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Company Members/Designers

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Josh Altman
Olivia Leah Baker
Christopher Burpee
Michael Colucci
Johnny Garcia
Jacqueline Grandt
Jan Ellen Graves
K.C. Karen Hill
Tommy Lee Johnston
Christopher Kriz
E. Malcolm Martinez
Dan McNamara
Peter Oyloe
Brian Parry
Allison Queen
Mary Reynard
Debra Rodkin
Michael Sherwin
Josh Altman
Altman
Josh’s Chicago directing credits include The Beautiful Dark, The Glass Menagerie, with Redtwist, Iphigeneia at Aulis, with Lights out Theatre Company and The Narrows with Red Tape. Josh has had the pleasure of assisting directors like David Cromer, Pam MacKinnon, Charles Newell and William Brown at Steppenwolf, Court, Writers’ and TimeLine. He is also a Teaching Artist with TimeLine Theatre and was previously the Media Relations Associate at Redmoon Theater. Josh has also worked with Next, Piven and Mary Arrchie and is a graduate of Tufts University, where he adapted and directed Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author for this Thesis Project.
Olivia Leah Baker
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Olivia is the costume designer for the 2013-14 season. She recently designed the costumes for Redtwist's production of A Body of Water. She is currently attending the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago for fashion design and interning with Anna G Costumes with hopes of becoming a costume designer. She worked with the St. Louis Backdoor Theatre Gang on Guys & Dolls, Pajama Game, Macbeth, and Timeless Clock; Equus(2010), A Delicate Balance, Man From Nebraska, Bug, That Face, Elling, Opus, Cripple of Inishmaan, The Glass Menagerie, Broken Glass, Purple Heart, and Reverb at Redtwist Theatre, Opus at Theatre on the Lake, The Last Night of Ballyhoo with Project 891 Theatre, worked in the costume department for Redmoon Theatre’s 2012 Spectacle Lunatique, and made costumes for The Stagedoor Johnnies.
Christopher Burpee
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Redtwist design credits include Purple Heart, Broken Glass, Opus, The Laramie Project, Ten Years Later, Man From Nebraska, Shining City, Lobby Hero, Dracula, A Delicate Balance, Equus, The Pillowman, Lettuce and Lovage, Waiting for Godot, The Ride Down Mt Morgan, Aura, The Goat, and Marvin’s Room. Other recent designs include Avenue Q for NightBlue at Stage 773. Chris is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. In addition to designing, Chris is the Auditorium Technical Director at Northeastern Illinois University.

Michael Colucci
Colucci
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Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Redtwist Theatre, and has directed many of the plays here, including Broken Glass, That Face, Equus (2010), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Three Hotels, A View from the Bridge, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, All My Sons, Broken Glass and Praying Small. He has also been seen on stage at Redtwist as Dr. Hyman in Broken Glass, Martin in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Eddie Carbone in A View from the Bridge and Joe Keller in All My Sons. In addition, Michael has worked at various theatres in Chicago, including Court, Victory Gardens, TimeLine, and ATC. He is also a member of the Jeff Committee's Artistic and Technical Team.
Johnny Garcia
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Johnny is the Development Outreach Coordinator and has been associated with the company since its itinerant days. He has appeared in Dracula: A Tragedy, The Pillowman, Praying Small, Extremities, A View from the Bridge, and True West, co-directed Three Hotels and worked behind the scenes throughout the years on various productions. He was a major force in preparing the theatre for its Grand Reopening. He looks forward to appearing in Elemeno Pea in the 2013-14 season.
Jacqueline Grandt
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Jacqueline most recently appeared in the world premiere of The Beautiful Dark as Nancy. Other credits include Sylvia in Broken Glass (Jeff recommended), Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Martha in That Face, Agnes in Bug (Jeff Award for Best Principal Actress), Julia in A Delicate Balance  (Jeff recommended),  Joy Gresham in Shadowlands (Jeff recommended), Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Jeff recommended), Leah in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Claire in Proof, and Sylvia in Broken Glass.  Other favorite roles include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Roxie Hart in Chicago.
