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Theatre Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Sean Kelley, Associate Dean & Director of The Theatre Conservatory
Ray Frewen, Assistant Director & Associate Professor of Theatre   
Luis Perez, Associate Professor of Theatre & Head of Musical Theatre 
Christine Adaire, Professor of Theatre
June Compton, Professor of Theatre
Deanna Fearnbaugh, Production Manager & Facility Coordinator
Joel Fink, Professor of Theatre 
Nadine Gomes, Lecturer of Theatre
Kyle Haden, Assistant Professor
Kendall Kelley, Managing Director  
Stephen Kruse, Technical Director & Master Carpenter
Jane Lanier, Assistant Professor
Michael Lasswell, Scenic Designer & Lecturer of Theatre
Julie Mack, Lighting Designer & Asst. Production Manager
Emily McConnell, Costume Designer
Kestutis Nakas, Associate Professor of Theatre
Jerry Proffit, Fast Track Program Administrator
Rebecca Schorsch, Lecturer of Theatre
Bonnie Shadrake, Musical Director & Accompanist
Tim Stadler, Production & Facilities Manager
Dan Stetzel, Lecturer of Theatre

Adjunct Faculty

Jane Alderman, Audition and Theatre Business
Phillip Caldwell, Accompanist / Musical Theatre
Katie Cordtz, Stage Makeup
Chuck Coyl, Stage Combat and Fight Choreography
Matt Crowle, Dance
Jocelyn Garner, Dance
Douglas Grew, Physical Theatre
George Howe, Accompanist / Musical Theatre
Janelle (Snow) Jones, Acting on Camera
Ken Jones, Accompanist / Musical Theatre
Thomas Jones, Theatre Instructor
Meera Sanghani Jorgensen, Yoga
Elise Kauzlaric, Theatre Instructor
David Kersnar, Theatre Instructor
Michael Kotze, Theatre Instructor
Neil Massey, Stage Combat and Fight Choreography
Ann McMann, Musical Theatre Voice
James Morehead, Accompanist / Musical Theatre
Courtney Ring, Dance
Steve Scott, Theatre Instructor
Craig Springer, Musical Theatre Voice
Colette Todd, Dialects
Barbara Zahora, Theatre Instructor

 


KelleySean Ryan Kelley
skelley@roosevelt.edu

Sean Ryan Kelley was a member of the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder for 16 years before joining the faculty at Chicago College of Performing Arts.

In addition he has acted and directed in numerous productions with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, including having played Horatio to Val Kilmer’s Hamlet. Professor Kelley was also the artistic director and a founding member of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska and has done shows across the country from New York to California.

M.F.A., Purdue University; B.S., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse.

 


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Ray FrewenRay Frewen
rfrewen@roosevelt.edu

An award-winning director and accomplished actor, Ray Frewen appeared as Javert in the national tour of Les Miserables, and has performed at The Court Theatre, Asolo State Theatre (FL), Apple Tree Theatre, Marriott’s Lincolnshire, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Ravinia Festival.

He was Artistic Director of Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace from 1998 to 2005, and presently serves as an associate producer for Apple Tree Theatre.

M.F.A. Asolo Conservatory/Florida State University; B.A. Illinois State University. 


PerezLuis Perez
lperez@roosevelt.edu

Luis Perez was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet from 1980-1986. As a performer he appeared in the original casts of Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera, Ain’t Broadway Grand, Chicago and both the 1992 and 2002 revivals of Man of La Mancha. He also appeared on Broadway in Passion, West Side Story and the 1985 City Opera production of Brigadoon.

He was appointed by legendary choreographer Agnes DeMille to restage her original choreography for Brigadoon. He was assistant to Graciela Daniele for the productions of Marie Christine with Audra MacDonald and A New Brain, both at Lincoln Center.

 

 

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AdaireChristine Adaire
cadaire@roosevelt.edu

Christine Adaire is a Designated Master Linklater Voice teacher, trained by world renowned voice teacher Kristin Linklater. She has worked as an actor, voice coach and director in regional theatres including: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience (NYC), American Shakespeare Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

She has been a core company member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts since 1983. Ms. Adaire has taught at DePaul University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, National Theatre School of Canada, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China.

