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RUNS APRIL 12-MAY 20, 2018

Collaboraction continues to explore the harsh reality of systemic racism in Chicago with A Blue Island in the Red Sea. A Blue Island in the Red Sea is a world premiere devised work that presents a diverse cast of Chicagoans in a meta-theatrical live experience intended to open eyes and further the conversation about racism and racial healing in our city. Written and directed by Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, A Blue Island in the Red Sea, was created through open workshops in collaboration with a team of community members, actors and designers.



Dana N. Anderson

Dana N. Anderson returns to Collaboraction where her autobiographical play Soul in Suburbia debuted in the Encounter Series. With the Blue Island and the work she does with Collaboraction, she hopes to inspire others to share their truth and transform lives.

Samuel Campbell III

Sam Campbell is an actor, model and musician making his Collaboraction debut in the production of A Blue Island in A Red Sea.  Sam began his acting career in voice over. While in training, he developed a love for other acting mediums and went on to participate in the SHINE conference held by AMTC. He was a part of the productions of Force Continuum and world premier Megastasis put on by the Eclipse Theater Company. He also participated with Erasing The Distance to help bring awareness to and erase the stigma behind mental illness.  Sam is an accomplished musician who plays several instruments, including the piano and saxophone. Sam is also a graduate of Iowa State University where he received a Masters degree in Kinesiology. He would like to thank all of his family and friends for their support.

Uday Joshi

Uday Sharad Joshi’s professional career, research and programmatic pursuits are heavily based in the intersection between arts practice, social justice, community development and youth leadership.  He is currently the Director of Innovation at Old Town School of Folk Music, and  serves on Chicago’s Enrich Committee as co-chair for education programs.  Previously, Uday produced national youth arts, media, and civic action programs with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' ArtsEdge.  Prior, he launched a social impact performance curriculum in the Newark, NJ Public Schools as part of a partnership between the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New York University’s Broader Bolder Approach to Education, a strategic approach to address education achievement gaps in some of the lowest performing schools in the United States.  From 2004-2007, Uday was a senior staff member at the Oakland School for the Arts and a Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Oakland, CA.  From 2001-2004, Uday directed, Project 2050, a socio-political youth arts program as part of the Animating Democracy Initiative at the New WORLD Theater at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Uday is a Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute Fellow, an Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Scholar, and holds a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and Cornell University respectively.

Sean Patrick Leonard

Born and bred in Chicago, Sean has been a professional actor for the past 20 plus years. A former Artistic Director of Speaking Ring Theatre Company, Sean is proud of his theatre roots and was honored to be in the Jeff award winning hit, Incident on Run 1217 with Factory Theatre. Sean's film and television work includes Machine Gun Preacher, Chicago Fire, Chicago Justice and  The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man. Next up he stars in Fatal Funnel Films first feature film Range Runners. Sean also produces films with his production company Crash of Rhinos. A huge thank you to his family, Gray Talent Group and Collaboraction for this incredible opportunity. 

Marcus D. Moore

Marcus D. Moore is excited to be working with Collaboraction for the first time. His theatre credits include Jackalope Theatre (Franklinland), Haven Theatre (The Toilet),   Stage Left (Insurrection u/s) and Runcible Theatre (Wounds To The Face). His TV credits include co-starring roles on Chicago Fire & APB. He is represented by Gray Talent Group. 

P. Tyler Nielsen

P. Tyler, pronounced “Tyler” (treat the “P” as you would in pterodactyl; it’s silent!), is thrilled to be a part of this unique and profoundly meaningful production with such a terrific ensemble. It is his hope that this show will resonate with each and every person reading this and that it will and inspire deep, and potentially challenging discourse within your selves, families, and communities.

In 2012 P. Tyler graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BFA in Performance. Dedicated to making theatre in service of his community, while at UIC and shortly thereafter, P. Tyler helped co-found a socially conscious theatre company called Realize Theatre Group (RTG) in collaboration several of his closest peers as well as his now-wife, Taryn Smith. Throughout its run, P. Tyler appeared in a number of RTG productions such as This is Our Youth (Warren) & The Foreplay Play (Kyle). More recently, however, he has appeared onstage with other companies in such works as Prop Thtr’s Oracle of the Gutterpunks (Brandon), Shakespeare All-Star’s Macbeth (Donalbain), & Ghostlight Ensemble’s Gingerbread Grindhouse: Nutcracker Nightmare (The Nutcracker). He hopes you will look for him in the upcoming production of Romeo & Juliet from Shakespeare All-Stars, wherein he is thrilled to have the chance to play Romeo

That said, P. Tyler would like to thank his wife, Taryn, for her constant support, love & patience as well as the rest of his family for inspiring him to persevere and to never give up. Enjoy the show!

