The Tribunal – Cast

The Cast

Joseph Seacker – CHRIS PETTY
Emily Vanderslice – LAURA MOCK
Amana Davenport – ANNIE KALAHURKA
Jessie Seacker – VICTORIA McDEVITT
Father O’Toole – TOM MORTON
Deacon Michael Constantino – CHUCK GILLESPIE
Deacon Ben Vanderslice – JIM DAMRON
Sylvia Vanderslice – JENNIFER FELDSPAUGH
Father Stan Pacific – RAYMOND A SMITH
Father Leonard Defazio – DAVID BAUM
Father Nicholas Barkley – LARRY COLE
Layla Seacker – DARLEEN LUCAS

Ryan Wesley Gilreath “Tony Mirakul”

Ryan Wesley Gilreath is a New York-based actor who holds a BFA in Performance from the University of Central Florida. Born in Cincinnati, he now resides in Brooklyn, New York, and always wanted to act. Among his changing professional ambitions, acting was always a constant desire, and one in which he could be it all: a firefighter, a lawyer, a doctor, a soldier…..

Ryan is both thankful and proud to be a part of The Tribunal films. Recently, he played the part of Robert Oppenheimer in National Geo-graphic’s American Genius, shot a scene with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in the film Carol, performed in Tribes at the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, and annually performs as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Television credits include Gold Fever (Discovery Channel,) Deception (NBC,) Team Umizoomi (Nick Jr.,) and Fox’s pilot Guilty, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. Ryan is a fan of adventure, and enjoys tennis, baseball, football, paintball, and swimming. His dream is to work with Sam Rockwell and Mark Ruffalo. For more information, please visit

Laura Mock “Emily Vanderslice”

Born and raised in Oxford, Ohio, Laura Mock grew up in a small town with a loving and faith filled family. Encouraged by her parents from a young age to pursue her wildest dreams, Laura began to develop a passion for the arts as an actor and a vocalist. Following that passion led Laura to earn a degree in Theatre from Miami University (Ohio) where she also became a key member of the world traveling musical group, Global Rhythms. Laura moved to film when cast in the lead role in the independent feature film The Tribunal. Since then Laura has played lead roles in two other features, including the sequel to The TribunalReturn to the Tribunal, and has appeared in the films Ides of March and 50 to 1. Well versed in commercial work and modeling, Laura is currently focusing her career on film and television. Though proud of her roots, Laura has relocated to Los Angeles, California, in pursuit of even bigger dreams.

Chris Petty “Joe Seacker”

Chris is originally from Louisville Kentucky and has been acting in TV, film and theater professionally for the past eight years. Chris started his professional film career acting in the film Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood, directed by Fred Olen Ray, where he portrayed the role of Pharmer McCoy. He went on to work in TV shows such as I Was Murdered and Unusual Suspects, while he continued his work in film. You may have seen Chris in The Tribunal and The Return to the Tribunal, both directed by Marc Leif, and in both of which Chris portrayed the role of Joe Seacker. Chris has also filmed two TV pilots, Seasons of Disorder and Undead Survival, both of which he hopes will be picked up by a network. On stage in Louisville you may have recently seen Chris in Tracy Letts Bug in which he played Jerry Goss, an original adaptation of Quintin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs in which he played Mr. Blonde, and Neil Labute’s Reasons to Be Pretty in which he played Kent. He also produced, directed, acted in and helped write an original parody play called Star Wars: The Original Trilogy in 60 Minutes or Less! which has been playing in front of sold out crowds for the past three years. Chris hopes to continue his success in the future, and can’t wait to see what it holds! Only time will tell.

Chuck Gillespie “Deacon Michael Constantino”

A resident of Central Ohio, Chuck has enjoyed a varied and exciting performance career. His film work includes The Tribunal and The Do Over for Saint Michael Productions. After that he performed in the Cate Blanchett film Carol. Previous major motion picture credits  include sharing screen time with Joe Pesci in The Public Eye, and he appeared in the popular video game turned movie Double Dragon. On stage, Chuck lists among his favorite roles MacHeath in Three Penny Opera, Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and creating the role of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the World Premiere of You’re My Boy. Chuck is also a professional vocalist, and is currently the featured singer with the Rick Brunetto Big Band, including appearances with Deana Martin, Dennis Tufano, Mike Albert, Tres Bella, and jazz pianist Mark Little, among many others. Chuck is a voice talent and on-camera spokesperson for companies as diverse as Buick, LensCrafters, and Abbott Laboratories. Chuck is represented worldwide by Cam Talent, Columbus, Ohio.

