Kirk Anderson is a long time theatre artist in Chicago. He has been a member of both European Repertory Theatre and TUTA. His play "The Jewels", was produced by TUTA under his direction. He has worked with many of Chicago's theatre companies. Most currently he is working at Steppenwolf on "Between Riverside And Crazy". Other Steppenwolf credits include "The Diary Of Anne Frank", "Huck Finn", "Lady Madeline", "Uncle Vanya", "Penelope" (Fight choreographer). Other Chicago credits include "Ghosts" (Mary Archie). "The Woman Before", "John Doe", "Overweight, Unimportant: Misshapen" (Trapdoor Theatre). "There Is A Happiness That Morning Is" (Theatre Oobleck). "The Wedding", "Fulton Street Sessions", "Mozart And Saliari", "The Jewels" (Tuta). "The Ballad Of Emmet Till" (Goodman Theatre). "Dandelion Wine" (Chicago Children’s Theatre). "Teibele And Her Demon", "Go Away-Go Away", "Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead", "Slavs!", "Zoyka's Apartment" and "Ivanov". (European Repertory Company).
Shawna Franks - Managing Director
Shawna Franks was most recently performed in Grand Concourse at Steppenwolf Theatre where she was honored to cover performances for the amazing Mariann Mayberry. Shawna is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where she began her acting career. Shawna originated the role of Dottie in "Killer Joe" by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts. She performed this role at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, The Bush Theatre in London, and The Vaudeville Theatre on London's West End. She has also appeared in various productions in Dublin, Los Angeles and New York City. Shawna is the founding Artistic Director of Space 55 Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was awarded Best Actress in Phoenix New Times “Best Of” for the role of Elena in "Uncle Vanya" at her theatre, Space 55. Space 55 Theatre, also won Phoenix New Times, “Best Of” Best Black Box Theatre the same year. She was awarded the Phoenix New Times “Big Brain Award” for Best Performing Arts Collective and in 2010 she was named, Phoenix New Times, Top 100 Creatives List (Top 4). Shawna was nominated for The Governor’s Arts Award in Phoenix, Arizona. She lives in Evanston with her two sons Jackson and Samson.
Tom Dacey Carr - Board Chair/Founding Member
Tom Dacey Carr is a Chicago actor and founding member of Facility. His Chicago credits include work with Tympanic Theatre, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, Erasing the Distance, Victory Gardens, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Next Theatre, and the Organic Theatre. Regional credits include Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park and Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
The arts have been at the core of his professional life but not always at the forefront. After working in New York he and his wife moved back to Chicago to start a family. A series of marketing jobs followed including time running the co-op program at League of Chicago Theatres and producing commercials for financial institutions. He is a proud graduate of the professional actor training program at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Tom Dacey Carr
Dado - Resident Director
Dado is a visual artist and theater practitioner in the Chicagoland area. She was born in East Chicago, Indiana. She has two children. She is interested in value perceptions and how they inform empathic systems. Dado is an ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre, which is Chicago’s premiere theater for the best acting in the city. A lot of her work, both formal and experimental, happens at A Red Orchid. She has recently directed The Room by Harold Pinter, The Mutilated by Tennessee Williams, Simpatico by Sam Shepard, and Megacosm by Brett Neveu.
Dado is a trained actor (University of Southern California, Los Angeles Theater Academy), a director and visual artist, (UChicago DOVA), as well as an educator. She has appeared in many theaters and on tv/film.
Dado’s Edes year project, "The Little Match Girl Passion:, was workshopped during her time at DOVA and is being moved into a larger social platform in the Chicago area. "The Little Match Girl Passion" is taken from a chamber opera written by David Lang (Pulitzer 2008) and is derived from the short story by Hans Christian Anderson of the same name. The project uses movement, sculpture, percussion and voice.
Dado has also been a Maggio Fellow for directing, She has received a Jeff Citation as well as an After Dark Award. In 2017 her production of Sam Shepard’s Simpatico will move to the McCarter Theater in Princeton New Jersey. She teaches often at DePaul University and UIC. Her performance collective is known as c a K e. Cake stands for Collections, Analysis, Kinesthesia, and Ensemble.
Maria Stephens last appeared as Norma in "The Silence That Follows"; an incubator project that was co-produced by Facility and A Red Orchid Theatre. Elsewhere in Chicago Maria has worked with The Gift Theatre, Trap Door, The Artistic Home, The Factory, Apple Tree Theatre, and The Mammals. Maria holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Maria spent most of her childhood moving from town to town in England as an Air Force brat then off to Alabama to be close to her grandparents. As much as she loved the southern terrain, food and heat Maria longed to be in a bigger city so she moved up north with a tiny bit of saved up cash in her pocket and a pile of dreams. Maria is proud to now call Chicago home and hopes to keep growing her roots here. Maria serves as The Casting Director for Facility and is grateful to be collaborating with this newly formed group of artistic souls.
Jaimelyn Gray - Communications
Jaimelyn serves as facility's Marketing and Social Media Do-er, Webmaster and Communication Systems Technerd. This in addition to her work as an Actor, Producer, and Director. Chicago credits: TUTA, Bluebird Arts, Eclipse and Profiles. Regional: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Riverfront Theatre Company, Little Sandwich Theatre. She is excited to be in support of such talented artists.
Elliot Baker is a writer, actor and teaching artist who works between the cities of Chicago and London. As literary manager of Facility he uses an in-depth knowledge of audience response and playwriting nous to uncover and interrogate new work from emerging artists in both the Chicagoland area and worldwide. His play, The Silence That Follows, was produced by Facility at A Red Orchid Theatre in the Summer of 2016. His work has also been staged by The Stoop Feast (Chicago) and The Space (London). As an actor, Elliot has appeared in plays at A Red Orchid Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, and Coriolis Theatre. He holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.