Corinna is a founding member of the HPCP, and has been involved in every HPCP show since 2009. Her directing credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Corinna’s acting roles include the Chorus (Antigone), La Presidente de Tourvel (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Catherine (Proof), and Bev (Clybourne Park). Corinna will direct As You Like It in the summer of 2018.
Paul is the founder of the Hyde Park Community Players and served as President for seven years. His directing credits include Riders to the Sea, Arcadia, Proof, and The Lady’s Not For Burning. Paul has also designed sets for many HPCP productions and appeared on stage in numerous roles, including Sagot in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, the Writer in The Good Doctor, Lord Caversham in An Ideal Husband, and Russ/Dan in Clybourne Park.
Dan’s first acting role with the Players was as a member of the angry mob in Antigone. His other roles with the Players include Freddy (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), Big Willy (Musical of Musicals: The Musical!), Stephano (The Tempest), Humphrey Devize (The Lady’s Not for Burning), and Jim in Clybourne Park.
By day, Amelia is a freelance writer and web designer, with a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. By night, she sings with the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, reads 20th century novels, and eats massive quantities of pickles at Jimmy’s. Amelia’s roles with the HPCP include Junita (Musical of Musicals, the Musical), Ms. Rona Peretti (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Emily (The Marriage of Bette and Boo) and Betsy/Lindsey (Clybourne Park).
Vanessa made her adult acting debut in the Players’ production of The Good Doctor. Since then, she has staged managed Proof and produced The Tempest, and was the assistant director and stage manager of The Lady’s Not For Burning. She directed the 2015 production of An Evening of Horror and Suspense in the Old Time Radio Tradition, as well as staged readings of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun and Raising the Roof, which she also co-wrote. In May of 2017, Vanessa directed the Players’ production of Clybourne Park.
Leslie has been a member of the HPCP for several years and has appeared as the Boatswain (The Tempest), the Chaplain (The Lady’s Not For Burning) and Matt (The Marriage of Bette and Boo). She directed Twelfth Night in July 2017.
Susan joined the HPCP in 2009 and has directed or co-directed several productions, including On Baile’s Strand (with Paul Baker) and An Ideal Husband. She has also appeared as Ginny (For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls) and the Nurse (Romeo & Juliet). She manages the HPCP’s website and Facebook page. Susan is an associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.
Michele’s roles with the Players include Antigone (Antigone), the Countess (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), June (Musical of Musicals, The Musical) and Gertrude Chiltern (An Ideal Husband). Michele has also had many roles behind the scenes, including producer, set designer, and assistant director.
Laura started acting as a teenager with a community theater in Kona, Hawaii, and went on to study theater and history in college. Over the years, she has worked with many academic, professional and community theaters in Portland, OR, Ithaca, NY and here in Chicago. Some of her favorite roles were Blanche DuBois, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Lady Croom in Arcadia. When she’s not acting, Laura plays with children at the University of Chicago Family Resource Center, and does children’s storytelling. Laura has directed Bittersweet Love, The Tempest, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses for the HPCP, and appeared in numerous acting roles. Laura produces our Friday Staged Readings series.