NIKA EZELL PAPPAS
Nika Ezell Pappas is an actor, writer, and full spectrum doula located in Oakland, California. She graduated with honors from Columbia University with her Master of Fine Arts.
She wrote a short film based around the experience of sitting in the Planned Parenthood post/abortion recovery room and can be seen starring in the feature film “Nia on Vacation.” She worked on set with Martin Scorsese in HBO’s ‘Vinyl' and has appeared in various other feature and short films including ‘Adam Bloom’, ‘Middleground’, and ‘The Poet’.
On stage she’s performed in such productions as ‘Bad Jews’ at Roundabout, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Classic Stage Company, and ‘Proud to Present’ at the Guthrie. You may also glimpse her in various regional and national commercials for Verizon, Bank of America, and MLB.
Lauren Neal is a biracial multi-hyphenate from Aurora, Colorado, and a graduate of Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, but she is probably best known for (1) an uncanny resemblance to Prince when dressed in drag, or (2) her rapper alter ego Licki Ucroj's X-rated rhymes.
At Outfest Fusion 2020, Lauren won the Hyundai Emerging Director Award for her short film “Healing Me,” a foray into a mind at once propagated and plagued by bipolar disorder. Hyundai enlisted Lauren to direct an LGBTQ-centric commercial to be featured during the 2021 GLAAD Awards, The OutFronts, Outfest LA, and Newfest.
Lauren was nominated for Best Lead Actress at IFF London for her work in “The Lovely Rejects,” which she also co-produced. Her acting credits include “Westworld,” FOX’s unaired pilot “Delirium,” and indie feature “The Sympathy Card." Lauren won Best Guest Actor (Comedy) at the Hollyweb Festival for her turn in the web series "Those With Class".
Notoriously obsessed with the discipline of acting, Lauren is the resident data scientist at Castability, a start-up devoted to providing actors with actionable feedback and quantitative analysis of their work.
Currently, Lauren is producing indie feature "Under the Influencer" and seeking financing for two original feature scripts: "To Catch a Cougar," an LGBTQ intergenerational rom-com; and "Lesbian Water Zombies," a comedy-horror romp.
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