  

ComptonJune Compton
jcompton@roosevelt.edu

June Compton comes to Roosevelt University after studying traditional Japanese theatre, with emphasis on the classical comedy form, Kyogen in Tokyo. After receiving her M.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA, she began her professional career in New York, appearing in a variety of productions from musicals on and off-Broadway, to guest appearances at Joe Papp’s Public Theatre.

June has also directed over 50 productions for theatres in New York City, at stock companies across the country, and on the university level.

Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder; M.A. UCLA; B.S., Southwest Missouri State. 

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Deanna Fearnbaugh
dfearnbaugh@roosevelt.edu

Deanna Fearnbaugh became the Production Manager and Facility Coordinator for the Theater Conservatory Fall 2013.   Her primary focus is split between management of the Miller Theater productions and of the Wabash Studios.

Prior to this position she had been doing freelance production and stage management for CCPA for the preceding six years.  Outside of Roosevelt she helped found Bailiwick Chicago Theater Company and has being working with numerous Midwest region and Chicago theater companies with emphasis on stage and tour management.  BFA Theater Management University of Minnesota - Duluth.


Fink

Joel G. Fink

jfink@roosevelt.edu

Joel G. Fink came to Chicago College of Performing Arts after ten years at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he headed the Acting Program. In addition he served as the Artistic Associate and Casting Director for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival for 14 years.

Before teaching in Colorado, he taught and directed at New York University’s Professional Theatre Training Program, Circle in the Square Theatre School, The New School for Social Research, Purdue University, California State University, and Hunter College. He has acted and directed at theatres across the country.

Doctor of Arts, M.F.A., NYU; B.F.A., The Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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Nadine GomesNadine Gomes
ngomes@roosevelt.edu

A versatile singer and conductor, Nadine Gomes has spent her career exploring the genres of musical theatre, jazz, and opera.  In addition to roles in regional theatre and opera, Nadine’s concert work has taken her throughout the U.S. and Taiwan with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphonic Pops Orchestra, Vocal Summit, and Ars Musica Chicago.  She served as the Music Director for HealthWorks Theatre for three years, and she was a touring company member for five years. Nadine has also performed at such jazz and cabaret venues as Davenport’s Piano Bar, Simone’s Cabaret at Cyrano’s Bistro, The Fairmont Hotel, and the Treemont Hotel. She was a founding member of the a cappella jazz quintet, The Hi-Tops.

Nadine spent seven summers as the conductor of the Gallery 37 Vocal Arts Ensemble, serving as Chorus Master for The Love for Three Oranges and The Magic Flute at The Chicago Cultural Center. She was also the Stage Director for a production of The Magic Flute with Lyric Opera’s Opera Kids! program. For ten years, Nadine served as a faculty member in both the Voice and Early Childhood Music departments at The Sherwood Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as a registered Music Together™ teacher.

M.M. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Roosevelt University; B.S. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University; Vocal Jazz Performance Major, Berklee College of Music in Boston.


Kyle Haden
khaden@roosevelt.edu

Kyle Haden comes to the Chicago College of the Performing Arts after spending two years as an assistant professor at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR.  He also has various experience teaching workshops, classes, and courses at several universities and theater companies over the past ten years.  Kyle also works as the On Site Program Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Summer Seminar for High School Juniors.

In addition to his teaching career, Kyle is a professional actor and a proud member of Actors Equity Association.  Previously based in New York, he has worked at many top regional theaters across the country, including the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre, Arvada Center and Cleveland Play House, as well as LaMaMa ETC in New York.  Kyle also spent several seasons as a member of the Colorado and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. 

Kyle earned his MFA from Columbia University, and also holds a BA from Wake Forest University.


Kendall Kelley
kkelley@roosevelt.edu

Before joining Chicago College of Performing Arts, Kendall Kelley was with Asolo Theatre Festival (Sarasota) where he worked in public relations and marketing.  In addition to college administration, he has taught Theatre Management and First Year Seminar at Roosevelt.  Over a decade of experience in the arts and education, Kendall has worked in operations,  finance, box office management, arts marketing and institutional advancement.  M.F.A., in Theatre Management, Florida State University; B.F.A. in Theatre, Wayne State University.


