Chad Neace

Chad Neace, headshot, actor


Mr. Neace is the Founder of Santa Monica Theatre (SMT) and looking forward to showcasing his art/talent to the community of Santa Monica.  Chad accredits his talents to his tenacity, public schooling teachers, and  personal success/failures.  A resident of Cincinnati, OH until his mid teens moving Sophomore year to attend high school and college in East Tennessee.  He holds two college degrees: an associates of science from Pellissippi State, and Bachelor of Arts from The University of Tennessee.  

All productions at SMT have been produce by Mr. Neace: The Pirate and the PrincessShort Play NightsComedy Nights.

Chad Neace, Host, ActorHe proudly host shows Stand up Comedy, and Short Play Nights at SMT!
Table reads are also part of Chad’s list of constant work with SMT.  Check out the table read of Guns & God and the monthly Shakespeare Readings.

Outside of SMT some notable works have been for Verizon LTE, premiered as Terry in the “Musical Moonlight Madness” at Santa Monica Playhouse, starred in short films Women Problems and Rooming with Big G, music videos for Alicia Keys, MIA, Killian Wells, & Chamillionaire.

Chad Neace, Actor, Santa Monica Theatre 

Brendan Cooney

Originally from Virginia. Now live and perform in LA. San Diego Comedy Festival (Semi finalist.) Have been on The Comedy Roast Battle Main Event, Tonight at The Improv (Hollywood Improv), and the LA Inside Jokes Festival.

Cynthia Faith Arsenault

Cynthia Faith Arsenault is a psychologist by day and playwright by night. Having been a therapist for forty years, she has observed how people approach life dilemmas and the diverse voices they use to express their unique experiences. Playwriting as an avocation grew out of decades of directorial experience and facilitating Group, a playwriting group, for the past eight years. Brandishing the pen, she merged her love of theatre and writing with her awareness of human nature. She has since had sixty-seven different productions of her short plays across the US and twice across the pond in London.

Michael Lutheran

Michael received his BA in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Davis where he had the opportunity to work with such artists as New York-based director Michael Barakiva and playwright Philip Kan Gotanda. Since moving to Los Angeles, Michael has gained several notable credits including Aleister McKay in Trainspotting (Elephant Theatre), Luke in No Homo (Atwater Village Theatre), and Edgar Allan Poe in Nevermore (Theatre Unleashed). TV Credits include: Murder Book (Investigation Discovery), Say It To My Face (FYI Network), and coming soon in 2017 he will be starring in an episode of My Crazy Ex (Lifetime Movie Network). Michael would like to thank Graydon Schlichter and Santa Monica Theatre for inviting him to play! For more information, please visit his website

Harrison Young

Harrison Young is a Theatre graduate from the University of Tennessee. Trained in Knoxville and New York City, he’s performed for a lot of comedies and new works which taught him how to write his own comedies.

Santa Monica Theatre’s Short Play Night premiered his one-act script ASKING FOR A FRIEND. His other produced writing includes ONLINE FIGHTING (Game Play Festival at the Brick Theater, Peoples Improv Theater, New Play Festival at the Tennessee Stage Company, Gibbs High School, Wild Thyme Players, Pandora’s Dream Productions); A COCAINE COMEDY (Peoples Improv Theater, New Play Festival at the Tennessee Stage Company); MAKING IT UP (Treehouse Theater, Peoples Improv Theater); SECRET DISCLOSURES (series at the Treehouse Theater); GRANDMA’S DEATH DISH (Tiger Lily Theatre, Chance Residential Center); NO PROPS (Tiger Lily Theatre); and THE INCONSEQUENTIAL CUPCAKE! (Bad Theater Fest at St. Paul’s Theater).

His performing credits include new plays like the world premieres of THE HUNGRY HEART (Carpetbag Theatre) and HOPPY’S TRUNK (New Play Festival at the Tennessee Stage Company). He also created new shows weekly with the Treehouse Theater’s improv house-team VICE CREAM. He currently lives in Cookeville, TN, where he leads theatrical fundraisers and workshops for local youth groups.

Douglas Stark

A writer for film, television, and stage, Douglas Stark recently premiered “You Could Be Here Now” with Santa Monica Theater.  Last year, Stark’s play “A Better You” premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Currently finishing the fourth play in the “trilogy” to go along with “The You We Knew.”

Stark is currently working with Energy Entertainment to develop feature based on his one hour drama pilot “Shining City” – a finalist in the LaunchPad Pilot competition. Previously, was head writer/producer for “Cost of Capital” award-winning web series moving into 2nd season.

Received filmmaking grant to write and direct extended short “SuperFans” for DIRECTV/FILMAKA. Previously, was head writer for digital horror project “The Scary City.”

For television, Stark wrote for Bruckheimer TV/CBS legal drama “Close to Home, as well as the Emmy winning “Law & Order” franchise.  Stark was a writer on the critically-acclaimed series “Falcone” and several other dramas.

Austin Book

Austin Book is thrilled to playing Mercutio and performing the the Santa Monica Theatre. Austin recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach with A BA in Theatre Performance. Recent work includes: Scott in Evil Dead: The Musical (The Garage Theatre), Tay in A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (CSULB) and Skeets Miller in Floyd Collins (Theatre Threshold). Austin would like to thank his family and friends for their support.

Nicholas Adams

Nicholas Adams was born in Durban, South Africa. He’s been involved with acting ever since the age of eleven. In 2014 he went to AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts and completed the two year Conservatory program before continuing on and graduating from the four year BFA program. Some of his most memorable performances include Dudley from ‘The Time Of Your Life’ and Theseus from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ He’s extremely grateful for all the support he has received and continues receiving from his friends and family.

Kyle Kallman

Kyle Kallman: born for the stage, his first words were, “to be, or not to be.” He’s a huge lover of shakespeare and will fight you if you try to bring up The Bard’s authorship conspiracy.

Erin Jo Harris

Erin Jo Harris is writer, actor and musician living in Los Angeles via Amsterdam, Costa Rica and New York City.

She’s a Denver native who has performed internationally in over 50 cities and is a distinguished graduate of NYU’s music theatre program.

Erin Jo recently appeared as Rosaline in the Bard’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at Prague Shakespeare Company. You can see her this summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival as the lead in Steven Vlasak’s new play, “Nights at the Algonquin Round Table”.

Phil Pritchard

Phil is delighted to be Friar Lawrence doing this reading of Romeo & Juliet (one of his favorite plays) at the Santa Monica Theatre. After coming to the USA via London and Toronto with a musical about the Beatles at The Ahmanson Theatre in 2013, he decided to stay and has been here ever since!  Other credits include Oberon in ‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ (NEO Ensemble Theatre), Frid in ‘A Little Night Music’ (Garrick Theatre, West End), Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Prof. Van Helsing in ‘Dracula’ (The Hackney Empire Theatre), and Courfeyrac in ‘Les Miserables’. On film he played Adolf Hitler in Ken Russell’s ‘A Kitten for Hitler’, and more recently William in ‘Tattooed Love’, with Edy Ganem and Marlon Moreno. Phil also executive directed the recent one act play festival production of NEO Ensemble’s ‘A Street Corner Named Desire’ at The V.S. Theatre.