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Zach Woodlee has been surrounded by dance his entire life. He started his career as a dancer touring with Mandy Moore and Madonna. Woodlee parlayed his talents into film and television with dancing roles in “Not Another Teen Movie,” “The Sweetest Thing,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Step Up” and “Saturday Night Live.” Woodlee has also served as a choreographer for several projects including the television series “Eli Stone” and films such as “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “27 Dresses,” “Hairspray” and “The Proposal.”
A native of Texas, Woodlee now lives in Los Angeles.
A seasoned theater actor, Jenna Ushkowitz starred in "The King and I" and the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of "Spring Awakening."
Her television credits include "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow" and "As the World Turns," and her independent film credits include "Babyface" and "Educated." Recently, Ushkowitz hosted "Yankees on Deck," which is a behind-the-scenes sports show geared towards young audiences.
Ushkowitz, 24, graduated from Marymount Manhattan College and splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in both Northern and Southern California, Harry's entertainment career began in high school when a friend of his dared him to join the school's dance team "AGHS Dance Company." Despite having no formal training, he made the team and soon began dancing professionally, touring with Kaci and followed that by dancing for such world renowned artists such as Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Raven.
In 2004, Shum landed his first acting job on the popular Fox series, "Boston Public" and he followed that with guest-starring roles on such shows as "Zoey 101," "Greek" and recently starred in the hit TV movie "iCarly: iGo to Japan" as the arch nemesis "Yuki."
He has danced in such features as "You Got Served," "Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift," "Stomp the Yard," "Center Stage 2" and "Bewitched." In 2008, he landed his first official acting gig in "Step Up 2: the Streets" and reprised his role in "Step Up 3D," in which he played the role of "Cable."
Shum resides in Los Angeles.
Dallas-born Mark Salling has always known that music is his destiny. A classically-trained pianist, who has also mastered the guitar, bass and drums, Salling grew up playing in various cover bands with friends. The Lonestar State-native also caught the acting bug early on, starring in national commercials and films ("Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering," Walker, Texas Ranger," etc.). After graduating high school, he made the move to Hollywood, with not much more than just a dream. Teaching guitar lessons on the side, Mark enrolled in the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena. He continues to refine his craft by making sure he is consistently refreshing his material: writing new songs and performing original music. Salling recently launched his record label, "Pipe Dream Records" with the release of his debut solo album, "Pipe Dreams."
When not on set, the singer/ songwriter who recently announced a new partnership with Guess, Inc., spends much of his time with the Wildlife Care of Ventura County as well as the American Red Cross. Additionally, he spends his free time working on new music, playing frisbee golf, traveling, and advancing his unusual passion for ornithology.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Naya Rivera landed her first series regular role at age 4 on the sitcom "The Royal Family" starring Redd Foxx and industry vet Della Reese. Her other television credits include "CSI: Miami," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Family Matters," "Smart Guy," "Even Stevens," "8 Simple Rules" and "The Bernie Mac Show."
When not on set, Rivera donates her time and talent to raising money for cancer research and for HIV/AIDS education, awareness and prevention; and to helping young women and girls overcome self-esteem issues and reach their full potential.
Rivera makes her home in Los Angeles, where she enjoys working out, writing, composing music and spending time with friends.
Amber Riley got her first break when Ryan Murphy cast her in the pilot "St. Sass." Although the pilot was not picked up, Riley was able to use that experience to land a role on the television series "Cedric the Entertainer Presents."
Riley has performed in numerous theater productions, including "Alice in Wonderland," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Into the Woods" and "Mystery on the Docks" with the Los Angeles Opera.
Riley was recently nominated for an individual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series. In 2010, she received the Most Popular Geek Award at AOL's 1st Annual Geek Awards and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer.
Riley currently serves as an Ambassador for VH-1's Save the Music Foundation and is a member of Seventeen Magazine's Body Peace Council.
Ryan Murphy is the co-creator and executive producer of GLEE, television's most award-winning series. GLEE was honored with four Emmy Awards; a Peabody Award; a Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical; a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series; and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy.
Additionally, Murphy was recognized with a Directors Guild of America nomination and the show received a Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series. The American Film Institute also named GLEE one of the Top 10 TV Programs of the Year. Murphy's work on GLEE was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
Murphy and Brad Falchuk are collaborating on upcoming series for FX called "American Horror Story" that stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange.
Prior to GLEE, Murphy created and executive-produced the critically acclaimed "Nip/Tuck," for which he wrote and directed multiple episodes of the series. When it debuted in 2004, "Nip/Tuck" was the only freshman drama to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Series, Drama. That same year, Murphy earned his first-ever Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, and in 2005, "Nip/Tuck" won the Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Drama.
