Cast


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Bill Parmentier as Sam Flynn

Commander, MECTI-1

    Bill lives in University City, MO with his wife, son, and two dogs. He works around the St. Louis area as a screen actor, voice artist, and video producer. Over a 12 year career, Bill has worked on over 300 productions. In his spare time, Bill likes to garden, cook, drink quality beer and whiskey, and enjoy and preserve the natural world with his family and friends. He spends many of his days playing with his young son and moonlights as a household handyman and at-home film and TV critic. To see Bill in action, check out his YouTube Channel.

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Paul Goetz as Paul Kirsch

Pilot, MECTI-1

    Paul is an actor generally associated with comedic projects which is why he has relished the chance to broaden his horizons by being a part of the hard gripping, gut wrenching drama that is Transmissions From Colony One. He is currently studying improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

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Brian Voelkerding as Walter Langston

Entry Systems Specialist, MECTI-1

    Would-be professional actor with an apparent aversion to professional headshots, Brian’s primary career as a film/video editor does have one thing going for it: headshots optional. “I’d love to make hundreds of dollars a pop photographing actors against the same stone wall, but I have real work to do,” Brian normally says while looking for real work to do. Truth be told, more than a decade of acting and editorial work and training amongst film projects big and small on the west coast and non-coast.

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Sarah Porter as Abby Murdoch/Beth Anders

Pilot, MECTI-2/Co-Pilot, MECTI-1

    Sarah Porter is a St. Louis-based actor and costumer for whoever will hire her. When she’s not working at her ‘real person’ job she can be found zig-zagging around town with a carload of costumes (more than likely late to her next destination). She prefers rock musicals, her cat Moots, Winston the actual Muppet, and performing with her band Bonedaddy.

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Clare Burke as Rachel Yoshida

Navigations Specialist, MECTI-1

    Clare is a social work student at the University of Missouri—Saint Louis and a part-time barista at Starbucks.  She is an avid toy collector and loves watching cartoons and playing video games. She dreams of one day becoming a voice over artist and being a part of cartoons and video games that she enjoys so much.

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Dustin Weiskopf as Fedor Morozev

Human Factors Specialist, MECTI-1

    Dustin has very little acting experience and hopes any Russians among you will forgive his impersonation of your dialect. He’s much better at making animations and websites, like this very one you are visiting.

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Marcy Wiegert as Kaia Osen / Elina Torres

Communications Specialist, MECTI-1 / Loadmaster, MECTI-1

    Marcy graduated from Saint Louis University in with a B.A. in Theatre and also has her license in cosmetology. Some of her favorite roles include Emma Borden (Lizzie), Kelli (Hands on a Hardbody), Barbra (Night of the Living Dead), Pepper Walker (Cry-Baby), Sweet Lady Booze (Bukowsical), Lucy Van Pelt (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Hildy (Slasher), and Crissy (HAIR). When she’s not on stage she likes to sew and dress up actors in costumes and cut their hair. You can check out her shenanigans on Instagram @frankys.girl.hair.etc

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Becca Flinn-White as Chloe Hooke

Flight Surgeon, MECTI-2

    Becca is a voiceover artist, writer, and producer living in Los Angeles. She is originally from Sioux Falls, SD where she got her start in local community theatre and commercials. She earned her BFA in Theater from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre in St. Louis, MO. Becca co-founded Xia Ri Min Productions and creates web content with her producing partner at beccaflinn.com

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Zachary Allen Farmer as Tim Conrad

Commander, MECTI-2

    Zachary Allen Farmer is a graduate from AMDA, who has worked professionally with The NY Metropolitan Opera, The Black Rep, Kid Detective Productions, Theatre Lab, Players Project Theatre Company, and SIUE’s SummerShowbiz. Locally, he is most known for his work with New Line Theatre, performing in Bukowsical, Rent, Love Kills, Night of the Living Dead, Assassins, Return to the Forbidden Planet, High Fidelity, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Hair, Evita, and The Reindeer Monologues, to name a few. He is a River Front Times Award Winner – Best Actor in a Musical-2009 (Love Kills), a St. Louis Theatre Circle Award Nominee – Best Lead Actor in a Musical-2014 (Bukowsical), and Theatre Lab’s Award winner for Best One Act Play-2013.

