Artists

Kevin Bellie Kevin Bellie (Artistic Director) has been with Circle since 1987. His direction and choreography credits at Circle Theatre include The Baker’s Wife, Urinetown (JEFF Nominated), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (JEFF Nominated), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (JEFF Nominated), Can-Can (JEFF Nominated), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (JEFF Nominated), Mack &Mabel (JEFF nominated), Sweet Smell of Success (JEFF Nominated), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (JEFF Nominated), Hello Again (JEFF Recommended), Nine (JEFF Award Recipient), Triumph of Love (JEFF Nominated), The Life (JEFF Award Recipient), and Grand Hotel (JEFF Award Recipient). Also at Circle, he choreographed Tommy (JEFF Nominated), Meet Me in St. Louis (JEFF nominated), She Loves Me, and The Secret Garden(JEFF Award Recipient). He has designed projections/visuals for Tommy (JEFF Nominated) and When the Rain Stops Falling (JEFF Recommended.) In addition to his work at Circle, Kevin’s directing work at Noble Fool/Fox Valley Rep has included Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Tafettas, Roasting Chestunts, The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee and Drood. Kevin has also directed/choreographed A Chorus Line (McLeod Summer Playhouse), choreographed The Music Man (Light Opera Works), Anyone Can Whistle (Pegasus Players), A New Brain (Porchlight, JEFF Nominated), Closer Than Ever, Gypsy (Porchlight Music Theatre, JEFF Recommended and After Dark Award Recipient), and Being 11(Serendipity.) Kevin is the registrar and a fine arts educator at St. Ignatius College Prep High School and proudly served as co-host at the 2010 and 2011 Joseph Jefferson awards.




Bob Knuth Bob Knuth (Board President, Interim Producing Director, Scenic Designer) has been nominated for 15 JEFF Awards and received two for Best Set Design for his work at Circle Theatre in Oak Park, where he is resident scenic/graphic designer. Bob has directed & designed The Ritz, A Little Night Music, Analytical Engine (JEFF Nominated), Little Women (JEFF Nominated), Enchanted April (JEFF Award for set design, Nominated for Best Production), Kiss Me, Kate, Dear World, She Loves, Me, Meet Me In St. Louis, Jane Eyre, and The Secret Garden (JEFF Award for Best Production, Nominated for Direction & Set Design). Best Set Design JEFF Award for Steel Magnolias and JEFF Nominations for The Women, Philadelphia Story, Hay Fever, An Ideal Husband, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Design For Living, The Life, and Triumph Of Love. During the day, Bob is very honored to work for The Second City/UP Comedy Club as Art Director (Chicago, Toronto, Hollywood).



Jessica Sophiea Jessica Sophiea (Theatre Manager) is thrilled to be the new Theatre Manger at Circle. Recently, Jessica was the Stage Manager for Circle's Emerging Young Artists production of Twelfth Night. Some favorite roles include Diana in Lend Me A Tenor, Bianca in Taming of The Shrew, and ensemble in Ragtime, Pippin, and The Laramie Project. Jessica holds a B.A in Theatre Administration from Concordia University Chicago where she studied marketing, accounting, grant writing, and several areas of non-profit studies. Along with her passion for the administration side of theatre, Jessica also enjoys being a scenic painter. Some favorite shows she worked on included The Laramie Project, Urinetown, Moon Over Buffalo, Twelfth Night and Hellfire.



Bobby ArnoldBobby Arnold is absolutely thrilled to join the Circle Theatre family. Past Circle credits include Urinetown (Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux) and the cult classic Reefer Madness. Favorite past roles include Burrs in Lippa's Wild Party, Lucky in Dames at Sea, the Wolf in Into the Woods, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Charlie Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along, Garry LeJuene in Noises Off, and Papa Ge in Once on This Island. He is also a proud founding member of (re)discover theatre in the city. As always, much love to his parents, Amanda, Jason and his (re)crew.



Jake AutizenJake Autizen is crazy pumped to be a company member in the Circle Theatre family tree. Since moving to Chicago from the cornfields of Nebraska, he has been very humbled with the work he's produced in the city. With Circle, Jake has done The Wedding Singer and Kiss Me, Kate! Other companies he has worked with include Ouroborus, Big Noise, Hobo Junction, Falling High Productions, and Perspective Productions. Favorite roles include Joseph "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", Rocky "Rocky Horror Picture Show", and Jimmy Harper "Reefer Madness". Thanks must go out to Mamma, Pappy, Big Seester, Seester, Brudder, Aunt Linda and friends for their unyielding support! Love to S.



