AIMEE BASS: [more]
Aimee Bass shares her toys and plays well with others. A Chicago native, lifelong learner, drum circle facilitator, teacher, performer and percussionist, Aimee has been bringing drum based events to children, teens and adults for 15 years. While teaching Cultural Drum at St.Gregory High School, she was asked by Quest Theatre, Artists-In-Residence, to add percussion to their first mainstage production, Wizard of Oz. Believing whole-heartedly in their mission to make the arts accessible to everyone, Aimee has leant her heart, soul, hands and drums to many Quest productions since then, including National Day of Puppetry 2005, Lollapalooza Spectacle 2005, Quest Fest 2006 & 2007, Blue Nativity, Arrow to the Sun, Evolution/Creation, Drum Circle Pandora (when as "Sister Drum" she taught 100 audience members at every show how to play percussion with a live band during the play, creating a truly unique, participatory theatre experience) and in a collaboration between Quest Theatre and Indiana State University in 2012, "Sister Drum" gave drum lessons to the entire cast, adding live percussion to an original production of The Peoples History of the United States. Aimee can also be seen and heard in the all female percussion Sheboom! playing music based on West African rhythms, and also with Unidos Qui Lombo and Three for the Road.
Jason Bowen is a proud founding member and the Production Manager of Quest Theatre Ensemble. He is a 2000 graduate of Indiana State Universities Department of Theater. Jason also serves as the Resident Production Manager at Northwestern Universities Bienen School of Music and Opera Department and has served as the Production and Stage manger for such events as the National Day of Puppetry, the Puppet and Drum Festival, Lollapalooza Kids’ Stage, and Chicagoween and the Haunted "L" with the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the CTA, and the Chicago Office of Tourism. Jason's capacities with Quest are two fold, that being production management and performance. With Quest, he has been seen on the stage as P.T. Barnum in Barnum; the Tinman-The Wizard of OZ; the title role in Barry Manilow’s The Drunkard; Buck Badam-Alas! Alack! Zorro's Back!;'Big' Harry Deal-Males Order Brides and numerous years touring with Blue Nativity and Quests Easter Pageants. His regional credits include: Jesus-Godpsell, Oberon/Theseus-Midsummer Nights Dream, Hook in Return of Neverland, Bill Ray-On Golden Pond; El Gallo-The Fantasticks; Tony-Tony’n’Tina’s Wedding; Peter Stossel-Christmas Schooner; Sam-Bark The Musical!; Berger-Hair and Paul-Barefoot in the Park and Nick-A Kiss From Alexander (Joseph Jefferson nominated for Best Actor in a Musical) Jason sailed aboard the Norwegian Jade as the Master of Ceremonies and Cruise Director in the Mediterranean Sea in 2008/2009. He has been seen regionally and nationally on both television and in print for Sears, Kmart, Sargento Cheese, Illinois Lottery, Culvers Custard, KILZ Primer, State Farm, Office Max, Four Wind's Casino and Service Magic. Jason is a stilt-dancer and also free-lance improvisation and drama teacher.
DAVID ESPOSITO: [more]
David Esposito is the Director of Housing Administration and Sponsored Funds for Thresholds a not for profit agency in Chicago. David has held this position for over 10 years. As the Director of Housing Administration David is responsible for managing a portfolio of over $25M of agency owned assets and $500K annually of government funded housing subsidies. In addition, as the Director of Sponsored Funds David is also responsible for managing over $15M in Federal, State, City, Foundation and other grants awarded to Thresholds annually. David has been managing the finances for Quest for over 3 years and is a leading player along with the Board of Directors in the development of the financial plan to maintain the financial stability for Quest and its’ overall mission of providing FREE Theater to all.
Andrew Park is an American playwright, lyricist, circus and stage director, puppeteer and the founding Artistic Director of Chicago's Quest Theatre Ensemble. He holds an MFA in Directing and Dramaturgy from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and worked with Peter Schumann and The Bread and Puppet Theatre (2001) in Glover, Vermont. Before moving to Chicago, Andrew was the Artistic Director for three professional seasons aboard the Showboat Becky Thatcher Theater in Marietta, Ohio (1998-2000). Andrew's original production, Seashore, was nominated for three Jeff Citations including "Ensemble" and "New Work" (2002). Other credits include Circus Crashers at the Actors Gymnasium, the opening spectacle for the Lollapalooza music festival (2005), the Chinese Acrobat production of Cirque Shanghai (2006 & 2007) at the Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, and Bai Xi at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. He also directed Quest's European tour of Blue Nativity (2007) and conceived and directed Quest's People's History of the United States nominated for two Jeff Citations including "New Work" (2008) and the Jeff Award winning production of Evolution/Creation nominated for five Jeff Citations including "New Work" and "Direction" (2010). He is currently serving as Artistic Director for the John G. Shedd Aquarium where he conceives and directs multispecies animal shows featuring dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, penguins, and hawks. His Shedd productions are performed for more than two million audience members annually. Andrew's newest musical created with friend, composer and collaborator, Scott Lamps, will be produced by Indiana's Crossroads Repertory Theater as part of their 2012 season.
JULIE TAYLOR: [more]
Julie Taylor grew up in central Nebraska and attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. There she recieved her BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in painting & sculpture. After college, Julie moved to NYC where she held the postion of Assitant Technical Director at the American Academy of Dramitic Arts. She also had a lively career as a free lance theater technician working in off-broadway houses such as Union Square Theater, Minneta Lane, the Vineyard Theater and many more. Julie spent her summer months in the Catskill mountains at the Forestburgh Playhouse for 5 seasons - this is where she first met members of Quest. Since moving to Chicago in 2003, she has been an active ensemble member of Quest with responsibilities including set and puppet construction along with scene painting.
MOLLIE WEGERSON: [more]
Mollie Wegerson hails from Chicago and holds a BA in theatre from Earlham College. Quest credits include Alas! Alack! Zorro's Back!, Evolution/Creation, The People's Drum Circle Pandora, The People's Four Seasons, Enter Love, and Barnum!
JASON BOWEN: Production Manager
DAVID ESPOSITO: Managing Director
ANDREW PARK: Artistic Director
RICHARD HAY: President
ELLIOTT FREDLAND: Vice President
AMANDA BANDEN: Secretary
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