Cast & Crew – Reprise

f_carrascoFelipe Carrasco (Shopkeeper/Adversary) is thrilled to be a part of Reprise with Adventure Stage Chicago. Previous Chicago credits include: Eroica (Azusa Productions), Pinocchio: A Folk Musical (Filament Theatre), and Old Hobbits Die Hard (New Millennium Theatre Company). Regional credits include: Cyrano, Othello, Walking the Wire (Riverside Theatre), The Dining Room, Almost Maine, Stories of Old Amana (Iowa Theatre Artists Company).  Felipe holds a B.A in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. He sends his love to his family, collaborators, and KTF.
s_castroSindy I. Castro (Ensemble) is an actress, educator, and theatre artist.  She’s an Ensemble Member with Adventure Stage Chicago.  Acting credits include The Brave Face Project (Auditorium Theatre), The Scarlet “S” Project, Ceci in Lydia (National Pastime Theatre), The Giver (Adventure Stage Chicago), and A Very Luna Christmas (Teatro Luna). She was recently awarded a DCASE Theatre Residency for Stories from my Mother.
m_daleMara Dale (Young Woman) is thankful and appreciative to be working with ASC on this important piece. She is currently a resident artist with Filament Theatre and a company member at Barrel of Monkeys. She’s worked with Chicago companies including First Folio, Emerald City Theatre, Muse of Fire, Waltzing Mechanics, Filament Theatre, and Lifeline. Regional credits include New York Stage and Film and Syracuse Stage. After attending Syracuse University (BFA Acting) and studying at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, she's glad to call Chicago her home base.
j_kellyJacob E. Kelly (Ensemble) is a native of Chicago’s west side. This 19-year-old has played the violin for six years, attending the WISH program at the Golden Dome. He was also a musician at After School Matters (ASM) from the ages of 14-18. Jacob has wanted to be an actor since he was young, and this production has given him the chance to experience the field of acting. He makes his professional acting debut at Adventure Stage, having never acted in the past or attended any theatre classes.
l_kellyLa Shone Kelly (Ensemble) is a high school student at Chicago Virtual Charter School. She has been an artist since the age of twelve, dabbling in photography, fashion, movie making, painting, and music. She is passionate about the arts and constantly thinking of new ideas for movies, art, and music. On the musical side, she recently started a band with her family (The Chicago Kelly’s), and they have been interviewed by NBC, WGN, and other news outlets, as well as The Steve Harvey Show and Ellen.
j_naterasJose Nateras (Ensemble) is a Chicago-based actor & writer. Recent credits: Grapes of Wrath (Gift Theatre), Othello (u/s*), Since I Suppose (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), My Soul's Shadow (Manual Cinema), Balm in Gilead (u/s, Griffin Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival; Teatro Vista), Hit the Wall (u/s, The Inconvenience). He has toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Hamlet, Twelfth Night) and appeared on NBC's Chicago Fire. Training: Second City, The British American Drama Academy (Midsummer at Oxford '09). As a playwright, his work has been performed in L.U.C.'s Studio Theatre and in The Arc Theatre's "arciText Festivals" in 2015 and 2016. Resident playwright: ALTA Chicago's 'El Semillero'. Jose will be pursuing his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago starting this fall.
Kalman Strauss (Young Boy) is a Chicago high school student who has been studying violin for ten years under the guidance of such luminaries as Mark Zinger and Mina Zikri. He was named Junior Midwest Fiddle Champion several times by Old Town School of Folk Music. He enjoys playing and composing all types of music, from classical and Jazz to Klezmer and Blues. As an actor, Kalman has performed in numerous Chicago productions and was seen most recently as Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs (JCC Theatre) and Crutchie in Newsies (Emerald City). When not performing, Kalman can most likely be found enjoying nature or kicking a soccer ball. He is excited and grateful to be making his ASC debut.
j_turner_smithJustine C. Turner (Harriet Vittum) is grateful to celebrate her Adventure Stage debut with Reprise.  She is a company member of Strawdog Theatre in Chicago and was most recently seen in Once in a Lifetime as Helen/Mrs. Walker and in Spill at TimeLine theatre.  Her Chicago credits include work with Writers Theatre, The Goodman, Lifeline Theatre, The Den, City Lit, Factory Theatre, Defiant Theatre, Famous Door, Rivendell, Noble Fool theatricals, Journeymen Theatre Company, Crew of Patches Theatre Co. and The Plagiarists.  She is represented by Shirley Hamilton, Inc. TV credits include Chicago Fire. Thanks to SRG and the whole Adventure stage crew, and special thanks to Mike.
Sarah Rose Graber (Director) is a director, performer, and teaching artist working between the US and the UK. She attended Northwestern University and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. As a Circumnavigator Scholar, she traveled around the world (UK, South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina) studying theatre for social change.  She then completed a Fulbright Fellowship centered on devising theatre. Graber was named "One of 15 Women to Watch in 2015" and has worked with National Theatre of Scotland, punchdrunk, Fuel, LIFT festival, Playwrights Studio Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe, and Scottish Youth Theatre. In Chicago, she's worked with Strawdog, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Metropolis Performing Arts, Factory Theatre, Knife & Fork, and Adventure Stage Chicago.
Jessica Kuehnau Wardell (Costume & Co-Scenic Design) is a freelance scenic/costume designer, teacher and artist in Chicago. As a founding ensemble member, she has been gleefully designing and collaborating with ASC since 2006, creating everything from an island of giant books to a three headed monster on the Red Line. She has been a resident designer at North Park University for over ten years. Her other Chicago design credits include: Hypocrites, Steep, Rivendell Theatre, Griffin Theatre, A Red Orchid, 16th Street Theatre, MPAACT, The Building Stage, Pegasus Players, Lifeline Theatre, and Circle Theatre. Jessica earned her MFA from Northwestern University, and is lecturer and Director of Design for the TAPS department at University of Chicago.

