Blood Countess Cast

Zenaida Rose Smith (Elizabeth)
Zenaida Rose Smith (she/her) is a freelance producer, director, and actor championing local and Global Majority artists. She is Production Manager at ArtsWest, a staff member at 18th & Union, and a producer with MAP. Other MAP credits include: a white haunting (director), Three Screams (2021, director), Trevor (actor), Year of the Rooster (actor). She is also a proud dog mama to Vixie, the cuddliest and sassiest fur babe.
Jasmine (Jazz) Flora (Horned Woman / Girls)
Jasmine Flora (she/her) is so grateful to be joining MAP Theatre & all the wonderful artists involved with Blood Countess! Jasmine is a Seattle-based storyteller and showgirl with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts. You can find her burlesque alter-ego, Lola California, on stages throughout the PNW and with her burlesque theatre troupe, The Dirty Darlings, queer-ing fairytales.When not on stage she can be found at 18th & Union, an arts space in the Central District, where she helps emerging artists produce their work, in the yoga studio, or reading into the wee hours of the night. Find her this May at the Triple Door playing Drink Me in "Through the Looking Glass." Oceans of love to her family -- blood, chosen, & feline for supporting her throughout this process. Extra waves of appreciation for Leilani who continues to allow Jazz to fill up her crazy schedule even though they have a wedding to plan <3 @jazzjazzflora
Heather Persinger (Father Anselm)
Heather has been seen on Seattle stages in An Octacroon at ArtsWest, and Suffering, Inc with Pony World. She has also performed in Frankenstein and Border Songs with Book-It, The Language Archive and Boston Marriage at Seattle Public Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus with Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Sextet with Washington Ensemble Theatre. She has also performed with 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival, Annex Theater, Theatre Simple, and Greenstage. Nationally Heather has performed with Shakespeare & Company in MA, the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in CA, Hedgerow Theatre in PA, Creede Repertory Theatre in CO, and Willamette Repertory Theatre in OR. She has trained with the National Theatre Institute and holds a BFA from Chapman University and an MA from the University of Oregon. She is delighted to be working with the wonderful folks at MAP Theatre.
Van Lang Pham (Ferenc / The Inspector)
Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, Van Lang Pham is a multi-disciplinary artist who has acted, sung and played music for various organizations around the Puget Sound. He was recently seen on stage as: Kevin in Pony World Theatre's Hot Dish and Dr. Bale/Missionary in Sound Theatre Company’s historic premiere of deaf-centric play Autocorrect Thinks I’m Dead, an actor at 14/48 Summer 2023, Gabe/Golem in The Hatmaker’s Wife at CenterStage and Pirate Captain Zhang Ngoi in She Devil of the China Seas with Pork Filled Productions. Much love to his friends and family for their ongoing support and to his (usually) disapproving corgi pup Roxas.
Brandon Montgomery Ryan (Mother / Fitzco)
Brandon Ryan was honored to be the 2009 and 2017 TPS Gregory Award recipient of Best Actor {People's Choice} for Maria/ Stuart at Theater Schmeater and Downstairs at Theatre22 and ACT Theatre. Previous credits include MAP Theatre's Soft Click of a Switch, {Footlight Award for Best Fringe Prodcution} A Behanding in Spokane, A White Haunting, Trevor and Vincent Delaney’s Three Screams & The Art of Bad Men. As well as Taming of the Shrew at Seattle Shakes, Solaris at Book-it Rep, and SecondStory Rep’s production of Amadeus. He is also the founder/artistic director of MAP Theatre, which he runs with some cool lil Seattle Fonzie's.
Jojo Salamanca (Dorkus)
Jojo is excited to back on stage for the first time post-pandemic and to be making this Map Theatre debut. Thanks to this fun cast, Peggy and the Map Theatre gang! A Filipino-American born and raised in Southern California, Jojo has lived in Seattle since 1994. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Jojo has worked as a teaching artist and professional actor in Seattle for over 20 years and is a two-time recipient of the Gypsy Rose Lee Award for his work in Branden Jacob Jenkins’ An Octoroon (ArtsWest, 2018) and A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Seattle Public Theater, 2013). Other credits include: Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Sound Theatre Company) Red Dog in Go, Dog. Go! (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and Henry Lee in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Book-It Rep). During the day, Jojo works in Communications and Development at Intiman Theatre. He is a proud father of two⁠ and was raised by a long line of strong, proud Filipina nurses. Thanks to Splashie, Wesley, Miko, Kofi and Joona for their love and support.