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Board of Directors

board of directors.

Dana Black

Jason Crutchfield*

Malcolm “Skip” Harsch

R. Alex Kliner*

Emily Levin*

Mary Rose O’Connor*


Dana Black has never even been to Baltimore but she fell in love with Ms. Mary Rose O’Connor while understudying Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Steppenwolf Theatre last year and was thrilled and honored to be invited to be a part of this company when the opportunity presented itself.  Besides knowing a lot of people who can get us great bar/drink deals, Dana hopes to bring to the Lights Out board, knowledege of the Chicago theatre scene from her own experience as a “working” actor for the past 7 years.  Most recent credits include Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (At Play Productions), Baal (TUTA), Wild Nights with Emily (Caffeine Theatre), Two by Pinter (Piven Theatre directed by Joyce Piven), Pangs of the Messiah (Silk Road Theatre), Beauty on the Vine (BackStage Theater Company), Permanent Way (New Leaf Theatre), and Like the Moon Behind the Clouds, Dona Rosita and The Cure at Troy (Caffeine Theatre where she is also an Artistic Associate).  Other credits include understudying Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Clean House at the Goodman Theatre and TimeLine Theatre’s Jeff Award winning This Happy Breedwhich won 8 awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble.  She has also worked with Collaboraction, Victory Gardens and Famous Door.  She received her BS in Theatre from Skidmore College in upstate New York in 2001 and has since studied with the British Academy of Dramatic Arts, the School at Steppenwolf and Act One Studio in Chicago.  Dana is also a voiceover artist with Naked Voices, Inc. ( and represented by Aria Talent.

Jason Crutchfield * is thrilled to be a member of Lights Out. Starting out as an actor, Jason one day had the crazy idea that mopping the stage was a much more rewarding experience than acting on it and thus landed in his current position as a stage manager. Like other Lights Out ensemble members, Jason is originally from Maryland, but don’t hold that against him. After discovering Chicago by blindly pointing his finger at a map, he decided he liked it enough to move here and live the American dream of being an unemployed artist. Jason’s favorite things include eating breakfast cereal at any time of day, scrapple, and the city of Philadelphia. Most importantly, he is a graduate of Towson University, where he is still wondering how you can end up with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre.

Malcolm ‘Skip’ Harsch is…wait for it…an attorney in the Chicago land area focusing on family law and civil rights. He is a native of Illinois but likes to consider himself a man of the Midwest. Malcolm received his bachelor of science from the University of Iowa and his JD from DePaul University College of law. When he is not doing that whole lawyering thing he can be found sailing the high seas up in Wisconsin or performing throughout the Chicagoland area. You can usually find him entertaining the masses at the wildly popular Chicago Bar Association’s Annual Christmas Spirits show or at the North Shore Community Theatre of Wilmette.

R. Alex Kliner* is honored to help conceive Lights Out Theatre Company alongside some of the most talented people working in theatre today. A recent transplant to Chicago, Alex has been acting, directing, music directing, and sound designing in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area for several years. Outside of theatre, Alex enjoys playing any instrument with keys, winning arguments on the internet, and free-style rapping about seafood. He is currently working to complete his debut album (available in Singapore, exclusively) which combines all three in a tribute to Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Towson University and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from American University.

Emily Levin* is thrilled to be in Chicago after working in Marketing and Development for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Along with developing and marketing, she enjoys putting on makeup and painting watercolors of horses. She can only hope that her role as Associate Director of Lights Out Theatre Company will bring free hot dogs, and more drinking during the day.

Mary Rose O’Connor* is happiest when she is completely immersed in Lights Out Theatre Company. Mary enjoys holding business meetings at Taqueria El Ranchito in Uptown, making themed playlists, and whipping her hair, back and forth. Mary writes, directs, acts, and designs with Lights Out . She interned at Steppenwolf for a year and has also worked with Mary-Arrchie, Caffiene Theatre, The Gift, SiNNERMAN Ensemble and Seanachai Theatre Company, of which she is also a company member. She could never have gotten this far without style tips from David Bowie or learning the meaning of  life from Liza Minnelli.

*Founding member of Lights Out Theatre Company

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