Erin Renee Baumrucker Erin Renee Baumrucker is proud to be a company member at Circle Theatre! Past Circle productions include the Jeff Nominated shows, The Baker's Wife (Hortense) and A Little Night Music (Osa). You also may have seen her recently in Opus 1861 at City Lit (Jeff Recommended). She has also worked with Quest Theatre Ensemble, Bailiwick Repertory, Theatre-Hikes, Prologue and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. This Summer marks her 10th anniversary living in Chicago, and she is proud to call this wonderful theatre city her home!



Jen Bludgen Jen Bludgen is delighted to be a Circle Theatre company member! Past favorites at Circle: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsey Mae) and Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky Two Shoes). Other companies she has worked with include Light Opera Works and Theatre at the Center. Her favorite role, however, is that of doggie mom to her two furry children, Googles and Mocha.



Tommy BullingtonTommy Bullington is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Circle Theatre company!  Past Circle credits include Kiss Me, Kate and The Wedding Singer. He also directed CTYEA's production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Favorite past roles include Bud Frump in How to Succeed..., The Baker in Into the Woods, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz and Preacher in Violet. He has worked on and off stage for such companies as Emerald City, Big Noise Theatre, Beef and Boards, Stage 48 Productions, Civic Opera Studio Theatre, Alphabet Soup Productions, Drury Lane Oakbrook and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. Tommy is a proud Musical Theatre graduate from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Much love always to Cookie Bullington!



Catherine Ferraro Catherine Ferraro has enjoyed growing up at Circle Theatre since she first performed here in Annie in 1985. Recently she has had the honor of being a cast member in Circle's productions of Hay Fever (Jeff Recommended), Can Can (Jeff Recommended), An Ideal Husband (Jeff Nominated Best Production), Mack and Mabel (Jeff Recommended), Sweet Smell of Success (Jeff Recommended), The House of Bernarda Alba, Steel Magnolias (Jeff Nominated - Best Ensemble), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jeff Nominated - Best Production), and Thou Shalt Not. She is most sentimental about the Emerging Young Artists' program here in which she is active behind the scenes. In the past she has directed Once on This Island, Damn Yankees, Footloose, Seussical the Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Into The Woods, Disney's High School Musical and All Shook Up with CTEYA. She has also designed the costumes for many CTEYA productions. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is now in the final stages of obtaining her master's degree in education from DePaul as well as her reading endorsement from Northeastern. She teaches elementary school in a Chicago Public School.



Hope Grandon Hope Grandon s incredibly grateful to have found an artistic home at Circle Theatre. She graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL with a double major in Theatre Performance and Public Relations. Chicago credits include The Baker's Wife (Nicole) with Circle, and Tom Jones (Molly Seagrim) with Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Regional credits: You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Godspell (Ensemble), and Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette) with the Crane River Theatre Company. www.hopegrandon.com



Anita Hoffman Anita Hoffman has called Circle Theater home since 2000. After her first, unsuccessful audition at Circle, she was optimistic as she read the audition notice for a role she seriously wanted to reprise: Hesione in Triumph of Love. SUCCESS! She not only got the part, but also found a wonderful theatre family. She’s been in nine more shows since that lucky strike; most have received a Jeff recommendation.
Anita has received 4 Jeff nominations for her work at Circle: Truvy in Steel Magnolias (Ensemble), Princess Puffer inThe Mystery of Edwin Drood (Supporting - Musical), Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Lead - Musical) and Denise in The Baker’s Wife (Supporting - Musical). Anita has performed in other venues in the Chicagoland area (including Porchlight, Pegasus Players, Trap Door, Pheasant Run), Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City. She has also been fortunate to work with theater legends James Lapine, William Finn and James Sherman.



Brooke Sherrod Jaeky Brooke Sherrod Jaeky is honored to return to Circle as a company member. Circle credits include performing in Urinetown (Little Sally), The Secret Garden (Martha - Jeff nomination), She Loves Me (Amalia) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Harriet), and assistant directing The Analytical Engine. Brooke has worked as an actor, producer and assistant director with Porchlight Music Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Emerald City Theatre, and one memorable stint wearing Manolo Blahniks in The Light in the Piazza at the Goodman. By day, Brooke is a marketing and communications coordinator for Alliant Credit Union.



