LILI-ANNE BROWN is a native Chicagoan with local, regional and national credits. She was recently seen as Joanne in American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre’s production of RENT. Last year she originated the role of Tia in the world premiere of hit play A Twist of Water with Route 66 Theatre Co, and she recently reprised the role Off-Broadway. She has also performed at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Next Theatre, Ravinia Festival, ShawChicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook & Water Tower, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatre at the Center, Peninsula Players, and many more. She is a local cabaret artist and member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals; her solo shows Brown & Blue and Same Fool Twice debuted successfully at Davenport’s Cabaret. She has performed with The Second City, understudying the etc. Stage, appearing in Chicago Live! at the Chicago Theater, and performing in the shows A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in DC and Charmed and Dangerous at CenterStage in Baltimore. She is the creator and co-author of Blacktacular!, a musical sketch comedy still seeking producers. She made her television debut on A&E Network's The Beast with Patrick Swayze, as Demarca, “the gangsta queen of the South Side”.
Her directing credits include: the critically acclaimed Chicago Premiere of Passing Strange for Bailiwick Chicago; Sweet Charity, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, all at Timber Lake Playhouse, where she is an Artistic Associate and got her start assistant-directing and appearing in Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Ragtime. She also served as Assistant Director for The Life, Side Show and The Wild Party for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, and Ragtime for Porchlight Music Theatre. Offstage, Lili-Anne spent five years working as a talent agent in Chicago. She headed casting at Bailiwick Chicago and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, and has assisted with casting at several other theatres. She is an Artistic/Technical Team member of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee; a Northwestern University graduate (Performance Studies); and a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
KATE GARASSINO is honored to serve as Executive Director of Bailiwick Chicago. Kate brings 20+ years of a professional theatre background, as well as 15 plus years of corporate experience, to the Collective. A founding collective member, producer, director and now Executive Director of Bailiwick Chicago, Kate has been a part of the conception of the new Bailiwick Chicago theatre from its infancy.
Most recently, Kate received an Equity Jeff Nomination for her role of Lady Thiang in Porchlight Music Theater’s production of The King and I and is a Jeff Award recipient for Best Supporting Musical Theatre Actress in Bailiwick Repertory’s production of Bomb's Away!.
This past winter she co-directed the Chicago Casting Auction production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, she previously directed the 1st Annual Chicago Casting Auction for Bailiwick Chicago's Damn Yankees and Executive Produced See What I Wanna See in the Steppenwolf Garage Rep program. She has previously performed in many critically acclaimed productions such as Avenue Q with NightBlue, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre productions including Jerry Springer: The Opera, My Favorite Year, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Parade and Dr. Sex. In addition, she has worked at Silk Road Theatre Company, Apple Tree, Marriott Theatre, BoHo Theatre, Famous Door, and TheatreBam, to name a few. In Ms. Garassino’s thirty plus artistic career, she has been fortunate to work with some of the greatest Chicago theater companies and thanks the Chicago Theatre Community audiences for continuing to give us a reason to perform and produce theater.
In Ms. Garassino’s corporate career, she has been a Marketing and Business Development Manager for various Architecture / Real Estate Developers and launched her own firm, Garassino Partners in November 2011 becoming a business development, marketing and match making service for business professionals. Kate also served as BoHo Theatre Company’s Marketing Director, and she is now looking forward to using her corporate experience to network and build future relations for Bailiwick Chicago.
Director of Creative & Marketingeric@bailiwickchicago.com
<strong>ERIC MARTIN</strong> has served as Creative Director for Bailiwick Chicago since 2009. As a graphic designer and web developer/designer, Eric has been working since 2005 to develop brands, consistency, imagery, and overall visual standards with various Chicagoland theater companies including Bailiwick Repertory, Blue Moon Studio Theater, Li'l Buds Theater Co., Book & Lyric Theatricals, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre Co., Victory Gardens Theater, and Bailiwick Chicago, among others.
As an actor, Eric enjoys the process of creating and fostering original works and smaller, lesser known roles more than anything else. From a murderous bisexual teenager in Bailiwick Repertory's Jeff Award-winning <em>Thrill Me: The Story of Leopold and Loeb</em> to a wandering lonely merchant marine in Theo Ubique's Jeff Award-winning <em>Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night,</em> Eric has found his passion in bringing new life to unexplored text.
