Biographies

Michael Cornacchia (Captain Needa / Admiral Ackbar / Jabba the Hutt) – Michael hails from Philadelphia and moved to Southern California to attend USC. Since graduation Michael has been in many commercials and television shows such as ER, The Practice, and The Tick. Michael has also completed a feature film with rap star, Sticky Fingaz called, Dancing in the Dark and is very excited to have recently starred in Pirates, a short film written and directed by Eric McCormack. Michael would love to thank Patrick Gorman, Scott Mullin, and Steve Josephson for all their hard work in getting his stomach on stage in front of countless Star Wars fans. Michael also wishes to thank the entire cast and crew for making this possible, and especially Maia for agreeing to carry his baby.

Leigh Anne Goodoff (Aunt Beru / Wedge / Boba Fett / Wickett) – Originally from a galaxy far, far away, (Centreville, Michigan), Ms. Goodoff grew up in Northern California. She studied acting at Solano College before moving to Los Angeles to learn the ways of the force and become a Jedi like her father. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Southern California. In addition, Leigh has studied improv at Mos Eisley Spaceport's Second City Training Center, Shakespeare on Tatooine at The Actor's Shakespeare Academy and has been invited to set a new course for the Dagobah system at The Actors Studio Drama School graduate program in New York City. She has flown from one side of this galaxy to the other and seen a lot of strange stuff, but she has never found a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than right here in Los Angeles. She is thankful that the force runs strong in her family and hopes that you will enjoy this show as much as she has. Leigh Anne Goodoff is appearing at The Coronet Theatre through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Patrick T. Gorman (Author / Director / Uncle Owen / Nein Nunb)An acclaimed playwright, Mr. Gorman’s work has been performed across the world from Los Angeles to Nebraska to Paris with tremendous audience and critical appreciation. His first play, Four Guys Eating Out was performed first in Los Angeles to standing room only crowds and then at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was called “quickwitted and pithy” by the London Stage. From this, he went on to write the much acclaimed Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes and the stage adaptation of Reservoir Dogs. Along with Four Guys Eating Out, his original plays include Waiting for the Dough, The Host’s Age, and God is Pooh Bear and have been performed consistently in Los Angeles. In addition to his role as a writer, Mr. Gorman has been both a frequent director and actor. He has directed his own work as seen with the Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes, Reservoir Dogs, and Waiting for the Dough, as well as works by other writers such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard. As an actor, Mr. Gorman has been seen in his own productions as Shane in Four Guys Eating Out and the original Yoda in Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes, as well as in other writer’s works such as portraying Peter in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to strong reviews. Various media outlets including the Sunday London Times, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Daily Telegraph, Associated Press, and Reuters have done pieces on Mr. Gorman and his work. Mr. Gorman earned his Masters Degree from the University of Southern California School of Professional Writing and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California School of Theatre and is the author of a variety of plays, screenplays, comedic sketches, and fiction.  Mr. Gorman is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Steve Josephson (Producer / C-3P0 / Grand Moff Tarkin / Yoda) – This marks the twentieth anniversary of his work with John Blankenchip and Festival Theatre USC-USA. Since 1982 Steve has been a Resident Director/Choreographer, Playwright-in-Residence and often a performer. Although Steve works primarily as a director and choreographer, he looks forward to his time onstage. Last season he had the opportunity not only to play Yoda in SW30, but also to portray Dodge in Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child. This lethal combination was seen in Edinburgh as well as at the opening of the French-American Cultural Centre for the Arts in Paris. Some of his most cherished roles have been as a part of the Festival Theatre ensemble. Included among them are the European premieres of March of the Falsettos (Mendel), BecauseHeCan-Y2K (Joseph). Other roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Snoopy in Snoopy!, Tom in The Glass Menagerie and Emcee in Cabaret. Steve has also been a soloist at the International Modern Dance Colloquium in Mexico City and was a member (a thousand years ago) of Lula Washington Dance Theatre. His great desire in life is to actually be a Muppet. Steve Josephson is appearing at The Coronet Theatre through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association and he is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Mark Kelly (Han Solo) – Mark is an Oregon raised L.A. based actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has worked in the theatre for fifteen years performing in over 80 productions. His credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Jerry in The Zoo Story, Phillip in Orphans, Burton in Burn This, the title role in The Dismantling of Lemuel Pitkin (world premiere, The Actors' Gang), Han Solo in The Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes (Edinburgh '99), and Ben Cook in Dennis McIntyre's National Anthems (European premiere, Edinburgh, Scotland). His work has received critical acclaim from several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe, The Oregonian, Dramalogue/Back Stage West, The Guardian (London), The Scotsman and the BBC. He has thrice appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing in 17 productions (five world and European premieres; 1994-1999) has several television and international film festival appearances, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting at the University of Southern California. Also a writer, filmmaker, and Co-President of Spiritsmanship Productions; he is the co-star, co-writer, and a producer of the critically acclaimed, award winning short film, Loves Me Loves Me Not. He performed in HBO's 2002 U.S. Comedy Arts festival in Aspen with the sketch comedy group "Another Showcase Showdown."

