Our Team:

"It Takes a Village"- The Bennets may have dined "with four and twenty families", but here are the people who came together to create the world  of The Jane Games.

Jessica Ammirati
-Director
& Associate Producer

 

 Jessica Ammirati is an independent director and producer in NYC. In 2008 she founded Going to Tahiti Productions with the mission of creating more opportunities for women in the entertainment industry. She has directed and produced theater, mostly original works, at venues all over the city. In addition to her theater work, Jessica directed and produced the music video for Camilla Ammirati's BALLAD OF CHICKEN MCGANN and the short film, SKIN FLESH BONE, both of which can be seen on the GTTP youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/goingtotahitiprod. After THE JANE GAMES, Jessica directed and produced a stage production of WITHIN ARM’S REACH, an original adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano, and then filmed the one hour pilot episode of FARM STORY, a new dramatic television series, written by Terri Viani. For more information on Jessica and GTTP, check out www.goingtotahitiproductions.com and www.farmstorytv.com.

Alex Payne
-Director of Photography

Alex shoots music videos, short films, long films, documentaries, web series, and "other stuff some times".   On The Jane Games he not only is focused on the composition, but also the lighting of every shot.  Wherever he goes, a line of clothes pins are sure to follow.

You can check out his website at: http://www.paynecinema.com, or veiw his reel at: https://vimeo.com/75606196.

Thomas Zaccheo
-Field Recorder/Sound Mixer

Thomas Zaccheo was born and raised in Canarise, Brooklyn. Living with a copy and pasted sitcom Italian family, Thomas grew up with vines of stories told by many family members throughout holidays and everyday life, igniting what would be the field he is eventually pursuing, film. Enrolling in Information Technology High School and becoming a member of the media society, Thomas wrote/acted/directed and sometimes filmed many projects that were submitted on the school website. In the spring of 2007, Thomas won the "Young Writers" award at the school for a short story on an Italian grandmother trying to prepare a dinner. Entering Brooklyn College in '08, Thomas shot his very first "on film super 8MM" project entitled, "Virulent". The film went onto earning a nomination at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Before graduating, Thomas began diving back into sound- a field that he enjoyed, but never thought would pursue. With the help from a close friend who pursued sound as a career, Thomas shadowed him over the course of a year, working on many big and small time jobs. After a year and a half, Thomas left the nest and began freelancing. He has has worked on many projects with people such as: Ethan Hawke, Darlene Cates and LL Cool J. 

You can listen to his sound real at: http://vimeo.com/80201455.

Michael Pasquariello -Editor

 Mike Pasquariello is a New York based freelance film editor, as well as the staff editor at Group SJR.  Having cut cut a number of short films, including the SVA thesis “East Tremont Blues,” and a handful of web series, Mike hopes to branch into more long form dramatic material.  Aside from editing, Mike also produces (look for his web series Jake Does Stuff later this year) and will be directing a short film in this Spring.

Jennifer Teska
-Writer / Producer

Jennifer started her own theatre company, Who Turned Out the Lights? with her best friend Lorelei Canne when they both still in High School.  Together they produced a few musicals, as well as creating their own scripted cabarets.

 

Since moving the company to the city, she has continued to produce newer works, including the musical I Love You Because and the cabaret series Shakespeare's Playlist in which characters from Shakespeare tell their sides of the story using original text and contemporary music.

 

Find out more about Who Turned Out the Lights?

Laura Riley
-Writer / Producer

Laura is an actor who took a lot of creative writing classes at collage, where she was an English minor. Ever since, she has always ended up writing bits and pieces. Her 10 min play  "The Ring Of Truth" which was preformed in the ATL's Encore Bar, and a folder full of monologue were the main fruits of her play writing. Until she got into improv an sketch, then writing started becoming much more frequent.

 

With the company [By The Mummers] she helped to create several shows. This is her first time writing a full length project  with just one other person. (As long as you don't count the movie she and her brother wrote when they were kids); which thankful is lost to time and hi8 video cassettes.

