Those versed in Star Trek lore know that Kate Mulgrew created the iconic role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and imbued the character with humanity, grace and grit in her own inimitable style. In fact, not only did Mulgrew make history as the first female captain of a Star Trekseries, but she and the crew of Star Trek: Voyager helped launch the fledgling UPN television network.
Kate has had a distinguished career in theatre, film and television. She is equally adept at comedy and drama, as proven by the many and varied characters she has played. Kate’s first love is theater. A few of her notable theatrical roles include Emily in Our Town, Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Hedda Gabler, and her award winning turn as Katharine Hepburn in Tea at Five. In 2008 she was honored with Off-Broadway’s Obie Award for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Iphigenia 2.0.
Some noteworthy television roles include Mary Ryan (Ryan’s Hope), Mrs. Columbo, and Dr. Joanne Springsteen (Heartbeat). Among her films are the classic comedy Throw Momma from the Train, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and the award-winning docudrama The Response.
Kate is currently playing another iconic character, Galina “Red” Reznikov, in Orange Is The New Blackstreaming only on Netflix.
Kate has raised millions of dollars for Alzheimer’s research, an involvement that began when her mother was diagnosed with the disease, and continues to speak passionately and forcefully about the effects of the disease on families, the need for funding, and the ongoing search for a cure, all over the world.
Actor, novelist and pop cultural icon, William Shatner has worn many hats over his illustrious career. Trained as a classical Shakespearean actor, Shatner began his career on the stage performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario beginning in 1954.
William Shatner’s first feature film role came in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov, starring Yul Brenner. He parlayed his film appearances into various television roles, including a role on the television spy series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” in an episode which also featured Leonard Nimoy in a pairing that would foreshadow the two’s next project together, a series that would forever impact the entertainment landscape.
Shatner captured the attention of the world with his performance as Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. His iconic role as the captain of the Starship Enterprise sparked a television phenomenon that continues to resonate with audiences to this day. Shatner reprised his role as captain of the USS Enterprise in further adventures such as Star Trek: The Animated Series and feature films from 1979 to 1994.
As a novelist, Shatner has documented his time on the bridge of the Enterprise and thoughts on the enduring phenomenon that is Star Trek in several books in addition to expanding upon the Trek universe he has been so integral to since its inception. In addition to writing novels set in the Star Trek universe, Shatner has also created the TekWar series of novels which later became a television series as well.
William Shatner’s many screen credits include the title role in the hit cop series T.J. Hooker from 1982 to 1986. In the time since, Shatner has become the face of Priceline.com as the “Negotiator” for the travel website. He returned to series television from 2004 to 2008 as attorney Denny Crane on the television drama Boston Legal. Shatner’s performance earned him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. William Shatner continues to be a pop culture fixture with various guest appearances and voice over roles in film and television.
Jeri Ryan will reprise her breakout role of Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager on the highly-anticipated CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard in early 2020. In addition to her turn as the Borg drone freed from the Collective on the iconic science fiction series, her career has included acclaimed television roles spanning two decades.
Ryan joined the cast of Boston Public as Ronnie Cooke, a role that the show’s producer, David E. Kelley, wrote specifically for her, and starred in the CBS legal drama Shark opposite James Woods. After giving birth to her daughter Gisele, Ryan guest-starred in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and had a recurring role on the TNT drama Leverage before returning to primetime network television with her role as Kate Murphy in ABC’s Body of Proof. Most recently, Ryan joined the critically acclaimed Amazon noir Bosch, the TNT drama Major Crimes, CBS’s NCIS and the CW’s Arrow.
Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband chef Christophe Eme, her son Alex, and daughter Gisele.
Robert Picardo enrolled at Yale as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: Dr. Dick Richard on China Beach, then as Dr. McCaskill “In The Waiting Room,” and, most famously, as the Holographic Doctor for all 7 seasons of Voyager. One of the two Voyager episodes Bob also directed, “One Small Step,” was a moving tribute to the pioneers of space exploration. Combining his 40-plus-year acting career with a lifelong interest in science, Bob served for over 15 years on the advisory board of The Planetary Society.
