Meet the professionl and volunteer actors, entertainers, and wonderful improv players that make up the unique, INTERACTIVE street cast that we are know for.
Alex is happy to be back for his third year with the NJ Renaissance Faire. With a background in medieval reenacting with Markland, Alex is also a member of the Mystic Realms LARP community. Alex would like to thank his girlfriend Rebekah, who is is also in the cast, for introducing him to the NJRF.
Amanda is psyched to be back in the cast of the NJ Renaissance Faire for her second year! When not part of the wonderful village of Crossford, she attends high school in Hamilton, and has done several ensemble roles in musicals in her past at a summer camp. Her thanks goes out to her family--both real and family among cast members here--for the love and support that still keeps her going.
Having been a long time lover of Renaissance faires, Ami Reader took the leap into auditioning for the NJ Renaissance Faire in 2014 and has been with them ever since. Having held an interest in theater since she was young, Ami has been on the stage and participating in choirs since elementary school, having starred in plays such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as Charlie Bucket and ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ as Abby Brewster. Even now, Ami continues to take classes, such as acting and stage combat, in order to continue to broaden her skill set for the stage.
Andria is thrilled to be a part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire this year! This is her first interactive show. She has been apart of Camp Johnsonburg’s MAD (Music, Art, Drama) unit and end of week shows for 2 years. She wants to thank her friends and family for supporting her decision to do the faire this year
Ariel is a film actor from NYC. And is returning for her third season of NJRF.
Ariel is beyond thrilled to be a part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. She’s been a patron since the beginning of NJRF and now she’s excited to be on cast. Before becoming a Crossfordian, her previous credits include The Miracle Worker, Seussical Jr. the Musical, The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet, and Cinderella’s Glass Slipper. When not acting, she volunteers at Phoebe Home Berks and also reads to cats at her local animal shelter. She would like to thank her Dad, Mom, and sister, Aurora, for their endless love and support. And to her many other family members and friends that she would also like to thank, she hopes they know who they are.
PJ is very excited to per a cast member of the 2016 New Jersey Renaissance Faire. While he has attended many Ren Faires, this is his first year in the NJ Faire. PJ has a martial arts background including Kenpo and Goju karate as well as combat skills with the broadsword. PJ would like to thank his families, both related and friends, for getting him here. He would especially like the thank the rest of the Band of the Burning Blade Adventuring Company and hopes to live up to their expectations.
Chelsea is so excited to be joining the cast of the New Jersey Faire for the first time this year! Chelsea is primarily a musician and recently released her first album, “The Broken Road.” Her past acting credits include plays such as “The Wedding Singer” and various student films. Being of Scandinavian descent and a lover of Norse mythology, Chelsea is so happy that this year’s theme includes so many Vikings! Chelsea loves music, history, and performance, and can’t wait to combine it all at the faire!
Cheryl is thrilled to return to the NJ Renaissance Faire for her third year as Lady Jane Seymour. Her previous experiences with the NJ Renaissance Faire were spending 2012 and 2013 as a NJ Ren Faire Mom. While her acting experience has been limited to the bending and stretching of space and time ~ aka ~ lying to her children when necessary, she has been singing in organized choirs since first grade and had the opportunity while part of the Rutgers University Oratorio Chorale to sing “To Hope! A Celebration” with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Cheryl would like to thank her son David for introducing her to the NJRF family and allowing her to join in the play; her daughter Jennifer for understanding why she missed all those softball games this season; and her husband Philip for being such a loving, supportive and understanding muggle.
"This is my second year being part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. I have involved in Medieval theater for the last 4 years. LARPing with groups like Mystic Realms and Daggur. Also, fought with the SCA. Favorite weapon the hammer."
Colin is delighted to be a part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire again for his second year, and his first year as a knight. When he's not being a knight fighting with swords and wooing pretty ladies, Colin spends his time performing in local theatre, training to become a superhero, and occasionally doing the time warp again.
