We are so excited to announce our next guest, Mary Chieffo! She plays Klingon Commander L’Rell on Star Trek: Discovery – a strong, smart female warrior struggling to reunify the Klingon Empire. Throughout two seasons, she has proven herself to be a versatile and magnetizing actress, who humanizes L’Rell’s experiences in the Federation-Klingon War.
Mary is a Juliard graduate with an extensive background in theatrical work. Her previous roles include Macbeth in an all-female production by Erica Schmidt; Iago in an all-female production of Othello for the Harlem Shakespeare Festival; and the one-woman show, Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers.
In film, Chieffo appeared opposite Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer and Frances Fisher in The Perfect Fit directed by her mom Beth Grant, and winner of the Audience Award at the SoHo International Film Festival and Best Ensemble Award at Women's Independent Film Festival.
She is a self-described feminist and, as such, is working toward greater intersectional gender equality in front and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. To that end, Mary is currently producing, writing, and starring in a feminist, gender, and color conscious Shakespeare adaptation alongside Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.
Other current projects include starring as Jane in the upcoming webseries Digital Detox -- a futuristic rendering of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper.
Mary is also fast becoming a convention fan-favorite owing to her sense of humor and love of the community. She has a strong online presence so look to the Starbase Indy Facebook page for videos, retweets and shares of Mary’s social media.
Starbase Indy gives a "beaming" welcome to our next guest, Chris Doohan! Son of the late and beloved James Doohan, Chris spent his childhood learning to be a "miracle worker" by watching his father on the set of Star Trek: The Original Series and interacting with fans at conventions. He appeared as an extra in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and with the help of fan campaigns, also landed roles as a crew member helping run the transporter in the 2009 Star Trek movie and in Star Trek Into Darkness. (Fun trivia - this actually made him the only actor other than Leonard Nimoy to appear in both the original motion picture and Into Darkness.)
More recently, he has honored his father's role by playing Scotty in the award winning web series Star Trek Continues, and has voiced Montgomery Scott in Star Trek Online, with a major role in the 2016 expansion pack "Agents of Yesterday." He upholds the legacy of his father and Star Trek through regular convention appearances around the world and on social media, and we are delighted that he will be joining us in November at Starbase Indy!
Tracee Lee Cocco
Tracee is an actress, model and stuntwoman who worked on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. She was most visibly seen as Lieutenant Jae, a regular background character on The Next Generation. She appeared in over 100 episodes as well as the three Next Generation feature films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Insurrection. Tracee also worked as stand-in for Alice Krige ("Borg Queen") in Star Trek: First Contact.
Besides her work on Star Trek where she received her SAG card, Tracee was also featured as Marla in the daily soap General Hospital and as a regular lifeguard in several episodes of Baywatch. A film veteran, she has also lent her voice to video games. Following her background work in Demolition Man, Tracee was cast as the lead computer voice in the Demolition Man Pinball game in 1994.
More recently, Cocco appeared as Khuhl in the two Star Trek: Renegades episodes "The Requiem, Part 1" and "The Requiem, Part 2" in 2017. She is also up to film the short science fiction film Civil War 2020 in which she'll play Chancellor Natalie Raven.