Our Players

“They are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.” – Hamlet, II.ii

Carly Belle Cason is an actor, violence designer, and movement choreographer with roots deep in the heart of Texas. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and studied Shakespeare with the Stella Adler Conservatory in NYC. Carly is excited to be back with Quicksilver as an actor and Co-Fight Choreographer for her third round of Mercury Hamlet.
Amy Gray trained at The School at Steppenwolf (Chicago), Oxford University (England), Accademia dell’Arte (Italy), and Rhodes College (Memphis). In Memphis, Amy received two Ostrander Awards and five nominations for excellence in acting. In Chicago, she directed Twelfth Night and performed in Proof, Fame, Barefoot in the Park, Chapter Two, The Last Cyclist, Pillars of the Community, Through the Elevated Line, Jim & Dave’s Blood Meets Jupiter, Zelda at the Oasis, Bewildered, Holiday, The Seagull, The Man Who Came to Dinner, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Secret Garden. She’s recorded vocals on four original cast albums and dances in The Chorus Girls Project.  “This is always for my Dad.”
Jordan Golding is thrilled to return for a second run of Mercury Hamlet. When he’s not sweating bullets before a Quicksilver show, you can catch him at his “day job” at Chicago’s Drunk Shakespeare, where he imbibes and performs weekly — in that order. In addition to performing Shakespeare, he is also an avid composer of music for the Bard’s works, having most recently served as Music Director and Composer for Midsommer Flight’s Twelfth Night in December 2019. He will return as Music Director and Composer for Midsommer Flight’s upcoming summer production.
Dan Jackson is an actor, improviser, playwright, and proponent of the Oxford comma. He was a founding member of Blackbird Theatre Company, with whom he produced his full-length play Into the Pool; or, the Cheshire Cat Mourns the Death of the American Dream. His written work has also been produced by American Theatre Company, Arc Theatre, Whiskey Radio Hour, and through the international play festival Short + Sweet. He produced his iambic pentameter horror play, The Curse on Mordrake House, at the Chicago Fringe Festival in 2016. He’s improvised at the Annoyance, Theatre Momentum, Stage 773, and pH Comedy Theater. He’s been a player with Mercury Hamlet since 2018.
Samie Jo Johnson is grateful to have fallen in with the Quicksilver crew, this method of madness is an absolute dream project. Prior to landing in Chicago, Samie Jo has lived and worked in Seattle, Denver, Southern Indiana, and the many highways in between. As an actor, she most enjoys working on texts that are either centuries old or still in development. As a writer, she’s all about the poetry. Samie Jo hosts a monthly Queird Art Party, a queer space for new work. Samie Jo has trained in various theatre making techniques domestically and abroad and has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville.
Kirsten Linder is thrilled to be back at the mercy of the cards for her second round of Mercury Hamlet. Born in Muncie, Indiana, Kirsten moved to Virginia in 2014 to attend William and Mary where she studied Health Sciences and Theatre. Kirsten deepened her exploration of Theatre and Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Summer 2017) and the National Theatre Institute (Summer 2016.) When not performing drama on stage, she deals with the day-to-day drama of four-year-olds as an assistant preschool teacher in Roscoe Village.
Jordan McGinnis is thrilled to be a player with Quicksilver. He is a native of Davenport, Iowa and moved to Chicago in February 2019 to pursue acting with his best friend, Sam Jones, and two of the greatest humans on earth, Liam Baldwin and Ella Iacoviello. Jordan is a League of Legends enthusiast and an avid watcher of The Office. He would like to thank his mom, Ryan Riewerts, Helen Brennan, Dr. Cory Johnson, and Master Daniel Rairdin-Hale for making him the person he is today. “And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” -Michael Scott
Evin McQuistion is an actor, director, and journeyman human who really lucked out when it came to joining Quicksilver after he wandered out of college and into Chicago during the Fall of 2018. He’s been on stage doing Shakespeare and improv in Tennessee and North Carolina, and now he mostly does the same in Chicago. He has a framed copy of his BA in Theatre from East Tennessee State University in his childhood bedroom in Wisconsin.

Hannah Noelle moved to Chicago from Seattle last July. On the way across the country, she stopped in Lenox, MA to train with Shakespeare and Co.  While deepening her love of the Bard, Hannah discovered the power of vulnerability while performing Shakespeare and how that vulnerability speaks to an intimate audience. A couple of weeks after training, she had the pleasure of watching her roommate AC perform in Mercury Hamlet. Hannah fell in love with the double accessibility of that performance–for both performers and audience. Now, her journey will come full circle as Hannah shares the stage in company with the actors she so admired.

Keenan Odenkirk is a Chicago based actor, writer, and level 7 Firbolg Cleric. He has performed the Bard’s work since the tender age of 8, and is honored to return for round two of the most unique Shakespeare challenge he has encountered. Most recent roles include Gordon in A Long Way to Tipperary (Valiant Theatre), David in The Santaland Diaries (Mississippi Bend Players), Erik in A Green River (Mississippi Bend Players), understudy for Gratiano & Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (Invictus Theatre),  and a slough of student film roles at Columbia, Flashpoint College, and DePaul.

Elizabeth McAnulty Quilter is a Masters graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. A classically trained actor and clown, she has spent the last three years in Chicago performing, writing, and devising her own work. Most recently, Elizabeth wrote and performed in The First Fox, exploring the folklore of foxes, women and witches. She is an SAFD certified actor combatant, and a trained singer and dancer. Past roles include: Hamlet; Hamlet, Dromio of Ephesus/Syracuse; Comedy of Errors (Hampshire Shakespeare) Queen Elizabeth, Richard III (Backroom Shakespeare Project); Masha, Three Sisters (One Year Chekhov); and Sam Wainwright in Ayn Rand’s It’s a Wonderful Life (The Conspirators).

AC Rakotoniaina is excited to return to this dream project with Quicksilver. Some of their favorite Chicago roles include Caliban in The Tempest (Commission Theatre), Bruno in Bicycle Thieves (Littlebrain Theatre) at RhinoFest, Christmas Past in A Klingon Christmas Carol (EDGE of Orion), Lady Anne understudy in Richard III (Muse of Fire Theatre Company) for which they performed the duration of the run, and Ophelia/O-Feline in Bat-Hamlet (Corn Productions). AC can be seen elsewhere in Chicago performing with The Shrews Improvisation and in Kentucky with Louisville Championship Arm Wrestling. Connect and keep up to date: acrakotoniaina.com
Corrie Riedl is an actor, singer, and animal lover who could not be more pleased to have found an artistic home with Quicksilver. She has been working with Quicksilver since it’s early development stages in 2017 and looks forward to sharing it with the rest of the world! She has worked with several Chicago companies including Collaboraction, On the Spot Theatre, Invictus Theatre, and Promethean Theatre Ensemble. When she is not with Quicksilver, Corrie can be found working in Audience Services at Lookingglass Theatre Company, at a law firm downtown, dog sitting, and enjoying wine and good cheese with friends.