Meet The Team
Founder & CEO
Larry Ray is a Singer, Actor, Producer and Pod Cast Host of Sure, Why Not? He has performed various roles in Musical Theatre and Opera across the United States. Larry has been an assistant producer for National Geographic, MTV and Huff Productions. In front of the Camera he has been featured on the Discovery Channel and Comedy Central.
Photographer, Videographer & Website Designer
Elizabeth earned her MFA in Photography from Ohio University. She was a photography intern at SNL and has had her work shown in galleries throughout the US. She currently lives outside of Philadelphia and is the Creative Manager for Measure Right Windows & Doors, Inc.
Writer, Director & Performer
Sean Michael O'Hagan
As an actor Sean has performed in New York, L.A., London, Amsterdam and all over Belgium. He’s written sketches, shorts and is currently working on a full length play called THE LAST DONUT OF THE NIGHT. Directing credits include WILL OF MAN, MASTERCLASS, and the immersive theater piece IN VINO VERITAS (performed at a winery).
Writer, Director & Performr
A Boston native and recent graduate of the musical theatre program at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Nina has had the opportunity to hone her writing skills through short plays in high school and college and the sketch program at Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. In college, she also had the opportunity to work alongside mainstage directors and choreographers as well as working on small directing projects of her own.
Videographer & Performer
Originally from Fargo, ND, Drew is a graduate of the musical theatre program at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has a background in shooting, promotional videos for social media, commercials, short films and documentaries.
Writer, Musician & Performer
Gabe Ford Dunker
A North Dakota native,Gabe received his BFA from Ball State University in Musical Theater. Whether it be building a new musical for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, composing original music, or writing sketches for The Larry Ray Show, Gabe gets his thrill from developing new material. You can find Gabe’s original music and covers at soundcloud.com/forddunker or on YouTube.
Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Photographer & Photo Editor
Jesse "Zero" Paulino
Born and raised in the Bronx he is a graduate of the Art Institute with a focus in web and media design. Zero identified at a very early age that he was gifted with talent and has since become a creative force. In 2017 he became Creative Director for LaLecheDelArte.com where he utilized his gift to work for a plethora of projects in the community. Whether designing a website, brochure, or simply editing photos, he seeks to enlighten others with his craft., Zero has a passion for going above and beyond, delivering unique products. Zero dreams of collaborating with other creatives around the world to continue to develop truly inspiring art work.
Baily Renee Fritz
A native of Leo, Indiana, she is a graduate of Ball State University, where she obtained degrees in Directing and Theatre Education. She enjoys directing, film shorts, live performance pieces, plays and musicals. Her most recent credits include Bully (Ball State University), One for the Road (NALPA), and Matterhorn (The Producers Club).
Performer & Writer
Austin Ryan Backus
Originally from Delaware, Ohio, Austin is a graduate of Pace University with a BFA in Acting. He has a background in sketch writing, film shorts and plays. As a performer he has worked in film, plays and musical theater. He is also the writer and star of an original web-series that will be launched this summer.
Stage Manager & Producer
Jamie Rose Bukowski
A native of Connecticut she is a graduate of Pace University School of Performing Arts where she earned a B.A. in Stage Management. Some credits include: US TOUR: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Live On Stage(PSM), Rockin' Road to Dublin (ASM) NYC: Pound (Theatre Row,) Otello and Macbeth (LoftOpera), DISENCHANTED! (Theatre at St. Clement's), The Hot L Baltimore (T Schreiber Studio), Obie Awards, 2015/2016.
Actor, Writer & Director
Christof Augustin is thrilled to be joining the Larry Ray show as a writer and actor! Originally from Minnesota, Christof grew up loving theatre and film and went on to get his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He also has a strong passion for collaborating and creating new work, which is what drew him to this amazing project. He would like to thank Larry Ray for all his love and positive energy, his mother Amy for her constant support and for being his biggest fan, and Little Debbie for making the tastiest dang snack cake in the whole word, the Oatmeal Creme Pie. Make sure to follow him on Instagram: @oatmeal_creme_pie!
Actor, Writer & Director
Austin Ryan Backus
Austin is a New York based Actor, Writer, and sketch comedian. He was born and raised in a small town in central Ohio. Despite moving out of Ohio seven years ago, he still can’t seem to shake using phrases like “ope” and “lemme squeeze right past ya” regularly. Once moving to the city, Austin attended Pace University where he earned his BFA in Acting. Some of Austin’s recent credits include: Various Sketch Comedy shows across NYC, Black Stache in “Peter and The Starcatcher”, and Berowne in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. If you need Austin, you can probably find him sitting in his very comfortable faux leather recliner.
Actor & Writer
Thank you for attending the show this evening! Reagan is an actor and writer hailing from the southwest burbs of Chicago. He grew up playing baseball and performing in musical theatre, the latter being his career path that has led him to NY and crossing paths with the one and only Larry Ray! He and Larry have a podcast together titled "Sure, Why Not" where no topic of conversation is off limits. You can find it anywhere podcasts can be found. Enjoy the show, and thank you again for supporting us!
Sarah Villarin is currently working as a commercial casting director and occasional web designer. As a former dancer and actress, she loves being able to help awesome people like Larry Ray and everyone at Acting Up Entertainment have their spotlight online ( on this website!).