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Ed Selvey IV as Lieutenant Connor Nye

Co-Pilot, MECTI-2

    Edward Selvey IV is a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory and Music Conservatory programs, and performed in SC House Ensembles Twisty, Moxie, Next, and Infinite Sundaes. He was also a recipient of their 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship, and will be performing in The Second City’s Urban Twist this fall. He is currently a house ensemble member of VAMP: A Musical Drinking Show at MCL Chicago, as well as an ensemble member of the Improvised Sondheim Project. He has also done numerous commercials and voice over work.

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Jaysen Cryer as Pete Ross

Instrumentation Specialist, MECTI-1

    Jaysen is an English-born actor currently living in St. Louis, where he has performed on stage and in many short films.  He was recently nominated for a St. Louis Theater Circle Award, for Stupefy! The 90 Minute Harry Potter, which he adapted.  Currently he is working on short films with his comedy sketch group “The Exacerbaters”. You learn more about Jaysen at his website, jaysencryer.com

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Faith Feng as Jiao Li

Commander, Guang Han Gong-1, CNSA

    Faith Feng is an architect living and working in St. Louis. She moved to St. Louis from Suzhou, China to pursue a graduate degree in architecture. Faith loves fashion, travel and fitness. This is her first voice acting role.

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Ryan Doris as Vasily Koskov

Communications Specialist, MECTI-2

    Ryan Doris is a writer, director and sometimes actor. In Transmissions From Colony One he uses an accent but he bets you wouldn’t* have known that if we didn’t tell you (*would’ve). Ryan also works professionally as a Director of Photography/cameraman for many television shows like “Listed Sisters,” “Time Traveling with Brian Unger,” and “Alaska’s Ultimate Bush Pilots.” Also, since this is John Richter’s passion project you should go check out Ryan’s at timeslotshow.com

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Jessica Spaid as Nicole Snow

Entry Systems Specialist, MECTI-2

    Jessica is a Webster University graduate who now lives in Chicago. She has graduated from Second City’s Improv Program and can often be found performing there with her group The Citizens of Townsville. She has done several independent films and theatre productions and has been lucky enough to study under artists from Steppenwolf, Goodman and Victory Gardens. When not performing, she works at Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and volunteers with rescue cats. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, cooking, podcasts and yelling at potential home buyers on House Hunters that paint color is not hard to change.

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Jason Klefisch as Luc Hachette

Instrumentation Specialist, MECTI-2

    Jason Klefisch is both honored and ecstatic to join the crew of Colony One. Mr. Klefisch has just recently started working as an actor in Saint Louis. Most recently having starred in Theatre Lab’s Production of The Pillowman. Jason would like to thank the show’s creator, John Richter for allowing him the opportunity to play Luc, as well as thank his family and friends for their continuous support.

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Deanna Beaton as Neda Morozev

Engine Systems Specialist, MECTI-1

    Deanna Beaton is currently living the good life in Chicago, studying, doing, and watching all the comedy. She performs weekly at iO Theater with her improv team Cool Aunt. Some of her hobbies include writing, playing volleyball, smashing the patriarchy, reading, and eating all the things Chicago has to offer.

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Shawn Kohne as Orlando de Luca

Electrical Systems Specialist, MECTI-1

    Shawn currently resides in Los Angeles working as a freelance editor. Please hire him. Check out his YouTube Channel. You can also follow him on his Twitter page: @TheUniBaller.

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Kasey Anderson as Jennifer Simmons

Climatology Specialist, MECTI-1

    Kasey’s three favorite things are dogs, napping, and snacks. Space exploration is pretty cool too!
Kasey, an advocate of adopting/fostering dogs, would like to promote Stray Rescue of Saint Louis.

