The Artistic Staff
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Carin Silkaitis is the Founding Artistic Director of The Other Theatre Company where her credits include I Do Today, The Realm and Other Letters as an actor, as well as Others: A 24 Hour Play Festival, Daughters of Ire and Barney the Elf as director. Notable tv/film credits include: Co-Star on Chicago Fire, Nurse in the SAG Feature Unexpected (starring Cobie Smuthers and Anders Holm), and Maggie in the SAG short film Blood and Water. She also recently shot back-to-back commercials for the Arkansas Lottery, a spot for The Onion, and commercials for Progressive Insurance and Instant Care. Notable theatre credits include: Holly in Visiting (Artemisia Theatre), Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Eclipse Theatre), Doctor Manor/Ensemble in Sons of the Prophet, Mama + 7 roles u/s in Distracted (American Theatre Company), Queen Margaret in Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre), Dean Wreen in Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (u/s Theater Wit, 2 weeks performed), and Izzy in Rabbit Hole (u/s Goodman Theatre). Her favorite regional credits include: Love Letters, Dangerous Liaisons, and A Comedy of Errors. Carin is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf, and she received her MFA in acting from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. Carin is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association, and she is equally proud to be represented by Gray Talent Group in Chicago.
TOTC Credits: Bent (PSM), Daughters of Ire (PSM, sound design), The Realm (sound design), I Do Today (sound design), Barney the Elf (2015-16, PSM, sound design), Threesome. Ashley is a freelance stage manager, director, and sound designer in Chicago. Currently, she is a production assistant on Aladdin (Chicago). Previous theatrical credits include: Hamilton (Chicago; production asst.), Mr. Bread Man (producer, director) with the Iowa Theatre Collective, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (stage manager) and Out of Bounds (stage manager- national tour and premiere) with Working Group Theatre; Lips Together Teeth Apart (asst stage manager) with Eclipse Theatre Company.
TOTC Credits: The Realm, Others, Daughters of Ire, The Hole (workshop production). Raised in Terre Haute, IN, Savanna is a recent graduate of North Central College. Credits include: Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Richard III (Oak Park Festival Theatre). College credits include Macbeth, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Elephant’s Graveyard, The Crucible, Way to Heaven, and Canon Fire. A firm believer that one of the greatest purposes of theatre is questioning and confronting systemic inequality, Savanna is thrilled to work towards that purpose with such a talented collective.
Hannah is an actress from Riverside, IL. TOTC Credits: Others, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Recent credits include The Upstair Concierge (u/s Goodman Theatre), Strindberg’s The Father (Rendition Theatre), The Last of the Dog Days (Pop-O Films), Robot vs. Verses (Tribeca Flash Point Academy), and Chicago PD. She has also taken part in Chicago play festivals such as the One Minute Play Festival with Victory Gardens, 10x10 with American Theater Company, and SHINSAI: Theaters for Japan with American Blues Theatre. Hannah is represented by Paonessa Talent and holds degrees in Theatre Performance and Psychology from North Central College. Hannah feels deeply privileged to be able to represent, and tell the stories of others.
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Recent Chicago credits include SS! Twelfth Night and Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare), The Distance (Haven Theatre), and Pinocchio: A Folk Musical (Filament Theatre). Nik is a proud alumni and very recent graduate of North Central College in Naperville where he earned a BA in musical theatre. He performed in many shows there including Into the Woods (The Baker), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), and Parade (Leo Frank). At the start of the new year, Nik will be appearing in The Hundred Dresses with Chicago Children's Theatre. Nik is proudly represented by Stewart Talent and wants to thank them for all their hard work. He wants to give super special thanks to Mom, Dad and Maddie for all their love and support!
Blanca Hernandez recently graduated from Millikin University with a BFA in Theatre Administration. They are currently a Front of House Supervisor with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Other credits include Managing Director for Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Business Manager for Millikin University's Dept. Of Theatre and Dance, and Administrative Intern for Studio Be Youth Revolution in Chicago. They are ecstatic to work with TOTC and help to create art that speaks to underrepresented groups.
