Janet Howe (Experience Director / Costume Designer) envisioned, crafted, and guided this production. Janet is the Artistic Director of Production at (re)discover theatre. Their work is focused on immersive and site-specific theatre. Janet is interested in how live theatrical experiences can activate audiences and make them an essential part of a production. Directing credits with (re)discover include Farewell My Friend, Fifty Shades of Shakespeare, and Jason & (Medea). Infinite gratitude to all the artist who worked tirelessly to make this a reality. And always love to my (re) family. www.janetkhowe.com
Claire Chrzan (Production Manager)
Autumn McGarr (Stage Manager)
Sarai Moore (Assistant Stage Manager)
Berit Godo (Assistant Stage Manager) is a stage manager/ lighting designer/ electrician/ dancer/ actor in their second year studying Theatre and Creative Writing at North Park University. There, they are NPU Theatre Company’s Master Electrician, a soloist in Women’s Chorale, and were the artistic director and founder of the NPU Movement Collective. This past summer, they were a Stage Management Intern with the House Theatre of Chicago, and became a company member of Mandala South Asian Dance Arts. They have also worked with Timeline, Haven, Akvavit, and American Theatre Company in Chicago, and Spectrum Dance Theatre, Studio East, and Music Works Northwest in Seattle.
Tristan Chiruvolu (Assistant Stage Manager)
Alex Meyer (Assistant Stage Manager)
Ellie Humphrys (Lighting Designer) graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Lighting Design from DePaul University and has been working the storefront theatre scene ever since. She is a company member with The Agency Theatre Collective, there she has designed Nautilina, Chagrin Falls, At The Center, and Truth in Context, additional designs of note include Belfast Girls with Artemesia Theatre, Faces of Eurydice with CUBE Ensemble, and The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Triton College. www.ellielightstheatre.com
John Kelly ( Lighting/Projections Designer)
Archer Curry (Set/Props Designer)
Sydney Achler (Set/Props Designer) is a Chicago based scenic designer and painter. Recent design credits: Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Stones in his Pockets, Our Town, DalekoArts; Big Love, Apple Valley HS; Hamtown Races, Planet Ant Theatre; Pluto was a Planet, Illinois Wesleyan University; Tarzan, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crane River Theater. Paint credits: Not about Nightingales, Raven Theatre; Rent, Batavia Fine Arts Centre; The Boys from Syracuse, IWU; The Shining, Tosca, Minnesota Opera; Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the Opera, All my Sons, Artistry. She received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Illinois Wesleyan University. sydneyachler.wix.com/scenicdesign
Matt Reich (Sound Designer)
Joshua Wentz (Composer) is a multi-instrumentalist composer and performer living in Chicago. Driven by a love for all musical genres and styles, he enjoys developing new and interesting collaborative projects and improvisational performance techniques with local and remote artists.
UP CLOSE track
Devised by Ann Kreitman and Mary O'Rourke
Ann Kreitman (Director/Writer) is thrilled to once again be creating new work with (re)discover as an ensemble member. Most recently, Ann directed The Veil for Idle Muse Theatre and assistant directed The? Unicorn? Hour? for the Neo-Futurists. She was a recipient of a 2016 DCASE Individual Artist Grant to devise and produce Les Innocents. Previous devised works include “I left your key under the mat, dear” (2nd Floor Rear, Chicago Home Theatre Festival) and Home ((re)discover theatre @ Chicago Fringe Festival). Ann received a BA in Directing from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. annkreitman.com
Mary O'Rourke (Choreographer) began her dance training in Buffalo, New York, and received her B.A. in dance from Loyola University Chicago. She has previously worked with Khecari as an understudy/performer in The Cronus Land, The Retreat, and participated in their July residency at the Chicago Cultural Center as a performer in TEEM part 2. Currently she is a performing artist with CDI/Concert Dance, Inc. under the direction of Venetia Stifler and with Haymarket Opera Company as a dancer in their production of Ariane et Bacchus. She holds a deep interest in the relationship between dance and theatre as it relates to multidisciplinary storytelling and was able to explore this partnership in a collaborative process with director/deviser Ann Kreitman on a devised physical theatre work Les Innocents. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Ann again on her first project with (re)discover theatre!
Lara Dohner (Actor)
Karissa Murrell Myers (Actor) is a proud ensemble member of (re)discover theatre! Chicago credits include Gloria and King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre, understudy); Farewell My Friend ((re)discover theatre); Tea (Prologue Theatre Company); A Girl’s Gotta Do, Etc. (A-Squared Theatre); Tiresias’ Bedsheet (Something Marvelous); Silenced (Collaboraction); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GreenMan Theatre). Touring credits include Rumpelstiltskin (Missoula Children’s Theatre). Television credits include Chicago MED, The Exorcist, and Electric Dreams. Karissa holds a MFA in Performance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a BA in Acting/Directing with a Minor in Music for Vocal Performance from Boise State University.