Director of Creative & Marketing
Director of Artistic Developmentjon@bailiwickchicago.com
<strong>JON MARTINEZ</strong> works regularly as a choreographer, performer and teacher. Hailing from Chicago, IL, he graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago. He spent three years choreographing and teaching for Gallery 37/After School Matters working on various shows such as the mid west premiere of Jason Robert Brown's <em>13: The Musical</em>, <em>Cats</em> and <em>Oliver</em>. Choreography credits include: <em>Rocky Horror Picture Show Live!</em>, <em>Pr0ne: A Casting Couch Musical Comedy</em> (Underscore Theatre); <em>Christmas is Made for Fools</em> (Step Up Productions); T<em>he Fantasticks</em> (Columbia College Chicago). Performance credits include: <em>Floyd Collins</em>, <em>Victor/Victoria</em> (Columbia College Chicago); <em>Hey Dancin! Hey Musical!</em> (Factory Theatre); <em>Carrie: The Musical</em> (Bailiwick Chicago); <em>The SpecTAPulars</em> and <em>The Tap Dance Kid</em> (Mary Archie - Abbie-fest) and The Paris Opera Ballet's <em>BOLERO</em> (U.S. National Tour). Jon also teaches tap and jazz at Intrigue Dance Chicago.
Director of Artistic Development
Director of Educationmichaelpatrick@bailiwickchicago.com
MICHAEL DRISCOLL has spent the last five years dedicating himself to arts education in Chicago. Michael served as the Education Associate at American Theater Company where he managed ATC’s largest residency program, American Mosaic and after school program, Bridge. Michael has presented at the National Convention of Teachers of English, the Chicago Arts Partners in Education Assessment Swap Meet,Chicago Arts Educators Forum, and the regional Illinois Theatre in Our Schools conference discussing theatre education’s impact on Chicago’s high school students. Hel is also a teaching artist and has taught with American Theater Company, Northlight Theatre, StageCoach Theatre Arts School, The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, and CCAP. Michael is a freelance director and has worked with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, About Face Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, American Theater Company, Porchlight Music Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, and Bailiwick Chicago. Studying Theatre Education and Directing, Michael is a graduate Illinois State University. His is also a graduate of the Teaching Artist Development Studio in Chicago, a professional development program designed to augment and refine the skills of the teaching artist.
Director of Education
DEANNA FEARNBAUGH is excited to be part of Bailiwick Chicago's Collective. She feels honored to be amongst so many talented artists and friends who continue to inspire and amaze her. She has stage and production managed, over 29 productions, tours and special events based out of Chicago during the last 6 years. Few of which include: Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rent, Jacquel Brel Alive and Well in Paris, Not About Nightingales, Oh Holy Allen Ginsberg.., and Sin. For Bailiwick Chicago she works as the Event Manager and technical liaison. She is thrilled for the future of Bailiwick Chicago and it's planned collaboration with other organizations. Outside of theater, Deanna currently works representing storyboard artists, animators and editors creating animatics for test broadcast. She is grateful for the never-ending love and support provided by her friends, family and most of all Matt.
HARMONY FRANCE is honored to be part of the collective of Bailiwick Chicago. After studying Opera at Brenau Universtity and Acting at Columbia College, she has worked with Bailiwick Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Blue Moon Studio Theater, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, City Lit Theatre, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Light Opera Works, Peninsula Players, Porchlight Music Theatre, Quest Theatre Ensemble, Theatre at the Center, Theo Ubique, and Victory Gardens. Favorite roles include Mother (Ragtime), The Witch (Into the Woods), Emma (Tell Me on a Sunday), Woman 2 (Songs for a New World), and Lou Ellen (Oh Boy!).
