Cast

STARRING

EDIE MCCLURG

Edie won a Best Supporting Actress award from the ChainNYC film festival and was nominated for Maverick Award for her role as Cloris McDermott in Theresa Is a Mother.  A long time member of the famed LA improv troupe The Groundlings, Edie became famous for her many roles in several John Hughes films including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), She’s Having a Baby (1988) and _Curly Sue (1990)_. Offbeat cult faves are Eating Raoul (1982), Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988), HBO’s The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981) (TV), and Martin Mull‘s The History of White People in America ( (1985) (TV).

In more mainstream films, she received a National Media Award for her portrayal of a mentally disabled woman in Bill: On His Own (1983) (TV), starring Mickey Rooney. She’s acted for Robert Redford in A River Runs Through It (1992), for Oliver Stone in Natural Born Killers (1994), for Diane Keaton in Hanging Up (2000) and she was named Best Actress of the Chicago Alternative Film Festival for her portrayal of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski’s mother. Other roles include: “Fat Actress” (2005)’ Rude Lady in Restroom, David Spade‘s nasty neighbor in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Dana Carvey‘s mother in Sony Pictures’ The Master of Disguise (2002), Jane Kaczmarek‘s friend in _”Malcolm in the Middle” (2000)_ (qg), guest-starring on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000), NBC’s “Providence” (1999), WB’s “7th Heaven” (1996), Lea Thompson‘s mother on “Caroline in the City” (1995) and several animation roles for TV and in features – such as The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and as Dr. Flora in A Bug’s Life (1998). She is also a voice for Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2 (2006 & 2011).

C. FRASER PRESS

An Emmy nominated actress and writer (CBS Schoolbreak Special Stand Up 1995) and Best Actress award winner from the ChainNYC and REEL Indie Film Fest for her role as Theresa in Theresa Is a Mother, C. Fraser Press began her professional career with the famed LaMama Theatre company in New York City where she performed in Andre Serban’s Fragments Of A Greek Trilogy both in NYC and on tour in the Middle East. She continued to act in theater in both Los Angeles and New York City. On stage nationally and on network and cable television, she has performed improvisation and stand-up comedy as well as three critically acclaimed one-woman shows. As a writer/director, her first film, the short, A Driving Lesson, was an official selection to over 30 film festivals worldwide and was nominated for and won numerous awards including the  Lou Costello Comedy award at the Garden State Film Festival.

RICHARD POE

Richard won a Best Actor Award from the NYC Independent Film Festival and Best Supporting Actor Award from the Maverick Awards for his role of Roy McDermott in Theresa is a Mother.  Richard was born in Portola, California and later moved to his “hometown” of Pittsburg, California. He attended high school there, and then graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1967. After a stint in the army during the Vietnam War, he got his first theater job with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, appearing in productions of St Joan, Hadrian VII, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern are Dead, and Oedipus Rex. He toured the country with Dame Judith Anderson, who played Hamlet at the age of 73 to Richard’s Rosencrantz. Tour stops included Carnegie Hall and all of America’s major cities. He played major roles at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, at Houston’s Alley Theater, Syracuse Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Center Stage Baltimore, Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Huntington Theater. He played Henry Higgins in Pygmalion opposite Roma Downey as Eliza Dolittle; George Antrobus in The Skin of Our teeth opposite Marcia Gay Harden as Sabina; with John Lithgow on Broadway in M. Butterfly; and with Kevin Dobson in ART at Chicago’s Royal George Theater. He has appeared in twelve Broadway productions in his twenty years in New York City.

ROBERT TURANO

Robert has been a guest star on every television show shot in New York and has played recurring roles on “Law & Order,” “Rescue Me” and “Guiding Light.” Regional theatre credits include leads in Modigliani, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Rainmaker, The Exonerated, The Time of Your Life and The 1940’s Radio Hour. Robert played Teach in American Buffalo in several productions and worked as the creative consultant on the film version of the play with Dustin Hoffman. Recently Robert played opposite Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.” Major film credits include leads in Brooklyn Rules, Outside Providence, Federal Hilland The Tavern.

MATTHEW GUMLEY

Matthew was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award from REEL Indie Film Fest and the Maverick Awards for his role of Seth in Theresa Is a Mother.  He has made appearances on numerous TV shows including Modern Family, Psych, Law and Order, Drake and Josh, All My Children, In Search Of…, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, and the Today Show. Matthew also stared in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninja’s Season two. At a young age, Matthew became a veteran of the New York stage. He is a proud member of The Broadway Kids and is one of the hardest working child actors on Broadway and New York City Theatre. His numerous Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast (2004-05), Mary Poppins (2006-08), The Addams Family (2009), Roundabout Theatre Company’s Distracted starring Cynthia Nixon (2009), and Elf-The Musical (2010-11). Matthew is also known for his voice overs which include a series regular on Nickelodeons hit animated series Dora the Explorer as Benny the Bull and numerous guest star appearances on The Wonder Pets. Matthew is also passionate about music and regularly performs with numerous bands as a lead guitarist and vocalist.

SCHUYLER IONA PRESS

Schuyler is an actress and award winning singer/songwriter/musician. She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza for her role as Maggie McDermott in Theresa is a Mother. Her other film credits include the award winning short film A Driving Lesson.  Her theatre credits include: A Walk on the Moon, NY Stage & Film/Powerhouse workshop directed by Michael Greif (RENT, IF/THEN) based upon the award winning film;  Belfast Kind (Jewish Plays Project, NYC); Painting His Wings written by Sinead Daly FringeNYC.  At 13 years old, Schuyler was the youngest artist ever to perform in the Singer/Songwriter Sessions at New York City’s world famous Bitter End. An engaging live performer, Schuyler has been invited to play numerous music festivals including Block Island and Boston GreenFest. Two of Schuyler’s original songs are featured in the film Theresa is A Mother. Schuyler’s music video for her original 9/11 tribute song “Playground Museum” was a winner at the My Hero Film Festival. She was later nominated for a prestigious Ron Kovic Peace Prize for her song and video. In 2014, Schuyler became the New York State Poetry Out Load state champion and represented NY in the national finals in Washington DC, one of only two High School Freshman to compete in the national finals.

MAEVE PRESS

Theresa is A Mother is Maeve’s first feature film.  In 2015, Maeve made her NYC theatrical debut at the Public Theatre in the show Before Your Very Eyes developed by the internationally renown theater group The Gob Squad. Additional theater credits include A Christmas Carol (13th Street Rep, NYC). Maeve is also a writer and budding stand up and can be seen performing around clubs in NYC.

 

Amaya Press Theresa Is a MotherAMAYA PRESS

Amaya is a dancer and actress from New York City.  At 7 years old, she was invited to train at the prestigious School of American Ballet.   Theresa Is a Mother was her film debut. Other film credits include: The Comedian with Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann Hail Mary, and Middleground .  Her theater credit include A Christmas Carol (13th Street Rep, NYC) and A Midwinter’s Dream (Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College) Amaya enjoys all forms of dance, singing and acting.

 

ELAINE BROMKA

Famous for her role as Cindy Russell “the mom” in the John Hughes classic Uncle Buck, Elaine has worked regularly for years in TV and Film.  Elaine has also toured the country in many theatre productions and has appeared on Broadway numerous times with a TONY Award nomination and many other awards to her credit.