Committee on Theater & Performance Studies
Student Management Staff (2017-18)
Hana Eldessouky (Front of House Manager, North Campus) is a second-year English Major. Her experience in UT includes acting in shows such as Mr. Burns (Jenny), She Kills Monsters (Lilith), and As You Like It (Jaques). She is currently serving on the Dean's Men Board as Committee Liaison.
Maya Jain (Front of House Manager, Swing) is a third-year TAPS and SALC double major. She has occupied a variety of roles in UT, but most recently she set designed After the Revolution and Circe. She also performs with and is on the board for Iris.
Emily Lovett (Front of House Manager, Swing/Events Coordinator) is a third-year English Literature and Music major. Her past UT credits include Hamlet (Guildenstern), West Side Story (Velma), The Children's Hour (Evelyn), Mr Burns, a post-electric play (Vocal Director), and As You Like It (Music Director/Composer). She also sings in UChicago's Women's Ensemble and works at the Court Theatre as a Dramaturgy Intern.
Coriander Mayer (Front of House Manager, South Campus) is a fourth-year in the College majoring in Theater and Performance Studies with a minor in Biology. Cori has worked as a lighting designer both professionally (select credits: Adventure Stage Chicago, Eleusis Collective, Bread and Roses, UBallet) and with University Theater (select credits: By the Bog of Cats, The Monkey King, Romeo and Juliet, After the Revolution). In the past year, Cori has worked as a live sound engineer for a capella groups on campus. She has acted in several productions (select credits: Wild Thing, The Tempest, Circe) with a focus on devised work, in addition to completing several years of improv training. Cori has also directed three workshops with University Theater, The Candles, Pericles, but Marxist, and The Rope.
Grace McLeod (Videographer) is a fourth-year Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities major. In addition to creating video content for TAPS, she is the president of Fire Escape Films and works at the Logan Media Center.
Kiran Misra (Photographer) is a second year Masters student at the Harris School of Public Policy. She has been photographing UT, TAPS, Dance Council, Le Vorris and Vox, and Off Off Campus Shows for three years.
Brianna Pinder (Dance Council Representative) is a fourth year majoring in Economics and minoring in Environmental Studies. She is one of the current presidents of Dance Council, a co-director of UChicago Maya, and a member of PhiNix Dance Crew.
Isabella Pirozzolo (Publicity Manager) is a second-year student from Boston, Massachusetts majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Molecular Engineering. Her credits begin with her portrayal of the Dove in her preschool rendition of Noah's Ark and end with a starring role in the chorus of her middle-school production of Antigone. Although she lacks theater experience, she has a background in visual arts, and she is excited to use some of that knowledge in her role as this year's Publicity Manager. When she is not working on Student Staff, she enjoys running along the lake, doing arts and crafts, researching in a lab, and exploring the city.
Nitya Somani (Events Coordinator) is a second year Economics and Public Policy double major. This is her first time being involved with the TAPS department.
Jacob Spiegel (Media Manager) is a second-year CS and TAPS major. His past UT credits include As You Like It (Sound Design), Mr Burns, a post-electric play (Auxiliary Percussion/Assistant Set Design), and Comedy Of Errors (Assistant Sound Design).
Tempest Wisdom (Assistant to the Managing Director) is a student in the College.
Student Technical Staff (2016-17)
Afriti Bankwalla (Assitant to the Costume Shop Manager) is a third-year majoring in English. Past credits include She Kills Monsters (Costume Designer), Comedy of Errors (Costume Designer), Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Costume Designer), and The Seagull (Assistant Costume Designer).
musa sabr hex bouderdaben (Master Electrician/Assistant to the North Theater Manager) is a student in the college.
Theodore Bourget (General Assistant) is a third-year TAPS and CRES double major. He has previously worked on The Merchant of Venice (Assistant Lighting Design), Lear (Assistant Costume Designer), and As You Like It (Costume Designer). He is also a member of the a cappella community, and runs a blog almost entirely devoted to cats.
Danielle Damon (Assitant to the Costume Shop Manager) is a student in the college.
Daniel Heins (Assistant Technical Director) is a scenic carpenter and theatrical electrician.
Maya Jain (Scenic Painter) is a third-year TAPS and SALC double major. She has occupied a variety of roles in UT, but most recently she set designed After the Revolution and Circe. She also performs with and is on the board for Iris.
Quinn Kane (Costume Shop Overhire) is a third-year Classics and History double major. His previous acting credits include Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Hamlet (Polonius), West Side Story (Baby John), Comedy of Errors (Aegeon/Pinch), Mr Burns, a post-electric play (Gibson/Homer), and She Kills Monsters (Chuck). Quinn also assistant costume designed for She Kills Monsters, as well as Mr Burns.
Seph Mozes (Master Carpenter) is a fourth-year TAPS major in the College.
Isaiah Newman (Scenic Painter) is a third-year in the College double-majoring in English and Math. Previous UT credits include Henry VI (Secnic/Props Designer), the Comedy of Errors (Scenic Designer), Noises Off (Props Designer), and The Seagull (Assistant Scenic Designer).
Sydney Purdue (Scenic Painter) is a fourth-year Statistics major. She has previously set designed for She Kills Monsters, Mr Burns, a post-electric play, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, By the Bog of Cats, and Twelfth Night.
Avi Sheehan (Assistant Lighting Supervisor) is a fourth-year TAPS major and NELC minor. They have acted as the lighting designer on productions of Next to Normal (Fall 2017), She Kills Monsters (Spring 2017), Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Fall 2016), Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2016), The Seagull (Winter 2016), Miss Julie (Fall 2015), and Amadeus (Winter 2015). They have also assisted lights, scenic, and stage management and worked as the Master Electrician on a number of productions.
Stephanie Slaven-Ruffing (Assistant to the Audio Engineer) is a fourth-year majoring in Anthropology and Comparative Human Development. Past credits include sound designer on Circe, Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Wittgenstein's Mistress, and House of Cards, in addition to assistant designing on numerous productions.
Sarah Stark (Assistant to the Props Manager) is a fourth-year English major. Favorite credits include: Urinetown, Belleville, The Winters Tale, After the Revolution. Sarah has also done work at companies around Chicago.
Maggie Strahan (Assistant to the Production Manager) is a fourth year TAPS major. She has previously acted in Amadeus, Love's Labour's Lost (with the Dean's Men), Urinetown, West Side Story, Winter's Tale, After the Revolution, Mr. Burns, and She Kills Monsters. She also worked on Belleville (Assistant Stage Manager) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Music Director).