Alexis Ijeoma Nwokoji
Rocky, Mayor Goodway Understudy
Learn more about the cast who brings the pups to life on stage!
Rocky, Mayor Goodway Understudy
Alexis Ijeoma Nwokoji (Rocky, Mayor Goodway Understudy) is so excited to join the cast of Paw Patrol Live! She is originally from Nashville, TN but now calls New York City home. She is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (BFA in Musical Theatre). She was last seen at Hershey park as the “Witch” in the Music Box show, Once Upon! Her favorite past credits include Heather Chandler (Heathers), Deloris (Sister Act) and Timoune (Once on this Island). She would like to thank her mother for her undying support, the faculty at her alma mater, and VStar entertainment.
Chase, Jake, Ryder Understudy
Max Mattox (Chase, Jake, Ryder Understudy) is an Atlanta based actor from Peachtree City, Georgia. Prior to joining PAW Patrol Live!, Max performed in a new musical called “The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular” at Out Front Theatre Company. Other highlights of Max’s theatre credits include “Mamma Mia”(Pepper), “Buyer and Cellar” (Alex), as well as “The Rocky Horror Show” (Rocky). Max is a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi earning a BFA in musical theatre. A few of his college performances include “Hair” (Berger), “Teddy Ferrara” (Gabe) and “Urinetown” (Officer Barrel). In his few moments of free time, Max enjoys playing with the family’s 3 rescue dogs and running. Max is honored to have the opportunity to perform with PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” and wants to thank his family and friends for their love, encouragement, and support as he pursues his passion for performing.
Matt Gurniak (Ryder) is thrilled to be joining the national tour of PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”! Originally from Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, he graduated from James Madison University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Chemistry. Previous credits include Footloose (Williard), Grease (Sonny), Newsies (Mike), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), and A Chorus Line (Tom). When not performing Matt also enjoys swimming, boating, horseback riding, writing musicals, and working as a lab specialist at a local forensic toxicology lab. For more information, check out mattgurniak.com.
Luke Collins (Rubble) is beyond excited to join the other pups in Paw Patrol Live! He is originally from Lewisburg, Tennessee. He attended Columbia State in Franklin, Tennessee and spent the last 4 years performing at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Luke’s favorite shows were Dreamland Drive-In (Dipstick/Moose), It’s a Wonderful Life (Harry Bailey), and Christmas in the Smokies (Ensemble). Other credits include: James and the Giant Peach (James; Regional Premiere), Cats (Mr. Mistoffelees), Legally Blonde (Dewey), and Elspe Festival (Singer/Dancer; Elspe, Germany). Thank you to God, Mom, Dad, Hannah, Alex, and Mark for your love and support! Many thanks to VStar Entertainment for this opportunity!
Marshall, Cap'n Turbot
Michael Bartkiewicz (Marshall/Capt’n Turbot) Michael is thrilled to be joining the cast of PAW Patrol Live! Off Broadway, Michael has appeared in The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), The Berenstain Bears LIVE! and Plover (Vineyard Theatre). Other credits include Urinetown: The Musical (IPFW), Hairspray, Sweeney Todd (SMT), The Hot L Baltimore, and TheatreworksUSA’s international tour of Fly Guy and Other Stories. Recently. Michael portrayed the role of Hysterium in The Princeton Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. Michael is a proud graduate of AMDA.
Chorus, Male Understudy
Quentin Carbajal (Chorus/Male Understudy) is thrilled to be making his national tour debut! Originally from Woodland, California he started performing at the age of 8 and went on to get his BFA degree in Musical Theatre from California State University, Fullerton. Recent credits include: 42nd Street (Candlelight Pavilion), Main Street Electrical Parade (Disneyland Resort) and Paint the Night (Disneyland Resort). He is extremely thankful to all family, friends, directors, mentors and teachers who have supported him along his journey in theatre. He is looking forward to what life has in store for him next! Quentin can be found on Instagram @qball95 or his website www.quentincarbajal.com
Pen Chance (Mayor Humdinger) is excited to be joining his first national tour! Pen, a Georgia native, graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts Administration and a minor in Music. Favorite credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Hairspray (Edna), A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Rent (Roger), and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse). When not on stage, you can probably find him behind a drum set, at a baseball game, or riding a longboard. Much love to my family, my boys, and my new pups, Bingley, Teddy, and Rosie!
Skye, Chicken Cheerleader
Melissa Southmayd (Skye/Chicken Cheerleader) is elated to be on her second national tour. She recently finished touring as the Female Swing on the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live. She is originally from St. Louis, MO but now calls NYC home. Credits include Curtains (Bambi), Spring Awakening (Wendla) and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). She would like to thank Dad and KBNBEN for all their support and encouragement, as well as her friends and family near and far.
Chorus, Female Understudy
Jacqueline Fisher (Female Understudy/Chorus) is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut with PAW Patrol Live! Born and raised in NY, she has been performing ever since she was five. She Graduated SUNY Cortland with a BA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Candide (Old Lady), Into the Woods (Little Red), and Grease (Jan). www.jacquelinelfisher.com
Everest, Farmer Yumi
Dianne Kaye (Everest/Farmer Yumi/Chorus) is an Australian triple-threat performer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the New York Film Academy (Musical Theatre Conservatory), and is proudly represented by American Talent Management. She has been performing professionally for over 8 years, and is thrilled to be making her US national tour debut. As a soloist, she has sung at exciting venues such as the Apollo Theatre and the Sydney Opera House. Dianne is a proud Artist Development grant winner of both the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and Ars Musica Australis. Dianne is also a passionate teaching artist, having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the University of Sydney. She sends big hugs and gratitude to all her wonderful friends and family, who are the true wealth in her life, and each worth their weight in gold! www.diannekaye.com
Brianna Nicole Hill (Mayor Goodway) is excited to be making her national tour debut with PAW Patrol Live! She is proud Florida native and graduated from Florida Southern College with a BFA in theatre performance and B.S. in business administration with a focus in theatre management. Some of her favorite credits include Olive in Odd Couple (Female Version), Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Florence in Poof. Recently, Brianna finished a theatre management internship with Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN and received the opportunity to be in FEMMEmphis’s inaugural performance as Betty 5 in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties.
Lizzie Klemm (Zuma) is over the moon to be making her national tour debut! She is a St. Louis native and spent her teenage years in the Youth Chorus at The MUNY and participated in the acapella group TeamSTAGES. She graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Missouri State University in 2014. Her credits include Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, and Pirates of Penzance (Mabel, MSU); Guys and Dolls and 42nd Street (Tent Theatre). She has been with the Entertainment Departments at Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando, and Six Flags St. Louis. Her website is www.lizzieklemm.weebly.com.