Jon LandvickJon Landvick is thrilled to be a company member with Circle. He has appeared on Circle's stage as Uncle Ernie (Tommy), Mr. Erlanson (A Little Night Music), and ensemble (Kiss Me, Kate). He has also worked with Metropolis Performing Arts Center, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Light Opera Works, and Porchlight Music Theatre. Outside of performing, Jon has music directed / vocal coached with Wishing Star Theatre, Theatre Nebula, and Metropolis School of Performing Arts, and now Circle Theatre: musical director for Reefer Madness



Melody Latham Melody Latham is thrilled to be an Associate Company Members at Circle Theatre. She was last seen as Therese in Circle's production of The Baker's Wife. She has appeared in their productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Wedding Singer. Last year, she had the privilege of work-shopping the new musical, Ribbon Around a Bomb, in a role written for her with Prologue Theatre Company in Chicago. Her favorite roles include Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Papagena in The Magic Flute, and Maggie in A Chorus Line. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and would like to thank her family back home and her new friends in her home away from home.



Rebecca Miles-Steiner Rebecca Miles-Steiner is proud to be a company member of Circle Theatre! Circle productions she has Stage Managed include The Ritz, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Kiss Me, Kate!, Philadelphia Story, and The Analytical Engine. Other Chicago credits include productions at New Leaf Theatre, Festival Theatre, and at Chicago’s Navy Pier.



Betsy Morgan Elizabeth "Betsy" Morgan is an actor, singer, and acting coach. She most recently appeared at Circle as Googie Gomez in The Ritz. Other Circle productions include A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen), Kiss Me Kate (Wardrobe Lady), and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Mrs. Spofford.) She has performed with many other theatre companies in Chicago including City Lit, Boho, Quest Ensemble, Backstage, Rogue, Rascal, Appetite, Point of Contention, and Theatre Building Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Miami University of Ohio. You can find her at http://www.elizabethmorganauditioncoach.com.



Donna Oswald Donna Oswald is honored to be a company member at Circle Theatre, where she has previously stage managed and/or otherwise worked on shows including, As You Like It, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Hedda Gabler (thank you DK for letting me paint the world white!), Whatever Happened to BB Jane, and The Wild Party. She has stage managed, produced, run box office, built sets, run lights and/or sound and done just about anything else that did not require her to actually go on stage while the curtain was up and the lights were on! Favorite productions throughout Chicago in the past include Painting Churches, Bells Are Ringing, The Ransom of Red Chief, Much Ado About Nothing, Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar & Grille, Six Degrees of Separation, Pippin, Beauty & The Beast, and The Who's Tommy. She is a also a member of The Saints and currently serves as their coordinator for Circle Theatre.



Greg PayneGregory “Greg” Payne is grateful to be a member of Circle Theatre. Previous Circle credits include The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jeff Recommended), The Philadelphia Story (Jeff Recommended) and Kiss Me Kate. He has also appeared with several other theatre companies around Chicago including The Murder Mystery Theatre Company, Bailiwick, CityLit, Hubris, I.O., The Second City and The Wishing Star Theatre. Greg is a graduate of Lees-McRae College where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Musical Theatre.



Shawn Quinlan Shawn Quinlan Circle Theatre shows include: Though Shalt Not, Dear World, Mack and Mabel, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers,Sweet Smell Of Success, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and was most recently seen as George in The Wedding Singer. He has also choreographed and costumed several shows for the CTEYA program. Other theatres he has worked with in the Chicagoland area include The Victory Gardens, About Face Theatre, The Bailiwick, Light Opera Works, Porchlight Music Theatre, and Hubris Productions (also a Company Member) to name a few. Please visit: http://shawnjquinlan.blogspot.com/ to find our what’s next with Shawn!



Mary Redmon Mary Redmon Chicago theatre credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Sunshine Boys for Drury Lane Oakbrook, Romeo and Juliet for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pride and Prejudice for Northlight Theatre, Dolly West's Kitchen for TimeLine Theatre, Angel Street for First Folio Theatre, It's A Wonderful Life, Crazy for You and Another Christmas Eve for Theatre At The Center in Munster, Indiana, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey for Provision Theatre and Star Witness for House Theatre of Chicago. Circle credits include Dear World, The Last of The Formicans, Enchanted April, (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actress) Hay Fever, The Analytical Engine, (Jeff Nomination, Best Supporting Actress) When The Rain Stops Falling and director of The Man Who Came to Dinner and 2012's upcoming production of Marvin's Room.



