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From an adaptation by CHRISTOPHER BOND

Originally directed on Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards in Association with Dean and Judy Manor

Direction & Choreography by Derek Van Barham

Music Direction by Nick Sula

Any video and/or audio recording of this performance is strictly prohibited. 

SWEENEY TODD is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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Joel Arreola

Brittney Brown

Ethan Carlson

Stephanie Chiodras

Tyler DeLoatch

Isabel Cecilia García

Andrew Greiche

Josiah Haugen

Caitlin Jackson

Christopher Johnson

Nathan Kabara

Nikki Krzebiot

Andrew Lund

Charlie Mann

Chamaya Moody

Patrick O'Keefe

Daniel Rausch

Quinn Rigg

Maxel Schingen

Ryan Stajmiger

Maiko Terazawa

Kevin Webb

Angela Yu

Joel Arreola Ensemble
Brittney Brown Ensemble, Intimacy Captain
Ethan Carlson Ensemble, Fight Captain (through 11/20)
Stephanie Chiodras Ensemble
Tyler DeLoatch Swing
Isabel Cecilia García Beggar Woman
Andrew Grieche Ensemble (beginning 12/2)
Josiah Haugen Beadle Bamford (through 11/20)
Caitlin Jackson Mrs. Lovett
Christopher Johnson Judge Turpin
Nathan Kabara Swing (Ensemble beginning 12/2)
Nikki Krzebiot Ensemble (Johanna beginning 12/2)
Andrew Lund Adolfo Pirelli, Jonas Fogg (11/10 – 12/18)
Charlie Mann Ensemble (Beadle Bamford beginning 12/2)
Chamaya Moody Johanna (through 11/20)
Patrick O’Keefe Tobias Ragg
Daniel Rausch Ensemble
Quinn Rigg Adolfo Pirelli, Jonas Fogg (through 11/6)
Maxel Schingen Swing 
Ryan Stajmiger Anthony Hope
Maiko Terazawa Swing (Ensemble beginning 12/2)
Kevin Webb Sweeney Todd
Angela Yu Swing


Dalia Chin (Flute/Piccolo through 11/20)
Steve Dinda (Clarinets)
Tyler Miles (Keyboard/Conductor)
Rachel Schuldt (Cello)
Laura Watson (Flute/Piccolo beginning 12/2)


Scenic and Lighting Designer: G “Max” Maxin IV (he/him)
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski (she/her)
Sound Designer: Mike Patrick (he/him)
Makeup Designer: Sydney Genco (she/her)
Wig Designer: Keith Ryan (he/him)
Properties Designer, Scenic Decor: Jakob Abderhalden (he/him)
Intimacy Choreographer: Kirsten Baity (they/them)
Violence Designer: Jon Beal (he/him)
Dialect Coach: Carrie Hardin (she/her)
Stage Manager: Drew Donnelly (he/him)
Assistant Director: Andrew Lund (he/they)
Assistant Choreographer: Vivica Powell (she/her)
Assistant Stage Manager: Kendyl Meyer (they/them)
Sound Engineer: Lynsy Folckomer (she/her)
Scenic Painter: David Geinosky (he/him)
Production Assistant: Erik Strebig (they/them)
Casting Associate: Roman Sanchez (he/him)


Producing Artistic Director: Derek Van Barham Artistic Associates: Adrian Abel Azevedo, Leda Hoffmann Executive Producer: Scot Kokandy Technical Consultant: Ben Hinc Public Relations: David Rosenberg Graphic Designer, Web Manager: Jeff Meyer 

Board of Directors: Preston Cropp, Katherine Smith, Danielle Sparklin, Scot T. Kokandy, Katie Svaicer 

Kokandy Productions was founded in 2012 by Allison Hendrix, John Glover, and Scot Kokandy. 


