Tara Armstrong began her career in film and television as a producer’s assistant in Vancouver, learning the landscape of production on numerous MOWs, films and series. During this time, Tara began developing her voice as a writer, completing several scripts that never saw the light of day. Committed to refining her skills, Tara attended UBC’s Creative Writing Program where she created and wrote Mary Kills People, her original pilot/series about a doctor running an illegal assisted suicide business. Read More
After earning her BFA in 2013, Tara completed the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time TV Program in 2014 and went on to write for television series Private Eyes (Global) and Travelers (Showcase/Netflix).
Her original series Mary Kills People was optioned by eOne and ordered as a six-part event series by Corus/Global, with Lifetime Television coming on board in the US. Tara is creator, writer and co-executive producer of Mary Kills People. She was featured as one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 “Canada’s Rising Stars: 15 Newcomers Grabbing Hollywood’s Attention”. Most recently, Tara’s original pilot/series High Touch, about a woman trying to smash the glass ceiling of the NYC real estate development industry, sold to ABC Signature Studios.
Veteran stage and screen actor Richard Short is soon to be seen in Lifetime’s upcoming original series Mary Kills People, premiering this April. He will portray the very complex role of Des Bennett, a surgeon assisting those that choose to die, opposite fellow surgeon Mary (Caroline Dhavernas.) He can also be seen in 2017’s Time After Time and Training Day television series. Additionally, he has completed production on the horror feature film The Dare and the indie film Crazy Famous, and can be seen in the short-film Abe, directed by Steve Brett, and currently playing in film festivals.Read More
In 2016, Short co-starred in HBO’s Vinyl opposite Olivia Wilde. In 2015, he co-starred in Agent Carter, where he played Marvel’s first ever gay comic book character, Pinky Pinkerton. Short’s diverse range of television credits include appearances in American Horror Story, Blue Bloods, White Collar, Fringe, Bored to Death, Vera and Covert Affair.
In film, Short most recently co-starred in the indie films Cockroaches and Not Welcome. He made his debut in the Sundance hit Delirious. Additional credits include The Exhibitionists alongside Laverne Cox, A New York Love Story, The Guitar, Public Enemies (directed by Michael Mann), Choose, The Butterflies of Bill Baker and Café.
In theater, Short co-starred on Broadway in Jezz Butterworth’s Jerusalem alongside Mark Rylance. Prior to that, he created the role of Eric Saunders in Roberto Aguirre Sacasa’s King of Shadows. Additional highlights include A Night with Simon Gray at Lincoln Centre, a hugely acclaimed performance in Mary Rose for the Vineyard Theatre and as John Eastman in the National Theatre of London transfer of The Night Season, directed by Lonny Price. He made his theater debut in 1996 in the UK production of Grease.
An avid writer, Short has published books, articles and screenplays across the worlds of sports and travel. He currently residents in Los Angeles and Paris with his wife.
Caroline Dhavernas, a Montreal native, began her career at age 8. Dhavernas is immediately recognizable from Bryan Fuller’s hit Hannibal, where she played Dr. Alanna Bloom, opposite Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. Currently, Dhavernas stars as the lead in the newest original series, Mary Kills People, which airs on Global Television in Canada. The series premiered in Canada on January 25, 2017 and had its U.S. premiere on Lifetime on April 23, 2017. Mary Kills People follows Mary Harris, a doctor who helps people in need end their lives with dignity.Read More
On the big screen, Dhavernas will appear in Adam Keleman’s EasyLiving opposite Elizabeth Marvel and Charlie Hofheimer, which was screened during the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival. She also worked with acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin on Seances, which was screened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The project of more than 100 short films pays homage to lost silent films for the 1920s and ‘30s and is being filmed in several cities on two continents over two years.
Dhavernas also appeared in sci-fi film Mars et Avril. Directed by Martin Villeneuve, Mars was based on the novels by the same name and screened at numerous film festivals before being released in Quebec in 2012. In 2011, Dhavernas starred in the ABC series Off the Map. The medical drama, from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, was set in a remote South American village where seven doctors each searched for reasons that brought each of them to medicine.
In 2010, Dhavernas starred as Vera Keller in The Pacific. This epic 10-part miniseries event received an astounding eight Emmy Awards, including outstanding miniseries as well as a Golden Globe nomination for best mini-aeries or motion picture made for television.
Dhavernas starred in the widely acclaimed Canadian feature Passchendaele which won the 2009 Genie Award for best motion picture. She also starred as Kit Holliday in the film Hollywoodland, opposite Adrien Brody and Breach alongside Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe and Laura Linney.
Dhavernas made her American television debut in 2004 in the critically acclaimed Fox series Wonderfalls, from Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller. In the family dramedy, Dhavernas played Jaye, who lived in a trailer, worked at a Niagara Falls gift shop and had a special gift that allowed her to hear non-living objects encouraging her to help different individuals in the community.
Dhavernas, also received a nomination for a Genie Award in 2005 for her role in Gary Nates’ Niagara Motel and is a two-time nominee of the Gémeaux Awards (Quebec’s television awards). Dhavernas currently resides in Montréal.