Jim Damron “Deacon Ben Vanderslice”

Jim Damron is a character actor who started his career in radio broadcasting. After stints at radio stations in West Virginia and Florida, serving in roles as DJ, announcer, production director, and manager, he started his own audio/video production business. From there he moved into acting roles in commercials, industrials, and eventually film and stage. He has narrated and acted in hundreds of commercials, educational and industrial videos for clients such as US Department of Labor, Hanes Mills, Woodcraft, the Center for US Naval Analysis, Bank of America, MSHA, Nationwide Insurance, Le Bleu Bottled Water and more. His stage work includes roles in South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Oliver!, and Annie. He has appeared in numerous print ads for La-Z-Boy, PNC Banks, Pfizer, Triad Engineering, and more. Jim has acted in various films over the years, including Matewan, Burning Annie, Man of Faith, and with Tom Hanks in the iconic classic Forrest Gump. The Tribunal is his latest film venture, where he appeared as “Deacon Ben.” He also recently completed an episode of the hit ABC-TV show Nashville. His website, showcases variety of work.

Annie Kalahurka “Amana Davenport”

Annie’s theatrical training stems from a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. She has most recently starred in and self-produced the one-woman show The 12 Dates of Christmas, which earned her a League of Cincy Theatres Best Actress nomination. She has appeared in a number of feature films, including Carol, The Tribunal, The Christmas Spirit, and Return to the Tribunal. She has appeared in numerous commercials including Cool Solutions Heating & Cooling, Fred Meyers Jewelers, the Ohio Lottery, and Speedway. Her theatrical work has been prolific, and includes performances in: The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes Workshop, Avenue Q (HRTC), The 12 Dates of Xmas (New Edgecliff Theatre), Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Abe Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Know Theatre of Cincinnati), The Baker’s Wife, The Odd Couple (Carnegie Theatre of Covington, KY), Nunsense, Songs for a New World (Jersey Productions), Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show and The Dragon (Madcap Puppets.).

Victoria McDevitt “Jessie Seacker”

Victoria McDevitt was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. While focusing on stage for the majority of her career she made her film debut in Divine Will, where she portrayed Brenda Felding in the pilot and first episode. The Tribunal is her first feature film, followed by a number of commercials and The Return to the Tribunal for Saint Michael Productions.

Raymond A. “Ray” Smith “Father Stan Pacific”

Ray ended his long absence from theatre in 2003, even though the “acting bug” first bit him when he had the lead in his high school senior class play in 1954. His favorite principal stage roles are Willie Grogan in The Human Comedy, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Stephen Hopkins in 1776, Arvide Abernathy in Guys & Dolls, and Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma. Ray is a voice-over actor, having appeared in commercials, training films and print media. He has been a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Chorale for more than twelve years and is a graduate of the liturgical cantor school of St. Thomas College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. His theatrical training includes courses at Playhouse in the Park under Mary Tensing and advanced acting courses with Chris Guthrie at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Ray is presently a lay pastoral minister for the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. He appreciates the constant support of his wife, Peggy, their eight children and twenty-two grandchildren.

Larry K. Cole “Father Nicholas Barkley”

An Indiana native, Larry has performed in live theater in and around central Ohio since 1995. He has appeared in productions of Driving Miss Daisy, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Odd Couple, 12 Angry Men, Death of a Salesman and The Wizard of Oz. Larry also  performed in the touring Off-Broadway show, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Larry had featured roles in Saint Michael Production’s films The Tribunal and Return to the Tribunal. He has been married to his wife, Carole, for thirty-seven years.

David E. Baum “Father Defazio Leonard”

As a performer, David Baum most recently finished a long run on Broadway in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he has been seen in MTV’s The American Mall (Stavros) and in the Original Broadway revival company of A Chorus Line as Roy (u/s Mike, Al, Greg, Bobby.) Additional New York credits include Encores! Productions Of Thee I SingNo No Nanette, and Damn Yankees. Other regional credits include The Kennedy Center, MUNY, Music Theatre of Wichita, North Shore Music Theatre and others. David received a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan, an MA from Xavier University and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Tom Morton “Father O’Toole”

A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, Tom has directed Catholic Religious Education and provided spiritual direction. He has developed a one-man show titled Papa Tom, the story of an early Kentucky Catholic pioneer, performing the piece throughout central Kentucky. Tom’s film career began as an extra in Stripes, directed by Ivan Reitman in 1982. Recently, he has appeared in feature films, shorts, commercials, training films music videos. His career titles include performing as an extra in various films made in and around his hometown of Louisville. His most recent film work includes The Tribunal and Return to the Tribunal.