Silas Howard is an award-winning director and writer, with a longtime focus in telling honest, boundary-shattering narratives filled with groundbreaking characters, as evident in his recent work directing episodes of Amazon’s Emmy award-winning-Transparent, NBC’s Emmy award-winning-This Is Us, Freeform’s The Fosters, MTV’s Faking It, and FX’s upcoming Pose.
Howard began his career crafting stories that challenged society’s conventional Read More
After this success, Howard diversified into directing documentaries, music videos, web series, and television – never straying from his strength in showcasing revolutionary stories and voices. His documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at Sundance and played festivals world-wide. His second feature, Sunset Stories, premiered at SXSW and was awarded best ensemble cast by the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and best director at CAAM Festival.
His music video, Golden Age of Hustlers, starring Tony-nominated performer, Justin Vivian Bond, screened during the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His documentary, Sticks & Stones, based on the legendary San Francisco transgender chanteuse Bambi Lake, was a recipient of the Horizon Completion grant and is currently playing film festivals internationally.
San Francisco Film Society, in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, awarded Howard their 2015 Filmmaking Grant, to produce his upcoming feature film, The Lusty, about the world’s first exotic dancers’ union.
Silas Howard received his MFA at UCLA in directing and is a Film Independent Directors Lab Fellow, Nantucket Screenwriting Colony Fellow, the 2014-15 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College and a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.
Claire Danes has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading actresses.
Danes currently stars on Showtime’s critically acclaimed series “Homeland.” For her performance as “Carrie Mathison” she has won back to back Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama” and a 2013 SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.” Danes also serves as a co-executive producer on the show. Read More
She also received critical acclaim for her performance in HBO’s “TEMPLE GRANDIN” biopic. Based on the extraordinary life of Temple Grandin, the film chronicles how she turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer, and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder educations. Danes won the 2010 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie” and the film won for “Outstanding Made for Television Movie.” She also won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.”
Danes recently guest starred on Netflix’s “Master of None” and IFC’s “Portlandia.”
On the big screen, Danes will next star in “A KID LIKE JAKE” which will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. She most recently appeared in “BRIGSBY BEAR” which was nominated for the Golden Camera Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classic.
Danes starred in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed film, “ME & ORSON WELLES” opposite Zac Efron and Christian McKay. The screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. is based on the novel by Robert Kaplow and is set in the heady world of Orson Welles’ famed Mercury Theater. The National Board of Review named the film as one of 2009’s Top Independent Films.
Danes garnered critical acclaim for her performances in Anand Tucker’s “SHOPGIRL” opposite Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman, Richard Eyre’s “STAGE BEAUTY” opposite Billy Crudup, Burr Steer’s “IGBY GOES DOWN” opposite Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum, Ryan Phillippe and Kieran Culkin, Baz Luhrman’s “WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO AND JULIET” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Danes first caught critics’ and audiences’ attention in Ed Zwick and Marshall Hershkovitz’s acclaimed series, “My So Called Life”, which earned her an Emmy Nomination and she was awarded the Golden Globe for her leading role as ‘Angela Chase.’
Danes’s other film credits include: Matthew Vaughn’s STARDUST opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, Lajos Koltai’s EVENING opposite Toni Collette, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa RedgraveThomas Bezucha’s THE FAMILY STONE opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker, Jonathan Mostow’s TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Nick Stahl, Stephen Daldry’s Academy Award winning drama, THE HOURS opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Ed Harris and Toni Collette, Jonathan Kaplan’s BROKEDOWN PALACE opposite Kate Beckinsale, Billie August’s LES MISERABLES, Theresa Connelly’s POLISH WEDDING, Francis Ford Coppola’s THE RAINMAKER opposite Danny DeVito and Matt Damon, Oliver Stones’ U TURN opposite Sean Penn, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Pressman’s TO GILLIAN ON HER 37TH BIRTHDAY opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter Gallagher, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT opposite Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft and Ellen Burstyn, Billy Hopkins’ I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU NOT opposite Jude Law and Jodie Foster’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS opposite Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter and Anne Bancroft and Gililan Armstrong’s LITTLE WOMEN opposite Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon and Kirsten Dunst.
In 2007, Danes made her Broadway debut starring in George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” opposite Jefferson Mays. Her performance as ‘Eliza Doolittle’ was well reviewed by critics.
Danes is also an accomplished dancer and has received critical acclaim for her performances in “Edith and Jenny” and “Christina Olson: American Model” both choreographed by Tamar Rogoff at P.S. 122.
Jim Parsons continues to skillfully navigate the entertainment industry as an award-winning actor and producer.
Parsons can be seen this Spring in the Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band alongside Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello and produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone, The Boys in the Band will play the Booth Theatre April 30-August 12, 2018. Read More
Parsons co-stars in A Kid Like Jake, a family drama, in which a couple navigates the competitive world of NYC kindergarten admissions while trying to understand what is best for their son. In addition to starring alongside Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer, Parsons also serves as a producer for the film alongside Todd Spiewak, through their shingle That’s Wonderful Productions along with Eric Norsoph. The film made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
He can next be seen in EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE opposite Zac Efron, John Malkovich, Lilly Collins, and Jeffrey Donovan. The film chronicles the life of the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy, focusing on how a routine traffic stop eventually led to the revelation of Bundy’s horrific crimes. Parsons will play Larry Simpson, the lead prosecutor in the 1979 Miami trial that finally convicted Bundy.
