Our 2013 Guests
Michael Bednar plays First Officer Robert Tacket in Farragut Films' Starship Farragut, an independent film series based on the original series of Star Trek. Starship Farragut focuses on the crew of the USS Farragut and takes place during the time of the legendary Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. Bednar has received many accolades from fans based on his natural presence on screen and his above-average acting ability.
In addition, Bednar's extraordinary talent in model-building, a side business that he has done professionally since 1993, qualifies him to supply Farragut Films' productions with all of their props. To the delight of colleagues and fans alike, he has taken the lead role in detailing set furnishings with an unrivaled attention to detail. His special effects and electronic skills add believability and realism to Starship Farragut's 23rd-century equipment.
As Vice President of Farragut Films, Bednar directs all day-to-day activities in the company and is responsible for efficient operations management and quality of company productions. Bednar has over fifteen years of progressive Information Technology (IT) expertise and has leveraged his career experience as a high-level IT Technician for the U.S. government by overseeing all IT aspects of Farragut Films.
When he has time to relax and unwind, Bednar enjoys surfing the net, building science fiction models, working on his sports car and watching movies at home with his family.
Renda Carr plays Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maura Drake in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A). She also plays Lieutenant Saavik in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Grissom and guest-starred in that role in the "The Road to Tomed" episode of the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie. She also guest-stars as Captain Alexandra Kole of the USS Avenger in an upcoming episode of the live-action fan film production Star Trek: Reliant. Previously, Carr played Commander Saavik in the fan film production Star Trek: Lexington.
Carr is a singer, writer, actor, producer, costumer and voice actor. She was singing in church before she could walk, carrying out harmony with a family group. As the years passed, she entered and won talent and modeling contests, acted in local school and church plays, wrote Star Trek fan fiction and edited Star Trek fanzines. She has also been in many fashion shows in college and afterwards, both on the catwalk and as a fashion designer and management professional. Carr has done fashion music videos for companies like Just For Feet and charity Fashion's Night Out events for breast cancer charities. She has also done video editing and camera work for a syndicated gospel music program.
Working with Star Trek fan productions is rewarding for Carr and helps her continue a hobby that began a long time ago. She also loves football, her cats (especially Leo) and her husband Tim... not necessarily in that order.
Tim Carr directed and, with Randall Landers, coproduced the "Doctor's Orders!" episode of Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A).
Carr has 20 years experience in videography and photography and is a production coordinator for Bright House Networks in Birmingham, Alabama. His work logging a history in photos of the Lyman Ward Military Academy during his years there as a cadet is a highlight of LWMA alumni. A consummate and dedicated worker both at work and at home, Carr is the patriarch of family documentation, videoing family events such as weddings and birthdays. He is constantly adding to and updating his large albums of photos and videos taken through the years on Flickr, Vimeo and other places.
In addition to directing and producing, Carr is a project coordinator for Project: Potemkin and a cameraman for Star Trek: Reliant. Previously, he was an actor and production coordinator for Star Trek: Lexington. He can also be found costuming with Alabama Fandom and Star Wars Alabama.
Andrea Columber is the voice of the ship's computer and series announcer in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie.
Columber has a background in broadcasting and is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit, Michigan, and has worked in local radio in Toledo, Ohio. She currently works in the financial industry.
Toby Curfman plays the Andorian, Lt. Commander Shrun, the ship's second officer and chief helmsman, in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie. He plays the only alien character in the main cast of the show.
Curfman has studied computer programming, is an aspiring artist and works in the electronics industry.
As Executive Assistant at Farragut Films, Michael Day is involved in numerous administrative duties for executive management. His duties include relieving senior management of administrative detail, updating and tracking of delegated tasks to ensure progress, and maintaining Farragut Films' procedures manual to ensure updates are consistent with the company's quality management system. He also composes correspondence/reports for the president's signature, conducts research and provides information summaries, and is the convention liaison for Farragut Films productions, including Starship Farragut.
Day's current job with the Montgomery County Public Schools as a Media Assistant has varied in job responsibilities over the 20 years employed. Some of these responsibilities include, but are not limited to network administrator, computer repair technician, video editor, video photography and web page design. Another responsibility is teaching computer animation as an after-school class for students in grades 1-5. This class is taught in the summer and is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Relevant to Farragut Films, Day's other media-related experience has been through the ownership of a video rental business. This business was started in the early 1980s, which branched out into video photography and editing videos for home use. This work included transfers of photos to videotape, running animations for clients, editing 8mm and videotape movies, and filming special events.
