Company

Sean Graney (Founding Artistic Director)

Sean Graney has directed over 30 productions for The Hypocrites since 1997. He recently returned from a Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2004 was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He has won four Joseph Jefferson Citation awards for the Direction and Adaptation for Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, and Directing of Equus and Machinal. He has directed Edward II (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The Hairy Ape (Eugene O’Neill Festival at Goodman Theatre), The Comedy of Errors, The Mystery of Irma Vep and What the Butler Saw (Court Theatre), Yankee Tavern (Milwaukee Rep), The Elephant Man (Steppenwolf for Young Audiences). If you have any questions please feel free to contact him at sean@seangraney.com

Halena Kays (Artistic Director)

Halena Kays (Artistic Director) is the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performs and directs. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their public performances. She is a founding member of the newly formed artistic collaborative, The Ruffians, and directed their recent hit production of Burning Bluebeard. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit, Co-artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake and a teacher at The University of Chicago. Halena is an Artistic Associate with the Neo-Futurists were she directed 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Burning Bluebeard, co-created and directed Daredevils and Daredevils Hamlet and the sight specific extravaganza, Fake Lake. Halena is equally proud to have worked with many other respectable and disreputable theater companies in Chicago over the years. Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, named one of the top 50 “players” in Chicago theater by NewCity, and received a signed letter from Mr. Rogers saying she was “special” in 1978. She also recently made an awesome kid named Ripley Rose who can spin and fall down. www.halenakays.com

Megan Wildebour (Managing Director)

Megan Wildebour (Managing Director) is fortunate to be a Hypocrite and work with all these lovely, talented folks. Before moving to Chicago, she resided in New York City working with Lincoln Center Theater, Stuart Thompson Production, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, and LABrynith Theater Company in various capacities. Prior to that, she was in London working at the Royal Court and Old Vic Theatre. She has served as producer on several independent artistic endeavors and is a proud member of Old Vic New Voices. Feel free to contact her: megan@the-hypocrites.com.

Ryan Bollettino

Ryan Bollettino has been a member of The Hypocrites since 2001. Ryan has performed in numerous Hypocritical productions, including Machinal (Lover), Balm in Gilead (Tig), Leonce and Lena (Leonce), Death of a Salesman (Happy), The Bald Soprano (Fire Chief) , Woyczek (Doctor) and Coriolanus (Sicinius). Ryan has worked in Chicago with a plethora of other stalwart companies including A Red Orchid Theater (Abigail's Party), Strawdog (R.U.R., Detective Story), Factory (Bustin' Out of The Hell, Menage a Trailer), and The House (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves The Universe).  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he studied theater and advanced social skills, and then made the logical progression to become a math teacher. Ryan currently works at George Washington High School teaching the youth of America the Pythagorean theorem and how to speak from their diaphragm.

Ryan Bourque

Ryan Bourque is a Jeff Award Winning Fight Choreographer, and has worked with many storefront and Equity theaters, including such productions as, Leveling Up, Lord of the Flies, The Book Thief (Steppenwolf); Sweet Bird of Youth (The Goodman); Hit The Wall, The Earl, (The Inconvenience); Appropriate, Mojada, Oedipus El Rey, (Victory Gardens); Coriolanus, Romeo Juliet, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses ( the Hypocrites) and Reverb (Redtwist). As an actor he has work on such productions as Cyrano De Bergerac (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Coriolanus, The Mikado, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, The Pirates of Penzance, (The Hypocrites); The Earl (The Inconvenience); Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie). His fights in Romeo Juliet have been seen at A.R.T in Boston, and he has taken the production of The Pirates of Penzance to A.R.T in Boston, and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. He is also a company member with The Inconvenience, and works as a freelance photographer, capturing Dance, Theatre, Music, and works regularly as a headshot photographer in town (kungfubicycle.wordpress.com).

Geoff Button

Geoff Button is a longtime company member of The Hypocrites and directed their productions of Into the Woods, CoriolanusDesire Under the Elms and True West (Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director). He received his MFA in Theater Directing from Northwestern University, where he directed Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, The Who's Tommy and Spring Awakening. Around Chicago he's directed at Mary Arrchie (Harold Pinter's The Homecoming), Strawdog (State of the Union), Depaul University (I Am Bradley Manning by Sarah Gubbins), North Park University (Urinetown), and the Side Project (Sean Graney's Sugarward). Also an actor, he has performed in several Hypocrites' productions, including Sophocles: Seven SicknessesWoyzeckMudBalm in Gilead, and Equus (Non-Equity Jeff - Best Actor).

