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Merle Dandridge is most recently known as Gwen Gaskin on Season 2 of NBC’s The Night Shift and starring as Kate in KISS ME, KATE at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Ms. Dandridge is best know for her starring roles on Broadway: SPAMALOT (Lady of the Lake),TARZAN (Kala), AIDA (Aida), RENT (Joanne), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. U.S./European Tours: SPAMALOT, AIDA, RENT, AINʼT MISBEHAVINʼ, SMOKEY JOEʼS CAFE, & HUGH JACKMAN in PERFORMANCE. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geffen Playhouse (MEET VERA STARK & ATLANTA), La Jolla Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and several Chicago Theatres. Television credits include: recurring roles on Star-Crossed, The Newsroom and Sons of Anarchy as well as guest starring in Stalker, The Mentalist, Drop Dead Diva, Perception, Nikita, Criminal Minds, Ringer, Lie to Me, Love Bites, CSI: Miami, The Deep End, 24, Third Watch, NCIS, All My Children, Angel and Guiding Light and 7 Network Pilots.  In the world of video games she is also known for her award-winning performance as Alyx Vance in the Half Life 2 series, as Marlene in The Last of Us, and as Legion Commander/Winter Wyvern in Dota2. www.merledandridge.com Gratitude and love to her husband for his unwavering support and love, to her beautiful SDB family, to Eric Idle for his constant belief and inspiration and mostly to Mike Nichols who first trusted her with Lady of the Lake and gave her wings to fly.