FIREBIRDS CAST

Meighan Gerachis*+ – Avery

Blue Skies Process (Goodman) Domesticated, Our Town, The House on Mango St. (Steppenwolf), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Theater Wit) Solstice (A Red Orchid Theater), The Electric Baby, Precious Little, The Walls, Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, Indulgences at the Louisville Harem, Factory Girls, My Simple City, Wrens, and Ten Tiny Fingers, Nine Tiny Toes (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble),Measure for Measure (Chicago Shakespeare): Cloud Nine (About Face),Cigarettes and Moby Dick,  Che Che Che (Latino Chicago), The Underpants (Noble Fool); The Road to Graceland (Lifeline Theatre)

Regional credits include: Charm (Mixed Blood Theatre) Elliot; A Soldier’s Fugue (Stageworks/Hudson); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Contact Theatre-Manchester,UK) : Film:Batman v. Superman,  At Any Price ,Virginia Television: Chicago PD, Crisis, Bobby &Iza (NBC), Sirens (USA), Battleground ( Hulu).

Rebecca Spence*+ – Helen

Rebecca Spence joined Rivendell Theatre Ensemble after appearing in These Shining Lives for which she received Equity Jeff Nomination in 2009.  Other RTE credits include Wrens and How the World Began (Equity Jeff Nom). Her most recent work was originating the role of Mary Page Marlowe 40/44 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company where her previous credits include: The Crucible, Our Lady of 121st Street and Pacific. Other theatre credits include: In The Garden (Lookingglass Theatre Company); Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (TimeLine Theatre Company); This (Theatre Wit); The Voysey Inheritance, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Remy Bumppo – Equity Jeff Nom.); Dracula (Defiant Theatre); Cyrano (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre). Film Credits: Kingfisher, Recke, Not Welcome, Bloomin’ Mud Shuffle, Man of Steel, Fools, Tiger Tail in Blue, One Small Hitch, Contagion, The Dilemma, Audrey the Trainwreck, Earthling, Public Enemies, Grace is Gone and The Break-Up.  Television Credits: Easy (Netflix), Chicago Fire (NBC), Crisis (NBC), Betrayal (ABC), Boss (STARZ), The Mob Doctor (FOX), Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC), The Chicago Code (FOX), The Beast (A&E) and Prison Break (FOX). Rebecca can be seen next in RTE’s Firebirds Take the Field

Tara Mallen*+ – Kathy

An actor, director, producer and the Artistic Director at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Tara was most recently on stage in RTE’s production of Grizzly Mama. Last winter she performed in the world premiere production of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat at Arena Stage. Prior to that she was in RTE’s Jeff Nominated, world premiere productions of Look, we are breathing and Rasheeda Speaking. Tara appeared in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of How Long Will I Cry: Stories of Youth Violence written by Chicago Journalist Miles Harvey. She was part of the ensemble in Rivendell’s World Premiere, Jeff nominated production of The Walls and played Jolene Palmer (inspired by the true-life story of Aileen Wuornos) in Rivendell’s award winning production of Self Defense, or the Death of Some Salesmenboth productions part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Visiting Theater Initiative. For Rivendell, Tara has both produced and acted in over twenty-five productions. She received a Joseph Jefferson award for “Supporting Actress” for her portrayal of Gwenyth in WRENS as part of that production’s Jeff-winning ensemble. She was nominated the following year for “Actress in a Principal Role” for her work in My Simple City. Screen credits include Steven Soderbergh’s film Contagion, the Starz series Boss , the NBC pilot of Chicago Fire, the CBS/Sony Pictures pilot Doubt, the NBC series Chicago P.D. and the new Netflix series Sense8 directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski.

Jessica Ervin+ – Penelope

Jessica couldn’t be more excited to return to Rivendell Theatre Ensemble for its 2017 season. She was last seen at Rivendell in Dry Land (Ester) and also understudies their touring production of Women at War. As an artistic associate, she is very proud to call RTE home. Other Chicago theatre credits include touring artist with Erasing the Distance, Herculaneum (Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble), Summer in the Parks production of The Wild (Walkabout Theater Company), 12 Ways to Play Festival(The Public House Theatre), and Collaboraction’s final Sketchbook Festival. She can also be seen in the upcoming feature film Princess Cyd. Jessica is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.F.A. in Acting, and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.

Josh Odor – Mark

Most recently Josh performed in Griffin’s Winterset, The Hypocrites’ You on the Moors Now, Haven Theater’s The Distance and The Time of Your Life with the Artistic Home. Josh has also worked at Steppenwolf, The Goodman, TimeLine, Steep, Teatro Vista, The Inconvenience, The House, The New Colony, Collaboraction, LiveWire, Buffalo Ensemble and as a member of Pine Box. Josh’s television work includes Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Betrayal and Boss.

Aurora Real de Asua – Lucia

Aurora Real de Asua is pumped to be working with the Rivendell Ensemble for the first time. Past Chicago credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Metropolis), You On the Moors Now (u/s Hypocrites), Twelfth Night (u/s Chicago Shakespeare in the Park), as well as work with the Goodman Theatre and American Myth Project. She recently graduated from Northwestern University. Many thanks to Gray, Jess, and Tara. 

Hannah Toriumi (Agatha)

Hannah is thrilled to be a part of Rivendell’s world premiere of The Firebirds Take the Field. She has performed with such theaters as The Gift, Goodman Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Step Up Productions, and TOTC. She has also made appearances in commercials, film, and television. Hannah is represented by the lovely ladies of Paonessa Talent. She is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf Class of 2015 and holds a BA in Theatre Performance from North Central College. She would like to praise God, her husband, her family, and friends for being her ever-present fan club and support system!

Margaret Kusterman (Cynthia)

Margaret is honored to be working with Rivendell on this new play. At Next Theatre she played Mrs Donovan in The Luck of the Irish and Polly in Great God Pan. She understudied Patricia in The Herd at Steppenwolf where she was also in the Ensemble of No Place Like Home. At Seanachai she was part of the Jeff Nominated Ensemble of The Big Picture. She played Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe at Remy Bumppo and was in Uncle Vanya at Strawdog. After understudying Meg in The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Steppenwolf she played the role at Northern Stage in Vermont. Margaret has worked with Jackalope, The Gift, Defiant, Livebait , Lifeline and Center Theatre. She holds a Masters Degree in Theatre from Northwestern University.

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