PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Theater Wit 2004-current

Founded in 2004, Theater Wit is a cultural hub of the Chicago Theater landscape, specializing in contemporary works of comedy, intellect and heart. Under a unique, playwright-centric second production process, Theater Wit has become a nationally-recognized producer of new work by writers like Anne Washburn, Will Eno, Itamar Moses, Joshua Harmon and Madeleine George.

Under my leadership, Theater Wit has grown from a small $40K annual budget to a leader in the Chicago landscape with an annual budget of $1M. In 2007, I supervised and designed a new home for Theater Wit, a 3-theater facility that hosts both our own award-winning work and gives a home to a number of Chicago's best neighborhood theaters with over 600 performances/year from 40+ companies in a typical season.

RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Shakespeare's Motley Crew  1996-2000

Bailiwick Repertory 1994-1998

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Collaboraction  1998-2013

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Board Member, League of Chicago Theaters  2010-2016

Board Member, SSA #27 Chicago

 

Selected Productions

Title
Author
Theatre
Notes
Admissions
Joshua Harmon
Theater Wit
regional premiere
The Realistic Joneses
Will Eno
Shattered Globe Theatre / Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award recommended
The Antelope Party
Eric John Meyer
Theater Wit
world premiere
10 out of 12
Anne Washburn
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominated
This Way Outta Santaland
Mitchell J. Fain
Theater Wit
world premiere
Naperville
Mat Smart
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award winner
The (curious case of the) Watson Intelliigence
Madeleine George
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominee, Best of year: Chicago Sun Times
Bad Jews
Joshua Harmon
Theater Wit, North Shore Center, Royal George
chicago premiere, Jeff Award nominated, Best of year: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Theater Review, Time Out
Mr. Burns: a post-electric play
Anne Washburn/Michael Friedman
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award nomination, Best of year: Time Out Chicago, Audience choice: Best Director of Year
Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England
Madeleine George
Theater Wit, Studio One
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominated, Sun Times "Best of Year"
This is not a Cure for Cancer
Anthony Moseley/Sarah Illianovitch-Goldman
Collaboraction
world premiere
Completeness
Itamar Moses
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominated
Tigers be Still
Kim Rosenstock
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award recommended
This
Melissa James Gibson
Theater Wit
Tragedy: a Tragedy
Will Eno
Red Tape Theatre
chicago premiere
The Four of Us
Itamar Moses
Theater Wit
chicago premiere, Jeff Award nominated
Peer Gynt
Henrik Ibsen, trans. Robert Bly
Polarity Ensemble
chicago premiere
The Flu Season
Will Eno
Black Sheep Productions
chicago premiere, Jeff Award nominated
Spin
Penny Penniston
Theater Wit
world premiere
2011
Itamar Moses
American Theater Company
null
The Untimely Death of Adolf Hitler
Andy Grigg
Collaboraction
festival winner
A Taste of Honey
Shelagh Delaney
Shattered Globe Theatre
WSJ: Best of US regional theatre, Jeff Award norminated
Feydeau-Si-Deau (Chemin de Fer)
Georges Feydeau
Theater Wit
chicago premiere, Jeff Award recommended
Horror Acadamy
Darren Callahan
Babes with Blades
world premiere, Jeff Award nominated
The Play about the Squirrel
Mia McCullough
Stage Left/Prop Thtr
Best of Fest: Chicago Reader
Men of Steel
Qui Nguyen
Theater Wit
regional premiere
Szinhaz
Itamar Moses
Collaboraction Sketchbook
chicago premiere, Festival Winner
Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Will Eno
Theater Wit
regional premiere, Jeff Award winner
Barefoot in the Park
Neal Simon
Metropolis Performing Arts
Two for the Show
Will Clinger/Jim Fitzgerald
Theater Wit
world premiere, Jeff Award nominee
This is the Rill Speaking
Lanford Wilson
Eclipse Theatre
Chicago premiere
Un Robot
Laura Jacqmin
Collaboraction Sketchbook
festival winner
Hay Fever
Noel Coward
Lewis University
educational institution
The Santaland Diaries
David Sedaris/Joe Mantello
Theater Wit
Jeff Award nominated
Prisoner's Deilmma
David Edgar
University of Illinois at Chicago
chicago premiere, educational institution
A Merry Jewish Christmas
Josh Levine
Bailiwick Repertory
world premiere, Jeff Award nominee
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
Paul Rudnick
Bailiwick Repertory
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominee
The Coarse Acting Show
Michael Green
Shakespeare's Motley Crew
now then again
Penny Penniston
Bailiwick Repertory, Ivanhoe
world premiere, Jeff Award winner
Kind Lady
Edward Chodorov
Pendulum Theatre
The Duchess of Malfi
John Webster
Shakespeare's Motley Crew
Flight
Bulgakov, trans. by Ron Hutchinson
University of Illinois at Chicago
regional premiere, educational institution
The Roaring Girl
adapted with Penny Penniston from Middleton/Dekker
Shakespeare's Motley Crew
world premiere, Jeff Award nominee
Europe
David Greig
Mary-Arrchie
regional premiere, Jeff Award nominee
The White Devil
John Webster
Shakespeare's Motley Crew
A Month in the Country
Turgenev, adapted by Brian Friedl
Bailiwick Repertory
Jeff Award nominee
Titus Andronicus
William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Motley Crew
Jeff Award nominee
Clowns, Goddesses & Tough Guys
James Schneider
Live Bait
world premiere
Henry VI, parts 1-3
William Shakespeare
Bailiiwck Repertory
Jeff Award nominee
Playing by the Rules
Nicky Green
Bailiwick Repertory
regional premiere
The Threepenny Opera
Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill/Michael Feingold
Theater Wit
Jeff Award nominee, chicago premiere
The Promise
DuckWorks Productions
José Rivera
Jeff Award nominee
Life is a Dream
Pedro Calderon dl la Barca
Magellan Theatre
Jeff Award nominee
The Correction
Heiner Müller
Bailiwick Repertory
chicago premiere
Solitaire
Lydia R. Diamond
Cafe Voltaire
world premiere
Marriage of Bette and Boo
Christopher Durang
Eternity's Well Productions
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard
DuckWorks Productions
The Blood Knot
Athol Fugard
DuckWorks Producitons