Seanachaí is the Gaelic word for Storyteller.
The people's stories were at the very core of ancient Irish culture. It was the duty of the Seanachaí to keep these stories alive. The mission of Seanachaí Theatre Company is to return theatre to this origin - by creating compelling productions and programs that focus the energy of artists towards the common goal of exceptional storytelling. To achieve this end, Seanachaí Theatre Company strives to provide an atmosphere where all theatre artists - actors, playwrights, directors and designers - have the support and assurance to collaborate openly. That is at the heart of all ensemble companies, and Seanachaí has proven itself a major player in Chicagoís ensemble-driven theatrical community.
The Seanachaí Ensemble
Ira Amyx, Brad Armacost, Jeff Christian, Erin Diener, Jeff Duhigg,
Barbara Figgins, Jacquelyn Flaherty, Jeri Frederickson, Coburn Goss,
Michael Grant, Robert Kauzlaric, Shane Kenyon, Carolyn Klein,
Anne Sunseri, Kevin Theis, Dan Waller, Sarah Wellington
See below for Seanachaí West and Ensemble Emeritus.
Ira is a Chicago-based freelance artist, working in the art department of film production and as a theater practitioner - most recently performing the role of Noel in That Was Then for Seanachaí, for which he received a Jeff nomination. He directed and co-produced the world premiere of Shakespeare's King Phycus at The Building Stage in 2010, winner of the Jeff Award for Best Ensemble. Ira performed in five seasons at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; other favorite credits include Chris in All My Sons, Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, Owen in Translations, and James Tyrone Jr. in A Moon For the Misbegotten. Ira serves on the board of MoFest, a Chicago area film festival featuring local filmmakers. Ira is co-owner of Hero Solutions, a prop, set and special effects studio serving the Chicagoland film community. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Acting from Boise State University and an M.F.A. in acting from Indiana University.
Brad Armacost received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for his portrayal of Jack in The Weir, and will next appear on the Seanachaí stage as Phil Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten. His association with Irish theatre in Chicago includes Teddy in Faith Healer at Steppenwolf Studio, for which he received a Jeff Award; Playboy of the Western World and The Seafarer with John Mahoney at Steppenwolf; and A Touch of the Poet at the Goodman Theatre with Brian Dennehy. He appeared at Northlight Theatre (again with Mr. Mahoney) in Hugh Leonardís A Life. At the IAHC (a member for 12 years) he directed the Shapeshifters production of Juno and the Paycock and Dancing at Lughnasa, as well as co-producing Portia Coughlin for Inishfree Theatre with Frank Gleeson and Josephine Craven. He has earned three Jeff nominations for Provision where he is an Artistic Associate, and makes regular appearances on the stages at the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, and Steppenwolf, as well as on both coasts and regional theatres across the country. Film and TV credits include Robert Altman's The Company, Alderman Brock in Barbershop 2, Repetition, Eight Men Out, Backwoods, Missing Persons, Angel Street, and recurring roles on The Untouchables and Early Edition.
An ensemble member since 2003, Jeff directed Mojo Mickybo, Our Father, and A Whistle in the Dark for the company, and appeared in The Shadow of a Gunman, The Weir, Our Father, Scenes From The Big Picture, War, and David Cromer's production of Journey's End. As an actor and co-director, he shared in three Jeff Awards and an After Dark Award for The Journeymen's Angels in America; and directed The Skin of Our Teeth for The Artistic Home; Proof and Driving Miss Daisy for New American Theater; Loveís Labours Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Lakeside Shakespeare; and James Krag's one-man show According to Mark. He was the Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Project of Chicago for eight seasons and directed his adaptations of Dickens, Moliere, Ibsen, Euripides, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Goethe. His stage credits include Writersí Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, The Womenís Project of New York, The Tennessee Williams Festival, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep, Chicago Dramatists, Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, The Artistic Home, Lakeside Shakespeare, Artistsí Ensemble, Illinois Theatre Center and New American Theatre. He writes and directs animated and live action sequences for the Emmy Award-winning Digital Kitchen and serves as a creative consultant to Tessera Publishing. Film credits include Batman Begins, Witchesí Night, The Express, The Poker House, Helix, Pickmanís Muse, Cyrus, and Good People.
Having stage managed That Was Then, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Mojo Mickybo, Erin is honored to be a part of the Seanachaí family. Other stage management credits include On Golden Pond for Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; The Overwhelming, Dying City, and Well with Next Theatre Company; Loveís Labours Lost and Henry V with Lakeside Shakespeare; Itís a Wonderful Life with American Theatre Company; and Amelia Earhart: Jungle Princess with The New Colony. Prior to joining Actorís Equity in October of 2008, Erin was an assistant stage manager at Next Theatre Company for The Adding Machine, Defiance, Fabulation, American Dream Songbook, and Miss Witherspoon. A well-rounded member of the theatre industry, she has taken on a variety of positions all over the city, including overhire carpentry for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Lookingglass Theatre Company. She hopes you enjoy your time with us and thanks you for continuing to support live theatre.
