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Jason is one of NZs most established actors. He has 15 years’ experience throughout the industry. A finalist and recipient of multiple acting and writing awards Jason has performed internationally and nationally to critical acclaim. His resume includes television, film and theatre. Highlights include the television series Insiders Guide To Happiness; the blockbuster Avatar and Apollo 13 Mission Control which he has performed over 150 times. His theatre credits include new NZ and international works. A shortlist of these include Death Of A Salesman, When The Rain Stops Falling, In The next Room, Penninsula, The Tutor, Bent, The Lead Wait, Fat Pig, The Collective, Flintlock Musket and Dirt. Jason lives in Wellington with his wife Belinda and son Ashley.
Originally from Whakatane, Ashley studied acting at Auckland's Unitec in 2002. His career highlights include The Glass Menagerie at the Court Theatre in Christchurch, Jack and the Beanstalk at Dunedin's Fortune, Equus and Blood Brothers with the Peach Theatre Company in Auckland and of course touring with the almighty crew of Apollo 13: Mission Control! In 2008 Ashley played a lead role in the short film Aphrodite's Farm which went on to win the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Ashley now resides in Sydney where he recently directed NZ play The Case of Katherine Mansfield for his new theatre company Brokebliss.
Sam is an Auckland based actor who has performed as Fred Haise for the previous seasons of Apollo 13: Mission Control in Perth, Brisbane, Nelson and Wellington. Other theatre credits include The History Boys by Alan Bennett and Flightless Birds and T.W.C.A.S (The West Auckland Cardigan Appreciation Society) which were also written by Sam. On Screen Sam has appeared in Season 3 of Go Girls and in multiple television commercials both in N.Z and abroad.
Gareth Williams is an award-winning actor and a graduate of the NZ Drama School. He won Best Comedy for his devised show The Lonesome Buckwhips at the Wellington Arts Festival and later that year he was also nominated for a prestigious Billy T James Award. Gareth then went on to collaborate with Indian Ink Theatre Company in developing their new show The Dentist’s Chair. For his work he was nominated for a Chapman Tripp Award for Best Male Newcomer. Currently working out of Sydney, he has worked on multi-award-winning shows such as Collapsing Creation and in multiple seasons of Apollo 13: Mission Control. For his role as Walter Cronkite, Gareth was named Metro Magazine’s Best Newcomer 2009. Screen credits include , Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Separation City, Home by Christmas, Rest for the Wicked, Legend of the Seeker, This is Not My Life, Bliss and multiple television appearances with The Lonesome Buckwhips for NZ International Comedy Festival Galas.
Ben has been working as an actor since the mid-2000's. In 2008, he became one of the founding members of Catalyst Theatre, performing in and overseeing the script development of all of their plays. Aside from his work with Catalyst, Ben's list of credits include the feature-film The Waterhorse, the television series The Almighty Johnsons as well as theatre work with the likes of Thomas Sainsbury, Smackbang and The Outfit Theatre Company.
A graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Byron Coll has most recently been working on Jane Campion's BBC television series 'Top of the Lake' and the feature film 'Shopping', directed by Louis Sutherland & Mark Albiston. He also featured in Gaylene Preston's 'Home by Christmas', and the television feature, 'Tangiwai'. Byron has devised and collaborated as an actor in many New Zealand theatre works including the 2010 nationwide tour of Antarctic thriller 'HEAT', playing the role of an Emperor Penguin. Other theatre credits include the New Zealand classic 'The End of the Golden Weather' with Auckland Theatre Company, James Bond spoof 'The Spy Who Wouldn't Die Again' and Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' with Downstage Theatre and the Chapman Tripp Award-winning show Mr Marmalade at BATS. Byron is a founding member of the Great American Laughing Stock Company, with which he has performed and directed workshops at the Steamboat Springs Theatre Festival in Colorado.