Stephen Kruse
skruse@roosevelt.edu

Stephen Kruse has been free-lancing in the Chicago area for many years. He has worked at the Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Mt. Hollyoak College Summer Theatre in Massachusetts and the Northern Stage Theatre in Vermont.

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Jane Lanier

Jane Lanier has been seen dancing and singing in six Broadway shows: On Your Toes- Dir George Abbott, Sweet Charity – Dir Bob Fosse, Anything Goes and Guys and Dolls– Dir Jerry Zaks, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway – Dir Jerome Robbins (Tony Award Nomination), and Fosse – Dirs Richard Maltby Jr & Ann Reinking (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Regional she has performed as Bessie in Counsellor-at-Law (Ovation and LA Drama Critics Awards), Cassie in A Chorus Line, Jane in The World Goes Round, and Kate in Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party. She got to dance with John Travolta in the film Michael and her last TV appearance was a guest star on Glee - Spring of 2013. Recently she directed Valerie Harper in a staged reading of a new play Bad Dog, choreographed the independent film Not Your Time starring Jason Alexander, and her choreography for The Wild Party garnered her LA Weekly and Backstage Garland Awards and Ovation and NAACP Award Nominations.

She taught, directed and choreographed at AMDA LA for the past ten years, was a visiting professor at UCLA where she choreographed Cabaret and A Chorus Line, and was an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in 2012/2013 and choreographed Oklahoma for them.


Michael Lasswell
mlasswell@roosevelt.edu

Michael Lasswell is scenic designer for all of the O’Malley Theatre productions. His designs have won numerous regional awards, and his work has been seen at the Asolo Theatre (Sarasota), Florida Studio Theatre, Hippodrome Theater, Central City Opera, Light Opera Works, and for the Chicago Symphony.

As a director and an actor he has worked with the Theatre for a New Audience, York Theatre Company, Ninetta Lane Theatre-NY, Equity Library Theater, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Syracuse Stage, and many others. Lasswell spent six years as the resident designer for New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Julie Mack
jmack04@roosevelt.edu

Julie Mack is the lighting designer for all O’Malley productions.  As a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, her work has been seen at the Minetta Lane Theatre (NYC), Victory Gardens Theater, Clarence Brown Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Noble Fool Theatricals, Skylight Opera Theatre, Famous Door Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and eight seasons with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.  Julie is also a co-founder of the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Emily McConnell
emcconnell@roosevelt.edu

Emily McConnell is costume designer for O’Malley Theatre productions. As a freelance designer, her Chicago credits include productions at Northlight Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, The Gift Theatre, The Griffin, Theatre Mir, American Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo, About Face, and others. She is an Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre, and served for several years as Head Costume Designer for the National High School Institute: Theatre Arts Division.

M.F.A. in Costume and Set Design, Northwestern University; B.A.Dartmouth College.


NakasKestutis Nakas
knakas@roosevelt.edu

Kestutis Nakas is a writer, performer, director, and teacher whose work has been presented at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, La Mama, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 8BC, The Kitchen, Highways, and numerous other national venues.

He was active in New York’s East Village performance scene and was Artistic Director of Gates of Dawn, which showcased cutting edge performers such as Holly Hughes. He has taught at NYU, UCLA, CUNY, and Univ. of New Mexico.

M.F.A., NYU; B.A., Michigan State Univeristy.

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Jerry Proffit
jproffit@roosevelt.edu

Jerry Proffit has been the Fast Track Masters in Directing Program administrator and thesis advisor for 200+ students who have graduated from the program.

Award-winning teacher and director of theatre at Niles Township High Schools (Illinois) 1966-1994; Adjunct faculty: CCPA, Northwestern University Summer Institute, University of Illinois-Urbana Summer Institute, Loyola University, and Robert Morris College.

