Lin Bo is excited to be acting in his first Shakespearean drama as part of the Eclectic Theater Company, after performing as the titular cat in the independent musical Hello, Piper. A graduate from the Second City Chicago improv and acting programs, where he performed in many improv and sketch comedy shows, Lin has an art degree from Dartmouth. When he is not painting in his studio, you can find him doing stand-up at open mics.
Julian Diaz was most recently seen as Silvius in CenterStage Lake Forest's As You Like It. Selected Southern California credits include: Sherlock Holmes and...The Great Nome Gold Rush, King O' The Moon (North Coast Rep), Noises Off! (The Welk Resort Theatre), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Torrance Theatre Company), Big Love (The Complex Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare by the Sea). TV: Days of Our Lives. Commercial: Rock the Vote's #CareLikeCrazy campaign. Julian has studied extensively at the world-renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio. Check out www.julianrdiaz.com for more.
Nick Dorado is delighted to return to Eclectic! Recent productions include: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (Redtwist Theater), PINK ORCHIDS (Pride Films & Plays), AS YOU LIKE IT (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre). He is represented by BNB Talent. Nick thanks his parents for instilling in him a love of theater. And thanks YOU for supporting live theater in Chicago!
Meg Elliott is originally from Schoharie, New York. Recent Chicago stage credits include Cursed (Birch House Immersive); A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); Lecherous Honey and Voyage (Cock and Bull where she is a proud company member); Christina the Girl King (Cor Theatre); Top Girls and The Merry Wives of Windsor (both with Arc Theatre); Request Concert (The Side Project) and The Unfortunates (standby, Solotheatre Chicago). You may have seen her in the short film Quiver, or the web series Other People's Children. Or you may have heard her in The Onion's podcast A Very Fatal Murder. For the curious there is more at megelliott.com. Meg is represented by BMG talent.
Cydia Flowers is an actress, director, and producer from Chicago, Illinois. As a child, she studied musical theater, various forms of dance, and began performing for a traveling tour with PBS kids. Throughout high school, she continued to mold her stage presence by playing an array of challenging roles requiring her knowledge of character. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Film and Psychology from Howard University and furthered her postgraduate education at the Yale University Conservatory for Actors, where she explored deeper techniques in acting, voice, improvisation, movement, and dramaturgy whilst studying the roles of Edna in Waiting for Lefty and ‘Chelle in Detroit ’67. She acclimated herself back to the Chicago theater scene by studying improvisation and on-camera technique at Second City, leading her to her first performance produced by Black Lives, Black Words and The Goodman Theatre as a lead role of Sandra 1 in Mojisola Adebayo’s The Interrogation of Sandra Bland during the I Am... Fest (May 2019). Throughout the rest of the summer, she has participated in a other pieces involving quick turnarounds of of dynamic, candid characters, inclusive of a role during Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s 24hr festival. Juxtaposed to her work on the stage, she also explores other disciplines inclusive of producing, writing, and directing for film, 2-D design, and psychology. Cydia’s longterm career goal is to produce stories that aid the psychosocial development of people with marginalized identities by validating their experience on the stage and screen.
Rae Hamilton-Vargo is a nonbinary actor originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They hold a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University, where they also studied French and Japanese. Some of their favorite recent Chicago credits include Present Helvetica in Helvetica with Death & Pretzels and Henry/Ulrich in Münstperspiel with The Plagiarists. You can look for them on-screen in the webseries The Life of Harold and the short film Eat Rich. Rae has also been known to write poetry occasionally and, even more rarely, read it out loud for people, and is a proud co-organizer of the irregularly-scheduled development-focused variety show Art Nite.
Karly Hanna is thrilled to be back onstage with Shakespeare after working as the production manager for New Place Theatre's Macbeth this summer. A theatre artist with many areas of interest, her recent acting credits include: Quarters for a Dryer and Werewolf (workshops, Unheard Of Company), Three Sisters (New Place Theatre), NPCs (Paragon Festival, Otherworld Theatre), ILY (Unheard Of Company), and As You Like It (First Folio Theatre). She thanks this cast and crew, her mom, her dad, Jon, her glorious friendos, and of course her grandmother.
Cody Jolly is an actor, director, and photographer, originally from Atlanta, GA. Chicago: It's Only a Play (PF&P), Shockheaded Peter (Black Button Eyes), Blood Brothers (Theo Ubique), Wendigo (Writer/Director) and All in the Timing (Stage 773/rediscover theatre). Regional: Festival 56, The Great American Melodrama, and Timber Lake Playhouse. BFA, Webster Conservatory.
Jean Marie Koon - This is Jean Marie’s second appearance in an EFCTC production, having previously played Mrs. Coade in Dear Brutus. Yay! Most recently she appeared in Bechdel Fest for Broken Nose Theatre in a play written by her husband Robert Koon. She has also performed with Babes With Blades, Idle Muse Theatre, and Pride Films and Plays. She has understudied for Interrobang Theatre, Erasing The Distance, Piven Theatre Workshop, Eclipse, The Gift, Theater Wit, Steep, and Jackalope theatres. Thanks to Rob for his loving support and Molly for her inspiration.
Jolie LeBell- It has been a decade since Jolie first encountered RICHARD III, and she couldn't be gladder to challenge that bunch-backed toad, again. Additional credits include Louise in PLAY ON! and Mollie Malloy in THE FRONT PAGE (Oil Lamp Theater); Marissa Lichwick’s workshop of (un)DOCUMENTED; Crystal in ANXIETY DEMONSTRTIONS at the Chicago Fringe; Mercutio in Bard & Bourbon’s production of ROMEO & JULIET; and Harriet/Isabel from HYPERREALITY SHOW. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Jolie holds a degree in Chinese and a certificate in Gender & Women Studies from UW-Madison. Love to my fan club, Mom, Dad, and Hal, for your unwavering support.
Kathryn Miller is so incredibly excited to be apart of this amazing production. A Texas transplant, she graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance and Production from Texas State University, before making the move to pursue theater in the Windy City. Past Chicago credits include: An Enemy of the People (Goodman Theater), The Trojan Woman (Piven Theater), We Don't Play Fight (Greenhouse Theater Center), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Saint Sebastian Players). Huge thanks to this fantastic cast and production team for all their hard work and talent, and all the love and thanks to my parents and friends, who's love and support mean the world to me.
Tina-Kim Nguyen is thrilled to be working with EFCT for the first time! She is currently a student at Columbia College Chicago, finishing her final semester as an Acting BA with a Directing minor, as well as being extremely involved in the stage combat program. Previous credits include Moby Dick the Musical (Cuckoo’s Theater), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and The Conference of the Birds (Columbia College). Coming up is directorial and dramaturgical work for the Columbia theatre department. www.tinakimnguyen.com
Andrew J. Pond is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, where he most recently appeared as Limping Man in Fuddy Meers. He has worked with MadKap Productions, Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Redtwist, and Greenhouse, among others. He has worked extensively as an actor, director, and playwright with several children’s theatres, is an Elvis impersonator, juggler, magician, balloon artist, plays with puppets, does Muppet voices, performs stand-up comedy, teaches drama and stage combat classes, and has a degree in philosophy so he can use words like “epistemology” at parties. Thanks to Jessica, his partner in all things.
Alma Salgado is a Photojournalism major and Acting minor at Columbia College Chicago. She received an Associate of Arts degree from the College of Lake County this spring. Alma has recently performed in Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s 24 Hour Theatre Festival and a stage reading of ‘Carole White and the Seven Deadly Sins’ for the Chicago Writers’ Bloc series. Other performances include ‘Oedipus Rex’ as a Theban soldier/ chorus member, Faerie/Moth in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, and Rose Maurrant in ‘Street Scene’.
Matthew Schufreider is excited to make his Eclectic debut! He thanks everyone for a wonderful experience. Previous credits include Aces and Eights (BYOT Productions), The Front Page (Oil Lamp Theatre) and Eurydice (Jedlicka Performing Arts). He is also the host of the podcast Are Your Parents Proud of You? This is his first Shakespeare play so he apologizes for his performance in advance.
Julian Serna is thrilled to once again work with Eclectic! He has received his B.A. in Theatre Studies with an Emphasis in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Previous shows include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, As You Like It, and Dear Brutus. Other Chicago credits include May Day! (Rhinofest), Stories of the Body (Theatre Y- Stage Manager) and Soccer Player in the Closet (Nothing Without A Company).
Elise Soeder is excited to be working with the lovely people at Eclectic Full Contact Theatre a second time following her performance in The Secret of the Biological Clock in the spring. She is an alumna of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a founding member of Theatre Evolve. Chicago credits include A Klingon Christmas Carol (EDGE of Orion), Twelfth Night (Theatre Evolve), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Reutan Collective). You can also look for her in the upcoming webseries, Like What You Like!
Gayle Starr is delighted to be joining Electric Full Contact Theater for her first Shakespeare production since college. She holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from NorthWestern University, An MFA In Theater for Youth from UT Austin and a MSW from Jane Adams School of Social Work at UIC. She currently works as a CPS social worker by day and runs the Youth theater program at Devonshire cultural Center in Skokie by night. Favorite roles include: Olive female Odd Couple, Hattie in Follies, and mother Abbess in Sound of Music. Thank you Evans Dora and Jo for you love and support!
Natividad Uehara (Director)
Natividad Uehara is happy to be given opportunities to explore her passion time and time again. Since earning her BA in theatre at Alma College in 2011, Nati has directed plays for several companies all over the Midwest as well as the East Coast including Tipping Point Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, The New Theater Project, BoxFest Detroit, One Year Lease Theatre Company, Creede Repertory Theater, and Cleveland Public Theatre.