JOEL ARREOLA (Ensemble/Tobias u/s)

Joel (he/him) is a recent graduate of East Leyden High School. He is thrilled to be making his professional debut with Kokandy Productions and is delighted to be a part of one of Sondheim’s masterpieces. His favorite credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (“Seymour”), Godspell (“John The Baptist”), and Guys & Dolls (“Benny”). Joel was nominated for the award of “Best Actor” by the Broadway in Chicago Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is currently attending Columbia College Chicago and is pursuing a degree in Audio Arts. Outside of theatre, he is also involved in Vocal Jazz and was a member of this year’s Illinois Music Education Association’s All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He hopes to continue pursuing and building his love for theatre and music and is excited to be starting it in the city he grew up in!

BRITTNEY BROWN (Ensemble, Mrs. Lovett U/S, Intimacy Captain)

Brittney (she/her) is a Chicago based actor and director who is thrilled to be back on Fleet Street at Kokandy! Select Chicago acting credits include: Theo Ubique’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch & Sweeney Todd, Pride Films and Plays’ All That He Was (Jeff Nomination—-Best Performer in a Supporting Role), The Factory Theater’s Last Night in Karaoke Town, New American Folk Theatre’s Hot Pink or Ready to Blow and Scraps, Kokandy Production’s Bonnie and Clyde, and Griffin Theatre’s Ragtime and Violet. Brittney was the director of Broken Nose Theatre’s audio drama Primer, was a featured director in Broken Nose Theatre’s Bechdel Fest 7: Momentum, and directed a staged reading of Artemis Books and the Well-Meaning Man by Paul Michael Thomson at Avalanche Theatre. She was also the associate director of The Story Theatre’s Marie Antoinette and the Magical Negroes, The Factory Theater’s May the Road Rise Up and Exit 63’s Wolves. She is a Literary Manager for Broken Nose Theatre and the Casting Director for Factory Theater.

ETHAN CARLSON (Ensemble/Fight Captain/Judge Turpin u/s through 11/20)

Ethan (he/him) is excited to return to the musical stage after three years! Favorite credits include An Illiad (“The Poet”), Wasteland Hero (“Nitro”/“Brian”), Love’s Labour’s Lost (“King Ferdinand”), and Twelfth Night (“Malvolio”). When not performing, he can be found cooking, reading comics, or building his voiceover skills. He’s thankful to the cast and team for this wonderful opportunity! Find more about him at

STEPHANIE CHIODRAS (Ensemble/Beggar Woman u/s)

Stephanie (she/her) is a Wheaton College Conservatory graduate, and recently received her Masters in Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her senior year, she was awarded 1st place in the Wheaton College Vocal Concerto Competition of 2018. Her credits include: The Magic Flute (“Papagena”), Die Fledermaus (“Adele”), and The Pirates of Penzance (“Edith”) with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She won 1st place in the Central Region NATS Artist Awards competition. Most recently, she workshopped Hildegard – Title TBD (“Hildegard”) a new operatic work about the life of Hildegard von Bingen with Beth Morrison Projects. Stephanie is thrilled to join the cast of Sweeney Todd!


Tyler (he/him) is an actor, singer, and improviser whose credits include The Virginian (City Lit Theatre), Rent (Possibilities Theatre), America’s Best Outcast Toy (PrideArts), and The One: A Matrix Parody Musical (The Den Theatre). He is currently an ensemble member of improv groups Riff (Annoyance Theatre), Shamilton and Baby Wants Candy (Second City Skybox).


Isabel (they/them) is thrilled to make their Chicago debut after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic. As a St. Louis native some of their favorite credits include: “Anita” (West Side Story), “Nina” (In The Heights), “Jenna” (Be More Chill), and their time as a Production Assistant with the St. Louis Repertory Theatre. They’d love to thank their family, born and chosen, for their endless support and their roommates for their boundless love and patience. TQMM – always.

