Cast & Crew Bios – Sight Unseen

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Sarah Cartwright (Janice, Ensemble) is a Minnesota native and a recent graduate of Northwestern University. Some of her favorite college productions include James and the Giant Peach, Circle Mirror Transformation, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. She is passionate about Theatre for Young Audiences and is incredibly blessed to make her Chicago debut at Adventure Stage! Major love and gratitude to the Cartwrights, Rives, and the remarkable individuals at ASC.

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Matt Daniels (Zeph) is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance with a BFA in Acting. Kicking off his professional career in Chicago, he’s been cast in supporting roles in NBC’s Chicago Med and Fox’s Empire. Matt is very excited to live, work, learn and grow in and around Chicago and immerse himself in its vibrant theatre community.

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Al Evangelista (Kegan) is thrilled to be making his Adventure Stage debut. Select Chicago credits include: Weird Kids (Haven Theatre), The Qualms (performing u/s, Steppenwolf), The Wild (Steppenwolf Garage Rep), Giovanni d'Arco(Chicago Opera Theatre), and the Jeff Nominated Ensemble of Core of the Pudel(Trap Door Theatre). Al trained with the Steppenwolf West program and American Conservatory Theater, and is a graduate of UC San Diego. alevangelista.com

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Michael Anthony Rawlins (Mel, Ensemble) has crossed the boards in Land of Plenty at the Raven Theatre and as Attorney Adam Wright on Chicago P.D. Other stage credits include: Black Boys, Rose Theatre-L.A. and Boy Willie in the Canadian premier of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. Film and T.V. credits include: Blade TrinityBeautiful JoeCriminal MindsThe Natalie Cole StoryBeverly Hills 90210, and series regular roles on SOUL and Total Recall 2070.

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Allison Latta (Teena, Theia, Ensemble) is thrilled to return to the stage at ASC, where she serves as the Associate Artistic Director. This is her 8th show performing with Adventure Stage Chicago and she is honored to be working with such a supportive and talented group of artists. Allison has worked with a number of companies in the Chicago area, including The House, Strawdog, and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. In addition to her work onstage, you can occasionally hear and see her on TV. Most recently, she voiced a campaign for Adler Planetarium and appeared in episodes of Chicago Med and Shameless. She would like to thank Simon, Wyatt and Willow for their love, laughter and support. To all the Trailblazers out there…5 snaps, a clap and a hee hee!

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Michael Steele (Hunter, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his debut with Adventure Stage.  Recent roles include Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi (Trap Door), Lord Rivers in No Beast So Fierce (Oracle), and Professor Aronnax in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Strawdog).  Mike holds a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and is a proud member of the Associate Ensemble at Trap Door Theatre.


Terry Bell (Understudy: Zeph, Kegan, Ensemble) is a Chicago native who attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Theatre. He appeared in productions of The Fuzzy Wuzzy ManAddie’s Wash and FoldThe Gathering, and Fathers and Other Strangers. Film and television credits include BloomDead GirlsDay 1, and Chiraq: The Series. Look out for films such as The Cropsey Tapes in the coming months.


Christine Williams (Understudy: Janice, Teena, Theia, Ensemble) is a graduate of The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Since graduating, Christine has toured with Griffin Theatre in Letters Home, performed standup throughout the city, and started her podcast Minimize The Hiss. Even though the thoughts of student loans sometimes creep into her “happy space” she is glad to be following her dreams!

Design Team

Rebecca A. Barrett (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to join this fantastic team of collaborators. Rebecca has over 15 years of design experience. Favorite designs include Dorian (House Theatre) which was awarded the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award and Golden Child (SRR) which received an After Dark Award for Overall Design/Technical Achievement. Rebecca received her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Northwestern University. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.F.A. in Theatrical Production Arts. See more at www.rbarrettdesign.com

Josie Wilson (Properties Design) is a senior theater design and technology student at Columbia College Chicago and is excited to be designing her first show at ASC. Her recent credits include Props Designing Never the Sinner (Columbia College Chicago) and Stage Managing Open Hands (Linchpin Theater), Doctor Faustus (Columbia College Chicago), and Getting Out (Columbia College Chicago). She’d like to thank ASC for giving her this opportunity and her friends and family for all their love and support.

