Artistic Director JULIA ROHED is a theatre artist originally from Charlotte, NC. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre-Directing. Selected directing credits include; The Rubenstein Kiss by James Phillips, Animal Farm: a workshop production (Coriolis Theatre Company), Rusalka by Ashlee Marie Mundy (Snapshots Festival - 20% Theatre Company), The Essentials by Dusty Wilson (First Laugh One Act Fest- Piccolo Theatre) and The Bird Girl by EJC Calvert (Mercy Street Theatre Company). Julia is also a proud Company Member at Interrobang Theatre Project where she has served as a stage manager for Craig Wright’s Orange Flower Water, Phillip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney and the world premiere of Calamity West’s The Dolls House Project: Ibsen is Dead.
Producing Director DANIELLE STACK is a Production Manager from The Colony, Texas and holds a BFA in Performance from Baylor University. She has worked with Collaboraction, Lifeline Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre and LiveWire Chicago. Danielle is also the Production Manager for Underscore Theatre Company.
Associate Artistic Director JAKE FRUEND is a stage director and graphic designer. His directing credits include Dakota Parobek's Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile!, Franz Kafka's Rotpeter (Mercy Street), Point & Shoot, co-written with Liz Ellison, John Patrick Bray’s Green Sound (Cold Basement Dramatics). He has designed posters for Mercy Street, Jackalope Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, About Face Theatre, The Kinematics, and
Nothing Without a Company, He is also a company member at NWaC, a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, a native of St. Louis, and a Pillsbury Cook-Off winner.
JERICO BLEU is a 2013 graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where he received a BA in performance. In 2012 Jerico studied at the Rose Bruford School for the Performing Arts in Kent, England, where he was apart of the American Theatre Arts program. Some of Jerico's Chicago acting credits include El Stories: New in Town (Waltzing Mechanics), The Two Gentleman Of Verona (Spectralia Theatre), Emma (Dead Writer's Theatre Collective), St. Paulie's Delight (Chicago Dramatists), The Romans (Lincoln Square Theatre), The Ruling Class (Goat Song Theatre), The Fun Vehicle (Redmoon), and Animal Farm (Coriolis Theatre). Regional credits include The Music Man (Clayton Center of the Arts), Muse (Black Box Theatre), and Autobahn (Capital Theatre). Jerico is also an active dramaturg. In 2013 he assistant on Northlight Theatre's Stella & Lou, and Stones in His Pockets, later that year he assisted on The Chicago Commercial Collective remount of TimeLine Theatre's To Master the Art by William Brown and Doug Frew. He has also dramaturged for Coriolis Theatre Company and American Blues Theatre.
FRANCISCO LOPEZ JR. is an actor/ singer originally from San Antonio, Texas. Favorite credits include: Letters Home (Griffin Theatre Company); Waking Up (Greyman Theatre Company); Cabaret (Summer Stock Austin); and Gypsy (WaterTower Theatre Company). Educational credits include Born Yesterday, Hecuba, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Anna in the Tropics. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University.
Resident Playwright E.J.C. CALVERT is from St. Louis, Missouri. Recent productions include Happy 3rd Birthday Siobhan (First Laugh Festival, Piccolo Theatre), Fast in Fire (Theatre HAN, Theatre for the New City), Sarazad and the Monster-King (The TRUF, Canal Park Playhouse), Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes (Lookingglass Theatre), Testify! (Audience Favorite Award, Roy Arias Studios), The Bear (A Tragedy) (Winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, 2010), Cadaver Synod (The Brecht Forum). Most recently, she developed and performed the shadow puppet play The Infinity Carrot with the Meowsner Players at the Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, IL. Publications include Calamity with YouthPlays LLC, The Bear (A Tragedy) in Samuel French’s Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays 35th Series, and A Dinner Party Goes Awry in the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project anthology. E. J. C. holds an MFA in Playwriting from the New School for Drama.