Pearl Paramadilok

Pearl Paramadilok is a native Chicagoan Actress who recently appeared in Phantom Pilots Improv (The Playground Theater). Favorite credits include Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (The Second City ETC); The Heidi Chronicles (The Cuckoo’s Theater Project); The Big, The Trouble, and the Little China (New Millennium Theatre Comanpy); MacSith (EDGE Theatre); They Died Where They Lied (Akvavit Theatre); A Midsumer Night’s Dream (Sankofa Theatre Company); Romeo VS. Juliet (Pretty/Windy Theatre Company); Lettice and Loveage, Stage Door (Stage Center Theatre). Film credits include The Color of Me and Greg Loves A Human.

Esme Perez

Esme Perez is a fluent Spanish speaking Chicago born actor, musician, and story teller. Her love for the arts has always shined through since the tender age of 7, when she realized that the stage is what felt like home to her.

Originally from the North-West side of Chicago, Esme found her love in acting with the gentle push of her mother. Who with tremendous hard work and love, put Esme through countless classes/boot camps and workshops that allowed her to see the beautiful world of storytelling. Growing up as an only child raised by a single mother, Esme found exciting new adventures through her imagination. Constantly looking to cultivate her craft Esme loves to take acting classes, workshops, camps and anything that involves anything with her love to tell a story.

Her dedicated hard work is very evident as seen in her past few works, including “The Realm” seen portraying Kansas (Principal) at The Side Project Theatre, “Strangest Things! The Musical: REMOUNT” seen portraying Eleven (Ensemble) at The Greenhouse Theatre and “Chicago Med: Episode 02020” (Generation Gap) with NBC.

Andrew Rios

Andrew Rios is a Story Artist, filmmaker, Designer, all around creative and world's greatest dad.

Shannon Leigh Webber

Shannon Leigh Webber is from a small town in Georgia and recently celebrated her third anniversary in Chicago! Recent theatre credits include: Perfect Arrangement (PFP), The DingDong (TheatreSquared), Hell's Kitchen (Arc Theatre), Ladies Night of the Living Dead (Random Acts), Crimes of the Heart (Step Up Productions), Resolution (PFP), For the Love Of (PFP). Shannon is an Artistic Associate with Pride Films and Plays and Random Acts Chicago and holds an MFA in Acting from The University of Arkansas. "Theatre is a mirror, a sharp reflection of society." -Yasmina Reza

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Production Team

Director/Creator Anthony Moseley

Scenic Designer Jose Manual Diaz-Soto

Video Designers Liviu Passare & Parker Langvardt

Costume Designer Elsa Hiltner

Lighting Designers Levert WilkinsJeremy Getz

Sound Designer John Nichols

Prop Designer Katy Vest

Dramaturg Giuliana Marchese

Choreographer Elysia C. Banks

Fight Director David Wooley

Production Manager Noelle Hedges-Goettl

Stage Manager Caitlin Body

Technical Director Manny Ortiz

Master Electrician Becs Bartle

Assistant Director Genevieve Fowler

Assistant Stage Manager Sunniva Holmlund

Assistant Scenic Designer Chase Mathieu

Script Supervisor Nate Ferguson

Graphic Design/Photography Joel Maisonet 

Anthony Moseley


Anthony Moseley has been the Executive Artistic Director of Collaboraction Theatre Company since 1999 and has produced over 60 productions, 17 festivals and numerous other artistic productions. He has led the company’s transformation from a Chicago storefront into a change agent that uses original, devised theatre and deep community collaboration to cultivate knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action around critical social issues.  In 2013, he co-devised and directed Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology, a docudrama about the root causes of violence in Chicago, which drew on over 250 sources. The show and its subsequent four sequels toured Chicago for three years. In its 125 performances, it reached over 25,000 Chicagoans. Each performance also featured dance battle tournaments, free meals and a town hall discussion. Anthony then initiated Collaboraction’s annual Peacebook festival, a collection of 24 world premiere pieces featuring over 235 artists, which premieres at the Goodman Theatre each year before touring the city. In 2014, he co-wrote, co-directed and acted in This is Not a Cure For Cancer, an existential dramedy inspired by his father's battle with cancer. He wrote and directed Connected, a show exploring our relationship with technology. He is currently working on a new show about racism and reconciliation in Chicago called A Blue Island in the Red Sea, which will premiere at Collaboraction in 2018. Anthony is also a collaborative partner with his wife and soul-mate, Chicago artist Sandra Delgado.

