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Drowning Ophelia Bios
Victoria Rae Sook
Founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Atria
Victoria Rae Sook (Ophelia) is an actor, director, singer, and writer. She is a proud member of AEA and was most recently seen onstage as Sylvia in Frame 313 for which she won best actress at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Other New York City acting credits include Houdini Among the Spirits, Clive Barker’s The History of the Devil, Envoy, Dark Hollow: An Appalachian Woyzeck, and Romeo and Juliet. Favorite Regional credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical and Emilia in the Frantic Assembly Company’s production of The Othello Project. Victoria is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared on shows including The Big C and Gossip Girl and has been in several short films. She’s currently starring in the web series Lindsay’s World, available on Youtube. Favorite directing credits include A Stranger Here Myself, for which she won the Shoebox Festival Best Director Award this past summer, Envoy, Alice in Wonderland, Grease and Unturning: The Musical, which is getting remounted at the UnFringed Festival this August. Victoria is graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of South Florida. She is a past performer of the Walt Disney Company and truly believes that “Dreams Come True!” and, perhaps, that she is a mermaid. She resides in Jersey City with Kevin (who needs some love for understanding that she has to ‘finish the hat’) and dogs Max and Seamus. Victoria believes in glitter, Shakespeare, and birthday cake. #VicIsEnough
Annie R. Such
Founder of EagerRisk Theater Co
Annie R. Such (Jane) holds her BFA in Acting from UArts, is a graduate of the John DeSotelle Studio 2 year Meisner program, and the artistic director of EagerRisk Theater. She was last seen in Talk to Me Like the Rain... with the talented Mr. Endsley at the Nu.ance Theatre, where she was also seen in Awake and Sing! She's a internationally produced playwright, currently adapting one of her short plays for the big screen, and a producer-for hire. She's so grateful to be working with the amazing Victoria Rae Sook and Erik Endsley once again!
Rachel Luann Strayer
Playwright of "Drowning Ophelia"
Rachel Luann Strayer earned her M.A. and MFA in Creative Writing/Playwriting from Wilkes University. Her original play Drowning Ophelia received its World Premiere production in San Francisco in 2013 and an East Coast Premiere in Scranton in 2016. Her short plays Empathy, A Clean Bathroom, The Next Step, Inmthe Dark, and It’s Enough, have all been commissioned for production by Gaslight Theatre Company of Wilkes-Barre. Rachel is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Keystone College and will take on the position of Director of Theatre in the fall of 2016. She is a co-founder of the northeast Pennsylvania- based theatre company Ghostlight Productions, serving as an actor, director, and public relations representative since 2009. She and her husband Jonathan live with Shakespeare (their Jack Russell, not the Bard) in Clarks Summit,