Margaret Knapp is new to the Interrobang Theatre Project family and is happy to be working as the Literary Manager for the company, as well as directing her first ITP production. A proud Equity actor since 1992, Margaret has acted at various theaters in the Midwest such as the Apollo here in Chicago, Drury Lane-Oakbrook, The Unicorn Theater and Kansas City Rep in Kansas City, MO and The Human Race Theater in Dayton, OH. Her directing credits include: Uncle Vanya, Honey Brown Eyes, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Rhinoceros, Museum by Tina Howe and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues starring TV and film actor Richard Kind. A graduate of UW-Madison (BA in Communications) and UMKC (MFA in Acting/Directing), Margaret also teaches Speech, Acting and Comparative Literature at various colleges in Illinois.
GEORGETTE VERDIN, Assistant Director (Co-Artistic Director)
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).
JAMES YOST, Co-Artistic Director
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.
DAWN KING, Playwright
Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV and radio. Currently, Dawn is working on two plays: The Light and Salt, which is a commission from the National Theatre and will be performed by youth theatre groups around the country in 2018. She is also adapting her stage play Ciphers into a screenplay for Cowboy Films. Ciphers made the Brit List of the best ‘yet to shoot’ screenplays as selected by the UK film industry in 2016. Dawn is also redrafting the blacklisted screenplay Randle is Benign for Echo Lake Productions in the U.S. Dawn’s previous work for the stage includes; an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, a co-production between the Royal and Derngate, Northampton and the Touring Consortium which toured the UK in 2014; Ciphers, a co-production between Out of Joint, Exeter Nothcott and The Bush Theatre which toured the UK in 2013/2014; and Foxfinder, produced by Papatango Theatre Company at The Finborough in 2011. Foxfinder won the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, the Papatango New Writing Competition 2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012. Dawn’s short film The Kármán Line won 17 awards including the BIFA for Best Short and was BAFTA nominated in 2014.