Dawn is very excited to be a part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire this year! Returning for her second year on cast, She looks forward to bringing new life to her character! She wants to thank her family for their continued support, as she is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.
Devon is excited to be back for her second year at the NJ Ren Faire! She is currently a sophomore in high school where she takes Honors English, is active in JROTC, Art, and participates in several clubs. Devon continues taking acting classes with the NJ Ren Faire. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her, especially her parents and little brother, John.
Eddie Connor will be performing for the second time at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire this year. When not performing, Eddie can usually be found behind the DM screen or troubleshooting a malfunctioning computer. He would like to thank his wife, Melanie, without whom, he would likely never leave the house.
This is Edward’s first time year on cast and he is excited to join the fair. Outside of fair, he has performed with several bands including the Hamilton Township Community Band, the Cumberland County Community Band, the Simon’s Rock Collegium, the Simon’s Rock Chamber Orchestra, the Simon’s Rock Chorus, and the Simon’s Rock Jazz Ensemble. He is also involved with the Mystic Realms Live Action Role Playing community.
Elizabeth is excited to be a part of this year's cast! She has previously been a part of the PA Renaissance Faire. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support.
This will mark Emy's 5th season on cast with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. This year she is excited to be playing the role of Hildegard, Shieldmaiden to Brunhilda. Emy has also performed for the PA Renaissance Faire, Wise Kraken, and Noble Cause Productions. When not running around as a crazy Viking Emy is in school to become an educational interpreter for elementary school students. Emy would like to thank her mom for her amazing costume work in years past and her family for their support.
Eva Bakshis is incredibly excited to return to Crossford for her second year with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. She would like to thank her friends and family for supporting every step of the way.
This is Frank’s first year on cast for the NJ Renaissance Faire. He has worked on literature, poetry, cosplay and martial arts, currently engaging in Shaolin Kung Fu. He first became a part of medieval reenactment through Scarlet Cross in Rutgers University, which got him involved with the Society of Creative Anachronisms, Markland and many a battle clad in steel. He currently fights for House Arindale East and all else who will join him. Frank would like to thank his family and friends for their ever ongoing support, members of Scarlet Cross both young and old, its alumni organizations, Rivenwood and Blackrill, Arindale East, the SCA, Markland, and every Renaissance Faire he has ever gone to. These adventures would not be the same without any of you!
This is Frank’s sixth year with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. When Frank is not at the faire he currently works for the Philadelphia Eagles as a “personal assistant” to the mascot, SWOOP; or he is a substitute teacher teaching at a school district near you! Frank’s previous acting experience includes performing for productions of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show and several student films at Western Kentucky including Klebor!, a movie he wrote and starred in. Frank would like to thank his friends and family for all of the support over the years and wishes everyone in cast to break a leg for this season.
George Hamilton is delighed to be joining the cast of the NJRF for a second year, and his first with the principal cast. George is a Pennsylvania native and spent six years in Scotland studying Scottish Gaelic, earning degrees from the University of Glasgow and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. George has been involved with Renaissance Faires since 2006, including his roles in 2015 as Hamish MacDougall at the PA Ren Faire and Sir Martin Frobisher here in New Jersey. This will be his first professional appearance, and he can think of no better place to make his debut than Crossford itself! In the future George hopes to continue his acting career both within and outside the Renaissance Faire world.
GJ Marko is truly grateful to be returning to the NJ Renaissance Faire for his third year as ‘Iron’ Jack McGowan, Blacksmith, newly appointed leader of Crossford’s Adventurers Guild, proud father to Scarlet McGowan and husband to Liza Bell McGowan. He must first and foremost thank his wife, Karen, for her love and patience, as well as his family and friends who come out to see him swing a sword and support his passion. Thanks must also go out to John, Tj, Phil, and Terri who give him the chance to be a hero, a big kid and to fill his soul with joy. May what you do in life, echo for eternity.
