|Barbara Robertson as Jan-the-Unnamed in Season 25's production of the Chicago premiere of Yeast Nation (the triumph of life). Photo by Michael Brosilow.|
mission & history
American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question: "What does it mean to be an American?"
We provide a truly intimate home for the community to experience meaningful stories. We foster a nurturing environment for artists to take risks and create essential work.
founded to affect the average Chicagoan
a permanent home in a vital neighborhood
professionalism and growth
stability and American focus
new leaders usher change and expansion
Season 25 celebrates the American Family with the Chicago Premiere of Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) the new musical from the Tony Award winning writers of Urinetown; the World Premiere of Welcome to Arroyo’s, and the Chicago Premiere of Lisa Loomer’s Distracted. In a historic commission from the Chicago Community Trust, ATC, Congo Square and the National Public Housing Musuem began development on a documentary style play that explores the history of public housing in Chicago.
Usman Ally is a proud ensemble member of American Theater Company. He received his MFA in Acting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Florida after receiving a BA in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College. Usman is originally from Pakistan, but was born and raised in Southern and Eastern Africa. Usman is a 2010 recipient of the Fox Foundation/Theater Communications Grant for Actors of Extraordinary Potential.
ATC Credits: Celebrity Row (nominated Top Five Performances of 2008 by NewCity Stage)
Upcoming Projects: The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (Lookingglass)
Off-Broadway Credits: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage)
Chicago Credits: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Relatively Close (Victory Gardens Theater); Arabian Nights and Around the World in 80 Days (Lookingglass Theater); Tranquility Woods (Steppenwolf First Look); Public Enemy and American Ethnic (Remy Bumppo); Weapon of Mass Impact (Red Orchid Theater); The Four Of Us (Theater Wit).
Regional Credits: A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Hippodrome Theatre, FL); Around the World in 80 Days (Centerstage Baltimore, and Kansas City Rep); The Arabian Nights (Arena Stage, DC)
Writing Credits: Public Enemy (Remy Bumppo's thinkTank 2008); American Ethnic (Remy Bumppo's thinkTank 2009); The Abyss (ATC Silver Project 2010)Patrick Andrews
ATC credits: The People’s Temple and Speech & Debate.
Chicago credits: American Buffalo (Steppenwolf Theater); Cabaret (Drury Lane Theatre); Stupid Kids, The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (About Face Theatre); The Snow Queen (Victory Gardens Theater); The Actor (Goodman Theatre); Willy Wonka (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Into the Woods and Oliver (Marriott Theatre); collaboratively created and performed in Dorian (Bailiwick Theatre); and The Sparrow (The House Theatre).
Regional and Touring: West Side Story (Walnut Street Theatre, Pennsylvania) and Fosse (National Tour).
Patrick studies at Black Box Acting Studio and works with About Face’s GLBTQA Youth Ensemble.
Kareem Bandealy holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from University of Central Florida where, in 1999, he became a national finalist in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival's Irene Ryan Acting Competition. In April 2007, he was profiled in TimeOut Chicago as one of ten actors considered to be "the backbone of our theatre scene." Kareem is a member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA.
ATC Credits: George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!
Upcoming Projects: Heartbreak House at Writers' Theatre.
Chicago Credits: Rock 'N' Roll, Gas For Less, King Lear (Goodman Theatre); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Edward II, Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Peter Pan (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The Real Thing (Remy Bumppo); Wedding Play (About Face Theatre); and Our Enemies, Back of the Throat, 10 Acrobats (Silk Road Theatre Project where he is an associate artist).
Regional Credits: Cyrano de Bergerac, The Winter's Tale, Jack & the Beanstalk, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), Julius Caesar, Stuff Happens (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) Love's Labour's Lost (Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival) and most recently The Tempest, The Three Musketeers, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Illinois Shakespeare Festival).
Film: In Plain Sight, Counting Backwards, Bodega, and The Merry Gentleman (dir. Michael Keaton).
Jaime Castañeda is a TCG New Generations Future Leaders Award Recipient, through which he is the Artistic Leadership Associate at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. Jaime has received various Dallas/Fort Worth Critics Forum awards, a Live Theatre League award, a Drama League fall fellowship, and a 2008 Princess Grace Award. Jaime is the Producing Artistic Director of FireStarter Productions.
ATC credits: Jaime will direct ATC's upcoming production of Welcome to Arroyo's, and was assistant director on True West and Topdog/ Underdog.
Regional directing credits: Assistant Director for Speed the Plow (also on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre), Anon, Almost an Evening, and Parlour Song (Atlantic Theater Company); One for the Road (DirectorFest); Crave, Closer, Momentahn, Blue/Orange, Nocturne, Sonnets for an Old Century (FireStarter Productions); Red Light Winter (Perseverance Theatre); Attack of the Asians (workshop at The Kennedy Center); This is How it Goes, Credeaux Canvas, Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You (Amphibian Stage Productions); Lincolnesque, Chesapeake, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Circle Theatre). Assistant director: Pig Farm (Old Globe Theatre); Going Gone (Cincinnati Playhouse); Two Unrelated Plays (Center Theatre Group).
Education: MFA, Directing (University of Texas at Austin).Joe Minoso is Associate Artistic Director for Teatro Vista, where he assistant directed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety (in co-Production with Victory Gardens); directed Freedom New York (in co-Production with Remy Bumppo); and assistant directed the smash hit Our Lady of the Underpass.
ATC credits: Luis Felipe in Celebrity Row; Joseph/Uncle Billy/Others in It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play; and Bobby in Living Out (co-production with Teatro Vista).
Other Chicago credits: Fifo in Nilo Cruz’s Park in our House and Samuel in Horetensia and the Museum of Dreams (Victory Gardens); Don Luis in Esperanza Rising (Chicago Children's Theater); Erik in Massacre…Sing to Your Children (Teatro Vista at the Goodman Theater); Officer Freddy Fernandez in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Teatro Vista); and Angelo in Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theater).
Regional credits: Eusebio in the world premiere of Jose Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (Yale Rep); George Gibbs in Our Town (Madison Repertory Theater); Truffildino in The Servant of Two Masters (SummerNite); Lenny in Marisol and Andrew Gomez in The Laramie Project (NIU), among others.
Television credits: Guest starring roles in Prison Break and The Beast.Sadieh Rifai has been has been an ensemble member at ATC since 2008. This coming Spring you can see her in ATC's world premiere hip-hop play Welcome to Arroyo's.
ATC credits: Natalie in Distracted, Yitzahk in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Violet/Mrs. Hatch/Others in It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play, and Diwata in Speech & Debate (After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance).
Other Chicago credits: Ski DubaiI and Johnna understudy in August: Osage County (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Noorani in Merchant on Venice (Silk Road Theatre). Sadieh is a proud graduate of the School at Steppenwolf (2006).
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