Sean Graney is the founder of The Hypocrites, for which he has directed over 30 productions since 1997. He was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. He has won three Joseph Jefferson Citation awards for the Direction of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses,Equus and Machinal. He has directed at Chicago Shakespeare, Milwaukee Rep, Court Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Childrens’ Theatre, among others. He currently teaches at Lake Forest College Chicago and University of Chicago. He is currently working on adapting the 32 surviving Greek Tragedies into one epic script called All Our Tragic. If interested, visit the blog:allourtragic.com.
Halena Kays (Artistic Director) both performs and directs. She is the co-founder and former artistic director ofBarrel of Monkeys where she created and directed the majority of their publicperformances including their critically acclaimed long-running show: That’s Weird,Grandma, called “the best reason to live in Chicago on a Monday night” by TimeOut Chicago. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad and a former member ofthe Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit.For the Neo-Futurists, Halena directed Burning Bluebeard, co-created anddirected Daredevils and Daredevils Hamlet and the premiere of the sight specificextravaganza, Fake Lake.She received her Masters degree in directing from UT-Austin where shedirected The Threepenny Opera, the premiere of Erin Philiips’ The Death of Bethand a new adaptation of The Trojan Women. For “UT New Theatre” she directed the premiere of Frances Cowhig’s Lidless; for “The New Works Festival” she conceived, co-wrote and directed 101 Ways to….Halena is equally proud to have worked with many other respectable anddisreputable theater companies in Chicago over the years; she was recentlyon stage in The Kid Thing (About Face/ Chicago Dramatists), Oedipus, Mud and4.48 Psychosis (The Hypocrites), The Children’s Hour (Timeline), The Golden Truffle(Redmoon), and Fair Use and Theatrical Essays (Steppenwolf).While in Austin Halena was seen on stage in the world premiere of C. Denby Swanson’s A Brief Narrative of the Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits at SalvageVanguard Theater and has work-shopped two new plays: The Laura on LauraComeback Tour (workshop production in Austin, full production moved to Chicago) and a new musical by Andy Bayiates and Jonathan Mastro. Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and BestDirection, named one of “30 under 30” to watch by SixOSix magazine, and received a signed letter from Mr. Rogers saying she was “special” in 1978.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Bollettino has been a member of The Hypocrites since 2001. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he studied theater. He has gone on to his Masters in Teaching from National Louis University. 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) and Woyczek (Doctor). 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 House (The Sparrow, Dave DaVinci Saves The Universe). Ryan currently works as a math teacher at Wells Academy High School teaching the youth of America.
Ryan Bourque graduated from Columbia College with a degree in acting. He has acted in Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Woyzeck, The Pirates of Penzance, Miss Julie (The Hypocrites), The Earl (The Inconvenience),Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), and The Hostage (The Griffin). Fight Choreography: Sweet Bird of Youth (Assistant to David Woolley : The Goodman) Equivocation, Oedipus El Rey, We are proud to Present: a Presentation, (Victory Gardens), Romeo Juliet, Sophocles: Sicknesses, Woyzeck (The Hypocrites) Hit The Wall, Fight Night, The Earl, Chicagoland (The Inconvenience), Moonshiner (Jackalope), Company (The Griffin), Bus Stop (The Den), Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Cherrywood (Mary Arrchie), and Making Noise Quietly In the Dark, Festen (Steep Theatre)Ryan is also a freelance photographer, and works for Time Out Magazine as such. (www.BourqueOnline.com).He is also the Director of Media Relations, and a company member of The Inconvenience,Thank you Family, and Friends for your love and support.
Geoff Button is a longtime company member of The Hypocrites and recently finished the MFA Directing program at Northwestern University. He directed the Hypocrites' productions of Desire Under the Elmsand True West(Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director), Mary Arrchie’s production of Pinter's The Homecomingand Strawdog Theater Company's State of the Union. He has also assistant directed for Chicago Shakespeare, The Marriott Theater Lincolnshire, The American Musical Theater Project, Famous Door, The Hypocrites and Steppenwolf. Also an actor, he has performed in several Hypocrites’ productions, including Woyzeck, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Mud, Balm in Gilead and Equus(Non-Equity Jeff Award - Best Actor). Recently he's directed shows for The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Depaul University, North Park University and Northwestern, where he is currently teaching in the Music Theater Certificate Program.
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.
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 is so proud to be a Hypocrite. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a BFA in Acting and has been dabbling in theatre around the city ever since. She has been working with the Hypocrites since 2009 when she appeared as Marie in Sean Graney's adaptation of Woyzeck. Since then, she's played on stage with these jerks in Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (Blind Seer, Tecmessa, Elektra), the Pirates of Penzance (Daughter), Romeo Juliet (Juliet, Tybalt), and is looking forward to Coriolanus in the spring of 2013. In addition to working with the Hypos, Lindsey has also be fortunate enough to work with TUTA (Baal), the Inconvenience, Jackalope Theatre Company, and with a variety of talented local filmmakers on various projects. She is a proud member of the Catalyst Arts Collective in Chicago, and has recently started working with Burners Without Borders, an incredible grassroots group focused on volunteer efforts and giving back to the communities who need it most.
