Alex Morales (Keith/Man) is a second-year in the College, anticipating a B.A. in 2017 in both Psychology and Theater and Performance Studies. Since coming to UChicago, he has appeared in the film Benison, and on stage in Springwood Central Honors Society, A Streetcar Named Desire, CLOSER, Amadeus, and now, This is How it Goes (presented by Nuvaux).
Alexandra Merrity Mathews (Tina) is a performer, director, and writer based in Chicago and Buffalo. Previous roles include: PLATH/HUGHES (Sylvia Plath), A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice Hubbell), Cabaret (Fräulein Schneider), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Drowsy Chaperone), An Actor Prepares (Stanislavski #4), Coriolanus (Menenius Agrippa/Fight Captain), A Chorus Line (Sheila Bryant), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Gertrude). Film credits include: Dwelling and Battledogs. Alexandra directs a summer musical theatre program for high school students called Curtain Up! in Buffalo. She has been the Musical Director of Soul Umoja Gospel Choir for three years and she is a member of the Chicago-based dance ensemble, Balkanske Igre. She will graduate this June with a BA in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theatre and Performance Studies. Visit alexandramerrittmathews.appspot.com for more information!
Chris Deakin (David) is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Theater and Performance Studies. His credits include HamLion: Lion Prince of Denmark (Director/Adaptor), Closer (Dan), A Streetcar Named Desire (Mitch), Buried in Bughouse Square: A Studs Terkel Circus (Narrator), New Work Week (Director: “Stop/See”/curator), Godspell (musician), Springwood Central Honors Society (writer/director), Hedda Gabler (Eilert Lovborg), The House of Yes (Marty), The Merchant of Venice (Salanio, Prince of Arragon), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), The Lion in Winter (John), Twelfth Night (Sebastian) and The Violet Hour (Denny). He has also served as Assistant to the Director and the Managing Director of TAPS, and is a member of UT committee.
Elisabeth Del Toro (Liz) is a third-year Theater and Performance Studies major. She has acted (Closer, Cabaret, Godspell, Grey Gardens, House of Yes, Drowsy Chaperone, ALICES), stagehand-ed (Henry VI), assistant sound designed (Glass Menagerie), and .gif designed (Hamlion) for UT, as well as directed a Commedia dell’Arte *original* musical (Cherry Poppins). Elisabeth is also a curator of the Theater Festival and Chair of the University Theater Committe.
Ivan Pyzow (Walt) is a fourth-year in the College. His previous show credits for acting and music composition include The Physicists (UT), Reefer Madness (UT), Beowulf (CES), Zoo For Dogs (UT), The River Jordan (Le Vorris & Vox), Hamletmachine (UT), and Closer (UT). He has also performed as a member of Voices in Your Head, Camerata, and Maya. He currently serves as the director of the Dirt Red Brass Band.
Sarah Lo (Megan) is a fourth-year East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Theater and Performance Studies double major. She has performed in Barely There (Rose La Rose), M. Butterfly (Kurogo), Before the Window (Natalie), Macbeth (Witch), Hamlion (Ophurlia), and her New Work Week production Siren Sailing. She also choreographed UT's production of Cabaret in Spring 2014 and UChicago Maya's collaboration with UT, BODY 2015.
Isabella Kratzer (Dramaturg, Mrs. Marks) is a third-year in the College, studying Biology and Music. Previously, she has acted in A Weekend of Workshops, Godspell, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Tim Mason (Playwright) is an actor, writer and director based in Chicago. He is a veteran of The Second City where he performed on the Mainstage in the award-winning revue, Southside of Heaven, as well as in revues on the Etc. stage and in the Touring Company. Tim is a member of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy troupe, BRICK, and his television credits include appearances on Sirens (USA), Boss (Starz) and Underemployed (MTV). He has appeared in numerous TV commercials and is a member of the theater collective, FlipFlap. Tim is currently working on a collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Theater which will premiere at the Harris Theater this October
Billy Bungeroth (Director) is a career director and time traveler. He is proud to have gotten to meet and work with such an exceptional group of people.
Julie Nichols (Music Director) is an alumna of Second City’s Mainstage and adjunct lecturer at The University of Chicago. Previous credits include Let Them Eat Chaos, Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies and the Jeff Nominated South Side of Heaven. Currently, Julie is a freelance composer for theater, film and commercials and she enjoys learning about redwoods.
Heidi Coleman (Producer), Director of University Theater, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Theater and Performance Studies has worked professionally as a director and dramaturg in New York City, San Francisco as well as Chicago. She has collaborated with Anne Bogart, Andrei Serban, Tina Landau, Frank Galati, and Tony Kushner; taught within Columbia University’s Theater MFA and English departments, and has most recently participated in Steppenwolf’s First Look Series. She has curated UT’s New Work Week, co-curated The University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts Program, and initiated UT’s summer arts residency program, Summer Inc, as well as the TAPS Commissioning Project. Her work focuses on the integration of theory and practice, in both artistic and programmatic arenas.