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Darian Michael Garey as Captain Omar Alvarez

Pilot, MECTI-1

    Darian Michael Garey is an actor living in Los Angeles. He is originally from St. Louis, MO where he began acting in local theatre and commercials. He’s currently keeping busy working on two short films set to shoot at the end of April. In beginning of May he starts rehearsals for TUCK in Naomi Wallace’s Slaughter City with the Coeurage Theatre Company. Darian is honored to work with the incredibly talented John Richter and excited to be a part of the TFCO story.

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Bryan Michael Fornachon as David Stern

Navigations Specialist, MECTI-2

    Bryan is a German born, American actor. He graduated from Lincoln Technical College for Diesel Engineering, and when that turned out to be horrible, he started writing, directing and acting in short films and live sketch comedy as often as he could. He has been a practicing improviser for eight years and performing for five. This was his first shot at dramatic voice acting and he can’t wait to sink his teeth in even further.

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Maggie Conroy as Lisa Conrad

Electrical Systems Specialist, MECTI-2

    Maggie Conroy is a St. Louis actress who earner her BA in Performance/Dance from SIUE in 2010. She has worked with Upstream Theatre, HotCity, Onsite Theater, and St. Louis Shakespeare, as well as performing the in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. She is currently co-producing director for the new company YOUNG LIARS, who will be launching fall 2015. .

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Andrew Torgerson as James Wilson

Human Factors Specialist, MECTI-2

    Andrew works as an emergency room technician in St. Louis, MO. He recently received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Washington University. Occasionally, John Richter asks him to say space things into a microphone. He wonders if adding “voice actor” to his résumé will make him seem more interesting. He enjoys books and booze. He is standing right behind you.

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Dan Patrick Fulton as Hiroku Yoshida

Flight Surgeon, MECTI-1

    Dan is a writer, musician and actor.  His previous voice work includes Murder on Skull Drive and The Space Adventures Of Chet Cosmos.You can learn more about his current pursuits at danpatrickfulton.com. Follow him on Twitter @dpfulton and on his Facebook Page.

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James Faupel as Andrew Wood

Flight Engineer, MECTI-1

    James is a huge fan of space exploration in science fact and science fiction. He is a certified horticulturist and arborist by trade and used to work in commercial construction. He has dabbled in the entertainment trade in acting and set design/construction in short films. This is his first foray into voice acting.

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Chrissy Young as Tina Flynn

Botanist, MECTI-1

    Chrissy is a St. Louis actor/singer and holds a BA in acting from Columbia College Chicago. She has enjoyed working with several theatre companies throughout St. Louis. Her most recent appearances include Bukowsical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, High Fidelity, and Cry-Baby with New Line Theatre.

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Robert Ashton as Roland Ross

Chief Administrator, MECTI

    Robert is a director and actor, primarily in theater but has had a number of roles in film and voice work. He most recently film work is in Casualties of the State and Beethopia. His next stage role is as Sir Toby Belch in St. Louis Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night, opening October 2, 2015.

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Stacy Ni as Captain Mei Wen

Executive Officer, Guang Han Gong-1, CNSA

    Stacy is an architect, landscape architect and zumba instructor based in Hangzhou, China. Stacy previously lived in the United States for approximately four years, and currently is a COO working in international art education in China.

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Jack Ritchey as Scott Richmond

Host, Mars Now

    Jack Ritchey is a comedian, writer, and actor living in Chicago. He performs every Friday with the improv team Cheeky Rafiki at the Comedy Clubhouse, and frequently with his independent team Neighborhood Watch. He is a graduate of the Second City’s Writing and Improv training programs, as well as Depaul University and the St. Louis University School of Law. You can check the satire blog that he co-founded with fellow TFCO cast member Ryan Doris at WaxingHumorous.com.

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Whitney Gries as Leslie Jacobs

Mission Director, MECTI

    Whitney is an actor and producer living in Los Angeles. She is originally from Onawa, Iowa, which is not Idaho nor is it Ohio. She started out as a very involved speech kid and quickly fell in love with theatre. She earned her BA in Theatre and Mass Communications from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. You can learn more about Whitney and her dumb cat Mona on her website: WhitneyGries.com or Instagram @wgrieslightnin.

