Jon has been working in and around theater and film for nearly twenty years. Hailing from Syracuse NY, Jon spent time in Arizona and California before moving to Florida. It was during his time with Old Pueblo Playwrights in Tucson AZ, that he learned just how wonderful theater is and what an impact it has on the lives of those involved with it (as an artist or not). He started Just Write! Lakeland intentionally to give writers a tool that will assist in the progress of their work. Jon directed his first full length feature film "Blind Eye," what feels like an eternity ago with Robert Culp. Having produced and directed multiple plays and films over the years, he is constantly looking for producible material.
Mark received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His play, Slipping Him the Tongue, aka Shakespeare’s a D**k, won the Janus award for Best Original Play and received the Dramatic Publishing Publication Award or Best Original Play. It ran for over six-weeks in the International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was followed by a production in the National Theatre Festival on the Island of Malta where it also won the award for Best Original Play. Other productions have occurred in New York City , Los Angeles, and at theatres in twenty-nine other states. Mark’s full-length comedy, Clown Car, previously entitled Suffer Fools Gladly, received its first full production in DeLand, FL and has subsequently been produced in Washington, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Arizona, and Sri Lanka. It was a finalist (final 4) in the McLaren International Playwriting Contest. Mark’s comedy, Ribbit, was selected as the Winner of the 1st Annual Playwriting Contest by Dexter Community Players Theatre. Moose Tracks had a sold-out run in Saskatchewan, Canada and has subsequently been performed in Chicago, IL. Mark has had over fifty 10-minute, one-act, and full-length plays workshopped and/or performed across the country and in four countries abroad. Many of Mark’s plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Off the Wall Plays, and Original Works, Inc.
A Lakeland native, LHS graduate, Navy veteran, Career law enforcement officer (retired), joined Just Write! Lakeland in 2018. Since then, he has supported the organization as a reader, prop collector, ticket sales and performer in several stage plays. Brad reviews the plays that are submitted and then forwards them along to be scheduled. “I love meeting the writers, reading their scripts then watching the work grow into a stage production before a live audience. The expressions on the writers’ faces through this process motivates me to do the best that I can to in any role I take whether as reader, prop collector, ticket seller or performer.”
Dominique has been in the mortgage industry for over fourteen years and possess a Master of Business Administration. She thrives on finding the most advantageous loan program for her client's specific goals and needs. Her goal is to be clear during the initial application process to ensure the borrower is educatedon the potential outcomes of each loan program. She seeks tobring clarity to the mortgage process by being detail oriented and ensuring that all her clients’ questions are answered in simple, easy to understand terms. Dominique is patient in critical situations during the initial process and also long after all of the ink has dried. She wants you to remember the smooth process and to relish in the success of obtaining your loan from Chickasaw Community Bank. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
William Hahn is a CPA licensed in Ohio. He is a professor of accounting at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where he has taught for 21 years. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree with specialties in accounting and management from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA with a specialty in finance from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a BS degree with a major in accounting from Ball State University, Indiana.
Dr. Hahn spent twenty years in the banking industry as both CFO and COO for NASDAQ-traded companies. In his banking career, he managed accounting, investments, loan and deposit operations, computer operations, legal, facilities, and human resources. Prior to his banking career, he spent four years as an auditor with what is now Ernst & Young, a national CPA firm. He is an Air Force veteran.
He is a coauthor of Forensic Accounting, a textbook published by Pearson, and is the author of over thirty articles and studies on accounting, banking, and educational topics published in both refereed and practitioner journals.
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Currently a staple with the the Village Players, out of Valrico FL, Hal has been acting and directing theater for years. He is involved with the kids program at Crossing Church as Comic host and actor, co-directs the high school drama ministry and has been involved with church dramas and skits throughout his life. Hal's past credits include acting in the Play Dead Murder Mystery dinner theater group out of Apollo Beach and most recently he directed "Steampunk Shenanigans" for Just Write! Lakeland.
Hal majored in Music Education at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham ME, and has had a passion for theater the majority of his life.
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Rory Penland has been entertaining audiences since 1978. He is an actor, artist, author, comedian, director, impersonator and singer. He has done dozens of stage play performances, has toured all over the globe as a standup comedian and is the author of the original screenplay for the film “Deadly Species” and the books “The Vampire Irregulars” and “The Bachelors Guide to Post Apocalyptic Success”.
Rory also hosts the social media talk show “It’s Casual” on Tuesday evenings and is the creator of “The iconic Art Project”.