Meet Our Talented Kansas City Area Entertainers

At Jest Murder Mystery Co. we pride ourselves on our talented and experienced local Kansas City 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.

Headshot Image of Kansas City Murder Mystery Entertainer Denise Saylor

Denise Saylor

Denise Saylor is a Stephen’s graduate with a BFA in Theatre, she has performed all over the Midwest doing stage, improv, and film. When she is not performing, Denise also is a RVT at Bluepearl Specialty and Emergency Services.

Denise wants to thank her husband for always supporting and encouraging to follow her passion as well as her three fur babies who always bring a smile to her face! Now she can add another thankyou- to her baby daughter Aurora, who is our miracle and our joy! Love you lots!

Headshot Image of Kansas City Murder Mystery Entertainer Joel Walley

Joel Walley

Joel Walley is an Actor, Singer, Composer, and Playwright, who focuses on collaboration and innovation in performing arts.

Acting credits include Vilna: staged reading/musical in development (Hirsh Glick) with the White Theatre KC, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Lord Longaville) and Hamlet (Marcellus/Player) with Hoosier Shakes, and Fiddler on the Roof (Avram) with Western Playhouse. More about Joel can be found at

Headshot Image of Kansas City Murder Mystery Entertainer Jessica Whitfield

Jessica Whitfield

Jessica Whitfield earned her BFA in Theatre/Acting from Drake University, where she was an Irene Ryan Nominee.

Steve Wilson of Broadway World calls her, “Marvelous,” and says, “She has a good sense of comedic timing, utilizing humorous facial expressions, body language, and accent to keep the audience laughing.” She has acting experience in film, commercials and the stage. She has been on The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes on The Oxygen Network and Container Masters on Tubi.

Headshot Image of Kansas City Murder Mystery Entertainer Ari Bavel

Ari Bavel

Ari Bavel has been working film and television since 1999 playing everything from a cybernetic uber-zombie from the future in Zombie Bloodbath 3 to a VA doctor in Finding John Smith to an old bootlegger in Bonnie and Clyde vs Dracula.

Theater credits include various roles like Phil Hogan in A Moon For The Misbegotten, Uncle Adolph in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Captain Brackett in South Pacific.