Muse of Fire Theatre Company strives to intrigue and educate the widest possible audience through productions of compelling plays, with Shakespeare as our cornerstone. Our vision is to become an integral part of the arts community and draw as many people as possible into the vibrant world of great theatre through rousing productions and innovative educational programming. Since 2009, our work in Evanston has included four summer Shakespeare-in-the-park productions co-sponsored by the City itself: Henry V, Macbeth, As You Like It, and 2012's Julius Caesar. Last spring we also expanded our educational programming, complementing our theatre workshops for 8-12 year olds at the Fleetwood-Jourdain summer camp with a Spring Reading Series and a Shakespeare class for adults.
Christina Hall has appeared with Muse of Fire as Celia in As You Like It, and in both productions of our first Spring Reading Series: as Ismene in Antigone, and as Laurencia in Fuente Ovejuna. Other Chicago credits include work with Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, The Inconvenience, Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Emerald City Theatre Company, 20% Theatre, and Sad Hat Productions. You can currently catch Christina in Interrobang's production of Paula Vogel's Hot 'n Throbbing, at the Raven Theatre.
Jemma Alix Levy (founder and Artistic Director), after graduating from The Juilliard School's directing program and receiving an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, went on to earn an MFA in Shakespeare and Performance from the American Shakespeare Center in association with Mary Baldwin College. She also has a BA in Theatre & Dance from Amherst College. Before Muse of Fire, she started and ran Runamuck Theatre Company in Austin, TX. Her directing credits include critically-acclaimed productions in New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Chicago, and she has taught theatre at Webster University, Wabash College, Roosevelt University, and Mary Baldwin College.
Eric Damon Smith has appeared with Muse of Fire as Jaques in As You Like It, and as the Constable of France in Henry V. He also directed Antigone for our first Spring Reading Series. Other recent credits include: Mosca in Volpone, directed by Sheldon Patinkin (City Lit.); Jamie in Long Day's Journey into Night (Polarity Ensemble); Flaminio Scala (Jeff Award nomination, Actor in a Principal Role - Musical, Non-Equity Wing) in The Glorious Ones (Boho and Theatre on the Lake). Other roles include: Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Piccolo Theatre); Valmont/Danceny understudy in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Remy Bumppo), and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice (Boho).
Ryan Swikle (Artistic Associate) runs Muse of Fire's education programs and has appeared in all four of Muse of Fire's Evanston productions: as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Touchstone in As You Like It, the title role in Macbeth, and the Dauphin in Henry V. Other Shakespeare credits include the Duke in Measure for Measure, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Orsino in Twelfth Night, and Agean/Pinch/Balthasar/Luce in The Comedy of Errors. Ryan has performed with Montana Shakespeare in the Schools and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He studied Shakespeare at the Royal Acadamy of Dramatic Art in London.
Stacie Swikle has appeared with Muse of Fire as Audrey/LeBeau in As You Like It, and as Ross in Macbeth. Previous Shakespeare credits include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (MCC Black Box), Jessica/Salerio in The Merchant of Venice (Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), and Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cardinal Stritch University). Other favorite roles include The Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, the title role in Medea, and participation in the world-premiere staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, performed simultaneously at over 100 theatres nationwide.
Mo Ulicny has been Muse of Fire's branding consultant and graphic designer for four years. Her studio, Peach Tree Studio, provides design and illustration for packaging, advertising, and publishing. Her clients include both local and national businesses. Mo received her BFA from Saint Mary's College and was the recipient of the St. Luke's Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.