CAST
 

 
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Marisa Darabi
Gerda

Marisa is excited to be returning to Quantum Dragon Theater after having appeared in Speed of Light and as part of the 2016 Forge. She has worked as an actor with various theaters in the Bay Area and at UC Berkeley where she received B.A.s in both Theater and French in May 2016. Marisa studied acting at UC Berkeley and at the Barrow Group in New York. For upcoming projects, visit www.marisadarabi.com

 
Max Seijas

Max Seijas
Kai

Max is thrilled to be performing with Quantum Dragon Theatre for the first time.  Other roles include F in Cock with the SFSU Brown Bag Theatre Company, Featured Male in Swimming in the Shallows with the SFSU Players' Club, and ensemble in the San Francisco Olympians Festival staged reading of Hecate at the Exit Theatre. He graduates this year with a B.A. in Drama, Performance Emphasis, from San Francisco State University, and would like to thank his family and friends for all their support. 

 
Genevieve Purdue

Genevieve Purdue
Marzana

Genevieve is a consummate fantasy nerd. Luckily, she is also an actor, and as such is on cloud sector 9 to be included in the marriage of those two things! She most recently appeared as Mlle. Reisz in The Awakening (The Breadbox) and Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation (Custom Made Theatre). Additionally she’s worked in the bay area as either Actor or Costume/ Prop Designer with Wily West Productions, At Last Theatre, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, City College, Theatre Pub, Playwright’s Center of SF, and the SF Olympians Festival. She loves to be a part of the development of new works and and she also loves Middle Earth. Before returning to her home state of California, she journeyed throughout the land, seeking instruction in the magical art of Theatre from unlikely sources found in Wyoming, Colorado and North Carolina.

 
Karl Shackne

Karl Shackne
Glyndwr/Tårnfalk/Ensemble

Karl Schackne is an actor & playwright raised in the Bay Area appearing in his first production with QDT. Among his favorite roles since he began acting in 2009 are Barnaby in Much Ado About Lebowski (Primitive Screwheads), Schultz in Circle Mirror Transformation (City College of SF), Dr. Fine in Six Degrees of Separation (Custom Made), Dave in Left Coast News (Left Coast Theatre Co.), and Albany in King Lear (SF Theatre Pub). His plays include 3 collaborations with Wily West Productions: Superheroes, Zero Hour: The Mars Experiment, and I Saw It, and his short play Age Old Wisdom was a finalist in 2016’s ShortLived Festival. While not doing theatre he enjoys epic game nights, world travel, and slow-cooking meat. His D&D character, Throbbi Long-chisel Skuddfind, is a 4th level dwarf paladin engaged in an epic adventure in Portown battling zombies, skeletons, an ape, a wizard, & daring black onyx thieves.

 
Michael James Hawkins

Michael James Hawkins
Krage/Hermit/Ensemble

Michael James Hawkins is an actor, singer and writer with a varied background. Michael performed in many different ways early on, but was subtly drawn into a padded room in 1993. Michael stayed there for many years talking to people he couldn't see. At times, he would speak in weird, creative voices. In 2009 Michael left broadcasting and commercial production to go back to school to perfect the vocal skills he abused for years. In 2014 Michael graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Montevallo. Since then he worked as an extra in Hollywood for film and television, a voice actor, and even working on improv/stand-up comedy and puppet skills. Michael is also a passionate fan of fantasy, sci-fi and anime. He wishes he had time to play AD&D (3ed) again, but Michael is also busy doing what you would expect an actor to do...wait tables. 

 
Matt Gunnison

Matt Gunnison
Hanegal/Bent/Ensemble

Although a native of the Southwest, Matt has been acting in the Bay Area for over a decade.  Some of his more recent credits have been moderately northern at Novato Theater Company (A Streetcar Named Desire) and slightly southern at Hayward’s Douglas Morrisson Theatre (Book of Days), but the bulk of his stage work has been in San Francisco.  He has worked with Custom Made Theatre Company (The Braggart Soldier, The Merchant of Venice, Candide of California), Thunderbird Theatre Company (Show Down!, Aaah! Rosebud, Release the Kraken, The Las Vega-Nauts), Killing My Lobster (Learns a Lesson, Reboots, Winter Follies), and many others, including Impact Theatre, No Nude Men Productions, Guerrilla Rep, and SF Theater Pub.  Matt holds a BFA in Theatre from Eastern New Mexico University, he is married to SF-based playwright/director Claire Rice, and his preferred Star Wars time frame is the classic Rebellion era.

 
Arcady Darter

Arcady Darter
Torva/Bo/Ensemble

Arcady is thrilled to join Quantum Dragon Theatre and such a formidable cast and crew on this magical journey. Arcady is a staff wielding, card reading, snake charming rogue  who has been performing around the Bay Area for the last several years. Favorite previous roles include Bob Dylan in I Like That (SF Theatre Pub), Shiva in Beauty and the Beast vs the Zombies of Doom (Ninjaz of Drama), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and the title role in Macbeth (Theatre of Others). Other nerdy hobbies include playing DnD, reading comic books, cosplay, and binge watching sci-fi/fantasy tv shows. Love to her cat, her snake, and her partner Colin.

