Charles Malik Whitfield

Whitfield’s show business career started in 1993 with his first role as Dr. Ben Price in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (ABC). In 1999, Whitfield was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series for his portrayal of Otis Williams in the Emmy-winning mini-series The Temptations (NBC).

Whitfield also starred as attorney James Mooney on the CBS drama The Guardian for two seasons, and FBI Agent Victor Henriksen on the 2007-2008 season of The CW’s Supernatural.

His twenty-year career comprises numerous appearances in feature films and prime-time television including recent roles in Behind Enemy Lines, Two and a Half Men (CBS) and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC).

Chrystee Pharris

Chrystee Pharris blazed onto NBC-TV as Simone Russell on the hit daytime soap opera Passions and she returned to NBC at night creating passion with Golden Globe Nominee Zach Braff on the hit show Scrubs as “J.D.’S” girlfriend Kylie. This versatile alumni of Emerson College has conquered feature films, theatre and is currently touring her hit one-woman show In Search of O. Chrystee performed in Let Freedom Ring with Garret Morris, and Lady Patriot, both written and directed by Ted Lange. She also had the opportunity to perform the role of Rena in August Wilson’s play Jitney with James Avery, Richard Brooks, and Russell Andrews. She starred in Steppin’ directed by the late, Michael “Bear” Taliferro and My Girlfriend’s Back, with Malik Yoba.

Ted Lange

Lange attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Lange was a cast member of the musical Hair. His first screen appearance was in the documentary film Wattstax in 1973. After appearing in the film Black Belt Jones in 1974, he portrayed Junior on the series That’s My Mama before landing the role of the ship’s bartender, Isaac on The Love Boat in 1977, opposite favorite idol Gavin MacLeod. After the series ended in 1986, Lange appeared in various films and guest roles on 227, “The Cleveland Show”,Glitch!, Evening Shade, Scrubs, Drake & Josh, The King of Queens, and Psych. In addition to his film and television work, Lange has also done extensive theater work.

Irma P. Hall

Irma P. Hall is an African American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films A Family Thing, Soul Food and The Ladykillers. Hall’s first acting role was in an independent film called Book of Numbers at the age of 36. Hall had been a teacher of languages for many years in Dallas, Texas when actor/director Raymond St. Jacques hired her as interim publicist for “Book of Numbers.” St Jacques saw her performing at a poetry reading.

He liked her so much he offered her a role in his film on the spot. She won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role and the success of that film helped launch Hall’s career as a major supporting actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Sizable roles in major films such as Nothing to Lose and Steel followed. Hall then landed the role as Big Mama Joseph in the film Soul Food.

She landed another acclaimed role when she was cast in the 2004 remake of The Ladykillers. She won a special Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and an Image Award for her performance.

Tracey Ross

Tracey Ross is an NAACP Image Award winning actress, best known for roles on the soap operas Ryan’s Hope (1985–1987) and Passions (1999–2008). In 1984, she became the first winner in the Spokes model category on the television series Star Search.

Ross was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series for nine consecutive years, for her performance as Dr. Eve Russell on Passions. Ross won the award on March 2, 2007. Ross has also had a number of television series guest appearances, on shows such as The Cosby Show, Roc, Baywatch Nights, and Providence.

Gail Cronauer

Gail Cronauer is an American stage, television, and feature film actress and an acting professor. She has performed films “Walking Tall “ Kevin “Hercules” Sorbo’s mom: The Payback and Walking Tall: Lone Justice. Other motion picture credits include Oliver Stone’s JFK (with Gary Oldman) and Born on the 4th of July; Flesh and Bone (with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid); Carried Away (with Gary Busey and Dennis Hopper, whom she slaps!); “Ma Newton” in Richard Linklater’s The Newton Boys (co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich and Vincent D’Onofrio); Infamous (murdered by Daniel “James Bond” Craig!); She has received numerous awards and nominations for her work with local theatres including Dallas Theater Center, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, Echo Theatre, Classical Acting Company, Addison Center Theatre, Playwrights Theatre, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare and Dallas Shakespeare, where she played Emelia to Morgan Freeman’s Othello.

Amy Weber

Amy Weber has shown tremendous versatility in her many on and off screen roles, which comes from her years of hard work and study of her craft. Amy has also acted in a number of films, making appearances with Dylan McDermott, David Spade, Sean Penn, Whoopie Goldberg, Pauly Shore, Adam Corolla and Freddie Prince Jr.

Through her company, Amy Weber Productions, she has produced many exciting projects including the recent Faith-Based film Crossroad. Amy is also the executive producer of “Good Samaritans,” a feel-good ABC show about helping strangers in need.