MEET THE COMPANY

DUSTIN ROTHBART

Co-Artistic Director | Founder

Dustin is one of the Co-Founding Artistic Directors of Blank Theatre Company. For Blank, Dustin directed Songs for a New World: In Concert and appeared on stage as Georg in Spring Awakening and The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. His favorite acting credits include: Camelot (Janus Concert Series); Anyone Can Whistle, 25th…Spelling Bee, Funny Girl (Madkap Productions); The History Boys (Eclectic Theatre); Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters (Lifeline Theatre); Hair, Ragtime (Big Noise Theatre); Chekov’s The Wedding (Red Theatre Chicago); The Rocky Horror Show (Underscore Theatre Company) and Parade (Harper Ensemble Theatre). Additionally, Dustin has worked in Chicago with Pride Films & Plays, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co, Brightside Theatre, Citadel Theatre, Benevolent Theatre, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center and regionally with Hampstead Stage Company and Canterbury Summer Theatre. Dustin is a graduate of the acting program at Illinois State University. 

www.DustinRothbart.com / @dustinrothbart

DANNY KAPINOS

Co-Artistic Director | Founder

Danny Kapinos is a director, music director, and accompanist. As co-Founding Artistic Director of Blank Theatre Company, he directed Spring Awakening and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Credits as an assistant director include The King’s Speech (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Becky Shaw (Windy City Playhouse), and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Filament Theatre). Recent music credits include How to Succeed... (Music Theatre Works), High Fidelity (Columbia College). Proud graduate of Northwestern University. SDC Associate Member and SDCF Observership Class of 2019-2021. 

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AARON MANN

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.

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ANDRA BEATTY

Development Director

Andra Beatty is originally from Dublin, Ohio and is a proud alum of both Interlochen Arts Academy High School and The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she graduated with a degree in Acting in 2017. Her favorite credits so far include being featured on the final season of Joe Swanberg’s “Easy” on Netflix, and touring with Hampstead Stage Company. Andra is thrilled to be part of the Blank Theatre team and excited to use her strengths and passion for accessibility and community engagement to propel the company forward.

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BRIAN WARNER

Marketing Director | Company Member

Brian Warner is a Chicago-based theatre artist and award-winning digital marketing strategist. Working full time in digital marketing consulting, he specializes in SEM, SEO, and advanced data analytics. Brian also works in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training in the corporate space. He joined Blank in 2020 after appearing in 2019's The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

 

Also a theatre artist on many fronts, Brian has worked in wardrobe at Victory Gardens Theatre (Mies Julie) and Porchlight Music Theatre  and trained in arts administration with TimeLine Theatre Company. Past Chicago performance credits include Anyone Can Whistle, Dogfight (Lounge Singer), She Loves Me (Georg Nowack), TinTypes (Charlie Chaplin), and Cabaret (Victor/Rudy). Brian is a proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago (2019), holding degrees in both Marketing and Theatre. 

 

 

CLAIRE LATOURETTE

Company Member | Founder

Claire Latourette is proud to be a founder and company member at Blank. A Chicago based actor, she is represented by Stewart Talent. Some favorite credits include YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Drury Lane Theatre), ALL SHOOK UP, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Williams Street Rep). Upcoming -- SHREK (Drury Lane Theatre) and NINE (Blank Theatre Company). Claire loves to plan and collaborate on Blank cabarets in order to find new talent and bring along old friends; she's all about cultivating more community in this great city! Thank you for being here and supporting the arts. Endless gratitude! 

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BRITTA LYNN SCHLICHT

Company Member | Casting Associate

Britta Lynn Schicht is a Chicago-based choreographer and arts educator. Her work was most recently seen in Blank Theatre’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Previous choreographic credentials include Spring Awakening (Blank Theatre Company), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Gypsy, The Little Mermaid, Nevermore, The Glass Menagerie (Jedlicka Performing Arts Center); Rent (Middleton Players Theatre); These Violent Delights: A Romeo and Juliet Cabaret (Kite and Key Theatre); Beers (Prop Thtr); and A Christmas Carol and 13 (Improv Playhouse). In addition to her work in Chicago Theatre, Britta is a proud Chicago Public Schools arts educator having recently joined the teaching staff at Andrew Jackson Language Academy (Drama and Dance Teacher). Endless thanks to her friends and family for constant support and fanclubbing!