About The Show

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds. It was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian, and is enjoyed around the world by kids and adults alike.

You can listen and subscribe to the show by clicking any of the links below, or by typing “Mars Patel” into the search engine of your favorite podcast app.

Mars Patel is proud to be part of the Panoply podcast network.

The Cast

JAIYA CHETRAM (Mars Patel) – Jaiya studies martial arts and loves to perform at different venues playing the keyboard and singing with his three 11 year old band members. Jaiya is a singer/pianist and a talented actor who has done work with such shows as Sesame Street, CBS’s Madam Secretary and a commercial for Lunchables. He takes pride at helping with charity events with foster care kids, 911 Foundations, and churches. Jaiya hopes to one day become a successful actor, singer/musician then use that success to build a fashion company which supports children with cancer.

NATALIE MEHL (Caddie Patchet) – Natalie Mehl is a sophomore in High School where she participates in Show Choir and Drama Club. She was cast as a young Betsey Johnson on Celebrity Ghost stories, has done numerous commercials including Xfinity, Cra Z Art and Zing Toys. She has done voice over work for English as a Second Language, Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop, and was a part of Bohdi and Friends where she sings for Chloe on iTunes.

KATE WOLFSON (JP McGowan) – Kate, an 8th grader who lives at home with her parents, has been performing in a variety of local theater productions on Long Island since the age of 7, where her enormous stage presence and strong comedy skills has made her a hometown favorite playing some of the greatest character roles on stage.

WYATT RALFF (Toothpick Lee) – Wyatt was handpicked by Wes Anderson to play a Bishop brother at the young age of 5. He has done numerous national commercials, voice overs and print ads since he was 8 months old. Wyatt is a sports junkie and has never met a sport he didn’t like to watch or play. When he’s not at school you can find Wyatt with either a script or a ball in hand. He loves to read.

CARTER MINOR (Jonas Hopkins) – Carter is excited to make his inaugural podcast debut in “Mars Patel”! He has studied dance at Alvin Ailey for five years, and acting, scene study, and acting for film at Acting With Emily! He has commercial and print ad, and modeling credits, including Melissa Sweet’s “Something Blue” and JC’s Closet. Most recently he had a lead role (Louie) in his school’s musical production of Captain Louie. When he’s not acting, he loves playing baseball, clarinet, and XBox and enjoys his reign as school President.

FIONA KREIZMAN (Epica) – Fiona is entering the 6th Grade at Maplewood Middle School in New Jersey.  She’s a voracious reader, an aspiring director and a graduate of the New Jersey Film School kids program.  She has a twin brother, Dash and a little brother, Oliver.

The Team

David Kreizman is an Emmy award-winning showrunner, writer and producer.   He began his career as an associate producer and staff writer for the long-running soap opera, Guiding Light, eventually becoming the youngest head writer in the history of daytime drama. David led his writing team to both an Emmy and Writers Guild Award before moving on to be co-headwriter of All My Children and As the World Turns, where he earned another Writers’ Guild Award. During this time, David’s teen themed primetime telenovela, Summers End, was purchased and developed by the CBS Network. David served as head writer/executive story producer for World Wrestling Entertainment in Stamford, CT. He has developed, written and produced television and digital content for AMC, Sony, Discovery, Bravo and TruTv and recently completed his debut novel for young adults.  He is the head writer of “Mars Patel”, and the executive in charge of original content at Gen-Z Media (www.gen-z.fm), overseeing the writing and production of dozens of original projects. David’s greatest inspirations and frequent writing partners are his wife, Natasha, and their three kids, ages eleven, eleven and seven.

Chris Tarry is a Juno award-winning musician, writer, and producer. As an author, his book, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, March 2015), won the IndieFab book of the year for short fiction, and has been widely praised as one of the best short story collections of 2015. His writing has appeared in publications such as MAD Magazine, Funny or Die, The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, and PANK. As a musician, Chris is a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most in-demand bass players. He has produced countless award-winning albums, developed short films, and is the co-creator and sound architect behind “Mars Patel.” Chris also heads up the music and post-production departments at Gen-Z Media (www.gen-z.fm), setting the sound standard for scripted audio programming, but his favorite job is being a parent to his two awesome kids, Chloe and Lucas, and laughing about all of it with his amazing wife, Michelle in the very Brooklyn-like town of Maplewood, NJ.

JENNY TURNER HALL (jennyturnerhall.com) is an Executive Producer, Writer, and Director of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars PatelThe Guardian cited the episode she co-wrote, “The Gift,” as “Episode of the Year” in its list of top fifty podcasts. Her children are 9 and 11, and they love Mars Patel. They are her inspiration for the characters Caddie and Toothpick. Jenny also creates and produces podcasts for her organization Studio B, including The B Word and Milkwood (both available on iTunes). Outside the podcasting world, Jenny writes films and scripted television shows, with several of these projects currently in development. She has a weakness for comedy, Dungeons & Dragons, science fiction, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Benjamin Strouse is a New York born attorney, writer and producer, and handles the business of “Mars Patel” (ben@gen-z.fm). As an attorney, he represented pop superstars, architected motion picture deals, negotiated Broadway productions, and headed up a law firm’s technology and new media practice. He was also the founding producer of the cutting-edge NYC Pop-Theater Festival “Peekaboo”, writer and composer of the musical “Whatever Man,” and author of the children’s book, “Hey Boy” (Simon & Schuster).  Ben, who recruited the talented Mars Patel team and serves as Executive Producer of the production, is currently the CEO of Gen-Z Media (www.gen-z.fm), one of the leading podcast production companies for kids and family programming. A devoted New Yorker and enthusiastic Torontonian, Ben, his wife Ronni, their twin boys, Sam and Arthur, and dog Phil, make their Facebook-happy home in Maplewood, NJ.