Cast & Crew – Six Stories Tall


Christopher Acevedo (Ensemble) is incredibly thrilled to be working with Adventure Stage Chicago again! Previous credits with ASC include New Kid, and performing “I Am Not Batman” from Six Stories Tall at the International Performing Arts for Youth conference. Other Chicago credits include Winterset (Griffin Theatre), You on the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), Richard III (The Gift), and work with Court, Chicago Dramatists, Tympanic, Mary-Arrchie, Lifeline, Teatro Vista, Strawdog and others. He is the Artistic Director of Tympanic Theatre, is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent, and is a recent graduate of The School at Steppenwolf (Class of 2015). Thanks to Tom, this amazing ensemble, and his wife, Amanda Jane!

Danielle Davis (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at ASC doing one of her favorite shows! Credits include: Spark and Six Stories Tall (Adventure Stage Chicago, where she is an Associate Artist); The Hundred Dresses (Chicago Children's Theatre); Rent (Theo Ubique); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (First Folio Theatre); Women at War/Tour (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); Velveteen Rabbit (Lifeline); From Doo Wop to Hip Hop and Aint No Crying the Blues…Howlin’ Wolf (Black Ensemble Theater); The Wiz (Theatre at the Center); Chicago PD; and work at Artemisia, TimeLine Theatre, Step Up Productions, and Quest Theatre Ensemble. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Danielle is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

Mikhail Fiksel (DJ/Original Music & Sound Design) has been heard at venues in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Holland, Japan, China, Russia, and beyond. He is a company member of 2nd Story and Strawdog Theatre Company, and an Artistic Associate with ASC, Albany Park Theatre Project, TimeLine, Teatro Vista, Collaboraction and Redmoon. Theatre credits also include projects with Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, About Face, The Hypocrites, The House Theatre, The Neo-Futurists, Dallas Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe, St. Louis Repertory, and many others. He was awarded the Lucille Lortel Award for his sound design of the critically acclaimed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.

Jeffery Freelon (Ensemble) is a Chicago native and graduate of University of Michigan, Music Theatre and Dance School. Jeffery returns to ASC after performing in Theater Unspeakable’s The American Revolution. Jeffery was blessed to play an array of different roles at UM, including John Proctor in The Crucible, Nihad Harmanni in Scorched, and Lincoln in Topdog Underdog. Jeffery first made his Chicago debut as the “Bridegroom” in Pursuit Production’s Blood Wedding. He has also been fortunate enough to understudy for Othello under the acclaimed director Jonathon Berry .

Alyssa Vera Ramos (Ensemble) is an original cast member of Six Stories Tall and was recently seen in Epic Tales From the Land of Melanin (FEMelanin at Chicago Kids Fringe). As an actor, she has worked with Teatro Vista, First Floor Theater, Chicago Dramatists, and the 1-Minute Play Festival, among others. Alyssa is a Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative fellow; founding member of women of color performance collective FEMelanin; and company member of For Youth Inquiry (FYI), where she devises participatory experiences, including the upcoming play Expectation. She holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University. www.alyssaveraramos.com

Nelson Rodriguez (Ensemble) is an Associate Artist of ASC and Artistic Director of Pride Films and Plays, where he appeared in Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown (2016 Joseph Jefferson Award nomination - Solo Performance). Additional credits include The Compass (Steppenwolf for Young Audiences) and a starring role in the feature film En Algún Lugar. He is a recipient of Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 Award, a member of The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artsits' playwrights circle, and represented by Gray Talent Group.
Marco Ramirez (Playwright) has had plays produced at The Kennedy Center, The Juilliard School, The Arsht Center, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival of New American Plays (where he's twice received the Heideman Award). TV writing credits include FX's Sons of Anarchy. He trained at both NYU and The Juilliard School. His award-winning play The Royale opened at Lincoln Center in 2016 after a critically-acclaimed premiere production at Chicago’s American Theater Company.
Tom Arvetis (Director) is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director 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.
Brandon Campbell (Production Stage Manager) happily traveled 2,000 miles back to Chicago to help further the success of this terrific show and tour. Currently, he resides in Seattle, WA with his wife Lacy, and splits his time as a stage technician for Seattle Center, and as a freelance A/V and show director for events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Brandon previously served as Production Manager for ASC between 2007- 2015, and dearly misses the wonderful folks of the Settlement. Past theater work includes production and stage management for Collaboraction, The Neo-Futurists, and Teatro Vista, and puppetry design for Albany Park Theater Project (Gods Work), and here at ASC (The Cay, Sinbad: the Untold Tale, And a Child Shall Lead).
Liviu Pasare (Projection Design) has a Chicago-based practice creating visual experiences using new media and technology. He works as a video designer, cinematographer, editor and animator, and has produced, directed, and performed for live events. He has worked on projects such as inSite, Luminous Field (Luftwerk); Until (Nick Cave); The Dolls (Claudia Hart); The Elephant and The Whale (Chicago Children's Theater/ Redmoon); Mementos Mori (Manual Cinema), Where Did We Sit on the Bus (Teatro Vista); The Making of the Superstrip (Lucky Plush); Piedmont Blues, Douglass(American Vicarious); among many others. He holds MFA degree in Art and Technology from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is advancing an academic approach for Video for Performance as faculty at DePaul University. liviu.stoptime.live
Stephanie Paul (Choreographer) is a Resident Director with Albany Park Theater Project, where she has been a director, choreographer, and composer on God’s Work, I Will Kiss These Walls, Home/Land, and Feast. Additional credits include: The Royale (American Theater Company – Jeff Award Nomination), Water by the Spoonful (Court Theatre), Six Stories Tall (Adventure Stage Chicago, 2012) and Lookingglass Theatre’s LAB program. Stephanie is Founder, Artistic Director and ensemble member of Be the Groove, a Chicago-based rhythmic performance ensemble with performances at the Harris Theater, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Ravinia, and most notably the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. She is an Artistic Associate with Chicago Dance Crash and on staff at Dance Center Evanston. Stephanie has been featured on WTTW’s My Chicago and is committed to the exploration of music and movement as integral components of storytelling.
Jessica Kuehnau Wardell (Costume Design) is a freelance scenic/costume designer, teacher and artist in Chicago.  As a founding ensemble member of Adventure Stage Chicago, 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.   Her Chicago design credits include Hypocrites, Steep, Rivendell Theatre, Griffin Theatre, A Red Orchid, 16th Street Theatre, MPAACT, The Building Stage, Pegasus Players, and Lifeline Theatre. Jessica earned her MFA from Northwestern University and is the Director of Design at University of Chicago.  Check out her other designs at jesskdesign.com.
Brandon Wardell (Scenic/Lighting/Properties Design) is a Lighting and Scenic Designer based in Chicago.  He is an Ensemble Member with Adventure Stage Chicago as well as an Artistic Associate of Steep Theatre.  Recent projects include the critically-acclaimed productions of London Wall, Bat Boy the Musical, Men Should Weep, and Titanic (Griffin); Chicago Voices (Lyric Opera); The Game of Love and Chance (APT); Heathers and Assassins (Kokandy); Wastwater, Brilliant Adventures and The Cheats (Steep); Yankee Tavern (ABT); Bad Jews (Wit); Spark , Six Stories Tall, and Reprise (ASC). Upcoming work Earthquakes in London at Steep. Brandon earned his MFA from Northwestern University and is a Professor at Northern Illinois University. www.brandonwardelldesign.com