Roxann Dawson is best known to television audiences as B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager. The half-human, half-Klingon served as chief engineer on USS Voyager under Captain Kathryn Janeway. In addition to 170 episodes on Voyager, Dawson’s Star Trek credits also include directing 10 episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise and 2 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She also performed voice work on Star Trek: Enterprise and the Star Trek Voyager: Elite Forcevideo game.
The California native’s first acting role was playing Diana Morales in the long-running Broadway Production of A Chorus Line. While in New York, she also performed in many off-Broadway productions including Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. Dawson was a regular in the NBC series Nightingales and The Round Table. Additionally, she had leading roles in several telefilms and miniseries. Her most notable episodic television credits include The Untouchables, Jack’s Place, Equal Justice, Any Day Now and Seven Days. Her feature film credits include leading roles in Guilty By Suspicion and Darkman III.
Recently, Dawson has been busy as a director, working on The Deuce, This Is Us, The Americans and more.
In addition to 7 years as Neelix on Voyager, Ethan Phillips also played two different Ferengi characters, one on The Next Generation and another on Enterprise. His family owned the legendary Frankie and Johnnie’s Steakhouse in NYC, but Phillips eschewed the family business and devoted his life to the arts. He worked on and off Broadway and has garnered numerous TV credits, including 5 seasons on Benson and guest starring roles on Law and Order, NYPD Blue, Criminal Minds, and Bones. Phillips co-authored The Star Trek Cookbook—a collection of recipes based on delicacies mentioned on Star Trek.
Tim Russ, known well to Star Trek fans as Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, has been working within the entertainment industry for over thirty years. His talents encompass a wide spectrum of the performing arts including composing, music (guitar & vocals), acting, writing, directing, voice-over and producing.
As an actor, Mr. Russ has worked in a cross section of film and television. His credits include the films Live Free or Die Hard, Spaceballs, and Star Trek: Generations, and series regular roles on Star Trek: Voyager, The Highwayman, The People Next Door, Samantha Who, and iCARLY. He has also appeared in numerous stage plays including the original Los Angeles premier of Dreamgirls.
He has performed as a musician for over 40 years, playing rhythm, lead, and bass guitars, well as solo vocals. His musical talents are showcased on three CD’s. As a writer/producer Mr. Russ shared the helm in the production of the feature, East of Hope Street, which won “Best Feature Film”, and “Best Actress” on the festival circuit. He was also the recipient of the Sony Innovator’s Award for a commercial he produced entitled, “The Zone.” Mr. Russ has also been active in the TV/Film directing arena with credits including Star Trek: Voyager and the feature films Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, Night at the Silent Movie Theater, Renegades, Junkie, and the award winning web series, Bloomers. Mr. Russ has also received and EMMY AWARD for his directing on several commercials for the FBI.
Born in California, Garrett Wang spent his formative years on the move, living in Indiana, Bermuda and Tennessee before moving back to California to attend UCLA to major in East Asian Studies and minor in theater. Garrett signed with his first talent agent in 1993 and within a year he landed his first speaking role, guest starring on All American Girl. Three months later, Wang was cast in the role of Harry Kim on Voyager. Garrett was named one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People as well as one of E! Channel’s “20 Coolest Bachelors.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Brent Spiner credits his high school drama teacher—the same man who inspired the careers of acting brothers Randy and Dennis Quaid, Cindy Pickett and director Thomas Schlamme—for igniting his desire to perform. After college, Spiner moved to New York City where he performed in numerous off-Broadway plays. Winning a role in Joseph Papp’s public theater production of “The Seagull” set him up for bigger things, and he went on to perform in the Broadway musical productions of “Sunday in the Park with George,” “The Three Musketeers” and “Big River.” Relocating to Los Angeles in 1984, Spiner began to appear in popular television series like Night Court, Hill Street Blues, and Cheers. In 1987, Spiner won the role of Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a character whose artificial skin he would inhabit for seven seasons and four motion pictures. Spiner co-wrote the final TNG film, Star Trek Nemesis. In recent years, the actor has split his time between New York and L.A., appearing in a critically-acclaimed Broadway revival of 1776, in films as diverse as Independence Day, The Aviator and Dude, Where’s My Car?, and in the television series Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Leverage and Fringe.