Jan Ellen Graves
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Jan is Redtwist's Managing Director and does the advertising and design, oversees the admin and licensing for the theatre, and has appeared in a number of Redtwist shows including Clybourne Park, A Body of Water, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Man from Nebraska, A Delicate Balance, Lettice and Lovage, The Ride Down Mount Morgan, Three Hotels (Jeff recommended), Marvin's Room, A View from the Bridge, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Doubt, Equus (Jeff nominated), The Last Yankee, Praying Small, Liars & Angels, Praying Small, and All My Sons (Jeff recommended). She directed Arthur Miller's The American Clock and the world premiere of the Jeff Nominated Aura at Redtwist. She looks forward to directing Geezers by Tommy Lee Johnston in the 2013-14 season.
K.C. Karen Hill
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K.C. recently appeared as R.C. in Redtwist's production of Purple Heart (Jeff Recommended) Tracy Lett's BUG (Jeff Recommended). Other Redtwist roles include Mm. De Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Jeff Recommended), and Lee in Marvin's Room. Other Chicago credits include Caliban in The Tempest, Paulina in The Seagull, and Egeus in Midsummer Night's Dream, with GroundUp Theatre, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet with Two Pence Shakespeare Theatre. Julia in The Last Judgement, and Donna in The Potato Chip Eater (A new works festival created for Second City's former AD the late Martin De Maat) Boxer Rebellion Theatre. Lady in The Peep Hole/Second City in Donny's Sky Box directed by Michael Pieper. Union house credits include Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. She has Bachelor's degree in acting from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tommy Lee Johnston
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Tommy Lee last appeared on stage at Redtwist in The Beautiful Dark. He has also appeared in Bug, his original Jeff-nominated play Aura as well as Marvin's Room, Family Malfunction, and the world premiere of Praying Small with Redtwist/AWT. He's written and performed in Life's Tremors, Time Frame, and Gifted, which was recently published by Dramatic Publishing. He has appeared in episodes of The Beast on A&E, The Onion and Battle Ground Wisconsin web series, plus many assorted TV commercials and voice-overs. His newest play, Geezers, is part of Redtwist's 2013-14 season.
Christopher Kriz

Kriz
Christopher works nationally as a composer and sound designer.  Previous Redtwist designs include The Beautiful Dark, Purple Heart The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Bug and Opus (Non Equity Jeff Award - Best Sound Design) and nearly 20 others. In Chicago, Chris has designed for companies including Writers Theatre, Northlight, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, Next, Gift, First Folio, Timeline, Chicago Dramatists, Lifeline, Teatro Vista, Theatre Wit and many more.  Chris has been nominated for 9 Joseph Jefferson Awards and has received 2, most recently the Equity Jeff Award for Best Sound Design for Turn Of The Screw at First Folio.  Chris is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. To hear more of his work, please visit www.christopherkriz.com
E. Malcolm Martinez
MM
Malcolm has served at Redtwist Theatre as co-director of Otherwise Engaged, A View from the Bridge, and Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, assistant director of Proof and Waiting For Godot, and stage manager of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane and The Ride Down Mount Morgan. He has also written and directed for Theatre Under The Influence and Theatre On The Rocks in the great city of Seattle, as well as working in film and video in Milwaukee, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago. He is frequently assists at Redtwist's box office.
Dan McNamara
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Dan has appeared in Redtwist's Liars and Angels one-acts, The American Clock, All My Sons, Proving Mr. Jennings, and Otherwise Engaged. When not on stage, he can be found in the audience checking out other shows around town.
Peter Oyloe
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Peter Oyloe's recent credits include See What I Wanna See (Balliwick Chicago/Steppenwolf) as well as a sold out run as Hank Williams in Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award Best Lead Actor, Musical). Other acting credits include Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Filament Theatre Ensemble - Jeff Award Best Lead Actor, Musical); Eurydice (Filament Theatre Ensemble); Elling (Redtwist Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination, Best Actor), The Pillowman (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actor), Equus (Jeff Award, Best Actor); The Phantom in Phantom (Porchlight Musical Theatre), Ragtime (Porchlight) ; The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works); Cherry Smoke (the side project); Baal (TUTA), as well as the New Zealand National Production of Les Misérables. He has also appeared in numerous short films and commercials. Peter is an acclaimed composer and folk musician, having composed the scores to the film In Love with the Nun (Cannes Film Festival showcase), Equus (Jeff Nomination - Best Original Music), and Eurydice. Peter is a proud member of Redtwist Theatre and Filament Theatre Ensemble. For further information about Peter and his work, visit peteroyloe.com.
