Cast & Crew

My Ruined Life is created and produced by Lee Porter of Retro Peel Productions.

Season 3



Brian Cowden (Actor, Brian):

Brian Cowden is a Philadelphia actor and teacher, who has had the pleasure of working for many of the top theaters in Philadelphia. He was last seen on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre, playing Vincent Van Gogh, in the play Vincent In Brixton. Brian can next be seen in the brand new play Down Past Passyunk with InterAct Theatre Company. As a teacher, Brian works for MacGuffin Theatre & Film Company, where he teaches stage combat and acting as well as one-on-one private instruction. Brian is very proud and grateful to be a part of all three seasons of My Ruined Life and would like to thank Lee Porter and all involved for such a great experience.




Eric Wunsch (Actor, Eric):
Eric Wunsch is a Philadelphia-based actor and theatre artist. He has worked in one or more capacities with Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, the Arden, 1812 productions, Simpatico Theatre Project and more. He graduated with a BFA in acting with honors from University of the Arts. Upcoming acting projects this season include A Lesson Before Dying (Iron Age Theatre) and Ondine (Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, under the direction of Aaron Cromie). Eric also runs the Facebook page Broke in Philly, dedicated to promoting cheap and free events all over the city. He is super excited to be the newest cast member amidst a sea of awesome people on My Ruined Life.




Kristen Egermeier (Actress, Kristen):

Originally a surfer girl from SoCal, Kristen then carved out her career in D.C. before coming to Philadelphia. Favorite past theater productions include MacBeth, Our Town, Neighborhood 3, We Won't Pay!, 1984 and Twelfth Night. Kristen holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from CSUN. Her dog Finn is the coolest ever. She also runs, a lot.




Greg Bailey (Actor, Man with Beard):

Greg Bailey's goal in life is to trademark the phrase "Are you serious?" and to actually write his own brief bio for this website someday. He likes craft beer and running (often one followed by the other). Greg spilled pizza sauce on Lee Porter's tuxedo in Season 3.





Lee Porter (Writer, Producer, Director):
Writer/producer Lee Porter's original, comedy Web series My Ruined Life was awarded "Best Web Series Shot In Philadelphia" and "Audience Favorite (Web Series)" by FirstGlance Film Festival in 2012. Lee is the editor/founder of the food site Chocolate Covered Memories, the Philadelphia beer reporter for Ale Street News, a contributing food writer for Food Network's CityEats-Philly, a member of the Board of Directors of Azuka Theatre, the editor of the comic book series Adam 12, and a member of the Fishtown Beer Runners. Lee's work has been featured on Comcast SportsNet, The Gaggle, Liminal Fiction, Philadelphia City Paper, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com, Shmitten Kitten, Zoo With Roy and even tweeted by Questlove. Lee "likes" Eating & Shrugging and making fun of internet addicts (even though he is one himself). Lee is honored and thankful to create laughter with ALL of MRL's outstanding team!




Sean Huber (Assistant Director, Editor):
Sean Huber is a film editor and touring musician, based out of Philadelphia. Sean is an editor for Weathervane Music's non-profit documentary series, ShakingThrough.com. Currently, Sean is the songwriter behind Philadelphia folk punk act, Steady Hands, as well as the drummer for Modern Baseball.

Nick Merola (Director of Photography):
Nick Merola is a freelance filmmaker currently based in New York and Philadelphia. Nick has worked on a multitude of short films and is currently in his senior year at Drexel University, double majoring in both film/video and television production with a focus on directing and cinematography. For more information about Nick, visit: NickMerolaProductions.com and Vimeo.com/NickMerola.

Matt Schimelfenig (Sound):
Matt Schimelfenig is a recording engineer and musician based out of Philadelphia. A graduate of Media Studies & Production at Temple University, he now works out of Miner St. Recording in the beautiful Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. You can check out some of the projects he's involved with at: ShakingThrough.com

Nero Catalano (Music):
Nero Catalano is a South Philadelphia-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, his specialty: the guitar. He spent the better half of his twenties as the music director of the Paul Green School of Rock Music and currently teaches privately out of his home. Nero has recorded and played live everywhere, from CBGB's to the Filmore, with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, and 11th Hour Theater Company. To check out Nero's latest project, Ellis Islands, visit: soundcloud.com/ellis-islands.

Aaron Toaso (Animation):
Aaron Toaso is a video/film editor recently relocated to the Philadelphia area. He is not currently nor has he ever been in a band, but he did find himself behind a microphone spinning records while attending college in the previous millennium. Aaron has edited a pair of independent features, a full length documentary and a variety of short programs. For more information about him and a sample of his work, visit: myspace.com/automaticshoespost/videos.

