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ZACHARY STEVENSON (he/him) is a proud Artistic Affiliate of American Blues Theater. He is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning actor, songwriter and musical director. He is best known at Blues for his Jeff Award winning performance as Buddy in the Buddy Holly Story and is eager to return as musical director in the upcoming production of Green Day’s American Idiot. In addition to his work at Blues, Zachary has performed principle roles in Million Dollar Quartet, Fire, Hank Williams: the Show He Never Gave, Ring of Fire, the Ballad of Phil Ochs and Assassins on stages across Canada and the US. Zachary plays in several bands as a singer, guitarist and pianist. He holds a BFA from the University of Victoria and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and Actor’s Equity in both Canada and the US.
WANDACHRISTINE (she/her) is a proud Ensemble member of American Blues Theater. She has starred on many stages throughout the country in notable productions as the touring company of Fences, The Vagina Monologues, Gee’s Bend, and Thyestes. She received a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for Supporting Actress and a Best Actress nomination for the noted Ruby Dee/Black Theater Alliance Award for her work in Old Settler. For her work in American Blues Theater’s production of Beauty’s Daughter, she won the Ruby Dee/Black Theater Alliance Award for her solo performance. She’s toured regionally in Danai Gurira’s (Black Panther and Walking Dead) production of Familiar as well as the San Diego’s Old Globe production. Other recent productions include A Wonder in My Soul at Baltimore Center Stage and Incendiary at Goodman Theater. In film she’s worked alongside Whoopie Goldberg in Clara’s Heart and starred in the hit comedy as Mrs. Jones in Me and Mrs. Jones with Kym Fields. She’s appeared in the television series Chicago PD, numerous commercials, and voiced the animated characters in The PJ’s, The Justice League, and Scarface the video game. She’s written a fiction novel, I Love You More…Than Shoes! about four actresses over 50 years old still trying to make it in Hollywood. As a playwright, she’s written for American Blues Theater’s Ripped Festival for 3 years. Her newest play, Yes, My Name is…Lucy! was commissioned by Ensemble member Chuck Smith. Both her original works, I Love You More…Than Shoes! and Yes, My Name is…Lucy! are being adapted for television projects.
EDITHA ROSARIO-MOORE (she/her) is a proud Ensemble Member of American Blues Theater and serves as Vice President of the board. She is an experienced theater artist and multi-disciplinary educator. She earned a BS in Theater from Northwestern and an MA from New York University’s Gallatin School in playwriting, feminist studies, and education. As a playwright, she’s written for American Blues Theater’s Ripped Festival for two years. Past Blues’ Performances include Working, Quake, The Hairy Ape, and The People’s Temple. Currently, she works as an appellate public defender and clinical law professor at DePaul Law School. Her legal scholarship explores the relationship between criminal law education and community empowerment.
ED KROSS (he/him) is a proud Ensemble member of American Blues Theater. He has been fortunate to make a living as an actor for the last 25 years. His over 75 commercial credits include everything from national campaigns for McDonalds, eSurance, and Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, to small lottery spots. On the big screen he shares one-on-one scenes with Tom Hanks in Road To Perdition, and George Clooney in Ocean’s 12. His television credits include Early Edition, Cupid, Boss, Sirens, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Fargo, and recurring on Amazon Prime’s Patriot. In theater, he spent many years performing in Chicago’s rich storefront community before moving on to work at The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, Lyric Opera, and many others. Ed is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, & AGMA and has taught commercial audition technique for the SAG Conservatory, Gallery 37, and at numerous seminars.
CAROLYN MINOR (she/her) is a teaching artist at American Blues Theater. She’s been creating theater and performances in Chicago since 2001. She was a company member of the now defunct Knife & Fork Theatre Company that built artwork with a heavy emphasis on devised and movement-based pieces. She is a Production Manager at City Lit Theater. She has written pieces performed at You Only Live Once More for SoloCrowd Chicago, at AbbieFest for Knife & Fork, Brecht 3 High Fest for The Island Theater Company, and Ghostlight Ensemble’s Nightlight Series. As an advocate for empathy and early childhood exposure to the arts, she is grateful to reach students in a new and exciting way.