Joseph Zettelmaier (Playwright) is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things, then in 2007 for Language Lessons, in 2010 for It Came From Mars and in 2012 for Dead Man’s Shoes. His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Dead Man’s Shoes received the same award in 2011. Joseph is an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Play Production. He also teaches theatre courses at Schoolcraft College. He’s an Artistic Associate at First Folio Theatre, an At Large Ambassador for the National New Play Network, Executive Director of Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and can be reached at his website jzettelmaier.com.
Lydia Hiller (MIriam) is thrilled to be working with Idle Muse for the first time. She was recently seen in Northanger Abbey (Lifeline Theatre Company). Other credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Hamlet (Michigan Shakespeare Festival); A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer (Tipping Point Theatre Company); and 4000 Miles (Jewish Ensemble Theatre). She would like to thank Idle Muse for giving her this wonderful opportunity.
Dave Skvarla (Edward) is delighted to return to Idle Muse. He played Henry in their Lion in Winter. Edward III marks the 5th Plantagenet king he's played. Dave was Prospero in City Lit's The Tempest, Lo Pan/Swearengen in The Big, The Trouble, & The China with New Millennium, and Autolycus in The Winter's Tale with Promethean Theatre Ensemble. He has also performed with Mary-Arrchie, Strawdog, The Factory Theater, Lifeline, Defiant, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Open Eye Productions, Shaw Chicago, Careening Theatre, & The Hypocrites.
Anne Marie Lewis (Bess) Pittsburgh native Anne Marie Lewis is so honored and thrilled to make her debut with Idle Muse Theatre Company! Recent theatre and musical theatre credits include bare (Refuge Theatre Project), Fancy Nancy (Northbrook Theatre), My Fair Lady (Light Opera Works), Midnight Cowboy (Lifeline Theatre), Jake’s Women (Spartan Theatre Company), Diary of Anne Frank (Metropolis), and Moon Over Buffalo (Jedlicka). Anne Marie has called Chicago home since earning a Master of Music in Voice Performance from Northwestern University. Her extensive classical music background has taken her throughout the United States and into the United Kingdom, appearing at Carnegie Hall, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and with numerous orchestras and opera companies including Chicago Opera Theatre, Chamber Opera Chicago, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Muddy River Opera, Quad Cities Opera, Boise Philharmonic, Arkansas Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Richmond Symphony and Evanston Symphony. Favorite opera roles include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Nedda (I pagliacci), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) and Micaëla (Carmen). Anne Marie is also a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She sends her love to her Five Guys.
Leslie Hull (Dulcie) is delighted to be joining the cast in her first production with Idle Muse! 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.
George Ellison (Pascal) is thrilled to be working with Director, Evan Jackson and Idle Muse. George has been seen at Redtwist Theatre, City Lit, St. Sebastian Players, The Beverly Theatre Guild and the other Chicagoland theaters. George’s acting training has included Second City Improv classes, the Green Room Professional Program and he studied acting so long ago that he forgot the decade, under then acting coach, William H. Macy, at the St. Nicholas Theatre in Chicago.
Evan Jackson (Director / IMTC Artistic Director) is the Artistic Director of Idle Muse Theatre Company, a position he has had the honor of holding since the company’s inception. He has directed ten previous productions for Idle Muse, including The Lion in Winter and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (both Jeff-Recommended). Last season, he directed Idle Muse’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Recently with Idle Muse, he directed The Talking Cure, Rites and Sacrifices, a world premiere by Chicago playwright Jennifer L. Mickelson, and Enchanted April. He was also director and co-adaptor of Shotgun Shakespeare: What the Weird Sisters Saw with Idle Muse Literary Director Tristan Brandon. Outside projects include several short plays as a participant in the Martin de Maat New Works Festival at Boxer Rebellion Theatre, and two summers serving as Assistant Director for Shakespeare on the Green in Lake Forest. Evan is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where he received his MFA in Directing.
Shellie DiSalvo (Stage Manager) is absolutely thrilled to be home once again with Idle Muse for The Scullery Maid. In their previous adventures, she was involved with 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, she moved into the city itself in 2010 and has since been 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’s World AIDS day production of RENT. When not managing stages, 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 last fall in War of the Worlds.. From the bottom of her heart she'd like to thank everyone in her personal support entourage... with all of the love, dear ones.
Libby Beyreis (Violence Designer) is happy to be back with Idle Muse, where she previously worked on Shakespeare's R&J, Lonesome Hollow, Rites & Sacrifices, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Hound Of The Baskervilles. Libby has been fighting on stage & in film since 1994. She has been a proud company member of Babes With Blades Theatre Company since 2002. She has designed violence for companies around Chicago including Idle Muse, Strangeloop, The DIVISION, Prop, Focal Point Theater Company, Chase Park, and Free Street.
Tristan Brandon (Literary Director / Dramaturg) Bio Coming Soon
Erin Gallagher (Costume Designer / Managing Director) Bio Coming Soon
Kathy Logelin (Dialect Coach) is thrilled to be returning to Idle Muse Theatre Company, having previously coached The Hound of Baskervilles, The Lion in Winter, The Talking Cure, Dracula, and Shakespeare's R+J. Recent coaching credits include Moby Dick and Treasure Island with Lookingglass Theatre Co., The Little Flower of East Orange and Jesus Hopped the A Train with Eclipse Theatre Co., Spinning and A Little World of Our Own with Irish Theatre Chicago, and Persuasion with Chamber Opera Chicago at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Kathy holds a B.S. in Acting from Illinois State University, and is a company member with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.
Sara Robinson (Scenic Designer/ Technical Director) is an Ensemble Member, Resident Stage Manager and Technical Director with Idle Muse Theatre Company. Idle Muse credits include What the Weird Sister Saw, Shakespeare's R+J, The Monument, Enchanted April, Rites and Sacrifices, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Talking Cure, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Woman Who Amuses Herself. She has worked with companies such as Strawdog Theatre Company, Babes with Blades, The Chicago Mammals, Collaboraction, Dog & Pony, Interrobang Theatre Project, Chicago High School for the Arts, First Folio and Halcyon. Regional Stage Management credits include two seasons with Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Spotlight School of Dance, and eight seasons with Young People's Ballet Theatre. She is also the curator and creator of Idle Muse Theatre Company's Athena Festival.
Laura Wiley (Lighting Designer) Bio Coming Soon