Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
Since 2002


What We Do

Founded in 2002, Dog & Pony Theatre Company is committed to producing vital works by new and emerging playwrights whose use of language and convention are daring and highly imaginative. As an eclectic collective of artists with backgrounds in theater, public broadcasting, political activism and religious studies, Dog & Pony is particularly drawn to work with social and cultural relevance. Dog & Pony Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a proud member of the League of Chicago Theatres.

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Dog & Pony Theatre Co.
PO Box 13105
Chicago, IL 60613


Artistic Director
Krissy Vanderwarker*

Associate Artistic Director
Devon de Mayo*

Artistic Associates
John Blick
Sheila Callaghan
Dieterich Gray
Faith Noelle Hurley
Amber Johnson
Marta Juaniza
Caroline Kingsley
Kieran Kredell
Linda Laake
Teeny Lamothe
Kristen Magee
Stephen Ptacek
John Rooney
Grant Sabin
Matthew Sherback
Daniel Stermer
Paul Oakley Stovall
Catherine Tantillo
Aaron Weissman

Board of Directors
Ryan Compaan, President
Ben Singer, Vice President
Jason Lyrla, Treasurer
Josh Johnson
Mike LeBrun
Dustin LeFebvre
Krissy Vanderwarker*
Devon de Mayo*

Former Board Members:

Charles Dobson
Chris Belford
Heidi Fieschko
Alison Holton
Jenny Lawton*
Ryan O'Connor
Philippe Pierre
Sheetal Prajapati
Brendan Turner
Katy Walsh
Bryan Vanderwarker
Scott Varland
Steve Zweiback

*Founding company member

Krissy Vanderwarker is a founder and the artistic director of Dog & Pony. She has directed God's Ear, As Told by the Vivian Girls, Mr. Marmalade, Ape, Osama the Hero, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) and As Much As You Can for D&P. Regional credits include the upcoming Kinsmen, or Descendants for the O'Neill Cabaret & Performance Conference and As Much As You Can for Hendel Productions West at Celebration Theater, NY Fringe Fest.  Assistant director credits include Black Diamond at Lookingglass, Purple Heart at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Sky Girls at Northlight Theatre. She holds a BA in Religion and Art History from Northwestern University, where she founded Sit and Spin Productions.

Devon de Mayo is a founder and co-artistic director of Dog & Pony Theatre Company. She recently co-directed/devised The Twins Would Like to Say for Dog & Pony at Steppenwolf Theatre.  Also for Dog & Pony, she dramaturged Auctioning the Ainsleys, co-directed  The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, devised and co-directed As Told by the Vivian Girls and directed Clouds.  Other directing credits include: Jumping Beans (San Antonio Luminaria Festival), Wild Nights with Emily (NHSI), Constriction (Collaboraction, Sketchbook), A Matter of Life and Death (NHSI), 2nd Story (Serendipity Theatre Collective), Pool (No Water) (NHSI), Nights at the Circus (NHSI), 52 (Canal Cafe Theatre, London), Ohio, Impromptu (Studio 7, London), The World Over (NHSI), and The Spider (Indonesian Institute for the Arts). She received an MFA in Directing from Middlesex University in London and did further studies at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Moscow and the Indonesian Institute for the Arts in Bali.

John Blick is one of the newest members of Dog & Pony, having joined forces for As Told by the Vivian Girls.  Once the show ended, John just kinda stuck around. Primarily an actor, John is honing his financial oversight skills in an attempt to bring in some grant money and just be organized.  When not playing on stage, John can be found in the world of Chicago Chambers of Commerce.  He continues to act with various companies in the city. If you ask, he'll fill you in on all the details.