TOTC credits: Others, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Daughters of Ire, Threesome. Chicago credits: Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Mosque Alert (Silk Road Rising/North Central College), Sucker Punch (Victory Gardens Theater-U/S), Shrewish (Artemesia-U/S), The Taming of the Shrew, Flu Season, Macbeth, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, A Midsummer Night's Dream Threepenny Opera, October Mourning (North Central College). Film credits: Traveling Without Moving, Teacher. Maddie holds a BA from North Central College. She is represented by Gray Talent Group.
Associate Artistic Director
TOTC Credits: Bent, Barney the Elf, Other Letters, The Realm. As a queer performer and playwright, Bryan has worked with American Theater Company, Pride Films & Plays, Provision Theater, Music Theatre Company, Greatworks, Prologue Theatre, Random Acts, Gorilla Tango, Shakespeare on Clark, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Nothing Without a Company, Two Pigs Productions and North Central College. His plays include Twelfth Night of the Living Dead (available from Chicago Dramaworks, produced internationally), Ladies Night of the Living Dead and Strangest Things! The Musical (co-authored with Emily Schmidt), now playing at the Greenhouse Theater Center. www.BryanRenaud.com
TOTC Credits: Others, Barney the Elf (2015- performer, choreographer, 2016 - director, choreographer). Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Tommy has proudly called Chicago his new home. Credits include: Mother Road (Goodman); Latino Theatre Festival (Los Angeles); Parachute Men, Between You, Me & the Lampshade, A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz (Teatro Vista); In the Heights (Skylight Music Theatre); In the Heights, My Fair Lady (Paramount Theatre);Three Sisters (Steppenwolf); Kiss of the Spiderwoman (BoHo); Pippin (Music Theatre Company); CATS (Theo Ubique); AIDA (Bailiwick Chicago) and West Side Story (Drury Lane). Puerto Rico credits: Spring Awakening and Footloose (Black Box Theatre Workshop). Tommy is a proud Teatro Vista Ensemble Member and is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Audience Development/Intern Coordinator
TOTC Credits: Barney the Elf (2016). Becca is a recent graduate from North Central College with degrees in Musical Theatre and Theatre. She loves collaborating with others to create something unique, thought provoking and that sparks conversation. Professional credits include: The Kid (u/s, Northern Sky Theater, formerly American Folklore Theater) King Lear (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Favorite North Central credits include: Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Down in the Valley, Parade, 4.48 Psychosis. Thank you to her family and friends for the never ending love and support, especially Mom, Dad, Patrick and Carin! beccasheehan.com
Kelly Howe is a theatre faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Resident Dramaturg at TOTC. Recent directing credits include Sarah Myers' The Realm (TOTC), Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Ellen McLaughlin’s Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Juan Mayorga’s Way to Heaven, Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera, George Brant’s Elephant’s Graveyard, Martín Zimmerman’s Phoenix Unforgiven, and Sarah Myers’ God of the Gaps. Recent dramaturgy for TOTC includes Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 and Daughters of Ire. Kelly is a past president of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO), and she co-chaired three of PTO's international conferences and the 30th anniversary conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Chicago. As an artist/scholar, Kelly focuses on activist performance, particularly Theatre of the Oppressed and theatre as feminist organizing. She co-edited Theatre of the Oppressed in Actions (2015) with Julian Boal and Scot McElvany, and she is working on a new anthology about Theatre of the Oppressed with Julian Boal and José Soeiro. Her writing also appears in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Text and Performance Quarterly, Comparative Drama, etc. She is a member of the advisory board of the Jana Sanskriti International Research and Resource Institute, West Bengal, India. MA/PhD UT-Austin; BA Muhlenberg College.
TOTC Credits: The Realm, Others, The Hole (workshop production). Originally from Topeka, KS, Gay holds an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and is an actor, teacher and fledgling director. Her professional theatre credits include productions with Penumbra Theatre, The Theatre Exchange, and Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Minnesota, the Imaginary Theatre Company (part of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Theatre at Lime Kiln in Virginia, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among others. She is proud and honored to be part of this exciting endeavor giving voice to those who mostly stand silent through no fault of their own. We speak for them.