Welcome to the American Blues family. Learn more about our Staff, Ensemble, Artistic Affiliates, and Board of Directors. Originally founded in 1985, we are the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago. Reorganized in 2009, we are a multi-generational company committed to our mission of telling stories of American identity.
Ensemble MembersJuly 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Currently coaches high school speech and continues to run Eye to Eye Interiors.
Recently she appeared in The Room’s reading of 17 Minutes, here at American Blues.
Los Angeles, 2001
Recently appeared in the film “Seven Short Films About Our Marriage” and preparing for film “Righteous Animals”.
Assistant Producer for American Blues. Currently he appears in Fences, here at American Blues.
Next, she returns to It’s a Wonderful Life, here at American Blues and works at JUF.
Los Angeles, 2008
Currently he’s a regular voice over artist for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the voice of NBA TV and NBA on TNT.
Lawrence, KS 2016
Currently he’s commissioned for a 4-play collection, here at American Blues Theater.
New York, 2013
Currently working as Associate Music Director and Keyboard 1 of Broadway’s Some Like It Hot in NYC.
IAN PAUL CUSTER
Recently, he appeared in The Room’s reading of 17 Minutes, here at American Blues. Next, he appear in Fiddler on the Roof at The Lyric Opera.
Associate Artistic Director for American Blues. She recently directed The Room reading of The Thanksgiving Play, at American Blues.
Currently designed lights for Fences, here at American Blues and Pearl Sings the Blues at Writers Theater. Next, he’ll design lights for Campaign, INC at TimeLine.
Currently, he’s the founder/CEO of Stage Channel. Next, he directs a musical in Birmingham, AL.
PHILIP EARL JOHNSON
Currently he’s finishing a run of MooNiE in Connecticut. Next, he’ll perform the summer at The Bristol Renaissance Festival.
Los Angeles, 1998
Current sound designs running at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Next Chapter Podcasts. Next, an audio drama for Marvel to be released in Dec.
Recently he guest starred in episodes of “The Good Fight” and “FBI: Most Wanted”, and performed in Steppenwolf’s remount of Bug.
Recently he performed in Sister Act at Mercury Theater.
Currently he’s an understudy for Fences, here at American Blues.
Currently writing musical adaptation of An American Tail, set to premiere next spring at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company with Alan Schmuckler and Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses.
Artistic Programming Support for American Blues Theater. Recently she wrote for The Ripped Festival, here at American Blues.
CHRISTOPHER J. NEVILLE
Recently he taught for “Classes for the Masses” and will design costumes for It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, here at American Blues.
Office & HR Manager for American Blues Theater. Currently, she stage manages Fences, here at American Blues.
Recently she collaborated with Chicago Writers Bloc and offers audio description and touch tours for Chicago theaters.
Recently, she performed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Recently she appeared in The Room’s reading of 17 Minutes and featured in the 2022 Ripped Festival, both here at American Blues.
Recently he directed at Goodman Theater. Next he directs Gem of the Ocean at Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Currently featured in ads for Andre Champagne and Cannabist. Next she’ll perform in I and You at Peninsula Players.
Recently he performed at Chicago Park District & ComEd’s “Switch on Summer” event at Buckingham Fountain.
Currently he’s the principal standby on the 1st national tour of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Recently she wrote for the 2022 Ripped Festival, here at American Blues.
Artistic Director for American Blues Theater. Next she’ll direct It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!, here at American Blues.
Rick Cleveland, Dennis Cockrum, Lauri Dahl, Kevin Kelly, James Leaming, William Payne, and
THE NEXT ACT
as of December 2021
Artistic AffiliatesJuly 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Board of DirectorsJuly 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
BURT X. ROSENBERG
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