Bios

Michael Spound

Michael is a born teacher and loves working with kids. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has been involved in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry over the last twenty-five years as an actor/writer/producer/director.

Michael's film credits include the romantic, comedy 'Must Love Dogs' with Diane Lane, the Dreamworks thriller 'The Ring' with Naomi Watts, and the 20th Century Fox comedy 'Bye Bye Love'. On Broadway, Michael originated the role of Rob Stein in the critically acclaimed 'Twilight Of The Golds' at The Booth Theatre. Off-Broadway, he played the lead in the long running comedy hit 'Beau Jest' at The Lamb's Theatre. On the Los Angeles stage he has performed at the Pasadena Playhouse in 'Dial 'M' For Murder', in the Obie winning play A Shayna Maidel, the comedy 'King Of Hearts' opposite Courteney Cox, and he originated the role of Jack Waters in 'Troubled Waters' opposite Cynthia Gibb. In Television Michael has guest starred in over forty different series including 'Hart Of Dixie', 'Criminal Minds', 'Southland', 'Law And Order: LA', 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine', 'The West Wing', 'ER', 'NYPD Blue', 'JAG', 'The Practice', and 'Star Trek: Voyager'. He also enjoyed a five year run as Dave Kendall on the ABC series Hotel starring James Brolin and Connie Sellecca. Michael also co-hosted the nationally, syndicated Emmy-winning 'Better Homes and Gardens' with his wife, Heidi Bohay.

Michael has been working with kids and teaching in the Los Angeles area for years. Recently, he developed and has been teaching the Torah Theater program for Rabbi/Cantor Judy Greenfeld and The Nachshon Minyan. In 1988 Michael married his Hotel co-star Heidi Bohay, and they live happily (together) in the Los Angeles area with their three boys Zachary, Jonah, and Gabriel.

Karen Wilkens

Karen is a two-time Emmy Nominated Multi-Camera Director who spent 15 years directing soap operas, starting in New York on Another World and Guiding Light, and moving to Los Angeles in 1999 to do NBC's Passions.She has also directed multiple pilots for both television and web. She still directs on other soap operas on a freelance basis, including Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless.

While at Passions, Karen had the opportunity to work on one of the most unconventional soap operas on the air, directing comedy and satire filled scenes in addition to traditional drama. The show incorporated a supernatural storyline, so her experience includes many special effects, musical numbers, stunts and fights. There were multiple families on the show, and she became known as the go to director for kid scenes. And we don't even have time to list all of the animals she's worked with (orangutans, cows, turkeys, owls, snakes—even a lion), to name a few, in addition to plain old boring adults.

Karen has a Black Belt in Hapkido, Karate, and is an avid hiker in the mountains of Los Angeles. One other notable fact about Karen: as a transplanted New Yorker she is valiantly bringing her two LA born children up as Yankee fans.