Solo Performer and Playwright
Solo performer and playwright Jim Loucks began his career in summer stock at the Highlands Playhouse in North Carolina. After earning his MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia, Jim moved to Los Angeles where has appeared in several plays and independent films. He has performed his first solo show "Cemetery Golf" at Beyond Baroque and the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA; United Solo Theatre Festival, The Drilling Company and 78th Street Playhouse in New York City; the Hudson Opera House in Hudson, NY; Solofest at the Filling Station in Albuquerque, NM and Fronterafest in Austin, TX. He has also taken the show to the Fringes in Boulder, Oahu, Hollywood, San Francisco, Orlando, San Diego, and Cincinnati (where he received a CityBeat "Critic's Pick"). "The Biscuiteater" is his second solo show, and he has performed it at Fronterafest (Austin, TX), the Solo Performance Festival at theatre off jackson (Seattle, WA), SoloFest at the Whitefire Theatre (Sherman Oaks, CA), the Electric Lodge (Venice, CA), United Solo Theatre Festival (NYC), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) and the Oahu, Cincy, San Diego, Chicago and Tucson Fringes. He recently won "Best Solo Performance" at the Tucson Fringe 2017.
Director Lisa Chess is an actor, acting instructor and director. As an actor, she co-starred in the award-winning independent films Frankie and Johnnie Are Married, Ladies in Waiting and The Hollow. She guest-starred on several television series, including Picket Fences, The Practice, Family Law, The Division, Diagnosis Murder and Chicago Hope. Theater credits include The Catskill Sonata, directed by Paul Mazursky, Legacy, Bridge Over Land and Pineapple (Lincoln Center Theater Lab). She taught acting at UCLA Extension, the School of Visual Arts in New York and NYU in the School of Professional Studies. As a director, she directed and developed Mina Samuels' solo Do You Know Me? at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, as well as Hazards, which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival and won the award for Best Avant-Garde Play at United Solo Theatre Festival (NYC).
Producer Deb Loucks earned her MFA in Production Management at UCLA's School of Theatre, Film and Television and her BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in Production at the Mark Taper Forum, the Geffen Playhouse, PRT and the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, among many others. She was the Company Manager for the Atlantic Crossing Theatre Project and the Managing Director of Venice Visionary Performing Arts. She is also a painter and co-owner of Small World Books in Venice, CA, where she is also the curator of their gallery for the Venice Art Crawl.