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Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Aixa Kay has an MA in writing from Portland State University. Aixa was the head-writer for Um Elhala (S.2), a sitcom that appeared in MBC1 in 2010. She moved to Vancouver, BC in 2013 to pursue acting, and has been working steadily in film, TV and voiceover. In addition to her ongoing performance training, she has been an active volunteer, working with newly settled refugees to Canada. She speaks Arabic, English and intermediate Spanish.
Melody Mokhtari with over 5 years of experience in acting, voice-over, improvisation, and theater work is a creative, talented, and skilled young artist. She portayed one of the lead roles in Jasmine Road directed masterfully by Warren Sulatycky and produced extravagantly by Caitlyn Sponheimer, where she paints the life of a young Syrian refugee skillfully, showing off her linguistic talents and accent acquiring potential that is Syrian-Arabic in this film. Melody has starred in multiple short films, TV commercials, and is currently playing multiple characters in the Zebra Animation Series. She is fluent in French, English, and Persian. Her passion is playing jazz music on the saxophone, finger-style guitar, and kalimba. She boasts her photography skills which she displays on her social media platforms. Melody believes life is a waste if you have never experienced the joys of acting!
Caitlyn Sponheimer is a New York trained actor, graduate of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She continued training with teachers such as Terry Schreiber, Susan Batson, Karen Kohlhass (Atlantic Theatre Company), and Sophie Ann Rooney. While in NYC, Caitlyn was a member of the Drama Desk Award winning Godlight Theatre Company. In 2020, Caitlyn plays a lead playable character opposite Will Poulter (The Revenant, We’re the Millers, Man Runner) in the Supermassive Dark Pictures Anthology video game "Little Hope". In 2018, Caitlyn played the lead of April in Warren Sulatycky's indie drama “April in Autumn” which attended Cannes Marche as part of Perspective Canada, Best of New Canadian Cinema. Caitlyn stars in the director's second feature, "Jasmine Road". Other credits include Amazon’s “The Boys” playing Molly opposite Chace Crawford and the Incendo thriller "The Sisterhood" starring opposite Lisa Berry (Bad Blood, Supernatural) and Claire Coffee (Grimm).
Ryan Northcott is a Canadian actor, producer, director, and writer. Some of Northcott’s most recognizable roles over the 20+ year career includes the young rookie Stevie Weeks in “Mystery, Alaska” and the kind-hearted Beach Boy Carl Wilson in the Emmy Nominated mini-series “The Beach Boys: An American Family”
More recently, Ryan can be seen in JANN, The Twilight Zone, Heartland, and the top-grossing Dutch film in the Netherlands for 2019 Penoza/Black Widow as the foul truck driver “Jimmy”.
Coming soon to screens, Ryan has a slew of roles in TV and Film including, “Let Him Go”, “Chasing Justice” where he plays real life investigative journalist Julian Sher, “They Who Surround Us”, “Jasmine Road” and of course, proudly playing the role of “Mitch Wheeler” in the APTN show “Tribal”.
Northcott lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has one daughter, Madeleine, who hopes to follow in his footsteps. Ryan still plays hockey as often as he can, is a nominal drummer, and is a mainstay in the Alberta film community as performer and filmmaker.
Graduate of the University of Ottawa and the National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, 1981. He won a Toronto theatre award for his first professional show, Night And Day, by Tom Stoppard, then nominated in Montreal 33 years later for Travesties, also by Stoppard. He has worked stage, T.V. and film around the world, was part of the World tour of ‘Helen Lawrence’ a ground breaking art installation, cinema, theatre hybrid by Stan Douglas. Also performed in musicals, and T.V. series. He has self produced, original plays with his wife Toni, and made a career out of being an actor, a singer and a visual artist. But more importantly he is a husband, a father and a grandfather. Almost 40 years a professional artist he now makes a modest but steady income as a Supervisor for Bike Share Toronto.
Ahmed Muslimani is a Toronto based actor originally from Lebanon who also grew up in Senegal, Colombia, Egypt, and Michigan. His screen appearances include the feature film "Everything Outside" by David Findlay, the award-winning short "Light" by Yassmina Kharajah, and TV shows like "Condor" and In "Contempt". He is incredibly grateful to be part of this project. The time spent with this crew and this cast was truly magical and won't soon be forgotten.
Toni Ellwand was thrilled to get another chance to work with her husband, actor Greg Ellwand on JASMINE ROAD.
Toni has been a professional actor since the early 80s. She has worked extensively in both film, tv, and theatre.
Aside from JASMINE ROAD, her many credits include: TINY PRETTY THINGS(post-production/Netflix)
THE WEDDING PLANNERS
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF ICE
Toni studied Theatre Performance at York U. And holds an Honour’s B.F.A. She has also worked extensively in theatre across Canada including the Stratford Festival.
Theatre highlights include: THE CHAIN, TRIBES, JULIUS CAESAR(all female), THE OPEN COUPLE, IN GABRIEL’S KITCHEN, 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, DONNA IMMOBILE.
She was born in Sicily and has three daughters and a grandson.
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