R. A. DeCandido
Keith R. A. DeCandido left home at a very young age to pursue a career in fisheries, but came right back home when he realized he'd forgotten to pack a lunch. He left home again years later to pursue a career in publishing, at which he's had slightly more success. He's written tons and tons of novels, comic books, short stories, novellas, eBooks and nonfiction in the Star Trek universe. He's covered The Next Generation (the novels Diplomatic Implausibility, Q & A and A Time for War, A Time for Peace; one of the eBooks in the Slings and Arrows miniseries; "Four Lights" in The Sky's the Limit; the comic books Perchance to Dream and Captain's Log: Jellico), Deep Space Nine (the novels Demons of Air and Darkness and Ferenginar: Satisfaction Is Not Guaranteed; the novella Horn and Ivory in What Lay Beyond; "Broken Oaths" in Prophecy and Change), Voyager (the short novel The Mirror-Scaled Serpent in Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances; "Letting Go" in Distant Shores), Starfleet Corps of Engineers (the editor of the series and the author of a dozen of its stories), New Frontier ("Revelations" in No Limits) and lots of fiction focusing on the Klingons (the novels A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound, Enemy Territory, A Burning House and The Art of the Impossible; the short stories "The Unhappy Ones" in Seven Deadly Sins, "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je" in Tales from the Captain's Table and "Family Matters" in Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows; the comic book Alien Spotlight: Klingons). He's also written a couple of political thrillers in the Trek universe: Articles of the Federation and A Singular Destiny, the alternate reality novel A Gutted Word in Myriad Universes: Echoes and Refractions. He's also written several articles for Star Trek Magazine and his rewatch of The Next Generation ran on Tor.com from April 2011 to May 2013, with a Deep Space Nine rewatch to follow.
DeCandido has also written in a ton of other media universes ranging from TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, Leverage, Supernatural) to games (BattleTech, Dungeons & Dragons, StarCraft, World of Warcraft) to comic books (the Hulk, Spider-Man, the Silver Surfer, the X-Men) to films (Cars, Kung Fu Panda, Resident Evil, Serenity). He is the author of the acclaimed "Precinct" series of high fantasy/mystery novels, including Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct and Goblin Precinct, with Tales from Dragon Precinct and Gryphon Precinct due in 2013. Other recent and upcoming work includes the Leverage novel The Zoo Job; the superhero/police procedural SCPD: The Case of the Claw; a story in the Kung Fu Panda: Tales of the Dragon Warrior comic book; the urban fantasy short story collection Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet; and contributions to several shared worlds, including Jonathan Maberry's horror anthology V-Wars (the short story "The Ballad of Big Charlie"), Steven Savile's thriller series Viral (the novella -30-) and Aaron Rosenberg & David Niall Wilson's science fiction concept, "Tales from the Scattered Earth" (the novel Guilt in Innocence). His recent short fiction has appeared in Apolcaypse 13, Bad-Ass Faeries: It's Elemental, Defending the Future: Best Laid Plans, Liar Liar, More Tales of Zorro, and Tales from the House Band Volumes 1 & 2.
DeCandido is also a longtime editor, having supervised several major book lines (the Marvel novels of the 1990s, the aforementioned Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBooks from 2000-2008) and edited many novels and anthologiesamong the latter, Doctor Who: The Quality of Leadership, the Star Trek anthologies New Frontier: No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War and Tales from the Captain's Table. He's also the co-editor of the 2013 Yankees Annual for Lindy's Magazines.
He was inexplicably honored by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. Despite this, that same year he also achieved his black belt in karate.
In addition to his authorial and editorial hats, DeCandido is also a musician, currently the percussionist for the Boogie Knights. He joined the band in 2006, after backing up acts such as the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Randy Bandits, David Honigsberg and Steve Rosenhaus, and appears on the Knights' CDs Many a Sleepless Knight and Wasted Days and Wasted Knights.
Besides all that, DeCandido is a regular contributor to The Chronic Rift pop-culture podcast, does voices for the audiodramas HG World, The Dome and Gypsy Cove, and has his own podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio. Find out less at Keith's cheerfully retro web site at DeCandido.net, which is the gateway to his blog, his Facebook page, his Twitter feed, the aforementioned podcasts and a whole lot more.
Atlanta native Ken Feinberg earned his degree in filmmaking, directing and writing from the University of Georgia with minors in Drama and Art. For more than ten years, he has directed, written, acted in and produced acclaimed major plays, videos and short films in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Atlanta.
After working on both stage and screen in New York, Feinberg relocated to Los Angeles in the early '90s, where he continued performing and writing as a member of the prestigious Hollywood Repertory Company, Theater Geo and others. It was in the Hollywood Repertory Company that Feinberg coauthored and produced the play Real Life Photographs, nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
In 1994, Feinberg returned to Atlanta, directing the Southeast premieres of major Broadway award-winning shows: Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio and Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. Feinberg directed other acclaimed plays, including the world premieres of many original shows.
In 1996, Feinberg became the Artistic Director of New Leaf Productions, where he wrote and directed two popular shows: Schampagne and Shtik, a gala toast to Vaudeville, and the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, now being considered for a Broadway run.
