About the Show
"We Are With the Band" chronicles the adventures of two best friends in the hipster scene of East LA.

Elle Franklin
is a twenty-something Internet blogger. Marci Kline is her recently unemployed best friend. The two girls have one thing in common: their devotion to the scene. Up on every new band, down with every new trend, they live their lives like one big 'American Apparel' ad.
But is there more to life than getting an invite to the afterparty? How do you balance "the scene" with being an adult?  
DK Productions

           DK Productions is a producing partnership between Heleya de Barros and Vivian Kerr which was founded in 2009 and is based in Los Angeles, CA. Dedicated to producing ambitious female-driven projects for Film, TV, Theatre and the internet, DK Productions has an ongoing commitment to the development of new work and aims to expand opportunities for women in comedy.

Cast & Crew

Heleya de Barros

Heleya is a graduate of the USC School of Theatre and has also studied at the British American Drama Academy in London.  Her producing credits include Dirty Mean Tricks at the Unknown Theatre (NAACP Theatre Award Nomination for Best Music) with MadFancy Productions. She also assistant directed the original musical Behind The Earth with MadFancy.

As an actor Heleya has appeared in numerous independent films including Who Stole the Electric Car which made a big splash at festivals world-wide in 2010. Heleya has worked at many theatres including Cornerstone Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, and Pacific Resident Theatre, and has toured extensively performing educational theatre for the Geffen Playhouse and with Will & Company.  In 2009, Heleya performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the 4-star reviewed The Contest.

Heleya has an extensive comedy background.  She has performed sketch and improv at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and The Chicago Improv Festival and has studied with The Groundlings, IO West, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. More info at: www.heleyadebarros.com

Vivian Kerr

Vivian Kerr earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California. After graduating she adapted, produced and directed a production of The Rover in Hollywood.

Her film/TV credits include Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, Mystery ER, Just Jordan, Combat Zone for the Discovery Channel, and several independent films. Recently she co-starred with Jessica Rose (Lonelygirl15) and Deanna Casaluce (Degrassi) in HBO’s first web series, Hooking Up.

Her theatre work includes roles with Sacramento Theatre Company, the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, A Noise Within, Rubicon Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Sacred Fools.

She has studied with the British American Drama Academy in London, Margie Haber Studios, The Groundlings, Steppenwolf West, and is currently enrolled in the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Long-form Improv Program. More info at: www.viviankerr.com.

Gabriel Oliva

Gabriel Oliva is a professional actor/singer/director/producer.  He grew up in San Diego and then moved to LA to study acting at USC where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.  He then quickly became a member of the Dapper Dans of Disneyland, where he sings barbershop music to this day.  In addition to singing, he is a lead actor in East L.A. Classic Theatre’s (ECT) touring productions of Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Ugly Betty’s Tony Plana.  Gabriel also produced and acted in the original musical Invasion: The Musical which won two LA Weekly awards in 2008. See more at www.gabrieloliva.com.

Trevor Peterson

Since graduating from the USC School of Theatre, Trevor has been busy guest starring on CSI:Miami and 10 Dates From Hell (TBS webseries).  He has also starred in the independent feature films The Truth About Film School and Grizzly Park.  Most recently he finished filming on an independent short, The Good Samaritan, in Joshua Tree.

Nick Rutherford
("Sketchy Ted")

Nick Rutherford is a comedian, actor and writer and a member of the sketch comedy group "Good Neighbor." He performs stand up regularly around LA and on the road. His work can be seen on MTV, E!, Current TV and the CW network. Nick has been featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, The Los Angeles Comedy Festival, The SF SketchFest and the Out of Bounds Festival in Austin, TX.
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Megan Kathleen Duffy

("Clipboard Girl")

Megan Kathleen Duffy is a graduate of Northwestern University with a dual degree in Theatre and Sociology. A Chicago native, favorite Windy City theatre credits include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe and When All Other Lights Go Out at the Apollo Studio Theatre. Since moving to LA and completing Boston University's Los Angeles Graduate Certificate Acting Program, she has been pursuing television and film. She recently completed the feature Fort McCoy, the short film, Shortened, to be screened in several upcoming festivals, and the web pilot Secret Boyfriend, from the people who brought Secret Girlfriend to Comedy Central. Television credits include Leverage and I Didn't Know I was Pregnant.

Christina Ferraro

Christina Ferraro received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University in 2006. Since graduating, she has enjoyed a career in film and television, most recently co-starring on Melrose Place and wrapping a supporting role on the feature film The Accidental Death of Joey By Sue. Other credits include the ABC episodic Better Off Ted, Monk on USA, an industrial for Boeing Aircraft, Shark on CBS, the pilot The Wiz Kids, and the independent features, Krews and Hitting the Bricks. Recent theatrical productions include L.A. Street Scenes, Closer, and The Night of the Black Cat.

