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 VERDIN, Co-Artistic Director
Georgette has been working with ITP since 2014 and has served as Co-Artistic Director since 2015. She is also a freelance director, theater and 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. 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. Other recent credits include Jeff Recommended TIME STANDS STILL (AstonRep), a staged reading of LAUNCH DAY by Michael J. Higgins (Chicago Dramatists) and Tennessee Williams’ TALK TO ME LIKE THE RAIN AND LET ME LISTEN as part of AstonRep’s FOUR BY TENN festival. She is currently assistant directing 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Georgette holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre performance from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA and a Master in Directing from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
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.