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This page is about the actor. For the character from a one-shot campaign, see Marisha Ray (character).

Marisha Ray is a producer, a voice actress, a member of the main cast of Critical Role, and the creative director of Critical Role Productions LLC. She plays Laudna in Campaign Three.

In previous campaigns, Marisha played Keyleth and Beauregard Lionett. She was also the Dungeon Master for several special episodes.

Critical Role Productions

Pre-stream

Marisha helped Matthew Mercer, whom she was dating at the time, host the D&D session that later became Critical Role. She did not play as a character in that particular session, instead offering advice to new players.[2]

Upon joining the campaign, Marisha had not yet decided what kind of background or character Keyleth would have. Her outset was a druid of the air domain inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender[3] with charisma as her lowest stat. This choice allowed Marisha to make Keyleth very introverted, which worked well because Marisha didn't know the other players well and decided to reflect that uncertainty in her character.[4]

Main campaigns

Marisha was the first player to roll a natural 20 on Critical Role, which she rolled in "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) for a performance check while in the shape of a bear, trying to save Trinket from a bar fight.[5]

When asked if she could play any character from the first campaign, Marisha chose Scanlan or Pike.[6]

Creative director

After the split from Geek & Sundry, Marisha became Critical Role Productions LLC's creative director. She is involved in the inception and production of every show created by the company, and is credited as creator of Exandria Unlimited. She also acts as the company's spokesperson for State of the Role announcements, often accompanied by CEO Travis Willingham and chief creative officer Matthew Mercer.

Player characters

See also: Player characters played by Marisha Ray

Main storyline

One-shots and miniseries

Games played as game master

Other works

→ See also: Marisha's IMDb profile

Marisha Ray's resume image, from her website[art 13]

Marisha began her career in theater on the east coast. After moving to L.A, Marisha was encouraged by friends to go into voice acting because of her distinctive voice. She has voiced characters in multiple video games, such as Metal Gear: Survive and Fire Emblem Heroes.

Marisha has been involved in many web productions prior to Critical Role as an actress and producer. She was also creative director of Geek & Sundry before Critical Role split from the company.[7]

Personal life

Marisha first got acquainted with the world of TTRPG in 2008-2009, playing her first game with Matthew Mercer as the Dungeon Master. Before the first campaign, she was in a tabletop version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a pyromancer[8] and in another pen-and-paper RPG game with fellow voice actor and player Taliesin Jaffe.

On October 21, 2017,[9] in between campaigns One and Two, Marisha married Matthew Mercer. They live together with their dog Omar and previously had a bird Dagon. For their third anniversary, Matt shared some video highlights from his engagement to Marisha. He created a fake escape room with the help of friends, where she had to solve puzzles and fight a monster before he proposed to her.[10]

Trivia

  • Her first D&D character ever was a drow ranger, although she doesn't remember their name anymore.[11]
  • Out of the six humanoid characters Marisha has created, four are red-headed.
  • Marisha's chosen drink for her Between the Sheets interview was a jalapeno margarita.
  • Every Halloween, the cast of Critical Role dresses up in costume for one episode. Marisha has dressed up as Violet from Rat Queens (2015), Anna Ripley (2016), Lisa Frank Castle (2018), Soldier B (2019), Celia Ovesso (2020), and Taliesin Jaffe (2021).
  • Marisha currently holds the top attendance record out of the main cast members for the main campaigns, with just two more episode appearances than Liam O'Brien. However, if one-shots and miniseries are counted, she takes second place behind Liam.[12]
  • On Talks Machina, the host Brian Wayne Foster liked to "#ThankMyGuests" with names that were either mispronounced or a wordplay but close to the original. Here are the names for Marisha Ray:
  • Marsha Ray
  • Felicia Ray
  • Marsha Roy
  • Martrisha Rave
  • Martrisha Roy
  • Melinda Blaze
  • Patrisha Glaze
  • Moesha Ray
  • Happy National Barista Day
  • Mariska Haritray
  • Melissa Cray
  • No Dish Array
  • Marisha’s Blazed
  • Marriage on the Way
  • Charisma Nay
  • Mouthful to Say
  • Goldfisha Spray
  • Marriage Is Cray
  • Martial Arts Yay
  • My Fists Are Bae
  • Marishka Heart Away
  • Fall in a Pit No Way
  • In Carpets For Days
  • Monk Shit For Days
  • Monks Don't Play
  • Gimme the Dish, Okay?
  • Not Good with Kids, Okay?

External links

References

  1. See "Marisha Ray Talks Being Tinker Bell, Constant Online Harassment, The Future of Critical Role & Ep 50" with Philip DeFranco at 1:59:20.
  2. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) from 3:39:25 through 3:39:40.
  3. See "Wizard World Gaming Portland Panel" (Sx07) at 11:16.
  4. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) from 3:30:45 through 3:31:20.
  5. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 50:34.
  6. See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:56:33.
  7. See Marisha's profile on critrole.com
  8. See "How to Score a Massive Hit" (Sx01) at 5:54.
  9. https://twitter.com/Marisha_Ray/status/922006496723865600
  10. Twitter thread from Matt discussing engagement: https://twitter.com/matthewmercer/status/1319138526680633344
  11. See "Critical Role from Mercer + More" with Talks at Googles Matthew Mercer + More" with Talks at Google through 0:12:54.
  12. See Critical Role attendance on CritRoleStats.com

Art:

  1. Photograph of Marisha Ray for Variety, by Robyn Von Swank (source). This file is a copyrighted work. Its use in this article is asserted to qualify as fair use of the material under United States copyright law.
  2. Official portrait by Kit Buss
  3. Official portrait by Ari
  4. Official portrait by Hannah Friederichs
  5. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  6. Official portrait by Kendra Wells
  7. Official portrait by Hugo Cardenas
  8. Official portrait by Hugo Cardenas
  9. Official portrait by Kent Davis
  10. Official portrait by Aviv Or
  11. Official portrait by @tshortik
  12. Official portrait by Category:Art by Hannah Friederichs
  13. Marisha Ray Resume on MarishaRay.com
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