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Jessica Pohly on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Jessica Pohly

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From comedy to drama, Jessica is solidifying a name for herself in the entertainment industry through her authentic, original brand of comedy and ability to transition seamlessly to dramatic characters on screen and is a proud member of the LGBTQ community. Pohly was born and raised in New York City. She began her career touring with the American Shakespeare Center and was also a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. She originated roles in several plays written by Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Rapp.

After writing, producing, and starring in Alternate Sides, a 2012 short film about the trials and tribulations of parking in New York City, Pohly ventured into television with cameos in multiple sitcoms in 2013 and 2014, including “Welcome to the Family,” “Super Fun Night,” and “Modern Family.”

This year Jessica can be seen starring opposite Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Richa Moorjani, and Jennifer Jason Leigh in season 5 of FX’s critically acclaimed drama series “Fargo.” She got her first big break on screen starring as bank robber Pepper opposite Paul Reubens in “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” which debuted on Netflix in 2016. Additional recent credits for Jessica include recurring roles on “Grand Crew” for NBC, Netflix’s “Huge in France,” ‘SMILF” for Showtime and “Goliath” for Amazon. Jessica is currently a member of the Main Company at The Groundlings, the foremost comedy training ground in Los Angeles that has been a springboard for countless careers.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Behzad Dabu on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Behzad Dabu

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Behzad Dabu is an actor, writer, and producer. He grew up in Syracuse, NY and got his BFA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago. With a passion for working with playwrights and new play development, he originated the role of ‘Amit’ in “Samsara” at Victory Gardens Theatre, for which he was nominated for a Jeff Award – Best Actor. He also originated the role of ‘Abe’ in the Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony-nominated play, “Disgraced” which he performed at American Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum at Center Theatre Group.

On screen, you can see him as ‘Simon Drake’ on How To Get Away With Murder on ABC,  as ‘Amir’ on the Showtime series The Chi, on Disney’s The Lion Guard, and many more. Behzad is the Director of Acting for the HillmanGrad Mentorship Lab, an instructor at The Last Acting Studio, and an adjunct professor in the theatre department at Columbia College Chicago where he leads their Semester in LA program.

Behzad strives to be a strong advocate for social justice and equality, particularly in regards to representation in the arts and media; and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project, which seeks to level the playing field and provide resources in the arts for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.


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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Vanessa Kai

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Vanessa Kai is best known for her work on the CW’s hit series “Kung Fu.” She is a native New Yorker and a first generation Chinese American. She began her professional training as a drama student at Fiorello LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

With numerous theater credits, she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Ruby” in the sold-out, extended world premiere of “KPOP,” an Off-Broadway, immersive musical event produced by Ars Nova.

Before “Kung Fu”, Vanessa appeared in a number of other television series and films, including “New Amsterdam”, “Orange Is the New Black”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “The Blacklist”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and “Madam Secretary.” Off-screen, Vanessa is an advocate for Asian representation in the entertainment industry and has spoken out about the need for more diverse storytelling.


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Rosal Colon on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Rosal Colon

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Rosal Colon is a born and raised New Yorker with Puerto Rican roots. She grew up in a theater family with her parents founding Pregones Theater almost 40 years ago in the South Bronx. It was here where Rosal fell in love with theater, the craft of acting and community.

She continued her studies at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts where she studied acting and went on to acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduating, she landed her first Broadway show at Lincoln Center, “A Free Man of Color.” She continued working in theaters on and off Broadway, most notably the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Between Riverside and Crazy“ by Stephen Adly Guirgis. She recently finished the Broadway run in 2023 which garnered a TONY nomination for Best Play.

Rosal’s first major entry in TV was joining the 4th season of “Orange is The New Black.” She shot 27 consecutive episodes, describing the experience as an absolute dream and a great teacher in the art of TV and film. She continued on with some other guest spots on shows like “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary” and “New Amsterdam” until she booked a recurring role on “Power Book 3: Raising Kanan.” Rosal has appeared in the first three seasons and the third season will be out this summer.


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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

John Hoogenakker

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Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, John became an actor at an early age. He went on to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago where found his calling on stage, appearing in many of the city’s illustrious houses including The Goodman, Writers’ Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the renowned Steppenwolf Garage.
This year John can be seen starring opposite Michael Shannon and Giovanni Ribisi in “Waco: The Aftermath” for Showtime. John stars as Clive Doyle in the series, one of the only members of David Koresh’s Branch Davidian sect to be completely exonerated. “Waco: The Aftermath” will debut on Showtime April 16, 2023. John was most recently seen starring in Hulu’s critically acclaimed, Peabody Award winning limited series “Dopesick.” He was a standout appearing opposite Peter Sarsgaard as Randy Ramseyer, an assistant US Attorney prosecuting the infamous and ongoing Purdue Pharma case. While John holds an illustrious resume in film and TV, he has also appeared in millions of homes across the country on the commercial front.

