Whisper into the Ground by Olivia Haller Cast
Michelle Kariuki (Caroline)
Michelle Kariuki is a New York City based actor and graduate of NYU Tisch. Her most recent credits include The Heresy Machine (HERE Arts, Edinburgh Fringe), Pioneers Go East’s Virgo Star and nicHi Douglas’s Black Girl Magic Show! (JACK). In 2017 she collaborated with The Civilians and playwright C. A. Johnson on the world premiere of An American Feast. She has also featured in productions at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School such as Barbecue, Machinal, and Electronic City.
Joseph Lyon (Mark)
Joseph Lyon studied Shakespeare and improv comedy in central California, where he appeared as Kenickie in Grease, Romeo in a comedy adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and starred in Hamlet. He also adapted Hamlet’s script for a gritty 1920’s New York setting and stage managed a production of Noel Coward's Relative Values. In 2010, Joseph moved to Seattle, WA in order to study at Seattle Pacific University and spent ten years as a songwriter and professional musician. He will appear as Malcolm in Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Macbeth in summer 2021. He loves science fiction and fencing and lives with his wife, Breeanna, in central Seattle.
Hannah Jackson (Whispers)
Hannah Jackson is an upcoming freshman at Birmingham-Southern College, and will be majoring in Musical Theatre. She has been active in her theatre community in Alabama for the past five years, and will continue to be in the future. She is a choreographer for the 5678 Dance Company as well.
Jade Taylor (Whispers)
Jade Taylor is a musical theater actress living in Southern California. She has worked in professional theater and film for many years and enjoys performing on the stage. Some of her favorite roles include “Veronica” in Heathers, “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet, “Red Riding Hood” in Into the Woods and “Dance Captain/Ensemble” in Mamma Mia! She also has been trained in many different styles of dance taking classes since age three in styles including ballroom, ballet, tap, jazz, and more. She is super excited to be in her second zoom show with the Elite Theater Company after just finishing an amazing run of A Midsummer Night's Dream as Flute.
Mitchell Calderilla (Whispers)
Mitchell Calderilla is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA and is thrilled to be a part of this production. His goal is to one day be a theatre educator and spread his love of theatre to a new generation of Thespians, and to be an active 'artivist' using his artform to bring social awareness to social issues that aren't talked about, but should be.
Chelisea Fernandez (Whispers)
Chel Fernandez is a Los Angeles based actress, voiceover artist, and model. She is thrilled to be a part of Whisper in the Ground and to have the opportunity to learn from other like-minded artists. Before that, she starred in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of the 25th annual Putnam county spelling bee as Logainne and understudied the role of the witch in Into the Woods. Chel hopes to further her acting career with the support of her mentors and friend's. She hopes that you enjoy the show!