After training as a Shakespearean actor in the Bard’s native country, Greg returned state-side and furthered his career performing, writing, directing, and choreographing for theatres and festivals across the country. Greg was Certified by the Society of American Fight Director as a Teacher of Stage Combat. Greg has taught stage combat across the country including: Arizona Shakespeare Festival, the Fulton Opera House, Gretna Theatre, Theatre of the Seventh Sister, Harrisburg Area Community College, Radford University and of course the PA Renaissance Faire. Greg is an alumnus of The United Stuntman’s Association Stunt School, a Certified Canadian Fight Director, a Fencing instructor, a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Kendo. Greg latest passion is making swords. His Beautiful handcrafted work can be seen online drunkensmithy.com and don't forget to friend us “Drunken Smithy” on Facebook.
Hannah is excited to be a part of the NJ Ren Faire this year! She is currently a sophomore high school honors student, where she participates in Marching Band, Art, and German Club. This is her first year with the NJ Ren Faire and would like to thank her parents and little sister, Emily, for supporting her.
Jackie DiFerdinando graduated from Temple University in 2014 as a theatre major with a concentration in acting. Since graduating, Jackie has been seen in a number of local theatre productions including The Rocky Horror Show and Farragut North. Jackie is also an advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. Recently, Jackie has been involved with many film projects. Look for her in the upcoming web series Herrings and Casting, as well as the zombie thriller Theory of Z.
Jason is a unique personality that has been Renaissance faire-ing since his college years at Drew University and has loved it since. When away from the stage Jason is either crafting his next project or making a nice pot of tea. He is excited about his second year at the NJ Renfaire and would like to thank all his friends whose support allows him to believe in the you that believes in him.
Returning for his third year at Crossford, Jeff Loftus is leaving the glitter behind in exchange for three double-sided axes! While Bobble hides his magical existence from Queen Elizabeth, Skegöx the axe-juggling Viking will be emerging from the magical forests of Crossford to wreak havoc mostly upon his own fingers. Jeff hopes to not only entertain, but to transform the art of juggling from a spectator's sport into an interactive exhibition by using faire goers in his routines and even teaching them exactly HOW to juggle! Outside of faire, Jeff is a Rutgers graduate, an avid console gamer and rare vinyl collector, a DJ and director at WRSU-FM, a published writer, and a metal head who finds himself at concerts far too often. He is greatly looking forward to everything he and the rest of this year's cast has to offer to the good visitors of Crossford! SKÅL!
"Greetings my Lords and Ladies I be Jeffrey Dolin you may better know me as Warden Max Chase from the shire. I am a first year cast member to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, and a new recruit to the Knights of Crossford. I am very excited to be a part of this amazing group of people and even more excited to meet every one of you who grace Crossford with your attendance."
Jessica Steele (Mistress Joanna Perkins) is thrilled to make her debut with NJRF. Jess has been onstage since childhood, beginning under the tutelage of esteemed director/teacher Robert Pridham (founder, StageWorks NJ) at 11 as a student at Kent Place School and 3 years later, moved on to performing professionally – eventually studying voice with the late Phil Campanella (musical director, Roundabout Theater Co. NYC). She continued to dance and learn classical technique under the husband and wife team of Era and Andrei Jouravlev of The Joffrey Ballet. Learning stage combat and sword fighting is her most recent passion of the past decade and a half, having appeared in a medieval-themed music video and in her role of Joan of Arc in Shakespeare's 'King Henry VI, Part I' . Jessica is currently assistant director of independent stage combat troupe "The Clang Addicts". She would like to thank God and her family for sustaining her in the tough times, Dave for being her biggest (tallest, anyway) cheerleader and protector and the Catty B*tches for good times, laughter and support!
Jim is ecstatic to be back for the 2016 Season of NJRF. Just recently Jim had just ended a season with PARF and also wrapped a bit part in "The First American" as Henry Knox. He is currently working with Wise Kraken Improv Comedy with shows every couple of months. He would like to thank the cast and crew for such an amazing run this year. Break all the legs! He would also like to thank his entire family for the support he has gotten through the years in the performing arts!
