Leah Gottfried

Director, Sarah Jacobs

Leah Gottfried started acting at an early age in various films, commercials and stage productions. She has appeared in Yamaha ATV and Time Warner Cable commercials, the TV show Distant Roads and the feature film Operation: Candlelight. Stage credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora), Lost in Yonkers (Gert) and The Government Inspector (Anna).

At age 17, Leah explored a newfound interest of working behind the scenes and wrote and directed her first short film. Since then Leah has produced the feature film Operation: Candlelight and founded Dignity Entertainment, a production company dedicated to creating meaningful visual content.

Leah studied film and theatre arts at Stern College, cinematography at NYU and acting at The Actors Circle in Los Angeles.


I say I want to create more episodes for our audience, for the world, for young people who relate to it. But secretly it's just for me so I can keep spending time with the wonderful people who work on Soon By You

Danny Hoffman

Co-Producer, David

Danny Hoffman is an actor, director, producer, and writer with a degree in Drama from Yeshiva University. He studied the Meisner Technique of Acting at the William Esper Studio in New York, and has taken comedy writing classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. He has directed and taught acting and improv at Black Box Studios in New Jersey, and continually consults on theatrical productions there and at Yeshiva University. He has written short form screen and stage pieces for various events and festivals. His work on Soon By You is inspired by a lifetime of studiously absorbing sitcom culture, from episode structure to joke construction and timing.
Working on Soon By You has been one of the most creatively satisfying experiences of my life. Combining Judaism with this style of comedy? Oh, man. What could be better? I am so glad this project is in my life.

Jessica Schechter

Co-Producer, Noa

Jessica Schechter is an NYU graduate and holds an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre with a double minor in Dramatic Literature and Studio Art. Trained through Stanislavsky and Meisner techniques, Jessica’s directing credits include Mend the Envelope (Midtown International Theater Festival), The Settler (24/6 Theater Co.) Fires in the Mirror (ASDS Repertory), Gruesome Playground Injuries (ASDS Repertory) among others.

Acting credits include Uncle Vanya (Nanny),The Pavilion (Kari) Lou Gehrig Did Not Die of Cancer (Barbara), The Heidi Chronicles (Heidi), The Autumn Garden (Sophie), Through the Eyes of a Friend (Sarah), Kindertransport (Eva), Father of the Bride (Peggy Swift), Up The Down Staircase (Miss Barrett), The Music Man (Marian), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne). Jessica is also a professional Stand Up Comedian. www.jessicaschechter.com

Every day on set is like an amazing date - you laugh, time flies, and you don’t want it to end.

Sara Scur

Sarah Feldman

Sara Scur is originally from Maryland, always had a passion for film, which drove her to move New York five years ago to pursue acting. Sara graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic arts and since then has been pursuing acting full time. Before meeting Leah, Sara has worked on a few short films, and is excited to continue this project!
My favorite part about working on Soon By You is learning so much about Jewish culture that I did not know!

Nathan Shapiro


Nathan Shapiro is an actor, co-producer of upcoming feature film Scenes From The Underground, and a founding partner of First Circle LLC. Nathan is a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York. Past film credits include Good Dads (dir. Christian Stayton) and Scrapper (dir. Brady Hall, starring Michael Beach, Aidan Gillen), as well as numerous short films and pilots. You can read more about Nathan at his website, www.nathanshapiroactor.com.
Playing Ben gives me the chance to seek validation from others by over-inflating my accomplishments. It’s like a family dinner, but I walk away with footage when it’s done.

Noam Harary


Noam Harary hails from an exotic place, where blue of the sky and the water blend as they kiss the white sand of the Jersey Shore and the people are 50 shades of orange.

Recent credits: Trapper at The Fourth Street Theater of NYTW (Todd), the lead of Lobby Hero at Roy Arias Theater (Jeff), Sabra at the Manhattan Theater Source (Ben), Dear Darkness at The New Ohio Theater (MC), Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Lerner Hall (Ernesto Roma). Noam’s film credits include co-starring with the late Ryan Dunn in Living Will, a surviving character of the slasher Nobody Gets Out Alive, and Heaven is Waiting, acclaimed at the Cannes Festival. Training: Columbia University and Meisner at Maggie Flanigan Studio. NoamHarary.com

When set feels like a theater ensemble, you know you're a part of something special.

Jarrod Hurwitz


Jarrod Hurwitz (Cinematographer) graduated in 2006, after a 4 year honors program from AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) where he learned the craft of making great films, specializing in Cinematography and Film Editing.

Over the past ten years, Jarrod has shot, edited, lit, produced, created, written, and directed a multitude of media content in a variety of film and digital formats. Jarrod’s passion is shooting and directing narrative work, primarily features and music videos, and applies his film discipline to all projects he produces. Currently, he operates out of Clifton, New Jersey at the helm of his own production company, Jahu Films (www.jahufilms.com).

Being on the set of Soon By You is the definition of ‘collaborative’. We all feel the pressure of having to complete the setups and shots to accomplish each day’s shooting schedule, while at the same time laugh together and have fun.

Atara Wolf


Atara Wolf (editor) is a filmmaker and can always be found behind the camera or in front of the computer. Besides breathing, her favorite thing is making movies and making even more movies. She shuffles between writing, directing, cinematography and editing, but is not a good dancer. You can keep up with her imagination at www.atarawolf.com.
I've seen this show twenty times already!

Aaron Symonds


Aaron Symonds is an LA based film composer. His most recent projects have included animated Barbie projects and numerous indie films. He has also provided music production on Despicable Me 2, The Smurfs, Curious George 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Merry Madagascar, and many more.
Music is my language. I use it to tell stories.