Brian Parry
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Brian recently appeared on the Redtwist stage as Russ/Dan in Clybourne Park, Moss in A Body of Water, as JohnnyPateenMike in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Carl in Opus, Alfons Jorgenson in Elling. Other Redtwist roles include John in Shining City (Jeff Award, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Tobias in A Delicate Balance (one of three Redtwist nominees for Best Production in 2011), Martin Dysart in Equus (2010), Ken Hoyle in Three Hotels, Shelly Levene in the gender-bent Glengarry, Glen Ross, Jack Lewis in Shadowlands Agent Psmith in the U.S. premiere of Proving Mr. Jennings (named one of the Top 5 Stage Productions of 2006 by NewCity), Robert in Proof, and Dysart in Equus (2007-nominated for 5 Jeff Awards including Best Production.) Elsewhere he’s been seen as Snelgrave in Eclipse Theatre's production of One Flea Spare, Pere Marriott in Lifeline Theatre's original adaptation of Mariette in Ecstasy and as Bobby's Father in Steep Theatre's Coronado. Brian has also worked with The Goodman, Court, Northlight, and Wisdom Bridge as well as the Oak Park and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals.
Allison Queen
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Allison is Redtwist's resident stage manager for the 2013-14 season and has served as the stage manager for Drunk and Ready, Dates From Hell, Reverb, Purple Heart, The Glass Managerie, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, and Opus. She was also a production assistant for The Cripple of Inishmaan. After receiving her BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Stage Management from The University of Oklahoma in 2008, she moved to Chicago to begin her career. She has worked with many other Chicago companies including Oak Park Festival Theatre, Theatre-Hikes, Oracle, Raven Theatre, Theatre Wit, Factory Theatre, Emerald City Children’s Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, and Collaboraction.
Mary Reynard
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Mary often serves as vocal coach for Redtwist productions. She recently directed A Body of Water at Redtwist. She received her training from legenday acting coach and voice over talent Ted Liss, Del Close of Second City, Geoffrey Conner, vocal coach to the National Theatre of Great Britain, David Parry, Malcolm McKay, June Kemp, and Robert Palmer of RADA, Norman Gulbrensen at Northwestern University and Gisela Goettling at the American Academy of Music.
Debra Rodkin
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Debra has appeared onstage in Redtwist's acclaimed productions of Cripple of Inishmaan (Eileen), Equus  x 2 (Dora), Glengarry Glen Ross (Aaronow) & Beauty Queen of Leenane (Mag), among others. See her in October at The Greenhouse as Sylvie in the female version of The Odd Couple and in February at the Athenaeum with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre as Audrey in Unshelved. She was the title character in Miss Fortune for Lincoln Square Theatre at The Fringe, had the pleasure of doing Steel Magnolias (Clairee) for SSP and a successful run of Beau Jest (Miriam) for Big Noise Theatre. Other recent roles include Night Blue's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mama), Citadel Theatre's Another Piece of Cake (Ann), Rabbit Hole (Nat) for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and the world premiere of The Brother (Tessie) for Hancock Prods/Film Acres. She has appeared at many area theatres including Victory Gardens, National Jewish, Apple Tree, Eclipse and Stage Left, of which she was a founding member. She was online in a Webisode for HBO's True Blood and you may see or hear her in numerous commercials and industrial films.
Michael Sherwin
Sherwin
Michael enthusiastically joins the Company Redtwist in 2013. Having previously performed in Man from Nebraska (Rev. Todd); Elling (Frank Asli); Opus (Elliot); and Treats (Patrick), he looks forward to sharing Clybourne Park, Elemeno Pea, and Happy with you this season. A Glenview native, Michael attended Eastern New Mexico University (BFA- Acting, BS- Technical Theatre), lived in Phoenix for six years where he honed his craft, tired of the heat, and returned to Chicago in 2004, acting in roles ranging from Hamlet to Patrick Swayze. He looks forward to making magic in his favorite little black box with this incredible group of artists and patrons.
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