Tom Arvetis (Producing Artistic Director) is the founder of Adventure Stage Chicago. Playwriting credits: Walk Two Moons (Dramatic Publishing; AATE Distinguished Play of 2013), Spark: Chapter One of the Prometheus Project, Sight Unseen: Chapter Two of the Prometheus Project, and I Dream in Blues. Directing credits include: Augusta and Noble, Six Stories Tall, And a Child Shall Lead, 500 Clown: Trapped, Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back, The Blue House. In 2013, Tom received the Orlin Corey Award for Artistic Excellence from AATE. Tom was a member of AATE’s first Theater Leadership Institute in 2007, an Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA in 2009 and twice a finalist for a Chicago Community Trust Fellowship. He has served on the AATE board of directors and is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University.
Mary Kate Barley–Jenkins (Executive Director) joined ASC in 2014. In that time, she launched the company’s first tours (national and international), increased earned revenue by 29%, and created the ASC Auxiliary Board, which has increased individual giving by 16%. Mary Kate previously served as the Managing Director, Programming and Production at the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF). She conceived and was the Artistic Director of Stages, Sights and Sounds, an international performing arts festival for young audiences and recipient of a program award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Previously, she was the Director of Communications for the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Mary Kate has served as President of International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), the premiere membership organization supporting performing arts for young audiences. She is an alumna of Northwestern, having graduated with a Masters in Theatre and Arts Administration.
Laura B. Kollar (Audience Services Manager) became the company’s first Box Office Manager in 2014, and now, as Audience Services Manager, is focused on the overall experience of Adventure Stage patrons. Since 2006, she has proudly designed costumes for ASC productions, including: Worthy, Walk Two Moons, Augusta and Noble, The Giver, And A Child Shall Lead. Laura has a BA in Theatre from Loyola University, and she has two young daughters/fans of ASC.
Jamie Macpherson (Education Manager) is an educator and theatre artist originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. She started at Adventure Stage working as a teaching artist as part of the Neighborhood Bridges Program before coming aboard officially as Education Manager in 2019. Jamie has taught for several theater companies, both locally – American Blues, Dream Big, Mudlark- and nationally – SteppingStone Theatre for Youth (MN), Childsplay Theatre Company (AZ), and First Act Children’s Theatre (WI). She has been an Invited Artist for the Lawrence Arts Center (KS) and Macalester College (MN). As a researcher, her work has appeared in HowlRound, TYA-USA and The Fight Master. Jamie is also a fight director and instructor, and a member of the SAFD. Recent credits include choreographing violence and intimacy for The Agency Theater Collective and The University of Chicago. Jamie holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, where she specialized in Theatre for Youth.
Antonio Bruno (Venue and Production Manager) began his adventure with Adventure Stage in 2018 on “Adventures of Robin Hood.” So many Adventures. Tonio is a Chicago native and also serves as Company Manager for UrbanTheater Company, and sits on the Latinx Theater Commons steering committee. When left to his own devices he specializes in sound design, he most recently designed sound for Windy City Playhouse’s “The Recommendation,” Theater Wit’s “Admissions” and UrbanTheater Company’s “Back In The Day.” Tonio has worked with Chicago Dramatist, New Colony, Collectivo El Poso, Chicago Latino Theater Alliance, 48 hour Film Festival, and Dreamworks Films.
Sarah Frasco (Marketing & Communication Coordinator) started her journey at ASC as an intern in the marketing department. Sarah’s love of theater started a very young age. As a student at Georgetown University, Sarah performed in many campus productions, sat on the board of Nomadic Theatre, and served as the Chair of the Performing Arts Advisory Council. Since graduating in 2015, Sarah has continued to pursue working in the arts working with Target Margin Theater in New York and has studied comedy in Chicago at The Second City, The Annoyance Theater, and iO Chicago. When not at ASC, Sarah is performing with her improv team (A Family Affair), writing new ideas for musicals, or looking up elaborate recipes to cook at home.
Michelle Collins (Rental Coordinator) Michelle has worked for the Northwestern Settlement for three years as the afternoon/evening receptionist. Although her previous work history has been in business and housing management, she found an interest in the business side of theater. When Michelle is not working, she loves just having quiet time, reading a book or catching up on Chicago PD, Fire, and MED episodes and of course, shopping!
Camila Restrepo (Americorp Project YES! Member) began her journey with ASC as an education intern. She is so happy to return to ASC as an AmeriCorps Project YES! Member. Camila recently completed her Masters in English at DePaul University. During that time, Camila volunteered with the education departments of several other Chicago theaters such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, and Lifeline Theater. She was also a teaching artist at Sullivan High School through Global Voices Initiative.
ASC Auxiliary Board
The Adventure Stage Chicago Auxiliary Board consists of individuals who believe in the power of participatory arts, and in art making as a process, not a product. The Auxiliary Board works to strengthen the long-term viability of the company through audience development and fundraising.
Each January the board hosts Winter Funderland, an exciting team based game night where 15 teams face off and compete for bragging rights and prizes, in support of a good cause.
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
The Goodman Theatre
Read Out and Read
Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago
Join Our Team!
ASC is always looking for qualified and passionate indviduals to join our team.