The Cast

Ajna Jai (Penny Patterson)

Ajna Jai is a professional actress raised in Texas and based in New York, currently working in television, short films, and theatre. You can also find her managing her family's restaurant - Pondicheri in the Flatiron District.

Austin Cauldwell (Steve Striker / Fantastic Man)

Most recently, Austin Cauldwell returned to The New Group to play opposite Edie Falco in Sharr White’s The True, where he had previously starred in Thomas Bradshaw's play Intimacy. Film/TV includes: “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS), The Rachels (Lifetime), “Rhinebrook", "One Bad Choice" (MTV), and most notably as Josh Padden on Freeform’s “Switched at Birth”. He also starred in the 6-part VR series Invisible from director Doug Liman. Austin studied drama at Vassar College where he was a member of Woodshed Theater Ensemble. 

Bryan Burton (Calvin Callaway)

Bryan Burton is a New York City-based actor and director originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, with now over fifteen years of experience in TV, film, theatre, commercials, voiceover, cat sitting, sketch comedy and comedy improv. After graduating from a performing arts high school, he continued his training & education at UNC Chapel Hill, in addition to other programs at the American Theatre Wing, ACTeen in NYC, and UNC School of the Arts. Recently, he played the starring lead in Sundance Film Festival-alum Kenny Riches’ third feature film, A Name Without a Place, opposite Elizabeth McGovern, Chris Parnell, Charlotte Best, and Patrick Fugit.  

Some of his favorite credits include his recurring role on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning limited series The Night Of opposite John Turturro, as well as his series regular in Adult Swim’s live action comedy series Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter opposite Jon Glaser, Scott Adsit, Steve Little, Stephanie March, Damian Young, Jayne Houdyshell, and Reg E. Cathy. He’s also worked opposite George Clooney and Jack O’Connell in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, Ben Kingsley in Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive, Logan Lerman in James Schamus’ Indignation, Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, and more. A total improv comedy nerd, he’s grateful to have worked alongside such legends of comedy as Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, the recent casts of SNL and more, on a variety of projects: from episodic viral-content, to national network commercial campaigns.

Juliet Brett (Greta)

Juliet Brett will next be seen in FX's Fosse/Verdon, playing opposite Sam Rockwell Michelle Williams as their on screen daughter, Nicole Fosse. She made her New York acting debut opposite Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Amy Madigan, and Glenne Headly in Beth Henley's The Jacksonian on stage at The New Group. She has appeared in Amazon's Red Oaks as the recurring character Tabitha, as well as in episodes of Law and Order: SVU, CSI:NY, and Deadbeat. Juliet has also had the pleasure of working with Tina Fey in the film Admission, in Noah Baumbachs Mistress America, JC Chandor's A Most Violent Year, and in the short films Little Hope and Summer. On the web, Juliet plays Amy in Redheads Anonymous. Juliet has also been seen on the New York stage at the Roundabout Theater in Meghan Kennedy's Napoli, Brooklyn, What I Did Last Summer (Signature Theater), and Desire (59e59).

Manny Ureña (Cop)

Manny Ureña is an actor of Dominican descent, born and raised in Corona, Queens. He fell in love with the creative process while studying acting at the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York City. Notable credits include De Novo (Next Door at NYTW), The Punisher (Netflix), See You Yesterday (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS) and a supporting role in the upcoming indie feature Barrio Boy



Valerie Woo (Fantastic Man Fan #1)

Valerie Woo is so excited to be a part of this production! Growing up a dancer, she has performed on a variety of dance and theatre productions and is thrilled to be on screen! She is currently studying Philosophy at NYU and would love to thank everyone for this opportunity.

Emma Samant (Fantastic Man Fan #2)

Emma Samant is so excited to be able to be a part of The Adventures of Penny Patterson. She has acted in many theater productions, but this is her first time on screen! She is from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and is currently an undergraduate studying Media, Culture and Communications at NYU. She wants to thank everyone who has worked on the production and helped to make this amazing film happen!