Current Projects: Teaching and pursuing education
Becca originally hails from Ogden, Utah. She received her BA in Theater from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington (yes, it is a real place. A charming one, actually.) She moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue acting. Recent roles include Miss Poppenguhl in Moonlight and Magnolias at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, The Nurse/Lady Capulet in Shattered Globe’s Romeo and Juliet, and Edith in Blithe Spirit with Oak Park Festival Theatre. She can also be seen as Sandra in the Jesse Eisenberg film 30 Minutes or Less.
She is proud to have taken classes at Acting Studio Chicago where she also worked for 2 years (it’s the best- seriously. It’s how she met Doug and Roger!)
In her spare time she can be found reading- sometimes in Spanish, cooking, crafting, playing with her crazy cat, or studying and drinking wine (yes, together. She is working towards completing certificates in Enology and Viticulture from Washington State University in 2012.)
Gwynn is a performer/writer who graduated from the University of Maryland and came to Chicago in 2004. With a background in classical performance, opera, and academia, she has been most drawn to works that challenge both the performer and the audience to think critically. She was last seen contending in the philanthropic writing series WRITE CLUB. Gwynn’s latest theatrical work has been in the realm of non-illusory and historically-driven theatre, having recently co-written and performed in Chalk & Saltwater: The Ladder Project [Neo-Futurists]. Currently she is developing a piece based on the life of Antoinette Perry, in whose honor the Tony Awards were created. Through working with Perry’s family and nearly unprecedented access to private/unpublished memoirs, Gwynn aims to fashion an intimate small-cast portrait of Antoinette that reaches beyond her career as a blockbuster Broadway actress-turned-director to reflect the surprising “everyday-ness” of the mother, widow, woman of faith, mentor and war relief volunteer.
Member Since: 2011
Current Projects: OOHRAH! (LiveWire Chicago)
Melissa is a new company member and Secretary with Shattered Globe having joined in 2011 after performing as one of the Juliets in Romeo and Juliet. She is currently performing in OOHRAH! with LiveWire Chicago as part of Steppenwolf Theatre’s Garage Rep program. Recent credits include: Henry V (Oak Park Festival), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Lifeline Theatre), Feydeau Si Deau (Theatre Wit), Dancing at Lughnasa, The Seagull, Book Of Days (Raven Theatre), Hey! Dancin’! (The Factory), The (W)hole Thing (Stage Left) as well as work with Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Chicago Shakespeare and Collaboraction. Regional credits include The Tempest & The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks), Moon Over Buffalo, The Miss Firecracker Contest, One For The Pot (Brown County Playhouse), The Miser, Featherless Angels (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Film credits include Older Children, Mr. Gloom, One Way as well as numerous commercials and voice-overs. Melissa is represented by Paonessa Talent.