|Brad Cantwell (Oberon)
recently appeared at the Stage Center Theatre as Amenuensis/Geronte in
The Illusion and as Teddy in How He Lied To Her Husband. Other
favorite roles include Nick in A Thousand Clowns and Whitney in Life
With Father. Brad is thrilled to work with this wonderful group,
and he thanks the loves of his life, Lisa and McCoy, for their
|Lisa Cantwell (Titania)
is thrilled beyond belief to be a part of this production of A
Midsummer Night’s Dream. It has been her lifelong dream to play a
fairy. She is currently a graduate student in Communication,
Media, and Theatre here at NEIU. Favorite roles include Dog in
Wiley and the Hairy Man, Miss Lynch in Grease, and Miss Framer in
Lettice and Lovage. Thanks to the fabulous cast and crew for this
unforgettable experience, to Anna for putting sunshine in each day, and
to my boys, Brad and McCoy, for filling every day with love.
|Chris Leonard (Quince)
has a BA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and a MA in
Linguistics from NEIU. He has acted in numerous productions at
the Stage Centre Theatre including The Real Inspector Hound, Dracula,
and Much Ado About Nothing. His directing credits include The
Actor’s Nightmare, Joe and Stew’s Theatre of Brotherly Love and
Financial Success, Oedi and The Illusion. Later this year, Chris
will be appearing in And on the Eighth Day and next year he will be
directing A Tale of Two Cities.
|George Christopher (Lysander)
is once again performing for the Stage Center Theatre, though he’s been
a creator and performer at heart all his life. He graduated from
the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2006. Since then he has
worked in China where he acted, directed, and produced plays.
While in Hong Kong he worked as an extra. Since returning to
Chicago months ago he has been working more regularly as an actor.
|Alicia Reese (Puck)
is thrilled to be performing in one of the Bard’s plays! She has
her B.A. in Theatre from Southeastern University, as well as having
completed the Summer Training Congress in Classical Theatre at the
American Conservatory Theatre. Chicago credits include A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Dream
Theatre’s Theatre of Women III and Theatre of Women IV. She wants
to thank her Lord and Savior; her husband, Court; Mom and Daddy; and
all the cast and crew!
|Robert Babcock (Flute)
is returning for his third appearance at Stage Center Theatre, and is
grateful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible cast and
crew for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Favorite past credits
included The Laramie Project, Othello, and Taking Steps. He is
excited to work with the wonderful Anna Antaramian again, and would
like to thank all his friends and family for their continued love and
|Nathan Pease (Demetrius)
holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Michigan-Flint, and spent
the last two seasons as Resident Artist with Flint Youth Theatre
performing in A Christmas Carol, The Hobbit, and Frankenstein. He
has also been in The Diary of Anne Frank, Middle Passage, Holiday
Memories, and Arthur, King Of Britain. In addition, Nathan has also
worked with The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, BoarsHead Theatre, First
Folio Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Flint City Theatre, Jewish Ensemble
Theatre, Union Theatre Company, and September Productions.
|Jesus Matta (Egeus)
is thrilled to make his Stage Center Theatre debut. His pride and joy
was spending eight glorious years as an ensemble member with the
nationally acclaimed Albany Park Theater Project helping in many
different forms to create original theatrical productions. After taking
some much needed time off to focus on academics, he is very excited and
relieved to get back on stage. Special thanks to Anna and company for
accepting me into their world and getting me reacquainted with the
medium I love so much.
|Colleen McCready (Helena)
is elated to be performing with the Stage Center Theatre again.
She was seen last summer as Kendall Adams in Stage Door. Other
credits include: Mrs. Cyrus Pickard in He Said, She Said, Lyse in The
Illusion, and Chrysothemis in Electra. Colleen would like to
thank the cast and crew for such a wonderful experience. She
would also like to thank Anna for this amazing opportunity, and
especially thank Mark and Sebastian for their love and support as she
follows her dream.
|Andrew Berlien (Snout)
is a native to Chicago. He is delighted to be acting at the Stage
Centre Theatre once again. He was last seen as the title
character in the Studio Series production of Queer Strindberg and the
main stage production of Electra and Charley’s Aunt. Andrew would
like to thank Anna, Shakespeare, and the entire cast and crew for
allowing him this wonderful opportunity. Oh, and Mom? Dad? My
shoes hurt for you.
|Pearl Paramadilok (Blue Bell)
is glad to be back at the Stage Centre Theatre. She was recently
seen in Lettice and Lovage, Queer Strindberg, and Stage Door. She
mostly has been concentrating on her studies but is compelled to travel
the “road not taken”. She sends all her love to the ones who have
rescued her many times. Pearl would also like to thank Anna and
Professor Mace for all the opportunities.
|Mark Heard (Snug)
is appearing in his third Stage Center Theatre production. He was
last seen in Pieces of Eight, and Charley’s Aunt. A Midsummer
Night’s Dream is his first Shakespearian production. Mark has a
background in musical theatre, appearing in Jesus Christ Superstar, and
Once Upon a Mattress, to name a few. Mark is majoring in CMT at NEIU,
and would someday like to return to his musical theatre roots.
Mark would like to thank Anna for her outstanding direction and is
excited to be working with her and the wonderful cast and crew.
|Laura Gryfinski (Sweetpea)
is thrilled to be acting yet again at Stage Center Theatre. She is in
pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and second major
in CMT here at NEIU. She appeared in Stage Door, and
Electra. She would like to thank Anna for the opportunity to be a
part of this production by playing Sweetpea and working with Allen
on the technical aspects of the show. And special thanks to all
those who have long supported her along the way! This one's for
|Joel Thompson (Theseus)
is making his first appearance at Northeastern Illinois University’s
Stage Center Theatre. But he is no stranger to A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, having played Puck twice, he is happy for the chance to portray
a human. He was last seen as Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Favorite roles include Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, James
Keller from Miracle Worker and the Colonel from Brave Navigator. He
would like to thank his friends and family for their constant support
of his art!
|Kathleen Griffin (Cobweb) is
happy to once again be on stage here at NEIU. Though her role as
stage manager (Queer Strindberg) was on stage, her role as assistant
stage manager (Pieces of Eight) was off stage. Other acting
credits include Duck, Duck, Goose, and Aladdin at the College of
DuPage. Kathleen would like to thank all those who support her
with her love of acting.
|Tom Camacho (Starveling)
is grateful for being part of this talented cast in this fantastic
opportunistic role. This is his seventh production at Northeastern
Illinois University as he continues his second year as a graduate
student in the Communication, Media and Theater Department. Tom
founded, developed and directs The Serendipity Youth Theatre which
brings theater to underprivileged Chicago Public Schools.
|Yvette Mohill (Moth)
is excited to be in her first main stage production here at the Stage
Centre Theatre. She was last seen in the productions The Secret
Lives of Toads and The Jungle Book, with the Children’s Theatre
Workshop. She is an undergraduate student here at Northeastern Illinois
University, majoring in English.
|Norma Saldana (Peaseblossom)
is thrilled to be working with the Stage Center Theatre. Theatre
has always been one of her greatest passions since elementary
school. Because of her English teacher, Norma learned to love
acting and theatre. She is also thankful for having a Mother who
has always been there for her, guiding through her life, and is one of
her greatest fans. Norma would like to thank her love, Miguel and
her closest friends, for being her biggest support. This play is
dedicated to her Godmother: Eleanor, may you rest in peace.
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