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; the latter-day plays, Squirrels, The Wizard of Oz, Lend Me A Tenor, Orson's Shadow, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Pitchfork Disney and Noises Off. For 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) and last season's critically acclaimed REALLY REALLY (named one of the best shows of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune) Falling (Jeff nominated actors: Justin Tsatsa and Amy Johnson) And True West by Sam Shepard for Shattered Globe. This season he will direct the Chicago premiere of FOR THE LOYAL by Lee Blessing. He teaches acting, directing, production design and film at the high school and collegiate level. He is published in Teaching Theatre Journal, a publication of Dramatics Magazine.
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 Barnard is absolutely thrilled to be a part of Interrobang Theatre Project. A graduate of Illinois State University, Brynne began her career as an Interrobanger by playing Marion in ITP’s production of Owners. Prior to her work with Interrobang, Brynne worked with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, 20% Theatre Company, and the Plagiarists. She is looking forward to working with this company to create the art she came to the city to find. Many thanks to the brilliant Jim Yost, the phenomenal Georgette Verdin, and, of course, the reason she came back to theatre: Jeffry Stanton. Walk towards the mountain.
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). Over the last few years, she has been seen with The House Theatre of Chicago, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Eclipse, Remy Bummpo, Stage Left & Theatre Seven (a collaboration), & 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. That's not to say he can't be dragged back onstage, if arm twisted. Since then, he has worked for theatres in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin, both onstage and backstage. His Interrobang SM credits include: Speaking in Tongues, Terminus, Really Really, and Recent Tragic Events. Shawn spends his summers in 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 ITP company member since February 2015. She graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a BFA in Acting. She was previously seen in Interrobang's Fifth Season productions, Owners and Really Really. She is currently a company member with New American Folk Theatre (Chicago) and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre (Los Angeles), with whom she won the LAWeekly Best Actress award for The Belle of Belfast in 2013. She can be seen at many film festivals around the country in the new film Halfway starring Quinton Aaron from The Blindside, which was awarded Best Feature at the Julian Dubuque International Film Festival. In February 2016, she performed the one-woman show The Amish Project with AtticRep in San Antonio, TX, and shortly after was invited to take the show to the Teatro Potlach FLIPT festival in Rome, Italy. She can be seen performing in the Midwest premiere of Still by Jen Silverman with Interrobang from September 28-October 30th at the Athenaeum, followed by the remount of AtticRep's The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey with Interrobang November 10th-December 4th.
Originally from South Bend, IN, and relocated to beautiful Chicago, he graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Theatre & Drama, and studied abroad with The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Recent credits include Interrobang Theatre Project's productions of season seven's Still, The Amish Project, and Falling as 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.
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 after performing in Recent Tragic Events as Waverly. She was also Elena in Still. Other Chicago credits include Vices and Virtues (Profiles), This (u/s Windy City Playhouse), Urban Love Story (Black Ensemble), A Life of Galileo (ETOPiA Northwestern), Edgar and Annabelle (Poor Theatre), Miracles in the Fall (Polarity Ensemble) and Six Dead Queens (Piccolo Theatre). Regional credits are Detroit (TheatreSquared) and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company). Television credits: Chicago Justice (NBC). 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 Hot N’ Throbbing, Owners, Really Really, and Falling. safd.org/member profile
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.