Collaborators

  • Ada Grey

    Ada Grey is a theater reviewer and actor in Chicago. She has been reviewing plays since she was 4 and acted in her first play at age 6. You can read all of her reviews here.

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  • Alison Ogunmokun

    Alison A. Ogunmokun is an poet, comedian, and earthy brown girl living in Chicago, IL. Alison has performed at The Poetry Foundation, The Playground Theatre with her improv team, and was a featured speaker for The Encyclopedia Show. She is currently working on writing a collection of essays and poems about her personal experience with […]

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  • Andrew Marikis

    Andrew Marikis

    Andrew Marikis is a storyteller, actor, teaching artist and dinosaur enthusiast. As a storyteller, Andrew has performed with Fillet of Solo, Hump Night, Story Club and Tellin’ Tales Theatre. He also hosts and co-produces Story Club South Side monthly. As an actor he’s worked with Adventure Stage, Lifeline, Sheanachai, BoHo, Sideshow and Chicago Dramatists among […]

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  • Andy Monson

    Andy Monson has worked as an actor, writer, director, and administrator for such companies as The Neofuturists, Steppenwolf, Mercy Street Theatre, The Artistic Home, Next Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, MCL, Second City, Raven Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Spartan Theatre Company (which he co-founded.)  He has appeared in the independent films “Speed Dating” and “Urban Warfare” as well as […]

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  • Becca Brown

    Becca Brown is a Chicago-born comedian, actor, musician, and writer. She almost got a BFA in theater at UIC and is a graduate of The Second City and iO Training Centers. You may recognize her as the ladychild bassist from the 2003 film School of Rock. A proud recipient of the 2015 Bob Curry Fellowship […]

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  • Ben Schoeller

    Ben Schoeller grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he came from a family of 4. He is currently living downtown and attending Columbia College Chicago as a Sophomore where he’s majoring in Radio and minoring in voiceover. During his free time he likes to explore different parts of the city and all […]

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  • Bob Garick

    Bob leads an eclectic life as an amateur author, artist, musician, engineer, motorcycle repairman, calculus wizard and more. His professional resume includes theatrical set and lighting designer, technical director and high school English teacher. Family is Bob’s one true passion; he has three remarkable daughters and a wife of nearly three decades.  But in order […]

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  • Brady Guy

    Brady Guy graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he spent his time studying for classes in a hammock on the beach. In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Producer, Brady is also a Producing Intern with Full Spectrum Features and attends classes at The Second City Training Center. He is the winner […]

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  • Brandon Jones

    Born in Queens, raised in Orlando and now based in Chicago, Illinois, Brandon Jones is a multi-hyphenat artist, filmmaker, and voiceover talent. He is a full-time student at Columbia College Chicago working towards a B.A. degree in film and a minor in voiceover. Consistently broadening his horizons, Brandon is on a never-ending mission to redefine what […]

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  • Brandon Paul Eells

    Brandon Paul Eells

    Brandon Paul Ells has been a professional voice actor for over twenty years. He has been heard in thousands of commercials and several video games, including “World War Z” and “Watch_Dogs.” You might recognize his voice as “Jon the Chameleon” for Valspar Paint or as the voice of“Max,” the new recommendation engine for Netflix. Brandon […]

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  • BrittneyLove Smith

    BrittneyLove Smith is an onstage, screen, and voiceover actor. She is elated to be making her WBEZ debut with Pleasure Town. She recently appeared In North Light’s critically acclaimed production of Charm at the Steppenwolf Garage. She was also in Raven Theatres’ Dividing the Estate. In Eclipse Theaters’ critically acclaimed production of Ruined, she played […]

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  • Brooke Allen

    Brooke Allen

    a Shaman, a Sheriff, and a Doctor. But the town was missing something-someone to lead the youth, someone to teach. And then God gave them the incomparable Brooke Allen, who’s writing is feature in Episode 7: Flashes of Fire. Brooke Allen brings us PleasureTown’s newest resident: Angie the schoolteacher. Brooke is a graduate of Webster […]

