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Owen Dara

Owen Dara (Producer/Writer/Director/Composer/"Brendan") was born in Cork, Ireland. Since leaving his native country, he has lived and worked in various parts of the world. He majored in Drama and Media at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has spent most of his adult life as a comedian, writer, actor, and musician. His debut feature film "Choosing Signs" has garnered multiple awards, including three "Best Feature/Best Foreign Feature" awards at various festivals in the USA. It received its first theatrical realease in 2013. Following "The Holy Fail" he has written and directed a feature film dramedy, which is currently in postproduction.

Jessica Lancaster

Jessica Lancaster (Producer/"Nicole") studied acting at The North Carolina School of the Arts. She won Best Actress in a feature for her role in “Choosing Signs” at the Laughlin International Film Festival. She has worked in theatres across the United States, including The Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., the Tony award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse, and The Swine Palace in Louisiana. She has appeared in T.V. shows such as "Medium", "Law and Order, SVU", "CSI" and co-starred opposite Christian Slater in "The Forgotten."  She has had leading roles in over a dozen films and has also starred in and produced three feature films and a TV pilot. Most recently she is the lead in Virtual Reality film “ Knives” which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festiva 2016.

Richard Warren Baker

Richard Warren Baker (Co-Producer/Assistant Director ) started his career as a professional modern dancer, touring as a company member with Jazz Antigua, Project 21 and Bre Dance Theatre to name a few. He got his degree at Cal State University of San Bernardino where he was awarded the Bilson/Demeo Scholarship for outstanding accomplishment in Directing/Acting. Most recently, he has worked as a producer and Assistant Director on  Owen Dara’s next film “Landscape (working title),” and Producer on a web-series, "Porn Again". He is currently artistic director at Renegade Theatre Film Group where he directs, produces and acts.

Michael Shipley

Michael Shipley (Executive Producer) has worked as writer or writer/producer for many network comedies, most of which have been that rarest of beasts – sitcoms that are actually funny.  These include “Family Guy”,” My Name is Earl”, “American Dad”, “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” and many others.  He is currently an Executive Producer on” Last Man Standing" with Tim Allen on ABC.  Michael has developed pilots with Vince Vaughn’s production company, Tony Shalhoub, Tobey Maguire and Keanu Reeves.  In 2013, Michael and Eva Longoria completed thirteen episodes of an animated show for HULU’s original programming division. Michael has been nominated for an Emmy and an NAACP award. When pen is not to paper, Michael writes and records music.

Virginia Williams
Virginia Williams (Associate Producer / Soundtrack Vocalist) may best be known for her starring role as 'Lauren Reed' in the hit USA Network dramedy "Fairly Legal". Williams has appeared in over 35 television series including the starring role of 'Bianca' on the Lifetime original series "Monarch Cove" in addition to her many notable recurring roles such as 'Claudia' from "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS for four seasons, 'Poppy' on "Bad Teacher" also on CBS, 'Belinda' on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva", two seasons on the cult-classic "Strangers With Candy", and Bravo's new series, "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce". She's had leading roles in such films as “Woodlawn", the “Culling", "Honeymoon With Mom", “Reading, Writing, & Romance”, and the People's Choice Award-nominated "Revenge of the Bridesmaids" to name a few. "The Holy Fail" marks her second performance as a vocalist on an Owen Dara soundtrack, the first of which is the award-winning soundtrack for "Choosing Signs".
Stiofán Wyley

Stiofán Wyley (Associate Producer/ "Colm") was born and raised in Cork, Ireland. He attended Belinda Wild's Drama school in Kinsale, Cork. Stiofán's first professional Shakespearean role was playing the Earl of Glouchester in "King Lear”. Since then, he has kept a strong focus on Shakespeare, playing Falstaff, Oberon, and Iago, as well as many multiple support players. He plays a substantial role in Owen Dara’s debut film "Choosing Signs". Stiofán's credits include adverts, stage, writing, and he is currently working on a one-man play. When not touring with a stage production, he resides in Cork

Seán McNally

Seán McNally ("Shane") has a diploma in speech and drama studies from DIT and an MA in drama and theatre studies from UCC in Ireland. He has worked extensively in theatre, comedy, musical theatre and radio. Some of his theatre credits include Hamlet “ Hamlet", Banquo “ acbeth", Frank Pig "Frank Pig Says Hello”, Romeo "Romeo & Juliet" , Lt. Shrank "West Side Story" and Mr Pinky/Mr Spritzer “ Hairspray". He has performed internationally with Snatch Comedy Improv, and his radio credits include "Tom Crean Endurance“ (gold and silver winner New York international radio awards 2013), "William Melville:The Queens Detective" (Gold winner New York international radio awards 2015), and "Living Memory" all with Henchman productions.

Máirín Prendergast

Máirín Predergast ("Sister Assumpta") is a veteran of the Cork stage and has appeared and directed numerous productions through the years. Most recently Máirín was seen in "The Sunbeam Girls" at the Cork Opera House and "Men Should Weep" at the Cork Arts Theatre, both directed by Marion Wyatt. Other acting credits include Beckett’s "Footfalls" and "Rockaby" at the Granary Theatre. She also appeared in Corcadorca’s work in development "Now and in the Hour of our Debt”. She has also directed many projects including “Dracula”, “The Dresser”, “Wait Until Dark”, and “A  Celebration of Synge”.

Kevin McCormack

Kevin McCormack ("Garda Jim") has starred in over 50 different stage productions since 2004, before which he enjoyed a colourful career as both a professional musician and stand-up comic.  Kevin also works as a character voice-artist as well as directing and writing for stage. Most recently you can see Kevin in “The Lobster”, in which he acts alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel Weiss, and "Dead Along the Way", which recently premiered at the 2016 Galway Film Fleadh.

