Statera Members - Illinois
Mary Hungerford (she/her/hers) is a freelance stage manager and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. In Chicago, she has worked with Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and TimeLine Theatre. Regional credits include the 2016-2017 tour of Lookingglass’ Moby Dick to the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Arena Stage in Washington D.C., and South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. She has also worked as a freelance production manager with Buzz22 Chicago and Northwestern University, where she is an alumna.
Kristina McCloskey (she/her) is a Virginia native and Chicago resident. She started her theatre journey in a devised theatre summer camp that never let go. She is equally obsessed with developing new work as well as staging classics — and, no, she cannot choose between them. She can also be found wistfully following dogs (especially corgis), making copious amounts of soup, and switching back and forth between true crime and comedy podcasts (because life is all about balance). As a director, I strive to: Embolden and enable my teams to be brave and vulnerable storytellers. Nourish artists in welcoming and empowering spaces (please see soup-obsession above). Surprise and challenge audiences by testing the limits of the stage and questioning the unsaid rules of theatre spaces.
Elise Melendez (she/her) is a Chicago-based arts entrepreneur, dance educator and nonprofit marketer. As co-founder and executive director of Motivated Movers NYC, Elise cultivates a community for professional artists seeking beginner dance training. She furthers her commitment to the art of movement as managing director of Denman Theatre & Dance Co, developing hybrid theatrical works using movement/dance as a primary storytelling device. She is also a member of the Scenemakers Board at Goodman Theatre. With a bachelor’s in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University and a master’s in Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management from Columbia College Chicago, Elise has over a decade of experience in arts education and management. Elise has also been a guest teaching artist/choreographer for arts organizations and educational institutions such as Hangar Theatre, Palace Theatre New Hampshire, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Applause, St. Norbert College and Oklahoma City University.
Mallory Metoxen (she/her) is a Director dedicated to working with playwrights, developing new works, and obliterating the gender parity gap in theatre. She is pursuing an MFA in Directing at DePaul University (Class of 2021). She hails from Milwaukee, WI where she was Artistic Associate and Director of New Play Development for Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW). In her seven years there, she spearheaded and ran Br!NK; RTW’s play development series for Midwestern woman playwrights. Mallory Co-Directed LUCKY NUMBERS by 2014 Br!NK playwright Gwendolyn Rice, which RTW took to the Samuel French OOB Festival in NYC and the inaugural MKE Fringe Festival. Favorite directing credits include THE UNDERSTUDY, THE DROWNING GIRLS, and SEX WITH STRANGERS (Renaissance Theaterworks), THESE SHINING LIVES (Umbrella Group), THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (Splinter Group) and new works for Br!NK including ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN which RTW is producing in the 2018/19 Season.
Jen Poulin (she/her) is a Chicago based director and dramaturg. She serves as Development Director for Broken Nose Theatre (BNT), where she directed "The Opportunities of Extinction" (2018) and for BNT’s annual Bechdel Fest (2015, 2017). Recent directing projects include "The Batting Cage" (upcoming) and "Gidion’s Knot" with Habakkuk Theatre, and "Endeavor Mind" for The Plagiarists. Jen is an Intimacy Directors International (IDI) advocate, trained in IDI’s intimacy protocol. She previously served as Interim Grants Manager and Artistic Programs Apprentice at American Theater Company, and Associate Artistic Director of BackStage Theatre Company. Since earning a Theatre Studies BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, her work has spanned many fine companies, including National Theatre of Scotland, Stage Left Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, Artemisia Theatre, Adventure Stage Chicago, Strawdog Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, and WildClaw Theatre. She is also an Artistic Associate with No Stakes Theater Project.
Tiffani Swalley (she/her) is orginally from the highly progressive state of Tennessee. She has an affinty for the ironies of life and comedy in theater. She directs, teaches and performs with The Second City in Chicago. Recently, she has been venturing out past the edges of satire and comedy to develop her other artistic sensibilities and make new friends. She recently returned from her second summer studying with La Mama Umbria. This year she is planning her own season in Chicago as a baby Not for Profit and applying to Graduate School to obtain her M.F.A in Directing. She is a proud member of the LGTBQIA+ Community and focuses on producing work that highlights women, lesbians and persons identifying as non-binary.