Kendall Currier (Makeup, Wardrobe):
Kendall Currier is a freelance filmmaker based out of Philadelphia who specializes in special effects and glamour makeup. She is currently attending Drexel University, pursuing a degree in film and video production with a minor in screenwriting, and currently works on a student-run sketch comedy show at her university entitled Sketchy Dragons. She hopes to continue her work in art production in the future.

Emma Baiada (Script Supervisor, Production Assistant):
Emma Baiada is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Communications, Consumer Psychology and Cinema Studies. This past summer, she worked as an intern at Zealot Productions and Jigsaw Productions in New York City. She hopes to find a job in film production post-graduation.

Sammi Hershman (Script Supervisor, Production Assistant):
Sammi Hershman currently interns at Engel Entertainment as well as writes, dances and produces films. Her greatest passion is rap.

Jeremiah Jancik (Security, Spiritual Advisor):
When not writing, keeping security or giving guidance, Jeremiah Jancik enjoys meditating, boxing and playing rugby. His day job is teaching Solar Design and Installation classes in Philadelphia. He is currently seeking representation. His current agent/manager, Lee Porter, does not know this.

Dustin Karrat (Guest Actor):
Dustin is a graduate of Arcadia University. A Philadelphia-based performer, he has acted with or choreographed fights for People's Light and Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Villanova University, The Porch Room, Fever Dream Repertory, Hedgerow Theatre, MasterBuilder Productions, Underground Shakespeare and Azuka Theatre. He teaches improv, acting and process drama at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Dustin is also the co-founder of Dark Star Theatre, a new company specializing in Czech blacklight performance and puppetry.

Executive Producers:
  • Joel & Bobbie Porter
  • Lee Porter

Neck Tie Producers: Matt Feodoroff & Joel Porter

Special Appearances/Thank You:
Dan Bruskewicz, Jessica Dalcanton, Liz Filios, Laura Giknis, Ishknits, Dustin Karrat, Joshua Machiz, Angela Smith.

Thank You:
Suzanne Allaire; Mark Sokoloff; Paul Impellizeri; Kevin Glaccum; Allison Heishman; Arno Weinstein; TJ. Kong & the Atomic Bomb; Azuka Theatre; Off Broad Street Theatre; David N. April; Jessie Hemmons; Strangelove's; Steap and Grind (Fishtown); Pizza Shop (Fishtown); Palmer Park; Gusto Pizza; Gavin's Cafe; Friends of Schuylkill River Park; Markward Playground & Recreation Center; and most importantly, all of our fans and supporters!



Season 2



Brian Cowden (Actor, Brian):
Brian Cowden is a graduate of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), a member of Actors Equity Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors. He has appeared in various theatrical performances including the world premiere of The Eclectic Society by Eric Conger at The Walnut Street Theater and the Barrymore-nominated production of The History Boys at Arden Theater Company. In addition to acting, Brian also teaches at MacGuffin School for Theater and Film and is an amateur mixed martial artist.




Nathan Holt (Actor, Nate):
Nathan Holt is an actor/comedian based in Philadelphia. Trained for the stage, he's made many appearances in productions by some of the city's best theatre companies. He has recently made the leap into video production as the writer, creator and host of the web series Walking The Planes, an expose on professional Magic: The Gathering players. Episodes can be seen here. Much love to everyone who worked on MRL Season 2!




Kristen Egermeier (Actor, Kristen):
Born, raised and trained in Los Angeles, Kristen carved out her professional acting career in Washington, D.C. before moving to Philadelphia. A few favorite productions from Philadelphia, D.C. and L.A. include Our Town, Neighborhood 3, Merry, Happy…What?, A Thousand Cranes, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Rashomon, 1984, and Twelfth Night. Kristen holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Acting and Costume Design. Thanks to Lee and the whole MRL gang for letting a girl play, too. Kristen also likes to run with her dog and eat chocolate.




Greg Bailey (Actor, Man with Beard):
Greg Bailey originally won "critical acclaim" for his lead role in Rock & Roll Alien (second grade play at Downe Township Elementary School), after which Greg went into a long Joaquin Phoenix/I'm Still Here, isolated period. Now, with My Ruined Life, Greg has made a legendary “comeback” to film, similar to Robert Downey, Jr (in Iron Man). Unlike Downey, Jr., Greg is not sober. In his spare time, Greg likes craft beer and running (often one followed by the other). Lee Porter is his manager/agent ... Greg still does not know this yet.





