Intimate Apparel W/ Tracey N. Bonner

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage’s play “Intimate Apparel” tells the story of a 1905 successful African American seamstress who makes revolutionary undergarments for an array of women – from high-society socialites to enterprising ladies of the night.

Her business, innovative skills, and utter discretion are much in demand, but at 35, her personal life has taken a backseat. “Intimate Apparel” explores her forbidden relationships with an Orthodox Jewish fabric vendor, her privileged and struggling clientele, and a long-distance suitor who will profoundly change her life.

TTS Alumni/ Current Students Included in the Arizona Theatre Companies Production Include: Tracey N. Bonner (MFA 04′ Alumni) Portraying the role of Esther.

The Production runs from: 2/16/24 – 3/3/2024.


In her acclaimed signature style, Mary Zimmerman conceives a brand new theatrical adaptation of Mozart’s beloved opera. Playful and imaginative, it’s big music in a small space. This “matchbox” presentation of The Matchbox Magic Flute features a cast of 10 and orchestra of five—following the fantastic adventures of Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina. With dragons, a man who is a bird, trials by fire and water and underground corridors, Day and Night do battle.

TTS Current Students/ Alumni Included in the production: REESE PARISH (BFA 2024 ACTING) portraying the role of “The Spirit”!

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Theatre School Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students Receive 2023 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations

Congratulations to The Theatre School community members who received 2023 Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations. All in all, TTS alumni, faculty, staff, and students received 14 nominations!

The 2023 Non-Equity Jeff Awards will be presented Monday, March 25, 2024 at Park West in Chicago.

The full list of TTS-affiliated nominees are:

MIKAEL BURKE (MFA, Directing, ’18) – Director, Play, Tambo & Bones at Refracted Theatre Company

ELLIE FEY (BFA, Lighting Design, ’23) – Lighting Design, Witch at The Artistic Home

SHAWNA FRANKS (BFA, Acting, ’90) – Performer in a Supporting Role, Play, Right Now at Facility Theatre

SHAWNA FRANKS (BFA, Acting, ’90) – Ensemble, Play, Right Now at Facility Theatre

MAGGIE FULLILOVE-NUGENT (Faculty) – Lighting Design, The Threepenny Opera at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

JESSIE GOWENS (Staff) – Costume Design, The Crucible at Invictus Theatre Company

KEVIN HAGAN (MFA, Scene Design, ’96) – Scenic Design, Dying For It at The Artistic Home

JULIAN HESTER (BFA, Acting, ’12) – Performer in a Principal Role, Play, Witch at The Artistic Home

EVAN M. JACKSON (MFA, Directing, ’03) – New Work, The Last Queen of Camelot at Idle Muse Theatre Company

ETHAN KORVNE (BFA, Sound Design, ’24) – Sound Design, Tambo & Bones at Refracted Theatre Company

ETHAN KORVNE (BFA, Sound Design, ’24) – Original Music in a Play, Tambo & Bones at Refracted Theatre Company

JOCELYN MAHER (MFA, Acting, ’23) – Ensemble, Play, Cat’s Cradle at Lifeline Theatre.

TYRONE PHILLIPS (Faculty) – Director, Play, Fairview at Definition Theatre

SEBBY WOLDT (BFA, Sound Design, ’16) – Sound Design, Indoor Cats at Red Theater



You Need To Take ‘Notes From The Field’

TTS Faculty Mikael Burke directs TTS Acting Alumni 22′ Ashli Funches (Understudying  the incredibly acclaimed Notes from the Field by Anna Deavere smith at timeline theatre

Ashli Funches is Understuding as “actor 3”

as put by timeline : Witness the powerful stories of 19 individuals fighting to overcome and transform America’s education and criminal justice systems. THIS STRIKINGLY INTIMATE PIECE presents snapshots from a variety of real people, documenting their intersections with the American dream and the obstacles that work to block them from it. Utilizing verbatim dialogue pulled from more than 250 accounts from students, faculty, prisoners, activists, politicians, and victims’ families, Notes from the Field takes audiences on an emotional journey through the faults and injustices of an American criminal justice system that seems more focused on incarceration over education. Deeply human, profoundly moving, and full of moments of humor, compassion, and resilience, it’s a masterful work that asks you to observe, be present, and join the call for urgent and necessary change. Originally performed by creator Anna Deavere Smith as a one-woman show, in TimeLine’s Chicago premiere, three actors weave together narratives of change makers, activists, and those caught within the system for an evening of theatre unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

