Nathan Pease - Tuck
*NATHAN PEASE (Tuck) is a proud ensemble member and is delighted to return to another Idle Muse production. He was last seen with the company as Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter and as Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Chicago credits include The Comedy of Errors at First Folio, All Childish Things at Hubris Productions, Eurydice at Filament Theatre Ensemble, Corleone at Commedia Beauregard, and Betrayal at Oak Park Festival Theatre. Other favorite regional credits include title roles in Richard III, Frankensteinand The Hobbit, Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at BoarsHead Theatre, Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Bruce in Blue/Orange, Anthony in The House of Yes, and Roderigo in Othello at Flint City Theatre. Nathan will be understudying for the fine folks at Lifeline Theatre this summer in The Three Musketeers. www.NathanPease.net
Matt Dyson - Nye
Grace Abele - Mills
GRACE ABELE (Mills) Lonesome Hollow marks Grace's first performance on a Chicago stage. Grace recently returned from South Korea where she spent 18 months writing, composing, and performing children's English language musicals. In the past she has worked in Busch Gardens in Williamsburg as the vocal swing, Virginia Repertory Theatre, and Park Playhouse of Albany, NY. Some favorite past roles include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Narrator in A Chrismas Carol, and Charity Barnum in Barnum.
Joel Thompson - Glover
JOEL THOMPSON (Glover) is thrilled to be working with cool folks at Idle Muse. After graduating from Anderson University in 2005 he decided to move to Chicago. His Chicago credits include Dr. Lombardi in Servant of Two Masters, James in The Miracle Worker, Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Simon Bliss in Hay Fever. He is also an artistic associate with Piccolo Theatre. When Joel is not on stage he spends his time encouraging a nasty habit of playing video games.
Tuckie White - Pearl
TUCKIE WHITE (Pearl) is thrilled to be part of Idle Muse’s production of Lonesome Hollow. Favorite Chicago credits include As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare), Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch (Lifeline Theatre), High Fidelity (Route 66), The Big Funk (Red Tape Theatre), Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf) and The Posession of Alice Von Truskin (Cock and Bull). Film credits include The Removed, Educating Cooper, and The Drunk. Tuckie is a graduate of The DePaul Theatre School and a member of Cock and Bull Theatre.
Lenny Wahlberg - Director
∞ LENNY WAHLBERG (Director) is very excited to direct Lonesome Hollow, his fourth with Idle Muse, including Dracula, Jerry and Tom and St. Scarlet. Previous directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Baby with the Bathwater and Words, Words Words. He is also a founding memeber and Managing Director of Idle Muse. He would like to thank his cast, crew, and designers for their talent, hard work, and dedication. A special thanks to his wife, who drives him, with the hope of making her proud, and his son, who is an amazing example of boundless curiosity.
Evan Jackson - Acting Coach / Artistic Director
∞ EVAN JACKSON (Acting Coach / Artistic Director) Evan is the Artistic Director of Idle Muse Theater Company, where he most recently directed The Monument by Colleen Wagner. Prior to that, he served as director for Idle Muse's productions of The Lion in Winter and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (both Jeff-Recommended). Previous Idle Muse directing credits include What the Weird Sisters Saw, Bloody Poetry, Proof, and the company's inaugural production of The Ceremony of Innocence. Other projects include The Last Judgement, The Potato Chip Eaters, and Off the Grid as a participant in the Martin de Maat New Works Festival at Boxer Rebellion Theater, and two summers serving as Assistant Director for Shakespeare on the Green in Lake Forest. Evan is a graduate of The Theatre School st DePaul University, where he recieved his MFA in Directing and directed William Gibson's Burning Chrome and The Diary of Anne Frank.
Rebecca Cagney - Stage Manager
REBECCA CAGNEY (Stage Manager) is excited to be working at Idle Muse for the second time. Chicago shows include Shakespeare's R&J (Idle Muse), Night Over Erzinga (Silk Road Rising), Symmetry Breaking (On the Spot Theatre), Interrogation Primer and Through the Middle Ground (the side project), Shadowlands (Provision Theatre) and Low Pay Don't Pay (Piccolo Theatre). Rebecca graduated from the University of Wyoming and she worked on shows such as Hamlet, Into the Woods A Chorus Line, and many more. She would like to thank her family for their continued support.
Matthew Nischan - Sound Designer/Engineer
MATTHEW NISCHAN (Sound Designer/Engineer) A native Chicago resident, multi-instrumentalist and producer/engineer Matt Nischan can be found currently on the Matt Nelson Trio debut Nostalgiamaniac, named one of Downbeat Magazines's top albums of 2011 and Billboard Jazz Top 50 for 14 weeks. He has worked with artists both local and national including Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Matthew Santos and famed progressive rock drummer Kris Meyers (Umphrey's McGee). His mixes have been featured nationally, recieving radio play around the country. Matt currently engineers at local custom studio Fullerton Recording in Chicago and has appeared on drums and guitar at renowned area venues including The House of Blues and Jazz Showcase. He is extremely honored to be making his ninth appearance as sound designer for an Idle Muse production. The score of Lonesome Hollow is his second original score for Idle Muse.
Erin Gallagher - Customer Designer
ERIN GALLAGHER (Costme Designer) Erin has been costuming for over eighteen years and has been working in the theater professionally for over 7 years. Her recent design credits include Count Me In with Evanston Dance Ensemble. Erin Gallagher is proud to be making her design debut for Idle Muse with Lonesome Hollow. In addition to the work featured on her portfolio website located at www.erinrosedesigns.com , Erin designs and constructs her own line of handbags, jewelry and wearable art pieces under the name of Erin Rose Design. All of her collections feature high end gifts and collectibles made from re-purposed vintage materials. Erin Gallagher's retail shops can be found at both www.etsy.com/shop/ErinRoseDesign and www.erin-rose-design.myshopify.com/ .
Libby Beyreis - Violence Designer
LIBBY BEYREIS (Violence Designer) Libby Beyreis is delighted to be working again with Idle Muse, where she previously worked on Shakespeare's R&J. Libby has been fighting on stage & in film since 1994, and has been a proud company member of Babes With Blades Theater Company since 2002. She has designed violence for companies including Idle Muse, Strangeloop, The DIVISION, Focal Point Theater Company, Chase Park, Free Street, as well as numerous shows with the Babes. Her fight choreography appeared most recently in New Millenium's Kill Victor and Strangeloop's What Was Mine to Do.
Laura Wiley - Lighting Designer
LAURA WILEY (Lighting Designer) moved to Chicago in September of 2011. She has been involved with the Rasaka Theatre Company, Side Show, and Rare Terra Theatre Company. Laura graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Theater with an emphasis in Lighting and Projection. While in southern Oregon she was employed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival one of the largest repertory theaters on the West Coast.
* denotes Idle Muse Ensemble Member
** denotes Idle Muse Artistic Associate
∞ denotes Idle Muse Founding Member