Deanna has appeared at Lookingglass in Death Tax and The North China Lover. Her most recent Chicago performance was last fall in Marvin’s Room (Shattered Globe Theatre). Though she has appeared in over 20 Chicago area theaters (earning three Jeff Awards, three After Dark Awards, and the Sarah Siddons Award), she is best known as Violet in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of August: Osage County, which moved to Broadway (Tony Award Recipient), and toured to London and Sydney, Australia. Last spring she participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab held near Marrakesh, Morocco. Her best known film role is Nana in the M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Visit. Television credits include: The Exorcist, The Strain, and House of Cards. Her directing credits include directing her play The Legend Of Pecos Bill (Dallas Theater Center) and assistant directing Marvin’s Room (Shattered Globe Theatre).
Samuel has appeared in Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth this winter at Lookingglass, where he last appeared in Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure and previously appeared in Lookingglass Alice. He is a Stakeholding Partner in the Back Room Shakespeare Project. Chicago credits include: The Feast: An Intimate Tempest and Hunchback (Redmoon Theater); Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); and several productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits include: Doctor’s Dilemma (American Players Theatre); Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Boys Next Door (Syracuse Stage), and Henry V on tour with The Acting Company. TV Credits include appearances on Boardwalk Empire, Chicago PD, Mob Doctor and Crisis.
Ericka has performed at Lookingglass in Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten, Around the World in 80 Days and Peter Pan: A Play. Ericka is an ensemble member with Congo Square Theatre Company.
J . SALOMÉ MARTINEZ JR.
Salomé has appeared at Lookingglass in Cascabel and Big Lake, Big City. He recently appeared in Goodman Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. Other theatre credits include: Parachute Men (Teatro Vista); This is Modern Art, How long will I cry? (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); After (Profiles Theatre); As You Like It, Man of La Mancha, The Seagull (Constance Theatre); and The War of the Worlds (Hippodrome State Theatre). Salomé has also appeared on several TV shows and films such as Empire, Sirens, Law & Order, Castle, Chicago Fire, Emmy winning HBO mini-series Generation Kill, NYC Underground, New York, I Love You and the Oscar Nominated film The Messenger. He received his B.A in theatre from Barat College and his M.F.A in acting from the University of Florida.
Kasey has performed at Lookingglass in Treasure Island, Moby Dick and The Little Prince. She has been performing, producing, and directing in Chicago since 2004. She has worked with Chicago-based theatre companies: Manual Cinema Studios, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Blair Thomas & Co., Redmoon, Dog n Pony, Trap Door, Theater Wit, Red Tape, Oracle, and Collaboraction. Currently, she is on tour with Lookingglass’ Moby Dick. Foster sings with Chicago bands: Grood, Babe-alon 5, Old Timey, and This Must be the Band. She has directed/choreographed over thirty original works, and produces an annual series called Dance Tribute.
Christopher has performed at Lookingglass in The Odyssey, Eurydice, The Arabian Nights, Metamorphoses, Still Alice, Moby Dick, and Treasure Island. New York credits include: Dogeaters, Measure for Measure (The Public Theater/NYSF), The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci (Second Stage Theater), Monster (Classic Stage Company, Obie Award) and Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square Theatre).
Walter Owen Briggs
Walter has appeared at Lookingglass in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The North China Lover, and Moby Dick. Walter appeared in the world premiere of Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, All Our Tragic (The Hypocrites;Jeff Award for Best Ensemble), and The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.;Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor). Other Chicago credits include: Victory Gardens Theater, A Red Orchid Theatre, Steep Theater, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Dramatists, About Face Theatre, and The House Theatre of Chicago. Regional credits include: Alliance Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Getty Villa. TV/Film credits include: Chicago Med, Jessica, A Good Person, Ballad and Older Children. Walter is a founding member of The Inconvenience and a community member with The Hypocrites. He is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Atra last appeared at Lookingglass in Blood Wedding and made her debut before that with Bengal Tiger at The Baghdad Zoo. Past performances include: 1984 (Steppenwolf for Young Adults), A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre), Heartbreak House (Writers Theatre), Dirty (The Gift Theatre), Seminar (Haven Theatre), and Inana (TimeLine Theatre). She is an understudy to The Second City Touring Company, and a member of the sketch group, Damn Gina. Atra is a graduate of Loyola University, Second City, and iO—where she is on the Harold team, Lil Tooties. Atra is also 1/2 of the improv/sketch duo, The Perm.
Heidi Stillman (Artistic Director) most recently directed Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo for Lookingglass. Heidi has both written and directed for Lookingglass: Cascabel, in collaboration with Tony Hernandez and Rick Bayless; Hephaestus, in collaboration with Tony Hernandez; The Brothers Karamazov (2009 Raven award); Hard Times (5 Jeff awards including director, new work, and production; Hard Times was also produced at the Arden in Philadelphia); The Master and Margarita (Jeff nominated). Additional writing credits with Lookingglass: The Last Act of Lilka Kadison with Andy White, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips and Nicola Behrman; The Old Curiosity Shop with Laura Eason and Raymond Fox (Jeff award for adaptation), and The Baron in the Trees with Larry DiStasi (Jeff nominated). Directing work with Lookingglass includes Trust (co directed with David Schwimmer), The Wooden Breeks and Hillbilly Antigone. Heidi’s adaptation of The Book Thief premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in the fall of 2012. Additionally, she has staged Laura Eason’s Around the World in 80 Days at Kansas City Repertory, and Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights at Berkeley Repertory. Heidi is directing her adaptation of The North China Lover (Marguerite Duras) in the fall of 2013 at Lookingglass, which she workshopped at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor program last summer. She lives in Chicago with her husband, sound designer and composer Rick Sims, and their thirteen year olds, Sadie and Jude.
Kareem has previously appeared at Lookingglass in Blood Wedding, Moby Dick, The Little Prince, Big Lake Big City, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, and Peter Pan. Chicago credits: A Christmas Carol (2014, 2015, and 2016), Rock ‘N’ Roll, Gas For Less and King Lear at Goodman Theatre; The Wheel at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Oklahoma! at Paramount Theatre; The Good Book and The Illusion at Court Theatre; Julius Caesar, Hamlet, The Caretaker and Heartbreak House at Writers Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II and Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Blood and Gifts at TimeLine Theatre; Othello (as Othello) at The Gift Theatre, and many others. Regional credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Three Musketeers and The Tempest at Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Love’s Labours Lost at Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare; Julius Caesar and Stuff Happens at PICT Classic Theatre, and four seasons with Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He has appeared in several films including The Merry Gentleman directed by Michael Keaton, on TV in Chicago Fire (NBC), and is a recipient of the 2011 3Arts Artist Award.
Andrew White (Connectivity and Engagement Director) is a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre Company, where he currently serves as Artistic Director (a position he previously held from 1990-92). As a Lookingglass Ensemble Member and performer, he has participated in the workshop and development of more than thirty Lookingglass original adaptations and world premieres. He wrote and directed the company’s 1989 production of Of One Blood, about the 1964 murders of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman in Mississippi. In 2004, he wrote and directed an adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, which received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Adaptation. He wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Eastland produced at Lookingglass in 2012.
Andy was in the 1987 production of Alice, from which Lookingglass derived its name and mission. Since then, his Lookingglass acting credits include Ethan Frome, The Arabian Nights (1992, 1997, 2009), Our Town, The Wooden Breeks, The Old Curiosity Shop, Hillbilly Antigone, The Secret in the Wings, Race, Summertime, Her Name Was Danger, They All Fall Down, Metamorphoses, Metamorphosis, Eye of the Beholder, The Master and Margarita, S/M, The Third Voyage, The Jungle, and The Odyssey.
Andy has also appeared in Northlight Theatre’s Inherit the Wind, the Goodman’s All the Rage, Steppenwolf’s Winesburg, Ohio and Another Time, and Victory Gardens’ Kids in the Dark. Film work includes Love and Action in Chicago, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Since You’ve Been Gone, and American Anthem. His television credits include TV 101, Eerie, Indiana, W.I.O.U., and Missing Persons.
Andy has worked in corporate, non-profit, and classroom environments, structuring and facilitating conversations with participants around organizational and community issues since 1990. He has worked in Lookingglass Outreach and Education programs with students of all ages: developing and implementing arts-integrated units in elementary and high schools; facilitating faculty workshops in schools across the Chicagoland area; and working with teenagers across the city to use theater as a means of engaging their peers in dialogue about community issues, from HIV to racism. He has taught Acting as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Northwestern University (B.S., 1987) and National-Louis University. Andy has been a facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League, and led Summer Institute sessions with teachers for Facing History and Ourselves, with the goal of using theatre techniques to enhance the toolbox with which faculty bring curriculum to their students. In 2007, Andy co-founded Mosaic Experience, a company dedicated to dialogue and an arts-based approach to facilitating conversations about diversity.
He lives in Evanston with his wife, Shari, and their two children, Julia and Asher.
is a co-founder (with Matt Hoffman) of the 17-time Emmy Award winning production company HMS Media. A classically trained pianist through the Baldwin Piano Pathways Program, where he won the Jose Iturbi Scholarship and the Merit Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music in London, Scott has been awarded 6 Chicago-Midwest Emmy Awards for producing arts television series and specials, including Dance For Life, The Chicago Dance Project, Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge, River North Rising, Why Am I Hiding and Artbeat Chicago; he has also been nominated for producing Our City Our Shakespeare, Just Passing Through (with Julia Fordham, Shawn Colvin and October Project),Dance From The Heart (with Ben Vereen and The Joffrey Ballet), Second To None (with Tina Fey and The Second City), and Getting There: Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. More recently, Scott has produced the national PBS specials First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb and A Christmas Carol: The Concert, and associate produced Celtic Woman: Emerald, Gentleman’s Rule and three specials with Under The Streetlamp. Scott has won three Ruth Page Awards for collaborations with Chicago dance companies; the Gold and Silver Plaques from the Chicago International Film Festival; and the Arts and Business Council’s Abby Award. He has produced promotional video, television commercials and web content for numerous Broadway shows and tours, including On The Town, Follies, Company, The Color Purple, August: Osage County, Young Frankenstein, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Farnsworth Invention, Rock and Roll, The Seafarer, High Fidelity, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd and many others. He and the HMS team have created video design for Lookingglass’ 1984 (Jeff nomination), and continue to produce marketing, development, archival and web content. Scott is also a board member for Arts Alliance Illinois, a statewide advocacy organization for Illinois arts organizations.
Brian Sidney Bembridge
Brian has designed over 15 productions at Lookinglass, including Life Sucks, Cascabel, Summertime, and Hard Times (Jeff Award). His extensive design credits include Off-Broadway: The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids With Guns and Theatre at St. Clement’s. International: Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Ireland, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and Platform Hip Hop Festival in Sydney, Australia, among others. Regional: Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago and California Shakespeare Theaters, ACT Theatre, TimeLine Theatre (Artistic Associate), The Second City, Arden Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Children’s Theatre Company; Asolo, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Madison Repertory Theaters, City Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Circle X Theatre Company (Company Member), Route 66 Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), Visceral Dance, Opera Omaha, and Virginia Opera, among others. Film production designs include Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, Stray Dogs and Late for Church, and sets for Muppets from Space.
Credits & Awards
Off Broadway: Jean Cocteau Repertory, Kids With Guns Theater Company, Theatre at St Clement’s.
National Tours: Chicago Shakespeare.
Chicago: Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Second City, Court Theatre, Chicago Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Ravinia Music Festival, Timeline Theatre Company (Artistic Associate), Teatro Vista (Artistic Associate), UMA Productions (Artistic Associate), Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower/Oakbrook, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Chicago Civic Ballet, Next Theater, Famous Door Theater Company, The Gift Theatre, Pine Box Theatre Company, Naked Eye Theatre Company, Bailiwick Repertory, Noble Fool Theatricals, Live Bait Theater, among others. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Virginia Opera, Opera Omaha, The Arden Theatre, The Second City Toronto, Milwaukee Repertory, Madison Repertory, Circle X Theatre Company, Boston Court Theatre, The Power House Theater, Golden Mean Productions, among others.
Film Production Design: Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce, Holding Out, MANFAST, Stray Dogs, Late for Church. He also designed sets for MUPPETS FROM SPACE.
Brian has been honored with six Joseph Jefferson Awards, two Gregory Awards, two LA Drama Critic Circle Awards, LA Weekly Theater Awards, three Back Stage Garland Awards, and an Ovation Award. Brian represented the U.S. at the Prague Quadrennial in 2011 with his design of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.
