Devised by the Ensemble
Videography by Evelyn Landow*
Original Music and Sound Design by Jake Sorgen
Lighting Consultation by Charles Blunt*
Stage Managed by Jean E. Compton*
Graphic Design by Jacob Goodman
CLARE BRENNAN (Director, she/her) is passionate about exploring space through performance in all its forms. She directs plays, produces podcasts, edits scripts, facilitates new work, and surrounds herself with artists from a myriad of mediums. She, along with Wyatt Kent, are the Co-Artistic Directors of Red Theater in Chicago, IL. Recent directing credits include Those of European Descent (RhinoFest @ The Prop, Jan 2020), Dolores Diaz’s Rehearsal (NoMads Art Collective) and Anthony Neilson’s Stitching (BlackLight Theatre; Dublin). In Chicago, she’s worked with TimeLine Theatre, Cabinet of Curiosity, Barrens Theatre Company, Links Hall, Shattered Globe, Prop Thtr, and Theatre Evolve. She teaches a devising workshop that focuses on creating the first draft. IG: @claremargaret14. www.clarebrennancreative.com.
KARISSA MURRELL MYERS (Director, she/her) is a hapa Filipino American theatre artist is currently based in Chicago, where she works professionally as an actor, playwright, casting director, and producer. She has a MFA in Performance from University of Hawaii at Manoa, a BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University, and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Directing credits include Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon (reading, Our Perspective: Asian American Plays), and eight full-length productions such This is Our Youth and The Importance of Being Earnest with The Broken Illusion Project, which she founded in her hometown of Boise, Idaho. As a performer, Karissa has worked at a number of regional theatres including Goodman Theatre, Remy Bumppo, The House Theatre of Chicago, Court Theatre, and Renaissance Theaterworks. Television work includes Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Electric Dreams, and The Exorcist. Her autobiographical play Fragmented was filmed and released through Our Perspective: Asian American Plays in November 2020. Her most recent play, How Do We Navigate Space?, was filmed and released through Strawdog Theatre Company, where she is the current Casting Director and ensemble member. She also does freelance casting work for theatres around the country. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Represented by Gray Talent Group. www.kmurrellmyers.com.
DEMONE SERAPHIN (Director, he/him) is an award-winning actor/singer/director and a Producing Partner for Avant Bard Theatre. Selected directing credits include Once Uponzi Time, The Tale Of An American Scheme, Yours Truly, Ella! A Celebration Of The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook, Words On The Water, A Phillis Wheatley Celebration, The Exonerated, The Dutchman, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Jitney, Split Second, Endangered Species (world premiere), The Mountaintop, Runaways, Winter’s Tale, and Barnum. Recent acting credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’, Memphis, the world premiere of the Off-Broadway musical Folk Wandering, Fairytale Christmas (world premiere), and Uncle Vanya. Broadway, national, and international credits include Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Gospel at Colonus, Crowns, The Full Monty, Big River, Sweet Charity, Once on This Island, Black Nativity, The Best of Both Worlds, About Clarence and Me, Sideshow, Othello, and Grand Hotel. Film/TV credits include The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Bad Street, Amen, In the Eyes of God, California Dreams, Law and Order SVU, Person of Interest, and The Magic Door. DeMone is the recipient of a regional Emmy Award and the Joseph Jefferson Award.
PRIYANKA SHETTY (Director, she/her) is a Philadelphia-based director, performer, and playwright. She received her M.F.A. in Acting at the University of Virginia. Directing credits include Ghost Gun: #ENOUGH’s Plays to End Gun Violence (Azuka Theatre); Made in India (Inis Nua Theatre Company); #CHARLOTTESVILLE (Live Arts, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center); AutoCorrect (Fillet of Solo, Lifeline Theatre); Chokher Bali (Kyra Theatre); My Fair Lady (Christ University); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Presidency School); Comic Timing (Rangashankara, Short+Sweet Festival) and A Scandal in Bohemia (Jagriti Theatre, Short + Sweet Festival) among others.
Priyanka is the writer-performer of two solo shows The Elephant in the Room (The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Yale University, Keegan Theatre, Lincoln Theatre, CATCO/Evolution Theatre) and #CHARLOTTESVILLE (The Abbey Theatre of Dublin). She was also Co-adaptor and Cultural Consultant for The Little Princess (Quintessence Theatre) and is currently working on her new play inspired by the works of P.G. Wodehouse and Fry & Laurie titled Marjorie is Dead and the third solo show in her triptych The Wall.
