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Greenwich Village. 1968.
During the most tumultuous year in our nation's history, a group of young hippies explore sex, love, and rock 'n' roll while fighting for civil rights and the end of the war in Vietnam. Artistic Director PJ Paparelli and author James Rado return to the original 1967 off-Broadway script of the controversial rock musical that forever changed the American theatre.

April 25 - June 29

design team

Austin Cook (Music Director): Favorite acting credits: 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis, tour music director), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (himself), Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hoss), Putting It Together (music director, man 4)*Jeff Award Nomination Music Direction, Some Enchanted Evening (music director/pianist)*Jeff Award Music Direction. Favorite Music Director credits: 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet, Rooms: A Rock Romance,  Porchlight Theatre, Theo Ubique, Second City. Music Producer credits: Billy Woodward, John Michael Presney, Billy Woodward & The Senders, Yuleberrys & Friends, Cody Slaughter. Austin's work has been heard across the country as a performer, producer, musician and music director.  Austin’s most recent album has been nominated by the Independent Music Awards for best Roots single and Best Blues EP. Austin is a proud ensemble member of American Blues Theater and Artistic Affiliate of Porchlight Music Theatre. A big thanks to Adrienne for her love and support.

Mikey Rioux (choreorgrapher): is founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Sho (along with Ben Law), an experimental performance group with a focus on dance. Currently Mikey teaches at Visceral Dance Center and does outreach in the Chicago Public Schools with CAPE. Mikey received his BFA in printmaking and video from Cornish College of the Arts. His concern is to be full of joy and full of discovery. You can see at: musterseed.tumblr.com, photosofchicago.tumblr.com, ehg-thesho.tumblr.com

Brian Hoehne (Lighting Designer): returns to ATC after previously working as the Associate LD for Sons of the Prophet and Columbinus at ArtsEmerson. Recent designs: A View from the Bridge, White Tie Ball (Teatro Vista); Dessa Rose (Bailiwick Chicago); Schoolhouse Rock Live!, The Nutcracker (Marriott Lincolnshire); Do I Hear a Waltz, Triumph of Love, The Baker's Wife (The Music Theatre Company); Passion, Master Class, Chess (Theo Ubique); Spamalot, The Producers, West Side Story (Timber Lake Playhouse).

Steven Yaussi (Sound Designer): Originally from Glendale, CA –Steven Yaussi, has worked and studied all over the United States. He received a degree for Theatre: Design & Technology, from the University of Evansville, with an associated study in Art. Recent designs include: Wizard of OZ, It’s a Wonderful Life, ATC (2013); Columbinus, Arts Emerson (2013); Living Large, 16th Street Theatre (2013); Solo Tres: Sex-omedy, Cry Wolf, Putas!, Teatro Luna (2012); Sweeney Todd, Studio BE (2012);  Les Miserables, Studio BE (2012); Crossed, Teatro Luna (2012); Winter’s Tale, University of Evansville (2010).

Keith Pitts (co-scenic designer): is happy to be returning to the theatre that gave him his first professional scenic design back in 2000.  Keith has been designing scenery in the Midwest since 2000 and has been fortunate enough to work with many inspiring artists along the way.  When not designing he keeps himself busy juggling 2 children and teaching full time.  Keith is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lawrence University.

Brittany Dee Bodley (Costume Designer): is pleased to return to ATC after assisting on Sons of the Prophet. After receiving her M.F.A. in Design from the University of Iowa, Brittany became a Chicago-based designer. She is currently the costume designer/shop manager for Northbrook Theatre and is also working as the interim costume coordinator for College of Dupage. Her most recent credits include: H.M.S. Pinafore (Gilbert &Sullivan Opera Co.), Great Expectations (Strawdog Theatre), The Game of Love and Chance (Open Door Rep), Big Love (Strawdog Theatre), After (Profiles Theatre), and The Dumb Waiter (Proud Kate). Brittany is a proud Strawdog Theatre ensemble member. She would like to thank her friends and family for their tremendous love and support and A-you are truly amazing and I am forever grateful. Roll Tide!

Jimmy Jagos (properties designer): is delighted to welcomed into the American Theater Company family. He originates from Joliet. After graduating from Illinois State University with a B.S. In theater, he moved to Chicago to pursue is design career. Past works include properties designer for Rocky Horror Picture Show (Underscore Theater) and Alice (Nothing Without a Company). He is also a set designer recently featured in The Brig (Mary Arrchie) and The Shape Of Things ( Kid Brooklyn Productions). He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support and ATC for the opportunity!