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John Byrnes

John Byrnes has been a proud member of the company since 2001. Recent Chicago credits include Sweet Bird of Youth (Goodman Theater), Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Assisted Living (Profiles Theater), Season's Greetings (Northlight Theater), Waiting For Lefty (American Blues Theater), This (Theater Wit), Port (Griffin Theatre), All My Sons (Timeline Theater), Thieves Like Us (House Theater) and The Overwhelming (Next Theater). Favorite Hypocrites' credits include The Hairy Ape, Our Town, 4.48 Psychosis, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Machinal, Arcadia and The Cherry Orchard. John has worked regionally with Montana Shakespeare, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory, Boston Playwrights' and the Vineyard Playhouse. He has served as a teaching artist with such organizations as Court Theatre, Raven Theatre, the Chicago Academy For the Arts, Gallery 37, Oklahoma City University and Boston University. John has also appeared in numerous films, tv commercials and radio spots. He holds a BFA from the Professional Actor's Training Program at Boston University's School For the Arts.

Tien Doman

Tien Doman loves being a Hypocrite and getting to make plays. Past productions with The Hypocrites: 12 Nights, Romeo Juliet, Ivywild, The Fall of the House of Usher,Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses and K.. Other companies that Tien has gotten to work with include The House, The Neo-Futurists, NewLeaf, Northlight, Trapdoor, Provisionand TimeLine Theater (Jeff Nomination Best Actress, Tesla’s Letters). Tien received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon and also studied at the Moscow Art Theater.

Maggie Fullilove-Nugent

Maggie Fullilove-Nugent a Chicago native, studied technical theatre at Occidental College and The Moscow Art Theatre School. She met The Hypocrites in 2006 and became their Production Manager in 2007 for three complete seasons. Maggie has worked as a production manager, lighting designer and technician for manyother Chicago companies including The Neo-Futirists, Akvavit, Lookingglass, The House, 500 Clown, Lifeline, The Artistic Home and Teatro Luna. Maggie has also been production managing and teaching at North Park University since 2006 and is the Company Manager and Stage Manager for Barrel of Monkeys,where she helps save the world by making props, creating spreadsheets and teaching creative writing and performance to Chicago Public School children. On a personal note, she would like you to know that every Hypocrites show since 2007 has had something from Fullilove-Nugent estate on stage.

Lindsey Gavel

Lindsey is so grateful to have found an artistic home with The Hypocrites. She first started working with them fresh out of college, and has never looked back. Hypocrites credits include: Woyzeck (Marie), Sophocles Seven Sicknesses (Blind Seer, Tekmessa, Elektra), Pirates Remount (Daughter), Romeo Juliet (Juliet, Tybalt), Coriolanus (Virgilia), the Romeo Juliet/12 Nights performances at A.R.T. In Boston, and the crazy upcoming monster All Our Tragic in August of 2014. She's done work in the past with TUTA Theatre Company, The Inconvenience, Jackalope Theatre, The Elsewhere, and has many various small film and web series credits as well. She really loves being part of this family of jerks! And, as always, would like to give special thanks to her man, her dog, and her cat for putting up with her.

Samantha Gleisten

Samantha Gleisten first fell for The Hypocrites a decade ago when she performed in their production of Marat/Sade. Since then she has been seen in many Hypo shows including 4.48 Psychosis, Miss Julie, The Bald Soprano, and Our Town. Sam is also a company member with Barrel of Monkeys and has worked with some other great Chicago theaters including Writers', Steppenwolf, and Redmoon. When not on stage, Sam teaches theater and directs children in plays.

