Sam Bianchini (Director)
Sam Bianchini is a director, actress, writer and producer who has worked in LA, NYC and Chicago on both the stage and screen. She began her professional career in the storefront Chicago theatre scene at 17, while obtaining her BFA in Acting from Roosevelt University’s CCPA, which shaped her artistic voice and provocative, intelligent and heartrending style. She went on to receive her MFA in Acting from UCLA. Since then, Sam has been writing, acting and producing immersive and awe-inspiring pieces of theatre and film. A meticulous eye, attention to rhythm, and musicality of emotion are main staples of her distinctive direction. Recently relocating home to Chicago, Bianchini's accomplished voice and bold vision bring fresh ideas and electrifying storytelling to the Chicago Theatre scene. Select West Coast credits: Romeo and Juliet (LA and SF), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Cherry Orchard, Down in the Face of God and Talking Blues (director). Select Chicago Credits: An Ideal Husband, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, The Nebraska Project, My Name is Rachel Corrie (director) and Mad Like Us (director). TV/Film: Chicago Fire, The Next Big Thing (film), Lost Angeles (writer).
Ryan Martin (Artistic Director)
Artistic Director Ryan Martin opened The Den Theatre in 2010 with a single theatre space. Seven years later, The Den boasts five intimate and unique theaters on two floors ranging from 50 – 200 seats, as well as two additional spaces primarily used for classes and rehearsals. The Den is also equipped with two bars enveloped by a never-ending field of lounge space for audiences and like-minded culture hounds to drink, talk, read, watch, think, listen and live. The Den is home to seven resident theatre companies including First Floor Theater, Haven Theatre Company, Griffin Theatre, The New Colony, Broken Nose Theatre, WildClaw Theatre and Firebrand Theatre. Hundreds of other companies from Chicago and beyond have also called The Den home, utilizing its theaters, studio space and easily convertible cabaret space to accommodate a stream of programming, including plays, musicals, film screenings, classical and jazz performances, dance, improv and stand-up, seminars and speaking engagements.
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Jacaranda Collective (Producers)
Jacaranda Collective is a multi-media production company formed upon the principle of creating art to explore both the struggle and the beauty of existence, without claiming one Truth. Just as the Moon is rarely seen in full, we acknowledge and celebrate all phases of Life, while allowing the audience a safe space to navigate their own personal landscape. At Jacaranda, we aspire to inspire your belief in magic, and your potential to create it.
Jacaranda Collective burst onto the Chicago theatre scene earlier this spring with their knockout production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, produced at The Den Theatre. The company arrives as a passionate and provocative addition to Chicago's storefront stages. Spearheaded by artistic director Sam Bianchini and associate artistic director Halie Robinson, Jacaranda combines big, energetic vision and striking storytelling with precision and care. Bianchini and Robinson set out to make theatre that is a gift to the audience.
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