Known to Star Trek fans as Counselor Deanna Troi, English-born Marina Sirtis set her sights on international stardom and moved to the US in 1986. Marina originally auditioned for the role of Lt. Macha Hernandez (later called Tasha Yar and eventually played by Denise Crosby). Gene Roddenberry thought Sirtis was a better fit as the half human, half Betazoid who can read the emotions of others. Her role as Deanna Troi endeared her to fans through 7 TV seasons and 4 feature films, and is making a return on Star Trek: Picard.
Gates McFadden portrayed Dr. Beverly Crusher in The Next Generation and in 4 Star Trek films. She also directed the TNG episode “Genesis” and choreographed the dance in “Data’s Day.” Gates left the series at the end of Season 1, but returned to the TNG cast for the third and subsequent seasons thanks to a letter-writing campaign and support from Patrick Stewart. Gates has been quoted as saying her son grew up on the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D, and he was upset when the sets were torn down following Star Trek Generations.
Denise Crosby was cast as Tasha Yar in 1987 for The Next Generation, after first being picked to play Deanna Troi. Tasha Yar was initially among the top-billed characters and was featured prominently in “The Naked Now” and “Code of Honor.” Crosby left the show after 22 episodes when her character was killed by the alien creature Armus. In the documentary Trekkies, Crosby said her Tasha Yar character had to die in order to get “the best episodes.” She reprised her role as Tasha Yar in Season 3’s “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” in which an alternate timeline was created.
An acclaimed stage and screen actor as well as an accomplished voice-over artist, John de Lancie is best known as the mysterious and godlike Q, appearing in The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. While only appearing 9 times in 10 years, the cult popularity of Q is so widespread that John’s likeness has appeared in countless merchandising and promotional products. He’s been named “Best Villain,” “Best Recurring,” and “Best Loved” character. He’s also made appearances on such hit dramas as Breaking Bad, The West Wing, Law & Order, The Mentalist, and CSI.
Nana Visitor appeared in Broadway plays, had regular roles on TV and starred in the title role of Working Girl before joining Deep Space Nine as Bajoran Major Kira Nerys. The role piqued her curiosity because Kira Nerys wasn’t “a mother, or a wife, or a prostitute, or a killer. [Kira] is fully realized.” She also voiced the character in the games Harbinger and The Fallen. Following Deep Space Nine, she starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-wining musical Chicago and later appeared in the series Dark Angel and Wildfire.
Casey Biggs is an actor, director, producer, musician and teacher. He created The Enterprise Blues Band with fellow members Vaughn Armstrong and Steve Rankin.
A graduate of the Juilliard School he is well known in both the world of the stage and television.
He has performed throughout the country and Europe. He has appeared in Lincoln Center’s Pride’s Crossing and spent ten years as a leading actor at Washington’s Arena Stage in productions of Taming of the Shrew, All the Kings Men, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Summer and Smoke, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Philadelphia Story among others. Film and television credits include Broken Arrow, Dragonfly, The Pelican Brief, The Good Wife, Elementary, CSI, Person of Interest, and five years portraying Damar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His directing credits include Hedda Gabler, Hamlet, The Seagull, Richard III, The Three Sisters, Standup Shakespeare and Macbeth plus, for The Acting Company, Moby Dick Rehearsed, The Three Musketeers and Love, Shakespeare. He is an alumni of The Acting Company and is on the acting and directing faculty at the New School for Drama. The Enterprise Blues Band’s recordings have been best sellers throughout Europe and the US.
Chase Masterson was first recognized for her break-out role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of the highest-rated internationally syndicated shows of all time. Her huge, international fan base saw her rise from a four-line role in one episode to a five-year story arc, which prompted USA Networks to begin Chase’s hosting career with a newsmagazine talk show, Sci-Fi Entertainment.
