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
Contact Shaina with questions about "Show and Teal" @

Having moved to Chicago in the fall of 2013, by way of St. Louis, by way of Houston, by way of Denver, Shaina is so incredibly excited to be a new member of the (re)crew! She, like other (re)discover members, graduated from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a degree in acting in 2013. Shaina loves the classics, but also really digs creating and collaborating on new works. Her favorite project since moving to the city has been her own devised piece entitled, I Left Your Key Under the Mat, Dear. So far it has been performed at Chicago Home Theatre Festival and Second Floor Rear. Shaina is stoked to be working amongst such a welcoming, vibrant, passionate community of theatre artists in this city we call home!

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


Kate Black Production Manager in Residence
Kate Black is thrilled to be working with (re)discover as their Production Manager in Residence. Kate graduated from Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2012 with her BFA in production with an emphasis in stage management. While living in New York she worked on numerous project including Sleep No More (Punchdrunk Theatre), Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects), and Neil Gaiman: Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Foster Production).
Since she moved to Chicago, she has worked with (re)discover theatre on their immersive production of Farewell My Friend. She has also worked Bailiwick Chicago on their productions of Princess Mary Demands Your Attention and Murder Ballad; Wilmette Center for the Arts productions of OLIVER!, Once Upon A Mattress, and Sleeping Beauty.


Molly Donahue Literary Manager
Contact with writer submitions or new work proposals @

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
Becky Blomgren
David Cady
Mark Chaitin
Pamela Davis
Antora DeLong
Eric Duhon
Eliza Fichter
Paul Hovey
Cody Jolly
Ann Kreitman
Genevieve Lally
Andrew Lund
Jon Matteson
Nicki Mazzocca
Melissa McNamara
Wesley Gaines McNair
Shannon Melick
Karissa J. Murrell Myers
Eric Parmer
Ray Rehberg
Miriam Reuter
Shariba Rivers
Zach Schley
Jess Shoemaker
Julian Stroop
Dan Toot
Danielle Whaley
Julian Stroop Joshua Wentz
Laura Wiley
Quinten Quintero