Jules Willcox

Jules is thrilled to be part of WAWTB. No stranger to the webseries genre, Jules was last seen as Sara in the Funny or Die favorite Grande Con Carne where she was forced to prance in a bikini at least once per episode…please don’t judge, we were desperate for numbers. Jules is also co-starring in the upcoming action/adventure webseries Exile. Other credits include: Olivia Hatton on The Forgotten with long-time crush Christian Slater & Amanda in The Contest at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with other long-time crush Heleya de Barros. Fun facts: Jules does yoga, lots of yoga; she has an unhealthy attachment to her dog, Joe, and still has that MFA from UCLA despite what Sallie Mae has to say about it.

Hesley Harps
("Drunk Amy"

Originally from Alpharetta, GA, Hesley moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South and has also studied at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.  TV/Film work includes numerous short films and walk-on roles.  She was recently a guest star on the web series, Vicariously, which includes appearances by Janeane Garofalo and Chris Pine.  Hesley's theatre work includes roles at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Provincetown Tennesee Williams Festival, and the B Street Theatre.  She is proud to be SAG Eligible. www.lacasting.com/hesleyharps

Sapna Gandhi
("Yoga Student")

Sapna Gandhi was born in England and grew up in Northern California.  A graduate of Saint Mary's College of California with a degree in English and Women's Studies, she embraced social, political, and literary activism until she embarked upon the theater scene and began studying at the American Conservatory Theater.   Sapna is a member of San Francisco's JUMP! Theatre where she wrote and produced Terminally Female: A Cabaret.  Some of her favorite roles include Susan in Do You Want to Buy My Brain?,  Kate in Wild Oats!, and Harper in Angels in America.  She was most recently seen in the 7th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival at Noho's Secret Rose Theater.

Tarta Smitheman
("Bitchy Girl")

Tarta Smitheman's independent film credits include a power-crazed boss in the comedy Jason and Oscar and a mother to a whimsical boy in Aliens Exist. Television credits include Style Her Famous (guest star) and the History Channel's Wild West Tech (costar). Theater roles have ranged from drama to comedy to musicals. Professional theater credits include Rita in Educating Rita (University of Illinois' Summerfest), Maria in Twelfth Night (Crown City Theatre), and Zaneeta in The Music Man (Sierra Repertory Theatre). Tarta earned her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Blair Skinner

Blair Skinner is a freelance editor working in Los Angeles. She completed her AA degree and is in her final years majoring in Film at the University of Central Florida and will be transferring to a school in LA in the fall.

She is the director and producer of several short films and is currently an intern for NBC Universal on Last Call with Carson Daly and with E! Television on E! True Hollywood Story.

Kieran Kenney
(1st AD/Script Supervisor)

Kieran is a native of Palo Alto, California and was baptized in the church where Harold and Maude was filmed. He has worked as a set dresser, camera assistant, editor, grip and costumer, and plays a drag queen in the upcoming feature film You Should Meet My Son! for which he also acted as set decorator.  He has lived in France, is the oldest of three, and dreams of being a film preservationist. We Are With the Band marks Kieran's debut as first assistant director.

Laura Coe
(2nd AD/Production Designer)

Laura Coe is a professional theatre technician. Since graduating from UC Davis with a BA in Technical Theatre, she has been working in various theatres in Sacramento. Favorite jobs included Stage Manager/Sound Tech for Suspects Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager for Sacramento Theatre Company and Sound Assistant for Music Circus. Laura is brand new to LA and is excited to be working on a project in a new medium.

Kimberly Gryder
(Costume Designer)

Kim was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, earned her degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Evansville in Indiana, and now lives in Los Angeles.  In between her travels, she worked as the Wardrobe Supervisor at Sacramento Theatre Company; Costume Shopper for Music Circus; and as a stitcher for Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and the Sacramento Opera. 

She has designed costumes for Dancing at Lughnasa, Miss Nelson is Missing!, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.  Film credits include working as the on-set costumer on Storage.

Dennis Alaniz
(Sound Mixer)

Dennis Alaniz has been involved in the arts from a young age.  Beginning with the Tuba in Elementary School, he has studied theatre, graphic design, photography and film. In 2006, he edited Stare Down, awarded Best Writing, Audience Award and Best Film at the 2006 24 Hour Film Festival. His other credits include: Director/Editor on and Wash, Past MidnightBeautiful,  Editor on Eli vs the Rope, Stones, Clemency and Good Morning Rabbit & Sound Designer on That Thing You Like and The Fighting Kind.
Open Buffet (Original Music)

         Open Buffet started in 1999 in Santa Maria, CA.  Their original members were brothers Alex and Michael Agajanian and Manny Talaugon. They gained popularity and success in the local touring scene and then turned their attention to composing for films with Utilitarian Productions.  Since coming to Los Angeles, the band has gained member Mike Regalado and joined forces with Party Social Productions.  They have composed theme songs for radio programs such as “The Panama Show” on Reno radio “The Buzz 1270” as well as IGN’s podcast “Channel Surfing.”  Their songs will also be featured in the upcoming indie feature Javatown, coming to you 2011. 

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   Created and Produced by Heleya de Barros and Vivian Kerr.