Tal is the Artistic Director of Red Monkey Theater Group, for whom he writes and acts in a series of ongoing site-specific Sherlock Holmes plays performed at both Bartow-Pell Mansion-Museum in NYC and at Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown, NY. Tal has directed and produced numerous shows over the past 21 years, many of them works of Shakespeare. Recent favorite roles include Hamlet, Macbeth, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Trigorin in The Seagull, Gary Peter Lefkowitz in I Hate Hamlet, Cassius in Julius Caesar, and Mr. Croup in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
Tal has worked as a voice actor and voice director for video games and for numerous local and national radio stations. Training: National Theater Institute, Royal Shakespeare Company. An experienced DM, Tal considers D&D to be a powerful interactive storytelling tool and an engine of creativity, empathy, friendship, and fun. His style includes an equal emphasis on role-playing, exploration and discovery, and combat. His original best-selling D&D adventures are available at DMsGuild.com.
Andy is a multi-award winning writer, RPG terrain builder, and cosplayer whose love of D&D began many, many, many years ago. Andy credits much of his storytelling abilities to the game. He DMs with a player-first style that is equal parts game mechanics and role-playing. Oh yeah, there are his ridiculous accents mixed in as well. Andy has played at the tables of professional gamers such as Sirens of the Realm’s Satine Phoenix and Nerdarchy’s Dave Friant.
Carolyn is a professional artist and Exhibit Shop Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo. She sculpts trees, paints murals, and creates environments for exotic animals when she’s not doing it for actors. She has been Red Monkey Theater Group‘s production designer since its first show in 1999. Her original stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov was debuted by RMTG in 2006. In 2007, the company brought the production to the Lower East Side’s Mazer Theatre for a month-long run, and she looks forward to revisiting it in the future. She has directed Red Monkey’s productions of Rhinoceros, Uncle Vanya, Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Red-Headed League, and served as a creative director on Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.
As a kid in the 80s, Carolyn used to go to the hobby store in the mall to buy those old pewter figurines of dwarves and skeletons so she could superglue them to things. She always wanted to play D&D, but she didn’t have anyone to play it with because she was a girl, so she moved on to supergluing other things together and became an artist. Luckily, her husband Tal started DMing again in 2017 and she’s been playing consistently ever since!
Matt Gordon has been involved with role-playing since he was six years old. Whether it be acting or Dungeon Mastering for friends, family, and others, Matt enjoys involving himself as an active participant in a good story. Working with Red Monkey Theater Group has granted him ample opportunities to do just that, being in six productions in the last seven years, and helping to bring Dungeons & Monkeys, RMTG’s annual D&D charity event, to life for the last four. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mbg98 and learn more at mattbgordon.com. Matt is the primary Dungeon Master of the Twitch streaming channel Slices & Dices, broadcasting every Friday on twitch.tv/slicesndices.
A Red Monkey Theater Group veteran, Rachel has directed, stage managed, designed, and performed in over 20 of their productions. Most recently, she directed RMTG’s productions of Hedda Gabler, Water by The Spoonful, Stop Kiss, and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. She also appeared as Rachel Howells in Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual with RMTG/M&M PAC at Bartow-Pell Mansion and Stella in The Good Cop at The Davenport Theatre. Her most recent productions as stage manager include RMTG’s productions of Twelfth Night, Rhinoceros, and Hamlet.
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Cameron Blair is an acclaimed writer and designer of D&D adventures featured in the Uncaged Anthology Vol. 4, Adventurers League, and several other projects on the DMs guild. Filled with stories and the need to tell them since he was young, Cameron flings himself into narratives that draw players in deeper and deeper as they continue, surrounding players on all sides with character, horror, and the urge for adventure at every step! Cameron is an avid advocate for the TTRPG safety tools and looks to create an inclusive, safe environment for all players to spread their role-playing wings.
Sean is a teaching artist, game designer and long-time DM based in Chicago. He develops and teaches curriculum using tabletop games like D&D in the classroom with Carpe DM and started writing TRPG content for the DMsGuild with Quill & Cauldron in 2019. Sean’s not sure if roleplaying games brought him to working in theatre or the other way around, but he’s been pulling people into play and narrative around tables covered in dice for well over a decade. Sean joined with Cast Party out of a desire to provide an accessible, inclusive, and quality tabletop gaming experience – and to him the comfort and engagement of everyone at the table comes first. You can find him at @sean_carpedm on Twitter and @sean.carpedm on Instagram.
Patrick Marran is a multiclassed Bard / Artificer, and thrilled to join the Cast Party team! Patrick definitely improvised RPGs with his brothers when young, but first filled out a 3.5e character sheet in 2005. His NYC theatre career spans the same length of time, as actor, director, composer/arrangement musician, performing musician, v/o work, and stagehand. In 2016, Patrick launched Bar Rover, focusing on private tastings & the history of Whisk(e)y. In 2018, Patrick helped produce M*Beth, an all-female adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. He has been DMing since 2017, and frequently plays with fellow Cast Party DM Matt Gordon on Slices & Dices! Online: PatrickMarran.com / Roguediplomats.com / BarRover.com @PatMarran @TheBarRover
Ray is a father, husband and dreamer of worlds who currently resides in Florida, although he fondly remembers places that are colder. For over 35 years, he has shared his passion and excitement for roleplaying games with countless players, including introducing the hobby to many former elementary school students during his 12-year teaching career. There were also quite a few years where he terrorized and entertained people through his involvement in LARPS in the Northeast.
Recent events have kept Ray home supporting the education of his two boys, but have also created new opportunities. He has coordinated over 100 games for friends old and new this past year, providing people a much-needed escape to a world of their imagination. Ray has also spent a lot of money on air conditioning.
You can find Ray on twitter @gm_nagle, and somewhere on the internet he has this thing he does where he tells you if a movie is better or worse than We Bought a Zoo.
Joe Raso is a dad, a husband, a mediocre goalie for a rec hockey team, and a long-suffering DM who’s had the pleasure of gaming with the same group since his university days. Since 2018, Joe has been writing, editing, and producing third-party D&D content on the DMs Guild. A few of the best-selling productions he’s contributed to include: The Great Dale Campaign Guide, Artifacts of the Guild, Villains & Lairs, Wisdom and Warning: The Demon Wastes, and Mistkickers: Ravenloft Sidekicks. As of January 2020, Joe is the acting editor for The Khyber Khronicle, an Eberron magazine published on the DMs Guild. You can follow him on twitter @_joe_raso or on his blog theschemingdm.wordpress.com.
Rachel is a tabletop RPG writer and editor based in New Jersey. She has been DMing for almost 15 years, and when the world isn’t in lockdown, she has the pleasure of running regular weekly games at Tiki Tiki Board Games. Rachel started writing professionally in 2018, and since then has contributed to games including Exalted, Dystopia Rising: Evolution, Torg Eternity, and more. She also loves collaborating with other creators on the DMs Guild, where she both writes and edits community-created content for D&D. When she’s not working on tabletop games, Rachel is an avid LARPer. She also enjoys playing piano, collecting dice, and hanging out with her cat, Muse. You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RWritesThings or check out her recent projects on her website at www.rachelwritesthings.com!