Professional Associations: The Secondary School Theatre Association (president); American Theatre Association (chair of three national conventions); Illinois Theatre Association (interim managing director; membership chair; president; chair of four annual conventions); Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee (treasurer, equity wing chair, general committee chair, producer of four equity award shows, criteria chair); Illinois All-State Festival (founder, all-state production director, festival director, workshop presenter).

M.A. (Theatre) Northwestern University; B.A. (Speech and English) University of Wyoming.


SchorschRebecca Schorsch
rschorsch@roosevelt.edu

Recognized for her teaching in the field of Musical Theatre and Popular music for the voice, Rebecca Simone Schorsch was named one of the “Best of Chicago” in Chicago Magazine’s prestigious “Best of Chicago” Edition (2008). A highly sought-after teacher in Musical Theatre voice, her students work actively in the Chicago, New York, L.A. and Nashville markets, on Broadway national tours and in the recording industry; for major and indie labels. Ms. Schorsch has taught on The Theatre Conservatory Voice Faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University since 2006 and was previously on faculty at Sherwood Conservatory of Music at Columbia College for almost a decade. Rebecca is a frequent master class teacher for Musical Theatre and “Theater styles for the Classical Singer” and has guest taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, the University of Chicago, Southern Methodist University, the Opera Training Institute of Chicago, and the Up North Vocal Institute in Boyne, Michigan. Ms. Schorsch has also worked on a myriad of specialty projects, including teaching and directing for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s OperaKids! Program, and writing and co-producing the Chicago Opera Quiz (2005), presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and broadcast on WFMT. She is a member of the National Association of the Teachers of Singing.

As an accomplished soprano in her own right, Ms. Schorsch has appeared extensively as a concert soloist in both Classical and Musical Theatre repertoire in the Chicago area and beyond with: The Illinois Philharmonic, Bach and Beyond Festival, West Suburban Symphony, Northwest Symphony, Salt Creek Symphony, Access Contemporary Music and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. She has been frequently heard live on WFMT Chicago on the both the Pianoforte Foundation Salon series and “Live from the Mayne” in solo recital. Regarded for her conviction to text in performance and involvement in the Chicago classical music community, Time Out Chicago called Ms. Schorsch “gutsy…a Chicago favorite”.


ShadrakeBonnie Shadrake
bshadrake@roosevelt.edu

Bonnie Shadrake is a musical director, composer, arranger, pianist, performer, and vocal coach, with over 25 years experience in musical theatre.  She helped create the long-running show Flanagan's Wake in 1994, composing the score and acting as the musical director in Chicago and other cities nationwide, including the current run in NYC.  After many years serving as musical director for the Improv Institute of Chicago and Zeitgeist Theatre, she became a founding member and music/cabaret director of the Noble Fool Theater Company, which operated in the Chicago Loop and at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.  Bonnie also has extensive experience in cabaret, including a long stint as the musical director, composer, arranger, and pianist for The Weird Sisters, and co-founder of Cabarah - an Alternative Cabaret, which was prominently featured in the Sondheim Festival at Chicago's Millennium Park.  Bonnie has been the full time music director/accompanist for the Chicago College of Performing Arts Theatre Conservatory since 2006.


Stadler

Tim Stadler
tstadler01@roosevelt.edu

A graduate from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance, Tim Stadler came to Chicago in 1993 and began an administrative career at Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park, remaining there until its closing in 2009.

While there, he was the Production Manager, General Manager, and Workshop Director.  The final production that Apple Tree produced was THE MISTRESS CYCLE remount on the Auditorium Theatre stage.  After Apple Tree Theatre, Tim became the Production Manager at Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles, formerly Noble Fool Theatricals, and remained there until 2012 when he came to Roosevelt.


Dan StetzelDan Stetzel
dstetzel@roosevelt.edu

Dan Stetzel is a musical director, arranger, vocal instructor, and pianist. He has worked at most of the major equity theatres in Chicago, and for many LORT theatres across the United States. As a conductor, he has toured nationally, and continues to accompany many of the major Broadway auditions in Chicago.

