(Myrna/Myra) has been acting in Chicago for four years. She moved here
from Pittsburgh, PA, where she got her BA in musical theater from Point
Park College. Her first experience with NEIU was The Actor’s Nightmare.
She had a blast! Her favorite roles include; Billy Dawn from Born
Yesterday, the Baker’s Wife from Into the Woods, the lover from 140,
Sally from The Jazz Singer: A Musical, and Shulie from School House
Rock Live! Currently, you can find her teaching musical theater with
the Lake Forest Children’s Theater Company and singing and dancing on
the school tour of School House Rock Live! The Mineola Twins has been a
wonderful, challenging, gut holding experience and she sends kisses and
hugs to all of the people who put this hilarity together! God I love
you guys! She sends special love to her husband Eddie Spaghetti and her
big stupid dog Teller Boy!
(Jim) is a senior and C.M.T. major. He has appeared in numerous
productions at the Stage Center Theatre such as The Birthday Party,
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Boy Gets Girl and Life is a Dream. He was
also the director of Was He Anyone? and Backwardly Mobile here at NEIU
and The Fanta Menace at Meztli Gallery in Pilsen. He is currently
serving as the Artistic Director of ¡Salsation! Theatre Company
and is appearing in their improv show Can’t Have Nuthin’ Nice at Spot 6.
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(Ben/Kenny) after many years of floating and waffling, Alex decided to
go full bore after the arts, this vague, abiding passion. First, he
tried dance, all types of dance. But after thousands of dollars and
lots of vague advice, he got frustrated and gradually transitioned into
theater. After getting tired of all of the talking and thinking, he
overspecialized in stage combat and violence design. Subsequently, the
tight pants and Renaissance dialect got restrictive, and he decided to
go after stunts and film as a career. And why Ellen is now tapping him
for theater, a stage and a half back in his history, is beyond him.
Alex would like to thank Ellen for believing he still had the chops,
his parents for their support (and their money) his castmates for their
unending patience and support, and to that special someone, for helping
him wrap his little stunt man brain around the idea of acting again.
(Sarah) is currently a student at Northeastern Illinois University,
where she is majoring in Communication, Media and Theatre. She was most
recently seen in the Stage Center Theatre production Proof as Claire,
and in The Three Cuckolds as Franceschina. She is currently working
with ¡Salsation! Theatre Company, and can be seen doing improve
with them from time to time around the city of Chicago. When not at
school or working she likes to geek out over Jane Austen and Harry
Potter. And when she’s not doing that, she’s working on her music,
piano and vocal, even occasional composition. She is excited for the
production and wants to thank the cast, crew and the Director for
making this such a wonderful experience. She would like to send a huge
shout out to all her friends and family for their support and love.
(FBI/Asylum Assistant) For Jeff, this will be his 3rd role at the Stage
Center Theatre. He has also been in two Studio Series plays, the most
recent being The Actor’s Nightmare. Jeff is also a student at NEIU and
hopes to one day graduate with some sort of a degree in a field that
will be of great interest to him. In his free time Jeff likes to play
Wii, Sudoku, and Defcon. He would like to both thank, and dedicate his
performance to almost everyone around him, as well as Life, The
Universe, and Everything.
(FBI/Asylum Assistant) This is Jeffrey’s first play at Northeastern
Illinois University at the Stage Center Theatre. His former credits
include On Golden Pond and Enter a Free Man with Shortbridge Theater
Troupe. He is graduating with a Communication, Media and Theatre degree
in ‘08. He’d also like to thank his entire family and friends.
(Ensemble) has performed in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as
a fairy and understudy to Titania, and as a bar girl and a street tramp
in Oliver Twist. She has starred in an original script A Moment in
Time, as well as playing Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. Bridget is happily
making her debut at the Stage Center Theater in the ensemble for The
(Ensemble) moved to Chicago in June. Since her move she has been in
various shows including Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Birthday Party,
Over the Tavern, The Actor’s Nightmare, and several films. She is happy
to be a part of the The Mineola Twins production.
(Ensemble) is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin Green
Bay’s Theatre Program. Since arriving in Chicago, she has stage managed
The Side Project’s Crave and performed in Support Structure Chicago’s
Tennessee’s Quarter, Lincoln Square Theatre’s Night Caps, and NEIU’s
Stage Center Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing. Terra would like to
thank her family, Chad and Cheryl for supporting her acting endeavors
and you for supporting live theatre.
Pictures by David Ropinski
Profiles (Artistic Staff)
(Director). The last time Ellen O’Keefe
launched a project at the Stage Center Theatre, she staged two one-act
plays in the Spring of `06, Simply Maria or the American Dream and The
Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in the Garden. Now she is very
pleased to make her directorial return with such a talented cast and
crew. She has directed over sixteen productions, most recently, an
original adaptation of Aimee Bender’s The Girl in the Flammable Skirt
for Paleo Productions. She is a founding member of Michael Montenegro’s
mask and puppet ensemble, LAMP, which performed their latest work, The
Sublime Beauty of Hands at the Winterroot Festival. Some of her
favorite directing projects include: original adaptations of Goblin
Market and School for Scandal, The Adding Machine, Biederman and the
Firebugs, Archangels Don’t Play Pinball and a staged reading of her
play, Ubu Planet, with The Woman’s Theatre Alliance. She is a member of
the NEIU faculty and when not building puppets, teaching, or
performing, she likes to relax with her remarkable family, Richard, Eve
and Adrian, who make all things possible.
(Lighting Design, Co-Technical
Director) joined the theatre faculty at Northeastern three years ago
and has been teaching courses in technical theatre as well as working
as a designer on Stage Center Theatre productions. John shares
responsibilities of Technical Director along with Lizz Otto-Cramer.
John most recently designed the set and lighting for Dracula and the
lighting for Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
(Co-Technical Director, Set
Desiger) is pleased to be a new faculty member here at Northeastern.
Lizz earned her Master of Fine Arts at the School of the Arts in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been working professionally
since graduation and has designed and painted in Milwaukee WI, North
Carolina, and Washington D.C. Her credits include Dracula, Fiddler on
the Roof, A Christmas Story, and Cole among others.
(Costume Design) after working on
Dracula in the fall, is delighted to be working with The Stage Center
Theatre again. Her work has been featured by numerous theater groups
including Redmoon Theater, Light Opera Works, Irish Repertory Theatre,
Rivendell, Experimental Theatre and Collaboraction. Prior to coming to
the United States, Jana created elaborate costumes for classical opera
productions at the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava,
Czechoslovakia. She also attended the University of Art in Bratislava,
where her interest in working on period pieces originated. Since moving
to Chicago in 1997 her focus has been to create costumes for theatres.
However, her costume designs have also been featured in fashion photo
shoots and advertising campaigns. When she is not preparing costumes
for theatrical productions, Jana is busy designing and creating unique
haute-couture fashions for individual clients in the United States and
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