Dawn Arnold, is an actress, director, and teaching artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Moving Dock Theatre Company and Chekhov Studio Chicago. With The Moving Dock she has directed/created Unsung Stars, Celestial Mechanics- or the Questionable Attraction of Entities, Savage/Love, and The Anton Chekhov Book Club, and co-directed/adapted Galway Bay, Einstein’s Dreams, Ocean Sea, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, and Shakespeare’s Notebook. As an actress she has performed with The Moving Dock in The Anton Chekhov Book Club, Galway Bay, Undercurrents, Ocean Sea, and Eleemosynary, with Alchymia Theatre in Flood, and numerous other roles including Ranyevskaya in Cherry Orchard, Hesione in Heartbreak House, Mae in Mud, and Margaret in Richard the Third. She created and performed the Spirit of the Dance for Chicago’s Boitsov Ballet and her solo show, The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov. As a movement director and rehearsal coach, she has worked with Vitalist Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, House Theatre, and Janus Theatre. She coaches actors working for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre among others, and opera singers at Lyric Opera Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.
Dawn is a certified teacher of the Chekhov Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). She appears in the documentary, Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association. She has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory, Music Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Aurora University, and North Park College. She is currently on the Faculty of the Michael Chekhov Association and the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York City, Chekhov Studio Chicago, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. She is a guest artist around the country in workshops and residencies for colleges, high schools, and theatre companies.
Alicia Hall, Company Member
Alicia Hall-Flesch has been studying and practicing the Michael Chekhov Technique for about ten years. She was first introduced to the technique by another MICHA Master Teacher, Scott Fielding and worked as an actor for him on Flood and several other productions at Alchymia Theatre. She has worked with Shakespeare on the Green, Shattered Globe, The Journeymen, Next Theatre, as well as many others throughout Chicagoland. She holds an MFA from the Theatre School of DePaul Univ. and a BA from Barat College. She has ben involved with Moving Dock for several years. She was in Moving Dock’s first workshop project for Unsung Stars, originating the role of Annie Jump Cannon and performed that role at the Adler Planetarium. She appeared in Moving Dock’s Shakespeare’s Notebook.
Christa Macbeth, Company Member
Christa Macbeth comes to the Chekhov Technique and Moving Dock Theatre by way of the spoken word. She spent many years with Eurythmy Spring Valley in NY State, where she taught creative speech and was the ‘voice’ for performances. She also collaborated with like-minded artists on independent recitals. In 2002 she moved to Chicago, where she seeks to light a flame teaching English as a second language. Her latest program is A Man Called Dante which has been performed in Chicago and in Spring Valley. She is enjoying growing in new directions as she works her way into the richness of Chekhov’s Technique with the Moving Dock Acting Ensemble. She appeared in Moving Dock’s Shakespeare’s Notebook.
Audra Yokley, Company Member
Audra Yokley came to Moving Dock through studying at Chekhov Studio Chicago. Her Moving Dock Theatre Company debut came when she was chosen for the ensemble of Moving Dock’s new company-created work, The Anton Chekhov Book Club. She has been studying the Michael Chekhov acting technique for the past three years, and this project gave her the chance to practice it fully from rehearsal to performance. Audra holds a MFA from Florida Atlantic University and BA from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Sue Mullins, Company Member
Sue joined the Moving Dock Theatre Company Acting Ensemble in The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns after studying Chekhov Technique at Chekhov Studio Chicago. She learned about the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and Chekhov Studio Chicago in Ireland when she competed at the West Limerick Drama Festival as Cass McGuire in The Loves of Cass McGuire for which she receiving the award for Best Actress. A childhood actor, Sue returned to the Irish stage in 2013 while also being a full time farmer. Some of her accomplishments include Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Mullins in Carousel. After moving to Chicago from Ireland, her other Chicago projects include Helen Laius/Serza/Hera in Anon(ymous) and Olga/Valentina in The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls with The Cuckoo’s Nest Theatre Project.
Ginger Schmidt, Company Member
Ginger Schmidt returns to The Moving Dock Theatre Company Ensemble with the production of The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns. She was with us for our production of Ocean Sea, playing Dira. Some of her favorite past credits include B in Three Tall Women and Stella in Streetcar Named Desire at the Bay St. Louis Little Theatre. Ginger also loves directing and teaching. In 2014 she was named the State Director of the Year for Secondary Theatre by the Mississippi Theatre Association, and in 2015, her drama competition team was chosen to perform at the South Eastern Theatre Association’s convention in Chattanooga, TN, for Lady White Snake, a play she wrote and directed. Ginger received her M.F.A. in theatre from Roosevelt University.
Chrissy Calkins Steele is a Designated Linklater Teacher and an Associate Professor of Theatre at Principia College (near St Louis) where she teaches voice, acting, and directs productions. She has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and an MA in Shakespeare from the Shakespeare Institute in England. Other training includes Eginton Alignment and Michael Chekhov Acting Technique training with Chekhov Studio Chicago. She is a founding member of Bankside Repertory Theatre Company based in Alton, Illinois and now in its second season. Chrissy has been a part of several ensemble devising projects with Moving Dock Theatre Company and performed in Moving Dock’s first show, Galway Bay, and in our more recent Anton Chekhov Book Club.
Matthew Ellenwood is a voice teacher, artistic director, musical director, and actor. He is an active member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and has served on the Chicago NATS chapter’s board of directors. He is also a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), MTEA (Musical Theatre Educators Alliance), ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), and the Chicago Cabaret Professionals. Since 1995, he has maintained an independent voice studio on the North side of Chicago focusing upon vocal technique paired with holistic and integrative coaching. His students are regular performers in all of Chicago’s musical theatre houses. In addition to his private studio, Matthew is a freelance vocal and musical director, pianist/conductor, and has served many professional artists and companies nationwide. As a lecturer, he has presented voice and musical theater workshops for universities, professional theatre companies, and the NATS community. Matthew is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of Terra Mysterium performance troupe, where he happily composes all of the company’s music. Matthew studied Michael Chekhov Acting Technique at Chekhov Studio Chicago. He is currently working towards full teacher certification in Estill Voice Training, Alba Method, and Michael Chekhov Acting Technique (through the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA). He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University.