Ensemble

  • 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 Theatre for a second year! Previous Chicago credits include: Macbeth (The Arc Theatre); The Emperor’s New Clothes (Windy City Players); Collaboraction’s Final Sketchbook Festival (2016); Hugon and Beeblefloyd Save the Galaxy (Locked into Vacancy Entertainment); Hope: Wanted (The Beat Theatre Collective); The Rogue Aviator (Otherworld Theatre), and Michael Glover Smith’s 2015 indie film COOL APOCALYPSE. She can be seen performing around Chicago with her independent improv team Sad Luchador.

  • Duane Deering

    After moving to Chicago in 2013, Duane started his adventures in improv and comedy after working and playing in the theatre and music scenes in Dallas, Texas for many years. He has appeared in a variety of short films, commercials, and web series, and performed on Chicago stages at iO Theater, The Second City, Stage 773, Theatre Momentum, Profiles Theatre, and Collaboraction Theatre. Once he renews his busking license, you might catch Duane at a red line station providing the soundtrack for your commute to work.

  • Jessamyn Fitzpatrick 

    Jessamyn Fitzpatrick is Chicago born actor and educator. A graduate of Reed College in Portland, OR, Jessamyn has performed with various Chicago companies including Broken Nose Theatre, Raven Theatre, Walkabout and The Shakespeare All-Stars. Jessamyn is also a teaching artist with TimeLine Theatre and an educator with Catharsis Productions – with whom she performs Sex Signals; an interactive show about gender, sexual violence and consent. She is a proud company member with For Youth Inquiry for the Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health – which offers participatory theatre and workshops surrounding reproductive justice. She recently completed her first producing/playwriting credit with FIRST, a play about virginity through ICAH. Jessamyn is thrilled to join Imagination Theatre and continue to activate art and performance as a platform for community building, accountability, and social change. Much love and light to all your brave, warrior hearts.

  • Amanda Forman

    Amanda Forman is an actor and playwright originally from Iowa City, IA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since moving to Chicago in August 2015, Amanda has performed with Oak Park Theatre Festival Theatre (The Fair Maid of the WestTo Kill a Mockingbird), Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (The 39 Steps), The Side Project Theatre (Lysistrata), Clock Theatre (Irrational Tales: Women Politics and Murder), Pride Films and Plays (26), and is an artistic associate with 20% Theatre Company where she made her Chicago debut in Target Behavior. Amanda’s newest play, Why Are Graham Crackers Hard? premiered in February 2017. Her one-act play, Forgiveness, premiered at Minnesota State University, Mankato and was later performed at Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

     

     

  • Vanessa Garcia

    Vanessa Garcia is happy to be joining the Imagination Theater ensemble. Vanessa is an Illinois State University graduate with an B.A. in Acting and English Studies, Linguistics. She has been studying and performing improv since 2012 and is excited to use it to provide a safer society through the school system. When she’s not doing improv or plays, you can find Vanessa eating tortas, hanging out with her friends and family, or watching National Treasure on repeat.

     

     

  • 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. 

  • Maeli Goren

    Maeli Goren is a director, playwright, actor, and educator.  Favorite projects include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet, Trinity Repertory Company/RI Latino Arts), Metamorphoses (director, Princeton Summer Theater), and The Legendary True Story of Sparrow Jones and the Jersey Devil (playwright, Princeton Summer Theater). Maeli formerly taught 7th and 8th grade English and English as a Second Language in the Providence Public School District, where she also worked closely with young playwrights at Manton Avenue Project. As a recent graduate of Princeton University, her original play for young audiences, The Story of Mamãe, and her direction of the first TYA production to occur at Princeton, José Cruz González’s The Magic Rainforest, received the highest awards and distinctions offered by the departments of Theater and Comparative Literature.  She is now the Managing Director and an Artistic Associate at 16th Street Theater. www.maeligoren.com

     

     

