Shana Solomon

Writer, Creator & Star

Shana Solomon, is a writer, producer and an award winning character actor known for her TV roles on “Law & Order SVU”, Steven Spielberg’s and Ed Burns’ “Public Morals”, HBO’s Newest Comedic Series “Divorce”, Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and her recurring role on NBC’s “Shades Of Blue” Starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta.

Solomon is also starring in the upcoming films, “The Big Sick” a comedy starring Ray Romano and Kumail Nanjiani and “Crown Heights” with Keith Stanfield.  She also co-wrote, produced and starred in an award winning short film, “Cool Kidz”, about inner city bullying in the Bronx. Shana has starred in countless films and National commercials. She was also selected as a main actor to perform in the 7th annual NBC 2014 Diversity Showcase.

Raised in the Bronx by two parents who both Graduated from Princeton University, Shana has the edge and understanding she needs to play diverse, raw and relatable characters.

Shana’s newest project is her one-woman show, “THE CLOSET BITCH”, a dark comedy about a woman who falls apart trying to make everyone else happy. Shana created, wrote, and plays 19 different characters in this 80 minute live show. Solomon says, “I was always afraid of speaking up and offending people with my thoughts and opinions and saying no because I was afraid of making them uncomfortable and being called a Bitch. But as soon as I heard someone call me a “Closet Bitch”, which is a person who’s afraid to be themselves and strong in front of people, I said, I might as well do what makes me happy and speak my truth because I’m going to get labeled one way or the other. I rather be labeled a strong willed and powerful woman who doesn’t take anybody’s crap. Society usually calls this kind of woman a bitch, so I decided to give it an acronym, B.I.T.C.H. (a Bold Individual who Thinks Confidently of Herself). Hi five’s and fist taps to all my B.I.T.C.H.’s out there!

William Alexander Runnels

Director

William Alexander Runnels is originally from Dallas, Texas and attended the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts where he majored in Theatre. He obtained a BFA in Acting from CW Post/Long Island University where he had the pleasure of performing in countless plays and directed productions of Antigone and The Balcony. In 2009 he received a full scholarship to attend New York Stage & Film's Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College as an acting apprentice. After Jungle Wild Productions successfully raised over $30,000 via Kickstarter, he was hired to direct and edit Black Actress and Beyond Complicated webisodes. Black Actress was an Official Selection at the American Black Film Festival in 2015 & 2016. He is currently developing a pilot inspired by his award winning web series Young N’ Reckless with co-creator Kajuana Shuford. Television Credits include Working Out the Kinks (post-production) and Film Lab Presents... on NYC Life Channel 25. NYC Acting Credits include productions of Theatre Askew's Horatio's Rise and Curious Frog's The Maids. Last fall he directed Church at Lehman College's school of Theatre and Dance. This summer, WAR will be one of 70 directors from 32 countries to participate in the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. He plans to start a theater and production company in the near future.

-WAR

Leon Solomon

Light & Sound Design

Leon is a native of the Bronx, raised in Atlanta, and moved back to the big apple to further develop his production skills. He is a college graduate of Clark Atlanta University where he majored in  Music Education and minored in Film Production. He is also the proud father of an 8-year-old son, who has dreams of being a 5-Star General in the Army! 

Leon has provided lighting, audio, visual, logistical, administrative and practical technical expertise to over 750 plays and productions since returning to NY in 2012. Leon also provides his services for several production companies in the tri-state area for any and all kinds of events. His mantra is to provide the best technical experience that will fully compliment the purpose of each unique event; tailor-made productions.