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The Creator People

  • Zoran Gvojic

    Writer, Director, Editor, Color, Graphics, Actor

    Zoran Gvojic is a writer, director, editor, actor, motion graphic designer, colorist, cinematographer and human being from Downers Grove, Illinois. He is the creator of Lowcarbcomedy.com, a video production company that has made almost 100 short films including such viral videos as “Passion of the Benny Hill,” and “Saw IV”.

    If that wasn’t enough he is also the co-creator of the comic book: Mystery Afoot. Which tells the story of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster teaming up to start a detective agency. Furthermore, he is the co-creator of the radioplay series: Lance Cunningstrong

    As an actor Zoran was part of the sketch comedy group Long Pork that opened for such famous folks as Harold Ramis and Rachel Dratch. He is a graduate of The Second City, I.O., and Annoyance training programs. His favorite film is Tremors 2: Aftershocks.

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  • Dave Schneider

    Writer, Actor

    David Schneider is a student finance operations manager for a proprietary education company that focuses on university and career training programs in Schaumburg, Illinois. Since 2007, he has gained extensive experience in the leadership and development of a staff of over 70 individuals and process/project management. Some of his major accomplishments have been serving as project manager for a third party servicer implementation that affected over 60,000 students nationwide, creating and developing an internal leadership program for a department of over 200 individuals and leading the centralization of numerous processes while maintaining a flat headcount across his teams. David graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2005 with a major in Economics and received a minor while studying abroad in Granada, Spain. He grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois and currently lives in Chicago. He recently started an herb garden.

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  • Mark Kusper

    Writer, Actor

    Mark Kusper is a writer, actor, and enthusiasm enthusiast from Downers Grove, Illinois. Using his unique ability of availability Mark has starred in over 50 short films with Lowcarbcomedy.com. His greatest accomplishment is failure of stage one of the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Other notable failures include his first attempt at higher education, first engagement, relationship with family, and securing a steady income.

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The Unseen People

  • Mark Kleinfelder

    Sound, Music, Occasional Actor

    Was too busy to write a bio.

  • Joanna Davidovich

    Animator, Logo Design

    Joanna Davidovich was born in Orange Park, Florida into a family of Ukrainian gymnasts. After giving up on ever executing back handspring, she fell back on a talent for doodling flamingos wearing sunglasses and somehow made a career out of that. She earned her BFA in Animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005.

    Based in Atlanta, she works as a freelance animator, character designer, and story artist. Her great variety of animation work includes Cocoa Puffs commercials, on-air promos for Cartoon Network, and branding campaigns for PBSKids to name a few. Independently she created the titles for the BBC3 show Touch Me I'm Karen Taylor (2007), and the Laughing Orangutans (2008) cartoons for PBS's Electric Company.

    Recently contributed storyboards on the second season of Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. Currently she is working hard to complete her animated music video Monkey Rag before the world ends in 2012. Oh wait, the world didn't end? Great! Because she's still not done. Or maybe she is by the time you read this. You'll just have to follow up!" (Feel free to edit this last part, Zoki.)

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  • Max Bare

    Illustrator, Occasional Actor

    Max Bare: Max Bare is a Chicago-based artist, born in Ohio and brain-fed in Savannah. As a fine artist he makes narrative mixed media pieces filled with paint, tapirs, bears, wood and love. As a commercial illustrator he currently pencils and inks everyone’s favorite Big Foot and Plesiosaur driven comic book “Mystery Afoot.”

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  • Zack Whittington

    Cinematography, Actor

    Zack Whittington is a master of disaster. Disaster as in the good kind. He has filmed some films for Lowcarcomedy. With his critical, critiquing eye, and his technically, technical tech savvy, Zack has brought so much firework to this game that 4th of July called in sick. Forever. Ever since that first day when he started bringing the fireworks. When Zack isn't filming films for Lowcarbcomedy he's busy SEEING THE FUTURE. Don't try to find him. He hides. Very well.

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  • Alex Gvojic

    Cinematography

    Was too busy to write a bio. Also he is Zoran's brother.