Lisa Tejero initially performed with Lookingglass in their production of S/M as Madame le Presidente (she believes it was the early 90’s). Other productions with Lookingglass include the last four months of the first time the company produced Metamorphoses in Chicago (as well as subsequent productions in Berkeley, Seattle, L.A., St. Louis & Cincinnati off & on Broadway & most recently at Arena Stage in DC). She has appeared in 1984, & as Betsy Quilp & Sally Brass in The Old Curiosity Shop, & the goddess Hera in Argonautika, Enone in Fedra and as the ever so cuddly Zeena in Ethan Frome.
Troy West has been a friend of Lookingglass Theatre for many years appearing in: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Wooden Breeks, George, The Idiot, The Old Curiosity Shop, Great Men of Science #’s 21 & 22, HARD TIMES (3 incarnations including the Philadelphia run at the Arden) The Great Fire (the original and the remount) and a cameo appearance in Her Name Was Danger. Elsewhere in Chicago, Mr. West has appeared at Steppenwolf in the original productions of August:Osage County (also on Broadway and in London and Sydney) and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (also NYC, Los Angeles and San Francisco). Other Chicago credits include; stints with the Goodman Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Next Theatre, Interplay, Remains, Famous Door, Roadworks, Wild Life and The Illinois Theatre Center among others. Regional credits include; Indiana Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Theatre-By-The-Sea and New Harmony Theatre among others. Television credits include Early Edition, Nash Bridges, The Pursuit of Happiness, The “Canned” Film Festival. Film credits include: The Dilemma, Hellcab and the soon-to-be-released Advantage: Weinberg.
Alison Siple started working with Lookingglass as an intern in 1999. Her work at Lookingglass includes Still Alice, The Great Fire, Mister Rickey Calls a Meeting, Icarus, Fedra: Queen of Haiti and Black Diamond along with assisting on Lookingglass Alice and The Arabian Nights. Her recent work includes The Pirates of Penzance (A.R.T.), Ivywild: The True Tales of Bathhouse John (Hypocrites), Pinklalicious: The Musical (First Stage) and Our Town (Huntington, The Broad Stage, Barrow Street and Hypocrites). Alison won the 2010 Equity Jeff Award for The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre) and won Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Cabaret (Hypocrites 2011), for Time and the Conways (Griffin 2006) and for Leonce und Lena (Hypocrites 2005). She was one of 12 Chicago artists to receive a 3Arts Artist Grant in 2011. Alison is an undergraduate of Northwestern University, a company member of The Hypocrites and an artistic associate of Steep Theatre. Check out her work at alisonsiple.com.
Rick Sims first appeared on stage at Lookingglass Theatre Company during the Company’s benefit for The Jungle. His first collaboration with Lookingglass as a musical director/composer was 1991’s West. In addition, he has contributed musically to several productions including Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Big Lake Big City, The North China Lover, The Little Prince, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, Her Name was Danger, The Vanishing Twin, and Up Against It among many others. Rick is a freelance sound designer and composer for theatre production in Chicago and nationally. He additionally wrote the book and music for Lookingglass’ Hillbilly Antigone. Rick has two new musicals currently in development. Visit ricksimsmusic.com for more information.
Andre Pluess is a composer/sounder designer based in Chicago. His credits include composition and sound design for numerous productions for Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Northlight, Victory Gardens Theater, About Face Theatre and many other Chicago and regional theaters. Broadway credits: Metamorphoses, I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations and The Clean House (Lincoln Center). Andre has received multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards, an L.A. Ovation Award, Barrymore Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, and Drama Desk/Lortel nominations for composition and sound design. Recent projects include: Eastland, Cascabel (Lookingglass); Equivocation (Arena Stage); Stage Kiss and the Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre); Endgame (Steppenwolf); Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse/Playwrights Horizons); Arabian Nights and Argonautika (LTC and regional productions); Ghost Light and White Snake, King Lear and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (all at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Macbeth and Titus (both at the California Shakespeare Festival).
Louise has been seen at Lookingglass in The Idiot, Hard Times, The Secret in the Wings, Manuscript Found in Saragosa, The Wooden Breeks, Icarus (at The Getty Villa, LA), The Brothers Karamazov, Our Town, The Arabian Nights, Ethan Frome, Metamorphoses, The Little Prince, and most recently Death Tax. Other Chicago credits include: About Face Theatre’s Bash (After Dark Award and Jeff Award Nomination); The Odyssey (Goodman Theatre) and Hamlet (StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance). New York credits include: Metamorphoses (Second Stage Theatre and Broadway) and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Second Stage Theatre). Louise is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Eric Huffman has worked with Lookingglass since 1990, receiving four Jeff Citations for original music and sound design. His Lookingglass work includes sound design and original music for The Odyssey, The Jungle, The Secret in the Wings, West, Eurydice, All Souls Day, In the Eye of the Beholder, The Master and Margarita, HereAfter, The Great Fire, and La Luna Muda. Eric has also created sound, music, and technology for Midway’s Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Virtual World’s BattleTech and RedPlanet, DisneyQuest’s Invasion, LucasArts’ Fracture and other productions. His current position is with Citadel LLC, a global financial institution.
Joshua Horvath is an award-winning composer, music producer and sound designer. His Lookingglass credits include: The Great Fire, Mr. Ricky Calls a Meeting, Eastland, Fedra, Around the World in 80 Days, Clay (co-production with About Face), Hephaestus, 1984, La Luna Muda, and They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story. Josh’s music and sound have been heard in Chicago at: The Goodman, Court, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, Writer’s Theatre, About Face, Congo Square, The House Theatre, Next, Steep, Timeline, Lifeline, and Eclipse. Regional credits include: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Centerstage, The Alliance, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Kansas City Rep, Center Theatre Group, California Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Great River Shakespeare, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Madison Rep, and Milwaukee Rep. Horvath has won four Joseph Jefferson awards, an LA Ovation Award, and has been nominated for an LA weekly Award. Joshua teaches sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern University, is a member of ASCAP and USA 829, a collaborative partner of the Goodman, and co-owner of Aria Music Designs, LLC. Check his upcoming shows out at www.horvathsound.com.
