Brown Bag (Steven Frankenfield)
Steven G. Frankenfield is an Actor based in Lake Balboa, CA. Previous credits include Ted Latimer in Towards Zero (Theater Palisades), Ash in Evil Dead the Musical & Boy in Darkside (The Garage Theater), Thomas DuFois in Imaginary Invalid (Theater in the Round), Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins & Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Viterbo University Theater). He also plays Ukulele on his porch and is a member of the band St Vincent and the Grenadines. He received his BFA in Acting from Viterbo University.