Meet the Cast of Forgotten Future...

Cast

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JP Pierson

Mr. Wright

Esme Ayvar-Prez
Esme Ayvar-Prez

Esme is a 15yr old sophomore at Lane Tech High School. She is an avid artist in her school, being in the the spring play and performing in concerts like "Unplugged". She is the singer for the lane Tech Jazz Combo and also plays guitar, bass, piano, and the saxophone. She takes many acting classes to culminate her love for acting, and is a young actor in the Gray Talent Group family.

Leah Aberman
Leah Aberman

Leah is a 12yr old 7th grader at the Lane Tech Academic Center, and she was born and raised in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Leah is proud to be appearing at Collaboraction for her second time, her first being in the 2011 Sketchbook Festival. In addition to her passion for dance and acting, Leah swims competitively and in her free time she enjoys socializing with her friends, playing with her puppy Penny and listening to music.

Tyrese Hall
Tyrese Hall

Tyrese, age 11, was born an overachiever, always amazing his mother. Shooting for the mountaintops, he has landed a great opportunity amongst the stars in his first major role in Forgotten Future. Tyrese is a "sportsaholic" with a great passion for hockey and football. A hockey player for the Garfield Park Panthers and goalie for Hockey on Your Block, he has been interviewed by Channel 2 & 7 News, and ESPN. He was also a speaker at the 2013 2nd Annual Hope Filled Breakfast for needy children.

JP Pierson
JP Pierson

JP returns to Collaboraction having last been seen in Sketchbook X. An ensemble member at Eclipse Theatre Company, his credits include Haunting Julia, Bedroom Farce, One Flea Spare (Best Supporting Actor Jeff Nomination), A Memory of Two Mondays, Resurrection Blues, Plaza Suite, & Candles to the Sun as well as Look Homeward Angel, The Waiting, Integrity (The Artistic Home), & Mission Burrito (American Theatre Co.). He is a graduate of the Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts at Roosevelt

Jazmin Corona
Jazmin Corona

Jazmin is so very happy to work with the Collaboraction family once again! She worked with them previously during SKETCHBOOK on Para Carmen by Sandra Delgado. Ms. Corona has had the privilege of working with several companies in Chicago including, First Folio, UTC, Goodman Theatre, Teatro Luna, Prop Theatre, and Babes With Blades, among others. She has also worked on such films as Dawn and The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens, both having been shown at the Chicago

Susie Griffith
Susie Griffith

Susie is thrilled to be working on her third production with Collaboraction. She has worked with various companies around Chicago including Timeline, Silk Road, Steppenwolf, Raven, City Lit, Rasaka, Sideshow, and Signal Ensemble, among others. This spring, she will be seen in Stage Left’s production of All’s Well That Ends Well. She holds a BS from Northwestern University and is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf. Thanks to my loving family and friends!

Antonia Arcley
Antonia Arcley

Antonia is thrilled to be making her Collaboraction debut. Credits include sketch comedy (TBS Just For Laughs Fest, Chicago Sketch Fest), stand-up (Zanies, Improv), theater (Teatro Vista, Urban Theater Co.) and TV (Chicago Fire, Empire). She is so thankful & proud to be a part of this incredible production & getting to work with a very talented cast and crew. I’d like to thank Ricky & Ellie for their unconditional love & support and Paonessa Talent for their representation.

Nat Swift
Nat Swift

Nat is excited to return to Collaboraction following his recent appearance in Let Hope Rise. He currently teaches K-8 drama at A.N. Pritzker Elementary School & has taught reading to students at all age levels with private teaching & tutoring groups. Nat is also the Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre, acting & directing since 1999. He was honored with a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Directing in 2002 for Rommulus Linney's 2 & for Actor in a Supporting Role in 2009 for Blue Surge.

Anji White
Anji White

AnJi is excited to be starting off the new year working with Collaboraction on this thought-provoking production of Forgotten Future! Chicago credits include Mud, River, Stone (Eclipse), ITHAKA (Infusion); RENT (American Theatre Co); Soul Samurai (Infusion). She gives much praise to God for constantly opening up doors & allowing her dreams to become a reality. She extends a BIG THANK YOU to her parents, family, friends, Ms. Young, Mr. West, Ms. Slade, Paonessa Talent & the whole Collab Family.

Molly Hernandez
Molly Hernandez

Molly is a senior at Glenbard West High School. Her credits include Rose of Sharon (Grapes of Wrath) and understudying the Leading Player in the 2014 & '15 Illinois High School Theatre Festivals All-State productions, being a two-time regional and one-time national finalist of Michael Feinstein's Songbook Academy, & two-time finalist in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards. Molly loves to share her passion with others along with the rest of her family at Gray Talent Group.

Phoenix Anderson
Phoenix Anderson

At age 9, she is already exploring opportunities far beyond her 3rd grade classroom; competitive soccer with Chicago Edge Sports Club, studies ballet, African dance and acrobatics and flips for her lessons at Tristar Gymnastics Club. Has done print ads for years, but this is her first experience in theater. Her goal is to perform the role of Annie or Matilda…perhaps on Broadway! For now, she is very proud to be a part of Forgotten Future. Education is important to this precocious young girl.

Jon Aberman
Jon Aberman

After watching his daughter Leah Aberman perform numerous times in the first run of Forgotten Future at Collaboraction, Jon is excited to be joining the cast as an understudy for this run and is eager to share the stage with Leah and the other amazing actors in this play. Jon previously appeared in Collaboraction’s Sketchbook:Evolution in 2011. Jon thanks his family and gives a special thanks to Anthony Moseley and Sarah Moeller for this amazing opportunity.

Esme Ayvar-Perez

Carolina

Leah Aberman

Lauren

Tyrese Hall

Issac

Antonia Arcely

Mrs. Rodriguez

Jazmin Corona

Ms. Mendoza

Susie Griffith

Mrs. Fischer

Nat Swift

Mr. Perry

Anji White

Mrs. Tate

Molly Hernandez

Carolina u/s

Pheonix Anderson

Issac u/s (Isabel)

Jon Aberman

Mr. Perry u/s