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(re)discover ensemble: 

Matt Wills: Co-Artistic Director
Contact Matt with questions about overall company inquiries, designer and writer submissions.
matt@rediscovertheatre.com

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 space coordination, audience concerns and costume/prop/design rental
janet@rediscovertheatre.com 
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 LysistrataJason and (Medea)Flesh and BoneNothing 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 HamletAn Evening of BeckettFlesh and Bone, As You Like It, HOME and Fifty Shades of Shakespeare.

Miriam Reuter: Executive Director 
Contact Miriam with questions about donation coordination, payments and reimbursements.
miriam@rediscovertheatre.com
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.

Bobby Arnold: Casting Manger
Contact Bobby with questions about casting, intercompany relations and programming.
bobby@rediscovertheatre.com
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!

Jon Matteson: Creative Consortium and Creature Coordinator
Contact Jon with questions about secondary (re)discover programming.
jon@rediscovertheatre.com
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.
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. 

Shaina Schrooten: New Company Member
Contact Shaina with questions about "Show and Teal".
shaina@rediscovertheatre.com
Shaina Schrooten is a new member of the (re)crew and a proud graduate of Webster University.

Kelly Schmidt: New Company Member
Contact Kelly about photography and social media marketing.
kelly@rediscovertheatre.com
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!


(re)sident artists: 

Candice Allen

Pamela Mae Davis

Tracey Kaplan
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.

Ann Kreitman

Jake Mahler

Aaron Pagel
Fight director extraordinaire,  has been a (re)sident artist since 2011 and is one of the pioneers of (re)discover film. 

Dan Toot
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


emeritus company members: 

Jim McCaffrey 
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.

Jessica Shoemaker
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 Whaley
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