Cast & Crew

If you’d like to keep up-to-date on what the Cast & Crew are doing outside of THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD, make sure to check this link frequently.


Rhiannon Angell – Nia

Rhiannon is an internationally produced playwright, voice actor and audiobook producer, based out of New York City. A classically trained actress, she has been telling stories professionally for over a decade and is thrilled to be part of the TOAFN team. As a narrator, she specializes in Young Adult sci-fi and fantasy and has narrated 50+ audiobooks to date, including an Audible bestseller. You can find her full collection here ( To learn more about her recent work, visit

Garrett Armyn – Brennen

Garrett is from Seattle and is very happy to be part of such a great project. For more information, please visit

Dan Dobransky – Traft, Ardel, Gunther

Dan Dobransky is a Brooklyn based creative who loves collaborating on as many projects as he can get his hands on. He’s been jumping around on camera and stage for well over 10 years now in tons of one act plays, improv and sketch shows, indie shorts and feature films, various commercials, and loverly audio projects like TOAFN. When not performing, he works as an Art Director in various digital and advertising realms, writes and directs short live-action films and animations, and tries to keep his body from falling apart. A little more info at,, and if you are so inclined.

Anya Gibian – Regan, Arlene

Anya Gibian is an actor, singer, musician, and circus artist. She is thrilled to have been a part of this amazing cast and creative team since the beginning. Recent stage credits include Once (National Tour), The Pirate La Dee Da and The Velveteen Rabbit (Atlantic Theater Company), Little Did Productions’ world-premiere puppet opera Solina (FringeNYC), #serials@theflea, and The Mysteries (The Flea Theater). She created and performed the role of Clara/Lady Percy in “Rain Upon Remembrance” with ParaCosm Theatrics, the immersive theater company she co-founded with Juliana Kleist-Mendez. Anya narrated the audiobook Twenty-Six Roses (Keeper’s Daughter) which you can find on Check out her website:

Ian Harkins – Narrator

Originally from London (I know, I can’t believe that accent’s for real too), Ian is a New York-based actor who voices the narrator and various other key characters in TOAFN. Outside of voicing sexually liberated father elves, Gaelic zombies, and geriatric head priests, Ian has acted in oscar nominated films and TV for HBO, ABC, Cinemax, and Amazon Studios. He has also acted in New York, in London, and regionally on stage. Studied: RADA and Cornell.

Shannon Harris – Various Female

Shannon Harris, a NYC based actor and writer, is thrilled to join the OAFN team. In addition to “Once” and “Future,” she is a nerd of the Shakespeare variety. Select acting credits include Red Velvet, The African Company Presents Richard III, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and The Winter’s Tale. Shannon maintained an arts and culture blog for one year before closing it in 2011 to prioritize acting. Since then, her formal writing has primarily been commissioned work. To learn more about Shannon’s work, visit her website

Paul Notice – Nelson

Paul Notice is a New York-based actor and playwright. He spent his undergraduate years at Georgetown University, and his earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Paul’s recent acting work includes the Dom Jon in Random Access Theater’s Porteguese version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Nelson in the podcast series THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD, and a featured appearance in American Candy’s “Battle of the Sexes.” Paul also performed in Passage Theatre’s “Samuel J and K,” and the 2010 GLAAD Award-Winning “She Like Girls.” Other performances include the sci-fi comedy series “Nine Planets From the Sun,” Rakesh Burrah’s romantic comedy “Gosling,” and Larry Bao’s play duet “We Will Prevail.” Recently, he performed in “The King’s Whore” at Walkerspace Theatre. Paul will be performing in his latest written-work “Willow,” a dark satire about Social Darwinism, in the Winter of 2013. For more information please contact Paul via email

Juliet Prather – Gwen, Ry’y lo-Th’yyt

Juliet Prather is an improvisor, writer, and producer living in New York City who is pumped to be a part of The Once and Future Nerd. She began her training at ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX where she co-created the all-female comedy festival, BettyFest, and co-produced the sketch comedy show+party, So Juiced. She has since trained at iO Chicago and is currently in the Advanced Study Program at UCB NY. You can see Juliet dancing the sacred dance of improv with her teams, Patio Talk and Flavortown, and performing in the all-female character show she produces, Painted Toe Comedy Hour.

