ADEOYE

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Adeoye lives life as a Bard – a Jack of all trades, steadily accumulating mastery in them all.  In addition to creating art, he teaches yoga and pilates and practices Thai bodywork. He frequently appears as an actor on stage at Lookingglass Theatre (2011 Tony Award Recipient for Outstanding Regional Theatre), where he also serves as a Teaching Artist. In Chicago he has worked at Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre and The House Theatre of Chicago. Regionally, he has played at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Guthrie Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He attended The School at Steppenwolf, and earned an MFA at The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and The George Washington University in DC. Inspired by the rich formation in Ensemble Process he has enjoyed professionally, as well as by his time spent working with The Backroom Shakespeare Project, he conceived of Quicksilver as his contribution to American Theatre.

RYAN ALAN JONES

CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Ryan Alan Jones is an actor, yogi, and sometimes nomad living and working in Chicago with his best friends; Elizabeth Tuazon, his wife, and Adeoye, his partner and cohort. He believes that Shakespeare’s works are alive with potential for the modern audience and that a return to the original tone and intent of these pieces, as entertainment for all, is a way to renew their power and relevance. He is the founder of Wild Atlas Theatre Co., a Wicker Park-based company focused on featuring local artists and underrepresented voices. Before moving to Chicago in the early Spring of 2016, he was an actor in Washington D.C. who had the pleasure to work with such companies as Synetic Theatre, Spooky Action, Flying V, Studio Theatre, and at The Kennedy Center. He trained in the BFA Acting program at California State University, Fullerton.

ELIZABETH MCANULTY QUILTER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Elizabeth McAnulty Quilter, is an actor, writer, devisor, producer, and clown. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, Elizabeth received her MA in devising and performance. Since returning from her time in London, Elizabeth has been creating and performing in theatre across the country, including clown and devised work with the Royal Frog Ballet located in Amherst, Massachusetts, immersive theatre in Emily Dickinson’s home with the TheatreTruck Company, and performing in outdoor Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet and as the twin Dromios in Comedy of Errors. Now in her third year in Chicago, Elizabeth has helped devise and perform with such companies as A Dead Whale Productions, One Year Chekhov, and the Backroom Shakespeare Project. A lover of clown, physical theatre and classical text, Elizabeth is thrilled to have been brought on to the Quicksilver team with the goal of bringing Shakespeare to a wider audience and in unexpected places – while continuing to produce and perform her own work. Other training includes, Chekhov with the Moscow Art Theatre, Shakespeare & Company’s winter intensive, commedia and mask work at Academia Dell’Arte, and classical text with British American Drama Academy.

JILLIAN PATTERSON

ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Jillian is an actor, singer, dancer and movement artist native to California, who pretty much only does classical work, and is perfectly happy with that. For her third year in Chicago, she’s spent two or more nights a week dedicated to this crazy project with this hard working ensemble, and has no regrets. Chicago credits include The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe (upcoming this fall at Oak Park Festival Theatre), Cymbeline (Strawdog Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Shakespeare Project), The Roaring Ones (Rhino Fest) and Golden Pill (DDADIS Fest). Regional credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Man of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Lend Me A Tenor the Musical and more (PCPA). Jillian has trained with The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Green Room, Vagabond School and Walkabout Theatre. 

CHRISTINA WARD

COMPANY MANAGER

Christina Ward is so thrilled to have found an artistic home in Quicksilver Shakespeare where she can play absolutely anyone! She has loved Shakespeare since she did a wonderfully innocent middle school production of a Midsummer Nights Dream. She has performed with companies here in Chicago such as Pegasus Theatre, Dandelion Theatre, and Theatre Evolve. Christina holds her BFA in theatre performance from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

SAMIE JO JOHNSON

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Samie Jo Johnson is so grateful to have fallen in with the Quicksilver crew, this method of madness is an absolute dream project. Prior to landing in Chicago, Samie Jo has lived and worked in Seattle, Denver, Southern Indiana, and the many highways in between. She is an actor, poet, playwright, and director. In Chicago she has worked with Stone Soup Shakespeare, Opera-Matic, The Cuckoo’s Theater Project, Nox Arca, and continues to develop her own work. Samie Jo has trained in various theatre making techniques domestically and abroad and has a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville.

DANIEL WESTHEIMER

COMMUNITY OUTREACH LIASON

Daniel is excited to extend his role in the Quicksilver Family. He an actor, improvisor, writer and musician, who as been based in Chicago for the last three years. Prior to Chicago, he spent many years performing regionally, mainly in Cincinnati and St. Louis. In Chicago He performed in Chicken Little and The Reluctant Dragon in Improv Playhouse’s TYA educational tours, and is an ensemble member of The Crowd Theatre’s house team, Nevada. He also appears in The Crowds monthly show, Dubtitles, and in iO’s monthly show, This year In Music. Daniel performs his music and on independent improvisation teams all throughout the city as well as at comedy festivals across the country. He is a proud member of The Open Concept. Daniel is excited to perform in Alice… Through the Looking Glass later this summer through Arrenmore Arts. He has training from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Groundings program for young actors, is a graduate of both iO and CIC programs for improvisation, and received his BFA in acting from Webster University.

CORRIE RIEDL

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Corrie is an actor, singer, and animal lover who could not be more pleased to be a part of the creative insanity that is Quicksilver Shakespeare. She is thrilled to have found an artistic home so full of artists so willing to take on this challenge. Corrie has been working with Quicksilver since it’s early development stages in 2017 and looks forward to sharing it with the rest of the world! When she is not with Quicksilver, Corrie can be found working in Audience Services at Lookingglass Theatre Company, at a law firm downtown, dog sitting, enjoying wine with friends, and participating in other great theatre throughout Chicago.