Ensemble

  • Cosmo Coniglio

    Cosmo Coniglio is extremely happy to be in the Imagination Theater Ensemble! Cosmo originally hails from the suburbs of Chicago, but he recently spent four years in central Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Art at Illinois College, Jacksonville. While attending college, he taught improv to children through the United Way’s Imagination Foundation (Jacksonville, IL) and was an Emcee at Green Pastures Performing Arts Camp (Meredosia, IL). He has also performed in multiple productions through Illinois College’s TheatreWorks (Jacksonville, IL) and New Salem’s Theatre in the Park (Petersburg, IL), but some of his most recent credits include “Joe” in Angels in America, “Eddie Ryan” in Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up, and “BB” in Terminal Cafe. Since moving to Chicago in 2017, he has enrolled in the Conservatory and Sketch Writing Program at Second City, the Professional School of Improvisation at CSz, and the improv program at iO.

  • 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.

  • Melody DeRogatis

    Melody DeRogatis is so excited for her first year with the Imagination Theater Ensemble!  Melody recently graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, with a BFA in Musical Theatre/BA in Writing. A Chicago native, Melody has performed at Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Hell in a Handbag, Pop Magic Productions, and Surging Films and Theatrics. Melody has written over 40 plays, and has had her work produced with Theatre Wit, No Way Theatre, and Drake University. Melody believes that introducing kids to the world of theatre helps them use imagination as a lifelong skill (something far too many people lose by the time they hit their teens), and can act as a healthy outlet for children with a lot of emotions to express. In her spare time, Melody enjoys swimming, playing with her cats, and going to Chipotle with her friends!

  • August Forman

    August Forman (They/Them) is an actor, playwright, and educator. They received their BFA in Acting from Minnesota State University of Mankato in 2014. Since moving to Chicago August has worked with several companies including Babes with Blades, Broken Nose Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, (re)discover theatre, Midsommer Flight, 16th Street Theater, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Idle Muse, and 20% Theatre Company. August is an Artistic Associate with Oak Park Festival Theatre, and an Artistic Affiliate with Babes with Blades Theatre Company. August’s plays have premiered throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, and California. August is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

     

     

  • Samantha Garcia
    Samantha Garcia has lived, worked, and played all over the country.  Since making Chicago her home, she’s done a lot of cool stuff with a lot of cool people, including, but not limited to American Immersion Theatre, Great Works Theatre Company, and Random Acts Chicago.  She’s a big fan of cozy mysteries and spicy food.
     

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • Mary Laura Godby

    Mary Laura Godby (she/her) is SO thrilled to be in the Imagination Theater
    Ensemble! She recently returned from a 15-month contract in Osaka, Japan,
    where she performed with Universal Studios. Before her venture to Japan, Mary
    performed around the Chicagoland area with Towle Theater and Pride Arts
    Center. She also performed in a new work, Flight by Michael Potsic, at the
    Beverly Arts Center. She will be returning to Pride Arts this fall to understudy in
    a new production: The Things I Could Never Tell Steven. Mary is a graduate of
    Northwestern University, where she received her BA in Music Education and
    Certificate in Music Theatre. She is certified to teach K-12 Music in Illinois, and
    she loves when she has the opportunity to perform and teach at the same time!
    She believes theatre is an excellent way for students to explore important
    topics in a safe environment. Since returning to Chicago, Mary has been
    substitute teaching, nannying, and spending time with loved ones. She can’t
    wait to get back to performing soon!

     

     

  • 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. 

  • Samie Jo Johnson
    Samie Jo Johnson (she/they) is thrilled to be part of the Imagination Theatre ensemble! She is a multi-hyphenate artist who is always eager to embrace an opportunity to play.  Prior to landing in Chicago, Samie Jo lived and worked in Seattle, Denver, England, Southern Indiana, and the many highways in between. Performance highlights include being ready to perform any character in Hamlet (and checking the box for a few dream roles in the process) with Quicksilver Shakespeare in Chicago, dancing through the streets of Italy (literally) for a site-specific production of In. Sight. Out. with La Mama Umbria, and touring the midwest as a cowboy version of the good-guy, Lucentio, in Taming of the Shrew with Stone Soup Shakespeare. Samie Jo has trained in various theatre making techniques domestically & internationally and has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. 
     
     
  • 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).

  • Annalise Palatine

    Annalise Palatine (They/Them) is a trans, non-binary actor and singer who is so excited to jumpstart their professional theatre career with Imagination Theatre! Credits that they are most excited about include Cinderella in Into The Woods, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, and Kaliope in She Kills Monsters. They are a major lover of Shakespeare and very much want to show you their new Ophelia tattoo! Coming into their gender identity during quarantine, they are now ecstatic to explore it more in dream roles such as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. In their spare time they love to cuddle their handsome miniature goldendoodle, Ferdinand, and take lots of naps. Oh, they’re also a Pisces, if that means anything to you.

  • Colleen Scallen

    Colleen Scallen (she/they) is an actor, movement artist, and voice artist harkening from the Twin Cities. They have a decade of performance experience and theatrical training from the Guthrie Theater, Carleton College, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the National Theatre Institute, and Moscow Art Theatre. Colleen is also a yoga instructor and a deeply committed cat parent. They have a passion for inclusive, innovative, and intentional theatre that strives to make a social impact. She is so excited to be working with Imagination Theater to make that passion a reality! Check out more at www.colleenscallen.com.

  • Nick Smith

    Nick Boo Smith is a host, storyteller, voiceover, and a community builder. Born a
    hype man and a ball of pure energy, Nick moved to Chicago in 2013 to pursue
    improv, and standup comedy at the renowned second city from Atlanta. Since his
    tenured nick has appeared in commercials, industrial work, performed at several
    open mics and spoken words. His passion is giving back, in 2019 he co-founded
    a collective Allocation Chicago served to support and amplify marginalized voices
    in Chicago. Nick’s life motto is “Every day is a winding Road!” which he believes
    faithfully.

  • 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.