The Cast of

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by William Shakespeare

Lauren Diesch (Lucetta/Silvia/Outlaw)   Lauren is an actor, director, teaching artist, and the Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director of CLIMB Theatre. Lauren graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since graduating, she has performed in numerous productions in her home Pittsburgh (PA) and in Troy (NY) as a resident artist with Bakerloo Theatre Company. In 2009, she collaborated with artist in Augsburg, Germany as part of Yinzerspielen, a bi-lingual theatre event that took place in Germany and in Pittsburgh, PA. Locally she has performed with Park Square Theatre, Theatre Coup d’Etat (company member), Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Open Window Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Savage Umbrella (company member), and Theatre Unbound. In 2017, Lauren directed Coup d'Etat's acclaimed production of  Baltimore Waltz.  Favorite local roles include: Elinor ( Sense and Sensibility,  TRP), Mary Warren ( The Crucible,  Theatre Coup d'Etat ),  Jill ( Equus,  Theatre Coup d'Etat) and Antigone ( Antigone,  Theatre Coup d'Etat).

Lauren Diesch (Lucetta/Silvia/Outlaw)

Lauren is an actor, director, teaching artist, and the Director of Education/Associate Artistic Director of CLIMB Theatre. Lauren graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since graduating, she has performed in numerous productions in her home Pittsburgh (PA) and in Troy (NY) as a resident artist with Bakerloo Theatre Company. In 2009, she collaborated with artist in Augsburg, Germany as part of Yinzerspielen, a bi-lingual theatre event that took place in Germany and in Pittsburgh, PA. Locally she has performed with Park Square Theatre, Theatre Coup d’Etat (company member), Gadfly Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Open Window Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Savage Umbrella (company member), and Theatre Unbound. In 2017, Lauren directed Coup d'Etat's acclaimed production of Baltimore Waltz. Favorite local roles include: Elinor (Sense and Sensibility, TRP), Mary Warren (The Crucible, Theatre Coup d'Etat), Jill (Equus, Theatre Coup d'Etat) and Antigone (Antigone, Theatre Coup d'Etat).

Corey DiNardo (Launce/Thurio)   Corey DiNardo was recently seen with Theatre Coup d'Etat in their production of  The Pillowman  as Katurian .  Other notable credits include Feste and Sebastian in  Twelfth Night  (Orchard Theater Collective);   Jason Posner in  W;t  (Artistry); Sam Feinschreiber in  Awake and Sing!  (Artistry); Simon in  The Last Schwartz ( Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company); and Wilson in  Terra Nova  (Hero Now Theatre). Upcoming:  Bent  by Martin Sherman with The BAND Group in September. For more information, please visit his website:  http://www.coreydinardo.actor/

Corey DiNardo (Launce/Thurio)

Corey DiNardo was recently seen with Theatre Coup d'Etat in their production of The Pillowman as Katurian. Other notable credits include Feste and Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Orchard Theater Collective); Jason Posner in W;t (Artistry); Sam Feinschreiber in Awake and Sing! (Artistry); Simon in The Last Schwartz (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company); and Wilson in Terra Nova (Hero Now Theatre). Upcoming: Bent by Martin Sherman with The BAND Group in September. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.coreydinardo.actor/

 
Emily Garst (Julia/Outlaw)   Emily is delighted to appear in her first production with Hypnic Jerk Theatre! She is a recent graduate of Luther College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Music minor. Previously, Emily has collaborated with Festival Theatre, the Orchard Theater Collective, Lakeshore Players Theatre, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Emily Garst (Julia/Outlaw)

Emily is delighted to appear in her first production with Hypnic Jerk Theatre! She is a recent graduate of Luther College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a Music minor. Previously, Emily has collaborated with Festival Theatre, the Orchard Theater Collective, Lakeshore Players Theatre, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Isabel Middleton-Watts (Antonio/Duke/Outlaw)   Isabel is so excited to be joining this ensemble for some jolly ol' Shakespeare. Isabel graduated with her BFA in Acting from Stephens College in December of 2015. Shortly after, she made her way to Minneapolis where she's been bouncing around on various stages (and other performance venues) since. She was most recently seen at the Gremlin Theatre with SOS Theater's production of  Pop Goes the Noggin.  When not performing or rehearsing or paying bills with one of her various muggle jobs, Isabel can be found indulging in crappy reality television or on the hunt to smell some flowers. Thanks to the cast and crew for pulling this thing together and allowing me to be a part of it. Thanks as always to the never-ending support of friends, family, and my lovable blob. Please keep supporting the arts!

