WebCo Performance
Class of 2022

Elizabeth Atkins(she/her) Musical Theatre

Elizabeth was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She moved to St. Louis to attend the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts and pursue her passion for musical theatre. Some of her favorite credits include Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again. By Alice Birch dir. Joanna Battles (Sargent Conservatory), Deadly by Vanessa Claire Stewart and Ryan Thomas Johnson dir. Caesar Samayoa (Sargent Conservatory) and the EdTA’s Broadway Back to School at 54 Below. Elizabeth is a lifelong ABBA enthusiast, seeking to find perfect harmony in all things. She has a passion for wellness, fitness and comedy. In her free time she enjoys taking spontaneous adventures and plotting to find the best dirty chai in the metropolitan area.

Chloe Berek(she/her) Musical Theatre

Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Chloe Berek moved to St. Louis to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Some of her favorite collegiate credits include Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again, Urinetown, and Molière’s The Learned Ladies. Growing up in “Music City,” Chloe developed a passion for songwriting and plans to continue creating music, in addition to her acting career. She has also served as an assistant teacher and choreographer for summer programs back at home and has a love for working with children.  Offstage, you’ll find Chloe around the table with the other loves of her life: family, friends, and food. Cheers!

 

Jade Collins(she/her) Acting

Jade Collins (she/her) is a graduating acting major (originally from New Orleans, LA) with a passion for physical/devised theater, clown, offbeat comedy, and anything silly. She hopes to explore these mediums through stage, film, and television. Jade strives to fully embrace her imagination and stay in touch with her absurd side in everything she does. Outside of acting, she loves cooking, laughing, and singing grocery lists to herself. After college, Jade plans to move to New York.

Sarah Dao(she/her) Musical Theatre

Sarah Dao (she/her) grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and proudly identifies as a “Camoweigan” (half Cambodian, half Norwegian). she grew up doing theatre alongside her siblings and parents at the spotlight theatre. She is very passionate about incorporating commercial music styles into her work and is also a songwriter. Sarah is very grateful for the unconditional support she receives from her family, friends and partner.  Striving Onward, Sarah Dao

 

Eleanor Hardwick(she/her) Musical Theatre

Eleanor is grateful to have completed her training at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She was born and raised in the great, but problematic state of Texas. Eleanor loves musicals with kick-ass dance numbers and stories with rich text. At Webster she has performed in Sondheim on Sondheim, The Living, and The Bombitty of Errors. She was last seen in the ensembles of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, All Shook Up and 9 to 5 at The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Learn more about Eleanor at eleanor-hardwick.com

Rebecca Hartman(she/her) Musical Theatre

Rebecca Hartman (she/her) is a singer, dancer, and actor, born and raised in New York. Some of her upcoming productions include A Chorus Line at Stages St. Louis (Bebe), Matilda at COCA (Acrobat, Choreographer), and last summer she was seen as Maria in The Sound of Music at Grandstreet Theatre. When she is not on stage, Rebecca can be found teaching dance at Big Muddy and Variety Theatre, or playing various characters for business events and birthday parties through Enchanted Events. More details can be found on her website, check it out at rebeccahartmanofficial.com!

Mitch Holland(he/him) Acting

Originally from the Greater Cincinnati area, Mitch is passionate about sketch comedy, producing plays with his production company Mitchell Squared, and eating Skyline Chili (He’d love to hear what you think of it if you’ve been to Cinci)  When he’s not onstage, Mitch enjoys weightlifting, watching comedy shows, and going biking with his incredibly cute greyhound, Sonny. Favorite roles include: Jerry in The Zoo Story, Fountainhead in Water By The Spoonful, and Billy in Anything Goes.

Sydney Leiser(she/her) Musical Theatre

Sydney (a proud Jewish Aquarius) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (GO CAVS)! Sydney is passionate about finding the intersections between art and advocacy, and strives to tell stories rooted in compassion, humanity, and empathy. Her most recent credits include Pride and Prejudice (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), A Christmas Carol (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), MacBeth (Sargent Conservatory), and Burial at Thebes (Sargent Conservatory). She will be moving to NYC in September of 2022.

Lize Lewy(she/they) Acting

Lize Lewy (spelled by Liza, sounds like Lizzie) is a multifaced theatre artist from New Orleans, currently based in St. Louis. Lize’s extensive background in performance has informed their love for playwrighting, directing, and production. Their work has been produced across the country and featured in many notable events such as: their play “The Super Fun Time Party Palace“ with SATE’s Annual Aphra Behn festival, “The Sky and The Sea” with Climate Change Theatre Action, their touring cabaret “Sing Happy; Benefitting the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center” with the Averitt Center for Performing Arts, and their play “Looking for You Online” in the upcoming Spring 2022 Season at Webster University. Lize is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and hopes to bring advocacy and representation to the forefront of their work. Lize has been fortunate enough to create work both on and off the stage and hopes to bring their passion for this form and for social advocacy to the world.

Tony Merritt, II(he/they) Musical Theatre

Tony is an actor/singer/writer based in Saint Louis, MO. Growing up in Ferguson, he always found ways to intersect his art and activism, including developing a scholarship for fellow BIPOC colleagues at Sargent Conservatory. His highlighted credits include Pride and Prejudice (Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis), This Property is Condemned (Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis) and Prince Naveen standby in the world premiere of Allen and Gray’s The Princess and the Frog.