Donna McGough

Donna McGough has been a proud company member since 2003. She has been fortunate to portray many of her favorite roles with this endlessly talented company. Those would include: Linda, *Death of a Salesman; Winnie, *Happy Days; Amanda, The Glass Menagerie; Madame Ranevskaya, The Cherry Orchard; and most recently Volumnia, Coriolanus. Other companies she has been most fortunate to work with include The Gift, Steppenwolf, TimeLine, Raven, Griffin, Mary Arrchie (*The Freedom of the City) and Eclipse Theatres. Donna is a  three­time Joseph Jefferson recipient for *Actress in a Principal Role. She is married to fellow thespian, Bill McGough, where they reside in the lovely "hamlet" of Jefferson Park. When not being creative at her day job in home interior design, she is feverishly nesting by decorating her home and enjoying her beautiful garden. Donna also happens to be the mother of 2 amazing boys (now men) and 3 gorgeous grandchildren. My how time flies.

Rob McLean

Rob McLean has been a company member with The Hypocrites since 2002, and currently serves as Casting Director and Company Manager. Over the years he has been seen as Berenger in Rhinoceros, Fick in Balm in Gilead, Frank Strang in Equus, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Biff Loman in Death of A Salesman, Henry in Mud, Tiger Brown in The Three Penny Opera, Ernst in Cabaret, Garcin in No Exit and Philoktates in Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, among others. This season he will once again don the short shorts to reprise his role as The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and don whatever ridiculous getup Sean and Alison want to put him in as Ko Ko in The Mikado. He’ll also be playing Meninius in Coriolanus. Elsewhere around town Rob has worked with Steppenwolf, Writers Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Theatre Wit, Strawdog Theatre, LiveWire Chicago and Eclipse Theatre, to name but a few. He enjoys fancy restaurants and dive bars.

Mechelle Moe

Mechelle Moe is a founding member of The Hypocrites and company memberat TimeLine Theater. She works as an actor, director and teachingartist. She has been featured at The Hypocrites (Machinal,The BaldSoprano, Angels in America, Arcadia, Marat/Sade, The Glass Menagerie,etc), Court Theater (What the Butler Saw), TimeLine Theater (My Kindof Town,The Front Page, The Children’s Hour, Not Enough Air, ParadiseLost), and Griffin Theater (Stage Door, Letters Home). She has alsowalked the boards at American Blues Theater, Lifeline, A Red Orchid,Steppenwolf, Writers, among others. Mechelle has worked as a teachingartist in Chicago for the past eight years, and currently teaches forLookingglass, Court, Raven, Lifeline and TimeLine. Mechelle wasawarded a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Principal Actress and AfterDark Award for her performance as the Young Woman in SophieTreadwell's Machinal produced by The Hypocrites. She reprised the rolein TimeLine's Monday night stage reading series to accompany theirproduction of Not Enough Air. And she was most recently nominated forPrincipal Actress for her performance in Griffin Theater's Stage Door.For more information, visithttp://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/mechellemoe

Jim Moore

“Safety” has worked with The Hypocrites as Technical Director, and occasionally as a designer, since August of 2002 (becoming a proud company member in 2003). He led The Hypocrites in the builds of Henry 5, Machinal, Happy Days, Balm in Gilead, Edward Gorey’s Dispirited Diversion for Christmas, Camille/La Traviata, Leonce und Lena, The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, Equus, A Christmas Carol: A Radio Broadcast, The Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, 4.48 Psychosis, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika, The Bald Soprano and Frankenstein. He has freelanced with many Chicago companies, on over 80 productions now. Jim’s main gig is as the full-time Technical Director at Storefront Theater, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. He is also the part-time Facility Manager at the Neo-Futurarium. Originally from Wyoming, he was lured to Florida by the love of Track & Field (pole vaulting in particular) and the prospect of a good, affordable education.  After being cut from the University of Florida Track Team, he received the latter in the form of a B.A. in Classical Languages and Literature from New College of Florida (where he translated and produced the Roman Comedy, Mostellaria of Titus Maccius Plautus). Jim also plays on The Hypocrites’ softball team, The ‘Critters.

Justine Palmisano

Justine Palmisano is a Stage Manager, born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. She graduated from Bradley University with a BS in Theatre, English, and Secondary Education. She began working with the Hypocrites in 2011 as the ASM on Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, and has since worked on Six Characters in Search of an Author, Romeo Juliet, and The Fall of the House of Usher. Other work includes stage managing and choreographing for Theatre for People Who Need It (Two’s a Murder, Four’s a Scandal and Rough Magic), Circle Theatre (A Little Night Music and Alice in Wonderland Jr.), Tympanic Theatre (Extinction Fantasies), and Reveries in Motion Dance Company (Rapid Eye Movement). By day, she is a Physical Instructor for the Chicago Park District, hoping to make the slightly chunky youth of America a little more physically active, one day at a time.