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  • Caitlin Montanye Parrish

    Caitlin Montanye Parrish

    Caitlin Parrish’s career began at age 18 when she won the 2003 National Young Playwrights Competition with her first play The View from Tall, which subsequently ran off-broadway. A forthcoming adaptation of The View from Tall marks the beginning of her film career, as both screenwriter and co-director. Her collaborator and co-director Erica Weiss directed […]

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  • Chris DeSalvo

    Chris De Salvo is a Chicago-based Actor, Musician & Poet. He attended the Writer’s Workshop In Iowa City & has since resorted to getting by on income accumulated from a slew of job that mean little-to-nothing to him. He’s performed at The Annoyance Theater, The Second City’s UP Comedy Club, iO, iO West, The Mayne […]

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  • Chris Higgins

    Chris Higgins grew up in Boulder, CO. Raised by conspiracy theories and mountain bikes, Chris can be seen performing stand-up and improv all over the city.He also produces “The Chill as Fuck Show” at Second City’s Beat Lounge. Chris has a special place in his heart for voice acting as it was the voice-over work […]

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  • Colin Wright

    Colin Wright

    Colin Wright grew up in Wellsville, Kansas, and has had a passion for entertaining others since young age. Upon graduating with a Journalism degree from the University of Kansas in 2013, he spent a year writing newsletters in Nebraska before moving to the big city of Chicago last summer. His amateur expertise ranges from gigs […]

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  • Dana Norris

    Dana Norris

    PleasureTown wasn’t built in a day. In fact, it originally started as a play that blended Chicago’s thriving storytelling talents with the city’s theatrical sensibilities. What we got was an incredible show that had more life in it that we could have imagined. One of the original contributors to PleasureTown is Dana Norris. Dana originally wrote […]

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  • Daniel Kerr

    Dan Kerr-Hobert received his BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He works as an ensemble member of The Chicago Neo-Futurists and Blair Thomas and Company, and he is the former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre. As a freelance puppet designer, director, writer, deviser and performer, his work has […]

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  • Dave Frederking

    David Frederking is an actor and audiobook narrator from Oak Park, IL. As a lifelong listener of WBEZ, David was more than happy to trudge through the tour groups and Margaritavillains on Navy Pier if it meant being that much closer to the essence of a young Ira Glass. David received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Columbia College, […]

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  • David Pintor

    David is a Chicago-born artist and educator. He’s the founder of the theater tent show, South Side Ignoramus Quartet (SIQ), which provides real south side Chicago-style comedy sketch shows inside a tent in his parent’s backyard. He follows the philosophy that art should be accessible to all, not just those who can afford it and […]

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  • Deanna Moffitt

    Actor, Host, VO Talent and Facilitator, Deanna Moffitt can liven up just about any experience. She’s worked with audiences as large as 5,000 and as small as one. From Portland, OR to Istanbul, Turkey and many stops in between.   As a performer she’s worked with Second City on Norwegian Cruise Line, and in the […]

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  • Don Hall

    Don Hall

    Don Hall is a storyteller, cultural organizer, events producer, provocateur, podcaster, actor, director, and generally a pleasant guy to hang with (as long as you don’t poke the gorilla…). Formerly a theatrical producer, a public school teacher, a massage school facilities manager, and a homeless busker, he currently makes a living as the Director of […]

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  • Dwight Sora

    Dwight would like to thank Pleasure Town for his first foray into podcasting. Onstage appearances include The Big, The Trouble and The Little China (New Millennium), The Three Musketeers (Lifeline),Family Devotions (Halcyon) and 12 Angry Men (Raven). He has also understudied at Steppenwolf and Silk Road Rising, and been part of the educational theater troupes […]

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  • Eileen Dougharty

    Eileen Dougharty

    Mattie Barker might seem larger than life, and in a way she is. Originally played on stage by solo performer Jen Bosworth, the character for the PleasureTown podcast is written by multiple, talented scribes, including Eileen Dougharty, who wrote the Mattie Barker segment for Episode 102. After dabbling in writing sketch comedy, Eileen discovered sharing […]

