Co-creator, Writer, Director and Actress: Just Sayin'
Writer and Actress: Sibs, The Lies We Tell, The Interview
Producer: Sleep Training, Sibs, Just Sayin' - Seasons 1 and 2, The Lies We Tell, The Interview
Samantha is an actor, writer, producer, and musician; A native Canadian, she currently resides in New York and is the founder of Made with Sass. Her co-created original series, Just Sayin', and short films:The Lies We Tell & Sleep Training, have been showcased at Holly Web Fest, NYC Web Fest, LA Web Fest, The Edmonton Short Film Festival, The Iron Mule Comedy Film Festival, Channel 101 NY, IndieWorks, New Filmmakers on My Damn Channel and all over the world wide web. Samantha recently made her Houston stage debut in Black Lab Theatre's critically acclaimed production of Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still. Her performance earned her a Houston Theatre Award nomination for Best Actress. Samantha's New York stage credits include: The New York City premieres of Tesla Off-Broadway (world premiere), Apple (The Drilling Company) and Belgrade Trilogy (Whitelisted Theatre). Additional stage credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical, Emma Burden (world premiere/Mob Hit Productions), Birthday Triage (Columbia Stages) and Stage Door. Samantha is a graduate of The Atlantic Acting School where she was a student of Cynthia Silver's. The two bonded over a common desire to tell honest and unique stories within the context of the ordinary and from the female perspective. Sibs will be the pair's second film collaboration.
Director of Photograhy: Sleep Training, Just Sayin' - Season 2
Darian is an NYC native, where she grew up in Hell's Kitchen. She was the only female in the 2012 Film/Animation/Video Department at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) who graduated with honors - and her RISD senior thesis short film Abyss won Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival-affiliated "30Under30 Film Festival" in 2013. Abyss has screened in several other festivals in NYC and internationally at the Female Eye Film Festival, in Toronto. She freelance's as a director, cinematographer, producer, editor and compositor. She studied SFX/prosthetics/propmaking with Tate Steinsiek (from SyFy's FaceOff competition show), is an artist/illustrator and she also maintains a popular blog.
Alexandra Clayton (LOU)
Co-creator, Writer, Director Producer and Actress: Just Sayin'
Alexandra Clayton is an actor and filmmaker living and working in New York City. Originally from Oakland, CA, Alexandra built a foundation in acting studying at The Berkeley Repertory Theater, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and University of the Pacific's Theater Department. She received glowing reviews for her lead role in Joshua Moore’s feature film, I THINK IT’S RAINING. Screen Daily proclaimed the film was “given a delightful heart and soul in the form of actress/singer Alexandra Clayton, whose charismatic performance helps gives the film its unassuming vibrancy and passion.” I THINK IT’S RAINING premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic, and was also the opening night film at San Francisco’s Cinema By the Bay festival. It continued to play at festivals around the U.S. including Rooftop Films Summer Series in New York City before receiving a distribution deal from FilmBreak. It’s now available on numerous VOD and digital download platforms including: Amazon, Google Play, Fandor, Sony, and Vudu! She also appeared in George Manatos's feature directorial debut RED RIGHT RETURN as Ruth.
Clayton holds a BA in Theater Arts from Columbia University (directing focus), where she directed Maurice Maeterlinck's THE BLIND. Steadily working behind the scenes, she has assistant directed for New York theater makers Simón Hanukai and The Whitelisted Theater Company, and filmmakers Ben Wood and Molly McGaughey. This past year she directed her first two films; a surreal documentary for which she has been collecting footage and developing for several years that focuses on aging and dreams, and a narrative short (written by Clayton as well) that explores the dissociative effects of grief through the lens of a bereft widower. Both are currently in post production.
You can catch her making funny as LOU in the web series JUST SAYIN which she cowrites and produces with Samantha Slater and Kate Hoffman. Living it up in New York, the unending amount of new art and humans that fill the city are her constant source of inspiration and motivation. The food variety and general friendliness of Astoria keep her heart happy and her brain sane and her gig as freelance photographer ensures no time is wasted. For more on her acting career and resume please visit
Katie Honaker (SASHA)
Actress: Sleep Training
Katie Honaker is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School's two year conservatory after which she spent a year working with Columbia University graduate school directors (Class of 2005) on weekly projects and in a collaboration class with Anne Bogart.
Theater: Trissotin in "The Learned Ladies" (dir: Paul Urcioli), Marian in Brian Parks’ “The Invitation” (dir: John Clancy), Angie in "Hotel Oracle" by Bixby Elliot (dir: Stephen Brackett), Dexter in Adam Szymkowicz's "Food for Fish" (dir: Alexis Poledouris) Tink in Bixby Elliot's "I'm Not Peter Pan" at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ["Best of Fest" Award] (dir: Cary McClelland), and Clara in "Amerika" (dir: Alex Poe) which won an Outstanding Ensemble Award in the Fringe NYC ’05.
Film: "Sleep Training" dir: Cynthia Silver, “Grace Is Gone” (voice of Grace) dir: James Strouse, “Snowfall” dir: Juan Reinoso, “Finding Graceland” dir: Robert Harte.
