David H. Bell (Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his recent credits include The Three Musketeers and the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and The Taming of The Shrew. Other CST directing credits include the fulllength productions of The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing and The Comedy of Errors. Other recent Chicago credits include Oliver!, Footloose and Shenandoah (The Marriott Theatre). His extensive work as a director, choreographer and writer at a host of Chicago theaters has earned him ten Jeff Awards and 33 nominations. Internationally, he has staged productions in London, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna and the Barcelona Olympics. As associate artistic director for Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, his directing credits included: Art, Chess, The Grapes of Wrath, The Sum of Us, Hot Mikado, Little Me, Romeo and Juliet, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, One Last Summer, Dreams from a Summer House, Once on This Island, La Bête, Falsettos and Boys from Syracuse. He has directed on and off Broadway and at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Royal National Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Festival. He also served as artistic director of the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. His awards and honors include: the Helen Hayes Award (D.C.); Dramalogue Award; Mac and Bistro Awards (New York); two After Dark Awards (Chicago); two National Endowment for the Arts Playwriting Fellowships; and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination (London) for Hot Mikado.
Tom Burch (Scenic Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include scenic designer for the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew, and associate scenic designer for The Three Musketeers. Other Chicago credits include: Bad Dates, Studs Terkel’s The Good War, Red Herring (Northlight Theatre); Hatfield and McCoy, Ellen Under Glass (The House Theatre); The Boys Are Coming Home (Northwestern American Music Theatre Project); the “in the pool” production of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Pegasus Players); and productions with Apple Tree Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, American Theater Company, TimeLine Theatre Company, and Strawdog Theatre Company. Regional credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Childsplay, Phoenix); and designs for Peninsula Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Stage One (Louisville), Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Human Race Theatre Company (Dayton), and The Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis). He is the recipient of a Jeff Citation, two After Dark Awards, and the 2005 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.
Ana Kuzmanic (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where her credits include How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, and the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Other Chicago credits include costume designs for King Lear (Goodman Theatre, directed by Bob Falls); Argonautika (Lookingglass Theatre Company, directed by Mary Zimmerman); The Sparrow (The House Theatre), and productions at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Arden Theatre and Greasy Joan & Co. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade and earned her Masters Degree in Stage Design from Northwestern University. She is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University and an ensemble member of The House Theatre.
Lee Keenan (Lighting Designer) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Chicago credits include: scenic designer for Back of the Throat, Caravaggio, Golden Child, The Merchant of Venice (Silk Road Theatre Project); co-designer for Betty’s Summer Vacation (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre Company); I Dream In Blues, Still Life with Iris (Vittum Theater); lighting designer for Caravaggio (Silk Road Theatre Project); Hope Springs Infernal, Hatfield & McCoy, Ellen Under Glass (The House Theatre); The Misanthrope (After Dark Award—Best Design Team); The God of Hell (Next Theatre); Time and the Conways (The Griffin Theatre); The Home Project (About Face Youth Theatre); Dorian (Bailiwick Repertory Theatre); and A Polish Diva from Milwaukee (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). He holds an MFA from Northwestern University and is an instructor of lighting design at Loyola University Chicago. He is resident scenic designer at Silk Road Theatre Project and a founding member of Sandbox Theatre Project.
Melissa Veal (Wigs and Makeup) Chicago Shakespeare Theater design credits include Troilus and Cressida, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, The Three Musketeers, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Hamlet, Hecuba, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon- Avon), Much Ado About Nothing, Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, The Molière Comedies, A Little Night Music, Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 (at CST and The Duke on 42nd Street), The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, and wig supervisor for The School for Scandal. Canadian credits include: 10 seasons with the Stratford Festival, where she was the recipient of four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award, Canadian Stage Company, Canadian Opera Company, Tarragon Theatre, Mirvish Productions, The Citadel Theatre, and a longtime association with The Grand Theatre in London.
Susan Hart (Text Coach) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she has appeared as an actor in more than 15 productions. Her CST acting credits include: Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and on tour to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon); Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. She teaches folio technique for the Classical Training Project at CST, and for the conservatory at Act One Studios. She directed Falstaff’s Dream (an adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2) for Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, where she was also the text coach for The Comedy of Errors. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University.
Bob Mason (Casting Director) is in his eighth season as casting director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his classical credits cover more than two-thirds of Shakespeare’s canon, including 12 productions with Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. Other CST productions of note include a quartet of Stephen Sondheim musicals (Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, and Passion) directed by Gary Griffin, as well as Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 (director Edward Hall) and The Molière Comedies (director Brian Bedford). Additional Chicago casting credits include: the Sondheim/ Hal Prince premiere of Bounce (Goodman Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); The Good War, The Immigrant (Northlight Theatre); The Boys Are Comin’ Home, Asphalt Beach (Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project); and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Royal George Cabaret). Prior to casting, Bob 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.