Administrative Artists: 

Matt Wills Artistic Director of Development
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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,Fifty Shades of Shakespeare, 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 has been involved with (re)discover theatre since its inaugural production of Hamlet in 2012. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated from St. Norbert College with a BA in Theatre Studies and Fine Arts. Kelly has served as makeup and hair effects / designer, actor, and social media head with (re)discover, and is a company member and teaching artist with Cornservatory Productions and Windy City Music Theatre. Performance credits include (re)discover's Farewell My Friend: the Romance of Romeo and Juliet and 50 Shades of Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, My Girlfriend’s the Devil!, Bat-Hamlet, and The Producers.


Spencer Ryan Diedrick Development Coordinator
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Spencer Ryan Diedrick is proud to serve (re)discover theatre as a company member and Development Coordinator for the past year. Directing credits include The Monster (the side project), Tiresias (Poetry Is), When the Lights Turn Off (Collaboraction), Remember the Warehouse (Whiskey Rebellion), Boys Playing with Toys (Otherworld), and Red Dragon (Undaunted). Additionally, his work has been seen at American Blues, Strawdog, the Back Room Shakespeare Project, Greenhouse, the Neo-Futurists, Raven, the House, Lifeline, and TimeLine. He also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, which creates devised work for charitable organizations. He loves Star Wars, fettuccine alfredo, and comic books, in that order.

(re)discover ensemble: 

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

David Cady
Mark Chaitin

Pamela Davis
Antora DeLong
Molly Donahue
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