Neil Bartram (Music and Lyrics) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Other Chicago credits include Not Wanted on the Voyage (The American Music Theater Project, Northwestern University) and The Story of My Life (Victory Gardens Theater). Broadway credits include The Story of My Life (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Production). Cast Album credits include Somewhere in the World and The Story of My Life (PS Classics). Previous credits with collaborator Brian Hill include Clara's Piano, The Nightingale and the Rose, and Somewhere in the World (The Charlottetown Festival). Upcoming projects with book writer Brian Hill include Pop! and Belles-Soeurs. Mr. Bartram has been the recipient of multiple awards including: the Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, Dramatists Guild Fellowship and the Dora Mavor Moore Award. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Music Theatre Workshop. www.bartramandhill.com
Brian Hill (Book)) makes his Chicago Shakespeare Theater debut. Other Chicago credits include The Story of My Life (Victory Gardens Theater) and Not Wanted on the Voyage (The American Music Theater Project, Northwestern University). Acting credits include: Forever Plaid (Dora Mavor Moore Award, Original Canadian Cast); Sunset Boulevard (Original Canadian Cast); Phantom of the Opera (Pantages Theater, Original Canadian Cast); and three seasons with the Shaw Festival Theatre. Directing credits include: Patience (Stratford Shakespearean Festival); High School Musical 2 (Disney Theatrical Productions, workshop); Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha (associate director, Stratford Shakespeare Festival); the national tours of Sunset Boulevard (associate director) and The Sound of Music (associate director). Broadway credits include: The Story of My Life (Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Book and Outstanding Production); The Little Mermaid (associate director); and The Lion King (resident director). Other projects with collaborator Neil Bartram include: Clara's Piano, The Nightingale and the Rose, and Somewhere in the World. Mr. Hill's upcoming projects with composer and lyricist Neil Bartram include Pop! and Belles-Soeurs. www.bartramandhill.com
Rachel Rockwell (Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she directed last summer's The Emperor's New Clothes and has choreographed The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure. Recent directing/choreography credits include: Ragtime, Miss Saigon (Jeff Nomination, Best Musical and Best Director), The Wizard of Oz (Drury Lane Oakbrook); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Jeff Nomination, Best Musical), Les Misérables (associate director - Jeff Award, Best Musical), Nunsense, A Christmas Carol, Disney's High School Musical, Seussical the Musical, Disney's Aladdin (The Marriott Theatre); John and Jen (Apple Tree Theatre); You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Drury Lane Water Tower Place); and Married Alive (Noble Fool Theatricals). Choreography credits include: The King and I (Jeff Nomination, Drury Lane Oakbrook); Up, Lost Land, The Cherry Orchard (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Houdini, The Wizard of Oz and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (The Marriott Theatre). Regional credits include productions with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, New Harmony Theatre, The Little Theatre On The Square, McLeod Summer Playhouse and ISU Summer Stage. Upcoming projects include A Chorus Line (The Marriott Theatre); It's A Wonderful Life and Radio Play (Noble Fool Theatricals).
Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include The Emperor's New Clothes and As You Like It. Other Chicago credits include productions with: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers' Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Chicago Children's Theatre. Broadway credits include associate designer for August: Osage County and Mother f**ker with a Hat. Regional credits include productions with: American Players Theatre, McCarter Theatre, The Arden Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre and Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Film credits include scenery for Michael Mann's film Public Enemies. Upcoming projects include the scenic design for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Broadway production of Detroit and the Myth Buster's Touring Museum exhibit for Discovery Channel this the fall. Mr. Depinet studied at Ball State University and The Yale School of Drama, and is now an adjunct professor of design at DePaul University.
Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, where her credits include CPS! A Midsummer Nights Dream and SS! Romeo and Juliet for the NEA Shakespeare in American Communities initiative. Chicago credits include work with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Writers' Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, The Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, American Theatre Company, The Next Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre and Remy Bumppo Theatre. Regionally, she has designed with Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, American Players Theatre and First Stage Children's Theatre. Ms. Healy received a Jeff Award for Lady Windermere's Fan (Northlight Theatre) and an After Dark Award for The Gamester both at Northlight Theatre. Ms. Healy teaches at DePaul University.
Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where his design credits include: Murder for Two, The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, CPS Shakespeare! Macbeth, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, The Three Musketeers and Seussical! The Musical. Other Chicago credits: The Marriott Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Broadway in Chicago, Victory Gardens Theater, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Writers' Theatre, American Theatre Company, TimeLine Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. Off Broadway credits: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes Nomination, Second Stage); The Screw Tape Letters (Westside Arts and the national tour); Romulus (Guggenheim Museum); and The Hourglass (NYMF). Regional credits: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Fulton Theatre, Portland Center Stage, BoarsHead Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company. Mr. Klug received an After Dark Award and a Jeff Award. He is the resident lighting designer for Drury Lane Oakbrook, Route 66, and Chicago Tap Theatre.
James Savage (Sound Designer) is head of the sound department at CST, where his 25 sound design credits include: Murder for Two, Funk It Up About Nothin' (2008 and 2011 at CST and on international tour to Scotland, Australia, and England), Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Twelfth Night, Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night's Dream, 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 productions since 2002. His special effects design credits at CST include Richard III, Macbeth and Cymbeline. He has served as the lead mix engineer with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Utah Shakespearean Festival. Regional design credits include sound design for Sondheim's Saturday Night and assistant sound design for The Hot Mikado (University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music).
Meredith Miller (Puppet Designer & Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where her credits include: Disney's Aladdin, SS! A Midsummer Night's Dream and Willy Wonka. Other Chicago credits include design and fabrication for: The True History of the Johnstown Flood (Goodman Theatre);The Snow Queen (Victory Gardens Theater, co-designer); The Nativity (Congo Square Theatre Company); The Ox-Herder's Tale, The Cabaret of Desire (Blair Thomas and Company); A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Theater with Blair Thomas and Company); The Selfish Giant (Chicago Children's Theater with Blair Thomas and Company); The Nutcracker, The Sandman (The Incurable Theater); Salome (The Side Project); and the pre-Broadway production of The Addams Family (Broadway In Chicago, puppetry assistant). Ms. Miller is the producer and performer of multiple solo puppetry productions which perform internationally including Madness in Miniature with The House Theatre of Chicago and The Abduction featured at the Great Small Works International Toy Theatre Festival. Ms. Miller is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Melissa Veal (Wig and Makeup Designer) has designed wigs and makeup at Chicago Shakespeare Theater for over 40 productions, including: The Emperor's New Clothes, Disney's Aladdin, Willy Wonka, How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, Seussical! The Musical, The Madness of George III, As You Like It, 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 and A Little Night Music. She worked for 10 seasons with the Stratford Festival, 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 the 2007 Hurckes Award for Artisans and Technicians.