As Mentalhaus is an ensemble-driven, devised theatre company, these folks mean a lot to us. Below you'll learn more about what the Spring 2020 ensemble has been up to in quarantine. Don't forget to check out the performance of "Virtually Home" on May 15 at 8:00 p.m. CST.
Mike Silverman (he/him/his) is a second year Master of Arts Management candidate who is a creative that endeavors to professionally combine two of his passions, the arts and social justice/responsibility. He is fluent in American Sign Language, has the ability to memorize ridiculously minute details (e.g. movie quotes), and has a wonderful wife and three fur babies who mean the world to him. Mike is also interested in many art mediums, particularly theatre, documentary film making, photography, and video games.
Sheryl Williams (she/her) While finishing her education in Musical Theater, she began studying Intimacy Choreography and Coordination and honing her skills with several stage productions( Still,Now ,Darkling, Dog) and film projects (JIM, Discontent). She has also teaching assisted several intimacy classes. As she continues her training to become a recognized Intimacy Choreographer/Coordinator, she is also taking this new found free time to delve more into her Filipino-American heritage and Visayan Culture. Feeling her truest Filipino-American self when she talks about her favorite foods, which are Green Bean Casserole and Longanisa, Rice and Sunny Side Egg( A Filipino staple to her growing up), she also loves to express herself through her hair with funky cuts and colors. Typically the loudest laugher and biggest hype human, she is beyond excited to delve into working with Katherine and the amazing ensemble that is and will be MentalHaus!
Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk (she/her) is a Chicago-based writer, theatre-maker and teacher. She enjoys layering visual, sonic and textual components to create multi-sensory experiences for her audience. She combines her passion for the written word with her interest in media and movement to celebrate hybrid forms of artistic expression. She looks forward to adapting material from her MFA Thesis Project as part of Mentalhaus' 2020-2021 virtual season! Learn more about Zoe: https://www.zoerosekrieglerwenk.com/
Gregory Chase is an actor from Locust Fork, Alabama where he began his theater training at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He began doing theater with church Christmas musicals when he was younger and discovered the ability theater has on captivating people. He continues to study Acting so that he can help others forget about their problems for a little bit and immerse them in a different world from their own. When not working on a project he enjoys quietly fishing, roaming with friends and the occasional bar fight. While unable to enjoy these during the Covid pandemic he enjoys reading plays and being bad at video games.
In her work Josje explores what the 'I' is and how we construct it in society. How do we form and hold an identity? By adopting a poetic and embodied theatrical language she explores the quest of identity and change. The constant push and pull between the desire to move forward, fulfilling dreams versus the desire for continuity and immutability in relation to the inescapability of change in contact with time. Longing and belonging and the space in between.
Zoe Rose Kriegler-Wenk is a writer, deviser and theatre-maker based in Chicago. She approaches her work through a series of interdisciplinary exercises that integrate physical, vocal, and text-based practices in order to generate embodied creative material. She is interested in blending the narrative and poetic voice, and enjoys exploring the ways in which live performers can interact with pre-recorded text and film to provide the audience with an engaging theatrical experience. She combines her passion for the written word with her interest in media and movement to produce pieces that challenge preconceived definitions of “text” and celebrate hybrid forms of artistic expression. She recently returned from studying physical theatre with an international ensemble at Arthaus Berlin, and looks forward to premiering a social-distance friendly version of her graduate thesis project, Of Water and Wings, in May of 2020.
Joshua Medina is a junior Comedy Writing & Performance Major. He is thrilled to be taking part in this amazing project. Theatre is something that he has always loved doing. What truly made him want to do theatre to begin with was that he loved making people smile and happy. Seeing their face and emotions change after making a joke or acting a certain way with a character, makes him happy. Being able to make people feel that way and take them away from their potential worries or struggles is so rewarding. Being able to create while changing people is what made him want to do theatre. His hobbies include playing the ukulele, writing, and reviewing food. He is someone who likes to goof off and have fun. Hopefully that can be seen through this amazing piece of work that has been so helpful and therapeutic to be a part of.
Alimmah started theatre because she realized she loves to tell stories and bring them to life through action. Her long list of hobbies includes painting, sewing, and photography. She uses her art to explore who she is.
Once upon a time, a young Tina-Kim Nguyen saw Selena Gomez on Wizards of Waverly Place and thought, “Wow, I want to do that.” Over a decade later, Tina now has a degree in Acting and is living her dream. She’s been in productions like Richard III, Urinetown, and Moby Dick the Musical. During these strange and unusual times, Tina has taken to video editing, both on her personal YouTube channel, LookingForTina, and with her friends on Isolation Station. Tina tries to bring joy into a world that sorely needs it, and does so with overused dad jokes, cheesy edits, and lots of memes.
CJ is a Chicago-based creative and storyteller. She found her way to theatre through dance, when she first started telling stories on stage. Since then, she’s especially come to love the layers of visual storytelling, especially through writing or costuming. You can usually find her working on a costume piece, reading a novel for her MFA, drinking far too much tea, or streaming a show from the National Theatre.
Mike Silverman is a first year Master of Arts Management candidate who is a creative that endeavors to professionally combine two of his passions, the arts and social justice/responsibility. He is fluent in American Sign Language, has the ability to memorize ridiculously minute details (e.g. movie quotes), and has a wonderful wife and three fur babies who mean the world to him. Mike is also interested in many art mediums, particularly theatre, documentary film making, photography, and video games.
For Mariah, theatre was love at first rehearsal. From there, a love of acting and creating was born driven by a desire to bring theatre to everyone. Years later she has become a Teaching Artist and Actor. In these trying times, Mariah has been taking the time to improve her sewing skills and make face masks to donate. She also runs a Dungeons and Dragons campaign to keep in touch with friends and have a chance to get away from this world and go fight a gelationous cube. Mariah takes a lot of pride in her kindness and drive to help others in as many ways as she can, whether that be an epic adventure or coming up with terrible puns.
Katherine is thrilled to have such a committed ensemble join her for this quarantined live-stream performance of "Virtually Home". There's nothing better than being surrounded by supportive, energetic, and talented creators.
This was Katherine's thesis project for the completion of her M.F.A in European Devised Performance Practice from Columbia College Chicago. This is only the beginning of her methods of creating an online experience for the virtual audience.
We are grateful you're here.