DANIEL WASHELESKY (Director, Managing Director, he/him) is a Chicago-born director and dramaturg. He completed his M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Directing credits include Swiping Right, Left, and Wrong: A Cabaret (Davenport’s Piano Bar); The Date (Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention Center); and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (All Student Theatre, WU). Assistant directing credits include The Children (Steppenwolf Theatre); Afterglow (Pride Films and Plays); Prometheus’ Dream (First Run Theatre); and Blackbird (St. Louis Actors’ Studio). Daniel dramaturged Dreaming in Black & White (First Run Theatre, world premiere) and The Passage Theatre’s inaugural production, Spirits to Enforce. He has also provided dramaturgical support for Steppenwolf’s The Rembrandt and The Doppelgänger, along with script supervision for workshops of La Ruta and Lindiwe.
SYDNEY WATT (Director, Director of Development, she/her) is a Chicago-based theatremaker and Director of Development at The Passage Theatre. She studied Theatre (Acting/ Directing/ Performance Studies) and Creative Writing at Muhlenberg College before relocating to the Midwest. Sydney is also a proud graduate of Accademia Dell’Arte (Arezzo, Tuscany) and the Summer Professional Training Program at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Beyond theatre, she writes for the comedy site The Well-Mannered Grump. Next fall, Sydney will pursue her Masters in Theatre and Performance Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
GRACE BOLANDER (Ensemble, Co-Artistic Director, she/her) is a Chicago-based actor and founding company member of The Passage Theatre. Originally from Columbus, she moved to Chicago to pursue her degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Chicago. Grace has worked with several other Chicago companies including First Floor Theatre, The New Colony, and Pegasus Theatre Chicago. She is a proud graduate of the 2019 ACADEMY at Black Box Acting Studio. Grace became TPT Co-Artistic Director in 2020.
MAGGIE CAIN (Ensemble, she/her) is a Chicago-based actor. Stage credits include The Glass Menagerie (Mary-Arrchie Theatre – BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Ensemble); Men Should Weep (Jeff Award for Best Play), Kin and Stage Door (Griffin Theatre); May the Road Rise Up (Factory Theatre,) Pornography and Moment (Steep Theatre), Good Boys and True, Stop Kiss, and Book of Days (Raven), Barney the Elf (OtherTheatre and Pride Films and Plays), Bechdel Fest 2 (Broken Nose) as well as Steppenwolf, Goodman, NorthLight and Chicago Dramatists Theatres. TV Credits include Chicago Fire, A Man’s Woman; Webisodes:Watching Game of Thrones with Your Mom, Every Kurse Begins with Kay. She holds an MFA degree from Ohio University and is represented by Big Mouth Talent.
YUCHI CHIU (Ensemble, he/him) is a Chicago-based actor, teacher, singer/songwriter, and musician. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he moved to Chicago to study at Northwestern University and, upon graduating, taught high school special education for five years. Yuchi then transitioned into acting by enrolling in classes at Acting Studio Chicago as well as completing the ACADEMY program at Black Box Studio. Credits include Baked! The Musical (Underscore Theatre); How Do We Navigate Space (Strawdog Theatre); BJ's Mobile Gift Shop (Sundance Film Festival 2021). Yuchi is proudly represented by DDO Artists Agency and is grateful and excited to be a part of The Miscellany!
SARAH LO (Ensemble, she/her) is so happy to return to TPT and to devising work. She is a proud graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the University of Chicago, where she studied Chinese History and Theatre. Credits include: Happy Birthday Mars Rover (TPT), Mlima’s Tale (Griffin Theatre), M. Butterfly (Court Theatre), South Pacific (Drury Lane), Eleemosynary (AstonRep), the 41st e.t.c. revue Fantastic Super Great Nation (u/s Second City), Cambodian Rock Band (u/s Victory Gardens), and You For Me For You (u/s Sideshow Theatre). TV/Film Credits: Empire (Fox), Utopia, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon), Chicago Med (NBC), The Thing About Harry (Freeform), Station Eleven (HBO Max), Christmas Again (Disney Channel), The Chair (Netflix), and Jordan Peele’s Candyman (Universal), coming 2021.
JASMINE MANUEL (Ensemble, she/her) is thrilled to return to TPT. She is a Chicago-born actor with a BA in Theatre from Kenyon College. Credits include Dex & Abby (Pride Films and Plays), Ubu Roi (Josephinum Academy), and Spirits to Enforce (The Passage Theatre).
TULSI MCDANIELS (Ensemble, she/her) is a Chicago based visual and performing artist for both theatre and film work. After having completed her Bachelor's degree through an interdisciplinary program at Columbia College, Tulsi has continued her studies at Chicago's Neo-Futurists Theatre and Second City. Her most recent web-based readings include Parking Lot Christians by Bill Crouch in an LGBTQ+ short play-reading series (Almost Adults), and the digital production of Emma Rund’s Bishwick Girls (Wayward Sisters Theatre).
