Levi Holloway has been an actor, director, playwright and teaching artist in Chicago for over a decade. As an actor, he has worked most recently with Steppenwolf, Northlight, Aboutface, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Shattered Globe, Provision, and Hell in a Handbag Theatre companies. He has appeared on Television and Film, as well as commercial and print work. As a teacher, he works for Lookingglass Theatre company, Adventure Stage, The Actor’s Gymnasium, and Silk Road Rising. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Neverbird Project, a Deaf and hearing youth theatre company.
Susanna is a versatile dancer and educator with a diverse background. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Dance from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where she was awarded the David Wick Prize for Choreography. Susanna has trained in modern, jazz, and Latin, and studied West African dance forms in Tamale, Ghana. She has led both semester-long residencies and short workshops in over two dozen Chicago Public Schools. In addition to her work with students as a Teaching Artist, she has performed in productions with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, Inspiracion Dance Chicago, and Bollywood Groove. It is her joy to spread a love for movement within the city!
Darcy Rose Coussens is a graduate of Northwestern University with a BA in Theatre and a module in Choreography. In addition to teaching with Lookingglass, she teaches creative improv and helps kids create their own scripts with Mudlark Theatre Company and Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop in Chicago and Evanston schools. Darcy is also an actor, choreographer, and tap dancer. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Drama in the Community and Drama Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in Fall 2016.
Marissa is a 26 year old Playwright/ Sketch Comedian! Yeah! She has worked with Second City Hollywood and Chicago, pH Comedy Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Stage 773, ImprovOlympic, The Groundlings and so on. She has had her plays and screenplays produced and received national recognition as well as The Writers Boot Camp fellowship for aspiring screenwriters. She was recently a cast member and staff writer for a critically acclaimed sketch show at Second City, Los Angeles. Currently she is writing a piece for the world famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lookingglass Theatre. She has B.F.A. in Acting from Chicago College of Performing Arts and is currently getting her masters degree in screenwriting from Depaul University. She wears cable-knit and eats too much cheese. Marissa-lessman.com
Dana went to school at Loyola University for Education and is currently working as an actor and musician in Chicago. She has performed recently with the Hypocrites at American Repertory Theatre in Boston and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Her recent TV credits include Chicago P.D. on NBC.
Max Fabian holds a B.F.A. from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. As a Fight Director, Max holds certifications with the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. Max also travels to Colorado every summer to work with The Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre and recently started his own Voice-Over Demo studio, Tightrope Recording.
Andrew White (Connectivity and Engagement Director) is a founding member of Lookingglass Theatre Company, where he recently completed two terms 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.
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Erica Mott is a performance/dance artist engaged and enlivened by the conversation between movement, sound, video and object. She has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader’s Laura Molzahn, and “a vibrant performance- maker, object designer and choreographer engaged with distinctive creative research and methodology, effectively complimented by articulate and generous teaching skills, mentoring, community and audience building, and public discussion about her work” by CJ Mitchell, Deputy Director, Live Arts Development Agency, UK. She instructs workshops for Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher’s Center, The Second City, and several independent venues and organizations. She has a Masters degree in Psychophysical Theatre Practice with an emphasis on intercultural performance from the University of Exeter in the UK. http://www.ericamott.com/
Lanise Antoine Shelley is an actress, dancer, painter, and activist, with pedagogy spanning over a decade. Lanise most recently was the Chicago Fellow for Stratford Shakespeare Festival, where she played Witch Three in MACBETH (HD film will release summer 2017), Sue in ALL MY SONS, and Elissa in AENEID. She studied classical text at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford England, and received an MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University, and a BFA in directing/playwriting/acting from Cornish College of the Arts. Her Chicago Credits include: Chicago Shakespeare; Goodman Theatre; Lookingglass Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. Regional credits include: American Repertory Theater; Outside The Wire; Baba Yaga Productions; Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Indiana Repertory Theater; Book-It Repertory Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Along with productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theater (resident company member for five years). Film/Television credits include: Stratford Shakespeare, Chicago Fire and Discovery World.
Micah Figueroa holds a BFA in Theatre Studies (Directing and Playwriting) from Southern Methodist University and attended the British American Drama Academy in London. Outside of Lookingglass, Micah is a freelance actor, director, fight choreographer, producer, and is the Managing Director for Odradek Theatre Company.
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.
David R. Weber
David R. Weber loves the youth ensembles at LTC. Recent stage credits include The Pavilion, A Strange Case of Henry Darger, Oberon for Piccolo Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Kit Carson for UIC’s production of The Time of your Life. David is at California State University Long Beach this fall, teaching beginning acting techniques for the Undergraduates and acting as an ensemble member with the California Repertory Company while pursuing his MFA in Theatre Performance Pedagogy. David has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Actors in Atlanta, Sunday Paper for his work in Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh, and he is the current recipient of the Chicago Bar Association Award at The University of Illinois at Chicago 2013 where he also has received his BFA in Performance
Erin Crites is an assistant professor of movement and acting as well as the Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Louisville. She received her M.F.A. from Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 2010. Since then she has taught workshops in ensemble dynamics, commedia dell’ arte, mask work, improvisation, sketch comedy, physical storytelling, and clown to people of all ages from California to Illinois to Kentucky.
Jessie Fisher went to school at the University of Colorado and holds a B.F.A. degree in Theatre Performance. Outside of Lookingglass, Jessie is a teaching artist for Writer’s Theatre and the Actor’s Gymnasium. She has performed recently the Hypocrites, Steppenwolf, About Face Theatre, and is currently working with the Broadway production of ONCE in New York City.