Deborah Chesterman (stage manager): received her B.A in Theatre Arts from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. Shortly after, she spent four seasons with South Coast Repertory as a Production Assistant and then received an ASM position with the Laguna Beach Playhouse. Her favorite credits include, Into the Woods, Cloudlands, The Borrowers, and An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein. After working as the Stage Manager for American Theatre Company’s production of Speech and Debate last year, she found her way into advertising where she is very happy to be an Executive Assistant to some the nicest ladies around!

Jonathan Nook* (Stage Manager): is pleased to be joining American Theatre Company for the first time. Local Stage Management credits include: Leveling Up, Buena Vista, The Drunken City, South of Settling, WantCloser Than I Appear No Sugar Tonight (both featuring Jeff Garlin), Animals Out of Paper, The North Plan, and Sex with Strangers. (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) The Upstairs Concierge (Goodman Theatre) To Master the Art (Chicago Commercial Collective); Collected Stories, Waiting for Lefty at American Blues Theater; Invisible Man, Orlando, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Year of Magical Thinking, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and The Piano Lesson (Court Theater) Radio Macbeth (SITI Company/Court Theatre); The North Plan (Theater Wit); Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists).  Jonathan also serves as Production Manager at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company.

the tribe

Sky Seals (Berger): is beyond excited to make his Chicago debut at ATC! After studying Musical Theater at the University of Northern Colorado, Sky got his Equity card in a production of "Hair" at the Pantages Theater (produced by the Chanhassen Dinner Theater) in Minneapolis, MN. Since moving to NYC 8 1/2 years ago, he has co-founded a non-profit theater company (Wide Eyed Productions), performed Off-Broadway (Dylan in "Sessions: The New Musical"), gone on tour ("The Mystery of King Tut" with Theaterworks), and composed two original children's musicals ("Jack and the Soy Beanstalk" and "Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears"), as well as playing guitar for productions of "Rent" and "Next to Normal". Sky's favorite lead roles have been Jason ("The Medea"), Pippin, Joseph, King Edward ("Henry VI: part 3"), Billy Bigelow, and Berger, of course. Sky is also exactly one-half of the acoustic comedy duo "Neil and Sky", who have been banned in school districts across America.

Zach Kenney  (Claude): Zach makes his ATC debut.  Chicago credits include: Hit The Wall (The Inconvenience); Chicago Boys (Goodman Theatre); The Gospel According to James (Victory Gardens Theater); The Farnsworth Invention, Not Enough Air (TimeLine Theatre Company); It’s a Wonderful Life, Waiting for Lefty (American Blues Theater, Artistic Affiliate).  Regional: 1776 (Asolo Repertory Theatre & American Conservatory Theater, directed by Frank Galati); Who Am I This Time… and Mary’s Wedding (Indiana Repertory Theatre). A San Francisco native, Kenney originated the role of Horace in Horton Foote's The Actor.

Ella Raymont (Sheila): is thrilled to be making her debut at ATC. Past work in Chicago includes Lookingglass theater (the little prince), iO theater and Women's theater alliance. Ella holds a BFA in musical theatre from Ball State University. She would like to thank her parents, Owais, PJ, Austin and the glorious tribe for all the love and support. Namaste! 

Mary Hollis Inboden (Jeannie): is a Chicago-based actor, writer and comedian.  A founding member of The New Colony, Mary Hollis helped to create and starred in critically-acclaimed hits such as The Warriors, Calls to Blood (NYC Fringe Fest Award Winner, 2010) and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (available in print from Samuel French, Inc). Mary Hollis was voted Best Local Actress by the Chicago Reader in the 2011 "Best of" Issue and made her television debut on The Chicago Code. She went on to appear regularly as "Jackie Shope" on Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, for Starz/Lionsgate TV. A proud Chicago resident, she enjoys supporting network and independent series produced in "the second city," appearing viral favorites such as Funemployed and Kam Kardashian. Most recently, Mary Hollis starred opposite Steve Coogan and Carla Gugino in the ABC pilot, Doubt.

Rachael Smith (Crissy): is so excited to be making her Chicago debut with ATC! She received her training from Baylor University and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Endless thanks to PJ and Austin for the opportunity to be part of this Tribe. 

