Karisa Bruin: Stage directing credits include Texas Sheen also by Anthony Ellison (World Premiere), Hanging Women by Donna Spector (NYC premiere), The Imaginary Invalid and tenpinhighway by Sam Cohan. In NYC, she directed a staged reading for Intravenous Theatre: Sharks of Montana by Jonathan Goldberg. On Camera directing credits include A Grand Undertaking, How to Get a Girl/Friend and Manny & Bev. As an actor, Karisa has been seen on stage inThe Trojan Women: A Love Story (twice) and Big Love both by Chuck Mee, The Illusion, Dear Brutus, Machinal, and Doña Rosita. Film & TV credits include One in a Million, Battleground, and the forthcoming Origins of Wit and Humor. Karisa has studied improvisation with the UCB, Magnet, iO, and the Annoyance. Training: Michael Howard Studios Conservatory; National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Dartmouth College, BA.
Jeri Frederickson is a writer, director, and curator in Chicago. Her writing has been featured in Thought Notebook and Vine Leaves Journal. Recent collaborations as literary manager, dramaturg, or director include: Seanachai Theatre, Whiskey Rebellion, Artemisia, Trellis, First Folio, and Artistic Home. Jeri is an ensemble member and the associate artistic director at Seanachai.
Ashley Neal is thrilled to be a part of 10-4 and to be working on Ryan’s play! Currently, Ashley is performing in Men Should Weep with Griffin Theatre where she was lady seen in Stage Door. She is a proud member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble where she has appeared in many productions, including: Wrens, 26 Miles, The Walls, Expecting Isobel, Be Aggressive, and many other projects. She has also had the pleasure of working with Redtwist Theatre, Pine Box, Seanachi Theatre, Victory Gardens theatre, greasy joan and co., Jackalope, and many others. When she is not performing, Ashley teaches at Bkack Bix Acting Studio and Columbia College. She is a graduate of Columbia College and The School at Steppenwolf.
Mary Rose O’Connor is a Chicago-based theatre artist. Originally hailing from the great city of Wilmington, Delaware, Mary spent her formative years in Westminster, Maryland. She moved to Chicago after completing her undergraduate degree in Theatre Design & Production from Towson University in Baltimore and has been in Chicago ever since. Mary founded Lights Out Theatre Company, is a co-producer of The Gogo Show, a writer, performer, and director. In 2013, she founded the Trellis bookstore in the Greenhouse Theater Center, which is where she now sits as Director of Education and Special Events.