Jason Major (Emperor / Greedo / Tauntaun) – Jason is a University of Southern California School of Theatre alumnus who has worked on the stage all over the world. For three summers, Jason toiled under the watchful eye of his mentor, John Blankenchip, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland as an actor, lighting/sound technician, carpenter, stage manager, director and jack-of all-trades. His life has not been the same since… Currently, Jason works with deaf children at the John Tracy Clinic as their Media Specialist. He also films and edits short films in his spare time.

Scott Walker Mullin (Darth Vader / Chewbacca) – Scott is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre. He has worked Off-Broadway in numerous productions and at The Edinburgh Theatre Festival in several U.K. premieres. His credits include Stephen in Terrence McNally's The Lisbon Traviata, Terrence in Michael Aman's Woman in Search of Sex, and Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. His film credits include You've Got Mail, Phenomenon, and Cyborg III. He is pleased to be making his Los Angeles theatre debut in Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. Scott Walker Mullin is appearing at The Coronet Theatre through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Maia Peters (Princess Leia) – Maia attended USC where she participated in such performances as The Stonewater Rapture, Waiting for the Dough, The Devil and Billy Markham, and the original production of the Thirty Minute Trilogy. She has also participated in a number of student films and appeared as Cinderella in Theater Britain's pantomime version of Cinderella. Maia wholeheartedly thanks the producers and director for the opportunity to once again defeat the Empire!

Mark Reilly (Obi-Wan Kenobi / Rieekan / Bib Fortuna) – A native Californian, Mark received his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California in theatre. After graduating and realizing LA was so close, he decided to act while pursuing a career in waiting tables. While actively working these "tables", Mark shot a guest spot on General Hospital and paid his rent in May of 1999. His hand was then featured in Men of Honor, which led to his acquisition of the "SAG" card. Craving even more creative outlets, Mark started writing screenplays and short stories also publishing some works of his poetry online. And in 2001, Mark decided to broaden himself by traveling to Paris with Festival Theatre and thus stepping into the Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes! Mark also feels it's important to mention that his co-founded production company will debut its first short film this November. One that he co-wrote and produced, titled: SW 2.5 The Pitch Wars...More on that later. Mark is honored to be performing alongside his Star Wars 30 family and is thrilled to be surrounded by such talent and enthusiasm! Thanks to all his friends and family, you all should know who you are.

James Snyder (Luke Skywalker) – Originally from Sacramento, James is a senior in the BFA acting program at USC. His credits include some television and voice over work, and countless plays at USC, including Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, and stirring alcoholic antics as Taylor in Nicky Silver's The Maiden's Prayer. He loves his family and his girlfriend. He bent his wookie at the tender age of four. "I'm Luke Skywalker I'm here to rescue you."

Howard D. William Yates (Lando Calrissian / Wampa / Vocal Effects Director) - Howard has performed SW30 in excess of 200 times and is the cast member with the most seniority, having participated in 10 of the 11 productions the show has had. An inveterate traveler, Howard is currently seeking housing in France and official status as a French citizen. Anyone with suggestions or help may contact him after show.

Bailey Chadwick (Stormtrooper/Ewok) - Bailey is currently a Sophmore BA acting major at USC. Originally from Oregon, she greatly misses acting to a crowd of 70 moms and dads at the ever-illustrious Estacada High School Theater where she performed in such plays as Twelfth Night, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and Little Shop of Horrors. Bailey is very excited to be making her debut in Los Angeles in such a great production. She would like to thank the cast and crew for their hard work, her friends and family, and her mom and dad for allowing her madness to play through in an equally insane family. And of course, thanks to George Lucas for being her own personal God.

Rikki Jučs (Production Stage Manager) – With SW30 Rikki continues her 17 year association with Festival Theatre. Aside from her 8 seasons on the Fringe of the Edinburgh International Festival, she has also stage managed Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway and at many theatres around Los Angeles. She was especially happy to participate with FT in the inaugural season of the French-American Cultural Centre for the Arts at l'Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris last summer, and found the French to be friendly, civil, and urbane. Rikki Jučs is appearing at The Coronet Theatre through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Todd Silver (Assistant Stage Manager) - The Coronet Theatre, you'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.  How proud Todd Silver is to count himself among them. Stage Management has afforded Todd opportunities from A to B and satisfied his wanderlust allowing him to work is such exotic, far flung and varied places as Los Angeles, Westwood and West Hollywood. You can imagine his excitement at the opportunity SW30 offered working in such exotic, far flung places as Tatooine, Hoth and Endor.