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Andrew Rader as Danny Holland

Flight Dynamics Director, MECTI

    Andrew Rader is an engineer at SpaceX and author of the Children’s books Rocket Science  (2017), Mars Rover Rescue  (2016), and Epic Space Adventure  (2015). He earned a PhD in aero/astro engineering from MIT in 2009, where his research focused on countermeasures to sustain the human body during long-duration spaceflight and settlement of the Moon and Mars. Originally from Canada, in 2013 Andrew won the Discovery Channel’s #1 competitive television series, Canada’s Greatest Know-it-All, where he bested nine challengers from across the country in challenges like skydiving, scuba diving, orienteering, bridge building, and general knowledge. You can find him on Twitter at @marsrader, and Youtube at youtube.com/andrewrader.

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Catharine Golomski as Jane Goodwin

Biophysics Director, MECTI

    Cat is incredibly stoked to get to be a part of TFCO. Cat attended Webster University Fine Arts Conservatory and has enjoyed practicing her love of theater on stages in Houston, San Diego, and St Louis. Her favorite roles include Nurse (Romeo and Juliet), Chef Louis (Little Mermaid), Sister Mary Amnesia (Mesuggah-Nuns), and Grandma Addams (The Addams Family). When she isn’t in classes to become an elementary school teacher, you often find her gaming with her Dungeons and Dragons party, learning new video and board games, singing show tunes to her young son, playing her ukulele, and nailing her Pinterest board pins. See more at My Pinterest Board: Live.

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Larissa White as Rita Holgersen

Aeronautics Research Advisor, MECTI

    Larissa (Lari) Mae White is an actress, songstress, writeress currently residing in St. Louis, MO.  She has been performing since she was in elementary school (awww) and has appeared in shows including but not limited to Bonnie & Clyde, Les Miserables, Hello Dolly!, Twelve Angry Jurors, Twelfth Night, Alice in Wonderland, Legally Blonde, Heathers: The Musical, Rent, and Ragtime (but we really didn’t want to see her resume did we.)  She attended Webster for her B.A. in Scriptwriting with a minor in Film Production.  In her spare time (HA!) she frequents her couch or the couches of others to cuddle up with a stiff glass of whatever’s handy, an elephant, and a truly and utterly terrible Netflix show; which she will then lie about at work on Monday saying she watched the Sopranos or The Wire.  You can find her online at larissamaewhite.com

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Brittany Forrest as Rose Cooper

General Counsel, MECTI

    Meet Brittany Forrest, a passionate media enthusiast from Chicago, IL. Brittany’s media career started in St. Louis, MO, along with her other business ventures. Brittany has a wide-range of experience in television, radio, and print. Also, she is in graduate school pursuing a master’s degree in public relations at Webster University, and co-founded a nonprofit organization called Youth Expressions St. Louis. This is her first time voice acting and is excited about the upcoming season of Transmissions From Colony One. To learn more about Brittany’s media journey check out her website.

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Jesse Pazmiño as Felix Mendez

Administrative Adviser, MECTI

    Jesse is an Ecuadorian-American, Chicago-based actor, artist and writer. He’s been heavily involved in the Chicago improv/theater scene studying and performing at The Second City, iO Theater, Acting Studio Chicago, and his alma mater: Illinois Institute of Technology. He has worked both on and off stage as well as written and produced. Jesse is a writer for Generation Latinx – an all-Latinx improv & sketch comedy team. When he’s not performing, he freelances as a graphic artist creating a variety of visual projects.

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Jing Bao as Lieutenant Fei Lu

Human Factors Specialist, Guang Han Gong-1, CNSA

    Jing Bao is an architect and architectural illustrator living the life in Denver, Colorado.

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Paige Eckstein as Jacqueline “Jackie” Wood

Robotics Specialist, MECTI-1

    Paige is currently studying behavioral neuroscience at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She also tends bar in downtown St. Louis. In her spare time she is an avid reader, obsessive gamer, and amateur knitter. Her dog is pretty awesome and probably has a better beard than you.