  • Lana Crooks

    Costuming, Props, Set Designer

    Lana Crooks loves the antique, the creepy, the cute and the mysterious. She began her artistic life as an illustrator but became a sculptor of fabrics and found objects. She constructs all kinds of creatures (commonly those from the deepest oceans but even the ones from under your bed). These cuddly monstrosities have been spied at places such as: Munky King, Rivet, Rotofugi, G1988 and Art Basel and has frequently been spotted teaming up with other artists to help create the monsters within their heads. Crooks has also partnered with the OhNo!Doom collective in Chicago, IL. But, on an average day, you can find her at the studio surrounded by model ships, books, skulls, faux fur, glass eyes, a menagerie of stuffed friends and a cat named Tanuki.

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  • Marc Femenella

    Sound

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  • Dan Latham

    Motion Graphics

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  • Janice Juralewicz

    Motion Graphics

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  • Paul Caddick

    Motion Graphics

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  • David Soukup

    Set Decoration

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  • Greg Zimmerman

    Music

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  • Jordan Good

    Music

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  • Katie Good

    Music

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The Actor People

  • Matthew Arduini

    Actor

    Matt Arduini is a hospitality professional from Wisconsin. He likes sports, hates seafood, and is happy to be here.

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  • Ashley Bates

    Actor

    Ashley Bates photoshops Bruce Willis into her family photos and sells spray foam insulation kits. Also she was punk rock once and it was awesome.

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  • Bobby Berry

    Actor

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  • Susan Brown

    Actor, Catering, Mother

    I was born in a small village in Bhutan in May of 1952....no wait..that is where i went on vacation not where I was born.....Oh yes I remember..I was born in NEW JERSEY in May of 1952 when my dad was called back to the army because of the Korean war. The whole rest of my family were native Hoosiers..(for those that don't know those are folks that live in Indiana..the superior state to the southeast of us)..well at least they have low taxes and the current governor we have known since he was a little boy mowing lawns in our neighborhood. But I digress....

    I grew up in Columbus, Indiana and went to college at Purdue University where I graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. My life growing up had been about animals, saving them, studying them, looking for them in nature and so my adult career would rightly be about animals as well. I wanted to work with exotic animals and had worked for two months at the St. Louis Zoo as a student but it was hard for anyone, much less a woman to get a job as a vet at a zoo back then...boo ho0....:-( So, I went into small animal practice in St. Louis, Missouri while trying to get that non existent zoo job. I worked for an evil veterinarian who only cared about how much money he could suck out of people's wallets!!! I left that job after a year and went to work for the St. Louis Humane Society where I met Zoran's dad who was a veterinarian also working there. Djordje (Zoran's dad) and I then moved to CHicago and got jobs at two different clinics still in small animal. However wherever I worked I always took care of the "odd" animals, non dog and cat species because so many veterinarians ignored them or didn't know how to care for them and I always believed ALL animals deserve the best veterinary care we could provide. That exotic animals are not less valuable then dogs and cats or farm animals!

    Djordje and I eventually bought the Argonne Animal Hospital in Lemont Illinois together. At that point I was only seeing exotic animals and no dogs or cats, Djordje saw all the dogs and cats at our practice. We had two great kids..Zoran and his brother Alex who are both amazing and fantastic human beings!! Sadly Zoran's dad and I went our separate ways in 1985 and it was a really tough time for everyone, we both worked hard to try to make it easier on the kids but well, what can you say..divorce is just not a fun time for anyone....:-(

    I then started the Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital with two partners over in Westchester, Il in 1985. It was the fist all exotic animal hospital in the country! I was told so many times in my life I couldn't do this, it wouldn't work because people won't spend money on veterinary care for their non dog and cat pets and so on but what the heck..those animals deserve our care and well I was determined they should get it. At one point in our almost 20 years of having the practice we were the largest all exotic animal hospital in the country! We had scores of veterinary students do their externships there and dozens of foreign veterinarians train there. It was a lot of work but we had a lot of fun too. I lectured all over the country and in Europe about rabbit, ferret and rodent medicine and surgery and wrote several chapters in veterinary text books and many articles. I married my second husband, Richard Nye, in 1998. He was one of my veterinary partners in the practice and also many folks know he was also a former major league baseball player for the Cubs and the Cardinals back in the late 60's and early 70's.