Ligia Sandoval (Actor) is a performer, choreographer and producer from Guatemala. Recent credits include: Choreographer for Sylvester (Lifeline Theatre), Choreographer for Abduction: The Musical (Stage 773), Assistant Director & Choreographer for Teatro Vista’s Romeo and Juliet (Apollo Theater Chicago), Production Manager forHog’sBelly (Gorilla Tango Theatre), Production Assistant & "Security Guard" in Learning Curve (Albany Park Theater Project), and “Actor 2” in The 9 Fridas and “Ana María” in Alegrías y lágrimas (Instituto Cervantes). She holds a BA in Musical Theatre and Live & Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.
Written by Ned Baker
Directed and Devised by Matt Wills
Matt Wills (Director/Devisor) received his BA in Directing from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and is the Co-Artistic Director of Developement for (re)discover theatre. 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 Farewell My Friend: The Tragic Romance of Star-crossed Lovers. As a sound designer, Matt has worked with both The Side Project Theatre Co. and (re)discover theatre on multiple productions. “To me, theatre must be a visceral experience and physically engaging.”
Ned Baker (Writer/Devisor)
Phil Vasquez (Actor)
Becky Blomgren (Actor) is thrilled to be back with rediscover again after last year’s Farewell My Friend immersive telling of Romeo & Juliet (she played the Nurse)! She has worked for over 10 years in Chicago as an actor & arts administrator and for the past 4 years has served as Studio Director of the amazing Actors Training Center. In her free time she sleeps—otherwise she’s acting, administrating, private coaching, travelling or dyeing her hair a new color (current shade: “normal”).
Take Care of Yourself
Conceived by Avi Roque and Genvieve Locksley
Directed by Freddy-May AbiSamra
Avi Roque (Conceiver) grew up in San Francisco, CA, received their B.A. in Theatre (California State University, Fullerton), and moved to Chicago to nurture their artistic spirit. Avi is a multi-disciplinary artist and a Latinx Gender Non-Conforming/Trans individual. They strive to pursue works exploring transformation and discovery of self by devising new works and simultaneously breathing life into the words of others. Avi is an active participant in the Chicago Theatre scene and is a company member with Collaboraction, First Floor Theater and Pride Films & Plays. They are represented by Gray Talent. aviroque.com
Genvieve Locksley (Conceiver)
Freddy-May AbiSamra (Director)
Selene Perez (Actor) is an LA native with a BFA in Acting from Cal State Fullerton. Chicago credits include Chicago Theatre Marathon, Architext Theatre New Play Festival, Den Theatre’s Bechtel Fest, and City Lit Theatre’s Landmark Festival. Some LA favorites include: Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth with Ophelia’s Jump Productions, The Long Road Today, a South Coast Repertory new play, and I Live In Your World, produced by NAMI. Selene is excited to be a part this unique theatrical experience with (re)discover theatre!
The Woman in Waiting
Devised by Melissa McNamar
Melissa McNamara (Devisor, Actor, Movement Director)
Nelia Miller (Understudy) is a multidisciplinary performer/creator. She most recently performed in Echo at CityLit,Ethereal Abandonment with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, and A Dream Play with Mozawa at High Concept Laboratories. She has also worked with Collaboraction, The New Colony, 1MPF, The Runaways, Walkabout, and Towle Theater. Nelia is an ensemble member with Chicago Danztheatre and is currently creating and performing a solo show for CDE's Playwrights Festival. You can also see her on the comedy web series The Studio! www.thestudiowebseries.com; www.neliamiller.com
Created by Julian Stroop
Julian (Joolz) Stroop (Director/Writer) is honored to jump into the fray with this dynamic ensemble of creative artists. You may have seen him on stage recently in Farewell My Friend with (re)discover theater. Listen for him on WBEZ's podcast Pleasure Town or in SommerCast on Itunes. You can check out some of his graphic artwork on Instagram @itsjoolz
Zach Schley (Actor)
Kelly Schmidt (Actor)
Eric Parmer (Actor) is a proud ensemble member with (re)discover Theatre, and was most recently seen in both incarnations of FAREWELL MY FRIEND. Chicago credits include GOING TO A PLACE YOU ALREADY ARE at Redtwist Theatre, THE SIPPING HOUR at The Public House Theatre, and workshops/readings for Greenhouse Theatre and Three Cats Productions. Other Credits include BODY AWARENESS, MACBETH, SPEECH AND DEBATE, ARCADIA, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE.
