theatre actors

Karla Hernandez-Gonzalez: Marisol

Karla Hernandez-Gonzalez is a senior in UNC Greensboro’s undergraduate program. She is getting her BA in drama with a minor in art history. Other UNCG theatre credits include: This is Not a Test and All My Sons. She is the current Vice-President of UNCG’s improvisational comedy troupe, Spartaneous, as well as an executive board member of the student group, Performers Of Change. She’d like to thank all her loved ones for the continuous support throughout this process, as well as the UNCG theatre community for working together to make this show possible in these uncertain times.

Amaya Lewis: Angel


Julie Orkis: June

Julie Orkis (she/her/hers) is a 1st year MFA Acting student, Minerva Scholar and Graduate Student Senator at UNCG. She plays the role of June in Marisol. Julie hails from Brooklyn, NY where she grew up speaking Russian and playing tennis. She earned her BFA in Acting from
CUNY Brooklyn College, and has been working with New York City theatres since then. She is currently a company member with Emit Theatre, presenting immersive style Shakespearean productions. Her roles with Emit Theatre have included Antonio in The Tempest, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Maria in Twelfth Night. Other New York theatre credits include: Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost; Emilia/Cassio/Roderigo/Lodovico in an all-female Othello; Olivia/Orsino/Toby in Twelfth Night; Lorna in Big Mistake; Mother Hen in UPROOT. New York film credits include: Stacia in Kosmanavt; Denise in You’re Up; Shelly in Jimbo; Lana in J1. A big thank you to her family, near and far, for being the support system she needs while she goes on her journey.

Seth Nelson: Lenny


Jessica Hirsh: Woman with Furs

Jessica D. Hirsh holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Youngstown State University, a Musical Theatre Certificate from the Open Jar Institute in NYC, and a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is a two-time Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee, and was a 2017 Musical Theatre Initiative Semi-Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Favorite past roles include The Witch (Into The Woods), Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Ilse (Spring Awakening), Rose Stopnick Gellman (Caroline, or Change), Sheila Bryant (A Chorus Line), and Velma Von Tussle (Hairspray). Jessica loves collecting vinyls, horror movies, and eating cheese.

Stetson Smith: Man with Scar Tissue


Henry Helms: Man with Golf Club

Henry Helms is a 19 year old BFA Acting major in the class of 2023. He’s been in shows such as Rock of Ages, On the Town, and Urinetown (rip). He trained as a ballet dancer for 14 years and discovered his love for acting after being cast as Ozzie in On the Town. He likes staying up late and owns multiple pairs of different colored sunglasses.

Calvin Rubes: Man with Ice Cream

Calvin Rubes is a sophomore BFA actor. This is his second show here at UNCG, and he would like to thank his castmates, his professors, his director, his family, and anyone else he may be forgetting for all of their support and for this wonderful opportunity.

Tiffani Almeda: Ensemble

Tiffani is super excited about assuming the role as an actress especially for a show like Marisol! She is usually found backstage learning a new trade of the theatre. She is a senior studying theatre. Transferring from Fayetteville Technical Community College, she is excited about applying her knowledge and, of course, adding to it at UNCG. Her favourite role was FTCC’s Rumors by Neil Simon followed by Gilbert Theatre’s The Laramie Project. She has also worked on the tech side for Sanford’s Temple Theatre for their 2018-2019 season and is always excited to be asked back. “The 2018-2019 season was a busy yet sensational time for me as an actress, a techie and student. My first year of college I was a science major but I wasn’t satisfied until I switched to majoring in theatre. Now I feel complete in my work, no matter what area I work. If I’m in a theatre, I’m home. It’s everything I want and everything I need, this is where I want to be. I need the theatre, it’s my happy place.” Tiffani especially thanks her Grandma, Dad and past professor, Dennis Johnson for giving her the confidence and encouragement to go out into the world and do great things. She also thanks the audience for viewing the show and hopes for your return for the remainder of the season’s shows!

Nia Bethel: Ensemble

Nia is majoring in a BA in Drama with a minor in Psychology. This is Nia’s first show with UNCG.

Kayla Cruz: Ensemble

Kayla Cruz, Ensemble, is a junior here at UNCG. She is pursuing her BA in Drama with a minor in Musical Theatre. This is her first official production with UNCG Theatre and she is very excited to be a part of this amazing cast. Her recent credits include Ensemble in Mamma Mia! At High Point Community Theatre and Yara in a student short film Tomorrow. Kayla would like to thank her friends and family for their continuous support!

Blake Lee: Ensemble

Blake is in his first semester at UNCG, double majoring in history and drama with a minor in business. He is a transfer student from Vance-Granville Community College in Henderson, North Carolina. Blake was born in Frederick, Maryland, but has lived in North Carolina for most of his life. In 2016, Blake found his passion for acting, and hasn’t looked back since. He has been in multiple shows in Raleigh and
Henderson over the course of his acting career and is excited to add Greensboro to the list. Some of his favorite roles include Vice Principal Panch in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Jim and Tom in Clybourne Park. Blake is incredibly honored to be a part of Marisol and has loved getting to know all his fellow castmates.

Chloe Lesser: Ensemble

Chloe Lesser is a sophomore at UNCG in the BFA Acting program. She is extremely excited to be part of this amazing cast. This is her second show at UNCG.

Kathleen Ormond: Ensemble

Kathleen Ormond is excited to be a part of the ensemble in Marisol! She is a junior BFA Acting major and a Musical Theatre Minor at UNC Greensboro. She has been previously been seen on the stage as Miranda in The Tempest, #2 in The Wolves, and Opt-out Girl in Not a Test. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continued love and support as long with the cast and creative team of Marisol.

David Snee: Ensemble

David Snee is a Raleigh native and is currently a Sophomore at UNCG getting a BFA in Acting. He was last seen in UNCG’s production of The Tempest as Adrian. He’s excited to get the chance to work on such an amazing play, and wants to thank his friends and classmates for
their support.

Dominic Walker: Ensemble