Parvesh Cheena

Parvesh Cheena

Pradeep

Parvesh Cheena stars as Pradeep on the new Global comedy “Connecting.”
Cheena is also in the cast of season two of “Family Style,” which airs on Stage13.com, YouTube and Facebook. He will next be seen in “Music,” produced by Sia, opposite Kate Hudson and Maddie Ziegler.
Cheena is best known for his roles as Gupta on the series “Outsourced” and Sunil on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” He has voiced many characters on animated series, including Disney Junior’s “T.O.T.S”, Disney’s “The Owl House” and “Transformers: Rescue Bots.”

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Ely Henry

Ely Henry

Rufus

Ely Henry plays Rufus on the new Global comedy “Connecting.”
Henry, who has been a professional actor since 2003, started his career in Toronto working on films such as “Cheaper By the Dozen 2” and “Mean Girls” as well as TV shows and specials, including “Skins” and “I, Martin Short, Goes Home.”
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, he has had recurring roles on “Suburgatory” and “Twisted,” and guest-starring roles on “The Middle,” “Good Luck Charlie” and “Superstore.”
Henry had leading roles in the superhero comedy film “Zeroes” and the indie drama “Some Freaks” from executive producer Neil LaBute. He also had a leading role in the animated film “Smallfoot” with LeBron James, Channing Tatum, Gina Rodriguez and Danny DeVito.
Henry also had a recurring role on Showtime’s “Roadies,” created by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe and executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

Jill Knox

Jill Knox

Michelle

Jill Knox plays Michelle on the new NBC comedy “Connecting.”
Knox, who earned an Master of Fine Arts in acting from Brown University, is an acclaimed actress, artist and activist. Through her line the Young Rebel’s Studio she has built an acclaimed brand focused on activism and action.

She most recently teamed up with “Superstore” actor Ben Feldman to raise money for charities benefiting Black lives, including Black Lives Matter, Fair Fight and the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Together they sold 80 pairs of children’s shoes that Knox hand-painted.
Knox most recently starred in “Keith Broke His Leg” and won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the Indie Series Awards.

Preacher Lawson

Preacher Lawson

Ben

Preacher Lawson plays Ben on the new NBC comedy “Connecting.”
Lawson was born In Portland, Ore., but raised for most of his adolescence in Memphis. He moved 20 times before the age of 10, but considers Orlando, Fla., his most important stop because that’s where he grew as a comedian.
Lawson is best known for his appearance on the 2017 season of NBC’s hit series “America’s Got Talent” where he made it to the final rounds. Based off his stellar performance, he was invited to compete two years later on both “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” and “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions” where he advanced to the finale.
Lawson was the host of the Facebook Watch series “World’s Most Amazing Dogs” in 2019 with George Lopez and Lisa Vanderpump and has built a following on YouTube of more than 500,000 subscribers.
He just shot his first stand-up special last year, which premiered on BET +, and continues to perform at sold-out venues around the country.

Otmara Marrero

Otmara Marrero

Annie

Otmara Marrero plays Annie on the new NBC comedy “Connecting.”
A versatile actress on the rise, Marrero was recently seen in the critically acclaimed film “Clementine,” which earned her a Breakthrough Performance Award from the Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival.
Marrero was born and raised in Miami and began dancing as a young child, making her first stage appearance in a ballet at 3 years old. She continued her development in the rhythmic arts for the next 16 years before turning her attention to acting.
Additional film credits include “Off the Rails,” where she won best actress from the Liverpool International Film Festival, “Vandal,” “Miss Arizona” and “My Daughter’s Dilemma.”
Marrero made her series regular debut in Sony Crackle’s “Start Up,” opposite Adam Brody and Martin Freeman, which ran for three seasons. Additional TV credits include “Instant Gratification,” “Graceland” and “Ballers.”

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack

Ellis

Shakina Nayfack stars as Ellis on the new NBC comedy “Connecting.”
Nayfack served as a producer, co-writer and co-lyricist on Amazon’s “Transparent” musical finale, in which she also co-starred. She has a pilot in development with Michael Strahan’s company SMAC and is currently developing a film with Lifetime.
She played Lola on the Hulu comedy series “Difficult People” and is the founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory, where she has supported the development of more than 100 new musicals, including an autobiographical rock musical about her gender confirmation, “Manifest Pussy.”
Nayfack is a proud recipient of a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women, the Theatre Resources Unlimited Humanitarian Award, the Drama League Directors Project Musical Directing Fellowship and Beatrice Terry Fellowship for women playwright/directors.
Shakina is a third generation Butoh artist trained beneath Diego Piñón, founder of Body Ritual Movement. She is also co-writing a rock opera entitled “Junk” with the Swedish rock band Brainpool and has blogged for Playbill and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.
She is currently developing a rockumentary about Manifest Pussy, and a new play titled “Chonburri International Hotel & Butterfly Club,” which is currently being developed with Williamstown Theatre Festival.