||Director: Scott OKen *
Assistant Director: Esteban Andres Cruz *
Technical Director: CW van Baale *
Production Manager: Carrie J. Sullivan *
Stage Manager: Jermaine Edward Thomas
Set Designer: Angelina Martinez *
Lighting Designer: Shannon Evans
Sound Designer: Chas Vrba *
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski
Props Designer: Barbara Kanady
Graphic Designer: Jason Moody
Fight Choreographer: Johnny Moran
* Denotes Factory Ensemble Member
does not know how to love him...what to do…how to move him…he's been changed, yes really changed…in these past few days, when he…sees himself…he seems like someone else.....
Esteban Andres Cruz (Asst Director/Movement Director) was born in Berwyn and raised in Cicero and is a proud member of the Factory Ensemble / Resident Choreographer since May 2011. Esteban has choreographed for Theater and Dance since 1997 and has been directing, co-directin and movement directing in Chicago since 2010, with his collaborator Coya Paz. Chicago credits include both Easy Six (choreographer) and Hey! Dancin! (dance captain), Factory, Manuel for a Desperate Crossing (movement director), a play by Coya Paz for ATC's 10x10 Festival (director & movment director), Tour Guides (co-director / choreographer) & Unnatural Spaces (movement director), The Guild Literary Complex, Romeo & Juliet (choreographer) Oak Park Festival Theater, The Game Show Show & Stuff (choreographer) at various venues. Esteban also choreographed the dance in a commercial for United Auto Insurance. He is also an actor and singer in Chicago. Upcoming engagements include RENT (Angel) at ATC this spring and Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro at Victory Gardens. Esteban plays Creon and Chay Yew directs, this summer. Thank you for supporting live theater, please do it again and often! Become a FLEX-PASS subscriber to the Factory TODAY!!!
Jermaine Thomas (Stage Manager) is honored to be stage managing another Factory Theater show. Well, sit back and enjoy…
Shannon Evans (Lighting Designer) is delighted to work with Factory again, having lit the smash hit sensation Hey! Dancin! in 2010. Shannon works throughout Chicago as a director, designer, painter, and educator.
Angela Martinez * (Set Designer) Just so you know, there will be nothing witty, clever or hilarious about this bio. Angie doesn't want to get your hopes up, expecting something 'funny'... she respects you too much to bullshit you. And she's a new mom so, she's tired. Angie has been a proud member of Factory since 2008. Since becoming a member she has directed (Ceres) and Assistant Directed (Dead Wrong). She has appeared as an actor in Shameless Shamuses (Mrs. Hoehenzollern), Mop Top (Colleen), and The League of Awesome (Penny) and has designed sets for Bustin' Out of the Hell, 1985, Hey! Dancin!, 1985 (re-mount at the Storefront) and the 20th Anniversary edition of White Trash Wedding and a Funeral.
Before her tenure with the Factory, she has performed, directed, written and set designed for various off-loop theaters in the Chicago area.
On a final note: She loves her Factory family. She loves her sweetest, goofiest husband Mr. Eric Roach. And she loves and absolutely adores her sweetest bubba, Simon. (Not necessarily in this order…
Johnny Moran (Stage Combat Designer) Johnny has designed violence for companies such as A Red Orchid, Writer's Theater, and Bentlight. He has also designed for productions at Lane Tech College Prep, York High School, and Lake Forest College. You can also see his work in American Theater Company's production of RENT this spring.
Barb Kanady (Props) is honored, yes, HONORED, to be a part of Factory's 20th season. Special thanks to her prop helpers Mathew Esplin and Imogen Esplin.
Carrie J. Sullivan * (Producer) is proud to Production Manage the first show of Factory's 20th anniversary. She is not white trash but she does have fond memories of government cheese and pot pies. Love to Sweetie, Harry and Bug.
CW van Baale * (Technical Director) is a homo sapien. Born in Iowa, he moved in with his parents after birth, residing in their custody for about 18 years. He has attended schools, traveled, worked, and slept during his time on this planet and currently teaches at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Also, a member of Will Act for Food, he primarily is a theatrical technician, or at least acts like one."
Chas Vrba * (Sound Design) thinks it's pretty sweet that White Trash Wedding and a Funeral has returned to the Factory stage. You might have caught him in the role of Bernice in the 2001 production of the show at Angel Island. This time around you won't be subjected to seeing him in drag, you'll only be hearing his work. Previous sound design credits include work with The Neo-Futurists, Infamous Commonwealth, Will Act for Food, Open Eye Productions, The Journeymen, Navy Pier, and many Factory shows among others. Next up you can hear his design work in Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats this summer at the Factory. You also might hear him DJing at various weddings, parties, bars, and cruise ships throughout the city.
Thanks to Sully, Oken, Jermaine, and the badass cast and crew!