Cassondra Gresl grew up in the small town of Waterford, WI. During childhood she dreamed of becoming an actress, singer, and a writer. She started by enrolling in modeling and acting classes at John Robert Powers and later at John Casablanca’s, where she was signed into their Model Talent Management (MTM) Agency. She received invaluable training in technique at both schools, even traveling to Los Angeles, CA to attend the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention.
She began performing on stage in high school with roles in, Pride & Prejudice and the musical, Once on This Island.
In 2011, she graduated from Alverno College with a BA. in Psychology with a minor in Theater/Dance and Elective studies. She will forever be grateful to her knowledgeable theatre professors for their amazing coaching.
During her time at Alverno; she was cast in Wit, 9 Parts of Desire, The Foreigner, and the lead role in Necessary Targets. After taking directing classes and directing scenes from Steel Magnolias and Parallel Lives, she found that she enjoyed directing even more than acting! She hopes to attend graduate school to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
She has also performed in Optimist Theatre’s presentation of The Tempest and World’s Stage Theatre’s rendition of Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. She has also starred in a commercial for the West Allis Health Department’s program: The Stork’s Nest and an indie film entitled Max Hightower.
She has both interned and volunteered for NAMI Greater Milwaukee in the past, and hopes to continue that involvement and aid in their mission to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness.
“I never thought my passion for theatre and my fascination for psychology could blend so beautifully; yet it has- Pieces has done that for me. I am so grateful that I am part of this important project. It has taught me how fulfilling social theatre can be—to not only entertain but to make a difference in the audience’s lives…so very rewarding.” –C.Gresl