Joshua Rollins (Playwright) is an actor and writer living in Chicago. Before moving here, his full-length play Bathtub Medea was workshopped with Devanaughn Theatre and he had numerous one-acts produced by Devanaughn, Boston Playwrights Theatre, the Boston Theatre Marathon, and Essayons Theatre.
After moving to Chicago, his play American Rex was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Center’s Summer Conference, had a staged reading off-Broadway with Alchemy Theatre, and will be workshopped later this year in Chicago. Another full-length play, Postscript, was showcased as part of Chicago Dramatists acclaimed Saturday Series of New Work last year. Joshua has had numerous one acts produced with The Artistic Home, American Blues Theatre, and American Theatre Company. His full length Turning the Beam had a staged reading with Portland Theatre Company.
Joshua currently has a screenplay and a pilot script under consideration with production companies in LA.
As a stage director, Matt’s recent credits include the critically acclaimed revival of THE WEIR for Seanachai Theatre Company this past fall, 4000 MILES (staged reading) for Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory with Tony winner Deanna Dunagan, Serendipity’s Chicago and L.A. productions of GIRL,20 (Best Director and Best Ensemble nominations LA Weekly 2008 Theatre Awards) and the world premiere of GRACELAND for Profiles Theatre (Top 10 Plays of the Year 2009, Chicago Tribune and Sun Times).
As an associate casting director with Tenner Paskal & Rudnicke Casting, Matt’s film credits include the Chicago casting for THE WEATHERMAN, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE ICE HARVEST, STRANGER THAN FICTION, LET’S GO TO PRISON!, THE BREAKUP, THE PROMOTION, THE EXPRESS, and PUBLIC ENEMIES. He has been privileged to work with directors like Marc Forster, Michael Mann, Harold Ramis, Gore Verbinski, Bob Odenkirk, Peyton Reed, and Michael Keaton.
Matt is also a proud twelve-year company member of Barrel of Monkeys, a group that provides creative writing workshops for Chicago Public Elementary Schools that lack arts funding. www.mattmillerdirect.com
Amber Johnson (Production Stage Manager) is very excited to be working with Pine Box. Other Chicago stage management credits include: Comedy of Errors, Three Tall Women (Court Theatre), The Colored Museum (Congo Square Theatre Co.), The MLK Project (Writers’ Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! (American Blues Theatre), Jersey Boys (Sub SM, Broadway in Chicago), Dreamlandia, La Posada Mágica (Teatro Vista), I Do! I Do!, A View from the Bridge (American Theatre Company), Faith Healer, The Violet Hour (UMA), Three Sisters (Strawdog Theatre Co.), As Much As You Can, Clouds (Dog & Pony Theatre Company), and Orange Flower Water (Steppenwolf). Regional credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Michigan Shakespeare Festival and Antelope Valley Ballet. Amber graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in Theatre with Stage Management emphasis. As always, Boomer Sooner!