Christian Libonati (Woof): is honored to explore this material with such a talented team. Christian has performed locally with companies including: The Marriott Theatre: Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theater, The Mercury Theater, The House Theatre of Chicago, Theatre Unspeakable, and The Filament Theatre Ensemble. Regionally Christian as performed in Grease (Broadway World Nomination for Best Actor-Danny), Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Big River (Huck Finn) at the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Christian is a founding member and the Managing Director for the Filament Theatre Ensemble, which has recently found a permanent home in Chicago's Six Corners/ Portage Park neighborhood. Christian is a graduate of Northwestern University.  Love and thanks to all who give so much and bring their tireless talent to Chicago theater. Visit www.filamenttheatre.org or www.christianlibonati.com to learn more. 

Aaron Holland (Hud): is so proud to be a member of the amazing group of artists that form this Tribe! Originally from Richmond, VA, Aaron has been performing in and around Chicagoland for the past 10 years, working with everyone from Goodnight Moon, Dot & Ziggy (Chicago Children’s Theatre) to A Christmas Carol (The Goodman) and Brother/Sister Plays (Steppenwolf), to Hellcab 2012 (Profiles Theater). Most recently he was seen as Adam in The Color Purple (Mercury Theater). Aaron has been nominated for two Black Alliance Awards and received the Kingsley Colton award at the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center in 2003. Aaron has a BFA in Theatre- Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, is Playwright-In-Residence at Bailiwick Chicago and a Proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

Camille Robinson (Dionne): is simply ecstatic to be making her ATC debut in this iconic story of love, peace, happiness and freedom.  Recent theater credits include: Once Upon a People (Black Ensemble Theater), Once on this Island (Broadway in Naperville), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Goode Theater), A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage Company), and Kind of Blue (UNC Historic Playmakers). She cannot put into words how honored she is to share the stage with each of her beautiful tribe members. "Our eyes are open wide!" She sends the biggest hugs and kisses to her fabulous family and friends whose unwavering love and support she would be nothing without. 

Jane Strauss (Margaret Mead): Broadway:  OLIVER! w/Patti Lupone, Ron Moody;   International Tours:  PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Carlotta), OKLAHOMA! (Aunt Eller);   National Tours:  ME & MY GIRL w/Tim Curry, ANNIE, MAMALEH, GODSPELL;  Regional:  GUYS & DOLLS w/Vic Damone (General Cartwright);  BLITHE SPIRIT (Edith), HIGH SPIRITS (Madame Arcati), MARILYN & JOE (Louella Parsons), CATS (Jellylorum), THE FULL MONTY (Jeannette Burmeister), NUNSENSE (Amnesia), FUNNY GIRL (Mrs. Strakosh), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN w/Andrea McCardle, THE MUSIC MAN w/John Schneider, MRS. KLEIN (Melitta), THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (Poncia), THE TEMPEST, JULIUS CAESAR, OEDIPUS, THE CRUCIBLE, THE BALD SOPRANO, THE VORTEX, CRUSHED PETUNIAS, SUMMER AT THE LAKE, MATER DOLOROSA (Mary Todd Lincoln). Presently, preparing for reading of one-woman show:  LIBBY HOLMAN.

Chris Nugent (Hubert): is honored to debut at ATC in Hair. A frequent antiwar protester in the 60’s, Chris came to Chicago where he has recently retired from a career in teaching and insuring charitable non-profits. Since July 2013 Chris has appeared in 2 short films and a play. Chris offers kudos to daughter and theatre maven Maggie Fullilove-Nugent and grateful love to wife Prill for her support of his new career. Chris is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency, LLC.

Candace C. Edwards (Ensemble, Dionne U.S.): is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she earned her Bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism with an interdisciplinary major in Television.  She has been in numerous shows, as well as on TV, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Her most recent stage credits include performing with The Goodman Theater in “Crowns”. She has also performed with The Black Ensemble Theater; “The Other Cinderella” (Cinderella), and "Nothing But The Blues"; Congo Square Theater (The Nativity). Candace has also been featured in two hit TV shows. "Boss" starring Kelsey Grammer, and the new hit TV show "Mind Games" starring Christian Slater, and Steve Zahn. She would like to thank PJ and ATC for this amazing opportunity! Candace is blessed beyond measure, and thanks God DAILY for her gifts and being able to share them with you. Mom, Dad, thank you so much for your undying support and love! "Faith without works, is dead". 

Cassandra Nelson (Ensemble/Sheila U.S./ Chrissy U.S.): Cassandra is thrilled to be involved in her first show at ATC! She is a senior musical theatre major and dance minor at North Central College. Previously, she has been seen in Henry VIII at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, as well as many productions at North Central (Into the Woods-Cinderella, Float-Luce, Spelling Bee-Marcy Park, etc.) Cassandra Would like to thank her family and roommates for all their support, as well as Carin Silkaitis for making this opportunity possible.

