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.

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.

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.

Our Designers

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” – Hamlet, II.ii

Carly Belle Cason ( Combat ) is an actor, violence designer, and movement choreographer with roots deep in the heart of Texas. She has been studying combat for six years, and is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and is currently working as one Fight Master Chuck Coyl’s fantastic team of teaching assistants at Actor’s Gymnasium. With a background in modern dance, Cason incorporates techniques developed by Mary Overlie and Merce Cunningham into her design. She is excited to be back as an actor and Co-fight choreographer for her third round with Mercury Hamlet.

Tess Galbiati ( Intimacy ) is so excited to be involved with Quicksilver Shakespeare for her third year! While she has previously been a player for QS, she is transitioning full time into the role of Intimacy Director. She previously received Intimacy training from Chelsea Pace at Arizona State University, and has worked with Intrinsic Theatre Company for Intimacy Coaching as well. She was part of the original team to bring intimacy to Quicksilver, and is stoked that the department is being fully fleshed out. Intimacy is such an essential part of theatre making, especially in a process as mercurial as this.

Chloe Streif ( Combat ) “Come for the third, you do but dally” shouts Chloe excitedly, marking year number three with Quicksilver Shakespeare’s Hamlet project. While previously being an actor and co-fight choreographer for Mercury Hamlet, this year she is focusing solely on co-choreographing the fight. Yet she has not been dallying! Her most recent credits include stage managing for Rose Valley’s Sunday Evening, playing Brinker Hadley in A Separate Peace by Point Theatre Project, and fought with fire and flames in Otherworld Theatre’s production of Quest of Thrones. She has also been kept busy choreographing fights for Macbeth (Xavier High School), Folksgarten and RANA (Film, Jaime Herrera), and Intimacy coaching for Macferno, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet (Odd’s Bodkins).