This is Joseph's first time performing with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. He hails from Philadelphia and has been experiencing the magic of Renaissance Faires as long as he can recall. Last year Joe had the honor of performing as Magnus Bloodaxe in the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He worked side by side with Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson who plays The Mountain in HBO's Game of Throne. When he' not being a Viking, Joe is a regular on the Philly Improv Theater stage with House Team: Sabotage and his own show The Comedy Show Gates with Joe Gates. He's thrilled to be in the role of Prince Gunther of Burgundy and ready to have Viking good-times with the brilliant cast of the NJRF!
John is excited to be rejoining his fellow Crossfordians for his second season at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. In addition to Crossford, John has also taken part in the New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom, and the Villagers Renaissance Faire over the last 18 years, portraying roles such as King Lot of Orkney (NJRK), Merlin, and Cardinal Richelieu (VRF). John would like to thank his fellow Crossfordians for their boundless energy, sense of fun, and belief in the magic that we create to bring the shire to life. He’d also like to thank a certain woodworker’s widow for being his love and inspiration in everything.
Josh Arnolde is an East Coast based Actor, Writer and Stage combatant based in New York and Philadelphia. Credits include The Importance of Being Earnest (Reading Theater Project), Fox 29, several short films and spearheading New Jersey Renaissance Faire's super successful Kickstarter campaign (thanks to all of you, the fans!). Josh is always creating something, whether it be a screenplay (Beerquest, 2016), classic movie project (www.100weeks100movies.com) or a new cocktail. Josh continues to hold down a working actor's career in Philly and New York when he is not behind a bar.
Katie Horahan reprises her role as Lady Elizabeth Percy for the 5th year in a row. When she's not Duchessing, you can find her hosting Late Night Series at Mercer County Community College alternate Fridays during the semester or leading Bordentown's premier comedy improv troupe Wise Kraken. As an original cast member of this faire, she's always excited to see the faire grow every year. All thanks to our wonderful patrons - without you, this would be rehearsal!
Kelly Rowan is thrilled to be returning to the NJ Ren Faire for her 5th season, though it's her first season on cast. She has performed previous seasons with her duo, Rowan and the Rose, and looks forward to doing so again this year, but this time disguised as Queen Elizabeth I. (A role she is also thrilled to reprise after her time playing Queen Bess at the PA Ren Faire in 2008-09!) She currently lives in Orlando, with her husband Arthur, where she can be found performing at Disney, Universal, or various other theatrical venues in central Florida. Here's to having adventures! www.rowanandtherose.com
Words cannot describe how overjoyed Kristen is to be a part of the New Jersey Ren Faire family! She resides in PA and has had a love for renaissance history and theater since she was 13. She has been a member of House Von Draken from the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia for five years, and fences for the East Kingdom with the Society for Creative Anachronism. She wants to thank her amazing friends and God (her cornerstones) for their love and for sticking by her side no matter what - even when things get crazy! She also wants to send a special thanks to her good friend, roommate, and fellow cast member, Tara Spiecker, for her tremendous support, coaching, and patience. My first year on cast could not have happened without you believing in me. Thank you! I love you all!
Kristen's happy to return for her fifth year at the New Jersey Faire and would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support!
Kristine is joining us once more in the shire of Crossford as the recurring character, Lady Buella Percy - Poet, lover, musician and badass in a hoop skirt and also sister to the Duke. Her past credits include Cruising Cuisine, Songs for a New World, Meat Your Maker, The Vagina Monologues and many other shows as well as murder mysteries. She is a graduate of Stockton State College with a BFA in Theater. She thanks all of her friends and family for their amazing support!
