MEET THE COMPANY
& CASTING DIRECTOR, FOUNDER)
Dustin is a native Chicagoan hailing from the north shore suburbs. His favorite acting credits include: 25th…Spelling Bee, Funny Girl (Madkap Productions); The History Boys (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre); Buffy: Once More with Feeling (Original Cast - Jason Fleece/Mary’s Attic); Hair, Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre); Cabaret (Brightside Theatre); The Wedding (Red Theatre); Parade (Harper Ensemble Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show (Underscore Theatre Company). Additionally, Dustin has worked with Lifeline Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., Citadel Theatre, Benevolent Theatre, and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center. Dustin is a graduate of the acting program at Illinois State University.
(CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, FOUNDER)
Danny Kapinos is a Chicago-based director, music director, and accompanist. Recent directing credits include productions of My Fair Lady and Tony Kushner's Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, as well as assisting Scott Weinstein on Becky Shaw at Windy City Playhouse. Credits as a music director include The Secret Garden, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Songs for a New World, and Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In a Play. He also works as an accompanist for Northwestern's musical theatre certificate program. B.A. in Theatre, Northwestern University.
(MANAGING DIRECTOR, FOUNDER)
Aaron is an Ohioan that has traveled quite a few places before ending up in what he feels to be his true home, Chicago. Some of his favorite credits include Slide (Chicago Music Theater Festival), Oliver! (Citadel Theater), Spamalot playing Sir Robin (WTC), and Little Shop of Horrors playing Mr. Mushnik (WTC). Additionally, he’s also done multiple national recordings for Music Theatre International (MTI) in New York including Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Plaid, and Miss Saigon. Aaron is a graduate from Nebraska Wesleyan University with his BFA in Theatre Studies.
(DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT)
Jackie McCollough is a current student at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Arts Management. She primarily works in theatre administration and development and is incredibly excited to join the Blank team as Director of Development. Previous employment includes Cuckoo’s Theatre Project (Chicago, IL), Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN), Collaboraction Theatre Company (Chicago, IL), and Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, NY). Jackie loves traveling for her work and meeting new and exciting people along the way.
Nick McKenzie is a native Chicagoan who studied Business & Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He spends his days crafting websites, analyzing data, and creating digital content to help build organic relationships between organizations and individuals. Additionally, he has managed promotion distribution for Steppenwolf, Broadway in Chicago, Looking Glass, and many more theatres in the Chicago-area. He’s excited to be a part of Blank Theatre Company and is looking forward to adding his vision to the mix.
Claire Latourette is currently in her senior year of The Chicago College of Performing Arts receiving her B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Favorite CCPA credits include Legally Blonde (Elle Woods) and Hair (The Tribe). Other credits include Next To Normal (Natalie Goodman), Parade (Mary Phagan), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank). A Chicago native, she is thrilled to be a part of creating a company in her favorite city. Endless gratitude and love for your support!