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Members

Aimee Plant

Resident Props Designer

Aimee Plant made props and puppets for punkplay and then returned to make props and chick-aans for milkmilklemonade. She has built props for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Santa Fe Opera and Drury Lane Oakbrook. She also slung blood (and other things) with the Primitive Screwheads in San Francisco. She holds a BA, double major in Technical Theatre and Playwriting, from San Francisco State University.

Alexander Lane

Co-Literary Manager

Alexander Lane has appeared in Harry and the Thief, Girl You Know It's True and punkplay (Steppenwolf Garage Rep) with Pavement Group. Other Chicago credits include: Othello with The Gift, FRAT with The New Colony, Hamlet as part of Oracle B*Sides, Richard II with Two Pence and Adentro ("Within") with Aguijón Theater. He was producer/director of two Chicago iterations of the international theatre project Theatre Uncut. New York credits include Romeo and Juliet with The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park and Artaud's The Cenci with Hotel Savant at The Ohio Theatre. He also appears in the short film Boys and Other Distractions (Audience Award - Brooklyn Short Film Festival 2012). He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and the School at Steppenwolf; and is represented by Actors Talent Group.

Brittany Barnes

Managing Director

Brittany Barnes is a proud founding member of Pavement Group. Brittany is the Development Manager at Victory Gardens Theater and has previously worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation and the Goodman Theatre. Brittany received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS, where she worked in several capacities as an actor, director, dramaturg and designer.

Cassy Sanders

Producing Member

Cassy Sanders is a director, actor, dramaturg, and teaching artist. At Pavement Group Cassy directed MilkMilkLemonade by Josh Conkel and will be directing PG's upcoming winter show to be announced soon (Maybe? Not sure if you want to spill th beans or not). Most recently she was last seen as Kay Josephs in Principal, Principle written by Joe Zarrow and to be remounted July 18 - Aug 18. Cassy has also enjoyed working with Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Adventure Stage Chicago, Collaboraction, Walkabout Theatre (The Pigeons, by Joe Zarrow), The Ruckus Theatre, Artemisia, Live Bait, and of course Theatre Seven of Chicago, where she is also a company member. At Theatre Seven Cassy directed; BlackTop Sky, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, We Live Here, Lies & Liars, and Yes, This Really Happened to Me; performed in Mimesephobia, and The Water Engine: An American Fable; was a lead producer for multiple projects including The Landmark Project; and served as Associate Artistic Director from 2011-2013. Cassy holds a BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts, in Seattle.

Cyd Blakewell

Producing Member

Cyd Blakewell hearts Pavement Group. More than she can possibly say in a bio. Here's some cool stuff they've done together: Arrangements, fracture/mechanics, Mise En Place, MilkMilkLemonade, Girl You Know It's True and breaks & bikes. Along with being a new company member of PG, she is also a founding member of SiNNERMAN Ensemble. Other Chicago companies she's had the pleasure of working with include: Theatre Seven of Chicago, The Gift Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Signal Ensemble, The Side Project & The Artistic Home. Cyd is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and of the School at Steppenwolf.

Jeff Kelley

Resident Sound Designer

Jeff is a composer and sound designer who thinks one would be hard pressed to find a greater group of collaborators than those who are in Pavement Group. He has designed for every Pavement production since Arrangements, worked on shows with the House Theatre, Theatre Seven, Two Pence, Teatro Luna, and Sinnerman Ensemble, and composed for a few short films. Jeff is also the lead singer and guitarist in the experimental pop trio Vaya and the founder of the local music publication and record label Chicago Singles Club. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Joe Zarrow

Literary Director

Joe Zarrow is a playwright and actor. He has performed three times in Pavement Group's Amuse Bouche festival and was the champion of the First Annual Pavement Group Karaoke Showdown. His CPS drama Principal Principle (starring PG's Cassy Sanders) had its hit world premiere production in 2014, is gentrification farce The Pigeons (Walkabout) was directed Cassy and starred PG's Keith Neagle, and his short play Everythingaoke recently premiered in LiveWire's VisionFest. As an actor in Chicago, Joe's performances have included State & Madison: The Grid in The Chicago Landmark Project (Theatre Seven of Chicago), Bulrusher (Congo Square), Arcadia (New Leaf), Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Sankofa), Walk Two Moons (Adventure Stage), and 200 Funny Things (Collaboraction). Joe attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2014. You can find out more about Joe's projects at joezarrow.com.

