STEFAN BRUNDAGE (he/him/his) is a professional actor, singer, writer, director, and healthcare practitioner. Stefan received his BA in Theatre: Performance from SUNY New Paltz and has worked Off-Broadway, in Chicagoland, and regionally; his plays have also been produced across the country. Stefan also works as a burlesque artist; as “Dick Pentameter” (#IAmDickPentameter), he is a company member of the Boy Toy Pocket Cabaret. Their incredible show can be seen every first Friday of the month at the Uptown Underground. He has also trained in aerial arts and pole at the Brass Ring and is a huge fan of being upside down. Stefan is also working on several projects as a playwright and author including a book with the working title: The Fanboy’s Shakespeare.
DAVID CHERVONY (he/him/his) is a juggler, mover, and actor from Chicago. He grew up going to the Skokie Park District Circus Camp before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Indiana University, where he attempted to convince himself circus was simply a hobby. Since then, David has performed with Masters of Gravity in the Poconos, in Fly Circus Space’s and Opus Opera’s Mystique in New Orleans, at the Boulder Juggling Festival, and around Chicago. Ever passionate about the art form, he also has taught circus arts at the International School of Louisiana, Chicago’s CircEsteem, and workshops with the American Youth Circus Organization. David can’t wait to further his training with the Actors Gymnasium!
MOLLY HERNANDEZ (she/her/hers) is ecstatic to be joining the Professional Training Program! She has been performing in Chicago since the age of 9 and is currently represented by Gray Talent Group. Favorite credits include: María Elena – The Buddy Holly Story (American Blues Theater); Rosabella – The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique); Julie Jordan – Carousel (Timber Lake Playhouse). Upcoming projects: Sophie de Palma – Masterclass (TimeLine); June Bennett – Into the Breeches (Northlight). Last year she received the Award of Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Illinois Theatre Association and was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in The Most Happy Fella. Molly can be seen on Chicago PD ep. 105 as Elisa Rodríguez and APB ep. 105 as Maya Ruiz. Thanks to the ITA, Kieran, Connor, Erin, mom, and dad. AMDG.
KAI HIROTA (he/him/his) is a transgender aerialist, fire spinner and movement artist based in Chicago. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Kai’s movement journey began as a baton twirler and a modern dancer. After coming to the States, Kai studied Theater and Physics at Wesleyan University, where he was also the captain of Prometheus, the university’s fire arts and performance troupe. He also performed Off-Broadway in the Drama Desk Award-winning play That Physics Show. He is on the producing team of Heels Over Head, a Chicago physical variety show. IG: @onekaihirota. Kaimageedesign.com
AMMA MAY (she/her/hers) the fire-dancin, music-makin cyr wheel artist, comes from the swamps outside New Orleans. Her talents for balance and movement were apparent early, as was her iconoclastic nature. With little appetite for the conventional, Amma trained for years as a competitive figure skater, later turning to music as an outlet her creative energies. A guitarist, soul singer, songwriter, and banjo player, Amma was featured twice at Festival International de Louisiane. She studied 500-hours as a yoga teacher between Hawaii and New Orleans, where she also performs flow arts as a fire spinner. From fire to ice, Amma has danced with the elements throughout her life, seeking to bridge the realms of mysticism, art, and physicality. Her sense of wonder, mischievous nature and penchant for the unconventional has led her to channel her creativity as a circus artist.
JORDAN REINWALD (she/her/hers) is a dancer, aerialist, and choreographer originally from Lincoln, NE. She has performed professionally, nationally, and internationally with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Khecari, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, The Catskills Ballet Theatre, The Civic Ballet at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, Aerial Dance Chicago, C5 Create With No Limits, and as a promotional performer for Theater Mama with Cirque Du Soleil, among others. In October 2017 she was a featured performer in Tito Seghal’s Kiss at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and in 2015 she was featured in Willi Dorner’s Bodies In Urban Spaces. She currently creates work with Michel Rodriguez Cintra as a duo under the name Once. The pair’s work has been featured at Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Columbia College Chicago, LatinX Arts Festival, Northwestern University, and as part of the Heels Over Head show at Actor’s Gymnasium.
Reinwald is the Director of Document Cuba, a collaborative choreographic research project which aims to provide choreographic inquiry opportunities for Reinwald, Rodriguez Cintra, and Osnel Delgado Wambrug, Founder and Artistic Director of Malpaso Cuban Dance Company. Reinwald is the Administrative Director for Stephanie Martinez Choreography and a seasonal Dance Critic with Clef Notes Arts and Culture Chicagoland Journal. Jordan has taught ballet, pointe, variations, modern, partnering, and composition to children and adults of all ages at The Jillana School, The Chicago Moving Company, Chicago Public Schools, The Lincoln Dance Centre, River North Dance Chicago, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Dance Motions.
ARIELLE GISELLE ROGERS [CLITORA LEIGH] (they/them/theirs) is a genderqueer, Chicago-based drag performance artist, dancer, aerialist, actor, and writer. They received their B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Ohio University and since moving to Chicago, have taken classes in writing at Chicago Dramatists and Second City. As an actor, they have appeared in several independent films including Tea Party (Fester LA, New York No Limits Film Series, Palm Beach International Film Festival), Holy Trinity, as well as Arielle’s Pink Line Party, which they also co-produced. They’re elated to continue their artistic journey in the 2018/19 Actor’s Gym Pro-Training Program!
MICHELE STINE (she/her/hers) is very excited to be a part of the 2018/2019 Professional Training Program at the Actors Gymnasium! Michele has been a theatre artist in Chicago for over five years performing, directing, and puppeteering. Some Chicago credits include: Seryohza in Anna Karenina (Lifeline Theatre); Little Mew in The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Filament Theatre); Jill in Mother Goose’s Garden (Emerald City Theatre); Martha Washington in The American Revolution (Theatre Unspeakable); Chorus in Little Red Cyrano (Red Theatre Chicago); Karen Trout in Crime Scene: The Next Chapter (Collaboraction). Regional credits include Snout in The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). Michele has also directed with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, The Art Institute of Chicago, Collaboraction Theatre Company, as well as other companies in Chicago. Michele received a B.S. in Acting and Political Science from Illinois State University. She is an ensemble member with Theatre Unspeakable and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. Learn more
SASHA VULOVIC (she/her/hers) moved to Chicago for the Actors Gymnasium program but in the meantime has fallen for much of the city. Having spent the last 7 years in Detroit, she owes much of her dance and performance-art background to the nurturing community there. After a 4-year apprenticeship with the Hinterlands, a physical theater company, she choreographed, wrote, and performed work at local arts and theater festivals as well as for the local DIY venues. Her dance-theater work on undocumented immigration titled In the Shadows: The Borderlands won Jurors’ Choice at Hamtramck’s Fringe Festival in 2017. Sasha so far has specialized in building off a mixed vocabulary of hip-hop dance (breaking), physical theater, and object work to employ in her devising. She looks forward to furthering learning and growth!
ERIN WILLIAMS (she/her/hers) is a farm girl from Southwest Missouri whose performance career has included dance, classical piano, acting, and aerial arts. Previously, Erin trained and performed with the “Midwest Regional Ballet” in many dance and aerial styles before becoming an instructor herself. Her passion for the circus arts is rooted in her deep love for dramatic performing and her curiosity for discovering the unknown. Erin loves learning, traveling, and connecting with people; especially through hugs. Her hobbies include reading, praying, interacting with her family, photography, frolicking, and spouting movie quotes (the majority being from “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”).