J. Craig Wheeler is Professor of Astronomy and past Chair of the Department at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. His research interests are supernovae and black holes. He has over twenty years' experience lecturing on these subjects to popular audiences. He has published one novel (The Krone Experiment) and written two others, a screenplay, and a variety of stories and popular science articles.
J. Robinson Wheeler, Craig's son, is an award-winning interactive fiction author. He received a B.A. in Communication from Stanford University in 1992 and completed two years of an M.F.A. in Film Production at the University of Southern California. Since 1994, he has worked in the Austin, Texas film community as a sound designer, editor, screenwriter, and videographer. The Krone Experiment is his first feature as a director.
Ben Pascoe is an actor/producer in Austin, Texas. He earned a B.F.A. in acting from Southwest Texas State University where his father, Charles Pascoe, is the Director of Children's Theatre. Ben's most recent project is the feature film Yorick. He is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Film Production from Ohio University in Athens, OH.
Tom Weirich is a professional geologist who pursues his second passion as an actor in the Austin area. His past work includes the roles of business attorney Edwards in the film "Superdolls", directed by Julia Halperin, and Coach Tom in the film "Minute Men", directed by Mark Jones. The Krone Experiment is his first lead role in a feature.
Darbi Worley (http://www.darbiworley.com) began her acting career in Minneapolis, where she appeared in over 30 stage productions as well as TV and film. She worked steadily as an actress in Austin since late 1999 and currently resides in New York. She is most proud of her leading role in the short film "Minute Men" and as one of the leading voices on the CD-ROM game, "Starlancer". The Krone Experiment will be her second lead in a feature. Her recent work includes appearances in The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and All My Children.
Rich Simental is a digital press technician. He received his BA in Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and he remains involved in many campus and community organizations, such as the Texas Dragon Dance Team, Asian American Cultural Center, Austin Japan Association, and the Anime Club. In addition, he is a supporting member of several Austin-area organizations, such as the Asian American Cultural Center, Austin Japan Association, the Thai Association of Central Texas. In his free time he organizes a Hong Kong Cinema room at a Japanese media and culture convention in Denver, and is also staff at the annual Anime Expo in California. Rich was fortunate to be an extra in the Jet Li film Once Upon a Time in China and America, released in 1997. He is a contributor to public radio and yes that's his real hair.
Morganna Thomas started on the production as a volunteer production assistant, and eventually became an indespensible member of the team. Morganna served as production coordinator, camera assistant, makeup artist, costume designer, and associate producer. Since The Krone Experiment she has continued to work professionally as production coordinator and producer on feature films and commercials in the Austin area.