Chicago

Illinois

STRANGELOOPTHEATRE

What We Do:


Strangeloop Theatre pursues the undiscovered.



Our pursuit is guided by the following:


1. NEW WORK - Producing new or newly adapted work, we ensure that any Strangeloop show will be a unique experience for our audience and ourselves.


2. STORIES OF SCOPE - Focusing on work that is large in scope - whether sweeping tales or stories dealing with large ideas - we present plays of consequence.


3. COLLABORATION - Giving a strong role to each element of production, we emphasize processes that allow more voices to emerge.


4. IMMEDIACY - Using intimate spaces and excellent actors, we bring our audience a visceral understanding of story.




-We produce new work.

-We tell big stories.

-We create through collaboration.

-We take you with us.

Board of Directors:

Letitia Guillaud

Brad Gunter

Courtney Valentine

Who We Are:

Company Members:

GLEN ANDERSON is an Assistant Professor of Technical Theatre and Design at the University of Missouri- Saint Louis. He holds a BS degree in Technical Theatre and Design from Ball State University. He received his MFA from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received the Barbizon Award for design from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2007 for his design of Samuel Becket’s Waiting For Godot. His work has appeared in Light and Sound America, Dance Teacher Magazine, Muse Magazine and the cover of Southern Theatre. Photos of his designs are now included in author and former SNL writer David Misch’s new book on American comedy “What’s So Funny?” He has displayed his work in the World Stage Design exhibition in Toronto, Canada, and has been invited to display his work in the Prague quadrennial design exhibition. He has trained in both American and European theatrical design philosophy, combining them both into his work. His work has appeared on tour and on stages in the United States, United Kingdom and Nigeria.

KEITH GATCHEL comes to us from Rockford, IL by way of Southern Illinois University (with a few stops in Florida). The first shows he ever worked tech on were his church’s choir concerts at 15, then as a member of Young American Theatre, the youth branch of New American Theatre in Rockford, IL. Since coming to Chicago in 2005, Keith has worked tech at The Goodman Theatre, Collaboraction, Teatro Vista, Victory Gardens, Pegasus Players and more. He was also a writer for “Big News” at IO and Second City, contributor to several Loopshop productions, as well as Strangeloop’s Our Perfect Holiday 2012 with the cast (which he also stage managed). Along with being the co-literary manager for Strangeloop, he works at Blue Man Group and is the stage manager for The Kiss Kiss Cabaret.

MICHAEL WAGMAN became a company member of Strangeloop in 2009 and co-literary manager in 2013. Michael found freedom of expression through acting in high school plays and soon found speaking someone else’s words was not enough and began writing his own. Michael left his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida to study playwriting at the Theatre School at DePaul University in 2003. After college Michael rediscovered his joy of performing and since then has been active as a writer, actor and director with such companies as Nothing Without a Company, Chase Park Theatre, Saint Sebastian Players and Captain Smile’s Nursing Home Theatre Company.

Holly Robison has been living and working in Chicago for several years, and she is proud to be a Company Member and Development Manager with Strangeloop Theatre. In addition to acting and directing with Strangeloop, she has worked with Citadel Theatre Company, Greenman Theatre Troupe, Genesis Theatrical Productions and Sheil Park Theatre. She has also studied with TUTA Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. To pay those pesky bills, Holly spends her days working in grants at a non-profit. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Illinois. When not at her job, rehearsals or performances, Holly enjoys several varied and interesting hobbies, including reading and traveling. She wishes she had time for them.

Lisa Uhlig is a stage manager and director. She loves being a part of this theatre family. Since she graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale about 4 years ago, she has been living in and around Chicago and working with as many people as she can. In that time, she has had the pleasure of working with such companies at The Hypocrites, The Gift, Project 891 and Muse of Fire Theatre Company. Nothing compares to live theatre, and Chicago storefront is her heart and soul.

BRAD GUNTER is originally from suburban Westmont, IL and went to Ball State University and Middlebury College with some layovers in different parts of Germany. As a founding member of Strangeloop, Brad wears a lot of hats in the company and typically stays busy during productions as a director, dramaturge or production manager. Outside of theatre, he makes money by doing German-to-English translation, VO recording and comic book retailing. He’s worked with several other theatres in town, but you’re most likely to see him busy at his other theatre company, TUTA, where he is a Company Member and the Grants Manager.

LETITIA GUILLAUD is a founder and Co-Artistic/Development Director for Strangeloop Theatre. Originally from Indiana by way of North Carolina by way of France, Letitia committed to Theatre rather than Chemistry and became a Ball State graduate with a B.A. in Theatre and minors in French and German. Since moving to Chicago she’s worked as an actor, writer, improvisor, director, props mistress and production manager, and she has spearheaded the creation of several derived works for Strangeloop. Letitia is also a resident artist with CIC Theater, where she office manages and performs. She’s been lucky enough to work with Babes with Blades, Seanachai, Red Orchid, CIC, The Annoyance, iO and Bughouse, and improvises with Improvised Jane Austen and Counter-Productive Lover.