Nick Reinhart Nick Reinhart is honored to joining the amazing company at Circle Theatre, where his previous credits include this season's The Baker's Wife (Priest) and The Ritz (Duff). Nicholas recently graduated from the BFA Music Theatre program at Illinois Wesleyan University where he was able to perform, direct, and design for their season. Regionally, he has performed in Portland, OR (Pippin and Annie Warbucks) and in Amarillo, TX (TEXAS Musical Drama) before settling back in the city he calls home. Some other favorite credits include: Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw), Passion (Colonel Ricci), Once Upon a Mattress (Jester), and Taming of the Shrew (Tranio). Many thanks to family and friends for the constant support. Thank you for supporting Chicago theatre!!



Patti Roeder Patti Roeder has been a company member at Circle since performing in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Subsequently she played Ma Strong in Urintetown, Grandma Rosie in The Wedding Singer and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Patti is also a costume designer, with When the Rain Stops Falling, Little Women and Kiss Me, Kate at Circle. Patti has performed in Chicago theatres including City Lit (Jeff Citation nomination – Penelope Budd in Oh, Boy!), Eclipse, Pegasus, Next, Jackalope, Pendulum and Theatre of Western Springs. Other costume designs at Apple Tree, Victory Gardens, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Columbia College, Pendulum (Jeff Citation nomination – Abundance) and TWS. Patti lives in Oak Park with husband John – thanks to her built in audience – Eileen and Jason, Maggie and Drew, Bubba and Stacy, Danny and Daria and the next generation, Sam, Molly, Isaac, Ella Patricia and new baby Coath.



Beth Scheible Beth Scheible has been a company member for over 15 years and has stage-managed many shows at Circle. She's had the honor of working with Rebecca Gilman, Rupert Holmes, Michael John LaChiusa, and even Russell Crowe, but feels none hold a candle to the people that she works with regularly at Circle. Beth is the proud mother of her beautiful daughter, Vivian Grace.



Noah SullivanNoah Sullivan has been active for many years on area stages, and is delighted to be a part of Circle’s fine group of artists. Recent Circle Theater credits include Joe Ryan in ‘When The Rain Stops Falling”, Claude in “The Baker’s Wife”, Mr. Stanley in “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, General Harrison Howell in “Kiss Me Kate”, and Sherriff Earl Dodd in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, which earned him a Jeff nomination.



Nyk SutterNyk Sutter is absolutely thrilled to be a company member of Circle Theatre. He moved to Chicago in Spring of 2011 and after almost a year of skipping auditions due to fear of rejection, he's so happy to join the Circle Theatre family. You may have seen him prancing around in red spandex and popping balloons as Sheldon Farenthold in The Ritz here at Circle. Other credits include: Carlos/Padamadan in Legally Blonde, Dickie Harrington in Awesome 80s Prom, Paul in A Chorus Line, and Mungojerrie in CATS. By day, Nyk is Campus General Manager for Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. Many, many thanks to mom and dad, Shannon, Jake, and Jairo for their unwavering support. "Why walk through life when you can dance?"



Kirk SwenkKirk Swenk has had the opportunity and privilege of being involved in a number of productions as performer, director, techie, choreographer, author, theatre co-founder, improvisationist and more. Originally from Michigan, he’s performed on local stages in The Music Man, The Fantasticks, Chicago, Damn Yankees, ...Forum, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and more. Roles at Circle include: Dr. Otternschlag in Grand Hotel, Deguiche in Cyrano, Robert/Esmond Sr. in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Governor in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Harry/Baptista in Kiss Me Kate, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, the Marquis in The Baker's Wife, and Cladwell in Urinetown. Kirk is also a proud husband and father and is a Senior Writer at The Bradford Group.



Lori Willis Lori Willis has worked with Circle in a variety of roles, almost all of them behind the scenes. After some quick research she was able to recall she scene painted her first Circle show, Cyrano, during the 1998/99 season. Since then she has painted MANY shows at Circle. Her favorite shows/sets include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Design for Living, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Meet Me in St. Louis, An Ideal Husband, Can Can, Enchanted April, The Who's TOMMY! and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She stage managed Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and has worked on several Circle Fundraisers including Private Party and the Birthday Bash. She enjoys working with CTEYA and is looking forward to the upcoming season.



