Meet the Team

Kathleen Wallace, Creator/Writer/Executive Producer/Actor (Darcy)

Kathleen is a busy lady who is eternally grateful for your interest in Settling Up. When she is not creating/writing/producing/acting in Settling Up, she is a writer/actor/producer/cheerleader for Amios Theater Company and an Artistic Associate of Barefoot Theater Company, and she teaches fitness for Equinox and coaches public speaking. She is also the founder and Chief Cape Advocate of Be A Superhero Day, a day of public service. Kathleen holds degrees from Yale University and the National Theater Conservatory and certificates from a couple schools in Germany. This winter she will appear as Amanda in Noel Coward’s Private Lives at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.




Denise Barbarita, Sound Mixer “Sleeping Sideways”

Denise Barbarita, works on album projects, scores, and audio post production for Film/TV.
She has worked with artists of all stripes, from hip hop to classical, to punk. 
For a more detailed bio please visit her official website,

Claude Bauschinger, DP

Claude is an awesome DP who does stuff like be the only guy to work the steadycam for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.

Lauren Berst, Actor (Alex)

Lauren Berst: Actor and voiceover artist living in New York. A member of Amios Theatre Company, Berst has performed in their original short and long form plays for 5 seasons. Also a member of Fight or Flight a trapeze theater company. Other NY credits: St. Crispin's Day - Rattlestick, Down the Road - Carbin Lane Productions, Sacred Water - Rag and Bone Theater Company. Co-Creator/Co-Director/Co-Producer of the Ultimate WingWoman Challenge with Amy Kersten. Berst is a seasoned voiceover artist who can be heard on commercials, promos and narrations for Humira, Cheerios, Dell, Verizon, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, A&E and Investigation Discovery. BFA from the University of Evansville. MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. or @lulubklyn

Franny Civitano, Actor (Dara)

Franny Civitano is the Program Director and frequent actor, director and producer for Amios' monthly new short play festival, Shotz. New York:Shotz (Amios), ShakesBEER (NY Shakespeare Exchange), Take Me Home (Incubator Arts Project), A Midsummer Night's Dream (In Extremis Theater Company),Featuring Loretta (Occam Rep). Regional: Sign Stage on Tour, Triad Stage, NC Shakespeare Festival, B Street Theater, NC Theater for Young People. TV/Film: One Tree Hill, many independent films. Education: BFA form the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Mateo Ervin, Boom Operator/Actor (Cater Waiter)

Mateo is an actor who has a budding interest in all aspects of the film universe. He loves playing all manner of kooky characters, but enjoys immersing himself in any type of role. His hobbies include dancing in very high heels, eating, and trying to find a way to pass time between meals.

Amy Kersten, Producer/Co-Director

Amy is actor, writer, and producer.   She created the award winning web series HOT MESS, now in it's third season.  Amy is also a Senior Producer, Writer, and Actor for Lady Parts Justice created by Lizz Winstead (Co-Creator of The Daily Show).  Amy is also passionate about theater. After working as an assistant producer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2007,  she produced the first collected evening of short works by Liz Meriwether (Fox's New Girl).  Amy attended the National Theater Conservatory MFA Acting program. She has produced numerous videos and short films, specializing in femme-centric comedy and social action. Amy is also an improvisor at the Upright Citizen's Brigade, and part of the Shelter Island Sylvester Manor Shakespeare ensemble. She is also currently in development for the new series  Tutor Pimps with collaborator Hilary Edson Polk (General Hospital & Another World).

Kenneth Kotowski, DP

Kenneth Kotowski is an Air Force veteran, who studied filmmaking in college, and received his MFA in Media Production / Cinematography from CUNY’s The City College of New York. He has been shooting and lighting for over 13 years. Ken has DP’d several features, countless short films, music videos and commercials. In addition to shooting Kenneth is currently teaching filmmaking at his alma mater, William Paterson University of NJ, and working part time as a Lighting Director / Video Op at MSNBC.

Website, IMDBCreative District Profile, Cast & Crew Call Profile

Becca Mclarty, Actor (Brianna)

Becca L. McLarty is thrilled to work with the amazing cast and crew of Settling Up. She holds her MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and was recently seen as Julie in Yvette and the Wild Shame with Columbia Stages. She also regularly improvises with the troupes Broadway's Next Hit Musical and Weird Feelings. Other favorite credits include: Viola in Twelfth Night and Mary Jane Hanrahan in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’

DC Scarpelli, Logo Design

DC Scarpelli is a designer and arts educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. His design and production clients have included the California Attorney General’s Office, Napa/Sonoma Magazine, the American Cancer Society, Catholic Healthcare West, UC Hastings School of Law, Chevron, Frito Lay, the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants. He regularly designs theater graphics for companies throughout the Bay Area. Additionally, he has created and edited several art books in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of AIGA and the Type Directors Club.

His background is in the theater, and in addition to doing theatrical publicity work, he is an award-winning actor, director and playwright (usually in collaboration with his husband, Peter Budinger). DC holds a B.F.A. in Computer Arts | New Media from the Academy of Art University and a prior B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale University.

DC is currently Design Lead on faculty at the School of Web Design + New Media at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

Liz Thaler, Director

Liz is an accomplished writer and director and was recently named an Artistic Associate of the Fresh Fruit Festival. Liz has her masters from LAMDA and has directed and assistant directed both in London and across the US for institutions such as the Atlantic Theater Company in NYC. Liz also has her own theater company, In Extremis, and enjoyed a full production of her play The Peddler’s Tale this past summer in NYC.

Melissa Wolff, Actor (Diana)

Melissa is an actress and voiceover artist and also works as a writer, marketer, producer and project manager. She has appeared in numerous productions in New York City and The Berkshires and has performed in regional theaters and in the Edinburgh; Washington, DC; and New York fringe festivals. She has also recorded voiceovers for television, radio and film. Melissa is a graduate of Yale University and co-chairs the NYC Chapter of Yale in Hollywood.

Lana Yang, Sound Goddess

Lana is an awesome human being whose talents and experience will knock your socks off. 

Justin Yorio, Actor (Alex’s Date)

Justin is co-Artistic Director of Amios Theater Company for whom he also writes, acts, and directs. He is a graduate of both Cornell University and the National Theater Conservatory. He has been known to rock a poker table or two in his time.