Bower Theatre inaugural productions will be FRANKENSTEIN, adapted by Alexander Utz from Mary Shelley's classic tale and COLLAGE OF A DYSTOPIAN MIDWEST an exploration of humanity artificial intelligence by Chris Vanderark.
Bower Theatre Ensemble is selecting an ensemble of theatre artists on a
yearly basis to work on multiple productions. To promote growth and
collaboration, each production will see artists commit a different role based on their preferences. Artists are encouraged to apply for the roles they are most
experienced in but also those they want to learn more about.
ALEXANDER UTZ - Playwright
Alexander Utz moved to Chicago in 2016 after graduating from Niagara University
with a BFA in Theatre Performance. As a playwright, his work has received readings
with Three Cat Productions in Chicago, 5th Wall Productions in Charleston, and
Niagara University Theatre in Niagara Falls.
CHRIS VANDERARK - Playwright
Chris Vanderark is a playwright living in Chicago. He has worked with several
companies including Dandelion, The Residents, Corn Productions and Three Cat
Productions. Chris’ play Mavis had its world premiere in a site-specific production
directed by Bec Willett.
BEC WILLETT - Artistic Director
Bec Willett is an Australian, Chicago-based director, designer, and writer who is an
alumni of Director’s Lab West and a critic for Perform Ink. She has worked on
projects with an array of Chicago theatre companies, including 20% Theatre, Actors’
Gymnasium, Chicago Dramatists, City Lit, Dandelion Theatre, MMPACT Solo Jams,
NYC Sketchfest, Prologue Theatre, Three Cat Productions, and Waltzing Mechanics.
Her Bachelor of Theatre Studies and Bachelor of Education were both earned at
Applications to work on these productions as part of the 2018 Ensemble are now
open and can be accessed on the Bower Theatre Website.