Known to millions of fans worldwide, TV Guide’s online readers poll voted Chase the “Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television”; Sci-Fi Universe Magazine honored her as one of the “Top 20 People to Watch in Hollywood”; and, in 2010, UGO included her in their list of the “Top 25 TV Hotties, and the Schlubs They Inexplicably Love.” In December 2010, AOL named Chase one of the “Ten Sexiest Aliens” in television history. She was named one of the “50 Sexiest Women” by Femme Fatales Magazine and one of the “Hot Leading Ladies” of film by Film Fetish for her role in Yesterday Was a Lie, in which she plays a mysterious jazz singer.
Chase has worked opposite such Hollywood hotties as Jesse Eisenberg, Jerry O’Connell, Ryan Seacrest, Maggie Grace, and Faith Ford, as well as Bruce Campbell, Richard Lewis, Maxwell Caulfield, Bridget Wilson, and many others. Chase is often recognized from her role as the featured guest star in the Emmy Award-winning episode of E.R. as well as for her recurring work on General Hospital. In sexy, comic turns, Chase played herself in the documentary Trekkies as well as in Miramax’s Comic Book: The Movie, directed by Mark Hamill.
Having released and gained international recognition with her debut CD “Thrill of the Chase,” Chase released her follow- up EP “Ad Astra!,” the limited edition “Crystal Anniversary: Songs From the Holosuite” (in honor of Deep Space Nine’s fifteenth anniversary), and the compilation album “Jazz Cocktail.” She sings one of her original songs in the feature Take Out. Chase has also hosted her own weekly internet radio show on TheFandom.com.
In February 2014, Big Finish Productions premiered Vienna, a Doctor Who spin-off starring Chase in the title role. She most recently been seen guest starring on CW’s The Flash, which won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Drama.”
Max Grodénchik is best known for his portrayal of Rom on Deep Space Nine over the course of 37 episodes. Before getting the role of Rom, he auditioned for the role of Rom’s brother, Quark, and played two other Ferengi characters on The Next Generation: Sovak in “Captain’s Holiday” and Par Lenor in “The Perfect Mate.” He wrote and performed Rom’s Song and performed the song “The Lady is a Tramp” in the Deep Space Nine episode “The Siege of AR-558.” He also played a NASA flight dynamics officer in Apollo 13.
With over 50 feature films and countless television works under his belt, Jeffrey Combs’ career spans a broad range of genres. However, he is most widely recognized and dearly loved by fans of the Sci-Fi/Horror genres. Many claim him as the modern day Vincent Price. He burst into the public consciousness with his riveting performance as Herbert West in the cult classic Re-Animator is remembered for other memorable characters in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners (which earned him a Saturn Award nomination), The House on Haunted Hill, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and with Renee Zellwegger in Love and a .45. But without question Jeffrey is considered a mainstay in the Star Trek franchise. He has guest starred in close to 50 episodes spanning over three Star Trek series. He is the only actor to recur in two different roles in the same series. He portrayed Liquidator Brunt and the Vorta, Weyoun, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also recurred many times as the memorable Commander Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise.
Vaughn Armstrong’s career has spanned decades of stage, television, and film. At the Old Globe in San Diego he’s been Brutus in Julius Caesar, Bolingbroke in Richard II, Macduff in Macbeth, and many more. He’s appeared often at L.A’s Music Center and regional theatre across the country. He’s done about 100 TV shows including Mad Men, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, West Wing, NYPD Blue, CSI, Law and Order L.A., and many others. He is best known for his many roles in Star Trek, more than any other actor, the last being Admiral Forrest in Star Trek: Enterprise. He’s the founder of the Enterprise Blues Band, a member of the Star Trek Rat Pack, father of two boys, and a Vietnam veteran. He was also a co-author of the San Diego Rep’s version of A Hammer, A Bell, And a Song to Sing. He has been the artistic director of two theatres and, while in the Army, the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Fort Carson Little Theatre.
An actor, director and stunt fight coordinator, Steve Rankin‘s career features roles in four Star Trek adaptations spanning the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Rankin played Colonel Green on Star Trek: Enterprise in 2005, Fennim on Star Trek: Voyager in 1999, Yeto on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993, and Patahk in Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1989. He is also known for his work on Blue Streak (1999), Men in Black (1997) and Pearl Harbor (2001).