Written by Kaitlin Gilgenbach
Directed by Molly Donahue
Kaitlin Gilgenbach (Writer)
Molly Donahue (Director/Developer)
Lara Carling (Actor) trained at Drama Centre London and has worked extensively in puppetry and devised theatre in Chicago for the last 3 years. Recent credits include "Red, White and Unblemished" at Piven Theatre Workshop, IdeaFarm Films' "Curtains" and Chicago Children's Theatre's "Treasure Adventure" with their Red Kite Project, which develops immersive and playful theatre experiences for children on the autism spectrum. She looks forward to taking "Treasure Adventure" on tour this fall, and to reviving her multiple roles in CCT's "A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter and Friends" this winter.
August Rain Stamper (Actor) is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing show! August graduated with a BFA in Acting from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Since she moved to the city just a year ago, she has worked with Molly Donahue and Kaitlin Gilgenbach on Red, White, & Unblemished: an Iphegenia Workshop as part of the Piven Theatre Workshop, and is an active participant in Chicago's vibrant DIY theatre and music scene.
Erika Lebby (Actor)
Touching but Separate
Co-created by Andrew Lund and Spencer Ryan Diedrick
Written by Michael Turrentine
Anderw Lund (Co-Creator)
Spencer Ryan Dedrick (Co-Creator) is a director, deviser, arts advocate, and proud ensemble member of (re)discover. Directing credits include work at Dandelion Theatre, Collaboraction, the side project, Whiskey Rebellion, Poetry Is..., and Otherworld Theatre Company. He also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, which creates multidisciplinary pieces for charitable organizations.
Michael Turrentine (Actor/Writer)
Created by Shaina Schrooten
Shaina Schrooten (Creator/Director) is very grateful for the opportunity to focus her energy on creating and directing again! Primarily an actor, Shaina has been seen with (re)discover in Farewell My Friend and Fifty Shades of Shakespeare. Coming up this fall/winter she will be seen working with Midsommer Flight; Twelfth Night and Theatre Wit; The Antelope Party. Thank you to the mass amount of humans it took to make this crazy dream happen, and all of my love to my (re) family.
Yana Atim (Actor) is a versatile artist with a background in music, dance, fine art, costume design and theatre. She is coming out of a 4 year hiatus from the stage. Her recent performance was with Black Lives, Black Words at Victory Gardens as the Third Ghost in Rivers/Blood by Nambi E. Kelley. Currently she is the Assistant Artistic Director of Lunoir Productions and singer-songwriter and curator for her musician collective Momo-dono & Peaches. She is represented by Babe's n Beaus Talent.
Directed and Written by Alejandro Tey
Alejandro Tey (Director/Writer) is a Chicago-based director, writer, actor, and teaching artist. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Thirteen O’Clock Theatre and has worked nationally with Sojourn Theatre.
Alejandro has led or co-led several devised processes, including The Food Project, which toured South Texas and culminated in a major production at the historic Cine El Rey theater, and Dog Night, an immersive theatrical haunting throughout this very mansion. Most recently, he helped conceive and devise Expectation with For Youth Inquiry, a company that is devoted to Performance-Based Sexuality Education. In Chicago/Evanston he teaches with Actors Gymnasium, Mudlark, Northlight, and For Youth Inquiry. Alejandro is also a proud touring ensemble member of Theater Unspeakable and a proud company member with Rabid Bat Theatricals. Catch him taking powerbombs in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity til Sept. 16th.
Aissa Guerra (Actor)
Rejinal Simon (Actor)
Created by Julian Stroop
(See Bios above.)
Jay Van Ort (Actor Guide) is a writer, performer, and director. They'd like to send a big thank you to the stage management team and Janet for putting FOR ONE together and to Yvonne for being so supportive.
Sonja Mata (Actor Guide) hails from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance (’12) from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and has completed the Professional Training Program (’13) at Dell' Arte International School of Physical Theater in Blue Lake, California. Sonja has studied and performed with the National Theatre and Dance Company of Ghana in their nations capital Accra. Sonja is an ensemble member of Mercy Street Theater Company and Theater Unspeakable. She mostly recently closed Making the Movement andLuz Estrada. Sonja continues to devise original works throughout the Midwest and the city of Chicago.
Song Marshall (Actor Guide) originally from Los Angeles, Ca. Moved to Chicago in 2009, after receiving her BA in Theatre from Flagler College. She became an ensemble member with Terra Mysterium, where she performs original works involving mythology and Steampunk stories. She has worked with The Other Theater Co. in their debut show Twilight: Los Angeles,1992. She worked with Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble to fulfill her childhood dream of being a Spice Girl, in their fundraiser live reading of “Spice World”. When not on stage or cosplaying at conventions she enjoys knitting, crafting and spending time with her husband and close friends.