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our team


Founders

Isabella Mehiel - Artistic Director;  Co-Founder

Isabella Mehiel - Artistic Director;  Co-Founder

Isabella Mehiel is a New York-raised, now Chicago-based theater artist and director. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Theater and a certificate from the Integrated Marketing Communications program. 

Isabella has studied under such artists as Mary Zimmerman and David Catlin of Lookingglass Theater Company, Kelly Maurer of the Siti Company, and Michael Rohd of Sojourn Theater. At Northwestern University she’s acted in over 14 productions and has consistently directed since her freshman year. She’s interned at the Flea Theater in New York, and worked under Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company.

 
Russell Kahn - Co-Founder

Russell Kahn - Co-Founder

Russell Kahn is a New York-raised actor, producer, and filmmaker currently studying Radio/Television/Film and American Studies as a junior at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Over the past three years while at Northwestern, he has produced 4 shows, 2 short films, 2 music videos and appeared as an actor in 6 shows, and 3 films. Experience includes:  Happy Birthday Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut,  The Diary of Anne Frank, the Pulitzer Winning Play, How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, and Soul Conductor by up and coming Chicago based playwright Scott Egleston.

His films have been recognized at the Raindance Film Festival (2014) in London, and at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival (2014). Watch them at russellkahn.com.

 

Current Bored OF Directors

Wesley Mann - Organization Director

Wesley Mann calls the sin city his home. After a childhood spent in the heat of Las Vegas, Wesley moved out to Chicago, Illinois in order to pursue an education in Neuroscience, focusing on language in the mind. In a surprising twist of events, Wesley realized his true passion lay in the performing arts when he joined the Voyeur Theatre Collective in 2015 as the assistant stage manager of Entrainment.

Only a year later, Wesley has plunged headfirst into the world of creating theatre, making his directorial debut with the 2016 performance: about:blank. Using his scientific background in conjunction with a passion for the arts and understanding of the millennial experience, Wesley provides a unique perspective to the rehearsal room that promotes creation and expression based in psychological exploration. Wesley couldn’t be happier to have found his creative niche. Whenever he is working on about:blank, he is smiling.


Natascha Buschmann - Ensemble Director

Natascha Buschmann - Ensemble Director

Natascha Skye Buschmann is a NYC native who began acting at the age of 6. She attended the Chapin School and currently studies theatre at Northwestern University as a member of the Musical Theatre Certificate program. In her summers, Natascha has interned under the Artistic Directors at Lincoln Center Theatre 3, The Mint Theatre Company, and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She also spent a summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she co-wrote, directed, produced and performed in an original play. She hopes to pursue careers in both Classical Acting and Theatre Management. 

Natascha's involvement with VTC began as the Stage Manager of Entrainment, and she has acted in, assistant produced, and directed several other student productions in her time at NU. When not engaged in theatrical pursuits, Natascha is the General Manager of her a cappella group, Purple Haze. 


Savannah Birnbaum - Co- Creative Director

Savannah Birnbaum is a New York-raised writer and filmmaker who has practiced creative and journalistic writing in many forms from an early age. She attended the Chapin School and currently studies Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, where she is also pursuing minors in French and Art History. 

She recently presented a sound piece at the symposium "Performed in the Present Tense" at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and she is looking forward to directing her own film next year with the support of Northwestern's film department.

Savannah was recruited to the Voyeur Theatre Collective early last year as part of the video team and could not believe her luck. She is thrilled to be producing this year, and loves VTC like it is someone else's child she is deathly afraid of dropping. There are many things she loves about VTC, but most of all she adores giving her opinion and is forever grateful for the captive audience. She is even more grateful to be captivated every day by the spontaneous genius, beauty, and sheer gumption of her fellow voyeurs. 

 

2017 TEAM

2016 TeaM

2015 Team

Zachary Nicol - Ensemble

Zachary Nicol - Ensemble

Julia Rose Duray - Ensemble

Julia Rose Duray - Ensemble

Perry Anderson - Publicity Director

Perry Anderson - Publicity Director

Maddie Higgins - After-show Curator

Maddie Higgins - After-show Curator

Jenna Levin - Associate Producer

Jenna Levin - Associate Producer

Sam Guff - Outreach Director

Sam Guff - Outreach Director

Kori Alsten - Costume Designer

Kori Alsten - Costume Designer

Natascha Skye Buschmann - Stage Manager

Eva Victor - Ensemble

Eva Victor - Ensemble

Jane Dickerson - Fundraising Director

Jane Dickerson - Fundraising Director

Kevin Carey - Abstract Visuals Designer

Kevin Carey - Abstract Visuals Designer

Kelly Engler - Ensemble

Kelly Engler - Ensemble

Theo Kelly - Ensemble

Theo Kelly - Ensemble

Susie Neilson - Set Designer

Susie Neilson - Set Designer

Yumi Mannarelli - Production Assistant

Yumi Mannarelli - Production Assistant

Ben Podell - Space Designer + Curator

Ben Podell - Space Designer + Curator

Jacinda Ratcliffe - Choreographer

Jacinda Ratcliffe - Choreographer

Dulcinee DeGuere - Video Designer

Dulcinee DeGuere - Video Designer

Sean Gunderson - Lighting Designer

Sean Gunderson - Lighting Designer

Collin Quinn Rice - Graphic Design 

Collin Quinn Rice - Graphic Design 

Justine Gelfman - In-House Writer

Justine Gelfman - In-House Writer

Wesley Mann - Assistant Stage Manager

Jacobi Alvarez - Ensemble

Jacobi Alvarez - Ensemble

Stephan Antonoplis - Composer

Stephan Antonoplis - Composer

Daniel Stompor - Location Manager

Daniel Stompor - Location Manager

Aliza Abarbenal - In-House Journalist

Aliza Abarbenal - In-House Journalist

Mallory Harrington - Production Manager

Mallory Harrington - Production Manager

Sam Spoll - Set Designer

Sam Spoll - Set Designer

Savannah Birnbaum - Multimedia Team

Savannah Birnbaum - Multimedia Team