Before landing the role of Rhett, Lee Dawn Hershey, a Texas native, spent a couple years in theater before further immersing themselves into the entertainment industry and creating their company, Girls With Flair! As founder and co-owner, Lee rallied women of many talents, ranging from DJs to aerialists, break-dancers to flair bartenders (which Lee is too) and beyond. Lee is also very insistent on keeping their brand representation very fluid and focused on visibility. Girls With Flair! has taken off, and Lee has worked directly with NBA professional Tony Parker, actresses Kate Moenning, musician and entertainer Camila Grey, and model/actress/DJ Ruby Rose. This will be Lee’s first breakthrough performance as transgendered male, Rhett in God Made Man.
Sebastian is a dreamer who discovered the art of play while studying Theatre at Rutgers University and continued this discovery process working as a stage actor in Philadelphia for local companies while also self-producing theatrical work centered on sexuality and race. Sebastian enjoys the art of storytelling through film, theatre, and music and believes we can enhance our lives by sharing with one another.
Before acting, Mike was one of Oklahoma’s most successful and famous Attorneys and represented Governors, Congressmen, Doctors and others charged with high profile crimes. He received the “Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Decade” Award in 2000 by the Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. And was selected and became a member of the Rosa Parks “Wall of Tolerance” for his exemplary work in the courtroom representing and defending the civil rights of others. He was also a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and set a World Land Speed Record for 250 cc Motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats (record 1989-2007). He retired to Austin to take up acting and has appeared in films for Oliver Stone and Robert Rodriquez and most recently worked with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke in The Magnificent Seven. He is also a Daytime Emmy® Winner. He is represented by Acclaim Talent.
Samantha is a native Texan, an “Austinite” to be exact. She is a film, theatre and voice actress. Most known for her work as a voice actress and extended cast member with the world popular comedy and gaming company Rooster Teeth Productions. Samantha served as a Co-Producer on the award-winning web series, Once You Leave and also played the role of ‘Molly’ in the series. With self-produced work, Samantha’s voice acting skills were featured in season two of the exciting collaborative hitRECord on TV show hosted and owned by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, on PIVOT. Samantha has teamed up with her husband in starting their own production company with several feature films in development. She is represented by Collier Talent Agency.
Addie Alexander is a native New Yorker who relocated to Austin in 2009 with her husband. She is a professional social worker who began to study acting for the first time when she relocated to Austin. She currently studies with Laurel Vouvray. She has performed in feature length and short films, live theater, stand up comedy and commercials. She is represented by The Atherton Group. She was delighted to be cast as Joy in GMM.
Ed was born in Fort Rucker, Alabama and grew up mostly in Copperas Cove, Texas where his father, Retired LTC William E. Hattaway, an Army helicopter pilot was stationed. He also spent 3 years in Nuremberg, Germany and one year in London. Ed earned a bachelor’s degree in History, though he spent all his spare time helping build sets for the Drama dept. and acting in a few plays. He supported himself through the years doing mostly interior carpentry work and in 2009 decided to officially become an actor. Since then Ed has acted in a slew of shorts, features and a TV movie. He has been a student of Laurel Vouvrays since 2010, who teaches the Meisner Method. When he’s not working on his “emotional preparation” or trying to flush out a character with an impediment, he is probably dancing to a live band somewhere in town. Ed currently lives in Austin, Texas and is represented by Acclaim Talent.
Clifton understudied in How Cissy Grew at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles. He added voice talents to the feature film I Am Legend and also, The Blindside, an audio adventure game available for iPhone. Clifton was a stand-in on a couple of Mad Men episodes, and a hand double for CSI: Miami. He has been an extra in CSI:NY, Scrubs, House, M.D., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Changeling, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and a bunch of other things probably. Clifton played Bobby the Gardener in a retelling of the Henry Hill story in a 2011 production of Locked up Abroad, and co-starred in the short film Damsel which premiered at the Phoenix Film Festival in 2012. He played Walt in Dog, which won an editing award at Challenge 2.0, a 2004 film festival in Chicago. He is on the internet in Gordo 2.0 from 2010, Best Friends from 2013, and Four Twentysomethings in 2015.
During his 30+ year career as an actor, Rob has starred in more than 100 feature films, television shows, national commercials, and stage productions. His film credits include Sin City 2, Infamous, The King, Frame Switch, Deep in the Heart, I’ll Come Running, Plastic Utopia, and Z: A Zombie Musical. Television roles include Friday Night Lights, My Generation, The Lying Game, and the television pilot Two Queens Cooking for the Food Channel. With numerous stage performances that include Broadway and national tours, Rob originated lead roles in the world premieres of Antarctica The Musical, The Family of Ree, Aunt Rose, Burnt, Slavemaker, Tunneling, and Children of the Sun. He has also toured the nation for the past 17 years as a member of the comedy troupe The Austin Babtist Women, garnering state and national awards and recognition while raising more than $8 million for AIDS/HIV and breast cancer.
Gregg went back to college in his forties to pursue his first love, FILM! Two of his films, Speed Dating and the documentary, Challenger Street Newspaper, were shown at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival as well as the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival. He recently finished post production for two other documentary shorts and has several projects in development. He also is the owner of Gregg Baethge Films production company.
God Made Man marks Gregg’s debut as an actor in a feature film. When the time came to cast the role of Big Fish, GMM creators, Kayla Olson and Nate Locklear knew it had to be somebody special for this unique character. So Gregg asked if they’d consider him… Kayla and Nate agreed, not really knowing if he could pull it off. Big Fish’s scenes were saved for the end of shooting while Gregg was busy doing his Assistant Director duties. After the amazingly intense performances Gregg witnessed day-in and day-out from the rest of the cast he began to worry that he wouldn’t hold up against their talent. Luckily, as soon as Gregg put on his wardrobe and sat in the makeup chair, he became Big Fish. It will be a performance everyone will love and remember.
Actress, Model, Singer and Rising Star… Gabriella became nationally recognized a few years ago from the TARGET Commercial “I Am A Pharmacist” where she played Young Virginia. Soon after she played, Young Tay in the alternative rock band, Yellowcard’s music video Here I am Alive. From there she went on to work with well-known stars such as Eva Longoria in Without Men and even had a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She had a small supporting role in the critically acclaimed LGBT short Love Is All You Need. Gabriella is no newbie when it comes to the entertainment industry; she has worked in film, TV, commercials, music videos, modeling campaigns, runway shows and more! She’s worked with Missing Hill Productions before in the short film, Braver Than You Believe as the lead.
Big on charity and causes, when Gabriella was 12 she organized a Big Celebrity Toy Drive Event for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Over 1,000 toys were collected and Gabriella brought the ill children to be the “stars for the night”. Her biggest cause is “Animals” and is an advocate for “Saving The Dolphins” Campaign.