BARBARA ZAHORA previously directed for ShawChicago for a second time with Misalliance, having made her directorial debut with the company last season with Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Over the last few years she has been seen regularly on the ShawChicago stage, most recently as Gloria Clandon in You Never Can Tell. Other directing credits include the upcoming Shrewish (Barbara’s original adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew) for Artemisia Theatre; The Udmurts for Equity Library Theatre’s All Access series; The Winter’s Tale, 50 Minute Romeo and Juliet, All’s Well that Ends Well, Troilus and Cressida, and The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare Project of Chicago; and Something Shaw and Spoon River: Coming Home for the Chicago College of Performing Arts. As an actor, Barbara’s stage credits include All My Sons and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (American Players Theatre); Hamlet, Heartbreak House, A Little Night Music, and Misalliance (Writers’ Theatre); Dancing at Lughnasa and Mrs. Coney (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Country Girl (Illinois Theatre Center); Marionette Macbeth, The Moliere Comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Richard II, The School for Scandal, and All’s Well That Ends Well (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Lady Windermere’s Fan (Northlight Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Wit (Goodman Theatre); Hard Times (Lookingglass Theatre); and many appearances with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, where she is the current Associate Artistic Director. She is a visiting assistant professor at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, is represented by Paonessa Talent, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
DOUG MACKECHNIE was last seen on ShawChicago’s stage as Victor Prynne in Private Lives. Previously, MacKechnie appeared as Adolphus Cusins in Major Barbara, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, the Earl of Warwick in Saint Joan and in multiple roles in Androcles and the Lion. Doug was seen most recently as Dr. Antrobus and the Witchfinder in Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s benefit performance of Tom Stoppard’s Darkside and other recent appearances include The Gravedigger (First Folio), Menorca (16th Street), Lucinda’s Bed (Chicago Dramatists), Slaphappy (Beat The Jester Productions), and Unnecessary Farce (BoarsHead Theater; Lansing, MI) – all world premieres. Other Chicagoland credits include A Christmas Story (Theater Wit); That Championship Season, Pitz & Joe (Red Hen Productions); Polish Joke, Don’t Drink the Water (Noble Fool); Uncle Fred In the Springtime, Taking Steps, She Stoops To Conquer (City Lit); Translations (Seanachaí); An American Daughter (Organic); Principia Scriptoriae (Circle); Artist Descending A Staircase, How the Other Half Loves, Noises Off (Broutil & Frothingham Productions); and countless readings at Chicago Dramatists, where he’s been an Associate Artist since 2008. Doug is an MFA graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.
RICHARD MARLATT has been a part of ShawChicago since 1996, playing countless roles over these many years. Last season he was Sir Orpheus in Geneva, and before that The Commander in Don Juan in Hell, and Peter Shirley in Major Barbara. This summer he was “Mr. Banks” in The Barn Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins in Michigan. Among other regional credits, Richard has played Titus in Titus Andronicus, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, and Trinculo in The Tempest with Nebraska Shakespeare, as well as Claudius and The Ghost in Hamlet with Cincinnati Shakespeare, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Henry in Lion in Winter, and roles in Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He’s also played Torvald in A Doll’s House (Madison Repertory), Jules in Sunday in the Park With George (Ravinia), Selznick in Moonlight and Magnolias (Human Race Theatre), The Chairman in Mystery of Edwin Drood (Noble Fool), and Harold Hill in The Music Man, Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Alan Swann in My Favorite Year, Tateh in Ragtime, Todd in Unnecessary Farce, Philippe in Heroes, Hamlet, Ebenezer Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes, Don Quixote, and Count Dracula. He was Morgan in The Drawer Boy with Nebraska Repertory, and appeared there in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, among other plays, including the premier of his one-man play Abraham Lincoln Carved in Stone. Richard is an Associate Artist with Chicago Dramatists, performing in numerous plays with the company since 1991, and he has also worked with Paramount Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Meadow Brook Theatre, The Goodman, Marriott Theatre, First Folio, Drury Lane, Chicago Shakespeare, and Peninsula Players, among others. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, and his training includes work with The Royal National Theatre of Great Britain Acting Studio in London and The National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York. Richard has worked as a Director as well, has appeared in commercials for television and radio, and holds a Fine Arts Degree as an Actor and Director in the Theatre.
