Lydia Williamson- from Anson County, received her BA in Theatre at Fayetteville State University. Her most recent work could be seen in Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s BOOTY CANDY (Various), Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Constance), THE BLUEST EYE (Claudia) and THE PIANO LESSON (Grace). She would also like to show gratitude to her directors, cast and crew members for the opportunity to work with Hoosier Shakes and is in pursuit to finding her next stage appearance.
Emily Robinson is a Chicago-area actor and director who is making her Hoosier Shakes acting debut this season.
Previous acting credits include Ellen Van Oss in Two Rooms, a 2015 Children’s Theatre Ensemble member, Martha Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, and Gladys and an Accala Warrior in The Lost World (Three Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, IL); Margot Wendice in Dial M for Murder (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Cicero, IL); Gina in The Museum of Bad Art Plays: “Gina’s Demons” (Commedia Beauregard, Chicago); Sylvia Bryden in The Boarding House (Citadel Theatre Company, Lake Forest, IL); Kathleen Donnely in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly and Cecily Cardew in a staged reading of The Importance of Being Earnest (Shapeshifters Theatre Company, Chicago); and the Butler, a wife, and a dancer in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Genesis Theatre Project, Athens, OH). She has also appeared as Jennifer in the web series “Kole’s Law,” as Cheryl in the web series “Losers,” in a handful of short films, and as the voice of various characters in the syndicated radio show “Kids Corner.” She is also a company ensemble member, serving on the artistic direction team, for Three Brothers Theatre.
Directing credits include Julius Caesar, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Daddy Daughter Dance (Three Brothers Theatre) and Over the River and Through the Woods (Indiana Wesleyan University).
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts, with emphases in theatre and film, from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also served on the University Players staff. She completed a semester-long, off-campus film intensive at Los Angeles Film Studies Center, during which time she interned with a talent agency. She also spent a summer as an intern with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville, KY, as the properties coordinator and was also a member of the run crew and set-building crew.
Making his Hoosier Shakes and Marion, IN debut, Deon is a dancer/actor who earned his BA in Speech/Theater from Fayetteville State University with a minor in dance. Some of his most recent credits include: A Chorus Line (CPCC) A Year with Frog and Toad, and Go Dog Go! (Children’s Theater Charlotte), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), The Bluest Eye (Soaphead Church), The WIZ (scarecrow) (Cape Fear Regional Theater), A Few Good Men (Theater Raleigh) and the New York Premier of ASYLUM (Only Child Aerial Theater). Deon is thrilled to be apart of such great story telling and sends many thanks to all those involved. Never forget: love ALWAYS, love ALL WAYS.
Emily Smith is currently a 19-year-old senior studying theatre at Indiana Wesleyan University. In her time at IWU she has performed in Macbeth as Malcolm and Fleance and in Into the Woods as The Steward. Before this she participated in several dramas and musicals in high school, her favorite of which was starring as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly!. She is also active in The Attic Theatre which performs Shakespeare in the Park every summer. Some of her favorite roles in those productions have been Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, and Corin in As You Like It.
Although Emily’s favorite pastime is theatre, she also enjoys rock climbing, watching BBC’s Sherlock, shopping for cable-knit sweaters, going barefoot, and exchanging stories with friends and family.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Katie is currently a resident of Staunton, VA, where she studies in Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program and works as an education artist at The American Shakespeare Center. At Mary Baldwin, Katie has had the opportunity to play roles such as Sarah in Archibald MacLeish’s J.B. and Hermia in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while nourishing her love of singing and dancing in various community musical theatre projects. In Katie’s Shakespeare debut, she played Beatrice in her school’s 5th grade production of Much Ado, so she is delighted to finally revisit this play on stage as Hero and to fight her way through Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt and Paris with Hoosier Shakes this summer.
Before starting her graduate work, Katie received her BA in French and English Literature from Samford University and taught English in Strasbourg, France, for a year, so she is also a francophile with an incurable case of wanderlust.
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!