Meet the Cast of Rivals of Waterdeep!
As the founder of the math and physics tutoring service Math Looks Good LLC, Shareef’s culturally relevant communication style helps break down science, gaming, and math in a way that the average person can understand and appreciate.
In addition to being a business owner, Shareef is an adjunct professor of video games and learning and a licensed substitute math teacher. His views on science and technology have been featured on sources such as the New York Times, NPR, Wisconsin Public Radio, Scientific American, and MacLean's. He highlights issues of gender and race on his YouTube series at Gaming Looks Good.
Tanya DePass (She/Her/Hers) is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, I Need Diverse Games spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. Tanya is the Diversity Liaison & Programming Coordinator for GaymerX and OrcaCon; she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. She plays Human Paladin Selise Astorio on Rivals of Waterdeep, a Dungeons & Dragons show on twitch.tv/rivalsofwaterdeepthat features all POC and some LGBTQIA cast members. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Waypoint, Vice Gaming, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games, and other publications.
LaTia Bryant (She/Her/Hers) Joined the Cast in Season 6, and returns to the DM chair for the shows 12th Season!! She is heavily involved in the Adventurers League, D&D's organized play program, and serves as one of its community managers. She has also contributed writing to D&D Beyond and Wizards of the Coast. She joined the cast at the C2E2 live show on March 1st and remained through the rest of Season 6.
Masood Haque (he/him/his) is a comedian, actor, writer and nerd based in Chicago. He completed the Bob Curry
Fellowship, a program partnered by NBC and Second City. He has also graduated from Second City's Advanced Directing Program, been a member of their House Ensemble team Honor Roll, and completed iO's Pool program. Masood is a founding member of the comedy troupe Club Asia, performs regularly with Stir-Friday Night, and has lent his voice to various VO projects. He has also filmed multiple projects with Weird Life Productions, has been a witch on the critically acclaimed web series Brujos, and is online playing tabletop role-playing games- particularly with Rivals of Waterdeep and Indoor Recess. You can find out what Masood's up to on Twitter and Instagram, or just see pictures of his cat.
Brian Gray is a writer, gaymer, foodie, broadcaster, comics lover, cocktail connoisseur, brunch aficionado and all-around nerd who resides in The Swanktuary when he's not out and about exploring or staying in and trying all things new on the internet. Until very recently, he’d been out of the loop on D&D since the Player Handbook from the early 80s. He can be found most places online as urbanbohemian.
Eugenio Vargas (aka DM Jazzy Hands, he/him) is a game designer, podcaster, and streamer. In the beforetimes, he was also an actor, singer, and music director of musical theatre around the country, but while theatre is taking an extended intermission, he is thrilled to have found a new home in the gaming community. His actual play show, The Last Refuge: A D&D Podcast, started in the summer of 2017 and helped launch Eugenio into adventure design on the DMs Guild, streaming on Twitch, Storytelling for projects like Into the Mother Lands, and participating in events like D&D Live 2019 and D&D Celebration 2020.
Past Cast Members
Surena Marie (S1-S5.5)
Surena Marie (She/Her/Hers) is an actor, and podcaster living in Chicago. She has studied and performed with The Annoyance Theater, IO Chicago, Comedy Sportz and the Musical Conservatory at Second City. Her past credits include Splatter Theater! (Annoyance), CSZ House Team, Chaos (CSZ Chicago) and Dundee: The Hip Hopera (Stage 773).
You can find her voicing silly characters on the actual play podcast, The Dungeon Rats or guesting on a wide variety of TTRPG podcasts, streams and shows.
Carlos Luna (S1-S5.5)
Carlos (He/Him/His) is the Content Producer for Roll20. He currently produces the D&D podcast/stream The Dungeon Rats and is a cast member for Rivals of Waterdeep and Jace Beleren Must Die. Carlos also produces roleplaying focus videos on his youtube channel CarlosCrits. When he’s not playing games or making videos, you can find him performing improv shows around Chicago.
Carlos left the show after Surena got a sweet gig at Critical Role! See episode 54 "From the Windows" for our tearful goodbye.
Brandon Stennis (S1-S8)
Brandon Stennis (He/Him/His) is a partnered content creator on Twitch.tv for the last 4 years. He also works as the Influencer Manager of the indie publishing company Versus Evil. Brandon has gathered quite the career in the gaming industry since 2012 and has innovated himself into a self made gaming personality. He continues to try and help other creators find their place within themselves and the gaming/streaming communities.
Cicero Holmes (S1-S6)
Season 5 DM Cicero a lifelong gamer who parlayed his love for all things tech into a 20 plus year career in Systems Administration. This Bronx-born, Long Island-raised eccentric truly marches to the beat of his own drum. A former thespian, Cicero is also credited (by him) for inventing the phrase & motion of 'popping one’s collar'. You can find Cicero every week yelling about why Chicago’s pizza is not as good as New York's.
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