Cast & Production Biographies
Grant Sabin (Scenic Designer) A native of rural Illinois, Grant blends his rural roots with urban art. He’s a recipient of the 2015 Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. He’s a graduate of Columbia College with a BFA in theatre design where he was awarded the 2005 Michael Merritt student scholarship for collaboration in theatre design. He is known throughout Chicago for his keen eye in capturing atmospheric detail and his ability to design “impressively executed sets” on a storefront-theater budget. His designs have been seen at Northlight, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, Next, The Royal George, Overture Center WI., Theatre Wit, Gallagher Bluedorn IA., American Blues, ATC, Christina Isabelle Dance, The Seldoms Dance, and A Red Orchid. He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for his design of A Red Orchid’s production of The Sea Horse and Dog & Pony’s production of Mr. Marmalade. He was recently named one of the Top 50 Players in Chicago Theatre by New City Magazine. Grant is currently a part-time faculty member at Columbia College.
Rachel K. Levy (Lighting Designer) is excited to be working with Cole Theatre again! Her credits include: Ecstasy (Cole Theatre), Duchess of Malfi (Trap Door Theatre), Accidentally, Like a Martyr (The Red Orchid Theatre), No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre), STORM (Walkabout Theatre), American Revolution (Theatre Unspeakable), House of Blues New Orleans (Resident Lighting Designer), Khecari Dance, Piedra de Sol (Getty Villa, LA), The King and I (Asst. LD, Vivian Beaumont, NYC), Wallenda Tightrope Live (Lighting Director, Chicago), WarHorse (Moving Light Tracker, Vivian Beaumont, NYC), South Pacific National Tour (Asst. LD), and So You Think You Can Dance Seasons 7-10 (Lighting Director, LA). Rachel has also received two Primetime Emmy Award Certificates for Best Lighting for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Show (SYTYCD 2011, 2012), was a 2015 Designer in Residence for the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, and holds a MFA in Production and Design from California Institute of the Arts.
Eric Backus (Sound Designer) is excited to work with Cole Theatre for the first time! He previously collaborated with director Erica Weiss on the Jeff-nominated production The Downpour (Route 66 Theatre Company). Other recent sound design and composition credits include The Old Friends (Raven Theatre), Year of the Rooster (Red Theater), and the Off-Broadway and Chicago productions of Churchill. Eric also recently assisted on Othello at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and is an artistic associate with The Poor Theatre and SoloChicago Theatre.
Alarie Hammock (Costume Designer) has had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful people in the Chicago theater community! Some of her design credits include Route 66’s The Downpour, Cicada and Twist of Water, Gift Theaters' Royal Society of Antarctica, Steep's Making Noise Quietly. Other design credits include Emerald City’s Fancy Nancy, Hansel and Gretel, and Charlotte's Web as well as Emerald City’s Little theater productions of Bingo’s Birthday and Teddy Bear Picnic. She works as a first hand/ stitcher at the Steppenwolf costume shop where, in addition to Steppenwolf works,she has worked on projects for Court theater, Lookingglass, and the Lyric Opera.
Richard Latshaw (Properties Designer) has previously designed props for The Fox on the Fairway at the New Theatre Restaurant in Kansas City. He is the lighting designer for the world premiere of The Translation of Likes at The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he is pursuing a BFA in Lighting Design. Thank you Pat, Ralph, Camila, Dameron, DeFeo. Ars longa, vita brevis.
Michael J. Sanow (Technical Director) is excited to build the set for The Bachelors, his first production with Cole Theatre. A Company Member with the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, he’s very humbled and honored to have built the set for American Buffalo (now playing through March 6th)--the last set he'll ever build at Angel Island, their final production in that space, and an end to a 30 year run. Other sets he's built for Mary-Arrchie over the years (since 2000) include Ibsen's Ghosts, Guardians, The December Man, Hellish Half-Light: Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett, Crime & Punishment, A Bright Room Called Day, Breakdown & Out, Birdsend, Saved, last minute rescue efforts for The Hot L Baltimore, and many Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festivals. Michael has also built sets for Tympanic, The Factory, The Pavement Group, Sinnerman, and many others throughout Chicago’s storefront theatre community. Michael is an Executive Producer for the TV pilot Cowl Girl, and the ongoing web series Under Covers, both produced through Arrow & Key Productions. He's co-owner with his friend and brother, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia, of SFC Productions, Ltd., and he’s the sole owner of the Michael J. Sanow Casting Agency. Michael is also Executive Producer/Casting Director of the TV pilot, Fatty (currently in pre-production) and several music videos that will be filming in March 2016. Michael is currently serving his 21st year in the active duty military and eyeballing retirement at some point during the next 9 years. Also an actor, Michael can be seen as Monroe in the short independent film, Mothers of God and as the bartender in the music video I Dream I Die. He's also appeared on TV in Chicago PD, as well as on the big screen in Contagion and Transformers 3. He's a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and a proud Company Member of the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company, one of the highlights of his life. Michael has many exciting projects in various stages of production during 2016 and can’t wait to see them all through to completion. He sincerely hopes you enjoy the show and looks forward to working with Cole Theatre again in the future.