Alison Siple

Recent projects include: Company (Griffin), Thieves Like Us (House Theatre), No Exit (The Hypocrites), Cabaret (The Hypocrites), A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults) and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre). Off-Broadway credits: Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre) and The 4th Graders Present an Unnammed Love Suicide (The Hypocrites at 59e59). Upcoming projects: Peter and the Wolf (Lookingglass and Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites). Alison won Jeff Citations for Time and the Conways (Griffin) in 2006 and for Leonce und Lena (The Hypocrites) in 2005. She is an Artistic Associate for The Hypocrites and Lookingglass. Check out her other work at alisonsiple.com.

Stacy Stoltz

Stacy Stoltz has been kicking around Chicago making theatre for 15 years. She recently worked with The Michigan Shakespeare Festival on their productions of Loves Labours Lost and Richard III and also had the great pleasure of playing Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion. She was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Principle Actress for her work in Assisted Living (Profiles Theatre), and has recently been seen in Cyrano (The House Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (The Court Theatre) and Over The Tavern (Noble Fool Theatricals). Stacy also played Stella in the critically acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers’ Theatre) which earned her a Jeff Nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She is a company member with The Hypocrites and The House Theatre and some of her favorite shows with them include: Oedipus, Our Town, Miss Julie, 4.48 Psychosis, Henry 5, Hatfield and McCoy, and Dave DaVinci Saves The Universe. Stacy was seen Off – Broadway in The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide and on TV in The Chicago Code. Stacy is super happy that she is married to Matt Hawkins.

Christine Stulik

Christine is proud to be part of this awesome company of artists. Her first show with the Hypocrites was The Pirates of Penzance in 2010, since then she has appeared in Sean Graney's 12 Nights, Fall of the House of Usher and The Mikado, becoming a company member in 2012. She has toured Pirates of Penzance regionally with the Hypocrites to American Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She's also worked with Next Theatre, Oak Park Festival, New Leaf and The Ruckus among others in Chicago. A graduate of Northwestern University and The School at Steppenwolf, she is a recipient of the CAAP Grant for Individual Artists and Illinois Arts Council Grant. Christine also plays the banjo, a lot.

Zeke Sulkes

Zeke is happy to be a Hypocrite!  He has appeared in numerous Hypocrite productions, including No Exit, Woyzeck, and Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses.  He has been fortunate enough to bring the Hypocrites work elsewhere in the US, touring The Pirates of Penzance (American Repertory Theater and Actors Theater of Louisville), Romeo Juliet (A.R.T.) and 12 Nights (A.R.T.)  In Chicago, Zeke most recently appeared in The Mikado at the Steppenwolf Garage, and looks forward to the world premiere of All Our Tragic (Summer 2014).  Zeke has worked with many Chicago theaters, including the House, Strawdog, Lifeline, and Seanachi.  Zeke DJs under the name DJ Bouncy Castle, and plays guitar for toddlers every morning.  Rock on.

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson is a director, actor and educator. He is an original company member and performed in many productions including The Bald Soprano, The Glass Menagerie, Balm in Gilead, Angels in America, The Cherry Orchard and Oedipus. He is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, where he earned his BFA in Acting from Point Park University. He currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is pursuing his MFA in Directing at The University of Texas at Austin. Steven has worked with many other great organizations including Lookingglass Theatre, The Court Theatre, LiveWire Chicago Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre, where he is an Artistic Associate. During his time in Chicago, Steven directed the world premiere of Homer's The Iliad, adapted by Craig Wright and the Chicago premiere of Mat Smart's The 13th of Paris. Steven often returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh to direct plays for No Name Players. There he most recently directed the world premiere of Sean Graney's Oedipus and the Foul Mess in Thebes. In Austin, Steven has directed at The Zach Theatre, The University of Texas, Hyde Park Theatre's annual Fronterafest and his thesis production of William Saroyan's The Beautiful People. You can view his digital directing portfolio at this link: http://youtu.be/PED4qXoUndE.