Laurel is thrilled to be here for her sixth season with NJRF! She has had small speaking roles on episodes of "Monsters Inside Me" and "Impractical Jokers" and played Eleanor Dunbar in Stage Stars' production of "Footloose." Also a freelance writer, she lives in Highland Park, NJ. Laurel thanks TJ, John, Phil, and the entire cast for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful faire.
"Over 35 years of experience as actress, teacher, director and choreographer. I have performed in all types of shows from Shakespeare to English Music Hall and choreographed and directed children’s shows, musical productions and opera. After an 8 year hiatus I joined the NJ Renfaire and this is my third year in the cast."
This is Megan’s third season with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Outside of Crossford, Megan works as the supervisor of domestic violence and sexual assault services at The Women’s Center in Atlantic County and enjoys reading, baking, singing karaoke and spending time with her family. Megan would like to thank her family and friends for supporting and encouraging her in this adventure and for never tiring (or at least not admitting to it) of her passion for the faire.
Melanie Mercado-Connor has been acting in Renaissance Faires since she was a wee baby freshman at Drew University. When Melanie is not traveling back to Renaissance-era Britain, she is teaching Spanish to Lower School students at Friends Seminary in New York City. She can also be found giving panels at anime conventions, taking care of her two cats, Sans and Papyrus, and drinking dangerous amounts of coffee. Melanie would like to thank her family for supporting her artistic endeavors and would especially like to thank her husband, Eddie, for being her best friend and for pushing her to go beyond the impossible.
This will be Melanie’s third year with the NJ Renaissance Faire and she can’t wait to see what craziness ensues. She is very excited to be returning to the Faire that gave her her start in not only Renaissance Faires but also the Faire that introduced her to her new addiction of stage combat. In past years Melanie has played the Queen Titania and the bodyguard Esme Chance. And after a year of touring with Chaste Treasure as the Lady Beatrice Byrne she is excited to be getting back in to fighting and out of the corset. This year she gets a whole new challenge with Vikings! Melanie has been performing all her life, only taking a break to serve her country as a United States Marine. She’s very happy to be involved once again in the community..
Mitch is very excited to be returning for his sixth season of the NJRF, and even more excited to be a bad guy! Previously Mitch has performed with the PA Renn Faire, New Vic Theatre of London, SAIL Musicals on Tour, and currently works as an actor at Hershey's Chocolate World. Mitch would like to thank his incredibly supportive husband, Derek, for allowing him to disappear into the magical woods of Crossford once again!!!
Nick is reprising his character Thomas Swift for his 4th year. He is a member of National Junior Honor Society, Battle of the Books team and Math League. He plays trombone, tennis, football, and is a voracious reader. He thoroughly enjoys being around and learning from all the talent of the NJ Ren Faire cast.
This is Nina's second year with the NJ Ren Faire and she's so happy to be back. When she's not on the faire grounds she teaches yoga, belly dance, and loves to play guitar and sing. She got introduced to the faire through the Mystic Realms LARP troupe, which she attends monthly.
Rebekah is delighted to return for a fourth season at NJRF. A writer and PR manager by day, Rebekah is also part of Mystic Realms' immersive outdoor interactive theater group in South Jersey and a stage performer of children’s shows at the WheatonArts Fantasy Faire in Millville. Whether she’s acting as a buccaneer, zombie, high elf, Rakkarin, vagabond or lady of the court, her motto is “Yes, And” and her next adventure is just beyond the horizon. Many thanks to her supportive family (Marie, Jesse and Isaac Zumwalt) and the scruffy nerf-herder she adores (Alex Pertgen). If you’re reading this, you are officially awesome. Thanks for being a part of the magic!
Rose Flahive is thrilled to be joining the NJRF cast this year! This is her second year performing with NJRF, and previous credits include Rutgers V-Day productions and involvement in Rutgers Cabaret Theatre.
"Hello my name is Shannon Holloway! I am a senior in high school. I have been in theater for my whole life and I am a member of the International Thespian Honor Society. I'm going to the University of New Haven for Criminal Justice Investigative Services and Fire Arson Investigations."
