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Geoffrey EdwardsGEOFFREY EDWARDS (Artistic Director) is an active director of theatre, opera and musicals whose work has been cited for excellence by the Chicago SUN-TIMES. As Artistic Director of MTC, he has staged over a dozen acclaimed dramatic productions, ranging from CYRANO DE BERGERAC, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, MARY STUART, and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF to THE MISANTHROPE, THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Resident Stage Director for the DuPage Opera Theatre, he has worked with Italy’s New Opera Festival di Roma, along with some of this country’s leading regional opera companies. His extensive musical credits include operatic classics LA TRAVIATA, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, and LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, operettas such as THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and DIE FLEDERMAUS, and musical theatre favorites SOUTH PACIFIC, CAMELOT, and MAN OF LA MANCHA. Author and lecturer, his books with Ryan Edwards include THE VERDI BARITONE: STUDIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMATIC CHARACTER (Indiana University Press), which can be purchased online from Amazon.com, as well as VERDI AND PUCCINI HEROINES: DRAMATIC CHARACTERIZATION IN GREAT SOPRANO ROLES (Scarecrow Press), and AKA DOC: THE ORAL HISTORY OF A NEW ORLEANS STREET MUSICIAN (Cadence Jazz Books).

Rachel MartindaleRACHEL MARTINDALE (President) is one of the north shore’s most prominent actresses and has starred in such MTC hits as CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, MARY STUART, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE MISANTHROPE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, AS YOU LIKE IT, and THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. She has performed throughout the Chicago area, receiving acclaim for her work in Raven Theatre’s production of THE CRUCIBLE and taking leading roles in shows ranging from ANTIGONE, HIPPOLYTUS, THE TEMPEST and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING to THE LARK, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, BLITHE SPIRIT, and BUS STOP. In addition to her stage performances, she adapted and directed a touring production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, as well as MTC’s popular summer shows A LOVER AND HIS LASS: A COLLECTION OF SHAKESPEAREAN LOVE SCENES AND SONNETS and SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK.

Ryan EdwardsRYAN EDWARDS (Artistic Consultant) has received critical acclaim as both a singer and actor throughout North America and Europe. He has starred in such hit MTC productions as CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE MISANTHROPE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, SOUTH PACIFIC, CAMELOT, and MAN OF LA MANCHA. A leading baritone with the Metropolitan Opera, he has appeared in over a dozen operas at the Met, including LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, CARMEN, ERNANI, DON CARLO, and LA FORZA DEL DESTINO. Among his European performances are IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA in Barcelona, MACBETH in London, and CATERINA CORNARO in Paris. Also in great demand for theatre and musicals, his stage credits range from MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, ANTIGONE, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, MY 3 ANGELS, and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA to KISS ME KATE, CAROUSEL, and DESERT SONG. His performances have been carried by the BBC, ORTF-Paris, Voice of Europe Radio Network, CBS, and Texaco Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts. His TV appearances include the CBC’s award-winning MAID OF ORLEANS, and his film credits include THE VOCAL LION and I PAGLIACCI. Among his recordings are Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 8 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of CATERINA CORNARO. Author and lecturer, his books with Geoffrey Edwards) include THE VERDI BARITONE: STUDIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMATIC CHARACTER (Indiana University Press), which can be purchased online from Amazon.com, as well as VERDI AND PUCCINI HEROINES: DRAMATIC CHARACTERIZATION IN GREAT SOPRANO ROLES (Scarecrow Press), and AKA DOC: THE ORAL HISTORY OF A NEW ORLEANS STREET MUSICIAN (Cadence Jazz Books).

PAUL KNAPPENBERGER (Vice President) is MTC’s Resident Production Designer and has designed dozens of shows throughout the midwest. He spent four years as lighting designer at St. Olaf College, and in Chicago he has designed such productions as THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THREE BY TENNESSEE, THE KING AND I, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE SORCERER, THE LITTLE FOXES, THE LARK, THE MARQUISE, OKLAHOMA!, CITY OF ANGELS, and WEST SIDE STORY. His other credits range from PROMETHEUS BOUND, SEVEN DEADLY VIRTUES, and THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE to THE GONDOLIERS, THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and COLE.

E. GLENN RIPPIE (Treasurer) is a partner in the distinguished law firm of Hopkins & Sutter and has been active in the promotion of theatre and the arts in Illinois for many years. He has served as a consultant or board member for numerous Chicago-area theatre companies and is also a respected producer.

KATE BOLGRIEN (Board Secretary) is MTC’s Resident Production Stage Manager, with extensive midwestern credits including Apple Tree Theatre, Great America, and New American Theatre. A multi-talented theatre professional, she has sung with numerous orchestras and choral organizations both in the United States and Europe and has served as Music Director for such shows as CAMELOT, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. In addition to her work at MTC, she has stage managed dozens of productions ranging from MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, and VITAL SIGNS to PIPPIN, OKLAHOMA! and GODSPELL

PEG MALLOY (Executive Producer) has been one of the north shore’s leading theatrical producers for over twenty years. Equally successful with comedy and drama, plays and musicals, she has presented scores of hit shows ranging from MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL and ANTIGONE to BLITHE SPIRIT and THE ROYAL FAMILY, from THE CHERRY ORCHARD and PYGMALION to SOMETHING’S AFOOT and APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH, from GUYS AND DOLLS, OKLAHOMA!, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC to ANNIE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and ONCE UPON A MATTRESS.

Kathleen Hugo KATHLEEN HUGO (Special Events) is one of the north shore’s best-loved actresses. Her numerous credits range from GODSPELL to MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL, from HARVEY, BLITHE SPIRIT and PORTRAIT OF A MADONNA to ROMEO AND JULIET, ANTIGONE, and THE CHERRY ORCHARD. She received her training at Barat College, has taught creative drama for the Des Plaines theatre Guild and the Mundelein Park District, and has directed extensively throughout the Chicago area. She has delighted MTC audiences in such roles as Aunt Abby in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Big Mama in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Queen Elizabeth in MARY STUART, and Lady Bracknell in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.


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