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See what Chicago is saying about Gender Breakdown:

 

Gender parity within our theater community: Why should we care? How did we get here? What does it look and feel like in 2017?

 

Collaboraction presents the world premiere of Gender Breakdown, a compilation theater piece devised in response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage. Ten female identified performers and an all-female design and production team weave together stories from conversations with over 220 theatre artists about what it really means to be a female theatre artist in Chicago. In doing so, Gender Breakdown explores the issues of misogyny, gender phobia, and racism and these absurd, uncomfortable, and gut punching stories will change your perception of what's behind the stage curtain.

 

Feb. 19 - Mar. 19: Panel Discussions moderated by Kay Kron (Gender Breakdown Theater Data Researcher) every Sunday 3pm Matinee

 

Feb. 27th: Industry Townhall Discussion with Deb Clapp, (Executive Director League of Chicago Theatres), Lori Myers (Not in Our House), Laura T. Fischer (Not in Our House), Kimberly Senior (Collaboraction Founder and Director), and Kay Kron  

Mar. 13: Industry Townhall Discussion with Willa Taylor (Director of Education and Community Engagement Goodman Theatre), Meghan Beals (Artistic Director Chicago Dramatists), Marcy McVay (Victory Gardens and Depaul Theatre School),  Jackie Russel (Chicago Children's Theatre Company),

Kay Kron, and others TBA

Post-Show Discussions and Industry Townhalls

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CAST/CO-WRITERS & DEVISERS

BRIANNA BUCKLEY

JAZMIN CORONA

KAMILLE DAWKINS

RULA GARDENIER

KATE HAWBAKER-KROHN

PRIYA MOHANTY

SIOBHAN MARGUERITE REDDY-BEST

CAROLYN SINON

AIMY TIEN

MIA VIVENS

ELENA VICTORIA FELIZ (U/S)

SARAH BECKETTE (U/S)

 

Brianna Buckley

Brianna "Bri" Buckley is super excited to be apart of this production. This is her first devised production and she has enjoyed every part of this process. It has been challenging to dig deep into herself and find these stories but also rewarding in so many ways. She hopes the messages coming out in this performance is another step in telling the stores of this generation and what we face and feel today. Some of her most recent work was as Tempe/ Sally in the wonderful premiere of 'Leavings' but the beautiful Gail Parrish. She hopes to continue to do work with such magnificent stories as these, and looks forward to her next adventure here in Chicago. 

Jazmin Corona

Jazmín Corona returns to Collaboraction where she previously appeared in Forgotten Future and Para Carmen (Sketchbook). She has also had the pleasure of working with Steppenwolf, Raven Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Free Street, First Folio, Teatro Luna, Eclipse Theatre Company, Goodman, Urban Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Prop Theatre, and Babes With Blades. She has worked on such films as Dawn and The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens, both having been shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival with the latter winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Television credits include Chicago Fire.

Kamille Dawkins

Kamille Dawkins, a Jamaica native, has been featured as an actor, singer and musician in Milwaukee Rep’s Ain't Misbehavin', ETA's If Scrooge Was A Brother, Strawdog Theatre’s Once in a Lifetime and House Theatre’s The Revel. In 2015 she was nominated for the The Phylicia Rashad Award for Most Promising Actress by the Black Theater Alliance Award. Kamille was most recently in Hand in Hand at Akvavit Theatre and Phillis: American Revolutionary with Redd Opera.

Rula Gardenier

Rula is thrilled to be making her Collaboractions Theatre debut and to be a part of this wonderful production and team. She was last seen in Silk Road Theatre’s Mosque Alert. Favorite performances include …for you were a stranger…, which she wrote and produced with Donna Blue Lachman. Rula has worked in a number of commercial and ad campaigns. Television credits include Fox’s THE FOLLOWING and NBC”s CHICAGO MED. She can also be seen in the recent feature film Imperfections and the soon to be release short film Changing Tides. She is a proud member of SAG- AFTRA.