Dan has long been affiliated with the Chicago Humanities Festival, overseeing and directing programs featuring Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Craig Carnelia, Cy Coleman, and a host of performers, lyricists, and composers. His work in musical theatre has been recognized many times by the Joseph Jefferson committee. Dan is proud to be a member of the faculty at Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


Jane AldermanJane Alderman has been casting theatre, feature films and television for 30 years from her Chicago base with over 62 films, 70 television shows and 36 plays to her credit. Prior to casting, Ms. Alderman was an actress – her most notable performance with John Malkovich and Glenne Headly in the Goodman Theatre’s groundbreaking production of Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class. She also appeared in Robert Redford’s first directing effort – the Academy Award winning Ordinary People. In her recent return to acting she created the role of Lady Boyle in the Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ newest play Superior Donuts at the Music Box Theatre. Prior, she had originated this role in the premiere production at Steppenwolf Theatre.  Jane also appeared in Honus and Me at The Goodman Theatre, as well as in Marriott Lincolnshire’s Funny Girl and the long running hit, Vagina Monologues. A few films to her credit – her most recent being Conviction with Hilary Swank.  She also appeared as Vince Vaughn’s mom in The Break Up

Some of her casting credits include the National Tour of Evita for Hal Prince; the films Rudy; The Straight Story; Nothing in Common and Backdraft. She was also the Chicago casting director for the television show, ER, for all of its seasons (15 years!)

Jane is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA. She is a founding member of Women In Film Chicago.  Jane taught at DePaul’s Theatre School for 20 years and is currently in her 10th year teaching at Roosevelt University’s Chicago Center For The Performing Arts, and at Acting Studio Chicago. She also continues as a Visiting Lecturer at The School of Steppenwolf.  Jane is a graduate of Adelphi University on Long Island.  She is currently writing a short novel that is taking too long.


Phillip Caldwell

Katie Cordtz
ccordts@roosevelt.edu

Katie Cordtz works in the Wig and Makeup Department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in Costume Design.


Chuck CoylChuck Coyl has been a professional Fight Director for over 25 years and is President of the Society of American Fight Directors.  Chicago Credits include Fight Direction for: August: Osage County, Superior Donuts, The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre); Gas For Less, Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); Porgy and Bess, Carmen, Tosca (Lyric Opera of Chicago). 

Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning production of August: Osage County.  Internationally he has staged fights for productions at the National Theatre, London and the Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, Australia. He has been a stunt coordinator for television episodes of the “Moments in Time” (History Channel) and “True Crime Authors” (Discovery Channel) series.  Mr Coyl is a founding member of the Single Action Theatre Company.



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Matt Crowle


Jocelyn Garner
has been performing and teaching dance for many years. Her Ph.D. is in Dance, earned at Laban/ City University, London. She completed her B.A. in Performing Arts in Colorado, and her M.A. in Dance Studies at Laban. She is a certified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and holds a BASI Pilates teacher certification and completed formal training for a Certificate in Dance Education in the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. She has performed with a variety of companies and independent choreographers around the world and served as a a full-time member of the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, her role being central to classical ballet training and dance science studies. She also works with Northwestern University, Joffrey Ballet Academy, and i Royal Academy of Dance.
Douglas Grew

George Howe

Janelle (Snow) Jones
jjones@roosevelt.edu

Janelle Jones has been acting in Chicago for over 20 years, performing on stage at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, American Theatre Company, Eclipse Theatre, Circle Theatre and more, garnering multiple nominations and awards for her work (including two Joseph Jefferson Awards and an After Dark Award). She is a member of Actors' Equity and SAG-AFTRA and has appeared in numerous films and television shows as well as commercials and industrials. Outside of acting she has worked as a casting assistant at Jane Alderman Casting and taught various theatre and English courses here and abroad. Janelle is a graduate of Northwestern University's theatre program and holds a Master's Degree in Education from Harvard University.


