MEET THE TEAM

Staff

Carole Dibo
Founder & Executive Director
Carole Dibo has been in “the business” for over 35 years and is the Founder & Executive Director of the Actors Training Center. After starting her career in the Washington D.C./ Baltimore market as an actress, she moved to Chicago in 1985, where she worked extensively in the film, television and industrial markets. Carole founded the Actors Training Center in 2007 in order to fill a need for young actors that wish to pursue acting as a career. Carole and ATC have a national reputation for bridging the gap between a young actor’s needs and the industry’s expectations. Carole is also the managing member of Continuum Development and Talent Management, a boutique agency that has nurtured the careers of several ATC alum as well as other up-and-coming stars. Carole lives with her husband David. They have three daughters—Whitney, Alayna & Natalie—two son-in laws, a granddaughter, and a small dog with a large bark named Mr. Big.
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Christina Ramirez
Managing Director
Christina Ramirez (she/her) is a director and teaching artist and ATC’s Managing Director. After earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory, Christina joined AEA and toured in the casts of Henry and Mudge, Skippyjon Jones, and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (tour and off b'way.) Her regional credits include: The MUNY, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Out of the Box Theatrics, Hope Summer Rep, and Insight Theatre Company. When she wasn't performing, Christina gained experience behind the table working as a casting assistant, producer, and ultimately transitioned to directing and teaching with the goal of helping young actors harness their power. She holds a Masters in Theatre Directing at Roosevelt University CCPA. Christina has taught all over the country holding residencies with New York City Center, Artists Striving to End Poverty, and more. As a career and audition coach, Christina helps you create an actionable game plan to tackle your career goals and find creative solutions to advocate for yourself on and off stage.
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Michael McKeogh
Administrative Associate
Michael McKeogh (AEA) is a Chicago-based actor, teacher, and coach. In 2012, Michael received his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Chicago acting credits include: Charles Wilcox in Howard’s End (Remy Bumppo); Beau in Southern Gothic *original cast (Windy City Playhouse); Moses in Skin of our Teeth (Remy Bumppo); Eddie in Pocatello (Griffin Theatre); Frankie Wild in The White Road (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Hamlet in Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); Dmitri in Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West (TimeLine Theatre); Dr. Greenberg in Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists). In 2014, Michael co-hosted The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s holiday show Welcome Yule!
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Lili Galluzzo
Administrative Assistant
Lili is a rising senior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and is so excited to join the ATC team as Administrative Assistant. Lili is completing a BFA in Musical Theatre, and will be starting a Master's in Arts Administration next year as well, and can't wait to learn from and work with the staff and students of ATC!
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Main Instructors

Carole Dibo
Founder & Executive Director
Carole Dibo has been in “the business” for over 35 years and is the Founder & Executive Director of the Actors Training Center. After starting her career in the Washington D.C./ Baltimore market as an actress, she moved to Chicago in 1985, where she worked extensively in the film, television and industrial markets. Carole founded the Actors Training Center in 2007 in order to fill a need for young actors that wish to pursue acting as a career. Carole and ATC have a national reputation for bridging the gap between a young actor’s needs and the industry’s expectations. Carole is also the managing member of Continuum Development and Talent Management, a boutique agency that has nurtured the careers of several ATC alum as well as other up-and-coming stars. Carole lives with her husband David. They have three daughters—Whitney, Alayna & Natalie—two son-in laws, a granddaughter, and a small dog with a large bark named Mr. Big.
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Adam Goldstein
Adam Goldstein (Director) Adam has a long history with ATC and is in his tenth year of service to the studio as an acting, musical theatre, and vocal technique instructor. He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the CMT department at Northeastern Illinois University where he serves as Artistic Director of Stage Center Theatre at the campus. Previously at ATC: Tuck Everlasting, Mamma Mia, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Big, Recent NEIU Credits: High Fidelity, Marisol, Nuevas Voces 2018, 2019 (Stage Center Theatre @ NEIU); Recent Professional Credits: A Lady’s Guide to Mountains (Piven); Xanadu, Caroline, or Change, (Columbia College), The Gilded Age (City Lit); The Light in the Piazza (NCC); The Size of the World (Redtwist); What to Listen For (Side Project), 22 Mistakes (Next Theatre), South of Settling (Steppenwolf); 25 th Annual…The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and The Mistakes Madeline Made (Northwestern); Up, Sick?, Lullaby, Harmless, and Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Bristol Riverside Theatre). In Development: Lady’s Guide to Mountains by MT Cozzola, Pigsville by Alvaro Saar Rios, Waterway by Jenni Lamb. Other Development: Blackjack by Roger Mason (Steep); The Great Writer by John Herrera (South Bend Civic). Assistant Directing: Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakes, Court, and Hartford Stage. Prior to his time at NEIU, Adam served on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University, and North Central College. Additionally, Adam is one of Chicago’s leading accents and dialects coaches with credits at Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakes, Court, Northlight, and many others. MFA- Directing, Northwestern, BFA-Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Thanks always to EMH and CFG.
