A quick who’s who of LeakyCon 2012
We are so proud and happy to announce our special guests for LeakyCon 2012. Please read below for the latest up-to-date list of who will be joining the fun in Chicago!
Confirmed special guests for LeakyCon 2012 are:
- Evanna Lynch: Actress (Luna Lovegood) in the Harry Potter films
- Louis Cordice: Actor (Blaise Zabini) in the Harry Potter films
- Robbie Jarvis: Actor (Young James Potter) in the Harry Potter films
- William Melling: Actor (Nigel Wolpert) in the Harry Potter films
- Team Starkid: Producers of the wildly popular A Very Potter Musical
- The Potter Puppet Pals: Creators of the internet sensation “The Mysterious Ticking Noise”
- MinaLima: Graphic Designers for the Harry Potter films
- Julia Cho: Actress (Charlotte Lu) in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Ashley Clements: Actress (Lizzie Bennet) in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Laura Spencer: Actress (Jane Bennet) in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Bernie Su: Head Writer, Showrunner, and Executive Producer of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Mary Kate Wiles: Actress (Lydia Bennet) in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
- Dominic Barnes: Actor and Singer
- Riker Lynch: Actor and Singer
- Titus Makin Jr.: Actor and Singer
- Curt Mega: Actor and Singer
- Tessa Netting: Actress and Singer
- Mark Oshiro: Author of Mark Reads/Mark Watches series
Jaime Lyn Beatty
**Darren Criss will be in Chicago on Saturday only!
*All special guest appearances are contingent on work commitments.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) answered an open casting call for the role of Luna Lovegood in 2006 and her life was changed forever. She went from being one of the series’ most ardent fans to the cinematic personification of one of the fans’ favorite characters. She was 14, and had only acted in school plays before; she took to the role with a level of passion and spirit only a true fan can apply. She has played Luna in the final half of the Potter films to acclaim by fans and critics alike, and remains one of Harry Potter’s most enthusiastic supporters.
Evanna has also turned her creativity to fashion, bringing to life Luna’s famous radish earrings as well as designing the lion hat worn by Luna in the sixth film. She has actively supported charity efforts such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland and the HP Alliance, speaking out on issues of self-esteem and body image. Evanna attended LeakyCon 2011 and has been busy with recently moving to the United States to pursue her acting career as well as traveling to Malta to film her first post-Potter role.
Louis Cordice (Blaise Zabini) started off in the world of Harry Potter acting as Alfred Enoch’s (Dean Thomas) double/stand in. He was later cast as Slytherin student Blaise Zabini, a close friend of Draco Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson. He appeared as Blaise in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and was delighted to find out he would have further involvement in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. He also voiced Blaise in the video game adaption of the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Robbie Jarvis played young James Potter in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He has also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Genie In The House and did vocal work for The History Boys. He has also guest starred in episodes of Waking the Dead for the BBC and ITV’s Trial & Retribution. This is his first LeakyCon!
William Melling is known to fans as Nigel Wolpert, the movie’s pint-sized addition to Dumbledore’s Army. He appeared in the last five Harry Potter films. He made his television début as the child in Smack the Pony and appeared on Vanity Fair as Young Rawdy Crawley. This is also his first LeakyCon!
StarKid Productions is an ensemble of writers, actors, directors, designers, producers, and other goof-offs. Blending live performance with the accessibility of the Internet, StarKid has taken the long-revered art of parody and fumblingly marched forward with it into the 21st century. StarKid has its roots firmly embedded in the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance. In April of 2009, with a budget of less than $150, an original script and score, and a cast and creative team chock full of Michigan cohorts, A Very Potter Musical premiered. Three months later, having filmed the live performances for family and friends, writers Nick Lang, Matt Lang, and Brian Holden posted the videos to YouTube, and within days the show had gone viral. In just under two years, StarKid’s original works have garnered over 120 million views on YouTube, a devoted international fan-base of over 233,000 subscribers, and national attention from MTV, Entertainment Weekly, blogger Perez Hilton, Access Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, BillBoard.com, New York Magazine, The Detroit Free Press, and National Public Radio, and more.
Potter Puppet Pals
Neil Cicierega and his team are behind a viral Harry Potter puppet act that has garnered a staggering 172 million YouTube views to date. Through comedy and puppetry Cicierega and his friends have created a loyal fanbase as active and avid as that of the Harry Potter series itself. The video “Mysterious Ticking Noise” is one of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time, considered nearly required viewing for a Potter fan; it was the winner of the best comedy video in the 2007 YouTube Awards and has been mentioned by Daniel Radcliffe as something the Potter actors joked they would like to recreate themselves. The Potter Puppet Pals will appear at LeakyCon again this year with an hour-long special event, which will offer fans the chance to see the world famous puppets live in action.
MinaLima was founded in 2009 out of a coincidence of ideas between Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. Mira and Eduardo had the extraordinary fortune to meet on the set of Harry and the Chamber of Secrets, and immediately forged an alliance of creativity and humour, connecting them in every design decision from then on.
