Rebecca Bailey (Director) Rebecca Bailey has spent the past four years serving as Asst. Professor of Theatre at The University of the Ozarks. This summer she began a full-time position serving as the Education Program Director for the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault where she will use theatrical techniques in training Victim Advocates and other first responders. In 2021, she received a Visionary Voice Award for her work here. She has served as the Arkansas State Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI. Rebecca works as a director and movement/ intimacy coach teaching classes focused on Acting, Directing, Shakespeare, Movement and Voice. In November, she directed a devised production, For Hurting Hands which received two national awards from KCACTF including a Citizen’s Artist Award. She directed this production devised by seven students approaching their perspectives on equality and diversity following recent events. Rebecca is thankful to be returning to both Prairie Repertory Theatre and North Dakota Shakespeare Festival this summer and is proud to serve on the board of South Dakota Shakespeare Festival.
Anthony Quinn Berry (Duke/Pinch/US Antipholus of Syracuse) is an actor based in Houston, Texas. He got his actor training from Sam Houston State University, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and the Co-Lab Acting Intensive. Most recently, he was seen as Ross in Macbeth, Benji in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and as Peters in a staged reading of Beasts and Cakes. He has also been in Richard III, Sonnets for an Old Century, Everybody, and Sweat. When he isn't on stage, he loves to write poetry, make peach cobbler and cheesecake, go on nature walks, and enjoy his family.
Lani Call (Adriana) recently graduated from Wayne State University with her MFA in acting. Some of her favorite credits include, Stella in Streetcar Named Desire and Rosalind in As You Like It. She loves the outdoors and is thrilled to be a part of the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival this year!
Katie Curry (Costume Designer) is about to begin her tenth year as costume designer and shop manager at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. After graduating from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, she worked at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival in Atlanta, Theatre by the Sea (RI), the Ocean State Theatre Company (RI), Coastal Carolina University (SC), the University of Minnesota Morris, and The Black Hills Playhouse (SD) to name a few. In her current base of operations in Fargo, Katie has designed for Theatre B and the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre and been the costume shop manager at the Trollwood Performing Arts School.
Recently, Katie has been honored to receive the URTA Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Training in the area of Costume Design and Technology. She loves mentoring her students and is thrilled to be working with the fantastic artists of North Dakota Shakespeare.
Tyler Folkedahl (Dromio of Syracuse) is thrilled to coming home to perform this summer! The North Dakota Shakespeare Festival crew are family to me, both literally and figuratively. He's been seen previously as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and as both kings plus Ophelia's crotchety father in Hamlet. Other regional credits include Rooster in Annie with Empire Theatre Company and Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet with Frostfire Summer Theatre. Tyler currently resides in Chattanooga, TN.
Veronica Lee Folkedahl (Lady Abbess/Etc.) is so thrilled to be working with North Dakota Shakespeare Festival, and to be doing it alongside so many great friends! She previously appeared as Peaseblossom/Hippolyta, Horatio/Gertrude, Ursula, and Sampson/Apothecary. When not on stage, Veronica enjoys camping, hiking, drinking chai and being an avid animal crossing player. If you’re a Grand Forks local, you may have seen her recently as Rosie in Mamma Mia!, or as Lily St. Regis in Annie! 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
Brigitte Froslee (Swing) is a rising Junior studying Musical Theatre BFA and Theatre Arts Tech/Design BA at the University of North Dakota (UND). Brigitte is thrilled to make her North Dakota Shakespeare (ND Shakes) debut this season as an ensemble swing in The Comedy of Errors. You might have seen Brigitte most recently as Eddie in Mamma Mia at the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, as the King in All's Well That Ends Well (UNDs Unrehearsed Shakespeare), or as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (UNDs Unrehearsed Shakespeare). Brigitte is ecstatic to work with ND Shakes this season, and cannot wait to see what the future holds!
Devon Glover (Guest Teaching Artist) is a teacher, rapper, poet, playwright, and actor from Brooklyn, New York. He performs Shakespeare's Sonnets through Hip-Hop as The Sonnet Man in schools and theatres worldwide. Devon has appeared on NBC, MSNBC, BBC, and at Conferences and Shakespeare Festivals worldwide, including Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford-upon-Avon. He has taught with Stratford Shakespeare, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Saratoga Shakespeare, and Shakespeare Behind Bars; providing workshops for students to create adaptations and original stories through poetry and music. Devon has written adaptations of Shakespeare for various theatre companies. In Spring 2019, Devon was commissioned by the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to write a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for high schools. Devon is currently working on a one-man show based on Shakespeare's play, Othello, commissioned by the New Perspectives Theatre. For more information, visit www.SonnetMan.com
Adrian Hinojosa (Egeon) is ecstatic to make their debut at North Dakota Shakespeare Festival. He graduated in 2020 with a BA in Theater from Henderson State University. He is no stranger to Shakespeare having played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, as well as having many opportunities on the stage as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd: and the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Ellard in The Foreigner, and Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers.
Roberto Kerezsi (Angelo/US Dromio) is a filmmaker and actor based in Grand Forks. This is his first time with ND Shakespeare and has been involved in shows at the Firehall and the Empire, with his most recent being "Peter" in Company. When not acting, you can find him producing music and making art with his friends.
