Administrative Artists: 

Matt Wills Artistic Director of Development
Contact Matt with questions about overall company inquiries and designer  submissions @ 

Matthew received his BA in Directing from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where he directed Beckett's Footfalls, Rough for Theatre II, and Act Without Words II and Anthony Neilson's The Wonderful World of Dissocia (“directed with imagination and passion” – River Front Times). Recent productions include (re)discover's inaugural production The Tragedie of Hamlet: Prince of Denmarke, Chicago Reader Recommended An Evening of Beckett: Play-Not I-What Where, As You Like It, Fifty Shades of Shakespeare, and Universal Language. As a sound designer, Matt has worked with both The Side Project Theatre Co. and (re)discover theatre on multiple productions, as well as creating and designing podcasts for local Chicago companies. "When creating a piece of theatre I want to challenge our audience and actors by creating an experience that cannot be found while sitting at home watching Netflix. To me, theatre must be a visceral experience and physically engaging."

 Janet Howe Artistic Director of Production
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Janet Howe is extremely proud to be acting as the Artistic Director of Production for (re)discover theatre. Janet has worked primarily as a director: her most recent projects include Farewell My Friend, LysistrataJason & (Medea)Flesh and BoneNothing to Fear at The Side Project and A Year with Frog and Toad. Janet is honored to have have assisted directors with The Hypocrites, Children Theatre Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis and interned at The Guthrie. She holds her BA in Directing from Webster University's Conservatory of Theater Arts. Janet has also joyously served as costume dseinger for (re)discover's HamletAn Evening of BeckettFlesh and Bone, As You Like It, HOME and Fifty Shades of Shakespeare.

Shaina Schrooten Director of Ongoing Programming
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Shaina had been a part of the Chicago theatre community for three years now and a company member with (re)discover for two of those years. She came to Chicago via St. Louis where she received her BFA with The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Since living in Chicago Shaina has been active with a variety of storefront theatres as well as producing her own work. Primarily an actor, Shaina has performed in and helped create multiple (re)discover productions. She loves the Chicago theatre community and all of the incredible, versitile, generous artists it encompasses.

Kelly Schmidt Marketing Manager
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Kelly Schmidt is proud to have been a part of the (re)discover family since its inaugural production of Hamlet! Kelly is a graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, with a double BA in Fine Arts and Theatre Studies, and moved to Chicago with long-time friend and fellow (re)discover company member Bobby Arnold after college. Her theatrical work in both Wisconsin and Chicago is extensive and varied, including performance, make-up design, costume and jewelry construction, and specialty fight training. Kelly is also a company member with Cornservatory Productions, a teaching artist with Windy City Music Theatre, and a photographer whose work can be found at


Molly Donahue Literary Manager
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Molly Donahue is honored to serve as (re)discover theatre's Literary Manager. She is a director and fight director in Chicago. Having worked with (re)discover on projects such as Farewell My Friend: the Romance of Romeo and Juliet and their latest version of 50 Shades of Shakespeare, she looks forward to the new projects that will develop in her time with the company. As Literary Manager she is developing and running the F(re)sh Ink reading series to meet new artists and be a tool in the creating of new works.



Spencer Ryan Diedrick Development Coordinator
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Spencer is thrilled to join the good folks of (re)discover! Directing credits include "Remember the Warehouse" (Whiskey Rebellion), "Boys Playing with Toys" (Otherworld), "Red Dragon" and "Monsters in Men" (Undaunted). Assistant directing credits include "A Loss of Roses" (Raven), "My Kind of Town" (TimeLine), "A Tale of Two Cities" (Lifeline), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and the upcoming "Once in a Lifetime" (Strawdog). He has worked in various capacities at Remy Bumppo, Chicago Shakespeare, and the House, and he also serves as a member of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, a group dedicated to devised work for charity.

(re)discover ensemble: 

Bobby Arnold
Ned Baker
Claire Bauman
Tara Bouldrey
Kate Black
Becky Blomgren

David Cady

Mark Chaitin
Pamela Davis
Antora DeLong
Eric Duhon
Eliza Fichter

Nicki Mazzocca
Melissa McNamara

Wesley Gaines McNair
Shannon Melick
Karissa J. Murrell Myers
Eric Parmer

Paul Hovey
Cody Jolly
Ann Kreitman

Jess Shoemaker
Julian Stroop
Dan Toot
Danielle Whaley
Joshua Wentz
Laura Wiley
Quinten Quintero

Genevieve Lally
Andrew Lund
Jon Matteson

Ray Rehberg
Miriam Reuter
Shariba Rivers
Zach Schley