Sydney Berk (Lucy- Good Bad People) is thrilled to be working with North Dakota Shakespeare again! She spent the past two summers with us, playing Olivia in Twelfth Night and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. Recent New York credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, directed by Katherine Wilkinson, Jacques/Audrey in Match Lit’s As You Like It, and Ilse in Rosentrasse with Joust Theatre Co. Regional credits include Eleanor in Never, Not Once with Rubicon Theatre Company, Daddy Daughter Day with New Jersey Repertory, and The Mousetrap with Theatre Barn. In Los Angeles, she is a member of The Workroom, where she played Lauren in Circle Mirror Transformation. She has also been seen at A Noise Within, where she played Martha Cratchit in A Christmas Carol and Ensemble in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Musical Theatre roles include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Pasionella in The Apple Tree. She received her Masters from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, where she studied Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre, and her BFA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College. Also a teaching artist, she works with the non-profits Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) and Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP). www.SydneyBerk.com
Carrie Colton (Text Coach- Hamlet) is an actor, director, and composer haling from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she was born and raised. Carrie holds a BFA in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University and her MFA in directing from Florida State University. As an actor Carrie has performed in two international tours: My Fair Lady (Eliza) and Annie (Miss Hannigan), as well as several regional theatres around the country. Some of her favorite directorial credits include Hairspray with the Fusion Academy of Hong Kong, Peter Pan with the Jacksonville Opera Theatre, The Tempest with the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, and several shows with The Gyeonggi English Village Edutainers in Paju, South Korea. A world traveler, Carrie has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre, Regents College in London, holds her 200 hour yoga certification from Guru Mahi's Ashrum in India, and just re-certified in Stage Combat with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat in March 2019. Carrie is a Assistant Professor of Movement and Theatre at Metro State University of Denver. Carrie is the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project and CAST Kidz in Anniston, Alabama, and feels very blessed to spend another summer with the bard! This is Carrie's fourth season with North Dakota Shakespeare. Check out more of Carrie's work on her website at www.carriecolton.com.
Na’Tosha De’Von (Audre- Good Bad People) is a native of Chicago IL, raised in Mississippi. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Thee Jackson State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Arkansas. Na’Tosha began her career in acting and poetry by way of God’s Design, believing that the purpose of her art is to expose and heal. Through her poetry she has worked with prominent people fighting for social injustices and human rights including: Danny Glover, Ilyasah Shabazz, Myrlie Evers, and Common. Her acting career has lead her to appear in several Walmart commercials, the series ‘Chase the Lion’ on the TBN televison network, and other film and television projects scheduled for release 2021. Na’Tosha has worked extensively with several theatre companies both Regional and Non-Regional across the nation, focusing on both classical and non-classical text. While working on her poerty, Na’Tosha is a casting assistant for Actors Casting Agency (ACA) in Arkansas. She has been a published poet for years, with her works in many notable literary sites including Literary Sanctuary. She is set to release her first book “Quiet as it’s Kept” December 2020. With her art, Na’Tosha desires to inspire and mentor younger artist who hold similar backgrounds to her. She wants to instill in young artists that with hard work and creativity, anything is possible.
Nicole Dunseith (Camille- Good Bad People) is an actress based in Los Angeles, California. She is currently attending the Stella Adler Art of Acting Studio’s professional acting conservatory. She recently earned dual degrees in Theatre and Health Science from Truman State University in May 2019. She appeared in North Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s production of Much Ado About Nothing as Conrade. Her most recent work was in a Zoom production of The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin where she played up to eight different characters. Nicole is an avid supporter of marrying the arts with public health. She has taught health curriculum to elementary school aged children through the use of puppets, created public service announcements for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has advocated for youth and adolescent school health on Capitol Hill. She believes that any preventable death is a public health issue. She believes that art is an invaluable tool bring people together in order to heal the parts inside us that are broken. This is Nicole Dunseith’s second appearance with the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival and she is honored to be working with them again to read this incredibly important work of art.
Tyler Folkedahl (GHOST/KING/POLONIUS/GRAVEDIGGER- Hamlet) is super excited to be returning to North Dakota Shakespeare, where he was last seen in Romeo and Juliet! Performing with his sister is his favorite thing to do, and he's fortunate to be able to do so during these difficult times. He is a UND graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance currently living and performing in Fargo. Black Lives Matter.
Veronica Lee Folkedahl (QUEEN/HORATIO/PLAYER #2- Hamlet) is a recent graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at UND. This is her third season with NDSF, appearing as Sampson/The Apothecary in Romeo and Juliet and Ursula in last season's Much Ado About Nothing. Some of her favorite past roles have been Sandra (Big Fish), Mayzie (Seussical), and #11 (The Wolves).
Hannah Hill (OPHELIA/LAERTES/PLAYER #1/OSRIC- Hamlet) is excited to be making her debut with ND Shakes! She is a recent graduate from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of her recent acting credits include Heathers (Veronica Sawyer), Junie B. Jones the Musical (Junie B. Jones), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Margot Frank). This is Hannah’s first Shakespeare show and is blessed to be a part of this experience! Keep up with all of Hannah’s theatrical endeavors at www.hannah-hill.com.
