Marisha Ray

Marisha Ray
Photograph of Marisha Ray for Variety, by Robyn Von Swank.[art 1]
Full nameMarisha Ray Huber[1]
Pronounsshe/her
Critical Role Productions work
Biographical information
BornMay 10, 1989 (age 34) Louisville, Kentucky
NationalityAmerican
Profession
Internet presence

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 3.

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

Critical Role Productions[edit | edit source]

Pre-stream[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

After the split from Geek & Sundry in June 2018, Marisha became Critical Role Productions LLC's creative director. She previously held this position at Geek & Sundry from January/February of 2017 and until the split.[7][8] 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[edit | edit source]

See also: Player characters played by Marisha Ray

Main storyline[edit | edit source]

One-shots and miniseries[edit | edit source]

Games played as game master[edit | edit source]

Other works[edit | edit source]

→ See also: Marisha's IMDb profile

Marisha Ray's resume image, from her website[art 2]

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.[9]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

When Marisha Ray moved from Kentucky to Los Angeles, she worked on the Hollywood Boulevard for three years playing street characters.[10]

On October 21, 2017,[11] in between campaigns One and Two, Marisha married Matthew Mercer. They live together with their dog Omar and previously had a bird Dagon.

Marisha and Matt met through their mutual friend Becky Young. Becky and Marisha, both attending improvisation classes together, became her close friend. Becky was also working with Matt as voice actors for a web series called There Will Be Brawl. Subsequently, Becky started a sketch group, inviting her newfound friend Marisha Ray, as well as her voice actor colleagues Matthew Mercer and Matt Key. When Marisha and Matt met each other on their first writers meeting, Matt and Marisha "crushed on each other" from the start, but both were already in a relationship. Continuing their meetings at social events for about a year, Matt, working on a mo-cap project, was asked by his employer, if he knew someone with dance and martial arts experience. Matt recommended Marisha and she passed the audition. Afterwards, they met for a dinner, immediately found common grounds, and "clicked".[12] Marisha later made a bracelet for him on their first anniversary. It has engraved coordinated of the place where they had their first kiss.[13]

For their third anniversary, Matt shared video highlights from his engagement to Marisha. He created a fake escape, Call of Cthulhu-themed room with the help of friends, where she had to solve puzzles and fight a monster (played by Travis Willingham)[14] before he proposed to her.[15]

In April 2023, Marisha participated in Creator Clash 2, paired against Haley Sharpe.[16] She watched the first Creator Clash in 2022 wishing to be a participants the following year. Marisha Ray started training September of 2022, backed by her past with mixed martial arts and kickboxing, which she practiced for fight choreography and stunt work. She worked with a boxing coach, a strength and conditioning personal trainer, a nutritionist, a physical therapist, gaining 10 pounds of muscle by start of Creator Clash. The event profited a variety of charities including the Critical Role Foundation.[17] To encourage Marisha, Sam Riegel and Peter Habib wrote Pop! Pop! song in her honor.[18]

As of late August 2023, Marisha has seven tattoos. On her right arm: Her first tattoo is an almost complete infinity symbol, meaning "The line is long, but it is not infinite"; overlapping letters "V" and "M" in a square, representing Vox Machina. On her left arm: a symbol representing the camp art car called Sensitron from Burning Man; two rows of three circles, representing D&D's death saving throws. On her right leg: Hollywood Boulevard star, representing her three year working on the Hollywood Boulevard. On her left leg: the lemonade stand she had in her childhood house. On the back of her neck: her most recent tattoo, the Ashari symbol.[10]

TTRPG experience[edit | edit source]

Marisha Ray 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.[19]

In 2012-2013, around the time when Marisha Ray and Matt Mercer started dating, Marisha joined a game of Dungeons & Dragons (4th edition) involving Taliesin Jaffe, Luis Carazo, Chloe Dykstra, Zach Hanks, Sean Manzano as a ranger, and Matthew as the Dungeon Master. This was her first experience with D&D.[20][21]

Before Marisha joined the party, Matt invited her to watch one of their game sessions. This session the player party delved into a tomb in the Shadowfell, where they were attacked by ghouls.[22] Sean's ranger character and Chloe's character were the only survivors, while the rest were eaten by ghouls.[21]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • As of Early August 2023, Marisha, out of the main cast members, shares the top attendance record with Liam O'Brien for the main campaigns of CR with 312 episodes. However, if one-shots and miniseries are included, she takes second place behind Liam.[23]
  • 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?

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Marisha Ray Talks Being Tinker Bell, Constant Online Harassment, The Future of Critical Role & Ep 50" with Philip DeFranco at 1:59:20.
  2. "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) from 3:39:25 through 3:39:40.
  3. "Critical Role Panel @ Wizard World, Portland (Day 1)" at 11:16.
  4. "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) from 3:30:45 through 3:31:20.
  5. "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 50:34.
  6. "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:56:33.
  7. "Talks Machina #33: The Endless Atheneum" (TM1x106) at 4:00.
  8. A Special Announcement from Critical Role (State of the Role #1).
  9. See Marisha's profile on critrole.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Critical Role' Cast Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions on Wired at 17:58.
  11. Marisha Ray (@Marisha_Ray) on Twitter: "It is done!" (October 22, 2017). (backup link)
  12. "Fireside Q&A with Matthew Mercer" (Mx05) at 1:07:45.
  13. "Fireside Q&A with Matthew Mercer" (Mx05) at 1:03:27.
  14. 'Critical Role' Cast Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions on Wired at 5:25.
  15. Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) on Twitter: "As I celebrate my 3 years married to the perpetually inspiring @Marisha_Ray, I remember the cosmic-horror-themed fake-escape room proposal my friends helped me build so we could engineer her chance to solve puzzles, stop a cult, and murder a monstrosity.https://t.co/fzknZWjAQE" (October 22, 2020). (backup link)
  16. The list of particapants on thecreatorclash.com. Archived version.
  17. Critical Role's Marisha Ray Weighs In On Creator Clash 2 on forbes.com (April 10, 2023)
  18. Critical Role (@CriticalRole) on Twitter: "[https://twitter.com/CriticalRole/status/1647408698845720578 Hear that badass walkout music at #CreatorClash2? "Pop! Pop!" an all new track from @thepeterhabib and our own @samriegel is now available for FREE in honor of @marisha_ray 's bout on all platforms except Amazon and iTunes! 💥💥 https://open.spotify.com/track/7GK1roPAf3csvMjwu4VvXF]" (April 16, 2023). (backup link)
  19. "How to Score a Massive Hit" (Mx01) at 5:54.
  20. Sean Manzano (@questioner86) on Twitter: "Two rounds into an encounter with ghouls and I'm already having flashbacks." (November 21, 2017).
  21. 21.0 21.1 Live from San Diego Comic Con 2018 - Talks Machina at 9:32.
  22. "Talks Machina #74: Found & Lost" (TM2x26) at 49:20.
  23. 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. Marisha Ray Resume on MarishaRay.com