Heidi Stillman (Artistic Director) is a director, writer, actor, and Ensemble Member of Lookingglass Theatre Company where she has been working on staff in charge of artistic development for the last eleven years. Heidi was previously artistic director (with David Kersnar) from 1997-2000. She most recently directed Death Tax at Lookingglass, and co-created/co-directed Cascabel, in collaboration with Tony Hernandez and Rick Bayless. She has both written and directed for Lookingglass: The North China Lover; Hephaestus, with Tony Hernandez; The Brothers Karamazov (2009 Raven Award); Hard Times (5 Jeff Awards including director, new work, and production; also produced at Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia); The Master and Margarita. Additional writing credits with Lookingglass: The Last Act of Lilka Kadison with Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips and Andy White; The Old Curiosity Shop with Laura Eason and Raymond Fox (Jeff Award for adaptation), and The Baron in the Trees with Larry DiStasi. Directing work with Lookingglass includes: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Trust, The Wooden Breeks, and Hillbilly Antigone. Heidi’s adaptation of The Book Thief premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2012.
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Rachel Kraft (Executive Director) has been working in the arts for 25 years. Before accepting her position as Executive Director of Lookingglass, she spent 12 years as Director of Development for the Goodman Theatre. Working for Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater, Rachel led a department that raised funds for an annual campaign with a goal of more than $5 million, and oversaw the completion of the theater’s successful capital campaign raising $34 million in gifts and pledges. She also played an integral role in guiding the board development efforts of the board of trustees, including the cultivation, recruitment and acclimation of many of the high–profile members on the company’s current board.
Previously, Rachel served in development and marketing positions with the Arts & Business Council, Northlight Theatre, and the Chicago Dance Coalition. She completed a year–long Community Renewal Leadership Program through the A. H. Wilder Foundation in Minnesota and a summer Harvard Business School program in “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” A member of the Alumnae Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Rachel has also participated as a mentor in a program initiated by the Illinois Arts Alliance. She is a charter board member of the Kindling Group, a nonprofit group supporting documentary filmmaking and a trustee of the Jewish Women Foundation of Chicago. Rachel serves as the Past Vice President of the Theater Communications Group and the Past Vice Chair of the League of Chicago Theatre, the local and national service organizations for theater.
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Philip R. Smith (Producing Director) has been an ensemble member at Lookingglass Theatre Company since 1990. He served as the theatre’s Producing Artistic Director since 2003, where he has helped produce over 60 productions. In 2011 Lookingglass received the Regional Theatre Tony Award. As Producing Director, he promotes the company’s brand, ensemble and mission through production, marketing, facilities, casting, events and fundraising initiatives. As an actor, Phil most recently appeared as Captain Smollett in Treasure Island, Bass in Big Lake Big City, Ethan 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 Company), and Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Baltimore’s Center Stage, with other regional credits at McCarter Theatre (NJ), Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA), Arden Theatre Company (PA), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), and The Actors’ Gang (CA). Additional Lookingglass credits include: The Wooden Breeks, Hillbilly Antigone, Metamorphoses, The Idiot, The Vanishing Twin, The Arabian Nights and Up Against It. 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.
Andrew White (Connectivity and Engagement Director) is a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre Company, where he served as Artistic Director from 1990–92, and most recently from 2010–16. As a Lookingglass ensemble member and performer, he has participated as an actor, writer or director in more than forty Lookingglass productions, most recently appearing in Treasure Island. He wrote the book and lyrics for Lookingglass’ 2012 production of Eastland: A New Musical, received a Jeff Award for his 2004 adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 (which was presented at Steppenwolf Theatre Company this season as part of the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program), and wrote and directed Of One Blood for Lookingglass in 1989. 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 in various Lookingglass outreach programs and residencies, and in 2007 co-founded Mosaic Experience, a company which uses an arts-based approach to dialogue about diversity.
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Michele V. Anderson (General Manager) is in her eighth season with Lookingglass Theatre Company, and in her fifth year as General Manager. Her experience in arts management includes nearly 10 years as Director of Finance & Administration at Steppenwolf Theatre and numerous short-term consulting/freelance positions with Writers Theatre, About Face, Victory Gardens, Chicago Gateway Green and others. Michele has both a BA and a BS from Indiana University, and an MA from Columbia College.
