Meet the Artists

Into The Woods Cast

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Into The Woods Creative Staff

William Boles (Scenic Designer) is thrilled to get to work with the Hypocrites again after having recently designed Coriolanus. Recent design work in Chicago includes Sons of the Prophet (American Theater Company); The Golden Dragon (Side Show); Aimee and Jaguar (Northwestern University); Polaroid Stories (First Floor Theater); Trevor (A Red Orchid Theater); First Look Rep (Steppenwolf); The Pride (About Face Theater Company); The Coronation of Poppea (Opera Northwestern); Columbinus, The Amish Project (American Theater Company); She Kills Monsters, The Glass Menagerie (Buzz 22/ Steppenwolf Garage); How Long Will I Cry? (Steppenwolf); Equivocation (Victory Gardens Theater); Urinetown, The Duchess of Malfi (North Park University). William received his BFA from the University of Central Florida and did his Masters studies at Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the National Design Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his design of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, which was featured in American Theater Magazine. See more of his work at:

Geoff Button (Director) is a longtime company member of The Hypocrites and directed their productions of Coriolanus, Desire Under the Elms and True West (Non-Equity Jeff Nominations - Best Play, Best Director). Around Chicago he's directed at Mary Arrchie (Harold Pinter's The Homecoming), Strawdog (State of the Union), Depaul University (I Am Bradley Manningby Sarah Gubbins), North Park University (Urinetown), and the Side Project (Sean Graney's Sugarward). Also an actor, he has performed in several Hypocrites' productions, including Woyzeck, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Mud and Equus (Non-Equity Jeff - Best Actor). He studied directing in Northwestern University's MFA program, where he teaches in the music theater certificate program and directed The Who's Tommy and Spring Awakening. Love and thanks to Kari.

Stephanie Cluggish (Assistant Costume Designer) Recent design credits include It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play with American Theater Company, The Wedding Singer with Haven Theater, a new production of The Magic Flute (Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara CA); How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes... with Sojourn Theater's Michael Rohd (Northwestern University); and The Internationalist and The Drunken City at the Steppenwolf Garage as part of the Next Up Series. More of her work can be seen at:

Will Dean (Master Electrician) is a local freelance master electrician working for a variety of companies past and present including The House Theatre of Chicago, Timeline Theatre Company, Light Opera Works, Kokandy Productions, Shattered Globe Theatre, and The Hypocrites among others. He's thrilled to be working with The Hypocrites again especially with Heather Gilbert, his amazing lighting professor at Columbia College where he is on his FINAL semester for his undergraduate degree. It's been nine years in the making. Many thanks to Heather, Maggie, and all of the other awesome people in Will's life. You all are truly amazing.

Matt Deitchman (Musical Director) is tickled to be working on his first production with The Hypocrites. Deitchman is an actor, composer, music director, and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Theatre-Lincolnshire, The Second City, Theatre At The Center, Northwestern University, and many others. Most recently, Deitchman music directed 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre), appeared in Godspell (Theatre At The Center) and co-wrote the score for musical Do-Over (Music Institute of Chicago) with Jed Feder. Upcoming credits include the Ensemble of Road Show (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), original music for Ghost Bike (Buzz22 Chicago), and Guitars/Keyboard for Hero (Asolo Repertory Theater). Deitchman is a proud graduate of the Theatre Department at Northwestern University, where he studied music direction and orchestration under Ryan T. Nelson.

Sally Dolembo (Costume Designer) is absolutely thrilled to be designing for the first time with The Hypocrites and working again with Geoff Button. Select credits: The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre), Next to Normal (Drury Lane Theatre); Buena Vista, Life and Limb and The Glass Menagerie11/12(Steppenwolf Garage); The Knowledge (Steep Theatre); How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence, The Book Thief (Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults), DIRTY (The Gift Theatre); The Little Prince, Never the Sinner, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Northwestern University); Sally was a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar to Italy, where she researched and worked at Tirelli Costumi in Rome. Sally has her MFA from Northwestern University.

Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (Production Manager) is delighted to come back as The Hypocrites' Production Manager for Into the Woods. Maggie has been working with The Hypocrites for almost a decade and became a company member in 2011. Maggie has worked with many other Chicago companies including The Neo-Futurists, Lookingglass and Akvavit Theatre. Maggie has also been production managing and teaching at North Park University since 2006. She is the Company Manager for Barrel of Monkeys, where she helps save the world by making props, creating spreadsheets and teaching creative writing and performance to Chicago Public School children. The most exciting new work is Maggie's life has been the creation of her new theatre collective, The Ruffians, who just produced their first show, Burning Bluebeard, to sold out houses and critical acclaim. She would like to thank her friends and family for always supporting her in this crazy career.

