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 “Boeing Boeing” at MPAC. David lives on the Northwest side of Chicago with his adorable little dog Yakko 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.
Laura Carney – is Eclectic’s company painter, having last been on stage during school in Pittsburgh. Since her transplant over a year ago, she has been enjoying her new path as a scenic artist. Recent credits include Don Chipotle (terraNOVA), Moon Over Buffalo and Spinning into Butter (Eclectic), Clybourne Park (Harper College), among many others.
Jessica Lauren Fisher – is a Chicago based actress and founding member of Eclectic Full Contact Theatre. Notable performances with Eclectic include this summer’s production of Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn and Sarah Daniels in Spinning into Butter. She has performed throughout the Chicago and Indiana area in theatre, musicals, and opera playing everything from mice to men. Favorite roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, and Joan in Murder in Green Meadows. When not on stage, Jessica can be found choreographing and directing children at The Academy of Citadel Theatre and The Metroplis Peforming Arts Center. She is so grateful to her friends and family for always support
ing her. And of course, to Andrew her partner in everything.
Katie Hunter – Katie Hunter is a writer, actress, and comedian who hails from Kansas City and pays rent in Chicago. Katie is the author of www.SelfStory.com (International Thespian Society Playworks Award, Young Playwrights Inc Write-A-Play Award). Other works include Innov (UChicago New Work Week), In-Brain (UChicago New Work Week), Going Up (ATC), LBVS (ATC, Chicago Prime Festival), and Foreign Exchange. Katie‘s plays have been performed off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, published in Dramatics magazine, produced throughout the US and once in Morocco! Katie wrote for the American Theatre Company’s BRIDGE project for two years, crafting plays based on the lives of Chicago high school students, and is the creator of the web series RideShare, debuting it’s second season this March. Katie is an alumna of The Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Roundtable, a graduate of the University of Chicago, and a proud member of the 25th generation of Off Off Campus. More at www.katie-hunter.com
Kelly Levander – must be very sneaky as she has snuck her way into this talented group of people at Eclectic. Selected Chicago credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Muse of Fire), Silent Sky (Three Crows), Jake’s Women (Spartan Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (Provision Theatre), Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and I Ought to Be In Pictures(Emergent Theatre). Prior to setting down roots in Evanston, Kelly had the opportunity to perform with many regional theaters across the country including Virginia Stage Company, The New York Fringe, Theater of the American South and the A. D. Players. You can find out about more of her upcoming projects by going to kellylevander.weebly.com.
Carleigh Obrochta – is thrilled to be Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s resident stage manager! She graduated from Elmhurst College in 2014 with a BFA in theatre, and got started almost right away working with Eclectic! She started both her professional theatre career and her Eclectic career with Take Me Out, and has been working with them ever since! When not working with Eclectic, she can also be seen working with Refuge Theatre Project where she is also a company member. Selected Credits include Next Thing You Know (Refuge Theatre Project), Moon Over Buffalo (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), Glory Days (Refuge Theatre Project), and Make Me a Song (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre).
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 Actor’s Gymnasium. Kirk would like to thank his coaches Stef Tovar and Matthew Ellenwood. As always, this is for Mom & Dad.
Julie Partyka – is honored to be an Eclectic Full Contact 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 which include Bailiwick Repertory, Stage Left, Timeline, Eclipse, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and Oil Lamp Theater, among others. Julie is also a founding Collective Member of Bailiwick Chicago. She received her MA in theatre from Northwestern and has trained at the Artistic Home, Act One and the Audition Studio. As a company member, she has appeared in Six Degrees of Separationin as Ouisa and Kate Keller in All My Sons. Along with her creative life, Julie and her husband Peter are raising their two sons.
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)
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.
Katherine Siegel is a Chicago based director, writer, and performer. A graduate of the University of Miami, she is the co-founder and artistic director of Lost Girls Theatre based in Miami, FL. Katherine’s credits include productions for Lost Girls Theatre, Pride Films and Plays, American Demigods, MCL Chicago, Glitterati Productions, and Eclectic Theatre. Past shows include Juliet Among the Changelings, The Shape of Things, An Evening of Comedy Without James Franco, Quest for the Perfect Woman, Heavenly Evening, and Don’t Blink: A Doctor Who Burlesque. Katherine is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and a regular contributor to Paste Magazine where she reviews Aquarius, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Supergirl. To learn more visit www.KatherineSiegel.com.
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.