MARCUS CARL FRANKLIN (WILL) is a 22 year-old actor, record producer, and entertainer. He is best known for his portrayal of acclaimed writer/actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the HBO classic "Lackawanna Blues" and his IFC-Spirit Award-Nominated Role as Woody in Todd Haynes' artful Bob Dylan biopic, "I'm Not There". Musically, Marcus is composing for film as well as producing and songwriting for artists like Grammy & Oscar award winning vocalist Clayton Bryant. BUT NOT FOR ME marks Marcus’ first music-for-film effort, having produced and co-written "20Something”.
ELENA URIOSTE (HOPE), recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, has been hailed by critics and audiences for her rich tone, nuanced lyricism, and commanding stage presence. Since making her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has appeared with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the London and New York Philharmonics; the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Wales; the Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston Pops; and the Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras. Elena has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Keith Lockhart and Robert Spano; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Christopher O’Riley; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Shlomo Mintz and Cho-Liang Lin. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and La Jolla music festivals, among others. She is an active recitalist and performs regularly with pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. Winner of Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, a London Music Masters Award, a Salon di Virtuosi career grant, and the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Elena has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Telemundo, Performance Today, From the Top, and the Emmy award-winning documentary Breaking the Sound Barrier. Chosen by Latina Magazine as one of the “Future Fifteen,” she was featured in the magazine’s 15th anniversary issue. Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian, and she completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Elena performs with an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Pierre Simon bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
MARIA VERMEULEN (GRACE) was born in Clarkston, Michigan. Despite dreaming of being an actor, Maria spent most of her childhood and adolescence playing sports. This changed her senior year of high school when she forwent both soccer and ski-team tryouts in order to audition for her school's theatre productions. (Today, Maria still maintains somewhat of an athlete identity via running--she trains and competes in marathons as frequently as her schedule will allow). After high school, Maria attended the University of Michigan where interests in people and storytelling led her toward a dual degree in Film and Video Studies and Psychology. While in college, she continued to act in classmates' films and with the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Soon after graduation, Maria moved to New York City to continue pursuing acting as well as writing. In NYC, Maria studied under Maggie Flanigan at The Maggie Flanigan Studio and completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Fordham University. As a close friend of Ryan, Maria had the honor of reading several drafts of BUT NOT FOR ME and has been in love with it since draft one.
ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH (RAY LITTLE) was recently honored with the NAACP's Trailblazer Award for his remarkable work as an actor, writer, and director. He most memorably adapted his Obie Award-winning solo performance of A HUEY P. NEWTON STORY into a Peabody Award-winning telefilm, and created the stuttering hero Smiley for Spike Lee's classic DO THE RIGHT THING. While making BUT NOT FOR ME -- and five other independent films -- this season, Mr. Smith has toured his acclaimed RODNEY KING and FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW internationally.
GREGORY LAY (ALONZO) is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in NYC. His credits include guest appearances on Law and Order SVU (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS), as well as co-starring alongside Matt Damon and Michael Kelly in The Adjustment Bureau (Universal Pictures). He recently finished production on his first feature film, Lonely Boys which he co-wrote, produced and stars in.
TONY CRANE (ROD) is excited to be part of this passionate project. Broadway: The Country House (MTC), The Winslow Boy (Roundabout) Sight Unseen (MTC), Butley (Booth). Off-Broadway/ Regional: Scar in The Lion King (Nat'l Tour), Modern Orthodox, directed by James Lapine (Dodger), The Brothers Karamazov (LaMama), Spamalot (Wynn Las Vegas), Race (Cap Rep), Absalom (Humana), Farragut North, 50 Words (CATF), Sight Unseen (Old Globe), Long Days Journey Into Night (PRT), The Odd Couple (Dallas Theater Center), Lost in Yonkers (Papermill), Cleveland PH, (All My Sons) Two River Theater, Pasadena Playhouse. Numerous Film and TV including The Big Easy for USA. Writer of the one-person play on Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler Down Here on Dark Earth. For Susan Ellen.