Bryce A. Miller(he/him) Acting

Bryce is a proud St. Louis native and is thrilled to be graduating with his BFA in Acting! In his time at Webster, he performed in the Conservatory season in Sondheim on Sondheim, The Bomb-itty of Errors and Miss You Like Hell. Some favorite outside projects include Sunday in the Park with GeorgeRed Speedo, Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1964 (w/ The Black Rep), Triassic Parq, Guys and Dolls, and The Robber Bridegroom (w/ Stray Dog Theatre). You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram to follow his latest adventures and projects @thebryceamiller

Joseph Oliveri(he/him) Musical Theatre

From the glove state comes Joseph Oliveri, an actor, writer, and extremely dedicated pizza-maker that tries his best to make every day feel like a Friday. There haven’t been any life-of-Adam Scott musical revues produced recently where a lookalike is needed, so he’s instead spent his time at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Grandstreet Theatre and Belleville School of Ballet. His role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown at Webster University taught him just how long he could go without urinating. If you want to win his heart, ask him to play tennis (you can borrow one of his racquets).

Erik Peterson(he/him) Acting

Erik has some firm beliefs in life. Firstly, cereal is a type of soup. Secondly, someday the Colorado Rockies will win the baseball world series. And thirdly, storytelling is a catalyst for empathy. It is this third belief that Erik has chosen to devote himself to, be it through the medium of theatre, film, or Shakespeare-inspired-absurdist-clown-tragedy. After graduating from WebCo Erik intends on moving to New York to pursue just that. For more info check out his website PetersonErik.com, follow Erik on Instagram (@erik__peterson), or find him at the local bowling alley.

Michaela Sasner(she/her) Acting

As a twelve year old in the San Francisco Bay Area, Michaela saw a youth production of Les Misérable that moved her so intensely that she cried for two days. Now, she savors any opportunity to turn tears & grief, as well as joy & wonder, into art. Besides crying, she loves comedy (yeah, she’s really versatile), playwriting, songwriting, and directing. Some favorite projects have been The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Last Five Yearsfilms such as All About Sex (on Amazon Prime), and a devised piece she wrote and directed entitled REVOLUTION NOW! … LIKE, RIGHT NOW!

Courtney Ann Schmitt(she/her) Musical Theatre

Courtney Ann is a BFA Musical Theatre major hailing from Houston, Texas. She was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in December of 2020 and has since dedicated her efforts to disability advocacy in the arts, founding WebCo Students with Disabilities. Courtney Ann is passionate about creating theatre that is accessible for all and producing works that showcase underrepresented groups. To stay up to date on Courtney Ann’s current projects you can check out her website courtneyannschmitt.com or find her on Instagram (@courtneyannschmitt)

Phillip Solheim(he/him) Acting

Phillip Solheim is a Los Angeles based actor originally from sunny Seattle, Washington where he grew up hiking and racing flatwater sprint kayaks. Theatre credits include H.H. Holmes in Deadly dir. Caesar Samayoa (Broadway’s Come From Away), Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along (ArtsWest Playhouse), The Pajama Game (5th Avenue Theatre Rising Star Project), and Disney’s Newsies (Crane River Theatre Company). Film credits include the music video for “Cycles” by Lloyd Nicks Jr. (Billboard Top 50 Contemporary Christian Artist), and FINCH, an independent short which follows the story of a young queer hustler struggling with addiction.

Phillip’s reel can be found here: https://www.phillipsolheim.com/reel-resume

Marisa Spahn(she/her) Musical Theatre

Marisa was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up performing at regional theatres and teaching at theatre camps. One of her favorite memories was getting to perform in the Minskoff Theatre at The Jimmy Awards when she was nominated for her performance as Elle Woods. Her collegiate credits include Sondheim on Sondheim directed by Michael Baxter, Deadly directed by Caesar Samayoa (Broadway’s Come From Away), and Urinetown directed by Jamie Mckittrick, when she learned the ins and outs of being a swing.

Benjamin Speed(he/him) Acting

Ben Speed grew up in St. Louis and growing up felt like the “jack of all trades, master of none” monaker was thrust upon him. Doing any and every activity in hopes of finding the avenue he would chase relentlessly. From Sports to Sciences, he tried it all.  Thankfully, acting plopped into his lap and the rest was history. Ben likes pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain, but what he really likes is telling a story that makes people reflect and analyze themselves. Ben intends to move to either Atlanta or Chicago to pursue both stage and screen acting. Follow him on instagram here: @ben__speedracer

Quinn Spivey(he/him) Acting

Quinn Spivey is an actor and creator from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is currently finishing his BFA in Acting at the Sargent Conservatory of Theater Arts at Webster University. During his time there he discovered his love for Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, and Ivo Van Hove. He loves sports (especially baseball), his friends, and his family. Quinn is interested in working on projects and characters that explore the gray areas of human nature.

Ali Stookey(she/her) Acting

Originally hailing from sunny Phoenix, Arizona, Ali has used her time at Webster to develop her identity as an author, advocate, and artist. She is one of the first performance students at Sargent Conservatory to graduate with a double major in over 50 years and is proud to use her work on stage and in the research lab to highlight the experiences of historically marginalized communities and people affected by cancer. To take a look at her past productions and publications, as well as what she’s up to next, take a little trip over to astookey.com and say “hi”!

Amara Webb(she/her) Musical Theatre

Amara is an actor, singer, dancer, from Kansas City. Recent credits include Ragtime and The Pirates of Penzance at Utah Shakespeare Festival, as well as The Learned Ladies and The Living at Sargent Conservatory. Amara has also been involved in disability and BIPOC advocacy at Sargent Conservatory, and plans to continue these passions post-graduation. On any given day, you can probably find her listening to her favorite Ella Fitzgerald albums or reading a Jane Austen novel.