Tony Hernandez recently completed his 1000th show with the runaway Las Vegas hit, Absinthe, at Caesars Palace. Most recently with Lookingglass, Tony co-created, co-directed, co-wrote and starred in the delicious smash hit feast for all the senses, Cascabel with Rick Bayless (with Heidi Stillman). Tony grew up in the circus with his family traveling the world with Ringling Bros. and other circuses. In 2001 he set a Guinness World Record on the highwire with the Wallendas, performing an 8-person pyramid 30 ft. in the air. He has been working with Lookingglass since 1998. His onstage credits include The Baron in the Trees, La Luna Muda, Hard Times, (Chicago & Philadelphia) Lookingglass Alice (LTC Chicago, The McCarter Theatre in NJ, and The New Victory Theatre in NYC), The Old Curiosity Shop, Argonautika and Hephaestus. Tony created, co-produced, co-directed & co-wrote with (Heidi Stillman) and played the title character in Hephaestus which was also performed at The Goodman Theatre in 2010. Tony also appeared in UP at the Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by Anna Shapiro. As a child Tony was also featured on Captain Kangaroo (when he was six) and many other children’s shows.
Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi is the Artistic Director of The Actors Gymnasium in Evanston. She also serves as master teacher, choreographer and director of The Professional Training Program. An Artistic Associate of Lookingglass since 1999, she won three Jeff Awards for choreography with the company. Her Lookingglass credits include; The Master and Margarita, The Baron In The Trees (Jeff Award), The Vanishing Twin, Her Name Was Danger, Hard Times (Jeff Award), La Luna Muda, Manuscript Found In Saragossa, Black Diamond, Lookingglass Alice (Jeff Award) Icarus (Jeff nomination )Little Prince and Moby Dick ( Jeff Award for Best Production 2015 ) Thaddeus And Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure . Other theater credits include Marriott Theater (Jeff Award, All Night Strut) Steppenwolf Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among others. Sylvia is a recipient of the 2014 3Arts Award for Design and the Illinois Theatre Associations 2015 Award of Honor for Outstanding Contributions. She was last seen performing on stage in Marney and Phil: A Circus Love Letter at The Actors Gymnasium.
Sara Gmitter has stage managed 41 productions in her 15 adventurous years working with Lookingglass including the Lookingglass Alice tours to Princeton, New York, Philadelphia and Louisville. She is thrilled that her play In the Garden: a Darwinian love story will be part of the 2013-2014 Lookingglass season. She has written several other plays and short stories, including Harold which was heard on WBEZ’s Stories on Stage.
In 2011 she received an MA in Peace Education from the U.N. mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is a teaching artist for Lookingglass and is deeply proud of her work with the Young Ensemble, where she helped create the original works Waging Peace and, most recently, Mending the Peace. She has also taught stage management at Northwestern University.
Christine A. Binder is a native Illinoisan who first studied dance in college, but a knee injury led her to lighting design classes at the same university. “When I understood the power of lighting, I was hooked,” says Binder. “As a dancer, I was only interpreting someone else’s ideas. But as a designer, I saw that I could participate in the creative process in a more meaningful way, and make a bigger impact on the final product.” Ms. Binder has designed over 200 productions in Chicago and around the country. Her theatre designs include work with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Writer’s Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Court Theatre, Northlight, Redmoon Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre and Hartford Stage. Recent designs include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Eastland at Lookingglass; The Whipping Man at Northlight; and Oklahoma! and Don Pasquale for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Binder’s opera designs include work at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Houston Grand Opera. She has been Jeff nominated for her work with The Court Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and Northlight Theatre and has received 2 Jeff Citations for her work with Redmoon Theatre (Frankenstein and Frankie and Johnny). Christine is married to Claude Binder, the General Manager at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. The Binders have one son, Cody, and reside in Oak Park, Illinois.
Lauren Hirte is a native Chicagoan, and has been working with Lookingglass since 2001. She has worked on numerous Lookingglass shows including, Hard Times, Heaphaestus, Fedra, Icarus and originated the role of Alice in Lookingglass Alice which she has performed in multiple tours, and has a running count of over 350 shows. Lauren “learned to fly” at the Actors Gymnasium in Evanston, where, when not teaching has been seen performing in multiple shows including the Flying Griffin Circus, The Tempest and Dream. She has also been seen in Festival of Jewish Stories at the Piven Theatre where she is also sometimes a teacher, and proud alum of their Young People’s Company. Regionally she has performed at The Arden Theatre, McCarter, New Victory, Actors Theater of Louisville and most recently as the title character in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s Diary of Anne Frank. She was also seen in David Schwimmer’s film Trust. When not performing on the ground or in the air, Lauren has taught and choreographed Circus and Aerial Arts all around the Chicagoland area, and as of the beginning of 2013 is trying to add the West Coast to that list as well. Currently she is teaching at the Santa Barbara Centre for Aerial Arts and living in Los Angeles, looking for where that next square in life may pop up.
Mary Zimmerman has worked with Lookingglass Theatre Company for more than twenty years. She adapted and directed The Odyssey, The Secret in the Wings, Arabian Nights, S/M, Metamorphoses, the Lookingglass/About Face collaboration of Eleven Rooms of Proust and Argonautika. Zimmerman is also part of the Goodman Theatre artistic team where she adapted and directed The Jungle Book, Candide, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (with several members of the Lookingglass ensemble), Silk, Journey to the West, Mirror of the Invisible World and a re-creation of The Odyssey as well as directing Pericles, The Baltimore Waltz, and All’s Well That Ends Well. She has twice directed for the New York Shakespeare Festival in the Park. Her work has won awards in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Berkeley and New York including the 2002 Tony Award for her direction of Metamorphoses on Broadway. In the world of opera, she directed and wrote the libretto Galileo Galilei (Philip Glass, composer) that was produced at the Goodman Theatre and the Barbican Theatre in London. Additionally, she has directed three operas at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City: Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, and Rossini’s Armida each of which has been boradcast live into movie theatres worldwide. In 1998, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in Evanston and is a professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Temple Williams III
Temple Williams III is currently the Chief Operating Officer for DiGa Vision, a television web content and book-creation company in New York City. Temple previously served as President and CEO of Circle W Productions, a turnkey production services and consulting company specializing in television and new media content. Before founding Circle W, Temple spent two and a half years as Executive Vice President and General Manager of 51 Minds Entertainment, Cris Abrego Productions and Never Nominated Productions and was in charge of day-to-day operations for these three Endemol USA owned companies. Prior to his job with Endemol, Temple worked for 10 years at MTV Networks in various production capacities including Senior Vice President of Production for The MTV Entertainment Group which includes Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land, Senior Vice President of Production MTV Series Entertainment, Vice President of Production for MTV Original Programming & Development and Director of Production for MTV Original Series Development. Prior to his time at MTV, Temple worked as a freelance Line Producer, Production Manager and Assistant Director in television, commercials and film.
