R. Keith Harris
Keith Harris, an accomplished actor of stage and screen, received his Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Production with a concentration in Theatre from Western Carolina. Post-graduation, Keith performed professionally in a national tour with Missoula Children's Theatre for a full year. He returned to North Carolina where he began his journey into film and television acting. Keith's first film acting experience was Love Joy Mysteries, an English television series filming a special episode in Wilmington. The following week, Sean Penn's father - Leo Penn - cast Keith in an episode of Matlock. Keith decided to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at UNCG. He received many accolades during graduate school including a highly sought after assistantship and the honor of competing in the American College Theatre Festival, a prestigious college level acting competition.At ACTF, he was one of only sixteen actors in the nation chosen to go to Washington D.C. for national competition. In Washington, he was one of only three students to win a scholarship. For this award, he studied fight choreography for stage and film, twelve hours a day at the Society of American Fight Directors Summer Boot Camp in Las Vegas. His certifications in various fighting styles included rapier and dagger, broad sword, unarmed, knife, and quarterstaff. He has done fight choreography for stage and film including The Illusion and Phantom of the Opera, as well as the award winning short film, About Faces.
Keith's tenacity and diversity led him to a complete a thesis unlike any UNCG acting student before him. Rather than a stage production, Keith performed in a film, collaborating with North Carolina School of the Arts. Film opportunities kept rolling in while in school. He was asupporting role in movie of the week Love's Deadly Triangle on NBC followed by a principle role in the sci-fi epic Last Lives with C. Thomas Howell. He was directed by Timothy Hutton in the film Diggin' to China where he appeared with Mary Stuart Masterson. Sally Field directed Keith in the Emmy Winning HBO series From The Earth To The Moon where he appeared onscreen with Elizabeth Perkins. He was cast as the lead and fight choreographer in the North Carolina Indie Sci-Fi Age to Age. He has been on Beverly Hills: 90210 and Dawson's Creek in co-starring roles. Most recently, he performed as Ewan McGregor's father in Tim Burton's Big Fish. Keith is excited about being in Chicks 101.
Kate Leahey has been in the business for about twenty-one years and her credits include; plays, commercials, television and independent film. She started her career with Workshop Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina studying acting and performing in their summer productions. When in high school, along with starring in many plays, she was picked by South Carolina Educational Television to star in a series of short television shows and a film.
She then attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia where she starred in Moiler's The Learned Ladies and Landford Wilson's The Rimers of Eldritch and earned her Bachelors degree in Theatre.
In 1996 she moved to New York City where she studied acting with Bobbie LaPone, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company and starred in several plays including Uncommon Women and Others for Steppin' Out Productions and Throwing Your Voice with Stage One Theatre Company. She also had a role in the independent film A Level Field. During her affiliation with Ensemble Studio Theatre she helped start a small theatre group called "The Monday Lab" where all members wrote, directed and acted in all their own material for EST shows. After her two year stay in New York, she moved to Key West, Florida and worked with the Red Barn Theatre in their productions of As Bees in Honey Drown and Checkhov's The Proposal. She now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she in the "Meat Fan" for Food Lion and just finished the widely popular play, Don't Dress for Dinner for the Barebones Theatre Group. Last fall she was also in an episode of Dawson's Creek. She is excited to be a part of Chicks 101.
Brandon Roberts’ acting roots are laid on the stage, and Chicks 101 marks his first feature film. Other film credits include the ten minute short, Tackle Box, by Matthew Mebane, in which Brandon was a drugged out thief who steals a poor woman’s ashes, thinking they are cocaine; and he recently appeared in a Subway commercial as a cookie winning football player. Brandon’s theatre career has carried him all over the southeast, up to the north woods of Wisconsin, and across the ocean to Europe. Ever the vagabond, Brandon has a mind to try out Orlando as his next home base, but will gladly go wherever Lovinder needs him next—clean shaven and all!
Rachel Adams has been part of the performing world for about 19 years. Her credits include children's theatre, musicals, plays, commercials, and independent film. As a high school student and college theatre major, she performed and starred in many plays and musicals.
While attending Elon University in Burlington, North Carolina, Rachel performed in London, England in a production of Crackers as Mattie. After Elon she joined Theatre IV, a children's touring company based in Richmond, VA. Later she became part of the performing troupe at Shadowbox Cabaret in Columbus, OH. There she enjoyed performing many roles using her diverse talents of acting, singing, and dancing. While finishing her B.A. in Theatre at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, she has performed and starred in several dramatic and musical productions, including Jana in Hush: An Interview With America and Mother Superior in Nuncrackers.
Rachel has studied extensively in voice and acting and continues this training while performing on stage and in television commercials. She can be seen in commercials for companies such as Circuit City and PackRats Storage. Rachel considers it an honor to have worked with Lovinder and his production team for Chicks 101.
Rod resides in Statesville, NC. Chicks 101 marks his first feature film role. Rod plays the role of Pat in Chicks 101. Pat is Louie’s long time friend. Pat is Louie’s moral compass in the movie. Rod has also had lead roles in the independent films Jungle Bunnies and Another Such Victory.
His most recent theatre roles were in The American Dream, The Colored Museum, Reservations, and Middle-Age Carelessness. Rod has also done some commercial work with Morris/Jenkins, Sears, and Carolina Medical Center. His voice-over credits include work with Piedmont Federal, Presbyterian Hospital, and Forsyth Medical Center.
After experiencing life in the real world, Geoff Thompson moved to North Carolina from Florida upon completion of his graduate studies, in the hopes of pursuing a movie career.
He originally just wanted to do voice-overs, and while recording material for that first demo, he was offered an on-air radio position. That experience led to a return to college for graduate school, where he continued his radio work, working his way up to a the afternoon drive DJ on a 100,000W rock station. All the while, he continued to work in voice-overs, voicing commercials for clients such as Cox Communications, Office Furniture USA, Wild Waters, and Sprint PCS.
Scratching an itch he’d had since childhood, Geoff began to think seriously about acting. He figured an acting class would help his voice-over career, and while in class, his teacher recommended he audition for a play by a prominent local drama troupe and was cast as in a large role.
After grad school, a friend suggested he follow his heart and pursue acting.
A move to Wilmington followed by a move to Greenville and ECU brought Geoff together with Lovinder Gill, and the two almost immediately began planning to make movies.
Two dreams realized.
Currently, Geoff teaches audio production and announcing courses at ECU as his requisite day-job while continuing to chart a course in acting and producing.