OUR 2021 JURY PANEL
Actress, Director, Producer, Teacher
Mary Carrig is a classically trained actress, director, producer and teacher. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communication as a theatre major at Bowling Green State University and has trained extensively with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Television credits include Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, recurring role of Natalie on the Young & the Restless, Passions, the Bold & the Beautiful, Criminal Minds, Make it or Break it for ABC FAMILY and Just Add Magicfor Amazon. Mary can be seen as Principal Hilda in the dance feature, Stepping Highand Ruth in The Escort.
Stage credits range from Arthur Miller to Neil Simon, Commedia dell'arteand world premieres of new works. Recent roles include Minnie in Leaving Homeat the Ruskin Group Theatre, Sue Bayliss in All My Sons, Louise in After the Fallat the Lillian Theatre, Lindy McDaniel in Stuck in Neuralat the Secret Rose, Rose Seiler in the World Premiere, TALHOTBLOND at the Ruskin Theatre Group, Emily in the award-winning Reborningfor the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Mary played Dr. Hecate Porter in Macbethat the Archway Theatre and Gertrude in the Archway’s Hamlet.
Ms. Carrig served on the production staff of the World Premiere Blues BioDrama, Original, The Musical, written by Rachel Nee Hall, based on the life of Blues Artist Janiva Magness. She was Artistic Director for Conejo Valley Shakepeare Society in Thousand Oaks and served on the Board of the Stagecoach Inn Museum and Thousand Oaks Arts Festival.
Mary enjoys serving as Alumni Chapter Leader of the Los Angeles Chapter of her alma mater, Bowling Green State University.
Rachel Nee-Hall is an Emmy nominated Director and Producer. As a member of the Directors Guild of America for nearly 20 years, she has directed and produced countless television shows including Dr. Phil, EntertainmentTonight, The New Ricki Lake Show, The Doctors and Iyanla; Fix My Lifefor The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has also served as 1stAD and Unit Production Manager in DGA signatory short films. In addition to directing, Rachel is a skilled cinematographer and editor.
In 2016, Rachel produced, shot and edited a full-length documentary on child trafficking in Nigeria, The Boy They Called Bizarre. Before that, she produced and shot a documentary in Senegal on FGM.
She serves as Executive Producer of Silky Pants Productions, Inc.®a full service media production company and has had the honor of working with hundreds of celebrities, including Oscar winners; Charlton Heston, Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson and Paul McCartney as well as revered directors; Tyler Perry, and the late John Singleton.
Barry Goch is a post-production professional with more than 15 years of hands-on experience including the latest trends such as ACES, HDR, UHD, VR, and AR.
Barry is an accomplished feature film / TV finishing editor with credits including Spiderman: Homecoming, Passengers, Money Monster, and Eye in the Sky, and Game of Thrones. He is currently working on Black-ish and Grown-ish.
He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board and is West Coast Contributor for Post Perspective and he has also written for Post Magazine and the Editor’s Guild Magazine
Showrunner, Writer and DGA Director
Scott is a showrunner, writer and DGA director. His company, Firestone Productions has created original series for networks, digital/branded web-series for AT&T, Hyundai, Microsoft and Samsung, trailers and EPKs for major studios and has worked on travel, docu-soap, ARGs, hidden camera, competition and build shows as well as magazine, news, paranormal, variety and documentary formats.
As a director, Scott helped launch iconic series like Behind The Music, Extra, World Of Wonder and Penn & Teller's Bullshit! for Showtime. His television music programming experience is extensive—two years creating shows and films at VH1, executive producing Popped! for The Fuse Network, Majors & Minors for HUB, All Access for IMAX. Celebrity highlights include the Live Earth concert, as well as profiling major film, music and sports stars as a Director for Entertainment Tonight. Celebrity PSAs for the Entertainment Industry Foundation underline his expertise in cause marketing. Scott’s particular strengths lie in music, fashion, celebrity, education and lifestyle programing.
Scott produced and directed the feature film Broken, a psychological thriller, and wrote and produced a dark comedy called Wish You Were Dead, starring Mary Steenbergun, Christopher Lloyd, Gene Simmons, Cary Elwes and Billy Ray Cyrus.