Harrison Shaffer is a founding member and former assistant director of the Forest Drive Improv Company. He enjoys directing and coaching high school speech groups and individuals. Harrison’s latest performance ventures include founding the Living Improverty comedy troupe, and acting with The Giving Tree Theater. His favorite roles include “El Gallo” (The Fantasticks), “Nicely Nicely Johnson” (Guys & Dolls), “Lenny” (Rumors) and “Edward” (Sense & Sensibility). He is studying sound design, directing, and performance at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, and sings with Mount Mercy University’s Madrigal and Jazz Choirs.
Stephanie Martinez is a founding member of IC Improvs comedy troupe. She has appeared with the John Houseman Acting Company, Iowa Touring Theatre Company, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Des Moines Playhouse, Drama Workshop, CR Follies, UI Dance Theater, Ingersoll Dinner Theater and Starlighters II Theater. She is a featured vocalist with Pseudolaic praise band and moonlights as a prop master/costume designer for clients including Revival Theater Company, CR Opera Theatre and RHCR. Her favorite roles include “Meg” (Brigadoon), “Widow Paroo” (Music Man), and “Mother Abbess” (Sound of Music). She also enjoys directing and choreography.
Tallahassee murder mystery actor Vincent Montgomery, Jr. hails from Orlando,Florida. He is currently an actor and student at Florida A & M University. Vincent has held several lead roles in digital web series’ such as College Boyfriends Season 3, and FAMU’s own Undergrad Chronicles and The BEETtv. Vincent has also starred in several plays in the Tallahassee area, most notably the Leaf Theatre’s (Quincy,Fla) production of Dreamgirls.
Tallahassee actor Debi Brigman is a consummate professional and has performed professionally with The Laughing Stock Musical Cabaret in the Tallahassee area for over 20 years. She was trained at FSU’s School of Music and also puts that soprano voice to work as a guest performer regionally. On the side, Debi is the owner of Wadesboro Place Senior Living Facility and a caterer. She has never been afraid to take on any character or any issue, and truly loves the opportunity in making folks laugh and have fun. Debi is so excited to be a part of Jest.
Born and raised in a suburb north of Boston, Johnbarry—JB to his friends—went to Salem State to pursue a BFA in acting. He has performed locally in the North Shore for years, working with various groups both as an actor and a director. When not in Massachusetts, from spring to fall, he lives in South Florida, performing in many productions ranging from stage plays to the South Florida Renaissance Festival. He has had a fantastic time performing in productions of Equus, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Noises Off, You Can’t Take It, and Romeo and Juliet. Now he’s able to continue to follow his passion for acting with Jest Murder Mystery Company! He hopes you’ll enjoy his performances as much as he enjoys giving them.
Boston area actor Ally Matteodo attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA where she majored in Psychology and English. During her time as an undergrad Ally performed in several campus productions, and after graduation pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from Boston University. Ally completed her last semester of study at BU in a study abroad program located in Los Angeles, where she interned at FMW Casting and acted in Happily Whatever After at the Next Stage Theater. Upon returning to Boston, Ally has enjoyed being a part of many different forms of entertainment. She has performed with Fireball Improv at Umbria Prime in the Financial District of Boston, worked on several short films and web series (The Small Gray Book, The Folklorist (New TV), … More
You might have seen him in 2015 as Brian in “Flanagan’s Wake” (Actor’s Theatre MN), the titular “Hamluke” (Dana’s Boys), the nameless Boy in “Chewing Marbles” (Ben Kelly Prod. via Bedlam Lowertown) or as Henry in “Frankenstein” (Dangerous/RawRedMeat Productions) as well as various “Drinking Game MN” shows with Shadow Horse. He also has been working without scripts in the groups Mixed Messages (Improv Happy Hour at Phoenix) and Ugly Cry (wherever a place will take us, seriously, booking any shows?). Hit him up, he’s probably available!