In addition to his work in the corporate and production worlds, Temple has held a number of creative positions including Executive Producer of The Dead Girl (a feature film starring Brittany Murphy, Toni Collete and James Franco, nominated for 3 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture), Co-President of the Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (a not for profit organization dedicated to connecting Northwestern alumni through philanthropy, education and the arts) and Managing Director of the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. Temple has been a Lookingglass Ensemble Member since 1989. Temple lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cyndi Finkle, and daughter, Sullivan Clare Williams.
Tracy Walsh has acted in, directed and choreographed many plays during her years as an ensemble member. Acting credits at Lookingglass include Still Alice, Our Town, Manuscript Found in Saragossa, Hillbilly Antigone, The Secret in the Wings, Her Name Was Danger, S/M, 28, In the Eye of the Beholder and All Soul’s Day. She has also acted outside Lookingglass in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris, France and at the Kennedy Center. Tracy directed The Old Curiosity Shop on the Lookingglass main stage and several plays for the Lookingglass Young Ensemble. Two of those plays were original plays that she wrote. One of those plays was Pocket Full of Posies, a musical about a group of children who survive the 14th century Plague in England. The music and lyrics were written by Lookingglass Artistic Associate Rick Sims. As a choreographer, Tracy has created dances and movement sequences for The North China Lover, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, Around the world in 80 Days, The Old Curiosity Shop and Summertime at Lookingglass. Additionally she has choreographed at The Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Chicago Opera Theatre and Eclipse Theatre. Tracy and her husband Thomas teach at and own Lighthouse Yoga in Evanston. She is very grateful to be mom to Honor and Echo.
Philip R. Smith
Philip R. Smith (Producing Director) is an Ensemble Member at Lookingglass Theatre. He has served as the theatre’s Producing Artistic Director since 2003 where he has produced over 50 productions. His duties include strategy and artistic oversight of marketing, casting, fundraising, events, facilities and production concerns. Lookingglass was the recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award.
As an actor, Phil most recently appeared at Lookingglass as Bass in Big Lake Big City, the title role in Ethan Frome, Will in Trust and Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov. Other acting credits include Doctor Sartorius in The March, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Reverend Parris in The Crucible – all at Steppenwolf Theatre, and Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Balitmore’s Center Stage. Additional Lookingglass credits include The Wooden Breeks, Hillbilly Antigone, Metamorphoses, The Idiot, The Vanishing Twin, The Arabian Nights and Up Against It. Other regional credits include McCarter Theatre (NJ), Seattle Rep (WA), the Arden Theatre (PA), BAM (NY), and The Actor’s Gang (CA). TV and film credits include Boss, Prison Break, Friends, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Kissing a Fool, The Dilemma, The Express, Since You’ve Been Gone and High Fidelity.
Joey Slotnick has performed in Lookingglass productions including Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, Wants & Needs, Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22 directed by Tracy Letts, Hard Times, The Arabian Nights directed by Mary Zimmerman, The Master and Margarita, Up Against It, and The Third Voyage. Other credits: Animal Crackers directed by Henry Wishcamper (The Goodman, Joseph Jefferson nomination), Slotnick Katz & Lehr (Steppenwolf), Fun and Nobody (The Next). New York credits; the recent Broadway revival of Clifford Odets’ The Big Knife, Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening, all directed by Neil Pepe (the Atlantic). Also: The New York Idea written by David Auburn (The Atlantic) and Nicky Silver’s The Altruists (The Vineyard).
Films: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (upcoming) Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Made in Romania, Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Hollow Man, Blast from the Past, Dinner and Driving, Twister, Since You’ve Been Gone, Judas Kiss, A League of Their Own. Television: Psych, The Office, Pushing Daisies, Law & Order: SVU, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Boston Legal, TNT’s Pirates of Silicon Valley, CSI, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Alias, nip/tuck, Boston Public, The Single Guy. Training: B.F.A., Southern Methodist University.
David Schwimmer is a co-founder of Lookingglass, where he has acted in and directed several productions including Big Lake Big City, Trust, Our Town, West, The Master and Margarita, The Jungle, Eye of the Beholder, The Odyssey, The Idiot, Of One Blood and his and ensemble member Joy Gregory’s adaptation of Studs Terkel’s book RACE. He starred in the premieres of D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers in Williamstown, Some Girls in London, the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway and, most recently, Detroit at Playwrights Horizons. Notable television and film credits include The Iceman, Nothing But The Truth, Madagascar I, II & III, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, Band of Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the hit comedy series Friends, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. His film and television directing includes Trust, Run Fat Boy Run, Since You’ve Been Gone and the HBO series Little Britain USA.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Rape Foundation in Santa Monica, California.
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Daniel Ostling is a Tony Award-nominated Scenic Designer based in San Francisco and NYC. He has worked with the company since 1996, as an artistic associate in 1997 and as an ensemble member since 2003, where he has designed over twenty productions. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow Lookingglass ensemble member Mary Zimmerman with whom he has designed over twenty-three productions including Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square/Broadway-2003 Tony nomination-Best Set Design) and The Jungle Book (Goodman Theatre / Huntington Theatre).
Recent productions worth note include Clybourne Park (Walter Kerr Theater/Broadway- 2012 Tony nomination-Best Set Design, 2012 Tony Winner-Best Play), Stuck Elevator (ACT, SF) Eastland (Lookingglass), White Snake (Oregon Shakespeare/ Berkeley Repertory), Candide (Chicago, DC, Boston tour), and Danai Gurira’s The Convert (Princeton, LA, Chicago tour/ Ovation Award-Best Set Design). In 2011, he made his professional directing debut with Jacque Brel is Alive and Well… at Two River Theater in New Jersey.
He has worked at numerous regional theaters across the country including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), New York Shakespeare Festival (in Central Park), Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwright’s Horizon, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Long Wharf, McCarter, Huntington, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Oregon Shakespeare, A.C.T. (San Francisco), Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, and Portland Center Stage among many others.
