Meet the Artists

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DRACULA Creative Team

BRAM STOKER Born in Dublin, Ireland, Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook in legal administration (1879). Turning to fiction later in life, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula (1897). Deemed a classic horror novel not long after its release, Dracula has continued to garner acclaim for more than a century, inspiring the creation of hundreds of film, theatrical and literary adaptations. In addition to Dracula, Stoker published more than a dozen novels before his death in 1912.

TIMOTHY F. GRIFFIN (Original script) is deeply grateful to Walter for the opportunity to help bring Dracula to the Mercury stage. Dracula is the first-mounted of Tim’s Dracula Ring – a trio of plays adapted from Stoker’s novel – which also includes The Last Voyage of the Demeter and The Gospel According to Renfield. Other writing work includes the stage plays Re: Alice (adapted from Lewis Carroll’s Alice books), Deadworry, Ticklebrains, Murder in Mirthburg, and Closer to Free, as well as the short films Snare and The Cellar Job, and the full-length creature feature Tail Sting. Tim is a two-time finalist in Wildclaw Theater’s yearly Deathscribe horror radio play competition, and his radio play Imaginary Fiend was chosen for Wildclaw’s Best of Deathscribe, performed at Steppenwolf Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, FL. A graduate with honors in Acting from Illinois State University, Tim has performed on stage and/or screen in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dublin, and Moscow, and is also an accomplished musician and fight choreographer. He is of indeterminate age and is currently at large.

SEAN GRANEY (Director, Adaptation) would like to thank you for spending your time and money on live theater. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of The Hypocrites. He has directed over 100 pieces of theater. In 2013, he was fortunate enough to be a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where he completed writing All Our Tragic. Creative Capital Awardee, Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Arts Achievement Award winner in 2013, and a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. His directing work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Chicago Children’s Theatre and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

JOHN MUSIAL (Scenic Designer) is a theatermaker who writes, directs, designs and makes stuff. He has created original shows for Redmoon and Lookingglass. John recently designed scenery for Red Orchid's The Nether and Lookingglass' Mr. & Mrs. Pennyworth, and Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Edward Tulane, among others. He is currently in production with The House Theatre’s United Flight 232, CCT’s Frog & Toad, and Red Orchid's Traitor. John holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from UIC and works with Mark Miller Architects. This is John’s first time playing in the Hypocrites sandbox. Glad to be here.

SAMANTHA C. JONES (Costume Designer) is over the moon to be making her blood-soaked Hypocrites debut. A Chicago based designer, her work has been seen at Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Next Theatre, Congo Square Theatre and others. Regionally her she has worked with Triad Stage, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players, among others. Her work can next be seen in a far less bloody collaboration with Sean Graney at Court Theatre's The Belle of Amherst next month.

MIKE DURST (Lighting Designer) is a Chicago based Lighting Designer and ensemble member with A Red Orchid Theatre. Current and upcoming designs include shows with The McCarter Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Court Theatre, Cardinal Stage Company, Timeline Theatre, The Hypocrites.  Off Broadway credits include Primary Stages, 59e59, and Cherry Lane.  Mike is a lecturer of Lighting Design at University of Chicago and a consultant on theatrical renovations including the Gray Center at The University of Chicago and The Circle Theater in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of Chicago’s Jeff Award, L.A.’s Ovation Award, and San Diego’s Craig Noel Award.  Mike is a member of IATSE Local 2 and United Scenic Artists 829.

JOE GRIFFIN (Sound Designer) started playing with sound in 1980 when he set up a microphone in his parents' haunted basement and invited the ghosts to speak up. He studied sound recording at Michigan State University, and has been a recording engineer/sound designer for 25 years, give or take. His sound design and music have been heard in Festival 56’s War of The Worlds; Commedia Beauregard’s A Klingon Christmas Carol and Bard Fiction; Steep Theatre’s Coronado; The (edward) Hopper Project with WNEP Theatre (in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs); and the last ten years of summer Shakespeare at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL, including Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Joe is currently working on the audio drama series "Tales of Richard: Post-Apocalyptic Cabinet Maker" with Toxic Bag Productions, and gearing up for Deathscribe X with Wildclaw Theatre.

JON BEAL (Violence/Gore Designer/u/s Jonathan, Van Helsing) Jon’s past violence and blood/gore credits include The House, Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Hypocrites, Steep Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, and Jackalope, among others, and is the resident fight choreographer for Muse or Fire Theatre Company. Jon has recently been seen onstage in Not About Nightingales (Raven Theatre), Das Rheingold, Bel Canto (Lyric Opera of Chicago), and Queen Margaret (Muse of Fire). You can catch Jon in Die Walküre on the Lyric Opera stage this fall, or as an understudy in Women Laughing Alone with Salad at Theatre Wit in Spring 2018.

