Henry Behel (Scenic Designer) loves everything about the Filament Theatre Ensemble. He has previously designed for Experimental Theater, Cold Basement Dramatics, winterfallchicago, and his work can be seen this summer at Redtwist Theatre, Ka-Tet Theatre, and Pursuit Productions.  He works as an assistant for Todd Rosenthal, and is a graduate of Vassar College.

Jen Bukovsky (Stage Manager) is happy to be back with Filament Theatre Ensemble after stage managing The Drawer Boy. Currently, she is the Production Manager for the Den Theatre and is continuing work on “Lightscape”, a multisensory installation on State Street.  She stage managed Tuck Everlasting, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and The Secret Life of Girls with the Roanoke Children’s Theater and worked as a stage manager and video editor for the Miss Virginia Pageant.  Jen has a B.A. in Directing and Dramatic Literature from Christopher Newport University.

Nicholas J. Carroll (Lighting Designer)  Born and raised in Connecticut, transplant Nicholas J. Carroll is an independent film director and theatrical lighting designer. He runs the Films Department at The New Colony, and does lighting work around the city. He slings wrenches for Chicago Shakespeare, Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, and others, and has designed for The New Colony and now Filament Theatre Ensemble. To watch his first short film for free, go to www.thenewcolony.org/somanydays.

Noël Huntzinger (Costume Design) hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is thrilled to be joining Filament for Hank Williams: Lost Highway, after designing The Drawer Boy this winter Noël graduated from University of Oklahoma with a degree in Theatre Design. Favorite costume design credits include: The Revenge of the Space Pandas. (Tulsa Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Chicago dell’Arte), The Man Who Came to Dinner directed by the Drama Desk Award Winning Russell Treyz (The University of Oklahoma), Fandango staged by the Tudor Trust, and Ready: A New Musical (The Student Theatre Initiative). Noël has enjoyed assistant costume designing Aaron Patrick Turner on many shows, including the last two seasons at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival. She also has enjoyed many assistant designs at The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre. Noël wants to thank her family for their love and support.

Matt Kahler (Music Consultant) has been listening to Hank since he was a toddler in his grandpa’s Dodge pickup, and is very excited to help Filament Theater bring this music to the stage. Matt’s band – The Hobo Wives – will be recording their 2nd album in August. You can also find him playing around town as his alter ego, Yeti Jack. Thanks to a talented cast and crew for making his job so easy!

Julie Ritchey (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Filament Theatre Ensemble, where her directing credits include A Muse in Love, Alice and Me!, Arlecchino’s Odyssey, Choose Thine Own Adventure, Eurydice, The Drawer Boy and several incarnations of Six Impossible Things.  In addition to her work with Filament, Julie’s work has been seen at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre Academy, St. Benedict’s High School, Starland Creativity Center, Prologue Theatre Company, Erasing the Distance, Northwestern’s “Cherubs” program, and Park Center Montessori, among others.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s performance studies program, and a proud member of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education.

Omen Sade (Director) is the Associate Artistic Director of the Filament Theatre Ensemble.  Past projects with Filament include directing Orpheus: Featuring DJ Puzzle as Fate, performing in Choose Thine Own Adventure, Six Impossible Things, Arlecchino’s Odyssey, and Sleepy Hollow, and scenic designing Sleepy Hollow.  He also recently performed as Truffaldino in Piccolo Theatre’s Servant of Two Masters, and as part of the Buccaneers and Winter Wonderfest on Navy Pier.  Beginning this fall, Omen will attend the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, studying phsyical theatre.

Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Design) is happy to return to the Filament Theatre Ensemble after designing The Drawer Boy.    Other projects she include Summer and Smoke and Bus Stop at the Den Theatre, original scripts with Cold Basement Dramatics’ Thirst and Babes with Blades’ Trash. Other Chicago companies Melissa has worked with include Congo Square, Forms in Motion Circus, Hanger 9, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, The Raven Theatre, Slingshot Productions, Vaudezilla, and Zombie Army Productions. Check out www.melissaschlesinger.com.

Kati Sweaney (Dramaturg) is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University in Interdisciplinary Theatre & Drama. She is the dramaturg for the Filament Theatre Ensemble’s 2011-2012 season, including last fall’s From the Circle: Remembering the Earth through Folktales.  Other dramaturgy work includes the west coast premiere of My Name is Rachel Corrie at Seattle Repertory Theatre and her own adaptation of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She teaches theatre history at Northwestern and works as an editorial assistant for the journal Atrium at the Feinberg School of Medicine.



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