CELESTE THORSON – writer-producer and star of her own comedy web series YOGAPHILES, premiers Monday, August 6th worldwide across the web. A quirky class of L.A. yoga students take life, love and yoga a little too seriously.
With three television series under her belt as writer, host and producer, Thorson already has television series interest from three major production companies and networks for The Diamond Ring, a spin-off of her film short Madame, which had its debut at the La Jolla Fashion Film Festival this July.
YOGAPHILES is a quirky and eclectic group of yoga students flock to a studio in Los Angeles. Their personalities clash when new students are thrown into the weekly mix. Mo (Mario Locke), an athletic ladies man attends class to pick up chicks and hits on everyone except his buddy’s girlfriend Tara (Katherine Adams). Tara is a cute college student who drags her boyfriend Nick (Zach Book) to class to spice up their love lives, Nick doesn’t mind because he has a major foot fetish. Felix (John R. Colley) is the music loving, vegan activist who has a catty friendship with Priyanka (Hayden Shinger), a South East Asian veterinarian who struggles with a full time career and overbearing family. At first, the class is led by Zoe (Ripley Rader), but when she goes on tour Shaye (Dashama Gordon), a free spirited yogini, takes over the class.
When Thorson is asked to comment on her series, she states: “I feel like most people who do yoga have a great sense of humor and appreciation for life. I’m so inspired by the physicality of yoga, so it is fun to showcase it in a sitcom through the eyes of these eccentric characters. The whole cast and crew is so talented, the DP Carlos M. Jimenez and the steadi-cam op Justin Garcia are awesome, we are all fortunate to be able to collaborate with such a great creative group.
The seven-episode first season culminates in a heart-warming season finale. Season one guest stars include: Andrea Carlise Rodriguez, Stephanie Maura Sanchez, Celeste Thorson, Jamie Tisdale, Elizabeth Pan, Stephanie Barboza, Caroline O’Neil, Shali Mals, Erik Troyer Skoog, Jeanette Schwaba, Shenelle Micola Eaton, Vernon Courteaux and Ashley Undercuffler. The multi ethnic cast highlights talent from Asian, African American, and Hispanic minorities.