Opera designs include Lucia Di Lammermoor & Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera/NYC), Merry Widow (Lyric Opera/Chgo), Ainadmar (Tanglewood Music Festival, LA Philharmonic), Phillip Glass’ Galileo Galilei (NYC, London, Chgo) and Suor Angelica / Gianna Schicchi (SF Opera Center).
Internationally, his Pacific Overtures traveled to the Donmar Warehouse in London (2003 Olivier Winner- Best Musical). His work has also been seen in Australia and Japan.
Mr. Ostling was a tenured Associate Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago from 2003-2011 when he moved to San Francisco. Since, he has continued to teach at Northwestern each fall. www.danielostling.com
David Kersnar is a founding ensemble member of the Lookingglass Theatre Company and has performed, designed and directed with the company since 1988. Kersnar last co-wrote and directed The Last Act of Lilka Kadison for Lookingglass as well as Sita Ram for Chicago Children’s Choir in collaboration with Natya Dance Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. Kersnar last directed The Lord of the Fries, The Phantom Tollbooth, Lip Sync Invasion and Waging Peace for the Lookingglass Young Ensemble. Kersnar has also co-directed with Emilio Robles for the past ten years devising work for Lookingglass Lab. Other directing and writing credits include productions at Next Theatre, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony, Lively Arts and Chicago Children’s. Lookingglass acting credits include Still Alice, Our Town, The Secret in the Wings, and Summertime. Kersnar also appeared with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Remains, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles, and the Touchstone Theatre of Pennsylvania. Kersnar has twice served as the Lookingglass Artistic Director and founded and directed Lookingglass Education & Community Programs and has served as Master Teacher. Kersnar is currently an adjunct professor at Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. Kersnar co-founded and directed over 40 films and plays nationally and internationally with Shaking the Tree Interactive Productions, which uses theatrical problem-solving techniques in business environments. Film and television credits include U.S. Marshals, Since You’ve Been Gone, Early Edition, and Turks. David holds a B.S. in theatre/performance studies and a M.F.A. in directing from Northwestern University.
Douglas Hara began working with Lookingglass Theatre Company in 1991. Over two decades he has participated as an actor, musician, composer, and assistant director. A selected list of productions include: Eastland, The Brothers Karamazov, Metamorphoses, Lookingglass Alice, West, Eurydice, Arabian Nights, Up Against It, Master and Margarita and Lookingglass Hamlet. Credits outside Lookingglass include Journey to the West and The Odyssey at The Goodman Theatre, Threepenny Opera, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Something Intangible, and Cyrano at Arden Theatre; Our Town and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Two River Theater. Broadway credits: Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square and The Boys of Winter at The Biltmore. Off Broadway: The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Metamorphoses and Lookingglass Alice. Doug has worked with many regional theaters throughout the country including About Face Theatre (Eleven Rooms of Proust), Jellyeye Drum Opera (Blood Lotus), The Huntington Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, The Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Alliance Theatre, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, BAM, The Joyce Theatre, and Second Stage Theater. Film Credits: Since You’ve Been Gone and Mad Dog and Glory. Doug lives in Lambertville, NJ with his wife, Kirstin and two daughters, Lyra and Harper.
Joy Gregory is a founding member of Lookingglass. Productions of her work at Lookingglass include The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World with composer Gunnar Madsen and Race: How Blacks and Whites Feel about the American Obsession, a co-adaptation with David Schwimmer of the book by Studs Terkel. The Shaggs was produced at Playwrights Horizons in 2011 where it was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Lucile Lortel award. She is currently adapting The Shaggs for a feature film with director Ken Kwapis. Joy is also a writer/producer for series television, currently for Madam Secretary on CBS. She is also developing a series with Kristin Chenoweth. Previous series writing and producing credits include Joan of Arcadia, Swingtown, Felicity and Switched At Birth. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, cinematographer Denis Lenoir, and their daughter, Lucie.
Raymond Fox started working with Lookingglass Theatre in 1989 and became an ensemble member in 1996. As an actor his recent appearances outside of Lookingglass include Roger Padgett in No Wake (Route 66 Theatre – winter 2016), Love and Information (Remy Bumppo Theatre), Agent Frank in Unnecessary Farce ( First Folio Theatre) and Simon Craig in Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre – 2013 Equity Jeff Award – Supporting Actor – Play) and Edward Vosey in The Vosey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo). His recent Lookingglass appearances include Stubb in Moby Dick, Todd Kapinsky in Death Tax, The King in The Little Prince, Daniel Burnham in Our Future Metropolis, Mr. Darling in Peter Pan [a Play] and Glen Weston in Trust. In 2006, he appeared in and co-adapted with Laura Eason and Heidi Stillman Lookingglass’ production of The Old Curiosity Shop (shared 2006 Equity Jeff Award for New Adaptation). He has acted in numerous other Lookingglass productions including The Wooden Breeks, Manuscript Found in Saragossa, Hard Times, Metamorphoses, The Vanishing Twin, and Up Against It, among many others. Outside of Lookingglass, Raymond has performed with The Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Tectonic Theatre Project/About Face Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Next Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, Arden Theatre, Hartford Stage, TimeLine Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Arena Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Canada’s Stratford Festival. He spent the 2001-2002 season in New York City as part of the original cast for the Off Broadway and Broadway runs of Metamorphoses (Second Stage and Circle in the Square). Raymond is a graduate of Northwestern University and the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University. He lives in Chicago with his wife and fellow actor, Anne Fogarty, and their daughter, Nora.
Anthony Fleming III
Anthony Fleming III is proud to be the newest member of the Lookingglass ensemble. His last work with the company was as Joe Louis in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting. Other Lookingglass credits include Fedra: Queen of Haiti, The Arabian Nights, 1984, Icarus, Manuscript Found in Saragossa, Race, and 445 performances of Lookingglass Alice. Other Chicago theatre credits include: Camino Real (Goodman Theatre), Division St: America and The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre), Jitney and Fences (Court Theatre), Hambone, Free Man Of Color, and Denmark (Jeff nomination for Best Actor, Victory Gardens Theatre), Journal of Ordinary Thought and Cut Flowers (Chicago Theatre Company), Orlando (Piven Theatre), and The Cider House Rules (Famous Door Theatre). Regional credits include Arizona Theater Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre in NJ, New Victory Theatre in NY, Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Syracuse Stage, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. TV credits include Prison Break (Seasons I and II) and The Beast. When not onstage Mr. Fleming works as a voiceover artist with Naked Voices and also, usually on beautiful Chicago summer days, as a bike messenger. His next project with Lookingglass will be performing in Big Lake, Big City. He is a proud member of Actors Equity.