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  • Emilie Modaff

    Emilie Modaff is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. She received her degree in Acting and spends most of her time attempting to pay rent by playing professional make believe. Emilie has worked on the stages of Lookingglass Theater, Strawdog Theater, Circle Theater, Chemically Imbalanced, and Gorilla Tango, among others. She also serves as Marketing Director for […]

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  • Erin Kahoa

    Erin Kahoa

    Erin Kahoa has a passion for the theatrical. At the age of 25 he served as the Director of Theatre for a private University. He’s trained under Jim Slowiak (student and protégé of Jerzy Grotowski.) Since moving to Chicago, Erin has utilized this passion in the art of live literature, garnering three Moth slam wins, […]

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  • Eve Rounds

    Eve is elated to be making her debut on PleasureTown! Flitting in and out of the art world by choice and chance, she has acted in national commercials, theatre, improv and film. Most notably CarMax, Around The Coyote Festival, countless random gigs about Chicago and Young American Bodies on IFC. Eve’s most personal endeavor was […]

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  • Guadalís Del Carmen

    Guadalís Del Carmen is a Loyola University graduate born and raised in Chicago. Her first play, Blowout, was produced by Aguijón Theater in 2013. In 2014, she was one of eight early career playwrights to be chosen to be part of El Semillero, a playwright writing group curated by ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) […]

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  • Gwynn Fulcher

    Gwynn V. Fulcher is a writer/performer who has been sharing pop culture rants and personal stories at the best live lit events around the city since 2011, and she’s been involved with the Chicago theatre scene since 2004. Gwynn is an Artistic Associate with the Neo-Futurists, an editor with the short fiction podcast Reading Out Loud, she’s been published […]

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  • Ian Belknap

    Ian Belknap

    Ian Belknap is the founder and Overlord of WRITE CLUB, and editor of the forthcoming collection Bare-Knuckled Lit: The Best of WRITE CLUB. He is also the somber voice of The Bartender in Episode 8: Of Vigilance and Worry. WRITE CLUB has chapters in five North American cities, and has given over $10,000 to charities […]

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  • James Gordon

    James Gordon is the author of five book of Poetry, including the Amazon Best Seller, “Hi, My Name is Bobo”. He is a lifelong resident of Chicago and currently hosts a live Poetry open mic(Poetry’s Love Letter at Let Them Eat Chocolate,5306 N. Damen), a variety show(Cafe Cabaret at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western), and […]

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  • Jessica Landis

    Jessica was born in St. Louis, but escaped as quickly as possible.  If she was in Starfleet, she would be in Operations with an eye towards a Command position.  You can see her performing with Improvised Twilight Zone and Hitch*Cocktails, or sometimes in musicals at MCL or the Annoyance Theatre.  In 2016 alone, she has […]

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  • Jillian Rea

    Jillian was last seen in The Ruckus’ From These Fatal Loins. Originally from Michigan, Jillian lived in Los Angeles for 4+ years working on various independent films, pilots, and working as an event coordinator.  She made her Chicago debut in Tympanic Theatre Company’s Sandalwood. Favorite roles include Lulu in Barbecue Apocalypse (The Ruckus) Big Betty in Escanaba In Love, Babe […]

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  • Joe Courtney

    Joe Courtney received his degree in English from Eastern Illinois University. Following graduation, he worked as a freelance writer and music journalist. He then took  his passion for reading and writing to the classroom, working as a special education teacher on the city’s southwest side for three years. Joe makes up one fifth of Chicago […]

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  • Joe DeCeault

    Joe DeCeault is an award-winning producer for WBEZ’s web team where he heads up WBEZ podcasts.  Before then, he was a producer with our midday talk programs, The Morning Shift and The Afternoon Shift, and was a full-time producer with the morning program since 2007, when it was called Eight Forty-Eight, and has produced segments […]