A longtime resident of Chicago, MELANIE KELLER adores her community and her urban family of artists. She’s spent some time away from Chicago over the years but is always happy to return home. Recent Chicago credits include productions at Northlight Theater and the Goodman Theatre. She is a proud member of both First Folio Theatre and Signal Ensemble Theatre. With Signal, she won a Jeff Award for Best Actress her performance in East of Berlin and The Russian Play, and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Weir. Regionally, she has worked at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Wilde Award nomination), Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre and Peninsula Players.
Melanie developed a love for Shakespeare early on and had the distinction of being selected as the only American to train at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training in 2007-2008 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada. As a member of the Acting Company, she appeared in Romeo & Juliet, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Des McAnuff’s production of Caesar and Cleopatra, starring Christopher Plummer. Melanie also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Illinois Wesleyan University.
MARCIA KAZURINSKY was last seen at ShawChicago as Mrs. Baines in Major Barbara. Kazurinsky is thrilled to be a part of the amazingly talented ShawChicago family. She has admired them since seeing Arms and the Man in 2011 in which Christian Gray reduced her to tears. Having recently returned to performing, Marcia played Mrs. Eynsford Hill in Pygmalion for ShawChicago in 2013, has played Phyllis in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies for Actors Theatre Company, Laura in Strindberg’s The Father for Rendition Theatre, and was last seen as Cicely in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed With Kindness for The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, and most recently was in The Merry Widow at Light Opera Works. Before marriage and children, Marcia appeared on Broadway in On Your Toes, Doctor Jazz, Good News, No, No Nanette, and A Chorus Line, in which she played Maggie for three years.
TIM KAZURINSKY is an American actor and screenwriter known for his tenure as both a writer and featured player on Saturday Night Live (1981-1984) and for his role as Officer Sweetchuck in the Police Academy film series. His screen writing credits include both TV and film, most notably “About Last Night…”(1986) and “For Keeps?” (1988). Kazurinsky’s screenplay for the film “Strange Relations” earned him BAFTA and WGA nominations.
A mainstay of the Chicago theatre scene, Kazurinsky spent time as a member of The Second City. He has twice been nominated for the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for his performances. Kazurinsky toured the United States as the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the hit musical, “Wicked.”
MARY MICHELL appeared in ShawChicago’s 2014/15 season as Lady Britomart in Major Barbara, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Dona Ana in Don Juan in Hell. Last season ShawChicago audiences saw her as Mrs. Whitfield in Man and Superman, Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away, and Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion. She has performed with ShawChicago since 1999, when she appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Favorite roles for ShawChicago include Catherine the Great in Great Catherine, The Widow in Geneva, Jitta in Jitta’s Atonement, and as an ensemble member in James Barrie’s Quartets. She is an Artistic Associate at Oak Park Festival Theatre, where she has appeared in Seascape, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer. Other Chicago credits include work with The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, Bailiwick Repertory, Chicago Dramatists, Drury Lane, The Harper Theater, Illinois Theatre Center, The Ivanhoe Theatre and The Academy Playhouse. Regional work includes What the Butler Saw at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Play It Again, Sam at Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Man for All Seasons and Bedtime Story at Mummers Theatre in Oklahoma City; Butterflies are Free at Cherry County Playhouse. Mary performed the narration to Mendelssohn’s Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Chicago Symphony. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
MATTHEW GALL returns to ShawChicago where he was previously seen in Misalliance, Major Barbara, Saint Joan, Pygmalion, and The Millionairess. In Chicago, Matthew was seen recently in New Country (Den Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet (Oak Park Festival Theatre), and Design for Living (Pride Films & Plays). Other productions include Dial “M” for Murder (Metropolis), The Pillowman (Spartan Theatre), Enchanted April (Citadel Theatre), The Blue Room (Stage 773), and the 2014 National Tour of Letters Home (Griffin Theatre), as well as ads for Motorola, Midas, Ford, Arrowstream, and Four Loko. Matthew is a New Hampshire native and a graduate of Ithaca College.