Tom Wells (Artistic Director) Tom’s TWO PENCE credits include directing the company’s inaugural production The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, acting, and teaching TWO PENCE's own classes "Owning Shakespeare: A Workshop In Progress", "Revealing Shakespeare", "Shakespeare In Play" and "Worthy Warriors" for theatre professionals, students and veterans all around Chicago and Evanston. Tom spent 6 1/2 years acting, teaching, and directing with Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA.) A Senior Education Artist, Tom was a 5 time director for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, co-directed Shakespeare & Young Co., and was integral in the design of one of their most popular youth programs, Riotous Youth. He also assisted with the Shakespeare in the Courts program supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as countless professional development workshops, including Shakespeare & Co.’s National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare (NEA grant recipient). He has performed at the The Pearl Theater (NYC) and regional theaters across the country. Tom holds a BFA from Drake University, and is an Alumnus of The National Theater Institute’s Acting and Advanced Directing Programs. Other training includes workshops with The Moscow Art Theater and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tom is a proud member of the AEA.
Sarah Augusta (Managing Director) Sarah has trained at Chicago Shakespeare, California Shakespeare Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse and American Conservatory Theatre, in addition to four years of classical and Linklator training while obtaining her BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston. Teaching credits include NYC's 92 Street Y, The White Pony/Meher Schools and TWO PENCE's own original education programming. Sarah's stage credits include Two Pence Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, ATL's Humana Festival, Actors Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare Now! and the New York City Fringe Festival. // Sarah@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Lucy Carapetyan (Education Programs Manager) Lucy is a graduate of Northwestern University. Over the last 6 years Lucy has taught and performed with TWO PENCE, Actors Gymnasium, The Mime Company, and the National High School Institute (Cherub program). She grew up in the theatre community of Austin, Texas, and has studied in Prague, Zurich, and Bali, Indonesia. Chicago acting credits include Steppenwolf, Steep, Lifeline, Griffin, Dog and Pony, House, Caffeine, New Leaf, and The Building Stage. // Lucy@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Michael Mercier (Grants Manager, Assistant Education Programs Manager) Michael has worked for the educational company Chicspeare and served as interim managing director of Vintage Theater Collective. A graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Michael also studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Acting credits include Oliver in TWO PENCE’s As You Like It. He has also been seen at 16th Street Theater, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Sideshow Theatre Company, The Strange Tree Group, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival (apprentice).
Kathryn Walsh (Director of Training) Kathryn’s directing credits with TWO PENCE include As You Like It and The Tamer Tamed. Additional directing credits include The Make-Out Queen at The Common Tongue at Ars Nova, New York City, Island of Slaves with Boston’s Orfeo Group (Eliott Norton nomination for Outstanding Design), Next Theatre’s A Very Merry (Un)Authorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, and the Midwest premiere of David Harrower’s Kill the Old, Torture Their Young at Steep Theatre. Additional assisting credits include Feast: An Intimate Tempest and The Madness of George III (Chicago Shakespeare), Our Town (Lookingglass), the world premiere of August: Osage County, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and When the Messenger is Hot (Steppenwolf). She has studied and worked at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and received her B.A. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University. Kathryn holds an MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. // Kathryn@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Jessica M. Carson (Production Manager, Resident Lighting Designer) Jessica’s TWO PENCE credits include lighting design for Richard II and As You Like It. Recent works include American Wee Pie with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Pink Milk with Chicago Fringe; Finding Peace in this House with Erasing the Distance; The Factory and Two Huts with Gravity Project in PA; Annie, The Big, Bad Musical, Mileep, The Attack of the Jellybean People and The Music Man with the Mayer Kaplan JCC in Skokie; Let Them Eat Cake with About Face Theatre; and The Improv Show and Pluto is Listening with InFusion Theatre where she has also assisted on Rhymes with Evil and Soul Samurai. When not designing she freelances as an electrician and stagehand in and around the city. When not doing theatre at all she can be found working and generally being a nerd at the Museum of Science and Industry. Jessica holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and a BA from UNC Asheville. // Jessica@TwoPenceTheatre.org
Board of Directors: Kevin Coleman, Michael Lazenby
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