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Kevin Crawford as Richard A. Thorpe

President, United States of America

    Originally from Atlanta and raised in St. Louis, Kevin Crawford is an actor and voice over artist who began his career in the theater and has since appeared in independent films as well as national commercials for STIHL, Explore Branson, RCN, Scottrade and others. He recently wrapped the short film Until The Heart Stops where he plays an attorney in way over his head and will begin shooting the indie thriller Abattage Angels later this year. Check out Kevin’s Acting Reel.

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Emily Hickner as Kimmy Zola

Hollywood Actress

    Emily Hickner is a St. Louis- based comedian. She’s opened for the likes of Jim Breuer, Hari Kondabolu and Janeane Garofalo.

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Luke Steingruby as CMSgt. Damian Collins

Human Resources/Personnel Adviser, MECTI

    Luke, a St. Louis native, is a stage and film actor, model, classically trained vocalist, songwriter, and pianist. He has received multiple nominations and awards for his work with several theatre companies, and headlines his own cabaret series titled “Down With Love” alongside his dear friend (and TFCO co-star Marcy Ann Wiegert. You can follow his shenanigans on Facebook, Instagram, or at LukeSteingruby.com.

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Emory Stagmer as Charles Swanson

Administrator, NASA

    A computer enthusiast and programmer since the earliest days of microcomputers, Emory Stagmer started writing programs on a Commodore PET. Studying Computer Science, Christian Education, Music, and Telecommunications at Oral Roberts University represents a bit of the diversity Emory brought to NASA’s LCROSS for which he was the Lead Flight Software Engineer.. Now a 35 year veteran computer programmer, Emory has worked on spacecraft for the last 17 years, having previously worked on EO-1, WMAP, and EOS-Aura among others. Emory also runs a recording studio, UnTied Music, and plays a wide range of music from medieval to modern progressive rock to leading music in church on Sunday mornings. Emory is married and has three children, and you can follow him on Twitter @VAXHeadroom, and elsewhere on the ‘net.

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Michael Arnette as Bruce Farley

Astronomical Adviser, MECTI

    Michael Arnette is a human from the planet Earth. He sometimes moonlights as a Lycanthrope. This is his first role.

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Shiyun Yu as Captain Bo Xia

Pilot, CNSA

    Shiyun Yu is an architect and poet from in north China, currently working in New York City. Shiyun is a very good friend of the director and his wife. Thought he could get an extremely cool role to play like Spock or Duke Leto Atreides, but Captain Bo Xia is a spacecraft pilot that flies between Earth and the moon like no one’s business, which is badass in its own right.

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Kristina Mueller as Debra Palmer

Terraformation Administrator, MECTI

    Hailing from Las Vegas, Kristina is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance. Kristina made her NYC debut as a stage manager for HotCity Theatre’s Whammy! The Seven Secrets to a Sane Self for the New York International Fringe Festival. Recent backstage credits include: Upstream’s Windmill Baby and Bashir Lazhar, STL Fringe Festival 2014, Union Avenue Opera’s Siegfried, HotCity’s The Normal Heart, and Reality, and New Line Theater’s The Threepenny Opera.

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Janaye Williams as Ann Oliver

Assistant Astronomical Adviser, MECTI

    Janaye Williams is 2011 graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. In her spare time, when she isn’t reading or writing, you can find her on her yoga mat.

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Jessica Leitch as Beth Anders

Co-Pilot, MECTI-1

    Jessica is a rambunctious midwesterner with a passion for styling, list making and baking a great pie. Keeping her plate full, Jessica works in events and marketing by day and writes feverishly for her blog, City in a Jar, by night.

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Michael Romanoskie as Nathan Miller

Aeronautics Administrator, MECTI

    Michael is a retired sergeant in the United States Air National Guard, and lives on a farm in rural Missouri with his wife Jeanne. As far as we know, this is his first voice acting performance.

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Tae Lardinois as Dr. Lindsey White

Professor of Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Monique-Jontae (better known as Taé) is a fun-loving Leo who likes whiskey picnics, and is a direct descendant of Charlemagne. She feels she needs no introduction but would like to leave you with this: “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Space. Well, more cold, really. And lonely. And dark. And infinite…hello?” – Welcome to Night Vale.