Kate Hawbaker-Krohn

Kate Hawbaker-Krohn is overcaffeinated. She is a bespectacled and bowtied poet, playwright, and performer with roots in the midwest and the deep south. Exploring the mythology of family and Southern Queer Girlhood through her storytelling; Hawbaker-Krohn develops solo work, performing at Salonathon, Sappho’s Salon, Outspoken!, and Filet of Solo. When not writing and performing her own, work, HK is a divisor of experimental theatre, most recently SAMSON: A Duet, directed by Reed Fowler. You can also connect with her via 2nd Story, where she serves as the Marketing Manager.

Siobhan Marguerite Reddy-Best

Siobhan is thrilled to be working with a collaboration for the first time. Other credits (select): Miss Holmes (U/S) (Lifeline Theatre); In Love and Warcraft (Halcyon Theatre); Hobohemia (Od Theatre); This Beautiful City (Wilbury Group, RI); Mud, Twelfth Night, tempODYSSEY (Vassar College); Liverpool <-> New York (Working Theater Director’s Salon). Siobhan is a sexual assault prevention educator with Catharsis Productions (shout out to team GL). She wants to thank Kroy for all his love and support.

Carolyn Sinon

Carolyn is a singer, actor, dancer, and enthusiastic ukulele player from Colorado. She received her oddly unrelated undergrad degree (political science) at the University of Colorado and studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. In Chicago, she has worked with The Right Brain Project, Tympanic Theatre Company, Duplicity Ensemble, The Chicago Mammals, The Lost Geneva Project, and was most recently seen in The Comrade's production of Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love. She is stoked to be a part of this show and to have the opportunity to share these stories with you. Most weeks you can find her performing improv with her lady-heavy improv team, SKORT. She is currently represented by Ambassador Talent.

Aimy Tien

Aimy Tien is a Colorado transplant who fell into storytelling due to a combination of an irrational childhood fear of lions, a Val Kilmer film, and an overactive imagination. She recently appeared in Free Street Theater's 100 Hauntings. Now a Chicago-based performer and writer, Aimy brings the experiences of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities to the page, stage, and screen. She received a creative writing fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. She has performed with 2nd Story, Free Street Theater, Pride Films and Plays, and other Chicago-based organizations.

Mia Vivens

Mia Vivens (she/her/hers) is a queer poetess// mover// maker originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio. She is a recent alumna of Valparaiso University, having studied Theater and Dance. She is specifically interested in exploring the intersections of the queer community amongst black and brown folks. In Chicago she has worked with About Face, Silk Road Rising, The Inconvenience, and The Jades. She is so excited to work with Collaboraction again!

Sarah Beckette

(U/S)

Sarah is a full time public school teacher, with a strong passion for gender equality and performance art.  Before becoming a teacher she did numerous shows with Lifeline theater, Stage Center theater, Cornservatory, and a multitude of sketch and improv shows throughout Chicago.  She is ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with this intelligent and passionate team of women, as well as have the opportunity be part of such a powerful, devised piece.  She hopes that everyone here will walk away both entertained, as well as with a little more insight, passion or fight for fair representations of humans (just in life in general).  Love always to my fam, friends and Jane *le sigh* 

Elena Victoria Feliz

U/S

Elena Victoria Feliz is excited to be working with Collaboraction on Gender Breakdown! She was last seen as Maria in Waltzing Mechanics’ production of Cosmic Events Are Upon Us. Prior to that she performed in Hands Up as part of Collaboraction’s Peacebook Festival. She recently moved to Chicago after graduating from Niagara University’s Theatre Studies Department. Buffalo theatre credits include In The Heights at MusicalFare Theatre (Nina), Lady Windermere’s Fan at Niagara University (Lady Windermere), and Plato’s Cave with Against the Grain Theatre (Glaucon). Much love and thanks to her family and friends for their continued support.  

