JOHN MOSSMAN is delighted to be making his debut with Provision Theater Company. As an actor, he most recently appeared as Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, at The Artistic Home, at Steppenwolf Theater in their production ofThe March. and at Seanachai Theater’s In Pigeon House. Other Artistic Home productions include Trouble In Mind, The Skin Of Our Teeth, After The Fall,and the title roles ofModigliani, and Peer Gynt for which he received a Jeff Nomination and a Chicago Stage Talk Award. Other notable roles include Macbeth at Lakeside Shakespeare Theater, Chicken in Kingdom of Earth, the title role in Tom Jones, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dickon in The Scarecrow, Claudio in Measure For Measure, Lanx in Angel City, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet at Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Honeyman in A Walk In The Woods at Madison Repertory, and Jim in A Glass Menagerie with Celeste Holm and Provision’s Lia Mortenson.
He is co-founder of The Artistic Home, where he most recently directed Les Parents Terrible, as well as adapted and directed the world premiere of Paddy Chayefsky’s The Goddess. Other directing credits include the Jeff Nominated Juno and the Paycock, Landscape of the Body, Look Homeward, Angel, and the critically acclaimed revivals of Inge’s Natural Affection, Odets’ Clash By Night,and O’Casey’s The Shadow Of A Gunman for which he was named one of the top Directors of 2011 by WBEZ. Also a filmmaker, he recently directed the award winning feature film Into The Wake and has written and directed several short films and documentaries.
He has appeared on various television shows and films, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is currently an instructor at The Artistic Home as well as in the Columbia College Film Department.
LIA D. MORTENSEN is thrilled to be directing with Provision for the first time. She most recently appeared at Remy Bumppo in December/January in AN INSPECTOR CALLS. Other Chicago credits: First Folio’s CYMBELINE as The Queen; Den Theatre’s remount of Brian Friel’s FAITH HEALER (last staged at Steppenwolf 17 years ago with the same cast) PROVISION: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Sarah), Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom); GOODMAN THEATRE: Rabbit Hole (Becca); ATC: Big Meal (Best Ensemble-Jeff Award); NORTHLIGHT: Ten Chimneys (Lynn Fontanne), Lady Windermere’s Fan, Sky Girls, and Talley’s Folly (Sally); CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATRE: All’s Well That Ends Well (Helena), Measure for Measure (Isabella); STEPPENWOLF: Closer (Anna), Faith Healer (Grace); REMMYBUMPO: Night and Day (premiere production); RIVENDELL: Fighting Words ; ORGANIC: Aristocrats; CLASSIC AMERICAN THEATRE: Voice of the Turtle and Glass Menagerie (w/Celeste Holm); NEXT: Well, A Doll’s House (Nora), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) and The Illusion; and several productions at COURT THEATRE. Directing Credits: DEN THEATRE: Bus Stop, Quality of Life. Film credits: Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), Blink. Television credits: Crisis, Chicago Fire, The Onion, Chicago Code, Family Practice, Early Edition and Missing Persons. She has numerous commercial credits. Lia is an ensemble member of PROVISION THEATER and THE DEN THEATRE.
RENEE MATTHEWS, recently completed an extended run in Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Royal George. She appeared in SHOWBOAT at Lyric Opera. At Drury Lane Oakbrook she appeared in SINGING IN THE RAIN, 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS, and was also seen as Abby in ARESENIC AND OLD LACE, Miss Lynch in GREASE, and Yente in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, a role she also played at Light Opera Works, Theatre at the Center and Paramount Theater in Aurora . She received a Jeff Award and After Dark Award for her role as Jeanette in THE FULL MONTY at the Drury Lane Water Tower and was seen as Frieda in TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE at Apple Tree Theatre. Other credits include Lita Encore in RUTHLESS!, Sister Clarissa in OVER THE TAVERN, and Mrs. Fezziwig in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre. She was Aida in OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS both at the Mercury Theatre and Theatre at the Center. At the Marriott Lincolnshire she appeared in QUEEN OF THE STARDUST BALLROOM, 70 GIRLS 70 and the world premier of GROVER’S CORNERS. She was recently seen in a national commercial for TaxACT, is a graduate of De Paul University and a recipient of the 2000 After Dark Award for an outstanding season of work.
