Cast and Crew

Tommy Lucas (Sam): Originally from Orland Park, IL, Tommy holds a BA in theatre from Bradley University.  Chicago-area theatre credits include SISTER ACT, CINDERELLA…AFTER THE BALL, THE WIZARD OF OZ and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE (Marriott Theatre); SHREK, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); MARY POPPINS, THE MUSIC MAN, ANNIE (Paramount Theatre); SEUSSICAL, THE LITTLE MERMAID (Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook); and THE RIVALS (Polarity Ensemble Theatre). Select regional credits include: THE FULL MONTY, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, and TWELFTH NIGHT.

Brett Mannes (Roger) is an actor, comedian, and improviser. He is currently the Executive Director of The pH Comedy Theater in Chicago where he can be seen in weekly shows such as the improvised musical, PHAMILY. His previous stage credits include THE BREAKFAST CLUB MUSICAL, THE ROOM: THE MUSICAL, WEST HIGH, as well as The Annoyance Theater’s STEAMWERKZ: THE MUSICAL and SKINPROV. Brett wrote and starred in 2015’s horror comedy MARK AND BRANDON KILL DEMONS and has also directed the ASSEMBLERS sketch comedy series at pH. This is Brett’s second film role.

Susan Wingerter (Cynthia) Susan is very pleased to be a part of “The Quit”. She is a proud member of Bruised Orange Theatre Company, and can be seen in their hit weekly show I SAW YOU. Other recent filmed projects include BE GUIDED BY THE LIGHT OF THIS WORLD (directed by Stephen Cone), MIRIAM’S GOING TO MARS (directed by Michael Lippert) and the upcoming web series YEARLY REVIEW. Commercials currently airing are spots for Trusted Choice Insurance and The Illinois Lottery, and theatre credits include works with Oracle Productions, Red Theater Chicago, Side Project and A Red Orchid Theatre’s Incubator Series. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

Harold Dennis (Security) is an American actor with 20 years in front of the camera and over 150 film credits.  Dennis worked on “The Quit” in 2016 along with 20 other projects.  Some of those projects are CHI-RAQ THE SERIES, season one found online. BASTARD SON OF A THOUSAND FATHERS received 5 nominations at the 2016  Motion Picture Association of Haiti Awards (MPAH) and took home 3 statues. PRONOUNS screened at Tribeca, Chicago International and a host of other film festivals.  BEFORE I DO just received global distribution through Maverick Entertainment.  Many of Harold’s projects have screened at festivals and have received distribution.  The movie FOUR SEASONS aired multiple times on BET and THE FORGOTTEN WEST aired on local network television.  Here are four films you can watch right now on YouTube: HELLRAISER: WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE, THE JUDAS RUN, ENGLEWOOD: THE GROWING PAINS OF CHICAGO, and  DARK AND QUIET: THE EXECUTION OF TRAYVON MARTIN. Harold Dennis has been in training for 18 years and has spent the last 14 years working weekly with his coach Ted Sarantos.  And finally he conducts 2 or 3 acting workshops a year.

Josef Steiff (producer) Joe is a Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Joe wrote and directed the feature drama THE OTHER ONE, which premiered at the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the spinoff short ECLIPSE, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner. Joe’s feature producing work includes independent films such as the gay romance RHAPSODY and the micro-budget thriller THIEF as well as the Korean drama MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A FLOWER for MBC Television. He has also produced a range of short films that have screened at film festivals, including BLACK KOREA, BORDERS, CATCHING FIRE, I LIKE MY BOYFRIEND DRUNK, and PRESELECTED, which aired on IFC. As general crew, he has worked on the feature ROGER & ME and the Academy Award-nominated short, BEYOND IMAGINING. His books include Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, and several books on popular culture and philosophy, including Anime, Manga, Battlestar Galactica, and Sherlock Holmes.

Todd Lillethun (writer, director, editor) Todd works as a freelance filmmaker in Chicago, and as Assistant Director of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services for Northwestern University’s film program. His previous film SAFE WORD played over 40 film festivals in 8 countries. He is the former Program Director of Chicago Filmmakers, where he served the local independent filmmaking community for nearly four years. His documentary short NIGHT BUS played in several regional film festivals, including the Landlocked Film Festival (2009), Heartland Film Festival (2009), Peace on Earth Film Festival (2010). He was post-production assistant on THE WAR TAPES for SenArt and Kartemquin Films, which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. He earned a BA in Film/Video at Columbia College Chicago, and BS in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.