Nicholas Bailey (Kevlar) makes his Cole Theatre debut. He was last seen in The White Road with the Irish Theatre of Chicago (Jeff Nomination for Best Ensemble). In Chicago he's worked with Pride Films & Plays (The Submission), Lifeline Theatre (A Tale of Two Cities, The Woman in White), Raven Theatre (A Soldier's Play, Bang the Drum Slowly), A Crew of Patches (Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar), among others. Regional appearances include the Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Festival Theatre, and the Old Log Theater. Film/TV/radio credits include Empire (FOX), the upcoming feature Not Welcome (Family Squid), and various commercial and voiceover work. Nicholas is represented by Big Mouth Talent. www.nicholasbailey.info
Boyd Harris (Henry) was last seen as Mick in Cole Theatre’s production of Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy directed by Shade Murray. Other Chicago Credits include: Northwest Highway at The Gift Theatre, David Cromer's Picnic at Writers Theatre, Hollow Lands directed by Jonathan Berry at Steep Theatre, and Austin Pendleton's production of Bus Stop at the Olney in the, D.C. area. Boyd can be seen in The Onion's satirical series Sex House. Born and raised in Chicago's old Little Sicily neighborhood on the same block as Dennis Farina, Boyd is a graduate of DePaul University and the School at Steppenwolf.
Shane Kenyon (Laurie) is thrilled to make his Cole Theatre debut in The Bachelors. He was most recently seen in Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight at Windy City Playhouse. Other Chicago Credits include: Buzzer (Goodman Theatre); If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (Steep Theatre; Jeff Award Winner Best Supporting Actor); Shining City, The Seafarer, Shadow of a Gunman (Irish Theatre of Chicago; Ensemble Member), Hushabye, Where We’re Born, Betrayal, Sex With Strangers (u/s), Dublin Carol (u/s) (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Who & the What (Victory Gardens), Season on the Line (The House Theatre), Trainspotting USA (Book & Lyrics); Kin, (Griffin Theatre), Big Love, Petrified Forest (Strawdog Theatre Co.); Jailbait (Profiles Theatre); Mary’s Wedding (Rivendell Theatre) and Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Empire (FOX), Chicago PD (NBC), Olympia (30 Pictures), Jessica (Folded Rose Productions), Mind Games (ABC) and Chicago Code (FOX). Shane received his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. All his love and thanks to his parents, the tripod, and BLR.
Dillon Kelleher (Henry/Kevlar/Laurie Cover) is glad to be working with Cole Theatre. Dillon is an ensemble member with The Poor Theatre, where he has been featured in Take Me Back, Edgar & Annabel, Catch the Fish, Good Thing, and The Coming World. He is a graduate of Shattered Globe Theatre’s Protégé Program and was seen in Our Country’s Good. TV: Chicago PD (Seasons 1 & 3), Empire, In An Instant. You can see him this fall in The Poor Theatre's first world premiere, Dirt by Creighton James. Dillon is represented by Paonessa Talent.
Erica Weiss (Director) is excited to work with Cole Theatre and with Caroline V McGraw for the first time. A Joseph Jefferson Award Nominated theatre director and filmmaker, an ensemble member with The Gift Theatre Company, Erica was also the recipient of the Goodman Theatre Company’s 2014 Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship. She has a background in new play development and dramaturgy, and her primary passions lie in the development of new work and bringing female voices to the stage and screen. Erica is the former Associate Artistic Director of Route 66 Theatre Company, where she directed the world premiere productions of Cicada by Jerre Dye, as well as A Twist of Water and The Downpour by Caitlin Parrish. She made her off-Broadway directing debut with the New York premiere of A Twist of Water with Route 66 Theatre at 59E59. Upcoming projects include The Grapes of Wrath at The Gift Theatre, Distance at Strawdog Theatre, and an exciting new collaboration with creative partner Caitlin Parrish to be announced in April 2016. Erica and Parrish recently completed their first feature film, The View From Tall, and their original television pilot Red Line is in development with Warner Brothers Studios. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Caroline V. McGraw (Playwright) plays include Believeland, Ultimate Beauty Bible, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Vaults, Debut Track One Chord One Verse One (or, The Shed), The King is Dead and Baby No More Times (a pop musical co-written with Mary Birnbaum and Melissa Lusk). Her work has been produced and developed at theaters around the country, including the Cherry Lane Theatre by Young Playwrights Inc., New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre, The Yale Cabaret, AracaWorks, Naked Angels, Washington National Opera/The Kennedy Center, Second Stage, Studio 42, Page 73, IAMA Theater Company, and Ars Nova ANT Fest. She has been in residence at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge Playwrights’ Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is an alum of the New George’s Jam, Interstate 73 and the Civilians R&D Group, and a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. She is working on a new play commission from Yale Rep. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. She is a graduate of the Playwriting MFA program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.