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Carmella Riley
Carmella Riley was born in Chicago where she cut her teeth at the renowned Piven Theatre and the legendary Second City. Look for her in the upcoming Junteenth comedy Block Party and on the new DreamWorks animated series Doug Unplugs. Recent TV credits include How To Get Away With Murder, Modern Family, Brooklyn 99, The Young and the Restless and I Think you Should Leave by Tim Robinson . In Los Angeles, she has performed onstage at The Actor’s Gang and has appeared in several dozen national commercials. She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and the Television Academy. Carmella has been privileged to work along side Academy Award winners Viola Davis, Daniel Day Lewis, Robin Williams, Halle Berry and Winona Ryder. www.carmellariley.com, Twitter@carmellacmr IG@carmellariley
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Christina Ramirez
Christina Ramirez (she/her) is a director and teaching artist and ATC’s Managing Director. After earning her BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory, Christina joined AEA and toured in the casts of Henry and Mudge, Skippyjon Jones, and You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (tour and off b'way.) Her regional credits include: The MUNY, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Out of the Box Theatrics, Hope Summer Rep, and Insight Theatre Company. When she wasn't performing, Christina gained experience behind the table working as a casting assistant, producer, and ultimately transitioned to directing and teaching with the goal of helping young actors harness their power. She holds a Masters in Theatre Directing at Roosevelt University CCPA. Christina has taught all over the country holding residencies with New York City Center, Artists Striving to End Poverty, and more. As a career and audition coach, Christina helps you create an actionable game plan to tackle your career goals and find creative solutions to advocate for yourself on and off stage.
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Erika Burke Rossa
ERIKA BURKE ROSSA is a writer, director, actor and producer. She attended The Juilliard School (dance division) and earned her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Erika has worked as an actor on both stage and screen for over two decades. Her most recent role was in the independent film LISTEN, currently in post-production. As a writer and director, Erika’s short film THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, starring Amy Hargreaves, won the NYLA International Film Festival and was part of the Cannes Film Festival SFC. Erika currently has a television series in development with Tonik Productions and BoomGen Studios. As recent transplant to the North Shore from New York City, Erika is excited to share her experience, knowledge and love of acting with the students at ATC!
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Jamie Black
Jamie Black has been an actor and comedian in Chicago for over 20 years. He has been a solo performer for the last several years touring nationally and internationally with his solo show It’s My Penis and I’ll Cry If I Want To. He won National Artist of Year at the St. Lou Fringe Festival and was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the City of Chicago in 2017. He is a co-founder of the African-American sketch comedy group, Soul Fools. His television credits include Conspiracy: Martin Luther King, The Chelsea Handler Show and Boss. You can see him on YouTube as the Bathtub Philosopher and he records a podcast with his friend Angela called the Icky Lousy Junky Life Showdown.
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Jerrell Henderson
JERRELL L. HENDERSON is a director and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include CAGED at Passage Theatre and In The Red And Brown Water at Northwestern University. Other credits include Red Summer: A New American Play with Music by Shepsu Aakhu and Andy White with MPAACT Theatre & Fleetwood-Jordain Theatre and The Freaks Of Mercy by Joel Drake Johnson at Chicago Dramatists: The Saturday Series. Upcoming productions include Salt Pepper Ketchup at InterAct Theatre, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Eclipse Theatre, and Untitled with Inis Nua Theatre. As an assistant director, Jerrell has worked with Victory Gardens Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. As an educator, Jerrell has taught and directed at several institutions including Illinois State University, Northwestern University, and The University of the Arts. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a member of Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative, 2017-2018.
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Kevin Long
Kevin Long, nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education, is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Harper College, the recipient of the Motorola Solutions Foundation Endowed Award for Teaching Excellence, the Illinois Theatre Association Award for Excellence in College Theatre Teaching, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, President of Illinois Theatre Association. Kevin has worked professionally in various equity and summer stock theatre in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Illinois. Kevin has been teaching acting and theatre classes for over twenty-five years and has directed over sixty productions. Kevin is a recognized expert in teaching Folio Technique and frequently presents his workshop “Shakespeare Whispers Into Your Ear,” which explores the language and theatres in the tri-state region. www.kevinlongdirector.com.
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Leah Raidt
Leah Raidt proudly hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Theatre credits include: T and Columbinus with American Theatre Company, The Flick (u/s) at Steppenwolf Theatre, Punk Rock and national tours of Letters Home with Griffin Theatre, and work with Emerald City Children's Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Cloudgate Theatre, and more. Leah has been assistant director to Nick Bowling at TimeLine Theatre and Jonathan Berry at Steep Theatre. Teaching credits include The Green Room Studio, Jane Brody actor retreats, Kentucky Governor’s School fo the Arts, Statera Arts mentorship program, and private coaching and audition taping services. Leah holds a B.F.A from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. She is proudly represented by DDO Artists Agency and Heyman Talent. LeahRaidt.com
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Madelyne Forrester
Madelyne Forrester is a Chicago-based singer, actor, dancer and teacher, originally born and raised in Santa Clara, CA. Growing up in a family of theatre artists, Madelyne developed a knack for live storytelling at a very young age. She honed her craft through many, many theatre and dance programs, all too similar to the Actor’s Training Center. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago, she has been active as a performer, teacher and choreographer, working with a variety of reputable companies including Actor's Training Center, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Williams Street Repertory, and more. Madelyne is also a sought after coach offering dance and acting privates, in the hopes of inspiring brave, smart performers. You can find her on and off stage at www.madelyneforrester.com!
