Deathscribe 2016: Directors

Bilal Dardai
“The Sum of Your Experience”

Bilal Dardai is an ensemble member and emeritus Artistic Director of the Neo-Futurists, where he has been writing and performing since 2004. In addition to hundreds of tiny plays written for their long-running late-night show Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, he has been on the creative teams for the company’s full-length productions of Contraption, A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol, CRISIS: A Musical Game Show, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Redletter, and The Sovereign Statement (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work). He is also the author of the plays Vox Pandora, Redeemers, and an adaptation of G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best New Work – Adaptation), all produced by Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre. Other plays of his have been performed on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Nottingham (UK), and Helsinki (Finland). He lives in Evanston with his wife and son.

Gaby Labotka
“I Let Them Out”

Gaby Labotka is an actor, director, storyteller, choreographer, and more living and working in the city of Chicago. Most recently she directed [Trans]formation now playing at Collaboraction Studios, presented by The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company. Gaby was also the fight choreographer for Battleaxe Betty presented by ATC’s CORE Series, and she directed, curated, and hosted Fight Night: Valkyries for Nothing Special Productions. She has assistant directed for the House Theatre of Chicago (The Rose and the Rime, The Crownless King, The Magnificents) and Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. (GEOGRAPHY OF A HORSE DREAMER); directed for play festivals hosted by Indie Boots, Nothing Special Productions, Otherworld Theatre Company, Hobo Junction, and Mary-Arrchie; and directed The Living Canvas: Rain in 2011. Gaby graduated from Illinois State University with degrees in Acting and Directing with the honor of Exceptional Merit in the Arts and recently attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She is incredibly excited to take on directing for Deathscribe as her first gig with WildClaw Theatre. Check out more: Keep Smiling.

Aileen McGroddy
“Dead Ringer”

Aileen McGroddy is a director, movement director, and clown. She is a founder of the Whiskey Rebellion, where she curates The Whiskey Radio Hour, a recurring night of new radio plays and live music. She is a Forks & Hope Ensemble member, where she most recently directed A Hero’s Journey. She is also a company member of TUTA, where she directed the TUTALab Have a Seat and movement directed Music Hall, The Anyway Cabaret, and The Jewels. Other recent directing credits include Ulysses (The Plagiarists), 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse and In This Final Century (Theatre-Hikes), Chicago Shorties (A.O. The Trunk Show), and MUTINY (Chicago Fringe Festival). She has also worked with The Hypocrites, The House Theatre, Court Theatre, Theatre Y, and Emerald City Theatre.

Jessica Mondres
“The Woman Below”

Jessica Mondres is an interdisciplinary theater artist with a background in performance and a focus on prop/puppet design, directing, puppetry, and installation/video art. Recent design credits include work at Red Orchid, Victory Gardens, Cock and Bull, Strawdog, and 16th Street Theater’s season 9 productions of Yasmina’s Necklace, Book Club Play, and Carroll Gardens. She also directed and performed in 16th Street’s remount of Mariposa Nocturna; for which she designed an immersive lobby installation and created a short stop-motion film. She is the co-founder of Portmanteau, a new experimental object based performance project, and a proud 16th Street Theater Associate Artist. Up next is prop design for Iolanthe at Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and development of Portmanteau’s new piece, T(w)o Marias, with the support of a DCASE In the works residency.

Sara Sevigny
“The Quake”

Sara Sevigny is a Chicago-based actor, singer, improviser, writer, and director of festivals or one night only events. A full run? You’ve lost your mind. This is third stint as director with Deathscribe, where she was triumphant last year directing Robyn Coffin and Jennifer Santanello in Joseph Zettelmaier’s creepy-ass Earwigs and the previous year directing Noah Simon and Corrbette Pasko in Christopher M. Walsh’s winning piece, Fracture Zone. Oh yeah. BRING IT! She loves travel, overly dramatic karaoke, writing with her comedy partner Corrbette Pasko, and fighting zombies. You’ll thank her. TV credits include 20th Century Fox’s Empire and The Gabriels, and ABC’s Mindgames. She and Corri have donned: The League of Awesome (2010), Autumn Leaves (2014), Thirty Days in the Rabbit Hole (Abbie Hoffman Festival, 2014), Foil (2015), and the awesome Zombie Broads (Fall 2016). They also have a YouTube channel Unsolicited Jews that you should totally like and a webseries Corri and Sara are Famous. Pretty damn swanky. A proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, you can check our her credits on her website. I mean we’re here for horror. Let’s stay focused. Sara currently resides as an ensemble member and playwright with The Factory Theater in Chicago. Hailing from Evanston, Illinois, Sara graduated with her BA in Theatre/Communications from Curry College, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and graduated Second City’s Conservatory program. She also likes unsweetened green tea lemonade, in case you wanted to get her one. It tastes like sunshine.