Oz historian, RYAN JAY, has interviewed the celebrity casts and producers of the most famous Oz films and productions, publishing articles and presenting multimedia lectures, celebrating the legacy of Oz to audiences from around the world at annual Oz festivals in NY, IL and KS, along with universities, theaters, and museums.
Ryan is one of America’s most popular nationally syndicated film critics. Based on his website, RyanJayReviews.com, he is featured weekly as resident film critic on The Morning Blend and weekend newscasts on the NBC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee, WI.
On radio, he can be heard live Friday mornings on FM stations across the country, in addition to recorded weekly movie review segments for Premiere Networks. Ryan is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which annually awards excellence in film at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
Ryan has cultivated a career celebrating entertainment and sharing his unique perspective with TV and radio audiences. Often on the red carpet at movie premieres and events, he has interviewed many of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. And every other week he can be found in the pages of Us Weekly magazine as Fashion Police.
Ryan has worked as a television producer of major pop culture and entertainment programming for networks such as Bravo, Showtime, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TLC, and even The Jerry Springer Show.
RAYMOND F. WOHL is an actor, playwright and teacher who has worked and traveled in 20 states. Ray fell in love with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz growing up with his eleven brothers and sisters and later discovered L. Frank Baum with research at the University of Syracuse, Fayetteville, Chittenango, the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, the Baum Bugle and the wonderful source materials in biographies, letters and articles in Chicago.
Ray is the author of two other plays, Up in the Clouds and Help Santa Go Green! He will be touring the life and stories of L. Frank Baum in 2019 and beyond!
PAUL MILES SCHNEIDER was born in New York City and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. At various times he has been an actor, writer, composer, singer, and arranger. While growing up in the Midwest, Paul became pen pals as part of a school assignment with the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton. Paul's mother was an actress on Broadway and live television in the 1950s, his father was a freelance photographer for LIFE Magazine and a cameraman on "The Patty Duke Show," and his paternal grandfather was executive vice president and treasurer of Warner Bros. from the studio's inception until 1955. In 2010, Paul relocated to Kansas from Los Angeles, where he spent a decade producing and designing DVD/Blu-ray menus and interactive content for Hollywood films and television shows, working on everything from the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" movies to "The X-Files" and "Gilligan’s Island" for their home entertainment releases. "Silver Shoes" was Paul's first novel, selected as a 2010 Kansas Notable Book by the Kansas Center for the Book and the State Library of Kansas. A sequel, "The Powder of Life," followed in 2012. "More Than Tongue Can Tell," a novelized biography co-authored with Warner Bros. film star Andrea King, was published in 2014. His latest release from 2018 is the third novel in the "Silver Shoes" series, called "The Magic Belt."