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  • Dopesick
  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • Waco: The Aftermath
  • Castle Rock
  • Colony
  • The Girlfriend Experience
  • Empire
  • Chicago Fire
  • Boss
  • Public Enemies

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  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • OUTREACH: Elle Powell
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  • SOCIAL: Imani Love

Chukwudi Iwuji

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Chukwudi is a brilliant, British/Nigerian classically-trained actor who’s versatility has already started paving the way for a bright career ahead. Chukwudi is making his Marvel debut as the big bad villain ‘High Evolutionary’ in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3, the next installment in the blockbuster franchise, premiering May 5, 2023. GOTG3 is one of the most anticipated films of the year, and Chukwudi’s character is already being deemed as one “who will steal the show in 2023.”

Last year, Chukwudi made his DC debut in the hilariously chaotic DC Comics and HBOMax series PEACEMAKER from the mind of James Gunn. The series was quickly “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes. Chukwudi’s portrayal of ‘Clemson Murn’ had him buzzing as one of the biggest breakout stars of 2022.

An accomplished theater veteran, Chukwudi previously starred in OTHELLO for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park as well as in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, KING LEAR, and HAMLET. Chuk’s performance in THE LOW ROAD, directed by Michael Greif, earned him an Obie Award, as well as 2018 Lucille Lortel and Drama League nominations. An Associate Artist of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company for his numerous Shakespearean performances, he has also received two Olivier awards for his titular role as HENRY VI in the RSC’s 2009 productions of parts I, II, and III.

Other credits include the BBC drama THE SPLIT, Michael Morrissey’s THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY, and the Amazon limited series THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD for director Barry Jenkins.


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CREDITS: 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • The Split
  • Peacemaker
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Designated Survivor
  • When They See Us
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Barry
  • Quantico
  • Madam Secretary

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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Kirsten Vangsness on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Kirsten Vangsness

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Kirsten Vangsness has been widely known as the bespectacled-brainy-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama “Criminal Minds” (and its spin-off “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders”). She has long been a fan favorite, beloved for her vibrant personality and quirky style. Most recently “Criminal Minds” was re-imagined for Paramount+ and picked up for its second season on the streamer, making that a grand total of 17 seasons and counting for the iconic series. Kirsten has been a staple in homes across the world for over 18 years. Alongside starring in the series, she has co-written five episodes for the procedural series, including the series finale, alongside showrunner Erica Messer.

Kirsten was selected to present her one-woman show, “MESS,” and ensemble production of “Cleo, Theo and Wu” on the international stage at the prestigious 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of her FEMPIRE series. Her collection of shows cultivate power within the feminine self on a stage, and empower others to find their light and create opportunities for all women to shine.

She has enjoyed a long and varied career, which includes being a longtime member and former president of Hollywood’s Theatre of Note’s Artistic Board. Her stage work has garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for best emerging comic actress, the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, and a Garland Award for best actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse.

Kirsten is originally from Porterville, CA and graduated from California State University, Fullerton. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can currently be seen weekly on her Youtube show: Kirsten’s Agenda.


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  • Criminal Minds
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
  • Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
  • Stuck
  • Dave Made a Maze
  • Kill Me, Deadly
  • Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse
  • The Chicago 8
  • LAX
  • Phil of the Future

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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

Li Jun Li on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Li Jun Li

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Born in Shanghai, China, Li moved with her family to Bogotá, Colombia at the age of six, and then moved again to New York City at nine years old. Once in NYC, Li’s parents enrolled her in classes to study Chinese Classical Dance and she fell in love with performing on stage. She attended the esteemed LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and State University of New York at Purchase’s Acting Conservatory, further honing her craft. She went on to land roles in dozens of off-Broadway plays, before landing the lead role of Liat in the first Broadway revival of “South Pacific” opposite Matthew Morrison.

Li recently appeared in Sky Italia’s “Devils” (2022) opposite Alessandro Borghi and Patrick Dempsey, as well as in the Netflix Original Series “Wu Assassins” which aired in 2019. Other credits include: “Sex/Life” for Netflix, “Evil” for CBS, “Why Women Kill” for CBS All Access, a series regular role opposite John Cho on FOX’s “The Exorcist” (season two), and a lead role on the FOX series “Minority Report,” amongst others. In 2022, Li was cast in Peacock’s upcoming comedic thriller series “Based on a True Story.” This year, Li Jun Li can be seen starring opposite Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle’s upcoming feature film, “Babylon” (Paramount Pictures).

When Li is not on set, you can find her traveling as she loves to explore the world and learn about other cultures. She is also a dedicated animal activist.


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LI JUN LI’S CREDITS: 
  • Sex/Life
  • Babylon
  • The Exorcist
  • Evil
  • Devils
  • Wu Assassins
  • Quantico
  • Blindspot
  • Billy & Billie
  • Minority Report
  • The Following
  • Damages

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EPISODE CREDITS:
  • WRITER: Erin McCluskey
  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
  • ASSISTANT: Elle Powell
  • SOCIAL OUTREACH: Alara Ceri

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