Cast & Crew
Creator / Producer / Director / Writer / Actress
Past lives of Amy, include but are not limited to: a nationally competitive lyrical dancer, child mime, pageant winner (Crowned ‘Best Interview’), professional bar mitzvah dancer, MFA Acting student, and dog day care receptionist. The obvious next step was a femme centric comedy producer. After working as a line producer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, she produced and Evening of Short Works by Elizabeth Meriwether at Theater Row. From there she began the 1st season of Hot Mess in 2009 while starting the MFA Acting program at the National Theater Conservatory (Class of 2012). As an actor she has appeared in this weird viral video, the webseries Gays Anatomy &, Duder, and her vlog Coat Tales- filmed in the actual closet where she checked coats in the winter of 2012. Amy is an advanced improviser at the UCB and still auditions for legit theater on days when she has clean laundry and her headshot and resume already stapled together.
Cheri Paige Fogleman
Producer / Director / Actress
Cheri always has 7 balls in the air and 2 cakes in the oven. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Maggie Flanigan Studio, she has been seen in film: Bye Bye Fruit Fly, Honeysuckle, The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek, A Little Game and in scattered commercials. She has performed all over the off-off theater scene and at Theatre Row: playing the title role in Liz Meriwether’s “I Bought a Bunker, Bitch.” What fun! You might have also seen this amazing lady in workout videos, looking fit in Glamour Magazine or on an Asics billboard. www.cheripaigefogleman.com.
Director / Actress
Julia has had an indecisive and confusing career. Some highlights include: Head Makeup Artist for Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba (2000), performer/collaborator in Alternate Plan Production’s experimental dance theatre piece, The Beauty Project and 1st AD for their short film Emina, Assistant Costume Designer for the film, The Big Bad Swim, co-writer and performer in her original play, Heretic Love, Wig Designer for several shows at The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, Ensemble in Tuesday at the Prince Theatre (winner of the 2005 Barrymore award for Best Ensemble), Director of Tod Kimbro’s My Illustrious Wasteland at the 2009 NY Musical Theatre Festival. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Central Florida and is a 2003 Leeway Grant recipient. Check out her oddball haikus at www.haikulia.com.
Mary Catherine Green
Once the dream of being a clown faded around age 7, Mary, originally from the SF Bay Area, discovered her true love for performance and moved to New York. Mary began her work with Mess Productions in An Evening of Shorts by Liz Meriwether and she appeared in all three seasons of Hot Mess. She holds a BFA in acting and has appeared off-broadway and as the token red head in various TV and commercials spots (AMC & ABC.) . She moonlights as musician doing folky ballad covers of 90′s R&B and often gets roped into whacky modeling jobs like riding a versace spokes boy (@Bshimans) like a shetland pony. She also produces shorts with Hero Status Films. Mary and Amy actually do live together at what we lovingly call Hot Mess Headquarters. This picture is framed in their bathroom.
Miranda Childs is a New York based actress, writer and comedian from Vashon Island, Washington. She played Nicole in the indie film Loves Her Gun which premiered at SXSW 2013 (Lone Star Award winner). Her directorial debut, the short film Sandwich (in which she also starred) premiered at the On My Block film festival 2012. She has been playing Celia in Hot Mess since Cheri and Amy first realized they were missing a blonde. On the stage she regularly performs stand-up and improv at a litany of venues. She lives in New York which she loves more than ice cream and dreams of someday planning a life together with a handsome young English Springer Spaniel.
