A Midsummer Night's DrEAM
Directed by Liberty Lafferiere
Composed/Music directed by Chad Gorn
Mitchell Hansen as Krystal Ortega as
Hannah Cornish as
Patrick Moore as Todd Douglas as Aly Marie Mazzie as
Lysander Demetrius Helena
Rose Meehan as Jocelyn Kilpatrick as Tallon Wynne as
Fairy/Cobweb Titania Puck
Margo Hera as Avi Fidler as Elle Holtzhauer as Sarah Bastian as Jacob Kemp as
Peter Quince Nick Bottom Robin Starveling Tom Snout Oberon
Valleri Bowman as Mallory Kohn as Leah Savin as Mia Breckenridge Scott as Shayne Vasquez as
Mote the fairy Peaseblossom the fairy Mustardseed the Fairy Francis Flute Snug
Sam Kaufman as
Nick Tash as
Rose Meehan (She/Her; Fairy/Cobweb the fairy): Rose is an acting student at Atlantic Acting School in New York City. She is passionate about saving the earth/fighting climate change and bringing new and fresh perspectives to theatre. She hopes you enjoy the production and check out more shows to come from braving the bard, because there are many more where this came from.
Avi Fidler (they/he; Nick Bottom) is an actor formerly based in Boston and currently pursuing a BFA at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Boston-area credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Christopher Boone), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Rosencrantz), and She Kills Monsters (Tilly Evans). Philadelphia credits include the UArts 2019 Shakespeare Festival and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Aly Marie Mazzie (She/Her; Helena):
Aly Marie Mazzie is an NYC/Philly based musical theater actress, singer, & theater artist. Her most recent credits include Marvel Ann in "Psycho Beach Party," and Heather McNamara in "Heathers." She is a rising senior musical theater major at the University of the Arts and serves a co-founder & co-artistic director of Braving the Bard. She is so excited to be working with all these wonderful artists to bring Shakespeare's text to life in this crazy covid era! When she's not performing, catch her hiking local mountain trails, baking italian pastries, or using her photography skills to take high def pictures of her pets! Follow her on instagram @alymariemazzie and check out her website: alymariemazzie.com
Valleri Bowman (She/her; Mote the fairy): Valleri Bowman is a 2020 graduate of Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she earned her theatre degree with emphasis in acting and directing. She has a particular passion for movement and choreography work, and has been reading Shakespeare since she was a kid performing shows in her playroom. She also helped found the theatre department at her high school, and theatre because a stable and passionate place for her to express herself ever since.
Sam Kaufman (She/Her; Philostrate) is super excited to be working on Braving the Bard’s first play!! Sam is currently an incoming junior musical theater major at the University of the Arts. Favorite past credits include: Anything Goes(Reno Sweeny), Marie in Tomorrow Land(Marie), Guys and Dolls(Miss Adelaide), and The Addams Family(Ancestor). When she’s not on stage you can usually find her talking about her dogs, Disney, or sloths. Instagram and TikTok @samrkaufman
Elle Holzhauer (She/Her; Robin Starveling) is a Sophomore at Muhlenberg College who appeared in Muhlenberg College’s Departmental production of “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” In High School, Elle participated in Barclay Performing Arts’ production of “Heathers” and in Lees McCrae Summer Theatre’s “In The Heights”. Elle also directed The Wizard of Oz, The Lion King, Aladdin, and two original plays over the summer of 2019 at Camp Ramah Darom. Elle is a self-designed major labeled Social Change and Artistic Communications. She is so psyched to be working with “Braving the Bard” for the first time in Midsummer!
Tallon Wynne (he/his; Robin Goodfellow) is playing Robin Goodfellow in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His favorite character that he has portrayed is, in fact, Puck, so he is very excited to reprise this role! Tallon is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre & Drama with concentrations in acting, directing, and stagecraft at Indiana University. Tallon has worked previously with Indiana University’s Student Cinema Guild, New Castle Theatre, Guyer Opera House, and most recently Theatre Off-Kilter. When not preparing or performing, Tallon enjoys hiking, fitness, nutrition, cooking, and convincing his boyfriend that he CAN sing soprano….resulting in hearing loss.
