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Breakthrough Panel Discussion

Saturday, December 1 / 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

SIMONE MISSICK from Marvel’s "Luke Cage” 

MARIA GOVAN  from Marvel’s "Rain”, "Play The Devil Back To Hell"

JASON ELWOOD HANNA  Stuntman "Black Panther” 

Learn the business from An Actor, Director and Stuntman 


San Salvador, Baha Mar Convention Center

Open To Public - $20.00 


Simone Missick is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest leading actresses.  She made history for her powerful and extraordinary portrayal in Marvel’s "Luke Cage” for Netflix, as TV’s first black female superhero, “Misty Knight.”  She has been touted as the show’s “breakout star” and was featured as one of People Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” prior to the first season premiere. She portrays this impactful character in the various other Netflix/Marvel shows “The Defenders” and “Iron Fist."


Recently, Simone filmed the lead in an independent film “Jinn” directed by Nijla Mumin which will be premiering at this year’s SXSW Festival.  The film tells the deeply intimate and timely story of a woman that converts to Islam and how this affects her family dynamic.  After this, Simone spent the Spring of 2017 getting back to her theater roots in Center Theatre Group’s “Citizen: An American Lyric.”   Based on a book of poetry by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs, and directed by Shirley Jo Finney, “Citizen” fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image in a provocative stage adaptation.


Simone’s other television appearances include, ABC’s political thriller “Scandal”, Fox’s “Wayward Pines" and Showtime’s criminal drama “Ray Donovan.”  She also starred in the comedy short “Voicemail", which she was nominated for the Best Actor award at the NBC Universal Shorts Festival.  On the stage, Simone starred as “Sweet Tea” in "The Road  Weeps, the  Well  Runs  Dry” at the LA Theatre Center, which earned her an NAACP Theater Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2014.


Born and raised in Detroit, Simone knew she wanted to be an entertainer at the young age of 7 years old.  Both an athlete and a musician, Simone was captain of her varsity basketball team, ran track and field, and was concert mistress of her high school orchestra.  The latter would allow her to travel Europe, performing with a youth orchestra. Influenced by actors like Phylicia Rashad, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington, Simone felt drawn to acting and went on to study acting at Howard University and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, taking master classes with legends like Ben Kingsley, Alan Rickman and Jane Lapotaire.  A firm believer in her faith and the blessings that life presents to her, Simone was walking around a studio lot which led to a chance run-in with the creator of Luke Cage (Cheo Hodari Coker).  Five months later, she was called in to audition for the role of “Missy.”  Not only did she book the role, but she soon realized it was for the iconic super heroine “Misty Knight.” Simone was astounded when she got the call, but the producers told her they knew she was Misty from the moment they saw her tape. 


Simone currently resides in both Los Angeles and New York with her husband, actor Dorian Missick, and their 4 year old poodle mix, Charlie.  She enjoys healthy cooking, watching HGTV, golf and throwing girls night parties with her friends.


A self taught film maker from Nassau in the Bahamas, Maria left college at the age of eighteen to spend four years in Los Angeles working in production with directors such as Garry Marshall, before returning home to make small guerilla-style local documentaries of her own.  A decade of hands on work built the foundation of her craft.  


In 2006 she wrote the screenplay Rain and within her local community raised the necessary funds to make her first narrative feature film.  Rain was shot in the Bahamas and in 2008 premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Having won numerous awards internationally, Rain, was licensed to Showtime Networks, distributed by Image Entertainment, and made available in stores such as Walmart and Target across North America.


Maria’s second feature Play the Devil was one of three films to be awarded a significant grant from Creative TT and was shot entirely in Trinidad in the spring of 2015.  The film was selected for the Caribbean spotlight at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, and also for Primera Mirada at IFFP (Panama).  Play the Devil premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2016 and is currently on the festival circuit with numerous awards to celebrate.


In February of 2018, when Ava Duvernay hired her to direct an episode of Queen Sugar, a new chapter began in Maria’s career. Govan returned from that experience with positive feedback from the actors, who “loved” working with her. Episode four of season three, will air on OWN on June 20th, 2018.  


In the meantime, Govan is currently pursuing further directing jobs in television, while also developing two television series and her next feature film project.


 Jason Elwood Hanna was born and raised on the Island of New Providence in The Bahamas. He attended Claridge Primary, St. Anne's High School and the College of the Bahamas. He began his training at the age of 14 in different Martial Arts and gymnastics which lead to stunt training throughout his teenage life and at the age of 20 sought out a career in stunt work and film making . This eventually lead to performances in Vancouver B.C. and the creation of a small Nassau training group he co-founded with friends called "Zanshin Stunts". With 10 years experience in acting and stunts, he eventually got the oppurtunity to join the Screen Actors Guild while living in L.A. and is now known for his stunt work in Black Panther, Luke Cage and the upcoming TV series Watchmen as the main double for actor Yahya Abdul Manteen. After years of work on smaller independent projects and moving steadily into TV and feature films he aspires to contribute financial and creative changes to independent projects throughout The Bahamas and The Caribbean. 



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