  • Aissa Guerra

    Originally hailing from Texas, Aissa received her Theatre degree from Northwestern University, and is an exclusive talent with Lily’s Talent Agency in Chicago, IL. Recent acting credits include Brenda in La Ruta by Isaac Gomez (Steppenwolf Theatre, Scout Series), Raggy the Flute Clown in the Music and the Mayhem (Rabid Bat Theatricals), Expectation (FYI or Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health), Clara in The Van Gogh Café (Filament Theatre), and Scrooge in Three Ghosts: A Christmas Carol (Thirteen O’ Clock Theatre, McAllen, TX). She has worked on festivals and events at the Den Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Adventure Stage Chicago, and Story Club Chicago. She also attended the British American Dramatic Academy in 2014 at Oxford University in Cambridge, England, where she focused on Shakespearean acting. She sometimes sound engineers/designs, and works as an expert witness for attorney training programs at Kirkland and Ellis, LLP. She is so excited to be working with such brilliant artists on creating performances that guide students through a myriad of important topics. In her free time, she can be found playing musical instruments, dancing, playing board games, and spending quality time with friends.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Gregory Hill

    Gregory is an Ohio-born actor who spends most of time searching for his next snack break. He studied Film at Columbia College of Chicago while also diving into the Chicago improv scene via The Playground Theatre and Annoyance Theatre. His YouTube channel, “the other improv,” explores how the fear of conversation can divide and blind how we all are just looking for our next snack. Twizzlers, Captain Crunch,  Chex mix, an apple … all good. Recent credits include Lyle the Crocodile. 

  • 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).

  • Philip Lindsey

    Philip Lindsey was born in Rome, Italy and spent his childhood in Turkey, Egypt, Senegal, and South Africa and is endlessly struggling to answer the question, “Where are you from?” Philip is an alumni of the University of California at Santa Barbara and shortly after graduating with his B.A. in Theater he packed up his Subaru Outback and hit the open road with dreams of Chicago. He’d like to thank the Annoyance Theater, The Second City, Shattered Globe Theater, Waltzing Mechanics, and Andrew Gallant for the opportunities they’ve given him. Philip is elated to continue working with Imagination Theater and cannot believe his luck sometimes. 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 Degree in Musical Theater Performance. Since graduating has performed with 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 various bands around the city including Cagen Entertainment, DIVA, Istvan & His Imaginary Band, and with her own acoustic trio, Dimokrat & the Republicans. She feels very blessed to be able to do what she loves.

  • 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

    A Chicago transplant, Shelby joined Imagination Theatre in 2015. She is half of award-winning sketch comedy duo, Jim & Melissa, who have produced five original sketch revues, two short films and several comedy music videos since forming in Spring 2016, and showcased in comedy and theatre festivals in Seattle, Miami, Austin, and Portland, Maine. Additionally, Shelby performs with improv team, Little Oprah’s, at iO, improv duo FURBABY, and sketch team, 3 Day Weekend. Recent credits include Where All The White Sneakers At? (SCTC), Double Play (The Annoyance), FREAKY NASTY TRASH (Stage 773), Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (The Hideout & New Movement Theatre in Austin, TX) and a leading role in the short film Coffee.

  • 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
  • Kialya Ryann
    Kialya earned her degree in Theater Performance from Bradley University, where she was the Irene Ryan ACTF Region III champion in 2013 and 2014. Kiayla is a proud member of the School at Steppenwolf’s class of 2016. Her Favorite roles include Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Loop Players) and Lexi in Hookman (Steep Theater). Kiayla is so excited to use her love for performance to inspire change in the her beloved city. She feels so blessed to work with such dedicated, and enthusiastic artists!
  • Jordan Stafford
    Jordan Stafford comes to Imagination Theater from the Motor City –  Detroit, Michigan, where he studied Theatre at Saginaw Valley State University. Immediately after graduating in 2015, Jordan moved to Chicago where he focuses on sketch comedy and improv. Jordan is excited to be a part the Imagination Theatre Ensemble and looks forward to all of the great work ahead.
  • 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.