SPOTLIGHT on RUSTY FARIS PRODUCTIONS

1) Who is Rusty Faris Wheel Productions? . John Faris and I, Justin Adkins, created this production outfit in January 2015 in an effort to make films that we are excited to see. After film school, we both realized that we work well together and have strengths that would benefit the company and our films….

"SPOTLIGHT ON" ACTRESS MELISSA RITZ

Who is Melissa Ritz?   I’m an Army brat. My father was in the military and although I was born in Fort Sill, OK, I’ve lived all over the United States and Europe.   I’ve always had an interest in the arts. When I was attending an American high school in Germany I learned of…

SPOTLIGHT on ACTRESS and PLAYWRIGHT RENATA HINRICHS

Who is Renata Hinrichs?   I am a Midwestern girl.   I was born in Dubuque, Iowa and moved five times before I was 12 years old, ending up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am the daughter of a Lutheran minister, and growing up in the church watching Dad preach every Sunday was like going to the…

SPOTLIGHT ON CLASSICAL PIANIST, SINGER and COMPOSER, SASHA PAPERNIK

Who is Sasha Papernik?   Sasha Papernik is a first generation Russian-American classical pianist, singer, and composer who draws on her dual heritage and wide range of talents to present concerts spanning the genre and continental divide. Lauded for her “lightly transparent performances of Chopin and Scriabin,” The Washington Post (July 2013) calls her “uncommonly attractive…

SPOTLIGHT ON ACTRESS ERIN LAYTON

Who is Erin Layton?   I’m a St. Louis, MO native and proud of my Midwestern roots. I attended elementary, high school and college within a ten mile radius of my family’s suburban home so I’m a true St. Louis county girl, born and bred.   The artist, Erin was a wildly imaginative and terribly…

SPOTLIGHT ON AUTHOR/PLAYWRIGHT HONOR MOLLOY

  Who is Honor Molloy?   I guess I’m a product of the cities I’ve lived in:  New York City; Allentown, PA; Dublin.   Born in the Rotunda Hospital—Europe’s oldest maternity hospital—I grew up in a lively theatre family. Artists, journalists, actors, musicians, even The Dubliners, gathered round the fire for parties in the teeny…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" AUTHOR and HISTORIAN EAMON LOINGSIGH

Who is Eamon Loingsigh? Author of fiction, including Light of the Diddicoy (Three Rooms Press) and Irish-American historian. With boots on the ground, telling the tales of those who have to fight from the very bottom of the social strata with dignity, humility and hard work as their only weapon. When there was not a system in…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" WRITER/PERFORMER NADIA PARVEZ MANZOOR

Who is Nadia Parvez Manzoor?   Nadia P. Manzoor is a writer, performer, and producer. She was born a twin, in the USA, to Pakistani parents. She was raised in Dubai, Singapore, and London, and she is as diversely talented as her geographical upbringing. She is a storyteller because she believes that the stories we…

"SPOTLIGHT ON" SINGER/SONGWRITER VINCENT CROSS

Who is Vincent Cross?   I’m an Irish-born, Australian-raised roots-oriented songwriter and composer, now based in New York City.   Do you have upcoming events you’d like people to attend?   Yes!  I’ll be showcasing at this year’s Folk Alliance in Kansas, Missouri, touring California in the spring, and Australia in the summer.  For folks…