By Julia Rohed
Every season brings us new opportunities and unique challenges. As we continue to grow, our goals continually shift and change as we learn more from the artists we have been so fortunate to work with over the past 2 years. The rush and excitement of Season 2 is well underway and there's much more to come including introducing new minds, talents and ideas into our growing company. That is why we are thrilled to announce our three newest ensemble members! We are very excited to add their voices to the conversation and can't wait to see what they toss into the mix. Welcome to the team!
Nellsyn is an actress currently based in Chicago. She was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Film & Digital Media. During a semester at the National Theater Institute, she had her mind blown by the frenetic process of creating devised theatre. Her class traveled to London and worked with Tim McMullan and Mick Barnfather of Complicite, opening her up to the magic of physical theatre and clowning. Since moving to Chicago, Nellsyn has studied at iO, The Second City and The Acting Studio Chicago, and in 2014 completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training.
IAN MICHAEL JAMES
Ian is actor, playwright, and dramaturg living and learning in Chicago. Ian graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theater (Concentration - Acting) and a Minor in Playwriting. As an actor, Ian appeared in All My Sons (as George), The Arsonists (as Beidermann), A Thousand Clowns (as Nick) and Cass Rose's Dictionary Project, Vol. II. Ian's dramaturgy credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theater Project), Rotpeter (Mercy Street Theatre Company), Travesties (asst., Remy Bumppo) and Hairspray (Columbia College Chicago). Ian has had several plays developed and produced as a part of Columbia’s Fresh Ink and Manifest Performance Festivals ('13, '14). Ian is the Resident Dramaturg for No Stakes Theater Project.
SONJA LYNN MATA
Sonja graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Ohio University in Athens. She also completed the Professional Training Program at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. She has also studied and performed with the National Theater and Dance Company of Ghana in their nations capital, Accra. Some of her favorite credits include: an ensemble devised clown play titled: Drunk Donkey (Prop Thtr), The Bird Girl (Mercy Street Theatre Company), Point and Shoot (Cold Basement Dramatics), The Boxer (Pursuit Productions), and Waspi Odyssey!: an ensemble devised three-hour river float down the Wapsipinicon River. Sonja continues to devise original works throughout the midwest and the city of Chicago.