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Blank Theatre Company was founded in 2017 by a small group of early-career Chicago theatre artists dedicated to continuing the tradition of producing high-quality productions of plays and musicals at the non-equity level. Our first full-production, the musical Spring Awakening, opened in September 2018 and played to sold-out houses its entire run. We produce two-show seasons in addition to several one-night cabaret events every year. After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to return to producing in-person productions of beloved canonical works.

Blank Theatre Company is an artistic home that connects emerging theatre-makers with seasoned professionals by creating fulfilling artistic opportunities that give new life to existing texts and welcome new and frequent theatre-goers alike.

Meet the Company


Co-Artistic Director | Founder

Dustin Rothbart

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, The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Burrs in The Wild Party. 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 Arts, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co, Brightside Theatre, Citadel 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. / @dustinrothbart

Co-Artistic Director | Founder

Danny Kapinos

Danny Kapinos is a director, music director, and accompanist. As co-Founding Artistic Director of Blank Theatre Company, he directed She Loves Me, Spring Awakening, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Credits as an assistant director include Pearl's Rollin' With the Blues (Writers Theatre, dir. Ron OJ Parson) The King’s Speech (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, dir. Michael Wilson), Becky Shaw (Windy City Playhouse, dir. Scott Weinstein), and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Filament Theatre, dir. Katy Walsh).  Proud graduate of Northwestern University. SDC Associate Member and SDCF Observership Class of 2019-2021. 


Manager Director | Founder

Aaron Mann

Aaron is an Ohioan that has traveled quite a few places before ending up in what he feels to be his true home, Chicago. For Blank, Aaron has appeared as Sipos in She Loves Me and Durdles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. 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.


Company Member

Larry D. Trice II

For Blank Larry has been seen as Oscar D'Armano and understudy Black in Lippa’s The Wild Party and as understudy Sipos in She Loves Me.   Some of their favourite credits include:  SHREK (Windy City Performs), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (That Was a Show Theatre Co.), ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Stage Wright Productions) and countless other shows, readings and cabarets. Additionally Larry has worked with Boho Theatre, Lifeline Theatre , Haven Chicago, Music Theatre Works and countless others. They are also the Artistic Director of Trans Voice Cabaret Chicago. Love to friends, fam, and Mika. Keep up with them on social media IG, Twitter, TikTok @LtriceBelts


Company Member

Carter Rose Sherman

Carter Rose Sherman is a Chicago-based actor who recently appeared in Blank Theater Company's production of The Wild Party. Credits include: Amelia in Mirada: A War-Torn Fable (Impostors Theater Company), Lucy in Dracula (SF+T), Veronica in Heathers (SF+T), and Nell Gwynn (Chicago Shakespeare Theater).

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