Resident Playwright RACHEL DUBOSE returned to the Chicago area by way of Atlanta, GA. After finishing her undergraduate career at Spelman College, Rachel went on to work with NinaHoliday Productions and BET. She is the author of Rotpeter, a devised adaptation of Franz Kafka's "A Report to an Academy," developed at Mercy Street. Some of her work, Eve Within and Alkie's Anonymous have received stage readings at Spelman with the latter being showcased at The Alliance Theatre during the Spelman Salon. Most recently, Lonely Hearts participated in The Fade 2 Black Festival in Houston, TX. Rachel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.
MICHAEL EVANS received his Bachelors in Music Composition and Masters in Music History from Ohio University. His compositions have been performed at various venues in the U.S. and Europe by Duo 46, soprano Tony Arnold, and Diagenesis. Michael is currently working on a new musical, 30 Days of Pie, which received its first workshop at Studio BE in May 2014. Chicago MD/pianist credits include: Silk Road Rising, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Red Theater, Pursuit Productions, Metropolis Performing Arts Center (Arlington Heights), and Stage Door Fine Arts (Hinsdale). In addition, he is a frequent cabaret accompanist, playing for Jaii Beckley, Julia Hawkins, and Alexi Kovin.
KATE GRUDICHAK is a Chicago native. She tends to hustle around Chicago doing Wardrobe and Costume Designing, with a splash of Stage Management. She earned her BFA from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in Theatre Design and Technology, specializing in Costumes Design and Technology with minors in Stage Management and Wig & Makeup Design. She has worked in costume shops around the globe from London to Philadelphia to Chicago.
NELLSYN HILL 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 is an 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.
SLICK JORGENSEN graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Lighting Design. They have served as lighting designer with Definition Theatre Company, Mercy Street Theatre Company, and Tibbits Opera House. Primarily dance based they have worked at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Gallim Dance, and Thodos Dance Chicago.
SONJA LYNN MATA 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.
ALAINA MOORE works as a freelance stylist, costumer, and production designer for both screen and stage, as well as owning and operating Kaleidoscope Vintage with her long time partner and collaborator, photographer Christopher Semel. She has designed costumes for numerous Chicago area theater companies, most frequently for the Raven Theatre, where she garnered a Jeff nomination for her work on THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College Chicago, where she studied theater and film design. alainamoore.com
Resident Playwright DAKOTA PAROBEK is currently pursing a BA in Playwriting from Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Louisville, KY, they have had work produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Walden Theatre Alumni Company. They are also an active poet and musician, performing in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.
Resident Playwright DUSTY WILSON is a resident of Chicago and a graduate of Northwestern University's MFA Writing for the Screen and Stage program. His play Ephebophilia was a finalist in On the Brink Productions' Search for the Next Great (Young) American Playwright Competition (New York City, 2013), Quiet Productions' New Works Festival (Seattle, WA, 2013), and was produced by The Phebe Project (Chicago, IL, 2014). He was a semi-finalist in Reverie Productions' Next Generation Playwriting Contest (Deus Ex Machina, New York City, 2007), won the Actors' Choice Award in the Bite-Size International 10-Minute Playwriting Contest (Beige Tea, Brighton, United Kingdom, 2008), and placed 1st in Dramatis Personae's St. Valentine's Day Massacre (Navy Pier Sunrise, Chicago, IL, 2010). His works have been published by One Act Play Depot, RECORD Magazine, and American Blues Theater.
CLINT WORTHINGTON is a fella with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre from Truman State University. He has worked as an actor, writer, and director with a number of companies, including The Right Brain Project, Redmoon Theatre, and The Phebe Project, among others. On stage, Clint was most recently seen playing the Doctor in The Right Brain Project’s The Timey-Wimey Fantastic Brilliant Extravaganza (Geronimo!), and his most recent directorial efforts include the world premiere of Ephebophilia by Dusty Wilson. Clint is also the co-host/editor of the film website and podcast Alcohollywood