James Yost is a Joseph Jefferson Award nominated director and the co-artistic director of Interrobang Theatre Project. He previously served as the producing artistic director for BareBones Theatre Group, a company he co-founded in 1998. Selected credits include: Mr. Marmalade, Psycho Beach Party, Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical, Skylight, The Graduate, The Play About the Baby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Drift, Bash: Latter-Day Plays, Squirrels, The Wizard of Oz, Lend Me A Tenor, Orson's Shadow, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Pitchfork Disney and Noises Off. Regional: Shattered Globe: True West; The Gift Theater: Ten. ITP credits include Orange Flower Water (Jeff nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Joseph Wiens), Ibsen is Dead, The North Pool (Jeff nominated for best production and best director), the critically acclaimed REALLY REALLY (named one of the best shows of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune), Falling (Justin Tsatsa and Amy Johnson won Jeff awards for their roles) and the Chicago premiere of Lee Blessings play For the Loyal. Yost teaches Theatre and film.
Georgette has been the Co-Artistic Director of ITP since 2015. She is also a freelance director, as well as a theatre/speech educator and arts integration specialist. She was the founding theater teacher at Polaris Charter Academy, an Expeditionary Learning School in West Humboldt Park, where she taught full-time for 8 years. She's also served as adjunct faculty for Wilbur Wright College. For Interrobang, Georgette directed Season Six's KATRINA: MOTHER-IN-LAW OF 'EM ALL and Jeff Recommended RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS, as well as last season's production of the 2013 Yale Drama Series Winner STILL by Jen Silverman. This past spring she directed the Jeff Recommended production of TIME STANDS STILL for AstonRep at the Raven Theatre. Upcoming projects include: a staged reading of LAUNCH DAY by Michael J Higgins presented by Chicago Dramatist (Sept 16th) and for Interrobang, GRACE by Craig Wright (May 2018).
Directing credits include: The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, The Argument, Here Lies Henry and A Number (ITP), One Minute Play Festival (Victory Gardens Theatre), Love War Death Life (American Theater Company), I Am My Own Wife (Boston Center for American Performance), 1984 (Olney Theatre Center), The Birthday Party, Iphigenia 2.0, One Flea Spare, Under Milk Wood, Machinal, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jeffry was a member of the adjunct faculty of Emerson College and Boston University where he taught acting, ensemble-theatre, theatre history and literature. Jeffry received his BFA in Acting and, much later, MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and an MFA in Directing from Boston University. He is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. In the fall of 2014, he directed Owners by Caryl Churchill for ITP.
Salar Ardebili is an Iranian-born American actor, photographer, and a lifelong cinephile. His debut with ITP was their multi Jeff Award Nominated production of The North Pool for which he received a nomination for Best Actor in A Principal Role. In addition to working on stage, he has also appeared in television, independent films, commercials, and voice-over. Salar is proud to be an ITP Ensemble member and he is represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent Inc. Learn more at www.salarardebili.com.
Brynne is thrilled to be a part of the Interrobang Theatre Project. She has acted, text coached, dramaturged and assistant directed throughout Chicago since moving here after her graduation from Illinois State University. She is also blessed to be a frequent artistic contributor to the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, an Equity non-profit theatre of which she has been a part the last seven years. She's also a kick-ass aunt and cat mom, which is just as important, because she believes that if you don't live life well outside of your art, your art can't say much.
Elana acts, directs, writes, coaches and produces. She first met Interrobang as a cast member of The Argument in 2012 and subsequently produced Here Lies Henry (2012), Hot N’ Throbbing (2012) and Speaking in Tongues (2013). After a hiatus, she returned to perform with fellow ensemble members in Still (2016) and resumed producer responsibilities for all productions that followed. Over the last few years, Elana has been seen with The House Theatre of Chicago, first appearing in the acclaimed United Flight 232, which won a Jeff award for best ensemble. She is now a company member with The House. Other theaters that have welcomed her in recent years include Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Eclipse, Remy Bummpo, Stage Left & Theatre Seven, and The Yard/Raven Theatre. She is also the Business Manager of The Chicago Inclusion Project. www.elanaelyce.net
With a background in performance, Shawn switched to stage management in 2011. But that's not to say he would balk at being dragged back onstage. He has worked for theatres in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin, both onstage and backstage. His Interrobang Stage Manager credits include: Speaking in Tongues, Terminus, Really Really, Recent Tragic Events, and For the Loyal. Shawn spends his summers in Door County, Wisconsin where he is the ASM at Northern Sky Theater. He is a recreational cyclist, bike mechanic, and a lover of board games.