Lee Porter (Writer, Producer, Director):
Writer/producer Lee Porter's original, comedy Web series My Ruined Life recently wrapped up its second season and was awarded "Best Web Series Shot In Philadelphia" and "Audience Favorite (Web Series)" by FirstGlance Film Festival. Lee's original Web seriesWink comically examines how our online (foodie) world can conflict with our off-line (real) relationships. His comedy short/charity project FB4H raises money for the homeless. Lee is the editor/founder of the food site Chocolate Covered Memories, a contributing food writer for Food Network's CityEats-Philly, a member of the Board of Directors of Azuka Theatre and a member of the Fishtown Beer Runners. Lee "likes" Eating & Shrugging and Making fun of internet addicts (even though he is one himself).




Sean Huber (Assistant Director, Editor):
Sean Huber is a film editor and musician, based out of Philadelphia. Sean is an editor for Weathervane Music's non-profit documentary series, Shaking Through. Currently, Sean is the songwriter behind Philadelphia folk punk act, Steady Hands, as well the as drummer for Philadelphia groups, Wild Rompit & Modern Baseball. For more about Sean, visit ShakingThrough.com or BunkerProductions.tumblr.com.

Michael Long (Director of Photography):
Michael Long does freelance film and theatre work in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. He graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Film and Video production. He's worked on corporate, feature and television projects, as well as designing video projections for Delaware Theatre Company, Luna Theater Company and 1812 Productions, to name a few. For more about Michael, visit MichaelLongFilms.com.

Nick Merola (Sound):
Nick Merola is a freelance filmmaker currently based in Philadelphia. Nick has worked on a multitude of short films and is currently attending Drexel University, pursuing a double major in both film/video and television production with a focus on directing and editing. For more information about Nick, visit NickMerolaProductions.com.

Nero Catalano (Music):
Nero Catalano is a South Philadelphia-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, his specialty: the guitar. He spent the better half of his twenties as the music director of the Paul Green School of Rock Music and currently teaches privately out of his home. Nero has recorded and played live everywhere, from CBGB's to the Filmore, with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, and 11th Hour Theater Company. To check out Nero's latest project, Ellis Islands, visit: soundcloud.com/ellis-islands.

Aaron Toaso (Animation):
Aaron Toaso is a video/film editor recently relocated to the Philadelphia area. He is not currently nor has he ever been in a band, but he did find himself behind a microphone spinning records while attending college in the previous millennium. Aaron has edited a pair of independent features, a full length documentary and a variety of short programs. For more information about him and a sample of his work, visit myspace.com/automaticshoespost/videos.

Lauren Carr Gaudite (Makeup, Wardrobe):
Lauren Carr Gaudite is an independent filmmaker in the Philadelphia area. She dabbles in many things, such as the application of false facial hair and the powdering of noses. She has worked on many different projects ranging from independent to student productions. She got her start at Temple University, studying Film and Media Arts. She continues to work in the area as a freelance makeup artist and an editor/colorist.

Sammi Hershman (Production Assistant):
Sammi Hershman studies film and psychology at Wesleyan University. She has produced films on 16 mm and various digital devices and is an aspiring director, editor and hip hop artist.

Jeremiah Jancik (Security, Spiritual Advisor):
When not writing, keeping security or giving guidance, Jeremiah Jancik enjoys meditating, boxing and playing rugby. His day job is teaching Solar Design and Installation classes in Philadelphia. He is currently seeking representation. His current agent/manager, Lee Porter, does not know this.

David Falcone (Guest Star):
David is a teacher and performing fingerstyle guitarist/vocalist. He teaches at La Salle University in the Psychology Department and shares his music wherever and whenever he can. For more details, check out: http://www.facebook.com/#!/david.falcone.music

Executive Producers:
  • Nancy Gable
  • Ken & Julie Kendall
  • Joel & Bobbie Porter
  • Lee Porter
  • Jack Rabinowitz

Thank You:
Mark Sokoloff; Samuel Shannon; Kevin Glaccum; David Falcone; J. Ward Larkin; Arno Weinstein; David N. April; Philadelphia Brewing Company; Rustica Pizza; Drexel University; University of Pennsylvania; Fishtown Neighbors Association; Penn Treaty Park; Liberty Lands Park and, most importantly, all of our Fans and Kickstarter Backers!



Season 1



Brian Cowden (Actor, Brian):
Brian Cowden is a graduate of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), a member of Actors Equity Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors. He has appeared in various theatrical performances including the world premiere of The Eclectic Society by Eric Conger at The Walnut Street Theater and the Barrymore-nominated production of The History Boys at Arden Theater Company. In addition to acting, Brian also teaches at MacGuffin School for Theater and Film and is an amateur mixed martial artist.