    But the most wonderful experiences during this period were spending time with my two boys Zoran (known as Zoki then, and Alex). Both talented, both amazing and both wonderful human beings. I tried to raise them on comedy for sure! Monty Python being one of my favorite comedic groups at the time as a whole variety of other humor. We went on many trips and saw many amazing things together. The time I spent with my boys is the time I treasure the most. Alex has been involved in some art form or another since he was a little boy and is currently a cinematographer in NYC doing various interesting projects. Zoran (since this is his website) started doing cartoons as a tiny tot and just kept drawing and creating then using video and so on with his comedic mind. I remember once sitting in the waiting area at Second City during one of his classes in high school and looking over at another parent and saying..."I guess we are paying money to make them bigger smart alecs then they are already? Why would we do that! " But he is a funny smart alec isn't he??? :-)

    Okay..so time to wrap this up...blah blah blah..You know you just don't want to get me started! In 2004 Richard and I sold the practice and he started doing wood turning and I turned my attention to the thing I have loved the most regarding animals and that is behavior. I have worked on educating myself on animal behavior, training and solving behavior problems. I only take care of exotic animals in this regard, because just like when i started my practice, so many folks don't know that you can use the same humane and effective methods of training and learning to live harmoniously with exotic pets as you can with dogs and cats! I have a website: www.behaviorconnection.com that explains what I do. I teach some classes, do individual behavior consultations and generally try to teach people how to live and communicate effectively with their pets which benefits both sides of the equation. I now live on a small farm with several species of animals including llamas, alpacas, goats, pot belly pigs, geese, ducks, chickens, guineas, dogs, cats, tortoises and parrots... I enjoy and train them all. I also REALLY enjoy when my boys and Richard's wonderful boys, Eric and Andy come to visit here and we are all one big happy family with lots of barking, meowing, oinking, crowing and well also lots of Hair..lots and lots of hair (don't ever wear BLACK over here). Oh yes, and I also love it when Zoran comes over to FILM one of his many hilarious videos...I get to cook for the actors and helpers and just hang out with fascinating people. I think I make a pretty good Craft Service (I make a mean macaroni and cheese with three kinds of cheese in it and my Dr. Brownies are to die for!) or Production Assistant ( have props here you wouldn't believe!! ) I have learned to hang on to EVERYTHING just in case Zoran might need it in a video. And I have live animal actors too. Check out the video with the flying chickens in it! Or the one with the live dog sandwich! However I make a REALLY BAD ACTOR....I am just too OCD for that....which is why you won't see me in his films...and a good thing that is too!

    Well that's it. Don't know what new adventures I will encounter from here on out...I thank my son Zoran for asking me to contribute to this website and I hope everyone enjoys it!! (The website I mean..not this long, long boring bio!)

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  • Charley Carroll

    Actor

    Charley Carroll is an actor/improviser/director around the city of Chicago. Charley was born and raised on the Greek-like island of Mypos, where he eked out a living as a shepherd and dreamed of a better life in America. Charley is a naive, optimistic, well-meaning person; as the great American actor Bronson Pinchot once said of him, "...he looks at the world like a four-year-old" and "sees the world as benevolent". These traits, along with his ignorance of American culture, sometimes get Charley into difficult or dangerous situations, with Larry, his cousin, invariably coming to his rescue. However, Larry soon realizes that for all Charley's naivety and cultural malapropisms, he otherwise is a very intelligent and courageous man of many talents who often saves the day himself. Find Charley on the internets at all the links below and remember "don't be ridiculous!"

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  • Patrick Cavanaugh

    Actor

    Birthed by humans, raised by wolves, lives on pizza.

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  • The Doctor

    Actor/Pomeranian

    The Doctor is Zoran Gvojic's pomeranian. He enjoys chasing tennis balls, barking, eating treats, barking, sleeping in adorable positions, and barking. In his off time he barks.

