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Directed by Nicole Orabona

Adapted from William Shakespeare's The Tempest


Caliban/Alonso: Molly Carroll

Antonio/Trinculo: Annika Gullahorn

Prospero: Heidi Hackney

Ferdinand/Sebastian/Stephano: Marisa LaRuffa

Miranda/Ariel: Yasmin Pascall

Shakespeare: Rich Powers

Bard: Jasmine Aurora Thomas

ASL Interpretation by Kimberly Hale and Jamie Hays

(For Episode 1, ASL interpretation by Kimberly Hale and Juana Aguilar)

Stage Managed by Krystal Brenes

Original music by Jasmine Aurora Thomas

Video editing by Emily Banks


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Molly Carroll (Caliban/Alonso)

Molly is a multi-disciplinary creator with a focus on acting, scenic/props design, and carpentry. She's traveled across the U.S. to perform in theater and film, as well as internationally in the U.K. and Italy. Molly is thrilled to revisit the Bard's Tempest in her first production with Emit Theater (the first time she did it was in Italian)! Molly is a classically trained actor passionate about collaboration and building beautiful worlds through storytelling. Recent works include a short film called Nina; a heartfelt love letter to all those who struggle with chronic anxiety. Info about the short and more can be found on Molly's Instagram:

Annika Gullahorn (Antonio/Trinculo)

Annika is an actor and teacher hailing from San Diego, CA. She is passionate about education and theatre, and is so excited to work with Emit again! Recent credits include: Hermia/Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Emit Play Along Series ),  Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Emit THeatre), Metellus Cimber in Julius Caesar(Match:Lit BARDcore),  and Tara in With/Out Them (Swing Set New Play Festival at The Tank). BFA Acting Syracuse University. 


Heidi Hackney (Malvolio/Sebastian)

Heidi is thrilled to appear in her second Emit Play Along Series production after playing Sebastian/Malvolio in WHAT YOU WILL a virtual retelling of TWELFTH NIGHT.  Heidi also played Alonso of Naples in Emit's in-person version of THE TEMPEST. Favorite credits include Maggie in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME performed at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC, THE ORPHAN with CiB THEATRE COMPANY, and RAISE ME UP with Redleaf Theatre Company. She also recently contributed to the short film MISTER THE BEAR for which she was nominated for Favorite Actress in a Dramatic Role at The Ten Show Short Film Festival. Spot her in the upcoming Apple TV+ show AMBER BROWN based on the popular children's book series this Spring. Heidi has degrees in Acting and Psychology from the University of Utah.  More at  She is a teaching artist for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.


Marisa LaRuffa (Ferdinand/Sebastian/Stephano)

Marisa is a New York based actor/singer/dancer/collaborator/Scorpio. With Emit Theatre, she played Olivia in the interactive and digital run of What You Will (based on Twelfth Night). She is also a company member of This Is Not a Theater Company. NY work: Stand Up and Cheer... (The Paperbag Players, performer), Cafe Play, Theater the Dark, and Play in Your Bathtub (This is Not a Theatre Company, performer/devisor/playwright), Oasis Time Travel (Silver Dreams NYC, performer/devisor). You can also see her playing different gods/monsters with Camp Halfblood (Plato Learning LLC). Education: BFA at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New Studio on Broadway (Class of 2018). Marisa also has an immense passion for teaching and animals/the planet, and hopes to cultivate some empathy for what’s left of our future. 


Yasmin Pascall (Duke Orsino/Sir Toby)

Yasmin (she/they) is an actor and creative based in NYC. They were born in California, but spent a large part of their life traveling whilst they grew up in Chennai, India. These experiences have deeply influenced her love for people and their stories. Yasmin loves devising and the art of physical storytelling through movement and dance. They are honored to be a part of Emit’s company!

Rich Powers (Shakespeare)

Rich Powers (he/him), lives in Queens and grew up in New Rochelle NY. Studied at SUNY New Paltz. This is his first zoom play with Emit Theatre. He played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet for the company as well. He is excited to be here and hopes everyone enjoys the show! 

Jasmine Aurora Thomas (Bard/Composer)

Jasmine's most recent credits include Cam in Bitter Summer (Broadway Records Concept Album) and Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Match:Lit Productions). She recently graduated from Brown University and is passionate about her fundraising work for reproductive rights. When she's not the Bard, she's either reading, practicing ASL or crocheting.


Nicole Orabona (Director)

Nicole (she/hers) is a queer, Latinx theater maker who splits her time between a 45-year-old boat in NYC and a 100-year-old house in Berkshire County, MA.  As an actor, she has carved out a career that bridges conventional and unconventional creative spaces, taking on everything from leading roles in Shakespeare with Emit Theatre, to being a senior company member with the Drama Desk Nominated Live In Theater. Trained in a blend of modern and classical practices at Boise State University, she was an original devising member of the long-running Unmaking Toulouse Lautrec, has appeared in commercials for MasterCard and Conde Nast, and has worked on over 30 interactive productions and prestige immersive events for clients that include Netflix and MGM. As a director, she has a focus on new and devised works. Her live directing work has been seen at Feinstein's/54 Below, The New Ohio, and TheatreLab. With her partner Nathan Leigh, she runs the production company CirqueSaw, and has produced and directed two award-winning micro-shorts.

Krystal Brenes (Stage Manager)

Krystal is a born and raised New Yorker hailing from Washington Heights. She holds a BA from Purchase College in Arts Management and a MS.Ed from the City College of New York in Educational Theatre. She is a sound designer/engineer and an early childhood educator in New Jersey.

Kimberly Hale (ASL Interpreter)

Kimberly Hale grew up in Iowa and currently lives and works in New York City as an ASL-English interpreter, Teaching Artist, Actor, Director, and Choreographer. She was the ASL Music Coach for the 2018 Public Theater/Shakespeare In The Park hit production of Twelfth Night by Shaina Taub (New York Times Critic’s Pick). Her recent acting work includes Hard Places for the Roundabout/Reverb Theatre Arts Festival, Sylvia for New York Deaf Theatre and Screenshots and The Puddle Play for The On and Off Theatre Workshop. Other recent theatre projects include the Actionplay original musicals A Questionable Case and Welcome To My World, the NYC DOE All IN(clusive) All-City High School Theatre Ensemble productions of Next Stop and Beloved Land and the Lexington School for the Deaf productions of Twelfth Night, Once Upon A Mattress, Diverse Connections, in addition to her teaching work with NexGen Youth Theatre, Ocean Beach Youth Group, and NYC Children’s Theater.

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