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Michael McKeogh
Michael McKeogh (AEA) is a Chicago-based actor, teacher, and coach. In 2012, Michael received his MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Chicago acting credits include: Charles Wilcox in Howard’s End (Remy Bumppo); Beau in Southern Gothic *original cast (Windy City Playhouse); Moses in Skin of our Teeth (Remy Bumppo); Eddie in Pocatello (Griffin Theatre); Frankie Wild in The White Road (Irish Theatre of Chicago); Hamlet in Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre); Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); Dmitri in Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West (TimeLine Theatre); Dr. Greenberg in Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists). In 2014, Michael co-hosted The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s holiday show Welcome Yule!
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Mike Theisen
Mike began his career as an actor at the age of 8 focusing primarily on theatre in and around the Twin Cities, Minnesota. In addition to his work in the theatre he was also involved in several commercial and industrial projects throughout his 10 year career in the Twin Cities. Mike moved to Chicago in 2007 to attend DePaul University where he received his BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul, a prestigious conservatory for acting. After graduating he moved to the other side of the table and began working at Gray Talent Group from 2011-2018. Mike now freelance teaches at schools like ATC is helped pioneer ATC's new College Audition Clinic (2019).
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Remy Germinario
Remy is a NYC based actor and comedian. New York Theatre: More Than All The World (Theatre For The New City), Boys Who Tricked Me (MT Factory), Bradley Cole (FringeNYC Award Winner), When I Started Dating Men (Dixon Place), The Paige Turner Holiday Shows (Laurie Beechman Theatre). Regional: Buyer and Cellar (Florida Studio Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Cardinal Stage Company), Caveman Play (ArtHouse). Film/TV: The Feast of Stephen (dir James Franco), An Actor Unprepared and Living the Dream. Remy voiced the title character in the hit iPhone musical theatre video game Peter Panic by Adult Swim Games. Remy is also a stand up/sketch comic and can be seen at comedy clubs all over the city and at Maude Night at UCB NY and is the creator of TWUNK Comedy (a video sketch platform-check it out on Facebook!)
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Rose Leisner
Rose recently moved to Glenview after working as a stage and film actor in Los Angeles for the past twelve years. She graduated from USC with a BA in Theatre Arts, and was fortunate enough to return to her alma matter a few years ago as a course assistant for the Associate Dean of the School of Dramatic Arts. In her time in Los Angeles, Rose appeared in several national commercials (Boost, AmEx, American Horror Story) short films, and plays. She also worked alongside several smaller independent theatre and film companies in production and development. She is excited to be back home and is looking forward to getting involved in Chicago’s vibrant theatre community.
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Sara Sevigny
Sara Sevigny is a Chicago bred actor, singer, improviser, and playwright who is best known for her work as board member Edna Bunnin on EMPIRE (FOX). Sara is also half of the comedic duo, "Corri and Sara," whose YouTube series, GET IN THE CAR, is available here. Their new series, CORRI AND SARA ARE FAMOUS, shoots in 2020. Sara also starred as Grace in the film ROGERS PARK (Critic's Pick New York Times, 100% Rotten Tomatoes) as well as the hit web series OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. Other credits include THE GABRIELS (Pilot-Series Regular), PopTv's HOT DATE, Comedy Central's SOUTH SIDE and the film, COLD WAR.A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association, Sara has worked onstage with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera Chicago, Paramount, Broadway Playhouse, Chicago Children's Theatre, About Face, TimeLine, and The Hypocrites. She is also a proud Joseph Jefferson Award winner for her work as Sara Jane Moore in Porchlight Music Theater's ASSASSINS. She is repped by Gray Talent Group and Artists First Mgmt. When she’s not acting, you can find Sara at Actor's Training Center, audition-coaching and teaching on-camera classes, or at the dog park with her pups and her hubs. She also likes unsweetened green tea lemonade, in case you wanted to get her one. It tastes like sunshine.
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Sarah Charipar
Sarah Charipar has been working as a professional actor in Chicago for nearly two decades. She has worked in theatre, film, television and commercial venues, including The Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf. Her work also includes a number of years as a freelance associate at Paskal Rudnicke casting, where she runs audition sessions for film, television and commercials. Sarah has taught voice and speech, scene study and coaches individuals on audition technique. She is thrilled to be joining the team over at the Actors Training Center.