Jeff is thrilled to join the Seanachaí ensemble, having completed wonderful runs of Sean O'Casey's The Shadow of a Gunman (Mr. Maguire) and Scenes from the Big Picture (Paul Foggarty). Other Chicago theatre credits include the title role in Bertolt Brecht's Galileo and Dr. Treves in The Elephant Man (the side project), various roles with Caffeine Theatre, Griffin Theatre, and New Leaf Theatre. In January, Jeff will be seen in the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock, with Griffin Theatre Company. Jeff received his BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Barbara has been a company member with Seanachaí since 2005 and has performed in The Shadow of a Gunman, Dancing at Lughnasa, Our Father, Scenes From The Big Picture, War and Bold Girls. Other Chicago credits include Twelfth Night (City Lit); Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar (Crew of Patches); Whatís Wrong With Angry, Nine (Circle Theatre); Sin: A Cardinal Deposed, Southern Baptist Sissies, and A Bee in Her Sonnet (Baliwick Repertory). She has also worked with Victory Gardens Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Next Theatre, Collaboraction, Backstage Theatre, Chicago Jewish Theatre, and Infamous Commonwealth. Regionally, Barbara has worked with Kenley Players in Ohio, The MUNY in St. Louis and the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
Jacquelyn joined the company in May of 2001 after appearing as Danaan in their Jeff award winning production of Ann Noble's The Pagans. Jacquelyn also appeared in Seanachaí's productions of Dylan, Drink Me, and Bold Girls, and served as Seanachaíís Artistic Director from 2003-2008. Other Chicago credits include House of Blue Leaves (Shattered Globe Theatre), Angel City (American Theatre Company), Eloise and Ray (Roadworks Productions), and Brutality of Fact (Eclipse Theatre Company). She participated in the Steppenwolf Ensemble Training Project where she appeared as Loretta in Featuring Loretta, and has also worked with Northlight Theatre and Circle Theatre. She received an MFA in Acting from Indiana University.
Jeri is delighted to be joining Seanachaí! She served as production assistant for That Was Then, Assistant Director and Dramaturg for The Shadow of a Gunman, and recently stage managed St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson, produced in part as a SeanachaÍ fundraiser. Other work includes Romeo and Juliet at First Folio as AD and Dramaturg. Her recent stage management credits include Blithe Spirit at First Folio, The Chicago Landmark Project and The Water Engine at Theatre Seven. She graduated with a BA in Theatre and Literature from Hope College.
Coburn Goss recently appeared in Fake at Steppenwolf, Spin at Theater Wit, The Crowd Youíre In With at the Goodman Theatre, and Dying City with Next Theatre. Other credits include: Dead Manís Cell Phone, The Royal Family, Absolution (Steppenwolf); When the Messenger Is Hot (Steppenwolf, also Off-Broadway at 59E59 Street); Vigils (Goodman); Seagull (Writersí Theatre); and The Last True Believer (Seattle Rep). He is a founding member of Seanachaí, appearing in Whistle In the Dark, Journeyís End, The Pagans, Translations, Marked Tree, The Clearing, and And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. He is the author of Marked Tree (Osborn Award from the American Theatre Criticsí Assocation for Best Emerging Playwright and After Dark Award for Best New Work) and Calamity Meat, both first produced by Seanachaí. Film: the upcoming Man of Steel, The Lucky Ones, Shelter, Joshua, What Women Want. Television: Reconstruction (pilot for NBC, series regular), The Chicago Code, E/R (guest star), The Beast, Prison Break.
Michael is a founding ensemble member of Seanachaí Theatre Company and served as its Artistic Director from 1995 to 2003. As an actor, Michael has appeared in nine of Seanachaíís productions, including Our Father, War, Drink Me and The Clearing as well as the world premieres of Marked Tree, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly and The Pagans. Favorite roles include Sherlock Holmes (The Sign of the Four at Apple Tree Theatre), the Invisible Man (Scientific Romances at Next Theatre), Arthur Miller (Are You Now or Have You Ever Been... at Next Theatre) and Hugo (Godís Man in Texas at Northlight Theatre). Other Chicago credits include work with Fox Theatricals, Interplay, Center Theater, European Repertory and other shows at Next Theatre. Michael is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and lives in Chicago with his wife, Erin, and sons, Liam and Dermot.
