Cast Bios

Dana L. Edison, owner, has worked professionally in commercials(Opryland Theme Park),film(Gummo), stage and trade shows(Chicago Flower & Garden Show) to name a few throughout Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. Some of her favorite stage roles include Gus in "Cookin With Gus", Olivia in "Twelfth Night", Rosa in "Summer & Smoke" and Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Ernest". She performed stand up comedy in Chicago at the Cubby Bear and did Improv with Extra Crispy here in Lexington. She considers Bluegrass Mystery Theatre to be her greatest accomplishment .The first performance was in May of 2008 and since then the theatre continues to grow, adding new local talent, new performances and new venues.


Michele Faught has been with BMT since its beginnings and has performed in over 20 shows with the company. She attained Bachelor Degrees in Mass Media Communications and Theatre Studies from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and has enjoyed acting all throughout her life.

She is involved with Images Model and Talent Agency in Lexington as well as Done In Sixty Seconds (an internet video production company). By day, she is the Director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington and is the wife of Greg and mother to three lovely daughters: Alyssa, Chelsea and Hayley (and they love performing too!)

You can hear her voicing public service announcements and promotions on WMJR 1380AM and 94.9 FM as well. In her “spare” time, she plays euchre, volleyball and loves to travel.


You may have seen Kelly Anne Beile as a spokesmodel on CMT, FOX, ESPN, or CSPAN but this reality show beauty is no stranger to the stage. 

A native of Lexington, Kelly Anne grew up in the celebrity family of Naomi, Wynonna, and Ashley Judd inspiring her to obtain a BA in Theater from LSU and eventually, an MBA from UK.  The former Miss Los Angeles County USA now owns iModels, a talent and event marketing agency who has serviced the needs of KET, Keeneland, TOPSinLex, BG Magazine, Downtown Lexington Corporation, and Lexington Ad Club, among others. Kelly Anne may also be seen around town hosting LexTreks for the Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Shopping the Bluegrass , and the Annual Lexington Venture Club Awards while also appearing regularly for Bluegrass Mystery Theatre.

Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts, Jeff began his acting career just a few years ago. He started out in Frankfort portraying Marvin Michaels in Neil Simon's "California Suite". The acting bug bit hard after this production. Since then Jeff has been fortunate in his main stage productions at Ragged Edge Theatre, Georgetown Community Theatre, and Studio Player's appearing in "Death Of A Salesman" (Willy Loman), "A Christmas Story" (Old Man Parker) and "It's A Wonderful Life" (Mr. Potter), "Run For Your Wife" (Sgt. Porterhouse) to name a few.

In addition to the above roles, Jeff has performed with Bluegrass Mystery Theatre in several shows including: "On Stage For Murder" (Philipe Iglesias), "Racing Toward Murder" (Bruno Castellano), "A Vacation to Die For" (Tommy Wunkus), "Top O' The Murder To You" (Dr. Paddy McFaddey), and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Murder" (Kris Clauson).

In his "spare" time Jeff enjoys playing golf, riding his motorcycle, photography, hiking and spending time with his family and friends. His alter ego is a mild mannered branch manager for Whitaker Bank in Frankfort.


Stephanie (Marshall) Peniston is an honest-to-goodness 3rd generation Lexingtonian who began acting in community theatre productions in the late 1980's with Lexington Musical Theatre.

After a 14-year absence from the stage, she returned to the theater scene in 2002 appearing in productions of The Diviners, Bus Stop, Crimes of the Hear, Proof, It's A Wonderful Life and Joe Egg for Studio Players; Moon Over Buffalo for Woodford County Theatrical Association, Arcadia for Actors Guild of Lexington, and most recently, Pride & Prejudice for KCTC Summerfest.


Lisa Mendez enjoys the lighthearted comedies of Bluegrass Mystery Theatre. She has performed with the professional Balagula Theatre and other local community Theatres and troupes including: Studio Players; Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association; Ragged Edge Community Theatre and The Bluegrass Theatre Guild.

Her favorite role has been Darcy Snelgrave in Balagula's drama "One Flea Spare". Past favorite productions include Studio's "Don't Dress for Dinner" and WCTAA's musical production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"


Timothy Hull started working with Bluegrass Mystery Theatre in December and is having a Blast! Tim majored in Theater at Western Kentucky University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. 