Heather Gilbert (Lighting Designer) has designed for the Hypocrites’ productions of The Mikado (2012), Our Town and Cabaret. Chicago credits include Pedro Paramo (Goodman Theatre); The Hundred Dresses, Honus and Me, and Harold and the Purple Crayon (Chicago Children’s Theatre); Rent (ATC/About Face Theatre); A Streetcar Named Desire and The Caretaker (Writers’); The Better Half (Lucky Plush/MCA); Comedy of Errors and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre); Mojada, The Whale, and Equivocation (Victory Gardens); First Look: 2013 and A Separate Peace (Steppenwolf). Off Broadway/regional credits include Our Town with David Cromer at Barrow Street Theatre, the Broad Stage, and the Huntington Theatre, The Farnsworth Invention at the Alley Theatre, and A Raisin in the Sun at Milwaukee Rep. Heather received the 2012 3Arts Award and the 1999-2001 NEA/TCG Development Program Award. She serves as Head of Lighting Design at Columbia College.

Joshua Horvath (Sound Designer) is thrilled to be working with The Hypocrites for the first time. Chicago credits include: Court, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Steppenwolf, The House, Lookingglass, Timeline, Northlight, and Next. Regional: The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Centerstage, Kansas City Rep, The Alliance, California Shakespeare, and Center Theatre Group. Josh is the recipient of four Joseph Jefferson awards and an LA Ovation Award. Josh teaches sound design for theatre and film at Northwestern University, is a company member of The House Theatre of Chicago, an artistic associate of Lookingglass, and a collaborative partner with the Goodman Theatre. Current and Upcoming shows: Seven Guitarsand Water by the Spoonful(Court Theatre), Rose and The Rime(The House Theatre of Chicago) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike(Kansas City Rep, Centerstage), and Into the Woods (Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Spencer Neiman (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be working with The Hypocrites for the first time. A Los Angeles native, Spencer moved to Chicago for school, and loved the city so much he stayed here after graduation. He recently worked on Spelling Bee for Griffin Theatre. He is a proud Northwestern alum, and worked on many shows there, including The Waa-Mu Show, The Drowsy Chaperone, Romeo and Juliet, and True West. Love and thanks to Geoff, his parents, and friends for their constant support.

Justine B. Palmisano (Stage Manager) most recently stage managed for The Ruffians' production of Burning Bluebeard. A company member of The Hypocrites since July 2012, shehas worked on 12 Nights, Ivywild, Pirates of Penzance/The Mikado, The Fall of the House of Usher, Romeo Juliet, Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses.. Other work includes stage managing and choreographing for Theatre for People Who Need It (Two’s a Murder, Four’s a Scandal and Rough Magic), Circle Theatre (A Little Night Music and Alice in Wonderland Jr.), Tympanic Theatre (Extinction Fantasies), and Reveries in Motion Dance Company (Rapid Eye Movement). Thanks to Mom, FAR, and MA.

Brandon Powers (Assistant Choreographer) is a Northwestern trained director and choreographer. He most recently directed and choreographed Pink Milkat Oracle Productions in association with White Elephant (Newcity Best Play of 2013). Powers has studied under Theresa Rebeck, Michael Mayer and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Directing and choreography credits include: Pippin, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and Nijinsky's Last Dance. Contact Brandon at Much thanks to Katie for this opportunity!

Katie Spelman (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back with The Hypocrites, with whom she has also choreographed The Mikado (Chopin, Steppenwolf) and Pirates of Penzance (ART, Actors' Theatre of Louisville). Other credits include: The Dead (Court Theatre); Idomeneus, Theories of the Sun (Sideshow Theatre Company); Fanny Brice (Asolo Repertory); Hair, In The Heights (Paramount Theatre); Down and Derby (The New Colony); CPS Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); 48 Hour Musicals (The Music Theatre Company); The Fly Honey Show (The Inconvenience); and Spelling Bee, The Who’s Tommy (Northwestern University). Upcoming projects include RENT (Paramount), Juno (Timeline Theatre Co.) and Cabaret (Northwestern University). Katie has also assisted and/or performed with Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Marriott Lincolnshire, The House Theatre, City Lit Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and American Theatre Company.

JC Widman (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be working with The Hypocrites again. She previously worked on The Hypocrites’ production of Coriolanus as assistant stage manager. She attends Columbia College of Chicago where she worked on their productions of Hairspray, Shadow Box, National Theater, Adaptation, In The Blood, and Dancing With A Devil. JC is thankful for the support of her family and friends, especially her Grandma Rose.

Elanor Kahn (Props Designer)