Zoe Maltby (Actor 1: Juliet/ Sampson)
Zoë Maltby is a senior theatre major at Northwestern University with a concentration in screenwriting, playwriting, and living in tiny apartments in major cities. Favorite credits include
Kafka on the Shore, Middletown, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Four Trains.
A longtime Shakespeare nerd and lover of pubs, Zoe could not be more excited to be involved in this incredible production with this staggeringly wonderful group of people. Thanks to Mary Poole, Amelia Ross, Daphne Kim, and the whole Maltby clan.
Pernell Myers (Actor 2: Romeo/ Claudio)
Pernell Myers is beyond thrilled to be a part of this awesome group of artists doing awesome Shakespeare in an awesome pub. After fleeing the oppressive heat of his home in South Florida, he still geeks out a little at the seasons changing. He is an avid rooftop-sitter, dog lover, and concert-goer, if his soul was a band it would be Mamas Gun (seriously, check em out). You might also find him building things with wood, or driving to a different city every other weekend. He'll be finishing up his last year at Northwestern with a double major in theater and cognitive science and is still constantly amazed at all of the ways we can use this art to make people think, feel, or do...something...anything. Thanks to the whole R&J crew and all supporters of young crazy artists for making this happen.
Ross Lemmon (Actor 3: Mercutio/ Paris/ Prince Escalus)
Ross is so excited to be getting back to the stage (bar) again to do Romeo and Juliet at Moody's! Especially because it is Shakespeare! He appeared in a recent workshop of 'Moby Dick' at the University of Chicago with Lookingglass Theatre. Thanks to Ned, Jake, Justin and the cast for being so awesome at what you do.
Ray Rehberg (Actor 4: Tybalt/ Montague/ Balthazar)
Ray is proud to be a part of the stellar cast and crew of R&J! Shakespeare, Moody's pitcher pricing, swordfighting, and this group of people just so happen to be some of his favorite things.
Ray was born and raised in Swarthmore, PA before studying theatre and sound design at Northwestern University and graduating with the class of 2012 (go 'Cats!). He has since moved 'down the shore' to Chicago, where (in addition to performing) he works full time as a project manager/cinematographer/editor/DJ&MC/master-of-all-trades for TruSelf Media/RED Weddings. Sometimes he even updates his website at http://www.rayrehberg.com!
He was most recently seen on stage in "Shuffle Off", part of Collaboraction Theatre & Arts Company's Sketchbook 13. You can also see him at short film festivals this year in Ryan Naylor's musical parody "Finding Melody!" (Clyde) and Jon Fraaza's comic homage "A Midwestern" (Mike), both Studio22 films.
Will Kazda (Actor 5: Capulet/ Friar Laurence/ Abraham)
Will may or may not have experienced a slight existential crisis when faced with the task of writing this bio. Nevertheless, he is a happy young dude making his way in Chicago and tweeting about it along the way (@willkazda). When he's not tryna be an actor, Will can often be found watching tennis, riffing in the shower, and looking longingly at every dog he passes on the sidewalk.
Annie Munch (Actor 6: Benvolio/ Lady Capulet/ Friar John)
Annie Munch is a Northwestern grad who now spends most of her time with humans under the age of 5. Hailing from New Hampshire, she puts ketchup on her hot dogs. Passions include: baking, traveling, seeing/doing cool theatre. Dislikes include: guacamole. She never intended for this bio to be mostly about food.
Shawn Morganlander (Actor 7: Nurse/ Apothecary/ Lady Montague/ Gregory)
Shawn Morgenlander is a recent Northwestern grad, and as her theatre and Spanish majors might imply, she harbors dreams of somehow transforming the words that come out of her mouth into food that goes in it. She is thrilled to add R&J to her Shakespeariest year yet!
Ned Baker (Director)
Ned Baker is proud to have found a way to make hanging at Moody’s Pub with his friends into a legitimate artistic pursuit he can write home about (Hi, Mom and Dad).
When not waiting tables, Ned fancies himself a Director and has even made a LinkedIn profile that says so.
Thanks for supporting young theatre artists – hope you like the kissing and the sword fights and stuff
Justin Leider (Stage Manager/ Assistant Director)
Justin Leider was a baby in Manhattan, a child in the Bronx, and an adolescent in Ridgewood, NJ. He graduated from Northwestern with a BA in theatre and a minor in English literature this past June. He likes music a lot, mainly of the rock and folk nature. He can play guitar and ukulele ok and likes to write songs. He also likes to run and aims to break 4 hours in the upcoming Chicago marathon. He wants to read more than he does, but everything in due time. Justin has been acting and taking theatre classes for a long time and hopes to continue acting and taking classes in the years to come. He will be moving to Andersonville in August, where he will presumably get a day job. He is thankful and glad to be part of Romeo & Juliet and hopes you come see it.
Patrick Budde (Music Director/ Composer)
Excluding love songs written in high school (100% of which never saw the light of day), Patrick is pretty new to the songwriting game. He much prefers writing about other people's misery than his own, which may be why he likes writing for theater.
In the past year, Patrick has composed music for an adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel, Kafka on the Shore, as well as an entirely original score for a production of John Guare's 4 Baboons Adoring the Sun.
Stay tuned for that high school EP.
Kelsey Melvin (Costume Designer)
Kelsey Melvin is really good a raiding other people's closets (all for the sake of "art"). She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 and has be pursuing a career in "life" ever since. Her favorite color is green, her favorite month is September, and when she's bored she makes cookies and sands old furniture (not at the same time...usually)
Frankie DiCaccio (Choreographer)
Frankie DiCiaccio is thrilled to be joining this team of sensational artists! Recent Chicago-area choreography credits include
The Drunken City (Steppenwolf Theatre Company);
Met By Moonlight (The Music Theatre Company); and
Lyle the Crocodile and With a Song in My Heart
Corrine Bass (Space Designer)
Corinne Bass spends her time designing spaces (usually of the theatrical persuasion - bar patios are a new development), answering your questions in the Lookingglass box office, hanging out with her canine sidekick Nemo, and rescuing future "projects" from alleyways and dumpsters. Her love for Chicago and North Carolina are equally fervent (both alike in dignity, one might say) and she will never pass up an opportunity for pancakes. Check out the other spaces she's designed at
Danielle Littman (Outreach Coordinator)
Danielle Littman is a San Francisco Bay Area native and graduate of Northwestern University. She most recently assisted Michael Rohd on Northwestern’s production of How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes. She would like to do the crossword with you, because together you’d be a great team.