Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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Conor McPherson (Playwrightwas named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation'. Conor won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas, and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up, The Weir. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination for Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer. In 2011 he wrote and directed The Veil for the National Theatre and in 2012 he adapted Strindberg's The Dance of Death for the Donmar Trafalgar Season. The Night Alive premiered at the Donmar in June 2013 and transferred to the Atlantic Theater in New York in November 2013. Conor also writes for film and in 2008 he began production on The Eclipse, which marked his debut as a screen director. The Eclipse was adapted by Conor from a ghost story by Billy Roche and stars Aidan Quinn and Ciaran Hinds.  He also developed Strangers for Number 9 Films based on the novel by Taichi Yamada. Most recently, Conor wrote and directed Girl From the North Country, featuring the music of Bob Dylan at the Old Vic.


Ann Kreitman (Director) ) is a Chicago-based director and deviser who creates work driven by the necessity for an active audience.  She previously directed a staged reading of Missed Connections for Idle Muse for the 2015 Athena Festival. Most recently, Ann assistant directed The? Unicorn? Hour? for the Neo-Futurists. She is a recipient of a 2016 Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to devise and produce Les Innocents.  Previous directing credits include 50 Shades of Shakespeare ((re)discover theatre), “I left your key under the mat, dear” (2nd Floor Rear, Chicago Home Theatre Festival), Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn (20% Theatre), El Stories 21: People Watching (Waltzing Mechanics), Home ((re)discover theatre for Chicago Fringe Festival), and I Love You…Now Change and The Melodrama (Shawnee Summer Theatre). Ann received a BA in Directing from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Online portfolio at


Ashley Crowe (Hannah LambrokeAshley is thrilled to be working with Idle Muse Theatre Company for the first time! Ashley was last seen in Sideshow Theatre's Jeff nominated truth and reconciliation. Other Chicago theatre credits include fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Loyola University Chicago). Film/TV credits include Chicago PDMiriam's Going to Mars. Ashley would like to thank her family and friends for the constant love and support and to the cast and crew at Idle Muse Theatre for giving her this fantastic opportunity!


Alison Dornheggen (Lady Madeleine Lambroke / Fight Choreographer / Intimacy Designer) is happy to be back working with the lovely artists of Idle Muse again, after previously acting in Rites and Sacrifices and assistant directing The Talking Cure.  A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, she has worked in the Chicagoland area as an actor, director, fight choreographer and administrator for over 15 years with companies such as Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Raven Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, The Factory Theater, 20% Theater and others.  Alison received her MA in Arts Management from American University and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Theater for the Center for the Arts at the Wilmette Park District.  Next up, you will see her performing in The Good Fight with Babes With Blades Theatre Company, where she is an ensemble member. Thank you for supporting the arts!


Jean Marie Koon (Maria "Grandie" Lambroke) recently returned to the stage after a 20 plus year hiatus. She appeared as Carol Berge in Anna in the Afterlife (Polarity Ensemble Theatre), as Majorie King in Pride Films and Plays production of Ten Dollar House at the Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, and most recently as Miss Potter in After the Dance (Runcible Theatre). She has also worked with Piven Theatre Workshop, Eclipse, The Gift, Theater Wit, Steep, Jackalope, Artemisia, and Broken Nose theatres.


Scott Olson (The Reverend Berkeley) is happy to be working with Idle Muse for the first time. He most recently appeared as Bernard in Red Velvet at Raven and Nolan in The Library with Level 11. Other recent roles include Bennett in Travesties at Remy Bumppo (Jeff-nomination Best Production), Mark in Fulfillment at American Theatre Co., Sellers in The Guilded Age at City Lit, and as Dr. Worthing in Porcelain with Prologue Theatre. He has also been seen in The Lieutenant of Inishmore & The Lyons with Aston Rep, Burn at Mercy Street Theatre, The Beautiful Dark at Redtwist, and in Timeline’s production of The Normal Heart (Jeff award-Best Production). He will be seen in 42 Stories by Doug Post at City Lit before appearing in The View. Scott has spent the last 19 years teaching acting in the Theatre Department at Columbia College.


Nathan Pease* (Mr Charles Audelle) was last seen with the company on stage as Dr. Watson in Althos Low’s new adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Other IMTC onstage credits- Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter and Tuck in Lonesome Hollow. Other Chicago credits include Dromio of E The Comedy of Errors at First Folio, Dave in All Childish Things at Hubris Productions, Nasty/Interesting Man &  Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice at Filament Theatre Ensemble, Mayor Willoughby/Mugsy in The Rogue Aviator at Otherworld, and Betrayal at Oak Park Festival Theatre. Other favorite regional credits include Bruce in Blue/Orange, Dromio of S in Comedy of Errors, King Richard III in Richard III, and Dr Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein among others. Coming up: Nathan will direct the Midwest premiere of Speed of Light by Bella Poynton for Otherworld Theatre October 2017.

Leslie Hull (Mrs Goulding) is delighted to be returning in her second production with Idle Muse! She was last seen as Dulcie in The Scullery Maid. Recently returned to Chicago from Michigan where she completed her MFA at Michigan State University, she works as a singer/voice-over artist, after-school arts administrator with Columbia College Chicago, and intermittent freelance photographer. An adjunct instructor at NEIU, and all-the-time theatrical Jill-of-all-trades she also curates/directs new-work reading series when she can with playwright and partner-in-crime/life Conor McShane. Favorite and notable roles include; Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children,  Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Hecuba in Trojan Women, and Petra in A Little Night Music. Many thanks and much love to Karen, Dan, Conor, and all the other folks who help to keep me going.

Ross Frawley (Mr Fingal) is happy to be working with Idle Muse Theatre Company for the first time. Most recently he completed his MFA at Florida Atlantic University where he spent two summers with their Summer Repertory Theatre. Area theatres he has worked with include Promethean Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Janus Theatre, 20% Theatre, and two summers with Illinois Shakespeare Festival.