Murphy began his career as a journalist, writing for such publications as The Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and Entertainment Weekly. His screenwriting career began in the late 1990s when Steven Spielberg purchased his romantic comedy "Why Can't I Be Audrey Hepburn?." Murphy's next effort was "Popular," a comedy series he created and produced.
In 2006, Murphy directed the feature film of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors," starring Annette Bening. Most recently, Murphy directed the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir "Eat Pray Love," which starred Julia Roberts and was produced by Brad Pitt.
Originally from Indianapolis, Murphy graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He now lives in Los Angeles.
A star of stage and screen, Matthew Morrison has been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards.
Morrison currently stars in GLEE, Fox's hit musical comedy series from Ryan Murphy. In the show, Morrison stars as Will Schuester, an optimistic high school teacher who tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school's glee club and challenging a group of outcasts to realize their star potential. Morrison recently released his debut solo album with Mercury Records and this past summer he went on tour with New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.
Morrison studied musical theater, vocal performance and dance at New York University's renowned Tisch School of the Arts. His big Broadway break came when he was cast as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit "Hairspray." Morrison was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in "The Light in the Piazza," and received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for "10 Million Miles." He also starred in the Tony Winning revival of "South Pacific" at Lincoln Center Theater in New York.
A California native, Morrison divides his time between Los Angeles and New York.
Heather Elizabeth Morris was born dancing. When her parents recognized her natural gift for movement, the California native was immediately enrolled in dance lessons.
In 2009, Heather was invited to join Beyoncé's "I Am...Sasha Fierce World Tour" and also worked with choreographer Zach Woodlee on the film "Fired Up!."
Morris started studying acting at the famed Playhouse West with Robert Carnegie and continued to land dancing roles in hit television shows such as "Eli Stone" and "Swingtown," as well as the feature film "Bedtime Stories" with Adam Sandler.
She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Cory Monteith is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actors since catapulting to stardom this past year.
Monteith recently completed work on the film "Monte Carlo" opposite Leighton Meester, Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy.
His additional television credits include a lead role on the series "Kaya" and a recurring guest-star role on Kyle XY. He has also had numerous guest appearances on television shows, including "Smallville," "Supernatural," "Stargate," "Flash Gordon" and "Interns." Additionally, he starred in the 2007 television movie "Hybrid."
Monteith's film credits include "Final Destination 3," "The Invisible," "Deck the Halls" and "Whisper."
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Monteith moved to Vancouver Island at a very young age. Throughout his life he has held jobs as a Wal-Mart greeter, a school bus driver, a roofer and a cab driver before pursuing a career in acting.
He currently lives in Los Angeles.
At just 8 years old, Lea Michele made her Broadway debut as "Young Cosette" in Les Misérables. Since then, she has shared the stage with Broadway greats Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in "Ragtime" as well as with Alfred Molina in "Fiddler on the Roof."
Best known for her role as "Wendla" in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Spring Awakening, Michele was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance.
For her work on GLEE, Michele was honored with both an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" and two Golden Globe nominations for "Best Television Actress - Comedy or Musical" along with a 2010 Teen Choice Award for "Choice TV Actress - Comedy" and a 2009 nomination for "Choice TV: Breakout Star Female" Category. Michele was also chosen as one of TIME Magazine's "Time 100: The World's Most Influential People" in 2010.
Michele recently wrapped production on her first feature film, Gary Marshall's "New Year's Eve." The film will be released on December 5th. Also on the big screen, Michele will lend her vocal talents to the animated 3D musical "Dorothy of Oz," to voice the lead role and provide vocals on several original numbers alongside Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer.
Kevin McHale is a native of Plano, TX, who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting, singing and dancing.
McHale has always been serious about his craft. As part of the pop/R&B/hip-hop group NLT, McHale has had the privilege of touring with the Pussycat Dolls and produced songs with Timbaland. All of his hard work and commitment have paid off in a confident, well-rounded actor whose passion is to tell stories and entertain.
He lives in Los Angeles.
In 2004, Jayma Mays made her first television appearance on "Joey," and the following year landed a role in Wes Craven's "Red Eye." Most recently, Mays had recurring roles on the Emmy Award-winning series "Ugly Betty" and the critically acclaimed "Heroes," and she has guest-starred on numerous series, including HOUSE, "Six Feet Under," "The Comeback," "Entourage," "Stacked," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Ghost Whisperer."
Her feature film credits include "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers," "Blind Guy Driving," "Bar Starz" and "Epic Movie," where she met her husband, Adam Campbell. She recently starred in "The Smurfs" movie opposite Neil Patrick Harris.
