James Yost is the co-artistic director of Interrobang Theatre Project and 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, The Graduate, The Play About the Baby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Drift, Ugly Art, 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 and last season's critically acclaimed REALLY REALLY (named one of the best shows of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune). Yost recently directed True West by Sam Shepard for Shattered Globe. This summer he is directing Boeing Boeing for Davidson College. 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.
Along with working for Interrobang and being a freelance director, Georgette is also the founding theatre teacher at Polaris Charter Academy, an Expeditionary Learning School in West Humboldt Park. She directed last season's KATRINA: MOTHER-IN-LAW of 'EM ALL and Jeff Recommended RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS, as well as this season's production of the 2013 Yale Drama Series Winner STILL. This spring she'll be directing Donald Margulies' TIME STANDS STILL for Aston Rep. Georgette holds a Masters in Directing from Roosevelt University and a B.A. in Theatre Performance from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.
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.
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.
Originally from Detroit, MI, Elana is an actor, director, coach, writer and occasional producer. Her name is pronounced [el ah na]. She first met Interrobang as a cast member of The Argument in 2012 and didn’t want to leave. Subsequently, she produced Here Lies Henry (2012), Hot N’ Throbbing (2012) and Speaking in Tongues (2013). Since landing in Chicago in 2007, besides ITP, she has been honored to work with many amazing folks at lots of theatres that let her play on their stages, including The House Theatre of Chicago, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre (Evanston), Eclipse, Remy Bummpo, Stage Left & Theatre Seven (a collaboration), The Yard/Raven Theatre, Lincoln Square, Twenty Percent, Prologue, Stockyards Theatre Project, and Strangeloop Theatre. She is also a Member/Business Manager of The Chicago Inclusion Project and likes long walks on the beach at sunset. 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 under the stars, where he is the ASM at Northern Sky Theater. He is a recreational cyclist (and 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.
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.
Originally from South Bend, Indiana, 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 six's Katrina: Mother-in-Law of 'Em All, Recent Tragic Events, and The North Pool as House Manager, Marketing, and Social Media. He was House Manager for the fifth season's Owners and Really Really, Production Assistant for Orange Flower Water and Terminus, and Assistant Stage Manager for The Pitchfork Disney, and Ibsen is Dead.
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 is thrilled to be a new company member with Interrobang after being in last season's Recent Tragic Events as Waverly. She is a graduate from the College of Santa Fe with a BFA in acting, and has since worked with several theatres around the city such as Piccolo, Redmoon, The New Colony, The Poor Theatre, Polarity Ensemble, Black Ensemble, MPAACT, and Windy City Playhouse. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent and has appeared in commercials, short films, and the feature, Asymptotes, to be released later this year.
Claire Yearman is an actor, fight choreographer, and educator. She has worked for a variety of local theatres and colleges as an actor, director, and fight choreographer, including Interrobang Theatre Project, Red Tape Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, 20% Theatre, Dominican University, Harper College, Oakton Community College and Elgin Community College. She received a Jeff nomination for her fight choreography for Red Tape Theatre’s production of The Love of the Nightingale. Claire choreographed the fights for ITP’s productions of Hot N’ Throbbing, Owners and Really Really. Some of her favorite acting roles have been Theresa in Boy Gets Girl, Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Claire in Proof, Cinderella in Into the Woods, and Alice Beane in Titanic. Claire has an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance from Bradley University. She is an adjunct theatre professor at College of Dupage, where she teaches acting and improvisation. Claire is a certified teacher with The Society of American Fight Directors. She teaches stage combat locally and at workshops around the United States. safd.org/member profile
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.