Isaiah Mueller is delighted to be collaborating with the Jest Murder Mystery company! Being a profesional film & television actor he is excited to have the oppurnunity to stretch his creative abilities with this unique, crowd engaging show. During his career Isaiah has been lucky enough to appear on hit shows like FOX’s Gotham & ABC’s The Black Box. He has also made a splash in the independent scene with soon to be released films like “72 Hours: a Brooklyn Love Story”, and “Lazarus” which is an official selection of the Art of Brooklyn Independent film festival, the Manhattan International film festival as well as many others! Isaiah is also a stand up & improv comedian. He performs ongoing shows at venues in New York city like the … More
Madeline Acquaviva is just a Midwestern girl trying to make it in the acting world. Originally from Naperville, IL, she has been performing in theatres since the age of nine. She has a BFA in Music Theatre Performance and a minor in Communications from Western Michigan University. Some of her favorite credits include: Dance Captain/Ensemble in” The Rocky Horror Show” at Miller Auditorium, June in “Chicago” at Mason Street Warehouse, Linda/Ensemble in” Sweet Smell of Success” with Kokandy Productions, LuLu/Dance Caption in “Cabaret” with BrightSide Theatre, and being a performer and choreographer at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. She spent the last year in New York City, where she was cast in the ensemble of “Mean (The Musical)” at Emerging Artist Theatre, honed her professional serving skills, and decided to it was time to move … More
Ryan Roets is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and is overjoyed to be joining the Atlanta company of Jest Murder Mystery. Ryan’s favorite stage credits include Dave Bukatinski in “The Full Monty” at Allenberry Playhouse, Man 1 in “The Stephen Schwartz Project” with No Rules Theatre Company, and Christmas Present (Holographic Recording) in “A Dollywood Christmas Carol” with Dolly Parton. At an early age Ryan took it upon himself to become the center of attention and 27 years later, he’s still waiting. He can’t wait to share the laughs and his love of performing with you.
Melanie (Lane) Stefan is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She now resides in NYC, having stayed in the city after completing her Masters at ‘The Actors Studio’. Melanie has worked in several forms of performance, with her early acting years being largely in musical theater. Singing, dancing, and acting are her three great passions, along with working with animals. Melanie has interned at Soho Playhouse and her most recent roles include June in Marisol, Brenda in Election Day, Chickie in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Emma in Betrayal, Terri in Lady of Fatima and Carol in Oleanna. She is thrilled to be returning to some good ol’ comedy. She thanks her fiancée, family and dear ones for their endless support and love.
In the past 40 years, Dan Chase has performed and directed at theaters around Iowa in such diverse shows as “Wait Until Dark” at the Des Moines Playhouse, Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Fine Arts Series production of “A Man For All Seasons”, and “Marat/Sade” with Des Moines’Drama Workshop, with musical stops in “Assassins”, “Damn Yankees”, and “All Shook Up”, to name a few. Most recently, he polished his Irish accent for “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”, lost a limb for “A Behanding in Spokane”, then hanged a few witches just for fun in “Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at the Des Moines Social Club. And, for a change of pace, Dan directed “The Music Man” for Urbandale Community Theatre. Dan recently retired from a 27 year career as a high … More
Chicago actor Alexandra Gonzalez has most recently has been seen at Lifeline Theatre working as an understudy in Click Clack Boo and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Previous Chicago credits include Dead Souls (Spartan Theatre Company), Little Women (NightBlue Performing Arts Company), Dancing in the Mirror (Chicago Pride Films and Plays). Around the country she has been seen as Mary Jane in the national tour of Huckleberry Finn.
Christopher Schultz travels the country performing with Jest Mysteries, as well as his own children’s production company FAIRE STORIES. He has performed as Dave in The Full Monty, Swindler in Emperor’s New Clothes, as Francois in Wintertime. He’s also performed at King Richard’s Faire, the New England Pirate Faire, the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and Florida Renaissance Festival. Chris works with the Boston Freedom Trail Foundation and with the internationally recognized Kaleidoscope Theatre. Every night he rushes home to his greatest role where gets to snuggle-up his newborn son, Nathanael.
