GAGE CASS WOODLE
Gage is a native New Yorker and the offspring of two predominant psychiatrists. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a communications degree focused on film-making.
His background is in adolescent crisis counseling, but he has also been working in the entertainment business for over 10 years. As a counselor, Gage spent years working in institutions guiding troubled youth towards better lives. As an actor, writer and producer, he spent years on screen and behind the scenes creating fantasy lives.
Gage was an at-risk youth himself. At an early age, he made a lot of bad decisions that eventually caught up with him and led to his being taken away from his family and friends. It was during these years that Gage was lucky enough to meet a mentor who gave him the gift of artistic expression. That mentor saw something in him and gave him a chance to fall in love with art, creativity, and all the beautiful elements of the human experience that those two things can shed light on. For the first time in his life, Gage was passionate about something, and that changed everything. Finding artistic expression and a mentor who invested in him was the turning point for Gage, and very realistically saved his life.
His dream of creating a community where the worlds of crisis intervention and artistic expression could coexist and strengthen one another led to the development of Mythic Bridge, a place where at-risk storytellers can get the support and knowledge to realize their dreams.
DONALD J. KLEIN
Co-Founder & President
Donald is an Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer, and actor who resides in New York. Donald is a survivor of the 1999 Columbine tragedy where he graduated as senior. Despite the difficulties of his adolescents, Donald found a new beginning when he received a scholarship to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
Moving to New York on September 11th, 2001, Donald was again thrust into a world of the unknown as the city mourned a terrible tragedy, except this time Donald empowered himself by giving his feelings a voice and channeling them through performing arts and film-making.
In his professional career, Donald has produced over thirty films (including the Emmy nominated short KILLING IT WITH KINDNESS, and GOOD BUSINESS, starring Oscar nominee Mercedes Ruehl), as well as numerous music videos, television pilots, and two documentaries for IMAX.
Donald has worked with hundreds of young film-making professionals, shaping their careers towards a brighter future. He continues to follow his passion for film-making, producing feature films, mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers, and performing.