Meet the Crew

Carl Conway Maguire – Writer/Director

CARL_828_FILMCarl was born in Kentucky and raised in Alabama. He doesn’t have an accent anymore but maintains a certain Southern sensibility in his attitude toward work and art. A storyteller since childhood, Carl felt a pull into the world of theatre and film and, in college, began to study acting, writing, directing, and stagecraft. After graduating from the University of Montevallo, he moved to New York City. Most recently, he directed Old Timers, PrashNYC’s submission to Flux Fest, earlier this year, which one reviewer called “a perfect short.” He is extremely thankful for the team of artists who have been working since last year to bring Sluggo The Skullcrusher to life. Carl draws inspiration from Greek myth, ancient Egypt, pop music, and the subway advertisements for the Freelancer’s Union.

Ryan Garretson – Director Of Photography

RYAN_828_FILMA Buffalo-native and die-hard Back to the Future fan, Ryan Garretson has been a practicing filmmaker since the age of thirteen.  He holds a BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in Media Studies and Filmmaking from The New School in NYC.  He has written and directed five short films, been the director of photography on several other shorts, sketches, and documentary projects, and edited one feature film, all in less than the past four years.  As a cinematographer, Ryan is ready to step into the ring and rise to the unique and exciting challenges presented by Sluggo the Skullcrusher.

Michael Sui – Costume Designer

MICHAEL_SUI_BWOriginally from Baltimore Maryland and currently living and designing in New York City.  He studied at Parsons School Of Design in NY earning a degree in Fashion Design. Upon graduation Michael worked with several major Seventh Avenue design companies; Anne Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Donna Karan ( DKNY).  Recently Michael has transitioned into the world of costume designing covering live theatre and now film. “I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Sluggo design team.  I get to use both fashion and costumedesign to create this amazing wrestling world.”

Cale Hughes – Production Designer

538951_658082091640_385312073_nHi, I’m Cale Hughes. After majoring in theatre at the University of Montevallo, I’ve spent the past few years working in New York’s production industry. I’ve been a production assistant, set dresser, set decorator, set builder, writer, director, actor, and producer. I’ve worked on film, television, commercial, and photo. Through out the years, not only have I gained experience, but I have also gained an understanding of my strengths and passions.  I can’t wait to bring all I have to the table in order to help bring the vision of Sluggo to life. This is a project that I truly look forward to. I believe in it. The cast and crew are not just “coworkers” to me, they’re my friends and loved ones; they’re family to me. I can’t wait to work with them. I can’t wait to create with them.

Cat Yudain – Fight Director

sunglassesfullHailing from Connecticut, Cat got her BFA in Acting from Uconn where her intensive study of stage combat began. She attended SAFD’s Winter Wonderland Workshop 2 years. At Uconn, she was teaching assistant for her mentor, Greg Webster of Split Knuckle Theatre for the Stage Combat class, and fight and movement captain for CRT’s Pericles. In addition to having enjoyed positions of dance or fight captain for numerous productions, Cat has worked as the assistant fight director at The Lost Colony for 2 seasons. Cat is thrilled by the challenge of storytelling through choreography and thoroughly enjoys last minute emergency problem solving under pressure. Cat has training in Krav Maga and experience with most weapons, but is very excited to get down to brass tacks for Sluggo. Besides combat, Cat enjoys acting, modeling, banjo, writing, and a good adventure.