At Jest Murder Mystery Co. we pride ourselves on our talented and experienced local Atlanta entertainers who bring our murder mystery shows to life. Our team is made up of skilled performers who are passionate about creating a fun and engaging experience for our audiences. Here’s a little bit about some of our talented actors.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Ashleigh Madaris practically grew up on theatre, writing and performing her own plays, performing in community theatre, and studying theatre in college.
She loves performing and is specifically interested in fight choreography and stunt work. She trained jiu-jitsu and MMA during college. Additionally, she has a podcast called Perpetually Single (available on Spotify and Apple Music), where she and her best friend chat about modern dating
Avery Sharpe is an actor, singer, dancer, improvisor, and playwright based in Atlanta, GA.
He has performed on a variety of Atlanta stages including The Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express, and Georgia Shakespeare. He is a company member at Dad’s Garage Improv Theatre where he regularly performs, and he has also been featured in a variety of commercials and voiceover spots. All his love to Yeshua, his family, and Mon Papillon!
Sarah Steele is an actress, singer, puppeteer, storyteller, and musician based in Atlanta, GA and very excited to make her Jest Murder Mystery Co. debut!
She has been acting and performing professionally since 2016 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University. She currently lives and works all around the theatre community of Atlanta, GA.
Andrew Derdena was born in Los Angeles, CA, but spent most of his life in Highland Park, IL. However, he is ready to get back into his LA roots by making his strides to become a professional actor and work in the film industry.
He has performed theatre and improv for four years at Bradley University where he also wrote and directed multiple short plays on the mainstage. He writes everyday and is hoping to also produce full-length screenplays in the near future. He hopes to become a modern day renaissance man.
Akia Sembly is a lover of sweet tea, muffins, and theatre. After making her acting debut as a very young Mama Euralie in a production of Once on this Island Jr, she decided to spend her life pursuing the latter.
Akia studied theatre at Dekalb School of the Arts, where she did everything from set building to scene study, after which she pursued her undergraduate degree in Theatre performance from Florida A&M University. She now lives and works in the fantastic theatre community of Atlanta, GA.
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Joe Parker is an accomplished actor, improver, and screenwriter. He currently resides down south in the hot Atlanta, GA, where he hopes to break into the film industry.
Joe also has numerous written works including (but not limited to) a produced play performed at Bradley U, numerous screenplays, and published work in the 2021 issue of Broadside Magazine.