Otto Lieder (Second Merchant/US Antipholus of Ephesus) is ecstatic to be making his North Dakota Shakespeare debut! He is from Saint Paul Minnesota and is a rising senior at the University of North Dakota studying for his BFA in Musical Theatre and his BA in Theatre Arts. You may previously have seen him at the Firehalls productions of Mamma Mia! or Fools Gold! playing Harry Bright and Yellow respectively, or at the University in Unrehearsed Shakespeare or 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee playing Leaf Conibear. He also has worked at the Empire Theatre and with Frostfire theatre on technical work!
Klara McElroy (Dromio of Ephesus) is an aspiring actor and director currently enrolled at
University of the Ozarks in Clarkesville, Arkansas as a rising senior with majors in communication and
theatre. They have performed in theatre productions such as Annie (2016), The Crucible (2018), Love’s
Labor’s Lost (2019), The Boy Who Couldn’t Speak (2019), For Hurting Hands (2020), Proof (2021),
Quilters (2021), and Helter Skelter (2022). They directed Babyfood (2022) and now are working on a
production of Red to be performed in Spring of 2023. They have won several theatre awards, including
the KCACTF Meritus Achievement in Acting in multiple roles as well as the KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting
Nomination. Klara hopes to become a professional actor and director and to advance their directing and
performance skills through pursuing graduate school, especially in in the world of Shakespeare. They are
excited to join NDSF this summer for the first time!
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 (Antipholus of Syracuse) is overjoyed to return to Grand Forks for North Dakota Shakespeare Festival's sixth season! He previously appeared as Oberon/Theseus, 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!
Dinah Ndu (Luciana) is originally from Missouri City, Texas (…close to Houston). She started recognizing her interest in performing in her elementary school choir and in high school theatre. This led her to pursue her BFA in Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University. Credits include: Creature (Juliana), Richard III (Queen Margaret), She Kills Monsters (Farrah/Evil Gabi), Pride and Prejudice (Miss De Bourgh) and Memphis (Bessie/Ensemble). Dinah also has a passion for voice work and directing. She directed Jump, by Charly Evon Simpson in the fall of 2021. In her free time, she enjoys learning how to play the bass guitar, reading, and watching reality Tv shows (especially the ones where people have different accents). Dinah plans to pursue a career in theatre, directing, and film.
Brad Reissig (Scenic Designer) is an Associate Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design at the University of North Dakota. He received his Bachelors in Theatre from Kansas State University and his M.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Production at Illinois State University. Prior to his arrival at UND, Brad taught at SUNY Oneonta and Wichita State University. He also freelance designs around the country. Some of his productions include: Angels in America Parts 1&2, Ragtime, Hamlet, South Pacific, Falsettos and The Secret Garden. Brad received meritorious achievement awards from the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival for his scenic designs for Cabaret and The Crucible and was nominated for Faculty Fellowships in design at the Kennedy Center with Ming Cho Lee and Beverly Emmons. Brad is actively involved in both KC/ACTF and USITT. This is his fourth year designing for North Dakota Shakespeare, where he also serves on the Advisory Board!
Jason M. Shipman (Antipholus of Ephesus) is very excited to join NDSF this summer. As a theatre maker he was worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, TheatreSquared, Black Ensemble Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Piven Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, Chicago’s Rhino Fest, Huge Lightning Comedy Fest, ArkansaStaged, The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, among others. He was the founding Artistic Director of Block St Theatre Co and has been an Artistic Associate with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble. He holds an MFA from The University of Arkansas and a BA from University of South Carolina in Aiken. https://www.vote.org/
Lucas Skjaret (Stage Manager & Assistant Director) is a stage director, arts producer, and scholar who is thrilled to be back in Grand Forks! He is currently based in Waco, Texas where is about to enter his second year as an MFA in Theatre Directing at Baylor University. Before coming to BU, Lucas freelanced in The Twin Cities, Minnesota, where he worked at a variety of theatre companies such as Freshwater Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square, History Theatre, Artistry, and Lyric Arts. He was also the artistic director of Market Garden Theatre where he directed Another Revolution, My Barking Dog, On The Exhale, and Public Exposure. Most recently, he directed Circle Mirror Transformation at Baylor University. Lucas received his double B.A. in Theatre Arts and Norwegian from The University of North Dakota and is a proud member of the Director’s Lab North in Toronto, Canada. His scholarship has been published in the Texas Theatre Journal and The Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal. Upcoming projects include assistant directing 12 Angry Jurors and devising a piece based on work at The Dallas Museum of Art, both at Baylor University. www.lucasskjaret.com
Piper Sommer (Courtesan/Luce/First Merchant/US Adriana/Luciana) is excited to return to North Dakota Shakespeare this summer! Piper is a senior in the Musical Theatre program at UND with a minor in Sustainability Studies. Her favorite recent credits include Sophie (Mamma Mia), Logainne (Putnam County Spelling Bee), and Annie Jump Cannon (Silent Sky). When she is not at rehearsal, Piper can be found sewing, gardening, and appreciating the outdoors.