Junior Company Members

Ali Lamacki Ali Lamacki (junior associate) is so happy that she has the opportunity to be further involved at Circle Theatre. She began at Circle in the CTEYA program as a Follies Girl in Crazy For You in 2005, and has been in 20 consecutive shows as of 2010. She has played memorable roles such as Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, Constable Dogberry in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up, Kelsi Nielson in High School Musical 2 and Helena in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ali has also been a dance captain for several shows, and she stage manages the musicals and plays at her high school. Circle Theatre has been a second home and the company has been a second family to her. Ali thanks her first family for all of the love and support throughout the years. She looks forward to more laughs, memories, and fantastic shows at Circle in the years to come.



Ben Marshall Ben Marshall (junior associate) feels privileged to be a part of the Circle Theater as a Junior Company Member. His love for the theater began at the age of six. Since then Ben has performed in over 40 plays and musicals with Metropolis Theater and many community theater groups. He recently appeared as "Edna" in the Circle Theater's production of "Hairspray". He continues to advance his skills with extensive training in stage performance, voice and dance. Ben would like to acknowledge the gifted coaches and directors, past and present who have been his inspiration and challenge him to "push the limits" as a performer. He is grateful to be involved with the Circle Theater and eager to support their long-standing tradition of excellence in Chicago theater.



Maggie Paloucek Maggie Paloucek (junior associate) is honored and excited to be a part of the Circle family. She was introduced to Circle Theatre when she was eleven years old and played Mongo in High School Musical. Maggie has continued to participate in CTEYA productions over the years including Urinetown, How to Succeed in Business, Les Miserables, All Shook Up, Ragtime, and Annie Get Your Gun. Some of her favorite roles include Slightly in Peter Pan, Violet, the Sharpette, in High School Musical 2, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, and Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Outside of the performances at Circle, Maggie has performed in School House Rock Jr. and has danced in various roles for The Nutcracker Ballet. She would like to thank everyone affiliated with the CTEYA program for welcoming her into the Company. She is looking forward to many exciting productions in the future.



Jacquie Skokna (junior associate) is thrilled to be part of the Circle family as a Junior Company Member. Ever since she was 11, and was in her first show, Urinetown, Circle Theatre has been an increasingly important and fun part of her life. Her favorite roles include Peaches the Sharpette in High School Musical 2 and the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland. Other musicals she was happy to be in were How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, All Shook Up, Peter Pan, Les Miserables, Annie Get Your Gun, Ragtime, and soon The Importance of Being Earnest. She feels so lucky and grateful to have such a great opportunity and would like to give a big thanks to all of her family and friends for their never ending love and support, especially her dedicated parents and Grandpa. She can't wait to be able to grow in experience and continue theatre at Circle, a place where she can express her love for the stage but mostly all the people around her.



Katelyn Smith Katelyn Smith (junior associate) SMITH is excited to be a Junior Company Member and looks forward to many adventures with this talented group. She has been performing since age 9 at Circle Theatre (CTEYA and Main Stage), Jedlicka Performing Arts and several Community Theatres. Professional Training includes The Piven Theatre Workshop, Acting Coach (Jim Schneider), Voice Coach (Kim Frost), Village Players (Improv, Scene Study), High School Drama and Music programs.



Katelyn Smith Heather Zurowski (junior associate) Sis a senior in high school and has been performing since she was three years old. She started dancing at a local dance studio-taking tap, jazz, and ballet. She currently is at another studio, studying ballet, modern/contemporary, tap, and jazz. She is actively involved in many different programs. Mainly, Circle Theatre, in Oak Park and her high school. She has been in numerous Circle Theatre performances since she was eight years old, performing in the “Kid’s Chorus” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat. Recently at Circle, Heather worked on Alice In Wonderland JR. as choreographer and assistant director, favorite stage roles at Circle have included  Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Sylvia in All Shook Up, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a featured Doc Lady in Les Miserables. At OPRF High School where she recently has performed in The Importance of Being Earnest (Ms. Prism), Good Night Desdemona-Good Morning Juliet (Desdemona), Once On This Island (Mama Euralie), Tick, Tick...BOOM! (Karessa), Damn, Yankees! (Gloria), Slow Dance on the Killing Ground (Rosie), and Godspell. Other memorable roles include Mrs. Hannigan in Annie and Violet in Charlie Brown. Heather sings in the A Capella Choir, Six Chicks, a small acappella group, and in Madrigals at OPRFHS. This past summer Heather had a great learning experience by attending Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College Musical Theatre Intensive. Heather is planning on pursuing theatre as a life career.