"I am 16 years old, a 11th grade student at Cumberland Christian School. I currently live in Vineland,NJ, but I am originally from California. I aspire one day to pursue a career in performing arts, majoring in Ballet. I love to Sing, Dance, and I am a drummer in an alternative band. This is my second year performing in the NJ Ren Faire."
Stephanie is delighted to be a part of the cast of The New Jersey Renaissance Faire for her second year. Local to the Philadelphia area since 2002, Stephanie's background is in theatre and music, including featured regional theatre roles as "Nancy" inOliver!, "Columbia" in The Rocky Horror Show, "Babette" in Beauty and The Beast, and "Erzulie" in Once On This Island, among others. When not 'sailing the seas' and causing trouble with her pirate entertainment crew, The Pirates of Fortune's Folly, Stephanie keeps busy as the lead singer for the local cover band "The KickBax Band."
Playing Scarlet McGowan, Stephanie is excited to be involved for her first season in NJRF. She has been going to Renaissance Faires since she was young and fell in love with it the moment she walked through the gates the first time, and she hopes to give that experience to other people. Outside of faire, Stephanie is a student at Arcadia University studying Biology and religion. Dance is a huge part of her life and she currently teaches many styles of Latin dance as well as Jazz and Contemporary. She is so excited for this season to make Crossford come alive along with the rest of the cast this year!
Susan is a recent graduate of Rutgers, New Brunswick, where she studied English, concentrating in Creative Writing. This is her second year as a supporting cast member in the NJRF. She got into acting when she was 12 and has been hooked ever since. She is also a musician, and is hoping to get a Master's in Creative Writing in the near future.
Tara Spiecker is honored to be enjoying her fourth season on the streets of Crossford. The past three seasons, she played the wily and fun-loving mercenary-highwaywoman Miss Fortune B. Ware. This year, look for the noble lady knight in the colors of blue and white in the Adventurers’ Guild Fight Show and elsewhere upon the shire. Feeling at home with a smile on her face and a sword in her hand, Tara loves spreading joy to fairegoers because of how deeply NJRF inspires her. She is an all-around renaissance woman with a background in writing, poetry, art, theatre, fencing, English literature—and recently, authentic medieval armored combat. She will debut in her first full-length early modern English play later this summer as Kastril in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Tara’s heartfelt thanks go to her friends and family for their awesomeness and support.
Taran Hook is an actor and performer from Wildwood Crest, New Jersey He first got into acting through Shakespeare (as many do) and has branched out to doing everything from stand-up comedy to historical reenactments. Taran has performed at numerous festivals around the country and is a member of the Dark Star pirate ship in Wildwood Crest. This is his second year with New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Last year he was a pirate. Go figure!
Todd is excited to be returning to NJRF for another wonderful season after appearing as Robin Hood in its inaugural year. Todd has also performed at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for several seasons, including last year when he was Sir George Talbot. Todd’s journey has taken him from his childhood home in Texas across the United States and world, and now he has returned to visit Crossford once more. Long live the Duke and Duchess!
Vincent is excited to be reprising his role for the third year as Sir Lucian (the former duelist Slash, knighted after saving the Duke's daughter). He has spent over 15 years visiting and performing at other ren faires (usually doing live-steel combat fights), and now gets to work daily with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire to help it grow both on cast and as their web and marketing developer. He also now trains the faire's armored combat team, the Knights of Crossford! He is thankfully as always to his blood family for supporting him, his faire family for keeping him sane, and his friends for being okay with him not being around during faire season. Vincent looks forward to helping make this year's faire an amazing experience for all, and helping make the NJRF the best faire out there!
Will Lewis has been with the NJ Faire since its inception thanks to his wife (Cricket) and sister (Kim) dragging him to auditions. Thanks to this, Will now writes, teaches, and performs for NJ Faire with same excitement he has when playing D&D. He sends his thanks to everyone whose given even an ounce of support.