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  • Joe Janes

    Joe Janes

    PleasureTown is lucky to have an assortment of writing talent contribute their skills to flesh out our story. One of these writers, who crafted Mudd’s story in episode 5 of season 2, is Joe Janes. Joe Janes is an Emmy award-winning writer who teaches comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City Training Center and […]

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  • Johnny Moran

    Johnny Moran

    Johnny is an actor and Jeff Award nominated fight choreographer from Chicago. He has worked with companies such as A Red Orchid, The Gift, Writer’s Theatre, The Griffin, The Hypocrites, Black Ensemble, Strawdog, and is a member of the Factory Theater.  You can follow him on Twitter @JohnnyMoDigital or check out his social media pages […]

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  • Josh Zagoren

    Josh Zagoren

    Shaman John is the resident mystic of PleasureTown. And the man behind the character is pretty much made of magic himself. Today, we meet Josh Zagoren, the voice behind the settlement’s tragic everyman and one of the character’s main writers. Born in Iowa and schooled in Boston, Josh is a professional actor and talented creative […]

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  • Julian Stroop

    Chicago artist Julian Stroop is proud to lend his voice to the amazing Pleasure Town series. You may have seen him on stage recently in Midsommer Flight’s Macbeth as Malcom or in The Love of Three Oranges at Piccolo Theater. Julian also collaborates with 2ndStory as a director. You can check out some of his […]

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  • Justin Kaufmann

    Justin Kaufmann is currently the host of “The Download” on WGN Radio, weeknights 7-11pm. He is also the founding member of the Chicago comedy group Schadenfreude.  

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  • Justin Verstrate

    Justin Verstraete is an actor in the great city of Chicago and is a proud graduate of Bradley University. Acting credits include The House Theatre, The Neo-Futurists, Deluge Theatre Collective, LiveWire Theatre, Nothing Special Productions, Caffeine Theatre, InFusion Theatre, Timberlake Playhouse, Just Passing By Theatre, Rough Company, and Theatre for People Who Need It.  He […]

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  • Karen Clanton

    Karen Clanton is an attorney whose law degree did not stifle the English major lurking within.  She has forged a career as a writer in the legal profession, where she develops internal communications strategy for a major law firm.  Karen served as the Reporter for an American Bar Association (ABA) Commission examining diversity in the […]

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  • Kathrynne Wolf

    Kathrynne Wolf is a Chicago storefront theatre veteran, appearing with companies such as Mary Arrchie, Lookingglass, Strawdog, Stage Left, Redtwist, About Face, First Folio, and others (including 13 years as a founding company member of Babes With Blades Theatre Company). She has recorded voiceovers for TV & radio commercials, video games and a pinball machine, […]

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  • Keith Ecker

    Keith Ecker

    Keith Ecker is the creator of Guts & Glory and Essay Fiesta, two of Chicago’s most popular live  literary series. A former comedian and journalist, Keith has been performing his personal essays  across Chicago since 2009. He is also a faculty member at StoryStudio Chicago, where he teaches  creative and business writing. In addition, Keith […]

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  • Kelly Kriegshauser

    Kelly Kriegshauser is an aspiring everything from St. Louis, MO. She dreams of the day when she can fiscally survive without wearing an apron. She just started a band called “Guilt Girl Beta” on bandcamp and just hopes she can get outta this one horse town. But it’s a very nice horse that she’ll return to […]

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  • Kelsie Huff

    Kelsie Huff is a Columbia College Chicago graduate turned stand-up and storyteller. She’s the creator and host of the kates, a nine year comedy showcase, hosted by The Book Cellar and Laugh Factory Chicago. She teaches the only all female stand-up class in Chicago called, Feminine Comique. Kelsie performs at clubs all around the Midwest, […]

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  • Kevin Gladish

    Kevin Gladish

    PleasureTown wouldn’t be the same without its resident reporter, and Kevin Gladish fills that role the charm of a traveling salesman. Kevin first helped bring PleasureTown to life in our stage show, and we at the PleasureTown Historical Society are happy to have him back. If you live in Chicago, Kevin is a bit of […]

