Extended Bios from the Dice: Romeo and Juliet
Cast and Production Team
*denotes company member
^denotes producing board member
Emily Huntingford^ - Dice Ensemble
Emily (she/her) is a producer and actor throughout Seattle and loves classical works and new means of storytelling. You may have caught her in Dacha's digital shows, The Moors, many Dice productions, or shouting Shakespeare in the parks with GreenStage. When not working she enjoys chocolate, board games, and yelling at old episodes of Survivor. emilyhuntingford.com.
Jerik Fernandez* - Dice Ensemble (alt. Fight Captain)
Jerik (he/him) is an actor, DJ, and Twitch streamer. Jerik is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and Cornish College of the Arts. He was last seen in Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) and Hamlet (Polonius) with Seattle Shakespeare. He is part of the Young Hot Thespian (YHT) collective.
Beth Pollack* - Dice Ensemble (Fight Captain)
Beth (she/her) is a Seattle-based actor, teaching artist, and arts administrator. You may have seen or heard her work with Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It, or a variety of Dacha shows since 2017. She was part of the Dice ensemble for Twelfth Night, Hamlet, As You Like It, and Pride & PrejuDICE and is thrilled to be taking on the challenge for a 5th time. More at beth-pollack.com.
Mimi (she/her) loves Shakespeare and is delighted to be able to bring you along through Verona! She doesn’t just memorize lines she is also an activist, educator, actor, and an avid reader who loves learning! When she isn’t speaking the speech, you can find her going on spontaneous adventures!
Ella Ruth Francis* - Dice Ensemble
Ella Ruth (she/her) is an actor, singer, and dog mom originally from San Francisco. She is thrilled to be returning to Dacha after playing Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing. Dice has been the most challenging and gratifying experience of her career, and she is so excited to share the stage with these incredible performers. See more at ellaruthfrancis.com. Thank you to Myles and Mac for the constant love. YHT is the regime, the takeover is now.
Mike Lion^ - Dice Ensemble, additional Production Director
Mike (he/him) is a director, actor, translator, and clown. He is the co-Artistic Director of Dacha Theatre and the program associate and improv coach at Youth Theatre Northwest. Mike recently directed Dacha's summer tour of Dears in Headlights. He has been part of the dice series from the first production of Shakespeare Dice: 12th Night and is thankful for the joy and the semi-annual brain exercise that this format provides.
Haley Thomas^ - Stage Manager
Haley (she/her) is an assistant production manager and administrator for the School of Drama at the University of Washington. She also house manages, and serves as an Artistic Producer and Secretary for Dacha’s Producing Board. When Haley is not breaking up brawls in Verona streets, she enjoys exploring the PNW with her partner, Adam, and their dog Dahlia.
Orianna O'Neill^ - Asst. Stage Manager, Band Leader u/s
Orianna (she/her) is a teacher, singer, dancer, actor, musician, and lover of Pluto. By day she is an elementary music teacher, and by night Ori moonlights as a choral singer and performer with Viva Vocalists. You may have seen her flying across a nebula in Star Play (2021), An Awfully Big Adventure (2017), or as a stage manager on many shows with Dacha. She enjoys rock climbing, cross stitch, and a good color-coded spreadsheet.
Sam Levatich* - Band Member
Sam (he/him) likes to play the piano! You may have seen him act before but NOT TODAY. (Previous Dacha credits include Star Play, Ghost Party, Who Killed Otters Babies [acting], and web app creative design for :robot_face:)
Kyle (he/him) is thrilled as always to be working with Dacha once again! Kyle is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You may have seen (or heard) him in past Dacha shows including Pride&PrejuDICE, Secret Admirer, and Star Play. He likes long walks on the beach, chromatic approach notes, and floating in lakes.
Zane Suarez - Lighting Design
Zane (he/him, they/them) is thrilled to be designing with Dacha again after a two year hiatus from the craft! In that time, he has developed a passion for woodworking and spends most of his time in the shop making little wood bowls. He plans to carve some spoons next. When not in the shop, Zane can be found hiking through the woods with his fiancée and their dog, playing DnD, or nerding out over public transit infrastructure.
Samuel Edgren* - Props Design, Master Carpenter
Samuel (he/him) is a dog-petter, tea-drinker, and hyphen-fancier who makes his living as an actor and carpenter. He loves rain, poetry, strawberries, and long walks on the beach. Please tell your dog he says "hi." (Previous Dacha credits include: Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing)
Claire Stark^ - Production Manager
Claire (she/her) is a Production Manager and AEA Stage Manager originally from Indianapolis. Recent credits include the 5th Ave Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, IRT, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Dacha. Claire enjoys coffee, Shakespeare, and a well organized tech schedule.
Nathan Olson* - Stage Management Swing, Asst. Production Manager
Nathan (he/him) has been so happy to be able to return and be a part of Dice: Romeo & Juliet after stage managing Much Ado About Nothing with Dacha last year! This fine company keeps luring him back to help on shows wherever he can, and it has been his absolute privilege to be a builder/organizer/jack-of-all-trades for this show! On those rare occasions where he is able to sneak away from the theater, he enjoys audio books and a warm cup of coffee or tea.