Meet the Cast
Jonathan Deans is thrilled to be making his Virginia Tech debut in The Cretans. He is a senior studying theatre performance, and has previously worked in a few short films as a background actor and as the spotlight operator for the School of Performing Arts’ production of Balm in Gilead in Fall 2019.
Aubrey Cervarich is a senior completing a dual degree in political theory and theatre performance. This is her fifth Virginia Tech production; she has recently been seen in Balm in Gilead (Kay), As You Like It (Celia), These Shining Lives (Francis), and as an ensemble member in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. She is a member of Virginia Tech’s only long-form improv team, Deep Fried Improv, and a former member of the sketch comedy group SPAP. Aubrey would like to thank her professors, faculty, and Ed Falco for finding ways to keep performance and the arts alive during this pandemic.
Alex Cruz is a junior double majoring in theatre performance and computer science, focusing on pursuing a career in voice-over work. He is a current club-gymnast for Virginia Tech who has performed in Balm in Gilead (Rake).
While he has not had the chance yet, Alex wants to perform in the Moss Arts Center. He is a member of the comedy
group, SPAP, that will be completing their performance sketches online during the current pandemic. Alex is also the
lead singer for a college band called The Jennies, and a proud member of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast called "Live or Die."
Katie Dozzi is a junior majoring in civil engineering and minoring in theatre. This is her first time performing in a production at Virginia Tech. She has helped with set construction and lighting for three performances at
Virginia Tech. Katie is super excited for this production and thanks everybody that is tuning in during this crazy time.
Reiss Gidner is a graduating senior pursuing a dual degree in theatre and animal science. She was most recently seen on stage in The Wolves (#46), Balm in Gilead (Darlene), As You Like It (Jaques), These Shining Lives (Catherine Donohue), and Decision Height (Ziggie Lewis). Other credits include stage managing How I Learned to Drive (Stage Manager), Angels in America; Part I Millennium Approaches (Assistant Stage Manager) and Fun Home (Assistant Stage Manager). She is incredibly grateful for this opportunity and she hopes you enjoy The Cretans.
Kellian Moore is a fifth-year architecture thesis student minoring in theater. This will be his third production with the School of Performing Arts and his first virtual performance. You may recognize him, or at least the sound of his voice, from his performances in The Foreigner (Froggy) and As You Like It (Duke Senior). He is excited to be involved in performing again, albeit in an unusual fashion in these unprecedented times. Kellian believes that this show
has many important messages that can speak to a number of diverse groups and hopefully offer some light for a wide
audience at this time. He hopes that you all stay safe in these times and wants to remind everyone to not forget to love
each other. Enjoy the show!
Laura Schneider is a junior from Roanoke, Virginia, double majoring in theatre performance and marketing. This is her first production involving voice acting. Previous credits including Virginia Tech’s Spring 2020 workshop Three Anne Franks (Anne One), and multi-medalist in the World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Los Angeles. She hopes you enjoy the show and the experience of imagining a trip back to ancient Greece.
Warona Setshwaelo is a storyteller, mother and advocate. Since moving to Tiohtià:ke 12 years ago, Warona has immersed herself in the theatre community, both locally and nationally. Apart from performing with several theatre companies in Montreal, such as Tessri Duniya, Repercussion Theatre, Geordie Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, The Segal Centre, Tableau d'Hote and Scapegoat Carnivale she has performed in Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre as well as at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company in Winnipeg and the Belfry in Victoria. Her credits also include Death Wish, The Disappearance, 19-2, Quantico, The Detectives, Fatal Vows as well as several video games including Assassin's Creed Origins, The District and John Clancy's Ghost Recon. She also sat on the board of ELAN (English Language Arts Network) 2015 - 2017, she presently sits on the board of the Quebec Drama Federation as well as it's advocacy committee and she is the coordinator of the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop since 2016
James O’Brien is a sophomore theater major. This is his second production at Virginia Tech, first appearing on stage last year in Balm in Gilead (Frannie). He is ecstatic to be part of this production and hopes that it brings around a worldwide radio play renaissance, though he understands that this may not be the most likely outcome. His fingers are crossed, though.