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.
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 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
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 atalisonsiple.com.
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 has been a fan of The Hypocrites since her days as a Northwestern college student, taking the Purple Line into the city to catch a production. She recently became a company member, and couldn't be more excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people, with a company that has played such a formative role in her artistic career. Hypocrites shows include the Pirates of Penzance, Mikado and The Fall of the House of Usher. She will be traveling with the Pirates troupe back to Boston this spring for a full run of the hit show at A.R.T. Around Chicago she has also worked with Next Theatre, Oak Park Festival, The Ruckus, The Mill and New Leaf Theatre. She is a graduate of Northwestern and The School at Steppenwolf, and is the recipient of a 2010, 2011 and 2012 CAAP Grant for Individual Artists and a 2011 Illinois Arts Council Grant. An avid banjoist, she is one half of the murder ballad duo, Eileen, with saw player Becky Poole. Feel free to visitwww.christinestulik.comfor updates and such. Cheers!
Zeke Sulkes is thrilled to be a Hypocrite! He has performed in a number of Hypos productions, including Sophocles Seven Sicknesses (Creon/Odysseus), Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), Romeo Juliet (Mercutio/Capulet), Woyzeck, and No Exit. He has performed with a number of Chicago theaters, including The House, Strawdog, Seanachi, Lifeline, Redmoon, and Oak Park Festival Theatre. He is a proud company member of Barrel of Monkeys. Zeke loves to play guitar and DJ as his alter ego, The Bouncy Castle. Zeke is cuddly and likes to dance.
Steven Wilson is currently living in Austin, Texas, where he is pursuing his MFA degree inDirecting at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to furthering his education,Steven lived in Chicago for fifteen years and worked as a performer, director andeducator with many great organizations including Lookingglass Theatre, The CourtTheatre, The Griffin Theatre, Factory Theater, The House Theatre, and LiveWireChicago Theatre. Steven is a proud company member of The Hypocrites, and hehas performed in over fifteen of their productions. Steven was last seen with theHypocrites performing the title role in Oedipus in 2009. He also served as thecompany’s Casting Director for three seasons. Steven is also an Artistic Associatewith A Red Orchid Theatre, where he directed Craig Wright’s original adaptation ofHomer’s The Iliad, and was a founder of A Red Orchid Theatre’s Youth Ensemble.He looks forward to bringing his new knowledge back to Chicago in some capacitywhen he completes his studies.
Jared Moore most recently provided the lighting for The Hypocrites' production of No Exit, and in the past; Frankenstein, Oedipus, The Hairy Ape, Miss Julie, The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love-Suicide, Desire Under the Elms, The Bald Soprano, Mud, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Angels in America and True West. He is also resident designer for NoMi LaMad Dance Inc. and New Leaf Theatre, of which he is a company member. His work has garnered him five Non-Equity Jeff Awards and two After Dark awards. Jared recently became Lighting Director for Luna Negra Dance Theater and is currently touring nationally with them.
Kevin O'Donnell is a musician and composer. Based in Chicago, he has worked regionally at A.C.T. (San Fransisco), Tangent (Montreal), Stages Rep (Houston), Kansas City Rep, CenterStage (Baltimore), The Mark Tapper Forum (LA), and in New York at The
Cherry Lane, DTW, St Ann’s Warehouse, The Public, and 59e59. In Chicago he has worked at Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Redmoon, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, The Goodman, and many others, as well as with The Hypocrites (associate artist) and The House Theatre (company member). As a composer and sound designer he has received 5 Jeff Awards (16 nominations), and 2 consecutive After Dark Awards for Outstanding Season. As a musician he has recorded and toured extensively with Andrew Bird, and worked with John Wesley Harding, Nickel Creek, Roger Eno, and Kelly Hogan, amongst many others.
Devin Brain is currently a freelance director based in Brooklyn, however he has worked on over 19 Hypocrites shows starting as an ASM on Machinal in 2003. Over the years he was an ASM, an assistant director, production manager, and director. Some of his favorite Hypocrites credits include: The Fourth Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide, Equus, Edward Gorey's Dispirited Diversion for Christmas, and Mud. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he served as artistic director of both the Yale Cabaret and Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival), and is currently a brooklyn based director. Recent credits include: Semele at the Manhattan School of Music, Rose Mark'd, Bones in the Basket, Eurydice, and The Maids.