Rebecca Willingham is a Chicago-based theater director. She is a co-founder of The Sound, where she directed For Annie and Seagulls. Her directing credits include work with Tympanic Theatre, Commission Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, 20% Theatre, Prologue Theatre, and The Ruckus. Rebecca has assistant directed at The Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Griffin Theatre, Theater Wit, Steep Theatre, Route 66 Theatre, and the Irish Theatre of Chicago. She is also the co-producer of Valentine's Plays and the upcoming Independence Plays. Rebecca is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an alumna of Emerson College and the National Theatre Institute. rebeccawillingham.com
Playwright in Residence
Beth Hyland is a playwright living in Chicago. She is a co-founder of The Sound, which produced her plays For Annie and Seagulls. For Annie received its New York debut with The Hearth in December 2016. Beth's play Clearing will receive its world premiere with Commission Theatre in June. Her plays and musicals have been seen and developed with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rabid Bat Theatricals, Valentine's Plays, the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, 20% Theatre, Stage Left, The Crowd, Potluck Variety Hour, Dixon Place, Plays for One, and in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is a proud alumna of the National Theatre Institute and Kenyon College. She also sings and plays the xylophone in Chicago folk band Friends of the Bog. bethhyland.com
Gregory Culley is a graphic and set designer based in Chicago. He most recently worked in the Dublin studio of Annie Atkins (graphic designer of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and Spielberg's Bridge of Spies), recreating graphic props for her forthcoming book. Television credits include Pickler & Ben and Steve Harvey. Gregory's select theatre credits include designs forCoriolanus (Commission Theatre), For Annie (The Sound), 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. gregoryculley.com
Ella Pennington is a Chicago-based actress originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. Since graduating from Northwestern, she has worked with Griffin Theatre, Fearless Theatre, The Neighborhood Theatre, Theo Ubique (Jeff Award best musical), and Imagination Stage. She appeared in The Sound's production of Seagulls in 2015 as Nina and it has been one of her favorite roles to date. She is also the co-producer of Valentine's Plays and the upcoming Independence Plays. Most recently, she appeared in the short film Cheese Shop. ellapennington.com
Kasey Trouba is a freelance stage manager and production manager based in Chicago. Most recently, Kasey has worked with The Sound, The House Theatre of Chicago, American Theater Company, About Face Theatre, Greenhouse Theater, other theatre, and Pivot Arts. She is a proud company member of The Sound. Kasey is an alumna of Loyola University Chicago where she received a BA in theatre.