Upcoming projects include the anticipated dark comedy feature “ The  Good Sinner”.

Judy Donovan

Judy Donovan ("Valerie") has played roles in numerous film and TV shows, including Madame Pigot in “Albert Nobbs”, --working directly with Glen Close and Brendan Gleeson and has appeared in the RTE series “Reabhloid” and the IFTA award winning “Cumann na Mban” for TG4. She has also played roles in "The Singing Detective", “Entrapment", “Somersby", "The Borgias” and “The Tudors”. She played Angie in the award winning feature film “North Circular Road”. On the comedy front, Judy is in the RTE/BBC pilot “Settled” and feature film “The Young Offenders”. She has an extensive theatre resume preforming at the Abbey Theatre, Cork Opera House, The Everyman Theatre, Wexford Opera House, and the Garter Lane Theatre. 

Frank Prendergast

Frank Prendergast ("Garda Kieran") is a Cork based actor who began acting in 2003 in Corcadorca's site specific theatre piece “Love” in the Cork Midsummer Festival. He has worked as a stage actor with Galloglass, Graffiti, Granary, Meridian, TheatreMakers and others. He was an ensemble member with BrokenCrow Theatre Company for two years, during which time he directed Tracy Lett’s “Bug” and acted in "Madame Chavelle Presents” and “Mantle”. Recently he worked with Julie Kelleher in her production of "The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’” in the Everyman Theatre in Cork. Frank’s screen credits include many short films, several television credits, as well as feature films “Davin”, "Shem The Penman Sings Again”  and the forthcoming feature “Storage”.

Martin Blower
Martin Blower (Ronan McSweeney) was born in Cork and has had an extensive acting career, mostly on stage, winning many awards along the way. His most recent roles include The Brigadier General in "King and Country" and Pozzo in "Waiting for Godot". Musical roles include Bill Sykes in "Oliver" and Judd Fry in "Oklahoma".


Yoshikatsu Yasaki

Yoshikatsu Yasaki (Cinematographer) shares his time between the U.S. and Japan, where he is a much sought-after director of photography on film, TV, and commercial productions. After his experience as cinematographer on "Choosing Signs", Yoshikatsu was happy to sign on as Cinematographer for "The Holy Fail". He is also the Cinematographer for Owen Dara's next feature film.  


Derry O'Leary (Associate Producer/Sound Recordist) is managing Director of an established corporate video production company based in Cork City, Ireland. He studied Film/TV Production at St. John’s College in Cork and has worked as an animation teacher in schools around the county. He is also an Artist and loves to use his creative skills in every possible medium of Art.

Jordan O'Neill

Jordan O'Neill (Sound Editor) has been working in Post Production sound in Los Angeles for 16 years for companies like Todd A/O Post Production, DTS Inc & Datasat Digital Entertainment, the past 11 years as a Sound Mastering Engineer for the DTS Sound format for films by directors Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, David Fincher, Alfonso Cuaron, J.J Abrams and many more. He is currently a freelance Sound Editor/Sound Designer based in Los Angeles with a passion for immersive sound content for film and interactive media. For more info please email:

Petr Stach

Petr Stach (Sound Recordist/ Production Assistant/ "Detective Coleman") originally from the Czech Republic but spent most of his life abroad in the USA, UK and the last 10 years in Ireland. Petr obtained a BA first-class Honours Degree in TV and Video production at the University of Sunderland, UK. He has worked on several feature Films and documentaries. He has worked as cinematographer on many films, including the Royal Television Society award-winning “Gently Down the Stream”, and “Outside the box” , which won the Best Irish Short Film award at Fastnet Film Festival in Schull.

Rosie O'Regan

Rosie O’Regan ("Sarah") is a Cork based actor with a background in Dance and Art. Her theatre credits include work produced by Corcadorca, Conflicted Theatre, The Everyman, Meridian, Cyclone and more. Her work in film won her a best actress award at the L.I.T film festival 2012.  Rosie is also a member of BrokenCrow and Snatch Comedy Improv, with whom she performs regularly.

Mon Murphy

Mon Murphy (“Whippersnapper Lady”) received her training at The Cork Shakesperean Company under the direction of Fr. O’Flynn. Early Shakesperean roles include Ophelia in "Hamlet", Cornelia in “King Lear”, Maria in “Twelfth Night” and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. In musicals, she played Adelaide in “Guys & Dolls” Ado Annie in “Oklahoma” and Miss Hannigan in "Annie", to name a few. Her roles on film include playing Mrs. Donnelly in “Broken Harvest”, and she had a scene with Marlon Brando in “Divine Rapture”, which, in spite of its star-studded cast, was never completed. She also starred at the Everyman Palace Theatre in her own one-woman show “Lunchtime Laughter with Mon Murphy”.

Alan Riordan

Alan Riordan ("Detective Clifford") is an Irish actor, born and raised in Cork City. He studied acting at Kinsale College and has been appearing in theater in and around Cork for over 15 years. He has appeared on the T.V. show "Ealu" and on  "Fair City."  He is featured not only in "The Holy Fail", but also in "Choosing Signs" as well as in Owen Dara's next feature film.

Cora Fenton

Cora Fenton ("Mrs. Stokes") has worked extensively in theatre, recently playing Alice in the world premiere of “Fred and Alice”  at Batewley’s Café Theatre, Dublin. She has appeared in many TV shows and films , including “Loving Miss Hatto” (BBC), "Railway Children", "Burial on Thorn Hill", “ Mattie", "Strength and Honor", "Razor Fish", Channel 31’s “ PD" and TV3’s “Deception". Cora is a co-founder of The Callback Theatre.