Teaching Artists

STAFF

MECHELLE MOE (Director of Education) has been working with Raven Theatre as a lead teaching artist since 2009 (Stone Academy, Senn Arts and Sullivan HS). Moe took over as Raven’s Director of Education in 2012. In addition to Raven’s programming, she teaches for various organizations including Lookingglass Theatre, Court Theatre, Lifeline Theatre and TimeLine Theatre. Mechelle is a company member with both The Hypocrites and TimeLine Theatre. Mechelle has appeared on stage at TimeLine in My Kind of Town, The Front Page, The Children’s Hour, Not Enough Air, and Paradise Lost. She also has served as assistant director for When She Danced and as a teaching artist for TimeLine's Living History Program. Other Chicago theatre credits include The Bald Soprano, Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie, and Arcadia (The Hypocrites, a company she co-founded in 1997, and served as Managing Director until 2007), What the Butler Saw (Court Theatre) and Stage Door and Letters Home (Griffin Theatre). She also has worked with Lifeline, A Red Orchid, Steppenwolf, and Writers' theaters, among others. Moe received a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Actress in a Principal Role and an After Dark Award for her performance as the Young Woman in The Hypocrites' production of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and Jeff Award nomination for Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in Stage Door. Mechelle graduated with honors from the University of Illinois, Chicago with both a bachelors in Theater and bachelors in Anthropology.

DANA MURPHY (Education Coordinator) has been serving as Raven’s Education Coordinator for the past two years after teaching for their summer camp program in 2013.  She is a teaching artist for Raven’s summer camp and Senn, Sullivan, Taft & Orr High School residencies. Dana is also an occasional teaching artist for Adventure Stage Chicago and a proud company member of Walkabout Theatre Company. In Chicago, Dana has performed with Walkabout in The Wild, Beach Party at the End of the World and with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in their production of Animal Farm.  Before moving to Chicago, Dana was the Founding Director of John Adams Middle School Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director of DeeLightful Productions Children’s Theatre Company in her hometown of Los Angeles. Dana graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Theatre.

 SCOTT THOMAS (Program Facilitator) has been working with Raven Theatre for many years, mainly as the program facilitator for the summer camp and Saturday series programs.

 

Teaching Artists 

MICAH FIGUEROA (Taft HS, Centro Romero, Saturday Series & Summer Camp) holds a B.F.A in Theatre Studies (Directing and Playwriting) from Southern Methodist University and attended the British American Drama Academy in London. Outside of Raven, Micah is a teaching artist with Lookingglass Theatre, a freelance actor, director, fight choreographer, producer, and the Managing Director for Odradek Theatre Company. 

EMILY WILLS (Summer Camp) cannot wait to begin her next grand adventure at Raven Theatre in the coming summer.  Emily has worked professionally as a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, as well as with Northlight and Mudlark theatre. She is a proud member of the Purple Crayon Players, a student-run theatre company on Northwestern's campus dedicating to producing theatre for young audiences. Emily has also appeared on stage, with Purple Crayon Players in The Boy at the Edge of Everything, and How High Is Up? which will be touring to Evanston D65 schools in the spring. Emily studied Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences and Community Development at Northwestern University and is a graduate with the class of 2015.

RICKY HARRIS (Summer Camp & Saturday Series) has been a teaching artist for many years. When not working at Raven, Ricky teaches private voice, piano, and acting
classes at the Beverly Arts Center Chicago. He also directs the Center's Youth Production shows and
this spring will be directing the ever so delightful Jungle Book. Ricky also works with Barrel of Monkeys, where he teaches within their in-school residency programs as well as performs in the school
productions.

KATY BOZA (Hayt Elementary & Saturday Series) is thrilled to be part of the amazing teaching team at Raven Theatre. She received her BA in Theatre from the lovely Missouri State University and has been teaching with Lookingglass Theatre for the past eight years. She has also taught for Barrel of Monkeys, Springfield Little Theatre, and Chicago Public Schools. Outside of teaching, Katy is a professional actress and director and is currently directing The Jungle Book for the Sign/Voice Theatre Deaf Program at Bell School.

JOHN WILSON (Summer Camp) hustles as an artist, actor, scenic designer and educator in Chicago.  His paintings can be seen throughout the Chicago land area in galleries and restaurants.  Since 2001 he has scenic designed over 80 productions in Chicago. Some recent acting credits include El Grito del Bronx (Collaboraction/Teatro Vista/Goodman), Our Bad Magnet (Mary Arrchie), and The Master and Margarita (Strawdog) Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble. As a teaching artist, he has worked with Lifeline Theater for nearly a decade using theater to enhance lesson plans for students, he has also taught with American Theater Company, Red Kite, YAP, and Steppenwolf.  He is a company member with Collaboraction, which focuses on devised pieces that incite change in his community as well as an artistic associate with WildClaw Theater. He is a graduate from the School at Steppenwolf (08), and was born in Longview a few years back in his beloved Texas. 

JESSAMYN FITZPATRICK (Taft HS, Summer Camp & Saturday Series) was born and raised in Chicago and some of her earliest memories include tagging along to rehearsals in Raven Theatre's old space. She is now proud to serve, so many years later, as a teaching artist for Raven. Upon graduating from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Jessamyn returned to Chicago where she served as an Education Intern for Lookingglass Theatre. Jessamyn is also a teaching artist for TimeLine Theatre's Living History Education Program and a member of the Shakespeare All-Stars - an education outreach group that brings Shakespeare to young audiences. As an actor she has performed with The Chicago Mammals, Beast Women, Redmoon, Gorilla Tango, and Corn Productions among others.