Cast of the 2017 Season

Meet the professional and volunteer actors, entertainers, and wonderful improv players that make up the unique, INTERACTIVE street cast that we are know for.

Alex Pertgen

Alex Pertgen

Quniton Masterson
Inventor

Alex is excited to be back for his fourth year with the NJ Renaissance Faire. He is joining the Adventurer's Guild for his first time, playing the role of the guild's quartermaster, Quinton Masterson, the eccentric inventor who is always tinkering with new ideas. In previous years Alex has played Crossford's bailiff, Cole Case and the village fool, Nedward Chandler. Alex was introduced to the NJRF through his girlfriend Rebekah who is reprising her role as Rose Trueheart. Alex is also a part of the Mystic Realms LARP community, and after the eighth season of the NJRF comes to a close he will be performing at the Mystic Realms Fantasy Faire at Wheaton Arts on June 24th and 25th. Alex would like to thank his entire faire family for their continued love and positivity

Amanda Bucci

Amanda Bucci

Gladiolus Wick Chandler
Candle Maker

Amanda is psyched to be back in the cast of the NJ Renaissance Faire for her third 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.

Ami Reader

Ami Reader

Shimmer
Fairy of Crossford

This year will be Ami’s fourth year with the NJRF family. She’s gone from fairy, to viking, and back to fae with opportunities to sing, fight, and get covered in blood during a Shakespeare's Bloody Best. She’s excited to be back to play with her faire family, reprising her role as Shimmer the Fairy, and to see what exciting shenanigans this year will bring!

Ariel Ulrich

Ariel Ulrich

Lady Margaret “Mags” Percy
Youngest Daughter of the Duke

Ariel is thrilled to return to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire as a Crossfordian for her second year! Her other credits include The Miracle Worker, Seussical Jr. the Musical, The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella’s Glass Slipper, and Disney's Aladdin Jr. (as well as an upcoming role in both The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream). When not acting, she enjoys volunteering 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 as there are just too many to list.

Charles Kauffman

Charles PJ Kauffman

Sir Henry Wallingford
Agent of Her Majesty's Shield

PJ is extremely excited to be returning to the cast of the 2017 New Jersey Renaissance Faire. This is his second year in the NJ Faire. PJ has a martial arts background with a black belt in Kenpo karate and a membership in the Knights of Crossford, a live steel historical fight team. He is also working on a series of Youtube videos called "Letters with Grob", about a Orc offering wisdom and advice to his fellow D&D monsters and enemies. PJ would like to thank his families, both related and friends, for getting him here. And an extra special thanks his wife Magen and his sons Aidan and Jake for encouraging him, dealing with his hectic schedule, and putting up with his all around craziness.

Chelsea Carlson

Chelsea Carlson

Blair MacFarlane
Troubadour

Chelsea is excited to return to the cast of the NJRF for her second year! Chelsea is primarily a musician, and regularly performs as a singer/songwriter throughout the tri-state area. She released her first album, "The Broken Road," in 2016. Her past acting credits include plays such as "The Wedding Singer" (Linda) and various student films. When she's not onstage, Chelsea can be found teaching music lessons, playing with her five dachshunds, and pretending she can tap dance. Chelsea loves music, history, and performance and can't wait to combine it all at the faire!

Cheryl Polios

Cheryl Polios

Lady Jane Seymour
Sister of the Duchess

Cheryl is thrilled to return to the NJ Renaissance Faire for her fourth year as Lady Jane Seymour, and her second year as an assistant stage manager. 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.

Chris Steinberg

Christopher Steinberg

James Dean Hopkins
Innkeeper

This is Christopher's fourth year as part of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. This year, he will be playing the role of James Dean Hopkins, Innkeeper and brother of the lost Charlie Hopkins. He would like to thank the directors, my fellow cast mates, my family, and my boyfriend, for without them this would not be possible.

