Claudine is a brilliant academic who sometimes wonders if she has settled for family and a boring job instead of pursuing her full potential. So when a new brain-enhancing technology is developed by billionaire tech genius Frances Westmore, Claudine jumps at the chance to be part of the program and pursue the dreams she had set aside. But this experiment will have unintended consequences, for Claudine and for those around her. Inspired by Faust, The Twilight Zone, and Black Mirror, Endeavor Mind is where corporate science, human biology, family dynamics, and intellectual aspiration converge.
CREATIVES: Playwright: Kim Z. Dale Director: Jen Poulin Stage Manager: Corina Dougherty Production Designer: Emma Cullimore Projection Designer: Smooch Medina Sound Designer: Robert Hornbostel Lighting Designer: Charles Blunt Intimacy Director: Jessica Renae Production Managers: Christina Casano & Gregory Peters
MICHELE MCATEE (Claudine) is thrilled to be working on Endeavor Mind with this cast and with The Plagiarists. Michele took ten years off from acting to stay home and raise her daughter, and in the meantime, opened a bakery. Before her hiatus, she acted professionally on camera, in regional theatre (Stratford Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Indiana Repertory) and in Chicago at such theaters as Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, and Artistic Home, where she received a Jeff nomination for her work as Betty in ‘Landscape of the Body’. Michele is grateful to her family for their endless patience and loving support.
LYNNETTE LI (Frances) is delighted to be working with The Plagiarists on this project. She is an actor, singer, and writer based in Chicago, by way of Los Angeles, originally from Metro Detroit. Some favorite credits include: The Penelopiad (Lost Geneva Project), Stories and Chefs (2nd Story), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HPCP), one-woman show Journey to Topaz (Sierra Rep Theatre), and Songs for a New World (The Red Stamp). Lynnette sings with the 21st Century Chorale, teaches Music Together® classes with marshasmusic.com, and writes for theparentvoice.com. Lynnette lives in Hyde Park with her two children and her husband.
GRACE HUTCHINGS (Addison) is proud to be working with The Plagiarist for the first time! This Houston native moved to Chicago after getting a B.A. in Acting from the Univ. of Northern Colorado. She recently was a lead in Bobby Pin Girls (Ana) and the short horror film, Mister Sticks (Lindsey). Other credits include: Sylvia (Sylvia), Alice in Slasherland (Alice), and Polaroid Stories (Euridice). This fall/winter you can find her doing an educational tour of Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) around the Chicagoland area.In her spare time, she likes to watch horror movies, cook, and travel. She would like to thank the wonderful cast, crew, and SA for their love and support! Grace is represented by BMG Talent.
SUBHASH THAKRAR (Ray) is very excited to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time! An actor and comedian based in Chicago, he has had the great pleasure of working with Victory Gardens Theater, Rasaka Theatre Company, and The WIP Theater. He has also trained in improvisation and Meisner Technique at such institutions as The Second City Chicago, iO Theater, and Act One Studios. Subhash is also a writer and has been a stand up comedian for several years. Offstage he enjoys latin dancing, traveling, and indulging in all of the great cuisine this city has to offer.
Image by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
Image by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
KIM Z. DALE (Playwright) is a writer of plays, essays, and short fiction. She fell in love with playwriting when her first full-length, Pseudo-Kinesis, was performed at a new play festival at Gemini Theatre in Pittsburgh. Shortly after that, her play A Skewed Nude won her the playwright award at the Pittsburgh New Works Festival then won the best script award at the Maryland Community Theatre Festival before being presented at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Kim's other full-length and one-act plays include Pump, The Wrong Mistake, Necromony USA, and The Pants and the Virgin (A Christmas Play). Like many playwrights, Kim has a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, but unlike most playwrights, her degree is in information security policy. Kim is a lapsed ChicagoNow blogger and tweets often as @observacious. Kim is very grateful to her husband for his support, which included taking their children to many movies while Kim was working on this script.