Margo Hera (she/her; Peter Quince) is an actress currently based in New Orleans, LA. She is a graduate of Tulane University's Theatre Performance program and also holds a B.A. in Gender & Sexuality Studies and a B.S. in Psychology, both of which she utilizes in her theatrical work. While at Tulane, Margo was the president of TUPAS (Tulane University Performing Arts Society) through which she produced and directed a number of shows including Tulane's first entirely student-produced musical in decades: Heathers: The Musical, which she spearheaded, creating a legacy of new student-produced musicals at the institution for years to come. Favorite credits include Kate in Dancing At Lughnasa and Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank. Shakespeare credits include Artemidorus/The Cobbler in Julius Caesar and Celia in As You Like It. She recently helped to write, assist in directing, and act in a collaborative performance called Shakespeare on the Road, a showcase of Shakespeare's work mixed with educational content about his life and process which toured around local middle and high schools in New Orleans. In her free time she enjoys snuggling with her dog Muffie, thrifting, crafting, attending drag and burlesque shows, tending to her vegetable garden, photography, and reselling vintage clothing online. www.margohera.com
Shayne Vasquez (He/Him; Snug) Growing up in New Jersey, Shayne Vasquez found his path to the arts at a very young age. From his start, Shayne trained and performed locally before gaining acceptance and graduating from Somerset Count Vocational High School where he majored in Musical Theater. It was there that Shayne worked rigorously to perfect his craft while performing in various high scale shows such as Sunday in The Park with George, Les Miserables, etc. Upon graduation, Shayne was accepted into The University of the Arts and is currently working towards a BFA in musical theater. Instagram: @Shayne_Vasquez
Nick Tash (He/him; Egeus) is a performer and director based out of Fort Wayne, IN. He has directed several highly physical and experimental productions of Shakespeare's work, including Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, and Christopher Marlowe's Faustus. As an actor, he has performed in numerous plays including Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, and The Merchant of Venice.
Hannah Cornish (She/her; Hermia) is starring as Hermia in Midsummer, and is a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University. She's always loved Greek theatre, soppy ballads, and under explored stories. She currently shares a room in Pittsburgh with her fish, Ruth Beta Finsburg. Her favorite role she's ever played is Aida in Aida (lots of soppy ballads!) and she'll never turn down a veggie burger or a mojito! Fun fact: She's working on getting her yoga teacher certification!
Liberty Laferriere (Director; she/her) is the director of our very first show, A Midsummer Night's Dream! She is a 2019 graduate of the University of the Arts with a BFA in musical theatre. When she was 12, Liberty wrote, directed, and starred in a web series, and garnered 77 subscribers before the 12-year-old cringiness caused her to take it down. Ten years later, she has appeared in productions at the Candlelight Theatre, Media Theater, and White Plains Performing Arts Centre; taught at Yes! And... Collaborative Arts, Ballet Academy East, and UArts; directed for Coffee Cup Cabaret (which she co-founded) and in the Equinox New Play Festival at UArts. Liberty was also a clown in New York! She loves to produce new work and revitalize old works; in her spare time she enjoys documentaries, fitness, overthinking bad movies, learning about cults, and spending time with her pet rabbit.
Chad Gorn (Composer/Music Director; He/Him) is thrilled to be providing the music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He’s been involved in the Philadelphia music scene since the mid-‘90s as a songwriter and as a reviewer/journalist. Chad is currently the music editor for Philly Life & Culture, and he unapologetically appreciates everything from Sondheim to Swift, from Minchen to Minor Threat, from Webber to Weezer to Ween. Compositions include Shiny Objects, a Modern Fairy Tale and Saving Wonderland. He is currently working on lyrics for a musical about Howard Hughes. Thank you, Aly and Val, for this opportunity!