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Mission

History

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

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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 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

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. 

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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. 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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Company Member

Bryce Ancil

Bryce Ancil is a Chicago-based actor, musician, and songwriter. With Blank Theatre Company, Bryce has appeared on stage as Otto in Spring Awakening and Deputy in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Other favorite credits include Linus in the national tour of A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage, Jennie in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro, and Jack in Into The Woods. An alum of Columbia College Chicago, he has also appeared in various concerts and cabarets in the city with About Face Theatre Company, Porchlight Music Theatre, Underscore Theatre Company, and more. Off stage, he enjoys writing and taking in new music.

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Company Member

Haley Bolithon

Haley Bolithon is an actress who grew up in Japan and moved to Chicago in 2011 where she has been acting and singing ever since. She was a part of Blank’s debut show Spring Awakening as Wendla. Other Chicago credits include: Grey House (Jeff nomination for best ensemble) and The Haven Place at A Red Orchid Theatre, The Nutcracker and Hatfield & McCoy at The House Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theatre, and Pinocchio at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Film & TV credits are Knives & Skin and Work In Progress. Haley is an alumnus of School At Steppenwolf.