|Cynthia Ganter Givens
(Sophie Washington) was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago and
is a woman of multiple talents. She received her Associates degree from
Kennedy King College in Theatre Technology and her Bachelor’s degree
from Northeastern Illinois University in Communications, Media and
Theatre. She is very active in her community including community
theater, readers theater, teaching and directing a neighborhood church
drama club. She has appeared as Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun, Maudie in
the original production of 227, Brer Fox in a children’s production of
Brer Rabbit, Lolly in Ladies in Waiting, and Dora Strai in Equus. Stay
Focused. God Bless.
|Carolyn Nelson (Miss
Leah), a Chicago native, has appeared in many plays here including
Whispers want to Holler, When the Ancestors Call, Every Night When the
Sun Goes Down all at the ETA and Wives, AJ Ensemble. For Whisper Wants
to Holler she received best actress from the Black Theater Alliance
2003, best actress nominee African American Arts Awards, 2003 and 2004
cast of Ever Night When the Sun Goes Down nominated for African
American Arts Award for Best Ensemble. At the close of Flyin’ West, she
and husband Edward Richardson will be performing James Prideaux’s The
Housekeeper. Carolyn wishes to thank her husband Edward for always
being there with complete altruistic support. I love you.
|LaNisa Renee Frederick
(Fannie Dove) a Chicago actor, is a recent graduate of East 15 Acting
School in London where she received her MA in Theatre Performance. Past
credits include The Seagull (Corbett Theatre, London), Poof (Corbett
Theatre, London), Alexander Project l (Splitmoon Theatre, London),
Meaningless (Baliwick Repertory), Five Rooms of Furniture (under study)
(Organic Theatre), and Kiwi Black (MPAACT Theatre).
|Tomike Lee Ogugua
(Wil Parish) is proud to make his debut with Thymely Theatre. Tomike
received a BFA from North Carolina A & T State University in
Professional Theatre where his concentration was Acting. While in
Chicago he has been blessed to work with BTA Jeff Award winning Congo
Square Theatre Company (Seven Guitars) and with Pegasus Players Theatre
Company in their "20th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival". He also
appeared in Smoke & Mirror Productions Imminent Dangers of Love and
the After Life. Tomike would like to thank Thymely Theatre for the
opportunity, Kayo Williams, and his family, especially his mother
Cecilia and dedicates his performance to Lisa Cassandra "Charisma"
Sutherlin. "I love you. God Bless you."
(Minnie Dove Charles), is pleased to be performing with Northeastern’s
Thymely Theatre. In addition to her role as Minnie in Flyin’ West, she
is also celebrating her role as Irma in the summer production of Picnic
with the Oak Park Festival Theater. Film is another great passion for
Angelique. She has worked on several film productions including
"Barbershop II", "Proof", and "Batman Begins".
|Marshall Brown (Frank
Charles), born and raised in the Chicago land area is a 23 year old
sophomore in college who is currently taking a year off to apprentice
for Tattooing. Once through with his apprenticeship, he will be
deciding on a four-year institution to continue his education in an
array of possible majors, including music composition, theatre,
history, and/or social services. This is Marshall’s second stage
appearance and he hopes to go on acting in Chicago.
|LaNisa Frederick, Cynthia Givens
|LaNisa Frederick, Angelique Westerfield, Carolyn Nelson, Cynthia Givens
|Marshall Brown, Angelique Westerfield
||Angelique Westerfield, Carolyn Nelson
|Angelique Westerfield, LaNisa Frederick, Carolyn Nelson, Cynthia Givens
|Marshall Brown, LaNisa Frederick, Carolyn Nelson
|Angelique Westerfield, Marshall Brown
||Forefront: LaNisa Frederick, Cynthia Givens, Angelique Westerfield
Background: Tomike Ogugua, Marshall Brown
|Angelique Westerfield, Carolyn Nelson, LaNisa Frederick, Cynthia Givens (with the gun), Marshall Brown
|Marshall Brown, Angelique Westerfield, LaNisa Frederick, Cynthia Givens (with gun), Tomike Ogugua
(Director) has been a member of NEIU’s theatre faculty for the past
sixteen years, is the Managing and Artistic Director of the summer
theatre, and will be the Artistic/Managing Director of the Academic
year. She is the past president of the Illinois Theatre Association,
holds an M.F.A. from New York University and has worked in various
theatrical venues across the country, the most recent being the Rocky
Mountain Repertory Theatre. Special thanks to H-S-A-N-T and, as always,
|Judith and Skelly Warren
(Costume and Scenic Designers) have combined careers that cover all
areas of theatrical production, including performance, direction and
choreography and costume, scenic and lighting design They have been
associated with the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, CO,
for 35 years, recently retiring from their positions as Artistic and
Managing Directors. Currently they are faculty members at the
University of Wisconsin- Parkside. It is their great pleasure to be
back creating summer theatre at NEIU with their talented colleague Anna
Antaramian. As always, the Warren’s most treasured productions are
their children: Josh, Beth, Jake and Olivia.
(Light Designer) Reginah Walton, veteran lighting designer and
production manager for 25 years, is honored to have the opportunity to
design for Thymley Theater under the direction of Anna Antaramian.
Recently receiving an MA in Communication, Media & Theatre, she
dedicates her work for this production to her most prized possessions -
her children Jessica, Imani and Vincent - "Everything I do, I do for
(Stage Manager) is pleased as punch to be working, yet again, with Anna
at the Stage Center. Joey is no stranger to this stage. He has appeared
in many productions over the years. During the last 10+ years Joey has
also worked as producer, stage manager and marketing coordinator for
the Stage Center Theatre. He also finds himself fortunate enough to be
on staff with the fine folks of Infamous Commonwealth Theatre as their
Box Office Manager. During the day Joey also works in the arts at the
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.
(Intern/Assistant Stage Manager/ House Manager) is happy to be
returning to the Stage Center Theatre. He was last seen as the "Monk"
in the Longest Day and as "Dink" in Moloch Blues, which premiered his
Studio Series directing debut and the "Gangster" in Ramshackle Inn.
It’s always a pleasure working with Anna. All credits and performances
are counted as blessings from above and are especially dedicated to LAP
& JON. High five to Anna, Joey, Melanie, Javier, both cast and crew
for a job well done. "Break a Leg"
(Intern/Running Crew/Usher) is a senior at NEIU and working for the
first time as running crew at the Stage Centre Theatre. He has an
associate’s degree from Wright Community College where he worked on
numerous productions. He has also directed the HERMOSA community
Organization’s Children’s Theatre productions of Wizard of Oz, Peter
Pan, and Alice in Wonderland.
(Assistant Costume Designer) is a junior majoring in Drama at the
University of Washington in Seattle. She lives with her husband Josh
and her three "kids", two cats named Roxie and Sweeney Todd and a dog
named Reese. Recently she has enjoyed working on costumes for several
productions including The Miser, La Bette, and Humor Me.