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Shaina Schrooten
Shaina has been an actor and teaching artist in Chicago for the past seven years. Previously she has taught with Porchlight Music Theatre and Emerald City Theatre where she worked in residencies at Chicago Public Schools, after school classes, as well as their summer camps. She has also taught theatre classes with Special Olympics through the Chicago Parks Department. Shaina is a mentor with Statera Arts, which works to uplift, amplify, and advance pathways for women in the arts. As an actor, Shaina has worked with companies in Chicago such as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, Organic Theatre Company, Theater Wit, Midsommer Flight, Jackalope Theatre Company, The Shakespeare All-Stars, Backroom Shakespeare, Timber Lake Playhouse, Twenty Percent Theatre, The Runaways, and (re)discover theatre. Shaina also has co-written, produced, and performed in a sketch show at iO Theatre and The Second City. Regionally she has worked with Montana Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival and Houston Shakespeare Festival. On camera, Shaina has worked on commercial, indie film, and big budget sets. She loves bringing her practical experience in theatre, improv, and film to all of her classes!
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Siobhan Reedy-Best
Originally from Providence, RI, Siobhan has been acting since she was a child. After teaching acting classes to children in her hometown, Siobhan moved to Chicago, where she has worked with Muse of Fire, Collaboraction, and Lifeline Theatre. Siobhan used her experience as a performer to teach sexual assault prevention classes with Catharsis Productions. She is looking forward to bringing her acting experience to the other side of the table in order to serve the talented clients at Paonessa. Siobhan is a proud graduate of Vassar College.
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Steve Leaver
Steve Leaver has been with the Actors Training Center since coming in to teach our Little Actors division in 2016. Steve is the Executive Director of Imagination Theater, a Chicago based theater company that uses original, participatory theatrical programming as a means to address various social issues with audiences nation-wide. Mr. Leaver oversees all aspects of the company and has been in charge of designing, writing, directing, and facilitating countless programs for schools and corporations. In addition to his work at Imagination Theatre, Mr. Leaver is a teaching artist with the Metropolis School of Performing Arts in Arlington Heights. He has taught acting classes for all ages and abilities. He has directed productions of “The Laramie Project”, “The Dining Room”, and “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Metropolis. From 2008-2012, Mr. Leaver served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Theatre Association where he was representing Theatre for Young Audiences. Through his work at the ITA, Mr. Leaver helped to coordinate the Theatre In Our Schools conferences every March held in partnership with the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. Most recently, Mr. Leaver has been one of seven theatre teachers and professionals working with Arts Alliance Illinois to adapt and adopt the National Core Arts Standards in Theater for the State of Illinois. Mr. Leaver graduated Cum Laude from Illinois State University.
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Tim Soszko
Tim Soszko has made a living in Chicago performing, teaching, writing, directing and producing for over 10 years. He performs with the tim&micah project, Bri-Ko (an all silent sketch comedy group) and The Deltones (a musical improv group). Tim has taught all sorts of classes with Second City, IO Chicago, Columbia College, Loyola University, and The Kemper Foundation to name a few. He is also a voiceover artist, emcee, auctioneer, and a producer of the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. Tim has been all over the United States, Canada and Europe, speaking, teaching and performing. He wrote and starred in a TV Pilot for his own sketch comedy show. Many people find Tim funny....his wife and children do not. timsoszko.com
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Nolan Robinson
Nolan Robinson is a multi-hyphenate artist and graduate of Northwestern University. Recent professional acting credits include: The world premieres of "ST. SEBASTIAN" (Refracted Theatre Co.) and “MY BROTHER LANGSTON” (Gwyn/Ensemble) at Black Ensemble Theatre. Additional credits include “THE WIZARD OF OZ” (u/s Scarecrow, Tin-man, Lion) at The Marriott Theatre, “SPRING AWAKENING” (Georg), “THE BLUES IN THE NIGHT” (The Dancing Man standby) and “PASSING STRANGE” (Youth) at Porchlight Music Theatre. For his work in the latter he was nominated for a 2022 Black Theatre Alliance award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical. Educational acting credits include: the American Music Theatre Project's “SEAN'S STORY PARTS ONE AND TWO” (Sean), “THE EXONERATED” reading (Young Delbert), “LEGALLY BLONDE” (Grand Master Chad), and “A CHORUS LINE” (Richie Walters). As a writer Nolan penned the short film “GRIEF NIGHT CLUB”, which was nominated for a student production award at the 2021 Chicago Emmys
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Guest Instructors

JC Clementz
JC is the Casting Director at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a freelance stage director. He has cast productions out of Chicago and New York over the past decade including the Broadway productions of Linda Vista, Pass Over, and The Minutes. As a freelance director his credits include The Nerd, The All Night Strut!, Murder for Two, Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, The Doyle & Debbie Show, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Rep), Waiting: A Song Cycle (The World’s Stage/Cherry Lane, NYC), and Murder for Two (Merrimack Rep). He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University, and is a proud member of SDC and the Casting Society of America.
