Ben Grinnell (Neil) - Ben was thrilled to be in Ian Martin's film. Originally from Seattle, he spent several years in Chicago performing at numerous comedy clubs including The Second City, Annoyance Theater, and Improv Olympic. He has also written/produced a bunch of short films with his production team Zoo Milk, one of which ("Awkward Rick") took him into the final top 5 for Yahoo's Talentshow. Right now he is working on 10-episodes of Saint James Zoo, a web-based comedy show, for Sony Pictures Crackle.com. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his two turtles Band-Aid and VCR.
Serena Vesper (Mrs O'Connell) - Serena Vesper enjoyed playing Mrs.
O'Connell as a drastic contrast to her previous Chicago film role as
Adelaide in SOCIAL EVENT OF THE SEASON (Lagentepescada Films) and her
most recent stage performance as Vera in TEN LITTLE INDIANS at Drury
Lane Theatre, Oakbrook. As a child, she gave herself "cold lessons"
by taking the coldest baths she could stand, preparing for her film
role in THE BABY which called for a November plunge in the Hudson
River, re-shot in January. Her favorite commercial is for LOTTO, in
which she's asked what she'd do with the money and replies, "I'd find
myself a total stud." (She appears with a horse in the next shot.)
She paid her NYC stage dues Off-Broadway as Tina in AMPERSAND with
Riverside Stage Co. and Maire in the Irish Arts Center's TRANSLATIONS.
Other favorite roles include: Hedda in HEDDA GABLER and Suzanne in
TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS (Shadowland Theatre, NY), Kost in Gretna
Theatre, PA's, CABARET, Maria in SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL (Old Globe
Theatre, San Diego), Cecily in IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Madison
Rep, WI), and Hermia in Seattle's Bathhouse Theatre MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S
John Paulett (Mr. O'Connell) - John Paulett is the author of Forgotten
Chicago and Printers Row. His plays, including Operation Human
Intelligence and In the Case of Henry Tandy have been produced in
Chicago and Memphis. He was a member of the bluegrass group Home Brew,
appearing on their CD Quilting Music. He most recently understudied
Orgon in Tartuffe at Remy Bumppo Theatre and as Chebutykin in Sisters
3.0 at Big Picture Group Theatre and Paedagogus in Electra at
Bohemian Theatre Group.
Katy Colloton (Erin) - Katy Colloton graduated from Vanderbilt
University in May 2005 with a degree in theater and psychology. In
August 2005 she relocated to the Chicago area. Since arriving in
Chicago Katy has assistant directed two shows: Delores Dogan
(Serendipity Theatre) and A Christmas Carol (Provision Theater); as
well as acted in several projects. Her most recent acting credits
include the role of Jackie Drake in Gathering Dusk Before Darkness
(Darknight Theater), understudying the role of Jane Fairfax in Emma
(Reverie Theatre) and playing the role of Pinktoes in Homesick (Triton
College). Her Chicago film credits include: Realization, The European
Kid, and a Friday the 13th installment.
Candace L.T. Snapp (Caitlin) - Born and raised in the Midwestern town of
Pittsburg, Illinois, Candace L.T. Snapp discovered a passion for
acting at age eleven when she was cast as a go-go dancer in a
community theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dream Coat". Snapp continued to perform in local theater productions
throughout middle and high school and eventually received a theater
scholarship to John A Logan Community College in Carterville,
Illinois. While attending college, Snapp performed in numerous plays
and musicals. Most notably, she played Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls";
Sheila in "The Boys Next Door"; and Paulina in "Death and the Maiden".
Snapp was named the Most Outstanding Theater Student of the Year in
2000 at John .A. Logan College.
Snapp continued her theater studies at Southern Illinois University in
Carbondale, but after a semester of theater she discovered a great
interest in radio and television production. She switched her major
and eventually worked as an intern at the CBS soap opera "The Young
and the Restless" and for the acclaimed casting directors, Victoria
Burrows and Scot Boland. While interning, Snapp rediscovered her love
for acting and due to a family member falling ill, she traveled back
to Southern Illinois Univeristy to major in health education and minor
in theater. She eventually graduated and headed to Chicago to study
improvisation at the esteemed Second City Chicago.
While in Chicago, Snapp landed her first role in the independent film
"The Contract". She will soon be seen in the upcoming independent
debuts of "The European Kid"; "The Chemistry of Dating"; and "Anything
Goes". Snapp lives in Chicago with her husband.
Joe Lazicki (Jimmy) - Joe Lazicki, an actor has appeared in film,
television and commercials. He has studied acting under John Loprieno
(One Life to Live). Joe was very excited about playing Jimmy in the
European Kid. Joe states that it was a privilege to work with such a
professional director and crew. Joe, a son of a dance teacher has
been performing on stage since the age of 3. He made his professional
acting debut in Fox's "Prison Break" playing a secret service agent.
He has also worked on several productions including: "Flags of Our
Fathers" directed by Clint Eastwood, "Break Up", "DOAP", "Anything
Goes", "Valley of Shadows", and "Space Capsule." Joe has just
finished working on Quebec starring Seann William Scott and John C.
Reilly where Joe was Seann William Scott's personal stand in. He also
got a small part in the movie for his hard work. He currently is
preparing for a supporting role in an independent film shooting this
winter. He hopes to work in the future with Ian again.
John Cates (Mike) - John Cates is a graduate of the Second City
Writing Program and Conservatory Program. Previous film credits
include "The Good Guy", a top 10 finalist in IO's 2006 Vidiocy
competition. Theatrically, John served as co-producer and star of the
fully-improvised play "Us4" at the Playground Theater, and has also
performed in numerous productions as a member of several improv groups
including "Tabula Rasa" and "Project Rorschach." John is a founding
member of the corporate entertainment touring group "Out of Work", and
acted as writer and performer for the sketch based comedic troupe "Swingbot". John also co-wrote and performed in the recent production
of "Sexy...(awkward)", a sketch revue which ran in Donny's
Skybox Theater as part of the New Directors Showcase.
John Mobley (Steve) - John has been studying and acting in Chicago for 4 years. He is a Second City Training Center Conservatory and Music Improv program grad. He has been in several sketch comedy shows and enjoys being a member of his improv troupe, The Diary Project. The European Kid is John's first (and as yet, only) film project. He would like to thank the entire cast and crew for giving him a memorable, valuable, and fun experience.
Joey Baron (Paul) - Joey has been working in professional theatre since he was 17. He played Kurt in the American Premier of Marius Von Mayenburg's Fireface. Besides a small walk on as an underage male prostitute in Psychopathia Sexualis, this is his first film. Joey is presently training at the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute in acting and playwriting and has returned to the program for the pilot program of Advanced Playwriting.