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  • Lauren Leigh Demerath

    Lauren Leigh Demerath

    Lauren Demerath is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in theatre performance. Lauren is an associate company member of TUTA Theatre Chicago and also a company member of the up and coming Saltbox Theatre Collective.  This past year Lauren joined […]

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  • Lizzie Seidenstricker

    Lizzie Seidenstricker

    Lizzie Seidenstricker earned her degree in Journalism and Strategic Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she works in videography and video editing as an Assistant Director of Admissions Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Despite loving everything and anything about Wisconsin, this Milwaukee native is having an amazing time in Chicago working with the […]

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  • Lucinda Eells

    Lucinda Eells

    Lucinda Eells is in the second grade and is already making a name and voice for herself. Minisode 4, Nothing But Hungry, is her third voiceover job. She played the role of Pete in the continued story of Crandle Philing’s Fantasy Fair and Freak Show. She enjoys being a voice actor but still wants to […]

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  • Mariam Sobh

    Mariam Sobh is a multi-media journalist based in Chicago. She is also the founder and editor in chief of www.hijabtrendz.com   Mariam is a working actress, voice over artist and singer. She graduated with a bachelors in Speech Communication and a masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois. Mariam also trained in classical voice at the […]

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  • Matthew Aaron Glover

    Matthew Aaron Glover

    Matthew Aaron Glover crawled out of the woods of eastern North Carolina to graduate from NC State with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. Then, someone decided to hide him behind a desk in Raleigh. A steady stream of alcohol, rock music, & table-top games fuels his habit of producing fantasy & science-fiction literature in his […]

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  • Michael Rice

    Originally from Ireland, Michael moved to Chicago 10 months ago to pursue comedy. He can been seen performing stand up comedy at Zanies, the and Comedy Bar, as well as various bar shows around town. He ia also studying improv at IO.

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  • Michaela Petro

    Michaela hails from the East Coast’s brass capital, but has called Chicago home since ’01. She is an ensemble member with Strawdog Theatre Company and Wildclaw Theatre’s resident berserker. She is represented by Big Mouth Talent and she’s got this swell website: www.macpetro.com

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  • Randall Colburn

    Randall Colburn has written and performed around Chicago with 2nd Story, Write Club, You’re Being Ridiculous, This Much Is True, Mortified, Paper Machete, and more. As a playwright, he’s seen his work produced and developed all over the country and overseas. Randall also writes about pop culture for Consequence of Sound, Blumhouse.com, and The Onion […]

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  • Richard Izzo

    Richard Izzo

    Richard Izzo is a high school library assistant. He received his Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2013 after a promising career in bookselling fell flat. He is an inveterate bull-shitter but the following is accurate: He wrote a blog from 2003-2012 under the name Reverend H.L. Spork and occasionally […]

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  • River Rising

    River Rising

    River Rising comprises the musical talents of Megan Deiger and Tim Hazen, whose voices tightly weave country and folk music over a backbone of bluesy sensibility. Lyrically, they capture heartache, waywardness, and emotional strength with a soulful quality reminiscent of a spiritual. Simple orchestration of accompaniment is welcome, allowing words, melodies, and often ethereal harmonies […]

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  • Ryan P. Duke

    Ryan P. Duke

    The PleasureTown Historical Society as a recurring feature called “PleasureTown Collaborator Q&A.” The feature puts the spotlight on those voices and talents who help breathe life into this dead and forgotten town.

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  • Sam Bailey

    Sam Bailey is a Chicago-born actor and writer. She has worked with many theatre companies across the city including The Second City Outreach and was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow. Her written work has been seen on live lit stages across the city including Guts and Glory, 2nd Story, Story Club, Essay Fiesta and The Paper Machete. […]

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  • Sarah Shockey

    Sarah Shockey is a writer, performer, and maker of little drawings in Chicago, IL. She was a member of the Shock T’s Comedy Band for five years, and currently performs Red: The Musical at shows and festivals. She has written several screenplays and is currently producing a cartoon. You can follow Sarah on Twitter.

