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A Note from the Director...

Have Jessica write a director's note that will go right here.

Meet the Cast

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Alex Mitchell - Romeo

Alex Mitchell (he/him) is super excited to be joining Hoosier Shakes for this summer's season! Alex is a rising junior at the University of Minnesota, where he is studying for his BFA in Acting with the Guthrie Theater. Some favorite past shows include As You Like It (Oliver/Amiens), The Aliens (Jasper), and Silent Sky (Peter Shaw). This coming fall, he will be studying classical acting in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Many thanks to the whole Hoosier Shakes team for all of their fabulous work, and to his friends and family for the love and support!


Madeline Hope Bennett - Juliet

Madeline (she/her) is a rising senior at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a BA in Theatre with a minor in Narrative Structure. She spent the past semester studying with the British American Drama Academy in London. She is so excited to make her debut with Hoosier Shakespeare Festival this summer, and would like to thank her family and friends for all their support!

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Kori Fay - Nurse

Kori Fay is making their Hoosier Shakespeare Festival debut! Kori calls Michigan home and has a very expensive piece of paper from Oakland University saying that Kori earned a BFA in Acting. Kori identifies as a clown, an educator, a playback improver, and a children's theatre advocate. Kori just got back from a national Panto tour where they brought a retelling of Beauty and the Beast to theatres across the country. Kori also has other Shakespeare shows under their belt including Queen Duncan/Banquo Understudy in Macbeth (OU), Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (Michigan Shakespeare Festival), Witch 2 in Macbeth (MSF), and has visited roles such as Dromio in Comedy of Errors, and Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (Renaissance City Rep). Have a good show, and thank you for supporting live theatre. 


Hannah Embree - Lady Capulet

Hannah Embree is an actor and applied theatre artist based in Indianapolis. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Taylor University. Some of her recent acting credits include the Indy Shakes educational tour, Cressida, Troilus and Cressida, at Indy Bard Fest, and Catherine Givings, The Vibrator Play, at The Theatre Company of Lafayette. Hannah is excited to return to Hoosier Shakes for her second summer festival! She would like to thank Liz and Suzie for their love and artistic support. 


Mason Gaida - Paris/Gregory

Mason Gaida (he/him) received his BFA in Acting from Oakland University in April 2023. The Hoosier Shakespeare Festival is his first acting gig outside of his home state of Michigan! Regional Credits: Father of the Bride (Buckley, MeadowBrook), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow U/S, Thumbcoast), Lysistrata (Philurus, Planet Ant), Love’s Labors Lost (Armado, Shakespeare Royal Oak), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Wishing Well). OU Credits: Twelfth Night (Orsino), She Kills Monsters (Chuck), Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby), Spelling Bee (Panch). Mason gives his thanks to his family, friends, OU, the OC4, Mila, Alfie, and Emily. Happy Birthday Emily!


Emma Bailey - Prince Escalus

Emma Bailey is an artist, preparing to embark on her senior year at Otterbein University, where she is receiving a BFA in Acting. She receives additional training from ICOC in Staged Intimacy and is a member of the Ring of Keys organization! She recently played Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Otterbein, and is beyond thrilled to tackle vastly different characters this time around. She is so excited to be making her debut performances with the Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, and extends gratitude to her family, friends, partner, and God: the best support system.

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Carter Hoffer - Mercutio/Abraham

Carter is ecstatic to be making his debut with Hoosier Shakespeare Festival! Carter is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota having moved there following receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance from the University of South Dakota. Previous credits include A Chorus Line, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Mary Poppins, and many more! Carter enjoys writing in his free time, focusing on full-length plays and poetry. Much love to his friends and family! Check out and @carterhoffer on most socials to keep up to date on his various projects!

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Pete Sheldon - Tybalt/Friar

Pete Sheldon is a Virginia based actor and musician. He earned his Master of Letters in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University and is working toward his MFA in the same. Previous credits include Meadowlark Shakespeare's Henry VIII as Henry VIII, Boy and co-music director of Knight of the Burning Pestle and understudy performances of Jaques and Orlando in American Shakespeare Center's As You Like It (2023). He is excited to be working with Hoosier Shakes for the first time! Let's go!


Chase Whitehurst - Samson/Balthazar

Chase Whitehurst, making their Hoosier Shakespeare Festival debut, is an actor and fight choreographer from North Carolina, and has just graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with BAs in theatre and philosophy. Recent acting credits include William Frankenstein (Frankenstein), Mark Antony (Julius Caesar) and Young Siward (Macbeth). They are a certified Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and have choreographed fights for companies across North Carolina. When they aren't choreographing, they work as the assistant teacher of stage combat at UNCSA.

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This is where the crew person should put their bio, I don't think they need headshots. We can just line all these little bios in rows with 2 per.

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