Cynthia Stetz

Cynthia Stetz

Irene Hopkins
Innkeeper's Wife & Head Washer Wench

After many years as a patron or volunteer at faires in NY, PA, and NJ, Cynthia is thrilled to be a member of the supporting cast for this year’s New Jersey Faire! A lifelong lover of live theater, primarily from the audience, for the last 8 years she has been satisfying her urge to perform by reading youth novels at the Learning Ally, which provides audio books for visually impaired or dyslexic students. She thanks her family and friends for their love, encouragement, and support, as she embarks on new adventures and tries to live by the motto ‘If not now, when?'

David Forbes

David Forbes

Niccolo Machiavelli
Politician and Humanist

David is excited to be making his first appearance at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. He is a graduate of the Theater program at Muhlenberg College, where he studied stage combat under SAFD Fightmaster Michael G. Chin. Notable roles include The Herald (Agamemnon), Bad Idea Bear (Avenue Q), and Lysander (A Midsummer Night's Dream) with Philadelphia's own Indecorous Theatre Productions. He would like to thank all those who have supported him through the tough times.

Dawn Brook

Dawn Brook

Gwendolyn Gaurdner
Vegitable Monger

Dawn is excited to be returning to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, for her fourth year! She look forward to bringing new life to her character and wants to thank her family and friends for always supporting her no matter where her spirit may roam.

Devon Borkowski

Devon Borkowski

Lady Elizabeth Percy
Eldest Daughter of the Duke

Devon is excited to be returning to the NJ Ren Faire for her 3rd year to reprise her role as lady Elizabeth. Her other acting credentials include working in a haunted maze over the summer, and she has taken acting and stage combat classes through the Faire as well. She is currently a Junior in high school where she participates in Art as well as JROTC and the Literary Magazine club. Devon would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her, particularly her parents and little brother.

Don Benhardt

Don Benhardt

Willard Malot
Butcher, Former Executioner

Don is thrilled to be back for his second season at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. He has been involved in community theater for nearly 20 years. Recent credits include Spamalot in the North Brunswick Adult Drama Group (Kevin/Sir Not Appearing). Once Upon a Mattress at Dunellen Skylight Theater (Sir Luce), Young Frankenstein at Main Street Theater Company (Villager). He can also be found every fall in the Village Renaissance Faire and in the summers with the Civil War Heritage Foundation where he portrays Col. E. Porter Alexander. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow Crossfordians for another fantastic year.

Edward Bakshis

Edward Bakshis

Reginald Farthing
Musical Tutor to the Duke

This is Edward’s second year on cast and he is excited to rejoin the faire. Outside of faire, 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.

Ezekiel Jackson

Ezekiel Jackson

Micheletto Corella
Borgia Assassin

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in The Bronx, 25 year old Ezekiel Jackson knew that he wanted to be a performer from a very early age. After high school, Ezekiel attended the American Musical And Dramatic Academy NY/LA, where he further honed his technical skills. He has worked the renaissance scene for a few years now along with the Philadelphia acting scene as an actor combatant. He just finished a summer/fall working the Philadelphia fringe festival and is ready for his journey to continue with his 3rd season of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire.

Emy Rothenberger

Emy Rothenberger

Taru Hunter
Ranger and Woodswoman

This will mark Emy's 6th season on cast with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. This year she is excited to be playing the role of Taru Hunter, Ranger and Woodswoman again! Emy has also performed for the PA Renaissance Faire, Wise Kraken, and Noble Cause Productions. When not running around howling Taruuuuuuuu; Emy is a certified Educational Interpreter working in Burlington County, NJ. Emy would like to thank her mom for her amazing costume work creating a new take on Taru and her family and friends for their support.

Eric M Pertgen

Eric M. Pertgen

Markus Ceneca
Philosopher and Guard to Medici

Eric is thrilled to be joining the NJRF cast! Long time faire goer, he finally gets to be a part such an amazing experience. Eric has an AA and two BA including a Bachelors of Theater, duel concentration; Acting and Stage Management/Direction. With over 2 decades of theater experience his favorite roles include: Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Ferdinand in The Tempest, Silvius in As you like it, Dr. Carrasco/Knight of Mirrors in Man of La Mancha, and Bob Cratchet in Scrooge. "Such a pleasure to work with such a talented cohesive group of individuals! Special thanks to Alex Pertgen who introduced me to NJRF and has shared in lifetime of medieval memories!"