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  • Sean Parris

    Sean Parris is an actor and writer, born in L.A., raised in Miami and Georgia, and moved to Chicago a few years ago to study acting. His Chicago credits include: The Solid Sand Below (Goodman Theatre New Stages); The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Garage); The Whipping Man (Northlight Theatre); Seascape (Remy Bumppo); Pornography (Steep Theatre); A […]

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  • Selena Boyer

    Selena Boyer is from Birmingham, Alabama where she can be frequently located at The Golden Rule BBQ eating a rack of ribs and a side of coleslaw. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she got her BFA in Acting. In addition to her voiceover work with PleasureTown, she is also a […]

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  • Stephanie Chavara

    Stephanie is an actor, storyteller, and teaching artist. She has performed with many companies around the city including Pegasus Players, Signal Ensemble, Strawdog, Remy Bumppo, and Adventure Stage, where she is a company member. She is also a company member at 2nd Story where she writes, teaches and directs. She’s performed her stories at Essay […]

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  • Susan Messing

    A New Jersey native, Susan Messing graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theater. Following graduation, she began performing improvisation at iO Theater, where she appeared on the Harold team Blue Velveeta. In 1998, she was hired as a performer on The Second City mainstage.[1] Messing is an ensemble member of Annoyance Theater where […]

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  • Tom Wolferman

    Tom Wolferman

    Tom Wolferman has followed a lifelong writing path that has been interesting, eclectic and unpredictable. Navigating a balancing act where creativity often is at odds with commerce, he has written advertising copy, employee communications, the occasional humor piece for publication and fun-filled oxymoronic projects involving corporate comedy. When Keith Ecker and Alyson Lyon first invited […]

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  • Trevor Dawkins

    Trevor Dawkins

    Trevor graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in performance. He was cast by the Neo-Futurist in 2011 and has been writing for and performing in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind ever since. Trevor has also written and performed in several Prime Time shows at The Neo-Futurists, including Chalk and Saltwater: […]

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  • Tyler Greene

    Tyler Greene makes live events (especially live podcast events!) for Chicago Public Media (WBEZ 91.5FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM) and proudly holds court as Assistant House Manager for the national radio show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Tyler also produces storytelling events in Chicago for The Moth, the New York City-based storytelling organization. He tells stories […]

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  • Van Wilson

    Van Wilson wanted to be Indiana Jones when he was little boy, and a baseball player, and a golfer, and a doctor, and a singer, and a youth minister, and a…then he realized that if he became an actor, he could do it all. He studied youth ministry at Ohio Valley University but spent the […]

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  • Will Hindmarch

    Will Hindmarch

    Chicago-born writer and designer Will Hindmarch aims to write one of everything. He says he’s way behind schedule but so far he’s published tweets, stories, games, poetry, essays, interviews, comics, and more. Will co-founded Gameplaywright Press and works as a game designer, narrative designer, and graphic designer for print and electronic publishers. As the Assistant […]

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  • Willy Nast

    Willy Nast

    PleasureTown’s resident reporter was a natural fit for writer and performer Willy Nast. Growing up in Aurora, Ill., Nast moved to Chicago in his early 20s to pursue an education in creative non-fiction at Northwestern University. After graduating, he found his new home in Chicago’s “live lit” scene. In 2013, he took over Essay Fiesta, […]

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  • Zac Hobert Thompson

    Hobert Thompson is a comedian from Brevard, NC, living in Chicago, IL. He’s appeared around Chicago performing standup and improv with the groups Droday and BROTHER. He’s also one of the producers for The Chill as Fuck Show, a variety show. Hobert co-wrote and co-starred in Twenties, a feature film that premiered at the 2014 […]

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  • Zach Bartz

    Zach Bartz is the co-founder of the word of mouth variety show The Shithole, and one third of improv troupe Gnar Gnar Shredtown. He has a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago, and has trained at The Second City Training Center, iO, Annoyance, ComedySportz, and more. He teaches theatre, improv, sketch comedy, and […]

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