Ensemble

  • Ellen Cribbs

    Ellen Cribbs is an award-winning actress and published playwright who is thrilled to be working with Imagination Theatre. She earned her Acting BFA from Ithaca College and completed a graduate acting course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England.  Ellen spent a year long internship at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. where she taught children’s acting workshops and residencies focusing on the works of Shakespeare. She moved to Chicago in 2010 and became the Head of Education for the Shakespeare All-Stars, which brings the plays of the bard to audiences of all ages. Ellen has worked with many Chicago area theaters, including the Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Citadel Theatre, MadKap Productions, and First Folio Theatre.

  • Nate Curlott

    Nate hails from the great state of Iowa, but is slowly and surely making his home in the Windy City. Recent credits include Joey in Friends: The One Where They Sing (MCL Chicago); Nate in Completely Hollywood (Abridged) (The Old Creamery), and Michael/Mark in The Bull, The Moon, and The Coronet of Stars (Bloomington Playwrights Project). A huge thank you goes out to the staff and ensemble members of Imagination Theater for welcoming me to their incredible cause with open arms, to the family and friends that have supported him through the years, and to the man upstairs for the talents and opportunity.

  • Chelsea Dàvid

    Chelsea Dàvid is thrilled to be working with Imagination Theater this season! A native of Louisiana, Chelsea has pursued acting in Chicago since 2012. Previous Chicago credits include Macbeth (The Arc Theatre), The Emperor’s New Clothes (Windy City Players), Collaboraction’s Final Sketchbook Festival (2016), and Michael Glover Smith’s 2015 indie film COOL APOCALYPSE. She has studied improvisation at iO and can be seen performing with her independant team Sad Luchador.

  • Frank Gasparro

    Frank is thrilled to be joining Imagination Theatre. A Utah native converted to Chicago lover, he has recently been in shows such as Turn That Thing Around (Jason), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander), and The Coat Check (Kaleb/Poet) here in Chicago, Heart of the West (Frank) and Who Shot Juanito Bandito? (Bo Garrett) at The Lake Powell Playhouse in Arizona, as well as Fuddy Meers (Millet), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio), and Rabbit Hole (Jason) in Southern Utah.  He has also been a part of the improv comedy troupe “Off the Cuff” based in Cedar City, Utah, where much of his improv and comedy training began.  He would like to credit his mentors and friends at OTC for teaching him his “Yes, And…” lifestyle, as well as his family and friends for their constant support. 

  • Jordan Harris

    Jordan is thrilled to be returning to the Imagination Theater Ensemble this season! Originally from Evanston, IL, he holds a degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan.  After graduating, Jordan was selected as a Young Artist with Toledo Opera, where he performed in their Opera Chorus for Faust and portrayed Nanki Pooh in their touring cast of The Mikado. In 2012, he was given the exciting opportunity to perform for Stephen Sondheim at a gala dinner in his honor. Since returning to Chicago, favorite credits include Tom Collins in RENT at Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Mitch Mahoney in Spelling Bee. When not performing, Jordan can be found teaching voice at his former school, Evanston Township High School.

  • Jake Jones

    Jake is originally from Columbus, Ohio and lives and performs in Chicago. He has appeared in all types of shows ranging from Shakespeare to Children’s Theater to Klingon language theater. He has worked with many companies in the area, including Artists’ Ensemble, Stone Soup Shakespeare, Oak Park Festival Theater, City Lit, Suitcase Shakespeare, Chase Park, Commedia Beauregard, Greatworks and Alphabet Soup, as well as the Shakespeare Theater of NJ and CATCO (Ohio). When not performing, Jake occasionally teaches acting, auditioning and improv for children. He can often be found at Navy Pier performing as an interactive character or an emcee. Jake received his BFA in Acting from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (CCM).

  • Kanomé Jones

    Kanomé Jones is excited to begin her third year as an ensemble member and facilitator of Imagination Theater.  She loves the work that Imagination Theater does and, outside of this amazing company, wears many artistic hats in Chicago. Recent directing work includes the staged reading of Kingdom (Broken Nose Theater) and a 10 minute play in arciTEXT. Past performances include Twelfth Night (Midsommer Flight), The Firestorm (Stage Left Theatre), and Titus Andronicus (Babes with Blades Theatre Company). Kanomé is the Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director of Waltzing Mechanics and the Associate Producer of Midsommer Flight. Before coming to Chicago, she completed the acting apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was seen in the 2012 Humana Festival premiere of Oh! Gastronomy. During the daylight hours, Kanomé lives in the fitness world as a NASM-certified personal trainer, working at Spindle Fitness. She is a proud graduate of Missouri State University and holds a BFA in Acting.

  • Phillip Lindsey

    Philip Lindsey was born in Rome, Italy and grew up in Turkey, Egypt, Senegal, and South Africa. Philip is an alumni of UCSB and moved to Chicago in 2014.  He can be spotted at the Annoyance Theatre, the Public House Theatre, Greenhouse Theater Center, Theater Wit, and Second City. A special thank you to Andrew Gallant for his mentor-ship and Helen and Robert for their good humor and loving support. In bocca al lupo!

