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Rebecca Butler: Is proud to be a part of Chicago dell’Arte.  She moved to Chicago in 2007 to pursue her career as a freelance director and stage manager after earning both her BA and MA in Theatre Directing from Kansas State University.  Working at various Chicago area theatres in various capacities, she eventually found herself stage managing A Hampstead Hooligan in King Arthur’s Court for Chicago dell'Arte and wishing every production could be as much fun. 


Kyla Embrey: Originally from Georgia, Kyla came to Chicago direct from the University of Michigan where she received her BFA in Acting. Favorite Michigan credits include The Burial at Thebes (Antigone), The Dutchman (Lula), The Laramie Project (Zubaida et al.), The Real Thing (Debbie), Woyzeck (Marie), The Rover (Florinda), and Political Cabaret (Karl Rove). Around town, Kyla has been seen in The Fall of the House of Usher , Bumping Umbrellas (Evie) at Gorilla Tango, and Promethean’s Our Country’s Good (Liz Morden) and Shakespeare in the Garden. Other Credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Frieda/Betty) at Heritage Repertory Theatre and The Notebook of Trigorin (Nina) at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow.




Nick Freed:  Originally from Missouri, a statement he is proud to make. After graduating from the prestigious Truman State University in 2007, Nick moved to Rhode Island for 8 months where he worked as a time traveling tour guide at the Astor Beechwood Mansion. After leaving the east, Nick made the sudden and rash decision to move to Chicago in the spring of 2008. Since arriving in Chicago he has worked with wonderful companies on wonderful shows including NachtKabarett with Painted Lady Productions, Dracula at The Building Stage, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with Filament Theater Ensemble, as well as A Commedia Christmas Carol and Murder, Murder, Murder with his beloved Chicago dell'Arte. Nick would like to thank his friends and most importantly his family for their completely undying support of his vast dreams.





Derek Jarvis: Derek Jarvis is thrilled to be a part of Chicago dell'Arte where at long last his pomposity and perchance for posing can finally be utilized. Hailing from Perrysburg, Ohio and a graduate of Northwestern University's theatre program, Derek also spent a summer studying in Oxford, England with the British American Dramatic Academy. Some of his favorite past roles include Polonius in Hamlet and Lollio in The Changeling. Derek is also a member of Promethean Theatre Ensemble and is the creative mind behind Sockspeare presents King John. Derek thanks his friends and family for all of the support and love over the years.


Ryan Musil: Is a company member for Piccolo Theatre  After College Ryan desired to explore the realm of physical theatre and Commedia Dell’arte.  He studied at the Accademia Dell’arte in Arezzo, Italy, working with theatre professionals from all over Europe.  After Italy, Ryan moved to Chicago and began working professionally, including working at the Piccolo Theatre on Sinbad the Sailor Lust, Lies & Marriage, and Vaudeville and Vixens, Twelfth Night and with Chicago Dell’arte on A Commedia Christmas Carol.  Ryan would like to thank the Chicago Dell’arte for the great opportunities and his family and friends for all their love and support.  You can see Ryan in October at the Green House Theatre in Peek-A-BOO Halloween Vaudeville show.  


Ned Record:   moved to Chicago in the summer of 2006. Born in Fort Worth, Tx, Ned lived there until completing his BFA in acting from TCU. He then moved to London, england for 2 years to continue his studies. In London, Ned received his Masters Degree in Classical Acting from Central School of Speech and Drama under the tutelage of Rob Clare and Robert Lindsey. While he was there, Ned also had the chance to play Hector in Troilus and Cressida (dir. by Giles Block of the Globe theater) and study voice under Cicely Berry. His voice can be heard on several anime cartoons played on the Adult Swim portion of the Cartoon Network. Past favorite roles include Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Embassy Theater, UK) and Brewer/Arscott/Campbell in Our Country's Good (Promethean). Ned is a member of British Actors Equity and co-founder of Chicago dell'Arte.




Jessica Record: Hails from Jones Creek, TX.  Fueled by a near-obsession with Fosse choreography and movement in general, she earned her BFA in Theatre Performance with an emphasis in musical theatre and BBA in Finance from TCU.  Since then, Jessica has been living in Chicago working with various companies including BackStage Theatre Company (How I Learned to Drive), Lyric Opera of Chicago (The Abduction from the Seraglio), and of course Chicago dell’Arte (A Commedia Christmas Carol, Dante’s Inferno , and A Hampstead Hooligan in King Arthur’s Court).  Jessica has several choreography credits under her belt and has designed costumes for both Christmas Carol and Hooligan.  She is currently serving on the company’s Board of Directors.


Julia Rigby: Recently moved to Chicago from Virginia, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, and performed with Richmond Shakespeare, Henley Street Theatre Company, and the Reconciliation Project. Since moving to the Windy City, she passed the SAFD skills test in Unarmed, Knife, and Rapier & Dagger, workshopped Moving Dock Theatre’s Unsung Stars, and interned in the Education and Community Services Department at Lookingglass Theatre. Chicago dell’Arte credits include A Hampstead Hooligan in King Arthur’s Court.




 Sam Wootten (Associate Member) moved to Chicago in 2005 and moved to Alabama in 2009. Heading northward from the more refined southerly latitudes of Marietta, GA has worked out fairly well for Sam. He has gotten married to a beautiful woman, studied and performed commedia dell’arte in Italy, Sam holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, a BA in Theatre from UGA, and a Certificate from the XXth Stage Internazionale di Commedia Dell’Arte.  Sam is Co-founder of Chicago dell'Arte.