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Laura Eason is a long-time Lookingglass ensemble member and has served the company as a writer, director, actor, literary manager and, for six years, Artistic Director.
Now primarily a writer, Laura is the author of more than twenty plays, both original work and adaptations, and a musical book writer. For Lookingglass, she wrote and directed the world premieres of Around the World in 80 Days (seven Jeff Award nominations including best production, also produced at Baltimore Centerstage; Kansas City Rep; St. James Theatre, London, among others), Ethan Frome and In the Eye of the Beholder (Jeff Award for New Work, also produced at Touchstone Theatre, PA), among others. Additional Lookingglass directing credits include Joy Gregory’s Dreaming Lucia, David Catlin’s Lookingglass Hamlet, and J. Nicole Brooks’ FEDRA: Queen of Haiti.
As a screenwriter, Laura served as a writer/producer on four seasons of the Emmy-award winning Netflix series, “House of Cards”, (WGA nomination for outstanding writing in a drama series, three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for drama series). She has written pilots for 20th Century Fox TV/FOX network (executive produced by Danny Strong) and Fox 21. She is currently adapting Peter Nichols’ novel The Rocks for TV. Her feature film debut, developed by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, is set to film in 2017.
Other produced full-length plays include: Sex with Strangers (Second Stage Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, London; NYC Sydney Theatre, Australia; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, Blackwing Productions, Buenos Aires, AR, one of the top ten most produced plays in America in’15-’16 & ’16-‘17 receiving more that 50 separate productions), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Ratttlestick/WP Productions, NYC), Remarkable Invisible (Theatre by the Lake, UK); The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory, NYC; People’s Light, PA; Actor’s Theatre, KY; KC Rep; St. Louis Rep; Denver Center, among others), Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Arden Theatre, PA, Barrymore nomination, best new work), Rewind (Side Project, Chicago), When the Messenger is Hot (59E59, NYC; Steppenwolf; Theatre Schmeater, Seattle), Area of Rescue (Andhow Theatre, NYC), A Tale of Two Cities and Huck Finn (Steppenwolf) among others. Other plays include The Vast In-Between (commissioned by Denver Center Theatre) and Plainfield Ace (developed by Rattlestick Theatre, NYC).
Produced short plays include: Mr. Smitten (Humana Festival), Citi Moms (Women’s Project, NYC), USA-001A (American Theatre Company, Chicago), Jack and the Collection (WET, NYC), Lost Boys in the Ruined City (Theatre Seven, Chicago, Jeff nomination, best new work), It Was Fun While It Lasted (City Theatre, Miami), and Lost in the Supermarket (Vital Theatre, NYC), among others.
Musical book writer: Days Like Today, inspired by the romance plays of Charles L. Mee with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre, Chicago) and Summerland, lyrics by Sean Barry, music by Jenny Giering, commissioned by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (NAMT grant recipient for development.)
Laura’s commissions, past and present, include: Second Stage, NYC, Ambassador Theatre Group (UK), Arden Theatre, WP Productions, Repertory of St. Louis, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Denver Center, Hartford Stage, and Two River Theatre, among others. Her work is published by DPS, Overlook Press, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, and Broadway Play Publishing.
As an actor, Laura appeared in many Lookingglass shows including Our Town, The Arabian Nights, The Secret in the Wings, La Luna Muda, Hard Times, The Vanishing Twin, The Master and Margarita, The Jungle and The Odyssey, among others. She began her professional acting career working on all of Mary Zimmerman’s first productions, originating roles in The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Godiva among others. She performed on the main stages of Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and in New York at BAM, Lincoln Center and on Broadway in the Lookingglass production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses.
She is an an alumna of Piven Theatre Workshop, the Performance Studies Department of Northwestern University, and the WP Playwright’s Lab in NYC. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and WGAE, AEA, SAG, & SDC.
A fourth generation Chicagoan, Laura now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Erik Lochtefeld and their daughter, Ellee. More information about current projects at: www.lauraeason.com.
Christine Mary Dunford
Christine Mary Dunford has been an Ensemble Member with the Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Company as a theatre artist since 1989, and has acted in, written/adapted and/or directed nearly three dozen Lookingglass productions. In the spring of 2013, Christine directed her own adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, Still Alice, for Lookingglass as part of the company’s 25th anniversary season.
As a teaching artist, Christine co-founded the Lookingglass Education and Community program and has taught with the program since its inception. She is also a founding teaching artist with the Chicago Arts Partners in Education (CAPE) program. Over the years Christine has taught at Northwestern, DePaul and Roosevelt universities. Teaching areas include adaptation, analysis and performance of literature, performance of non-fiction, performance ethnography, acting, and ensemble creation of new work. She will be Director of the new School of Theatre and Music at UIC in Fall of 2013.
In 2009, Christine combined her interest in teaching, research, and performance and co-founded The Memory Ensemble—a partnership between Lookingglass and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC)—which uses improvisational performance activities to improve quality of life for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Christine’s research interests include performance of environmental discourses, the production and construction of space and place, connections between performance and memory, and the radical potential of performance ethnography.
Christine has a doctorate degree in performance studies (Northwestern University), a master’s degree in anthropology (University of Illinois at Chicago), and a bachelor’s degree in theater (Northwestern University).
Kevin Douglas was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to the U.S. (Texas) when he was ten years old. He moved to Chicago to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University. Kevin joined Lookingglass Theatre Company in January of 2008 and recently became one of Lookingglass’ newest Ensemble Members! He was last seen in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Jeff Nomination for Best Ensemble) and The Great Fire. Other Lookingglass credits include Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten, Lookingglass Alice, Around the World in 80 Days (Jeff Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and Our Town, co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus.
Kevin’s other Chicago credits include Orlando at Court Theatre and A Civil War Christmas at Northlight. Regionally Kevin has performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Center Stage, Kansas City Rep, and Alliance Theatre.
