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2016 IN REVIEW

Produced the critically-acclaimed Chicago premiere of Looking Over the President's Shoulder at American Blues Theater.

Served 1,500 Chicago Public School students through her conceived and adapted arts education program The Lincoln Project.

Gave closing remarks for the School of Art Institute of Chicago's 150th anniversary ceremony.

Produced the critically-acclaimed Chicago revival of Little Shop of Horrors at American Blues Theater. It is the longest production run of Blues' history.

Produced and wrote for 2016 Ripped: the Living Newspaper Festival at American Blues Theater.

Received 2016 National Theater Company Award from The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tonys.

Received seven Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for American Blues Theater productions: The Rainmaker, Looking Over the President's Shoulder, and Little Shop of Horrors, including best production and musical.

Produced workshops of musical Empire Burlesque by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta, music by Laura Hall, directed by Henry Wishcamper, and music directed by Michael Mahler.

Produced workshop of TRANSit by Darren Canady, directed by Lisa Portes.

Produced staged reading of The Wind and the Breeze by Nathan Alan Davis, winner of the 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award, directed by Lisa Portes.

Produced staged reading of Tell Us of the Night by Keith Huff, directed by Gary Griffin.

Commissioned new work from Michael Mahler, Rohina Malik, and collaborators Caitlin Parish/Erica Weiss.

Produced critically-acclaimed revival of Dutchman and world-premiere comission of TRANSit at American Blues Theater.

Produced and directed It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues Theater, breaking all box-office records for the theater.

2015 IN REVIEW

Named one of “The Players - the Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago” by Newcity.

Produced the Chicago premiere of Yankee Tavern at American Blues Theater.

Served 1,000 Chicago Public School students through her conceived and adapted arts education program The Lincoln Project.

Produced the critically-acclaimed revival of Side Man at American Blues Theater.

Produced and wrote for 2015 Ripped: the Living Newspaper Festival at American Blues Theater.

Celebrated 30th anniversary of American Blues Theater existence.

Produced the workshop of the musical Empire Burlesque by Dan Castellaneta & Deb Lacusta, music by Laura Hall, directed by David H. Bell, and music directed by Michael Mahler.

Produced and starred in the Blue Ink Playwriting Award-winning script Other Than Honorable by Jamie Pachino, directed by Kimberly Senior at American Blues Theater.

Produced and directed a workshop of the commissioned play TRANSit by Darren Canady at American Blues Theater.

Received eight Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for American Blues Theater productions: Yankee Tavern, Side Man, and Native Son, including production and new adaptation (Native Son). Chicago’s Time Out Theater Awards honored the Native Son adaptation by Nambi E. Kelley and lead performance by Jerod Haynes. Black Theater Alliance Awards honored Native Son performances by Jerod Haynes and Tracey Bonner.

Commissioned adaptation of Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley received publication by Samuel French. Native Son was also named on the 2015 Kilroy’s List.

Blue Ink Playwriting Award script American Myth by Christina Gorman received its second production at Theater Artists Studio (AZ).

Produced the critically-acclaimed revival of The Rainmaker at American Blues Theater.

Side Man named 2015 “Top productions” in The Wall Street Journal. The leading performance by Linsey Page Morton in The Rainmaker was listed as one of the 2015 “Top performances” in WSJ also.

Produced and directed It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues Theater. The 2015 iteration of It's a Wonderful Life broke all previous box office records.

2014 IN REVIEW

Produced the Blue Ink Playwriting Award and Pulitzer Prize nominated script American Myth at American Blues Theater.

Increased the service of Chicago Public School students (1,000) in her conceived and adapted arts education program The Lincoln Project.

Produced and starred in the Chicago premiere and critically-acclaimed production of Grounded at American Blues Theater.

Grounded won two (2) Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Solo Performance and midsize Sound Design (Lindsay Jones) and received another nomination for Projections (Mike Tutaj). It also received two (2) Broadway World Chicago Award nominations, including Best Actress for Whiteside and Sound Design for Jones.

Produced the critically-acclaimed remount of Hank Williams: Lost Highway at American Blues Theater.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway won three (3) Joseph Jefferson Awards, including midsize musical and received two (2) additional nominations. It also received six (6) Broadway World Chicago Award nominations.

Produced second workshop of the World-premiere adaptation of Native Son

Co-produced World-premiere production of Native Son at Court Theatre.

Native Son named 2014 Top 10 productions in Chicago Tribune and TimeOut Chicago.

Executive Produced the holiday cd - Happy Holiday Vol. 1.

Produced and reprised role of Mary Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues Theater. The 2014 iteration of It's a Wonderful Life shattered all previous box office records.

Appeared on Dean Richards' Sunday show on WGN.

2013 IN REVIEW

Produced and appeared in the critically-acclaimed production of Collected Stories at American Blues Theater.

Collected Stories wa nominated for three (3) Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Production-midsize; it received four (4) Broadway World Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Actress for Whiteside.

Wrote a 10-min play for Ripped: the Living Newspaper Festival starring Michael Mahler & Dara Cameron.

Adapted and launched the arts education program The Lincoln Project in Chicago Public Schools.

Produced the critically-acclaimed Chicago AEA premiere of Hank Williams: Lost Highway at American Blues Theater. 

Hank Williams was nominated for five (5) Broadway World Award nominations, including Best Musical; it was also named in Top 5 plays of 2013 by Newcity.

Produced and reprised role as Mary Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues Theater. both her performance and production were mentioned in Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 Shows for the Season". The production was named in the Top 5 Holiday events of 2013 by Newcity.

Appeared on Dean Richards' Sunday show on WGN.

Produced first workshop for the World-premiere adaptation of Native Son.

2012 IN REVIEW

Named in Newcity's annual "The Players: the Fifty People Who Really Perform in Chicago."

Spoke at townhall for Midwest members of Dramatists Guild of America.

Presented Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Executive Director, Criss Henderson, the annual 2012 Focus Award.

Appeared on panel "Bending Gender & Race: Casting Against Cliches" for Actors' Equity Association.

Served term on national Board of Directors for Network of Ensemble Theaters.

Earned certificate as Kellogg Executive Scholar in Nonprofit Management from Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).

Served on theater panel for National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.

Produced World-premiere of James Still's Illegal Use of Hands at American Blues Theater.

Spoke on panel for Arts & Business Council of Chicago.

Wrote one-act play "Farm Hands" that was performed in Ripped: the Living Newspaper at American Blues Theater. The play will be performed throughout the country via AgrAbility and excerpted in Illinois Farm Bureau's Partners magazine.

Appeared on Dean Richards' Sunday show on WGN.

Interviewed in Today's Chicago Woman for an article about nonprofit careers.

Produced and reprised as Mary Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! for American Blues Theater; both her performance and production were mentioned in Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 Shows for the Season".

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