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Corinne Bass (Audience Development Coordinator) is originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has been at Lookingglass since the summer of 2012. Corinne also works as a freelance set designer.
Jenny Bienemann (Director of Development) joined Lookingglass as Director of Development in 2003 with significant experience through administrative roles with Big Deahl Productions, the Auditorium Theatre Council of Chicago, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Jenny guides Lookingglass’ contributed income efforts, consistently exceeding budget targets, improving performance, and driving growth. As a consultant, she has worked with a number of local and regional arts organizations, including Redmoon Theatre, Jellyeye Drum Theatre, and Taproot Theatre. As a grant panelist, she has worked with the Illinois Arts Council. As a thought-leader, she has presented at Arts and Business Council of Chicago, the Theatre Communications Group, and the Folk Alliance Midwest Region. Jenny is an award-winning singer and songwriter, as well as the co-host of 98.7 WFMT’s Folkstage program.
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Sarah Burnham (Production Manager) has worked with Lookingglass since 2014, first as a props designer and now as the Production Manager. Sarah holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in acting and scenic design. She previously worked for companies such as Peninsula Players, Northlight Theatre, and American Blues Theatre.
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Michael Cansfield (Associate Director of Development) joined the staff of Lookingglass Theatre Company in September 2016 to fill the newly-created position of Associate Director of Development. Michael brings 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and public program production at premiere arts organizations in Chicago. In his role for Lookingglass, Michael oversees operations for the development department, including individual fundraising, special events, and grant-seeking.
Previously Michael worked for the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, and with the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts presented at the Chicago Cultural Center and broadcast on WFMT. As a stage manager and producer with impresario Bernie Sahlins, Michael created performances for the Poetry Foundation, the University of Chicago, the Arts Club, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. He has lectured for the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book One Chicago” program, moderated panel discussions at the Chicago History Museum, and edited for performance a series of letters between composers Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. In 2015, Michael was artist-in-residence with the National Park Service at the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska where he wrote a play based on early homesteaders’ stories.
Michael is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
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Mitch Fischer (Individual Giving Associate) joined Lookingglass in November 2016 after completing a summer internship with the company. A recent graduate of Illinois State University, Mitch received his degree in theatre. He is originally from Galesburg, Illinois, and is SO excited to be in the big city and be a part of the thriving Chicago theatre scene. Mitch is also an aspiring actor and writer.
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Raymond Fox (Casting Associate) 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.
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Mary Alex Japczyk (Marketing Coordinator) joined the Lookingglass team in May of 2015. She previously worked with Carol Fox & Associates on marketing campaigns for a number of arts and entertainment clients including EXPO CHICAGO, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art, and Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s Original Jazz Company. Mary Alex holds a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with minors in public relations and theater.
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Victoria Johnson (Production Coordinator) is originally from Connecticut. Since graduating with a BA in Theatre from Lake Forest College in 2012, she has worked in in stage and production management with The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians.
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Kimberly Lawson (Audience Services Manager) is originally from St. Louis, Mo. She joins the Lookingglass team after serving as the Director of Audience Services at Victory Gardens Theater. Kimberly studied violin performance at DePaul University and University of Missouri- St. Louis. She studied with the Chicago String Quartet, Arianna String Quartet, and David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony. As a violinist obsessed with musical theater, Kimberly has worked with over 20 theaters including Bohemian Theater Ensemble, The Griffin Theater, Scot Kokandy Productions, Stage Door, and Columbia College. Kimberly is also an active cabaret singer, and is a member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Her latest show WOZ, was nominated for a Broadway World Chicago award after playing 6 sold out performances at Davenports Piano Bar and Victory Gardens Theater.
Caroline Macon (New Works Associate) is a playwright and poet from Dallas. She joined the Lookingglass team in September 2016. Her play, The Women Eat Chocolate, was produced in DePaul’s New Playwrights’ Series under the direction of Heidi Stillman. Caroline has also written for Victory Gardens Theater’s college night and for Chicago Children’s Theatre. Currently, she is writing a play for the Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize. She performs in reading series throughout Chicago and her work has been published in [PANK], Crook & Folly, and elsewhere. She is a member of Poems While You Wait, a typewritten poetry-on-demand collective, to support the nonprofit publisher, Rose Metal Press. Caroline is also enthusiastically involved with Curbside Splendor Publishing. She graduated from DePaul University with degrees in Playwriting and English.
