2019 South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Acting Company

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Siobhan Bremer, Egeus/Robin Starveling

Siobhan Bremer received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting and has performed professionally at the Commonweal Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Guthrie Theater (MN), The Steel Beam Theatre (IL), Festival Theatre, Northern Lights Playhouse (WI), Black Hills Playhouse (SD) and will be playing Ouiser in Steel Magnolias later this summer.

Matt C. Cross, Lysander

Matt C. Cross is a Kiowa actor originally from Oklahoma City. During the past 3 years in NYC, Matt has completed improv training with the Upright Citizens Brigade, has been practicing traditional dancing, and becoming involved with the First Nations Theatre Guild.

Skyler Ray-Benson Davis, Demetrius

Skyler Ray-Benson Davis is an actor, mus(ish)cian and story-yeller who was born in Tlingit-Aani, (Juneau, Alaska) and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has toured with “The Winter Bear Project” by Anne Hanley, throughout Alaska, since 2016. He has worked with Quantum Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Cyrano’s Theatre Co., American Ballet Theatre, and Universal Studios. He is an ensemble member of The New American Theatre.

Charley Flyte, Titania/Hippolyta

Charley Flyte  is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge) and is of Haudenosaunee Kanye'kehá:ka (Six Nations) descent. She received her BA in Film and Media Studies from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and studied acting at the T. Schreiber Studio in NYC.

Grace Kjelden, Snout

Grace Kjelden is from Vermillion, South Dakota and has just completed her first year as a Musical Theatre Major at the University of South Dakota. She has recently been seen onstage at USD as Johnna in Naomi In the Living Room and as Snow White and a Little Pig in Into the Woods.

Rafael Moraga, Francis Flute

Rafael Moraga is a Twin Cities-based actor, originally from Oakland, California. He recently received his master’s degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Writing for Stage & Broadcast Media in London, UK.

Shekendra Morgan, Bottom

Shekendra Morgan (They/Them or She/Her) They just finished school in May,working on a degree in theater performance and sociology. They are so excited to be a part of this company for the third year! Hope that you enjoy this amazing production. Also shout out to baby boy Jack Jack for being a great ESA!

Kenny Ramos, Puck

Kenny Ramos is ecstatic to make his South Dakota Shakespeare Festival debut in his first ever Shakespeare production! Originally from the Barona Indian Reservation in Southern California, Kenny is Diegueño Iipay/Kumeyaay from the Barona Band of Mission Indians and graduated from UCLA with a BA in American Indian Studies.  He is an Artist Ensemble member at Native Voices at the Autry, the country’s premiere Native American theater company, and a guest Ensemble Member at Cornerstone Theater Company, a professional theater company that makes new plays with and about communities.  This year, Kenny received First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship and Theater Communications Group’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship. Kenny has appeared in the world premiere productions of Larissa FastHorse’s Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company), Randy Reinholz’s Off the Rails (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Dillon Chitto’s Bingo Hall (Native Voices at the Autry), Mary Kathryn Nagle’s Return to Niobrara (The Kennedy Center/The Rose Theater Omaha), and most recently, Larissa FastHorse’s Native Nation (Cornerstone/ASU Gammage). Other regional credits include: Crazy for You, High School Musical (Starlight San Diego); Joseph…Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, Cats, Aida (Moonlight Stage Productions).  Kenny is tremendously grateful to Madeline and Chaya for this awesome opportunity, to his family for their steadfast support, and to the Indigenous communities who have called the land of this region home: the Mandan, Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples.

Rachel Smith, Hermia

Rachel Smith is thrilled to be returning to SDSF! Last summer, Rachel played the role of Queen Elizabeth in SDSF's Richard III, and Maria in Love's Labour's Lost and the Emcee in Cabaret at USD's Knutson theatre. She'd like to thank Chaya Gordon-Bland, Madeline Sayet, Sandra Mollman, and everyone with SDSF for this opportunity.

Erin Tripp, Helena

Erin Tripp graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Theatre and Tlingit language. Most recently, she played Ani in Whale Song by Cathy Tagnak Rexford at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. Visit Erin’s website at www.erintripp.com to learn more about her work.

Austin Vetter, Peter Quince 

Austin Vetter is beyond excited to be a part of the SDSF family this summer. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre. He has previously been seen onstage at USD and the past two summers at the Black Hills Playhouse.

Matthew Vidal, Oberon/Theseus

Matthew Vidal is a Musical Theater B.F.A. at USD from Rapid City, South Dakota. He has partook in multiple shows in the Rapid City and Vermillion areas; notable roles include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Longaville in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hanschen in Spring Awakening. Matthew is very excited to play Oberon in Midsummer.

Young Company

Paulette Dion, Fairy

Paulette Dion is 11 years old and in the 5th grade. She is from Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and currently lives in Vermillion, SD. She enjoys playing soccer and volleyball as much as being a creative artist. She fell in love with the festival in 2018 and is excited to be a part of the show in 2019!

Bella Drissell, Philostrate

Bella Drissell hails from Sioux Center, over the river in Iowa, and is honored to be a part of this production! This is her second year with SDSF; last year she played a doomed prince in Richard III. Bella is grateful to her family for their support and love.

Natalie Drissell, Fairy

Natalee Drissell is overjoyed to perform with SDSF for the second time. Besides performing in SDSF's Richard the III, she has acted with Missoula Children's Theater and Orange City Stages. Natalee is a resident of Sioux Center, Iowa, where she spends her time in the local prairie.

Elliza Mollman, Snug

Elliza Mollman Elliza’s performance credits include Les Miserables, Pippin, The Pillow Man, Six Characters in Search of an Author and SDSF’s Richard III. This marks her 6th season as a SDSF costume shop volunteer. Elliza lives on the prairie with her family, and enjoys reading, being outdoors, and talking to her chickens.

Adison Pearl Wells, Fairy

Adison Pearl Wells, from Vermillion, is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota tribe and is also of Hunkpati Dakota and Danish descent. Her last performances were this spring in ballet and as Mary in the St. Agnes School Passion Play. She enjoys fashion design and tea blending and is looking forward to a full summer and 5th grade this fall.

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