A winner of the 2018 AATE Distinguished Play Award, Laura Schellhardt’s Ever in the Glades tackles themes of friendship, faith, and identity. Aiming for a world beyond their disappointing adults and toxic constraints, dreams and hopes propel five teenagers on an isolated island in the Florida Everglades to become the family they need so that each one can freely breathe into who they are.


Brandon Zang (Z) is a second year Anthropology and TAPS double major from Vancouver, British Columbia. He has worked on other UT/TAPS shows such as Yellow Face (HYH) and Company (Clarinetist), along with several shows with Classical Entertainment Society, acting in Macbeth (Duncan/Doctor) and Bodas de Sangre (El Padre De La Novia). Brandon enjoys playing the ukulele, reading science fiction, and obsessively listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack in his spare time. 

Jonathan White (Ames) is a second year Theater and Performance Studies major. He has been in a few shows while attending the College such as Yellow Face (Marcus), Dry Land (Victor), and Company (Peter). He would like to thank Tiffany Trent for this experience as well as his cast members. And he would always like to thank his family. 

Jeffrey Sun (Elijah) is a first year Math major. This is his first show!

Leonardo Ferreira Guilhoto (Junker G) is a fourth year in the College majoring in Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAM) and participating in the joint BS/MS program in Computer Science. Over his time at UChicago he has participated in over 12 on-campus productions. With UT/TAPS, some of his credits include: Peter And The Starcatcher (Black Stache), Eurydice (Father), and The Misanthrope (Clitandre/Du Bois). Leo has also served in UT Committee as Social Chair and is a proud member of the UChicago Commedia dell'Arte ensemble, having served as Artistic Director of the group in the past academic year. He is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and loves seeing other people with foreign accents on stage!

Ling Lin (Delia) is a second year TAPS and Business Economics double major. Her previous credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Sound Designer), Philoctetes (Co-Assistant Director), good friday (Assistent Sound Designer), Fun Home (Assistent Sound Designer)), and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Actor). Besides that, Ling is working on holding her laugh, and has not made much progress yet.

Reed Thurston (Male Adults) is a student in the coll

Shreya Shettigar (Female Adults) is a third year Econ-Business major (but insists she has not sold her soul thanks to a minor in Cinema and Media Studies). She has previously worked on The Rope (Pat Sweeney), Much Ado About Nothing (Antonio), I & You (Caroline), good friday (Natalie), Fun Home (Assistant Director), Twelfth Night (Antonio), and The Winter's Tale (Hermione). She is represented by Promote Talent Agency.

Production Staff

Tiffany Trent (Director) is a member of TAPS pro-staff.

Kurt Boetcher (Scenic Designer) is a member of TAPS pro-staff.

Nathan Rohrer (Costume Designer) is a member of TAPS pro-staff.

Eric Watkins (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer for theatre, opera, and dance who works across the country (and internationally as often as possible). This is his second show in Theater East, having recently lit Maya Dance: Crossroads. Chicago (selected): EthiopianAmerica (Definition Theatre Company); Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies (First Floor Theater); Machinal (The Greenhouse Theater Center; Jeff nomination); In The Blood (Red Tape Theatre); A Swell In The Ground (The Gift Theatre); The Man Who Was Thursday (Lifeline Theatre); Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre); Punk (The New Colony); Fish Eye (Dandelion Theatre) The Safe House (City Lit Theater Company); Bomber's Moon (Williams Street Rep); Fallen (Mozawa); Porcelain (Prologue Theatre; Jeff nomination); The Property (Lyric Unlimited) a commissioned klezmer opera. Regional (selected): Don Pasquale (Fort Worth Opera); Show BoatFalstaff (Dallas Opera); A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Santa Barbara and Kentucky Opera); The Rake's Progress (Merola Opera); Barber of Seville (Lithuanian National Opera). Eric received his MFA from Boston University and is a proud member of USA829, the theatrical design union. www.ericwatkins.com 

Kevin O’Donnell (Sound Designer) is a professional sound designer working in Chicago.

Jenny Pinson (Props Designer) is the Props Manager for the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at The University of Chicago. She freelances as a props designer in Chicago. Recent credits include Pomona at Steep Theatre,  Bunny's Book Club, Time Warp TrioThe Man Who Was Thursday, and You Think It's Easy Being a Tooth Fairy at Lifeline Theater, and The First Deep Breath at Victory Gardens Theatre. Jenny has learned more about chickens' feet working on this production than she ever thought she would, and is amazed at how obvious it is that chickens are descended from dinosaurs based on their feet alone.