Frank Queris – Billy

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Frank Queris is excited to be working on THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD. Born and raised in New York City, Frank is a part-time stand up comedian, actor, and writer. When he’s not on stage making people laugh, he’s still being laughed at as a high school English teacher out in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

Julie Reed – Jen

Julie is psyched to be working on THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD with these awesome people! A New York native, Julie moved back to BK after graduating from Cornell as a Theater major. She is currently pursuing an acting career while teaching preschool to the most adorable kids ever. Julie has worked at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Theatre Under the Stars, Kitchen Theatre Company, and Cherry Lane Theatre. Julie also had the wonderful experience of traveling to Turkey with the International Culture Lab to perform a lead role in the play S/he in the “Honor Games” Festival at Garajistanbul. Julie currently performs with Puppetsburg, a unique, interactive puppet show for children in New York. She is also the co-founder of Madness Most Discreet Theatre Company. Recent roles include Val in A CHORUS LINE, Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET, the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, and Ulla in THE PRODUCERS.  Julie loves going to classes at the gym with her fierce, kick-ass grandma, margarita nights with her girlfriends, and her pit bull Lady. A huge thank you to her wonderful friends and fam for their love and support!

Gregory M. Schulz – Yllowyyn

Greg is honored to get the chance to work on The Once and Future Nerd! Although not a professional actor, he has a history of stage plays and on screen acting through high school and college. Originally hailing from Maine he now resides in Jersey City and works on the internet in Manhattan. When not working or generally being nerdy, Greg plays drums in the band Duckspeak, which can be found sporadically at Manhattan or Brooklyn bars.

Lily Drexler – Gwen, Ry’y lo-Th’yyt (Bk. 1 Ch. 4 – Bk. 1 Ch. 10)
Hayes Dunlap – Yllowyyn (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 6)
Emily Kuckuk – Gwen, Nia, various female (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 3)
Perry Strong – Nelson (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 2)
Dylan Uremovich – Ardel, Gunther (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 2)


Jared Paul – Production Sound Recording

Jared is a Brooklyn-based audio engineer, excited to have joined the TOAFN crew this season. Other podcast work includes Wolf 359. Other work includes sound design and mixing for film, broadcast, commercials, animation, museum content, and recording/mixing music. If he’s not deep in the studio oblivious to whether it’s day or night, he’s probably off somewhere on his bike, or in the kitchen enjoying a cold brew while cooking up a storm.

Josh Perault – Editor

Josh is an online editor in the world of TV and film post production, with notable credits in season 2 of USA’s “Mr. Robot,” HBO’s “High Maintenance,” and the feature films “Dog Eat Dog” and “Keeping Up with the Joneses.” Between work, TOAFN, and being a dad, he is a co-founder of The Spark Network and the current dungeon master for its D&D 5e podcast, “Taking Initiative.” Originally from Long Island, N.Y., he graduated from Dowling College and started working in Manhattan in order to meet his (now accomplished) goal of becoming an editor. In the process of doing so, he met Christian and, much to Josh’s enjoyment, later joined the TOAFN crew. He is known for his ever-fuzzy beardy face and his nerdy tattoos.

Garrett Schultz – Lead Post Production Mixer and Sound Designer

Garrett does post-production sound design and mixing for film, tv, podcasts/radio, and ads. He is a Columbia College Chicago graduate from the Audio Arts and Acoustics department, and has been making sounds and noise for more than half his life. As a serious podcast and audio-drama junkie, he is very happy to be working with TOAFN. You can see (and hear) his work at

John Flanagan – Original Artwork

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John is a poor white boy and amateur free-lance artist from upstate NY. While trying to complete his degree in Information Sciences, he enjoys listening to music, buying coffee-table books for his non existent coffee table, running, not starving, and improving his art skills. He’s absolutely thrilled to be working on such a great project with great people and hopes to continue bringing the visual world of TOAFN to life.