Ken Jones

Thomas Jones graduated from The University of Alabama in 1995 with a B.A. in Theatre. He has been a part of the Chicago Theatre industry for the past 17 years, the vast majority of that time with Eclipse Theatre Company as director, managing director, and co-producer. He has had the privilege of teaching playwriting, fight choreography, acting, and the Folio Technique to many students. He has participated as an instructor at several Illinois High Theatre Festivals as well as Illinois Theatre Association Conferences. Thomas just returned from the country of Nepal, where he lived for 2 months teaching English and volunteering in the Jitpurphedi community. 


Meera Sanghani Jorgensen
msanghani@roosevelt.edu

Elise KauzlaricElise Kauzlaric

Elise Kauzlaric is a director, actor, and dialect coach who has made Chicago home since 1997. She has taught for The Theatre School at DePaul University, Victory Gardens, CAST and Rose Bruford College in England. In addition to accent/speech training she teaches acting, with a focus on physical approaches to text and devising. She has been a proud member of Lifeline Theatre's artistic ensemble since 2005 where she has worked in various artistic capacities on over 25 productions. Her accent work with area theatres includes Lifeline Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Seanachai Theatre, Signal Ensemble, the hypocrites and many others. As an actor she has performed with Lifeline Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Apple Tree, City Lit and First Folio Shakespeare, to name a few. Professional directing credits include Dancing at Lughnasa with Seanachai Theatre and Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Mariette in Ecstasy with Lifeline Theatre. Elise holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and an MA in Actor Training from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.


David Kersnar
dkersnar@roosevelt.edu

David Kersnar is a founding ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and has performed, designed and directed with the company since it was founded in 1988. Kersnar has also appeared with the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Remains Theatre in Chicago, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles, and the Touchstone Theatre of Pennsylvania. Kersnar served as the Lookingglass Artistic Director from 1988 to 1989 and again from 1997 to 2000. Kersnar founded and served as Master Teacher with Lookingglass Education & Community Programs 2000-2006 and served as its Director from 1992 to 1997.

Professional directing and writing credits include La Luna Muda, Flying Griffin Circus for the Actor’s Gymnasium and Brundibar for Lookingglass in collaboration with Lively Arts, Chicago Children’s Choir and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Kersnar was commissioned to write and direct a new opera for the Chicago Children’s Choir, Sita Ram, in collaboration Rajagopalan of Natya Dance and was produced at Lookingglass in 2006. Kersnar also co-wrote and directed the Lookingglass namesake production, Through the Looking Glass and several productions for the Lookingglass World Circus.

Kersnar has utilized his collaborative creation techniques in facilitating workshops for schools, artistic organizations, and businesses. Kersnar founded Shaking the Tree Interactive Productions, which uses theatre techniques in business environments and provides conflict resolution workshops using drama role-playing techniques. Kersnar’s film and television credits include U.S. Marshals, Since You’ve Been Gone, Early Edition, and Turks. He recently directed a new Lookingglass production of Peter and The Wolf commissioned by the Chicago Symphony at Orchestra Hall. Kersnar co-wrote The Last Act of Lilka Kadison and will be directing the production for the Lookingglass 2010-2011 season. David holds a Bachelors of Science in Interdepartmental Studies with a focus on Theatre and Performance Studies from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from The Graduate School of Northwestern University.


Michael Kotze

Neil Massey
nmassey@roosevelt.edu

Ann McMann
amcmannkotze@roosevelt.edu

Ann McMann is a critically acclaimed soprano and voice teacher. Notably, in 2009, she made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in The Merry Widow. Ann has also appeared on Broadway and in international tours of The Phantom of the Opera and the Hal Prince revival of ShowBoat. She is at home on the operatic, musical theatre, and concert stages.

Some of her credits include Ragtime, The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance , Man of La Mancha, Phantom, The Sound of Music, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes…?, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Scrooge, Strike Up the Band , One Touch of Venus, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Tosca, Gianni Schicchi, Countess Maritza, and, The Pirates of Penzance with such companies as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Isle of Wight Symphony, Light Opera Works, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera North, Chamber Opera Chicago, Pamiro Opera, L’opera Piccola, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and the Theatre at the Center.