Laura Ashlock (Production Manager) has been professionally Stage Managing and Production Managing for the past 10 years. She comes to University Theatre from Emerald City Theatre Company where she served as the Production Manager overseeing all of the mainstage and touring productions. Laura has also worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as the Production Management Apprentice and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre as the Production Management Intern. Her Stage Management Highlights include being the Resident Stage Manager at the Dorset Theater Festival in Vermont, Stage Manager for the Human Festival in Chicago as well as numerous New Plays and World Premieres. Laura holds a BFA in Stage Management from The Theatre School-De Paul University.
Ariela Subar (Stage Manager) is a second-year student in the College, majoring in Theater & Performance Studies and English. Previous stage management credits include Amadeus (Stage Manager), Macbeth (1st Assistant Stage Manager), A Little Star Quality within A Weekend of Workshops (Stage Manager), and CESfest’s croMagnum (Assistant Stage Manager). Within UT, she has also held assistant design positions on Hedda Gabler (Assistant Lighting Designer) and Much Ado about Nothing (Assistant Sound Designer). Ariela also currently serves as the Student Staff Photographer for TAPS.
Ben Caracello (Technical Director) worked for two years as Technical Director at Presbyterian College. He has also worked as a carpenter for Lookingglass Theatre Company and Chicago Shakepeare Theater. He has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Design and Production from Illinois State University.
Caroline Pepin-Woods (Run Crew) is a student in the College.
Jennifer D’Agostino (Vocal Coach) A native of Lockport, NY, Jennifer D'Agostino received her DMA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Voice Performance with a minor in Opera Production. She completed her Master’s Degree as a member of the Knoxville Opera Studio with the University of Tennessee and her Bachelor’s Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Equally at home in opera and musical theater, Jennifer has performed a wide variety of roles - 'Mrs. Lovett' in Sweeney Todd to directing and starring in the role of ‘Ethyl Wormvarnish’ in the world premiere of Jerry Hui’s opera Wired for Love. Her interests also include performing early music and art song. Jennifer currently works for Chicago Opera Theater's "Opera for All" program as a teaching artist, and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Jenny Pinson (Properties Master) has been a freelance Properties Designer in Chicago since her graduation in 2006 from The Theatre School of DePaul University where she received her BFA in Theatre Technology. She's had the opportunity to work with a variety of theatre companies in the Chicagoland area including, Theater Wit, Redtwist Theatre, Oakton Community College, Route 66 Theatre Company, TUTA, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Emerald City Theatre Company to name a few.
Jessica Kuehnau Wardell (Scenic Designer) is a Chicago based scenic, costume and puppet designer, as well as a scenic and fine art painter. Her credits include Hypocrites, Steep Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Rivendell Theatre, Griffin Theatre, A Red Orchid, The Building Stage, Pegasus Players, Circle Theatre and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. International credits include set/costume design for the UK premiere of Andras Visky’s Juliet presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland). Jessica is a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago and artistic associate with MPAACT where she was awarded the Black Theatre Alliance Award for the best scenic design (2012). Jessica earned her MFA from Northwestern University, and is currently the Director of Design for TAPS at University of Chicago. Check out her online portfolio at jesskdesign.com.
Joe Court (Sound Designer) is a professional sound designer based out of Chicago since 2006. He is a company member with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. He has designed more than 90 shows since moving to Chicago with many different theater companies including: Mary-Arrchie, A Red Orchid, The Inconvenience, TUTA, Emerald City, Raven, Seanachai, Theatre Seven, Backstage, Boho, Lifeline, Pine Box, The Gift, University of Chicago, 59E59 (Off-Broadway, NYC), Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN.), Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk, VA),Actors Theatre of Indiana, and The Idaho, Lake Tahoe, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals. From 2008 until 2012 Joe served as sound engineer for the Chicago production of the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. Joe also serves as adjunct faculty in sound design at Ball State University. He received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination in 2009 for his design for The Unseen with A Red Orchid Theatre.
Mike Durst (Lighting Designer) is a Red Orchid ensemble member whose designs include; Off-Broadway: Extinction (Cherry Lane); Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages); The Opponent (Red Orchid NYC @ 59e59). National Tours: ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ The Nightman Cometh and Buyer&Cellar (Associate Designer). Recent designs include Come Back, Little Sheba (The Huntington, Boston); Mr. Burns (Theater Wit); Our Class (Jeff nom), Both Your Houses (Remy Bumppo); Still Alice, The Great Fire (Lookingglass Theatre); The Opponent, Mud Blue Sky, Simpatico (A Red Orchid Theatre). Mike also serves as a lighting consultant for theatrical renovations including the Gray Center at University of Chicago and Circle Theater in Los Angeles. Mike has received Chicago’s Jeff Award (Equity Wing), Los Angeles’s Ovation Award, and San Diego’s Craig Noel Award.