Brian Forbes/The Gallery Recording Studio – Production Sound Recording (Bk. 1 Ch. 5 – Bk. 1 Ch. 10)
Gary O’Keefe – Production Sound Recording (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 7)
Sam Palumbo – Additional Audio Engineering, Sound Mixing & Design (Bk. 1 Ch. 7 – Bk. 1 Ch. 10)
Joe Paulino – Remote Recording (Bk. 1 Ch. 7 & Ch. 8)
Sandra Ramirez – Lead Post Production Mixer and Sound Designer (Bk. 1)
Tommy Stang – Dialogue Editing & Foley (Bk. 1 Ch. 1 – Bk. 1 Ch. 2)
Pedro Tarrago & Miguel Patriota – Post Production Mixing and Sound Design (Bk. 2 Ch. 1)


Tom Lee – Main Theme Composer

Main Theme Personnel:

Johnathan Altman-Ezzard – Tuba
CJ Dunaieff – Percussion
Kate Goddard – Horn / Violin / Viola
Frank Huber – Trumpets / Vocals
Dan Jordan – Bass Trombone
Tom Lee – Vocals / Composition / Executive Producer
Ching Wai Lo – Cello
Alex Schirling – Vocals
Justin Tinker – Vocals
Lauren Wuerth – Piccolo

George Dikun – Engineer / Mixer/Producer
Justin Tricarico – Engineer / Producer
Joe Tucker – Engineer / Producer

Chris Montalbo – Additional Score


Christopher Montalbo is a part time composer, synth freak and sci-fi fantasy enthusiast from Queens, New York. Being a huge fan of film score and sound design, Christopher is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD series.


Zach Glass – Co-creator, Executive Producer

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Zach is a scientist (PhD student in bioengineering), who happens to have read a ton of fantasy novels, and thus was called upon to bring the Nerd to the creation of TOAFN. His qualifications for working on this project include: Has read many many many fantasy / scifi novels, has played many many video games, has watched a fair share of fantasy and scifi movies and tv shows, and has dabbled in D&D. Currently try-hard gold league Protoss, NA server, in SC2. As there are no relevant personal links to contribute, here is a a brief acknowledgement: The web presences of Brandon Sanderson, the Marek vs Wyshynski podcast, and Day[9] have all reinforced the message “If you want to make something happen, put in the effort, do the work, and make it happen yourself”. He has never met any of those people, but their awesome work inspired a large part of the effort that moved this project from a far-fetched idea to where it is today. Thank you for your inspiration, your stuff is awesome.

Christian Madera – Co-creator, Executive Producer, Director, Supervising Editor

Christian got the seed of an idea for THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD a couple hours into one of his troublingly frequent SKYRIM binges, and immediately knew Zach was the right person with whom to develop it. Christian graduated with a double major in Film and Philosophy (because if you’re gonna have an unemployable degree, might as well make it a double) from Cornell University, where he directed short films which were totally NOT romantic comedies, and played alto sax in the marching band and pep band. But probably his greatest claim to fame is that you can see his doctor’s office in the screen right corner of one establishing shot of the firehouse in GHOSTBUSTERS. When not working on TOAFN, being a rock & roll snob, or trying to nail the co-executive producer, Christian works as a film and video editor. He could not be more pleased with the talented group of people he has found to help him realize this bonkers idea.

Jess Kelley – Co-executive Producer


In addition to keeping THE ONCE AND FUTURE NERD running smoothly, Jess spends time writing multicultural fantasy fiction, studying improv comedy, and devouring books like there’s no tomorrow. She’s living the dream. She would like to thank the rest of the crew and cast for working so damn hard and being so talented, because if it was up to her, this podcast would just be a long string of poorly re-enacted Donald Glover standup. So thank god, really.


Associate Producers:

Alec Story
Ryan Cushman