Theatre Guest Artists

The Department of Theatre maintains close working ties with major theatre companies and theatre artists in the Chicago area. In any given year several major industry professionals work closely with our students in the classroom and on departmental productions, introducing our majors to industry standards and new working methods for professional artists. our students also use their experiences with our guest artists to explore internship placements with leading Chicago theatre companies. 

Current and Recent Guest Artists

Carin Silkaitis

Carin Silkaitis recently directed productions of Spring Awakening and The Laramie Project for the Department of Theatre.  She is a busy working actor, director, acting coach, and photographer, whose recent Chicago credits include: Mama in A Shayna Maidel (TimeLine Theatre Company), Mother in Machinal (*Jeff Nominated - Best Ensemble) and ME in I Do Today (Greenhouse Theatre Center). Carin's extensive directing resume includes opera's such as La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, and La Boheme. She also directed the world-premiere of Through the Elevated Line for Silk Road Rising in 2018, which was Jeff-Nominated for Best New Work. Carin is the Artistic Director of Other Theatre Chicago, a collective of artists telling stories about “othered” populations and their allies.

Alexander Tom

Alexander Tom contributed as music director to our recent productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and Spring Awakening. He also served as production advisor and mentor for the senior musical, Sweeney Todd. As a visiting artist, he provided new and interesting industry-based approaches that students wouldn’t necessarily receive at other institutions.

Jacob Harvey

Jacob Harvey directed our recent productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and Sophie Treadwell's Machinal. His production of Machinal, a joint venture between the North Central College Department of Theatre and the Greenhouse Theater, was nominated for seven 2018 Joseph Jefferson Awards- an unprecedented feat for any regional college show! Jacob, recently named on of Newcity's Players 2017, is a noted Chicago director who previous credits also include the Bret C. Harts Director & Producer Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Co-Artistic Director for the Mechanicals in Los Angeles, and Director of Programming for the New York Musical Festival. 

Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton recently directed Other Way to Resist, a co-production with the Other Theatre Company of four world premiere plays by Chicago playwrights exploring the performance of activism, social media protest and acts of unconventional resistance. He is a freelance director, choreographer, dramaturg, and teaching artist whose recent productions include Underscore Theatre's Haymarket at the Den Theatre in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Recent Chicago credits include movement director and dramaturg of Birds of a Feather (GTC), director in Mudlark Theatre's Short Play Festival, developmental dramaturg of Miss Major Cushman (GTC), and co-movement and associate director of the Greenhouse Theater Center's Machinal (named one of the 10 best shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune). Nick also serves as a teaching artist at Pegasus Theatre, mudlark Theater, and Windy City Musical Theatre. 


Kristen Osborn

Kristen Osborn is director of the North Central College production of Sam Chase's Opportunities of Extinction. She currently serves as the Literary and Casting Associate at Northlight Theatre in Chicago. Additionally, Kristen is the Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. She has had the pleasure of working at the Geffen Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Inner-City Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA, Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, and many other Los Angeles theaters. In Chicago, Kristen has worked with Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, The Other Theatre Co., Silk Road Rising, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, and others.


Sully Ratke

Sully Ratke is a Jeff nominated costume designer working in Chicago. She completed her MFA in stage design at Northwestern University, and her BA in Drawing and Painting and Italian at the University of Notre Dame. Sully has collaborated with various Chicago theater companies, including Steppenwolf Theater, The Lookingglass Theatre Company, Drury Lane Theater, The Griffin Theater, The Gift Theater, The Actor's Gymnasium, Twopence Theater Company, and Chicago Fringe Opera Company. 

Will Coeur

Will Coeur is a theatrical lighting and video designer based in Chicago. His work has taken him across the country to theaters big and small such as the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA and Opera Southwest in Albuequerque, NM. Locally, Will has worked with companies such as Other Theatre, the Greenhouse Theater Center, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. Will received his MFA in Theatre - Design from Western Illinois University where he explored techniques in integrating, automating, and synchronizing technology in theatre. Most summers, Will can be found designing at McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, IL. Favorite designs include Rock of Ages and Into the Woods(McLeod Summer Playhouse), Tosca (Opera Southwest), and Aladdin (Fulton Theatre).

Piano and Voice

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson has been hailed as a "staggeringly talented singer" by St. Louis Magazine. Rebecca has been seen on both the musical theater and opera stages. Her credits include the opera-singing Serpent in the Joseph Jefferson-nominated "Seashore to Gutrune" in Richard Wagner's "Gotterdammerung".

Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings is a Chicago actor, singer, music director, and teaching artist. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Music in musical theatre and opera performance from Arizona State University. She has worked extensively in television and musical theatre throughout the country, but teaching young artists has always been her passion. She cultivates a safe and welcoming work environment that allows students the freedom to explore their musical voice. She approaches singing and piano performance from a pedagogical and physical standpoint - you will often see her students exercising in their lessons!  Other than teaching, Lindsay has published articles on the use of exercise and kinesthetics in singing and performance, and is currently writing a book for teachers of musical theatre voice. 


Dyanna Daniels

Dyanna Daniels received her MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University in 2018. Her training consists of several dance genres including Urban, Hip Hop, African, Jazz, Ballroom, Spiritual, and Contemporary. Dyanna co-founded DLD Dance Company 2004 and opened DLD Dance Center in 2011. Her choreography has been featured at World of Dance Chicago, Chicago’s Carnival Choreographer’s Ball, Elgin Ties Dance Festival, Freespace Dance, Dance Chicago, Western Illinois University, College of DuPage, Going Dutch, Noumenon Dance Ensemble’s New Moves, and more. Dyanna also choreographed a Flash Mob that appeared on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition in July of 2013. With experience in the business, performance, choreographic, and commercial aspects of dance, Dyanna aims to offer her students diverse perspectives in any course she instructs. In addition, she strives to create a learning environment that allows individuals to excavate and cultivate the person and artist within them. 

Fine Arts Production Staff

  • Brian Lynch
    • Fine Arts Director
  • Jonathan Rippe
    • Production Manager
  • Kirsten Kleman
    • Box Office Manager
  • Andrew Butler
    • Facilities Managers/ Technical Director
  • Colin Trevor
    • Assistant Technical Director/ Production Consultant 

Other Guest Artists

  • Larry Yando

  • Caroline Neff

  • Jessie Fisher

  • Leah Karpel

  • Jason Gerace

  • Becca McCracken

  • Michael McCracken

  • Carrie Lee Patterson

  • Sheri Sanders

  • Kieran Campion

  • Noelle Humbert

  • Will Allan

  • JC Clementz

  • Joseph London

  • Anna Wooden 

  • Jeffrey Levin

  • Brendan Pelsue