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Chad Murnane
Chad Eric Murnane, CSA (he/him) is a Casting Director at Binder Casting. He has worked on a myriad of theatre, film, and television projects for the past decade. Prior to joining Binder in 2018, Chad was mentored by industry veteran, Lisa Fields, and served as her casting associate in Los Angeles for three years. Among his current/upcoming projects are national tours of My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Tootsie, Asolo Rep's ’22/23 Season, Ogunquit Playhouse ‘22 Season, Sister Act (Paper Mill Playhouse), Anne of Green Gables (Goodspeed), Did You See What Walter Paisley Did Today? (La Mirada), among others.
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AJ Links
AJ Links grew up in the Bay Area and made the journey to Chicago to study at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is now a casting associate at PR Casting.
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Tim Heller
Tim Heller is a professional voice actor (newly) based out of Austin, TX. He spent the past 6 years in New York City as an actor working in theaters around the world and voicing projects for TV, radio, podcasts, video games, animation, and more! He may or may not have also performed at ATC as Javert in Les Miserables back in the day. Tim brings his classical acting background and sense of play to his work and can’t wait to share it with you all! Connect with Tim though all social platforms @TimHellerVO or through his website www.TimHellerVO.com.
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Adam Belcuore
Adam Belcuore is currently the Managing Producer of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre. Since beginning his career at The Goodman in 1998, Adam has worked with some of the nation’s top directors casting and producing a wide array of projects including classics, new works, and musicals. As a Casting Director, some of his favorite projects include: Robert Falls’ productions of King Lear starring Stacy Keach and The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, as well as Mary Zimmerman’s production of Disney’s The Jungle Book, Calixto Bieto’s Camino Real, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s production of The Long Red Road, Chinglish by David Henry Hwang and many, many more. As a freelance casting director, he has had the pleasure of working with many other great theatres such as Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Repertory Company, The Alley Theatre, Northlight Theatre, About Face Theatre Company, and Chicago Children's Theatre. As a former director, he received the first SDCF Mike Ockrent Fellowship, through which he assisted Harold Prince on Steven Sondheim’s musical Bounce. He subsequently assisted Mr. Prince on Hollywood Arms, the autobiographical play by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton. He is a founding member of Serendipity Theatre Collective, a Chicago storefront theater dedicated to original work, and served as Artistic Director until 2005. His STC directing credits include: 365day/365 plays, by Suzan Lori Parks; Delores Dogan, by Courtney Shaughnessy; Alcatraz by Al Letizia; and Travelogue, by Zac Richardson. During his tenure he conceived of and produced 2nd Story, a hybrid storytelling, wine, and music event and eventual festival that has since become the company’s new name and primary practice. He currently serves on 2nd Story’s advisory board.
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Ally Young-Price
Ally Young-Price is an actor based in LA. With her credits ranging from stage productions (Fancy Nancy, Seussical, Grease etc) to her more recent credits in Television (Dollface, Grown-ish, Rutherford Falls, etc.) She is also an alumni of ABC networks 2019 Discovers showcase. In her spare time you can find her binging the latest marvel TV shows, or playing her nintendo switch! Oh and playing her little pup Winnie 😉
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Bob Mason
Bob Mason has been casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater since 2000, where his classical credits cover more than two-thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, including numerous productions with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Other notable CST productions include a quartet of Stephen Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with Geoge, A Little Night Music and Passion ) directed by Gary Griffin, and several more . Prior to casting, Mason enjoyed a 15-year career as a Jeff Award-winning Chicago actor and singer, and has been a visiting educator for the School at Steppenwolf and Northwestern University.
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Brandon Logan
Brandon Logan (He/Him) is a New York City based Director, Audition Coach and Teaching Artist. Brandon began his career as an Actor, appearing in both the 1st and 2nd National Tours of Broadway’s The Book of Mormon where he garnered glowing reviews for his turn as “The Doctor”. He has also performed at NYC's Signature Theatre, The St. Louis MUNY, The Arvada Center, Florida Studio Theatre, The Marriott Theater and The Olney Theater Center. Having found success on the stage, he is now committed to using his gifts to guide the next generation of Musical Theater performers toward realizing the fullness of their potential both on and off of the stage. Brandon is currently on faculty at both The Broadway Collective and Unity Stage Company (NYC) where he directs and teaches College Audition Prep, Musical Theater Vocal Performance and Acting Techniques. In addition, he has previously taught and/or directed for Northwestern University, The Amy Murphy Studio and Applause New York (Artistic Director). Brandon received his BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the Laurie Beechman Award for Vocal Excellence in Musical Theatre. Proud member of AEA.
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David "Dave" Gonzalez
Dave Gonzalez is a fight director and Certified Teacher of both Stage Combat and the Alexander Technique. A long-time member of the Society of American Fight Directors, his Chicago-area credits include Lookingglass Theatre, American Theatre Co, Filament Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, The Plagiarists, Roosevelt University, Elmhurst College, and Innervation Dance Cooperative. Dave has also taught workshop classes across the country, including New Mexico, Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida. In addition, Dave is the co-founder and co-coordinator of The Left Turn at Albuquerque, the only SAFD stage combat workshop in the southwest. As a stage combatant, he has performed with Chicago's Lyric Opera on multiple occasions, including a featured fight in the 2014 and 2018 productions of Il Trovatore, and most recently the new 2021 production of Verdi’s Macbeth, directed by Sir David McVicar.