David Dieterich Gray joined D&P in 2006 after seeing that the company was after many of the same things he found himself aspiring for like plumbing expertise & making connections with the folks at NASA. He first joined the ranks of D&P after an exciting stint as The Apartment in Crumble, Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake. He has also appeared in Osama The Hero and as Mr. Marmalade in Mr. Marmalade all for Dog & Pony Theatre Co. Mr. Gray serves as the casting foreman and has also directed readings for D&P and a production of Veuve Clicquot by Suzan-Lori Parks as part of her 365Plays/365Days Festival. Other stage credits include: Passion Play at Yale Repertory; King Lear with Stacy Keach at Goodman Theatre (dir. Robert Falls); Mother Courage , The Royal Family (dir. Frank Galati) & I Just Stopped By To See The Man all at Steppenwolf Theatre; SS! Taming of the Shrew (dir. David Bell) at Chicago Shakespeare; The Buddy Holly Story at Drury Lane Oakbrook; Eurydice (dir. Joyce Piven), Great Expectations, Our Country's Good, Lady Chaplin & The Mad Dancers all at Piven Theatre (Ensemble Member). Film credits: DogJack, The Meaning of Hemmingway, Toolshed and the recent Maverick release, 8 of Diamonds opposite Eric Roberts. Mr. Gray is married to KT Luby, a big-time Dog & Pony supporter.

Faith Hurley is ecstatic to be a part of the Dog & Pony family! Faith most recently collaborated as a fight consultant on D&P's award-winning production of As Told By The Vivian Girls. She was last seen on stage in D&P's original production of APE, and before that in D&P's Jeff nominated production of Mr. Marmalade. Other theater credits include several roles for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Queen Anne in The Three Musketeers, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, and Viola in Twelfth Night. Other Regional credits include: Transference at The Mercury, Thyona in Big Love, Caroline Bramble in Enchanted April, and Meg in Crimes of the Heart at Heritage Repertory Theatre. Faith performed Catherine Huffman in the Angie awarding winning show Death by Darkness at the very first International Mystery Writer's Festival. Faith holds a degree from Illinois State University, and a M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. Faith will be working as the fight chorographer on Sideshow's upcoming production of Everything Freezes: another winter's tale and then will be appearing on stage in Dog & Pony's Midwest Premiere of God's Ear.

Marta Juaniza handles publicity for Dog & Pony and was part of the ensemble in the award-winning As Told By the Vivian Girls and Watering Hole. You might see her doing dance performances around town or high fiving people flagging cabs from her two wheeler.

Linda Laake is fortunate to have many interests, most of which were discovered by piqued interest, pure chance, and overall seizing of opportunities. To list all her hobbies would certainly be a feat, so here's the short list: singing, overseas travel, road trips, camping, paper crafts, thrift shopping, playing scrabble, writing, social action, and really listening to music.

Obviously, theatrical design is more than a small force in her life, her high school years spent voluntarily crawling through sawdust and performing quick fixes on props and costumes finally found their purpose when she graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Theater Set Design. While attending college, she needed summer work/room and board, so when a friend connected her with Camp Evergreen in Wisconsin, Linda jumped at the chance.  Two days on the job and she fell in love. The campers with whom she was so privileged to work all had physical and/or developmental disabilities.  They taught her more about character, values and the meaning of life than she even would have thought possible! Two years later, she became the camp director and by the time she graduated from college, Linda was ready to find a full time job in the field.  Wisconsin connections led her to work there for a couple of years, but she dearly missed her career in theater. So finally, after gaining the experience she desired, Linda has returned to Chicago to attempt the balancing act of her two greatest passions.  So far, so good! Peace.

Teeny Lamothe originally from Littleton, Colorado, is elated to be part of the Dog & Pony crew. D&P adventures include As Told by the Vivian Girls as well as the upcoming, God's Ear. She also likes to fall under the official title of treasured archivist, so feel free to call her that the next time you see her. Teeny is also an active participant in the Dog & Pony Ruff Play Reading Series, most likely because she's great at reading aloud.  Other acting credits include Hayley in The Pitchfork Disney (The Underground) and Myrrha/Therapist in Metamorphoses (The Underground). She holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Stephen Ptacek is a champion birdwrestler, velodrome bicyclist, salt-water swimmer and accountant. He explodes cars and makes mix cds for a living. Sometimes he imagines plays that no one else ever sees. His favorite recent designs include Breathing Corpses, Faster, As Told By The Vivian Girls, and Taylor Mac's The Young Ladies Of. Sometimes Over the summer he corrupts the youth of Evanston and beyond at the wonderful NHSI Cherubs program, assisting Nick Keenan. His band, El is a sound of Joy is maybe playing usually, so you should go see them.

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