Sarah has been a proud Interrobang Theatre Project company member since February 2015. She holds a BFA in acting from the University of Southern California (USC) and in 2013 received the LA Weekly Best Actress Award for her performance in The Belle of Belfast. She is also a company member with New American Folk Theatre (Chicago) and Ensemble Studio Theatre (Los Angeles). In addition to theatre, she has appeared in several web series, film roles and commercials and is a voiceover artist having narrated over a dozen audiobooks. With ITP, she has appeared in Really Really, Owners, Still, The Amish Project (Nominated for a 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award), and most recently For The Loyal. She is represented by the fierce ladies at Shirley Hamilton Talent. Sarah is so grateful to her Interrobang family, and is thrilled to have found such a wonderful artistic home.
Noel is an Interrobang Theatre Project ensemble member for which she has designed costumes for Really Really, Owners, Ibsen is Dead, The Pitchfork Disney, Terminus, and Speaking in Tongues. She is also an artistic associate with Filament Theatre Ensemble where she designed Snow Queen and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Other favorite credits include: Mistakes Madeline Made and Permanent Image with Livewire Theatre and Happy Now? with Shattered Globe Theatre.
Christopher Knarr is a South Bend, Indiana native, Chicago transplant, and is currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre & Drama and a Music minor, and studied abroad with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Recent credits include Interrobang Theatre Project's season eight production of For the Loyal, for which he created original music. For season seven's Still, The Amish Project, and Falling, he was House Manager, Marketing, and Social Media. He was also House Manager/Social Media for the fifth and sixth season, including Really Really, Recent Tragic Events, and The North Pool, and also was a part of past season productions of Orange Flower Water as a Production Assistant, and Terminus, The Pitchfork Disney, and Ibsen is Dead as Assistant Stage Manager. christopheraaronknarr.com
Matthew comes to Chicago from Buffalo, New York, where he earned his BFA in theatre performance from SUNY Buffalo. He has been with ITP since 2014's Owners, which he understudied. He also assistant directed the company's production of Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'Em All and played Andrew in 2016's Recent Tragic Events. Other Chicago credits include Her Naked Skin (Shattered Globe Theatre), Once in a Lifetime (Strawdog Theatre Company), and Assistance (LiveWire Theatre Chicago). Matthew has also assistant directed shows at Collaboraction and Redtwist.
Laura joined ITP in 2016 after playing Waverly in Recent Tragic Events. Also with Interrobang, she was Elena in Still, and she can be seen upcoming in Season 8 as Sara in Grace. Recent credits include Boy (u/s TimeLine), Detroit (TheatreSquared – Fayetteville, AR), This (u/s Windy City Playhouse), Vices and Virtues (Profiles), Urban Love Story (Black Ensemble Theatre), and A Life of Galileo (ETOPiA at Northwestern). Television credits include CHICAGO MED and CHICAGO JUSTICE (NBC). She has a BFA in Acting from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is represented by Big Mouth Talent. www.laurabernertaylor.com
Zoë provides creative direction for all ITP print and digital marketing, while working as a freelance graphic designer and practitioner of Thai bodywork and trigger point therapy. Zoë has also worked as scenic designer/carpenter, costume designer and muralist on all main stage productions at Polaris Charter Academy since 2011. Her most recent designs include costumes and backdrop for the Academy’s Wiley and the Hairy Man and publicity for Interrobang’s Season Six: Unnatural Disasters. Zoë has a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College, with concentrations in ceramics and photography.
Zoë is delighted to be collaborating with Social Media Marketing Guru, Christopher Knarr on publicity for Season Seven’s Flesh & Blood series, and with Ed Anderson on ITP's new website.
Claire is an actor, Certified Teacher with The Society of American Fight Directors, intimacy choreographer and educator. She has an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University. She’s worked with ITP, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Williams Street Rep, Red Tape Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Aston Rep, 20% Theatre, and Metropolis Performing Arts. Her fight choreography received a Jeff nomination for Red Tape Theatre’s The Love of the Nightingale. Claire has choreographed violence for ITP’s Foxfinder, Hot N’ Throbbing, Owners, Really Really, and Falling. safd.org/member profile