2021 South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Acting Company
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Mia Hilt, Viola
Mia Hilt is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studies Theatre Performance and Dance. Her recent credits include Cassius in a UNL production of Julius Caesar as well as various roles with Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the Black Hills Playhouse. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to play Viola with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival!
Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha, Orsino
Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha* has enjoyed various classical and contemporary roles in regional and repertory theatres across the country and is delighted to be joining the South Dakota Shakespeare ensemble for the first time. He is an ensemble member of the Fonseca Theatre Company in Indianapolis, a member of the artistic ensemble at Crescent City Stage in New Orleans, and his interactive multimedia play The American Muslim Project was the resident umbrella project for the 2019 Indy Convergence.
Chaya Gordon, Olivia
Chaya Gordon* is a multi-faceted theatre artist with professional experience in acting, directing, fight directing, dramaturgy and teaching. She holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, and has performed with theatre companies across the country including the American Shakespeare Center (Virginia), Inwood Shakespeare Festival (New York), New England Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and the Black Hills Playhouse.
Joe Stollenwerk, Sir Toby
Joe Stollenwerk’s first Shakespearean role was Hamlet in a 5th grade production; 37 years later he is excited to return to the Bard! Favorite roles include Victor Frankenstein and The Hermit in Young Frankenstein (Black Hills Playhouse), Gabriel York in When the Rain Stops Falling (Indiana University), and his recent cabaret act Songs of Life, Songs of Death … but Mostly Songs of Life (Varsity Pub).
Megan Gilbreath, Maria
Megan Gilbreath is from Des Moines, Iowa, and is studying Theatre at the University of South Dakota, with a Musical Theatre specialization. She is excited to be performing in her first Shakespeare show this summer and to be making some awesome memories in the process.
Shekendra Morgan, Malvolio/Antonio/Sailor
Shekendra Morgan was last seen on stage as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with SDSF in 2019. Throughout COVID they've done projects including a zoom performance of "The Race 2020" with Crumpled Paper Players, voice acting as Maia in Y2KPod, and doing multiple production duties in their horror podcast Selective Dissonance.
Eleanor Carle, Feste/Captain
Eleanor Carle graduated from USD in May. Growing up a military child, Eleanor adores traveling. She also loves to spend time puzzling with her friends and running around with her nephews and niece. Eleanor is beyond excited to be joining this cast in her favorite Shakespearean comedy.
Caleb Olson, Sir Andrew/Sailor/Servant
Caleb Olson is thrilled to be returning to the SDSF stage since Richard III. He graduated from USD in 2019 with a BFA in Theatre. He has kept his skills sharpened over the past year by participating in several online-video acting and directing projects of new plays.
Grace Kjelden, Fabian/Curio/Priest
Grace Kjelden is a musical theatre major at the University of South Dakota. She has recently been seen in Zanna Don’t and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale on the USD stage, Mamma Mia at VCT, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. She is ecstatic to be returning!
Carter Hoffer, Sebastian/Valentine/Officer
Carter Hoffer recently graduated from the University of South Dakota where you may have seen him in such shows as Julius Caesar as Cassius, Zanna, Don't! as Arvin/Bronco, and in the 2021 Spring Dance showcase! He is very excited to continue his work with Shakespeare in his South Dakota Shakespeare Festival debut in the role of Sebastian et al!
Austin Vetter, Swing for Malvolio/Toby/Feste
Austin Vetter is excited to be back working with SDSF. He was last seen in 2019 as Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream. He graduated from USD in 2018 with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has also performed for many other theaters around South Dakota.
Claire Vetter, Swing for Viola/Olivia/Maria
Claire Vetter is an upcoming senior musical theatre major at the University of South Dakota. Her most recent performance was in USD's production of Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Claire has been involved in other summer theatre programs including Storybook Land Theatre in Aberdeen, SD. She is excited to help share this comedic work of William Shakespeare and hopes you have a great summer!
Zach Lopez, Swing for Orsino/Andrew/Fabian/Sebastian
Zach Lopez is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of South Dakota. His most recent performance was as Steve Bookman in USD's production of Zanna Don't. He is excited to show the works of William Shakespeare to the world and hopes you have a great summertime.
*appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association