James Morehead
jmorehead@roosevelt.edu

James Morehead has recently music directed and/or played Jerry Springer - The Opera (Jeff Award - Best Show), bare (Jeff nominee - Music Direction), Trouble in Tahiti, The Rainbow Connection, Copacabana, The Mikado, The Impresario, Barber of Seville, The Old Maid and the Thief, Amelia Goes to the Ball, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sondheim in the Park, The Wandering Scholar, The Bear, Reagan's Children, Something Schwartz, The Way We War, and The Tony Goes To.

James is also the organist/choir director at St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, IL and the music director for Vox3 (www.vox3.org). He works at Roosevelt University as an accompanist, vocal coach and music director, having also taught classes classes in music history, music theory and German diction. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, James received his BM from Duquesne University and his MM from Chicago College of Performing Arts. James has also appeared as a featured cabaret pianist at Gentry, Spin, Davenport's, the 410 Club and the Casino.


Courtney Ring

Courtney was born and raised Lincoln, Nebraska and received her Bachelors of Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University. Training includes Kirov Academy of Ballet, Briansky Saratoga Springs Dance Center, Dance Aspen, Soviet American School of Ballet and Gus Giordano Dance Center. She began her pre-professional performing career at the age of 13 and upon graduation from OCU, moved to Chicago where she immediately began dancing as a senior company member of the Joel Hall Dancers and continued for 10 years. She was also a five year company dancer and publicity assistant for Instruments of Movement. She has worked in Chicago-area theater as a featured dancer, dance captain and swing for shows at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Drury Lane Water Tower, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts and Theater at the Center. She has been rehearsal director/ballet mistress for a variety of youth, trainee and professional companies in the Chicago area and is a proud union member of Actors Equity Association and the National Educators Association. She teaches in the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department and at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts Theatre Conservatory.


Steve Scott 

Steve Scott is the Associate Producer of Goodman Theatre, where he has overseen more than 150 productions; he is also a member of Goodman’s Artistic Collective. His Goodman directing credits include Horton Foote’s Blind Date; Rabbit Hole; Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock and No One Will Be Immune for the David Mamet Festival; Dinner With Friends; Wit; the world premiere of Tom Mula’s Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (co-directed with Michael Maggio); and four seasons of A Christmas Carol.

Other recent directing credits include Buried Child and Dealer’s Choice for Shattered Globe Theatre; Yohen for Silk Road Theatre Company; Frozen for The Next Theatre Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing for the St. Lawrence (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival; The Teapot Scandals of 1923 and Falsettos for Porchlight Theatre; and a number of productions for the Eclipse Theatre (where he is an ensemble member), including Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl, Keith Reddin’s Big Time, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, and Lanford Wilson’s The Moonshot Tapes.

He has directed for a variety of other companies, including Theatre Wit, the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, National Jewish Theatre, Theater at the Center, Lifeline Theatre, Organic Touchstone Theatre, and the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. Mr. Scott is the recipient of five Jeff nominations, an After Dark Award, and the Illinois Theatre Association’s Award of Honor.


Craig Springer
cspringer@roosevelt.edu

Craig Springer, baritone, has performed throughout the midwest in both classical and musical theater repertoire. He has appeared in such musicals as Sweeney Todd, Oliver, Candide, The Merry Widow, The Pirates of Penzance and Beauty and the Beast. Craig has been a company member with the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 1994 where he has appeared in over 120 productions. He has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.


Colette Todd

Barbara Zahora
bzahora@roosevelt.edu

Barbara Zahora joined the Roosevelt faculty in 2009 and is an actor, vocal coach, and dialect coach. She received her MFA in Theatre Performance from Roosevelt University, and her BAC in Theatre and Communications from Bowling Green State University. In 2004, she was chosen as one of two American actors to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London as part of an international residency where she studied with Mark Rylance, Giles Block, Stewart Pearce, and Glynn Macdonald.

As an actor, Barbara has been fortunate to work with Brian Bedford twice (in The School for Scandal and The Moliere Comedies, both co-productions between Stratford Festival of Canada and Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and to work in New York and other theatres around the country. She continues to perform at many Chicago area theatres; credits include the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, ShawChicago, and many others. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.barbarazahora.com