Robert has appeared with Seanachaí as Mush in A Whistle in the Dark, Denis in War, Oscar in Our Father, and Mojo in Mojo Mickybo. Other Chicago-area acting credits include work with Strawdog Theatre, The Hypocrites, City Lit, Circle Theatre, Greasy Joan & Co., New American Theater, Theatre at the Center, Lakeside Shakespeare, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; as well as fifteen productions with Lifeline Theatre, including The Return of the King, Around the World in 80 Days (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: Supporting Actor-Play and Ensemble), The Killer Angels, The Mark of Zorro (After Dark Award: Outstanding Production), and The Count of Monte Cristo. As a playwright, Robert has written twelve theatrical adaptations which have been performed in eighteen states around the US, as well as in Ireland, England, and Canada, including The Island of Dr. Moreau (Non-Equity Jeff Awards: New Adaptation and Production-Play; published by Playscripts, Inc.), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Non-Equity Jeff nomination: New Adaptation; published by Playscripts, Inc.), Neverwhere (Non-Equity Jeff Award: New Adaptation), The Three Musketeers, The Moonstone, and The Woman in White. Directing credits include Treasure Island and Hunger (Lifeline Theatre), and Tartuffe and Love's Labour's Lost (Michigan Shakespeare Festival).
Shane is proud to be a part of the Seanachaí ensemble. His credits with Seanachaí include The Shadow of a Gunman, Our Father, and Scenes from the Big Picture. Shaneís previous Chicago credits include Where Weíre Born, Betrayal, Dead Manís Cell Phone, and Last of the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre); Jailbait (Profiles Theatre), Maryís Wedding (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble); The Tallest Man and Sweet Bird of Youth (Artistic Home; Ensemble Member); Macbeth and A Midsummerís Night Dream (Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre); Rewind (the side project); Days of Late (Sinnerman Theatre Ensemble). His film and TV include Chicago Code and Dog Jack. Shane was raised in Phoenix, AZ and has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Carolyn, an Ensemble member since 2008, appeared this spring as Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten. Additionally for Seanachaí, she has been seen in Dancing at Lughnasa, Scenes from the Big Picture, and Drink Me, as well as directing That Was Then. Other Chicago credits include King Phycus with The Strange Tree Group (Non-Equity Jeff Award: Best Ensemble); Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Next Theatre; Faith Healer with Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; Tooth of Crime and Spring Awakening at Strawdog Theatre; The Radiant Abyss at Profiles Theatre; Henry V and Blood Wedding with The Hypocrites; Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Theo Ubique; Faith Healer at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; The Dreams in the Witch House with Wildclaw; and the dreamer examines his pillow with New Leaf. Carolyn is also an Artistic Associate with The Strange Tree Group, where she directed Mr. Spacky... and The Mysterious Elephant... In the fall, Carolyn will direct Clive Barkerís Life of Death for WildClaw Theatre. She also is the voice of Jenny OíToole in the XBOX game, Dead Manís Hand. She has a BFA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington.
A company member since 2005, Anne appeared as Minnie Powell in The Shadow of a Gunman, as April in the Jeff-nominated production of That Was Then, as Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa, as Maggie Lyttle in the Jeff-nominated production of Scenes From the Big Picture, and as Niamh in War. She also understudied the role of Deirdre in Seanachaí's production of Bold Girls, for which she also served as Assistant Director.
Kevinís relationship with Seanachaí goes back to 1995 when he directed their second show, Helen Edmundson's The Clearing. In 2000, Kevin returned to Seanachaí to direct Ann Noble's world premiere production of The Pagans at the Theatre Building, which went on to win a Jeff Award for Best New Work, and shortly thereafter joined the ensemble. He also directed Seanachaíís world premiere of Drink Me, or the Strange Case of Alice Times Three in 2004, appeared in Dancing at Lughnasa and The Weir, and will direct the upcoming production of A Moon for the Misbegotten. An actor/director, Kevin has appeared with or helmed productions for a number of Chicago companies. He has performed at the Goodman Theatre, Next Theatre, Lifeline, City Lit, Buffalo Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theatre, Peninsula Players and CT20 Ensemble, where he served as Artistic Director. Directing experience includes six shows with the City Lit Theatre including the Jeff Award winning Jeeves and the Mating Season (Jeff nomination). He directed the long-running production of Here Come the Famous Brothers at the Royal George; The Mandrake for Greasy Joan & Co. (Jeff nomination); The Picture of Dorian Gray (adapted by fellow Seanachaí member Robert Kauzlaric), The Silver Chair and The Sirens of Titan for Lifeline; Fair Maid of the West for CT20 Ensemble (Jeff nomination); Robin Hood and Cyrano de Bergerac for the Oak Park Festival Theatre; and is responsible for writing and directing all of the Bumblinni Brothers shows at the Actors Gymnasium. He is also a founding member of Shanghai Low Theatricals, a not-for-profit adaptation development group whose first production, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of the Four was produced at Apple Tree Theatre in the summer of 2003 and is published by Dramatic Publishing. In addition, Kevin serves as President of the Board of Directors at the Oak Park Festival Theatre. Kevin is married to actress Sara Nichols and has two daughters, Miranda and Gwendolyn, on whom he dotes.