  • Rachael Fostvedt

    Actor

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  • Caitlin Garibaldi

    Actor

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  • Kyla Garibaldi

    Actor

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  • Laura Green

    Actor, Machete Stabber

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  • Rebecca Grossman

    Actor

    Rebecca Grossman graduated with a BA in Theater and Religion from Centre College. This makes her completely un-employable. For the last 10 years she has performed and taught throughout the country. After graduating from the Second City Conservatory and iO Training Center, Rebecca has been lucky to perform all around Chicago, including, The Apollo Theater, Comedy Sportz Chicago, iO, and The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox. Film and Radio credits include Fake ID, Nice Guys Sleep Alone, and Janet in The Rocky Horror Radio Show (Original Cast Recording). She is the creator and coach of the very awesome all women improv troupe, Valid Hysteria, and the Executive Producer of Chicago Ladies in Comedy, NFP.

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  • Greg Hess

    Actor

    Gregory Hess is an occasionally funny person. Perhaps the funniest thing he has ever done is earn a degree in journalism. He likes movies a lot, and sometimes he writes about them. When not submitting himself to retail drudgery for a paycheck, he can generally be found drinking to excess with other Lowcarb alums, or grocery shopping.

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  • Jeremy Kanne

    Actor

    Jeremy is an established player in the world of "doing silly things because they are there." Or at least they are there after they're done. It's a very chicken or the silly thing sort of thing. He also, in his other spare time, produces the improv-to-written play company Cor Res Theater and can often be caught acting, writing, and directing within it. Further into spare time territory, Jeremy improvises with his good friends at Hello Donatello under the company One Group Mind and will ever be happy to work with you on design projects via his to-be-better-named design company Jeremy Kanne Design

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  • Jackie "Gajda" Kusper

    Actor

    Was too busy to write a bio.

  • Paul Lotz

    Actor

    Paul Lotz is an aspiring voice actor and former reality television star. He starred opposite his family in the E! Series "Lotz of Lotz". Although it received critical acclaim for its raw look into the life of a middle class family dealing with mental illness, it was scorned by audiences for being too depressing and was cancelled after an Alabama man committed suicide after viewing an episode.

    His television credits may include Family Guy, The Simpsons, and Bobs Burgers. Anytime you hear a throat clear or sneeze, you're hearing Paul. His commercial credits include Taco Bell and Maybelline.

    The role he is most well known for is the role of "The Chief" in the Lance Cunningstrong radio serials.

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  • John Morrison

    Actor

    John Morrison is a photographer, writer and graphic designer from Chicago, IL with a degree in visual communications from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

    John and his company Subism Studios LLC have worked with clients including the Chicago Tribune, Mercedes Benz USA, Apple Inc, Global Delight, Sprout Social, Digital Bootcamp, as well as countless local musicians and theater groups. He is a non-performing member of Chicago sketch group Long Pork.

    Since January 1st 2012 John has published one Polaroid style instant photograph at TheImpossibleYear.com

    You can also follow him on Twitter, check out his latest photography on Flickr or read his rantings and musings at subism.com.

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  • Richard Nye

    Actor

    I spent my childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California. I had the wonderful opportunity of attending and graduating from the UC at Berkeley in civil engineering in the mid-60's. I spent the next 5 years playing professional baseball and discovered my life's work, healing and caring for animals. I went back to school at the Univ. of Ill. in Champaign/Urbana where I obtained my DVM degree. I've been a practicing veterinarian for over 36 years, the last 25 of them treating only exotic pet species with my wife and partner, Dr. Susan Brown. We have four boys, two each from our first marriages. They are all in the creative arts either acting, filming, painting, or writing. In my semi-retirement I spend my time still practicing a little and caring for our own animals, playing golf, and turning wood.

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  • Steve O'Brien

    Actor

    Steve O'Brien hails from Portsmouth, NH where he was raised to live free or die (hard). When he wasn't consuming an inordinate amount of pizza in Chicago, he found time to train at iO and the Second City. You may have seen him in commercials on tv or online with the sketch comedy group Team Submarine. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he co-hosts A Comedy Show at Alligator Lounge every Tuesday night. He's appeared on MTV and has written for Film.com and Comedy Central. He's also the proud owner of the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-Ray, DVD, VHS and Laser Disc. He's delighted that Lance Cunningstrong is back in action!

  • Logan Petree

    Actor

    Was too busy to write a bio.

