SABINA ETSCHEID (they/them)
Quinn Goodman is Far Water High's lovely leader of GSA — headstrong, courageous, and committed to saving their GSA from eminent doom. Stands up to the homophobic teachers at Far Water! Hopeless with words around pretty cheerleaders...
Sabina is a non-binary actor based in Seattle, WA. They have a history in musical theatre and are excited to make their film debut in Hetero! They would like to thank the cast and crew for their creativity, support, and compassion throughout the rehearsing and filming process. Special thanks to Shileah and Ballyhoo Theatre for giving them the tools to have gotten this far. Follow them on Instagram: @sbnage!
JUBILEE LOPEZ (she/her)
Sarai Mendez is the enigmatic and lovable lesbian in our wonderfully gay show. Witty, feisty, quick with those comebacks. Outwardly energetic, proud, and always there for her best friend Quinn. The relationship with her family is another story.
Jubilee Lopez was born in Seattle and raised in Portland. She is currently studying acting and writing with the Atlantic Theater Co. in their Global Virtual Conservatory program. Jubilee loves to write in the morning and read in the evening. Say hi to her on Instagram @jubileelopez and tune in to her monthly newsletter, My Kind of Fun, on substack. Besos!
ADRIANE WATSON (they/she)
Zel Amari is the most consistent voice of reason at Far Water High. She's dependable and responsible, the mom of the group. Not everyone follows her advice (which they certainly will regret). Sometimes she feels like she's just in the shadows.
Adriane Watson is a genderqueer artist. Along with acting, they also sing and write poetry. You can find her on Instagram @adriane.awats. She’s originally from Hanford, California, which is a town known only for its connection to Journey and its impressive number of cows. They’ve signed onto all their projects in the hopes of increasing representation in media. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important than a sense of belonging.
JONAH BLUE (he/him)
For Romeo Cohen, the eyeshadow is everything. So is the Communist Manifesto. Dawns the trench coat in the hot sun. They've got the flair, the stoicism, and the Soviet anthem down to a tee. Carefree but ultimately sorrowful under the veil.
Jonah Blue was born in Bellingham, Washington and now resides in Seattle. He began acting at the age of seven when cast as an orphan in Annie at the Issaquah Village Theater. The early part of his career consisted of mostly stage work, but in recent years, he has branched out into film. When he’s not acting he’s making music with his band Please The King and longboarding on Alki.
EDEN BLANFORD (they/them)
Mickey Mcphaerson's a walking, talking Claire's store. Life of the party. The first one to chant. Rebellious beyond social norms (with exceptionally good fashion). Deeply invested in the moment, but dramatic to a fault around Far Water's resident hot commie.
Hi! My name is Eden, i use they/them pronouns, and I’m a relative beginner at acting. Hetero was my first big project and put me on the path to study acting in college! My Instagram is @eden.astra if you’d like to keep up with me.
MCKENSIE SHEA (she/her)
Outwardly, Olivia Santina is a confident, well-known cheerleader who never misses a beat to smile back. She's very empathetic, always trying to please everyone, but she struggles to find her true self in the small world of Far Water High.
Born in Chicago and raised in Tallahassee and Sacramento, McKensie has now landed in the Pacific Northwest to focus on making art. She completed her actors training at Portland Actors Conservatory with Artists Repertory Theatre and has been working in the local theatre and film industry since. She is interested in telling stories exploring the female experience.
HETERO CREW (SERIES LEVEL)
KJ KIERAS (they/them)
SERIES CO-DIRECTOR, WRITER, CREATOR, EXEC. PRODUCER
KJ Kieras is an LGBTQ+ 18 year old writer and director from Seattle, Washington. They have served with Zero Hour, TeenTix and have performed spoken word poetry with Youth Speaks Seattle. They are currently reading too much and thinking about reality TV while pursuing a college education that will happen at some point.
BENTLEY ELDRIDGE (he/him)
SERIES CO-DIRECTOR, DIR. OF PHOTOGRAPHY, EDITOR, EXEC. PRODUCER
Bentley Eldridge is a queer 19 year old storyteller, writer, director, and photographer from Seattle, Washington. He strongly advocates for dismantling the industrialized Hollywood media landscape, most importantly to revolutionize it with the authentic presence of underrepresented storytellers, actors, writers, and realities. MORE INFO
CLAIRE MATTINGLY (she/her)
SERIES MAKEUP & WARDROBE DESIGNER
Claire Mattingly is a 17-year-old dancer, director, and makeup artist. She competes in Mock Trial competitions, is president of Theater and Film Club at her school, and always loves a good book.