Erin Pilkington

Erin Pilkington

Delphi Katts
Town Oracle

Erin is very excited to return for her third year with the New Jersey Ren Faire! She is looking forward to another amazing surrounded by dearest family and friends.

Eva Bakshis

Eva Bakshis

Aurora Katts
Wise Woman

Eva is looking forward to starting her third season at the New Jersey Faire this year. Outside of Faire, she is involved in the SCA, Markland, and general cosplay craziness.

Frank Breitweiser

Frank Breitweiser

Normand Theefe
Town Baliff

This is Frank’s 5th year as a cast member with the Faire. This is also his 1st year as a member of the Penumbral cast. He is excited for the new challenges and lessons that will bring and hopes he will do everyone proud.

Frank Curley

Frank Curley

Francis Purdue
Chicken Farmer

Frank is glad to be back in Crossford for his second year in the NJ Renaissance Faire. When he is not dressing as the Hero of the Chicken Stampede, he does heavy combat for the Society of Creative Anachronisms and Markland Medieval Militia. He is grateful for the love and support of his friends and family during his strange and beautiful adventure through life.

Frank Vespe

Frank Vespe

Cosmo di Spazio
Court Astrologer

This is Frank's seventh year as a part of the cast of 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 University 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 Hamillton

George Hamillton

Raphael Sanzio
Painter and Architect

George is honored to be returning to the cast of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire! He has been active in several Renaissance Faires throughout the country, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana, and hopes to continue coming back here for many years to come. George still considers himself a rookie actor and musician, but is making strides to appear more in the Philadelphia performance scene. He would like to thank in particular his wonderful girlfriend Hannah, who supports him in all his dubious career choices and has even decided to join him on the cast of NJRF this season!

Hannah Ward

Hannah Ward

Tallulah Tattersby
Ragpicker

This is Hannah’s first time as a part of a Faire and she couldn’t be happier that it’s at New Jersey. She has loved theater since she was young and is very excited to be amongst such a talented cast. She’d like to thank her family and friends for supporting her interests, and a special thanks to her boyfriend, George, for introducing her to this brave new world.

Jackie DiFerdinando

Jackie DiFerdinando

Rebecca Falcon
Definitely not a Spy...

Jackie, a graduate of Temple University's Acting Concentration, is an apprentice at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA. She has appeared in a number of films and web series, as well as on local stages. Her recent stage appearances include Chris Harper Mercer in Roseburg with the New City Stage Company, Aouda in Around the World in 80 Days with Stages Theatre and Molly in Farragut North at Stagecrafters. An advanced actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, Jackie is excited to return for third year as a cast member at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire.

Jacob Williams

Jacob Williams

Percival Sledge
Blacksmith's Apprentice

Jacob is returning for his 2nd year of supporting cast and is very glad to be in it. While the only other performances he has done are at his schools he is very interested in theater. He hopes to be in more performances and to do more in the faire further on.

James Ellerby

James Anthony Ellerby 3rd

Miceli Cannistraro
Merchant and Companion of Medicini

Returning old comer James will be making his 5th appearance at the Nj Ren faire. James has been acting since 2011 and continues to bring energy and enjoyment to all his role.