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Maria Maia (Education Coordinator) holds a BFA in Theatre Management with a minor in Management from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois she has previously collaborated with companies such as Victory Gardens, Collaboraction and is thrilled to continue working with Lookingglass. Beyond theatre and advocacy, Maria helps run the small L3C, Bee Home and Garden.
Josh McCammon (Sound Supervisor) joined Lookingglass in September 2016. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hope College and has worked at Steppenwolf Theatre and various regional theatres in the midwest. Josh also works as a freelance Sound Designer.
Rachael Niederhauser (Development Associate) is originally from Houston, Texas and has been a proud Chicagoan since summer 2013. Prior to joining Lookingglass, she worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and American Theater Company. Rachael holds a BME in Vocal Music from Baylor University, and freelances as a singer in the Chicagoland area.
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Lizzie Perkins (Director of Education and Community Programs) began dancing and telling stories early on in her California childhood. She moved to the Midwest to study theatre at Northwestern University; after graduation she joined Lookingglass, where she has worked since 2006. Through her work in the arts education field, she is a member of the Chicago Arts Educators Forum Leadership Committee and the Hawthorne Arts Partnership Steering Committee. Lizzie is also a company member with Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, a swing-based jazz dance company.
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Ginnie Redmond (Coordinator of Corporate, Foundation and Government Giving) graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing. Growing up in St. Louis, MO, Ginnie often attended plays at The Fox and The Muny where she gained a true appreciation for the performing arts. Happy to be a part of the Lookingglass family, she previously worked at Raven Theatre as development coordinator.
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Ivy Reid (Master Electrician) is originally from Santa Fe, NM. She holds a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Knox College. Since moving to Chicago in 2013 she has had the pleasure of working with Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, The House Theatre, The Hypocrites, The Neo-Futurists, and Broken Nose Theatre, among many others. Ivy has been staff since 2016.
Eleanor M. Richards (Technical Director) joined Lookingglass in September 2016. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, she moved back to the Midwest after five years on the East coast. Eleanor has worked in Boston, Maine and New York City, with such companies as the Huntington Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre, to name a few. She holds a BFA from Boston University in Theatre Arts, with a concentration in Technical Direction.
Sarah Stec (Graphic Designer) joined the Lookingglass family in 2014. She has collaborated with clients such as Lettuce Entertain You, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Lake Forest Academy, Dominican University Performing Arts Center, Theory Sports Bar, Zonta International and many independent theater companies including Pivot Arts and The Mill. When she is not designing on her Mac, Sarah is an artist working in acrylic, fabric and found objects.
Courtney Stennett (Events Associate) is originally from Eagle, Idaho. She is a graduate of Baylor University where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in directing. Courtney recently moved to Chicago and is thrilled to join the Lookingglass family. Prior to Lookingglass, Courtney worked with Haven Academy of the Arts in Los Angeles, CA and The Space Performing Arts Centre in London, England.
Kendall Taylor (IT and Office Coordinator) obtained a BS in Computer Management & Information Systems from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (SIUE) in May of 2015. Lookingglass Theatre Company is his first full-time position after graduating and has taken previous theatre courses during college such as Theatre History, Acting, and Lighting and Sound Design.
Anne Walaszek (Artistic and Executive Assistant) joined the Lookingglass team in April 2016. Prior to, she apprenticed and later served as the Assistant to the Outside Projects Coordinator/Costume Assistant in the Steppenwolf Theatre Costume Shop. Anne has also freelanced as an actor, assistant director, costumer and playwright working both in Chicago and regionally. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Dan Wenzel (Assistant Audience Services Manager) recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has been with the company since 2013, when he originally served as Artistic Intern, then Box Office Associate, then House Manager, and now finally Assistant Audience Services Manager. An actor at heart, he has worked with such theatre companies as Redtwist Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Stone Soup Shakespeare and StoopFeast Theatre.
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Anna Marie Wilharm (Director of Marketing) joined Lookingglass Theatre Company in November 2015 after serving as the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Her experience also includes marketing/PR roles at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Community Performance Series (in residence at SUNY Postdam’s Crane School of Music), and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Anna Marie holds a BA in Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa, with minors in marketing and theatre.
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