Critical Role

Feb 27, 2020

Presented by Critical Role


Join the entire cast of Critical Role (Matthew Mercer, Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Liam O'Brien) as they continue the adventures of The Mighty Nein live from the historic Auditorium Theatre in Chicago! This is an in-canon episode and will be broadcast on the Critical Role Twitch channel.

VIP tickets include premium seating, a special Q&A hosted by Brian W. Foster, and a one-of-a-kind VIP bag.

5PM – Doors open for VIP ticket holders
6PM – VIP-exclusive Q&A hosted by Brian W. Foster of Talks Machina
7PM – Doors open for regular ticket holders
8PM – Show time

Cast & Creative Team

Cast Member

Matthew Mercer

Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games. His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as McCree in Overwatch, the Witch-King of Angmar in Shadow of War, Mr. Freeze in Telltale’s Batman: Enemy Within, Cor in Final Fantasy XV, Jack Cooper in Titanfall 2, Yusuke in Persona 5, Field Team Leader and Huntsman in Monster Hunter World, Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Hit in Dragon Ball Z Super, Deadshot in Injustice 2, MacCready in Fallout 4, Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Aloth & Edér in Pillars of Eternity, Gangplank and Kindred (Wolf) in League of Legends, Rexxar, Nefarian, and Ragnaros in Hearthstone, Rehgar and Ragnaros in Heroes of the Storm, Cicero Gavar in Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, Bigfoot in Wabbit, Chance Sureshot and Recap Robot in The Regular Show, Abe the Trapper in Evolve, Tim Drake/Robin in Batman: Arkham Knight, Trafalgar Law in One Piece, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 Arena UltimaxPersona Q, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Prince Demande in Sailor Moon, Jotaro Kujo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Alvin in Tales of Xillia & Tales of Xillia 2, Chrom in Fire Emblem: AwakeningFire Emblem Heroes & Super Smash Bros, Ryoma, Shigure, and Azama in Fire Emblem Fates & Fire Emblem Heroes, and many other projects.

Matthew is the Dungeon Master for Critical Role, where he runs a group of other accomplished voice actors through a campaign of Dungeons & Dragons live every Thursday.

Travis Willingham has amassed over 200 roles in video games, original animation projects, and anime. He is most widely known in the world of anime as Roy Mustang in both Fullmetal Alchemist series. Other credits include One PieceNarutoBleachTiger & BunnyD.Gray-ManMushishiOuran Host Club.

Since 2010, Travis has provided the voice of THOR in Marvel’s hit original series Ultimate Spider-ManAvengers AssembleHULK and the Agents of SMASH, and Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney XD. You can also hear his singing voice as King Roland II in Disney Jr’s series Sofia the First, and as Cannonbolt in Ben 10 and Knuckles the Echidna in SEGA’s Sonic Boom on Cartoon Network. Other shows include Regular ShowJustice League ActionScooby-DooThe Legend of Korra, Star vs The Forces of EvilTransformers: Robots in Disguise, and Phineas and Ferb.

He has also starred in some of the biggest video game titles around, including Middle Earth: Shadow of WarInjustice 2For HonorBatman: The Telltale SeriesOverwatchMarvel vs. Capcom: InfiniteHalo 5: GuardiansFarCry 4Middle Earth: Shadow of MordorSkyrim: Elder ScrollsInFamous: Second SonGTA VDisney Infinity: Marvel Super HeroesKNACKLego Batman 3: Beyond GothamThe Last of UsRatchet & ClankFire Emblem: AwakeningCall of Duty: Black Ops 2Halo 4LEGO: Batman 2Skylanders: GiantsModern Warfare 3Battlefield 3Call of Duty: Black Ops I & IIStar Wars: The Old RepublicTransformers: Dark of the Moon/War for Cybertron/Fall of CybertronCatherineSonic the Hedgehog, and Street Fighter as Guile.

His film work includes Secondhand LionsRayFriday Night LightsPrison A-Go-GoThe Guardian, and A Perfect Getaway.

