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TOTC: Bent, Other Letters. Alex is an Associate Artist at TimeLine Theatre, where appeared in My Name Is Asher Lev, The Normal Heart and The History Boys, for which he received the Jeff Award for Supporting Actor. Other Chicago credits include Hand to God (Victory Gardens), Mary and A Christmas Carol (Goodman), The Good Book (Court Theatre) October Sky (The Marriott), Short Shakes! Midsummer Night's Dream, The Madness of George III and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Peter Pan (Lookingglass), Putting It Together (Porchlight), The Houdini Box (Chicago Children's Theater), You Never Can Tell (Remy Bumppo), Spoon River Anthology (Provision), The Rainmaker (Jeff Nomination) and Rough Crossing (First Folio), Dorian (House Theatre) and Ah! Wilderness (Eclipse, Jeff Nomination). He can be seen as paramedic on NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. Film Credits include Black Box, Scrooge & Marley, and Onion Talks. Alex is a stakeholder and performer with The Back Room Shakespeare Project, a NU grad and proud member of AEA. Next up: Tug of War at Chicago Shakespeare.
TOTC: Other Letters, Barney the Elf (2016). Colleen graduated from North Central College with a degree in Theatre Performance. Favorite NCC credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche), Hedda Gabler (Hedda), and 4.48 Psychosis (She). Chicago credits include The Humans (U/S Amiee) and It’s a Wonderful Life (U/S Mary and Ma Bailey), both at American Theater Company, as well as Strangest Things! The Musical with Random Acts.
TOTC Credits: Bent, Barney the Elf (2015). Other Chicago Credits: Speech & Debate (American Theater Co.) and Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare).
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015-16). Other credits include Men Should Weep (Jeff Award for Best Play), Kin and Stage Door (all with Griffin Theatre), The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre – Broadway World Award for Best Ensemble), Pornography and Moment (Steep Theatre), Good Boys and True, Stop Kiss, and Book of Days (Raven), The Consultant (Signal Ensemble) and Troll (Fraud and Phony). Love to B, A, J, J, D, C & M!
TOTC: The Realm. Chicago credits include Animals out of paper (Shattered Globe Theatre) Footloose (Lane Tech High School), The Sound of Music (Lane Tech High School) Rent (Infinity Arts Academy Chicago)Sweeney Todd (Infinity Arts Academy Chicago). Mr. Hytrek has trained with Acting Studio Chicago, The Second City Training Center, US Performing Arts at UCLA and NYU, and Infinity Arts Academy Chicago.
Bryson David Hoff
TOTC: The Realm. Previous Chicago credits include Lysistrata (Fury Theatre), MacSith (E.D.G.E. Theatre), and Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (Colorbox Theatre).
TOTC: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. She is a recent graduate from The School at Steppenwolf and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago credits include The Jewels (TUTA Theatre) and The Silent Language (TUTA Theatre). Television credits include Green Screen Adventures and Sirens.
TOTC: Others, Other Letters. Emma is a recent graduate of North Central College. In addition to her work with TOTC, she also recently appeared in Bang Bang You're Dead (Theatre on the Edge). All her love goes to her wonderful family for their constant love and support.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2016). Other Credits: Stalker: The Musical (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), A Charlie Brown Christmas (Broadway Playhouse), Love and Human Remains (Cor Theatre), King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare), A Funny Thing...Forum (Chicago College of Performing Arts), as well as several productions with Emerald City Theatre. Ethan holds a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
TOTC: Other Letters. Grant is a member of SAG/AEA/AGMA and was recently named Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film at the New York International Film Festival for her performance in Fall Away. Other credits include ER, Ardor of Melville, several independent films, and stage roles from New York to LA. He received a personal Artist Grant from the City of Chicago for writing/acting and producing at EP theatre. www.GrantStokes.com.
TOTC: Other Letters. Other Credits: Unwilling and Hostile Instruments (Theater Seven) Burn This (Shattered Globe) Changes of Heart (Remy Bumppo), Girl You Know It’s True (Pavement Group). He has also worked with Baliwick Chicago, Circle Theater, Red Tape Theater, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pride Films and Plays and (re)Discover theater. Jake is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana acting program and an artistic associate with Pavement Group.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Jennings holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has worked previously with the now closed American Girl Place theater, Emerald City Theatre Company, Music By The Lake, Theatre at the Center, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble and is a company member of MidTangent Productions.
