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Josh Altman
Elizabeth Argus
Christopher Burpee
Michael Colucci
Johnny Garcia
Jacqueline Grandt
Jan Ellen Graves
K.C. Karen Hill
Tommy Lee Johnston

Aaron Kirby
E. Malcolm Martinez
Dan McNamara
Peter Oyloe
Brian Parry
Allison Queen
Mary Reynard
Debra Rodkin
Kathleen Ruhl
Michael Sherwin
Josh Altman
Altman
Josh’s Chicago directing credits include THE BEAUTIFUL DARK, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, with Redtwist, IPHIGENEIA AT AULIS, with Lights out Theatre Company and THE NARROWS with Red Tape. Josh has had the pleasure of assisting directors like David Cromer, Pam MacKinnon, Charles Newell and William Brown at Steppenwolf, Court, Writers’ and TimeLine. He is also a Teaching Artist with TimeLine Theatre and was previously the Media Relations Associate at Redmoon Theater. Josh has also worked with Next, Piven and Mary Arrchie and is a graduate of Tufts University, where he adapted and directed Pirandello’s SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR for his Thesis Project.
Elizabeth Argus
Argus
Elizabeth is delighted to be a company member at Redtwist, after appearing in three back-to-back shows with them in 2013. Most recent credit was Simone in ELEMENO PEA, directed by Steve Scott. Prior to that, Courtney in DRUNK AND READY and an ensemble woman in PLEASE SAY YES, both scripts by Scott Woldman in the LUV CYCLE series. Before that, other credits include Charlotte in NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, Sara in A TOUCH OF THE POET, and Heavenly in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, all at Artistic Home. Elizabeth is represented by Shirley Hamilton agency and has acted in commercials, film, and television, and has appeared in a national print campaign for Disney. When not pursuing the stage, she is a yoga instructor and avid proponent of health and wellness.
Michael Colucci
Colucci
Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of Redtwist Theatre, and has directed many of the plays here, including BROKEN GLASS, (2012) THAT FACE, EQUUS (2010), WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THREE HOTELS, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, ALL MY SONS, BROKEN GLASS and PRAYING SMALL. He has also been seen on stage at Redtwist as Dr. Hyman in BROKEN GLASS, Martin in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, George in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Eddie Carbone IN A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS. In addition, Michael has worked at various theatres in Chicago, including Court, Victory Gardens, TimeLine, and ATC. He is also a member of the Jeff Committee's Artistic and Technical Team.
Johnny Garcia
Garcia

Johnny is the Development Outreach Coordinator and has been associated with the company since its itinerant days. At Redtwist, e has appeared in ELEMENO PEA, DRACULA: A TRAGEDY, THE PILLOWMAN, PRAYING SMALL, EXTREMITIES, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, and TRUE WEST, co-directed THREE HOTELS and worked behind the scenes throughout the years on various productions. He was a major force in preparing the theatre for its Grand Reopening.

Jacqueline Grandt
Jacq

Jacqueline most recently appeared in the world premieres of GEEZERS (Jeff recommended), Michaela in ELEMENO PEA (Jeff recommended), and THE BEAUTIFUL DARK. Other credits include Sylvia in Broken GLASS (Jeff recommended), Amanda in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, Martha in THAT FACE, Agnes in BUG (Jeff Award for Best Principal Actress), Julia in A DELICATE BALANCE  (Jeff recommended), Joy Gresham in SHADOWLANDS (Jeff recommended), Ricky Roma in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Merteuil in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Jeff recommended), Leah in THE RIDE DOWN MT. MORGAN, Maureen in THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Claire in PROOF, and Sylvia in BROKEN GLASS. (2004). Other favorite roles include Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Roxie Hart in CHICAGO.
Jan Ellen Graves
Graves

