SHAWNNA YOUNGQUIST - Maggie
Shawnna Youngquist was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She has proven that she can accomplish anything she has set her mind to. Deciding to attend college at age 9, she searched out the various routes to achieve that goal and enrolled at Golden West College at age 10. She is currently working on her AA degree and an Interpreting for the Deaf Certificate. Her acting training includes coaching by Walter Pridgen and Kevin McDermott, dialect coaching by Robert Easton, and various acting workshops. She has been in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials. Her first feature film was The Skeleton Key where she worked with director Ian Softly. Other films include: Up Under the Roof in the role of a blind minister's daughter, Alice in the title role of Alice and The Vaudevillian in the role of a deaf, ill child to name a few. Kia Simon, the director of Alice, was quoted as saying, "The monumentally talented Shawnna Youngquist played the title role of Alice, a young girl who has something under her skin." Shawnna's true passion is film and she was thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on the challenging role of Maggie in Pitstop.
ANDREA HELENE - June
Andrea Helene was raised in the Chicago area and attended Rice University in Houston, where she earned a B.A. in Managerial Studies with minors in German and French. While at Rice she studied with director Sandy Havens as well as playwrights in residence at Houston's Alley Theater, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Andrea has performed on stages in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston starring in such plays as Turkel's Working, Inge's Bus Stop, Williams' Orpheus Descending, Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others, and Chicago. Last spring she co-produced, directed and starred in Lanford Wilson's Burn This, which reviewers hailed as "brilliant." Her performance has been described as "excellent"; "phenomenal"; "a subtly winding of her way through and into all the other characters' lives, finding strength in Anna's vulnerabilities"; "the first actress to ever truly understand the depth of this role."
Andrea studied the Meisner Technique with Robert Carnegie and Jeff Goldblum at Playhouse West and has been an acting teacher there for over eight years. She has directed James Franco in This is Our Youth, and Paulette Braxton in Lanford Wilson's Gingham Dog, and she starred alongside Jeff Goldblum in The Exonerated. She recently starred in an original Stewart Irel musical and just finished a highly regarded run in Tracy Aziz' Hamlet, playing Gertrude opposite Mark Pellegrino's Hamlet.
Andrea's film and television work includes a widely heralded performance in Director Joe Hackett's short, A Minor Incident; a part in Paul Edwards' Fighting Words; a starring role in Director Graham Tallman's Harvest and a featured role in his latest film, Codename: Simon, which has been honored at multiple festivals including the AFI Fest, and which has been selected for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. She is currently finishing filming a starring role in Henry Barrials' True Love, a project which earned acclaim at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab of 2003. Her television credits include numerous national commercials and West Wing.
GRETCHEN KOERNER - Connie (Mom)
Gretchen Koerner has performed in theatre, television, film and commercials in New York, Los Angeles, and points in between. She trained in the classics in London and New York and honed her adept comedic skills with the New York City improv company, Gotham City Improv. A versatile actress, recent roles have included: a competent nurse ("Strong Medicine"), an upscale saleswoman ("An Excellent Choice"), a life affirming minister ("Banking on Love"), a southern spinster (called "mesmerizing" by the Tolucan Times), a news anchor, a clueless, scattered wife... and, of course, the mother of nine children ("Pitstop").
Gretchen has also produced the short film "An Excellent Choice" (2007 premiere - Newport Beach Film Festival), the indie feature comedy "Banking on Love" (currently in post-production), and is in pre-production on the dark comedy "Guardian Devil."
BLAKE OSWALD - Joe (Dad)
Bio coming soon.