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David Singer
David Singer is a filmmaker/musician/writer/composer based in Chicago. His first feature film, Imperfections, was released in 2017. The Hollywood Reporter said, “A shaggy charm permeates David Singer’s comic thriller about an aspiring actress who gets more than she bargained for upon taking a job as a diamond courier… The dialogue is frequently fast and funny... Imperfections marks an impressive debut effort from its tyro director.” His previous short film, Advantage: Weinberg, was selected for the prestigious Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, his digital series “Incoming” won the 2019 Austin Film Festival Script Competition.
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Deborah Dion
Deborah has worked on a multitude of projects during her 27 year career in casting including Wes Anderson's Asteroid City, The French Dispatch, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom and Tim Burton's Dumbo, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Alice in Wonderland. She most recently worked on M. Night Shyamalan’s feature Knock at the Cabin which just finished shooting as well as Old which came out last year and has enjoyed working on his features for many years. Earlier this year she also cast and produced a new feature for Carl Bessai, a Canadian director who is known for his independent artistic features and is a film festival favorite. And she was delighted to cover the US in helping cast the lead child in Fast and Furious 10 which is now filming. Currently Deborah is working on Marielle Heller’s new project starring Amy Adams.
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Jane Drake Brody
Jane Drake Brody is a Master Acting Teacher, former Casting Director and actress. She will be a recurring character (Spring '21) in the new HBO series, “Somebody, Somewhere” starring Bridget Everett. She has authored two books, The Actor's Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Acting, Archetype, and Neuroscience (Routledge) 2016.
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Jennifer Rudnicke
Jennifer Rudnicke and Mickie Paskal have been casting directors in Chicago for the past 15 years. They have cast for hundreds of commercial clients both regionally and nationally. Past film credits include Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale and the Express starring Dennis Quaid. Other credits include Road to Perdition, Fargo, What Women Want, Amityville Horror and Stranger Than Fiction. They have worked with film directors such as Michael mann, Robert Altman, the Coen Brothers, Sam Mendes, Marc Forster and Harold Ramis.
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Julie Schubert
Julie Schubert is a New York based, Emmy-Award winning Casting Director. She has casted numerous projects including the hit Netflix shows House of Cards and Daredevil. Other casting credits include Confessions of a Shopaholic, Footloose, Devil Wears Prada, and The Departed.
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Kaitlin Shaw
Kaitlin has recently relocated to Chicago from New York City where she worked for Tara Rubin Casting for 11+ years. Some favorite projects with Tara Rubin Casting include the future production of The Outsiders for the Goodman Theatre, Because of Winn Dixie at Goodspeed Opera House, Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber at Paper Mill Playhouse, the national tour of Les Miserables, Falsettos (Broadway and tour), Marie, Dancing Still at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Flashdance, the Musical (National tour), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse and La Jolla Playhouse.) She worked on the Broadway productions of The Phantom of the Opera, King Kong, Prince of Broadway, Disaster!, Aladdin, Gigi, Les Miserables, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Promises, Promises and the Off-Broadway productions of The Other Josh Cohen, #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment, Smokey Joe's Cafe, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron. Kaitlin won a 2016 CSA Artios award for casting Clinton, The Musical and has also been nominated for her work at Bucks County Playhouse, the touring and Broadway productions of Falsettos, and the Broadway production of Prince of Broadway. Kaitlin hails from Southern California and studied Dramatic Art and American Studies at University of California, Davis. She lives in Lakeview with her husband and daughter.
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Kirsten Fitzgerald
Kirsten Fitzgerald is a Chicago based actor and the Artistic Director at A Red Orchid Theatre. She was most recently on stage at A Red Orchid in Harold Pinter’s The Room and the world premiere of Pilgrim’s Progress by Brett Neveu. Other recent acting credits include the world premieres of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlow and Bruce Norris’ The Qualms both at Steppenwolf Theatre and the world premiere of Appropriate by Brandon Jacob Jenkins at Victory Gardens Theatre. Other stage credits include Clybourne Park, The Elephant Man, A Streetcar Named Desire (Steppenwolf). Mud Blue Sky, Butcher of Baraboo, The New Electric Ballroom, Abigail’s Party, Pumpgirl, Weapon of Mass Impact, Mr. Bundy, The Sea Horse and more (A Red Orchid Theatre) and work with The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Goodman, Shattered Globe, Remy Bumppo, Plasticene, Prop, Next, Circle Theatre, Apple Tree, Famous Door, Defiant Theatre and more. Her Television credits include The Exorcist, Sirens, Chicago Med, Chicago Justice, Chicago Fire, Underemployed and ER. Kirsten is a Member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She attended The University of Kansas-BA and received her MFA in acting from The University of Iowa.