Jan is Redtwist's Managing Director, does the advertising and design, oversees the admin and licensing for the theatre, and has appeared in a number of Redtwist shows including CLYBOURNE PARK (Jeff nomination-ensemble), A BODY OF WATER, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, MAN FROM NEBRASKA (Jeff Award winner-Best Production) , A DELICATE BALANCE, LETTICE AND LOVAGE, THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN, THREE HOTELS, MARVIN'S ROOM, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, DOUBT, EQUUS (Jeff nominated), THE LAST YANKEE, PRAYING SMALL, LIARS & ANGELS, PRAYING SMALL, and ALL MY SONS. She directed the world premieres of GEEZERS as well as AURA, by Tommy Lee Johnston, and Arthur Miller's THE AMERICAN CLOCK at Redtwist. Other favorite Chicagoland acting roles include M’Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Kate in THE MIRACLE WORKER, Sister Robert Anne in NUNSENSE I and II, and multiple roles in 10 Light Opera Works shows including Ilona in SHE LOVES ME.
K.C. Karen Hill
KC
K.C. recently appeared as R.C. in Redtwist's production of PURPLE HEART (Jeff Recommended) Tracy Lett's BUG (Jeff Recommended). Other Redtwist roles include Mm. De Volanges in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Jeff Recommended), and Lee in MARVIN'S ROOM. Other Chicago credits include Caliban in THE TEMPEST, Paulina in THE SEAGULL, and Egeus in MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, with GroundUp Theatre, Lady Capulet in ROMEO AND JULIET with Two Pence Shakespeare Theatre, Julia in THE LAST JUDGEMENT, and Donna in THE POTATO CHIP EATER (A new works festival created for Second City's former AD the late Martin De Maat) Boxer Rebellion Theatre. Lady in THE PEEP HOLE, Second City in DONNY'S SKY BOX directed by Michael Pieper. Union house credits include Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. She has Bachelor's degree in acting from University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tommy Lee Johnston
TLJ
Tommy Lee last appeared on stage at Redtwist in THE BEAUTIFUL DARK. He has also appeared in BUG, his original Jeff-nominated play AURA as well as MARVIN'S ROOM, FAMILY MALFUNCTION, and the world premiere of PRAYING SMALL with Redtwist/AWT. He's written and performed in LIFE'S TREMORS, TIME FRAME, and GIFTED, which was recently published by Dramatic Publishing. He has appeared in episodes of THE BEAST on A&E, THE ONION and BATTLE GROUND WISCONSIN web series, plus many assorted TV commercials and voice-overs. His newest play, GEEZERS,  recently received it’s world premiere as part of Redtwist's 2013-14 season and is Jeff recommended. He is a resident playwright at Redtwist.
Aaron Kirby
Kirby
Aaron is honored to officially join the Redtwist family, after appearing as Jack in GEEZERS and Jacob in THE BEAUTIFUL DARK. Recent Chicago credits include: Route 66’s CICADA, the Goodman’s LUNA GALE (U.S.) and A WORK OF ART (Playwright Series), Two Lights Theatre’s THE ALTRUISTS and PLEASANT DREAMS, Collaboraction’s DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS (Jeff Award, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), and the House Theatre’s CYRANO. Aaron has also worked with Theater Wit, Redmoon, Project 891, Chicago dell’Arte, and Chicago Dramatists. He holds an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University, has appeared in numerous commercials, and also guest starred on NBC’s Chicago Fire as Garrett. Internationally he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School. In addition to Redtwist, Aaron is also a proud company member of Two Lights Theatre and is represented by the fine folks at Stewart Talent.
E. Malcolm Martinez
MM
Malcolm has served at Redtwist Theatre as co-director of OTHERWISE ENGAGED, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, assistant director of PROOF and WAITING FOR GODOT, and stage manager of THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE and THE RIDE DOWN MOUNT MORGAN. He has also written and directed for Theatre Under The Influence and Theatre On The Rocks in the great city of Seattle, as well as working in film and video in Milwaukee, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago. He is a box office associate at Redtwist.
Dan McNamara
DM
Dan has appeared in Redtwist's LIARS AND ANGELS one-acts, THE AMERICAN CLOCK, ALL MY SONS, PROVING MR. JENNINGS, and OTHERWISE ENGAGED. When not on stage, he can be found in the audience checking out other shows around town.

