Regina Belt-Daniels has been a member of WSR since its inception and a Raue Board member since 2006. She is the current committee chair of the Raue’s Artful Women and also serves on the Programming, Nominating, and Education committees. Regina has directed over 25 productions in the area, most notably at the Woodstock Opera House and Raue Center for the Arts. WSR credits: Married Alive!; Barefoot in the Park; I Love You, You’re Perfect... She has appeared in countless musicals, stage plays, and readings since the age of 8 when she first appeared as Mother Goose. Favorite roles: Gypsy (Rose), Follies (Stella), Steel Magnolias (Ouiser). Regina is a retired Reading Recovery Specialist for District 47. When not involved with a production, loves to write theater reviews, children’s plays, and travel to the Edinburgh Theater Festival and the UK with her husband, Farling.
Christopher is a McHenry County native! He loves seeing the growing artistic impact WSRT has on his home community every day. He is also a member of the Murder Mystery Company, American Eagle Productions TYA, a Merry Maskers Christmas caroler, and an occasional acting coach at NISRA for youth with special needs. You may recognize Chris from Williams Street Repertory productions of Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Suds, Rocky Horror (Brad Majors), Company (David), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and in the Chicago premiere of Hands on a Hardbody (Chris Alvaro). Chris resides in Chicago’s north side.
Ivan has been an ensemble member since May of 2016, and he is humbled and gratified by this honor. He has appeared in performances of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE AGONY AND ECSTACY OF STEVE JOBS, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, and RUN TO THE CAPULETS. He is also a regular performer with WS Rep’s GET LIT(ERARY) program. He played himself in the award-winning documentary, THE SUICIDE TOURIST. In addition to performing, he is the author of several novels, most recently the GENTLEMAN GHOULS trilogy. www.ivanewert.com
Amanda has been part of WSR since the first production of Rocky Horror in 2011 and is proud to be part of this amazing company. WSR credits include BroadwayWorld Chicago Award-nominated performances in Sweeney Todd and the one-woman show The Search for Intelligent Signs… as well as Gypsy, Suds, Hands on a Hardbody, Company, She Loves Me, and Steel Magnolias, to name a few (16 shows and counting to be exact!). She has also appeared in numerous tours and regional productions, most recently with Metropolis, Steel Beam, and Elgin Summer Theatre. Amanda also manages the Raue’s Sage Studio education program, and is a proud graduate of Millikin University. www.amandaflahive.com
Since earning his degree in Theatre from Loyola University, Frank has worked as an actor and director for over 35 years. As an independent contractor, he used his theatrical knowledge to create theme park and business community productions, acting as consultant, writer, director, programmer and voiceover talent in the creation of countless presentations and attractions. Former clients include: Disney, Universal Studios, Amblin Productions, Caesar’s Palace, Circus Circus, Hello Kitty, Showbiz Pizza and various theme parks and casinos throughout the world. Frank has been with WSR since 2011 and has appeared in numerous productions including: Rocky Horror, Fantastics, Company, She Loves Me, Married Alive, Sweeney Todd, Hands on a Hardbody and Gypsy.
James Knight – WSR Credits: A Streetcar Named Desire, I am the Machine Gunner. New York: Theater for a New Audience, The Mint Theater Co., New York Classical Theater, West Side Theater, Company Member TACT. Regional: The Old Globe, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Portland Center Stage, Pioneer Theater Co., Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, and others. TV/Film: Chicago PD, Person of Interest, Guiding Light, Now You See Me, and others. Training: BA: Western Michigan University, MFA: University of Missouri-Kansas. www.jamesknightactor.com
Mark is a Crystal Lake resident for 20 years & an original ensemble member of WSR. WSR: Rocky Horror, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, It’s A Wonderful Life, Barefoot In The Park (BroadwayWorldChicago.com Nominee, Best Actor), She Loves Me, & White People. Director/Choreographer: Sweeney Todd (BroadwayWorldChicago.com Award, Best Director, Musical), Beehive, Gypsy, and the premieres of Suds & Hands on a Hardbody. Chicago Premieres: Merrily We Roll Along (Jeff Citation Winner/Pegasus Players), Soup du Jour (Jeff Nominated/Light Opera Works), The Full Monty (Jeff Award Winner/Drury Lane). Additional credits include Grand Hotel (Jeff Award Winner/Drury Lane); Gypsy & She Loves Me (Theater at the Center); Something’s Afoot (Jeff Nominated/Drury Lane Oakbrook). He is also a member of the American Eagle Production Company and Actors Equity Association.
