Melora Hardin currently stars as Jacqueline Carlyle on the hit Freeform series The Bold Type. She also directed an episode in season four and was nominated for Best Directing for the 22nd Annual Women Image Awards. Hardin was featured on Amazon’s Transparent in her Emmy nominated role as Tammy Cashman, on ABC’s A Million Little Things, and is recognized worldwide as Jan Levinson from NBC’s The Office. She recently starred in the first one-woman movie ever, Golden Vanity, and can be seen in the feature films Caged and Cruel Hearts. Her extensive big-screen credits include 17 Again, Hannah Montana: The Movie, 27 Dresses, The Hot Chick, Absolute Power, and You, which she also directed. Hardin has been a professional actor since she was six years old and has guest starred on TV favorites such as Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Friends, Gilmore Girls, Monk, The Blacklist, Falling Skies, and Scandal. She will direct two episodes in the fifth and final season of The Bold Type and is currently wrapping up a four-part documentary series.
Kevin Kwan is the author of the internationally bestselling novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems. The film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians was Hollywood’s highest-grossing romantic comedy in a decade. In 2018, Kwan was inducted into the Asian Hall of Fame and listed as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine. His most recent novel, Sex and Vanity, was published in June 2020 and named a New and Noteworthy book by The New York Times.
Doretta Lau is the author of the short story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, which was shortlisted for the City of Vancouver Book Award, longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and named by The Atlantic as one of the best books of 2014. Her nonfiction work has been published in Artforum International, South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal Asia, ArtReview, and LEAP, and her fiction has appeared in Day One, Event, Grain Magazine, Prairie Fire, PRISM International, Ricepaper, Room, sub-TERRAIN, and Zen Monster, among other publications. Her first novel and essay collection are forthcoming. Lau is a cofounder of the Start to Finish Agency.
Annie Q. began her professional acting career on the stage, playing the title role in Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child at the Signature Theatre. She is best known for her role as Christine in HBO’s The Leftovers and as Sophie Hicks in Netflix’s Alex Strangelove. Her recent work includes the back-to-school installment of Hulu’s Into the Dark, where she starred as Blumhouse’s first Asian-American lead. Annie grew up between Beijing and New York City and studied at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She is fluent in Mandarin and English and a graduate of NYU Stern & Tisch. Upcoming projects include The Prince of SoHo.
Michael Urie starred in the Off-Broadway one-man show Buyer & Cellar, for which he received the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, LA Theatre Critics, and the Clarence Derwent Awards, and in The Temperamentals, for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. Additional stage credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Angels in America, Torch Song, and most recently, Grand Horizons. On screen, he played Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, and has appeared on Modern Family, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Workaholics, The Good Fight, Younger, and Almost Family. Urie co-directed the documentary Thank You for Judging, directed the film He’s Way More Famous Than You and the Web series What’s Your Emergency, and served as the co-host of Cocktails & Classics on Logo TV. Urie will be seen in the forthcoming film Swan Song and the Web series Ms. Guidance.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an English writer, known for novels such as Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Orlando. She was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group, and one of the central figures of the modernist movement during the twentieth century.