In this time of uncertainty we are all looking for an escape, well your wait is over! DAM Good Productions’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream: An Audio Drama is here! To extend the enjoyment of our audio drama, it is being released in 3 parts, once a week, for the next 3 weeks. Prior to listening feel free to peruse bios, headshots, and social media handles provided by the cast and crew of the production. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: An Audio Drama, Part 1 is streaming exclusively on samanthabairdfreelance.com.
Megan Alvarez (Hermia) is a recent graduate of BYU’s Acting program. Her recent credits include Harriet and the Nurse in BYU’s A Wilder Night and Mrs. Alexander/Ensemble in a character mask production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. She is very humbled and excited for her voice acting debut and first role as one of Shakespeare’s most famous lovers. She and her husband have been married for over 3 years and together they have too many books.
Katie Arnold (Narrator) of Gilbert, Arizona is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in Theatre Arts. Although her emphasis is stage management, she has a love for reading stage directions and performance. She is thrilled to share her love of theatre as this project’s narrator.
Samantha Baird (Producer, Production Dramaturg) is an award-winning director who has worked in practically every area that theatre has to offer, all while remaining a stay-at-home mom to one sweet little munchkin. She has a BA degree in Theatre Arts Studies from BYU where she focused her studies on directing and dramaturgy. When she’s not working on a theatre project she’s probably searching for her next one or watching Gilmore Girls.
From Pinehurst, North Carolina, Caleb Brown (Francis Flute the Bellows-Mender) is a sophomore in the Acting BFA at BYU. His recent credits include Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Verges in Much Ado About Nothing, both at BYU. He is grateful and excited to be a part of this audio drama.
Colt Brown (Theseus Duke of Athens) is in the acting BFA at Utah Valley University. Other Shakespeare roles he’s played are Orsino in Twelfth Night, Ferdinand in The Tempest, and Malcolm in Macbeth. Hailing from Montana originally, Colt grew up making music and breaking horses before doing a long stint in the military. His future goals include leveraging those experiences as a writer and an actor, expanding his work in film and television.
Tommy Brown (Egeus Father to Hermia) is happy to be a part of this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His second audio production of a Shakespeare play, apparently through the audio medium is the only way he is allowed to perform Shakespeare; it must have something to do with his clearly deformed face.
Ian Buckley (Nick Bottom the Weaver) is a höngry child whose previous credits include Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Mephistophilis in Doctor Faustus, and Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life. They are not a Bottom.
From Orem, Utah, Cameron Cox (Philostrate Master of the Revels to Theseus) is a recent BYU graduate in stage management, dramaturgy, and directing with a minor in linguistics. Cameron is excited to be beginning an MA in Media and Performance Studies at BYU in the Fall.
From South Korea and Michigan, Hyejoon Kim (Hippolyta the Queen of the Amazons) is an actress whose credits include Antonia from Much Ado About Nothing and Paulina from Seagull. She also has done operatic roles as Gianetta from L’elisir d’amore, the principal role as Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Susanna from the Marriage of Figaro. She has a love for the classical arts and venturing in the creative worlds.
Hailing from Lake Elsinore, California, Sariah Lyles (Robin Goodfellow, a “puck,” or Hobgoblin, in Oberon’s Service) is a Music Dance Theatre major at BYU. Sariah made her debut as Mercutio and the Prince in Romeo y Julieta in 2018. Recent credits include Viola in Twelfth Night with Renaissance Now, Mrs. Muller in Doubt at BYU, and Ismene in Antigone with DAM Good Productions.
Daniel Mesta (Producer, Director, Oberon the King of the Fairies) is a Shakespeare fanatic, having appeared in eight of his plays in just the past three years. He is also thrilled to be directing this production. He was once fired from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but is fairly sure that it won’t happen this time around.
Joanna Noall (Peter Quince the Carpenter) is thrilled to be playing Peter Quince in DAM Good Productions’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Shakespeare is one of her passions, both as an actor and director, and Midsummer is an especial favorite. She was recently seen at BYU as Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing.
From Alberta, Canada, Benjamin Raymant (Demetrius) is currently studying Music Dance Theatre at BYU. He is thrilled to be making his Shakespeare debut as Demetrius. Recent Highlights: Featured dancer and actor with Contemporary Dance Theatre, and award winner of the 2019 KCACTF Regional Award as a distinguished supporting actor in Radium Girls. Recent Credits: Tom, Barry, Knef, Reporter- Radium Girls; Peter Pan- Wendy & Peter Pan; Rapunzel’s Prince- Into the Woods; Roberson Aye- Mary Poppins; Clay Boone- Cat Ballou.
Logan Reid (Snug the Joiner) is an actor whose repertoire crosses plays, opera, and musical theatre. Recently seen in classics such as The Elixir of Love and The Seagull, Logan is happy to make his Shakespeare debut with DAM Good Productions.
Taft M. Robinson (Lysander) most recently performed as a member of BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre. A graduate of BYU’s MDT program, he and his wife, Eliza, are looking forward to teaching Elementary Education in NYC this coming school year. He is a chocaholic and dreams to one day live in London with his wonderful wife and have a pet bulldog.
From Lower Lake, California, Megan Sarah Smith (Titania the Queen of the Fairies) is a senior studying Theatre Arts Studies at BYU. Recent credits include Conrade in BYU’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (BYU’s Contemporary Voices Festival), and an Ensemble Member in BYU’s Little Shop of Horrors.
Zoe Trepanier (Production Manager, Robin Starveling the Tailor) is a very soon-to-be Theatre Arts graduate who emphasized in stage management and directing. One of Trepanier’s capstones was a tribute to Shakespeare, so you could say they appreciate the Bard!
Mikah Vaclaw (Helena) is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at BYU. Recent credits include Leonata in Much Ado About Nothing and Grace Fryer in Radium Girls. Mikah loves Shakespeare and is excited to be a part of this one-of-a-kind radio drama!
Rachel Bennet as Tom Snout the Tinker
Susanna Bezooyen as Peaseblossom
Karen Dunstan as Cobweb
Melinda Harper as Mote
Natalie Herbst as Mustardseed
If you, like us, are a lover of Shakespeare and would hate to see Shakespeare’s Globe fall at the hand of the current pandemic, consider donating on their website, www.shakespearesglobe.com. Now, please enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Dream: An Audio Drama, Part 1.
DAM Good Productions Presents,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: An Audio Drama
Please See Our Press Release Regarding the Remainder of this Audio Drama.