ANDREW GREICHE (Ensemble beginning 12/2)

Andrew (he/him) is honored and so grateful to be making his Kokandy Productions debut! Regional credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Next to Normal (Crane River Theater), Jersey Boys, Cinderella, and Desperate Measures (Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre). Andrew would like to thank his very loving family, friends and mentors, especially his parents, sister and partner, for their constant support and encouragement. Special thanks to Rebecca Schorsch and Nadine Gomes for helping to make this possible. Andrew would also like to thank the Kokandy Productions Team for this wonderful opportunity and his lovely agency team at Shirley Hamilton Talent for all their support. @andrewgreiche,

JOSIAH HAUGEN (Beadle Bamford through 11/20)

Josiah (he/him) is proud to be making his Kokandy debut alongside this beautiful group of artists and creative staff in one of his favorite shows! Some of his Chicago credits include: Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (“Dan” u/s), The Last Session (“Gideon/Buddy” Swing), and The Cherry Orchard (“Leonid Gayev”). Josiah is a graduate of the Chicago College of the Performing Arts where he received a BFA in Musical Theatre in 2021. He would like to thank his amazing family (both chosen and blood), his partner Jack, and all of those who come to the theater to support. Instagram: @josiahjhaugen 


Caitlin (she/her) has been seen in frequent collaboration with Black Button Eyes, Hell in a Handbag, Cowardly Scarecrow & New American Folk Theatre. Notable credits include: BBE: Evil Dead: The Musical (“Cheryl” – Jeff Nom. Best Performer Musical), Shockheaded Peter, Dr. Horrible, Coraline; HIAH: Christmas Dearest (“Bette Davis”), A Fine Feathered Murder, Skooby Don’t, & creator and star of the long running Bette, Live at the Continental Baths; CS: Cabaret (“Sally Bowles”), You’ve Got Red On You (“Liz”), Musical of the Living Dead (“Helen”); NAFT: Trash (“Smudge”), Hot Pink or Ready to Blow (“Bangs”). Other credits include: High Fidelity (“Liz” – Jeff Nom. Best Ensemble) with Refuge Theatre Project and The View Upstairs (“Henri”) with Circle Theatre. @cjackkittycat 

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON (Judge Turpin, Sweeney Todd u/s)

Christopher (he/him) is thrilled to make his Kokandy debut in Sweeney Todd! Off-stage, he is an attorney with the Chicago-based nonprofit Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Recent credits: Into the Woods, “The Baker” (Big Noise Theatre), Sister Act, “Monsignor O’Hara”; Legally Blonde, “Professor Callahan” (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre). Christopher is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

NATHAN KABARA (Swing, Ensemble beginning 12/2)

Nathan (he/him) is a rising junior at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he is working toward his BFA in Musical Theatre. He is overjoyed to be making his Chicago debut in Kokandy’s production of Sweeney Todd. Some of his favorite credits include: Newsies (“Elmer”), Hairspray (“Brad”), Brundibar (“Cat”), and Head Over Heels (“Ensemble”). He wants to thank is friends and family for their unending support.

NIKKI KRZEBIOT (Ensemble, Johanna beginning 12/2)

Nikki (she/her) is absolutely thrilled to be back on stage with this stacked cast after such a long and boring hiatus. Favorite Chicagoland roles include: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (“Rona Lisa Peretti”), The Little Princess (“Miss Amelia”), and Sondheim on Sondheim (“Featured Performer”). She is also a cabaret veteran who has self-produced four original shows and regularly performs with Acts of Kindness Cabaret. You can catch her at almost every Davenport’s Monday night open mic singing showtunes or watching rom coms in her apartment. Thanks to DVB and the Kokandy team for this opportunity!

ANDREW LUND (Pirelli 11/10 - 12/18)

Andrew (they/he) has been overjoyed to collaborate on this in-your-face Sweeney, having directed in Chicago’s storefront immersive theatre scene with (re)discover theatre (For One, Farewell My Friend, 50 Shades of Shakespeare, Somerset/Ligonier). Andrew specializes in one-on-one design, and is the creator of the micro-theatre project One On One Chicago, winner of Producer’s Choice at BorderLight Fringe Festival (The Outpost, Beach Play, Anywhere But Here). As an actor, Andrew has been seen across Chicago including Kokandy (Loving, Repeating), Mercury Theater Chicago (Avenue Q, HAIR, The Bardy Bunch), Porchlight Music Theatre (A Funny Thing…Forum, Minnie’s Boys, City of Angels), The House (The Nutcracker), and Definition Theatre (WHITE), among others. Andrew is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

CHARLIE MANN (Ensemble, Beadle Bamford beginning 12/2)

Charlie (he/him) is an actor, pianist, and music director who is thrilled to be making his Kokandy debut performing in his favorite show! Favorite credits include Blood Brothers (“Mickey”), Porchlight’s New Faces Sing Broadway, Shenandoah (“Corporal”), and Sweeney Todd (“Toby”). Music director credits include Urinetown, Moby Dick, and Marie Christine. When not performing, he teaches elementary and junior high general music in Chicago Public Schools.