Jasmine D. Ready lives in South Florida and is currently reprising her role for the sixth year as Queen Isabella at the Florida Renaissance Faire. Jasmine has done extensive production work with Kaleidoscope Theatre; integral in the production and mounting of their long-running Summer Touring Series, as well as the touring shows to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Environmental Theatre projects include Queen Guinevere at The Connecticut Renaissance Festival, Queen Anne at King Richard’s Faire and Agnes Bonnet at The New England Pirate Faire. Stage work includes Lucinda in Into The Woods and Titania in an adapted A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include work with Comedy Theatre Company, Cambridge Historical Tours and Pastimes Entertainment. She also does historical character appearances in and around South Florida for Bobby Rodriguez Productions.
Kansas City actor Ari Bavel has been working film and television in the KC area since 1999 playing everything from a cybernetic uber-zombie from the future in Zombie Bloodbath 3 to a VA doctor in Finding John Smith to an old bootlegger in Bonnie and Clyde vs Dracula. Theater credits include various police, guard, and bailiff types in plays like Inherit the Wind, The Crucible and Six Degrees of Separations, as well as meatier roles like Phil Hogan in A Moon For The Misbegotten and Uncle Adolph in The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Ari resides in Kansas City.
St Louis actor Denise Saylor is thrilled to be working with Jest. She has a BFA in Acting from Stephens College and is a RVT at MVRC. She’s performed in Love, Sex, and the IRS, How I Learned to Drive, See How They Run, Playing for Time, The Dixie Swim Club, and Dancing for Lughnasa to name a few. Denise is part of an improv troupe called Not Quite Right while also performing for various theaters in St. Louis. Finally, she wants to give a huge shout-out to her family and Dan, who supports her through everything.
Randy Manning is the creator, writer, and producer of “Jest” Murder Mystery Company. Jest performs, not only in the St. Louis area, but also travels throughout the US from California to New York, and everywhere north, south, and in between. Randy has enjoyed directing and acting in several theater productions in the area, and you may even see him on TV, or in print from time to time. He currently appears in national commercials for Mogi Auto Insurance and Lennox. For more information about Randy or “Jest” check out JestMurdermystery.com & RandyManning.com.
She has worked on various theater, television, film and voice-work productions, including the BBC TV-drama, To the Ends of the Earth. Some Kansas City credits include script in hand performances for the Kansas City Public Libraries: South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, I remember Mama, The Heidi Chronicles and You can’t take it with you; Enchanted April for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater, Stonelion Puppet Theater shows and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for Theater for Young America. She has also been known to stage manage for Kansas City Melting Pot among others. When she is not acting, she teaches yoga and tutors English and Reading. Danelle is thrilled to be a member of the Jest Murder Mysteries team, along with her husband Ari Bavel, whom she met working on … More
She has performed in 50 productions since the early 1980’s such as: Singin’ in the Rain, CATS, Cabaret, Damn Yankees, Hairspray, Music Man, 42nd Street, Sweeny Todd, Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls and many, many more. She has acted in several training videos, commercials, and print work over the years. Carol also performs a one woman cabaret act featuring Broadway Musical numbers which is a definite crowd pleaser. She and her husband Dan, a fellow performer, enjoy supporting their daughter who is an actress, singer and dancer as well. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Originally from Fergus Falls, MN, Debi moved to the Twin Cities to attend Bethel University in St. Paul, MN where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater. Debi went on to study improv at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis. You may have seen her recently at Plymouth Playhouse “RING OF FIRE”, “THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES” or the Old Log Theater “COWGIRLS”, or “PERFECT WEDDING”. Other Twin Cities credits include: Skylark Opera, History Theater, Actor’s Theatre and Nautilus Music Theater and of St. Paul, MN and Jungle Theater of Minneapolis, MN. She also appears regularly in concert with pianist Mary Beth Carlson.
Jake has been performing improv in the Minnesota area since 2006. He has appeared in a variety of shows at HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis, including Star Trek: The Next Improvisation, Creature Feature, and Overheard in Minneapolis. As a member of the duo Interplanetary Appeal, Jake co-created and performed in Deadline: A Choose Your Own Adventure Story at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival as well as a variety of productions at HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis, such as Parent Teacher Conference and Friend Request, a show inspired by audience Facebook profiles.