Danís first Seanachaí production was Journeyís End, directed by David Cromer. Others include Mojo Mickybo, Our Father, and A Whistle in the Dark, all directed by fellow ensemble member Jeff Christian. He most recently appeared onstage in the Chicago premiere of Lee Hallís The Pitmen Painters at TimeLine Theatre, directed by BJ Jones. Regional theatre credits include Grapes of Wrath (Cardinal Stage). His Chicago theatrical credits include The Good Negro, Ghostwritten, and Talking Pictures (Goodman Theatre); As You Like It and A Midsummer Nightís Dream (Shakespeare Project of Chicago); The Coast of Chicago (Walkabout/Lookingglass); To the Green Fields Beyond and Our Town (Writers' Theatre); MOJO (Mary-Arrchie); Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lakeside Shakespeare); Karen Tarjan's adaptation of The Killer Angels (Lifeline Theatre); The Cider House Rules: Parts I & II (Famous Door Theatre); and Short Eyes and Streamers (Blindfaith). Film credits include: Barefoot to Jerusalem, Repetition, Of Boys and Men, Witless Protection, Transformers 3, and the upcoming yet untitled Rahmin Bahrani film. Television credits include: Our Little Science Story for the Starz network, TNTís Leverage, A&Eís The Beast, and FOXís Chicago Code. He can be seen this Summer in Tracy Lettsí adaptation of Three Sisters at Steppenwolf, directed by Anna D. Shapiro.
Sarah joined the ensemble in 2006 after appearing as Betty in A Whistle in the Dark. She has since appeared as June in That Was Then, as Valerie in The Weir, as Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, as Theresa in Scenes from the Big Picture, and as Briget in War. Sarah originated the role of Joan in Steppenwolf Theatreís Orsonís Shadow, directed by David Cromer, with subsequent transfers to Williamstown Theatre Festival and Westport Country Playhouse. Other roles include Sara in the world premiere of Graceland by Ellen Fairey for Profiles Theatre, Gabby in Serenading Louie (Roadworks), as well as productions with Next Theatre, Rivendell, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and CCPA. Favorite roles in her native England include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Film and TV: The Unborn (David S. Goyer), The Company (Robert Altman), Casting About (Barry Hershey), The Bill, London Bridge, and Crime Monthly. Sarah also works as a voiceover artist in Chicago and trained with the late, great David Bennett in London.
Seanachaí West (L.A.)
Mac Brandt, Thomas Vincent Kelly, Ann Noble, Catherine O'Connor, Andrew Turner
Mac made his Seanachaí debut as Sgr. Major in Journey's End and after joining the company had the opportunity to play the great role of Iggy in A Whistle in the Dark. Mac graduated from Columbia College with a degree in theater and worked extensively in Chicago Theater. He also had a recurring role on Fox's Prison Break. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Tom is a founding ensemble member of Seanachaí Theatre Company, where he most recently appeared as Joe Hynes in Scenes From the Big Picture. Previously, Tom played Anton Chekhov in Chekhov in Yalta and created the role of Charlie in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. Chicago credits include: Zoot Suit, A Touch of the Poet (Goodman); Look Back in Anger (Writer's Theatre); Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V (Chicago Shakespeare); Cyrano de Bergerac (Rivendell); Love's Labours Lost, The Front Page, Almost Blue (Next Theatre). Regional credits include: San Jose Rep., Connecticut Rep., Cape Fear, American Players, and Shakespearean Festivals in Utah, Florida, Illinois and Idaho. Now residing in Los Angeles, stage credits there include The Wind Cries Mary (East West Players); Death of a Salesman (Interact); Mr. Kolpert (Odyssey); Only Say the Word (EST). Television credits include: Saving Grace, The Closer, 24, JAG, ER, Without a Trace, and numerous other guest star appearances. Tom earned a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois.
