A SELECTION OF SOME OF MY FAVORITE DIRECTING PROJECTS

Collage of a Dystopian Midwest by Chris Vanderark.

A queer, sci-fi dark comedy about the relationships between humans and artificial intelligence now and in the future. A World Premiere production.

Sensitive and whimsical and inventive and unlike anything being produced this season...This cast! This direction! This design!

Olivia Lilley, Artistic Director, Prop Thtr

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Above: Nathaniel Andrew. Photo: Indie Grant Productions  Below: Alexander Utz, Lizzy Sulkowski. Photo: Indie Grant Productions

Above: Nathaniel Andrew. Photo: Indie Grant Productions

Below: Alexander Utz, Lizzy Sulkowski. Photo: Indie Grant Productions

Alexander Utz, Lizzy Sulkowski, Elliott Sowards. Photo: Indie Grant Productions

Alexander Utz, Lizzy Sulkowski, Elliott Sowards. Photo: Indie Grant Productions

frankenstein by alexander utz

A new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, an ensemble piece featuring a female-identifying monster. A World Premiere production.

solo shows:

sure thing by kris lantzy

A sketch solo show on relationships, commitment, and peanut butter. Performed at NYC Sketchfest, Judy’s Beat Lounge, Chicago Sketchfest. A World Premiere production.

avenge our blood by david finney

Received nomination for Best Direction from Broadway world

A historically-based solo show following an Armenian family’s escape during the Armenian Genocide. A World Premiere production.

I come from hoarders BY CARLY JO GEER

An autobiographical, storytelling piece about growing up as a hoarder. A World Premiere production.

Performed at Filet of Solo, MMPACT Summer Solo Jam, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest.

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Above: Nicole Nola, Andrew Ganem Photo: Nova Arts

Above: Nicole Nola, Andrew Ganem Photo: Nova Arts

Catherine Didillian

Catherine Didillian

Above and Right: Kris Lantzy

Above and Right: Kris Lantzy

mavis by chris vanderark

An intimate, site-specific dark comedy performed in a living room. A World Premiere production.

Above and Right: Bryan Breau, Elaine Bell, Nicole Nola. Below: Claire Mahave. Photos: Julian Thomas

Above and Right: Bryan Breau, Elaine Bell, Nicole Nola. Below: Claire Mahave. Photos: Julian Thomas

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fish eye by Lucas kavner

As it jumps back and forth in time, we see four 20 somethings navigate relationships and life decisions.

creature by heidi schreck

A historically based drama about a Margery Kempe who after a vision of Christ wants to be a saint.

el stories:new in town

A late night show created from real stories about people’s experiences with the CTA when they were new to town.

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In a space so small you could hear a pin drop, there’s no room for error in any of these actors’ performances. Thanks to Willett’s capable, nuanced direction and vanDer Ark’s ear for the ebb and flow of contemporary speech, there’s no need to worry, as Breau, Mahave, Bell, and Nola all turn in exceptionally fine-tuned performances.
— Brent Ervin-Eickhoff, Picture This Post
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Cory Hardin. Photo: Austin Oie

Cory Hardin. Photo: Austin Oie

Addison Heimann and Katherine Lamb. Photo: Tom McGraff

Addison Heimann and Katherine Lamb. Photo: Tom McGraff

Alison Sweat, Jerico Bleu, Keith Surney, Leigh Yenrick, Andy Blaustein, Eliza Helm, David Kaplinsky, Sarah Gise, Akua Sarhane.

Alison Sweat, Jerico Bleu, Keith Surney, Leigh Yenrick, Andy Blaustein, Eliza Helm, David Kaplinsky, Sarah Gise, Akua Sarhane.