Molly is a Chicago based director and new works developer. She has worked with (re)discover theatre as the director of 50 Shades of Shakespeare, a creator and director in For One and as the dramaturg and developer on The Innocents. She is proud to be a founding member of The Barrens Theatre Co. Recently she has directed the Out of Time 24 Hour Play festival as we well as The Bloody Bathory Project in 2018. And she is so excited to be directing Bloody Bathory 2019!
Kristina McCloskey is a freelance director and producer from Virginia, based in Chicago. Recent directing credits include Little Foxes at Citadel Theater, Everything in Between with Dandelion Theatre, and an immersive staged reading of Richard III with Midsommer Flight/Unbound Theatre Co. She was Executive Producer of Bloody Bathory with Barrens, which will remount in October of 2019. Kristina is also the Director of Marketing and Audience Engagement as well as Resident Director with the Barrens Theatre Co, an Associate Artist with Dandelion Theatre Company, and has had the good fortune to work with 16th Street Theatre, Midsommer Flight, The Barrens Theatre, Tarleton/Dawn Productions, and Griffin Theatre. Kristina is passionate about development opportunities for artists in Chicago, including devising and developing new work as well as adapting classic texts. She is equally obsessed with homesteading and every dog she meets (especially corgis). kristinamccloskey.com
Hannah is from the great state of Washington and moved out to Chicago 2 years ago to pursue her love of theatre making. Before coming to the midwest Hannah graduated from The University of Idaho and then spent a year working in regional theater in Seattle WA and Los Angelos CA. Since arriving to Chicago Hannah has been working for storefront companies that make theatre for small audiences and immersive works. She enjoys challenging form and building plays from scratch so she is very excited to work with The Barrens Theatre Co. doing exactly that.
Les Rorick is an actor, director, and educator. He was Director of Theatre for Love Nail Tree, a story-telling company based in Los Angeles, where he devised thought-provoking pieces about social justice. He is also a founding member of LA's Street Shakespeare. He has performed regionally at Virginia Rep and in Chicago at Filament, Strawdog, Red Theatre, iO, Prologue, Timeline, and Currently Untitled Theatre, where he was also Artistic Director. He has taught acting, improv, circus, and public speaking courses at Act One Studios, University of Virginia, American Theater Company, Olive Tree Arts Network, and CircEsteem. He is also a professional headshot photographer and filmmaker. Les studied Theology at Biola University in Southern California and received his MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia. Les is Event Director of After, a Journey Through Afterlives.
Molly H. Donahue
Assistant Stage Manager
Jamie Lyn Woods
Jamie Lyn is a transplant from Orlando, Florida who has always considered herself as a big city girl. Jamie started her theatre career on stage at the ripe age of twelve, but transitioned to backstage after high school by working as a freelance stage manager and technician for several theatre companies in Central Florida. She was drawn to Chicago to study lighting design and has enjoyed pursuing several different types of production styles since living here. She has always been intrigued by immersive theatre and is delighted to be joining the Bloody Bathory team for this wild journey!
Assistant Stage Manager
Emily Red Melgard
Owen is excited to return as Lighting Designer for the remount of Bloody Bathory.
Armed with some new toys, he can't wait to help shed some.. light.. on the mystery surrounding Countess Bathory.
Brent Ervin-Eickhoff is a director, writer, and educator based in Chicago. He has worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, BoHo Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Facility Theatre, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., The Public House Theatre, and other storefront theatres as a director, assistant director, and in various other capacities. Recent credits include directing Michael Yichao’s goose at Rhinofest, and serving as the associate director on a devised adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as part of Indiana Humanities’ One State / One Story initiative. Brent served as Co-Artistic Director and later Managing Director of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, of which he was a founding member. He is an Associate Artist and Resident Director with The Barrens Theatre Co., and a board member of The Passage Theatre. Brent currently serves as the Associate Director of Marketing for Court Theatre in Hyde Park. He graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Directing and Theatre Education.
Amanda Vander byl
A world-builder, performer, designer, and one of 90 silhouette portrait artists in the world, Nina D’Angier is a Professional Creative across a variety of fields. They conceive immersive environments that challenge audiences by transporting, delighting, and educating them.
Nina arrived at scenic and props design by crafting details in Escape Artistry’s escape rooms; window displays for Chicagoland shops; burlesque costumes and props for Vaudezilla; a float for Pride; and experiential trade show booths for the Merchandise Mart. Recent projects include a variety of puppets made of recycled trash for The Plagiarist’s Season Pass: Deux Over; stage design for Lollapalooza; production design for the upcoming independent film The Snowpeople; a mobile, outdoor set for Free Street Theatre’s Still/here; and an entirely cardboard interactive lobby display for 2 Unfortunate 2 Travel that combined dramaturgy, art, activism, and behind-the-scenes content.
Nina earned a BFA from Harrington College of Design.
They are the Gallery Director for The Prop Thtr and an Artistic Associate of Pop Magic Productions.
@ninadngr / @silhouetteportraits
Amanda is exited to be a part of the Bloody Bathory team! Her recent design credits include Junie B. Jones (Marriott Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), The Last Session (Refuge Theatre Project), and The Little Foxes (Citadel Theatre). Upcoming projects include Animal Farm at Aurora University and assistant costume design on Mary Poppins at Drury Lane Theatre. She holds an MFA in costume design from Illinois State University and a BA in theatre from Hope College. To see more of her work, please visit amanda.vanderbyl.com
Matt is so excited to be working with The Barrens Theatre Co on Bloody Bathory. Matt is a graduate of The Theatre School at Depaul University with a degree in Sound Design for Theatre. He is a proud company member of Cock & Bull Theatre and (Re)discover Theatre. He has had the pleasure of designing over forty shows in the Chicagoland area, recent credits include, The Worst Mother in The World with Halcyon Theatre and Mr. Kotomoto is Definitely Not White with Nomads Art Collective. Matt can also be found mixing musicals at Northwestern University, Guys & Dolls and Hans Christian Andersen, and Black Ensemble Theatre, You Can't Fake The Funk and The Other Cinderella. He has also received a Jeff nomination for his sound design for The Promise of a Rose Garden with Babes with Blades Theatre.
Kate Lass is an actor and fight and intimacy choreographer. Her most recent intimacy credits include Opportunities of Extinction (NCC), Masque Macabre (Strawdog), and Other Ways to Resist (NCC). Her fight choreography has been seen at First Floor Theatre, Teatro Vista, and the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. This is her first time working with the Barrens. katelass.com
Christian is a Chicago based designer and creator with a background in improv. Alongside stage and house managing he also dabbles in costuming and puppetry. He is excited to be a part of the immersive experience with the Bloody Bathory team.