OUR TEAM

Tim True
Tim TrueDirector / Writer
Tim comes from a lifelong background in the theatre, performing in seasons with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Portland Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Intiman Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and many others. In 2005, Tim co-founded the regional theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The inaugural production (Recent Tragic Events, by Craig Wright) garnered the company major recognition by Portland’s Theatre awards, The Drammies, including one for outstanding production. The company took off from there and in a very short time, began producing 5 shows per season with an annual budget just shy of a million dollars. As director, actor and producer, Tim and the company quickly established the reputation for bringing compelling and challenging work with fantastic acting and tight direction. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Tim has guest starred on many television shows including, Scandal, Big Little Lies, American Vandal, Modern Family, Workaholics, Agent Carter, Grimm, and Criminal Minds.
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Csaba Mera
Csaba MeraWriter / Executive Producer

Csaba studied screenwriting in California with Terry Black and Shane Black. He studied filmmaking at the NW Film Center in Portland, Oregon. He has written a number of screenplays, including The Corvin Battalion about the teenage freedom fighters of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; City Kids, inner city teenager caring for his younger siblings after parents abandoned them, promoted by Michael Spielberg (South Central), until the producers sad, untimely death.

Not surprisingly, Csaba’s cinematic passion is driven by social issues and a dedication to a highly professional, engaging and compelling way to present the message. During a decade of support and Board leadership of Janus Youth Programs in Oregon, he helped the organization address heartbreaking social issues and helped rebuild the lives of young victims of domestic violence, abuse, sex trafficking, and rejection by family for coming out as LGBTQ.

In addition, Csaba’s passion for the performing arts led him to be Board President of Third Rail Repertory Theatre, as he guided a small ambitious startup theater troupe to be one of the top-rated theater companies in the Pacific Northwest.

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Deborah Lee Smith
Deborah Lee SmithProducer
Deborah is an award winning actress and producer and founder of “More Than You See”, a non profit organization dedicated to sharing stories and resources surrounding the daily struggles of mental health. Originally from LA, she studied Theater and English Lit at UC Berkeley before moving to Australia to pursue her master’s degree in Film Production.

She started acting again in the Australian film industry before returning to LA and diving head first into acting and discovered a love of producing. Currently, she has
three features in various stages of production, as well as other projects in development that illustrate her breadth and diverse talents in the industry.

In her spare time, she loves baking banana bread, exploring new places, and finding new ways to make her friends and family smile 🙂

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Alyssa Roehrenbeck
Alyssa RoehrenbeckProducer
Alyssa is a get-shit-done type person with a fun loving, goofy side. She believes strongly in working hard and playing hard – at the same time.

As an Actress and Producer, she began at a young age by adapting and organizing neighborhood plays based on the popular American Girls collection (yes, really). She and her pals rehearsed, constructed hodge-podge costumes and then charged parents for admission and popcorn.

After graduating from studies in Theater and Business, she’s developed her skills as not only a writer and actress, but as a smart and fearless Producer. She has Produced feature films like Seaside (starring Ariana DeBose from Broadway’s A Bronx Tale & Hamilton), documentary work for Cartoon Network, Misfits (starring Paige McKenzie) for Disney’s Free Period, and loads of commercials, industrials and viral content.

Brittani Ward
Brittani WardCasting Director
Brittani Ward (maiden name: Brittani Smith) is a Casting Director from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She studied Theatre and Cinematography at the University of Iowa for two years, then transferred to DePaul University’s Digital Cinema Production program, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in screenwriting and a plan to pursue a career in casting.
She moved to Los Angeles and worked for several years as a Casting Associate to Amber Horn, Danielle Aufiero, and Barbara Fiorentino. Her credits during that time include MTV’s Awkward., The 100 on the CW, Lifetime’s Un-Real, SexEd (Starring Haley Joel Osment), and other studio and network pilots.
Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Laray Mayfield hired Brittani as her Casting
Associate in May, 2015. Laray is one of the most prestigious casting directors in the
world today; she works on quality projects helmed by some of best directors, producers, and actors in the business. To date, she allows Brittani to continue casting projects for her own company as a Casting Director, while accruing high-level Casting Associate credits on confidential features and series of hers.
Michael Ward
Michael WardEditor
Michael grew up in Portland and attended film school at the University of Southern California. His credits as a feature film editor include Birds of Neptune, which debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2015, and Shut Up Anthony, which took home best feature awards at the Oregon Independent Film Festival and the Klamath Independent Film Festival.
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Mark Orton
Mark OrtonComposer
MARK ORTON, founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble TIN HAT, has written original scores or contributed music to numerous dramatic and documentary films including NEBRASKA, MY OLD LADY, SWEET LAND, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, BUCK, FROM THE ASHES, THE GOOD GIRL, THE BOX TROLLS, PEOPLE PLACES THINGS, Fernando Meirelles’ 360, and Ken Burns’ ROOSEVELTS series, along with the award-winning radio show THIS AMERICAN LIFE.
A recipient of a Sundance Institute Composer Fellowship, Mark is a multi-instrumentalist and collector of antique and unusual musical instruments, which he often employs in his scores.
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