Rachel Lynett (Playwright- Good Bad People) is a queer Afro-Latinx playwright who writes dark comedies about complex, complicated women of color. Her recent playwriting credits include commissions with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (HOLY GROUND), Florida Studio Theatre (CARRY ME and AS YOU ARE), and Theatre Lab (LAST NIGHT). Other credits include APOLOGIES TO LORRAINE HANSBERRY to be workshopped with Orlando Shakespeare Festival this fall (2020); I’M F*CKING TIRED OF WRITING PLAYS ABOUT THIS presented by Rachel Lynett Theatre Company based in Madison, WI (2020); LAST NIGHT presented as a reading with Theatre Lab (2020);HERE BE DRAGONS presented as a reading with Capital Rep (2019); YOU WERE MINE presented as a reading at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival presented by Theatre Prometheus (2019); HE DID IT presented as a reading with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida's Pegasus PlayLab; REFUGE as part of Z Space's Problematic Play Festival (2018); GOOD BAD PEOPLE as part of Talk Back Theatre's Reading Series (2018), part of American Stage Theatre Company's 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018), part of Jackalope Theatre's CIRCLE UP series (2017) and as a reading as part of Unicorn Theatre Plays In Progress (2018); WELL-INTENTIONED WHITE PEOPLE as the Michigan premiere with Matrix Theatre (2018), the world premiere with Barrington Stage Theatre Company (2018), the Downstage Left Residency with StageLeft (2017), part of Orlando Shakespeare New Play Festival (2017), and receiving honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroys for her play (2017). Her play, ABORTION ROAD TRIP received a workshop production produced by Theatre Prometheus as part of Capital Fringe where it won Best Comedy (2017) and then was later presented by Theatre Prometheus, as a part of the 2017 Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival. Rachel Lynett is also the 2018 Recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and one of the 2020 recipients for the 360 grant.
Camilla Morrison (Costume Designer- Hamlet) is a Costume Designer, Draper, Artist, and Teacher. During the school year, Camilla is the Costume Designer/Instructor at the University of North Dakota. She earned her MFA in Costume Design and Technology at Louisiana State University and her BA in Theatre from Salisbury University in Maryland. Camilla was named an Emerging Artist in the 2019 USITT Exhibited Artists in the Prague Quadrennial, where her devised work, Nightmares Are Dreams, Too, will be exhibited. Her Costume Design credits at UND include Seussical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Speech and Debate, Wizard of Oz, and The Wolves. Swine Palace design credits include Noises Off and Vieux Carre. LSU Mainstage productions include Carrie, the Musical and Stick Fly. Camilla was the Costume Design Fellow at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY in the summer of 2015 where she designed four experimental productions and four TYA productions. Previously, Camillaworked in the Washington D.C. area as a freelance Costume Designer, Stage Manager, Teaching Artist, and Arts Administrator. Camilla is the recipient of the Joanne Grant Scholarship for Excellence in Theatre from SU and the Board of Regents Fellowship from LSU. This is her second season with NDSF!
Ms. Jackie Murray (Miriam- Good Bad People) is a professional singer/songwriter/actress who has been on stage in several Memphis area theaters, and throughout the mid-South. She is a teaching artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission and serves on the Board of the Tennessee Theatre Association as Professional Artist Representative. Her motto is, “Not pursuing your dreams is like being a bird that is afraid of heights.”
Stephanie Faatz Murry- (Director-Hamlet/Producing Artistic Director) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia, an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of Arkansas and a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She has performed throughout the U.S. and Asia with companies such as Playhouse on the Square, Charleston Stage Company, Black Hills Playhouse, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, North Dakota Shakespeare, Hampstead Stage, Nebraska Theatre Caravan and Gyeonggi English Village, in South Korea. She is so excited to share her love of classical theatre with the ND/MN community for a fourth season! Keep up with her theatrical adventures at www.stephaniefaatzmurry.com.
Matthew Murry (HAMLET- Hamlet) is overjoyed to return to Grand Forks for North Dakota Shakespeare Festival's fourth season! He previously appeared as Dogberry, Feste and Mercutio at ND Shakes. Matthew is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, originally hailing from Uhrichsville, Ohio. He holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University, a B.A. in Theatre with a Minor in Music from Muskingum University, and a certificate in Commedia Dell'Arte Performance from Antonio Fava's International School of Comic Acting. Some favorite roles include Prospero (The Tempest), Macbeth (Macbeth), Earl of Kent (King Lear), Garry LeJeune (Noises Off), George Tesman (Hedda Gabler), and The Man in Chair (The Drowsy Chaperone). While in South Korea, Matthew wrote, directed, and performed in several musicals including The Legend of Robin Hood. For more info, visit his website: www.matthewmurry.net. Matthew wants to thank his lovely wife for making all of this possible!
Britney Walker-Merritte (June- Good Bad People) is thrilled to be doing a reading for North Dakota Shakespeare Festival! She was last seen as Theresa in The Champion, Esther in Intimate Apparel, the Cook/Ensemble in Amadeus. Houston credits include Meg in Wrinkle in Time, Manyara in Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Beneatha in Eighth Day of the Week (Ensemble Theatre); Mom/Ensemble in Oskar Versus ThingieMobob (Alley Theatre); HorseHead Theatre Co.’s Church and Sensitive Guys. At the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, she appeared as Phebe in What Holds the Future, Sarah in Perfect Adornment, Clarinda in Secrets of the Midwives, and Phillis in Faith Hope and Love. She wrote/performed/produced A Night of Poetry, Poetry for Mothers, and The Voice that Speaks. She holds an MFA in Acting from University of Arkansas.