Armless Cast and Crew Bios
PHOTOS COURTESY OF Serena Valenti
Annie Calhoun as JENNY
Ian Knox is thrilled to be making his debut with LOTC. Ian has worked with many Chicago theatre companies; most recently he’s been seen in Aston Rep’s The Erpingham Camp, 45 min Production’s 365 Sketches, WNEP’s The Hopper Project, OPFT’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Infamous Commonwealth’s The Grapes of Wrath, Annoyance Theater’s Night Falls, Quest Theatre Ensemble’s The People’s History of the United States, Theater Wit’s Feydeau-Si-Deau. He would like to thank his amazing friends and family for their continued support.
Gavin Robinson is actually from Baton Rouge, LA. He moved to Chicago about 5 years ago & in his short time here, he’s managed to finally finish college, obtain a real job & join a theatre company. He’s glad to be working with Lights Out on this great production & wishes his new friends continued success. His other work in the city has been featured in virtually every theatre festival imaginable & most recently, Cherrywood at Mary Arrchie.
Mary Williamson is excited to be working with the good people at LOTC for the first time and at The Mary-Arrchie space for the first time outside of Abbiefest! She graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Acting, but is a big fan of dabbling. She is also a director, illustrator, comedian, costume designer and makeup artist. She has worked with many a Chicago theatre company including Redmoon, Griffin, TimeLine, Lifeline, Jackalope, Emerald City, and The Inconvenience. She is the Creative Director and Head of programming for Art with The Inconvenience, a multi disciplinary arts organization that focuses on music, theatre, art, and dance. She is currently designing costumes and make up for The Inconvenience’s production of THE EARL at A Red Orchid Theatre. Her Sketch group, The Cool Table, has been together for over four years and has been seen around the city in countless bars (not just drinking), cabarets, sketch fests, fringe fests, and Lollapalooza! Some of her illustrations are featured in this year’s “America Issue” of Nylon Magazine in the Chicago Article. The Inconvenience is also featured! Check it out!
DESIGN and PRODUCTION
Bobby Libby* – Director, Sound Design, Scenic Design, Like most of Lights Out, Bobby is a graduate of Towson University and hails from Maryland. He moved to Chicago in September 2009, and gained 30 pounds in two months. He lent his newfound heft to acting in productions for LOTC, including MooseHumps, Poverty Christmas Pageant, Song For A Future Generation, MooseHumps 2.0, and PCP II. The last time he was in Mary-Arrchie, he was performing in MooseHumps for Abbie Fest. After directing productions of The Pillowman and The Zoo Story while at Towson, Bobby makes his Chicago directorial debut with Armless. He wishes many thanks to his way-too-supportive family, Abbie, and especially this phenomenal cast, Lights Out, and all of his best Friendship Friends that helped make this show as special as it has been.
Christina Dougherty*- Stage Manager, Properties Design, Christina is the resident stage manager for Lights Out, and has also recently worked with the kind folks at Mary-Arrchie (Cherrywood) and The Factory (Jenny&Jenni). She is very, very proud of this insanely talented cast, and would like to thank you for coming to support us! Christina would also like to give big hugs (with arms) to Carlo, the Lighties, and Aren, The Electric Ninja. And as for Bobby…you CRUSHED IT, boo. Rainbow!
Jaclyn Keough*– Lighting Design, Jaclyn Keough is not a lighting designer… that being said, she is always up for a challenge and a learning experience! A company member with Lights Out, she was most recently seen in Poverty Christmas Pageant II. You may have also seen her in other fine LOTC productions, such as Poverty Christmas Pageant (the first one), MooseHumps, MooseHumps 2.0, and the world premiere of Joe Tracz’s Song for a Future Generation. Other credits include: Betty Gone (Champagne and Milk Theatre Company), Hamlet (Baltimore Shakespeare), Company (Maryland Ensemble Theater), Alice in Wonderland (Pumpkin Theatre). BS in Theatre Performance from Towson University. Love and thanks to family and friends. Bananas for Cam.
Kate Bateman– Graphic Design, Scenic Design, Kate Bateman is a print designer for DDB Chicago. A Baltimore native, she has paired art+theatre for over five years; spanning on-set photography for over 10 stage productions, four independent films, & print material as Senior Designer for Iron Crow Theatre Company. As freelancer for Towson University, her 2009 design and photography work with Vodka F**cking Television, The Polar Truth and Tanya Tanya was recognized by the CITD New Russian Drama season playwrights and translators. She recently finished work with Columbia’s production of Equus and as Production Designer for the film The Circus Animals. Kate began collaborating with LOTC on the Fringe ad and is thrilled to now be a part of the LOTC family for such an amazing season!
Bradley Burgess-Donaleski*- Costume Design, Bradley is tickled pink to service the ranks of Chicago’s most titilating up-and-comers. Does this sound naughty to you? Good- because Bradley wouldn’t have it any other way. Bradley received his BS in Theatre (this is what irony looks like on paper) from Towson University, where he first met the spirited youths that would later become Lights Out Theatre Company. Bradley was recently seen as Grandma in Moosehumps and Mr. Mortimer in Moosehumps 2.0. He also designed costumes for LOTC’s World Premiere of Song for a Future Generation by Joe Tracz. Bradley is a single Taurus who enjoys long walks to the Taco Bell, quiet evenings by the television, and writing about himself in the third person.
Jason Pikscher– Set Construction, Jason is thrilled to be helping out LOTC. Jason’s fabrications have been seen all over the country. Most notably for the Kennedy Center, Houston Grand Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, Six Flags Great Escape and Six Flags Great America, as well for displays with Microsoft, TLC, Animal Planet, Walgreen’s, and the Travel Channel. Jason’s recent credits include those at Silk Road Theatre Project (artistic associate), First Folio, Harper College, North Central College (Staff TD), Stage Left, and Point of Contention. Jason wishes nothing, but the best for the success of the production and would like to thank his wife for being by his side for love, support, and tolerance of his ridiculous work schedule.
*Lights Out Theatre Company ensemble