CAST & CREW

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KELLY LEVANDER

 Director/Ms. Levi

Kelly Levander (She/Her, Director) is a Director with an MFA in Acting from the East Coast. Prior to moving to the Windy City, she directed in Texas, Virginia, and Minnesota. Chicago directing credits include Gigi’s Party (2021), My Ideal Match!, and the Rooftop Theater Series (Yellow Rose Theatre);  Attachment Disorder (NoMads Arts Collective); Patchwork New Play Festival (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre) Spike Heels and The Confessional (Honest Theater). Kelly is thrilled to return Gigi’s Party (2022) and lend her hand to the crucial art of live storytelling with The Yellow Rose Theatre.

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JOSEPH ZAKI

Playwright\Mr. Levi

Joseph Zaki (He\him) is the Co-
Founder of the Yellow Rose Theater. I am inspired, thrilled, and humbled each day by the passion, artistic talent, and energy each cast member brings. The joy of making Theatre together and seeing words come to life is simply remarkable. Thank you to the incredible cast and crew of Gigi’s Party.

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KATHERINE WETTERMANN

GiGi

Katherine Wettermann (She/Her, Gigi) feels incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to bring Gigi to life for a second run! Previous theater credits include:The Black Knight (Lifeboat Productions),The Smell of the Kill (Towle Theater), and The Wild Women of Planet Wongo (Not Too Fancy Productions). Katherine is a proud member of The Yellow Rose Theater Ensemble and represented by The Rock Agency. Many thanks to family and friends for always supporting through the ups and downs!

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KIERAN O'CONNOR

Zak

Kieran O'Connor (He/Him, Zak) is born and raised in Chicago and has been acting since his glory days in elementary school. His latest credits include The Caucasian Inner Circle, or Hooray for Billionaires (Ensemble) with The Conspirators and Snake River Expedition (Ensemble) at Cedar Point. He is beyond thankful and ecstatic to share this wonderful production with you all. Much love to family, friends, Yellow Rose Theatre Cast and Crew, and every mentor over the years.

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ELIZABETH KELLER

Nadya

Elizabeth Callaway Keller (She/Her, Nadya) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Gigi’s Party in the role of Nadya.  Elizabeth is a Chicago theatre and on camera actor and a 2020 graduate of The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting.  Some of Elizabeth’s favorite on stage roles include Veta in Harvey, Tanya in Mamma Mia! and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz.  Prior to relocating back to Chicago five years ago, she worked in Finance in New York City and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.  Elizabeth has a background in music and was a member of Penn’s University Choir and Choral Society as well as the Women’s Ensemble of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. 
Elizabeth would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful Gigi’s Party cast, crew, Kelly, Joseph and of course her loving husband Joe – it is a privilege and honor to share the stage with you once again!  Elizabeth is a proud ensemble member of Yellow Rose and is represented by Dream Team Talent.

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SEAN FRETT

Maged

Sean Frett (He/Him, Maged) is a writer and performer who is grateful to be able to work regularly with the Yellow Rose Theater as a company member. He can usually be found improvising, singing or acting in theaters around Chicago, unless he’s chilling at home with his husband and two dogs.

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JOE BUSHELL

Andrew

Joe Bushell (He/Him, Andrew) is a homegrown Chicago actor and improviser with training at the Black Box ACADEMY, Second City, and Annoyance Theatre. Some of his recent theater credits include My Ideal Match (Yellow Rose Theatre), It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (Oil Lamp Theater), and Beauty and the Beast (Beverly Arts Center). In October and November, you can see him in The Wizards, produced by Free Street Theater. Joe has also appeared in a number of independent films - Domesticated Animals, Zero Mile Mark, The Worm - and the FOX TV show The Big Leap. Joe is a proud ensemble member of Yellow Rose; he's thrilled to reprise the role of Andrew and act alongside his lovely wife Elizabeth in this production.

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SOPHIA VITELLO

Elena

Sophia Vitello (She/Her, Elena) is so thrilled to be returning to "Gigi's Party!" Recent credits include "The Playboy of the Western World" at City Lit Theatre Company, "This Is Only A Test" at Broken Nose Theatre, and "Goose and Gert" with Kerfuffle Theatre for Very Young Audiences. Extra shout out to Carrie Hardin for assisting her with the French accent! Much love to the cast and crew of Gigi's Party, and extra love to her friends, family, and Sam.

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MADELINE DIEGO

Fatima

Madeline Diego (She/Her, Fatima) Madeline is thrilled to be reprising the role of Fatima in Gigi's party.  It's her Den Theatre debut!  Madeline is one of the founding ensemble members of The Yellow Rose Theatre.  She has been in Chicago for almost three years now, and has worked with a number of Chicago based theatres including The Icon Project with Violet Surprise Theatre, Talk Radio with Three Brothers Theatre, and a podcast recording of the Buckets and The Gravel on First Time For Everything series to name a few.  Madeline would like to thank her family and friends, near and far, for all of their love and support!