Wilson Cruz portrays Doctor Hugh Culber, rank of lieutenant commander, in Star Trek: Discovery.
Born in New York City with Puerto Rican heritage, he started his acting career by starring in the TV series My So-Called Life in 1994-1995. Cruz made his film debut in the 1995 biopic Nixon, surrounded by fellow alumni Robert Beltran, Bill Bolender, Richard Fancy, Annette Helde, Michelle Krusiec, Saul Rubinek, and Paul Sorvino. Cruz followed with the 1996 telefilm On Seventh Avenue, with Stephen Collins, Ronald Guttman, Josh Pais, and Anthony Zerbe. That year Cruz costarred in the sex comedy Johns, with Tony Epper. In 2005, Cruz appeared in Bam Bam & Celeste with John Cho. 2006 had Cruz in the comedy Coffee Date, costarring Leigh Taylor-Young. Cruz was cast in the hit 2009 film He’s Just Not That Into You, joined by Googy Gress and Cristine Rose. More recently, he appeared in episodes of Shameless (2016), 13 Reasons Why, and Doubt.
Ethan Peck, who plays Spock on Star Trek: Discovery, grew up in Los Angeles and attended college at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York. He is the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, who counted among his final projects the 1998 TV miniseries Moby Dick, which starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, the role Gregory Peck famously played in the 1956 movie of the same name. Peck’s film and television credits include Passport to Paris, That ’70s Show, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 10 Things I Hate About You, In Time, Madam Secretary and The Curse of Sleeping Beauty.
Anson Mount stepped into the iconic role of Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise in season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Mount was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois and grew up in White Bluff, Tennessee. His mother is former professional golfer Nancy Smith, and his father, Anson Adams Mount II, was one of the original contributing editors to Playboy magazine. His great-great-great grandfather was a Confederate cavalry colonel in the Civil War. Up until Star Trek: Discovery, Mount was best known as Cullen Bohannon in the AMC western drama series Hell on Wheels, opposite Star Trek: Deep Space Nine axtor Colm Meaney. For the last few years of the series, he was also one of its producers. In 2017, he portrayed the Marvel Comics superhero Black Bolt in Marvel’s Inhumans.
A self-described Shakespeare Lover, Feminist and Geek, Mary Chieffo portrays the Klingon L’Rell in Star Trek: Discovery. The daughter of actors Michael Chieffo and Beth Grant, she appeared as a little girl in the short Making Sandwiches(1998) directed by Sandra Bullock. She attended the Drama Division of Juilliard School and graduated with a BFA in 2015. She appeared in a theater production of Othello and also in movies like Natural Disasters (2008), Herpes Boy (2009), Girls! Girls! Girls! (2011), Miss Dial (2013), and Shelby’s Vacation(2017). She also appeared in the short movies Odyssea (2013) and The Perfect Fit (2012) and the TV movie Jack and Janet Save the Planet (2009).
Kenneth Mitchell has portrayed the Klingons Kol, Kol-sha and Tenavik on the Star Trek: Discoveryseries on CBS/CBS All Access/Netflix. Kenneth Mitchell’s talents have been utilized in some of television’s most premiere dramas, including a starring role as Eric Green in the iconic series Jerichoon CBS. Also, Mitchell portrayed the Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton on the ABC series The Astronaut Wives Club. His many recurring roles include playing Deacon Joe Hurley on The CW’s Frequency, Detective Matthews on ABC’s Notoriousand Wes Gable on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. Mitchell has made distinctive guest appearances on shows including CSI, NCIS, Code Black, CSI: Cyber, CSI Miami, Major Crimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Bones, Law & Order, Private Practice,Castle, The Mentalist, Grimm, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii 5-0 and Ghost Whisperer.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Mitchell landed his first major role in the Showtime movie Charms for the Easy Life, co-starring alongside Gena Rowlands. This led to two leading roles in the Showtime series Odyssey 5 and Leap Years.