That’s Wonderful Productions has also optioned the film rights to Michael Ausiello’s acclaimed memoir Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies, with Parsons attached to star.
He produced and lent his voice as narrator to the 3-part docuseries First In Human which aired on the Discovery Channel in 2017. The series explores the lives of the doctors, researchers, and patients who together make progress possible in the cutting-edge testing ground that is Building 10 of the National Institutes of Health: the largest hospital in the world devoted solely to research.
Parsons stars as Sheldon Cooper for the 11th season of the critically acclaimed CBS hit The Big Bang Theory. He has received multiple awards for his performance, including four Emmy Awards for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series’, the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy’ and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series’.
Parsons is an Executive Producer of Young Sheldon, a prequel to The Big Bang Theory. With Parsons voicing adult Sheldon, the story is told through the eyes of Sheldon Cooper at the age of 9, and follows him as he enters high school in east Texas. The series, created by Chuck Lorre and “Big Bang” showrunner, Steven Molaro, premiered on CBS on September 25th to exceptionally strong numbers and was given a full season pick-up.
In January 2017, Parsons began hosting SIRIUS XM Radio talk show, “Jim Parsons Is Too Stupid for Politics,” on Andy Cohen’s channel. The radio show features experts on politics and international affairs and give listeners the opportunity to call in to get a better idea of what goes on in Washington, D.C. Guests have included Sen. John McCain, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Robert S. Ford (former U.S. Ambassador to Syria), Mike McCurry (Former White House Press Secretary), Alexander Vershbow (former U.S. Ambassador to Russia), William Ruckelshaus (First head of the EPA),
Dan Crippen (former Director of the Congressional Budget Office), Ret. LTG Daniel Bolger, Gerald Kominski (UCLA Center For Health Policy) and Kristen Silverberg (former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union).
On the big screen, Parsons was last seen in the Fox feature film drama, Hidden Figures as “Paul Stafford” alongside Kevin Costner and Taraji P. Henson. The film, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, follows a team of African-American women who provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. The film won the National Board of Review award for Best Ensemble as well as the NAACP award for Outstanding Motion Picture.
He previously voiced the lead role in the box office hit Home, costarring singer/actress Rihanna. To date the film has grossed over $368 million worldwide. The film was a DreamWorks Animation adaption of the award-winning book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. He also voiced the lead character, ‘Buddy’ in NBC’s animated holiday special, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. The special was based on the popular film Elf and the hit Broadway show Elf: The Musical. Parsons many film credits include Blumhouse Production’s thriller Visions opposite Isla Fisher, Gillian Jacobs and Anson Mount; Todd Phillips School for Scoundrels, opposite Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder for The Weinstein Company; as well as Chris Terrio’s Heights opposite Glenn Close and James Marsden for Merchant/Ivory. He has also created scene stealing roles in several independent films such as Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here and Garden State, Kevin Connolly’s Gardner of Eden and Danny Leiner’s The Great New Wonderful.
In Spring 2014, Parsons starred opposite Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart, HBO’s original movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Larry Kramer play, which was written by Kramer and directed by Ryan Murphy. The project tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Parsons portrayed the role of gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival. Parsons received an Emmy nomination for his role, and the film won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Television Movie’.
Parsons last starred on Broadway in An Act of God which recouped its $2.9 million capitalization in just 10 weeks. The comedy, where God and His devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation, featured Parsons almost always alone on stage, captivating audiences for 90 straight minutes. Based on the critically acclaimed book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, the play was written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum and directed by Joe Mantello.
Also on the stage, Parsons starred in the Broadway revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Harvey, in the role of ‘Elwood Dowd’, the genial eccentric who claims to see a six-foot-tall white rabbit ‘Harvey.’ The production ran with limited engagement at the famous Studio 54 in New York City. Parsons received a Theatre World Award for his debut Broadway performance as ‘Tommy Boatwright’ in The Normal Heart, starring opposite Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey, and Joe Mantello. The Normal Heart won a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Play” and was presented with the Drama Desk Award for “Outstanding Revival of a Play” and “Outstanding Ensemble Performance.” The Normal Heart also received nominations from The Outer Critics Circle for “Outstanding Revival of a Play,” as well as five Tony Award nominations. Parsons’ other stage performances include, The Castle for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, The Countess for the Globe Theater as well as The Tempest and As You Like It for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Parsons earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a BA from the University of Houston. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Daniel Pearle is an American playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced and developed at Lincoln Center Theater, London’s Old Vic, The Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova Theatre, INTAR, and at regional theaters around the country. His play A Kid Like Jake premiered in a sold-out run at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater (NY Times Critic’s Pick). The play won the 2013 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and was also awarded the prestigious Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Read More
Daniel’s feature film adaptation of A Kid Like Jake premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Silas Howard and stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Amy Landecker, and Ann Dowd. IFC Films acquired domestic rights for the film and is planning a summer release.
His other plays include Freefall (finalist, 2017 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Remote Viewing (semi-finalist, 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), The Prodigies (semi-finalist, 2013 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), and Plunder (winner, 2008 Loeb Drama Center’s Phyllis Anderson Prize). His short play The Truth About Christmas was a winner of the 2011 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and is published and licensed by Samuel French.
Daniel is a recipient of the 2018 Humanitas New Voices Grant for emerging writers in television. He is an alum of Ars Nova’s Play Group and a MacDowell Fellow. He was also the recipient of PFLAG’s (Parents of Lesbians and Gays) Leadership in Entertainment Award in 2013. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from The New School for Drama. He currently lives in Brooklyn.