Amy Ressler has enjoyed theater since high school. She spent a number of years in community theater both as an actor and director. Favorites as an actor include To Kill a Mockingbird, Streetcar Named Desire, Faith County, All in the Timing, La Turista and The Curious Savage. As a director, she loves Alice in Wonderland and The Velveteen Rabbit. Amy has been a Mystery Party Pro since 2012, facilitating mystery parties in Texas.
Levi Kohlmann began voice acting for Sunday school puppet shows at 16. He started working with community theatre in 2015. Levi likes a challenge. Learning the nuances of a character he's never explored before and bringing them to life is what keeps Levi coming back for new roles. He is currently pursuing an acting BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Stephanie Hayes earned her BFA in Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University and has performed all over the world, including singing and dancing in New York, shooting TV shows in Los Angeles, and moonlighting as a showgirl and casino performer in Las Vegas where she played the starring role in Tony & Tina's Wedding for six years. Stephanie was a dance captain and cabaret singer on the Azamara Journey Cruise Line, and a guest entertainer on luxury liners in the classical crossover duet, Eden.
Nate Press did his theatre training at Boston University's College of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. His relationship with the world of Murder Mystery began with "Caught In The Act," a troupe that staged whodunits. Nate also helped to develop playwright Neil Haven's Who Killed Santa?, the choose-your-own-ending Holiday Musical Murder Mystery. He has played the character of Frosty in all Milwaukee productions since it's world premiere in 2009.
Claire Andreasen has been performing in murder mysteries in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin area since 2016. Some of her assorted roles include Lady Lelu in Last Callat Chez Mort, Delores in Murder Me Always, and Clyde Barker in To Wake the Dead. She’s always up for any oddball characters‒the wackier, the better‒and is thrilled to be part of the online action.
Elizabeth Plotka-Heinen has been acting, singing, and dancing in Sheboygan County, WI, area theaters since 2006. A dancer since age three, Elizabeth has studied with the Milwaukee Ballet School, as well as with directors from California to New York City. Her favorite roles include Violet Peterson in It’s a Wonderful Life, and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. Most recently, Elizabeth enjoyed playing the free spirited Martha in a local murder mystery dinner theatre production.
Susan Chambers Johnson has acted, sung, and danced in community theater productions in and around Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, since 2006. Comedic character roles are her specialty and include Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins. In 2017, Sue and her husband, Jim, began co-directing murder mysteries for a local dinner theater (as well as acting in many of them). Now she is dying to do a show for YOU!
Chris Fontaine has been acting since 2005 when he landed a role in a community theater production of The Sting. Since then he has appeared in over 50 productions realizing his childhood dream of being an actor. In addition to stage performances, his acting journey has brought him to such amazing opportunities as corporate videos, independent films, and murder mysteries. Chris looks forward to making people smile in every corner of the world.
Aimee Wiley has been acting in community and church theater for the past 11 years. Some of her roles have included: Lenny in Crimes of the Heart; Pilate's wife in an interactive Easter drama; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and a variety of characters (guilty and not) in Jack Pachuta's murder mysteries. Off stage, she's a wife and mother to five, school-age children, graduate student, administrative assistant, and freelance writer/editor.
Jordyn Stewart works as a professional actor with Kohl’s Wild Theater. Her favorite theatrical credits include Antonia in Bliss, or Emily Post is Dead, Jo March in Litle Women, and Ginette/Sandrine/Hope in Almost, Maine. When not performing, Jordyn enjoys sharing her love of theatre with the next generation, teaching acting classes online through Outschool.com. She started performing Murder Mysteries with Jack in April 2019 and loves it!
John Rakestraw has spent over 35 years entertaining people, from one to 92+ years of age. In the guise of Master Detective Rakestraw, he writes and facilitates murder mysteries events in the Pacific Northwest. Plus, during the holiday season, John is in great demand by portraying the perfect Santa Claus. And as a bonus, he brings joy, happiness and fun to children of all ages when he sings, tells stories and plays music on his "brilliant Kazoo."
Joshua Ludens was a seasoned community theater regular even before enrolling in the Musical Theater BFA program at Millikin University. Some of his diverse roles have included Foreman in 12 Angry Men, Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Sebastian in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Josh’s love for theatre and performing arts has made him a dedicated and driven actor, and he can’t wait to show you how much fun he can have!
Scott Barhold has been performing since the age of 13 when he and the neighborhood kids staged plays for the annual block party. Not thinking it was all that special, he tried out for a local play, The Sound of Music, and nailed a role. Now as an accomplished magician, Scott can be found creating fun and laughter everywhere he goes. For the last eight years Scott has traveled around the United States as a speaker using magic to teach business owners how to run better organizations.
Murder Mystery Parties
Your interactive Murder Mystery Party will be expertly brought to life by our experienced troupe of nefarious performers. The cast will be selected to match the scenario and the suspects of the whodunit you select.
Describe Your Event
Amy Lilly facilitates mystery theater in libraries and on military bases in the Washington DC area. With over 15 years of experience planning large and small events for both children and adults, Amy is an avid fan of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. In fact, her childhood goal was to grow up to be Nancy Drew. Amy is also a mystery writer and the author of three mystery novels, Death is Long Overdue, Summer Reading is Killing Me, and Permanently Deleted.
Danielle Bryn is a screen, voice and stage actor based out of Atlanta. She recently finished filming a recurring role for a medical web-series, voiced a sustainability campaign for an international company, and shot a sitcom pilot. Favorite theatre credits include Jaques in As You Like It, Monroe in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Officer O’Hara in Arsenic and Old Lace. When not acting, Danielle takes care of her growing collection of plants, does intuitive tarot reading, and enjoys puzzles.
Host a Virtual Murder Mystery via Zoom with Our Professional Actors Portraying the Suspects
Peg Erbes has acted in community theatre, particularly in student-written productions, and writes, acts and docents for the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Gothic History Tour. She’s fostered many acting careers over the 15 years she coached the award-winning Cedarburg High School forensics team. She’s a fan of Dorothy Sayers and every Sherlock Holmes pastiche she’s ever encountered. She firmly believes that the last step is to be a killer.
Jim Johnson has been involved in theater since 2005, and has directed, produced, designed and acted in murder mysteries, as well as playing Marley's ghost in A Christmas Carol. Jim is currently co-scripting two new productions, Where the heck are my car keys? and Who took my wallet? He is delighted to be part of this very talented and creative group that presents entertaining, baffling and thoroughly enjoyable virtual murder mysteries.
Ben Johnson has performed in over 43 musicals, plays and operas over the past 14 years, ranging from community theater, to collegiate productions, to professional stage plays. His "whodunit" experience includes performing in the comedy, Murder Me Always and co-directing the Irish-themed mystery To Wake the Dead. His enthusiasm for acting is, perhaps, inherited from his parents, Jim and Susan, who are also part of our murder mystery troupe.
Amanda Shackelford has graced the stage of theatrical performances since she was a young girl at the age of eight and has performed in musicals, ballets, plays, and commercials. Her favorite role of all time is Squish, one of the merry murderesses in Chicago: The Musical. Amanda is the writer and facilitator of murder mystery party experiences for her company, Miranda Rites Productions with the "Usual Suspects Murder Mystery Experience" in Lafayette, Louisiana.