Matt Sommerfield – Producer/Director/Writer – Jack White
Matt Sommerfield is an actor/comedian from Crystal Lake, Illinois. He started his acting career in high school when he joined CYT Chicago (Christian Youth Theater), performing in several musical productions with the group. Matt attended college at Judson University where he got his start in stand-up comedy during his freshman year.
Since then Matt has performed at venues including Zanies (Chicago) and EastVille Comedy Club (New York City). He has had the opportunity to be involved in many short films and theater productions as well. His latest projects include voice over work as a supporting lead in the popular PC Video Game called S.T.A.L.K.E.R – Call of Pripyat, as well as being involved in several shows with GreenRoom Theater (Huntley) including Noises Off and the Sketch Comedy Show Stupid Cupid. Matt is happily married to his wife Madison and resides in Algonquin, IL.
J.E. Albright – Story
J.E. Albright developed the story for A Shallow Grave and is a prolific screenwriter and author of several works in progress. In addition to his writing credits, he has also directed and produced a handful of short films, the most recent of which The Lazarus Road was entered into the Canes Film Festival at the University of Miami in Florida, where he also earned his M.F.A. in Screenwriting. He also holds a B.A. in Psychology and is also co-founder and Creative Director of Sleeping Cloud Pictures/Waking 521 as well as a Script Consultant at Vindicator Artists, based in Alabama.
Robb Davidson – Director of Photography – Guard
Robb Davidson is a professional photographer from Wheaton, IL. His interest in photography started during his time as a student at Judson University. In 2010 Robb made the transition from shooting 45 weddings and working fulltime at a gym to full time photography. Robb’s skills as a photographer bring a unique creative eye to A Shallow Grave. Currently, Robb resides and runs a photography company in Wheaton, IL.
Matthew Hallstein – Nolan Delatorre
Born on Long Island, NY on April 1st, 1962, Matt Hallstein grew up around sports and stunt acting through high school then moved onto Minnesota to study musical theater and broadcasting.
This is his first independent film (A Shallow Grave) as a film actor. His past credits on the stage go back to 1983 when he started his musical theater debut as ‘KoKo’ in the Mikado. Some notable theater roles include, Harold Hill, Henry Higgins, King Arthur, King Alfonso (Medieval Times), King Mongkut of Siam, John Barrymore, Pirate King, and Scrooge. Outside of his work as a Communications Technician, he spends most of his time with his wife Terri and daughters Sara and Shannon. Other interests include nutritional aspects for better health, Photography, Kayaking, Mountain biking/Hiking, support for Feed My Starving Children.
Ben Piershale – Matthew Donovan
Ben has been in some form of theater since he was just a child. Growing up he participated in any church or school play he could be a part of. This eventually led him to be involved with CYT (Christian Youth Theater) through his high school years and studying film in college. His passions for the stage and film have allowed him to be a part of several commercials and short films. Ben and his wife now operate an online business from their home and are the proud parents of their 18-month-old son Ashton, whom keeps them very, very busy.
Rachel McGinley – Annabel
Rachel McGinley was born in Arlington Heights in 1996. Since then Rachel has been the lead in her school productions of Honk, The Adventures of a Comic Book Writer and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This is Rachel’s first acting role in a film. She is a worship leader at her church and is an aspiring singer/songwriter. Rachel plans to attend Roosevelt University or Colombia University after High School to continue her career in acting and singing.
Miriam Naponelli Masey – Emma
Miriam Naponelli Masey graduated from The Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in Acting. Since graduating she has become an ensemble member of GreenRoom Theater, wrote and performed her own narrative performance art piece, and taught a theater camp for The Sage Studio at the Raue Center for Performing Arts. Miriam started teaching/ directing for GreenRoom and Spotlight in 2011. Directing credits include The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Hercules, and Urinetown the Musical. Her past stage credits include, Bare: A Pop Opera (Rory), Clue the Musical (The Detective), A Flea in her Ear (Antoinette Plucheux), Seussical the Musical (Cat in the Hat), and Les Miserables (Madame Tenardier).
Randy Peterkort – Wicks
Randy Peterkort is no stranger to the world of performing arts. He has been involved in several theater productions with various groups including: CCT (Christian Community Theater) – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob), Music On Stage Productions – Jekyll & Hyde (Spider), and GreenRoom Theater’s – A Midsummer Nights Dream (Flute). Randy is an avid music connoisseur and resides in Algonquin, IL with his wife Tammy. He is the proud grandfather of Troy Brooke (Oliver)!
Joe Quinn – Chambers
Joe Quinn has a B.A. in theatre and worked in Chicago theatre, film and commercials for decades. He hit the L.A. scene back in the eighties and has been in hiatus, as a truck driver, for the last twenty years, still awaiting his ‘big break’.
Marty McGinley – Mitchell
Marty McGinley who plays Mitchell was born in Chicago in 1964. Since then Marty has written three plays and acted in 3 plays including, The Revolution, R2 and Relentless. Marty spent time at the Integrity school of Script writing. Marty has also been involved in the Inhabit production of the Odd Couple. Marty now spends most of his time doing Standup comedy at venues that include The Comedy Shrine, Gorilla Tango and Zanies.
Naomi Rogers – Margaret
Naomi has had a lifelong passion for theatre and performance of any kind. She has done voice over work for live action audios and often is honored to perform with Overshadowed Theatrical Productions. She has been a Teacher, Director and Choreographer for CYT and is currently the Drama Teacher/Director at Heritage Home School Workshops. She has two grown kids and has been married for 24 years and looks forward to see how the Lord will lead in her next chapter of life. Naomi is also thankful to Matt Sommerfield for this great opportunity to do more film work. John 14:6