RICHARD LUNDY* (Production Stage Manager) Chicago credits include: Paradise Blue, The Last Wife, Sunset Baby (Timeline). Assassination Theater (Museum of Broadcast Communications). 16 productions including The Adding Machine: A Chamber Musical (Next Theatre). Meet John Doe (Porchlight Music Theatre). Oh Coward!, The Maids (Writers Theatre). Suburban Motel (Famous Door), Other Chicago credits: Northlight, Remains, Victory Gardens, Organic, Halsted Theatre, Wisdom Bridge. Regional: Trinity Repertory Company, Cleveland Play House, Folger Shakespeare, Shakespeare & Company. National tours: I Love Lucy Live! (David George) and Miss Saigon (Cameron Mackintosh). 31-year member of Actors Equity. Married to the wonderful Carmel Carroll 25 years.

EMMA COULING (Assistant Director) is a Chicago-based director, advocate, and non-profit administrator. She is an artistic associate with 20%, where she directed & co-adapted Little Women in 2014 & 2015, directed Shake Teeth Shake in 2017, and will direct Space Girl in April of 2018. She has also directed for Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago (Pirates of Penzance - 2013 & 2014), Underscore, Idle Muse, 906, and EDGE of Orion (Into the Woods). She has assistant directed for The House Theatre of Chicago (United Flight 232 - 2016 & 2017 with Vanessa Stalling), and Jackalope (Ideation with Gus Menary). She hosts, moderates, and organizes conversations advocating for feminism, and anti-racism at every available opportunity. She is a lead programming curator and for The Chicago Theatre Marathon which she helped to found in 2017.

MILO BUE (Assistant Scenic Designer) is excited to be returning to working with The Hypocrites after assisting on the Glass Menagerie. His design credits include The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil, A Promise of a Rose Garden (Babes with Blades), The Memory of Water, Private Eyes (Piccolo Theatre), Resolution (Pride Films and Plays), dirty butterfly (The Blind Owl/Halcyon Theatre/Theatre on the Lake), Wolf at the End of the Block (Teatro Vista),  Spamilton (Forbidden Broadway), and Pinocchio (Neverbird/Chicago Children Theatre). Milo is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago and has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf Theatre, Timeline Theatre, A Red Orchid, Porchlight Theatre, American Theatre Company, Victory Gardens and many others.

MEAHLAH HEIDENREICH (Properties Designer) is happy to be back propping at Mercury Theater Chicago. Some of her Chicago designs include The House That Will Not Stand, A Wonder in my Soul, Native Gardens and Fun Home (Victory Gardens); Caged Dames, Miracle! (Hell in a Handbag Productions); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, In the Heights, Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre); City of Conversation, Faceless (Northlight Theatre). Mealah is a loudly queer ensemble member with Hell in a Handbag Productions.

L. WALTER STEARNS (Executive Director) As Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, Walter is a champion for Chicago artists and productions and has overseen the physical and cultural revival of a beautiful theatre. He has directed over 30 musicals including his Jeff Award winning productions of The Addams Family and Ragtime as well as the Jeff nominated productions of Mary Poppins, The Producers, Avenue Q, The Color Purple, Barnum-The Circus Musical, The Christmas Schooner, Nine the Musical, Ragtime, Gypsy, The Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd, Company, A New Brain, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along and Falsettos. He was pleased to produce The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes, which was awarded the Jeff Award for New Work. Walter has received the Jeff Award, BroadwayWorld Award, After Dark Awards, the Larry Sloan Advocate Award (for his support of Season of Concern), the first Guy Adkins award for his contributions to the art of musical theatre and the Franny Award as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Next for Walter will be directing the 7th season of The Christmas Schooner

EUGENE DIZON (Business Manager) has worked in human resources and accounting at a number of Chicago firms including HFR, Navteq, Jenner & Block, and Hunter Douglas North America. In theater, Eugene has been musical directing for over two decades garnering 6 Jeff Awards (Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Amadeus, Company, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along), as well as Jeff nominations for A Grand Night for Singing, Candide, Nine the Musical, Closer Than Ever, A Little Night Music, Passion, Colette Collage, Falsettos and 4 After Dark Awards (Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along), a BroadwayWorld Award for Mercury’s Avenue Q and a BroadwayWorld nomination for The Color Purple. This past season at the Mercury, he has musical directed Hair and Mary Poppins. Eugene is honored to have been inducted into the Chicago Filipino Hall of Fame. Eugene has co-produced 4 “Season of Carols” CD’s (with the amazing Cory Goodrich) which features some of the brightest talent in Chicago theater today, for which Season of Concern awarded him the Larry Sloan Advocate Award (2013). This fall, he will be working on the 5th edition of “Season of Carols” for SoC.  Next for Eugene will be musical directing the 7th sailing of The Christmas Schooner.