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Graduate Ensemble

Class of 2022

Isaac Baker

is an actor and EMC candidate who is excited to be continuing his work and training with Cleveland Play House. Isaac graduated from the University of Evansville in the spring of 2019, where he played Bruce Bechdel in the collegiate premiere of Fun Home. During his tenure at Evansville he also played Andrew Carnes in Oklahoma!, Georg Zirschnitz in Spring Awakening, Pa Joad in Frank Galati’s Grapes of Wrath, Albert Thornton in Horton Foote’s Lily Dale, and Antonio in Twelfth Night. Some of his other past credits include Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, John Proctor in the Pheonix Theatre’s The Crucible, and Ansel in Brute Candor Production’s premiere of The Cyprus Hatley Chapel. Isaac made his Cleveland Play House virtual premiere last semester, playing Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Isaac finds his continued work with Cleveland Play House to be the utmost privilege, and his heart has been touched by witnessing this community of theatre persevere.

Kristina Gabriela

is a second year student at the CWRU/CPH MFA acting program. Kristina is from Corpus Christi, Texas and received her BA in Acting/Directing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Recent credits include, Sweetheart/F doctor/F tourist in Middletown CWRU/CPH, Gloria/Mother Teresa/Sigmund Freud in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sophie in Mamma Mia, Ariel in The Tempest, Mimi in Rent. She would also like to thank her friends and family for their love and support. Enjoy the show! @quirky_kris

Sierra Grabowska

is originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia though she came to the CWRU/CPH Acting Program by way of Boston. After earning her BA in Theater and English from UMass Amherst, she performed in Boston with multiple touring companies and is a company member of Magnificent Bastards, an international Shakespearean improv comedy troupe. Other theater credits include Juliet in Shakespeare Now’s Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet in Boston Theater Company’s Hamlet, and Puck in Boston Theater Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also works as a director, fight choreographer, and teaching artist.

Bridget Kim

galloped over from Morehead, Kentucky, and is grateful to be in her second year of the CWRU/CPH MFA program. She received her BA in Political Science and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville. While there, she found joy as LeeAnn in A Piece of My Heart, Rebecca in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Grace in Baltimore, and Ginny Yang in Smart People. She was last seen in the CWRU/CPH productions of Middletown as Mary and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Bridget is happy to share this weird moment in time with the audience, and she is especially happy that the show (sometimes) always goes on!

Gustavo Márquez

was born in sunny California and was raised in the almost just as sunny state of Colorado where he received a BFA in Music Theatre from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, a university that has just as long of a title as Case Western Reserve University. Gustavo has been living in the not so sunny state of Ohio for over a year now studying with the CWRU/CPH Acting Program. He is very grateful to his friends, mentors and family that have supported him in his pursuit of an artistic life. Professional credits: Sweat, A Christmas Carol, Native Gardens (Denver Center Theatre Company). Other Stage Credits: The Comedy of Errors, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Middletown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Metamorphoses, You Can’t Take It With You, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, American Idiot, Dracula, Grease. Gustavo-Marquez.com

Christopher Portley

is from Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. in Integrative Studies at the University of North Texas. Regional: Father Comes Home From The Wars parts 1, 2 & 3 (African American Repertory Theatre). Educational: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House); Middletown (Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House) The Tempest, Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford); Stick Fly (University Of North Texas). He thanks God for this opportunity to be apart of this visceral story and his family and friends for their support.

Jordan Taylor

is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan. She obtained her BFA in Acting from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. There she played Oya in In the Red and Brown Water, Shaunta Iyun in Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, and Clytemnestra in Electra. Her debut in the CWRU/CPH MFA graduate program was as the Librarian/Female Date in Middletown. Following that, she portrayed St. Monica/St. Peter/Caiaphas the Elder in CWRU/CPH MFA virtual production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Most recently, she portrayed the role of Hermia in Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s staged reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Noah Williams

came to the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program from Alabama where he attended Troy University. While there, he performed in numerous roles. Notable credits include Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, and Black Stache in Peter and The Star Catcher. Noah made his CWRU/CPH debut in a one night only invited audience pre-quarantine special as The Cop in Middletown by Will Eno and then Judge Littlefield in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Noah wants to send a huge shout out to his family. Glad you all can see this one. Enjoy the show!

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