Mays is from Grundy, VA, and graduated from Radford University with a degree in Performing Arts. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area. This year, Lynch won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on GLEE.
Lynch's film credits include "Julie & Julia," "Shrek Forever After," "Post Grad" and "Paul and Brownie Masters." Her past film work includes Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," "A Mighty Wind" and "Best in Show," as well as "Role Models," "The Rocker," "Spring Breakdown," "Space Chimps," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," "The 40 Year Old Virgin," Margaret Cho's "Celeste and Bam Bam," Alan Cumming's "Suffering Man's Charity," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Sleepover" and "Surviving Eden." She recently wrapped production on "The Three Stooges" film.
Her recent television credits include "Party Down," "Lovespring International," "Desperate Housewives," "Weeds" and "The L Word." Lynch has had recurring roles on "Boston Legal," "Criminal Minds," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Two and a Half Men," for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Lynch's play "Oh Sister, My Sister!" had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater, garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.
She lives in Los Angeles.
Eryn Krueger Mekash has 25 years of experience as a makeup artist in the film and television industry. She began her career in the field of makeup special, working for Rick Baker and Stan Winston. She was the department head of makeup for “Nip/Tuck,” “Whip It!,” “My Sister’s Keeper,” “Eat, Pray, Love.” She has been nominated for 13 makeup awards.
A Southern California native, Mekash currently resides in Burbank.
Brad Falchuk was an executive producer on the critically acclaimed cable series "Nip/Tuck." He was a writer on the show from its inception and directed numerous episodes. He has also written episodes of the syndicated dramas "Earth: Final Conflict" and "Mutant X," and was a staff writer on "Veritas: The Quest." Falchuk was honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his work on GLEE.
Ryan Murphy and Falchuk are collaborating on an upcoming series for FX called "American Horror Story" that stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange.
Falchuk is one of the three founding members and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Young Storytellers Program. This non-profit initiative, which currently runs in more than 100 schools in Los Angeles, New York City and Denmark, facilitates self-expression in underprivileged fourth graders by mentoring them through the process of writing their own short screenplays and having those screenplays performed by famous actors.
Falchuk has his master's degree from the American Film Institute. He currently resides in Los Angeles. He would like to thank Bruce Springsteen and David Ortiz for making him into the man he is today.
Lou Eyrich began her career touring with musical acts The Manhattan Transfer, Prince and Bette Midler. She was then lured into film and television, where she has spent two decades working as a costumer, an assistant designer and a costume designer.
Her television credits include two seasons of the cult hit “Popular,” five seasons of the Golden Globe Award-winning “Nip/Tuck,” several episodes of “Jake In Progress” and numerous pilots. Eyrich’s work on GLEE was recently honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Costumes for a Series.
Her film credits include “Joe Somebody” starring Tim Allen and “Running With Scissors” starring Annette Bening.
Eyrich received two Costume Designer Guild nominations for her work on “Nip/Tuck” and was the 2010 recipient of the CDG award for Outstanding Contemporary TV Series for GLEE.
She lives in Los Angeles.
Dante Di Loreto serves as President of Production for Ryan Murphy Television, in addition to executive-producing GLEE. Prior to joining Ryan Murphy, Di Loreto supervised film development and U.S. theatrical operations for Bill Kenwright Ltd., the U.K.'s largest production company, which was responsible for the London West End productions of "Primo," "Festen" and the revival of "The Glass Menagerie" starring Jessica Lange, Christian Slater and Sarah Paulson.
Di Loreto has produced original scripted series for cable and broadcast television as well as a variety of films. His production credits include "Pretty/Handsome," the Emmy Award-winning "My Lousiana Sky," "Temple Grandin" and "Die, Mommie, Die!," which took home the Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize.
Di Loreto's interest in cinema crosses borders; he helped bring the work of celebrated Cuban filmmakers to world audiences through a film distribution partnership with DDC Films. This endeavor helped foster the development of "Viva Cuba," Cuba's official foreign language selection for the 78th Academy Awards.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Di Loreto also holds an M.F.A. from the American Film Institute. He lives in Los Angeles.
Darren Criss has-in the course of one year-gone from YouTube sensation to a multi-Billboard charting musician and composer.
Criss garnered the attention of millions and the musical theater world when he and his University of Michigan friends created "A Very Potter Musical," which became a viral phenomenon. Thereafter, they started StarKid Productions, writing and producing subsequent online hits like "Me and My Dick" and "A Very Potter Sequel," with Criss providing the music and lyrics for the latter. The Chicago-based theatre company recently wrapped a two-week sold-out run of their latest project, Starship.