JOHNNY RABE is excited to be part of this wonderful show. Johnny has been seen previously at Provision Theater in Shadowlands (Douglas) and Wizard of Oz (Munchkin Mayor). Other credits include: A Christmas Story, the Musical (Ralphie) on Broadway; A Christmas Story, the Musical national tour (Insistent Boy); Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), The Music Man (Winthrop), and For the Boys (Young Danny) at the Marriott Theatre; The Music Man (Winthrop) at Paramount Theatre; Fairy Tales (Narrator) at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Do I Hear A Waltz? (Mauro) at The Music Theatre Company, and Second Hand Lions (Walter) at 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. Thanks to Tim Gregory for this opportunity, my parents and brother, Jimmy, for their love and support, and God for his many blessings.
ROD ARMENTROUT, originally from Iowa, received his MFA in acting from Purdue University. He has been seen in Provision Theater’s productions of Fish Eyes, The Foreigner and Bonhoeffer’s Cost. He spent most of this century and a bit of the last working as an actor with Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association. Over the course of a typical weekend at Willow Creek he was privileged to perform original short plays before thousands of attenders – it was always exhilarating and humbling. During the church’s 20th Anniversary Celebration he had the unique experience of performing before 20,000 in the United Center. During his time at Willow Creek he also expanded his interest into script development, directing and actor training. While working with the Willow Creek Association, he was given the opportunity to stretch into on-camera work and perform live in Norway, Holland, Germany and South Africa. He is honored to be counted amongst the Provision Theater Company Members.
BRYAN KELLY is very happy to be back on stage. There’s just nothing like being part of a live performance, offering different shades of the same truth each show. He was most recently on stage in Mary-Arrchie’s production of Superior Donuts. Bryan has also appeared in episodes of Shameless, Boss, Chicago Code, Detroit 1-8-7, The Beast and Guy’s Book Club. You can also check him out in Stranger Than Fiction, Punching, One Small Hitch, andMedal of Victory among others. Bryan has a B.A in Theatre Performance at Western Michigan University and has also studied at ImprovOlympic and Second City. Having lived in HI, NY, NJ, NH, MI and CA as well as touring many places in between, Bryan has chosen Chicago as his home since 2001. He would like to thank his family and friends, especially fiance Amy for constant love and support as well as his 2-year old, Darby (both are too good for the likes of him). ”To err is human; to forgive, divine.” -Pope
TIMOTHY GREGORY is the founding artistic director of Chicago’s Provision Theater where he recently adapted and directed the Joseph Jefferson Award – nominated production of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor. Other Provision Theater directing credits include the Jefferson Award–nominated productions of Spoon River Anthology, The Hiding Place, CS Lewis on Stage, The Spitfire Grill, A Christmas Carol, Beast on the Moon and The Foreigner. Additional directing credits include The Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre Washington (D.C.); Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre; The Twilight of the Golds, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry at the Apple Tree Theatre; Plaza Suite at the Lyric Theatre; and ’Dentity Crisis at the Studio Theatre.
Tim’s writing credits include Shaw vs Chesterton: The Debate, Bonhoeffer’s Cost (with Mary Ruth Clarke), and adaptations of Spoon River Anthology, The Hiding Place, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (with Michael Mahler) and A Christmas Carol (with David Bell).
Tim’s acting credits include numerous roles at Provision Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, Next Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Ford’s Theatre in Washington. His television credits include Cupid on ABC, DeClassified on WGN, and Family Practice on Lifetime. He also served as the host of HGTV’s New Spaces.