Rebecca Bailey (Director) serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre at The University of the Ozarks. She studied Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University finishing her MFA in Directing in Dec of 2016 at University of South Dakota. Rebecca has served as a director for Prairie Repertory Theatre and South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Favorite productions directed include Comedy of Errors (South Dakota Shakespeare Festival), Venus in Fur (University of South Dakota), The Diary of Anne Frank (University of the Ozarks), The Little Mermaid (Prairie Repertory Theatre), and Extremities (University of the Ozarks). Rebecca is excited to join North Dakota Shakes for the summer!
Petron Brown (Lysander/Snout) is a recent graduate from University of the Ozarks with a B.S. in theatre and environmental studies. He has performed in numerous University Theatre productions, including The Diary of Anne Frank (2018), Barefoot in the Park (2019), Love's Labor's Lost (2019), The Boy Who Couldn't Speak (2019), For Hurting Hands (2020) and Proof (2021). He has won several theatre awards, including the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement in Directing, the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement for Acting in Multiple Roles and the KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Nomination. Petron hopes to become a professional actor and expand his exploration in theatre for social change and documentary theatre. This Fall, he will being pursuing his MFA in Acting at the University of Southern Mississippi!
Robert Cooper (Demetrius/Flute) is super excited to be making his North Dakota Shakespeare Festival debut! He is from Lignite, North Dakota, and is currently a rising senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of North Dakota. Some of his other credits include Haemon (Antigone), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), and Frederick (Noises Off). Robert is ready to get immersed in the amazing work that this company produces and grateful to bring art to life after a tumultuous year!
Emmalyn Danielson (Costume Apprentice) is a junior in high school. She has been involved in theatre since the seventh grade, acting and participating on the tech team. Most recently she assisted in costuming for Red River High School’s production of Children of Eden. In her free time, she enjoys working on her own costume projects, drawing, designing fashion, composing music on piano, and studying wildlife. She is excited for her first season with the North Dakota Shakespeare Company this summer.
Tyler Folkedahl (Puck) is so excited to be back with North Dakota Shakespeare this summer! Having the opportunity to perform with my family and friends is such a gift, and I'm ecstatic about the upcoming show. I am a graduate from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance. Previous credits include Claudius/Polonius in Hamlet with ND Shakespeare, Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz with UND, and Lottie in Scrooge in Rouge at The Empire. In my spare time I enjoy meeting with my high school friends online for long-distance book club and playing Animal Crossing with my family. Enjoy the show!
Veronica Lee Folkedahl (Hippolyta/Peaseblossom) is thrilled to return for her fourth season with North Dakota Shakespeare Festival! She previously appeared as Sampson/Apothecary in Romeo & Juliet, Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, and Horatio/Constance/Player King in Hamlet! She feels so lucky to be fortunate enough to return to live performances this summer, especially being able to do so alongside her brother & best friend Tyler Folkedahl. She has performed professionally across the midwest with ND Shakes, The Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts, Fort Totten Little Theatre Company, and the Northern Lights International Tour, alongside her educational credits at the University of North Dakota. If you're a Grand Forks local, you may have also seen her this summer as Carla-Jean in Fool's Gold (Firehall) or as The Furies in In Search of Persephone (Theatre Without Walls) ! Some favorite roles include Sandra (Big Fish), Mayzie (Seussical), Beggar Woman/Lucy (Sweeney Todd), Rhetta (Pump Boys & Dinettes) and #11 (The Wolves). Check out more of Veronica's work on her website at www.VeronicaFolkedahl.com
Charlotte Foster (Titania/Quince) is so excited to be joining North Dakota Shakespeare Festival this summer in A Midsummer Night’s Dream! She’s currently earning her master’s degree at FSU’s Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida. Some previous work includes Brutus in Julius Caesar and Judith Tur in Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Asolo Conservatory), Hermione in The Winter’s Tale and Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well (Mainestage Shakespeare). She spent the past two summers performing at the Toronto and Orlando Fringe, and this past year understudied in the Asolo Rep’s productions of The Lifespan of a Fact and Into the Breeches. She received her BFA in Acting from SUNY Fredonia in 2011. www.charlottefoster.com
Paige Klopfenstein (Hermia/Snug) is excited and very grateful given the landscape of the last year, to be working with North Dakota Shakespeare Festival this summer. Recent roles include Antony in Julius Caesar (Asolo Conservatory), Rose in The Flick, and Claire in Proof, as well as understudying Maggie in Into the Breeches (Asolo Rep). She is currently pursuing her MFA at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and received her Bachelor's at Case Western Reserve University.
Kyle Mason (Bottom/Egeus) is a rising senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program at UND! His favorite credits include Buddy in Elf: The Musical, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, and Sam in Grace. He is very excited to be apart of the ND Shakespeare Festival for the first time. When not at school or in rehearsal, he enjoys being a cat dad of 2.
Camilla Morrison (Costume Designer) is a Costume Designer, Draper, Artist, and Teacher. During the school year, Camilla is the Costume Designer/Teaching Assistant Professor 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 a 2020-2021 North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellow from which she created her devised work “Of the Earth: Stories of Women in North Dakota.” by interviewing women from North Dakota and creating costumes based on their collective experiences surrounding aging, motherhood, relationships, and being a woman in North Dakota. Camilla was named an Emerging Artist in the 2019 USITT Exhibited Artists in the Prague Quadrennial, where her devised work, Nightmares Are Dreams, Too, was exhibited. Companies with which Camilla has worked include Empire Theatre Company, Theatre B, Black Hills Playhouse, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Serenbe Playhouse, and Hangar Theatre. Previously, Camilla worked 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 Salisbury University and the Board of Regents Fellowship from Louisiana State University.
Stephanie Faatz Murry- (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 fifth season! Keep up with her theatrical adventures at www.stephaniefaatzmurry.com.
Matthew Murry (Oberon/Theseus) is overjoyed to return to Grand Forks for North Dakota Shakespeare Festival's fourth season! He previously appeared as Hamlet, 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!
Alex Rice (Stage Manager) is a rising senior at the University of North Dakota. She is pursuing a degree in Design and Technical Theatre, with a special interest in Stage Management. This is her first season with North Dakota Shakespeare Festival. Her past credits include stage managing Antigone at the University of North Dakota and Fool’s Gold at the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and playing with her two cats.
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Piper Sommer (Helena/Staveling) is excited to make her ND Shakespeare debut! She studies Musical Theatre at the University of North Dakota where she is also a member of Students for Sustainability. Piper is an avid collector of houseplants and enjoys painting, sewing, and hiking in her free time. Some of her past favorite roles include Woman 1 (Songs for a New World), Priest (Jesus Christ Superstar), and Smolowitz (Found a Peanut).