Lanfour Productions

J. Dustin Sturgill

Actor & Playwright

Dustin is an experienced actor, playwright, screenwriter,  and published poet.  As a playwright in the Edward Albee New Play Festival, Sturgill's Somebody Else's Balls, a play about young men lost in a cave, was produced to great acclaim. Under Lanford Wilson's guidance, Dustin honed his skills as a professional writer leading to the publication of his Desert Resident, a collection of poems and illustrations which critics have labelled a "literary mix of soul searching and salvation guaranteed to be a cult favorite." Dustin is currently working on a new film which is being shot in west Texas. Dustin is represented by the Pasorini Bosby Talent Agency. 

Tim Ashby  


Texas born Tim Ashby is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos where he earned a BFA in Theatrical Performance and Production. A talented actor and up and coming director who studied directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Tim has acted at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In Houston he has performed at a number of venues including the final round of the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award at the Alley Theatre and as Brodie in the World Premiere of Aleks Merilo's " Exit 27."    Tim is Lan4's first intern. He is represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency.


MJ Wilson Emig

Producing Director

A seasoned actor, director, and produced playwright,  MJ earned her BA in Theatre from De Sales University in Pennsylvania and her MFA from the University of Houston. She has professionally acted and directed for over 30 years and has worked and or studied with Elizabeth Ashley, Sidney Berger, George Grizzard, Gerald Friedman, Marshall Mason, Stuart Ostrow, and Lanford Wilson. Through her association with Lanford Wilson, MJ began producing--cultivating and promoting emerging playwrights and actors. As Producing Director of Lanfour Productions, MJ Wilson Emig carries on Lanford's legacy mentoring new works. 

Developing New Plays 

 Chris Lowe

Set designer & Special Effects

Christopher Lowe has long been active in the theatre. Equally comfortable in front of the curtain as behind, Chris is best known for comedy, sets, and special effects. He designs and builds several shows a year in the Houston area, and is now branching out into film. Originally from north Texas, he came to Galveston for college and never looked back!


Celeste Roberts 

Actor & AEA Representative 

Lousiana born Celeste Cheramie Roberts is a familiar face in the Houston theatre scene.  She has appeared in the Houston Shakespeare Festival in such roles as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, and Viola in Twelfth Night.  She has also appeared in the joint Main Street Theater/Prague Shakespeare Company’s production of Henry V.  Among her other featured roles are M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, Maria in Master Class, Mrs. Van Buren in Intimate Apparel, Sylvia in The Women, Yelena in Uncle Vanya, and Mrs. Cheverly in An Ideal Husband.  Film credits include Vampires, The Lioness Club, The Pardon, Playing House, The Guardian, and Dead of Knight.  Celeste graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in English Literature.  She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and a Prague Shakespeare.

I. Nelson Heggen Board President 

Actor & Playwright

Nelson Heggen has been a featured actor at many Houston theatres for nearly 20 years, appearing in productions such as Mister Roberts, Habeas Corpus, The Pillowman, Proof, and Lanford Wilson's Book of Days.  Nelson has also studied playwriting under Lanford Wilson and has had works produced at the Edward Albee New Play Festival at the University of Houston.  He is a strong advocate for new works by emerging playwrights, having created roles for the Houston or World Premiers of many plays, and is continuing his support as a founding member of Lanfour Productions.