Kevin is a writer and sketch comedian. His writing credits include: Blaxploitation: The Remix (Nominated for 7 Black Theatre Alliance Awards including Best Writing), and Blaxploitation 2: You know how we deux! (Nominated for 10 Black Theatre Alliance Awards including Best Writing) and No Experience Necessary (Nominated for 7 Black Theatre Alliance Awards). Most recently Kevin wrote and co-directed Reality Check.
Kevin is one half of the sketch comedy duo kevINda (Kevin Douglas and Inda Craig-Galvan). kevINda has performed at theatres all over Chicago, and they have performed in a number of festivals including the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, NBC Sketch Comedy Showdown in L.A., Steppenwolf’s Traffic Series at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Sketchfest, and the Chicago Improv Festival. He also likes to dabble in stand-up comedy.
Lawrence E. Distasi
Lawrence E. DiStasi was last seen onstage as Bacchus in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at Lookingglass. Since 1988 he’s appeared in more than 30 Lookingglass productions including The Old Curiosity Shop, Lookingglass Alice, Metamorphosis (the Bug Show), Eastland and The Arabian Nights. He has helped create the Lookingglass Theatre Company, The Actors Gymnasium Circus and Performing Arts School and a young boy named Griffin (with his wife Sylvia). His directing credits include The Baron in the Trees at Lookingglass (which he also co-adapted) and Dream, Science Fiction, Lost and Found and Skooled at The Actors Gymnasium. He’s appeared in the Flying Griffin Circus, on T.V. in Early Edition, in a film called Since You’ve Been Gone and in an opera called Galileo Galilei.
Thomas J. Cox
Thomas J. Cox has been with Lookingglass since its inception in 1988, and has worked on more than thirty productions, including West, The Jungle, The Odyssey, Arabian Nights, The Master and Margarita, They All Fall Down, Summertime, Great Men of Science, as Winston in 1984, as Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop (for which he received a Jeff Nomination), Our Town, Black Diamond, as Hook in Peter Pan: a play, The Great Fire, Cascabel, and Big Lake, Big City. He performed as Algren in Nelson Algren: For Keeps and a Single Day in both the original production at the Ruth Page Center and the remount at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and received a Jeff Nomination for Solo Performance for the latter; the original production went on to be adapted for television in an Emmy-nominated co-production with WTTW. He has performed three of the four tracks (White Knight/Dodgson, Red Queen/Dormouse, and White Rabbit/Humpty/Mad Hatter) as an understudy for Lookingglass Alice.
In other Chicago theatre, Thom has appeared at the Illinois Theatre Center, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Court, Steppenwolf, and Goodman Theatres and traveled to the Galway Arts Festival with Northlight’s production of The Outgoing Tide with Rondi Reed and John Mahoney. He has directed for Eclipse, Piven Theatre Workshop, and his own Jeff-nominated adaptation of The Scarlet Letter for Lookingglass. For a number of summers, he and his wife, stage manager Chris Freeburg, have worked at the Weston Playhouse Theatre in Vermont, where he has appeared in productions ranging from Chicago, Oklahoma!, and Urinetown, to Tartuffe, Blithe Spirit, and Betrayal, among many, in addition to directing several (and performing in countless) late-night cabarets. Additionally for the Playhouse, he served as Co-Director of their Young Company, in which capacity he directed two musical productions, A Year With Frog and Toad and Adventures From Ezra Jack Keats. He has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago as an adjunct faculty member, and taught in numerous residencies and programs in the Chicago Public Schools and elsewhere with Lookingglass’ Education and Community Programs, ranging from serving as Artist-in-Residence at the A.N. Pritzker School and directing the Lookingglass Young Ensemble to teaching drama at the Mary Meyer Preschool for more than ten years. He currently serves Lookingglass’ Education and Community Program as Master Teacher. Film/television: Since You’ve Been Gone (Miramax), Chi-Girl, Brotherhood (Showtime) and Chicago Fire (NBC). He and his wife live happily in West Ridge with their daughter, Joan Marie, and two cats, Max and Hanna.
David Catlin has served as Director of Artistic Development, Lookingglass Studio teacher, Managing Director, and most recently served as Lookingglass’ Artistic Director (2003-2010).
Lookingglass directing credits include Lookingglass Alice, Icarus, Black Diamond (co-director), Metamorphosis, Her Name was Danger, The Idiot (Jeff Award Adaptation),and West.
Lookingglass acting credit include The Arabian Nights, Our Town, Argonautika, Hard Times, La Luna Muda, The Odyssey, and The Jungle. His film work includes Since You’ve Been Gone for Lookingglass/Miramax and Humanoid with Dark Harbor Stories.
David teaches acting at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago with his wife Kerry and daughters Saylor and Emerson.
J. Nicole Brooks
J. Nicole Brooks is a native Chicagoan and ensemble member of Lookingglass since 2007. On stage she appeared in Summertime, RACE, and Fedra. As an author she penned Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten, and Fedra: Queen of Haiti. Directing credits include Black Diamond (Co directed with David Catlin), and Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting. She is currently developing new works thanks in part to her TCG Fox Fellowship, and most recently a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She is an associate with Collaboraction Theatre Company, a blogger, and the newest resident of Brooklyn, New York.
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Mara Blumenfeld joined the Lookingglass ensemble in 2004, previously serving as an artistic associate from 1998-2004, and working with the company for many years before that. She has designed costumes for more than thirty Lookingglass productions, including most recently Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, the revival of Metamorphoses (also at Arena Stage in DC), Eastland, Cascabel, and Ethan Frome. Elsewhere in Chicago, she has designed numerous productions for The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her work has been seen at regional theaters all across North America, including multiple productions for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Asolo Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Weston Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, McCarter Theatre, and the Arden Theatre in her hometown of Philadelphia. A frequent collaborator with fellow ensemble member Mary Zimmerman, their New York credits include the Broadway and off-Broadway productions of Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at Second Stage and Lucia di Lammermoor and La Sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera and more recently The Jungle Book at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and The Huntington Theatre in Boston. Other New York credits include the Stephen Flaherty/Lynn Ahrens musical The Glorious Ones for Lincoln Center Theatre and Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul for Brooklyn Academy of Music. Internationally, her work has been seen in the UK, France, Japan, and Australia. She is the recipient of three Joseph Jefferson Awards, a TCG Design Fellowship, and was honored to be the 2012 recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration.