Don Downie is a director and cinematographer, with more than 15 years experience that straddles the film / TV industry and the world of interactive content. His directing credentials include everything from narrative films to music videos to installation art to commercials.
Don's wild creative energy is balanced with a pragmatic approach to production and a strong affinity for technology.
Don is an expert in using small media to tell big stories, and has spoken at professional conferences on subjects ranging from digital filmmaking technology to the media moguls of food porn.
Recent credits include directing a 32 webisode sitcom called Caffeine & Crullers for Cengage Media, and co-direction (with Meghan Scibona) of the experimental feature film Blood Junkies.
Don also recently directed a Moby music video, web commercials for Allstate Insurance and Leinenkugel's beer, and a short documentary about Reuters’ Washington DC news coverage of President Obama’s budget proposal.
Jaclyn Kossor is a beauty and special FX makeup artist. She recently moved to New York City from Los Angeles where she worked on independent films such as Love and Skin directed by Virginia Cassavetes and Uneasy Lies the Mind directed by Ricky Fosheim. She also works with the Thornton School of Music opera department productions for the University of Southern California
Born and raised in Anoka MN, Ryan is a graduate of Anoka High School. He attended Rockford College and Regents College London where he earned his BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Art History. After college he then spent a season touring the United States with The Acting Company as the wardrobe/wig supervisor with Richard III and Murder by Poe. Following the tour he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where he received his MFA in costume design. He toured Asia with Troika Entertainment as the wig supervisor/wardrobe assistant on42nd Street. Following the close of the tour he moved to NYC and begin his professional design career. He has worked all over the country designing musicals, dramas, and operas.
New York Credits include: I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change, A Christmas Carol , Twelve Angry Men, and White Christmas (at the Engeman Theatre), The Secret Garden (APAC), The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Dog Laughed, and The Little Shop of Horrors (Gallery Players), I Married Wyatt Earp (Prospect Theatre Company), Project: Lohan (La Mama).
He designed the NY Premiere of I Married Wyatt Earp (Prospect Theatre /59E59 2012), Peter and I (ARACA 2012), The Cottage (APAC 2013), and The Gig (NYMF 2014).
Assistant design for La Boheme and Donna Del Lago (Santa Fe Opera), Tess (NYMF 2010) and The Marriage Play (NY Fringe Festival 2009). Donna Del Lago will transfer to the Metroploitan Opera for the 2015 season
In 2010 he won the Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design for his work on The Drowsy Chaperone. And a nomination for Outstanding Costume Design by Broadway World for Tweleve Angry Men
Also a hair and wig designer he was fortunate enough to work on premiere productions of Madison at Premiere Stages in NJ,Olive and the Bitter Herbs for Primary Stages and the re-working of the musical Working directed and re-conceived by Gordon Greenberg for Prospect Theatre Company.
He has worked with: The Santa Fe Opera, Broadway Cares, Araca Project, NYMF, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Primary Stages, Prospect Theatre, Gallery Players, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Troika Entertainment, GALA Hispanic Theatre, The Acting Company, Premiere Stages, The Herb Strauss Theatre, and The National Theatre of Bermuda.
Member: USA 829, IATSE 764