Rebecca Willingham
Artistic Director

Rebecca Willingham is a Chicago-based theatre director. Her directing credits include Seagulls (The Sound/Chicago Musical Theatre Festival), Paper City Phoenix, Wavelength (Tympanic Theatre), Take Care (@Will, Commission Theatre), The Rockers (Bechdel Fest, Broken Nose Theatre), if you came closer... (Snapshots, 20% Theatre), Danny Met Sarah (The Frontier), and The Sacred Schizoid Heart (Prologue Theatre). Rebecca also assistant directed Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theater), Mr. Burns (Theatre Wit), Cicada (Route 66), strangers, babies (Steep Theatre) and The Seafarer (Irish Theatre of Chicago). She is an alumna of Emerson College and the National Theatre Institute.

Beth Hyland
Playwright in Residence

Beth Hyland is a playwright and songwriter living in Chicago. This summer her plays will be seen at The Crowd Theatre, The Edge Theatre, and in 20% Theatre's Snapshots Festival. Her plays and musicals have been seen at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Dixon Place in New York City, the Frontier Theatre, Potluck Variety Hour, Kenyon College, and Ithaca College. In 2016 she was a member of The New Colony's Writers Room and a finalist in Stage Left's DrekFest.

Gregory Culley
Company Member

Gregory Culley is a designer from Cleveland, Ohio currently living and working in Chicago. He is the Associate Graphic Designer & Draftsman at Steve Harvey, an Emmy award-winning daytime television talk show produced by NBCUniversal and Endemol USA. Gregory's select theatre credits include designs for Paper City Phoenix (Tympanic Theatre), Year of the Rooster (Red Theatre Chicago), and Seagulls (The Sound/Chicago Musical Theatre Festival). He is an alumnus of Kenyon College, where he studied art history and drama.

Ella Pennington
Company Member

Ella Pennington is a Chicago-based actress originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Since graduating from Northwestern in 2014 with a BA in theatre she has worked with Griffin Theatre, Fearless Theatre, and most recently Theo Ubique in the Jeff Award-winning production of Rent. She appeared in The Sound's production of Seagulls last summer as Nina and it has been one of her favorite roles to date. 

Kasey Trouba
Company Member

Originally from the small town of Papillion, Nebraska, Kasey Trouba moved to Chicago to study Stage Management and Directing at Loyola University Chicago. She is wrapping up her career at Loyola this year and could not be more excited to fully immerse herself in Chicago theatre upon her graduation. She has served as Production Stage Manager on The Sound's productions of Seagulls and For Annie and looks forward to working with The Sound on many more productions!