Jake Ottosen
-Composer
Series Theme, Credit music
Score- Part one of the episodes soundtrack(1-8)
Christian Duhamel
-Composer
 
Score-
Part two of the episodes soundtrack(9-)

 Jake is an actor and music maker. He has written songs for himself, audiences, and musicals. His favorite sitcom theme song is probably from "Maude" starring Bea Arthur.

Mary Lane Townsend
-Director of Teaser, submission videos,
& Intro Videos
                          

 Mary Lane also directed, wrote, and stared in "The Ballad of Consequence Wailes" music video. you can watch it on:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvbNGY72FPw.

CHRISTIAN DUHAMEL (composer) is a nationally recognized composer, lyricist and playwright, earning awards for all three from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Awards for his musical Reinventing Romance. He was also a finalist for the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and the National Playwriting Award. As the inaugural recipient of Music Theatre Venture's Young Creator's Award, he created his second musical: A Beautiful End. He is currently working on an adaptation of Ibsen's League of Youth and a new original musical, My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend. He has worked at many regional theaters including the 5th Avenue Theater, the Human Race Theater Company and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

 

Christian currently resides in New York City where he is a member of the prestigious BMI Music Theatre Writers Workshop. www.christianduhamel.org

Micheal Lawrence Eisenstien
-Fight Director

Michael L. Eisenstein (Fight Choreographer) has choreographed for Boomerang Theatre Company, Flux Theatre Ensemble, New York Classical, The Secret Theatre and New York University. He was trained by J. David Brimmer and has assisted him on several productions including THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN and MADE IN POLAND. He has taught stage combat at NYU and coaches privately.

Grace Giffune Camera Assistant

Grace is currently a student at New York University studying film and television. The Jane Games is the first professional project she’s been a part of, but she’s created and/or been in many homemade projects. This web series was just the beginning of something beautiful.

Taylor Mitchell
-Choreographer

Taylor Hilt Mitchell (Choreographer) is "sensibly" jazzed to be a part of The Jane Games. He is filled with "pride" when he thinks about his other choreographic endeavor: directing/choreographing at Danbee Summer Camp for Girls in The Berkshires. Other favorite credits: National tours of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Tumbling Carpet), The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkin City), and Suessical (Wickersham Brother). Taylor would love to thank God, his family and friends, Jen, Laura, Jess, and everyone involved in front and behind the camera. "Let the games begin!"

www.taylorhiltmitchell.com

 

 

Laura Archer
Grip

Laura Archer is a Brooklyn based theater and film professional with extensive directing and technical theater experience. She’s worked on a variety of productions from large Broadway musicals to small interactive improv performances to reality television shows. She is the founder of March Forth Productions, a theatre and film production company in NYC. She is also an active member of  Directors Discuss, and The Lambs representative on the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

Shaun S. Orbin
Grip
Matt Smith
Production Assistant

Matthew J Smith, hailing from the great state of New Jersey is a Writer, Director, Cinematographer, and all around cool guy who is always willing to help make a film. With his company, Drice Productions, he producers his own shorts, features, and series; while striving to give better resources and opportunities to independent filmmakers who have ideas, but not the means.

Elizabeth Devlin
-Social Media Liaison
Mary Lane Townsend
& Kristie Wortman
-Social Media Advisors

Elizabeth Devlin once had a secret life working in direct response advertising that utilized about 2% of the knowledge she gained from majoring in Mass Communication. She is now an actress and freelance social media consultant. She can be reached at etdevlin at gmail dot com or you can follow her tweets (often food-related) @BethNotLiz.

Hayley Vair
-Animation & Logo
Katie Dye
-A- Harmony Logo
Jessica Wagner
-Ms. Crowford's Stylist

 

Michael Chmiel
-Profile Designer

 You can learn more about Mike on his website:  http://www.michaelchmiel.com/

Vocals:
 
Christina Rodregez -Trailer Voice Over Artist
 
Andrew Sklar - "Ain't Too Proud to Jane"
 
Kristie Wortman- "All About that Jane"

 

Special Thanks
 
Molly Ballerstein,  Joseph Samuel Wright,  Jennifer Strausser & Apple Seeds,  Christina Rodriguez,  Nora Gustuson  & Michael Eisenstein, Mike Chmiel, Taylor Mitchell