In 2004, Feinberg was named one of 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans, along with Julia Roberts, by Jezebel magazine, Atlanta's version of Los Angeles Magazine, and he was interviewed by People magazine for their most eligible bachelor issue in 2001.
Feinberg continues to write, having had a play published by Yale University Press: Peter and Wendy in Neverland, and the recent completion of his first novel, Basketball and Past Lives, which he's developing into a screenplay.
Since returning to Los Angeles in 2001, Feinberg has directed two other short films and three original theater shows. In 2002, he completed shooting Coming Clean, a twelve-character ensemble romantic comedy which he developed, cowrote and directed. He has appeared in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Alias and The District, and as the Alien Captain in the second-season Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Horizon."
Feinberg continues his love of developing original works that not only entertain, but also enlighten and educate.
Go, Robo! Go! is a post-pop/nerd rock band hailing from Atlanta. Since 2007, the four-piece rock group has been collectively entertaining audiences and non-audiences with their blend of catchy rock and roll and undeniable good looks. With lyrics that draw inspiration from tentacle monsters, apocalyptic scripture, gay romance in the 1800s and demon possession---and a sound that combines new-age electronics and programming with old-school, fiery guitar-driven rock---the band touts a catalog that is equally as dynamic as their energetic, critically acclaimed live show. Celebrating the release of their new EP, Mustache Rides for the Blind, the band is looking forward to a year of giant explosions and uncomfortable noises.
Darren Hann is the executive producer of and plays Captain Miles O'Brien in the fan film production Star Trek: Reliant, set in the 24th century 10 years after the return of the USS Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant. Star Trek: Reliant has released two episodes to the Internet: "Whatever It Takes" and "The End Begins Again."
Hann is an avid lover of science fiction and often referred to locally as "that Star Trek guy." Along with being an entrepreneur and organizer of the "Sci-Fi on the Rock" convention for the past six years, Hann is also a published writer, producer and owner of his own production company, Hann Made Productions. His writing career began in 1987 with his first story in the German science fiction magazine Star Ship Accessories. Since then, he has had nearly 30 stories and articles published in various books and magazines. Some of his latest writing included the story "Time Diamond," which was published by Engen Books in a book called Sci-Fi from the Rock. A new story called "The Holy Troll" is included in the second book in the series, released in April 2011. His latest book, Time Stone, continues the adventures of the characters from the Time Diamond stories, and he is currently writing the second book of the series, to be published in the Spring of 2013.
Hann is the community producer and co-host of Reality Breaks on Rogers TV. Reality Breaks covers sci-fi and fantasy in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He has also produced stage plays, including productions of Doctor Horrible's Sing Along Blog, Dracula and Beetlejuice, to raving reviews.
Doug Harper plays Commander Michael Delaney in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A).
Harper is from Thomasville, Georgia. Married and the father of two boys, he stays busy with his family and is an avid Seminole fan. He enjoys participating in various creative endeavors, but "The Void" marks his film debut.
Formed in May 2004, Il Troubadore was conceived first as a variety band designed for private parties and small venues. The name was chosen to reflect the early material, which included several Italian bel canto, operatic arias and Irish and Scottish folk tunes. Robert Bruce Scott, a classically trained vocalist, plays mandolin, Celtic harp and classical guitar. Jon Silpayamanant exercises his classical training on the cello and also contributes to the singing. In 2007, Paul Radecki added his doumbek talents to the ensemble. Leonie Leduc will be adding her clarinet skills to the mix.
The band quickly adapted to playing in larger clubs, adding rock, country, disco, jazz and folk covers from a broad variety of cultures, as well as strong original material that blends heavy metal, classical and world music influences. Their Middle Eastern flair attracted attention from the Midwest's rapidly growing belly dance community. Now, local and regional dancers and musicians accompany Il Troubadore at many of their appearances.
With a growing list of over 700 songs from over 60 countries in 37 langugages at their command, with styles that range from most Euro-American pop genres (heavy metal, disco, country, rock) and world folk music (Irish, Scottish, Albanian, Bhangra) to Asian film and dance-drama music (India Bollywood, Chinese, Thai) and Western art music (Italian bel canto, classical, jazz), the quartet is constantly adding new songs to their set lists, with premieres happening on an almost weekly basis. For more information about Il Troubadore, please visit their web site.
Manu Intiraymi is an American television and theatre actor best known as Icheb in eleven episodes during the last two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, including "Collective, " "Ashes to Ashes," "Child's Play," "The Haunting of Deck Twelve," "Imperfection," "Nightingale," "Shattered," "Lineage," "Human Error," "Q2" and "Endgame: Part 1."
