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Meet the Next Generation Series 24-Hour Theater Ensemble

April 3, 2017 by CJ Schwartz
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24 hours. 7 emerging student theater artists. 1 brand new piece of theater.

The TodayTix Next Generation Series 24-Hour Theater Festival is a program where a multi-school, multidisciplinary ensemble of college students from Chicago-area colleges will create an original piece of theater in just 24 hours. Along the way, professional Chicago theater artists will touch base with the ensemble and provide guidance and support. At the end of the 24 hours, the ensemble will perform this never-before-seen piece of theater at Greenhouse Theater Center.

So, just who is this ensemble? We’re glad you asked! Read on to learn about these exciting theater-makers.

Brian Cook

Brian Cook

Brian Cook is a freshman theatre major at Northwestern University located in Evanston, IL. Brian is thrilled to be joining the 24-Hour Theater Festival with lots energy and coffee. He has been a part of productions across the Chicagoland area including a reading of Sycamore, Little Shop of Horrors, and Pool (No Water). He will next perform in the Voyeur Theatre Collective’s show in the spring at Northwestern.

Lena Dudley

Lena Dudley

Lena Dudley is a second-year theatre major at Northwestern University, and is excited to be a part of the 24-hour theatre festival. Her most recent credits include Chiffon in The 75th Annual Dolphin Show’s Little Shop of Horrors tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Donna Summer in the original production of Bridget Bishop Presents: The Salem Bitch Trials, and Lady in Purple in For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She is also a member of Fusion Dance Company and is the design supervisor for Lipstick Theatre, which specializes in feminist theatre and activism in art.

Maddie Grubbs

Maddie Grubbs

Maddie Grubbs is a second year playwriting major at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she has written, assistant directed, dramaturged and stage managed several studio and festival productions. Other Chicago theatre credits include Assistant Stage Managing What of the Night? at Theatre Wit. New York credits include writing and producing her own original shows for Thespis Theatre Festival in Manhattan each summer since she was sixteen years old. Maddieʼs original play, Good Samaritans will premiere as a staged reading at DePaul Universityʼs Wrights of Spring Festival this May. She will also be presenting a piece for College Night at Victory Gardens, also in May.

Bridget Harris

Bridget Harris

Bridget Harris is an actor, writer, producer, and BFA student at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV she went to the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts and spent time working at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Her original full length play, Terra Nullius, is being produced at the 2017 Las Vegas Fringe Festival and will continue to be workshopped. She particularly likes dance drama and movement work, and in her free time will never turn down Mexican food.

Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson

Lucas  “Loochy” Johnson is thrilled to be apart of this ensemble of college students across Chicago. He is a Freshman in the Theatre conservatory in the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Lucas was Born in Paris, France and was raised in Grapevine, Texas. Lucas has been in a countless number of musicals and plays back in his hometown, and two showcases at school here in Chicago. He would like to thank his teachers and directors at Roosevelt and Mom, Dad, and Brother for the endless support, love and encouragement.

Casey Norlin

Casey Norlin
Casey Norlin is a junior at Northwestern University studying theatre and neuroscience. On campus, Casey’s main focus is theatre management; she has produced several times, and occasionally stage manages. She is the Business Manager of the executive theatre board Lovers&Madmen and is on the executive board for the 76th Annual Dolphin Show, the largest student-produced musical in the country. When she’s not doing theatre, Casey is most likely in a coffee shop or bookstore, studying organic chemistry.

Torie Trenter

Torie Trenter

Torie Trenter is a senior Theatre Major at North Central College. She has performed in productions such as Merry Wives of Windsor and October Mourning under the direction of The Other Theatre Company’s very own Carin Silkaitis as well as Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of The Tempest under the direction of Aaron Posner in collaboration with world renowned magician Teller. Torie would like to thank her closest friends and family for supporting her on her journey to the mainstage.

Excited to see what these artists create? So are we! Tap here for tickets. All tickets proceeds will go towards Center on Halsted.

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