Cast

JEX ARZAYUS – SYLVIE

Jex Arzayus has been acting professionally for the last two years. Jex is honored to be working on the Grumble Theater production of Féminaal playing historian Sylvie.  Jex just completed Gadfly Theaters production of “I am never going to earth again 60 queer plays in 90 min” as a writer and performer. Jex was in this year’s Chameleon Circle Theater Production of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as the role of Martini. Jex is a company member and Director of Education /Outreach for the Band Group a new theater company that pairs theater with a cause. Jex was in this years Fringe production of  “Womyn’s Mysteries”. Jex was also chosen for  Savages Umbrellas Night of New Works writing and directing an original play called “Foiled”. Jex’s debut show was “Pope Joan the First Transgender Pope,” They played brother Einhart. Jex was also cast in “Tart” by The Band Group at Bryant Lake Bowl this June playing Damis. Born and raised in New Jersey Jex now calls Minneapolis home for the past 12 years. Jex is a middle school/high school art teacher in Maple Grove. Jex is in the improv troupe “The Sharpies at Huge Theater they perform every Sunday in April. Jex is also finishing up a documentary called “White Cactus” about Jex’s dad who was a Colombian drug lord in the 80’s, a project that has spanned over five years and is in its final stages of completion.

SAMANTHA BIATCH – LOTTE

Sam is thrilled to be in Grumble Theater’s inaugural production! Sam is a classically-trained actor new to the Twin Cities. She has a BA from Smith College, with additional training from Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Powerhouse Theater, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Recent acting credits include Perfect Arrangement (Barbara Grant) and The Merchant of Venice (Morocco, Aragon) Directing credits include A Lion in Winter and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Sam was last seen as an Acting Apprentice at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, where she understudied the roles of Countess of Roussillon, Mariana and Widow, covering the former two roles in three performances. Enjoy the show!

LUKAS BRASHERFONS – PAUL

Lukas is a director and dramaturg based in the Twin Cities. He serves as Director of New Play Development for the Grumble Theater, as well as Resident Dramaturg for Shakespearean Youth Theatre. This summer, he will direct SYT’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has a BFA in Acting with a minor in Stage Combat from Columbia College Chicago. His dramaturgical endeavors include work with American Players Theatre, the Iowa New Play Festival, the Den Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Next Theatre, Raven Theatre, Mercury Players, Broom Street Theater, Writers Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Northlight Theatre. Lukas has an MFA in Dramaturgy from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

COREY DINARDO – LORNE

Corey DiNardo was recently seen with Orchard Theater Collective in their production of Twelfth Night as Feste and SebastianOther credits include Artistry (Jason Posner – W;t; Sam Feienschreiber – Awake and Sing!), Theatre Coup d’Etat (Snout – A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hero Now Theatre (Wilson – Terra Nova), Candid Theatre Company (Giovanni – We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!), and The National Theatre for Children. Upcoming: Katurian in The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh with Theatre Coup d’Etat in June/July.

MATTHIAS FOWLER – OTTO

Matthias Fowler is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy out of New York. He finished the study in 2012 and began working on various side projects throughout the last few years ranging from audio books, short story compilations, and podcasts. Matt recently moved to the Twin Cities to begin forging a footprint for himself in the Midwest theater scene.

KELLY HUANG – JANE

Kelly Huang is a filmmaker and actor in the Twin Cities. Her representative theater includes: Antigone; Park Square Theater, The Princess’ Nightingale; Theater MU, Of Milk and Mirrors; Arts Nest Phoenix Theater. Her two short documentary films A Refugee’s Story: Khamsay Huang and Unspoken have been screened all over the Twin Cities. Premiering at the 2015 Twin Cities Film Fest and in partnership with the Illusion Theater.

JENAN JACOBSON – BETTY

Jenan Jacobson is a newcomer to the Minneapolis theater scene and enters this world with every ounce of hope and excitement. A recent graduate of Carleton College, Jenan majored in Theater and English. Theater credits from her time at Carleton include The PenelopiadThree Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Our Country’s Good, An Intervention, and Revolt She Said, Revolt Again. Immeasurably grateful to The Grumble Theater for giving her this opportunity, she has pointed at this first moment of casting as a defense against her not pursuing Computer Science in school like a rational person.  

DEL M. LOGEAIS – MADELEINE

Del M. Logeais is an actor, director, and playwright based out of Minneapolis. She recently obtained her B.A. degree in Theater Performance and Theater Directing, Dramaturgy, and Playwriting from Augsburg University. Recent credits include Sod House Theater (An Enemy of The People), Bread and Puppet Theater at In The Heart of The Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (Grasshopper Rebellion Circus), Placebase Productions (Ottertales: The Musical) and History Theatre (One-Minute Play Festival). Upcoming projects include Sod House Theater’s An Enemy of The People and A Ghost Sonata, to be put on in collaboration with Black Label Movement (fall, 2019).

MELISSA MILLER – DEENA

Melissa Miller recently moved to the Twin Cities after completing her graduate study at Texas Tech University. Melissa carries a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy as well as a Bachelors in Theatre Performance from Wichita State University. Recent credits include The Laramie Project with Theatre 301, and Swipe Right with Blinking Eye Theatre at the Fringe. Melissa is passionate about the work she does with Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team, an organization that partners with local police departments to aid in scenario-based officer training in mental health crisis awareness and intervention. She enjoys teaching theatre classes at River Valley Dance Academy and Stages Theatre Company. In addition to her work as an actor and teaching artist, Melissa is a trained actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She is happy to be working on this premiere production with The Grumble Theatre and engaging in the delicate and exciting work of new play development. 

LUKE MINSKE – HELGAR

Luke Minske is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a BFA in Acting, 2018. Luke has received training at the University of Worcester, England. Some of his more recent works includes Dr. Thomas Harvey in Grey Matters at Phoenix Theatre, Antonio in Twelfth Night at North Dakota Shakespeare, and his tour of North Carolina and South Carolina with the National Theatre for Children for Showdown at Resource Ranch. As well as an actor, Luke is also a writer and Improv-er.

JEANIE NICKEL – KLARA

Jeanie is an actor, director, and recent transplant to the Twin Cities. She received her B.S. in Theatre – Directing from Eastern Oregon University. This is only her second production in the Twin Cities; she performed at the 2018 Fringe Festival as Starblast Turboson in “Brogonauts”. Her passion and focus is contemporary theatre, so she is excited and honored to be part of The Grumble Theater’s first production.

LOGAN VERDOORN – EXPAT

Logan is a Twin Cities based theater artist and has worked nationally and internationally as an actor, director, and educator. He is also the Artistic Director of Shakespearean Youth Theatre, a theatre company and educational organization for Twin Cities teens. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.