In 2004, Mitchell received strong recognition for his starring role as Ralph Cox in the classic Disney sports film, Miracle, opposite Kurt Russell and directed by Gavin O’Connor. Also, Mitchell has lent his leading talents to films such as Touchstone Pictures’ The Recruit, with Al Pacino. In 2019, Mitchell appeared in two flashback scenes as the father of Carol Danvers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature Captain Marvel.
Currently, Mitchell resides in Studio City, California, with his wife, Susan May Pratt, and two children, Lilah and Kallum.
Jonathan Del Arco will reprise the role of Hugh Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation on the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard in early 2020. No stranger to TV viewers for the better part of the last twenty plus years, most recently he was seen as Dr. Fernando Morales on The Closer and Major Crimes for over ten years. Among his most notable Guest Star appearances are: Nip/Tuck, The Sopranos, 24, Doll House, American Dreams, Star Trek: Voyager, Pearl, The Wonder Years, Blossom, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice, NCIS and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams, a childhood dream come true.
Jonathan was born in Uruguay and came to the states at the age of ten. He learned English by watching television; Star Trek (Original Series) reruns were a favorite. His first acting job was the Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy with Estelle Getty. Many other Broadway and off Broadway plays followed before he settled in Los Angles to pursue work on television and film.
Lolita Fatjo worked for 14 years as Assistant to the Executive Producer and later as Script Coordinator on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: First Contact. Throughout the years she built good working relationships with many of the stars, soon transitioning to the role of manager for many Star Trek actors. Her reputation for being fan-friendly and approachable along with her first-hand knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes has made her a fan-favorite as a guest on the convention circuit.
Jordan Hoffman is a writer and critic based in New York. His work can be read in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, New York Daily News, Popular Mechanics, Thrillist and NYT/Watching. He also writes the One Trek Mind column at StarTrek.com. He has hosted at Star Trek conventions in Las Vegas, New York, London and Dortmund, Germany, and was the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast for two years. Bones is his favorite.
Dr. Erin Macdonald (PhD, Astrophysics) currently works as a public speaker/educator and technical consultant, assisting others with explaining complex physics and astronomy ideas to varied audiences. Her undergraduate work was dual majored in Physics with Astrophysics and Mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She obtained a PhD in gravitational astrophysics from the University of Glasgow, having done research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (resulting in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics) on gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes. Since leaving research in 2014, she worked as an adjunct professor and educator at the Denver Museum for Nature and Science where she grew her passion for speaking to varied crowds on a number of subjects. She has become a regular fixture at popular culture conventions across the United States (Star TrekLas Vegas, Awesome Con, etc) through teaching the science behind science fiction such as Star Trek and Mass Effect, and she started bringing these talks online with her series “Dr Erin Explains the Universe”. She also assists science fiction writers with their work, most recently on Orbital Redux with writer/director Steven Calcote and actor Yuri Lowenthal. Given her background, her specialty focuses on the use of general relativity in science fiction through faster-than-light travel, artificial gravity, alternate universes and more, and after teaching extensively in classrooms and at museums, she is well-versed in most fields of astronomy and physics.
Dr. Mohamed Noor is a biology professor and the Dean of Natural Sciences at Duke University. He earned a PhD from the University of Chicago, he conducts research and teaches in the broad areas of genetics and evolution, and he focuses on finding genetic changes that cause new species to form (mostly using fruit flies). He is also committed to biology education and a lifelong Trekkie, demonstrated by his successful Genetics and Evolution course on Coursera and his recent book “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds.”
James Mackinnon has 30 years of film and television experience in all aspects of makeup, special effects, and design. He has four Emmys for his work on “Nip/Tuck,” American Horror Story: “Freak Show”, “Hotel”, and “Roanoke;” he also boasts three Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Artisan Awards and numerous other Emmy and H&MU Guild Award nominations for outstanding makeup.
James’ years of working on the Star Trek franchise including “Deep Space 9″, “Voyager”, and “Star Trek First Contact” has led him to the coveted position of Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Effects for “Star Trek: Discovery” (Season 1 & 2) and Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Design on Patrick Stewart’s new “Picard”, airing on CBS All Access.