Peter Oyloe
PO
Peter Oyloe's recent credits include REVERB, SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (Balliwick Chicago/Steppenwolf) as well as a sold out run as Hank Williams in HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award Best Lead Actor, Musical). Other acting credits include HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (Filament Theatre Ensemble - Jeff Award Best Lead Actor, Musical); EURYDICE (Filament Theatre Ensemble); ELLING (Redtwist Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination, Best Actor), THE PILLOWMAN (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actor), EQUUS (Jeff Award, Best Actor); The Phantom in PHANTOM (Porchlight Musical Theatre), RAGTIME (Porchlight); THE SECRET GARDEN (Light Opera Works); CHERRY SMOKE (the side project); BAAL (TUTA), as well as the New Zealand National Production of LES MISÉRABLES. He has also appeared in numerous short films and commercials. Peter is an acclaimed composer and folk musician, having composed the scores to the film IN LOVE WITH THE NUN (Cannes Film Festival showcase), EQUUS (Jeff Nomination - Best Original Music), and EURYDICE. Peter is a proud member of Redtwist Theatre and Filament Theatre Ensemble. For further information about Peter and his work, visit peteroyloe.com.

Brian Parry
Brian

Brian recently appeared on the Redtwist stage as Neil in GEEZERS, Russ/Dan in CLYBOURNE PARK, Moss in A BODY OF WATER, as JohnnyPateenMike in THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN, Carl in OPUS, Alfons Jorgenson in ELLING. Other Redtwist roles include John in SHINING CITY (Jeff Award, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Tobias in A DELICATE BALANCE (one of three Redtwist nominees for Best Production in 2011), Martin Dysart in EQUUS (2010), Ken Hoyle in THREE HOTELS, Shelly Levene in the gender-bent GLENGARRY, GLEN ROSS, Jack Lewis in SHADOWLANDS Agent Psmith in the U.S. premiere of PROVING MR. JENNINGS (named one of the Top 5 Stage Productions of 2006 by NewCity), Robert in PROOF, and Dysart in EQUUS (2007-nominated for 5 Jeff Awards including Best Production.) Elsewhere he’s been seen as Snelgrave in Eclipse Theatre's production of ONE FLEA SPARE, Pere Marriott in Lifeline Theatre's original adaptation of MARIETTE IN ECSTASY and as Bobby's Father in Steep Theatre's CORONADO. Brian has also worked with The Goodman, Court, Northlight, and Wisdom Bridge as well as the Oak Park and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals.

Allison Queen
AQ
Allison is Redtwist's resident stage manager for the 2013--2015 seasons and has served as the stage manager for GEEZERS, LOOK BACK IN ANGER, BEFORE DEATH DO US PART , HAPPY, 44 WAYS, ELEMENO PEA, MEN EXPOSED, PLEASE SAY YES, CLYBOURNE PARK, DRUNK & READY, REVERB, DATES FROM HELL, PURPLE HEART, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, and OPUS. She was also assistant stage manager for A BODY OF WATER, and production assistant for THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN. After receiving her BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Stage Management from The University of Oklahoma in 2008, she moved to Chicago to begin her career. She has worked with many other Chicago companies including Oak Park Festival Theatre, Theatre-Hikes, Oracle, Raven Theatre, Theatre Wit, Factory Theatre, Emerald City Children’s Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, and Collaboraction.
Mary Reynard
MR
Mary often serves as vocal coach for Redtwist productions. She recently directed A BODY OF WATER at Redtwist. She received her training from legenday acting coach and voice over talent Ted Liss, Del Close of Second City, Geoffrey Conner, vocal coach to the National Theatre of Great Britain, David Parry, Malcolm McKay, June Kemp, and Robert Palmer of RADA, Norman Gulbrensen at Northwestern University and Gisela Goettling at the American Academy of Music.
Debra Rodkin
Rodkin