You can find him every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch his exploits with Vox Machina as the goliath barbarian, Grog Strongjaw – or with the Mighty Nein as Fjord, the half-orc warlock.

Cast Member

Laura Bailey

From super powered vigilante to spartan to ice wielding wizardLaura Bailey has brought to life a plethora of fan favorite characters.

Laura got her start in video games almost two decades ago and has since gone on to become one of the most prolific voice actresses in the industry today, having worked on hundreds of titles. In these past few years alone, you may know Laura as Nadine Ross in the Uncharted series, Spartan Vale in the Halo franchise, Jaina Poudmoore in World of Warcraft, Fetch in Sucker Punch’s Infamous Series, Supergirl of Injustice 2, Eltariel from Middle Earth: Shadow of War, The Boss in Saints Row 3 and 4, Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series, Fiona in Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands, the yet unnamed mysterious powerhouse coming soon in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us II, and as revealed recently, Laura will be returning to take the helm in Gears of War 5 as Kait Diaz.

In addition to video games, Laura lends her talents to several animated series, including Marvel’s Avenger Assemble as the voice of Black Widow, Marvel’s Spider-Man as Gwen Stacy, Constantine: City of Demons as The Night Nurse, as well as roles in Rick and MortyPickle and PeanutGuardians of the GalaxyRWBYThePowerPuff Girls, and others. While she lives in Los Angeles now, Laura started her voice career in Dallas, Texas at the popular anime studio Funimation. While there, Laura worked on many popular titles such as DragonBall ZFruits BasketShin-ChanFull Metal AlchemistSoul Eater, and Yu Yu Hakusho.

Laura is thrilled to sit at the table with her friends every Thursday night on Critical Role. You can catch her exploits with Vox Machina as the half-elf ranger, Vex’ahlia – or with the Mighty Nein as Jester, the tricky tiefling cleric.

Cast Member

Marisha Ray

Marisha Ray is a voice actor, producer, and uber-nerd based out of Los Angeles. You can hear her in Persona 4 as Margaret; Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel as Laura Arseid; Star Wars: Battlefront as a Stormtrooper, Metal Gear:Survive as Miranda. Marisha has worked with such digital media companies as Geek & Sundry, Maker, Participant Media and The Collective (now Studio71), and is currently the Creative Director for Critical Role. Much of the content that you will find on the Critical Role channels are a product of Marisha’s creative philosophy and vision, and you’ll also often see her in front of the camera hosting or entertaining.

Marisha got her start in theater on the east coast, working and training at companies such as the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Governor’s School for the Arts. She is also an avid gamer! At the age of three, she could beat anyone in a round of Mario Bros., including her father. She carries this love for gaming and geek culture into much of her hosting, comedy, and writing career.

You can find her every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch her exploits with Vox Machina as the half-elf druid, Keyleth – or with the Mighty Nein as Beauregard, the human monk.

Cast Member

Taliesin Jaffe

Taliesin Jaffe began his career as a child actor appearing in films such as Mr. Mom2010 and Explores, and television series including The Facts of LifeSt. Elsewhere, and She’s the Sheriff. Since then he has worked as an ADR director for projects such as HellsingBECKRomeo X JulietStreet Fighter IV, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He has also worked as a voice actor, lending his voice to characters such as Blanka in Street Fighter, Darion Mograine in World of Warcraft, Thancred in Final Fantasy XIV, and Basil Hawkins in One Piece to name just a few. Taliesin has recently played Ga’nar in Lords of War and The Flash in Injustice 2. Currently you can watch him Wednesdays on The Wednesday Club.

You can also find him every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch his exploits with Vox Machina as the human gunslinger, Lord Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (also known as Percy) — or with the Mighty Nein as Mollymauk Tealeaf, the tiefling blood hunter and Caduceus Clay, the firbolg cleric.

Cast Member

Liam O'Brien

Liam O’Brien has spent the last 15 years working steadily on stage and in the game and animation industry.

