Provision Theater Welcomes New Company Members and Staff!

Provision theater is proud to announce the addition of two new
Company Members and three new Staff Members for the 2011-2012 Season.

Meet new Company Member, Rod Armentrout soon to be seen in The Foreigner opening February 4!

Rod ArmentroutRod Armentrout, originally from Iowa, received his MFA in acting from Purdue University and just completed his first production with Provision Theater as Dietrich Bonhoeffer
in Bonhoeffer’s Cost. He spent most of this century and a bit of the last working as an actor with Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association. Over the course of a typical weekend at Willow Creek he was privileged to perform original short plays before
thousands of attenders – it was always exhilarating and humbling. During the church’s 20th Anniversary Celebration he had the unique experience of performing before 20,000 in the United Center. During his time at Willow Creek he also expanded his interests into script development, directing and actor training. While working with the Willow Creek Association, he was given the opportunity to stretch into on-camera work and perform live in Norway, Holland, Germany and South Africa. He is honored to be counted amongst the Provision Theater Company Members.

Lia MortensenMeet new Company Member, Lia Mortensen soon to be seen in The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey opening November 26!

LIA D. MORTENSEN is delighted to be returning to PROVISION THEATER where she appeared in last season’s production of The Hiding Place (for which she received a Jeff Nomination).  She most recently appeared in ATC’s Jeff-nominated world-premiere of The Big Meal. Other Chicago credits include the Pulitzer prize-winning Rabbit Hole at GOODMAN THEATRE; RIVENDELL:  Fighting Words;  NORTHLIGHT:  Lady Windermere’s Fan, Sky Girls, and Talley’s Folly; CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE:  All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure; STEPPENWOLF: Closer and Faith Healer (for which she received a Jeff Nomination and the Sarah Siddons-Actress of the Year Award;  REMMYBUMPO: Night and Day (premiere production); ORGANIC:  Aristocrats; CLASSIC AMERICAN THEATRE:  Voice of the Turtle and Glass Menagerie (w/Celeste Holm); NEXT:  Well, A Doll’s House, Macbeth and The Illusion; and several productions at COURT THEATRE.  Lia adds her first co-directing credit (w/Ryan Martin) with The Den Theater’s Bus Stop by William Inge.  Film credits include the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and Blink.  Television credits includeThe Chicago Code, Family Practice, Early Editionand Missing PersonsShe has numerous voiceover commercial credits.   Lia is an ensemble member of PROVISION THEATER and THE DEN THEATER.

Megan GallagherMeet new Box Office Manager, Megan Gallagher!

Megan started off at Provision in 2010, as one of the Stage Management team for The Hiding Place. She joined the box office team for the 2010/2011 season starting with Godspell, and they haven’t been able to get rid of her since!

In her spare time, Megan continues to Stage Manage, having worked with Appetite Theatre, Mortar Theatre, and also as the U/RTA Chicago open auditions Stage Manager for the past three years.

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Zachary RobertsMeet new Artistic Associate and Casting Director, Zachary Roberts!

Zachary Roberts is very excited to be joining Provision Theater as Casting Director.  Originally from North Carolina, Zachary has been performing, directing, and teaching theater for many years.  He holds a BA in Theatre from Campbell University, a BFA in Theatre Education from East Carolina University, and a MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University.  Before moving to Illinois, he was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Arising Light Productions–a successful storefront theater in Raleigh.  He also taught theater at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.  Some of his directing credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Steel Magnolias, Mass Appeal, Desire under the Elms, Eurydice, and All My Sons.  He has worked at several theaters in Chicago including Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, and The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company.  Zachary’s favorite playwrights include Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and Sarah Ruhl.  His passion for casting allows him to be an organizer and an artist, setting up auditions and then watching actors work.  Zachary is married to the beautiful Shannon Roberts and is the proud father of the almost one year old Lila Kate.

Alysa TurnerMeet new Marketing Director, Alysa Turner!

Originally from Utica, New York, Alysa holds a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts Management from Ithaca College. She joined Provision Theater as the Assistant Marketing Coordinator in the Spring of 2011 and took the position of Marketing Coordinator for the 2011-2012 Season.

Alysa has lived in Chicago for almost two years and currently works in an administrative capacity for various organizations in the Chicago theatre community including Shattered Globe Theatre, the side project, Theo-Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Oracle Productions’ “Tonight it’s Live,” and Goodman Theatre. Alysa loves  getting the word out about great theater in Chicago! Be sure to “like” Provision Theater Company on Facebook!

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