Michelle E. Jordan (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) has performed in theatres throughout the Bay Area including TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theater, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. At TheatreWorks, she appeared in the New Works Festival reading of Little Rock, and mainstage productions of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Crowns, Ain't Misbehavin', Sweet & Hot, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Hi-Hat Hattie!, Go Down Garvey, and Dreamgirls, for which she won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Effie. She is a licensed minister, spiritual counselor, teacher, and facilitator, and member of InterPlay’s performance ensemble WING IT! She has been the Minister of Music at the San Jose Center for Spiritual Living since 2013.
Marissa Rudd (Marie Knight) is thrilled to return to TheatreWorks. You may have seen her in Tuck Everlasting or the New Works Festival this past summer. Originally from Denver, CO, she obtained her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University under the vocal instruction of Dr. John Seesholtz. She has studied with world renowned singers, including: Nicole Cabell, George Shirley, Michelle DeYoung, Jennifer Black, and more. Representative credits include: Dreamgirls (Deena), Ragtime (Sarah), Tarzan (Jane), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Sister Act (Deloris), and Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corry).