J. Weintraub (Assistant Artistic Advisor, playwright) is a Chicago writer, dramatist, poet, and translator. He has had radio plays produced by Scattered Sounds Productions and Small Fish Radio Theatre and one-act plays produced by the Theatre-Studio and La Petite Morgue in New York City, Theatre One in Middleboro, MA, and by Second City, American Blues Theatre, Blank Page Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Summer Place Theatre, and 8 Scribes in the Chicago area. His writings have appeared in such literary journals such as Massachusetts Review, The New Criterion, Michigan Quarterly Review Schooner, and many others, as well as in regional specialty publications such as The Chicago Reader, Nevada Magazine, The Seattle Weekly, and Modern Philology. He is a recipient of Illinois Arts Council Awards for fiction and creative nonfiction, has been an Around-the-Coyote and a StoneSong poet, and is proud to have been the featured author in readings at such Chicago landmarks as the Red Lion Pub (Twilight Tales), Hopleaf Bar (Tuesday Funk), and the Bourgeois Pig (TallGrass Writers). He is currently a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild. http://jweintraub.weebly.com
Laura Force Scruggs (Creative Consultant, Director of Fantasy Realm & Magic Protector, Playwright) has taught theater in a variety of environments, from the Chicago Park District to inner city schools to a Jewish community center. Some of her favorite roles include: Mother of victim in Bully: The Hip Hop Musical, Wendy in Peter Pan, Pierrette in Maker of Dreams, and Prunella in Canker Sores and Other Distractions. She has performed her one woman show, Punk Grandpa at The Chicago Fringe Festival, a fundraiser at Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts, at Bethany Retirement Center/Urban Village Church and at the Orlando Fringe Festival. She is a Chicago Fringe Festival staffer, a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She loves faeries, puppets, festivals (especially Wizard of Oz, pierogi, Renegade Craft and World of Faeries), thrift shopping, and social justice!
Leonard Franks (Playwright) a recent graduate, moved to Chicago to make progress in the world of theater. He has written all his life and is currently a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists where a successful reading of his full-length play scored him a spot in the festival's pre-selected plays category.
Michael Spear, Costume Designer, a Chicago native studied fashion at The Art Institute of Chicago. His designs have been sold in Chicago's most fashionable boutiques and has worked with performers such as Prince, Toni Braxton, Natalie Cole and many more. Michael has also worked as a designer in theater, movies, and television and appeared on The Urban Living Home Show on BET.TV. His work has also been showcased in Essence Magazine, Chicago Social Magazine, W Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Look for Michael Spear's collection of handmade fashion multi-racial rag dolls, entitled, Michael's Mannequins.
Emmi Hilger (Casting Director, Co-producer, Director of Meet Me On the Ceiling) is the Artistic Director of Crabapple Productions and created Something Incredibly Marvelous Happens, a Chicago festival of magical realism, for which she produced and directed The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl. Additional directing credits include The Lover by Harold Pinter which she co-produced in association with Walkabout Theater Company and assistant directing Fucking A for Urban Theater Company. Emmi assisted the Chicago Dramatists' productions of Hickorydickory and The Invasion of Skokie; she had directed for Chicago Dramatists, the Fine Print Theatre Company, Piccolo Theatre, Women's Theatre Alliance, The Arc Theatre, Pegasus Players, and Dark Humour Productions and is looking forward to directing 10 Things by Scott Tobin for Collaboraction's Sketchbook '14 this spring. She is an Associate Artist with The Fine Print Theatre Company. www.emmihilger.com somethingmarvelous.org
Laura Nash (Director of 10,000 Years From the Year 2000) to be completed
Barbara J. Wells (Founder, Producer, Managing Director, Artistic Director, Playwright) is a Chicago writer. Her participatory plays for young audiences The Copy Cat Capers toured for three months under the direction of Temme Gilbert, producer of Hoop Dreams. The synopsis of her screenplay, Acquaintances would later win a one-on-one audience with Steve Shagan, winner of Screenwriters Guild Award for Save the Tiger. She is the librettist, lyricist, logo and gobo artist, and executive producer of Rag Doll, a new way musical. Barbara has written several short plays, full-length plays, and screenplays and produced several workshops. She was commissioned by The United Negro College Fund to write, direct, and workshop a play which was performed at McCormick Place. The winner of multiple grants and matching grants which includes Illinois Arts Council, Chicago CAAP grants. Her one-of-a-kind hand made leather bags establish her as one of a few leather artists who hand sew leather bags. Currently she is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a proud honorary member of TallGrass Writers Guild. www.authorbarbarajwells.com
Jeff Stanley (Graphic Designer) has more than 15 years in the Advertising and Design industry, Jeff has worked for clients such as Sears, Kmart, Ace Hardware, Walmart and Office Max. he is a life long fan of Sci Fi and has an unhealthy obsession of comic books, movies and video games. Most of which are his inspirations in his work. You can view samples of his work at his website: www.twentytwocreative.net