Keith Neagle

Casting Director

With Pavement Group, Keith has appeared in Harry & the Thief, Breaks & Bikes, Girl You Know It's True, punkplay, Fracture/Mechanics, Arrangements , Lipstick Traces: a Secret History of the Twentieth Century and 365 Days/365 Plays. Other recent Chicago credits include: The Mouse Trap (Northlight); Othello & Night and Her Stars (The Gift); Seminar (Haven); Orange Flower Water (Interrobang); understudy for Three Sisters and Samuel J & K (Steppenwolf); Sweet Confinement (SiNNERMAN Ensemble); We Live Here and Yes, This Really Happened to Me (Theatre Seven of Chicago); Sweet Bird of Youth (Artistic Home); The Pigeons (Walkabout); and Everything Freezes: another winter’s tale (Sideshow); among others. Keith is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the School at Steppenwolf (WP 10), and is represented by Actors Talent Group.

Mary Krupka

Producing Director

Mary holds BFA in Production Management from Emerson College, where she worked at the Boston Opera House, Wilbur & Colonial Theatres, and with the 2005 Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Mary spent a year in LA with NBC's Extra, Telepictures and 20th Century Fox. In Chicago, Mary has worked on several productions including Blithe Spirit at The Gift Theatre, Bible B-Sides and Sweet Confinement with Sinnerman Ensemble, and We Live Here for Theatre Seven. She has stage managed PG's punkplay & MilkMilkLemonade and production managed Girl You Know It's True and breaks & bikes.

Tim Schoen

Resident Lighting Designer

Tim is a founding member of Pavement Group and a Chicago based lighting and multi-media projection designer. A few local design credits inclue Perks of Nudity, 365 Days/365 Plays, Lipstick Traces, Arrangements, fracture/mechanics, punkplay for Pavement Group and Adore, Cash and Dead Pile for XIII Pocket. He has also designed for several other local theatre and dance companies as well as a number of local bands here in Chicago and in his hometown Cleveland, Ohio. Tim can be currently found running around Mayne Stage om Rogers Park as their Production Manager and is a former student of the late Robert Stegmiller.

Members Emeritus

Chip Davis

Producing Member

worked last with the Pavement Group on fracture/mechanics, and also played the part of Tristan Tzara in Lipstick Traces. He was in Get Right with Thirteen Pocket Productions, where he is an Ensemble member; Rainy Day People with Laboratory Theatre Co.; and 13 Dead Husbands with Sansculottes Theatre where he is an Artistic Associate. Chip currently focuses his energy on his first crop, out on Salute Farm and Vineyard in Woodstock. You can also catch him at Bower Natural Bedding which he operates.

Heidi Koling

Producing Member

Heidi was conceived in a waterfall in Fiji, and things have been super-mystical ever since. She now resides in the City of Angels, where she was a producing member to her very own theatre company (now defunct), The Racket Collective. She is currently brushing up her improv chops @ the Upright Citizens Brigade and popping up in unpaid filmic projects all over town. She is so glad Pavement Group still wants her around as they are her artistic family for all times. Some favorite PG roles include "Donna" in ARRANGEMENTS and "Dr. Narrator" in LIPSTICK TRACES and "the Drunk Girl" at ALL PARTIES. Heidi received her BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina @ Greensboro in 2004. Also, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist in LA, proud puppy lover, and hammock enthusiast. She is soon to be married to her favorite person in the whole wide world.

Jeremy Smith

Producing Member

Jeremy first got his start as “the white kid” on Family Matters, appearing on ABC from ‘89-’97. After television producers discovered whiter and even younger “white kids,” Jeremy was forced to go to college and earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education which he then used to get a job in professional wrestling. A year on the circuit and a torn ACL later, he hopped a steam ship to Chicago and knocked on the door of a hairy Mexican named Dave Perez and found work designing and building sets for Pavement Group. He liked building things while black out drunk on bourbon and has been in love with Pavement Group ever since.

Julia Dossett Morgan

Producing Member

is a founding member of Pavement Group, and over time served as the Managing Director and Casting Director as well as appearing in two productions. She is now a Member Emeritus and keeps a loving eye on PG from afar in her new home of Minneapolis, where she is the Senior Marketing Manager at Children’s Theatre Company. I still believe “the great ones give birth to themselves.”

Associates

Jake Szczepaniak

Artistic Associate

Jake couldn't be more proud to be associated with Pavement Group. He was last seen in their Amuse Bouche 2013 and Girl You Know It's True. Chicago credits include Burn This (Shattered Globe), Changes of Heart (Remy Bummpo), As You Like It ((re)discover), and Hair at the Hideout. He's been so lucky as to also work with Red Tape Theater, Circle theater, Black Elephant, Baliwick Chicago, Pride Films and Plays, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Jake is a proud 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Acting program.