He has performed with most of the acting companies in the Lexington area, and has also acted in New York City, San Francisco, and San Jose.  In his off time he enjoys traveling, reading in bed, delivering scathing anti-Duke attacks on UK Basketball message boards, and eating candy.



Daniel Morgan is a relative new comer to the acting scene.  

The bug bit him when watching a Marlon Brando movie and an audition later he was in his first role in Balagula Theatre's production of "Farenheit 451" in 2012.  Since then he has appeared in Balagula's Caligula, plenty of BMT shows and most recently in Actor's Guild's "William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead".  

In the real world, Daniel works as a graphic artist for Lexington Family Magazine, produces and host a radio show "Black n Blues" on WRFL, watches lots of movies, reads too many science fiction books, enjoys live music, cycling, long walks on the beach and takin' it easy.


Fred Zegelien began his acting career in DeLand, FL at age 13 and worked with various community and professional theatre companies.

 Moving to Lexington in 1980, he performed with Actors Guild of Lexington, Lexington Musical Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, KET, and was a founding member and performed various roles with Shakespeare in the Park (Summerfest).   He then moved to Chicago and performed various theatre companies in the Chicagoland area.  

After returning to Lexington, he began working with Bluegrass Mystery Theatre in 2012 and is having the time of his life!


Patti Heying received her M.A. Degree in Theatre from the University of Kentucky in 1987, and an M.F.A. from the University of Louisville in 2007. She has worked as an acting and voice/dialect coach in Minnesota and Kentucky for the past 20+ years, as well as part-time instructor for both undergraduates and M.F.A. students at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Patti has performed in productions of Harvey (Myrtle Mae), Big Love (Bella), Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Noises Off! (Dottie), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), and Much Ado about Nothing (Beatrice) among other shows. Her directing credits include The Foreigner and Jekyll and Hyde.

Patti is employed as the recruiter for the Department of Public Advocacy and also coaches defense attorneys on presentation skills for the courtroom.


.Melissa Rae Wilkeson: Local audiences will recognize Melissa from several shows in the region including 9 to 5: The Musical, The Goat or Who is Sylvia, Almost Maine, Big River, Blithe Spirit, Gypsy, and Always…Patsy Cline.

A Lexington native, Melissa has acted professionally in Chicago, South Florida, Boston, and New York City. In addition to her ventures into film, television, and commercial work, Melissa has performed with several theatre groups in the area including The Woodford Theatre, Studio Players, Balagula Theatre, Actors' Guild, Paragon Music Theatre, Lexington Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Musical Theatre, New Works, Inc., Bluegrass Mystery Theatre, and The Maysville Players.

Love and thanks to her husband Jim for his endless love and support.


Darius Fatemi has been performing on stage for many years, but he is relatively new to Kentucky, having moved to Lexington in summer 2011.

Area credits include: Hal (Dinner; Balagula Theatre), Passenger #2 (Terrorism; Balagula Theatre), Berish (Trial of God; Balagula Theatre), Boolie (Driving Miss Daisy; Woodford Theatre), Steve (Streetcar Named Desire; Kentucky Conservatory Theatre), and Bill (August: Osage County; Kentucky Conservatory Theatre).

Outside of the theatre, he teaches at Northern Kentucky University, and he has been actively involved with children's museums since 2000


Martha Bernier Campbell is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Kentucky with degrees in Theatre.

She has appeared in roles with many local companies – Woodford Theatre, Actors' Guild, Phoenix Group, Studio Players, LSF and she served as Producing Director of Actors' Guild of Lexington "back in the day". Her most recent roles include Miss Daisy in "Driving Miss Daisy" for Woodford Theatre, Betty Meeks in Woodford Theatre's production of "The Foreigner" and Mary Todd Lincoln at Studio Players.

Martha works as a freelance producer and as a Standardized Patient at UK. She is married to Tim Campbell and has two sons – Ethan (18) who attends Centre College and Miles (16) who attends Lafayette High School.


Adam Sovkoplas completed his DMA in composition under Joe Baber at the University of Kentucky in 2013. He has won many prestigious awards throughout the years and in 2007 founded the Central Kentucky Student Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc.

He has also studied playwriting with Herman D. Farrell, III at the University of Kentucky. His one act plays have been produced and staged regularly by Bluegrass Mystery Theatre since 2011 and he has been acting with the company since 2013

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