the other theatre company collective
Lizzie Bracken (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Threesome) Originally from Philadelphia, Lizzie received her Bachelor's of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and practiced with Robert Adam Architects in England and Fairfax and Sammons Architects in New York before pursuing an MFA in Theatrical Design at the University of Texas at Austin. Design credits include The Book Thief, Blacktop Sky, and See What I Wanna See (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Six Characters in Search of an Author (The Hypocrites); 60 Miles to Silverlake (Collaboraction); 44 plays for 44 Presidents and costume design for Burning Bluebeard (The Neo-Futurists), In The Heart of America (Theatre Seven), The Crucible, Way to Heaven, Into The Woods, and Iphigenia and Other Daughters (North Central College). Lizzie is also an ensemble member with Barrel of Monkeys.
Liz Havenga (The Realm, I Do Today, Barney the Elf 2016) has worked as a Scenic Artist for Ravenswood Studio and the Paramount Theater. She is a professional Art Restorer based in Downers Grove, IL.
Brandon Wardell (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) is a freelance Lighting and Scenic Designer based out of Chicago. He is Professor of Lighting Design at Northern Illinois University, an Ensemble Member of Adventure Stage Chicago, and an Artistic Associate with Steep Theatre Company. Recent lighting designs include Titanic, Men Should Weep, and Flare Path (Griffin); Assassins (Kokandy); the world premier of The Chorus Girl Plays (Provincetown T. Williams Festival); Juliet (Edinburgh Fringe); If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Harper Regan, and A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep); Six Stories Tall, And A Child Shall Lead, and Spark (ASC), The City and the City and The Count of Monte Cristo (Lifeline); and Three Days of Rain (Backstage). Scenic Designs include Strangers, Babies and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Steep); Baal and The Fulton Street Sessions(TUTA), and The Chicago Landmark Project (Theatre 7).r Brandon holds an MFA from Northwestern University. www.brandonwardelldesign.com
John Kelly (Bent) received his BA in Theatrical Lighting Design from Columbia College Chicago. He works regularly with Cold Basement Dramatics, where he is also a Board Member. Other recent credits include productions with Sideshow, Eclipse, Theatre Wit, and Strawdog Theatre, where he designed the Jeff-Nominated Great Expectations.
Matthew Carney (Daughters of Ire, Barney the Elf, The Realm, I Do Today, Threesome) A recent graduate of The University of Iowa. Previous lighting design credits include: Lisbon Traviata and Lips Together, Teeth Apart with Eclipse Theatre Co; Shrek at Countryside Theatre in Eldridge, IA; Speed of Light, Monopoly, and thisisnotawarpplay|thisisawarplay at The University of Iowa; Rent and A Christmas Carol at the District Theatre in Rock Island, IL; A New Brain, Agnes of God, and Stop Kiss at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.
Cody Ryan (Bent) Recent credits: Quiz Show (assistant designer, Strawdog), Trust Us/Screw You (The Neo-futurists, co-designer), Who Too (Right Brain Project). www.codyryandesign.com
Héctor Pascual Álvarez (Daughters of Ire) is a poet, novelist, director and performer from Spain. He spent two years studying non-Western theater traditions in China, Japan and Indonesia and in 2008 received a prestigious Watson Fellowship to research community-based performance in Latin America. After returning to his home country he received the Antonio Gala Foundation Fellowship to work on his first novel and published two books of poems. Directing credits include The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, Decadence by Steven Berkoff, and Kijotadas, a theater adaptation of Cervantes's Don Quixote. He is currently a theater critic for Chicago Stage Standard.
Mark Minton (The Hole workshop) has had the pleasure of collaborating with Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis for over eleven years now as he studied under her at the Theatre Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University graduating in 2006. Mark was then a founding artistic ensemble member of XIII Pocket where he acted, directed and stage managed - wearing many production and administrative hats on various projects. Some credits include: Good Boys and True (Steppenwolf, Ensemble), Dead Pile (XIII, Russell), Cash (XIII, Mick), So- So Low (XIII, Director), Envoy (Echo, Asst. Director).
