Rise Cast

Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez

as Tracey Wolfe

Last year, Rumierk starred in the independent film "11:55," opposite John Leguizamo, as well as David Frankel's "Collateral Beauty," starring Will Smith. She recently completed guest-starring roles on "Blue Bloods" and "Power."

Rumierk is a proud board member of the 52nd Street Project in New York City, which teaches kids in Hell's Kitchen the importance of theater and arts education while working alongside professional working actors. As a child, she was a member of the program. She is also an alumna of Oliver Scholars, an organization that unlocks doors of opportunity for high-achieving black and Latino students in New York City by helping them gain admission to top independent high schools and universities in the country. 

Rumierk is a graduate of Harvard University.
Damon J. Gillespie

Damon J. Gillespie

as Robbie Thorne

Gillespie grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he performed at Chattanooga Theatre Center and attended the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts.

After high school, he was accepted on scholarship to Roosevelt University in Chicago to study musical theater. During his sophomore year, he joined the Broadway cast of "Newsies" and made the full-time move to New York.

Gillespie also appeared in the Broadway production of "Aladdin" and played Chino in Carnegie Hall's production of "West Side Story" as part of their 125th anniversary celebration.

Gillespie also appeared in Amy Schumer's critically acclaimed sketch "Girl, You Don't Need Makeup."

Auli'i Cravalho

Auli'i Cravalho

as Lilette Suarez

An actress and singer, Cravalho was only 14 years old when she was discovered and cast as the lead in Walt Disney Animation Studios' worldwide hit film, the Academy Award-nominated "Moana." Now 17, Cravalho has traveled the world in promotion of "Moana," and in what would be a career highlight for the most seasoned of performers, flawlessly sang the Oscar-nominated song "How Far I'll Go" live on the Academy Awards for an audience of hundreds of millions.

In May, Cravalho sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the annual National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.  

Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific islands before finding the gifted Cravalho. Having never acted or sung professionally before, she was discovered by a local casting agent in her home state of Hawaii. Cravalho was asked to audition for "Moana" after the agent saw a video of her singing for a local charity contest.

A senior at the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu, Cravalho grew up singing and dancing for family. When she's not in school or performing, she likes to spend time with friends and family - studying for her classes, hitting the beach and dancing hula.

Born in Kohala, Hawaii, Cravalho resides on the island of Oahu with her mother, Puanani.
Josh Radnor

Josh Radnor

as Lou Mazzuchelli

Radnor is best known for his leading role as Ted Mosby on CBS' groundbreaking and critically beloved series "How I Met Your Mother." Subsequently, he portrayed contract surgeon Jedediah Foster in the PBS Civil War drama "Mercy Street," from Executive Producers Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, David Zabel and Lisa Q. Wolfinger.

On the big screen, Radnor will next be seen in Theresa Bennett's dark romantic comedy "Social Animals," opposite Noël Wells and Aya Cash. This follows his starring role in Jill Soloway's "Afternoon Delight," alongside Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple, for which Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award after its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Behind the lens, Radnor has also made his mark as a director and writer. His most recent film, "Liberal Arts," for which he also served as a producer and co-starred alongside Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. His directorial debut, "Happythankyoumoreplease," starred Richard Jenkins, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan and Tony Hale. The film debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Favorite U.S. Drama.

On stage, Radnor most recently performed in the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's "The Babylon Line," directed by Terry Kinney. This successful run was followed by his debut as a playwright with "Sacred Valley," which premiered at the Mainstage of Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater earlier this year.

Additional stage credits include the Broadway production of Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Disgraced," which received a 2015 Tony Award nomination for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre Company's special one-night-only gala reading of "She Loves Me"; the Ovation Award-winning world premiere production of Jon Robin Baitz's "The Paris Letter"; and his leading role as the title character in Terry Johnson's Broadway stage adaptation of the 1967 film and 1963 novella, "The Graduate."

Radnor recently teamed up with good friend Ben Lee to form Radnor & Lee. The indie-folk duo released their debut self-titled album in November, which features a dynamically uplifting philosophical and spiritual element.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Radnor attended Kenyon College, where he won the Paul Newman Acting Trophy. He received his M.F.A. in acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Amy Forsyth

Amy Forsyth

as Gwen Strickland

Forsyth holds a supporting role alongside Steve Carell in the upcoming 2018 film "Beautiful Boy," in which she plays a teenage drug addict enlisted by Carell to help him find his missing son. 

Forsyth recently starred in Season 2 of Syfy's "Channel Zero" and is best known for her role as Ashley Fields alongside Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy on Hulu's "The Path." 

Her love for performing arts began with ballet at the local dance studio in Stouffville, Ontario, a small town northeast of Toronto. She later transitioned to musical theater, and following 10 years of performing, signed with an agent to explore film and television. She has enjoyed giving back to the community through organizations such as Free the Children, Out of the Cold and Coupla Guys and Gals.
Casey W. Johnson

Casey W. Johnson

as Gordy Mazzuchelli

Johnson, who began pursuing his television career at 18, can most recently be seen recurring as heartthrob '80s grunge boyfriend Billy Offal in the critically acclaimed Netflix series "GLOW."
Rarmian Newton

Rarmian Newton

as Maashous Evers

Newton was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. One of his first credits was starring in the TV miniseries "Nightmares & Dreamscapes." 

