Nora Leahy (Business Office Coordinator) joined the Lookingglass team in February 2017. Previously, she has served as Producing Managing Director for the touring company Two Pigs Productions; Box Office Manager for Lean Ensemble Theater in Hilton Head, SC; and Producing Associate for the Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, IN. Nora also freelances as a playwright, actor, and designer in Chicago and regionally.
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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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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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.
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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).
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.