TOTC: Bent. Other Chicago Credits include work at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The House Theater, Lifeline, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Piccolo, Nothing Special Productions and Metropolis. Regionally he has worked with Door Shakespeare and Alley Stage in Wisconsin. He graduated with a BFA in acting at Millikin University. Bianco is a voiceover actor represented by Big Mouth Talent. www.actorjoebianco.com
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Recent credits include The Merry Widow, Annie Get Your Gun, HMS Pinafore (Light Opera Works), Crazy For You, It’s A Wonderful Life: Radio Play, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Beverly Arts Center), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Always Already Productions), Les Liaison Dangereuses (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Lauren is a graduate of North Central College.
TOTC: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Chicagoland native with a strong film background (B.A. Film/Video, Columbia College), early works included being both on and off camera. A transition to full time acting has brought recent credits such as Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, The Onion, Albert, winner of the Chicago Latino Film Festival's Audience Choice Award, and the adventure that is this play. When not in the company of these talented ladies, she kicks it as a hula dancer at The Tiki Terrace. Represented by Paonessa Talent Agency. leenakurishingal.com.
Madrid St. Angelo
TOTC: Other Letters. Madrid is a Joseph Jefferson Award-nominated and After Dark Award winning Stage Actor, who also works in Film and Television. A graduate of New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse: New School of Acting, he has worked with many critically acclaimed Chicago theatres, including: Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Silk Road Rising, Vitalist Theatre and UrbanTheater Company, of which he was a founding member and Artistic Director. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, GIAA (The Guild of Italian American Actors) and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) and represented in Chicago by Actors Talent Group.
Mark David Kaplan
TOTC: Other Letters. Mark recently appeared as Thenardier in Les Miserables at Drury Lane, for which he received the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award. Other credits include Forbidden Broadway (Off Broadway/Chicago - 2009 Jeff Award), Ragtime (Tateh - 2010 Jeff Award, Drury Lane), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Panch - James Lapine, dir.), Man of La Mancha (Sancho - Montana Shakespeare in the Parks), Amadeus (Indiana Rep), and many premieres with Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott and Skylight Opera Theatres. He has twice toured the US and Canada as Zazu in The Lion King, and has traveled to Japan, Australia, Singapore and beyond with Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood. He is a proud 30-year member of Actors' Equity Association.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2016). Recent Chicago credits include: Strangest Things! The Musical (Juice Byers) - Random Acts; Gefilte Fish Chronicles (Pearlie Dubroff) - The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival; Next to Normal (Natalie) - Skokie Theatre; All the World's a Stage (herself), A Christmas Carol (The Ghost of Christmas Present) - Quest Theatre Ensemble. Regional credits include: Avenue Q (Kate Monster) Boeing Boeing (Gretchen), RENT (Mimi), The Rainmaker (Lizzie Curry) - Crossroads Repertory Theatre. Molly has a B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.
TOTC: The Realm. Philip an ensemble member of Signal Ensemble Theatre where his credits include Motion (Michael), The Ballad of the Sad Café(Marvin Macy), The Birthday Party(McCann), The Dumb Waiter (Gus), and1776 (John Adams) – Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for actor in a principle role musical. Other Chicago credits include Northlight Theatre –You Can’t Take it With You, First Folio Theatre – Jeeves at Sea, Teatro Vista – Romeo and Juliet, Irish Theatre of Chicago (formally Seanachi Theatre Company) – Dancing at Lughnasa, City Lit –The Hound of the Baskervilles. He has also worked with The Artistic Home, Backstage Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory, Collaboraction, Court Theatre, The Side Project, and The Right Brain Project. Regional credits: Rosencrantz in Hamlet and Guardiano in Women Beware Women at The Shakespeare Theatre/ACA. Television: Boss(Starz). Philip holds his MFA in acting from The Shakespeare Theatre's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). A recent graduate from Oklahoma City University (BFA in Acting) and new resident to the Chicagoland area, Roy has worked with several companies in the Oklahoma City area including Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma Children's Theatre, Oklahoma City Theatre Company, and TheatreOCU. In Chicago, he recently appeared in Ladies Night of the Living Dead.