Grant Sabin (Set Designer) is pleased to be working with the creative team at Pine Box. He primarily works as a set designer, but has had the great opportunity to teach scenic painting for Northwestern University’s Cherubs Program. He’s a company member and resident set designer for Dog and Pony Theatre, designing their past productions of God’s Ear, Ape, Mr. Marmalade (Jeff Award Nominee), Dead City, Osama the Hero, and Crumble. Grant is a graduate of Columbia College with a BFA in theatre design, where he was awarded the 2005 Michael Merritt scholarship for collaboration in theatre design. Recent set design credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation. Victory Gardens, Invasion of Skokie (Chicago Dramatists), Sweet Tea (About Face Theatre), Garage Rep (Steppenwolf Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life (American Blues Theatre), Design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare), Whiff of Anarchy (The Seldoms), The U.N. Inspector (Next Theatre), Forbidden Broadway, (Royal George Theatre), Dashiell Hamlet, Hound of the Baskervilles, The Juniper Tree (City Lit Theatre), Augusta, (American Theatre Company), A Prayer for My Daughter and The 4 –H Club/ Cowboy Mouth (Mary-Arrchie), Crossing California (Lifeline Theatre), Faster and Thief River (The Side Project), Blasted and The Sea Horse (Jeff Award Nominee), (A Red Orchid Theatre), Leaving Iowa, (Royal George Theatre and The Overture Center, WI), and The Gift (Chicago Ballet).www.grantsabindesign.com
Julian Pike (Lighting Designer) Julian is once again freelancing as a Lighting Designer after spending the past three seasons as the Lighting Apprentice at the Lyric Opera of Chicago where he assisted world renowned designers such as; Duane Schuler, Robert Wierzel, Damien Cooper, and Mark McCullogh. During those off seasons Julian was the Lighting Supervisor/Assistant Lighting Designer at Chicago Opera Theater where he just designed the last two productions; Medee & He/She. Other Chicago design credits include collaborations with; Seanachai Theatre Company, Chicago Folks Operetta, The Strange Tree Group (company member), Artistic Home Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Company, Mordine & Co. Dance Theatre, Inaside Chicago Dance, Theatre Building Chicago, Griffin Theatre Company, and Chamber Opera Chicago among others. Upcoming projects include; Marisol (Artistic Home), The Rose of Stambul (CFO), and Violet with Bailiwick Chicago. Julian has a M.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Joe Court (Sound Design) is excited to work with Pine Box for the first time. Joe serves as sound engineer for the Chicago production of the Tony Award-wininng musical Million Dollar Quartet. He is also a company member with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company. Recent credits include The Homecoming (Mary-Arrchie), That Was Then (Seanachai), and Arnie the Doughnut (Lifeline). His work has also been heard with A Red Orchid (Jeff nomination — The Unseen), Emerald City, Theatre7, The Gift, The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and The Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, TN.) Thanks and love to his family and his wife, Anna.
Joshua D. Allard (Costume Designer/Stylist) Joshua has designed over 70 productions with over 20 companies in Chicago since 2003, including Piccolo Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Chicago Tap Theatre, and Chicago Opera Vanguard. He has also served as a choreographer and movement practitioner. Joshua toured for five months in 2008 as the Wardrobe/Props ATD for an Equity TYA production from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Joshua is an artistic associate and resident costume designer with Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, IL.
Zach Stinnett (Props Designer) studied technical theatre at Elon University before transfering to Columbia College Chicago where he received his BA in Directing. Previous credits include, Properties Master for Wizard of Oz (Lexington Children’s Theatre), Properties Assistant for Dracula (Triad Stage), and one season of Howl-O-Scream (Busch Gardens Williamsburg).
Catherine Allen (Associate Producer/Production Manager) is thrilled to be a part of the amazing team at Pine Box Theater. Catherine is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she received a BFA in Acting. This past spring, she produced the live storytelling event “3 Guys 4 Stories 5 Songs” at Messner’s Wrigleyville. Last summer she worked as a Casting Associate for the feature filmI Heart Shakey, the first 3D live-action film shot in Chicago. Other past credits include assistant director during the extended-run rehearsal for Graceland (Profiles Theatre) and assistant stage manager for Bible B-Sides (SiNNERMAN Ensemble). Catherine currently works at Innovative Artists Chicago.
Susan E. Bowen (Dramaturg)
While living in New York Susan collaborated on productions at HERE Arts Center, Grove Street Playhouse, the Abingdon Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Performing Garage, Barrow Group Theatre, Participant Inc., and P.S. 122. In Chicago, Susan has directed Speakeasy at City Lit, Chicago Chronicle: Volume III at American Theater Company, and The Gingerbread House for Route 66 Theatre Company’s monthly reading series. She was assistant director to Laura Eason on her production of Ethan Frome at Lookingglass Theatre. Most recently, Susan directed a staged reading of The House of Mr. Orange by Aasif Mandvi at Access Theatre in New York.
Matt Hawkins (Fight Choreographer) was last scene as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (Writers’ Theatre) and served as the Movement Director for Peter Pan (Lookingglass). This Fall he will direct a new adaptation of CYRANO for The House Theatre of Chicago. Matt is a Founding Member of The House, an Artistic Associate and Resident Director with Strawdog, an Artistic Associate with 500 Clown, the recipient of two Non-Equity Jeff Awards and a graduate of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.