ELI JONATHAN (he/him)
SERIES ORIGINAL SCORE COMPOSER
Pop artist and producer Eli Jonathan debuted in 2019 releasing a string of collaborative and self produced EP’s and singles. Towards the end of 2020, Eli set his sights higher and released “Jock,” a conceptual, 5 song EP and its accompanying, coming-of-age short film of the same title. Eli’s continued to produce and write for film and video, marking several more collaborations as a producer into 2021.
SERIES MUSIC SUPERVISOR
Gemma Cross is a photographer and videographer based in Seattle. She is thrilled to be joining the team in bringing the authentic score to life with the wonderful works of local Seattlle artists.
SOLEIL COWAN-QUAN (she/her)
SERIES SOUND MIXER, BOOM OPERATOR (SEASON 1)
Soleil Cowan-Quan is a 17 year old sound designer and technician. She's worked with Lesser Known Players and the Bainbridge High School Theater Program. Her hobbies are writing, making, & overthinking.
HETERO CREW (SEASON 1)
DAISY SCHREIBER (she/her)
Daisy Schreiber is very enthusiastic, perpetually worried, and splits time between 14/48:HS and TeenTix, both of which she loves very much. ‘Good art’ is anything that makes you feel less alone.
ELLA PARK (she/her)
Ella Park is an 18 year old writer and amateur pianist. Previously she has been seen working in Seattle with Teen Tix, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), High School 14:48, and 5th Avenue Theatre.
SOFIA VALENTA (she/her)
Sofia Valenta is a 17 year old set designer and constructor. She attends Garfield High School where she also plays soccer and wrestles. She promises her jock status in no way impairs her theater capabilities.
ILAH WALKER (they/them)
Ilah Walker is a 18 year old who enjoys drawing, acting, and the arts community in general. She participates in the TeenTix New Guard, Henry Teen Art Collective, and other teen programs across Seattle.
MAKEUP & WARDROBE TEAM
Nia/Leo Fletcher is on the costuming team for production Hetero. They love expressing their creativity in different ways and are excited to be part of the crew. They can’t wait to share Hetero with others!
Ella is an 18 year old artist and musician. She attends Holy Names Academy and is involved in doing tech for their theatre department. She is pumped to be a part of the Herero art department and crew!
RENÉE ANDERSON (she/her)
MAKEUP & WARDROBE TEAM
Renee is currently a senior at Garfield High School and is excited to work on her first filmed production with the Hetero team. She on the costume and makeup design for Hetero.
Samara is a Seattle born singer/songwriter. She's so excited to be a part of the Third Charm Films team to deliver an authentic, powerful experience that the world truly needs. She's very excited for this project!
HETERO CREW (SEASON 2)
BAYLEY BOECKER (they/them)
ART & LIGHT DIRECTOR
Bayley Boecker is a queer, non-binary filmmaker who feels most creative and engaged while on set. Their first short, "Amanda," paints a portrait of their friend's journey with gender identity, and their newest project, titled "Action Potential," is about Bipolar II Disorder. They couldn't be more excited to work with a team of young, brilliant creatives.
RACHEL NEWKIRK (she/her)
LOCATIONS & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Rachel Malia Newkirk loves cooking, writing letters, reading, Letterboxd, and learning as she goes. Rachel has marketed for film festivals around the country, was recently published for her video essay "Muscular Nationalism, the Female Body, and Sports in India," and is currently finishing up a project with her partner titled "Action Potential." She is looking forward to growing, laughing, and eating alongside such a talented cohort of young queer cuties!
EVDOKIYA MAZHURINA (she/her)
Born in St-Petersburg, Russia, Evdokiya grew up in Montreal, Canada. After being accepted into a high school film program, she moved to Toronto and chose a career in cinema. Evdokiya studies film at X University, concentrating on directing, editing and production design. She is fascinated by the power of cinema & video games in modern society and enjoys films that challenge her understanding of the medium (although Soviet Cinema holds a special place in her heart).
LAURA PROWS (she/her)
My name is Laura and I am the boom operator for season 2 of Hetero! I’m 20 years old and grew up in Kirkland, WA, I’m currently studying political science at Western Washington University. In my free time you can find me going for long drives or playing some videos games! I’m so excited to get to work on Hetero and can’t wait to bring this story to life!
XANDRA YUGTO (she/her)
Xandra Yugto is a queer Filipina storyteller who hopes to empower underrepresented voices & to share her Reality with the world. Her passion lies within the arts, especially film & music. She would love to contribute to many meaningful stories that people will remember for years in the future.
KAILA JOHNSON (she/her)
Kaila Johnson is a creative writing student at the University of British Columbia. Her interest in film production developed from watching Wong Fu Productions and other creatives on YouTube. In her free time, she enjoys watching reality tv shows, buying another book she will take forever to read, and spending time with her dog Molly.