Michael Huey (Sound Design) is a composer for film and theatre based in the Chicago area. He has been recognized by the Jeff Awards with a nomination for his music to The Spirit Play. Michael is an Artistic Associate with Adventure Stage Chicago, where he has designed and composed for such shows as Spark, Worthy, New Kid, and The Giver. officialmichaelhuey.com

Phil Claudnic (Stage Manager) is over the moon to be joining ASC for the prequel to Spark!  His work with the company has extended from being a Trailblazer mentor, to stage managing Worthy, Spark, Six Stories Tall, and And a Child Shall Lead. Phil is also the Operations Manager and Booking Manager for The Factory Theater Company, now operating in their brand new space!

Aaron Shapiro (Production Manager) is a Chicago based freelance production manager. His recent credits include UNSPEAKABLE at the Broadway Playhouse; Jeff nominated productions of The Rainmaker with American Blues Theatre; Stupid Bird at Sideshow Theatre; Far From HeavenSweeney ToddFunny Thing HappenedSide Show, and Jeff Awards winning productions of Ain’t MisBehavin’ and Sondheim on Sondheim with Porchlight Music Theatre where he is an artistic associate. Aaron was the founding Artistic Director for Oracle where he served for 4 years. He is also the co-founder of Studio BE/MCL Chicago in Lakeview where served as Executive Director for 5 years. Aaron has worked for over 80 different theatre and production companies, and educational institutions as an electrician, carpenter, sound engineer, designer, tech director, director, production manager, and producer.

Peter Anderson (Projection Design) is delighted to make his Adventure Stage debut with Sight Unseen. Previous projection designs include The Laramie Project, Aimee and Jaguar, and The Bluest Eye at Northwestern University. He is a founding member of Smoke & Mirror Productions, where he co-adapted and designed productions based on the poetry collections Giving Sorrow Words, George and Judy Meet the Reapers, Pearled Over, and Wanderlust.  He is the Lighting and Sound Supervisor at the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University.

Simon Lashford (Scenic Design) is delighted to be an associate artist with ASC and to work on his 6th set design with the company. Simon is currently the Director of Design for RedBox Workshop in Chicago where he designs children’s learning play environments and museums around the world. Past Chicago Theatre credits include set design for Adventure Stage’s Walk Two Moons, Augusta and Noble, Spark, Push Play and Worthy; set design for Chicago Dramatist’s Voyeurs de Venus and Hickory Dickory; set, puppet and mask design for TriArt’s Offending Shadows, Seashore and Freedomland; set design for Fortinbras with Defiant Theater. Past company credits include San Francisco and Santa Fe Opera. Simon received his B.A. with honors in Theatrical Design from Virginia Tech. Love to Allison, Wyatt, and Willow for their inspiration and reminding him that “play” can also be a verb.

Rachel M. Sypniewski (Costume Design) is so honored to be a part of this amazing production, her first at Adventure Stage. Among her favorite Chicago credits are Titanic: The Musical (Griffin/ Non-Equity Jeff Nominated "Best Costume Design); La Bete (Trap Door/ Non-Equity Jeff Award Best Costume Design); The Ghost is Here (Vitalist); Tiger at the Gates (Promethean-Broadway World Nomination for "Best Costume Design); Yasmina's Necklace and Merchild 16th Street), Universal Wolf, Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, and The Balcony (Trap Door); Hotel Aphrodite, 'Namosaur, and Hey! Dancin'! Hey! Musical!  (Factory); and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Wheaton College).  Rachel is the resident costume designer for Trap Door and a company member with the Factory. www.rachelsyp.com