Matt Wills Co-Artistic Director
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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
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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 Lysistrata, 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, As You Like It, HOME and Fifty Shades of Shakespeare.
Bobby Arnold Company Manager
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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. Bobby has worked with a plethora of Chicago theatre companies including First Folio Theatre (The Madness of Edgar Allen Poe: A Love Story), Pride Films and Plays (Rainbow Flag - Jeff Award for Best New Work / Best Production: Musical), Circle Theatre (Urinetown, Reefer Madness; also serves at the Producing Director), Underscore Theatre (Pr0ne), Kokandy Productions (Sweet Smell of Success), Hell in a Handbag (Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer), Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Steel Beam, The Whiskey Rebellion, Steel Beam Theatre and Stage 773. He couldn’t be more proud to be part of the (re)discover family. “Art is the medium by which we - as human beings- are able to relate to each other. Art allows us to understand things that are more than ourselves, and imagine life through the agency of others. Theatre - as perhaps the most human of all the arts - has the profound ability to engage us immediately in the experience of someone else’s agency - at any point in time, at any place.” – Vikas Shah, Thought Economics
Jon Matteson is a founding member of (re)discover theatre. He graduated from the University of Kansas where he trained extensively with Paul Meier and Jack Wright. While attending school, he trained at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Avon and at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. He is a proud Jayhawk.
Shaina Schrooten is a new member of the (re)crew and a proud graduate of Webster University.
Kelly Schmidt has been working with (re)discover from the beginning doing hair and makeup designing for most of (re)discover theatre's productions. She is now an official member of the (re)crew!
Pamela Mae Davis
Tracey is honored to be an associate artist with (re)discover theatre where her credits include Hamlet, and As You Like It. She is a proud founding member of Theatre Seven of Chicago, appearing in Unwilling and Hostile Instruments; Exit, Pursed by a Bear; The Chicago Landmark Project; Hunting and Gathering; Cooperstown; Diversey Harbor, among others. Other Chicago credits include: Our Class (U/S Remy Bumppo), The Invasion of Skokie (Chicago Dramatists), Sketchbook 8: Treadmills (Collaboraction), Lucid (Diamante Productions), The Pavilion (Living Room Theatre). Tracey is an Associate Artist with Chicago Dramatists and is represented by the amazing ladies at Paonessa Talent.
In addition to his work with (re)discover, Dan has appeared in productions with The House Theatre of Chicago, Raven Theatre, First Folio, the side project and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, among others. He also works as a musician for productions around town. He's a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Hartt School
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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.
Jim works as a junior agent in the on-camera department of Stewart Talent, Chicago'spremier talent agency. He has worked as an arts administrator nationally and internationally with such companies as the Goodman Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Assembly Rooms, The Culture Project, and the Barrow Street Theatre, and has worked personally with many world-renowned artists, including Robert Falls, Regina Taylor, Chuck Smith, Steve Scott, Calixto Bieto, Douglas Wager, Adam Belcuore, Roche Schulfer, and Scott Morfee. Jim carries a BA in Theatre from Temple University, with a concentration in Directing. Jim is not normally this pretentious. Check out www.jimmytimestepstories.blogspot.com for half a hootenanny.
Your consummate midwestern gal, Jess is originally from Iowa, trained in St. Louis , and is now very excited to make LosAngeles 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 Hamletand as Mouth in Not I. You can check out more of her writing and resume at yesandperhapsastory.com!
Danielle moved to Chicago from California on Halloween of 2012. 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).
Mark Jacob Chaitin