|"There sure are plenty of laughs in this highly inventive, thoroughly enjoyable and family-friendly little show."|
|--Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune|
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media
& Theatre. He teaches courses on Interpersonal Communication,
Family Communication, Communication and Gender, Persuasion, and
Communication Theory (among others). While always acting, he has never
acted on stage. He thanks Anna and numerous others for this
Hamid Akbari is an Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Professor of
Management and Executive Director of Development and Community Affairs
for the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois
University, where he has been teaching since 1986. He is also the
Director of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh Leadership Fund at Northeastern
Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University
in Management, and his MBA and an MA in political science from the
University of Toledo.
has enjoyed performing on-stage since she was a little girl. Now she is
“acting up” in a different venue as Chair of the Department of Special
Education here at Northeastern Illinois University. She loves the
position but compared to her previous acting experience she finds this
role to be far more dramatic!
Lidia Filus has been a professor of Mathematics at Northeastern Illinois University since 1985.
is the director of Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for
Teaching and Learning, a faculty development center to help with
instructional, mentoring, and technology needs. He is also
teaching a First-Year Experience course this semester on The Pursuit of
or Dr. Phil, as she is sometimes called by her students, is a professor
of Music at Northeastern Illinois University and a seasoned opera and
musical theatre performer.
Mark McKernin has been a member of the University Community for over 20 years and sometimes wears red shoes.
plays several roles in everyday life: professor of Justice Studies and
Women’s Studies, mom, partner, friend, with frequent forays into
gardening, baking, reading novels, and handicrafts. Her last
theatrical appearance that she remembers was playing Demeter in
Mischief on Mount Olympus in sixth grade.
has been a member of the university community since January 1976. This
is her first appearance in a Northeastern production though she has
been involved in music, dance, and theatrical productions since high
school. She was the director of her Church’s Cabaret fundraiser for
over 20 years and is very excited for this opportunity to get back on
the stage. She is also very excited to be working with her long time
friend and colleague Mary Hay Verne.
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at
Northeastern Illinois University. He is hoping that tonight’s
performance will begin his Tony Award-winning career.
is a born and raised Texan. Although has only lived in Chicago for a
little over two years, he feels as if he’s rediscovered home.
Currently, Gerardo is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at
Northeastern Illinois University, helping to prepare classroom teachers
to work with exceptional students. This performance marks his first
step back to the stage since 1992.
Wamucii Njogu is the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Northeastern Illinois University.
Eric Scholl teaches at Columbia College Chicago. He’d probably rather
be in the audience, but he’s an awfully good sport. Love to Nat,
Rozzie, and Cyndi.
is thrilled to be appearing in the Stage Center Theatre for the first
time since appearing in the audience. He previously had the starring
role as Ichabod Crane in the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 8th grade and
played a hick farmer with a corn cob pipe in a college musical comedy
revue where he also sang and danced. He expresses his gratitude to Anna
Antaramian for casting him in Around the World in 80 Days and thanks
his family and his Facebook friends for all their support.
is the Chair of the Sociology Department, African American Studies,
Latin & Latin American Studies and Women Studies Programs by day
and a musical star (in her dreams) by night.
is an associate professor in the TESL program. He has been involved in
amateur dramatics in England, North Africa and the Middle East.
appeared as Mr. Spokes in the premiere performance of The Fear of God;
and was featured in the made for cable-TV movie, Slaughter’s Law.
He also had the distinction of supporting Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane
in Paramount Pictures, Hard Ball. He is delighted and terrified
to be performing at The Stage Center Theatre for the first time.
Mary Hay Verne is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage in the Stage Center Theatre after a short hiatus of 25 years, or so.
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