SHARRIESE HAMILTON is ecstatic about working with Bailiwick Chicago! Although she is now based in Chicago, she hails from Okemos, Michigan, receiving her BA in Theatre from Michigan State University. She is predominately an actor and a pretty outstanding baker. Recent credits in theatre include Pal Joey (Porchlight Music Theatre), See What I Wanna See (Bailiwick Chicago); We 3 Lizas (About Face Theatre); A Class Act (Porchlight Music Theatre); Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago); Little Shop of Horrors (Street Tempo); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Timber Lake Playhouse); The People VS Friar Laurence (Boarshead Theatre); The Last Five Years (Steel Beam Theatre) and various roles with the Chicago based children’s theatre company Great Works Theatre and Plays With A Purpose with Black Ensemble Theater. She has been involved in education through the arts since 2007 as a teaching artists for various schools and organizations.
Audience Services Managermitch@bailiwickchicago.com
<strong>MITCHELL HARVICK</strong> is an actor/director who comes from Eugene, Oregon and got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon University. Since Mitchell has moved to Chicago, he has taken improv classes at Second City and the Annoyance, he was the assistant director for <em>Incendiary</em> with Wishbone Theater Collective, and has worked as the box office manager for <em>Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson</em> with Bailiwick Chicago. He is excited to be a part of this wonderful family as their audience services manager.
Audience Services Manager
VARRIS HOLMES is a longtime actor, singer, writer and arts educator here in Chicago. His challenging Northwestern schooling has helped him work with some mighty fine companies including Lookingglass Theatre, About Face, Free Street Programs. Having a place to belong has long been an unconscious search and is found now in Bailiwick Chicago—he is extremely proud to have become a Collective Member. Varris loves the vitality and possibilities here in Chicago theatre and is committed to having Bailiwick Chicago be a permanent fixture here.
Social Events Coordinatorbrittany@bailiwickchicago.com
BRITTANY TOWNSLEY is honored to be an Artistic Associate of Bailiwick Chicago! Brittany was a part of the extremely talented cast of Bailiwick Chicago’s inaugural production, Show Us Your Love. Chicago companies Brittany has worked for include Emerald City Theatre, Village Players, and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. Brittany holds a BA in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago.
Social Events Coordinator
MELISSA YOUNG is a Director, Actor, Comedian, Singer and Crazy lady and has been around the Chicago theater scene since 1996. Chicago’s “Cabaret DIVA!” (Time Out Chicago) has been performing around the country with her solo cabaret shows, Redheaded Broadway, Lucky Star: Madonna at 50 and Beyond and OUT: A Rainbow Icon Celebration. In Chicago, Melissa has had the pleasure of performing at Davenport's Piano Bar, Drury Lane Water Tower, Hydrate, The Gentry, Theater Building Chicago, the Mayne Stage and the Park West and with such off loop companies as The Boxer Rebellion Ensemble, Theater Building Chicago, The BackStage Theater Company, White Horse Theater Ensemble and Open Eye Productions, to name a few. She has acted and directed many productions during her Chicago stay and even took the original play Me, The Devil and Other Friends by Fannon Holland to the New York International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2003. Melissa was the Artistic Director of the BackStage Theatre Company for five years and is a Board member of Chicago’s cabaret organization The Chicago Cabaret Professionals and Big Noise Theatre Company. In New York, Melissa has been seen at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Club Iguana and the infamous Stonewall Inn.
Aside from Cabaret, Directing and performing on the stage, Melissa is the voice of Lily on the children’s animated program, The Ebos Adventures, among other voiceover work. She and her husband Rob are the owners and operators of Prescott Laine Pictures.
"New works are my life! I believe in order for the theater to continue as an art form at all, we must always be producing and fostering new works. As a director and producer, I hope to throw my energy in that basket and as always, sing my face off and make 'um laugh meow!"
DANNY BERNARDO has had the great pleasure of working as actor or on production with such companies as Goodman, Victory Gardens, About Face, Silk Road Rising, Porchlight, Lifeline, and Collaboraction. Favorite projects include Pacific Overtures (Kayama), 5th of July (Jed), The Piano Tuner (Seign To), Re-Spiced: A Silk Road Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate (Bill), Yellowface (assistant director), and the title roles in Scooter Thomas... and Disney's Aladdin. He has served on the theatre faculties of AfterSchool Matters at Gallery 37, Metropolis School of Performing Arts, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. In the social media world, he has produced and moderated successful panel events for the global Social Media Week, as well as helping small businesses build/engage their communities during his tenure with boutique firm Lipstic Logic. Along with studying theatre at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Second City Chicago, he is a proud graduate of Columbia College Chicago and the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts.