Writer / Actress
Molly Anne Coogan is an actor, writer and musician who has had the good fortune of playing a diverse range of characters, from an OCD woman obsessed with stapling everything to a sixteen year old girl with a burning love for Taylor Swift. She has appeared onstage in world premieres on both coasts at theatres such as Ars Nova, The O’Neill, TheatreWorks, The Culture Project, terraNOVA Collective, and the Red Fern Theatre Co. She wrote, directed, and performed in the Ars Nova show Stairway to Stardom based on the 1980’s public access TV show of the same name (she wore spandex). Her newest show, You Only Die Once, is being developed by the Williamstown Theatre Festival and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her band is called Molly & the Class and can be heard on her album Dropping Anchor. She loves photo booths and the word “burgled.” She refuses to pass a lemonade stand without buying a glass. www.mollyannecoogan.com
When she’s not slaying dragons and other things that go bump in the night, Yasha can be found aside her twin in Harlem, NY. Miss Jackson hails from D.C. where she graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase. Yasha can be seen and heard on TV, Film, Radio, Off Bwy and has a sweeet upcoming role in the biggest videogame in History (shhh..its very hush hush)! Yasha saangs honey, and currently portrays the voice of megastar BEYONCE commercially. Phil 4:13,T.G.B.G . Say hi @YASHANICOLE.COM
Jim deProphetis (Jim) – Web: Gay’s Anatomy (Dr. Eddie DeGrazio - www.gays-anatomy.com). TV: Saturday Night Live (‘Sopranos Diaries” Nerd – NBC). NYC: Dance Dance Revolution (Des Cartesman – Les Freres Corbusier), Like Poetry (Trout – FringeNYC). Regional: Peter and the Starcatchers - Lab (James), The Corn is Green (Williamstown). Twitter: @jimdeprophetis. JPD
Director of Photography
Kenneth Kotowski is an Air Force veteran, who studied filmmaking in college, and received his MFA in Media Production / Cinematography from CUNY’s The City College of New York. He has since DP’d several features, countless short films, music videos and commercials. In addition to shooting Kenneth is currently teaching filmmaking at his alma mater, William Paterson University of NJ, and working part time as a Lighting Director / Video Op at MSNBC. You can see his work here: http://www.exit150productions.com, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1214971/ and here http://vimeo.com/user5911605
Scott Wyllie is the swiss army knife of crew members. He has experience with almost every major media company headquarter in in NYC including ABC, MTV, FOX News, CNBC, and HBO. He has worked as a cameraman, gaffer, boom operator, and just about every other position one can have on a crew. Scott loves working with Hot Mess because of the seemingly never ending stream of beautiful and talented actresses and staff that they have assembled.
Social Media Strategist
Jennifer Youn graduated from Queens College- City University of New York in the Spring 2009 and have since worked in a range of verticals including retail, health & wellness, nonprofits, project management, and most recently served as the Social Media Strategist and Community Manager for The JAR Group, Inc. (an Inc. 500 Digital Agency in the tech hub of Brooklyn, NY). Jennifer was the social media mastermind behind an urban lifestyle brand she founded from scratch, while at the agency, and grew to a thriving community of over 5,000 unique visitors a month in under six months. She has managed to oversee both the overall strategy and day-to-day management for the brand’s blog and across various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Her expertise in content creation, pay-per-click advertising and social media strategy makes her a one woman army in the digital world. In her words, “The biggest competitor is indifference.”
Graphic designer Matt Meier owns and operates Ligature Creative Group based in sunny Denver, Colorado. He met Hot Mess creator Amy Kersten in 2009 when she moved to Denver for graduate school; they went to Sam’s Club together where Amy bought 5 gallons of pickles and enough barbecue sauce to drown a hog, and they’ve been friends ever since. After working with Matt at the National Theatre Conservatory and on various Hot Mess projects, Amy just recently learned how to spell his name. www.mMeier.com.
Seth Buckley wrote his first computer program on an Apple IIe when he was 9 years old, which led to his winning Outstanding Senior Project and a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina – Asheville. He works for the local government of North Carolina where the risk management/energy trading system he created has currently saved ratepayers $640,000,000 since 2005. After going to high school with Cheri, he never had any idea that he would be involved in anything like Hot Mess. He’s honored. In his spare time he tries to take nice landscape photography. http://sethbuckley.com/