Jamie Macpherson (Fight/Intimacy Designer) is a Chicago-based fight choreographer and instructor, and is happy to be back at TAPS. Previous credits at the University of Chicago: Macbeth, Fun Home, and Machinal.   Additional credits include: Titus Andronicus, Feathers and Teeth (Arizona State University), and The Princess Bride (First Act Children's Theatre). Jamie was an Invited Artist at the Lawrence Arts Center, serving as fight director and has led various fight workshops across the country. Jamie is a certified Actor Combatant, and a member of the Society for American Fight Directors. Jamie holds an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University, and is currently the Education Manager at Adventure Stage Chicago.

Cecilie O’Reilly (Voice Coach) is an Associate Professor Emerita of Columbia College Chicago where she taught voice and acting for 30 years. She is a professional dialect coach having worked at Steppenwolf for 20 years. Cecilie has coached on Broadway and in Hollywood as well as at The National in London. Her most celebrated work was on the original Chicago production of August: Osage County which went on to Broadway, London and Sydney. She continued with the work, coaching the major motion picture.

Samantha Rausch (Scenic Artist) is a member of TAPS pro-staff.

Brian Maschka (Production Manager) is the Production Manager for Theater and Performance Studies. Recently he spent three season as a Stage Manager at Steppenwolf. Previously he was the Production Manager for Chicago Children's Theatre. He spent two years as the Production Coordinator for the Dance Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Production Managed at Barrington Stage. New York credits include the Museum of the City of New York's Perform Series, Frost/Nixon on Broadway, Anna Nicole at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Playwrights Horizon, The Zipper, DR2 Theatre, The Play Company at 59E59, and Mint Theater Company. Regional companies include Weston Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, and Syracuse Stage.

Ben Caracello (Technical Director) is a member of TAPS pro-staff.

Molly Bridges (Assistant Director) is a fourth year TAPS major. Their previous credits include Dry Land (Stage Manager), Fun Home (Small Alison), good friday (co-Production Manager), and Eurydice (Assistant Stage Manager).

Anna Aguiar Kosicki (Dramaturg) is a student in the college.

Victoria Keating (Stage Manager) is a fourth year Psychology and Comparative Human Development major. Her previous credits include Maya: Threshold (Stage Manager), Apsara: Nari (Stage Manager), Untitled Workshop (Stage Manager), and Christian Castro Romero's BA thesis Los Cuentos Queer (Stage Manager) among other things. 

Lauren Melton (Assistant Production Manager) is a second year Cinema and Media Studies major. This is her first UT production, and she is super stoked to be a part of it! 

Ethan Schondorf (Assistant Scenic Designer) is a third year Math major. Recent designs include Philoctetes, Fun Home, and good friday.  He is also a production manager and ensemble member of UChicago Commedia. 

Elizabeth Price (Assistant Costume Designer) is a student in the college.

Rebecca Husk (Assistant Sound Designer) is a fourth year Philosophy major with a minor in Theater and Performance Studies. Previous UT acting credits include Company (Joanne), Grenadine (Prismatic), and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Bart Simpson). Outside of UT, Rebecca sings with Medusa a cappella and apprentices with Cabinet of Curiosity.

Aware Deshmukh (Assistant Props Designer) is a third year Physics major. She has previously worked on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Props Designer), Philoctetes (Assistant Props Designer), and Machinal (Assistant Props Designer). When not in Logan, she sings in University Chorus and the Women's Ensemble - although those are frequently in Logan as well.

Rea Brown (Assistant Scenic Artist) is a second year Theater and Performance Studies and Visual Arts double major. Her previous credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Scenic Designer), Philoctetes (Assistant Scenic Designer/Electrician), Grenadine (Assistant Props Designer), and Theater [24] (Writer/Designer).

Melaina Leung (Assistant Scenic Artist) is a student in the college.

Jonathan Badonsky (Assistant Stage Manager) is a student in the college.

Isaiah Zwick-Schachter (Master Electrician) is a student in the college.

Cecelia Stroth (Wardrobe Crew) is a student in the college.

Nicola Lustig (Run Crew) is a third year Psychology and Comparative Human Development major.  She is currently serving as the production manager on The Old Man and The Old Moon.  Her past credits include Philoctetes (Production Manager), Measure for Measure (Production Manager), and Fun Home (Assistant Production Manager).

Ever In The Glades is a TAPS-sponsored production and is not affiliated with University Theater.