AARON HOLLAND is an Actor/Singer/Dancer from Richmond, Va. He received his B.F.A in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. That same year, Aaron won the Kingsley Colton award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Though Aaron has been acting across Chicagoland for the past several years, he fancies himself to be a bit of a renaissance man; writing, composing, and producing his own shows as well.
ROB SMITH started his career as a singer, actor and dancer. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has appeared in numerous shows with such companies as the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, BackStage Theatre Company, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and BigNoise Theatre.
In the last few years, he has switched his focus to film, producing the annual YoungSmith Christmas Spectacular among other documentary projects. With Bailiwick Chicago, he has created a behind the scenes video for the past season's Chicago Casting Auction production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He and his wife, Collective Member Melissa Young, have also produced archival and promotional materials for Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, See What I Want to See, The Bailiwick Chicago Annual Fund and Mahal.
He currently runs Prescott Laine Pictures (prescottlaine.com), sits on the board of Chicago Tap Theatre (chicagotaptheatre.com) and is a Senior Web Developer with VSA Partners (vsapartners.com), a marketing and branding firm in Chicago.
HEATHER STUCK is proud to be a part of the amazingly talented family of Bailiwick Chicago. Originally from Springfield IL, Heather graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Musical Theatre Performance. Recent Stage Management credits include See What I Wanna See, Best Musical Holiday Edition, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Passing Strange, Damn Yankees! (The Chicago Casting Auction). Not including other credits throughout Chicago for various dance companies, video productions and corporate events.
AARON BENHAM is a Chicago area singer and music director. In addition to working with Bailiwick Chicago, his credits include work with The Second City, Theo-Ubique Cabaret Theater, Porchlight Music Theater, The New Colony, Circle Theater, and NightBlue. His original work can be heard around town with Hey Ladies!, Democracy Burlesque, FunEmployed, and The Fine Print Theater. He runs a private studio for vocal and piano instruction. BFA Emerson College.
"I started working with Bailiwick Chicago on Rise of the Numberless, so clearly I was brought on board for my mad Rockstar skills. I'm most excited to work on new, innovative theater pieces that actually strive to challenge people, and to play some sweet music."
STEVE BEST originally hails from Jackson, MI and has been happy to call Chicago home for the last nine years after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Some favorite Chicago acting credits include: Into the Woods (Baker), Assassins (Guiteau), Company (Peter) with Porchlight Music Theatre; Robber Bridegroom (Little Harp) with Griffin Theatre; and Parade (Watson), Dr. Sex (Pennywhistle), Sin: A Cardinal Deposed (J. Owen Todd) with Bailiwick Repertory. He has also had the pleasure to work with The Goodman, Timeline, Lifeline, Raven, Chicago Dramatists, Pyewacket and The Michigan Shakespeare Festival. Steve is a proud recipient of an Avery Hopwood Writing Award for Drama and has been excited to revisit his passion for playwriting as co-lead developer for Bailiwick Chicago’s 2012 workshop of The North/South Plays.
SAMANTHA DUBINA is so proud to be a collective member with Bailiwick Chicago! Chicagoland credits include The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee and The Taffetas (Noble Fool Theatricals), Alice in Wonderland (Northbrook TYA), Out of Order (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre), The Christmas Schooner (Bailiwick Repertory) and over 20 productions with Timber Lake Playhouse. Sam holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University.
