‘The Bottoming Process’
George Salazar (Milo) is best known for his work on Broadway as “Michael” in the cult sensation Be More Chill, a role for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award, two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, and garnered nominations for both Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. His act two number, “Michael in the Bathroom,” has been streamed over 50 million times. His theater credits also include “Seymour,” opposite Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, in the critically-acclaimed 2019 Pasadena Playhouse production of Little Shop of Horrors; his Drama Desk-nominated performance as “Grover” and “Mr. D” in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical; “Michael” in the off-Broadway revival of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… BOOM!; David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s Here Lies Love; the Broadway revival of Godspell; and more. He has appeared on television as “George Conway” in American Crime Story: Impeachment and recurred as “Eric Sosa” on NBC’s Superstore for two seasons. George is also the voice of “Dad Hatter” in Disney Junior’s animated series, Alice’s Wonderland Bakery. Following the world premiere of The Bottoming Process, he’ll be heading down to La Jolla Playhouse to play civil rights attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta in the world premiere of Joe Iconis’s The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson Musical. Salazar is repped by Tigran Babadjanian and Mark Armstrong at Principal Entertainment and Carolyn Conrad and Jessica Kent at Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.
Rick Cosnett (John) recently wrapped on the upcoming Apple TV series Mrs. American Pie starring opposite Kristin Wiig, Laura Dern, Allison Janney and Carol Burnett, playing Sergeant Tom Sanka. He also plays Tom Collins in Paul Schrader’s new masterpiece Master Gardener to be released in theaters this summer. He just wrapped on the final season of CW’s The Flash, the home of his popular character Eddie Thawne. He is renowned for his characters Wes Maxfield on CW’s The Vampire Diaries, and Elias Harper on ABC’s Quantico. He was most recently on stage in Steve Hockey’s Sleeping Giant in Edinburgh. Other notable theater work includes 12 Angry Men as Juror Four, Richard in The Lion In Winter, Toddy Koovitz in Take Me Out, and Jack Lane in The Herbal Bed, among others. Cosnett is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Bob McGowan.
Anisha Adusumilli (Charlie) is a first-generation Indian-American from Toledo, Ohio. An artist from a young age, Anisha began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and graduated from the Trinity College of London Program. Continuing her creative expression through dancing and singing, Anisha inevitably discovered her love of acting at UCLA where she studied both business economics and theater. Now an actress-filmmaker, her recent TV credits include CBS’ NCIS, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s Magnum P.I., among others. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in First Date, her short film that screened at multiple festivals around the world. Anisha co-founded South Asian Happy Hour and South Asians In Entertainment. She believes in inclusive community building and loves vegan pizza
Julia Cho (Rosie) is one of the founding members and producing artistic leaders of Asian American theater collective Artists at Play. Through her work with AAP — which encompasses producing, acting and casting — she has helped develop and produce numerous works created by and featuring theaterartists of color in Los Angeles and throughout the country. Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Julia made her professional acting debut in the Bay Area premiere of An Alphabet, presented by the John Cage Trust Fund. She then starred in the Word for Word production of Amy Tan’s Immortal Heart at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. After an extended, award-winning run, the show toured domestically and in France. Since then, Julia has performed in and toured shows with East West Players, Will & Company, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and hereandnow, as well as performing in readings for The Blank Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, Pasadena Playhouse, Center Theatre Group and Boise Contemporary Theatre — where she first met playwright Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters to workshop her play Half of Chopsticks. Julia was then invited to direct two other new works by Walters as part of the LAUNCH PAD program and the Amplify Reading Series at UC Santa Barbara. Julia is probably best known for playing “Charlotte Lu” in the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Other credits include films like Larry Crowne (starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts), the web series Jeff and Ravi Fail History which screened at SXSW, and recurring roles on TV shows such as Scandal, Goliath and This Is Us. You can also hear Julia’s voice English-dubbing various characters in Korean content, including films like Seoul Vibe (Netflix) and Grid (Disney+).
Ty Molbak (Other People) grew up in New Orleans, LA and on Whidbey Island, WA. He most recently starred in the BAFTA award winning live-action video game, Immortality, from director Sam Barlow. Off Broadway: The Sabbath Girl (59E59). Other theater credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Gordon Greenberg, Geffen Playhouse), Richard II & Henry IV Pt. I (Bill Buckhurst, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Constellations (Nicholas Polonio, Blue Collaborative). Film credits include: Babylon (Damien Chazelle), Next Exit (Mali Elfman; TriBeca Film Festival Selection 2022) and MastsWer (Mariama Diallo, Amazon Studios; Sundance & SXSW Selection 2022). TV credits include: PBC (Cinemand) and Katy Keene (The CW). Before theater, Ty studied ballet pre-professionally and danced leading roles with New Orleans Ballet Theater and South Bay Ballet. Ty attended Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television for directing before earning his BFA in acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Nicholas Pilapil (Playwright) is a Filipino American playwright. In addition to The Bottoming Process, his plays include if all that You take from this is courage, then I’ve no regrets (winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival), and God Will Do The Rest (Geffen Playhouse The Writers’ Room). His plays have also been developed with Victory Gardens, Playwrights Foundation, The Workshop Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, The Fountain Theatre, Theatre Rhinoceros, and Becky and Baldwin, among others. Nicholas’ collection of monologues, Other Monologues, is the winner of The Astringent Award and published by Astringent Press, and more of his work is published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. Nicholas is a member of the Los Angeles Asian American theatre collective Artists at Play, and an alum of The Writers’ Room at the Geffen Playhouse, IAMA Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights Lab, The Vagrancy Playwrights Group, and artEquity.
Rodney To (Director) is an actor, director and professor originally from Chicago, IL. As an actor, Rodney will be recurring in the upcoming Netflix action series The Brothers Sun, starring Michelle Yeoh. He recently co-starred in the feature film Easter Sunday for Universal/Amblin. He’s appeared in many television shows and most notably recurred on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Good Girls, HBO’s Barry, FOX’s Rosewood, and all four seasons of Wilfred on FX. He has worked with theaters across the country including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, Ojai Playwrights Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, Northlight, CTG, South Coast Rep, Hartford Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, East West Players and Ma-Yi among others. Awards include an LA Ovation Award for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them with Artists at Play; Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination for The Romance of Magno Rubio; and winner of the NY International Fringe Festival for the show he co-penned, Sides… The Fear Is Real. Rodney is a professor at USC in the School of Dramatic Arts and was awarded the 2022 Bill White Faculty Recognition Award. Rodney was inducted into Chicago’s Filipino-American Hall of Fame for his work.