|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.
resident ensemblePatrick 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).Tyler Ravelson
Other Chicago credits
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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CTA Stop: Three blocks south of Irving Park Station on the Brown Line. 4 blocks north of the Addison Stop on the Brown Line.
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