The actors of the Skyrider Films short film projects.

Mike Newquist of Naperville, IL  graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010. Since then he's performed in numerous productions in Chicago, most recently Commedia Beauregard's The Mandrake (at Raven Theatre), Mary-Arrchie's The Brig, On the Way to Titan (STC 24 playfest), The Wind and the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, and Werewolf's Curse (Theatre-Hikes). Mike is currently featured as a reoccurring guest character in Dane/Company's web-series, The Dreamers. He has also been featured in the short films The Girl in Yellow, Ashtray, and will guest star in the web-series, Dudes. Mike plays Mark in Coffee Talk 6 - Gay Marriage.

Emilio Velasco is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting. Since moving to Chicago in 2013 he has worked with Stage B Theatre Company (Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers), Pride Films and Plays (SOCHI: Three Plays About Gay Athletes) and can next be seen in the next cycle of EL Stories with the Waltzing Mechanics. He's excited to play the character of Dennis in Coffee Talk 6 - Gay Marriage and thankful for this opportunity. Contact: emiliovelasco89[at]

John Magaña is a newcomer to film but no stranger of being in front of an audience. Theater companies include MidTangent Productions in Chicago, ABC productions in Michigan, and of course his high school where he fell in love with acting. If he's not performing he is baking, helping someone navigate life through astrology, taking photographs, lending his bass voice to InVox Acappella, or using it in commercial voice over." John plays Riley in Coffee Talk 5 - Sugar Daddies.

Hailing from the deep south, Robert Quintanilla is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He holds a BM in Classical Voice from Roosevelt University: Chicago College of Performing Arts. With his eclectic performance background in acting, musical theatre, and opera, he has performed in Belgium, Italy, and throughout the United States. Catch Robert with Light Opera Works in their upcoming productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Merry Widow. Robert is excited to perform Blake in Coffee Talk 5 - Sugar Daddies.

Jessup Stokes, is an Ohio Native. After high school he moved out to Los Angeles where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre at the American Musical Dramatic Academy. Some of his Theatre credits include Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors), Mark in the Hollywood Premiere of  a “College Life”,  and a concert ensemble member for Josh Groban concert. Jessup is currently on a school production tour in the Greater Chicago area, Indiana and Wisconsin. Jessup Stokes plays college student Michael in Coffee Talk 4 - My Dad is Gay!

Gregory Geffrard is a Haitian American who was born in Miami, Fl and was raised in both Miami and Boston. He has always considered himself a performer but didn’t start acting until he was 16. Primarily a spoken word writer and performer in his youth, he found that acting served as the best platform to help decipher and explore his fascination with the intricacies that make us all so unique. Greg plays college buddy Brad in Coffee Talk 4 - My Dad is Gay!

Cole Doman is currently entering his junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University training towards a BFA in Musical Theatre, where he was just seen in Spring Awakening. Originally from Philadelphia, some of his previous musical theatre credits include Jack (Into the Woods) and Pippin (Pippin).  Cole Doman plays Chris in Coffee Talk Ep. 3 – Dress.

Scott Shimizu, a Southern California transplant, recently moved to Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University. While there, Scott received a degree in Theatre with a certificate in Musical Theatre. Past favorite credits while at school include Jungalbook, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Equus. Chicago credits include Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing, The Man in The Ghost is Here, and work with Erasing the Distance. Look for Scott next in Silk Road Rising's upcoming production of Paulus this winter. Scott plays Alex in Coffee Talk Ep. 3 – Dress.

George Christopher Tronsrue plays college football player Cage in Coffee Talk Ep. 2 – Football. He is known for the films Gad Fly (2012), Tides of Time (2013) and Ghosts of Old Shanghai (2011).

Dustin Rothbart is a recent graduate of the acting program at Illinois State University. He has notably been seen in the Chicago theatre community in Parade at Harper Ensemble Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show at Underscore Theatre Company, Hair at The Hideout and Electra at Mary Arrchie Theatre. Dustin’s film credits include Lost Signals (an upcoming Independent feature film) and Deprived (a Depaul student film). Dustin Rothbart plays Larry in Coffee Talk Ep. 2 – Football.

Nicholas Hyland plays Tim in Coffee Talk Ep. 1 – Tattoos & Muscles. Nick is a Sophomore at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he is studying towards his B.F.A. in acting. He has most recently been seen in a performance art piece titled: At Risk, where students were given the opportunity to create their own works.

Stanley A. King plays graduate student Marc in Coffee Talk 1 - Tattoos & Muscles. Stanley made his acting debut at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson IL, as Boregrad” a Jamaican Pearly Gates Sentry. Throughout the years, he has continued to strengthen and build his craft. Stanley began taking classes at 2nd City, The Green Room, E.T.A. and most recently McKay Arts. He has been involved in several performances such as understudying as Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Empire Carpeting Commercials and working with Tibsen Productions starting as Kenny, a self-employed street hustler.