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Cast & Crew

Sara Pavlak McGuire is an award-winning theatre actor. Her acting credits include Time Stands Still (Jeff Award nomination for Leading Performer in a Play), The Crowd You’re In With, The Laramie Project, Four by Tenn, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Women of Lockerbie, and The Water’s Edge. Her film work includes the role of Sasha in Killer Reality by Mar Vista Entertainment. Sara is a company member with Conspirators Theatre Co and is Co-Artistic Director of AstonRep Theatre Company. She received a Jeff Award for her work as Agnes in Agnes of God with Hubris Productions. Sara holds an MFA in acting from Western Illinois University.

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Sara Pavlak McGuire  

Brian Pastor is the Founding Executive Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble and served as the Artistic Director for six years. At Promethean, they directed The Lion in Winter, The Winter’s Tale, and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (all Broadway World Award Nominated – Best Director), as well as Henry V and The Dark Side of the Bard. Brian is the Executive Director of Sideshow Theatre, the former Executive Director of Raven Theatre, and the former Managing Director of City Lit Theater. Brian’s acting credits include Hauptmann with City Lit, Future Echoes with WildClaw, and The Lark and A Study in Scarlet with Promethean. They are also a former board and company member of The Mime Company and a founding company member of Chicago dell’Arte.

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Brian Pastor

Krista is a former comedian and actress and future wellness guru and self-love influencer. She performed comedy in various venues including Zanies, Second City, and The Lincoln Lodge. She was also a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a weekly female/queer friendly comedy show in Chicago. Some of Krista’s acting credits include Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, and Eva in Three.  She directed and performed in several productions of Vagina Monologues. Krista has a BA in Theatre from SIU Carbondale and trained in Improv at Second City and The Annoyance. 

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Krista Atkinson  

Jason Peck is a British-American actor, comedian, writer, and filmmaker based in Chicago. He has performed professionally since the late 90s, touring the UK and mainland Europe. When he lived in London, Jason wrote and performed sketches for Newsrevue, the World’s longest running satirical sketch comedy show, and also contributed material for the topical sketch show, The Treason Show. His comedy stylings include stand-up, sketch, improv, and theatrical productions.


Jason has written and performed in numerous Chicago storefront theatre productions. In 2017, his original British pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk was commissioned and produced by The Gorilla Tango Theatre. 

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Jason Peck

Robert Tobin is an actor, writer, and director. With AstonRep (As Actor): Equus, The Lonesome West, Time Stands Still, Les Liaisons Dangerueses, Wit, God of Carnage, Doubt, and Closer. Other select credits include The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf), Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Cymbeline (First Folio), King John (Shakespeare Project of Chicago), Macbeth (Utah Shakespearean Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and The Rivals (Montana Shakespeare Company). His play Low, based on Anton Chekhov’s short story Misery, won top award for best adaptation in the “Art of Adaptation” festival in Chicago. Select film and television credits include: Days of Our Lives, My Name Is Earl, Diehard With A Vengeance, Fall Away, The Cockups.


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Robert Tobin  
Dr. Alan

Jackelyn is an actor and formerly a business manager with 20% Theatre Company. She graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in Theater. Some of her favorite credits include Caro in 20%'s Girlfriend, Jackie-O in The House of Yes, and Jenica in Tammy: A Coming of Age Story About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex. She is also an Artistic Associate with Collaboraction Theater Company and Synapse Art Collective.

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Jackelyn Normand

Melissa Albertario

Melissa is an independent Film and Theatre Producer and Director. As the Founding Artistic Director of Focal Point Theatre Company, she produced and directed the critically-acclaimed Midwest premiere of Patrick Marber's play After Miss Julie. As Literary Manager and Resident Director for 20% Theatre Company, she collaborated across multiple seasons, which included producing her world-premiere adaptation of Electra & Orestes in 2011. Early in her career, she was honored with the Curator's Choice Award for directing Prometheus Bound at the Around the Coyote Festival. 

Lance Soltys
Director of Photography

Lance graduated with a degree in cinema from SIU Carbondale.  After college he worked as a union camera-assistant on many feature films, which gave him the opportunity to work with such esteemed cinematographers as Haskell Wexler, and Steven Poster.  He mentored under the great Chicago cameraman, William Birch (The Blues Brothers).  Since then, he has shot many short independent films, including the award-winning stop-motion short, No Exit?  This will be Lance's second feature as Director of Photography.

Scott Dixon
Field Sound Recordist

Originally from Pennsylvania, Scott Dixon works as an Editor, as well as a Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Artist, for a wide variety of productions based in Chicago, IL. Scott has served as the Post Production Supervisor and Head Editor for the iO Comedy Network, as well editing a wide variety of Chicago-based sketch comedy videos for Awkward Spaceship.

Dr. Bruce Bloom
Executive Producer

Dr. Bruce Bloom is the President and Chief Science Officer of Cures Within Reach. His journey to this position started in February 2002, when he became the Executive Director of Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships, a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. In 2005, when Goldman Partnerships created the public charity Partnership for Cures to carry on the Goldman mission, Dr. Bloom became President and Chief Science Officer. In October 2012, Partnership for Cures changed its name to Cures Within Reach to better reflect the focus of its mission:  repurposing drugs and other treatments to speed cures to patients. Dr. Bloom directs the operation of this public charity dedicated to improving patient quality and length of life by facilitating pilot clinical trials testing repurposed treatments designed to be immediately incorporated into clinical use. 

Tim Kinner
Executive Producer

Tim Kinner is an award-winning filmmaker. His interest in movies started at a young age. After becoming weary of the artless plots of PG13 films, he would sneak off to the video rental store to see more grown-up fare like The Good Son and The Professional (a.k.a Leon). His interest in movies increased with particular passion for the works of Buster Keaton and Stanley Kubrick. Tim has worked as a PA on a couple of projects over the years, including the short film Klya's Law shot in Chicago. He has also written, directed, produced 5 short films that include Plum Town, Bad Animal, Joshua, and the award-winning micro short film Sure Odds.

Steve Goldsher
Executive Producer

Steve Goldsher, President of Graphic Purchasing Solutions, is a CPA that has worked in the print industry since 1986. He began as Chief Financial Officer for a small pre-press house in Chicago (Revere Graphics), which later became the largest and the premier shop in all of the Midwest. Steve spearheaded numerous acquisitions throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s, and a consortia was formed called The Enteron Group.

One of the divisions purchased in 1991 was Merit Graphics, a sheet-fed commercial printing operation. Steve became CEO of Merit in 1992 and tripled sales within 2 years by implementing many of the principles which now framework GPS. In 1998, Steve was instrumental in selling The Enteron Group, then over $60 Million in annual revenues, to a publicly traded $2 Billion graphics concern.

Stephen Johnson
Executive Producer

Stephen Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors of The Raven Theatre in Chicago serving as Treasurer until he assumed his current position of President in May 2021. In addition to years of service and philanthropy, he has served as the theatre's volunteer bookkeeper since 2017. 


Johnson enjoys the intellectual stimulation provided by theater, having retired to Chicago (to live near his two sons and their families after having lived near his daughter and her family while working in the St Louis area) following careers in academia, public accounting and manufacturing. He has a B.A. in History from Austin College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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