SCOTT FERGUSON is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Theatrebam Chicago where he wrote and created the hit show, Schoolhouse Rock Live! and Schoolhouse Rock Live Too!. Scott has directed the SRLive! National Tours (’99-’01) with Troupe American, Inc., the Off-Broadway productions at The Atlantic and the Lamb’s Little Theatre, as well as many productions across the country. He recently wrote the new musical The Main Street Kids’ Club: A MathStart Musical!, which is currently touring to schools and is licensed for production through Music Theatre International. As a proud artistic associate of About Face Theatre, Scott has directed Xena Live! Episode One, the Jeff Award-nominated Xena Live! Episode Two, Xena Lives! The Musical and Say You Love Satan. In Chicago Scott has directed for Chicago Children’s Theatre, Hell in a Handbag Productions, Filament Theatre Company, Drury Lane Oakbrook & Watertower. For the former Bailiwick Repertory, Scott directed the Non Equity Jeff-nominated A Man of No Importance as well as The Cousins Grimm. Scott directed Bailiwick Chicago’s award-winning production of Elton John's Aida. Regionally, he has directed for The Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Wohlfahrt Haus Theatre in Wytheville, Virginia, The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, Rhodes College and New Trier High School. Favorites include; The Rocky Horror Show, Return To The Forbidden Planet, The Mystery Of Irma Vep, Evita, Bat Boy The Musical, Jekyll & Hyde, Floyd Collins, Disney’s Aida, Beauty And The Beast, Saucy Jack & The Space Vixens, Year With Frog And Toad, Big River, Altar Boyz, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Robber Bridegroom and Trogg! A Musical.
JAMES MOREHEAD is music director for VOX3, www.vox3.org, choir master/organist at St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, IL, Assistant Conductor for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and resident coach for Watson Studios www.watsonvoicestudios.com and OpTIC (Opera Training Institute of Chicago.) He primarily works as a coach, accompanist and music director for the Theater Conservatory of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he has also served as Adjunct Professor of Music Theory/History and German Diction. James received his MM in Piano Performance and Music Theory from Roosevelt University and his BM from Duquesne University. As a Music Director, James has worked on Jerry Springer: The Opera, Bare: A Rock Opera (Jeff Award-nominated for Music Direction), Passing Strange (Jeff Award-nominated for Music Direction), Elton John's AIDA, Trouble in Tahiti, The Rainbow Connection, the Mikado, The Impresario, Barber of Seville, The Old Maid and the Thief, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sondheim in the Park, The Wandering Scholar, The Bear, Reagan's Children, Something Schwartz, The Way We War, Copacabana, Cupid and Psyche, Promises, Promises , Screwed Up People, Flaherty and Ahrens On and Off and The Tony Goes To, The Tony Goes II, and Once, Twice, Three Times a Tony among many others. Classically, James has performed at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago's Gospel Fest 2012, GALA 2012 in Denver, CO, Harold Washington Theater among many others. He has collaborated and performed with the Juliani Ensemble, the Grande Prairie Choral Arts Singers, Anaphora, Lyric Opera Kids and ChiArts, He has also appeared as a featured pianist at the Green Mill, Mary's Attic, the Tavern, Gentry on Halsted, Spin Nightclub, Davenport's, the 410 Club, the Spot and the Casino.
ROBERT OLLIS is one of the members of the company that formed Bailiwick Chicago, serving as music director for its inaugural production Show Us Your Love, as well as for A Season of Change: Holidays in the Sixties, and was Co-Music Director of Elton John’s AIDA and orchestrator/assistant conductor of Violet. He has also music-directed several Chicago Casting Auction productions for Bailiwick Chicago and Victory Gardens Theatre, including, most recently, The Drowsy Chaperone, and will be Music Coordinator of Wonderful Town in 2015. Robert was recently nominated for a Jeff Award for his music direction of Pride Films & Plays’ Songs from an Unmade Bed. He will soon music direct PFP’s new musical comedy The Book of Merman. He also music directed PFP’s production of Under A Rainbow Flag, which won two Jeff Awards: Best Musical and Best New Work. Robert received a non-equity Jeff Award for his musical direction of Kiss of the Spider Woman and nominations for A Man of No Importance and Under a Rainbow Flag. In recent years, he has also music-directed such varied shows as Assassins (GoForth Productions), plus My Favorite Year and Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Robert has also accompanied cabaret singers at Feinstein’s in New York City, Davenport’s in Chicago and at countless local theatrical fundraising events.
