David Belew, Artistic Director – David’s professional acting career includes stints with theatres in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. Since moving to Chicago in 1999, David has been a very busy actor and director in the area. His Chicagoland acting credits include George in “Moon Over Buffalo”, Harry Witherspoon in “Lucky Stiff”, Judge Roan in Bailiwick’s much acclaimed production of “Parade”, and numerous productions of “Greater Tuna”. For the past 4 years, David has been one of the directors at Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights, directing productions of “The Foreigner”, “Out of Order”, “The Boys Next Door” and “Nunsense”. Later this season, David will be directing “There’s A Girl in My Soup” and producing “Accomplice” at MPAC. David lives on the Northwest side of Chicago with his adorable little dog Amos and a condo full of Broadway memorabilia.
Michelle Annette – Michelle is grateful to be a part of Eclectic Theatre Company and proud to working side by side with some of Chicago’s most talented artist. Michelle’s selected Chicago credits include: The Women (Circle Theatre), The Boys Next Door (Metropolis Performing Arts), The Boarding House (Citadel Theatre), Nunsense (Saint Sebastian Players), A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester (Jedlicka Performing Arts), Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Village Players OakPark), Company (Village Theatre Guild), as well as other performances around the Chicago area. Michelle is a proud graduate of Bradley University where she received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance and Secondary English Education.
Andy Blaustein – Andy is very excited to join the Eclectic Theatre Company family! Since moving to Chicago in October of 2012 Andy has performed in a variety of shows in Chicago including: El Stories 17: New in Town (The Waltzing Mechanics), Pennywinkle: A Chicago Comedy About Chicago Comedy (The Public House), Laughter on the 23 Floor (Eclectic Theatre Company), Friedrich Schiller Writes: The Robbers (The Runaways), and Measure for Measure (Saint Sebastian Players). Andy also recently finished the Protégé Program with Shattered Globe Theatre which culminated in a devised showcase. Other credits include: The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Company), Up, Up and Away (Williamstown Theatre Festival Dir. Projects) and Terezin: Children of the Holocaust (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Andy has worked as a teaching artist and director at performing arts camp Acting Manitou in Maine, where he directed such shows as One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Birds: A Modern Adaptation. Originally from Massachusetts Andy studied Theater Education with an emphasis on performance at Emerson College in Boston.
Jessica Lauren Fisher – Jessica is a proud company member of the Eclectic theatre company. She has been performing since she was very young having filmed her first commercial at the age of 7. As a child she trained at Eileen Boeverʼs Apple Tree Theatreʼs Performing Arts Workshop. She completed her education at The Theatre School of Depaul at the Barat Campus. She has spent most of her life performing at places such as; Theatre at the Center, Bailiwick Chicago, Stage 773, Chamber Opera Chicago, Illinois Theatre Center, Light Opera Works, and Citadel Theatre. She was also a three year company member with The Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences where she also taught and directed childrenʼs theatre. When not on stage, she is teaching, directing, and choreographing for places such as Citadel Theatre, LoMastro Performing Arts Academy and The Improv Playhouse.
Jeff Irlbeck – Jeff graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts. Not only does he design and build for Eclectic, Jeff also enjoys performing as well. Throughout college he helped design and perform in numerous shows, such as “The Merchant of Venice” with director Tim Hardy from the Royal Shakespeare Company. In Chicago, Jeff has performed alongside Andrew Pond with an educational company called Caton Enterprises, and was recently seen in Bikini Shakespeare’s performance of “The Tempest”, for which he served as both technical director and performer. Jeff feels truly grateful to be a part of this new, up and coming theatre company, and cannot wait to see what the future has in store for all his wonderful colleagues.
Pat Iven – Pat holds a BA in Theatre from The University of Missouri and an MBA from Capella University. Recent credits include set, lights and projection design for last season’s Six Degrees of Separation and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Future credits will include designs for Eclectic’s Unshelved and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
Alyssa Jaksa – Alyssa is thrilled to be part of Eclectic. The product of an artistic household, Alyssa was exposed to many art forms throughout her childhood, and fell in love with theatre in middle school. She has been involved in the technical side of things since she started doing makeup in high school. A smattering of past projects includes Coyote on a Fence, Waiting for Lefty, Bury the Dead, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and of course, Six Degrees of Separation. When not stage managing, you can find Alyssa off running somewhere in training for her next marathon, or perhaps at a record store growing her LP collection.
Kirk Osgood – Kirk is a proud member of Eclectic Theatre Company. He has worked as a professional actor in the city of Chicago since 2007. Some credits include: Quest Theatre, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Provision Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Emerald City Children’s Theatre, Navy Pier Entertainment, and he played Joey in the last cast of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” at Chicago’s Pipers Alley. Kirk has also worked with Tony Award Winning directors Rob Ashford and Robert Falls. Kirk is a graduate of the Second City Detroit and has studied at Black Box Academy, All About Dance Chicago, and Aerial Dance Chicago. Kirk would like to thank his Mom & Dad for their never ending support, and everyone at Eclectic Theatre.
Julie Partyka – Julie is honored to be an Eclectic Theatre Company member. She has worked as an actor in Chicago for over 10 years and has had the good fortune to work for some of Chicagoland’s finest theatres that include Bailiwick Repertory, Stage Left, Timeline, Eclipse, First Folio, and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble among others. Julie is also a founding Collective Member of Bailiwick Chicago. With the arrival of Julie’s second child, she has been focused on raising her two sons with her husband, Peter. She received her MA in theatre from Northwestern and has trained at the Artistic Home, Act One and the Audition Studio. Striving to find the balance between family life and creative life is her new passion.
Andrew J. Pond – Originally from West Allis, WI, Andrew spent seven years in Miami, FL. While there, he studied with the likes of Burt Reynolds, José Quintero, and Charles Nelson Reilly. Since moving to the Chicago area in 2002 (for the weather, seriously) he has been seen in, dare we say, an eclectic collection of roles. Various credits in no particular order: Langley Collyer (Clutter, The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out; MadKap Productions at the Greenhouse Theatre–Midwest Premiere); Arnold Wiggins (The Boys Next Door, Metropolis Performing Arts); Hugh (That Face, Redtwist Theatre); Joel Travis (Fraternal Instinct, Diamante Productions–World Premiere); Richard Willey (Out of Order, Metropolis Performing Arts); Harry Brown (Man From Nebraska, Redtwist Theatre–Non-Equity Jeff Award–Best Production 2011); Arthur Hoyle (Up ʻNʼ Under, Circle Theatre); Thomas Devereaux (Murder In Green Meadows, Citadel Theatre) He has worked extensively as an actor, director, and playwright with several childrenʼs theatres, and is a founding member as well as Chairman of the Board for the Eclectic Theatre Company. Andrew is deeply committed to making Eclectic Theatre a vital part of the life of the community and re-introducing the wonder and joy of theatre as entertainment for the masses. He is also an Elvis impersonator, juggler, magician, balloon artist, plays with puppets, does Muppet voices, performs stand-up comedy, and has a degree in philosophy so he can use words like “epistemology” at parties. (See? ECLECTIC)
Charlie Rasmann – Since moving to Chicago in 2009, Charlie has worked with numerous companies as an actor, stage manager, and production manager, but none of them has made him at home the way Eclectic Theatre has. Some of his previous escapades have been with Remy Bumppo (The Island; Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Night and Day; The Importance of Being Earnest; The Goat or Who is Sylvia?; Changes of Heart), Eclectic Theatre (Take Me Out; All My Sons), The Hamlet Project – Chicago, The Viaduct Theater (Assassins), Bailiwick Chicago (Violet), City Lit (Peyton Place; The Haunting of Hill House; State Street), Collaboraction (Shuffle Off), Genesis Theatrical Productions (The Last Cyclist), JPAC (Spamalot), Hubris Productions (The Underpants; The House of Yes), The Scooty and JoJo Show (Alien Queen: the Concert; Rosemary Clooney’s Baby), and Prologue Theater Company. Up next, Charlie will be in Kokandy’s production of The Full Monty, running at Theater Wit in the Spring. He received his BFA in Musical Theater Performance from Rockford University and lives in Chicago with his beautiful wife, Stephanie, and their cat, Panther.
Lisa Savegnago – Lisa is thrilled and honored to be working with the Eclectic Theatre Company. She recently played Tamara in Eclectic’s inaugural production of Music from a Sparkling Planet. Other favorite roles include: Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Edith Frank) and Out of Order (Pamela) at The Metropolis; No Exit (Estelle) at Albright; Miracle Worker (Mrs. Keller) for Actor Factor Theatre, Don’t Dress for Dinner (Jacqueline) at Steel Beam Theatre; Company (Kathy) at VTG; Closer (Anna) at the Riverfront; ‘night Mother (Jesse); The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine); and Italian American Reconciliation (Janice) at The Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. A special thanks to Sophia and Randy, her muses.
Catherine Tantillo – Catherine is thrilled to join Eclectic Theatre Company. Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in 2005 and moving back to the Chicagoland area, she has worked all over the area as a costume designer, design assistant, dresser and stitcher. She is a company member with Dog & Pony Theatre Company as well as the Resident Costume Designer for Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Catherine spends most of her time as the staff costume design assistant at Chicago Shakespeare Theater where she is also the 2012 recipient of the Hurckes Award for artisans and technicians. Other theatres that Catherine has worked at include the side project theatre, Mortar Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Chicago Opera Theater.
Michael Woods – Michael has worked professionally all over the nation in film, television, and theatre. He has worked with several theaters in the Chicagoland area including Metropolis, Raven, Apollo, RedTwist, CityLit, and Citadel. He has been a part of several improv touring groups and is an active member of the SAFD and SAG.