Jeffrey Wylie  Daniel

Jeffrey is an award-winning theater and short film director, producer, writer, and cinematographer enjoying his 47th year on the boards. He is thrilled to be working once again with Jeremy, McKerrin, Tessie and Gary.


LA stage acting credits: Lights Camera Lyla! (Broadwater Black Box); Letters From Young Gay Men (Studio C); Inland Empress (The Lounge); Texas Loves Lyla! (multiple venues); The Rock of Abandon (Lillian Theater); Ledge Ledger and the Legend  (The Lounge); The Limitations of Genetic Technology (Theater of Note); I’m Your Girl (Studio Stage); Lust in Space (Cavern Club); Queen of Outer Space (Cavern Club); GO AKS ALICE (Celebration Theater). For five wonderful years he played Skip Tumehlou in the weekly improv sitcom THE PLUSH LIFE, at Mr. Dan's Cavern Club Celebrity Theater.  Stage directing credits: Lights Camera Lyla! (Broadwater); A Good Grief (The Lounge); The Booby Prize (Hollywood Fringe Best Comedy nominee); Texas Loves Lyla! (Hollywood Fringe Best Solo Show); AMMO (Hollywood Fringe); Goodbye Geraldine (Coast Playhouse). Film directing/producing credits: KRAZY GIRLS! (OUTFEST Audience Best Short); The Gay Garden Show (PlanetOut Audience Best Short); Colour Me Gay: A Modern Homosexual’s Guide to Coming Out (PlanetOut Audience Best Short). In 2015 Jeffrey won Best Cinematography (with Ted Endres) for an LGBT Web Series at the Rome Web Awards for Where The Bears Are.


Jeffrey is an original member of Fierce Backbone theater, where he serves as Director’s Unit interim head. For 20 years he has been the man behind the curtain at AKBAR, and was the founding owner of The Kitchen restaurant. He thanks his boyfriend, Carmelo, for putting up with him.

Tessie Barresi  Joan

Tessie is a proud member of Fierce Backbone. She got her start in NYC with a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. A strange twist of fate brought her to the West Coast shortly after graduating. Tessie's most recent endeavors include voice-over work for seasons one and two of the dystopian, murder mystery podcast, Lesser Gods. She was recently featured in the short play, White People Walking Their Dogs for Fierce's CORE Project. Tessie has fond memories of performing on the Ruby stage at The Complex Hollywood at last year's Hollywood Fringe Festival in Narcissus & Echo as Liriope. Tessie is proud to be a part of Movin' On Up, and she would like to thank the team for believing and then questioning those beliefs.  

Gary Rubenstein| Lewis

Gary is delighted to be back at Fringe for the first time since starring in Paul Elliott's well-received, award-nominated "Gentle Passage" in 2012.   He was recently seen in Arun Lakra's "Sequence" at Theater 40.  He has appeared in the last few years in several Fierce Backbone productions including Leslie Hardy's "A Good Grief," Stephen Blackburn's "Rock of Abandon," and Jeremy Kehoe's "God Help Us."  His television credits include "Law and Order True Crime" The Menendez Murders," "2 Broke Girls," "Parks and Recreation."  He played recurring roles on "Suburgatory" and "Better Off Ted."  

Jeremy Kehoe | Playwright

Jeremy hears voices. These voices call him to create characters and place them on a quest. These characters heckle and haunt him until their voices muffle from roars to murmurs at the words “End Play”. Audiences have listened to Jeremy’s voices in the U.S. and Canada at such shows as “Let’s Dance for a Little While” (Emerging Artists Theatre/New York);  “Existential Magic Eight Ball” (Roots & Wings Theatrical, UPTheatre/New York); “God Help Us” (Fierce Backbone/Los Angeles); “Urban Wash” (Emerging Artists Theatre/New York); “Pitch Me” (Emerging Artists Theatre/New York) “AMMO” (2104 Hollywood Fringe Festival); “Car Play: She & Him” (Lounge Theatre/Los Angeles); “Killing Russell Crowe” (Group Repertory Theatre/Los Angeles); “A Few Good PB&Js” (Fierce Backbone/Hollywood Fringe Festival, Longwood University/Virginia); and “Banana Intervention” (Fierce Backbone/Hollywood Fringe Festival). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and a former newspaper editor and reporter, where he earned awards from the NAACP and the New England Press Association. As a freelance writer he has published articles in newspapers including the Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Sacramento News & Review. Jeremy also strangled himself with a necktie as a PR executive for 10 years until the oxygen drained from his brain.

McKerrin Kelly | Director

Recent projects include Year of the Rooster and I Wanna Hold Your Hand at Theatre of NOTE, (Best Production Nominee – LA Stage Raw Awards); Steppin' Out at Fierce Backbone; Brendan (Best Director Award – LA Stage Scene), Dolly West’s Kitchen, The Hostage (Backstage West Garland Nomination for Directing), and Power (LA Critic’s Circle Award for Best Season), at Theatre Banshee. McKerrrin is currently the Creative Coordinator at Fierce Backbone theater where she develops and champions new works.