Ann is a founding member of Seanachaí, a Chicago native, an NU graduate and a member of The Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles. LA Credits: Brett Neveuís American Dead with Rogue Machine; Fortinbras with Theatre Neo; Tom Jacobsonís The Friendly Hour, And Neither Have I Wings To Fly, Tom Jacobsonís Bunbury, Shove with the Road; Craig Wrightís Orange Flower Water with The Victory Theatre/Tight&Shiny; Betrayal with Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara; Richard III, Hamlet, As You Like It with Shakespeare At Play; Poe/Gorey with Guild of St. George/Huntington Library. Chicago Credits: As You Like It with First Folio; Syncopation with AppleTree; The Cripple of Inishmaan with Northlight; Translations, Chekhov in Yalta with Seanachaí Theatre Company; The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil with SMC; Tiny Island with Next; One Day Only with ATC; Suicide in B-Flat with CTE; Habeas Corpus with Interplay. Web-Series Credits: Paranormal, Burbank; The Diary; We Have To Stop Now, Nurses Who Kill.... Awards: Ovation, ADA, Garland, LA Weekly, Jeff, After Dark. Playwriting Credits: And Neither Have I Wings To Fly, The Boarding House, The Pagans, The Way I Wear My Hat, By Moonlight, Alighting Home. Playwriting Awards: Jeff, Stanley Drama, Panowski, Route 66, YES Fest, Susan Smith Blackburn, Garland. Her newest play, Sidhe, will be produced by the Road after workshops with Seanachaí in Chicago and The Theatre @ Boston Court and The Odyssey in Los Angeles. She is also the Creator of the hit Web-Series We Have To Stop Now which can be seen at www.wehavetostopnow.tv and the Co-Creator of the new Web-Series Nurses Who Kill... which can be seen at www.nurseswhokill.com. For more information please visit www.annnoble.net.
Catherine is a proud founding ensemble member of Seanachaí. She originated the roles of Katie in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly, Edna in Marked Tree and Anna in The Pagans, and thoroughly enjoyed recreating the roles of Madeleine in The Clearing and Lilina in Chekhov in Yalta. Other favorite roles include Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor (Fox Theatricals), Marilyn Monroe in Son of Celluloid (Next Theatre), Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Parts I and II (Chicago Shakespeare Company), Simone in Black Angel (LeTraunik Prod.'s, Jeff nomination.), Orfamay Quest in Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister (Lifeline Theatre) and Viola in Twelfth Night (European Repertory Theatre) where she originally met Michael Grant, Ann Noble and Karen Tarjan. She has also had the pleasure of working with The Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare's Motley Crew, The Cape Fear Regional Playhouse, Shattered Globe, Strawdog and Chicago Dramatist's Workshop. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Cat can be heard on various voice-overs on radio and TV and has worked at the Geffen Theatre, Laguna Playhouse and The Odyssey Theatre. Seanachaí West gathers for readings and libations on a semi-regular basis, in the grand old Seanachaí tradition.
Andrew is a founding member of Seanachaí and appeared most recently as Owen in Translations, as Sturman for a weekend in The Clearing, and originated the role of Freddie Malone in And Neither Have I Wings to Fly. His Chicago theater career has included work with the Bailiwick Repertory Theater, Interplay, Wisdom Bridge, and The Organic Theater. Regional Theater credits include work with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and New American Theater of Rockford, IL. In southern California, Mr. Turner most recently appeared in Eden with Buzzworks Theater Company. He has worked at Deaf West Theater of Hollywood, the Pacific Resident Theater Ensemble, and Theater 40. Television credits include an appearance on The X-Files; and voice over work on Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, and Millenium. Mr. Turner received his Bachelor of Arts, Degree in Philosophy from Boston College and went on to train in classical theater at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He is an active member of Seanachaí West and now resides in Pasadena, California with his wife and two kids.
Seanachaí Ensemble Emeritus
Dan recently stage managed Oklahoma! at American Theater Company, where he did Heritagae, Kid-Simple and Living Out previously. He is proud of stage managing three productions which were recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble (The Laramie Project, The Incident, and Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...?), all with Next Theatre where he was resident stage manager for three seasons. Other productions include Dylan, Drink Me, and The Pagans with Seanachaí; Nickel and Dimed with Naked Eye at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theater; Burning Chrome and The Boarding House with Next; Peace4 with HealthWorks Theatre; Waving Goodbye (workshop) with Naked Eye; Some Explicit Polaroids, Sis3ters, Eloise & Ray and The American Plan with Roadworks; and Animal Farm, Hello Again, and The Christmas Schooner with Bailiwick Repertory. Additionly, he recently directed two workshop productions at Chicago Dramatists. Dan holds an MFA in theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. By day, he works for America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network, and you can also find him a couple of nights a week as part of the singing staff at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret.