Jessica Fisch (Director)

Jessica is thrilled to be working with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. Recent credits: Straight White Men (Associate Director, Steppenwolf), Trudy, Carolyn, Martha and Regina Travel to Outer Space (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival), Fefu and Her Friends (Goodman Theatre/Rivendell Latina/o Celebration) Opulent Complex and That Thing That Time (Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Tens), The Rosenkranz Mysteries: An Evening of Magic (Royal George Theatre), Psychodramatic (A Red Orchid, Incubator Series), Traces (Feast Productions/ Jackalope Theatre), Far Away (SITE Festival), 42 Stories (Raven Theatre, [Working Title] series), MachinalSpike Heels (Northwestern University). Selected New York credits: The Realm (The Wild Project), strive/seek/find (Abingdon Theatre), the 2009 Playwrights Horizons Stories on 5 Stories BenefitPersonal History (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Redheaded Man (Barrow Street Theatre/Down Payment Productions/FringeNYC/FringeEncores), Dressed In Your Dreams (Public Theater/Emerging Writers Group), an adaptation of the cult 1960s gothic vampire soap opera Dark Shadows (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Jessica was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the founding Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions. MFA: Northwestern University.

Lynn Rosen (Playwright)

Lynn’s plays have been produced or developed with: Actors Theatre of Louisville, TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), Women’s Project, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre (two EST/Sloan commissions), Centerstage (Baltimore), Studio Theatre, Working Theater, Barrington Stage, The New Group, The Lark, terraNOVA Collective, New Harmony, GEVA, Fault Line Theatre, The Brick Theater, Red Bull Theatre, Todd Mountain Theater Project, The Lark Development Center (Writing Fellow), 52nd Street Project, among others. Lynn was commissioned in 2016 by UCSB for her new play Bernhard which was just produced in their acclaimed Launch Pad series. She also co- writes and co-created the award-winning web series Darwin, directed by Carrie Preston, with whom she is developing two TV pilots. Darwin was named one of the “Top Ten Best Web Series of 2015” by Paste Magazine and season two is currently in production. Her short piece The Amazing America Auction, originally commissioned for Centerstage, is included in Hal Hartley’s feature film My America. Coming up: Gurley! (a musical about Helen Gurley Brown), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Writers’ Retreat; I Love You with Playing On Air; Washed Up On The Potomac with The Pool, NYC. Lynn resides in NYC but was raised in Gary, Indiana, trekked to high school in Chicago every day, and got her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University. Lynn is currently a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists in NYC.


Andra Sturtevant (production Stage Manager)

Katherine Scott (Choreographer)

Katherine Scott is a freelance choreographer and teaching artist in the Chicago area. Katherine graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a degree in Dance, Psychology, Theatre, and a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences. Recent choreography credits include HAIR: AN AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL (Northwestern University), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Mudlark Theater), SPRING YOUTH CIRCUS 2016 (The Actors Gymnasium), THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DOCTOR FAUSTUS (The Athenaeum Theatre), SPLENDOUR WITHOUT DIMINISHMENT (Chicago Fringe Festival), and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project’s GETTING DOWN, GOING FORWARD (Northwestern University). She has danced as a company member with Striding Lion Performance Group. Katherine currently teaches drama through Mudlark Theater and various styles of dance, including dance for individuals with developmental differences, at Dovetail Studios.

Joanna Iwanicka (scenic design)

Paul Toben (lighting design)

Chicago: Electra (Court Theatre), The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers’ Theatre), Regional: Circle Mirror Transformation, Peter and the Starcatcher, 4000 Miles, and many others at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and designs for four seasons of the Humana Festival including Airness, The Grown-Up, The Roommate, This Random World NSFW (Roundhouse), Silent Sky, Triangle, Upright Grand (TheatreWorks), Fly by Night, Medea, School for Wives (Dallas Theater Center), The Who and The What (Kansas City Rep), Daddy Long Legs (New York, regional and international premiers), Another Way Home (The Magic Theatre), Caravan Man, Demon Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Broadway: The Story of my Life. Off-Broadway: The Judy Show (DR2), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project), Electra in a One Piece and The Realm (The Wild Project), Romeo and Juliet (Columbia Stages), When in Disgrace (Examined Man), The Redheaded Man (Fringe Encores), and many more.

Stephanie Cluggish (costume design)

Sam Mouryessef (production manager)

Blake Burke (props design)

Sarah D. Espinoza (Sound Designer) has recently sound designed The Woman in Black (Wildclaw), Romeo and Juliet (Loyola University Chicago), Diamond Dogs (The House Theatre), Thumbelina (Lifeline), You On the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), Farewell My Friend ((re)-discover), Douglass (American Vicarious), Dating and Dragons (The Factory), Midnight Cowboy (Lifeline), Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Lifeline), The Revel (The House Theatre), Motel 666 (Wildclaw), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Two Pence),  fml: How Carson McCullers saved my life (Loyola University Chicago), Deathscribe 2014 (WildClaw), co-sound designed The Last Defender (The House), and won the non-equity Jeff award for her sound design for The Arsonists (Strawdog).

Joan Sergay (assistant director) is a director and writer originally from the Washington D.C. area. A senior at Northwestern University, she is pursuing a major in theatre and minor in creative writing. At Northwestern, she has directed Grounded by George Brant, Cock by Mike Bartlett, Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, and several staged readings of student written work. Recently, she assistant directed Joanie Schultz’s production of Hand to God at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. and served as the directing intern for Barbara Gaines’ production of Tug of War: Foreign Fire at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Currently, she is assistant directing Scott Weinstein on Laura Schellhardt’s new play Upright Grand at Citadel Theatre Company. Joan’s play At These Gates, about two female Syrian refugees, was commissioned by Piven Theatre in Evanston and will receive a staged reading directed by Devon de Mayo in May of 2017.  

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