Nathan Holt (Actor, Nate):
Nathan Holt is the kind of actor who loves his collection of ugly t-shirts. He has acted in several independent films and produced some of his own. Nathan is the author of two plays, Like, You're My Friend and All ... and Take Care, Ted. Theatre credits include work at Walnut Street Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Brat Productions, Act II Playhouse, Azuka, Flashpoint Theatre Co., Shakespeare in Clark Park, Teatro Delle Due and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.


Greg Bailey (Actor, Man with Beard):
Greg Bailey originally won "critical acclaim" for his lead role in Rock & Roll Alien (second grade play at Downe Township Elementary School), after which Greg went into a long Joaquin Phoenix/I'm Still Here, isolated period. Now, with My Ruined Life, Greg makes his "highly anticipated" return to acting. In his spare time, Greg likes craft beer and running (often one followed by the other). Lee Porter is his manager/agent ... Greg does not know this yet.

Lee Porter (Writer, Producer, Director):
Lee Porter is the writer/producer of the orginal comedy Web series Wink (www.projectwink.com) and the comedy short/charity project FB4H (www.fb4h.com). Lee "likes" eating and shrugging ... and making fun of Internet addicts (even though he is one himself). To "wink" at Lee and his "ruined life," visit: Retro Peel Productions and his blogs: Blabbb, Chocolate Covered Memories and Eats & Shrugs.

Matthew Gunton (Director of Photography):
Matthew Gunton is a British-born freelance camera operator with a focus in documentary filmmaking. After completing a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking with a focus on camera and producing, he has worked on a range of productions, spanning fiction, corporate, live events, campaign films, music videos, intimate documentaries and community-based film projects. In addition to his freelance work, Matthew has worked as a video technician at Roehampton University, teaching and engaging with students on a daily basis on the art of cinematography. Matthew's love for the camera is matched by his love for teaching his craft to others. This includes children at camps, guest lectures for teens and university level workshops. For more on Matthew, visit: www.nailedin1.co.uk

Sean Huber (Assistant Director, Editor):
Sean Huber is a filmmaker and musician, based out of Philadelphia. Sean has directed and produced numerous music videos and independent projects and has toured and recorded with many bands. Currently, Sean is the drummer for the Philadelphia alt-folk group, Wild Rompit, and is involved in the production of their upcoming music videos. For more about Sean, visit: www.WildRompit.com or BunkerProductions.tumblr.com

Nero Catalano (Music):
Nero Catalano is a South Philadelphia-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, his specialty: the guitar. He spent the better half of his twenties as the music director of the Paul Green School of Rock Music and currently teaches privately out of his home. Nero has recorded and played live everywhere, from CBGB's to the Filmore, with such acts as Work Drugs, 722, and 11th Hour Theater Company. To check out Nero's latest project, Ellis Islands, visit: soundcloud.com/ellis-islands

Aaron Toaso (Animation, Editor):
Aaron Toaso is a video/film editor recently relocated to the Philadelphia area. He is not currently nor has he ever been in a band, but he did find himself behind a microphone spinning records while attending college in the previous millennium. Aaron has edited a pair of independent features, a full length documentary, and a variety of short programs. For more information about him and a sample of his work, visit: www.myspace.com/automaticshoespost/videos

Rich Mach (Post Audio Mixer):
Currently based near Philadelphia, Rich Mach is an audio mixer, both on set and in the post room. Rich also produces, from time to time, and may be recognized for his involvement in the fan-created video trilogy Assassin's Creed: Generations.

Heidi Hasbrouck (Assistant Editor):
Heidi Hasbrouck is a director/producer and editor, living between London and Philadelphia. She began making documentaries during her MA in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths College (University of London). Since then, she has worked as a freelance filmmaker in both fiction and documentary, along with lecturing in filmmaking and running community based film projects. Heidi is currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths in Cultural Studies.

Kelly Croke (Sound Boom/Grip)
Kelly Croke is a freelance grip in the Philadelphia area. Kelly has studied Film and Media Arts at Temple University, with specific interest in lighting, and has experience working on set of feature length films, short films, corporate videos and live events. For more about Kelly, visit: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4448034/

Monique Gaffney (Wardrobe/Makeup)

Ashley Duchinski (Production Assistant)

Thank You:
Mark Sokoloff; Andrew Nelson; Kevin Glaccum; Louis I. Kahn Park; Friends of Louis I. Kahn Park; Spruce Street Espresso; Saint Benjamin Brewery