BRINGING MURDER AND MAYHEM TO THE BLUEGRASS
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.


 

Patrick Camp first stepped onto the stage in 2002 after a simple dare to try out for a high school murder mystery. Instantly smitten with the love of acting he began to seek out new opportunities to perform. While earning his three degrees, Patrick appeared in various productions including 'The Fantasticks' (El Gallo), 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged' (Himself), and starring as Mikhail Afanasyevich Bulgakov in the UK original production of 'Bulgakov's Dreams'. After joining Bluegrass Mystery Theatre in 2015 he has relished the opportunities to keep the audience guessing.

Apart from stage acting, Patrick has leant his talents in voice acting to various web site narrations and audio books; as well he has traveled the country as an award winning entertainer and comedian.

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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.


 

Leif Erickson is an English professor and writer who lives in Lexington. Leif has been involved in acting nearly all his life, on both stage and screen. Besides his work with Bluegrass Mystery Theater, some of his more recent performances include "Othello" (Brabantio), "The Pillowman" (Michal), "The Boys Next Door" (Norman), "Wait Until Dark", "Six Degrees of Separation", "The Cherry Orchard", and the films "Hitting the Cycle" (winner of the Louisville International Film Fest and the Manhattan Film Festival) and "Proud Citizen", a film he co-wrote and which was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the New Orleans Film Festival.

Leif also plays the trumpet in several Lexington bands.


 

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


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.

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Gary McCormick is a veteran actor, director, skit writer and playwright. He has performed as a stand-up comedian and Improv player in comedy clubs in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Gary has appeared in productions for Studio Players, Actors Guild of Lexington, Lexington Shakespeare Festival, Richmond Center for the Arts, Rose Barn Theater, Berea Area Theater, Ragged Edge Theater, Leeds Theater, Chance Theater and several others.

Gary has appeared in over 100 dinner theater and murder mystery shows. In addition, he co-wrote, directed and performed in a special theater production at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta, Ga. His new comedy play, "Swap Talk on SLOW Radio premiered in Berea in early 2018. He has also appeared in commercials and taught Improv and acting classes.

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Harold Nikirk started working with BMT in 2016, performing in 6 productions for BMT. He has played everything from a Night Club act manager Don Kashane to Howard the Zombie. He has done the majority of his theater training through Stage Right Acting. While at Stage Right he has studied Improv, Stage Acting as well as Film Study.

Harold has been an extra in the movie Secretariat, a heart in a commercial for the American Heart Assc., he has also done commercial work for local car dealership. However many may remember Harold as King Triton in Stage Right Acting's production of The Little Mermaid or as the Narrator in Stage Right Acting's production of Into The Woods. All of afore mentioned roles had some comedic air to them however he has also gone more serious as Mr. Cunningham in Athens West' production of To Kill A Mockingbird.

Harold is employed by Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits of Ky where he is a Sales Manager. Without the love and support of lovely wife Sarah and beautiful daughter Grace none of the above would have been possible. Thank You Sarah and Grace.





 

Evender Hodges Sanders earned her B.A. from Transylvania University in Accounting and her M.A. from Wake Forest University in Accounting. While balancing ledgers, she performed in short scenes including Sure Thing (Betty) and Soap Opera (Washing Machine) and plays including The Increased Difficulty of Concentration (Dr. Anna Balcar) and an all-female Hamlet (Laertes).

After an extended hiatus, she, very gratefully, returned to the theatre community appearing in Leading Ladies (Audrey) at Studio Players and Sense and Sensibility (Lady Middleton/Mrs. Ferrars), Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine Harper), Winnie the Pooh: A Christmas Tail (Kanga), Calendar Girls (Marie/Elaine) and It's A Wonderful Life (Mary Hatch Bailey) at Woodford Theatre. She is thrilled to also be manipulating, tormenting and exploiting with Bluegrass Mystery Theatre.

By day, Evender works as an internal auditor for Lexmark International, Inc. In her free time she enjoys walking, kickboxing, playing piano, cooking, reading, being crafty, laughing, talking with friends and spending time with her husband Michael and their two beautiful little girls Olivia and Audrey.


 

.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.


 
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