A director/choreographer, CHRISTOPHER PAZDERNIK's Chicago credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Show Us Your Love and F***ing Men (Bailiwick Chicago); Spamalot (Jedlicka); Zanna, Don't! and Bombs Away! (Bailiwick Repertory); Candide, Miracle on 34th Street and A Catered Affair (Porchlight Music Theater); Time After Time: The Songs of Jule Styne (Theo Ubique); The Full Monty (Village Players), and a series of musical theater revues at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret. He also works frequently as a guest artist at Elmhurst College, his alma mater, and with new musicals in development. Besides serving as the artistic producer for Bailiwick Chicago, he is also an artistic associate with Porchlight Music Theatre and the annual fund coordinator at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
<strong>RUS RAINEAR</strong> hails from Ocean City, New Jersey and has lived in Chicago since 1992. He is a Jeff Award-nominated actor (<em>Cabaret</em> with Theo Ubique) and a Jeff Award-winning ensemble member (<em>Corpus Christi</em> with Ulysses Theatre Company and Bailiwick Repertory, <em>Parade</em> with Bailiwick Repertory). He has also had the great pleasure of working with such theater companies as Bailiwick Chicago, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Porchlight Music Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Li'l Buds Theatre Co., Circle Theater, Boxer Rebellion, Hell in a Handbag, Pegasus Players, Wagon Wheel and Timber Lake Playhouse. He has performed his cabaret shows at venues including Davenport's Piano Bar, Gentry, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Douglas Dunes and the Drake Hotel. Rus works with the casting office at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and has his own gardening and pet sitting businesses.
DANNI SMITH is an actor/singer based in Chicago for the past seven years. She is honored to join the Bailiwick Chicago collective. As an actor Danni has enjoyed the privilege of working with many great Chicagoland theatre companies including Bailiwick Chicago (Violet), Theo Ubique (Some Enchanted Evening, Pump Boys and Dinettes—Jeff Award nomination), BoHo (Bernarda Alba, The Glorious Ones—Jeff Award nomination), Kokandy Productions (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), American Theater Company (Oklahoma!), the Division (Zastrozzi), Hell in a Handbag (Scarrie, Rudolph...), Strangeloop (Living Quarters), Li'l Buds (Gullivers Travels), Noble Fool (Ruthless! and ...Forum), and Drury Lane Oakbrook (Christmas Carol). Regionally she has worked with The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, Henry VIII). This winter she'll join her friends at The Waltzing Mechanics for their first primetime production at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse (after their successful late-night open run of El Stories). Next fall she is excited to play with her pals at the Division, where she also serves as an artistic associate, on their production of Mad Forest. Danni holds a Bachelors degree in Musical Theatre from Ball State University.
Executive Director, 2011–12
BRIAN LaDUCA (associate member - SDC) was an adjunct instructor for University Theater at the University of Chicago in addition to his duties as managing director/program coordinator. He was the executive director of Bailiwick Chicago whose recent hits have been the Midwest premiere of Passing Strange and Elton John's AIDA and in 2012 the Chicago premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Recent credits include: director of Romeo & Juliet with Babes with Blades, director and producer of War Reflections: A Night of Russian Premiere Plays for the Soviet Art Experience at the University of Chicago, co-creation and curation of the inaugural International Voices Project where he directed the Canadian piece Night by Christopher Morris; director and designer of the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Logan Arts Center at the University of Chicago; text coach for a premiere collaboration between theatre students at the University of Chicago and Tony Kushner on Kushner’s new play But, The Giraffe. Brian has produced and directed productions in Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, and Illinois. He holds an MFA in Directing for the Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and a BFA in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. From 2000-2008, he was the Producing Artistic Director for C’est La Vie Drama in Chicago and the Artistic Director of Theatrix (Lincoln, NE) where he originated the now annual New Artists Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focusing on the development of new work by local Nebraska playwrights.
Executive Director, 2011–12
Founding Artistic/Executive Director, 2009–12
KEVIN MAYES was the founding artistic director of Bailiwick Chicago from September 2009 - April 2012, having also served as the company's Founding executive director from September 2009 - May 2011. Kevin works as an actor and director, and twice has been Jeff nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. He began his career as an assistant to Lloyd Richards at the O’Neill Theater’s Playwrights Conference after graduating from Yale with a BA in Music and Theatre. He was the musical arranger / coordinator for the original production of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig at Lincoln Center.