MEET THE ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES:
director of development
Jennifer Adler is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of the prestigious Meadows School for the Arts at SMU. After graduation Jennifer dove straight into the LA theater scene as well as picking up a few commercials, TV and movie credits. Roles with Little Candle Productions: Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. Other favorite theater roles include playing Anna in Patrick Marber’s Closer, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shari in Neil Labute’s The Distance From Here and Celimene in Moliere’s The Misanthrope. TV/Film credits include roles on: General Hospital, Chuck, The OC and Columbia Pictures feature film 30 Minutes or Less. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. In 2014, her audiobook performance in Fallen Too Far was nominated for an Audie Award.
LYNN DOWNEY BRASWELL
director of community outreach
Lynn’s love of People, Stories, and Food has led her to become an actor/writer/producer/director/cook. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University with a degree in Theatre before earning Los Angeles acting credits for TV’s Henry Danger and S.W.A.T; national commercials for Geico, Sprint, Ford, and others; LA theatre Macbeth (nom. Best Production LA Weekly) and Bayside High School Musical. As a founder of Bravemaker Productions, co-created and stars in the comedy web series “Life Group” about an enthusiastically inept Life Coach. She also writes and directs for acting demo company Rock Your Reel. She first worked with Little Candle Productions as a writer/actor/producer, developing Shauna Niequist’s best selling memoir into Cold Tangerines: The Play. The 2014 World Premiere enjoyed an extended run at the Fremont Centre Theatre, the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival run received an “Encore Producer’s Award,” the show has since toured Southern California and is available to come to you! After understudying Little Candle’s The Elliots, Lynn joined the incredible production team as resident “Hostess of Life.” She is very interested in knowing who is bringing snacks to the next gathering.
Paula Deming is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Appalachian State University. After graduating, she worked as an actor and teaching artist with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, helped run a Drama Ministry program for middle and high school students, and was an active performer in the Charlotte theatre scene, earning award nominations for the roles of Myrrha in Metamorphoses, Daisy in Biloxi Blues, and Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo. She moved to Los Angeles in 2011 and was delighted to discover Little Candle in 2015, playing the roles of Henriette (The Elliots), Betty (Taming of the Show), and Flo (The Light of Western Stars). Some other favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Sylvia in Sylvia, and a brief turn as John C. McGinley’s daughter on the TBS show “Ground Floor.” Paula is also a co-founder of Sassquach Radio, the audio drama production company behind the Holiday Romantic Comedy series "Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!)".
ALLISON DARBY GORJIAN
Allison Darby Gorjian hails from the lone star state where she earned her BFA in theater from Southern Methodist University. In addition to studying directing and playwriting at SMU, Allison completed multiple semesters of independent study in Linklater based text-work and dramaturgy. She has worked in New York and Dallas with the Undermain Theater, Theater Fusion, Dallas Theater Center, Lark Play Development Center, New Georges, The Classical Acting Company, Echo Theater, TECO Theater, and Seasoned Theatre Company as an actor, director, assistant director and/or dramaturg. Favorite projects include Hamlet, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, A Flea in Her Ear, An Evening of Robert Frost, the New York Premiere of Man’s Best Friend by Jeffrey M. Jones, and the all city 1st Prize winning play School Day Slam with the fantastic young performers at Martin Luther King, Jr. Rec. Center in Dallas. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles and earned her Masters in Professional Writing at USC.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Acting and BA in Psychology, Betsy was working primarily as an actress in national television commercials (occasionally dabbling in teaching and costume design), when she co-founded Little Candle Productions in 2012 and accidentally became a producer. Some of her favorite onstage credits include The Mousetrap (Mollie) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen) at the Glendale Centre Theatre, King John (Constance) with the Porters of Hellsgate, for which she received a Valley Theatre Awards nomination for Best Actress, The Merchant of Venice (Portia) with Shakespeare by the Sea, Twelfth Night (Viola), As You Like It (Celia), Oliver (Nancy), Hermione in Little Candle’s inaugural production of The Winter’s Tale at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre, and Madeline Hammond in The Light of Western Stars with Little Candle at the Old Mill. She also originated the role of Anna in Little Candle Productions’ world premiere of Cold Tangerines: The Play and has appeared as Shea in the touring production.
A Los Angeles native, Kate has been involved in theatre since childhood, first appearing on a professional stage at eight years old. In the years since, she has performed on stages across Los Angeles and Orange County, in addition to many commercials, film, television, and voice-over projects. Some of her favorite onstage credits include Picnic (Madge) at the Long Beach Playhouse, All My Sons (Annie) at Theatre Palisades, Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), In the Next Room (Catherine), Cymbeline with WriteAct, and Love’s Labours Lost (Princess of France) with Shakespeare by the Sea. In an attempt to escape theatre, she studied Psychology and Linguistics at UCLA, but her true passion quickly called her home. Kate’s current focus is in creating a viable home for the arts in her community, in addition to supporting new and emerging playwrights. She sits on the New Works Committee and the Long Beach Playhouse, holds board positions with several nonprofits, and is delighted to be a part of the Little Candle team.