CHAMAYA MOODY (Johanna through 11/20)

Chamaya (she/her) is thrilled to make her Kokandy debut! She graduated from Northwestern University as a Theatre major and Musical Theatre Certificate recipient. Chamaya has performed for the Obamas, as well as alongside Tye Tribbett and Kristin Chenoweth. Other than performing, she creates content and is a teaching artist. Credits include: All Shook Up (“Lorraine”), 8-Track and Godspell with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, and Into the Woods (“Cinderella”). Visit


Patrick (he/him) is thrilled to be back at Kokandy, where he was previously seen in Head Over Heels. Other Chicago credits include: The Drag Seed at Hell In a Handbag (Chicago & NYC), 8 Track at Theo Ubique, Mamma Mia! at Music Theater Works, Peter and the Starcatcher at Big Noise, and the world premiere of Michael Potsic’s Flight at the Beverly Arts Center. Patrick received his BFA from Millikin University. Insta: @pat_okeefe


Daniel (he/him) is a performer and music teacher in Chicago and is so excited to be working with Kokandy Productions at the Chopin Theatre! Daniel Graduated from Millikin University with a BA in Human Services and a music minor. Recent shows he has been in include Big Noise Theatre’s production of Into The Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince) and Sister Act (Joey, TJ, Ernie u/s) at Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Some of his favorite credits to mention are The Secret Garden (Dicken), Pippin (Pippin), Cock (Man), and Beauty and the Beast (Beast). Enjoy the Show!!

QUINN RIGG (Jonas Fogg/Pirelli through 11/6)

Quinn (he/him) is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance. He is ecstatic to make his Kokandy debut, and is dying to tell this story. Quinn has most recently been seen last holiday season singing with The Chicago Carolers, and can be seen this upcoming winter in Timber Lake Playhouse’s Plaid Tidings. Favorite credits include: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, (“Gibson/Mr. Burns”) Big River, (“Huck Finn”) String, (“Zeus”) and Sweet Charity (“Vittorio Vidal”).

Maxel Schingen (Swing beginning 12/2)

Maxel (He/They) is so excited to be returning to the Kokandy Productions family after spending the summer playing “Ronald” in Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical. Other Chicago credits include “Simon” in the World Premier Musical: Mary Rose, “Solomon” in Speech and Debate, and “Bob” in Bob: A Life in Five Acts. Other Credits include: “Henson” in Ragtime, and Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Maxel graduated with their B.F.A. in Musical Theatre at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in 2022.


Ryan (he/him) is making his Kokandy debut with Sweeney Todd. Though he is new to the company, this production marks his third jaunt through Fleet Street. He has previously been seen as “Tobias” with both Skylight Music Theater and Off The Wall Productions. Ryan has worked with Chicago area theaters including Chicago Shakespeare, Drury Lane, Mercury Theater, Porchlight, Metropolis, and many more. Outside of theater Ryan can be found carving pumpkins (check out @staj_o_lanterns on Instagram and Tik Tok) and performing with The Four C Notes, the premier Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute in the U.S.

MAIKO TERAZAWA (Swing, Ensemble beginning 12/2)

Maiko (she/her) is thrilled to be joining Fleet Street with this stellar cast! Chicago credits include: Black Button Eyes: Mary Rose (“Mrs. Moreland”), Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog (“Ensemble”), Nevermore (“Fanny Allen”) ; Hell In A Handbag: Christmas Dearest (“Child Joan”), Poseidon (“Ensemble”) ; Three Cat Productions: Holiday Radio Show 1944 (“Pearl”), Diamond Lil & the Pansy Craze (“Marge”) ; Pride Films & Plays: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! (“Cynthia/Ensemble”). 