Matt Thinnes (Ensemble/Woof U.S.): is thrilled to be working on his first production at American Theater Company! Matt graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College where he received his B.A. in Theatre and Film Studies. Most recently, he understudied and performed in BEDROOM FARCE (Eclipse Theatre Company) and appeared on the television show MIND GAMES. Other Chicago credits include: ALMOST AN EVENING (Circle Theatre). A huge thanks to American Theater Company, an incredible cast and crew, Grossman & Jack Talent, the Good Guys, Chris Weible, Derek Fawcett, Judy Krugman, Hackney’s on Harms, and especially Mom, Dad, Kristen and Caroline for their ongoing love and support.

Liz Bollar (Ensemble/Jeannie U.S.): is elated to be working on Hair and with ATC for the first time! With her heart and roots warm in southern California, Liz has lived in Chicago for 6 years, where she received her BFA in musical theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and has been fortunate to work with many theatres throughout the city. Credits include: Reefer Madness (Circle Theatre), Les Miserables (The Little Theatre on the Square), Knuffle Bunny and The Frog Prince, Cont. (Emerald City Theatre Company), Click, Clack, Boo (Lifeline Theatre) and A New Brain (Pastiche Productions). Many thanks to my family for being alright with another show they can’t bring Kyle to; to Cam and my amazing Chicago friends; and to PJ, Austin, the gorgeous tribe and ATC for the chance to work on a piece so near and dear to my heart! 

Greg Geffrard (Ensemble): is beyond elated to be part of this family. He has been blessed to be part of: One Week In Spring (Prop Theatre); Holidaze (Step Up Productions); One Week In Spring (Halcyon Theatre), Bud, Not Buddy (Chicago Children’s Theatre), Superior Donuts (Royal George Theatre), and Seascape (Remy Bumppo). Greg is a humbled acting ensemble member of Barrel Of Monkey’s and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group. 

Travis Porchia (Ensemble): is thrilled to be making his debut at ATC! Other Chicago credits include: Sweet Charity (Writers' Theatre), Hairspray (Drury Lane Oakbrook)The Petrified Forest (Strawdog Theater Co.), Pippin (Boho Theater), Meet John Doe (Porchlight Music Theatre), Footloose! (Theater At The Center), and most recently, The Color Purple (Mercury Theater Chicago). Regional theater: Chicago, (Peninsula Players-Door County, WI). Film and TV credits include: "Boulevard"-- AT&T Uverse (commercial) and "Where You At?"-- Jennifer Hudson (music video), and "Dhoom 3: Back In Action" (Feature Film).  Travis sends his love and deep appreciation to his Mom, Dad, Will, and family of friends for their constant love and support!

Noelle Humbert (Swing): is incredibly excited to have been cast in her first ATC production. Recent productions include Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, and The Taming of the Shrew.  She is currently a sophomore pursuing degrees in Theatre and Business at North Central College. She would like to thank Carin, Billy, and her family for their constant support, as well as the entire cast and crew of Hair. For all those with hippy hearts and open minds. 

Jacari Campbell (swing): is a junior theatre major from Darien, Il and is excited to be understudying at American Theatre Company. She has had the pleasure of assistant stage-managing Macbeth recently. Her previous shows include: HAIR, Breath Boom, Urinetown,and Trojan Women. She would like to thank ATC for the opportunity to become apart of the Tribe! She would also like to thank her mentors, friends, and family for always supporting her!

Addison Heimann: has had the pleasure of working with such Chicago theatres as Writers Theatre, Shattered Globe, Teatro Vista, Theatre-Hikes, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, and the Waltzing Mechanics. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's theatre program under Daniel Cantor. Thank you to Dan, Melissa, and Mom and Dad for their endless support. 

Maxwell DeTogne (U/S Male ensemble, Policeman) is a recent North Central College graduate. He is fortunate enough to be working with ATC for the second time, following an understudy run for columbinus in 2013. Notable past roles include Jesus in JCS (at NCC), Chè in Evita and Oliver Barrett in Love Story (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center).

Letter from PJ

Despite its thousands of productions around the globe, many would still argue that Hair is the most controversial musical of all time. But before the movie and Broadway productions, the rock musical was first produced in an intimate space that opened NY's Public Theater. After 45 years, co-creator Jim Rado and ATC will return to the original 1968 text at the heart of "America's tribal love rock musical". While keeping classics like "Aquarius" and "Let the Sunshine In", this is a more emotional, dangerous, and even violent Hair that sheds light on the forces that clashed in 1968.

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