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.

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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 is excited to be returning to Chicago after a successful run at The Edinburgh Fringe to continue on with Imagination Theater in its mission of enacting change at an elementary, middle, and high school level. He is a francophone actor born in Rome and raised in Turkey, Senegal, Egypt, and South Africa. Notable past credits include Hyde Ya Kids, Hyde Ya Park, WTA Actor’s Showcase, Ticket Booth, El Stories, Point of V, and Dandelion’s Make Ready Series. When Philip is not performing he is freelancing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, photographing Chicago with his Minolta SRTMC, or reading Shakespeare.

  • Marilet Martinez
    Marilet Martinez is a San Francisco native, actor, improviser, teaching artist (with an emphasis in trauma informed practice), fight choreographer, puppeteer, Zumba instructor, nacho enthusiast, Leo Sun/Moon Scorpio Rising, bruja homegirl.  Her mission is to play, educate, and uplift the community…while dismantling systems of oppression in order to create a more equitable society. She is a co-founder of the Bay Area Latinx Theatre Artist Network (BALTAN) and a member of the “Yeah I Said Feminist” Theatre Salon. In Chicago,she has taught for The Viola Project, Hearts to Arts, and the Beverly Center.   She has played on the ALTA (Alliance for Latinx Theatre Artists) award nominated teams: Ratas de Dos Patas, Improvisexation, and (winner) Generation Latinx.  Her improv team, Ratas de Dos Patas, has had three runs at The Annoyance Theatre, produced an oversold/standing room only Dia de los Muertos show, and performed to a sold out crowd for Steppenwolf’s Lookout Series  Marilet is also an ensemble member at Comedy Sportz Chicago. 
     
  • Phoebe Moore

    Phoebe Moore is thrilled to be working with Imagination Theatre! A graduate of Northwestern University, Phoebe has performed with Steep Theatre Company, Porchlight Music Theatre, AstonRep Theatre Co., Redtwist, Emerald City, Northbrook TYA, and Lakeside Shakespeare in Chicago. When Phoebe is not acting, singing, or teaching, she writes and cooks for the Chicago-based recipe blog Love & Lemons. www.phoebeemoore.com.

  • Oly Oxinfry

    Oly Oxinfry (they/them) is a multi-disciplined theatre artist and a company member with Barrel of Monkeys, Stone Soup Shakespeare, and EVOLVE Shakespeare.  In Chicago, they have also worked with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Lifeline, Trap Door, The House, Strawdog, Midsommer Flight, Facility, Walkabout, and Chicago Children’s Theatre. Favorite world premiere projects include asst. directing The Fundamentals with Yasen Peyankov at Steppenwolf; playing Twinkle in You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy and directing Neither at Lifeline. They hold a BFA from the School of Theatre and Music at UIC and are honored to be working with the amazing ensemble at Imagination.  

  • Cassandra Quinn
    Cassandra’s originally from Bedford, Indiana and graduated from Huntington University in with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Sociology. After working for various regional and educational theatres throughout the midwest, she moved to Chicago in 2010 to continue pursuing her career as an actor and teaching artist and has been an ensemble member of Imagination Theater since June 2011. Chicago acting credits include Space Wars: the Panto! at Piccolo Theatre, Devour with 20% Theatre and As You Like It with Spectralia Theatre. The majority of her professional career has been serving as an actor, director, and educator for numerous educational theatres including GreatWorks, Explore Theatre, and CLIMB Theatre. She’s also the co-founder of the educational touring theatre company, Compass Creative Dramatics. You can learn more about cassandra at www.cassandraquinn.com.
  • Nora King
    Nora King is an actor and improviser living in Chicago. Her recent theater credits include Round Heads and Pointed Heads (Red Tape Theatre), The Kansas Collection (Speakeasy Society), Cem (UCLA Artist Residency/REDCAT), Cloud 9 (Moving Art Collective, festivals in The Czech Republic and Belgium). You can see her comedic nonsense all around town! She has studied with the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago. She has also received her BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). So yes, she recently moved from California. And yes, she is freezing. However, she is stoked to be working with the amazing artists of the Imagination Theater! Check out more info at noraking.net.
  • Rose Shapiro
    Originally from West Orange, New Jersey, this is Rose’s first year in Chicago. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Linguistics, and has since worked in the Artistic Department of Collaboraction Theatre, as a Program Specialist with Boosterthon, and in the Development Department at MCC Theater in New York. Rose also directed for Collaboraction’s 2018 Peacebook Festival. She is thrilled and honored to have joined the Imagination Theater team!
  • 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.