LEAH TAYLOR (Ensemble, she/her) is a theatre maker and artist based in Chicago. A recent transplant from Tucson, Arizona, she works as an actor, stage manager, assistant director, teacher, prop-maker, coffee-brewer, and whatever else people need her to do. Recent acting credits include Middletown, The Crucible, and Galileo (The Rogue Theatre; Tucson, AZ); Eurydice, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre; Tucson, AZ); and Love and Information (TwoEighteen; Tucson, AZ). Leah holds an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
LEXY HOPE WEIXEL (Ensemble, they/them) is a Chicago-based deviser and teaching artist. They received a BS in Arts Administration - Theatre from Butler University in Indianapolis and studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School. While living in Indianapolis for the last two years, Lexy founded their own devised theatre company, The Kindle Collective, and was the director and producer of several shows, including, Three Sisters: A Modern Adaptation and I Am: The Story of Sylvia Plath. They are also a teaching artists apprentice with Northlight Theatre and a teaching artist with Mudlark Theatre.
EVELYN LANDOW (Videographer, she/her) is a director of photography, editor, writer, musician and creator. Her work includes the web series “Garden Doc,” a mocumentary web series co-created with her best friend, My Teeth Shine, a visual album of her original music and eleven music videos, and Cautious Birth, a documentary short chronicling the first moments of discovering her trans identity. She contributed score/soundtrack music to the shorts "Glitterland," "Fletcher," and "Warren?" and most recently she directed photography for the comedy web series "How to L0ve" and released an album of music entitled tinkering which can be found on Spotify. She lives in a western suburb of Chicago.
JAKE SORGEN (Composer and Sound Designer, he/him) is a Composer-Poet and Songwriter based in Chicago. His music blurs borders between composition and improvisation and often engages with text and movement. Jake has produced 5 albums of lyrical songs with the latest, Pushing Clocks, released in December 2020. His most recent works of music and poetry include The Forgotten Suite, released in February 2021, and the upcoming debut of the multidisciplinary ensemble Small Giants. From 2014–2019 he served as Composer in Residence and Artistic Associate for The Rogue Theatre in Tucson, AZ and has written for theatre and dance companies in Boston, Tucson, Chicago, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Jake is a current MFA candidate in Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. jakesorgen.com.
CHARLES BLUNT (Lighting Consultant, he/him) is a graduate of Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in England where he got his undergraduate degree in Lighting Design. Having lit shows in both London & Oxford, he moved to Chicago where he has continued his design work.
JEAN E. COMPTON (Stage Manager, she/her) is thrilled to return to The Passage Theatre as a company member, after stage managing Spirits to Enforce and All-One! The Dr. Bronner’s Play. She is a stage manager, collaborator, and new works booster whose Chicago credits include Thirst (Strawdog Theatre Company), The Death of Gaia Divine (Momentary Theatre), 3:35PM, Candide, and Mudpie 2018 (Mudlark Theater Company), You for Me for You (Sideshow Theatre Company), Lizzie (Firebrand Theatre), and Shining Lives (Northlight). Her regional credits include Into the Breeches! (Cleveland Play House), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, An Octoroon and Into the Breeches! (Chautauqua Theater Company), Venus in Fur and The Whale (Rep Stage), and seasons at Two River Theater and Cleveland Play House. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University. During our current intermission in physical theatre, she is also creating hand embroidery pieces that can be found @lay_low_and_stitch (IG). www.jeanecompton.com.
KEVIN MINOR (Co-Artistic Director, he/him) is a Chicago-based actor, director, and budding playwright. Kevin holds a degree in English (Writing) from the University of Southern Indiana and Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. Kevin is currently a theatre teacher/director at Niles West and Niles North high schools. As an actor, Kevin has worked at numerous theatre companies including Asolo Repertory, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre, Virginia Repertory, St. Louis Shakespeare, and many others. As a director, Kevin has directed new works for the University of Virginia and Heritage Theatre Festival. Kevin is represented by Stewart Talent.
BEN F. LOCKE (Casting Director, he/him, they/them, she/her—anything respectful) is a Chicago-based actor, director, writer and teacher. He graduated from Millikin University with a double degree in Theatre and Human Services. He attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2019. He has worked with several companies in the city such as Steppenwolf, Court, Broken Nose, Ardent Dance Company and more. Ben truly believes that theatre and art have the power to change the world. His plays can be found at the New Play Exchange. "What we do matters. Who sees us matters. If we died today, did we horde ourselves away? Did we keep our resources for ourselves or did we invest in others to take over and grow without us?"
EMILY LYNCH (Marketing Director, she/her) is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she directed shows including As You Like It, The Aliens, Machinal, and Company. She is thrilled join the TPT community this year!