JEN POULIN (Director) is a director and dramaturg based in Chicago, also serving as Development Director for Broken Nose Theatre. Next up in November 2018: BEST OF THE DICTIONARY PROJECT, at Otherworld Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include: THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION, THE YOU YOU HEAR, YET TO BE (Broken Nose Theatre), GIDION’S KNOT (Habakkuk Theatre), FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD, ABOVE THE CEILING (readings, Chicago Dramatists), and WHAT OF THE NIGHT? (AD, Stage Left Theatre). Jen has worn many hats since receiving her Theatre Studies BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign: educator, box-office assistant, blood mopper, script mistress, producer, and performer.
CORINA DOUGHERTY (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to join The Plagiarists on this Endeavor Mind journey! She has recently graduated from Chicago College of Performing Arts with her BFA in Acting. Corina has worked in many facets of the theatre. Production/Stage Management credits include: Production Management Intern (The House Theatre of Chicago). How I Learned to Drive, extension (The Artistic Home), Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus), and Lolita De Lares (Urban Theatre Company). Assistant Stage Manager credits include: Coriolanus & Merchant of Venice (Lakeside Theatre Company) and Candide! (Music Theatre Works). Corina has also helped with props, lights, and costume throughout her theatre career. She looks forward to seeing where the Chicago theatre community takes her next!
CHARLES BLUNT (Lighting Designer) is excited to be working with The Plagiarists for the first time. He is a graduate of Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in England where he got his undergraduate degree in Lighting Design. Having lit shows in both London & Oxford, he moved to Chicago where he has continued his design work. Check out his work at: www.charlesbluntlighting.com
Image by Joe Mazza of BraveLux
EMMA CULLIMORE (Production Designer) Emma is the costume designer for The Plagiarists and Chicago Tap Theatre, while also freelancing with other Chicago storefront companies. Outside of Chicago, her designs have been seen at the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, and internationally in Havana, Cuba. Emma holds an MFA from the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa, and a BFA from Stephens College.
ROBERT HORNBOSTEL (Sound Designer) is a freelance Designer, Engineer, and Composer from Chicago IL, where he also owns and operates Techmagic Designs LLC. Robert designs with companies such as Porchlight Music Theater, Rivendell Theater Ensemble, Black Button Eyes, Roosevelt University, Underscore, Otherworld Theater, and many more. Robert is a graduate of Illinois State University, and has worked regionally with companies such as The Santa Fe Opera, The Cape Playhouse, Music Theater Wichita, as well as teaching as an adjunct professor with Fort Lewis College and The University of Nebraska-Lincholn. Samples of these works can be found at TechmagicDesigns.com. Thanks and enjoy the show!
SMOOCH MEDINA (Projection Designer) is thrilled to beworking with The Plagiarist for the first time on Endeavor Mind. Smooch’s other Gift credits include Pilgrims, A Swell In The Ground and, A Life Extra Ordinary. Smooch Medina is a Chicago area designer whose other show credits include Projection design for Women in Jeopardy (First Folio), Silent Sky (First Folio), Saturn Returns (Neo-Futurists), Estrella Cruz: The Junkyard queen (Halcyon Theatre), The White Road - Jeff Nominated (Irish Theatre of Chicago), Tightwire (Chicago Tap Theatre), and lighting design for A Little World of Our Own (Irish Theatre of Chicago), Nutcracker (Legere Ballet Company), The Feast (Red Theatre Company). Smooch holds a BA in Lighting Design from Columbia College Chicago and you can see his other work by visiting Smoochdesign.com
JESSICA RENAE (Intimacy Director) is an Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International, and also serves as the company's Managing Director. Additionally, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois researching consent and intimacy on stage, with a specialty in consent practices for improvised theatre. Recent choreography credits include FIREFLY LOVE with Something Marvelous and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at Vincennes University.She is currently directing the intimacy for MARAT/SADE at Illinois Theatre. www.teamidi.org