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We Need To Revisit ‘The Movement’

Eight-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, bandleader and host of NPR’s “Jazz Night in America,” Christian McBride brings his monumental musical tribute inspired by the words of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and President Barack Obama. “When the suite soars, it follows the bandleader’s strengths, known for his ebullient precision — his joy in the details — and for savoring the nectar inside swing rhythm” (DownBeat). The Movement: Revisited is a one night performance on Feb. 2nd at The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Center.

Current TTS Faculty/ Students Involved In This Production Include: Cris Anthony (Faculty), Tyshaun Meekie (BFA ACTING 25) Portraying Martin Luther King Jr, DeVaughn Loman (BFA ACTING 24) Portraying Cassius Clay/ Muhammad Ali, Alexis Primus (MFA ACTING 24) Portraying Rosa Parks & Isaiah Z. Boozer (BFA Playwright 25) Portraying Malcolm X.

More Information & Tickets Can Be Found HERE! The Movement Revisited: CDs & Vinyl


I “Can’t Pay?” And “Won’t Pay!”

Can’t Pay Won’t Pay by Dario Fo, follows Antonia and Margherita, two working-class Italian women who decide to take matters into their own hands, and participate in a female-led riot where they steal from the supermarket as a response to a raise in prices. This two-act political farse follows the two women as they try to hide their crime before being caught by their husbands or the police. Gwydion’s version of this classic is a world-premiere translation.

Can’t Pay, Wont Pay closes Dec 17, 2023.

Ember Sappington (Current BFA 4 Dramaturgy & Criticism) is the Adapter!

Find Information Here!

The Weather Outside Is Frightful, But the ‘Christmas Carol’ Is So Delightful!

A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre closes December 31st 2023! TTS Alumni in the cast include: Larry Yando (MFA Acting 1988), & Susaan Jamshidi (MFA Acting 2007).

TTS Alumni/ Faculty Involved In Designing/ Producing, etc: Keith Parham is The Lighting Designer (BFA Lighting 1998) and Neena Arndt is The Dramaturg (Faculty).

Student Discount Tickets Can Be Found Here!

Learn ‘How To Dance In Ohio’

At a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring formal dance–a rite of passage that breaks open their routines and sets off hilarious and heartbreaking encounters with love, stress, excitement, and independence. How To Dance In Ohio is currently at the Belasco Theatre!

TTS Alumni Included are: Connor Wang (BFA-Sound Design 2017) Sound Designer & Camille Denholm, (BFA-Sound Design 2019) Assistant Sound Designer, Broadway Debut!

You Can Find More Information Here!

How To Dance In Ohio Playbill - Opening Night

The Lifespan of a Fact at TimeLine Theatre

The Lifespan of a Fact, TimeLine Theatre Company, closes 12/23/2013.  MECHELLE MOE (Staff) directs. JULIET HART (MFA, Acting, ’95) and PJ POWERS (BFA, acting, ’95) are in the cast. ANTHONY CHURCHILL (Faculty) is the co-projections designer, ROWAN DOE (BFA, Theatre Technology, ’21) is the properties designer, LUCY ELKIN (BFA, Costume Design, ’21) is the costume supervisor, MICAH FIGUEROA (Creative Root Teaching Artists) is the fight choreographer and physical comedy consultant,  VIJA LAPP (BFA, Sound Design, ’24) is the co-projections designer, PARKER MOLACEK (BFA, Projection Design, ’23) is the projections supervisor, CAMELIA PATRON (BFA, Theatre Arts, ’25) is the assistant director intern, AVERI PAULSON (BFA, Sound Design, ’21) is the audio supervisor, MAREN ROBINSON (Faculty) is the co-dramaturg, and JESSICA WARDELL (Faculty) is the scenic charge artist.