 
Kitty Torres

Kitty Torres
Liv/Inge/Ensemble

Kitty Torres has had the fortune of working in the Bay Area as both a performer and a member of production since 2013. She has previously worked with the Exit Theatre, No Nude Men Productions, Custom Made Theatre, Faultine Theatre, Pianofight and Central Works, she is deeply honored to be involved with her first production with Quantum Dragon Theatre and supremely grateful to the production staff and her fellow cast mates for making this such an incredible experience. She hopes all enjoy the show!

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 
Alandra Hileman

Alandra Hileman
Playwright

The protagonists of Alandra Hileman's other plays that have made it off the hard drive have included a reincarnated mythological knight with a drinking problem (Hiraeth), a teenager in love with her gothic poet cousin (Cypress, Sin, and Care), and the forgotten woman who was the greatest swordsman in US history (Queen of the Sword), so a history student who has to save her magic-wielding best friend from an evil sorceress was an obvious next choice.

Between midnight writing benders, Alandra is Managing Director and Forge Master for QDT. Read more about her plays, and get updates, info, clever snark and mythical creatures by visiting her website at ajhileman.com

 
Sam Tillis

Sam Tillis
Director

Sam Tillis is the Artistic Director of QDT and geek-of-all-genres. You can read in depth about all of his nerdy credits on the QDT staff page.

  

 

Cassie Barnes
Lighting Design

Kelly Lehane
Stage Manager

Kelly Lehane has been stage managing for ten years. She graduated from San Jose State University in 2012 with a BA in Theatre Arts Design and Technology. This is her first show with QDT. She is best known in the fair/festival community as Penny, the stage manager for Mad Sal's at The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and Shipwreck Stage at the Northern California Pirate Festival. When she's not stage managing, you can often find her working in patron services. Past venues include SHN, the Firehouse Arts Center, and Berkeley Playhouse. When she is not working theatre, she enjoys paper crafts, baking, and modern faerie tales. 

Cassie Barnes has been involved in technical theatre for the last 10 years, but it was under the instruction of Joan Arhelger at San Francisco State University that her passion for lighting design was born. After graduating from SFSU, where she studied Theatre Arts and Women and Gender Studies, she began her freelance career. Cassie does lighting design all across the greater Bay Area for a variety of companies including The Breadbox, Bay Area Children's Theatre, 99 Stock Productions, Wiley West Productions, and Thunderbird Theatre Company. Although she got her start in theatre, she has since expanded her career to include dance productions, which have led her to work with Applegate Dance Company, Bayer Ballet, Ledoh with Salt Farm, Joe Orrach, and Meredith Webster.

Alejandro Romero
Sound Design

Thomas Ignatius
Costume Design

Thomas Ignatius is a San Francisco native, currently residing in Los Angeles, and transcending the time-space paradox to work with QDT for the first time. His previous costume design credits include The Barber of Seville (San Francisco State University), Sullivan & Gilbert (Douglas Morrison Theatre), and Ghosts (SFSU Brown Bag), as well as design and construction assistance on A Tale of Cinderella (DMT), and The Madwoman of Chaillot (Las Positas College) and a myriad of Renaissance and Victorian faire characters. In other dimensions, he also boasts an extensive performance resume on stage and screen. Since graduating SFSU in 2011, his design interests have been drawn to historical and fantasy oriented designs. He currently serves as lead executive producer and screenwriter for Galavant Films in LA, and is excited to be a part of such a magical production.

Alejandro Romero has had a warm welcome as Sound Designer to Spell Eternity. He truly enjoys working with talented folks on a fresh script, helping to create the show’s world for the first time. Recent shows for Sound Design include Be My Baby (Altarena Playhouse), Tenderly (Altarena Playhouse) and The Addams Family (Stage 1). As always, thanks to his mother for nudging him toward Drama class when band was full.

Rachel Kerns
Props Design & Scenic Design

Rachel Kerns has been participating in amateur, educational, and professional theatre productions since 2005. In 2012, she graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California with a B.A. in Technical Theatre and Design and, in 2015, graduated from The Lir at Trinity College Dublin, in Dublin, Ireland with a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design. Prior to her acceptance into The Lir’s MFA Stage Design course, she designed and constructed props for San Francisco-based theatre companies, including 99Stock Productions’ 2012 submission to the New York International Fringe Festival Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness! (Recipient of FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Overall Production). She has since been fortunate enough to participate in a range of different productions including Terminus (January 2014) with Galway-based ThereisBear!, Into the Woods (May 2014) and Midsummer (August 2014) with The Lir, and Spinning (October 2014) with Dublin-based Fishamble.

Sydney Scwindt
Fight Direction

Sydney Schwindt is a marauding actor, fight director,  teaching artist and pirate. Fight directing credits include Romeo & Juliet (Davis Shakespeare Ensemble & UCDavis), Cyrano de Bergerac (DSE), Hamlet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Margaret of Anjou (Those Women Productions), Caeneus & Poseidon(Dragon Productions Theatre Company), and others. Sydney has acted all over the country and internationally with such companies as Hartford Stage, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Hampton Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory, and Mirage Entertainment. She earned her BFA in Acting from The Hartt School and has also trained with the San Francisco Clown Conservatory, Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), and the Society of American Fight Directors. She has been teaching theatre and art for over a decade, and currently serves as Educational Director for the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble.