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Q2 Films CEO and Executive Producer, Gary Mazeffa, …. Award winning short film producer whose accolades include: Seasons, White Clouds, Remembering Erik Lowhouse, Fragile Beauty and Whisperers & Witnesses.

“We are excited to see my short film, Asherah’s Colors, come to life. We saw so many talented actors who shared our vision for the film. But Shira exemplified the Asherah character I had in mind when writing the part. She brings that certain je ne sais quoi to the role. Shira plays the love interest of Raphael, played by Connor. Connor captures the fun, playfulness and innocence of trying to impress the girl of your dreams on your first date.”

Gary MazeffaCEO and Executive Producer
Shira from Asherahs colors by an indie production company


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Shira is an Israeli-American actress, dancer, and writer. Her acting career began at the age of 13 through her local theater, and only expanded and developed in the coming years. From 2014 to 2017 she participated in multiple local theater and dance productions (such as Peter Pan, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty) and in 2019 she began her transition into acting for film. Shira has studied acting in both New York City and Miami Florida, and has taken classes from a multitude of writers and actors in the industry. In 2021 Shira became an award winning published author, her debut novel, My Brother’s Spare, charting at #1 for YA murder mysteries on Amazon.

She is currently studying both Neuropsychology and Criminal science, alongside her growing acting career. Shira hopes to publish more books as she expands on her acting career, branching out further into acting for film. Shira speaks three languages (English, Hebrew, and Spanish), has 10 years of ballet training, and is an avid writer and reader.



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Connor began his career as a model. While pursuing modeling, Connor enrolled into Vagabond School of the Arts in Chicago and The Second City until moving to NYC to continue at T Schreiber Studio and Matt Newton Acting Studio where he trained in the Meisner technique, on-camera, improv and joined the acting program. Since then he has been featured in a Jose Cuervo, Dr Squatch Men’s Soap, Nestle Rallies, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts commercials, as well as film shorts, Dead or About to Die and Mandy’s Boy as the lead. Connor also performed as Spike in Christopher Durang’s Vanya Sonia Masha & Spike at Bay Street Theater in New York and Mr. Hopper in Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan on stage at the AlphaNYC Theater in New York.

He has a distinguishing modeling career with BMG Models & Talent in Chicago and NYC where he has been featured in A-don, Vulkan, and Vogue Magazine, American Crew men’s campaign, Redken Brews men’s campaign, and New York Fashion Week for PT Torino.

Connor grew up in Michigan playing hockey, baseball, and basketball. He’s a fan of Detroit sports, being with friends and family, watching films, reading, writing, running, and traveling.