In 2009, Criss made his television debut as Josh Burton on "Eastwick," with Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman, and also appeared in "Cold Case." The following year, his self-released EP Human dropped, landing on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. His breakout performance of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in his first episode as Blaine set a milestone for GLEE, debuting at #1 on Billboard for the first time in the show's history and selling over 200,000 tracks in its first week.
A native of San Francisco, Criss plays a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, piano and drums.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Chris Colfer, who made his television debut on GLEE, was recently recognized for his work on the series with a Golden Globe award in the "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television" category. This year, Colfer was also nominated for a SAG award in the "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series" category and in 2010 was also honored with an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series."
Colfer just wrapped production on the independent film "Struck By Lightning," which he wrote and produced. Additionally, he recently adapted a pilot for the Disney Channel called "The Little Leftover Witch." The pilot is based on a children's book of the same name by Florence Laughlin.
Colfer grew up performing in community theatre productions in his hometown of Clovis, CA. In high school, he was active in drama, was the president of the writers club, served as editor of the school literary magazine, captain of the Destination ImagiNation team, and was a speech and debate champion.
He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Brad Buecker oversees GLEE editorial and has cut eleven episodes of the series, including the pilot and this season's "The Substitute." He also directed multiple episodes in season two including "Never Been Kissed," and "Original Song."
Buecker came up as an editor for Ryan Murphy Television, working on “Nip/Tuck” as an editor and Supervising Producer. Feature film credits include "Eat, Pray, Love" starring Julia Roberts. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has an MFA from the American Film Institute.
GLEE marks Ian Brennan's first foray into television writing. He was honored with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for his work on GLEE.
Brennan began his acting career in Chicago working with the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatres. He then moved to New York to work in Off-Broadway plays at the Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons and MCC Theatres.
A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Brennan was inspired to write GLEE after participating in his high school's show choir that never won anything and whose director was just released from prison.
He resides in Los Angeles.
Creating the soundtracks of our lives, Adam Anders has sold more than 60 million albums and developed songs for major motion picture films and television shows.
At age 16, the Swedish-born songwriter moved to Nashville, TN, where his writing, playing and arranging talents soon got him noticed. He began playing bass with the top names in the Christian music world, including Michael W. Smith, Bob Carlisle and Sandy Patti. Four years later, his focus turned to songwriting and production, serving as programmer/arranger for Steven Curtis Chapman’s platinum-selling album “Speechless.”
Anders has written and produced top-notch tunes for on-the-verge newcomers and many of today’s most popular artists, including Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Clay Aiken and Sheryl Crow. His music can also be heard in major motion pictures, made-for-television movies and television shows, including “High School Musical 3,” “Evan Almighty,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Camp Rock” and “Hannah Montana.”
His work on GLEE has resulted in No. 1 singles on Billboard and iTunes, more than 10 million downloads, multiple gold records and a record-breaking 17 singles in the Top 100 on iTunes at the same time.
Anders lives in Los Angeles.
During her budding career, Dianna Agron has appeared on numerous television shows, including "Numb3rs," "Shark," "Close to Home" and "CSI: NY." She also had a recurring role on the critically acclaimed series "Veronica Mars" and was seen as "Debbie Marshall" on the sci-fi hit "Heroes." She appeared in "It's a Mall World," a series of short films directed by Milo Ventimiglia.
Agron recently starred in the feature film "The Romantics" opposite Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin and Elijah Wood and "I Am Number Four," a sci-fi thriller produced by Steven Spielberg.
Agron, 23 years old, grew up in San Francisco, and is a supporter of the animal rights organization PETA. She lives in Los Angeles.
With a prolific career encompassing theater, film and television, Mike O’Malley is a man of unstoppable talent in front of and behind the camera.
For his work on GLEE, he was recently honored with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Additional television credits include “My Name Is Earl,” “Yes, Dear” and “Life with Roger.”
Most recently, O’Malley appeared in the film “Cedar Rapids” alongside Sigourney Weaver, Ed Helms and John C. Reilly. He will next be seen in “So Undercover” with Miley Cyrus, Jeremy Piven and Kelly Osbourne. His additional film credits include “Geezers!,” “Eat Pray Love,” “Leatherheads,” “28 Days,” “Pushing Tin” and “The Perfect Man.”
His accomplished acting career is matched by his writing talent, displayed by his guest-writing work for the cable drama “Shameless,” the upcoming independent film “Certainty” and the off-Broadway plays “Three Years from Thirty” and “Diverting Devotion.”
O’Malley resides in Los Angeles.
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