Currently she serves as the Executive Director for The (Beat) Theatre Collective.
She would like to attempt to properly thank all her fellow artists for bringing this concept to life-- the novela just wouldn't be the same with out them.
She also wants to humbly brag about all the wonderful humans who supported her through out the process from co workers, to friends, to loves and most of all--Ken for taking on 99% of the house hold and parenting needs so that she could pursue Ricky 3 Stix.
She dedicates this work to the greatest little toddler out there, Raiden Lee. She hopes some day he'll look back at all her art and think his mama was a really cool human being. Love you my little god of thunder and lightning.
Katherine Siegel (Producer/Intimacy Design)
Lori Eyre (Production Manager)
Lori Eyre, having spent the last ten years as an enthusiastic stage mother, is excited to lend her support to Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Using skills she honed getting her Masters in Creative Writing at SUNY-Brockport, she has written several monologues for her actor son to perform in various venues. More recently, she has studied sketch writing at Laugh Out Loud Theater and Second City. After decades without publicly presenting her work, she participated in Sidesplitter’s story-telling event presented by Laugh Out Loud Theater. An avid theatre-goer, she is eager to champion Eclectic’s mission to produce fascinating, sometimes challenging, always entertaining works.
Daniel Washelesky (Assistant Director)
Daniel Washelesky is a director, dramaturg, and playwright. Born and raised in Chicago, he completed his M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His first play, Bird’s Nest, had its world premiere at First Run Theatre. After graduating, Daniel returned to Chicago, where he became Managing Director of The Passage Theatre and began freelancing as a director and dramaturg. He has worked extensively with Steppenwolf Theatre, where he assistant directed The Children, provided dramaturgical support for The Rembrandt and The Doppelgänger (an international farce), script supervised workshops of La Ruta and Lindiwe, and evaluates scripts for programming consideration.
Kaeley Osterman (Stage Manager/Costume Design)
Kaeley Osterman is an actor, costumer, and now SM from the Chicago area. She has been seen in Rocket City, Alabam’, and has costume designed Proof and assisted on several other shows at the Skokie Theatre with MadKap Productions. She has a BA from Huntington University She is thrilled to be working with EFCT with this show! She’d like to thank everyone at Eclectic for being so amazingly supportive, as well as her family, her friends, and her God for their continuous love.
Jessica Lauren Fisher (Casting/Props Design)
Jessica Lauren Fisher is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. She was last seen with Eclectic as Joanna Trout in their production of Dear Brutus. She has performed with Black Button Eyes Productions, Three Crows Theatre, Music Theatre Works and Chamber Opera Chicago playing everything from mice to men. Favorite roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Sarah Daniels in Spinning into Butter. She has been a teaching artist for over 10 years and has worked as a choreographer, director, properties master and production manager. She is ever grateful to her family and her partner in everything Andrew. LVYA Mom!
Rachel Lake (Lighting Design)
Rachel Lake is excited to be returning to Eclectic Full Contact Theatre! She is a company member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre (EFCT), the Master Electrician at Lookingglass Theatre Company, and a graduate of West Virginia University. Other Design works include: Dear Brutus (EFCT); L’imitation of Life (Hell in a Handbag); As You Like it (EFCT); Our Country’s Good (Three Crows Theatre); Yasmina’s Necklace (Goodman Theatre (Asst. Lighting Designer)); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (EFCT); Gideon’s Knot (EFCT); Lady X: The Musical (Hell in a Handbag); Deep in the Heart of Tuna (New American Folk Theater).
Tyler Miles is a pianist, music director and composer/lyricist with a passion for new musical theatre. Music Director credits include: We The People, As You Like It (for which he also composed 40 minutes of original music), Spring Awakening and The Book of Merman. Currently, he is working on original music for Who Killed Joan Crawford with Glitterati Productions and writing the music and lyrics for an original musical with Honey West. Tyler is a graduate of NEIU, where he studied piano performance under Susan Tang, Kay Kim and Daniel Pesca. When he is not working in theatre, Tyler runs a small piano studio where he enjoys teaching piano, theory and composition.
Michael Woods (Fight Choreography)
Michael Woods is a Chicago-based actor and has appeared in numerous film, TV and theatrical productions across the nation. He has starred in the docu-drama series IN AN INSTANT on ABC and performed reoccurring roles on CHICAGO PD (NBC) and EMPIRE (FOX). Michael has also appeared Showtime's SHAMELESS and the Blumhouse film SINISTER 2. A graduate of Chicago's Second City Conservatory, Michael performed at the RedTwist, Raven, CityLit, TimeLine, Lifeline, and Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. He is a founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre and his performance in their production of THE SEAGULL earned him a nomination for a Jeff Award. He won the Jeff Award for Best Actor for the title role in CYRANO with BoHo Theater in 2018. He is currently filming his reoccurring guest star role in the upcoming Amazon TV series: UTOPIA.