Intiraymi spent most of his childhood traveling around the United States and the world with his parents. At four years old, he saw a production of Peter Pan at the local community theater and immediately wanted to become an actor. After several acting classes, he attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts before moving to Hollywood. Intiraymi began training at the Howard Fine Studio and Playhouse West and worked in television, film and theater. His theater work includes lead roles in Waiting for Godot, Marvin's Room and The Wizard of Oz. He made his film debut in Senseless and he starred in Whatever It Takes. He also had supporting roles in Go, Orange County, Pearl Harbor and Eyeball Eddie. Intiraymi most recently wrapped lead roles in two features, Fortress and Benjamin Troubles, and could also be seen in Driving by Braille. In 2012, he played Billy in season nine of the CW's One Tree Hill. He has also appeared in such well-known television series as Las Vegas, 24, King of Queens, JAG, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Unhappily Ever After, Smart Guy and Pacific Blue. In addition to acting, Intiraymi has recently ventured into writing and producing.
Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke has been going strong since November 2002. They are regular fixtures at StellarCon and ConCarolinas in North Carolina with performances Friday and Saturday nights, to the delight of con attendees. In 2005, Keela & Katkith debuted their Klingon Karaoke at TrekTrak in Atlanta to an enormously enthusiastic audience and returned for the next four years with K'Blahm!, the Klingon jester, and his sidekick, KaBlooey, assisting. All songs are in the huMan tongue, as normal karaoke is; it's just that the venue is karaoke with a Klingon twist. Worried the song you want to sing is not in Keela & Katkith's Klingon Karaoke collection? Bring your own CD! TODAY is a GOOD day to SING!
Randall Landers plays Commander Brian Reigert in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A).
The creator and executive producer of Project: Potemkin called Mableton, Georgia, his home town until he went off to Emory University in Atlanta. Graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, Landers began working at Kinko's, a nationwide copy center, in 1980. In 1983, he became the manager of the Georgia Tech Library Copy Service which at that time was managed by Kinko's. In 1986, he and his longtime girlfriend Linda Marcusky moved to Albany, Georgia. Not finding a copy center to work for, Landers turned to teaching and taught Science to 6th graders in nearby Sylvester, Georgia. With the birth of his third child in 1994, Landers retired from teaching and opened Fast Copy, Albany's first copy center. Landers has also been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Orion Press, which has published hundreds of fanzines over the years. Landers appears in "The Old Guys" and "Care for a Lift?" as the thoroughly unlikeable Brian Reigert.
Bill MacKenzie plays Lt. Quentin T. Caley in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A).
Sara MacKenzie plays Yeoman Xiandra Yanari in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A). She previously guest-starred as T'Hima, wife of Paral of the T'Mek tribe, in the episode "The Night the Stars Fell from the Sky."
In addition to performing in the series, MacKenzie also serves as costume designer and, occasionally, director for the project. She holds a B.A. degree in Dramatic Arts from Georgia Southwestern State University and has been acting for as long as she cam remember. She currently makes her living as a graphic designer in Albany, Georgia.
"Moxie Magnus" is a shimmering, glowing star in the Federation firmament. Through space age sling-shot technology, this seven-and-a-half foot tall glamazon has come rocketing back to us from the future, dragging some laughs with her along the way! In the 23rd century, Moxie Magnus serves as the Chief Cosmetology Officer aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk. There, she navigates the world of serially dating redshirts and keeping the Fleet in regulation bouffants. Here in the 21st century, she writes about her adventures, with tongue firmly placed in cheek, in her blog, Moxie Magnus: Star Trek Cosmetologist. Her mission: To tackle each of the episodes of the original series with her own brand of space humor!
Moxie Magnus was born in space, grew up a human slave in the Orion Syndicate and walked the runways of Paris before graduating top of her class at Starfleet Academy. She is the only cadet in history to pass the Kobayasi Hairu, the no-win Starfleet master xenocosmetology exit exam. Although she has often been told "In space, no one can hear you, queen," that hasn't stopped her from entertaining fans and the Fleet both in and out of this world. She's even gotten a few laughs from the Vulcan High Council!
In her spare time, this dedicated Star Trek drag queen enjoys cataloging unicorn species, looking at pictures of cats on the Internet and trying out new replicated food cube recipes.
TrekTrax Atlanta is pleased to welcome the return of Moxie Magnus as Mistress of Ceremonies of our second annual "Trekkies Got Talent!" talent show.
Merrybellies began in New England in 2001 and has shimmied in the Southeast since 2004. Revha Baab teaches classes and directs several troupes, teaches classes at her studio (Moon Haven) in Ringgold, Georgia, and at several other locations, and performs at Portofino's Greek Night monthly as well as at private and public events. She is available for private lessons and parties, and does bellygrams for birthdays, retirements and other celebrations. She also dances at wedding receptions and offers girls' night out workshops and performances, which are great for bachelorette parties.
Murphy does all the special effects makeup for the fan film production Star Trek: Reliant, set in the 24th century 10 years after the return of the USS Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant. Star Trek: Reliant has released two episodes to the Internet: "Whatever It Takes" and "The End Begins Again." She created the Klingon foreheads and appliances, Pakled eyebrows and facial ridges, as well as the Breens' standard makeup.