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LILIANA MASTROIANNI

Understudy - Gigi

Liliana Mastroianni (She/They, Gigi u/s) is thrilled to have worked on this incredible show. She is a recent graduate of Skidmore College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Theater. Recent credits include: And Baby Makes Seven (Anna/Cecil), Night Static (All Roles), The Bacchae (Tattoo Woman/Second Aide), Young (Laura/Genny/Candi/Doe 1), The Gulf (Kendra), The Harvest (Michaela), The Little Mermaid (Dad/Seahorse/Apprentice), We Used to Wear Bonnets and Get High All the Time (Rose II). Last fall, she studied commedia dell'arte, clowning, devising, and mask-making at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. They would like to thank their friends, family, and the cast and crew of Gigi's Party for their love, kindness, and support.

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BENJAMIN TERPSTRA

Understudy - Zak

  

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EVA ANDREWS

Understudy - Nadya

Eva Andrews (She/Her, Nadya u/s)This show is full of “firsts” for Eva Andrews: first show in Chicago, first show with Yellow Rose Theater, and first show as an understudy! Eva has acted, sung and devised her way across the stages of her hometown, Portland, OR, with Profile Theater, Twilight Theater Company, Rose City Shakespeare and Torchsong Entertainment to name a few. She would like to thank the cast and crew of Gigi’s Party for being such an awesome and talented group of people to get to know and work with!

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ERIN STEWART

Understudy - Elena\Fatima

Erin Stewart (She/Her, Elena/Fatima u/s) is very excited to be a part of Gigi's Party! She is originally from Las Vegas, NV, where she worked as a singer and gondolier at The Venetian Resort on the strip. She is a proud graduate of The Second City Comedy Studies 2018 cohort, RADA Shakespeare Intensive 2019 cohort, and NTI Spring 2020 cohort. Recent credits include Marta in the playThe Black Knight, Francis in the film 32 Degrees, and upcoming credits include Colleen in The HoA. Thank you to the lovely members of The Yellow Rose Theater for letting her join such a wonderful production!

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RYAN CASON

Understudy - Maged\Andrew

Ryan Cason is a recent graduate from Bard College, and has been living and working in Chicago as an actor for the last year, understudying with Lifeboat Productions (The Black Knight) and Promethean Theater Company (Richard III), as well as playing the lead role in
Tommy on Top with PrideArts Theater. Ryan is now understudying with Yellow Rose Theater, and is excited  for audiences to experience Gigi’s Party.

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JOSH FITCH

Stage Manager

Joshua Fitch (He/Him) was born in Nebraska where he got a degree in theatre. Josh moved to Chicago in November to pursue his dreams of being a Stage Manager. While in college Josh Stage Managed thirteen productions all from straight plays, musicals, and dance concerts. Last summer Josh worked at the Santa Fe Opera in the properties run crew. Josh has Stage Managed at The Three Brothers theatre company and is excited to be able to work such an amazing cast and crew here at Yellow Rose Theatre and hopes to come back in the future.

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ANNA YEE

Marketing

Anna Yee (She/Her) is a proud ensemble member of the Yellow Rose Theatre and is happy to take on a behind-the-scenes role for Gigi’s Party. You may recognize Anna from the Yellow Rose Theatre’s interactive and rooftop shows, Hellcab (Agency Theater), or TV shows like Chicago Fire. When she’s not acting, Anna enjoys writing and running along Lake Michigan. She would like to thank all of her friends and family for the love and support they constantly give her. Anna is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent

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ELLIE HUMPHRYS 

Lighting

Ellie Humphrys (She/They, Lighting Designer) graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Lighting Design from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has been working the Chicago theatre scene ever since. Select design credits include: Last Night in Karaoke Town (The Factory Theatre), Gather (Filament Theatre), The Queen of Sock Pairing (Red Tape Theatre), Detour Guide (Silk Road Rising/Stage Left Theatre), Hellcab (The Agency Theatre Collective), Belfast Girls (Artemesia Theatre), and Ladies First (Laboratory Dancers). More information and an online portfolio can be found at  

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NUPUR GURJAR

Set Designer

A human-centered designer by profession, Nupur has worked in the Set Design industry in Mumbai India where she explored her creative outlook derived from her background as an Architect, Performer and Design thinker across versatile platforms like web series, commercials, and music videos for a few major productions. She is trained in Indian classical dancing and music vocals and enjoys her time engaging with theatre as a designer, artist, and enthusiast or strumming her guitar.