Janna Webber

Artistic Associate

Janna is a Lighting Designer, always aspiring to make the stage a more beautiful place, she is so happy to be a part of the PG family. Her projects with Pavement include BREAKS & BIKES, GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE, MILKMILKLEMONADE and AMUSE BOUCHE. Currently, she is working with The Ruckus on LITTLE TRIGGERS. Past productions include, SWEET CONFINEMENT (Sinnerman Ensemble), FIFTH OF JULY (Infamous Commonwealth Theatre), SKYLIGHT (Appetite Theate), 15 MINUTES (The Ruckus), DEAD PILE, CASH (XIII Pocket). Orginally from Tacoma, WA she holds a B.A. Theatre from Loyola University Chicago.

Jessica London-Shields

Artistic Associate

Jessica London-Shields is a big fan of hyphenated last names, friendship, and most importantly: Pavement Group. She was seen in Pavement Group’s Amuse Bouche 2011, as well as MilkMilkLemonade. Other Chicago credits include: We Live Here (Theatre Seven), Cherry Smoke (The Side Project), Spring Awakening (Promethean Theatre), and Class Dismissed (Victory Gardens). She also starred in Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, a Chicago based feature length film, which enjoyed a seven-day run at the Siskel Film Center as well as screenings internationally at LGBT film festivals. Jessica can be seen in Buzz22's She Kills Monsters as part of the Steppenwolf 2013 Garage Rep program. Jessica is originally from San Francisco, and holds a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Laura Lapidus

Artistic Associate

One of the best things that has ever happened to Laura was when she received a letter from Cyd asking her to join the ranks of all the other amazing humans on this here webpage. She is grateful for all of them, and most of all loves having meetings when them. With PG, Laura has appeared in Breaks & Bikes, Amuse Bouche 2013, and directed for Amuse 2014. She has also worked with Griffin Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, The Neapolitans, and Artemisia. She can next be seen in Women Beware Women with Two Pence Theatre Co.. You should come! Laura holds a BFA from the University of Michigan.

Leah Karpel

Artistic Associate

Leah loves Pavement Group and is so happy to call them family. With PG she has performed in Amuse Bouche '10 and "11 and well as several workshops and readings. Chicago credits include: Buena Vista (upcoming), The Glass Menagerie, The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Whale, We Are Proud To Present... (Victory Gardens Theatre); Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Strawdog Theatre), Punk Rock (Griffin Theatre); and Feet Of Clay (LastMatch). Regional credits include: Ten Chimneys (Milwaukee Rep); Half And Half (Penguin Rep); The Play About My Dad (CollaborationTown); and Evanston: A Rare Comedy (HERE Arts/PS 122). Leah received her BFA from Boston University and is a proud graduate of The School At Steppenwolf.

Mallery Avidon

Artistic Associate

Mallery Avidon's plays have been developed or produced by Soho Rep, Target Margin Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Little Theater @ The New Dixon Place, On The Boards, The Attic Theater Company, The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, Pavement Group & angry BLVD, among others. Her plays include Bikes & Breaks, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love, and The Past is Not a Foreign Country (very personal) Maps of Seattle. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges in New York, a member of the 07/08 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab & currently teaching at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She spent last summer traveling across the country with two filmmakers interviewing people who have been laid off because of the recession as research for a new piece. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University.

Matt Farabee

Artistic Associate

Matt was recently seen in Pavement Group's punkplay (Steppenwolf's Garage Rep) and MilkMilkLemonade (Chicago Dramatists). His other recent credits include A Bright New Boise (Off-Broadway) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Next and Lord of the Flies (Round House Theatre). Matt is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he appeared in productions of Equus, Spring's Awakening, The Diviners and The Cradle Will Rock. He is currently a proud faculty member of the National High School Institute's Cherub's Program.

Michael Salinas

Artistic Associate

Michael Salinas has acted in Pavement Group's productions of Amuse Bouche 2011 and Girl You Know It's True. He is an ensemble member of Steep Theatre and has also played around town with Collaboraction, Theatre Seven, The House, Dog & Pony, The Gift, Lookingglass, Silk Road Rising, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens. michaelsalinasactor.com

Monica Brown

Artistic Associate

Monica is a stage manager around Chicago and has worked with Goodman Theatre, Albany Park Theatre Project, The New Colony, The Factory Theater, The Inconvenience, Knife & Fork, Collaboraction, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was Pavement Group's Stage Manager for breaks & bikes in 2012. Monica holds a BA in Theatre and English from Cornell College in Iowa. She also bakes PG cookies for PG events.

Board

  • Julia Dossett-Morgan
  • Lori Dimun
  • Mary Krupka
  • Matthew Pryor