Daniel Spagnuolo (Dance Choreographer) Choreography credits: Rent with Theo Ubique, The Full Monty with Kokandy Productions (Non-Equity Jeff Award Nomination), Godspell and A New Brain with the Brown Paper Box Co. (Broadway World Nominations), The Little Mermaid (TYA) at Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Ruthless with Big Noise. Daniel was also fortunate to assistant choreograph recently on A Funny Thing Happened . . . at Porchlight Music Theatre and American Idiot with The Hypocrites. As an actor/singer/dancer, Daniel has worked at The Paramount Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Boho Theatre Ensemble, The Little Theatre on the Square, and Light Opera Works. Thanks to Erica!
David Woolley, S.A.F.D. (Fight Choreographer) is a veteran of Chicago Theatre, happy to be back beating up the Cole Theater folk! He is: a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors, Senior Lecturer at Columbia College Chicago, and Guido Crescendo in Dirk and Guido the Swordsmen! (now in his 27th season). At Chicago Columbia College he coordinates the violent needs of a burgeoning department (including the new stage combat minor) and teaches 3 classes of combative arts. Around Chicago, he has staged fights for over 400 productions since 1982, most recently American Buffalo at Mary Arrchie and A Loss of Roses at The Raven Theater. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards for Best Fight Choreography. Credits include: Playboy of the Western World, Raven Theater(Joseph Jefferson Citation Best Fight Direction 2014); Superior Donuts, Mary Arrchie Theatre Company (Joseph Jefferson nomination for best fight direction 2012; the Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens (Jeff Award for Best Fight Direction, 2010); Norma and Wanda, the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Mich, (Oakland Press Award for Best Choreography 2005); Les Liasons Dangereuse, Interplay Theatre, (Off-Loop Theatre Award for Best Fight Direction 1991). For his body of work in 1988, he was awarded a Special Joseph Jefferson Award for Consistent Excellence in Stage Combat Choreography, (14 productions including all the nominated best productions).
Rachel Flesher (Assistant Fight Choreographer) is an actress and fight director originally from Oklahoma City. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Fight Directors of Canada and teaches Tactical training to actors. Being new to Chicago she is so thrilled to be working with David Woolley, Erica Weiss, and this cast and crew on this production. You can see more of her fight direction in The Promise of a Rose Garden with Babes With Blades this summer.
Martha Templeton (Master Electrician) is overjoyed to be a part of the team for The Bachelors. She is a freelance master electrician and stage hand based out of Chicago as well as the lighting supervisor for the Logan Center Performance Hall. She has a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago. Recent credits include 11 Warriors, Los Secretos de Santa Monica and The Temp.
Corinne James (Stage Manager) is excited to be working with Cole Theatre for the first time on The Bachelors. A proud member of the Actors’ Equity Union, Cori has stage managed a number of Chicago productions, most recently Good for Otto (Gift Theatre Company), Royal Society of Antarctica (Gift Theatre Company) and The Downpour (Route 66 Theatre). Cori spent four years working as the assistant stage manager at Northlight Theatre, and has also previously worked for Ravinia Theater Festival. Cori thanks her family, friends, and her husband Rob for their love and support.
Matthew Bonaccorso (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of The Bachelors and is honored to be a part of this incredibly talented cast and crew. Matthew is the Company Manager of Route 66 Theatre, as well as a Collective Member with Dead Writers Theatre. Previously, he spent five years as a resident stage manager and performer with Chicago Kids Company, introducing children to the magic of live theatre. In 2010, Matthew concluded a seven year run with Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding during which he performed as Tony, served as the male swing, stage managed the production, coordinated off-site tours, and did just about everything else imaginable to keep the show running smoothly and maintain his sanity (that last one’s debatable). Matthew has also had the pleasure of working with Donna & Rocco’s Big Fat Italian Wedding, Bailiwick Chicago, Open Door Rep, Proud Kate Theatre, Lightbridge Theatre, Dog & Pony, Immediate Theatre, Lincoln Square Theatre, The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and That’s Murdertainment!