Arin Mulvaney, Artistic Director & Ensemble
Arin became interested in Shakespeare at age thirteen when she portrayed one of the sprites in The Tempest and her infatuation with the Bard has been growing ever since. As a high school student, Arin toured with the Kalamazoo Civic Repertory Company performing abridged Shakespeare plays for middle and high school audiences. She has performed in over twenty Shakespearean productions to date several of which were directed by her mentor, Mychelle Hopkins, a Shakespeare Scholar who received her postgraduate degree from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, England.
Arin has taught a variety of drama workshops for students ages 5-18 in Chicago and Kalamazoo, MI and was the Assistant Director of the Kalamazoo Civic Youth Theatre Drama Day Camp for two summers. Arin coordinated the inaugural year of the WB After Hours, an after school program serving 100 students K-8 at Chicago International Charter School: West Belden Campus in Chicago.
In the summer of 2008, Arin completed an intensive Classical Theatre Study Abroad program in Greece through the University of Detroit-Mercy and performed there as Helen of Troy in Trojan Women. She graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Theatre Performance. Arin would like to thank her parents for their love and support and for all of the times they drove her to the theatre!
Ellen Cribbs, Director of Education & Ensemble
Cribbs has been a Shakespeare fanatic since the tender age of 12 when
she read her first Shakespeare play, Macbeth. Ellen participated in a
fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library and received her Acting
BFA from Ithaca College. After graduating, Ellen completed a year
long internship at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C.
During her internship, Ellen taught Shakespeare workshops in various
D.C. schools in order to introduce students to the life and plays of
the famous bard. She has also completed a graduate acting program in
England and has spent several years substitute teaching and directing
children's theatre camps. Ellen is an award-winning actor,
playwright, and director who loves delving into the world and text of
Jessamyn Fitzpatrick, Ensemble & Teaching Artist
Jessamyn Fitzpatrick joined the All-Stars in 2010 for their performance at Chicago’s RhinoFest. Jessamyn’s first role was “newspaper boy” in Guys and Dolls, but her lifelong love affair with theatre truly began when she was eleven years old and entrusted with the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Since then she has been a huge enthusiast of bringing Shakespeare to people at an early age, with plenty of wit and sword fighting! She is deeply honored to be a member of the All-Stars. Favorite roles with the All-Stars include Hermia, Juliet, and Snug the Joiner. Jessamyn has worked with the All-Stars as a teaching artist at St. John Berchmans and Edison Regional Gifted Center. She received her BA from Reed College in 2010 and has worked around the city with various theatres including National Pastime, Redmoon, and Corn Productions. She has a deep love for chocolate and all things French.
Jill Matel, Ensemble & Chorepgrapher
Jill Matel has been performing in the Milwaukee and Chicagoland areas since the age of fifteen. She studied dance and theatre at Barat College in Lake Forest and is completing her undergrad at Northeastern Illinois University in Communications, Media, and Theatre. As a choreographer, Jill has worked extensively with children on productions such as Oliver, Annie, and The Music Man as well as summer camp productions during high school. Jill fell in love with Shakespeare several years ago when she portrayed Celia in As You Like It and recently has enjoyed the opportunity to delve deeper and challenge herself with the Bard’s work. She is excited to bring her fresh and exploratory love for Shakespeare to the All-Stars!
Isaac Samuelson, Ensemble
Isaac Samuelson has been a proud Shakespeare All-Star since 2012. He graduated the University of San Francisco with his BA in Performing Arts and Social Justice. His first brush with Shakespeare was in 8th grade where he played Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. It was one of the most exiting and rewarding things he had done up until that point of his life. He was told he thrived in the role and is still unsure whether or not that was a compliment. He is also a core member of Imagination Theater, where he frequently acts like a child which, thankfully, is a requirement.
Lee Peters, Director of Youth Theatre
A native of New York, Lee has been teaching and directing for over ten years. In New York, Lee worked with a Staten Island Branch of the Children's Aid Society where he taught everything from tap dance to juggling. Since moving to Chicago, Lee has been a stage manager, educator, director, lighting designer, actor and administrator. As an educator, Lee has been a substitute teacher at the Chicago High School for the Performing Arts and spent four years managing the Theatre School for Village Players Theatre in Oak Park, teaching and directing youth between the ages of 5 to 18. Some of his directing credits include Annie, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Once on this Island, Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls JR, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 42nd Street, and The Crown: A Hip-Hop Retelling of Hamlet (which he also wrote.) Lee is currently a Presentation Specialist at Shedd Aquarium.
Michael Woods, Guest Artist
Michael has performed all over the nation in film, TV and sketch comedy productions. He has appeared in several TV shows, including Showtime's SHAMELESS and CHICAGO FIRE on NBC. He has several national television commercials and radio commercial credits to his name and is an active member of Screen Actors Guild. Michael is also a part of Chicago's Second City Conservatory and has been seen in productions with the Apollo Theatre, Raven Theatre, RedTwist Theatre, CityLit Theatre, and The Metropolis Performing Arts Center. He is a founding member of Eclectic Theatre Company based in Chicago and he has his MFA in Acting from Regent University. Michael also teaches acting, stage combat and improv classes all over the Chicagoland area. He currently lives in Rogers Park with his wife Angela.