The Artists of The Walruses
(Freda) Johnnie is honored to be a member of this incredible production of the The Walruses. She was most recently seen in the role of Maryville in Maryville, a stage production, Mrs. Lovecraft of radio drama Big Trouble in Studio A, and is a cast member of Pacific Garden Mission's Unshackled live radio dramas. Her voice-over and on-camera performances include radio and television commercials, corporate sales, and training productions for Delta Air Lines, Microsoft, Pottery Barn, and Hewlett-Packard, and numerous others; and ensemble recording of audio books including Spoon River Anthologies and educational tutorials. Her passion for singing was realized at an early age; it is said, before she began to talk. Johnnie's stylized gospel, jazz, R&B, and Broadway performances have been heard and seen in numerous events and venues including The Green Mill, a Los Angeles City of Hope Benefit Concert, and the L.A. Improv Club. Johnnie is a Business Administration and Education graduate of the University of Memphis. She is grateful to family and friends for their awesome support and wishes Peace and Happiness for everyone.
Madrid St. Angelo
(Jelly Fish) Madrid St. Angelo is an Award Winning and Joseph Jefferson Award Nominated Stage Actor, who also works in Film and Television. A graduate of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, he has worked with many critically acclaimed Chicago Theatre Companies, amongst which include: Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Silk Road Rising, Vitalist Theatre, and UrbanTheater Company, with which he was a founding member and Artistic Director. He is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, GIAA (The Guild of Italian American Actors), and HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors). Currently ST ANGELO works as an instructor at Chicago's Artistic Home, serves on the Board of the Illinois Theatre Association, and is a member of the Joseph Jefferson A/T Committee. He can be contracted for work via Linda Jack at Grossman & Jack Talent.
(Voice of Freda) Yadira is a native of Puerto Rico. She has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Court Theater, Renaissance Theatreworks (Milwaukee) Teatro Vista, Collaboraction, Halcyon Theater, About Face Theater, Vitalist Theatre, Mortar Theatre, Sour Mash Productions, and Urban Theater Company. Plays include: Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Tanya Saracho's Enfrascada: A Comedy of Hoodoo Proportions at 16th Street and Renaissance Theatreworks, Corazón de Manzana with Mortar Theatre Company, as well as most ensemble-devised works at Teatro Luna (from 2003 to 2009) including: Machos, Lunatica(s), Solo Tu, S-e-x-Oh, and Jarred. Yadira is an alumnus of the School at Steppenwolf.
Kelly Lynn Hogan
(Director) The recipient of an M.A. in Performance Studies at Tisch/NYU and an M.F.A. in Classical Acting from The Academy of Classical Acting at The George Washington University, in affliation with The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C., Kelly brings to bear her an extensive experience in the movement systems of Rudolf Laban and Jacques Lecoq in her directing, producing, and acting efforts. Professionally, Kelly recently assistant directed a joint production of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles at St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park under the auspices of Michael Haney. For Vitalist Theatre, she has associate-produced and created the role of Second Maggie for the powerhouse The Mill on the Floss, and associate-produced Theatre d'Complicite's adaptation of John Berger's The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol. With Chicago's Frump Tucker Theatre Company, she resided as dramaturg and directed productions of Eric Overmyer's In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe and Maria Irene Fornes' Conduct of Life. As an academic, Kelly served as Visiting Instructor for the Dept. of Theatre at Knox College, Galesburg IL, where she directed productions of Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9, Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel, and Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches - as part of a repertory presentation of both Mr. Kushner's plays. As an actor, Kelly has received critical acclaim from the Chicago theatre community for her interpretations of Kattrin in Mother Courage and Her Children, the title role in Helen Edmundson's adaption of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and a Jeff nomination for supporting actress in Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Night Season - all for Vitalist Theatre, a company she helped to inaugurate in 1997. Chicago acting credits include Chicago Dramatists, Body Politic, Piven, Raven and Court, among many others. Next in winter and spring 2015, Kelly will be assistant directing productions of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago.
Mildred Marie Langford
(Stage Directions/Hosts 1 & 2) is excited to be a part of Ms. Echenique's piece The Walruses for the International Voices Project. Other Chicago credits include: Animal Farm, Venus, The Twins Would Like To Say, The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre); Luck of the Irish, The Overwhelming (Next Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun, My Kind of Town, In Darfur (Timeline Theatre); The Three Musketeers, 13Clocks (Lifeline Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre); FAILURE: A Love Story (Victory Gardens); Freshly Fallen Snow (Chicago Dramatists); SINBAD: The Untold Tale, Ghost of Treasure Island (Adventure Stage Chicago); A Civil War Christmas (Northlight Theatre). T.V. Credits: Boss. Mildred can be seen next in The Royale at American Theatre Company. Mildred is a graduate of George Mason University and The School at Steppenwolf. She is also a proud company member of Timeline Theatre. Let your LIGHT shine!
Dagoberto Zolio Soto
(Aristotle) Dagoberto is a native resident from Little Village, one of Chicago's most vibrant and colorful Latino neighborhoods, and has been performing in both local and national audiences over the last 20 years. His love for acting began at an early age entertaining his family with impersonations of his favorite childhood actors. His passion for acting came to fruition in high school when he auditioned and landed a lead role for a theatre stage play and hasn't looked back since. Dago has appeared in an array of supporting to lead roles in TV shows such as Chicago Fire, Animal Planet, Gangland, and the feature films Shadows of Death, Fangs vs. Spurs, Roundabout American, including the hilarious web series The Guys Book Club, as well as national and local TV commercials. Dago has extended his actor role into film production and is a founding member of Structure Productions, an indie film production house which has produced and recently won best audience and picture awards for its short films Delilah, Fallout, and Human. Dago attended two of Chicago's premier actor training programs at Second City and Piven Theater. He lives by the quote, "I am a dreamer, but above all a doer." When Dago is not performing he is actively involved in his community, coaching the local youth baseball team or entertaining crowds for the Chicago Bulls.
(Barney/Walrus 1) Demetrios is proud to return to the IVP. His Chicago credits include BLOOD AND GIFTS, Danny Casolaro Died For You (Timeline Theatre); THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE SEAGULL, THE GOOD NEGRO (Goodman Theatre); THE WHEEL with Joan Allen (Steppenwolf); HENRY V, JULIUS CAESAR, TIMON OF ATHENS with Ian McDiarmid, RICHARD III, SHORT SHAKESPEARE! ROMEO AND JULIET (Chicago Shakespeare); AWAKE AND SING (Northlight); BEYOND THE SCORE: HAYDN, BEYOND THE SCORE: BEETHOVEN with Simon Callow, BEYOND THE SCORE: SCHOENBERG, THE SOLDIERS TALE with John Lithgow, and WELCOME YULE (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); WORKING by Studs Terkel (Broadway Playhouse). Regional credits include THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (Syracuse Stage); JULIUS CAESAR (Utah Shakespeare); KING LEAR, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (Riverside Shakespeare); KING LEAR, TARTUFFE (Milwaukee Rep). Mr. Troy holds a BA from DePaul University/Barat College and an MFA from the University of South Carolina. He will appear in the upcoming production of INANA at Timeline Theatre, this spring, directed by Kimberly Senior.
(Lucy/Walrus 2) Aja is thrilled to be a part of The International Voices Project this year. She has worked with Haven (The Wedding Singer), Collaboraction, Goodman, Profiles, and Griffin Theatre (Spring Awakening). Aja is a company member of AstonRep Theatre and founding member of Adapt Theatre productions.