Cast & Crew
The Dracula Files
Jonathan drew me because of his quiet strength. He’s in way over his head, but he always does his best and tries to make the best of every situation. He takes action in the face of abject terror, and as a working actor in LA, that’s something that resonates pretty personally with me.
Past credits include Andrea Cavalcanti (The Count of Monte Cristo at the Hollywood Fringe Festival), Petruchio (Taming of the Shrew at OTE Theatre), Francis Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Orange County), Michael (The Peter Pan Project at Chapman University) and Borachio (Much Ado About Nothing at Terra Theatre.) He is a recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Chapman University’s BFA Theatre Performance program, currently pursuing theatre and film here in Los Angeles. He would like to specially thank his mother, Anna Marie Novick.
I love Mina’s character because she has so many layers to tackle, which is like a playground for me. I have so much respect for her, and how she puts the people she loves the most, first in her life. She’s a fighter by nature, and I can’t wait to explore this character’s mind, as we move forward with Dracula Files.
Jasmine was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Growing up, she was always interested in acting but it was not until her final year in college that she began to pursue it professionally. A few years later, she now has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California-Riverside, and a number of projects under her belt including Spike TV’s hit television show Urban Tarzan and hit web shows like the award winning series Redwood, Fear Force Five, and The Valley. She was also awarded as Best Actress at the 2012 24 Hour Film Festival. Currently, Jasmine is co-owner of a shared production company by the name of Peats-Hester Productions, where she will be tackling her own projects, and roles behind the scenes like writing and directing. When Jasmine is not acting or modeling she spends time working on her craft with her acting coach, playing Assassin’s Creed, or spending time with her family.
Dr. John Seward
Seward is a very rich mix of intellect, compassion, curiosity… and profound loneliness. He works so hard to appear clinical, but Renfield sees right through him. When the two converse, you’re forced to wonder which one of them is the patient.
William Castrogiovanni came to the profession at an early age, earning numerous theatrical and commercial credits as a youth performer in the 1980s and 90s. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from NYU, has studied acting at Playhouse West and UCLA, and is a graduate of the Second City LA Conservatory. He performs weekly with his Improv team “Squire”, and appears in the upcoming films “Dead Wrong” and “Trust (and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to Sleep at Night)”.
See him in action at www.castbill.com.
Playing the role of Dracula is playing the role of a lifetime. I believe that the common thread with Dracula is that we all have our achilles heal. He is trapped in his world, like all of us. First and foremost, Dracula is a gentleman. His moral codes are to be abided, and whatever his needs are to survive, respect of others is foremost; no matter what the outcome.
In film he has had the opportunity to return to his mothers homeland El Salvador to play Fern in RELENTLESS, an unforgettable experience with director Lance Tracey and the wonderful Lauren Shaw.
Mr Castro owes his dedication to the arts to his Aunt Jane Glodek, a painter, and his cousin Roxana, also a painter. In recent years most of his work has been in the independent film world, but he greatly looks forward to his return to the theatre and working in front of a live audience once again.
When I started reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula I was taken aback by Lucy’s character. Kind? Loving? Genuinely sincere? Who was this woman and why has her character become so mangled in the many adaptations of Stoker’s story? Because of her inexplicable portrayal in many of these adaptations as the over-flirtatious ditz, our writers and myself made it our mission to present Lucy in a light more in line with Stoker’s original intentions. It is our hope that the Lucy you come to know is intelligent, complex, and intensely caring for all who are close to her.
When I’m asked what famous character I would like to tackle in my acting career, I must admit Renfield would be on my short list of dream roles. My love for Dracula lore began in my early childhood when I first viewed the 1931 film version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi (still one of my favorite films of all time). I only hope now that I can bring a new spin to the tortured Renfield, as I walk respectfully in the footsteps of brilliant actor Dwight Frye. Renfield is an amazing character study – beyond his obvious insanity, I find his tragic and animalistic qualities to be fascinating and challenging.
Capt. Quincey Morris
Captain Quincey Morris is a military man who chose his destiny but may have a few regrets. He still remains human and accepts the truth behind that decision. Now for me, the most interesting thing is how he reacts to his friend marrying his ex-girl. He is happy for them because he owns the decisions he made for himself and only fears that his friend feels uncomfortable. This is what I actually love about him, he’s always taking resposibility for his actions.