Hope Cervantes is a Texas native and graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Actor Training Program. She has worked at various theaters in the Twin Cities including Mixed Blood, History Theater, and The Guthrie. Some of her favorite regional credits include Oliver Twist and Great Expectations at Park Square Theater, and Eclipsed and Citizen with Frank Theater. She also wrote and produced her one woman show, Imagination Island: Surviving Reality with the MN Fringe Festival. Hope is thrilled to be making her debut at The Jungle with such a gifted and talented ensemble and is grateful to be working with the amazing Shá Cage.
EPONINE DIATTA | Ericka Boafo
Eponine Diatta is a junior at Open World Learning Community. She has been acting in the Minnesota since she was 9 years old. She’s performed on stages across the Twin Cities, including Steppingstone Theatre, Blank Slate Theatre, and Phoenix Theatre, among others. Eponine also enjoys exploring all aspects of theatre and in addition to acting has also worked as a writer, director, stage manager and sound tech.
IVORY DOUBLETTE | Headmistress Francis
Ivory Doublette has performed regionally with MainStreet Theatre in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL; and locally with Penumbra Theatre, Ordway Center, Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da, The Playwrights Center, Children’s Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Old Log Theatre, Nautilus Music Theater, and more. Ivory is a teaching artist with MacPhail Center for Music and the Children’s Theatre. She also sings with her family’s Gospel Quartet, SeVy (Say-V). Ivory graduated from the University of Minnesota.
ASHE JAAFARU | Paulina Sarpong
Ashembaga (Ashe) Jaafaru studied Theatre Arts and English at Hamline University. Her past theatre credits include; Penumbra Theatre: for colored girls, Summer Institute Program ’12-’13; Theatre Unbound: Measure for Measure; and many more. Ashe is an avid learner and enjoys playwriting, acting and directing. Some of her favorite methodologies for theatre stem from the techniques/practices of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire with pedagogy and theatre of the oppressed. She strongly believes in art for social change and the powerful magic of what honest storytelling can do for people. Her goals for the future are to continue to cultivate her craft as an actor and pursue grad school, to continue to be involved with youth teaching theatre, earn a MFA acting degree, and to be an actor for theatre companies in the Twin Cities.
KIARA JACKSON | Mercy
Kiara Jackson is excited to make her debut at The Jungle Theater. A University of Minnesota graduate, she is a homegrown MN artist based out of Minneapolis, though her southern roots run deep. Recent credits include Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker at Yellow Tree Theatre and Adiel/Ruth in Cardboard Piano at Park Square Theatre. Other representative theater; Children’s Theatre: The Last Firefly; Guthrie Theater: A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird; Open Window Theatre: Everyman; Walking Shadow: Red Velvet; Wonderlust Productions: Six Characters in Search of an Author; University of Minnesota: Eurydice; and 7th House: Rhinoceros. When not acting, Kiara can be seen keeping it fashionably fresh as a fashionista and costume designer.
AISHÉ KEITA | Ama
Aishé Keita is a Jamaican-Malian American performer/ actress. This is Aishe’s second appearance in Minneapolis, the first being in Familiar, playing Nashya, at The Guthrie Theater in 2018. She is a Seattle based artist with credit at Seattle Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Bring Down the House, The Tempest; Freehold Engaged Prison Tour: Hamlet, Henry V, Emboldened; Book-it Repertory Theater: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; and Seattle Repertory Theater: Familar. Aishé splits her energy teaching at Washington Correctional Center for Women funded by Freehold theater , providing artistic outlets for the incarcerated.
SALOME MERGIA | Nana
Salome is excited to be making her Jungle Theater debut! She was recently in As You Like It, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, The Oresteia, and The ThreePenny Opera. Salome would like to thank Nii and Miles for making her Minnesota home so sweet, her amazing family and friends, this talented cast, crew and their fearless leader Shá. Salome graduated from the University of Southern California.
NIMENE SIERRA WUREH | Gifty
Nimene is a New York based actor, improviser, and musician. She had her first New York theater experience working as the personal assistant to actress and playwright Jocelyn Bioh on her playwriting debut, School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play, directed by TONY winner Rebecca Taichman and produced by MCC Theater. Nimene has since done projects with Lincoln Center Theater, UCBT, Magnet Theater, and the PIT. She is also a Story Pirate, and travels to schools across America to perform stories written by children that have been developed into musical sketch comedy. Nimene is so excited to be playing the role of Gifty this Spring!