Alicia is a founding ensemble member of WSR and most recently played Blanche in their production of Streetcar Named Desire. Alicia has appeared in over 20 Off-Broadway Productions including Antigone, The Battle, Brilliant Traces and Spike Heels. She can be seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 2016) Film &Television credits: Come On, Night & Day. Sex and the City, Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, All My Children & The New Addams Family. She received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. Alicia is also a member of the Actors Studio. Visit Alicia’s IMDb page!
Michele is a actor, director, writer and teaching artist. Since moving from NYC in 2014, she is proud to call Crystal Lake and Chicagoland her new creative home. WSR: A Streetcar Named Desire (Stella). New York: Pearl Theatre Co, Cherry Lane Theatre, Aquila Theatre, Prospect Theatre, Ground UP, Peculiar Works, and company member of Playing With Reality. Regional: The Old Globe, A.C.T (San Francisco), Arena Stage (DC), Cincinnati Playhouse, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Co, Philadelphia Theatre Co, People’s Light Theatre, WordBRIDGE and others. TV/Film: A Gifted Man, As the World Turns, Tarzan, Dawson’s Creek and many others. BA: University of NC at Chapel Hill. MFA: The Old Globe Theatre (San Diego). Michele is a proud member of Actors Equity Assoc. & SAG/AFTRA. www.michelevazquez.com
Sarah graduated from Ball State University where she studied Acting. She returned to the northwest suburbs where she has remained active in the local theatre community both on-stage as a performer, and off-stage as a makeup artist. As a Crystal Lake native, Sarah was honored to be a part of the staged reading group, Page to Stage, in 2009 that led to the inception of WSR. In 2013, she made her debut with WSR in Sweeney Todd and continued to work with them on such shows as She Loves Me, the Chicago premiere of Hands on a Hardbody, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gypsy. Sarah is a WSR ensemble member since 2015 and looks forward to continue her work with this incredible company that has truly become her artistic home away from home!
Kate graduated cum laude from Augustana College with a BFA in Music and minor in Speech Communications. In addition to being on stage, Kate can be found handling various elements of the theatre as Raue Center’s General Manager and Company Manager Member for WSR. She also assists and helps manage Raue Center’s Sage Studio Educational Workshops and Mission Imagination programs. WSR productions include Company (swing), She Loves Me (Tango Dancer), Hands on a Hardbody (understudy), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), A Streetcar Named Desire (various roles/understudy) and most recently, Gypsy (Electra/Dance Captain). Additional Credits: Elgin Summer Theater’s Rent (Maureen).
It is with tremendous sadness we say goodbye to one of our own, Amy Ferraro Heinzinger. Our dear WSRep Ensemble Member was a bright light and her spirit and energy helped make this company what it is today. Amy was an original member of WSR and GET Lit and a native of Crystal Lake. Her WSR credits include Married Alive!, Suds, Sweeney Todd, Company, It’s a Wonderful Life, Rocky Horror, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! A graduate of Illinois State University with an acting fellowship at Steppenwolf Theatre, Amy earned her Equity card in productions at Candlelight Playhouse (Phantom, Into the Woods), Marriott Lincolnshire (History Loves Company, Brigadoon, Into the Woods), Goodman (RIVERVIEW workshops), Light Opera Works, Steppenwolf, and Shadylane. Amy will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her beloved family.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
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