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Class of 2024

Josh Bates

originally hails from the sunny shores of Southern California. He has spent the last four years attaining his BFA in theatre performance at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His most recent educational credits include Urinetown, Ordinary Days, and Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros . His professional credits include The Little Mermaid at Zilker Hillside Theatre and Legally Blonde at the Granbury Theatre Company. In his free time, Josh enjoys sports, writing/playing music, and being outdoors.

Madeline Calais

was born and raised in the smoggy yet mighty metropolis of Houston, 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 spent two years performing in theatres across the country with the American Shakespeare Center’s national touring troupe based out of Staunton, Virginia. Madeline is thrilled to join Case Western Reserve University’s class of 2024 graduate acting cohort in Cleveland. Other notable companies Madeline has worked with include Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Red Bull Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella, and The Classical Theatre Company.

Ellen Grace Diehl

is grateful to be making her CPH debut, and is honored to be a part of the class of 2024. Credits include Louise (Gypsy), Sibella (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Sophie (Mamma Mia!), and Sandy (Grease) at Allenberry Playhouse; Gigi (Gigi) and “Everyone Else” in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (two-actor version) at Washington County Playhouse; and Ariel (The Tempest) and April (Company) at Messiah University. Ellen studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, received her BA in theatre from Messiah University, and trained in classical ballet for over 14 years with Chambersburg Ballet Theatre. Ellen is also a dance teacher and choreographer. www.ellen - gracediehl.com IG: @ellengracediehl

Victoria Alev Duffy

(she/her) is a proud New Jersey native. She spent all her childhood summers studying theatre (because it was "cheaper than soccer camp") at the Paper Mill Playhouse and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Those summers spent performing informed her decision to pursue a career in the arts. Prior to attending Case, Victoria received her BA in theatre performance from Fordham University in New York. Victoria has a passion for exploring theatre through a non-American lens, and has spent her summers intensively studying devising techniques and experimental theatre at Bard College in Berlin and Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London. She is excited to continue her graduate school journey! Instagram: @vickduf

Dylan Ireland

is a 23 year old from High Point, North Carolina. Ireland is excited to dive into his second year of graduate school headfirst to continue honing his craft. Ireland has a plethora of experience from a melting pot of different acting disciplines. Shakespeare, Commedia dell’arte, contemporary drama, and Laban are just a few styles Ireland has had practice with. Before acting, Ireland was a musician and athlete. These communities instilled foundational qualities of self improvement and discipline that blend seamlessly with his new journey as an actor. A space where he can be himself, where he can express, where he can just be. Ireland has plans to continue his acting career in the hopes of becoming the best he can be, to show the world who he is, and the stories that he wants to tell. 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 self teaching the piano. “This journey is a marathon. Not a sprint.” Instagram: @irelanddylan__

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. In her free time, she enjoys playing the bass.

Gavin Michaels

is from wonderfully rainy Seattle. 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 and Hamlet in Hamlet (Kentwood Players). He earned his undergraduate degree in political communication and rhetoric from the University of Washington.

AJ Ruiz

was born and raised in Miami, FL. After graduating with his BFA in Acting from Florida International University in 2018, he worked as a teaching artist while creating manic works of indie film. He spent the rest of his time acting in immersive regional theatre and releasing his own music under the moniker Adult Programming. Recent credits include: Passage (CPH/CWRU), 7 Deadly Sins (Miami New Drama/Winner of the Drama League Award), and Wynwood Stories (Juggerknot Theatre Co.) alfredojruiz.com

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