KEVIN WEBB (Sweeney Todd)

Kevin (he/him) is giddy with excitement to be making his Kokandy debut! This will be his third time visiting Fleet Street, having previously been seen as “Pirelli” with Porchlight and as “The Beadle” with Theo Ubique. Chicago credits include: Mary Rose (“Chaplain”), The Killer (“Édouard” – Jeff nom. Supporting Performer Play), Cabaret (“Emcee”), The View Upstairs (“Wes”), Shockheaded Peter (“M.C.”), Songs from an Unmade Bed (“Performer” – Jeff nom. Principal Actor Musical), The Secret Garden (“Albert”), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (“Gobola” – Jeff nom. Ensemble), Assassins (“John Wilkes Booth”), Marie Christine (“McMahon”), Angry Fags (“Bennett”), The Pitchfork Disney (“Cosmo Disney”), Nevermore (“Edgar Allan Poe”).


Angela (she/her) is praised for her “effervescent stage presence” and “sparkling high notes”. She earned her BA in Vocal Performance at Carthage College, where she charmed audiences in Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia). A champion of new works, Ms. Yu collaborated with leading tenor William Lewis and the Franco-American Vocal Academy in one of the first staged productions of Isabelle Aboulker’s Les Fables Enchantées (Enfant). She recently completed her graduate studies at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she performed in an excerpt of The Tales of Hoffmann (Olympia). Other recent projects include Folks Operetta’s The Flower of Hawaii (Raka).


KIRSTEN BAITY (Intimacy Designer)

Kirsten (they/them)  is a multifaceted theatre hustler focused on intimacy design, theatre education, and playwriting. Selected choreography credits include: Cruel Intentions the 90’s Musical (Kokandy Productions), The Magnolia Ballet (About Face Theatre), Sugar in Our Wounds (Richmond Triangle Players), Airline Highway (Illinois Wesleyan University), and Stonewallin’ (Richmond Triangle Players). They have consulted on productions and developed consent-based workshops with The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, For Youth Inquiry, Life Span, and Illinois Domestic

JON BEAL (Fight/Blood Design)

Jon’s (he/him) past fight and blood credits include Cardboard Piano at TimeLine Theatre (Equity Jeff Award), Mr. Burns; A Post Electric Play at Theatre Wit, Groundhog Day: The Musical, Hand to God at Paramount, Evil Dead: The Musical with Black Button Eyes, Dracula and All Our Tragic with The Hypocrites, Cyrano at BoHo Theater, other credits include The House Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Goodman, Victory Gardens, Birch House Immersive, Steep Theatre, Muse of Fire, and Jackalope. For more, visit

ANDREW C. DONNELLY (Stage Manager)

Andrew (he/him) couldn’t be more excited to join Kokandy for this production! Hailing from Amarillo, Texas, Drew got his Chicago start with Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company where work included The Glass Menagerie and Superior Donuts. He is now a proud ensemble member of Hell in a Handbag Productions.

SYDNEY GENCO (Makeup Designer)

Sydney (she/her) is thrilled to be collaborating with Kokandy for the first time as Makeup Designer! Syd wears a few hats in the Chicago theatre community, including Makeup Artist, Theatrical Makeup Designer, and an actor. She’s an ensemble member and company manager at Hell in a Handbag Productions, where she’s performed and makeup designed many shows over the past 9 years. A few favorites include SNOWGIRLS (Ice Crystal), THE ARTIFICIAL JUNGLE (Roxanne) and makeup designing for all of the various episodes of THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES. Other favorites around town are CABARET (Fraulein Kost and Makeup Designer) with Cowardly Scarecrow, THE ODD COUPLE: FEMALE VERSION (Olive Madison) with Oil Lamp Theatre, and so many more! Syd is a graduate of the CCPA at Roosevelt University with a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance, and is a certified Makeup Artist through Make Up First School Chicago.