Debra is a long-time member of the acting company. You've seen her here in their acclaimed productions of GEEZERS (Jenny), CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Eileen), EQUUS (x 2) (Dora), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (Aaronow) & BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (Mag), among others. See her in November at The Den Theater in Cold Basement Dramatics devised play LIKE EVERYTHING, THEY FADE.  Last season was busy for Debra, appearing as Sylvie in the female version of THE ODD COUPLE at the Greenhouse, at the Athenaeum with Eclectic Full Contact Theatre as Audrey in UNSHELVED and with The Raven Theatre as Miss Carrie in VIEUX CARRE. She was the title character in MISS FORTUNE for Lincoln Square Theatre at The Fringe, had the pleasure of doing STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Clairee) for SSP and a successful run of BEAU JEST (Miriam) for Big Noise Theatre. Other favorite roles include Night Blue's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Big Mama), Citadel Theatre's ANOTHER PIECE OF CAKE (Ann), RABBIT HOLE (Nat) for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and the world premiere of THE BROTHER (Tessie) for Hancock Prods/Film Acres. She has appeared at many area theatres including Victory Gardens, National Jewish, Apple Tree, Eclipse and Stage Left, of which she was a founding member. She was online in a Webisode for HBO's TRUE BLOOD and you may see or hear her in numerous commercials and industrial films.
Kathleen Ruhl
Ruhl
Kathy started acting when her mom enrolled her, as a third grader, in the Davenport, Iowa Children’s Theatre. The theatrical highlight of those years was playing Peter Pan as a junior and senior in high school. After majoring in theatre at Smith College, and a lot of acting at Amherst College, (from Tituba to Maria in TWELFTH NIGHT to ST. JOAN), Kathy came to Chicago in the early days of off-Loop theatre, working often with the Chicago City Players in what is now the Timeline space. She also did Shakespeare at the old outdoor Court Theatre in a courtyard at the University of Chicago and played Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS for Music Theatre of Hyde Park. (While in Hyde Park, she picked up an MAT in English at the University of Chicago and taught for several years in the Chicago City College system). Marriage, children, and a house in the suburbs brought her to the Actors’ Ensemble, the North Shore Theatre Company, the Highland Park Players, Winnetka Community Theatre, Trinity Theatre, the Piven Workshop, and the Attic Playhouse. During those years, Kathy taught English and Theatre at Regina Dominican High School. She also directed at Regina, at the Wilmette Children’s Theatre, and at the North Shore Theatre Company. She is especially proud of creating a curriculum-based drama program for Central School in Wilmette, and directing most of the productions. When a friend encouraged her to do the non-Equity general auditions after the death of her husband, the latest chapter of Kathy’s acting life began—starting with Clara in HAY FEVER at the indoor Court Theatre. Several roles at Timeline followed, including Rima in DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN for which she won a non-Equity Jeff Award (actress in a supporting role). Her most recent roles have been at the Piven Theatre (THE CHEKHOV STORIES, BOOK OF DAYS, and IVANOV); at Writer’s Theatre (Berte in HEDDA GABLER); and at her new artistic home at Redtwist, where she is currently in GEEZERS, following PURPLE HEART and CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN. In 2001, (after almost ten years) Kathy finished a PhD in English at UIC. Since 1999, her two wonderful daughters, a geriatric psychiatrist and a playwright, have produced six adorable, talented grandchildren and fate has served up a lovely late-life partner, a former high school classmate from Iowa.
Michael Sherwin
Sherwin
Michael enthusiastically joined the Company Redtwist in 2013. Having previously performed in HAPPY (Alfred), ELEMENO PEA (Ethan), CLYBOURNE PARK (Jim/Tom), MAN FROM NEBRASKA (Rev. Todd), ELLING (Frank Asli), OPUS (Elliot), and TREATS (Patrick), he looks forward to sharing ANOTHER BONE with you in the 2014-15 season. A Glenview native, Michael attended Eastern New Mexico University (BFA- Acting, BS- Technical Theatre), lived in Phoenix for six years where he honed his craft, tired of the heat, and returned to Chicago in 2004, acting in roles ranging from Hamlet to Patrick Swayze. He looks forward to making magic in his favorite little black box with this incredible group of artists and patrons.
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