Rachel Rockwell (Director) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she directed Beauty and the Beast, Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew, The Adventures of Pinocchio and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Other Chicago directing/choreography credits include: Sweeney Todd (Jeff nomination for Best Musical and Best Director), The Sound of Music (Jeff nomination for Best Musical and Best Director), Ragtime (Jeff Award for Best Musical and Best Director), Miss Saigon (Jeff nomination for Best Musical and Best Director, Drury Lane Theatre); Shout! (Jeff nomination for Best Revue), 42nd Street (Jeff nomination for Best Director and Best Musical), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Jeff nomination for Best Musical), Les Misérables (associate director, Jeff Award for Best Musical, Marriott Theatre); Annie, Hair (Paramount Theatre); Enron (TimeLine Theatre Company); John and Jen (Apple Tree Theatre); You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Drury Lane Water Tower Place); Leaving Iowa (Fox Valley Repertory); Married Alive and It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Noble Fool Theatricals). In 2012 Rachel was named Chicagoan of the Year in Theatre by the Chicago Tribune.
Scott Davis (Scenic Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his credits include: Othello: the Remix, Cadre, Beauty and the Beast, Murder for Two and Short Shakespeare! Macbeth. Other Chicago credits include: James Joyce’s The Dead (Court Theatre); Failure: A Love Story, L-Vis Live (Victory Gardens Theater); Venus, Where We’re Born (Steppenwolf Garage); Kin (Griffin Theatre); Peribañez, 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: How the World Began (Milwaukee Repertory Theater); Filthy Rich, The Colored Museum, Alice in Wonderland, Home Free!, The Weir (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center); and In the Heart of America (associate designer, Rep Stage). Mr. Davis is adjunct faculty at Columbia College and received degrees from the University of Maryland College Park and Northwestern University.
Theresa Ham (Costume Designer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater where she designed costumes for Beauty and the Beast. Other Chicago credits include: The Glorious Ones (non-Equity Jeff Award ), The Wild Party, Side Show, Dirty Blonde (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble); Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music (Drury Lane Theatre); A Civil War Christmas, Souvenir (Northlight Theatre); Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni (The Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera Chicago); Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus (DePaul Opera Theatre); and productions with Porchlight Music Theatre, Theater on the Lake, Stage Left Theatre and First Folio Theatre. Regional credits include: The Little Theatre on the Square, Ensemble Theatre Company, TheatreWorks and Quality Hill Playhouse. Upcoming projects include La Boheme (DePaul Opera) and Oliver! (Drury Lane Theatre). Theresa received a BA in Theatre from Eastern Illinois University, an MFA in Costume Design from Illinois State University and is an adjunct faculty member at Wilbur Wright College.
Greg Hofmann (Lighting Designer)returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater where he has assistant lighting designed The Adventures of Pinocchio, Elizabeth Rex, The School for Lies, and Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew. Chicago credits include: Annie, Hair (Paramount Theatre); Enron (TimeLine Theatre Company); Dating Walter Dante (Raven Theatre); Tick Tick Boom! (Porchlight Music Theatre); and Passing Strange (Bailiwick Chicago). Regional credits include: 44 Plays for 44 Presidents (Forward Theater Company); and Permanent Collection (Madison Repertory Theatre). Greg has also designed over twenty-five productions for Cedar Fair amusement parks across the country. He holds a MFA in lighting design from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Please visit www.hofmannlightingdesign.com for more information.
Ethan Deppe(Composer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where his composition credits include the Short Shakespeare! productions of The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth (2006 and 2011). Other composition credits include: Keep Ishmael (White Horse Theater Company); The Taming of the Shrew (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); and Jungle Book (American Eagle Productions). Musical direction credits include: Cats (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre); I Sing! (White Horse Theatre Company); and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Cortland Repertory Theatre). Percussion credits include: Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (2008), Sunday in the park with George, Follies, and Pinocchio (CST); Altar Boyz (Drury Lane Theatre); The Adding Machine (Next Theatre); 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, IL and is a graduate of University of Illinois, where he received his degree in Music Composition.
James Savage (Sound Designer) is head of the sound department at CST, where thirty sound design credits include: Othello: the Remix, Murder for Two (Jeff nomination), Funk It Up About Nothin’ (at CST and on international tour to Scotland, Australia, and England), The Emperor’s New Clothes, Disney’s Aladdin, Twelfth Night, 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, multiple Short Shakespeare! productions and all seven 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 Shakespeare 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).
Melissa Veal (Wig and Make-up Designer) has designed wigs and makeup for over sixty-five productions at CST, including: Julius Caesar, The School for Lies, Sunday in the Park with George, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elizabeth Rex (Jeff Award nomination), Follies, The Madness of George III (Jeff Award), As You Like It, Private Lives, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Amadeus, Funk It Up About Nothin’, The Comedy of Errors, Othello, Passion, Troilus and Cressida, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (at CST and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon), Much Ado About Nothing, A Little Night Music, Rose Rage: Henry VI Parts 1, 2 and 3 (at CST and The Duke on 42nd Street), and all seven CPS Shakespeare! productions. She worked for ten seasons with the Stratford Festival, where she received four Tyrone Guthrie Awards, including the Jack Hutt Humanitarian Award. Other Canadian credits include work with: Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions and The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Ms. Veal received the 2007 Hurckes Award for Artisans and Technicians.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreographer) returns to Chicago Shakespeare, where he served as the fight choreographer for Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and CPS! Hamlet, and fight choreographer/assistant director on Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Edward II and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (2008). Other Chicago credits include productions with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Court Theatre, Redmoon, American Theater Company and Chicago Children’s Theater. Regional Credits include The Kennedy Center and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. International Credits include Royal Shakespeare Company and Stratford Festival. Matt is a founding member of The House Theatre, and is an artistic associate with Strawdog Theater Company and 500 Clown. He has received five Jeff Awards. Upcoming projects include The Three Musketeers (Lifeline Theater) and directing Big Love (Strawdog). Teaching credits include: Loyola, the Conservatory at Act One Studios, University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, University of Iowa and Northwestern University. He received a BFA from Southern Methodist University and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
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