WHO WE ARE
Knife Edge Productions is an independent theatre and film production company that was formed in 2008. We are dedicated to creating and producing high quality works including new plays and scripts, and existing contemporary works that push boundaries by challenging audiences to reflect upon their own assumptions about relationships, politics, social movements, and modern power structures.
Neil Holland, Founder/Managing Partner
Neil is an award-winning actor and producer, and a writer, director and voiceover artist. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Knife Edge Productions, an independent theatre and film production company.
Neil has worked in film, television and theatre. In 2020 he starred opposite Leven Rambin in the short film "Where to Now?" which is currently making its way through the festival circuit. In 2019 he wrote, directed and starred in the short film "The Dump" which is currently being making its way through film festivals. Previously, he acted alongside Clark Middleton and Noël Elie in the award-winning short film "Mortal Wounds", for which he won Honorable Mention for Best Actor at the 2018 Long Island International Film Expo. In 2016, he starred alongside Reed Birney, Sutton Foster and Sondra James in the award-winning short film "Mired" for which he won Best Actor in a Short Film at the 2016 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards as well as an Award of Excellence from the Accolade Global Film Competition. Neil portrayed the role of Officer Kegan in the short film "Search Party", which was the recipient of the 2015 HBO Production Grant and a Semi-Finalist in the NBCUshortsFEST.
Some notable television credits include "White Collar", "As The World Turns", "One Life to Live" and "All My Children".
Select theatre credits include: Neil LaBute's "In a Dark Dark House" at the Gural Theatre, Stephen Belber's "Fault Lines" at the TBG Theatre, The World Premiere of Julian Sheppard's "Owned" at the TBG Theatre, Stephen Belber's "Tape" at the June Havoc Theatre and Adam Rapp's "Red Light Winter" at Theatre 54. Neil also appeared in a reading of Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Untitled" with Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Zayas as part of the LAByrinth Theatre Company's Barn Reading Series at the Bank Street Theatre.
Neil is Los Angeles based and is a graduate of the William Esper Studio in NYC where he studied with the distinguished William Esper.
Find out more at www.neilholland.com.
Don DiPaolo, Producer
Don is an actor, writer and producer. He acted in and produced the Off Broadway Revival of "Tape" by Stephen Belber and the World Premiere of "Owned" by Julian Sheppard. Select film credits include: Beast of the East’s film "Love and The Small Print" which premiered at The Cannes Film Festival, "Trapped", "The Necessary Defilement of Harry May Klein" and "The Day the Clown Died". Select theatre credits include: "The Seagull" at The Beckman Theatre with Curan Rep., Rachel Klein’s Production of "Go Go Killers" at the Sage Theater, twice in The Strawberry One Act Festival with "Taming The Bull" and "Tea Under The Lilac Tree", The Rude Monkey Theatre Group’s production of "Shopping and F***king" at The Producers Club and the Notes From The Underground Production of "Dog and Me" (audience favorite actor award). Don has studied with Bill Esper, Maggie Flanigan, Lenard Petit and Andrea Haring and is currently coaching with LA acting coach, Joseph Pearlman.
Sam Helfrich, Resident Theatre Director
Sam Helfrich has directed theater and opera at Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Spoleto Festival/USA, Virginia Opera, Opera Boston, Pittsburgh Opera, and Wolf Trap, among others. Recent theater credits include off-Broadway productions of "Owned", a world premier play by Julian Sheppard, and "Tape", by Stephen Belber, both of which played to wide audience and critical acclaim, and a double bill of plays by Shaw and De Musset at the Franklin Stage Company. Recent opera highlights include the world premiere of "Embedded", by composer Patrick Soluri, at Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos" at Virginia Opera, Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" at Eugene Opera, Andre Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire" at Virginia Opera, the American premiere of Philip Glass' "Kepler" at Spoleto Festival/USA, Adams' "Nixon in China" at Eugene Opera, a fully staged "Messiah" with the Pittsburgh Symphony, "Don Giovanni" with Yale Opera, "The Turn of the Screw" at Boston Lyric Opera, Philip Glass' "Orphée" at Virginia Opera, Portland Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera, and Anthony Davis’ "Amistad" at Spoleto Festival/USA. His world premiere production of "The Secret Agent", by composer Michael Dellaira, played to enthusiastic audiences in New York, Hungary, and France. Upcoming projects include the world premier of "Enemies: A Love Story" by composer Ben Moore at Palm Beach Opera. Mr. Helfrich received his MFA in theatre arts from Columbia University School of the Arts.