Nick Sandys (Fight Choreographer)
is a Fight Director with The Society of American Fight Directors, and his Jeff-Award-winning choreography has been seen all over Chicagoland as well as in New York and regionally. He has designed violence for The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago (Resident Fight Director), Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf (including the Broadway bound Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Northlight, Victory Gardens, First Folio, Shattered Globe, and many more. He has taught combat at The Theatre School at DePaul University since 1995, and he recently became the Artistic Director of Remy Bumppo Theatre Company.
Jesse Gaffney (Props Master)
Jesse has been building collecting and crafting props in the Chicago area for over three years. She is an artistic associate at 16th Street Theatre and you may also have seen her work at Silk Road, Congo Square, Lifeline, A New Leaf, Chicago Children’s, Apple Tree and Noble Fool Theatre Companies among others. Outside of Chicago Jesse worked for Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, PA, Stages St. Louis, and The Arrow Rock Lyceum in Arrow Rock, MO. You can follow her work and see how many props for her shows are created on her blog at theatreprojects.blogspot.com. Thanks and love to Warwick.
Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach)
Chicago credits: The March, The Brother/Sister Plays, The Diary Of Anne Frank (Steppenwolf); Angels in America (Court); Elizabeth Rex, The Madness Of King George (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Great Fire, Ethan Frome (Lookingglass); The Caretaker, Travels with My Aunt (Writer’s Theatre); Enron, The History Boys (Timeline); and multiple Jeff-nominated The Light in the Piazza (Theo Ubique). Regional: Around the World in 80 Days (Centerstage Baltimore and Kansas City Repertory); Mamma Mia! (National Tour; Las Vegas). Television: The Chicago Code (Fox); The Beast (A&E). Eva is an Associate Artist at Timeline, and a Production Affiliate of Lookingglass.
Narda E. Alcorn (Stage Manager)
is thrilled to be a part of Immediate Family. Her Chicago credits include: Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule! and the workshop of Immediate Family. Broadway: Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin In The Sun, Seven Guitars, and The Lion King. Regional: Yale Rep, Huntington Theatre, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Alley Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre and Crossroads Theatre Company. August Wilson’s 20th Century at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Narda is the Head of Stage Management and Associate Professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Sara Gammage (Assistant Stage Manager)
is delighted to be a part of Immediate Family. Chicago credits include Flyin’ West, What the Butler Saw, The First Breeze of Summer, Wait Until Dark, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Illusion, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Home, Orlando, Porgy and Bess, Spunk, An Iliad, Invisible Man (Court Theatre). Other credits include productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Greenhouse Theater, Theatre at the Center, Marriot Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, and Redmoon Theater. She spent several seasons at Peninsula Players Theatre in Door County, WI; credits there include A Little Night Music, Comic Potential, Wait Until Dark, Is He Dead?, Rumors, and The Lady’s Not for Burning. Sara is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.
Jennifer R. Graves (Company Manager)
is happy to be at home in Chicago and have the opportunity to be a member of the Immediate Family company. Chicago credits include: Wicked and A Christmas Story the Musical. Broadway: Riverdance. Tours: A Christmas Story the Musical, HAIR, August Osage County, Big River (Deaf West), Aurturo Brachetti, Riverdance, Dreamgirls, West Side Story (USA, Canada, Japan), Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, Camelot with Robert Goulet. Thanks to my mother and Lola.
Martian Entertainment (General Managent)
is a Tony Award-winning theatrical producing and general management firm. Credits include: The Normal Heart (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards); On A Clear Day... starring Harry Connick, Jr.; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; The Best Man (starring James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Michael McKean, Eric McCormack); and many other musicals and plays, both on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on the West End, and National and International touring productions. href="http://www.MartianEntertainment.com">www.MartianEntertainment.com
Jason Pikscher (Production Manager)
Jason’s fabrications have been seen all over the country from the Kennedy Center to Six Flags, Microsoft to TLC, he has built scenery for just about everyone. In Chicago various nooks and crannies that you will find Jason’s work include: First Folio, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane, as well as he is the TD for the Broadway Series of the Paramount Theatre. Jason would like to thank his wife, Andrea for her love and tolerance of his work schedule.
Cree Rankin (Casting)
has been the Casting Director at Court theatre since July 2002 and has coordinated and overseen the casting of over 50 Court Theatre productions. He has also coordinated Chicago casting projects for Kansas City Rep and Long Wharf Theatre Company in New Haven CT. From 1991 through 1997, Mr. Rankin was the assistant director of the Touring Theatre at George Street Playhouse (GSP) in New Brunswick, NJ which performed in schools all over New Jersey and in seven other states. He received his M.F.A. in directing from Tulane University.
Cathy Taylor Public Relations, Inc. (Press)
led by Cathy Taylor and Schoenly Hixson, is a boutique public relations firm specializing in media relations for non-profit and commercial theater in Chicago. Among current clients are Million Dollar Quartet, A Red Orchid, American Theater Company, Black Ensemble, Chicago Shakespeare, Court, Lookingglass, Northlight, Profiles, Victory Gardens, Writers’ and the League of Chicago Theatres. For additional information about CTPR: www.cathytaylorpr.com.
Allied Live (Advertising & Marketing)
Allied Live is a full-service marketing and advertising firm catering to the arts, entertainment, tourism, hospitality, and retail industries, delivering integrated marketing strategies to drive sales and create brand awareness through multiple channels of communication, targeted directly to the consumer. Current national touring clients include: Billy Elliot the Musical, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, In The Heights, Traces, Blue Man Group, STOMP, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Catch Me if You Can, Elf, A Christmas Story the Musical, and the upcoming Tours of Ghost the Musical and Godspell. Chicago clients include: Million Dollar Quartet, The Lyric Opera, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater and Hubbard Street Dance.
High Style Marketing & PR (Community Engagement)
A native Chicagoan, Jada Russell, is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology NYC where she studied Marketing Communications & Public Relations. In 2001, she began her independent consulting career, later founding High Style Marketing & PR. As a public relations and marketing specialist she has executed national media strategies and promotional campaigns for clients that include Kanye West, Common and Dwyane Wade’s foundations, The French Trade Commission, FELA! The Musical, Wal-Mart/E. Morris Communication, Celebrity Chef Julius Russell and eta Creative Arts Foundation. www.highstylemarketing.com
Micah Logsdon (Graphic & Web Design)
is a graphic and web designer who focuses on a wide variety of print and digital design for the arts and artists. He has done branding, graphic, web, and a whole host of other design for Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional theatres including, Stage Entertainment USA, New World Stages (NYC), Gazillion Bubble Show (NYC and National Tour), Angelina Ballerina The Musical, (NYC, Toronto) Rooms, A Rock Musical, Wallenberg The Musical, Naked Boys Singing, Channelling Kevin Spacey, (NYC Off-Broadway) and many more. He lives in Columbus, OH with his wonderful wife Lorraine and their giant-eared hounddog Patsy Cline. He holds a BFA from the University of Kentucky. www.milograph.com