Eily Hite attends Indiana Wesleyan University as a sophomore and is majoring in Theatre. Originally from Converse, she has been involved in Our Town as Emily Webb, The Sound of Music as Maria Von Trapp, Mary Poppins as Mary Poppins, and Into the Woods as The Baker’s Wife. Her previous experience in Shakespeare includes Macbeth as a Witch. Being involved in Hoosier Shakes will be Ms. Hite’s first professional role. She would like to thank the community of Marion, Dr. Fiebig, Jeremy Fiebig, Marshall Garrett, her wonderful family, and the Lord for his mercy.
Austin Hendricks is a sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan University studying Theatre. He is a lifetime resident of Marion, Indiana and a self-proclaimed lover of the arts. Being a part of Hoosier Shakes marks Austin’s first professional role. He is honored to have the chance to work with such great people and to grow as both an actor and a person. Austin has experience in both technical theatre and performance. He has worked as a stagehand, set designer, light board operator, programmer, lighting designer, and assistant stage manager for productions at Indiana Wesleyan University and the Community School of the Arts. On stage, Austin has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, The Formula, I, Pirate, Beauty and the Beast, Scrooge! The Musical, The Funeral Parlor, and And A Child Shall Lead for the Community School of the Arts in Marion, Indiana. He has also performed in Rumors and The Glass Menagerie for the Marion High School Drama Department. His most recent work has been on the IWU stage as The Wolf in Into the Woods and Banquo and Seyton in Macbeth. Austin’s favorite type of music to listen to when studying is classical, with his favorite composer being Vivaldi. Austin would like to thank everyone who supports Hoosier Shakes and allowing him and the other performers a chance to share their gifts, and the works of Shakespeare with those in North Central Indiana.
MELISSA HARLOW (The Nurse/Sampson, Don Pedro) is an NYC based actress, originally from St. Louis, MO. Having recently played the Nurse at Pax Amicus Castle Theater (NJ) and in the feature film Star Crossed Lovers (Open Iris Entertainment), this is Melissa’s 4th time in the role. She is in her 3rd year with the Northeastern Tour of Adventures of Perseus. Recent productions include: Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense (IL), Elmire in Tartuffe (NYC), Sister Aloysius in Doubt (NJ), Veronica in God of Carnage(NJ), The Volunteer in Cover: A Play About Trafficking (MO), and Prudie in Pumpboys and Dinettes (IL). Melissa’s second film with Open Iris Entertainment, The Writer, is currently showing at film festivals in the Northeast and Canada. In NYC, Melissa co-produces the bi-monthly performance series “Gigi’s Night” benefiting Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, where she also serves on the board of directors. She is also the co-founder of Stomping Ground Theatre Co. in Hell’s Kitchen, NY, a theatre providing a home away from home for the socially conscious. She is forever grateful to her Southwest Baptist University college theater prof, Dr. Greg Fiebig, her smokin hot husband Kerry Cissell, and her daredevil 2 yr old, Cora Jay.
Blake Churchill is a 20 year old freshman, performing theater at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). Some works he has performed there are Macbeth as Macduff and Into the Woods as the Baker. Though currently a nursing major at IWU, Blake is intending on switching his major to theater.
This is only Blake’s second time performing Shakespeare and he is very honored to be able to perform some of Shakespeare’s great works once again. Blake’s first Shakespeare play, Macbeth, during a fight scene resulted in the scar currently on his forehead. This experience has not discouraged him from further performances nor lessened his love for stage combat.
Blake’s favorite modern plays is Almost Main, which he also performed his freshman year of high school. When not performing, Blake enjoys hobbies such as watching Doctor Who, paintball, hanging out with friends, and going to the Movie theater.
Will Burby is very excited to be working with the Hoosier Shakes company this summer as an actor and fight choreographer. He has been acting professionally for 10 years across 5 different states on stage, screen, and through improv comedy. He received his MFA in Acting from Regent University and his BS in Communication from Grace College. He is an actor combatant with the SAFD and a member of the Shakespeare Association of America. Together with his wife Duana, he teaches acting and combat workshops in both Indiana and Ohio. He encourages everyone to support live local theatre and he hopes you enjoy the shows!
Shelby Meek is a sophomore at Indiana Wesleyan University studying theatre, she has a passion for both stage management and Shakespeare and is so excited to be working with Hoosier Shakes this summer. Shelby has been an assistant stage manager at IWU this past year in their production of Macbeth, she will be stage managing both the main stage productions this next year at IWU, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Die Fledermaus. Shelby also enjoys hiking and camping in the summers and she wants to thank her family Rebecca, Phil, Taylor, and Meredith for their constant support and love.
Hailing from Atlanta, Jonathan is so excited to work with this company on two of his favorite Shakespeare pieces! Besides stage managing, Jonathan has served as both actor and director since childhood. Love to God, family and friends.
Nikki Bailey received her BS in Theatrical Studies from Ball State University. Nikki, who is a fan of working both on and offstage in theatre, most recently performed as Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, the Sour Kangaroo in Suessical and Aunt March in Little Women. Nikki has served as the costumer for the CSA Theatre compANY at the Community School of the Arts in Marion, Indiana for the past four years. In addition to her responsibility as costumer she also directs for the compANY and teaches classes to both pre-professional and recreational students. Nikki is pleased to return as the costumer for the second season of Hoosier Shakes and is thankful for the continued opportunities to share her love of theatre with her community. Nikki lives in Marion, Indiana with her husband Eric, and unofficially adopted son, Caleb.
Jeremy Huff is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Music, Vocal Emphasis. Jeremy is thrilled to be returning for the second season of Hoosier Shakes. He will be reprising his role as Music Director for both shows, as well as playing the role of Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet. A 24 year veteran of the stage, Jeremy is nervously delighted to be taking his second “stab” at Shakespeare. He is eager to finally get to portray a father/”mature character” (since he finally looks the part) as he embraces the role of Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Jeremy currently resides in Marion, Indiana with his beloved wife, Stephanie, and their super dogs, Bella and Coco.
Meet the director of “Much ado about Nothing”, Marshall B Garrett!
Marshall B Garrett is a Maryland-based director making his Indiana debut. Marshall has directed in Washington, DC (Capital Fringe Festival), Maryland (Milburn Stone Theatre, Mobtown Players, Susquehanna Shakespeare Ensemble), Virginia (Sweet Wag Shakespeare, Mary Baldwin College, American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp), Ohio (Rubber City Shakespeare Company), Nebraska (College of Saint Mary), and Illinois (Illinois Wesleyan University).
Marshall is the founding director of the Susquehanna Shakespeare Ensemble, a new company based in northeastern Maryland, which will be presenting our first production in May. SSE is an original practices plus company, strongly influenced by OP work but adhering more to Shakespeare’s rehearsal conditions than performance aesthetics.
Along with his directorial work, Marshall is a wandering professor and scholar, having taught at Cecil College, the College of Saint Mary, and Mary Baldwin University.
After Hoosier, Marshall heads back to Staunton, VA, to direct The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and Baltimore for The Tempest. If SSE’s first production goes well, we’ll also be producing our second show then.
Marshall lives with his infinitely patient wife, Tess, their two infinitely impatient cats, and their inscrutably patient turtle.