“Couples Therapy” is a sexy, provocative dramedy about a couples therapist who treats neurotic New York couples while simultaneously trying to salvage her own failing marriage. As her patients and her husband push her over the edge, tensions get high and boundaries get crossed leading Natalia down a dangerous, self-destructive path.
Grounded, “in-your-face” New York humor mixed with the inevitable drama of dealing with a heartbreak and sprinkled with breathtaking sexual tension among the main characters.
It’s “FLEABAG” meets “SEX AND THE CITY”. A woman in her 30’s trying to free herself emotionally from a husband who is wrong for her, figure out who she is outside her marriage and making one bad decision after another in the process. All while helping neurotic New York couples deal with their own issues such as polyamory, power struggles, gender stereotypes, infidelity, sexual identity and to finally agree on what is the right way to raise their pets.
Michaela is the writer, executive producer, and lead actor of "Couples Therapy".
Michaela is a New York City based actor, writer and filmmaker, originally from Greece. She completed her studies in Athens, where she acquired a MFA in acting.
With a rich background in theatre, Michaela moved to New York City to pursue her passion for on-camera acting and filmmaking. Since then, Michaela has acted on several TV series, commercials, short films, and web series, including an appearance in the series, “The Perfect Murder,” and a live performance for Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.”
A passionate storyteller, Michaela has written several screenplays, short films and pilots. Her latest horror screenplay, "The Retreat", was a finalist in the LA-based "Shriekfest" Film Festival.
The idea for "COUPLES THERAPY" came to me at a time when I, like Natalia, was struggling to free myself from a toxic relationship. Dealing with my own heartache, I started writing the story of a complicated woman whose emotions get in the way of her better judgement and finds herself tangled in not only one but two toxic relationships.
Meanwhile, as I researched the subject of relationships, I started realizing that modern couples deal with vastly different issues than they did in the past and that their story is yet to be told. I believe the time has come to dig deep into those issues and introduce new ideas about what relationships can be.
As a writer and actor, I've always been deeply passionate about telling the stories of women who are complicated; women who are smart, strong and driven but at the same time make mistakes and try to heal their wounds in all the wrong ways. I am also passionate about telling the stories of people who are different and giving a voice to the underrepresented. My hope is that "Couples Therapy" will do just that.
Couples Therapy is an Official Selection at Catalyst Story Institute
Couples Therapy Won Best Comedy Web Series at the Astoria Film Festival
Michaela Zannou at the Kaufman Studio screening of Couples Therapy with the Astoria Film Festival
Couples Therapy Won Best Pilot at the North Hollywood Cinefest
Michaela is a New York City based actor, writer and filmmaker, originally from Greece. She completed her studies in Athens, where she acquired a MFA in acting.With a rich background in theatre, Michaela moved to New York City to pursue her passion for on-camera acting and filmmaking. Since then, Michaela has acted on several TV series, commercials, short films, and web series, including an appearance in the series, “The Perfect Murder,” and a live performance for Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.”
Manni L. Perez
Manni L. Perez is a New York based actress with TV/film, voice-over, and motion capture experience. Her recent credits include Guest starring on Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, and The Blacklist. She began training at NYU and grew a passion for TV and film production; which led her to acting. During her free time she is either in the gym or at her local animal shelter working with feral and stray cats.
Juan Ayala is a Connecticut born and bred actor, writer and director, represented by JL David Agency and is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. You can see him as Agent Woods on NBC’s Blindspot, final season airing May 2020.
Originally from California, Lauren is now based in NYC. She has starred in dozens of short films, several of which have shown at festivals around the country, shows for Investigation Discovery, and recently she received an NYIT nomination for her performance in an off-off Broadway show. When she's not acting she's working her day job at Google. www.laurenlebeouf.com
Angela Petruzziello is an award-winning writer, producer and actor. She co-founded RNA productions with husband/co-producer Randy Ramos Jr.; their first pilot project G Spotters (2019) is the recent recipient of multiple festival nominations and wins, including Best Director, Best TV Episode, Best Mockumentary Series and Best Editing. Also an accomplished performer, Angela was cast as the young Robin Weigert on AMC's Dietland, and recently starred in Ride the Wave, a comedic Black Mirror-inspired comedy. She can also be seen co-starring in this season’s Blue Bloods.
Randy Ramos Jr.
Randy Ramos Jr. is an award-winning Latino writer, director and producer. He co-founded RNA productions with his wife/co-producer Angela Petruzziello - their first pilot project G Spotters (2019) is the recent recipient of multiple festival nominations and wins, including Best Director, Best TV Episode, Best Mocumentary Series and Best Editing. They recently wrapped their latest pilot "Couples Therapy", which is set to release in 2020. Randy also helmed as director for this project.
Also an accomplished performer, Randy has recently come off roles on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Law and Order: SVU and High Maintenance. He is currently a recurring on the CBS drama "Tommy" and is in development on his most recent writing project, "Desperate Times", a dark comedy, and "Regular", a comedy about a regular girl trying to become more.
Ashley is an actor, model, voiceover artist raised in Hawaii and currently based in New York City. Some of her credits include series regular on Couples Therapy, a guest star role on Amazon’s Millenniums, co-star on ABC’s Off the Map, a recurring voice of Helix in the series Galaxy Defenders, recurring commercial VO spots for a children’s online product and multiple national commercials. www.AshleyWeismantel.com
Ken is the Executive Director of Wolfbane Productions, an immersive, live-production company based out of Appomattox, Virginia. Broadway: Ruben and Clay's... Christmas Show (Original Broadway Cast). Off-Broadway: My Big Gay Italian Wedding and The Christmas Rose. Broadway National Tours: Hairspray, Legally Blonde: the Musical, Mamma Mia. Ken is the creator of the hit series The Queens Project and co-owner of the full-service production company, Pals of Dorothy.
Lawrence Stallings is an actor from Detroit, MI and had appeared in Film, TV, National Commercials, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway most notably in the original productions of Passing Strange and The Book of Mormon. As a writer/producer, he has created two web series, and co-produced the new series Dirty White which premiered earlier this year.
James Sarli is a NY based actor and comedian. He loves playing the cop/detective roles and also loves his comedic side having performed at Gotham and West Side comedy clubs in NYC.