Elsa Hiltner

Costume Designer

Elsa is honored to design for A Blue Island in the Red Sea. Elsa is a company member of Collaboraction where she has designed for the past 10 years. Based in Chicago, her other work includes designs for Silk Road Rising, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Signal Ensemble, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Eclipse Theater, LifeLine Theatre, American Blues Theater, The Right Brain Project, Teatro Vista, and First Folio Theatre, among others. Notable regional credits include Next Act Theatre, SecondStory Repertory, Balagan Theatre, and Book-It Repertory Theatre. Elsa is also an Artistic Associate of First Folio Theatre. More information about her designs is at www.elsahiltner.com.

Katy Vest

Props Designer

A University of Kentucky graduate, Katy has been working in Chicago theatre since 2016 as a props & costume designer, scenic artist and stage manager. She's excited to be working on her 5th project with Collaboraction, including Peacebook 2017, Encounter,  Kidzapalooza, and Studio 54 NYE 2018. Other credits include Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Silk Road Rising, Theater Wit, Porchlight, Ghostlight Ensemble, Chicago Theater Works, American Blues Theatre, Haymarket Opera and Windy City Playhouse.

John Nichols

Sound Designer

John Nichols III is delighted to contribute to Collaboraction's 2018 season. Having recently worked at venues such as Chicago Opera Theater, American Blues Theater ("It's A Wonderful Life"), Music Theater Works ("Peter Pan"), 20% Theater Company ("Spark"), PRG Worldwide Technology Solutions, Bread & Roses Productions, Wilmette Children's Theatre ("Seussical Kids"), and The Gift Theatre ("Hangman"), Nichols is honored to serve as Sound Designer for this world premiere production of "A Blue Island in the Red Sea" by Anthony Moseley. Nichols also composes modern music, and has received international recognition for his works. He has travelled nationally and abroad to present his compositions at celebrated venues such as Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS, Morelia, Mexico), ST-ART Strasbourg European Art Fair (Strasbourg, France), International Computer Music Conference (Ljubljana, Slovenia), and numerous others. 

Caitlin Body

Stage Manager

Caitlin Body (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Collaboraction again! She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University with her BFA in Theater Arts. She has stage managed For Her as a Piano with Pegasus Theater, Wild Duck with Halcyon Theater, Encounter, Peacebook, Gender Breakdown, Forgotten Future: The Education Project and Sketchbook with Collaboraction, Julia De Burgos: Child of Water with Urban Theatre Company, Pen the Musical with Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Assistant stage managed La Havana Madrid with Teatro Vista, Crime Scene and The Mars Assignment with Collaboraction. She was the production manager for a short film Heath Take A Trip. Caitlin would like to give a huge shout out to her family and friends for being so supportive. 

Giulianna Marchese


This is Giulianna’s Chicago premier as a dramaturg and she is very excited to be working with Collaboraction. She graduated with a degree in dramaturgy in 2017 from Carnegie Mellon University with Honors. She has apprenticed at American Theater Company in Chicago and interned at City Theatre and Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. Her favorite projects include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Mr. Marmalade, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Manny Ortiz

Technical Director

Manuel Ortiz is a Chicago native actor, designer and photographer. He received his BFA in Acting at DePaul University and is the founder of The Sonnet Projects; designing/adapting Shakespeare’s sonnets into new ensemble based shows. When he is not producing, building and/or performing theater, you can find him at home joyfully playing with all 18 of his animal friends (yes, he has pictures). As an artist, he has  delved  into  many  aesthetics  such  as  puppeteering, makeup,  lighting,  and  more. Working with artists in this renowned theater community of Chicago, Manny has grown and hopes to continue to collaborate and cultivate with passionate artists throughout the many years to come in hopes to one day operate and operate a Theater/education training ground for all ages.  

Sunniva Holmlund

Assistant Stage Manager

Sunniva is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, where she studied stage management, lighting, and theatre for development. Originally from the west side of Chicago, she has returned to the city to pursue stage management and community outreach through theatre. Recent stage management credits include History Lezons at Pride Films and Plays, and South Pacific at her alma mater.

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