Meghan Erxleben (Threesome, Barney the Elf '16) is an Electrician and Lighting Designer hailing from the southwest suburbs of Chicago. ME Credits: Unseen (The Gift Theatre Co.) and Firebirds Take the Field (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble). Design credits: lighting design for Flavors (Joel Hall Youth Dance Co.), Suite and Salty (Le Ballet Petit), Comedy of Errors (Commission Theatre Co.), Sister Cities (Chimera Ensemble), and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Loyola University Chicago). Assistant Lighting Designer: Learning Curve (Albany Park Theater Project), The Cheats (Steep Theater Co.), United Flight 232, Diamond Dogs (The House Theatre Company). Upcoming; Lighting Design for Prince Max's Trewly Awful Trek to the Desolate Interior (Red Theater).
sound design/original music
Christopher Kriz USA 829 (Bent) is an award winning composer and sound designer. In Chicago, Kriz has designed for Steppenwolf, Court, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight, TimeLine, Theatre Wit, Lifeline, Rivendell and many others. He has been honored with eleven Joseph Jefferson nominations and two Awards. Recent and upcoming regional credits include Sticky Traps (Kansas City Rep), Outside Mullingar and Lend Me A Tenor (Peninsula Players). Currently, Lifeline Theatre is producing Kriz’s new musical Soon I Will Be Invincible. Kriz is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829. www.christopherkriz.com
Christine Kent (Daughters of Ire) Recently Christine has been seen at the Elbo Room, Fitzgerald’s Pub, Uncommon Ground, and almost every Wednesday night you can find her at the Hidden Shamrock open mic. She wrote and performed original music for Carin Silkaitis' productions of Canon Fire, Taming of the Shrew, and 4.48 Psychosis. www.ChristineKentMusic.com
Phil Wooding (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) recently served as A2 for the Paramount's production of Tommy. Phil has also worked several season at American Players Theatre and as technical director and audio manager for North Central College’s fine arts department. Past design credits include: King Lear: A Radio Play (The Framework), Things Being What They Are, Jeeves In Bloom, Underneath the Lintel, Broken and Entered, Bus Stop, and Driving Miss Daisy (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre), and a production of The Pillowman.
Barbara Charlene (Bent) Credits include Bad Jews, Mr. Burns (Theater Wit), Assassins (PM&L Theatre) Xtigone (Chicago Danztheatre). She is a certified with the Society of American Fight Directors, a Certified Movement Analyst in Labanalysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, and a teacher at the Vagabond School of the Arts. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA, she holds an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University.
Brittany Dee Bodley (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Bent) earned her MFA in Design from the University of Iowa, and currently works as the Designer/Shop Manager for Northbrook Theatre. Recently, she became a Strawdog Theater ensemble member after she designed Great Expectations and Big Love. Recent design credits: The Humans, Hair (American Theater Company), The Arsonists, Charles Ives Take Me Home (Strawdog), Tintypes, The Game of Love and Chance (Open Door Rep), H.M.S. Pinafore (G&S Opera Co.), The Dumb Waiter (Proud Kate), and After (Profiles).
Olivia Crary (Daughters of Ire, Barney the Elf, The Realm) Previous design credits include Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights and Shout! The Mod Musical at North Central College, where she graduated with a BA in Acting.
Zachery Wagner (Threesome) is a Chicago-based actor, artist, designer, and activist. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and ensemble member with Eclipse Theatre Company. Previous design credits include: By the Bog of Cats and The Time of Your Life (The Artistic Home), Our Lady of 121st Street, A Perfect Ganesh, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Eclipse Theatre Company), Jeeves at Sea (First Folio Theatre), and Asst. Costume Design for Travesties (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company).
Kathy Logelin (Daughters of Ire) Kathy has previously worked as a dialect coach with Remy Bumppo, Mary-Arrchie, Strawdog Theatre and Idle Muse Theatre Co. She is a Rivendell Theatre Ensemble member, where she has performed in These Shining Lives and Precious Little. Other Chicago credits include Betrayal (Oak Park Festival), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Gift/Victory Gardens), Cadillac (Chicago Dramatists), and Widowers’ Houses with TimeLine. Kathy holds a B.S. in Acting from Illinois State University.
Jack Wallace (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) received his Masters in Professional Voice Practice from Birmingham School of Acting UK and is completing the One Voice certification with Joan Melton. Jack has worked with Cicely Berry, Edda Sharpe, Kristin Linklater as well as many others. Chicago credits include Cock (Profiles), The Body Image Project (Gorilla Tango/The Gift), and Fifty Shades of Shakespeare (re(discover) theatre).
Emily Lowney (The Realm, I Do Today) Emily has been stage managing for almost ten years, most recently working at The Goodman on productions of Another Word for Beauty and King of the Yees. She is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BFA in Design and Technology.
Melissa Hubbert (Threesome) Originally from Sacramento, CA, she has previously worked with Silk Road Rising, Noumenon Dance Ensemble, About Face, and CPA Theatricals. Most recently, she worked as assistant director for About Face’s The Temperamentals. Last May, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago, where credits include She Loves Me, Spring Awakening, Proof, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Tartuffe.
Shannon Golden (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992)