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Ghostwriter the Film
Peter DeFaria has been a fan of Tim Miller ever since they met across a pool table at Cunneen’s Bar on Devon Ave in the early 90s. Since then their paths have crossed many times culminating in the works Tightheads and Ghostwriter. Among other things, Peter DeFaria has been an actor in Chicago for many years. He has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, A Red Orchid, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, Windy City Playhouse and TUTA to name a few. On television he has appeared on Betrayal, Chicago Code, Turks, The Untouchables and as Officer Tackett on Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med and Chicago Justice. Film credits include The Public Enemies, The Dark Knight, The Last Rites of Joe May and Imperfections.
David Lawrence Hamilton
David Lawrence Hamilton appeared in Jim Lynch's play CCX. He has worked with Sideshow Theatre, Stage Left, Eclipse, The Gift and City Lit.
Mary Ann Thebus
Mary Ann Thebus has been an actor for about 40 years, the last 20 on Chicago stages with an occasional foray onto stages in other cities such as New York, Madison, Sacramento and San Francisco, as well as international theater companies in Turkey, Thailand and Iran. Over the years she has worked locally at the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Court and The Next, among others. She is an 11 time Jeff nominee and won an After Dark Award for her work in Painting Churches (Organic Theater).Past film work include Rudy, Blink, My Life, Straight Talk, Chicago Cab, and TV work on There Are No Children Here, The Untouchables, Early Edition, Cupid and Chicago Med. She has been a teacher of acting over the years at the former Center Theatre, the Steppenwolf Summer Program and currently conducts a Master class at The Artistic Home and coaches privately at her home. She is an ensemble member of The Gift Theatre.
Kellye Howard is a multi-hyphenated creative artist; primarily known for her stand up comedy
performances. She’s been featured on Last Comic Standing, FOX Laughs, LOL Live,
Nickelodeon Mom Nite Out, Comedy Central—current correspondent for their podcast
“Southside”— and several other TV shows/networks showcasing her stand-up comedy. Also,
featured at JFL Montreal in the summer of 2018. As an actress, you can catch her costarring in
season 8 of Chicago Fire. Kellye has a Youtube channel ‘Be Less Petty TV,’ a podcast ‘Be Less
Petty w/ Kellye Howard,’ as well as a public diary/blog on her website titled, “My Diary.”
IG/Twitter: @kellyehoward (www.kellyehoward.com) Kellye is managed by Brooke Shoemaker
at Artist First: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun Fact: Kellye was an electrician in the United States Air Force.
Dave Maher is a decade-plus veteran of Chicago’s comedy scene. He writes and performs one-man comedy shows that blend standup, improvisation, theater, storytelling, and performance art. These shows include Dave Maher Coma Show—a narrative standup show about waking up from a monthlong coma to read the eulogies friends wrote about him on Facebook—and Feed Wolf Ice Cream, a comedy show set in the afterlife.
Dave has appeared on "This American Life," in the pages of The Guardian, on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe and the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre, and on TV for 15 seconds of NBC's "Chicago Med" as a homeless, uninsured alcoholic called "Barry's Gurney Guy." Find out more at https://www.thisisdavemaher.com/.
New to the Chicago theatre scene, Francesca recently relocated here from Bloomington, IN where she was the director and teacher of theatre for North Theatre, a high school theatre program for over 20 years. Her tenure with North primarily focused on plays that encouraged ensemble work often using the principles of Suzuki and Viewpoints, some favorite productions include: Machinal, Waiting for Lefty, Madwoman of Chaillot, and Cabaret.
Being a teacher, she did everything she could to keep up her own training including summer long workshops with SITI and the Neighborhood Playhouse as well as acting locally in Bloomington’s vibrant theatre scene including regional credits with Cardinal Stage Company, most recently as Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Francesca is also active in the new play scene working with Bloomington Playwrights Project, where she debuted principal roles in plays that have gone on to great success on the regional theatre scene. She is also an aspiring writer and teller of very short stories. A recent winner of the Moth Slam, Francesca is presently working on a collection of stories that will prove that there is a running sit-com about her life in a parallel universe.
Henri Watkins has been active in the theatre arts since 1978. He received a B.A. in
theatre from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1981. A retired journeyman
electrician, from the automobile plants of his hometown of Flint, Michigan, Henri
moved to Chicago in 2014. Chicago credits include Jitney (Court Theatre),
Misanthrope (Court Theatre), and Waiting for Godot (Court Theatre) and CCX for
Modofac Productions at Rivendell Theatre. He also had the pleasure to have worked
at The Black Ensemble Theatre in The Marvin Gaye Story. As mentioned before, he
enjoyed working with Chuck Smith in Sarasota, Florida in the Westcoast Black
Theatre Troupe’s productions of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Piano Lesson. This
year, Henri was in Pegasus Theatre’s production of The Green Book, and recently, he
appeared in the American Blues Theatre’s production of Flyin’ West. His film credits
include Sundance award winners; Chameleon Street and Detroit Unleaded.
Since moving to Chicago over a decade ago Maria Stephens has worked at Redtwist Theatre, Indiana dunes Summer Theatre, A Red Orchid, Hell in a Handbag, Apple Tree, The Mammals, The Artistic Home, Trapdoor, The Factory, The Gift, Broken Nose, and Facility Theatre where she is a company member. Her most recent Independent Film credits include The End of Fall with Go Man Go Productions and The Wallet with HCFB productions. Maria is grateful to be a part of this project.
SAM KREY – Is very excited to be apart of this beautiful new film. Credits Include- CHICAGO: Short Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, Short Shakespeare: Twelfth Night U/S (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) Blind Date (Goodman Theatre) Letters Home,Ghosts of War (Griffin Theatre, Jeff Award – Best Solo Performance)Captain Blood (First Folio Theatre) Ideation U/S (Jackalope Theatre) The Last Wife U/S (Timeline Theatre) REGIONAL:Circus Juventas TELEVSION:Gone Baby Gone Pilot (FOX)
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