CARRIE HARDIN (Dialect Coach)

Carrie (she/her) is pleased to be working with Kokandy for the first time.  Some of her past voice coaching experiences include work with: First Folio, Lifeline Theatre, Babes with Blades, Black Button Eyes, Pegasus, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Prologue Theatre Co, Aston Rep, First Floor Theatre, Idle Muse, and Loyola University Chicago, where she also sometimes teaches. Many thanks to Derek, Nick, and this amazingly talented cast, and to her family for putting up with her near-constant quiet mumbling in different voices.

ANDREW LUND (Assistant Director)

Andrew (they/he) has been overjoyed to collaborate on this in-your-face Sweeney, having directed in Chicago’s storefront immersive theatre scene with (re)discover theatre (For One, Farewell My Friend, 50 Shades of Shakespeare, Somerset/Ligonier). Andrew specializes in one-on-one design, and is the creator of the micro-theatre project One On One Chicago, winner of Producer’s Choice at BorderLight Fringe Festival (The Outpost, Beach Play, Anywhere But Here). As an actor, Andrew has been seen across Chicago including Kokandy (Loving, Repeating), Mercury Theater Chicago (Avenue Q, HAIR, The Bardy Bunch), Porchlight Music Theatre (A Funny Thing…Forum, Minnie’s Boys, City of Angels), The House (The Nutcracker), and Definition Theatre (WHITE), among others. Andrew is represented by Big Mouth Talent.

MICHAEL PATRICK (Sound Designer)

Michael (he/him) is a Jeff Nominated sound designer and is thrilled to be back working with Kokandy Productions. He has worked with other theaters including Music Theater Works, Chicago Shakespeare, Theater at the Center, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He has designed and engineered numerous corporate events for companies, including Facebook, Wintrust, Pfizer, Baird, Verizon, and Abbvie.  Michael is also the president of Concert Sound Systems, a Chicago-based audio-visual, equipment rental, and installation company serving theatrical and corporate needs.

After a decade in Chicago, Max (he/him) has created over 225 designs on over 135 professional & educational productions. He is the Lighting Designer for Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory, an instructor & resident Lighting/Projections Designer at Northeastern Illinois University, & received an Instructor Excellence Award in 2019 from NEIU. A founding member of Another Door Theatre Project, he worked for 3 years as Head of Production/Resident Scenographer. Max spent 2 summers designing lighting for La Musica Lirica, a touring opera company in Novafeltria, Italy. He has received 1 Equity & 3 Non-Equity Jeff nominations and designed lighting & projections on the 2019 Non-Equity Jeff Award winner for Best Musical, BoHo’s Big Fish. Favorite design projects at Kokandy, Mercury, American Blues, Cincinnati Shakespeare, Theatre at the Center, BoHo, Black Button Eyes, Steppenwolf Garage, NEIU, Northwestern, & DePaul. | YouTube- IV Real Productions | Twitter- ivReal1

KEITH RYAN (Wig Designer)

Keith (he/him) is the Wig Designer for the Fabulous, and is overjoyed to be the Wig Designer for Sweeney Todd! Keith does not perform in front of the curtain, but creates Magic behind it! Keith is a 2020 Jeff Award winner for Artistic Specialization,Wig Deseign, for Hedwig and The Angry Inch. With over 125 shows to his credit, he has created magic with Hell In A Handbag Productions, recently The Drag Seed, the Chicago run and the NYC run; Mercury Theater Chicago, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Oak Lawn Theater, Something Rotten; Alex Grelle Productions, Tyler Anthony Smith Productions, Sweetback Productions, Theo Ubique Theatre, Firebrand Theatre, New American Folk Theater, Big Noise Theater, Leyden High School and more.

NICK SULA (Music Director)

Nick (he/him) is a pianist, arranger, and award-winning music director for theater and cabaret. Music Direction credits include Ghost Quartet (Jeff nomination), Nevermore, Amour, Coraline (Black Button Eyes); Myths & Hymns, The Glorious Ones (Jeff nomination), Pippin (BoHo Theatre), His & His, Boys in Briefs, Broadway at the Broadway (Pride Films and Plays); Head Over Heels, The Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance (CCPA). He performs with vocalists at venues such as Davenport’s Piano Bar, Skokie Theatre, Drew’s on Halsted, and the Park West, and teaches as a music director, instructor, and vocal coach at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University.