Katie teaches speech at Atlantic Acting School and is a private dialect/accent reduction coach.
Proud member of Actor's Equity Association and Screen Actor's Guild.
Director: Sibs, Sleep Training
Cynthia is an actor, director, writer, solo performer, and acting teacher. She has been a faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School in New York City since 1998, where she teaches acting by way of the Practical Aesthetics technique, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. It ‘s at Atlantic where Cynthia has honed her craft as a director and has helmed productions of Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl, Almost, Maine, by John Cariani and Shel Shocked: An Evening of Grown-up One Acts by Shel Silverstein. Cynthia’s critically-acclaimed solo show, BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!, co-written with Kenny Finkle, won FringeNYC’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Solo Show and has received productions in both New York and Los Angeles. Other stage acting credits include Paper Cranes w/ Packawallop; Carnival Round the Central Figure at IRT; The Adding Machine (Winner: Best Overall Production, FringeNYC), Richard Nelson’s Jitterbugging: Scenes of Sex in a New Society, Eric Bogosian’s Scenes from a New World, and Warren Leight’s The Loop with Mobius Group Productions, of which she was a founding member. Her acting credits on small and big screens include “Boardwalk Empire”, “CSI: NY”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, Brightest Star, The Green, and Colin Fitz Lives! Cynthia is also ensemble member of Partial Comfort Productions, where she has been seen in their productions of TEN: A Celebration of 10 Years of Partial Comfort, KIDSTUFF, and Open House (Winner: Best Ensemble, FringeNYC). It was on retreat with Partial Comfort that Cynthia met Anna Zeigler and has since directed a staged reading of Anna’s play, Variations on a Theme for Crashbox Theater Company. After they both became moms, Cynthia approached Anna about writing a short film that illustrated one of the uniquely bizarre situations that new parents encounter. And so, it came to be that Sleep Training was born.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Cynthia resides in Manhattan with her husband, Matthew, a production stage manager, and their daughter, Sadie Roy, a Kindergartner.
Kate Hoffman (ELLIE)
Co-creator, Writer, Director, Producer and Actress: Just Sayin'
Kate is an actress/writer/director & a graduate of the Conservatory at the Atlantic Theater Company. When not spending her time co-creating the web series JUST SAYIN' (nominated best female performance: UCBeast's Channel 101), she can be found playing Maggie in THE WALKING DEAD SKETCH with the comedians of Temple Horses. She is currently in preproduction for LYDIA - a new show for VIMEO & this winter will direct Brett Epstein's comedic short film, COMMUNITY SERVICE. She has had the pleasure of working on set of Nick Sandow's THE WANNABE, is a cofounder of THE WHITELISTED THEATRE COMPANY, & currently is an assistant to Josh Radnor.
Screenwriter: Sleep Training
Anna Ziegler’s plays have been produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Theater J, DR2 (W.E.T.), Cherry Lane Theatre (Playwrights Realm), Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre, Summer Play Festival (SPF), The Fountain Theatre, English Theatre of Berlin, Theatre503 (UK), Synchronicity Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and Vermont Stage Company, among others. She has received commissions from The Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage Company and New Georges. Awards include the STAGE Award, Weissberger Award (finalist), Edgerton New Play Prize, Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize and NYIT Award nomination for Best Short Play (2011, 2012). She has participated in residencies and workshops at the Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Arena Stage, PlayLabs (Playwrights Center), Chautauqua Theater Company, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, Lark Playwrights Workshop, McCarter Playwrights Retreat, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Araca Group, Old Vic New Voices, TimeLine Theatre, First Light Festival (EST), terraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, Orchard Project, Space at Ryder Farm, Ars Nova, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Primary Stages, Geva Theatre Center, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival and The New Group. Publications include New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007 and DPS editions of BFF, Life Science and Photograph 51. Film credits include a screenplay adaptation of Photograph 51 funded by a Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Foundation grant. Ms. Ziegler has a BA from Yale and an MFA from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
Josh Lewis (RYAN)
Actor: Sleep Training
Josh Lewis is an actor, writer and director. As a member of the comedy group The Bert Fershners, he worked frequently with Comedy Central where the group enjoyed a long association creating and performing their original comedy for the channel, which included their half-hour special, The Bert Fershners’ TV Special, and their award-winning music video “Tube Tops.” The Fershners also appeared on stages throughout New York City, the country, and at festivals around the world including: HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Apart from his work with The Fershners, Josh has written, directed and performed with numerous New York theater companies including The Atlantic Theater, Naked Angels, UCB, and The 52nd Street Project. He was an original cast member and Co-writer of "Crepuscule," which evolved into the Tony Award winning "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." TV acting work includes: "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and commercials for burgers, beer, and gas. Josh is the author of the Disney-Hyperion chapter book series Super Chicken Nugget Boy series.
Editor: Just Sayin'
Anna Hulkower is a writer, comedian, and editor living in New York City. Her long-term goals include someday transforming into Elaine Stritch, legs first. You can find her work at www.annahulkower.com.