Sarah Jeanette Taylor*
TOTC: The Realm. Chicago Credits include Troilus and Cressida and Cymbeline(Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Machinal, The Furies and Visions of Kerouac (Chicago College of Performing Arts). She also performs with The Back Room Shakespeare Project including Henry IV p1&2, Macbeth and Twelfth Night. Regional credits include Henry V, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tamer Tamed, The Tempest, A View Beyond, The House of Mirth, Shoes On/Shoes Off, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Shakespeare & Company); Clara - a one woman show about the life of Clara Schumann (Ventfort Hall); Macbeth (Worcester Foothills Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Coast-to-Coast Theatre). Sarah holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Central Florida and an MFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Sarah is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. www.sarahjtaylor.com
TOTC: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. She studied at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. Toya gives thanks to her acting coach Adrianne Cury for making her first experience with documentary theater so wonderful and to Anna Deavere Smith for making all of this possible. Credits include: Alonza in Cuckoo Theater's The Tempest, NBC's Chicago Fire and commercials for KFC, Walmart, McDonalds and more. Toya Turner is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent and is a member of SAG/Aftra.
TOTC: Other Letters. Will can currently be seen in Annie Baker's The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre. Other Chicago credits include Good People, The March, and the SYA productions of Animal Farm and A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf) The Whale (Victory Gardens), The History Boys (TimeLine), The Seagull and Dartmoor Prison (Goodman), The Goat...? (Remy Bumppo), Much Ado... and Romeo and Juliet (First Folio), Speech and Debate and It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theater Co.), and more. He is represented by the lovely ladies of Paonessa Talent and is a proud member of AEA.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Other credits: Home Before Dark (Ruckus), Jesus Christ Superstar (Theo Ubique, Jeff Award Nomination - Best Musical) and Lost in Yonkers (Northlight, Jeff Award Nomination - Best Play). Will has also worked with About Face, Teatro Vista, The Music Theatre Company, Emerald City Theatre and Hell in a Handbag.
TOTC Credits: Barney the Elf (2015-16), The Realm. Cassie holds a B.A. In Musical Theatre from North Central College, but originally hails from Lincoln, Nebraska. Some previous Chicago credits include Boy From Oz (Pride Films and Plays), Nine Lives: A New Musical (Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Hair (American Theatre Co.), and Henry VIII (Chicago Shakespeare).
TOTC: Bent, Daughters of Ire. Most recently, Chris was seen in the controversial production of This is Modern Art at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Chicago credits include work with Timeline Theatre Company, Next Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, and the Neo-Futurists. Chris also works as a theatrical violence designer and has collaborated on productions with Northlight Theatre, Theater Wit, The Arc Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Chris is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
Dixie Lynn Cartwright
TOTC Credits: Barney the Elf (2015-16). Previous credits include Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens, The Bitchfest Club, and Scream Girls (MidTangent Productions). She can also be seen hosting Dixie Wins A Talent Show monthly at Berlin. When she's not hosting RuPaul's Drag Race viewing parties or Beyoncé dance contests at Sidetrack, she's singing obscure Broadway songs to her tens of tens of YouTube fans. Dixie is a drag character creation of Drew Nixon, who can be seen when you scrape off all that beauty and schellac. Dixie would like to thank The Lord and Hydroxycut for all they've given her. www.dixielynncartwright.com
TOTC Credits: Others, Barney the Elf (2015). Recent credits: The Christians (Steppenwolf); In the Heights (Porchlight); One Hit Wonders (Black Ensemble Theater); In The Heights (Paramount Theatre.) He also recently worked with Chicago Children's Theatre. He is a Miami native and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
Ben F. Locke
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2016). Ben received his double degree in Theatre & Human Services from Millikin University. Credits include Legally Blonde (Grandmaster Chad/Ensemble) and Peter Pan (Twin 2) at Millikin University, Matt in Dog Sees God at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q at Theatre 7, and others. He is an Artistic Associate with Random Acts, where he will be performing in Strangest Things! The Musical this Spring.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Charlitha is a graduate of North Central College, and is most notably known as one of the rare female members of the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. Other Chicago credits include A Ribbon Around a Bomb (Prologue Theater) and Darkest Before the Dawn (Passion Theater). She can be seen performing around Chicago’s LGBT circuit with Something Sickening Productions.