Murphy has worked in film and television since she moved to Toronto in 2002. She studied makeup at Complections International and even before graduation, she found employment in shops and on set. Specializing in special effects makeup, Murphy has worked on everything from children's television puppet shows to gore-heavy zombie films. Much of her time has been spent as a shop worker, assisting with such projects as making massacred bodies for Shake Hands with the Devil and ZOS: Zone of Separation, or puppets for Nanalan' and Mr. Meaty. She has worked on several genre productions, including The Dresden Files, Evil Dead: The Musical and Pontypool.
The first feature film in which Murphy worked on-set was Land of the Dead, as an assistant to the makeup department under Greg Nicotero of KNB, and for one glorious day, as a zombie. Since moving back to Newfoundland, Murphy has worked in the makeup department on Republic of Doyle and for stage shows and short and feature films. She fills her spare time working on commissions and making severed heads and Necronomicons for fun. She sells creepy stuff on etsy.
Donna Smith Parker is involved with the Star Trek fan film production Starship Farragut.
Joann Pelley plays 7 of 9 in the fan film production Star Trek: Reliant, set in the 24th century 10 years after the return of the USS Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant. Star Trek: Reliant has released two episodes to the Internet: "Whatever It Takes" and "The End Begins Again."
Pelley has loved science fiction for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memories are those of watching Captain James T. Kirk with her dad on Sunday afternoons in Toronto, Ontario, where she was born. After attending Memorial University, she was very pleased to stumble upon the first "Sci-fi on the Rock" convention in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, where she now makes her home.
Pelley had her first appearance on screen playing a female Jaffa warrior in the Stargate SG-1 and Doctor Who crossover fan film Stargate: Replication from Hann Made Productions, and followed up with an appearance as the doctor in Hann's modern-day remake of Plan 9.5 from Outer Space.
Emmett Plant is a writer, composer and producer who has produced over twenty Star Trek audiobooks for CBS/Paramount, and served as the audio engineer for How to Speak Klingon, due April 2013 from Chronicle Books. As a writer, his work has been featured on Salon, The Wall Street Journal and Gawker Media's io9.com. He has served as a Slashdot Author and the Editor-in-Chief of Linux.com.
In addition to his work on Star Trek that has spanned the last decade, he has composed soundtracks and designed sounds for over fifty video games on many different platforms, including PC, Mac and mobile devices.
Blurring the boundaries between technology and entertainment, he has also served as the CEO of the Xiph.Org Foundation, which is responsible for a vast number of freely licensed multimedia codecs, from Theora to Vorbis to FLAC. He currently serves as the creative director for his production company, Clockwork Jetpack. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.
Dean Rogers plays Navigator/Tactical Officer Lt. Michael Swanson in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie. He also plays Helmsman Ensign Roy Morris in Farragut Films' Starship Farragut, an independent film series based on the original series of Star Trek.
Rogers has dreamed of being an actor since he was young. He has played roles like Pablo Gonzales in A Streetcar Named Desire; The Ghost of Christmas Present, Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, and many more. A lifelong trivia buff, he took his lifelong passion to the next level as he became a winner in the second season of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? with host Meredith Vieira. He has hosted sci-fi editions of Family Feud and Jeopardy! at Baltimore-area science fiction conventions since 2008.
These days, you can find Rogers at a movie theater, a concert venue or interviewing celebrities for his own entertainment news outlet, The Rogers Revue.
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. This background provides a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and chief compliance officer for a series of mental health and addiction recovery facilities in Philadelphia.
In 1992, Dr. Schoen's interests in science fiction and language found common ground and he established, and began his tenure as director of, the Klingon Language Institute, an organization dedicated to the study of the world's most popular fictional language. This included an ongoing career of lectures at conventions and museums across three continents, and the development of a loose affiliation of language scholars and amateurs throughout fifty countries. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at showcasing up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas.
In 2007, Dr. Schoen was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2010 received a Hugo nomination for Best Short Story. He's hard at work writing the latest in the ongoing adventures of the Amazing Conroy, a stage hypnotist traveling the galaxy in the company of Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. He's also responsible for the Klingon translation of "Soft Kitty" currently trying to go viral on YouTube.
Dr. Schoen lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker.
Jacob Stanford plays Chief Science Officer Lt. Travis Reed in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie. His character is the great-great-grandson of Star Trek: Enterprise crewmember Lt. Malcolm Reed.
Stanford grew up around Star Trek and is a big fan. He's very proud to be a part of Valkyrie, along with his wife, Spring, who plays Lt. Gina Bellamy.
Stanford works in the restaurant business and has two daughters with another child on the way.