Newton has always loved musical theater, and he played the young Peter Allen opposite Hugh Jackman in the 2006 production of "The Boy from Oz" at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The following year, he was cast as Billy in "Billy Elliot the Musical" (Australia), and he and the other actors playing Billy won the award for best actor in a musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards. He also starred as Tumblebrutus in "Cats" with the Really Useful Group and appeared in the hugely successful Australian series "Dance Academy." 

In 2012, Newton won an international casting search for the lead role in the DreamWorks/RZO International Arena Tour of "How to Train Your Dragon," based on the DreamWorks feature film franchise. The show was a huge success and played to sold-out audiences around the world. 

Newton was also recently seen in the ABC drama series "The Family," opposite Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Liam James and Zach Gilford for Executive Producer Jenna Bans ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy"). 

He currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
Taylor Richardson

Taylor Richardson

as Kaitlin Mazzuchelli

Richardson will next be seen in the film "Slender Man," opposite Joey King, and in "18 to Party." Previous films include "The Super," opposite Patrick John Flueger and Val Kilmer, and "Easy Living," which premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. 

Richardson co-starred with AnnaSophia Robb and Famke Janssen in "Jack of the Red Hearts," a film in which Richardson portrayed Glory, a young girl with autism. Richardson also played Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain's daughter in J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year," and appeared in "Annie."   

On stage, Richardson starred in MCC Theater's "Smokefall," opposite Zachary Quinto and Robin Tunney. She made her Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of "Annie," in which she originated the role of Duffy and later took over the title role. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Nelle in the Irish Repertory Theatre's "A Christmas Memory" and Susan Waverly in Virginia Repertory Theatre's "Irving Berlin's White Christmas."

In Richardson's free time she enjoys singing, dancing, boxing, writing and playing the piano, guitar and ukulele.
Shirley Rumierk

Shirley Rumierk

as Vanessa Suarez

Last year, Rumierk starred in the independent film "11:55," opposite John Leguizamo, as well as David Frankel's "Collateral Beauty," starring Will Smith. She recently completed guest-starring roles on "Blue Bloods" and "Power."

Rumierk is a proud board member of the 52nd Street Project in New York City, which teaches kids in Hell's Kitchen the importance of theater and arts education while working alongside professional working actors. As a child, she was a member of the program. She is also an alumna of Oliver Scholars, an organization that unlocks doors of opportunity for high-achieving black and Latino students in New York City by helping them gain admission to top independent high schools and universities in the country. 

Rumierk is a graduate of Harvard University.
Ted Sutherland

Ted Sutherland

as Simon Saunders

Sutherland, a New York native, began his career on stage and quickly branched out to film and television. Most recently, he was seen on HBO's "The Deuce."  

Previously, Sutherland shared the screen with Kiernan Shipka in the TV movie "Fan Girl." Sutherland's additional television credits include guest appearances on "Madam Secretary," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Eye Candy." 

On the big screen, Sutherland played the title role in the independent film "Dovid Meyer." He was also directed by John Turturro in the independent feature "Fading Gigolo," in which Sutherland shared the screen with Woody Allen and Liev Schreiber. The film won both the Audience Award and the Best Feature Award at the Miami International Film Festival. 

A seasoned theater actor as well, Sutherland appeared on the New York stage in "Lost in the Stars" and "Fanny" at Encores!, and the New York International Fringe Festival's "Halfway, Nebraska."
Joe Tippett

Joe Tippett

as Coach Doug Strickland

Tippett recently returned to the role of Earl in the hit Broadway musical "Waitress," which he originated at ART in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Off-Broadway, Tippett co-starred with Abigail Breslin in Erica Schmidt's "All the Fine Boys" for The New Group. Other Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of Nicky Silver's "This Day Forward" at the Vineyard Theatre, and back-to-back critically acclaimed plays at Playwrights Horizons, "Indian Summer" (written by Gregory Moss) and "Familiar" (written by Danai Gurira). 

On Broadway, Tippett was last seen opposite Julie White in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's commission of the Lisa D'Amour play "Airline Highway" for Manhattan Theatre Club. Other New York theater credits include "Ashville," "Seven Minutes in Heaven," "Happy Birthday" and "A Thick Description of Harry Smith." Regional productions include the world premiere of "Familiar," "Waitress," "Bull Durham: The Musical," "The May Queen," "Picnic," "Three Sisters," "The Corn Is Green," "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "Equus."

On television, Tippett has guest-starred on "Chicago Justice," "Bull," "The Blacklist" and "Boardwalk Empire." His film credits include "License Plates," "Damascus Road," "All Saint's Day" and the upcoming "Monsters and Men," which will premiere at Sundance in 2018.
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