TOTC: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Chicago: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, (Goodman Theatre, directed by Chuck Smith), Body/Courage (Rivendell). Television: This is Us.
TOTC: The Realm. Recent credits include Crime Scene: The Next Chapter, Forgotten Future, Footloose, and a reading of La Ruta presented by The Goodman Theatre.
TOTC Credits: Other Letters. Evan most recently appeared in The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe at First Folio Theatre. Other Chicago area productions include King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare), Rumors (BrightSide Theatre), Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (Evergreen Theatre Ensemble). Mr. Michalic received a BA in Theatre Performance from North Central College.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Other Credits: Hair (Big Noise), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Benevolent Theatre), 35mm (Circle Theater) and Glory Days (Refuge Theatre Project).
Janet Ulrich Brooks
TOTC: Other Letters. Janet is a company member of TimeLine Theatre, where her credits include The Apple Family Plays: That Hopey Changey Thing and Sorry, The How and the Why and Jeff Award-nominated performances in 33 Variations, A Walk in the Woods, All My Sons, When She Danced, Not Enough Airand Weekend. Other credits include 2666, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Seagull, A True History of the Johnstown Floodand Teddy Ferrara at Goodman Theatre, Women Laughing Alone With Salad at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in DC, To Master The Art(Broadway Playhouse); Ten Chimneys (Northlight Theatre); South of Settling (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Failure: A Love Story(Victory Gardens); The Original Grease and Speech & Debate (American Theatre Company); Golda’s Balcony (Jeff Award) at Pegasus Players and work with About Face, Writers’ Theatre and Strawdog Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Fire, the ABC pilot Doubt, Boss, Underemployed and Playboy Club. Film credits include Divergent, Conviction, Polish Bar, One Small Hitch, I Heart Shakey, Fools, The Middle Distance, Market Value and Shorts; For A Good Time and Kanzler. Janet was the first recipient of the Ed See Outstanding Theatre Alumnus Award from the University of Central Missouri, and she is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
Jonathan Parker Jackson
TOTC Credits: Barney the Elf (2016). Jonathan is a Junior BFA Musical Theatre Major at Columbia College Chicago. He was last seen in Refuge Theater Project’s production of Bare as Alan. He would like to thank his family, friends and amazing cast and crew for all of their support.
TOTC: Other Letters. Currently, Kristin can be seen as Vanessa Kimbel in the world-premiere play Interrogation at The Artistic Home, which runs through March 20. An ensemble member with the Artistic Home, Kristin also has performed in the theatre's productions of Miracle on 34th Street,Watch on the Rhine, Beaten, Marisol, Sweet Bird of Youth and Memories from Dreamland, which was featured in Cut to the Chase: Primetime. Most recently, she appeared in Eclipse Theatre’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Other theatre credits include Boy Gets Girl (Non-Equity Jeff Nomination Principal Actress),Vieux Carre and Dating Walter Dante at Raven Theatre, The Killing of Michael X: A New Film by Celia Wallace at Jackalope Theatre, Lower Debt and The Mistakes Madeline Made at LiveWire Chicago, Some Girl(s) at Profiles Theatre and Dinner for Six at Metropolis. Huge thanks to Carin for this opportunity. All my love to Dan and the boys for always supporting me when I go out and play.
TOTC: Barney the Elf (2015). Other Credits: High Fidelity (Refuge Theater Project), Triassic Parq (Ray of Light Theatre, Theatre Bay Area Award Nominee), The Addams Family, Godspell (Jesus, TBA Award Nominee), Les Misérables and Urinetown.
Mary Winn Heider
Previously to appearing in TOTC's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Mary was most recently in Strawdog's Great Expectations. She has performed with American Theater Co, Theater Wit, The House Theater, Ingen, and Fox Valley Rep. Mary Winn was also part of Redmoon's Hunchback in Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York. She is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys.
