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.
Scott Davis (Scenic Design) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Other Chicago credits include: Peribañz, A Midsummer Night's Dream, In Trousers, MASS, The Jungalbook (Costume Design), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, State(s) of America (Northwestern University); and Trinity River Plays (Associate Designer; Goodman Theatre and Dallas Theatre Center). Regional credits include: Filthy Rich, The Colored Museum, Alice In Wonderland, Home Free!, The Weir (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center); In the Heart of America (Associate Designer; Rep Stage); Through the Looking Glass and The Cassandra Project (The Capitol Fringe Festival). Mr. Davis received degrees from the University of Maryland College Park and Northwestern University.
Ana Kuzmanic (Costume Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where her credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (Jeff Award), 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 (2006) and The Comedy of Errors (2005 & 2010). Other Chicago credits include: The Pillowman, Dublin Carol, Art (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); King Lear, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, The Seagull (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 productions with: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, The Cleveland Play House, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre. Ms. Kuzmanic graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She is an ensemble member of The House Theatre and has been an assistant professor of design at Northwestern University since 2007.
Jeremy W. Floyd (Associate Costume Design) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theatre debut. Other Chicago credits include: The Hot Mikado (Drury Lane Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Handmaid's Tale, Indians (Northwestern University); and Election Day (Theatre Seven of Chicago). Regional credits include Harriet Jacobs (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and Gut Bucket Blues (True Colors Theatre Company). Mr. Floyd receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology form the University of South Alabaman, a Master of Arts in Dramatic Theory and Criticism from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Design form Northwester University where he is now an adjunct professor of design. www.jeremywfloyd.com.
Lee Keenan (Lighting Design) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater where he previously designed lights for Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. Other Chicago credits include: Around the World in 80 Days (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Court Theatre); Rose and the Rime, Hatfield and McCoy, The Attempters, Hope Springs Infernal, Ellen Under Glass, The Nutcracker, Odradek, Star Witness (The House Theatre of Chicago); Caravaggio (After Dark Award), DNA Trail (Silk Road Theatre Project); The Misanthrope, The God of Hell (Next Theatre); Company, Time and the Conways, Be More Chill, The Hostage (Griffin Theatre); A Perfect Wedding, Stone Cold Dead Serious (Circle Theatre); Noir (After Dark Award), The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage); Third (Apple Tree); 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal, and various tours of 500 Clown Frankenstein and 500 Clown Macbeth (500 Clown). Regional credits include A Polish Diva from Milwaukee (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Mr. Keenan received an MFA from Northwestern University and now teaches Lighting at Loyola University Chicago.
Jim Savage (Sound Design) is head of the sound department at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where he has designed sound for over 20 productions, including: The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Twelfth Night, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, Funk It Up About Nothin' (2008 & 2011), Willy Wonka, Othello, Passion, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, Hamlet, A Flea in Her Ear, The Princess and the Pea, Seussical! The Musical, Peter Pan, Much Ado About Nothing, A Little Night Music, all five CPS Shakespeare! productions and work on other CST productions since 2002. His special effects design credits include Richard III, Macbeth and Cymbeline. He has served as the lead mix engineer with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Regional design credits include sound design for Sondheim's Saturday Night and assistant sound design for Hot Mikado at the University of Cincinnati—College Conservatory of Music where he received a BFA in Tech, Design and Production.
Ethan Deppe (Percussionist/Composer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare
Theater, where his credits include the Short Shakespeare! productions
of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
Composition credits include: Keep Ishmael (White Horse Theater
Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Theo Ubique Cabaret
Theatre); and Jungle Book (American Eagle Theatre). Musical
direction: Cats (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); I Sing! (White
Horse Theatre Company); and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cortland
Repertory Theatre). Percussion credits include: Altar Boyz (Drury Lane Theatre); The
Adding Machine (Next Theatre Company); and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre at
the Center). Ethan began playing piano at five years old and started writing music
in high school before studying music in college. He attended Centennial High
School in Champaign, and is a graduate of University of Illinois, where he received
his degree in Music Composition. Ethan finds melody in Shakespeare's words: "I
absolutely love the language, the rhythm of the lines. It's so musical."
Melissa Veal (Wig Design) has designed wigs and makeup at Chicago Shakespeare for 45 productions, including: As You Like it, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Private Lives, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Passion, Troilus and Cressida, The Three Musketeers, A Flea in Her Ear, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and The 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) and all five CPS Shakespeare! productions. 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: Rhombus Media, The Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions and The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Ms. Veal received degrees from Sheridan College and Fanshaw College. She received the 2007 Hurckes Award for Artisans and Technicians.
David Turrentine (Verse Coach) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his past acting credits include: Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing. Other Chicago credits include Arms and the Man and The Seagull (Writers Theatre). Regional credits include: Richard III, The Rose Tattoo (Meadowbrook Theatre); The Lion in Winter (Boarshead Theatre); and On Vacation (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). In Toga, Japan, he appeared in Clytemnestra, directed by Tadashi Suzuki. Mr. Turrentine served as the verse coach for The Tempest with Barto Productions. He received his MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego.