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Class of 2024

Josh Bates

is a Southern California native who received his BFA in Acting from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Sic ‘Em Bears. He was recently seen in CWRU/CPH’s EVERYBODY and PASSAGE and has spent time working as a professional musician in the New York area. He’d like to thank his family and friends for putting up with this ridiculous life of his. Glory to God!

Madeline Calais

was born and raised in the mighty metropolis of Houston, Texas and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Acting from the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance. Following undergrad, Madeline performed in theatres across the country with the American Shakespeare Center's national touring troupe based out of Staunton, Virginia, for two years. Madeline had the pleasure of appearing as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Cordelia in King Lear as a part of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s 2022 season. Other notable companies Madeline has worked with include Red Bull Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella, and The Classical Theatre Company.

Ellen Grace Diehl

(she/her) is truthfully ecstatic to be in this cast of The Liar. Ellen is an actor, singer, dance teacher, and choreographer. Previous CWRU/CPH credits: Love (Everybody) and S/D/J/Mosquito/Gecko (Passage). Other credits include: Louise (Carousel), Sibella (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Sophie (Mamma Mia!), Louise (Gypsy), Sandy (Grease), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), and Ariel (The Tempest). Much love to the class of 2024, to her family, and to David.

Victoria Alev Duffy

(she/her) is excited to return to the Helen stage after Everybody (Friendship) and Passage (G). A proud New Jersey native, she spent her childhood summers studying theatre at the Paper Mill Playhouse and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Victoria received her BA from Fordham University where she performed in The Most Massive Woman Wins, Machinal, Eurydice, God of Carnage, DIMES: A New Musical, and more. Victoria has a passion for exploring theatre through a non-American lens, and has spent her summers intensively studying devising techniques and experimental theatre in Berlin and Shakespeare in London. She would like to thank Don and everyone involved with The Liar. Instagram: @vickduff

Girard Ireland

is 24 years old, coming from High Point, North Carolina. Ireland is excited to dive into his second year of graduate school, and continue honing his craft. Ireland has a plethora of acting experience from a melting pot of disciplines. Shakespeare, Commedia dell’arte, contemporary drama, and the Laban technique are just a few styles Ireland has had practice with. Before acting, Ireland was a musician, and football player. The theatre is a space where he can express, where he can just be. Ireland has plans to move to New York City post-graduation to continue his acting career. In his spare time, Ireland is a proficient saxophonist and avid comic reader. He dabbles in other artistic endeavors such as drawing and is currently is currently teaching himself the piano. Ireland gives glory to God, his family, and his friends both here in Cleveland and back home. Follow his journey: @girard_ireland

Shunté Lofton

is a graduate of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance and is thrilled to be on this next journey. She’s had the privilege of growing up all over the world and comes to Cleveland from Houston. She is thankful to God and to her family for their continued support. A lover of the classics, she has performed her way through half of Shakespeare’s canon. Some of her favorite credits include: Ophelia (Hamlet) and Princess of France (Love’s Labour’s Lost) with the American Shakespeare Center and Constance (King John) with Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Gavin Michaels

is from wonderfully rainy Seattle, Washington. His stage credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Orlando in As You Like It (Bainbridge Performing Arts), The Prince in the musical The Light Princess (Dacha Theatre), Rolly in Mae West’s The Drag (Play Your Part Theatre), Ferdinand in The Tempest, Hamlet in Hamlet (Kentwood Players), and most recently as Stuff/Beauty in Everybody, and “B” in Passage (CWRU). His recent film credits include the school-shooter Derek in the short film Diabolos, Carl in the sci-fi drama The House, and Danny in the quirky comedy Danny Doom (Amazon Prime). He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Washington. When he’s not on stage you can find him playing his signature flavor of pop-punk/emo at local music venues. @_gavinmichaels /

Alfredo Ruiz

has CPH credits in Passage and Everybody, is from Miami, and currently a 2nd year grad actor at the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program. He will be moving to Los Angeles in 2024 to pursue a career in the TV/Film industry. Alfredo recently starred in the award winning short film, ‘Til Death. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Indie Short Fest in LA. He spent the majority of his time in Miami working in immersive regional theatre and releasing critically acclaimed works of indie film. Regional credits include: 7 Deadly Sins (Miami New Drama/Winner of the Drama League Award), Wynwood Stories (Juggerknot Theatre Co.).

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