Skyler Schrempp (co-Artistic Director) Skyler Schrempp is a founding ensemble member with One Year Chekhov. She is a Chicago based theatre artist who has worked with Griffin, Oak Park Festival Theatre, BoHo, The Gift, Artemesia, Cole, Adventure Stage, First Folio, 16th Street, Walkabout, The Chicago Mammals and lower case theatre. She is the artistic director of The Viola Project where she works to empower young women through Shakespeare. www.skylerschrempp.com
Braden Coucher (Co-Artistic Director)
Braden Coucher is an interdisciplinary artist, performance artist and actor in Chicago. He has performed in many venues including Victory Gardens, Eclectic Theatre, The MCA and has been an ensemble member of OYC for three Years. Braden believes in community, alternative theatre and providing platforms for underrepresented voices.
Cassidy Slaughter Mason (Casting Director)
Cassidy Slaughter-Mason is a Chicago based actress by way of Portland, OR, and is a One Year Chekhov founding ensemble member. Recent theater credits include: Scapegoat (New Colony Theatre), Rapture Blister Burn (Goodman Theatre, Jeff nominated for supporting actress); Animal Farm (u/s Steppenwolf for Young Adults); Wanda, Daisy & the Great Rapture (Available Light Theatre); and True West (Baby Crow Production). Cassidy attended the School at Steppenwolf, and graduated from the University of Oregon.
Kate Smith (Community Outreach Director)
Kate is proud to call Chicago her artistic home. She has a B. A. in Theater Performance and has a passion for making classical theatre accessible and current. Recent credits include: U/S with Chicago Shakespeare Theater for Twelfth Night and King Charles; Chicago Opera Theater's Orpheus and Euridice; Bellboys, Bears, and Baggage with Redmoon; Twelfth Night with The Arc Theatre; and Nicole on Chicago Fire. She is thrilled to explore Chekhov through our current lens with this incredible group of artists and guest artists.
Jared Fernley (Treasurer)
Chicago credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Writers Theatre), The Arsonists, Old Town (Strawdog Theatre Company), The Killing of Michael X (Jackalope Theatre Company), The Burnt Part Boys (Griffin Theatre), Richard II, As You Like It (Two Pence Shakespeare), and FRAT (The New Colony). TV credits include Chicago Fire (NBC) and Patriot (Amazon). Jared is an artistic associate with Erasing The Distance, a company that sheds light on mental health. He is a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, The School at Steppenwolf, and is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.
Poppy Golland (Dramaturg/Casting Director)
Poppy was born in England and grew up in Northern California; she moved to Chicago in 2011 and co-founded OYC in 2013. She plays piano, paints, and endeavors to produce more inclusive theater in the realm of the great works of Chekhov. Other artists and art forms always encouraged. Poppy also enjoys: cooking and eating food, discovering new musics, hanging out with animals, people, and the process of quitting smoking cigarettes.
Benjamin Lapean (Stage Manager)
Benjamin is originally from Massachusetts, but he is happy to call Chicago his current home. Since being in the city, he has been involved in everything from improv at iO Theater to installation-style plays at Redmoon. He loves creating and collaborating, but his main focus in the arts is writing plays and stories. One Year Chekhov is one of Benjamin's favorite artistic endeavors that he has experienced in Chicago. It reminds him that Chekhov isn't simply for the “theater-goer”, but for anyone looking to experience the craft of a master playwright. Cheers!
Dylan Stuckey (Marketing Director)
Dylan has been a company member of One Year Chekhov for two seasons and could not be more proud to share an artistic home in Chicago with these fierce creators. He has worked extensively in Chicago with: Lookingglass, Northlight Theatre, The Gift, Oracle, Sideshow, And Griffin Theatre. Dylan is also a professional photographer and has spent the last five years traveling extensively to find that perfect shot. Check out his work at: www.dylanstuckeyphotography.com