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Laura Alcalá Baker
Laura is the Casting Director and Artistic Programs Manager at Victory Gardens Theater. She is a freelance director and most recently directed the World Premiere of Isaac Gomez's The Way she Spoke: A Documythologia for The Greenhouse Theater's inaugural season. She served as an Artistic Associate for B Street Theater for three seasons, directing pieces such as Equivocation, The Giver, 11:11, and Collapse. Other select Chicago productions include, Sean Graney’s There is No Message in the Message (The Gift Theatre’s opening festival, TEN) and Project Potential by Isaac Gomez (Broken Nose Theatre).
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Marisa Paonessa
Marisa Paonessa is originally from Albany, New York and graduated with a BFA in Acting from State University of New York at Fredonia. She moved to Chicago in August of 1999 to start her career. Marisa has worked in promotional advertising, as a casting associate and tour manager for Chicago theatre. After realizing her passion for helping Chicago actors, she interned at a talent agency and was soon hired on as an agent. Her former clients urged her to start her own agency, and in January 2010 she opened her own doors. Marisa believes in cultivating personal relationships, giving individual attention and helping guide her talents' careers. When Marisa isn't working she's most likely on the phone with her mother.
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Mary Hollis Inboden
Mary Hollis Inboden is a Chicago-based actor, writer and comedian. A founding member of The New Colony, Mary Hollis, helped to create and starred in critically-acclaimed hits such as The Warriors, Calls to Blood (NYC Fringe Fest Award Winner, 2010) and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (currently running off-Broadway at The Soho Playhouse and available in print from Samuel French, Inc). Mary Hollis was voted Best Local Actress by the Chicago Reader in the 2011 "Best of" Issue and made her television debut on The Chicago Code. She went on to appear regularly as "Jackie Shope" on Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, for Starz/Lionsgate TV. A proud Chicago resident, she enjoys supporting network and independent series produced in "the second city," appearing in viral favorites such as Funemployed and Kam Kardashian. Most recently, Mary Hollis starred opposite Steve Coogan and Carla Gugino in the ABC pilot, Doubt.
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Matthew Miller
Matthew Miller is a Chicago based director and teacher. As an associate casting director with Tenner Paskal & Rudnicke Casting, Matt’s film credits include the Chicago casting for THE WEATHERMAN, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE ICE HARVEST, STRANGER THAN FICTION, LET’S GO TO PRISON!, THE BREAKUP, THE PROMOTION, THE EXPRESS and PUBLIC ENEMIES. Miller is a proud twelve-year company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding.
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Michael Kushner
Michael Kushner is NYC’s leading multi-hyphenate. Catch Michael every other Thursday, 7pm EST live, on My Broadway Memory with Broadway Podcast Network. Performance: On the Town at Barrington Stage (Pre Broadway, Directed by John Rando), Much Ado About Nothing at Barrington Stage (Directed by Julie Boyd), Sons on the Prophet at GableStage (Directed by Joe Adler). He is the creator of his one man show, Moo With Me (Directed by Max Crumm). Photography: Featured in The NYTimes, Vogue, The Tony Awards, Playbill, and more. Creator of The Dressing Room Project. Michael has photographed Idina Menzel, Julie Andrews, and many more notable artists. Producing: Michael is one of the founding members of Musical Theatre Factory, currently in residency with Playwrights Horizons, and was awarded the first ever MTF Builder Award. Emmy Nominated web series, Indoor Boys, created by Wes Taylor and Alex Wyse, XaveMePlease, starring Isaac Powell, (Frameline43 Festival in San Fran), Moments in the Woods (A Virtual Gala for the HFWAA featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda). Active participant with Covenant House. www.michaelkushneronline.com or www.michaelkushnerphotography.com. Podcast: Dear Multi-Hyphenate with Broadway Podcast Network. Proud AEA Member. Ithaca College BFA Musical Theatre. @themichaelkushner and @thedressingroomproject on Instagram.
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Mickie Paskal
Mickie Paskal and Jennifer Rudnicke have been casting directors in Chicago for the past 15 years. They have cast for hundreds of commercial clients both regionally and nationally. Past film credits include Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale and the Express starring Dennis Quaid. Other credits include Road to Perdition, Fargo, What Women Want, Amityville Horror and Stranger Than Fiction. They have worked with film directors such as Michael mann, Robert Altman, the Coen Brothers, Sam Mendes, Marc Forster and Harold Ramis.
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Nick Blaemire
Nick Blaemire is an actor, writer, musician and teaching artist based in Brooklyn. He was recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Jon in the Off-Broadway Revival of Tick, Tick...Boom! Broadway: Cry-Baby, Godspell. Off-Broadway: Dogfight (2ndStage), Found (Atlantic), The Black Suits (SPF at the Public). TV: Rise, The Good Wife, The Big C. He wrote the music and lyrics to Glory Days (book by James Gardiner), which premiered at Signature Theatre in DC before moving to Broadway at the Circle in the Square (OBCR through Ghostlight Records). It has now had over 40 productions all over the world. Other writing work includes the original musicals A Little More Alive (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kansas City Rep, Barrington Stage, film option); Soon (Signature Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation) and Fallout (with Kyle Jarrow, in development with John Legend's Get Lifted Entertainment). Nick has also released two pop albums: The Hustle and the Ampersand EP, both available on iTunes and Spotify. He is a member of the faculty at The Performing Arts Project (performingartsproject.com).
