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.
GEORGETTE VERDIN, Co-Artistic Director
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.
DEANNA JENT, Writer
Deanna Jent is the Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre and a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, where she has been teaching since 1995. She has written stage adaptations of the novels Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis and Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. Her play Falling won the Kevin Kline award for Best New Play of 2011 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Best Play Award following its off-Broadway run in 2012. Falling was produced in Singapore in 2016 and has been translated into Portuguese for an upcoming production in Brazil. She has directed at professional theaters throughout St. Louis and was named “Best Director of a Musical” by the St. Louis Theatre Circle for Mustard Seed Theatre’s production of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Deanna grew up southwest of Chicago in Plano and earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 1989.