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 appeared in It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues.
Recently appeared in the film “Seven Short Films About Our Marriage” and preparing for film “Righteous Animals”.
Next up, he’ll direct The Room’s Cane at American Blues.
Currently plans events for the Jewish United Fund. Next, she returns to It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues.
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.
Currently he’s commissioned for a 4-play collection at American Blues Theater.
Currently working Keyboard 1 and Assistant Music Director of Broadway’s Some Like it Hot.
IAN PAUL CUSTER
Next up, he’ll play in Grant Park for Chicago’s “Switch on Summer” to turn on the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
Associate Artistic Director for American Blues. She recently directed The Room reading of The Thanksgiving Play at American Blues.
Current light designs: (Regional) Indianapolis Rep, Syracuse Stage, & Milwaukee Rep; (Chicago) at Northlight, Court, & Raven Theater.
Currently, he’s the founder/CEO of Stage Channel. Next, he directs a musical in Birmingham, AL.
PHILIP EARL JOHNSON
Currently touring the United States with MooNiE.
Current sound designs: (Regional) Denver Center, Cleveland Playhouse, People’s Light, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, & Old Globe Theatre.
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.
Recently he understudied for Fences at American Blues.
Currently opened his musical adaptation of An American Tail at Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company with Alan Schmuckler and Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses.
Artistic Programming Support for American Blues Theater. Next, she’ll write for The Ripped Festival at American Blues.
CHRISTOPHER J. NEVILLE
Recently he designed costumes for It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! at American Blues.
Recently, she stage managed August Wilson’s Fences at American Blues.
Recently collaborated with Chicago Writers Bloc and Perennial Theatre; she offers audio description and touch tours for Chicago theaters.
Recently, she performed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Next she’ll write for the 2023 Ripped Festival at American Blues Theater.
Recently he directed at the Goodman Theater. Next he directs Gem of the Ocean at Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
Currently featured in ads for Andre Champagnes.
Recently released a debut EP of original music celled “Listen to the Oh Boys” with his Chicago-based trio, The Oh Boys.
Recently he was technical director for It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Currently he’s the principal standby on the 1st national tour of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.
Next she’ll write for the 2023 Ripped Festival at American Blues.
Artistic Director for American Blues Theater. Next she’ll direct It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! 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
KATY PETERSON VICCELLIO
Board of DirectorsJuly 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
BURT X. ROSENBERG
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