Casey Pilkenton (Producer) is a producer/writer/performer based out of Chicago. She previously worked as Production Manager with Second City, producing live events and shows for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Pilkenton co-founded and performs with Forks & Hope ensemble and is a frequent contributor to Chicago’s live lit scene as a storyteller. No stranger to festival work, she has produced and performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Cincy Fringe Fest, and was an Executive Producer for Snubfest 2016. Casey earned an Outstanding Solo Performance Award (2012) from the League of Cincinnati Theatres for her self-produced, original show, Trapped in a Box.

Jen Poulin (Stage Manager) is a Chicago based stage manager, director, and dramaturg. Currently a company member with Broken Nose Theatre and a No Stakes Theater Project Artistic Associate, she served as Artistic Programs Apprentice at American Theater Company and Associate Artistic Director of BackStage Theatre Company. She’s worn many hats since receiving her Theatre Studies BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign: educator, box-office assistant, blood mopper, script mistress, producer, and performer. But her heart belongs to directing, especially new work. She's worked with many fine companies, including Strawdog Theatre Company, Redtwist Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Steep Theatre Company, and Mary Arrchie Theatre Company.

John Szymanski (Composer/Music Director) is excited to be making his Adventure Stage Chicago debut. Recent credits include One Came Home (Lifeline Theatre, Jeff nomination for original music in a play), Ulysses (the Plagiarists), Trust Us/Screw You (the Neo-Futurists), and The Whiskey Radio Hour (the Whiskey Rebellion).  John is an Artistic Associate with the Neo-Futurists and is active as a musician, composer, audio engineer, and producer throughout the Chicago area and beyond.

Brandon Wardell (Lighting & Scenic Design) is a member of the ASC Ensemble and a freelance designer in Chicago.  He teaches Lighting Design at Northern Illinois University and has worked for numerous theatre companies in Chicago.  Recent designs include Spark, And a Child Shall Lead, and Six Stories Tall (ASC); Bat Boy the Musical, London Wall, Men Should Weep, Titanic, and Flare Path (Griffin); Heathers and Assassins (Kokandy); Brilliant Adventures and Wastwater (Steep); Yankee Tavern (ABT); The City and the City, and The Count of Monte Cristo (Lifeline), and Three Days of Rain (BST).  Brandon holds an MFA from Northwestern University.