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); 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 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.

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.

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 WHERE SHE WILL RETURN IN FALL 2019. 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.

BRIAN WARNER

Marketing Director | Company Member

Brian Warner is a Chicago-based theatre artist and 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 (A Chorus Line) and trained in arts administration with TimeLine Theatre Company. Past Chicago performance credits include 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 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! 

BRITTA LYNN SCHLICHT

Company Member | Casting Associate

BRITTA LYNN SCHLICHT IS A CHICAGO-BASED CHOREOGRAPHER AND ARTS EDUCATOR. HER WORK WAS MOST RECENTLY SEEN IN BLANK THEATRE’S PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF SPRING AWAKENING. PREVIOUS CHOREOGRAPHIC CREDENTIALS INCLUDE 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!

ALISÉE CATTEBEKE

Artistic Associate

ALISÉE CATTEBEKE IS CURRENTLY A STUDENT AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO, MAJORING IN LIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS MANAGEMENT. ORIGINALLY FROM BELGIUM, SHE NOW CALLS CHICAGO HER HOME. AFTER STARTING AS AN INTERN FOR BLANK THEATRE COMPANY AND WORKING AS AN ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER ON SPRING AWAKENING, SHE IS THRILLED TO NOW JOIN THE TEAM AS AN ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE. PREVIOUS BOX OFFICE AND THEATRE ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCE INCLUDES CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER, CHICAGO OPERA THEATER, AND THE CUCKOO’S THEATER PROJECT.

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