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Judith O'Dea - Senator Gayle Hamlin: 

Judith's career spans over four decades. She began in musical theatre in Pittsburgh at just 15 years old. She remembers working with Boston Legal’s Rene Auberjenois in Babes in Arms singing “I Wish I Were in Love Again” atop a 15-foot ladder. Other favorite musical roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, Eliza in My Fair Lady, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Over the years, Judith has expanded her career nationwide to include a vast resume of both serious and comedic roles as well as myriad TV variety shows, radio shows, industrials, and commercial work. Her latest film appearances, in addition to Women’s Studies, are in Jason Paul Collum’s psychological thriller November Son and Timo Roses’ Beast. But for most, Judith is best remembered for her role as Barbara in George A. Romero’s 1968 horror film classic Night of the Living Dead. When not performing, Judith runs her own communications training and consulting business, O’Dea Communications. She also enjoys screen writing, recumbent biking, and scuba diving in exotic places throughout the world. According to Judith, “Life just gets better and better the older I get!”

Tara Garwood- Judith: 

Born and bred in the DC suburbs, Tara is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, and Equity, and is a registered Actor/Combatant with the SAFD.  Film/TV credits include: Natalie Locke in the FOX Television Studios pilot “Saving Corporate America”, speaking roles in the major motion pictures “My One and Only”, “The Invasion”, and “Cecil B. DeMented”, and several independent films.  Stage credits include: Kennedy Center, Olney Theatre, Studio Theatre, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and others, most notably a command performance at the White House.  She is a founder and Artistic Director of Molotov Theatre Group, a horror theatre dedicated to reviving le theatre du Grand Guignol.  The one year old group is already garnering awards and gaining national renown for it efforts to preserve and continue this theatrical tradition.  Find out more about Tara at www.taragarwood.com .

 

Kelley Slagle- Diane: 

Kelley is very excited to have worked on Women's Studies, and is perfectly comfortable with the fact that she is almost always typecast as an evil woman. In the past, she has taken on Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and won an Outstanding Performance Award for her portrayal of murderess Karla Faye Tucker in the play Occam's Razor. In addition to acting in indie film, tv/commercials, and industrials, Kelley's other theatre credits include Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, Zubaida Ula/Cathy Connolly in The Laramie Project, Inez Serrano in Ellipsis (an adaptation of No Exit), and Feste in Twelfth Night. She has also had great success directing/producing short films with her company Cavegirl Productions. Her film FELT: Tearing the Fabric of America won Best Mockumentary in the National Film Challenge and was in the top ten of more than 150 entries. For more information about Kelley and Cavegirl Productions, visit www.Cavegirl.com.

Tiffany James- Melissa:

A native of Fells Point, MD, Tiffany is excited to be playing her first villain role in Woman's Studies. She has kept most of her art local performing on stages mostly in Baltimore and Annapolis. Some of the her performances include The Play about the Baby, Peter Pan, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Inventing Van Gogh, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Picnic and The Wizard of Oz, to name a few. Her independent films are still "no names", but
hopefully some will reach DVD status shortly. She has also managed a theater group for inner city children and hopes to establish her own children's theater one day in the future. Tiffany has currently put theater and film on
the back burner as she obtains her nursing degree. She acts for the pure passion and joy of the art and hopes to always keep theater in her life.

Mundy Spears - Sharon:

Mundy is a graduate of the Studio program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. After graduation, she worked mainly in Independent films, and her roles included Snout in Rude Mechanicals and Alice in Alice and the Devil. She also appeared Off - Broadway in the leading role in A Thousand Words at TSI. Since her return to the DC Theatre scene, she has appeared in Edward III at Washington Shakespeare Company, as Georgette in Caesar for the New Old Theatre Company, Fenisa in Friendship Betrayed for Washington Women in Theatre, and Ella in Snow Falling Fast at the Hatchery Festival, as well as various readings for Studio Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Thank you to Family and Flash for their support.

 

 

 

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