Catherine Dvorak (Clare Wallace) is thrilled to be working on The Veil for her Idle Muse Theater Company debut.  She hails from Nebraska where she graduated from the Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film with a focus on movement and staged combat. Most recently, she worked with the Babes With Blades Theater Company in Henry V (Pistol/King of France) and The Promise of a Rose Garden (Jeff Recommended; Tina/Angel).  This last year, she became a proud company member with The Babes.  Other company credits include:  Artemisia, Collaboraction, Red Theater and Huggable Riot. Catherine has done voice work for the radio shows Our Fair City and the The Half Hour Radio Hour. If you can't find her on the stage or behind a mic, find the trail of chalk that inevitably follows her as she is a chalk artist who works throughout the city. The latest of Catherine's chalk work was done for Red Theater's production, Beowulf.

Tristan Brandon* (Literary Director / Dramaturg / Prop Designer / Scenic Designer) Idle Muse credits: Ceremony of Innocence (Dramaturgy), Proof (Dramaturgy), Bloody Poetry (Lord Byron), St. Scarlet (Dramaturgy), What the Weird Sisters Saw (Co-Playwright, Dramaturgy), Jerry and Tom (Dramaturgy), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (Dramaturgy), Dracula (Dramaturgy), The Lion in Winter (Dramaturgy), Shakespeare's R&J (Director), The Monument (Dramaturgy), Lonesome Hollow (Dramaturgy), Enchanted April (Dramaturgy), Rites and Sacrifices (Dramaturgy), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dramaturgy), The Talking Cure (Dramaturgy) The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dramaturgy, Prop Designer), The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Dramaturgy), The Scullery Maid (Dramaturgy, Prop Designer)

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Shellie DiSalvo* (Production Manager) Shellie is absolutely thrilled to be home once again with Idle Muse for The Veil. In their previous adventures, she was involved with The Scullery Maid, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Athena Festival (2015 & 2016), The Talking Cure, and the Jeff Nominated Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A Chicago area native, has been quite proud to freelance her way across Chicago's Storefront scene. Shellie has most notably worked with The Chicago Fringe Theatre Festival, and Artists Giving Back on the World AIDS day production of RENT. When not managing productions and stages and festivals, Shellie also works as resident makeup designer and artist with Shadows of a Dream. She also performs, and you may have heard her lending a voice in the fall of 2015 to War of the Worlds. From the bottom of her heart she'd like to thank everyone in her personal suppourt entourage... with all of the love, dear ones.

Erin Gallagher* (Costume Designer / Managing Director) Most recent projects include: The Scullery Maid, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Talking Cure, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Rites and Sacrifices, Enchanted April, and Lonesome Hollow  with Idle Muse Theatre Company; Messina 3004:  A Dystopian Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing and Gone Dark with Otherworld Theatre Company;  The Anton Chekhov Book ClubThe Lydia Etudes and Unsung Stars with Moving Dock Theatre Company;  Lyle Finds His Mother with Lifeline Theatre; Maskarade with Vox3 Collective; The Mystery of Irma Vep with Piccolo Theatre; and Graduation Ball, The Big Night and Count Me In with Evanston Dance Ensemble.  Erin also designs and constructs her own line of upcycled handbags, jewelry and wearable art pieces under the name of Erin Rose Design. and

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Devonte Washington (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to work with Idle Muse Theater for the first time. He has worked with Shattered Globe Theater ,MPAACT, Teatro Vista, Congo Square, Neapolitans in association with the Greenhouse. See Every Monster Inc.,Theater Wit and Otherworld. As well as many events and festivals around the city.

Laura Wiley* (Lighting and Projection Designer / Technical Director) Idle Muse credits: Enchanted April (Projections and Lighting Design),  Lonesome Hollow (Projections and Lighting Design), Rites and Sacrifices (Projections and Lighting Design), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Projections and Lighting Design) - Jeff Nomination- Best Lighting DesignThe Talking Cure (Projections, Scenic and Lighting Design), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Projections, Scenic and Lighting Design), The Woman Who Amuses Herself (Projections and Lighting Design), The Scullery Maid (Projections and Lighting Design)  

Allison Asher (Dialect Coach) has worked on a number of scripted and improv shows, most recently on The Radiant for Genesis Theatrical Productions. She first worked with Idle Muse in 2014 as an actor in Rites and Sacrifices and worked as dialect coach for The Woman Who Amuses HerselfOther acting credits are with Akvavit Theatre in Chicago, City Lights Theatre Company and the Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival in California, and Peterborough Players in New Hampshire. She currently teaches Meisner Technique at the Chicago Actors Studio in Bucktown, and does consulting work in Accent Reduction and Public Speaking for MBA and PhD candidates at business and engineering schools across Chicago. Allison studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and ACT in San Francisco, and studied improv at the iO Theater, the Annoyance, and Second City here in Chicago. She received her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University 

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Robert P. Lloyd (Sound Designer) Excited for his fourth show with Idle Muse and hoping you enjoy this production! Previous credits: Idle Muse (The Talking Cure; The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Woman Who Amuses Herself), Ka-Tet Theatre (Salt of the Earth; Fuddy Meers; Smudge), Theatre for People Who Need It (Rough Magic), Waltzing Mechanics (Over My Dead Body, Kate's Dates), Chicago High School for the Arts (Company; 44 Plays for 44 Presidents), and Broken Nose Theatre (Beautiful Broken), among many others. He has been sound engineer for Steppenwolf Theatre for multiple shows (Belleville; The Way West), and for Jazz and Blues bands across the midwest (Cash Box Kings, bluesSHOUT AllStars).