As an actor, he has worked on well over 400 video game and animation projects. Some of the more well known series he has lent his voice to include Star Wars RebelsTransformers: Robots in DisguiseAvengers AssembleWolverine and the X-MenPlanet HulkPhineas & FerbThe Regular ShowSofia the FirstGI JoeHulk and the Agents of SmashIron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, and Naruto.

On the video game end, popular titles include Shadow of MordorWorld of WarcraftThe Last of UsThe Order: 1886TitanfallWildstarElder Scrolls OnlineFinal Fantasy XIIIAsura’s WrathDarksidersStarcraftCall of DutyResident Evil, and Dragon Age.

In addition to his long list of acting roles, Liam has also spent an ample amount of time outside the booth, both as voice director and writer. The Last of UsThe WitnessEvolveShadow of MordorLEGO DimensionsWorld of Warcraft, and Resident Evil 6 are some of the many projects he has directed on.

You can also find him every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch his exploits with Vox Machina as the half-elf rogue, Vax’ildan — or with the Mighty Nein as Caleb Widogast, the human wizard.

Cast Member

Sam Riegel

Sam Riegel is a veteran voice actor, writer and voice director of cartoons, video games and anime series. Notable animation roles include Donatello in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Emperor Awesome on Wander Over Yonder, Shiro Emiya in Fate/Stay Night, Viral in Gurren Lagann, Mephisto in Blue Exorcist, and Metal Bat in One Punch Man.

Video game characters include Peter Parker/Spiderman in The Amazing Spiderman games, Starscream in Transformers War for Cybertron & Fall of Cybertron, Teddie in the Persona series, Chris Haversam in Fallout New Vegas, Zed in Ratchet & Clank, roles in Last of UsWorld of Final FantasyUncharted 4Shadow of Mordor, and everyone’s favorite attorney, Phoenix Wright.

Sam also serves as voice director for Disney’s DuckTalesSofia The FirstPickle & PeanutElena of Avalor, and Fancy Nancy, as well as Danger & Eggs for Amazon and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network.

Sam occasionally co-hosts a drunken podcast with Liam O’Brien called All Work No Play. You can also find him every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch his exploits with Vox Machina as the gnome bard, Scanlan Shorthalt — or with the Mighty Nein as Nott the Brave, the goblin rogue.

Cast Member

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson started her career at a very young age and has continued to work as a film, television and voice actor. Her various television roles include Growing PainsDollhouseDirtThe Killing and Drunk History, as well as the films, What Women WantFast Food NationAvengers, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Help.

She’s worked on many animation series, including RecessKing of the Hill, Gwen on Ben 10 Alien Force, Terra on Teen Titans and Renet on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As for her video game roles, you can hear her as Petra in Minecraft: Storymode, Gerti in Tales from the BorderlandsThe WitnessLEGO Marvel’s Avengers and The Last Of Us, in which she won two BAFTA awards for her portrayal as Ellie.

You can find her every Thursday on Critical Role, where a group of nerdy-ass voice actors play D&D for an audience of millions. You can catch her exploits with Vox Machina as the Gnome Cleric, Pike Trickfoot – or with the Mighty Nein as Yasha Nydoorin, a Fallen Aasimar Barbarian.

Brian W. Foster is a writer, poet, and singer/songwriter born in Long Beach, CA. He is the author of Blackened White, a best-selling series of short stories and poetry. His first EP of original music titled Odessa was released the following year. In 2016, Brian was approached by the cast of Critical Role to create and host a companion after-show for their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game, streamed live on Twitch. The show, Talks Machina, launched in November of 2016 and continues airing every Tuesday night. Critical Role has yet to comment on whether they regret their decision, but all signs point to probably.

In September 2018, Brian launched a brand new one-on-one interview show on the Critical Role network called Between the Sheets, which dives deep into the stories behind some of the world’s best known and most cherished storytellers.

Brian has appeared at several conventions and events across the country, moderating panels and Q&As for Critical Role, as well as rapper Logic. In addition to writing his second book, Brian is presently working on a new music album, as well as a television show that’s currently in development with Logic. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his fiancée, actor and Critical Role cast member Ashley Johnson, and their dog, Henry.