Jerry Stanford plays Captain Edward Stanfield in the fan-produced audio drama series Star Trek: Valkyrie. He is also the series' creator, head writer, sound engineer and casting director for the show. He has also written several short stories based on Star Trek and is a cowriter of the Star Trek: Lexington episode "All in the Appearances." He was also cast as Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vorzok in the fan film Star Trek: USS Hathaway.
Stanford is a lifelong fan of Star Trek. He's a husband of 24 years, a father of three and grandfather of three with one on the way. His two sons, Jacob and Jason, are also Star Trek fans. Jacob is a regular cast member of Valkyrie and Jason has added his voice on occasion. Daughter Deseré has also appeared on Valkyrie. He has also written several short stories, some of which have been published online.
Stanford is a retail manager with a large convenience store firm based in his home state of Ohio. He is the creator and owner of Glass City Communications.
Christin Woods plays Ensign T'Noshi in Project: Potemkin. Set shortly after Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, Project: Potemkin is a new fan film series that takes place in 2296 aboard the USS Potemkin, an uprated Constitution III class starship (such as the USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-A).
Woods is an aspiring actress from Plains, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Georgia Southwestern State University. She has performed in several theatrical productions and is now local to the Atlanta area, pursuing her film career, having enjoyed working on camera for "The Night the Stars Fell from the Sky" so much.
Our 2013 Staff
|Chairman & Board of Advisors|
Founder & Chairman
Director of Star Trek Programming & Main Programming
Eric L. Watts has been active in Star Trek fandom for more than thirty years and is one of the most well-known Star Trek fans in the Southeast. He brings a wealth of convention-running experience, fan club management and insider knowledge to the TrekTrax Atlanta con committee.
Mr. Watts started watching Star Trek in the early 1970s, attended his first Star Trek convention in 1978 and started his first fan club, The United Federation of Trekkers (Columbia SC), in 1980. During his presidency, the UFT became South Carolina's largest Star Trek fan club, with more than 100 members. He served as president and newsletter editor for eight years and was often interviewed in the local media during the heyday of the first four Star Trek motion pictures.
In 1992, Mr. Watts joined Dragon*Con to create a new track of programming devoted exclusively to Star Trek. "TrekTrak" debuted in 1993 and over the next 17 years became one of Dragon*Con's largest, highest-profile and most widely acclaimed programming tracks. His signature event, the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant, was one of America Online's "Top 11 Most Offbeat Beauty Pageants" two consecutive years and has been featured in Shock, Spin, Discover, Maxim and Bizarre magazines, on the Fox News, Today Show and countless other web sites, on TMZ and in the Emmy Award-winning documentary Four Days at Dragon*Con. In 2002, Mayor Shirley Franklin proclaimed September 2 of that year as "TrekTrak Day" in the City of Atlanta.
In 2006, Mr. Watts was elected Commanding Officer of the USS Republic NCC-1371, the STARFLEET International chapter in Atlanta. The Republic had less than 10 members when he was elected but by the end of 2009, had over 100 members and was the largest STARFLEET chapter in the world. In 2007, Mr. Watts won the prestigious STARFLEET International Commanding Officer of the Year Award and over the last next six years, has won fourteen additional Region 2 awards in newsletter, web site, member recruitment and mothership categories. The Republic was featured on the front cover of the April 2010 issue of the STARFLEET International newsletter, The Communiqué, in recognition of its extraordinary growth during the previous three years.
Mr. Watts served as a production assistant on the set of Star Trek: New Voyages for the 2006 episode "World Enough and Time" starring George Takei and has been cast as the iconic Harry Mudd in an episode of Star Trek: Phase II called "The Sky Above... The Mudd Below" to be filmed sometime in the future.
Board of Advisors
William MacLeod is an ardent Star Trek fan, alternate history enthusiast and chairman of AnachroCon. Mr. MacLeod joined the TrekTrax Atlanta Board of Advisors in 2013.
Director of Convention Operations
Charles H. Strobel has been involved with Atlanta fandom for twenty years. He worked as part of the Guest Services Team for Dragon*Con and is one of the founders of AnachroCon. In addition, he's worked a variety of live events, including the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Atlanta Celtic Festival, Georgia Renaissance Festival and Netherworld Haunted House. Mr. Strobel joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Director of Convention Operations in 2013.
Director of Technical Operations
Matt Steinberg joined TrekTrax Atlanta as a staff volunteer in 2011 and has served as Director of Technical Operations since 2013.
Director of On-Site Registration
Rachel Carper joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Director of On-Site Registration in 2012.
Co-Director of Klingon Programming
Theresa Parker joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Co-Director of Klingon Programming in 2011.
Co-Director of Klingon Programming
Marq Collins, also known as "MoQ Kohless," has been enamored with Star Trek since the first show in 1966, when he was 13. Greatly disappointed at the series' cancellation after three seasons, he moved on to watching Lost in Space with his family every Saturday night, which he considered to be a poor second to Star Trek.