Rachel (she/her) is thrilled to be collaborating with Kokandy for the first time! Other companies she has worked with include Goodman, Music Theater Works, Trap Door, Oak Park Festival Theater, Broken Nose, Black Button Eyes, Jackalope, The New Colony, Emerald City, Lifeline, Compass, Griffin , CityLit, Chopin, Promethean, Strawdog, Vitalist, Rasaka, the Factory, Red Tape and Redtwist. She also has designed at Wheaton College, Governor’s State University, North Central College, St. Patrick’s High School, Indiana University Northwest, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She is a seven-time Non-equity Jeff nominee, having been awarded one for “La Bete” at Trap Door. More info at

DEREK VAN BARHAM (Director, Choreographer)

Derek (he/him) is a queer theatre director and choreographer based in Chicago. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Kokandy Productions, and a member of the Red Tape Theatre ensemble. He previously served as Associate Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays and Artistic Director of The Ruckus. Directing credits include Head Over Heels (Kokandy); The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre); Three Days of Rain (Boho Theatre); Baby with the Bathwater (Eclipse); Miracle by Dan Savage, Poseidon, Skooby Don’t (Hell in a Handbag); Hot Pink, TRASH (New American Folk); Taylor Mac’s A Walk Across America for Mother Earth (CCPA); From These Fatal Loins (The Ruckus); Homos, or Everyone in America, Perfect Arrangement, Angry Fags in Steppenwolf Garage Rep, Songs from an Unmade Bed (Jeff nomination), and PRISCILLA, Queen of the Desert (PFP). He was named one of Windy City Times 30 Under 30, recognizing individuals from Chicago’s LGBTQ community.


Allison Hendrix
Ana DeJesus
Angela Pasyk
Babs Maltenfort
Barbara McBlain
Bob & Pat Kokandy
Brenda Didier
Brittney Brown
Bruce & Nancy Stolman
Cole Stolman
Corky Bellile & Jim DeNuccio
Court Theater
Craig Leslie
Dan Cohn
Daniel & Courtney Markovich
Deb Milne
Debbie & Phil Brown
Dell & Susan Bellile
Derrick Everett
Don & Ann Bellile
Eddie Castellanos
Elizabeth Seff
Elizabeth Zilis
Ernie Lopez
Fran & Chuck Licht
Frank Meccia
Gitta Jacobs

 Hubbard Street
Jack Piliponis
James Johnson
James Schulman
Jayson Van Deel
Jean Klingenstein
Jeff & Amy Losh
Jeremy Wechsler
Jerry Miller
Joanne Leslie
Jodeen Benjamin
John D. Glover
Jonathan Schwart
Katherine Smith
Katie Jane
Kenn & Peggy Sinko
La Voute Bistro & Bar
Lance Wolfe
Laura Reali
Laura Spearman
Lauren Taslitz
L.C. Bernadine
Lettuce Entertain You
Liz Norton
Marian & Stan Kaderbek
Marilyn E. Barrett
Marnie Warner
Martin Till
Matthew Huston
Matthew Johnston

Mel Katz
Michael Maltenfort
Nancy Woodruff
Natalie Swinnea
Peter Janssen Phil & Karen Kokandy
Phillip Joseph
Rochelle Hochman
Robert Ollis
Sandra Boves
Scot T. Kokandy
Seymour Zitomersky
Steep Theater
Stephen Stanko
Susan Haimes
Susan Wishnick & Allen Steinberg
Swasti Shah
The Cottage on Dixie
The Second City
Thomas & Donna Ray
Tilly Wilhoite
Timothy Comar
Timothy Ledna
Tom & Jan Kokandy
Victor Giannini
William Szany
Youth Guidance
Zach’s Metalz / Zach Larks 

Matching gifts received from: Caterpillar Foundation, PNC Bank, The Saints

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 


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