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PRODUCTION TEAM

DANI BRYANT- SHOW CREATOR

ERICA VANNON- DIRECTOR

PATRICE FOSTER- ASSISTANT DIRECTOR 

SARAH MOELLER* - PRODUCER

CAITLIN BODY- STAGE MANAGER

BRITTANY T. JASPER- ASST. STAGE MANAGER

BECCA VENABLE - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

SARAH JHP WATKINS - SET DESIGNER

KARLI BLALOCK- SOUND DESIGNER

KATHERINE PAVLOVNA GOLDBERG- COSTUME DESIGNER

CARLY WALKER- LIGHTING DESIGNER

CARLEY WALKER- MASTER ELECTRICIAN

KELLY BUTLER- PRODUCTION MANAGER

ELLIE TERRELL- PROPS DESIGNER

KATE HAWBAKER-KROHN - DRAMATURG

KAY KRON - THEATER DATA RESEARCHER

MARIAH SCHULTZ - ASSISTANT RESEARCHER 

 

*designates company member*

 

Dani Bryant

Show Creator

Dani Bryant is a devised method playwright and process facilitator who specializes in using social practice as an artistic entry point-- letting collaborative discussion shape each project. In addition to creating over 20 pieces of devised theater, she holds great passion for leading facilitated community conversations on the topics of gender parity, mental health, arts education and food & body politics. 

 

Originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, she attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received her BFA from the Hartt School of Theater. Dani is currently pursuing her Masters Degree and certification in Clinical Mental Heath & Drama Therapy. She is the proud founder of Knife & Fork, co-creator of For Fork's Sake Live and Cabaret Vagabond and is an Artistic Ensemble Member at Adventure Stage Chicago. 

Erica Vannon

Director

Erica Vannon is a director, producer and collaborative artist.  She is the Founder of Lost Geneva Project, a project based theatre company committed to telling women’s stories and she is a co-founder for Knife & Fork, a food and social practice theatre company. For the past three years, Erica has also directed for Shimer College. Erica served as a co-artistic director for Blank Line Collective, a collaborative, movement-based theatre company from 2007-2010. Erica has worked with Collaboraction, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Chicago Fringe Festival, Rhino Fest, and 20% Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing from the University of North Texas and a Graduate Laban Certificate of Movement Analysis (GL-CMA) from Columbia College Chicago.

Patrice Foster

Assistant Director

Patrice Foster earned a BA in Theatre from Greensboro College and a MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas.  For the past three years she has been working as an Actor, Director and Educator in Chicago. Focusing on new play development and devised work. Patrice has directed and acted in more than 85 plays and musicals for professional, educational and community venues. She has worked with Barter Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Knife&Fork, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Step Up Productions, The Den Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, Eclipse Theatre Company and Pegasus Theatre Chicago, to name a few.  She is a member of Waltzing Mechanics, a Chicago based Verbatim Documentary Theatre company. Patrice is a faculty member at Lindenwood University and Stages. St. Louis.

Sarah Moeller

Producer

Sarah Moeller is a Chicago-based director, producer, and dramaturg, as well as the project manager for Collaboraction’s for-hire department, Experience Design. In addition, she has stage managed, production managed or produced nearly every mainstage show since 2006.  Directing credits include Stephen Adly Guirgis' Our Lady of 121st Street, Naomi Wallace's Fever Chart, Dan LeFranc's 60 Miles to Silver Lake, and several Sketchbook shows. She served as Eclipse's resident dramaturg from 2008 to 2013, as well as serving on the artistic committee for playwright selection. Sarah co-wrote and directed Forgotten Future: The Education Project at Collaboraction. Sarah is a company member of both Collaboraction and Eclipse Theatre Company.

Caitlin Body

Stage Manager

Caitlin Body 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, 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 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. 

Brittany Thomas Jasper

Assistant Stage Manager

Brittany Thomas Jasper is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in acting. She has been here in Chicago for eight years. Stage managing since high school she also works as a voice actress. Brittany has been in the arts since childhood, studying dance, acting, singing, and photography. Her passion for stage production is what has kept her driven and connected to the theater

Becca Venable

Technical Director

Becca Venable is a Texas native now living in Chicago working as a technical director, lighting designer, sound designer, and stage manager with various theatre companies including Oil Lamp Theater, The Jades, Collaboraction, and The Comrades. Previously Becca has worked with such companies as Ballet Lubbock, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Eastern New Mexico University, Texas Tech University, Lubbock Community Theatre, and Flatlands Dance Theatre. During her career Becca has worked on The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Weekend Comedy, Oklahoma, Flatlands: Encore!, Dying City, The Boys Next Door, Reckless, Fuddy Meers, The Country Wife, and Rent to name just a few.

