UT Committee is the governing body and public face of University Theater. As elected representatives, Committee is responsible for fostering, approving, scheduling and supporting student productions. They relate the needs and concerns of the UT community to TAPS Pro Staff and the Center for Leadership and Involvement, ensuring the stability and continuity of theater and performance on campus. Committee members write and propose new bylaws, striving to accurately reflect the current needs of the community as well as their vision for how UT might change and grow. Often, this work is done in subcommittees dedicated to specific initiatives. Join the UT Discord to learn more about subcommittees and join one if you have a strong interest in working with Committee on an initiative!

Committee is made up of ten elected members, as well as one representative from Off-Off Campus, Tech Staff, Student Staff, and the Dean’s Men. They meet every Monday in Logan 603 at 5pm! Each meeting begins with a Public Portion, where members of the community are encouraged to participate, say hi, and share their thoughts. Make sure to stop by!

Want to run for Committee? Elections are every year, 6th week of Winter Quarter!

How do you contact Committee? Reach all of us at ut-committee@uchicago.edu, or click on the names below to email members individually. Committee also hosts casual office hours during the school year so we can be in touch with the community!

  • Spencer Ng (Chair) is a fourth-year studying Computer Science and TAPS. His UT credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost (Stage Manager), King Lear (Production Manager), Waiting for Godot (ASM), and The Winter’s Tale (ASM). He also worked on the TAPS productions of Amazons and their Men (Assistant Scenic Designer) and My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theater (Stage Manager). He is excited to welcome you into the UT community!

  • Reese Klemm (Treasurer) is a fourth-year Economics (Business Track) major with a French and Cinema Studies double minor. Her most recent credits include The Winter’s Tale (Assistant Production Manager), The Old Man and The Old Moon (Assistant Director), Fall 2020 Theater[24] (Director), and The Trail to Oregon! (Director). She is excited to return to Committee for the second year and can’t wait to spend some money for UT as treasurer!

  • Kelly Mao (Secretary) is a second-year Computer Science and Math major whose past credits include King Lear (Co-Stage Manager), The Heirs (Production Manager) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (ASM). She enjoys deep conversations and long walks on the beach at sunset.

  • Layla Lukaj (Social Chair) is a student in the College.

  • June Villers (Dean’s Men Representative) is a student in the College.

  • Ryan Cairns (Student Staff Representative) is a second-year prospective Public Policy and TAPS double major. Her only UT credit thus far is as Assistant Director for Love’s Labour’s Lost, but she is hoping to be further involved in the future. She is very excited to be working with Committee this year.

  • Lena Maghraoui (Tech Staff Representative) is a student in the College.

  • Harper Learmonth (Off-Off Representative) is a student in the College.

  • Ariana Baginski is a fourth-year Molecular Engineering major and TAPS minor. Her past UT credits include The Winter’s Tale (Assistant Scenic Designer), The Old Man and Old Moon (Assistant Scenic Designer), My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre (Assistant Sound Designer), and Trail to Oregon! (Stage Manager). She is super excited to work with Committee and continue to foster the UT community!

  • Zander Galluppi is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Committee on Immunology and is in his fourth term on UT Committee. He has performed in over 15 UT/TAPS shows – some of his favorite credits include Amazons and Their Men (The Man), Animals Out of Paper (Andy), Love’s Labour’s Lost: A New Musical (Longaville), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee). Zander also performs regionally in Chicago, where he has worked with Mercury Theatre Chicago, the Beverly Arts Center, This Moment Productions, Underscore Theatre Company, and with Dominican University as a professional guest artist.

  • Abby Kanes is a second-year TAPS and Business Economics major. In UT she performed in a workshop of The Heirs (Aveline) and the TAPS show Amazons and Their Men (The Frau). Spring 2022 she played bass in the pit orchestra for The Trail to Oregon! and designed props for Scientific Method. She is excited for her year in UT Committee!

  • Eleni Lefakis is a second-year TAPS and Data Science major. Her notable UT credits are The Heirs (Stage Manager); The Trail to Oregon! (Dramaturg/Assistant Director); Romeo and Juliet (Co-Production-Manager); Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Dramaturg/Assistant Director); and, this coming Spring, Be More Chill (Co-Director)!

  • Coco Liu is a second-year Chemistry and Linguistics major who has worked on Love’s Labour’s Lost (ASM), The Light (Stage Manager), and King Lear (Co-Stage Manager). Her friend is writing this bio for her as she works on her chemistry lab.

  • Danielle Yablonovskiy is a third-year majoring in Economics and Psychology. Her previous UT credits include Welcome Back to My Channel (Assistant Stage Manager) and Ah Wing and the Automaton Eagle (Stage Manager). She is very excited to spend this year working with all the wonderful people in UT to put on some great productions!