About Ninja Mom
The dream of Ninja Mom started almost 20 years ago when Ren Hanámi began creating a female ninja action hero called Ninja Girl. Ren referred to her as a She-ro—A sexy crime fighter inspired by the comic book characters SHADO from The Green Arrow series and SHI by Billy Tucci. Several years and outlines later Ninja Girl morphed into Ninja Mom, a do-gooder mom with some substantial secrets. The family movie series begins with a trilogy about Ninja Mom protecting her brilliant scientist husband from a corporate band of thugs, who are after his latest discovery that could change the world; all while raising a 13 year old tomboy daughter, precocious 6-year-old son and a toddler daughter.
Rounding out the Ninja Mom Movie Team is Noah Wyle, Ninja Dad & Executive Producer; Ryan Angel, Producer & Actress; John Holly, Associate Producer; Nathan Wang, Composer; and of course Ren Hanami as Ninja Mom.
The Creative Team
Multi-talented REN HANAMI (Creator/Producer/Ninja Mom) brings her brand of "Aloha Spirit" to everything she does. Ren acts, sings and dances on stage, screen and television. Her film and television credits include working alongside Academy Award winners Glenn Close in Airforce One, Martin Landau and Lee Grant in The Ali Gertz Story, Patty Duke in One Woman's Courage, and Sally Field in a recurring role on ER, as well as numerous other network series and movies such as The Storm, SouthLAnd, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, and Without A Trace. Ren has enjoyed many regional stage productions including Company, My Fair Lady, The King and I, South Pacific with Reba McEntire at The Hollywood Bowl, and Makeover at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. Ren is also very proud of her early leading roles in Performance Anxiety and Canton Jazz Club at East West Players, the oldest Asian American theater in the country.
Ren is greatly influenced by her multi-cultural family, especially the strong ties to her Hawaiian heritage. One of Ren's most important on-going roles is as the television host and spokesperson for AAA Hawaii. She is also the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee.
NOAH WYLE (Executive Producer/Ninja Dad) is an extremely accomplished and award-winning actor and producer. Born in Los Angeles, Noah Wyle is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, best known for his twelve seasons as Dr. John Carter on the NBC drama, ER. Noah serves as the Artistic Producer for The Blank Theatre Company in Los Angeles, which celebrates its 20th season this year.
Noah splits his time between Los Angeles and Santa Ynez with his children Owen and Auden Wyle. Noah can be seen in the series Falling Skies on TNT, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
RYAN ANGEL (Producer/Actress) has been in the entertainment industry for twenty plus years. She began as a child actor and continued her studies at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU on an acting scholarship where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction in acting. During her time at NYU and beyond, she explored multiple aspects of stage and screen production. She worked extensively, while living in NYC, in all areas of production. From scenic design and directing to line producing, she studied many different aspects of bringing a script to life.
Having established a presence in LA, she has formed AngelBaby Productions, setting a new standard of excellence in filmmaking. She is currently working on producing four feature films: Picture This, a romantic comedy; Ninja Mom, a comedy-action superhero film; 200 Hours, a biopic about Peter Tripp, a DJ in the 50's; and Message to Shigatse, based on Isabel Hilton's non-fiction book The Search for the Panchen Lama.
Her goal and the goal of her company is to continue to produce high quality movies that entertain, delight, inspire and inform. www.angelbabyfilms.com
JOHN HOLLY (Associate Producer) is President and CEO of John Holly Consulting, a professional entertainment firm which serves the industry by utilizing his experience and resources as an Actor, Stage Manager, Director, Manager, Producer and Union Executive. For nearly ten years, John was the chief union negotiator and executive covering fourteen states while serving as the Western Regional Director for Actors' Equity Association. He has proven skills in artistic production, financial operations and human relations.
John has produced and/or directed over 175 productions while serving as Executive Producer at major theatrical venues across the nation, including Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., Theatre Under The Stars in Houston, Texas, The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington, and Music Theatre of Wichita and the Wichita Children's Theatre in Kansas. John was also an Actor and Stage Manager in New York where he performed on Broadway (Vince Fontaine in Grease), as well as performing in various shows off-Broadway and in Stock, Dinner Theatre, Children's shows. He also stage managed national tours and international trade shows.
NATHAN WANG (Composer) started his musical studies at the age of four. When he was nine, he was accepted to the University of Southern California to study musical theory and composition. However, after high school he decided to get a liberal arts education from Pomona College and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Oxford University, England. He is proud of having started his career in theater, composing music for shows such as The Traveler at the Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare's Timon of Athens at the Old Globe in San Diego and Bouncers at the Tiffany Theater. Nathan has composed over the years for East West Players, the oldest Asian American theater in the United States. He has worked on shows there as Big Hunk of Burnin' Love, Performance Anxiety, Sisters Matsumoto, and for Chay Yew's Reds. He has written two musicals for East West which received NEA funding: The Canton Jazz Club, which was one of East West Players' most successful musical runs in the history of the theater, and a reading of The Cathayian Pirate.
Nathan has composed for the CD interactive games, "The Muppet Treasure Island" and "The Return to Zork." For television, Nathan has worked on the popular animated series "Eekstravanza," as well as "China Beach," and "The Excellent Adventures of Bill and Ted." Nathan's movie credits include scoring Jackie Chan's Who Am I? and the Asian versions of Rumble in the Bronx and First Strike. He worked with Hans Zimmer on The Last Days for DreamWorks, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
DON SCHMIDT (Artist) began drawing at the age of five and found inspiration in the cartoons, books, movies, and comics of his childhood. In keeping with the philosophy of his teacher, he strives to "Keep Going" and polish his art. Decades later, Don still finds that he is inspired by cartoons, books, movies, and comics and has found himself collaborating with Ninja Mom's very own Ren Hanami on the all-ages comic strip entitled "My Mom's A Ninja" and with Mike Wellman of Atomic Basement on two of their upcoming anthologies. When not drawing, Don may be found teaching a centuries-old martial tradition to aspiring ninjas. Don's artwork may be found at http://bujinkomix.deviantart.com.