The Selfish Giant
Jean E. Burr
Jean E. Burr (Lydia) moved up to Chicago during the Polar Vortex of 2014 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with degrees in Film Studies and Japanese. Some of her favorite roles include Winifred (Once Upon a Mattress), Sally Brown (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Cassie Hack (Hack/Slash: Strange and Unbalanced), Margalo (Stuart Little: The Musical), Safari Guide (Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition at Disney World) and Linda (Blood Brothers). She would like to thank her family, friends, the cast and production team and Chippo for their continued love and support.
Tamsen Glaser (Chorus, Ogre) is making her Ghostlight debut! Previous Chicago credits include: Victory Gardens Theater and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional Credits include: Seattle Repertory Theater, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle) and Farmers Alley Theatre. Television credits include: Chicago Med. She is a proud MFA graduate from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, and holds a BFA in Acting and a BM in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University. She is represented by DDO Chicago. Learn more at www.tamsenglaser.com.
Molly Gloeckner (Chorus, Giant) is excited to work with Ghostlight Ensemble for the first time. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Acting at Columbia College Chicago. Recent Columbia College credits include Servant of Two Masters and God of Carnage.
Sophia Hail (Chorus, Max) from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is enthused to start her Chicago theatre career with Ghostlight. Sophia recently completed the professional training program at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Northern California. There she performed and studied commedia dell’arte, melodrama, clown, and mask work. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Kansas, where she performed in multiple productions including Mud, Reckless, The Boar and Tovarich. She is a proud plant mom, and would like to thank all the clowns that have got her this far in life.
Nate Hall (Chorus, North Wind) is so excited to be making his Ghostlight debut with this killer production! Credits: Bonnie & Clyde (Madkap Productions) Yippee Ki-Yay: Merry Christmas! (Yippee Productions, LLC), The Fires of Nero (Phoenix Rising Productions), Lucky: A Musical (The Second City), Kirche Kuche Kinder (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival) College: Avenue Q (Princeton), Our Country's Good (Sideway/ Collins), Heathers (Ens.), RENT (Ens.), Altar Boyz (Matthew), Arcadia (Augustus/Gus) and Twelfth Night (Sebastian). Nate got his BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas Tech University. He is also currently co-writing, composing and workshopping the folk-rock horror musical Stabbed In The Heart, and the divorce-drama It All Comes Down.
Song Marshall (Chorus Leader) is originally from Los Angeles. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theatre from Flagler College. She moved to Chicago nearly 10years ago, (and questions that decision every winter). Since being in Chicago, Song has worked with The Other Theatre Co., Blue Goose Ensemble, Raven Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre and she is a company member of Terra Mysterium, as well as an associate member of Ghostlight Ensemble Theatre. Most recent credits include fulfilling a childhood dream of being a Spice Girl, by reprising her role of Mel B. aka Scary Spice in Ghostlight Ensemble’s live reading of Spice World the movie. She was also Lady Basildon in their production of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. She also enjoyed her role of Emma Goode in Terra Mysterium’s A Midwinter Mummer’s Tale.
Daniela Martinez (Chorus, Hail) just graduated from Columbia College-Chicago with a BFA in Acting. Her previous Chicago credits include Palabras Y Musica and La Carne Asada with Visión Latino Theatre Company and Love’s Labour’s Lost with Invictus Theatre Company. She would like to thank Kristopher and Isabella Moratin (her younger siblings) for being the reason she is doing children’s theatre.
Kali Skatchke (Chorus, Tree) was born and raised in Chicago and got her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University. Chicago theatre credits include ENGAGE! (Stellar Productions), Ladies In Waiting (Theatre Above the Law), Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago) and A Christmas Carol (Ignite Theatre). kaliskatchke.com
Zoe Savransky (Chorus, Frost) is a recent Columbia College Chicago graduate from Cleveland, Ohio. Some of her previous credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (CCC), Bug (CCC), 4:48 Psychosis (Rose Bruford College), Mountain Language (Rose Bruford College) and If We Were Birds (CCC). She’d like to thank her biological and chosen families and her hero David Bowie.
Maggie Blair Smith
Maggie Blair Smith (Chorus, Snow) is excited to be working with Ghostlight Ensemble for the first time. Previous credits include Malcolm in Macbeth (Odd’s Bodkins), High Priestess from Herculaneum (Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble) and Lady Anne in Richard III (Temple Theaters). She would like to thank her castmates and directors for welcoming her with open arms, as well as her family and boyfriend for their constant support and patience.
Maria Burnham (Playwright, Co-Director) likes creating new fantasy worlds filled with mythical creatures like selfish idiots who think building walls to keep children out is a good idea. Fiction and its crazy ideas, right? A marketing and communications professional in both her theatre and muggle lives, Maria has also been known to write, direct, act, produce, stage manage and design a prop or two. Behind it all is a love of storytelling. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark, always subtly dissident, the stories Maria tells shine light in places people rather leave dark.
Miona Lee (Co-Director, Movement Choreographer) is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and has been working in Chicago for 10 years. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Missouri State University and was last seen in Ghostlight Ensemble Theatre's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. In addition to acting, she serves as Literary Manager for Ghostlight Ensemble, studies trapeze with Aloft Circus Arts, and physical storytelling and contact improv in the Loui Movement Technique. Thanks to Tim for all the love and support I could ever ask for.
Holly Robison (Stage Manager)
Chad Wise (Properties Designer) is the managing director and a founding member of Ghostlight Ensemble. Chad most recently directed Ghostlight's holiday show, Gingerbread Grindhouse. He founded New Millennium Theatre Company in 1998 and served as its artistic director for many years, bringing experiences like The Texas Chainsaw Musical, Miyagi! A Karate Kid Musical and Silent Night of the Living Dead to Chicago stages. Along the way he’s worked with the likes of The Public House Theatre and Terra Mysterium as well.