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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.