James Gaughan

James Gaughan

Arnondo Benedictine
Machiavellian Spy

This is James's second year on cast, and he is really looking forward to this year's Faire. He hopes there will be a lot of fun playing Arnondo, who himself will be playing a plethora of other people. This will be the biggest acting role James has had, and he is nervously excited for the challenge. Before this year, James portrayed the role of Sir Edmund Thomas at last year’s Faire. While he attended Arcadia University, James was involved in the backstage aspects of multiple shows, including Assistant Stage Manager for The Children’s Hour, directed by Kathryn Peterson. James will also be one of the Assistant Stage Managers, and knows his previous "backstage" experience will help the Faire run smoothly. James would like to thank Terri and Vince for their support and patience, as well as Kathryn Peterson for helping him find his path.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Heihachi Yunoske
Samurai and Knight of Crossford

Returning for his third year at Crossford, Jason is excited to be performing with the Knights of Crossford and his faire family! It is remarkable how this serious and profound samurai warrior, Heihachi, looks an awful lot like his old character, Mr. Yu.

Jeff Loftus

Jeff Loftus

Angus Husker
Farmer

Returning for his fourth year at Crossford, Jeff Loftus will be taking on the freshly acquired role of Angus Husker: a farmer that may be a bit too “corny” for his own good! Legend has it that Angus Husker was the true inventor of “crop rotation” in Elizabethan England, which is better known as “juggling” in modern terms. Jeff started juggling in 2012 and through juggling, his mission is 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 teaching patrons exactly HOW to juggle! Outside of Crossford, Jeff is a Rutgers graduate, an avid console gamer, a rare vinyl collector, a DJ and director at WRSU-FM, a published writer, a metal head, and a cast member of the New York Renaissance Faire. He is greatly looking forward to what’s in store for this season!

John T Brown

John T Brown

Frank Framer
Carpenter

John is thrilled to be returning to Crossford for his third season at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. In addition to Crossford, John has 20 years of renaissance faire performing experience, 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 his wife Diana for being his love and inspiration in everything.

Joseph Gates

Joseph Gates

Donatello
Sculptor

Joseph is overjoyed to be performing with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire for his second year. He hails from Philadelphia and has been experiencing the magic of Renaissance Faires as long as he can recall. Recently he's made a habit of regularly playing slightly evil Vikings. Last year, Joe had the privilege of playing the Viking Prince Gunther of Burgundy in the NJRF's 2016 season. Joe had the honor of performing as Magnus Bloodaxe in the 2015 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. He worked side by side with Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson who plays The Mountain in HBO's Game of Thrones. When he's not being a Viking, Joe is a regular producer and performer in the Philly scene, on the Philly Improv Theater stage and his own show The Comedy Show Gates with Joe Gates. Joseph is fiercely proud to be back at NJRF, this time as the Italian Renaissance sculptor Donatello!

Katie Horahan

Katie Horahan

Lady Elizabeth Percy
Duchess of Northumberland

Katie is reprising her role as Lady Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland for the 6th year in a row. As an original cast member, she delights to see the faire grow each year. Katie is thankful for her supportive friends and family as well as all the wonderful patrons who return each year to fill the campgrounds with love and laughter. Come to Late Night Series every other Friday during the fall & spring semesters at Mercer County Community College to keep the love and laughter going!

Karen Vasey

Karen Vasey

Duchess Francis Seymour
Mother to the Duchess and Lady Jane Seymour

Karen has visited the shire of Crossford many times as a patron. This year she has decided venture through the woods to join the shire cast. Embarking on her maiden voyage from 21 years at PARF she begins her first season at the NJRF with what she hopes to be a long and satisfying relationship. "Thank you Duchess Sussex and all of the other Queens and Court Ladies with whom i have had the greatest pleasure to work, love, laugh, cry, sweat, etc. I will love you all-always!!"

Kristen Buonfiglio

Kristen Buonfiglio

Reena "Ree" Zolver
Elixir Merchant

Kristen is very excited to be returning to the NJRF for her second year! This year she is playing the bold, jolly, and slightly clumsy elixir merchant. Reena is on a mission to help maintain the peace in Crossford with the help of her elixirs, solve conflicts, and raise money towards her studies in Italian fencing. In her mundane life, Kristen has been fencing with the Society for Creative Anachronism for almost two years. She also loves archery, video games, and is an avid writer. Her previous roles include playing Evangeline Sherwood in last year's NJRF, a pirate in The Long Lost Treasure with the Pennsic Commedia All Stars Troupe, and several one-act plays. She wants to thank her friends and family for their love and continued support!

Kristina Coia

Kristina Coia

Simone Elizabeth Gray
Troubadour

Kristina is thrilled to return to the magical village of Crossford for a third season! She has recently appeared on Investigation Discovery Channel's "Disappeared," playing the role of Amanda. Most notably, her stage credits include two off-Broadway productions: as The Narrator in "Omotenashi Journey" at the Elektra Theatre and as Mongoose in "Yaki Yim Bamboo" at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre, which has received an Off-Broadway Theatre Alliance Award nomination. She has also portrayed a Gryffindor Prefect in the "TriWizard Spirit Rally" show at Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and was "friends with" over fifteen Disney characters in various shows and parades at Walt Disney World. Kristina believes there is truly a spark of magic in Crossford, and is humbled to be part of such a talented and exciting cast.

Kristine Knowlton

Kristine Knowlton

Lady Buella Percy
Sister to the Duke

Kristine returns to the shire of Crossford for another glorious season as the Lady Buella Percy - sister to the Duke. Her past credits include Murder on the Lust Boat, Songs for a New World, Santa and the Psychiatrist, 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. When not on stage, you can see her at many comic cons as Carter Cosplay. She thanks all of her friends and family for their amazing support!

Lauren Grennen

Lauren Grennen

Mi Mi Yu
Sister to Mr. Yu

Lauren is overjoyed to be joining this fabulous cast this year. While this her first year here, she is no stranger to renfaires, having performed with the Village Renaissence Faire from 2010 on. She has also taken the stage with Cosplay Burlesque, Burlesque Glow, North Brunswick Community Theater, and Dunellen Skylights Theater, as well as radio and podcast work. Lauren would like to thank her family and Tim and Joey, with special thanks to Don for getting her to audition and the cast for welcoming her with open arms.

Liz Nowry

Liz Nowry

Eleanor Gonzaga
Handmaiden to Marietta Machiavelli

This is Liz's fourth year with the NJ Renaissance Faire, and she's excited to be back. She'll be playing the role of Eleanor Gonzaga this year. Liz also enjoys the film and television side of acting, has done some extra work with some great projects, and hopes to also pursue that in years to come. She looks forward to another great year with the NJ Faire!

Matthew Celly

Matthew Celly

Duke Hugh Percy
Duke of Northumberland

His, uhm.... His however many years this makes to the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Playing the role of the Duke has been an enormous source of Joy for him , primarily because he is a control freak who likes to be in charge. Working with and meeting a host of new people isn't terrible either. See you at the Faire!!

Megan Mohr-Murphy

Megan Mohr-Murphy

Violet Malot
Town Dyer

This is Megan’s fourth season with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Outside of Crossford, Megan works as the supervisor of domestic violence 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 Hanson

Melanie Hanson

Marietta Machiavelli
Wife to Niccolo Machiavelli

Melanie graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a BA in Theatre (2015). She has performed at Renaissance faires before (PA Renaissance Faire) and murder mystery shows in Philadelphia. She is very excited for her first season with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. And would like to thank her friends and family for all of their support.

Melissa Baker

Melissa Baker

Lucrezia Borgia
Duchess of Ferrara

Melissa is thrilled to return to the stage of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire for her 7th season. She has thoroughly enjoyed being music director over the last few seasons, and has also enjoyed great success with her group Chaste Treasure. She would like to thank her family, her Taskforce 215 friends, her "chaste" ladies, her boyfriend Tom the pirate, and her dog Ozy and cat Isis for keeping life interesting.

Melissa Kettner

Melissa Kettner

Agatha Thomas
Town Baker

Melissa Kettner is thrilled to be making her Renaissance Faire debut this year. Melissa graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2016 with a degree in Theatre and Performance. She has also been a regular with Bordentown’s PCM Theatre Company. Melissa thanks her family and the NJRF patrons for their support, with special regards to the cast and production team for being so welcoming.

Melanie Woosley

Melanie Woosley

Veronica Fox
Also definitely not a Spy...

This will be Melanie’s fourth 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 two years 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. Melanie has been performing all her life, only taking a break to serve her country as a United States Marine.

Mitch Gamble-Ernst

Mitch Gamble-Ernst

Michelangelo
Sculptor, Painter, Architecht and Poet

This will be Mitch's 7th season with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, and first as a Director! Mitch is excited to share the magic of Crossford with everyone, and has previously been seen working with great companies as Round Table Productions, SAIL Productions, The Hershey Company, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Divas Down Under, and many more. Mitch would like to thank his incredibly supportive husband, Derek, for allowing him to disappear into the Crossford Woods once again!

Naomi Hutchins

Naomi Hutchins

Maggy Malot
Town Messenger

What do you do with an energetic child? Make her the messenger and let her run! Naomi’s excited to be part of NJRF cast. She’s attended Ren fairs most of her life, loving everything renaissance. She’s created characters and costumes as PARF patron, loves interacting with children and can’t wait to help spread the magic of Crossford. Naomi’s performed in recitals at Hershey Theater for 11 years with Richie School of Dance. She’s performed in Londonderry Private School’s plays at the Whitaker Center. Naomi sends hugs and thanks to those villages of people that have encouraged her, Mom and Dad, brothers Kenny and Ben, teachers, friends and faire family. Naomi Thanks John, TJ, Phil, Melissa and Terri for the chance to follow her dream.

Nathaniel Barber

Nathaniel Barber

Leonardo Da Vinci
Artist and Inventor

Philly based actor: Murder on the On, Killa Bridezilla(Philly) PA Ren Faire 2014/2015, B.A.Theatre OWU. Excited to join NJ Faire!

Nick Webb

Nick Webb

Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici
Heir to the Throne

Nick is enjoying his fifth year in the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. A freshman at Seneca, he is on the football and tennis teams, as well as in jazz band. He is involved in his church, as well. He is grateful to the directors for taking a chance on a not-yet-11-yr-old back in January 2013. Nick thanks his family for their continued support of his adventures.

Nina Rosenberg

Nina Rosenberg

Laurel Katts
Herbalist and Wise Woman

Nina has enjoyed three seasons on the cast of the NJRF. She loves contributing to the magic of Crossford each year and growing as a musical performer. When not on the shire you can find her strumming a guitar, practicing yoga, and dancing barefoot on her beloved Hamsa Yoga Farm in Mullica Hill, NJ.

Rachel Sneed

Rachel Sneed

Priscilla Tattersby
Privy Wench

Rachel is elated to be a part of the NJ Ren Faire this year. In 2015, she played Kizzy the fortune teller, then she took a year off to have her heart warrior, Jonas! Her past credits include multiple roles with Mystic Realms events and Fantasy Faires, Adam's Redemption, and many other acting endeavors! In her spare time, she writes Murder Mystery parties, and co-hosts the Grown Ass Adults Live Stream! Much love to Joe, Guppy, Goober, the GAA, and her family!

Rebekah Zumwalt

Rebekah Zumwalt

Rose Trueheart
Leader of the Adventurer's Guild

Rebekah is delighted to return for a fifth season at NJRF, reprising her role as Rose Trueheart! 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.

Rose Flahive

Rose Flahive

Beatrice Burgundy
Wine Mistress

Rose Flahive is thrilled to return for a third year at NJRF! In the past she has played Francesca Bonita and Amber Corbin-Fields. Previous theater credits include The Vagina Monologues, and various ensemble roles at Cabaret Theater at Rutgers University. When she is not at Faire, she sings in a church choir, volunteers for Girl Scouts, trains for marathons, and teaches middle school language arts.

Sarah Downing

Sarah Downing

Blossom
Spring Fairy

After a not so brief hiatus, Sarah is glad to be back to performing at faires, especially for her first year with Jersey! She was in Kutztown University's Renaissance and Medieval club's productions from 2009-2012 and she was with the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire 2006-2008 seasons. When she's not with faires, she likes painting, dancing, and yes-and-ing life! She can't wait to be Blossom the spring fairy, and to see what craziness will happen!

Stephanie Krause

Stephanie Krause

Molly Buckets
Washer Wench

Stephanie is delighted to be a part of the cast of The New Jersey Renaissance Faire for her third year. Local to the Philadelphia area since 2002, Stephanie's background is in theatre and music, including featured regional theatre roles as "Nancy" in Oliver!, "Columbia" in The Rocky Horror Show, "Babette" in Beauty & 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."

Stephanie Lullo

Stefanie Lullo

Maple
Autumn Fairy

Stefanie is overjoyed to be a part of the NJ Renaissance Faire this year. She has always enjoyed improvisational theater since she was a child and has been an avid patron of ren faires since high school. Now, for the first year ever, she can put her two loves together. She is ecstatic to be a part of such a wonderful and welcoming new family.

Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson

Dame Saoirse Garret
Knight of Crossford

Stephanie is excited to be involved for her third season at 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. She also spends her time with the Knights of Crossford, and with the Pirates of Fortune's Folly. Stephanie is most excited to show everyone exactly what it means to fight like a girl.

Susan Zane

Susan Zane

Riddari Thora
Shieldmaiden and Knight of Crossford

This is Susan’s third year on cast, and her first as a Knight of Crossford. She is thrilled to be reprising her previous role as the shield maiden Thora, and can’t wait for all the incredible adventures awaiting her in Crossford this year. In the past she played Tabitha Tully, pirate quartermaster, and has been in stage performances such as Arsenic and Old Lace, The Man Who Came to Dinner, and The Front Page. She’d like to thank her friends and family for their support, and the Knights for everything that they’ve taught her over this past year.

Tara Spiecker

Tara Spiecker

Miss Fortune B. Ware
Caravan Mistress

Tara Spiecker is thrilled to be performing in her fifth season at NJRF! A true “renaissance woman” who feels as much at home drawing portraits or penning sonnets as she does swordfighting, Tara has a diverse background including studio art, creative writing, English literature, theater, teaching, costuming, fencing, and medieval armored combat. She played Kastril in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist last year and is looking forward to playing Dr. Caius in The Merry Wives of Windsor later this summer. Tara walked as a patron through the gates of NJRF during its first year and is thankful for every opportunity to give back to Crossford’s “faire family” and visitors for inspiring her so greatly. Tara thanks her family, friends, and fans for all their wonderful love and support and all the NJRF patrons, staff, and fellow cast for making the magic possible!

Taran Hook

Taran Hook

Dafyd Fydleswyrdd
Traveling Bard

Taran J Hook is an actor, performer and musician in Cape May, New Jersey who has been performing since the age of 14. This is Taran's third year with the New Jersey Renaissance Faire cast and he will be reprising his character, Local Welshman Dafyd Fydleswyrdd on the shire this year. Taran is the director at Dark Star Pirate Cruises in Wildwood Crest, NJ where he looks for treasure, one of the naturalists at the Starlight Fleet - Cape May Whale and Dolphin Research Center, where he looks for whales and dolphins, leads ghost tours in historic Cape May where he looks for ghosts, and is the stage manager for Elaine's Dinner Theater in Cape May where he looks for actors who sometimes get lost.

Vincent Smith

Vincent Smith

Sir Lucian Blackthorn
Commander of the Knights of Crossford

Vincent is excited to be reprising his role for the fourth 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

William Lewis

Christopher Marlowe
Playwright

This is Will's 8th year in the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, and his first time playing his second favorite playwright, Christopher Marlowe. When Will isn't writing, directing, and performing for Faire, he's teaching students English composition and literature at several colleges in the tri-state area. He sends his thanks to his family who puts up with his shenanigans and his friends who help him plan them. He'd like to devote this year's performance to his son, Nathaniel.