After being discharged from the military in 1975, Mr. Collins was unaware of how much Star Trek fandom had grown. It was not until the first Star Trek motion picture was released in 1979 that he became aware of how large fandom had become. Attending Dixie Trek in the 1980s and one other convention while playing in a band, Mr. Collins became involved in the Star Trek fan scene.
But it was not until 1999, when he attended his first Dragon*Con, that Mr. Collins discovered he was a Klingon at heart. He soon joined the Klingon Assault Group and enlisted aboard the IKAV Nemesis in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is currently the executive officer of the Nemesis, has been the commanding officer of his own ship, is a members of the Klingon Imperial Diplomatic Corps, and has been a valued part of Atlanta's Klingon fandom scene ever since. Mr. Collins has also served Dragon*Con as Director of Guest Transportation.
Director of Costuming & Makeup Programming
Brian Holloway began his theatre career at the ripe old age of 7 when he appeared in a regional theatrical production of Fiddler on the Roof with his father. Since then, the acting bug has hit hard and became a full-time commitment. Although he dabbled in the medical field for a short time, he could not be kept long from the bright lights and appeal of the stage. After receiving his BFA in Performance Arts, he toured nationally with several theatre organizations for about seven years and could be seen headlining in productions ranging from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV, Parts I & II to musicals like Big River, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate and Jekyll & Hyde, to name a few.
Mr. Holloway got into the sci-fi realm when he was still in high school in Utah and has been an avid and regular convention attendee since he was 15. He has also received theatre degrees in costume and makeup design and has won national and regional awards for his design work. He even had costume designs for an original theatrical piece, HOTLINE!, displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. While in Utah, he was fortunate to befriend Paula Crist, who served as an actress and stuntwoman for productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Battlestar Galactica and the TV series Planet of the Apes. Crist got him connected to the film industry and he has been fortunate enough to land limited work in such productions as The Patriot, Last of the Mohicans, Domestic Disturbance, Doctor Who: The Movie, HIGHLANDER: The Series, Shallow Hal and Star Trek. He is currently the Special Make-Up F/X Supervisor for Star Trek:Phase II.
Mr. Holloway lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has had the great fortune to meet such wonderful people there and has learned much from local celebs and fellow con-goers such as Cheralyn Lambeth, the 501st Squadron and the SCA Wardrobe Guild. He joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Director of Costuming & Makeup Programming in 2011.
Star Trek Programming Room Captain
Elisa Roper joined TrekTrax Atlanta as a staff volunteer in 2011 and has served as Star Trek Programming Room Captain since 2012.
Director of Guest Transportation & Services
Dave "Grizzly" Slaughter joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Director of Guest Transportation & Services in 2011.
Director of Security
Marilyn Teague joined TrekTrax Atlanta as a staff volunteer in 2011 and has served as Director of Security since 2012.
Director of Gaming
Mike Henigan has been a Star Trek and science fiction fan since 1966. He has been a member of STARFLEET International for over 25 years and during that time, has worked his way up from Crewman Recruit to Admiral. Mr. Henigan has served as a charter member of several ships in Maine and Georgia, including Commanding Officer of both the USS Republic and USS Atlanta. He currently serves STARFLEET as Executive Officer of the USS Republic and Region 2 Shakedown Operations Director.
Mr. Henigan has served as staff and as a panel speaker at science fiction and Star Trek conventions in the East, South and Midwest and now serves as a Director at TimeGate and Sci-Fi Summer Con. He is active in the Atlanta Board Gaming community and has been getting his gaming fix for many years as an active board gamer. He served as a Captain at GenCon for several years, the largest gaming convention in the United States, as well as several other conventions.
Mr. Henigan joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Director of Gaming in 2011 and is responsible for the smooth and continuous operation of "The Holodeck," our 24-hour gaming room.
Con Suite Director
Jay Cannon joined TrekTrax Atlanta as Con Suite Director in 2012.