Mira and Eduardo have led all elements of the graphic design for the Harry Potter films. As creators of the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and every other graphic prop in the film series, they have a superb and passionate understanding of the Harry Potter films.
After ten years collaborating on the largest film franchise in history, their Harry Potter graphic design expertise continues to be sought after – from designing collectable merchandise to the hugely successful Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. They recently designed the ultimate Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection DVD/Blu-ray box set for Warner Home Video, which is to be released in September and is currently available for preorder.
Julia Cho plays Charlotte Lu in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. She made her professional acting debut in the Bay Area, starring in the Word for Word production of Amy Tan’s Immortal Heart at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. After an extended and award-winning run, the show toured domestically and in France. Since then, Julia has performed/toured with East West Players, Will & Company, hereandnow theatre company, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, and sketch comedy group OPM. Julia is one of the founding members and producing partners of Artists at Play, a Los Angeles-based theatre collective. Film credits include Larry Crowne and Wedding Palace. TV credits include I’m In the Band (Disney XD), Fresh Beat Band (Nick Jr.), the series finale of Hannah Montana (Disney Channel), and pilot episodes of Whitney (NBC) and Work It (ABC). Julia also starred in the web series Jeff and Ravi Fail History, which screened at SXSW 2011. Follow @thatjuliacho on Twitter.
Ashley Clements is a Los Angeles based actor currently starring as Lizzie Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has an MFA in Acting from The Old Globe/University of San Diego, as well as a BA in Drama from Ithaca College. In her spare time, she delights/torments her cat with a laser pointer and drinks copious amounts of tea. Follow her @TheAshleyClem.
Laura Spencer plays Jane Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. You can also find her on the premiere YouTube channel, WIGS, playing Vanessa in the series JAN and VANESSA & JAN. Television credits include roles on 2 Broke Girls, Mad Love, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Her first film was Barking Water, which premiered at Sundance in 2009. She appears in the comic book adaptation of Dylan Dog: Dead of Night and can be seen alongside Dominic Monaghan in The Millionaire Tour.
Bernie Su is a multi-talented storyteller and pioneer in digital storytelling. He is currently the head writer, showrunner, and executive producer of the interactive YouTube Pride and Prejudice adaptation – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. A modern day re-imagining of the classic Jane Austen tale. It has been recognized in Wired, Mashable, Time and USA Today for its innovation and appeal. Previously he was known for writing and creating the critically acclaimed series Compulsions, winner of the Clicker Award for Best Original Web Drama as well as the Streamy Award for Best Writing in a Drama Web Series. In addition, has written several episodes for the scifi/thriller series Black Box TV, now one of the YouTube Premium Channels under CSI creator Anthony Zuiker. Along with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Bernie is also developing a science fiction series for Dolphin Digital as well as a pilot with a popular fashion website. You can follow Bernie on Twitter at @BernieSu
Mary Kate Wiles plays Lydia Bennet in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Mary Kate is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated from USC with degrees in Theatre and English Literature. Along with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries she currently stars as Zelda in Squaresville. She recently wrapped shooting the feature film The Sound and The Shadow and can also be seen in films Dark Woods and Dreamworld. Lord of the Rings is her favorite thing ever and she drinks a lot of coffee and loves cats.
Dominic Barnes has been gracing your living rooms for only a mere two years but has loved every single second of it and is so honored that you (the fans) have brought him to where he is today! He has been on such shows as “Greek”, and had an extremely brief stint on ABC’s “Suburgatory”. You probably know him best as that sassy dancin’ fool, Warbler Trent on FOX’s hit TV show “Glee!” He is so grateful that LeakyCon has invited him and his Warblin’ brothers to join you all this weekend, and he can’t wait to meet all of you! Have a great time and don’t be afraid to come up and say a quick “Hello!”
Riker Lynch is a singer-songwriter, musician, actor, and dancer. He plays bass and sings with the band R5 along with his brother Ross (from Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally), his brother Rocky, sister Rydel, and best friend Ellington Ratliff. The band recently signed a record deal with Hollywood Records and are gearing up for some summer concerts around North America. (see R5rocks.com). Riker and Rocky write all the songs for R5, and are planning on releasing an album in early 2013. Riker is best known for his role of Jeff, one of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Fox’s hit TV show Glee.
Titus Makin Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and found an interest in gymnastics, dance, and acting from a young age. He attended The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (School of Film and Television) for a two year professional training program. Titus is currently a reoccurring character on Fox’s hit show “Glee” and co starring in the new ABC family original movie, “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song.”
Curt Mega is an actor, singer and writer originally from Dallas, Texas. He guest starred as “Nick” the Warbler on Fox’s “Glee” (Seasons 2 & 3) and was the featured soloist on Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” in the episode “The First Time” (“Glee”, Season 3). Stage work includes Damn Yankees with Richard Kind and the Texas regional premiere of The Light in the Piazza. He has been seen on national commercial campaigns for Subway Restaurants, 7/11 and Hasbro. Last summer, he toured the U.S. and U.K. as a cast member of the “Glee Live!” 2011 International Tour.