TOTC: Bent. Matt has worked with Lookingglass Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Fox Valley Repertory, Teatro Vista, Pride Films and Plays, and Spartan Theatre. Film Credits: Generation-X Music Purchaser, Performances, Chicago PD. Matt is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Michael is incredibly excited to be working on Bent. Previously, he has worked with Two Lights Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Profiles Theatre, and The Irish Theatre of Chicago (as Seanachai), among others. He's also the bass player for the band, Roach Beach. Michael is represented by Grossman and Jack Talent.
TOTC: Bent. Nik most recently appeared in Angels In America at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Other credits: The Normal Heart (TimeLine); Cock (Profiles Theatre); Mercury Fur (Ex-Pats Theatre Company); The Timing of the Day (Center Stage NY and The New York Fringe Festival); All My Sons and Proof (Center Stage Playhouse); Absolutes (Gene Frankel Theatre); America: A Problem Play (On the Square Productions).
TOTC: Other Letters. Some past theatre credits include Top Girls (Arc Theatre); A Christmas Carol and Another Part of the Forest (reading, Goodman Theatre); Enfrascada (16th Street Theatre); and An Ideal Husband (Weston Playhouse in Vermont) TV and film credits include numerous commercials and the feature film Maid in Manhattan. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Acting from Depaul University. She will soon be seen playing Sister Helen Prejean in the upcoming professional premiere of the play Dead Man Walkingat Piven Theatre. Patricia is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA and is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.
TOTC: Other Letters. Robyn moved back to Chicago 6 years ago and has been a working actor ever since. She is thrilled to call Carin a friend and a colleague. Theater credits include Jackalope, Silent Theatre, Infamous Commonwealth, Fine Print and Haven Theatre. She is an ensemble member of The Factory Theater. You can see her as Cindy Herrmann on NBC's Chicago Fire. Robyn has multiple commercial credits along with some film credits that include Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man, Unexpected, Finding Hope and Bernadette. She thanks Stewart Talent for their many years of love and support.
TOTC: Other Letters. Chicago credits include the world premiere of The Revel (The House Theatre) A True History of the Johnstown Flood (The Goodman Theatre),Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Fall to Earth, Mizlansky/ Zilinsky, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest* (Steppenwolf Theatre, *Chicago, London, Broadway), Suburban Motel and The Cider House Rules I &II (Famous Door Theatre). Film: Chicago Med (Dr. Deidre Grant, NBC);Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC), and Leverage (TNT). She was also in Resurrecting McGuinn(s) currently in festivals in both the US and Europe.
TOTC: Bent. He is the recipient of three After Dark Awards. Credits include The Light in the Piazza (Goodman), The Normal Heart and The Lion in Winter (TimeLine), An Arrangement for Two Violas (Chicago Dramatists), and Rudy in a previous Chicago production of Bent (Gilead). For Porchlight Music Theatre: Elegies, A New Brain, Macabaret, Falsettos, Merrily We Roll Along (Jeff Nomination) and most recently, Sondheim on Sondheim.
Tanya Thai McBride*
TOTC: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Chicago credits: Walk Two Moons and The Ash Girl (Adventure Stage Chicago); Yellow Face (Silk Road Rising); punkplay (Pavement Group at Steppenwolf Garage) and The Fantasticks (Porchlight Music Theatre). Regional theater credits: The White Snake (Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Repertory and Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Heart of Robin Hood (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Tanya has also appeared with The Neo-Futurists, Polarity Ensemble, Collaboraction and Redmoon Theater. TV/Film: Chicago PD, Chrysalis. She received her MFA in Acting/New Works Creation from Ohio State University and is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Will Von Vogt
TOTC: Bent. Will is actor and producer based out of Chicago. A graduate of the Theatre School at DePaul University, Will has worked in Chicago, New York, and at The Children's Theatre Company In Minneapolis. Favorite recent credits include Partners (LiveWire Theatre), A Map of Virtue (Cor Theatre), Ike Holter's continuing The Midnight Society and the film Google Me Love (produced by the Wachowskis). He is on the producing team of Salonathon and a proud company member of Cor Theatre here in Chicago. Will is so grateful to be a part of this production of Bent and is represented by the team at Paonessa Talent.