Nathan Rohrer (Costume Designer) With over 100 productions to his name, Nathan R. Rohrer has been a successful theatrical costume designer in Chicago since 2007, where his costume designs have been seen in theatre and dance productions citywide. He has worked with numerous Chicago dance companies, having designed for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance, Thodos Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Productions, and many others. Nathan has also designed for such theatre companies as Lifeline Theatre, Griffin Theatre, City Lit Theatre, and Emerald City Theatre, and has also worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott-Lincolnshire Theatre, Northwestern University, and countless other performing arts entities nationwide. His picturesque costume renderings have been exhibited and sold in art galleries, and have been featured in Time Out Chicago. In addition to working as a Freelance costume designer, Nathan is currently costume designer-in-residence at both Thodos Dance Chicago and Chicago Repertory Ballet, where he is a founding member. Nathan received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Nicholas J. Carroll (Video and Projections Designer) has been a filmmaker and theater artist for over 15 years. He is CEO of The Emergent Screen, specializing in interactive video. As Director of Films at The New Colony, Nick produced and directed two short films and an 8-part sitcom filmed with a studio audience in professional residency with Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS). Nick also works for TAPS managing three theatrical spaces on North Campus. As a lighting designer, his highlights include TNC's 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse; Troupe, Tempest, and Circuscope with Actor's Gymnasium; and Hank Williams: Lost Highway with Filament Theatre Ensemble. He has had the pleasure of working with Mercury Theater, Writers' Theatre, Blue Man Group Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Dunkirk Studios, and Refractory Films in a variety of roles.
Jonathan Fredrickson (Choreographer) is a choreographer and dancer. He was born in Corpus Christi, TX, where he was first introduced to dance by way of Ballet Folklorico. He later studied ballet at the Munro Ballter Studios. He received his BFA for Dance Performance and Choreography from California Insitute of the Arts in 2006. His work has been showcased in many New York festivals such as the Reverb Festival, Wave Rising Series, Puleio Dance Festival, and Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival. He is an active aster teach of the Limon Technique. Currently he is a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Roux Nemaei (Floor Manager) is a second-year transfer from Oberlin, majoring in Political Science and Theatre and Performance Studies. Her past UT credits include Macbeth (ASM) and Fifth Planet (Stage Manager), and she will be directing the upcoming Dean's Men production of Twelfth Night in the fall.
Josh Harris (Assistant Sound Designer) is a third-year majoring in Theater and Performance Studies and English. His past shows include Cowboy Mouth as Sound Designer and Music Director, Sleuth and As You Like It as Sound Designer, and Much Ado About Nothing and Drowsy Chaperone as an actor. He has also directed a workshop and his own play croMagnum, which premiered at NWW 2013, through CES fest.
Alice Sheehan (Assistant Floor Manager) is a first year majoring in History. Her UT credits include Endgame (Assistant Lighting Designer) and Amadeus (Lighting Designer).
Julia Santha (Assistant Projections Master) is a third-year Law, Letters and Society major and Theater and Performance Studies minor in the College. Her most recent University Theater credits include Endgame, Fool for Love, and a scene from Boston Marriage as director.
Dan Heins (Assistant Technical Director) is a student in the College.
Kanisha Williams (Assistant Production Manager) is a student in the College.
Maya Festinger (Assistant Sound Designer) is a student in the College.
Michael Roy (Assistant Master Electrician) is a student in the College.
Panya Gupta (Assistant Production Manager) is a student in the College.
Rileigh Luczak (Assistant Lighting Designer) is a first-year math major. Her previous credits include Amadeus (master electrician) and A Streetcar Named Desire, Closer (electrician). She also stage managed Winter's Thaw (LVV) and assistant stage managed Closer (UT).
Sarah Stark (Assistant Stage Manager) is a first-year English and French major in the College. Past UT credits include Assistant Props Designer on the fall quarter production of Closer and Stage Manager for Rabbit Hole in the Winter Quarter Weekend of Workshops. She is also working as the Assistant Props Designer for Rumors and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, both of which will go up later this quarter.
Ty Easley (Assistant Director) is happy and grateful to be assistant directing This Is How It Goes. He is currently a third-year Math and Physics double major in the College and has had the pleasure of working on a large variety of productions. Most recently, he performed in Le Vorris and Vox Circus's show Winter Thaw, puppeteered in The Temp as part of the International Puppet Festival, and sound designed UChicago Maya's show Body. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of UChicago Commedia.
*Starred are also on staff for lighting