Jonna Walsh grew up in Simi Valley, California. At age 12, she started acting and modeling in her hometown in local fashion shows and school plays. By age 17, she had landed her first role on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” and was hooked on acting from there. Since then, Walsh has gone on to appear on such television series as Netflix’s “Medal of Honor” opposite Oliver Hudson, CBS’ “Code Black” opposite Rob Lowe, as well as “CSI: Cyber,” Freeform’s “The Fosters” and Baby Daddy,” the hit HBO series “Silicon Valley,” USA’s “Fairly Legal” and ABC’s “No Ordinary Family.” In addition, Walsh has enjoyed prominent roles in feature films Couple’s Retreat opposite Vince Vaughn, and Faster, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Nathan Parsons currently stars as Max Evans, a Roswell, New Mexico police officer, who has been concealing his unearthly abilities from the town, in The CW’s new drama, “Roswell, New Mexico.”
Born in Adelaide, South Australia and raised in Austin, Texas, Parsons moved to Los Angeles after being accepted into the acting program at the University of Southern California. His television credits include a series regular role on the final season of “True Blood,” as well as recurring roles on “The Originals,” Once Upon a Time” and “Bunheads.”
Parsons was a member of the Boom Kat Dance Theatre, a non-profit dance company based in Santa Monica, California. He is currently involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps veterans and active duty service members wounded in military actions following the September 11th attacks.
Robby Benson is best known for starring in films such as Jeremy, Ice Castles, “Death Be Not Proud,” Ode to Billy Joe, The Chosen, Tribute, Running Brave, The End, Harry & Son, Walk Proud, One on One (for which he wrote the screenplay), and, to new generations, as the voice of Beast in Academy Award®-nominated Beauty and the Beast. He has produced and directed feature films and television series, including directing episodes of “Friends,” “Ellen” and many top 10 shows.
On stage, Benson starred on Broadway in Zelda, The Rothschilds and the Joseph Papp production of The Pirates of Penzance, where he met and fell in love with his co-star and rock recording artist, Karla DeVito. A multitalented star, Benson also wrote the musical
Open Heart published by Samuel French (2006). The show was produced by and debuted at NYC’s historic Cherry Lane Theater.
As an author, Benson penned the bestselling novel, Who Stole the Funny? published by HarperCollins (2007), and a multimedia medical memoir I’m Not Dead…Yet (2012), which received major kudos from Apple. As a composer, he has received RIAA Gold Records for his songs, one of which is “We Are Not Alone” for the library dance in John Hughes iconic film The Breakfast Club. In addition to scoring music for other films, Benson recently wrote the music for his daughter Lyric Benson’s cosmic-poetic Lyric’s Love Light Revolution (2012), as well as the score for his son Zephyr Benson’s impressive feature directing debut Straight Outta Tompkins (2015).
Considering his most valued professional accomplishment to be that of college professor, Benson has taught for two decades at universities around the country. As Professor of Film at NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, he received the honor of being nominated for both NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006, and the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. He has been a Professor of Practice at Indiana University since 2013, currently on hiatus developing his new musical I Hear a Song!