  • Sarah Pitard

    Actor

    Sarah Pitard holds a BFA in Acting from The DePaul Theatre School in Chicago and an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media from The Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD) in London, UK. A few of her favourite Chicago theatre credits include playing Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty (ABC Theatre), Jasmine in Aladdin (ABC Theatre), Lisabette in Anton in Show Business and Teenage Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive (both at The Theatre School). Sarah moved to London in 2009, where she continued to act and work as a playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Paradigm Theatre Company which has produced two of her plays The Inappropriateness of Love and Freedom, Books, Flowers, and the Moon. She most recently wrote and acted in a short film, The Bells of Casterbridge (An adaptation of some scenes from Tom Hardy's Novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge) playing Lucetta. On the web, you can see Sarah in the Sci-Fi Web Series, Chronicles of Syntax, as Liza. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and occasionally assists combat classes at CSSD and RADA. She is currently residing in Paris, France.

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  • Brian Risselada

    Actor

    Brian Risselada is from Jenison, MI and currently lives in Chicago with his wife Holly. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he studied theatre and was awarded a Grand Award for best lead actor in a college performance in Grand Rapids. He met other contributors of Low Carb Comedy while taking classes at Improv Olympic. They were on an improv team for a while with some other folks called Monster Plantation. He was also on an improv team called Very Real Cops. He did a couple of shows at The Annoyance including Bodyslam! The Rise and Fall of CAWC. Brian is a cinephile and appears in the film podcast Syndromes and a Cinema. His wife Holly is a documentary filmmaker, and he has been helping her with her current documentary Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club. He's also involved with his church community MissioDei. Check him out at his favorite movie website here: http://mubi.com/users/25528

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  • Lee Russell

    Idea Man, Actor

    Lee Russell is an actor, writer, & improviser living in Chicago, IL. He is the founder of Chicago sketch comedy group, Long Pork. Long Pork has performed in festivals across the country including the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Charleston Comedy Festival, San Francisco Comedy Festival, and the New York City Sketchfest. He can also be seen in videos by Long Pork, Lowcarbcomedy, & Awkward Spaceship. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and i.O. Chicago (formerly The Improv Olympic). Lee can be seen in shows regularly at The Annoyance Theater with The Annoyance house ensemble Fire and Beer.

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  • Matt Sardo

    Actor

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  • Aemilia Scott

    Actor

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  • B Stover

    Actor, Colorist

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  • Freddie Sullit

    Actor

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  • Tigger Taylor

    Actor

    Tigger is a former erotic film star. She now spends her days doing equine therapy in Portland, Oregon with her 3 cats: Flora, Fauna, Merryweather.

  • Dave Urlakis

    Actor

    Dave Urlakis is an actor, writer and improviser based out of Chicago, IL. He's also the creator behind the sketch comedy channel Awkward Spaceship where he frequently collaborates with Zoran Gvojic. Dave is part of the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy duo Urlakis & Cusick, is an ensemble member at ComedySportz Chicago, has improvised at iO (formerly ImprovOlympic) as part of Swoon and Skeleton Attack, and was one of the writers and performers behind the hit religious satire sketch show Best Church of God. Dave also enjoys a good sandwich.

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  • Alex Willan

    Actor, Illustrations

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  • Nicole Sierra Wilson

    Actor

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  • Amber Wheymiller

    Actor

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  • Tim Young

    Actor

    Tim Young is a writer, actor and improviser. Originally from South Carolina, Tim honed his comedy skills in Chicago, where he was a member of a number of improv and sketch teams, including The Playground Theatre’s Cowlick, The Fowler Family Radio Hour, Hogwash, i.O’s Frosh, and Monster Plantation. He is also a graduate of i.O.'s training center and has performed in shows featured at the Chicago Sketchfest, Charleston, SC's Piccolo Fringe Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival, and The Second City's now-defunct Unhinged series. In addition, Tim has worked with lowcarbcomedy.com on a number of video projects, and lent his voice talents to several installations of the radioplay Lance Cunningstrong: Detective to the Stars. These days, Tim lives in Winston-Salem, NC with his wife and three cats and works in higher education.