Cast Bios - I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard

Dina Thomas (ELLA) is is thrilled to be back in Kansas City at the Unicorn for her fifth time! Since graduating UMKC, Dina’s credits include: New York: Off-Broadway: Tribes, Clever Little Lies; Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company and The Old Globe: World Premiere of David Ives’ The Metromaniacs; Contemporary American Theater Festival: Everything You Touch; La Jolla Playhouse: Tribes; Barrington Stage: 10x10 (2014 & 2017), See How They Run; Unicorn Theatre: Bad Jews, Distracted, Miss Witherspoon, Hungry; Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Release Point; Other: Staged readings for Red Bull Theater, Project Y, The Lark and National New Play Network. Education: MFA from University of Missouri-Kansas City. This one is for Ted, who started it all, and 14 years later, has never stopped believing.

Theodore Swetz (DAVID) has worked as a principal actor throughout the country. KC audiences have seen him as the Tiger - Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Donny - The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Unicorn); Friar Lawrence - Romeo and Juliet, Max - Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Argan - The Imaginary Invalid (KC Rep); Ben Franklin - Ben Franklin’s Apprentice (Coterie). Directing credits include - Tribes, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Mojo, Sideman, Rabbit Hole (Unicorn); The Comedy of Errors (KC Rep); Ferdinand the Bull (Coterie); Tally’s Folly, Inspecting Carol (KCAT); Ah, Wilderness!, Othello, Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It (Riverside Shakespeare); and The Way of the World, The Learned Ladies, The Liar, King Stag, The Comedy of Asses, Twelfth Night, Killer Joe, Tartuffe, Room Service and O Beautiful (UMKC Theatre). Ted began his career with the NY Shakespeare Festival, at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and Lincoln Center. He later went on to be an original member of the Tony Nominated, American Players Theatre, Spring Green, WI (a classical repertory company) where he acted, taught, directed and served as associate artistic director. He received his training from legendary teachers Stella Adler, Morris Carnovsky and Phoebe Brand, all original members of the historic Group Theater. Next projects include acting the title role of King Lear co-produced with UMKC Theatre and KCAT. He would like to thank his long time collaborator, Cynthia Levin for creating this opportunity and for the special artistic treat of pairing Dina Thomas and himself together to share in this dynamic project. He extends his heartfelt thanks to Jeff Church for his friendship and artistic guidance. Ted serves as The Patricia McIlrath Endowed Professor of Theatre Arts and heads the MFA Actor training at UMKC.