MEET THE CAST
Tiona Brown is the third of ten siblings born, raised, and educated in the Philadelphia area. Tiona began her publishing venture with “Ain’t No Sunshine.” With this debut she set a trend, publishing quality fiction for readers of all genres. The positive response she received from that title, prompted her to release “Who” and “The Darkest Corner; co-written with national best-selling author-Jimmy DaSaint. She is a playwright, director, and sometimes she likes to tell jokes.
Tiffany Bacon began her career in radio in 1990 while attending Temple University. The university radio station WRTI sparked a life- long love for radio and broadcasting in general. She spent a few years at B101, more than a decade at Power 99FM and now she has her own show on Old School 100.3 Sunday through Thursday, 7pm to Midnigh; and she hosts a Saturday morning talk show on Praise 103.9FM. Outside of her dedication to the field of broadcasting, Ms. Bacon has served as a high school Drama/Dance/Broadcasting teacher, theater company founder, casting director, dancer, choreographer, costume designer, director, TV producer and actress. Ms. Bacon landed lead and/or supporting roles in August Wilson’s Fences & The Piano Lesson, Ruined by Lynn Nottage, For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange and Purlie Victorious by Ozzie Davis-just to name a few. Tiffany is also dedicated to public health; she is a certified HIV Educator who works with a STD/HIV prevention education project for African American teen girls. She is the creator and one of the executive producers of The Hype TV show, a young adult talk show which airs on Philly CAM (Comcast channel 66/FIOS channel 29/30) Thursdays at 6pm and WMCN Sunday nights @7pm .Tiffany Bacon hopes to continue to share her gifts and knowledge while continuing to learn about herself through discovering the world.
Robert B.o. Rand is a native of Camden New Jersey. Born in the city’s Notorious South Camden's Centerville section, he faced all types of adversity and vowed to find a way out! Raised by his mother and grandparents with deep religious beliefs, he was an avid church attendee and once he sung on the choir he knew entertainment had his heart. As the years passed and financial troubles arouse, he strayed from his religious practices and adopted a lifestyle that sent him on a path of destruction. This crossroads led him to serve a 10 year prison term. Down, but not out, he made a promise to himself that he’d never be another statistic. While in prison he refocused his attention to entertainment and enrolled in classes that would ensure his success in the business. Once released, Robert landed the co-leading role in a television series based out of the tri-state area which broke Nielsen ratings. He also can be seen on a few local cable network station and appeared in a few full lengths and television commercials. Robert has one goal and that is to aim for the stars in hopes of one day being amongst the elite African American entertainers.
Tasha Holmes, a dedicated mother and lover of the arts was born in Germany and now lives in Wyncote, PA with her family. She has modeled for Macy's and Main Line Models, and has been in several film productions in the Philadelphia area. She loves Chinese pizza, yeah, don’t knock it until you tried it, and she considers herself a foodie. Tasha is nothing without the love and support of her family and Daniel, her adorable son, continues to inspire her daily.
Chadwick Antonio Rawlings has been acting in plays since his early youth. Most recently he has appeared in Theatre projects such as Rent, Death of a Salesman, and A Soldiers Play. He can also be seen in countless television appearances, as well as consistent modeling in fitness, fashion and business magazines. Chadwick is also an accomplished Martial Artist who instructs local youth in the Brazilian art of Capoeira. When he is not on the stage or on screen, he divides his time between working with animals and helping those in need. He truly believes his mission in life is to change the lives of others for the better. Chadwick especially appreciates his parents for their unwavering support and love.
Lauren Settles had big dreams of becoming a famous actress and singer when she was a young child. She wrote and starred in skits at her church at the tender age of twelve and has sung on the choir since she was eight years old. Lauren trained for acting at the Community College of Philadelphia and The Freedom Theatre. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Business Administration. Lauren enjoys volunteering for various nonprofit organizations and currently serves as the Youth Director at United Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy and is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at PhillyCAM.
Derek Thompson, the young, talented, and most importantly an anointed Christian contemporary singer who is filled with the spirit of God, also loves to act. At the age of three Derek started singing and knew he wanted to sing for the rest of his life. In the fifth grade, Derek put on concerts for his classmates at the end of each month. Many first place awards were won with his home church choir, school choirs and singing competitions. Although singing is his first love, he continued to be pulled into the field of acting. One of his teachers noticed his natural ability to act and suggested he be in the school play. He has been sought after for acting and singer ever since. You can also hear Derek’s latest musical hit, “The Grace Factor” on all musical streaming services.
Actor, comedian, and model Marc Holladay is an upcoming artist whose talent continues to build his resume. Marc’s natural talent has been groomed by John Casablanca’s modeling & career center located in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is inspired by a range of actors & comedians from Bernie Mac, Robin Harris, to Richard Pryor. He enjoys when people compares his sense of humor to the comedian genius of Martin Lawrence. Being in character and on stage is second nature for him! His style is very original and unique, which will keep everyone entertained.
Marc has won a number of awards from best actor, best performance, and best show for theatre performances. From commercials, to movie extras, to stage plays, his focused is set on his pursuit to reach the top.
Serenity Ireland is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University and her motto is, “Life isn't about finding yourself it is about creating yourself." She recently acted in the film "Ugly" and the Nollywood "Crossed Lines” film. She also holds a role on the YouTube series "On The Block". She enjoys bringing life to the characters she portrays and making them her own. She is supported by her family and friends and is thrilled to be a part of this production!
Khaila Monet was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While attending college in New York City, she began taking acting classes with the Marc John Jefferies Acting Academy in 2013. She also studied with Marishka Phillips theatrical preparatory and continues to study with Marcus Siler, Theatre and Me LLC. This led Khaila to earn a supporting role in the heart throbbing, inspirational film "The Bully", and a role in the suspense thriller, web series "Ominous". Khaila received the opportunity to work with Whyy in creating a documentary and a Public Service Announcement about healthier food options in the Philadelphia community. By summers end she’ll be starring in supporting roles for the films "Selah and the Spades" and "In the Eyes of Love and Vengeance". In her free time Khaila enjoys decorating designer cakes and playing volleyball.