James has served as Department Head or Key Makeup Artist on over 115 projects in his career ranging from 4 films in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, “Stigmata”, “GI Joe 2″, “Priest”, and “Halloween H2O”, to “Parks and Recreation”, “Alias” and “CSI NY” to name a few. He also transformed Ashton Kutcher into Steve Jobs for the 2013 Biography, “Jobs”.
James believes in always learning and growing, adding to his vast knowledge of makeup design and techniques, and honing his craft. He loves to teach up-and-coming makeup artists by sharing what he has experienced throughout his storied career. James has a few new projects on the go for the second half of 2019 including a new charity, Hair for Healing.
Robb Pearlman is the author of more than 30 books for adults and children, including four Star Trek titles: Search for Spock, Redshirt’s Little Book of Doom, The Wit and Wisdom of Star Trek, and Fun with Kirk and Spock.
He is an associate publisher of pop culture and entertainment books including Stuck on Star Trek, Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting, The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book, and The Princess Bride: A Celebration, and a calendar program that includes major licenses as Star Trek, Game of Thrones, Bob’s Burgers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files.
Robb was featured as an on-air commentator talking about Star Trek and pop culture on National Geographic Channel’s “Generation X” series, contributed to HuffingtonPost.com, performed at the Nerdnite Nerdtacular, and has been featured on StarTrek.com as well as several pop culture blogs and SiriusXM radio shows.
Robb received his Masters in Publishing from Pace University, and now serves on the program’s Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Teachers & Writers Collaborative.
J.K. Woodward is an accomplished illustrator whose most recent projects have included IDW Publishing’s blockbuster Assimilation2, an 8-issue Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover miniseries, as well as IDW’s acclaimed adaptation of Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever: The Harlan Ellison Original Teleplay, and cover contributions for almost every Star Trek series published through IDW including the recent Star Trek/Green Lantern crossover with DC Comics. Woodward started his professional comic book career back in 2003 with Peter David’s Fallen Angel and went on to work on many titles for such companies as BOOM! Studios, Archaia, Dark Horse and Marvel. Among the titles to which he has contributed are X-Men Origins: Beast, Star Trek, Mars Attacks!, CSI: New York and more. His most current work in comics is illustration for the award winning Star Trek: Mirror Broken mini series. He currently resides in Long Beach, California.
Band 47 is a Los Angeles based 60s, 70s and 80s classic rock R&B group, consisting of Steel Rod and DW3. The classic rock, R&B, and blues trio with the soulful vocals of Eric, Billy and David of DW3 create a perfect combination. In addition to these two powerhouse groups, along came Rebecca Jade with her soulful sound and rock influences, making a perfect addition to this very versatile group.
Brian Wilk knew he was not like other children, since he grew up in an Andorian colony and was always teased about his pink skin. Then one day he came across a Ressikan flute and realized his talent for music, and nobody ever teased him again. One day at a local bar, while playing old Bajoran tune, he was befriended by a group of Starfleet historians on a research trip who suggested he learn the music of his ancestors. He decided to travel with them to Earth and, once there, he fell in love with the late 20th century Earth rock and pop music that he now travels the galaxy to perform.
Brad Heron was “rescued” by a Ferengi ship as a toddler, but they could never get used to his red hair and small ears. They traded him for a surprisingly small amount of latinum to a Earth “rock and roll” band, returning from a tour of the Beta quadrant. There Brad saw a piano for the first time, and he took to the ancient instrument immediately. Upon reaching Earth he sought out other musicians who turned him on to late 20th century Earth music, and he set out to master its classic sound. He now performs across the quadrants, and has been raking in the latinum for himself ever since.
Christopher Olivas might be best known for his nearly two decades as the drummer for the acclaimed New Wave band Berlin, but he is also an electrifying DJ and bandleader spreading spectacular sound waves across Southern California and beyond. On Star Trek: The Cruise IV, he will keep the ship dancing with his eclectic music selections and deep cuts. Christopher, who also is the founder of Mindless Music Entertainment, brings an energetic and encyclopedic knowledge of music that will add yet another dimension to the music experience aboard Star Trek: The Cruise.