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Scott Dare
Scott Dare is a physical theatre and circus artist working as a director, deviser, choreographer, and educator. His passion for movement has taken him around the world to study clown, ground acrobatics, aerial arts, yoga and more. He currently coaches at the Actors Training Center, Actors Gymnasium, and Circesteem. Outside of Chicago he has performed and directed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Phoenix, and London. Locally he has collaborated with Teatro Vista, The Actors Gymnasium, Filament Theater, Mudlark Theater, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, American Theater Company, Imaginez Ensemble and Theater Unspeakable where he is a devising ensemble member. He holds a Master’s degree from Royal Holloway, University of London in Contemporary Performance and a Black Belt in traditional martial arts from the ISKA. See more at scottjdare.com
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Stephen Schellhardt
Stephen Schellhardt has been acting, directing, choreographing, producing, casting, and teaching professionally for over a decade. He has received three Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and a Barrymore Award for acting, as well as Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for his directorial and choreographic work. In Chicago, Stephen has worked with the Marriott Theater, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, and more. National Tours include Altar Boyz. Stephen has taught students of all ages at Ohio Northern University, Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, among others, and has been on faculty at Northwestern University’s Cherub Program for over ten summers. Previously, he served as Casting Director and Associate Producer at Writers Theatre and was recently appointed Artistic Director at Boho Theatre and is a full-time lecturer of musical theatre at Northwestern University and director of the annual Waa Mu Show.
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Alex Thompson
Co-founder of Runaway Train, Chicago-based director and producer Alex Thompson produced the features "King Rat" and "Our Father", and directed the features "Brother Sister" and "Saint Frances" this past year. Short films and pilots he produced and/or directed have premiered at festivals around the world. He has a BA from DePauw University and an MFA in directing from DePaul University. Alex has taught at DePauw University, Actor's Training Center and the Green Room.(www.runawaytrainchicago.com)
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Jeff Lupetin
Jeff Lupetin has been a national voiceover talent for over 30 years and a teacher for 16 years. Check out his voice content on JeffsVo.com and his teacher tips on Ultimate Voiceover.com. In the past, Jeff has voiced nationally for Off products and Coors Extra Gold, winning the Fairfax Cone award for excellence. His character work for Raid as one of the infamous Raid bugs and as “I am Hungry” for McDonalds ran nationally. Locally, Jeff was the Lotto Wizard for the Illinois Lottery. Older gamers know Jeff as the voice of Gillian Seed in the Hideki Kojima video game, Snatcher. He still can be heard on the “Twilight Zone Radio Show” nationally. Jeff graduated from Northwestern University with a Radio-TV-Film degree and is also an adjunct professor at Columbia College, teaching Voice for Animation. He is available for coaching as well. He looks forward to helping start your career!! He can be reached at jefflupetin@gmail.com.
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Katherine Condit-Ladd
Katherine Condit-Ladd is a professional actor, director and teacher. She has appeared on Broadway, in National Tours and at such local theatres as Goodman, Marriott and Organic. Katherine was also co-founder/Artistic Director of Cobalt Ensemble Theatre in Chicago which had a successful Jeff nominated 5 year run. Directing credits include: Cowboy Versus Samara - Silk Road, Feeding the Moonfish - Artistic Home, and three Chicago Premiers produced by C.E.T.; The Architect, Dream of a Common Language, and Waiting for Phillip Glass. Katherine also taught drama and directed at Lake Forest Country Day for four years and now continues to teach privately.
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Kelly O'Sullivan
Kelly O’Sullivan’s theatrical credits include BLKS, This is Modern Art, The Internationalist, Honest, Good Boys and True, The Crucible, & 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf), Men on Boars, Bruise Easy, The Humans, Columbinus, & The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (American Theater Company), The Seagull (Goodman Theatre), The Skin of Our Teeth (Remy Bumppo), Bad Jews (Theatre Wit), Hesperia (Writers Theatre), My Wonderful Day – Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play (The Wilma Theatre), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Northlight Theatre), Jon (Collaboration), Mr. Marmalade – Jeff Nomination for Principal Actress in a Day (Dog & Pony Theatre). TV CREDITS: The Mob Doctor, Battleground, Sirens (2 seasons), The History of Us (pilot for CBS). FILM CREDITS: In Memoriam, Jessica, Sleep With Me, Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, Brother Sister, & Saint Frances. Kelly is a graduate of Northwestern University & The School at Steppenwolf, & she is a recipient of a 3Arts Make a Wave Grant & a Princess Grace Fellowship for Theatre.
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