Cast & Crew

Joseph Zerull

Joseph Zerull

Joseph Zerull has a bachelors degree in TV/Radio and Journalism. He worked four years as a photojournalist/editor at a local television station before switching gears to television production. For the past seven years, Zerull has directed and edited several local and regional commercials along with corporate videos, and videos for various museum displays, for a number of different clients across the country. His passion is in making movies, where he has gained experience in writing, producing, directing, story-boarding, shooting, and editing 7 digital shorts as well as his first feature length movie “A Cadaver Christmas” based on one of the digital shorts he made as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.



Daniel Rairdin-Hale

Daniel Rairdin-Hale

Daniel is currently an assistant professor of theatre at St. Ambrose University where he also directs award winning stage productions. Prior to his teaching position, he lived and worked in Chicago as a professional actor and street performer. He has stage credits from numerous theatres in Chicago including The Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and LifeLine Theatre. He has also performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and is an invited artist of Cirque du Soleil. He has written and performed in numerous short films including award winning “Skippy Love Chicago” (Best Professional Short—Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival), “Man Eating Dumpster” (Best of 48 Hour Film Project—Des Moines), and “The Old Man’s Road” (Columbia College Take 1 Student Film Festival). Daniel holds a BA in theatre and received his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. He has additional movement and clown training from Dell’Arte International in California.



Yosh Hayashi

Yosh Hayashi

Yosh comes from Chugiak, Alaska where he received his BA in Theatre from The University of Alaska, Anchorage. He went on to earn his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, in Chicago, Illinois. His past roles include Montgomery in The Island of Dr. Moreau at Lifeline Theatre which won five Jeff Awards including best play and two After Dark Awards for 2008 and Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, at Steep Theatre which was also nominated for best play in 2008’s Jeff Awards. Other companies he has worked with include Circle Theatre, Silk Road, Steppenwolf and The Goodman where he worked on development for Naomi Izuka’s new play Ghostwritten. He can also be seen in the upcoming films An Honest Life as Albert Fish and in Master Class as Elliott directed by Faye Dunaway. His recent television appearance was as Jakob Tenev in FOX’s The Chicago Code. Yosh is currently represented by Gray Talent Group.



Hanlon Smith-Dorsey

Hanlon Smith-Dorsey

Hanlon Smith-Dorsey is an actor working in New York City. He has appeared in a number of productions there since his arrival in 2008, notably “Dismissing Robert Fink”, “Black Peter” and the world premiere of “Love Monster” at Dixon Place. He was recently invited to the Sundance Theatre Lab in Banff Canada to participate in a workshop of Janine Nabors’ “Annie Bosh is Missing”. Prior to his move to NYC Hanlon appeared in a number of theatrical productions throughout the Chicagoland area and has also been featured in several short films, including work with Presto Video and Rusted Rhino Productions. He holds a BA in theater from Bard College, an MFA in Acting from DePaul University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.



Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins has been featured in several local television commercials, some regional advertising work and three short films. His theatrical experience includes “Anybody for Murder” at Playcrafters Theater in the Quad Cities and a continuing role as an improvisational performer with ComedySportz – Rock Island; 8 years and counting.



Andrew Harvey/Edward O'Ryan

Andrew Harvey/Edward O'Ryan

Andrew received his BA in Theatre and History with a concentration in Irish Studies from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA and his MFA in Acting from Michigan State University. While at St. Ambrose, Harvey worked with Broadway director Phillip Wm. McKinley (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”, “The Boy from Oz”) and William Luce (Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “The Belle of Amherst”) on the world premiere of “Crème de Coco”, a dramatization of the life of Coco Chanel, originating the role of the Prefect. While in Michigan, Andrew performed in numerous productions including the world premiere of “Happy Holy Days” (a philosophical comedy by Rob Roznowski), and Williamston Theatre’s production of “While We Were Bowling”. His work also has been featured in the short films “Not Far from the Tree” and “It Snows”. Andrew is a proud Equity Membership Candidate in the Actors’ Equity Association as Edward O’Ryan.



Jessica Denney

Jessica Denney

Jessica holds BAs in Journalism and Radio/TV Production from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA as well as a minor in Theater. She has acted, stage managed and designed sound and props at multiple theaters around the Quad City area. She was most recently seen as Lucy in “Quake” at the Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago, Il. In 2007 she worked with Broadway director Phillip Wm. McKinley (“Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”, “The Boy from Oz”) and William Luce (Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of “The Belle of Amherst”) on the world premiere of “Crème de Coco”.



Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy

Michael has been featured in various commercial and voiceover spots over the years. He is credited in such films as “America First” from 1970 and his recent film credits include a starring role in the award-winning 16mm short film “The Old Man’s Road” and supporting roles in “The Bride Wore Blood” and “The Vigilant One.”



William Campbell

William Campbell

William Campbell is a composer, pianist and improviser. William’s music has been performed throughout North America by orchestras, chamber groups, vocalists, in theater productions, and can be heard in the documentary, “Finding Face” (Spin Film). As a pianist he has performed with multiple new music groups including the acclaimed Sonoran Consort. His first solo piano cd, simply titled, “Piano Songs,” was just released in March of 2011. William is the recipient of numerous composition awards, as well as a member of ASCAP and CCLI, and is a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum, helping to organize festivals of contemporary music. He earned degrees from the University of Arizona (B.M.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and the University of Oregon (Ph.D.).



Denise Hollmer

Denise Hollmer

Denise Hollmer graduated with a degree in Mass Communications from Illinois State University. She began her career in Peoria, Illinois, but soon moved to the Quad Cities where she directed newscasts and commercial production at WHBF-TV. She was recruited by KLJB-TV for its inaugural staff and was part of the Special Projects Team which produced several award-winning documentaries. She now works at Silver Oaks Communications where she continues to produce award-winning videos for organizations such as Easter Seals, United Way, Junior Achievement and others.



Greg Marten

Greg Marten

One of the original members of Silver Oaks, Mr. Marten has over 30 years of experience in producing, shooting and editing video for broadcast, sales, training and corporate communications. He is the recipient of numerous awards. As manager of Silver Oaks’ video, audio and 3D animation departments, Mr. Marten oversees all video and audio production from scripting to final edits. In addition to managing, he also serves as Silver Oaks’ lead videographer and editor. He earned a degree in TV Production from Black Hawk College.



Adam Orton

Adam Orton

Adam Orton is a Chicago-based writer and director with six films currently completed five shorts and one feature). His works have been seen at Columbia College’s Take 1 student film festival, the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and on a KCRG-TV9 broadcast to all of eastern Iowa. Orton studied film directing at Columbia College in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a floor director, camera operator, and graphics operator for KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Orton is a photographer and composer in his free time.



Matthew Heilig

Matthew Heilig

Matthew Heilig graduated from Marycrest International University with a BA in Graphic Communication and Multimedia. After graduation he took a job at WHBF-TV where he wrote, shot, edited, and produced television commercials and news promotions. After five and a half years at WHBF Matthew accepted a videographer/editor position at Silver Oaks Communications where he met Joseph Zerull and became involved in A Cadaver Christmas.