Isabel Middleton-Watts (Antonio/Duke/Outlaw)

Isabel is so excited to be joining this ensemble for some jolly ol' Shakespeare. Isabel graduated with her BFA in Acting from Stephens College in December of 2015. Shortly after, she made her way to Minneapolis where she's been bouncing around on various stages (and other performance venues) since. She was most recently seen at the Gremlin Theatre with SOS Theater's production of Pop Goes the Noggin. When not performing or rehearsing or paying bills with one of her various muggle jobs, Isabel can be found indulging in crappy reality television or on the hunt to smell some flowers. Thanks to the cast and crew for pulling this thing together and allowing me to be a part of it. Thanks as always to the never-ending support of friends, family, and my lovable blob. Please keep supporting the arts!

Andrew Newman (Proteus)   Andrew Newman is glad to be making his Hypnic Jerk debut in such great company. Most recently, he appeared in  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead  (Fearless Comedy Productions), and as the titular character in  The Government Inspector  (Theatre in the Round). He has appeared with several theatres across the Twin Cities, including Artistry, Park Square Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle and others. Favorite roles include Billy ( One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ), the Governor of Texas ( The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ), Patsy ( Spamalot ), Leaf Coneybear ( The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ), Cripple Billy ( The Cripple of Inishmaan ) and Huckleberry Finn ( Big River .) This fall, he can be seen in  Bent  with the BAND Group at the Phoenix Theatre.

Andrew Newman (Proteus)

Andrew Newman is glad to be making his Hypnic Jerk debut in such great company. Most recently, he appeared in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Fearless Comedy Productions), and as the titular character in The Government Inspector (Theatre in the Round). He has appeared with several theatres across the Twin Cities, including Artistry, Park Square Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Chameleon Theatre Circle and others. Favorite roles include Billy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the Governor of Texas (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Patsy (Spamalot), Leaf Coneybear (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Cripple Billy (The Cripple of Inishmaan) and Huckleberry Finn (Big River.) This fall, he can be seen in Bent with the BAND Group at the Phoenix Theatre.

Bridget Russell (Speed/Crab/Outlaw )  Bridget Russell is thrilled to be involved with Two Gentlemen of Verona. The last time she did Shakespeare, it was also under the direction of Kari Steinbach while attending The University of Northwestern - Saint Paul as a Communications major. When she’s not on stage, she is pursuing her passion for photography and exploring local breweries.

Bridget Russell (Speed/Crab/Outlaw)

Bridget Russell is thrilled to be involved with Two Gentlemen of Verona. The last time she did Shakespeare, it was also under the direction of Kari Steinbach while attending The University of Northwestern - Saint Paul as a Communications major. When she’s not on stage, she is pursuing her passion for photography and exploring local breweries.

Ben Shaw (Valentine)   Ben is happy to be back with Hypnic Jerk for  The Two Gentlemen of Verona . You might have seen him recently in  Sisters of Peace  with History Theatre of MN, or  Twelfth Night  with The Orchard Theater Collective, of which Ben is a founding member. Ben works around town and regionally as an actor and he got his BFA at the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. See him again soon in  Rogue Prince  with Theatre Coup d’Etat.

Ben Shaw (Valentine)

Ben is happy to be back with Hypnic Jerk for The Two Gentlemen of Verona. You might have seen him recently in Sisters of Peace with History Theatre of MN, or Twelfth Night with The Orchard Theater Collective, of which Ben is a founding member. Ben works around town and regionally as an actor and he got his BFA at the U of M/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. See him again soon in Rogue Prince with Theatre Coup d’Etat.

Jessi Kadolph (Stage Manager)   Jessi Kadolph is so excited to be working with Hypnic Jerk Theatre on this production of  The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  She has done stage managing and event planning work with theatre groups in Sarasota, Florida; Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa; New York City; and Minneapolis. Previous Twin Cities credits include:  [title of show], Avenue Q, and The 39 Steps  (The Chameleon Theatre Circle);  Sense and Sensibility  (Theatre in the Round); and  The Baltimore Waltz  (Theatre Coup d’Etat). Jessi is a theatre graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.

Jessi Kadolph (Stage Manager)

Jessi Kadolph is so excited to be working with Hypnic Jerk Theatre on this production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. She has done stage managing and event planning work with theatre groups in Sarasota, Florida; Cedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa; New York City; and Minneapolis. Previous Twin Cities credits include: [title of show], Avenue Q, and The 39 Steps (The Chameleon Theatre Circle); Sense and Sensibility (Theatre in the Round); and The Baltimore Waltz (Theatre Coup d’Etat). Jessi is a theatre graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.