|Three concurrent tracks of programming—Main Viewer, Qo'Nos and The Ready Room—will be dedicated to the Star Trek universe in general, the Klingon Empire in particular, and costuming & makeup together. The Holodeck will be devoted to role-playing games, board games and card games. A 24-hour video programming channel on the hotel's closed-circuit television will feature episodes of several well-known Internet-based Star Trek series, a variety of Star Trek-related TV specials, programs featuring Star Trek celebrities and of course, the ever-popular blooper reels!|
|Fri.||7:00 PM||Sat.||3:34 PM||Sun.||12:09 PM||Project: Potemkin: "The Old Guys"|
|Fri.||7:08 PM||Sat.||3:42 PM||Sun.||12:17 PM||Star Trek: New Voyages: "Come What May"|
|Fri.||7:51 PM||Sat.||4:25 PM||Sun.||1:00 PM||Starship Farragut: "The Captaincy"|
|Fri.||8:41 PM||Sat.||5:15 PM||Sun.||1:50 PM||Star Trek: Reliant: "Whatever It Takes"|
|Fri.||8:48 PM||Sat.||5:23 PM||Sun.||1:57 PM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "New Command"|
|Fri.||9:11 PM||Sat.||5:45 PM||Sun.||2:20 PM||Project: Potemkin: "Care for a Lift?"|
|Fri.||9:18 PM||Sat.||5:52 PM||Sun.||2:27 PM||Star Trek: New Voyages: "In Harm's Way"|
|Fri.||10:12 PM||Sat.||6:47 PM||Sun.||3:21 PM||Starship Farragut: "For Want of a Nail"|
|Fri.||11:40 PM||Sat.||8:14 PM||Sun.||4:49 PM||Star Trek: Reliant: "The End Begins"|
|Fri.||11:49 PM||Sat.||8:24 PM||Sun.||4:58 PM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "The Road to Tomed"|
|Sat.||12:07 AM||Sat.||8:42 PM||Sun.||5:16 PM||Project: Potemkin: "The Void"|
|Sat.||12:40 AM||Sat.||9:15 PM||Sun.||5:49 PM||Star Trek: New Voyages: "To Serve All My Days"|
|Sat.||1:43 AM||Sat.||10:17 PM||Sun.||6:52 PM||Starship Farragut: "A Rock and a Hard Place"|
|Sat.||2:02 AM||Sat.||10:36 PM||Star Trek: Reliant: "Deadly Cargo"|
|Sat.||2:12 AM||Sat.||10:46 PM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "Disaster Strikes"|
|Sat.||2:29 AM||Sat.||11:04 PM||Star Trek: Of Gods and Men|
|Sat.||3:59 AM||Sun.||12:33 AM||Project: Potemkin: "Doctor's Orders"|
|Sat.||4:06 AM||Sun.||12:41 AM||Star Trek: New Voyages: "World Enough and Time"|
|Sat.||5:13 AM||Sun.||1:47 AM||Starship Farragut: "Just Passing Through"|
|Sat.||5:26 AM||Sun.||2:01 AM||Star Trek: Reliant: "Moriarty's Revenge"|
|Sat.||5:45 AM||Sun.||2:20 AM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "A Problem of Titan Proportions"|
|Sat.||6:18 AM||Sun.||2:53 AM||Project: Potemkin: "Delivery"|
|Sat.||6:25 AM||Sun.||3:00 AM||Star Trek: Phase II: "Blood and Fire, Part I"|
|Sat.||7:11 AM||Sun.||3:46 AM||Starship Farragut: "The Needs of the Many"|
|Sat.||7:50 AM||Sun.||4:24 AM||Star Trek: Reliant: "A Tale of Two Ships"|
|Sat.||8:03 AM||Sun.||4:38 AM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "The Admiral"|
|Sat.||8:34 AM||Sun.||5:09 AM||Star Trek: Chains of Betrayal|
|Sat.||9:14 AM||Sun.||5:49 AM||Project: Potemkin: "Miscommunication"|
|Sat.||9:24 AM||Sun.||5:59 AM||Star Trek: Phase II: "Blood and Fire, Part II"|
|Sat.||10:21 AM||Sun.||6:56 AM||Starship Farragut: "Power Source"|
|Sat.||10:55 AM||Sun.||7:29 AM||Star Trek: Reliant: "The Oath"|
|Sat.||11:02 AM||Sun.||7:36 AM||Star Trek: Valkyrie: "Touch of the Prophets"|
|Sat.||11:26 AM||Sun.||8:01 AM||Project: Potemkin: "The Engineer's New Clothes"|
|Sat.||11:33 AM||Sun.||8:07 AM||Star Trek: Phase II: "The Child"|
|Sat.||12:27 PM||Sun.||9:02 AM||Starship Farragut: "The Price of Anything"|
|Sat.||1:07 PM||Sun.||9:41 AM||Star Trek: Reliant: "Missing in Action"|
|Sat.||1:23 PM||Sun.||9:57 AM||Star Trek Continues: "Turnabout Intruder"|
|Sat.||1:29 PM||Sun.||10:04 AM||Star Trek Continues: "You've Got the Conn"|
|Sat.||1:35 PM||Sun.||10:09 AM||Star Trek Continues: "Happy Birthday, Scotty"|
|Sat.||1:40 PM||Sun.||10:14 AM||Project: Potemkin: "Archway"|
|Sat.||1:48 PM||Sun.||10:23 AM||Star Trek: Phoenix: "Cloak and Dagger, Part I"|
|Sat.||2:24 PM||Sun.||10:59 AM||Star Trek: Phase II: "Enemy: Starfleet!"|
|Sat.||3:24 PM||Sun.||11:59 AM||Project: Potemkin: "Devil in the Details"|
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