Mechelle Moe has been working for the past ten years as a lead teaching artist for various organizations including Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, TimeLine Theatre and Raven (where she currently serves as Director of Education). Mechelle is a founding company member of The Hypocrites where she served as Managing Director until 2007 and a company member with TimeLine Theatre. She is a Jeff nominated actress who received a citation for actress in principal role for her performance in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and a nomination for actress in principal role for Ferber & Kaufman’s Stage Door. Mechelle graduated with honors from the University of Illinois (Chicago) with both a bachelors in Theater and bachelors in Anthropology.
Lindsey Noel Whiting
Previous Lookingglass credits include Cascabel, The Great Fire, Icarus and Lookingglass Alice. Lindsey has performed regionally with Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre and Syracuse Stage. Chicago credits include: The Snow Queen (Victory Gardens); Once Upon A Time (or The Secret Language of Birds), The Golden Truffle, The Cabinet, and Sink, Sank, Sunk (Redmoon); as well as Dream and Lost & Found at Actors Gymnasium. Lindsey is also a member of Barrel of Monkeys and performs with Mucca Pazza, a circus punk marching band. As always, thanks to Mom for her continued support.
Amanda Delheimer Dimond
Amanda Delheimer Dimond (Theatre Communications Group Leadership Fellow in Residence) is a director, choreographer, writer, and teaching artist. Since completing her Master’s in Theater and Spanish at the University of Chicago in 1999, Amanda has had the pleasure of working with the Steppenwolf, the Goodman, the Court, the Next, Red Moon, Collaboraction, Strawdog, and Teatro Vista, among others. She is an Ensemble Member of Lifeline Theatre, and currently serves as the Artistic Director of 2nd Story, a position she has held since 2007. Amanda joins Lookingglass as a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One Fellowship program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and administered by the Theatre Communications Group, working with Executive Director Rachel Kraft and Artistic Director Andy White on visioning and long-term planning.
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Matt Hawkins holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University and an M.F.A. in Directing from The University of Iowa. Outside of Lookingglass, Matt is a freelance actor, director, and fight choreographer in the city of Chicago.
Katy Boza has been teaching with Lookingglass for the past eight years and has loved every minute of it, especially her many fantastic summers working with Arts Quest Camp! She received her BA in Theater from the lovely Missouri State University and has made her parents very proud by actually putting that theatre degree to good use! Outside of Lookingglass, Katy is a professional actress and director.
Jasmin Cardenas went to school at National-Louis University and holds a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts. Outside of Lookingglass, Jasmin is an actress, writer, director, storyteller, and a Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner. Jasmin sits on the Board of Directors for Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed.
Claire K. Redfield
Claire K. Redfield is a director/teaching artist/community maker who has trained with SITI Company, the British American Drama Academy, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Claire graduated from Tufts University with a double degree in Drama and Anthropology. Besides teaching and directing around town she also serves as the Community Engagement Associate for Sideshow Theatre Company. More info at clairekredfield.com.
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.
Anne Fogarty holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Iowa. She has been a teaching artist with Lookingglass for 14 years. She is also a professional actor in Chicago, and has appeared in shows at the Goodman, Lookingglass, Remy Bumppo, Victory Gardens, Famous Door, and theatres around the country.
Kish Jackson graduated from Columbia College Chicago. She studied Musical Theater, Theater, Choreography/Dance, and holds a B.A. in Business Communications. She has been a Teaching Artist for the Chicago Theater Education Community for 10 years. Kish has taught for education programs such as After School Matters, Raven Theatre, and The Second City. She is also the creator of Taurista Artists, a Chicago based theatrical dance group that aspires to inspire the body, mind, and spirit through movement and performance.
Charlotte Drover is a new addition to the Lookingglass team after graduating from Drew University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Charlotte is also a director, dancer, dramaturge, and actor; and has also worked with Silent Theatre and 20% Theatre since moving to Chicago.
Emilio G. Robles
Emilio G. Robles attended Wabash College where he majored in Theatre and Secondary Education. He also holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of PIttsburgh and has also trained with SITI Theatre, Shakespeare & Co and BADA at Oxford. In Chicago, Emilio is an actor, coach, director, and voice-over professional. Some stage credits include: Teatro Vista, Congo Square Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre and Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Emilio is also an Associate Artist with Adventure Stage Company and a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Emilio has been with Lookingglass for over twelve years and works in numerous capacities in E&C including teaching school residencies, leading PD workshops and directing Summer Camp on the Lake and Lookingglass Lab. He has also assisted directed for the main stage productions of SITA RAM and THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON. He also teaches with Global Voices Initiative, CCAP at Columbia College and is the SYA Senior Facilitator for Curriculum and Instruction at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Emilio is very passionate about cultural literacy, multi-disciplinary arts integration and devised work. For more information and updates on current projects, please visit www.emiliogrobles.biz.
Kevin Wasielewski graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a B.F.A. in Acting, and holds a M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of Lookingglass, Kevin teaches Drama and English at Chicago’s Walter Payton College Preparatory High School.
Lily Emerson is a Chicago-based theater maker, musician, and teaching artist. Outside of Lookingglass, Lily creates work and teaches with a variety of local and international artists and organizations. Usually, she can be found working on Adventure Sandwich, a live-action cartoon celebrating the imagination, creative problem-solving, and collaboration.
Mara Stern graduated with her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. She also teaches for Northlight Theatre in Skokie and Dream Big. Outside of teaching, Mara is an actor and director around Chicago, as well as an ensemble member and Development Director with the Ex-Pats Theatre Company.
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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Stacy Stoltz has a BFA in Acting from Wayne State University. She has been seen onstage at Strawdog Theatre, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, The House Theatre of Chicago and The Hypocrites. She earned Jeff nominations for playing roles in Assisted Living at Profiles Theatre in A Streetcar Named Desire at Writers’ Theatre.
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.
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.
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).
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.