JACLYN JENSEN is originally from Sandy, UT and received her BFA in Theatre Performance form the University of Central Missouri. She is primarily an actress, and also enjoys working backstage with costumes and make-up. She came to Chicago in the summer of 2007 and, aside from Strangeloop, some of her credits include productions with James Downing Theatre, Consortium Project, Chicago Park District,

St. Sebastian Players and Shapeshifter’s Theatre. Outside of theatre she likes to travel, watch horror movies and volunteer in support of young women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

Associate Company Members:

Jean E. Burr is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, but moved to Chicago in the midst of the 2013 polar vortex. Although always in pursuit of theatrical endeavors, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a major in Film Studies and a minor in Japanese. She is an actress, singer and dancer, but she also enjoys costuming and set design/construction. You can find her under the alias Harley Darling, performing with burlesque companies like Gorilla Tango, Vaudezilla! and Plan 9. When not performing or solving problems at her muggle job (customer service), Jean loves superheroes, her cat, mozzarella sticks and trying to live every day like she’s Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road.

Justin Fill is extremely excited to be a part of Strangeloop Theatre. Justin studied acting and digital storytelling at Ball State University, and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Chicago credits include Theatre-Hikes and Forget Me Not Theatre. Justin’s focuses are theatrical violence, music and integrating and interpreting technology into stage and film. When not immersed in the world of Theatre, Justin is part of the pet-care industry, a courier and yogi in training. If you have time for an epic story, ask him about his WVO-powered RV.

Miona Lee is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Missouri State University. While in Springfield, Missouri, she worked with The Skinny Improv, Vandivort Theater, the Springfield Shakespeare Festival and Springfield Children’s Playhouse. While in Chicago, she has worked with Geopolis Theater, National Pastime Theater, and has been performing and writing for The Living Canvas for several seasons. In addition to acting, she toured the United States with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and performed with National Avenue and The Pride of Missouri State Winterguards.

MARIA BURNHAM is an actress, writer, sometimes stage manager, full-time theater monkey and all around jack-of-all-trades. Storefront theater, ho! She studied creative writing and theater at Louisiana State University and has worked in Chicago with such companies as Appetite Theatre Co., Stockyards Theatre Project, New Millennium Theatre Co. and Red Theater. Maria is thrilled to be a member of Strangeloop after working with the company for the past two years. She loves pursuing the undiscovered, though mostly she’s just in it for the chicken.

Tim Lee is an actor who originally comes from Springfield, MO. He stayed in his hometown to attend Evangel University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. After college, he travelled, performed, and brought the funny across with country with The Skinny Improv. He has been living and performing in Chicago for the past several years, and has had the pleasure of performing with companies like Prologue Theatre, Living Canvas, and Bootstraps Theatre. He is very excited to be a part of Strangeloop Theatre. While his first love is being on the stage, he loves being in the shop, building and painting from scratch.

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Allison McCorkle is an actor who also really enjoys seeing theatre, dancing Bollywood and getting caught up in the latest story or classic that she missed as a child. A performer since the age of 8, she studied theatre at Texas Wesleyan University and stuck around the Fort Worth/Dallas theatre scene for awhile. Then the allure of public transit and beautiful weather beckoned her to Chicago, where her credits include Piccolo Theatre, Black Ensemble Theatre, Halcyon, Chicago dell’Arte, Polarity, Red Tape and GreatWorks Theatre. Allison was thrilled to work on The Robbers, Loopshop and Nutcracker Nightmare with Strangelop and looks forward to the next great adventure!

During the day, she is an administrative assistant for a meat marketing company. That’s right, that’s what it says.

John Morrison has worked as a director in Chicago for close to ten years. He is a proud member of the Bruised Orange Theater Company. With Strangeloop, he has assisted on Thinking Caps and directed “Spake” in Loopshop 2014. Favorite directing credits include Shuttle to Home, Autumn Leaves, Wyrd Sisters, The Bugaboo Room, Daddy Long Legs, Determination, The Nebraska Project, Geeks Vs. Zombies and Heft.


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Patricia Tinsley holds a BFA in performing arts from Rockford University, an MA in speech from Northeastern Illinois University and serves as co-artistic director of the Rebekah Theatre Project. Favorite Chicago-area acting credits include The Gin Game (Bowen Park Theatre and Rebekah Theatre Project), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lightninghead), The Shadow Box (Rebekah Theatre Project), The Tempest (Theatre-Hikes and Performing Arts at Oakton), The Sandbox (InnateVolution), the web series Ped Crossing and the happiest acting job in the world: playing Mrs. Claus at Navy Pier! Her directing credits include work with the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago, Stockyards Theatre Project and NUFAN. She has greatly enjoyed performing with Strangeloop over the past few years and is excited to begin her journey as an associate.

Paul Tinsley has been doing theatre since 1963 and has amassed a long list of acting credits with such theatres as Remy Bumppo, Organic Theater Company, Piven Theatre Workshop, Theatre-Hikes and Strawdog Theatre Company. For Strangeloop, Paul has performed in Living Quarters, The Maid of Orleans, R.U.R. and several Loopshops. A prolific director and writer, Paul was delighted to have his short play, Here’s My Card, performed as part of Loopshop 2015. On the small screen, you can see Paul in the pilot episode of the comedy series Family Values, now available on Amazon Studios. Paul is looking forward to joining Strangeloop as an associate and continuing his role of co-artistic director for the Rebekah Theatre Project.