MISSION & INTRODUCTION

JustA Theater & Production Company   is committed to highlighting the work of bold, female and ethnically diverse artists in each of our productions, providing them with multi-dimensional, complex, intelligent characters to explore. We feel such roles for women and the ethnically diverse are still grossly under-represented in theatre and film. We are drawn to exciting new works that aim to eliminate this imbalance, and challenge other members of the artistic community to support and lift these daring new voices.
JustA also believes in utilizing nonrealistic, surreal and/or absurd elements as a method to raise storytelling past the ordinary objects and interactions of everyday life, in order to reach a new, more profound understanding of humanity and the world around us.

Here’s a video from the founders.
 

FOUNDERS

Hila Melamed

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Originally from Jerusalem, Hila began as a performer in Eilat. She recently graduated from the Three-Year Conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting NY, then moved to LA to continue her training with the Summer On-Camera Intensive at the Art of Acting Studio. Most notably post-graduation, she wrote, produced, and acted in a short film called GIRL’S NIGHT. Hila also produced “JustA – Showcase” and is now excited to be a co-founder and developer of JustA. She hopes that as we move toward becoming one globalized society, JustA can present new ideas and a sense of openness to help encourage societal change through its productions. Hila has a B.A. in Business Management and International Relations.

Caitlin Maruno

Hailing from Australia, Caitlin graduated from the Evening Conservatory Program at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. She then moved to LA to take part in the On-Camera Intensive course at the Art of Acting Studio. She has also taken short courses at the Actors Studio in London, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney, and has done several voiceovers for ABC Radio. Caitlin currently resides in Sydney and collaborates across the oceans with her fellow co-founders in LA to produce exciting new works in 2015.
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Maya Eshet

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Maya Eshet was born to a family of artists in Jerusalem, Israel. She started working as an actor at the early age of nine, recording voiceovers for cartoons. At the age of eighteen, she decided to pursue acting professionally. She is a graduate of the Three-Year Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, IO West School for Improvisation, and the Terry Schreiber Studio’s On-Camera classes. Since completing her studies, Maya directed and wrote several short plays, including Spider-Man, which won Best Direction and Original Script at the Cea8ive Differences’ 10 Minute Festival. Recent credits include a recurring role on the show Teen Wolf on MTV, a supporting role in the feature film Home Invasion and the part of the Outsider in the theater show LoveCraft Nightmare Suit at the LEX Theater.

Shannon Godly

Shannon spent her high school years living near Cincinnati, OH, where she fell in love with acting technique through the High School Certificate Acting Program at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She then met these other lovely founders while attending the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Since moving to LA, she studied with Ron Burrus at the Art of Acting Studio and is an ongoing student of improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She also started a “scripted YouTube” web app for actors and writers called sidesquare, launching soon. A short film in which she held a supporting role, For Her, is still currently traveling to international festivals, having first appeared at Outfest 2014 in Los Angeles. She’s thrilled to be a founding member of JustA.
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Amanda Hillsberg

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Amanda is a native New Yorker. She graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting, where she studied at the Stella Adler Studio, the Stonestreet School for Film & Television Acting, and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She moved to Los Angeles after graduation and continued her studies at the Art of Acting Studio and The Groundlings. Recent projects include the independent films “Josie Maria” (for which she won a Best Actress Award at the NY-Based First Run Film Festival) and “Ruby Woo”. She recently guest starred in the New Media Webseries “My Boring Life”, and she is currently involved in the multimedia web-based project “NewDawn” as a voice and character actor.