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 full length 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 Three Musketeers, and the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Comedy of Errors (2005), Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other Chicago credits include: Gas for Less, Talking Pictures and the Horton Foote Festival (Goodman); Souvenir, The Lady With All the Answers, Bad Dates, Studs Terkel's The Good War, and others (Northlight Theatre); Frankenstein and The Hairy Ape (Hypocrites); A Steady Rain and St. Colm's Inch (Chicago Dramatists); The Overwhelming (Next); as well as productions with About Face, ATC, Apple Tree, House, Lifeline, Light Opera Works, TimeLine, Strawdog, and Piven, among others. Regional credits include designs for Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Peninsula Players, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. He has received a Jeff Citation (two nominations), three After Dark Awards and the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Upcoming projects include: Return to Haifa (Next), Uncle Vanya (Strawdog), and Jade Heart (Chicago Dramatists). Mr. Burch received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University. He teaches at University of Chicago, and his design work can been online at www.tomburch.com.
Ana Kuzmanic (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where her credits include The Comedy of Errors, How Can You Run With a Shell on Your Back? and the Short Shakespeare! productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Other Chicago credits include: The Pillowman, Dublin Carol, Art (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); King Lear, The Cook (Goodman Theatre); Argonautika and Manuscript Found in Saragossa (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Broadway credits include: August: Osage County, Superior Donuts and Desire under the Elms. Regional credits include work at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Berkley Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre. Ana graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design in Belgrade and earned her Masters Degree in Stage Design from Northwestern University. She is currently an ensemble member of The House Theatre and has been an assistant professor of design at Northwestern University since 2007.
Kevin Dreyer (Lighting Design) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Other Chicago credits include designs for: IDNA, Ruth Ricore Per Due, Partita for RC (Joffrey Ballet); and Pyrokenisis, Impulse (Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago). Regional credits include: The Green Table (American Ballet Theatre, NY) and resident lighting designer for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include performance lighting design for Save the Last Dance and Robert Altman's film The Company. Mr. Dreyer received his early training from the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches at the University of Notre Dame.
Scotty Iseri (Sound Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater for Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors, he's worked as Assistant Sound Designer and Sound Engineer for several productions. Other Chicago credits include: the Foley Artist in American Blues Company's Kid Simple (After Dark Award), and composer for Next Theatre's The Long Christmas Ride Home. Scotty is the creator/performer of the long-running touring act, The Big Rock Show; he's also created original music and production for The Neo-Futurists and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. Scotty is also the creator of the award winning web-series ScottyGotAnOfficeJob.com, and has a bachelor's degree from Willamette University in Salem Oregon.
Melissa Veal (Wig and Makeup Designer) has designed wigs and makeup at Chicago Shakespeare for over 35 productions, including: Private Lives, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Passion, Troilus and Cressida, The Three Musketeers, Hamlet, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and on tour to Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), Much Ado About Nothing, 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, all four CPS Shakespeare! productions, and as wig supervisor for The School for Scandal. She worked with the Stratford Festival for 10 seasons, where she received four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Other Canadian credits include work with Tarragon Theatre, Mirvish Productions and The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Ms. Veal was the recipient of the 2007 Hurkes Award for Artisans and Technicians.
Larry Yando (Verse Coach) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he has served as text or verse coach for Edward II, Romeo y Julieta, Othello, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, and where his acting credits include: Disney's Aladdin, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, Romeo y Julieta, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, All's Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and The Two Noble Kinsmen. Other Chicago credits include: Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Travesties, Measure for Measure, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband (Court Theatre); As You Like It, Nixon's Nixon, Bach at Leipzig, Rocket to the Moon (Writers' Theatre); Mother Courage and Her Children (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Titus Andronicus (Defiant Theatre); and I Hate Hamlet (Royal George Theatre). Regional credits include: Angels in America, Amadeus, Arcadia (Milwaukee Repertory); and Scar in The Lion King.