(re)discover theatre's mission
WHY we create:
(re)discover theatre believes in surprising ourselves and our audiences with live experiences that are visceral and deeply memorable for both artists and audiences. We promise to challenge ourselves towards that line between failure and triumph as we seek connection through discomfort, joy and touching those things that cannot be described with words.*
HOW we create:
◦ Planning extensively and playing flexibly
◦ Being available for collaboration by being present in rehearsal rooms
◦ Aiming for excellence and innovation while being honest when we miss the mark
◦ Challenging assumptions through non-traditional spaces and non-traditional casting
◦ Engaging all five senses
◦ Playing harder, breathing deeper, listening better
◦ Falling down and drinking whiskey when appropriate
WHAT we create:
Right Now? Theatrical experiences with a focus on achieving excellence through specificity in text, design and movement. We have an affinity for blending visual, auditory and theatrical constructs for an experience that crosses disciplines to grab you by the guts.
*Love, hate, life, birth, death, sex, connection, isolation, uncontrollable laughter, etc.
Matt Wills: Co-Artistic Director
Contact Matt with questions about overall company inquiries, designer and writer submissions.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts in Directing from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, where he directed three Beckett shorts including: Footfalls, Rough for Theatre II, and Act Without Words II. His most recent full-length productions include The Water Engine, The Wonderful World of Dissocia (“directed with imagination and passion” – River Front Times), (re)discover's inaugural production The Tragedie of Hamlet: Prince of Denmarke, and Chicago Reader Recommended An Evening of Beckett: Play-Not I-What Where. Matthew has also had the opportunity to assist well-known Chicago directors Sean Graney and Matthew Reeder, whom he credits with much of his insight into the theatre world. Matthew's theatre dreams are coming true with the development of (re)discover theatre. He has always seen himself at the helm of a theatre company and is ready to take on the tempest of the Chicago Theatre world. He hopes to see (re)discover theatre push boundaries, while simultaneously making material accessible, entertaining, and interactive for theatre audiences.
Janet Howe: Co-Artistic Director
Contact Janet with questions about audience concerns and costume/prop/design rental
Janet Howe is extremely proud to be acting as Co-Artistic Director for (re)discover theatre. Janet has worked primarily as a director: her most recent projects include Jason and (Medea), Flesh and Bone, Nothing to Fear at The Side Project, A Year with Frog and Toad and working as choreographer on Much Ado About Nothing. Janet is honored to have have assisted directors at Children Theatre Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre St. Louis and interned at The Guthrie. She holds her BA in Directing from Webster University's Conservatory of Theater Arts. Janet has also joyously served as costume dseinger for (re)discover's Hamlet, An Evening of Beckett, Flesh and Bone and As You Like It.
Miriam Reuter: Executive Director
Contact Miriam with questions about space coordination, donation coordination, payments and reimbursements.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Miriam has been performing in classical, contemporary, and musical theatre since the age of 10. She graduated with honors from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with her BFA in Acting in 2009, studying under professors Kat Singleton, Gary Glasgow, Bill Lynch, Bruce Longworth, and Jef Awada. Some of her favorite roles include Ophelia in (re)discover theatre's Hamlet, Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa (Webster University), Woman 2 in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis. Miriam moved to Chicago in October 2009 and leapt into the theatre scene, performing and taking classes with various companies along the way. Most recently she played Woman 1 in "Play", and Bam in "What Where", both with (re)discover.
Danielle Whaley: General Manager
Contact Danielle with questions about budgetary and scheduling questions.
Danielle moved to Chicago from California on Halloween of 2012 and is very excited to be working with the fine folks at (re)discover as their Company Manager! She received a degree in Drama with an emphasis in Stage Management from the University of California in Irvine a few months before making her move and has worked in a number of regional and storefront theater companies in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County areas as well as right here in Chicago. She most recently worked with Lookingglass Theatre Company as their spring Production Management intern and as as the Company Manager for The National Pastime Theater. Other recent credits include: Lydia (National Pastime Theater, Production Manager), The Clean House (Crabapple Productions, Production Manager), Jason and (Medea) ((re)discover theatre, Production Manager), Variety Showand Happy Hollydaze (Corn Productions, Stage Manager), Hamlet Project (ShakesBEER, Stage Manager).
Bobby Arnold: Magical Minutiae Manager
Contact Bobby with questions about intercompany relations and programming.
Bobby is a proud 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Acting Specialist program. He has a great deal of administrative leadership experience and is THRILLED to be applying those skills in this new endeavor. Typically, Bobby is found performing. As a UW-Madison student, Bobby spent two years as a singer/dancer in the Wisconsin Singers, while also playing several roles in the University Theatre: Urinetown (Senator Fipp), Dames at Sea (Lucky), Blood Wedding (Woodcutter u/s), Into the Woods (Wolf). Regional credits between Madison and Chicago include: Noises Off (Garry LeJeune), Merrily We Roll Along (Charlie Kringas), Les Miserables (Mr. Thenardier), Once On This Island (Papa Ge), Circle Theatre’s Urinetown (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux), Lippa’s The Wild Party (Burrs), From Generation to Generation with director David Zak, Scrooge: the Musical (Harry/Young Ebenezer) and will soon be seen in the cult classic, Reefer Madness, again with Circle Theatre. He couldn’t be more proud to be part of the (re)discover family with Miriam, Jon, Jess, Jim, Matt and Janet—WE DID IT! He couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of his loving parents, Amanda, Jason, his amazing family and friends—this is all for you guys!
Jessica Shoemaker: Creative Strategies Director
Contact Jessica with questions about season planning, literary concerns and licensing.
Jessica couldn’t be more excited about serving as resident-text-guru alongside this amazing group of young artists. She has spent the last two years traversing the country as a nomadic actor. Your consummate midwestern gal, Jess is originally from Iowa, trained in St. Louis , and is now very excited to make Chicago her home. She graduated with her B.F.A in Acting from Webster Conservatory and a minor in English. Jess has a burning desire to tackle every male role in the canon and was last seen onstage with (re) as Laertes in Hamlet and as Mouth in Not I. You can check out more of her writing and resume at yesandperhapsastory.com!
Since graduating, Jon has worked and trained at many Chicago theatres. He is a graduate of the Second City MI Conservatory, and improv Olympic. He is a regular performer at the Annoyance, and with his Harold team at iO: Fiction for the Poor. Jon is a proud student of Susan Hart and Jeffrey Carlson, and a Meisner Student at Black Box. He is excited to have found a hard working, highly skilled group of artists to (re)discover classical and contemporary theatre.
Contact Jim with questions about press, marketing, and grants.