  • Dimokratia Michalopoulos

    Dimokratia has been working with Imagination Theater since 2012 and is excited to continue educating audiences through theater. Dimokratia graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelors in Musical Theater Performance. Since then she has worked with several companies like Underscore Theater, JPAC, Stage 773, Davenports Piano Bar and Cabaret, and Greatworks Theater. Other than working in theater and education, Dimokratia is also a vocalist and sings in a few bands including Momentum Talent Group, in Greektown, and in her own band Dimokrat & the Republicans. She feels very lucky to wake up every day and get to do what she loves.

  • Jose Nateras

    Jose Nateras is a Chicago based Actor & Writer. Recent credits include: Othello(u/s*), Since I Suppose (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), My Soul’s Shadow (Manual Cinema), Balm in Gilead(u/s Griffin Theatre),Romeo & Juliet (with Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival as well as Teatro Vista), Hit the Wall (The Inconvenience); among others. He’s toured with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (Hamlet, Twelfth Night) and appeared on NBC’s Chicago Fire, as well as in spots for Onion Labs. He’s trained at Second City, The British American Drama Academy (Midsummer at Oxford ’09), and is a graduate of  Loyola University Chicago. As a playwright, his work has been performed in various Staged Readings, New Works Festivals, in L.U.C.’s Studio Theatre, and as a part of The Arc Theatre’s “arciText Festivals” in 2015 and 2016. He’s a resident playwright with ALTA Chicago’s ‘El Semillero’ (residing at Victory Gardens) and he’ll be pursuing his MFA in Writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as of Fall 2016.

  • Bruce Phillps

    Bruce is an actor and improviser in Chicago. He has performed at various venues in Washington, DC and Chicago including the Washington Shakespeare Company, The Annoyance Theater, iO, Second City (Donny’s Skybox), and the Greenhouse Theater. He has a BA in Drama and Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America in DC, and completed his student teaching at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts. Past credits include Florizel in Everything Freezes with Sideshow Theatre Company, C.D. Nichols in Males Order Brides with Quest Ensemble, and Wilbur in the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray aboard the largest cruise ship in the world – The Oasis of the Seas, with Royal Caribbean International. Bruce is a Jeff Award winner for Artistic Specialization for his work designing robots for Heddatron at the Steppenwolf Garage Rep in 2011.

  • Kayla Pulley

    Kayla Pulley is ecstatic to be working with Imagination Theatre! Originally from ST. Louis, she moved to Chicago, to study Theatre at Columbia College Chicago. After receiving her B.A. in theatre, she explored the Chicago comedy circuit. Kayla has performed stand-up, sketch comedy, and improv at various venues across the city. This coming year she well be returning to theatre as “Hattie” in the Raven Theatre’s production of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends. Kayla is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work for a company that does so much good work for the benefit of man-kind, and future generations. 

  • Cassandra Quinn
    Cassandra Quinn is originally from Indiana and graduated from Huntington University in May 2009 with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Sociology. She then spent a year as an Actor and Educator with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and CLIMB theatre in Minnesota. After finishing her contracts in MN she moved to Chicago in November 2010 to continue pursuing her career in theatre. She has recently continued her acting training at Black Box Studio. Some of her other professional credits include Butterflies are Free and Wise Women at Red Barn Summer Theatre, Lift and Separate at Theatre Wit, and Space Wars: the Panto! at Piccolo Theatre.
  • Shelby Quinn

    Shelby is a proud sophomore ensemble member of Imagination Theater. She is one-half of the sketch duo ‘Jim & Melissa,’ who write, perform, tour and record original satire. Shelby improvises and performs regularly at The Second City Training Center, iO, Stage 773 – where she has been an actor in the Artists’ Lab, and Under the Gun – where she is an ensemble member.

  • Merrick Robison
    A native of Cedar Rapids, IA, Merrick graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.A. in Music. After moving to Chicago Merrick quickly garnered a number of credits as an actor, singer, musician, and acting coach.  Chicago credits include roles with Theatre at the Center, Metropolis Performing Arts Center and NBC’s Chicago Fire.  Favorite roles include Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Say hello at MerrickRobison.com
  • Caitlin Shantz
    Caitlin is a Chicago actor who is excited to be a new ensemble member with Imagination Theater. She is a Napa Valley, CA native who moved to Chicago after graduating from Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2015. Caitlin is a world traveler, plays violin, trains in MMA, and is completely enthralled with the art of acting. Some of her recent acting credits include Estelle in “No Exit” (Truck Truck Theaters), Honey in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (Bay Area Stage), Jenny in “Company” (PCPA Rep), Witch in “Macbeth” (PCPA Rep), and more. You can also see her try out stand up at open mics throughout Chicago.
  • Sean Sullivan
    Sean Sullivan is thrilled to be working with Imagination Theater. An actor and writer originally from Rhode Island, Sean is in his second year with the company and has worked as a youth drama teacher in Providence, Boston, and Chicago. He performs with the CSz Theater in Chicago and Laugh Out Loud Theater, creates musical with the award-winning “Baby Wants Candy” and has performed with the Playground, iO, and ImprovBoston. Sean has been on two different forms of “Jeopardy!” and has won grand sums of prize money, and also loses his keys on a regular basis.