Walking Path Entertainment - The Producers
Playwright Bill Semans – Most recently Bill co-wrote the play Exit Strategy to critical acclaim in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles. He also co-produced, directed and wrote the feature film, Herman USA.In addition, Bill co-produced the award-winning World War II documentary series, The American Hero. His production of Fighter Aces of World War II won the 1988 Military Video of the Year, and his Ladies Sing the Blues was nominated in 1989 as Best Long Form Music Video of the Year. Bill founded the Cricket Theater in Minneapolis and was its producing director for 13 years. In his career, Bill has produced and staged over 100 productions. In addition, under his tenure the theater was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Regional Theater.
Producer Chris Spencer – Most recently, Chris ran Art Workshop International for 9 years and worked alongside award-winning artists and writers during a month-long workshop in Assisi, Italy. She’s also an oil painter, primarily of landscapes. Chris retired from Morgan Stanley as a Vice-President, Investments, and Certified Financial Planner. During her 27 years there, she also taught continuing education classes and wrote investment columns for local newspapers. Chris is a partner in Trigance Press, which won Franklin and Midwest Book Awards. The University of Minnesota recently recognized Ms. Spencer as a notable alumnus for her achievements in the investment and artistic communities. A Minnesota native, she lives in Minneapolis and Bainbridge Island WA.
Producer Michael Laskin – With Garry Marshall, he co-produced Exit Strategy at the Falcon (now Garry Marshall) Theatre in Los Angeles. He also has produced and directed John Posey’s hit one-man-show Father,Son, and Holy Coach. In addition, Michael helped to develop and produce Jeffrey Tambor’s Performing Your Life which has toured all over the U.S.
An adjunct professor at USC’s School of Dramatic Art, Michael also has an extensive private coaching clientele. He previously taught at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Michael is an Emmy voter and a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
As working professional actor for over 40 years in film and television, Michael’s been in shows from Seinfeld to Big Little Lies. He’s worked extensively off-Broadway, and at some of America’s leading regional theaters, including The Guthrie Theatre and Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
At the Edinburgh Festival, Michael was awarded a Fringe First Award for playing Richard Nixon in Tea With Dick and Gerry, which went on to a successful run at London’s Roundhouse Theatre. He also starred in the Canadian premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama Talley’s Folly. His most recent role was in the American premiere of the one-person play, Altman’s Last Stand in Los Angeles. A recipient of a Bush Fellowship with The Guthrie Theatre, he was also awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s theatre department where he received his bachelor’s degree, Michael also has a masters degree in theatre management from The University of Minnesota. Along the way he has had the privilege of working with many of the world’s greatest actors, directors, writers, producers, and cinematographers.
Producer Jeff Hohman – Jeff was Co-Producer of the feature film, Herman USA, which was released theatrically and had a successful run on domestic television as well being distributed worldwide in more than 30 countries. Hw’a also the Co-Producer of the World War II documentary series, The American Hero, recipient of eleven major national documentary film awards, including two Telly Awards as Best Documentary Film of the Year. Prior to producing films, Jeff was a consultant to numerous video and publishing companies as well as being a literary agent and book packager. Previous to that, Jeff worked for B. Dalton Bookseller in numerous management capacities. Recently, in addition to working on the Civil War film project, No More Gallant a Deed, he has been consultant to several publishers and writers.
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