Sarah JHP Watkins

Set Designer

SARAH JHP WATKINS is delighted to be debuting design work at Collaboraction for Gender Breakdown. Her work has also been seen with companies: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Garage Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Strawdog Theatre Co, The New Colony, Redtwist Theatre, City Lit Theatre Company, Filament Theatre Ensemble, InFusion Theatre Company, Step Up Productions as well as at Northeastern Illinois University, Grinnell College, Northwestern University, among others. Her design work was exhibited at the 2012 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, and her photography work at New York see.me Exhibit. Sarah is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University's Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre where she teaches courses in theatrical design and technology, and storytelling. Training:  MFA in Stage Design for Scenic Design (Northwestern University); BA in Theatre and Studio Art Minor (Hope College). Portfolio: www.sarah-jhp-watkins.com

Karli Blalock

Sound Designer

Karli Blalock is stoked to be working on Gender Breakdown with this team of women! She loves being a part of the Chicago theater community. You can hear her designs at Redtwist Theatre where she words as Resident Sound Designer, New Trier High School, and various other theatre companies around Chicago. Some of her favorite designs include Red (Redtwist Theatre) for which she received a Jeff nomination, The Art of Losing (The Den), Legally Blonde the Musical (New Trier), and Deer and The Lovers (First Floor Theater Company). Karli’s favorite book is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

Katherine Pavlovna Goldberg

Costume Designer

Katherine Pavlovna Goldberg is excited to be designing her first show with Collaboraction. Recent design credits include Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (Emerald City Theatre), Femme (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater), The Stronger Faster More(The Hypocrites/Chicago Humanities Festival), Residue & On the Greener Side (Thodos Dance Chicago), World Builders (First Floor Theatre), and A Little Night Music (Piedmont Opera). She recently returned to Chicago after receiving an MFA in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. (KatherineGoldberg.com)

Ellie Terrell

Props Designer

Ellie Terrell is a Chicago-based teaching artist, prop and object builder, and painter. Her work has been seen in productions with Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago Children's Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, The House Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, and Redmoon. In addition to her work with theater companies around Chicago, Ellie taught at Gallery 37's After School Matters program and ran the After School Art and Tutoring programs at San Miguel Gary Comer School and St. Angela School with St. Joseph Services. Ellie holds a BA in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary.

Carley Walker

Lighting Designer/Master Electrician

Carley Walker has recently moved to Chicago from Charlotte NC and is so excited to be a part of this production. With a BFA in Drama from the University of Oklahoma she loves working in the theatre in a variety of roles. Her most recent credits include Master Electrician for Young Playwrights Festival and Rutherford’s Travels with Pegasus Theatre Chicago, and Lighting Designer for Seminar with Three Bone Theatre Company in Charlotte. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Collaboraction on this amazing, very socially relevant story.

Kelly Butler

Production Manager

Kelly Butler is a Chicago-based production and events manager. Recent credits include the 30th Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus), The Mars Assignment (Collaboraction), Cat in Heat (Nothing Special Productions) and Celestial Light Act I & II: Sun and Moon (Samantha Rausch) which debuted at Artscape 2016. In addition, Kelly has also worked in a variety of capacities with NewMoon Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Redmoon, Step Up Productions, American Theater Company, and more. To the entire cast and production team: I am proud of the hard work and energy you dedicated to this production, thank you and well done.

Kay Kron

Theater Data Researcher

Kay Kron is an intersectional feminist/poet/statistician who would like to see the talented women in her life get the fucking stage time they deserve. As her capstone project to earn her Masters in Nonprofit Management, she spent the past year researching studies on gender parity in theatre, and collecting new data specific to our community in Chicago. Reach out to her and she will send you her final paper describing hiring practices across professions and equity status- kaykron@gmail.com. Really! Do it! As an actor, Kay has worked at The House, CCT, Lookingglass, Rough House (roughhousetheatre.com), Haven, First Floor, and Redmoon. She is the development associate at Chicago Children's Theatre. Her BFA and (soon to be) MNM are from DePaul.

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