About The Olde School Shakespeare Collective
The Olde School Shakespeare Collective is a community-driven ensemble that immerses audiences in the world of Shakespeare. Our approach is refreshingly unconventional - we're actors, directors, and artists who come together to craft theater experiences for the working class. We proudly take the reins of our own productions, rehearsing only once before transforming a local public house into our stage. Here, our community members can enjoy a drink, engage with us, and depart with a newfound perspective on theater's possibilities.
Within our non-hierarchical framework, those actively involved in the creative process take center stage. We're akin to mad scientists, experimenting with age-old theatrical techniques to craft contemporary responses. At the heart of our mission is the belief that Shakespeare should be accessible and enjoyable for all, regardless of background or experience. Join us for an evening that promises to transport you to another era while redefining the very essence of theater.
Meet the Team
Wyatt McCall is a founding member of The Olde School Shakespeare Collective. He has worked in Administrative Coordinator roles for multi-million dollar financial firms and management companies. He specializes in the streamlining of procedures to achieve maximum synergy and donor relations and is successful in both arenas by emphasizing clear communication and empathetic listening strategies. Wyatt has also worked in theatre for the better part of a decade in various managerial positions.
BFA Webster Conservatory. Born-and-bred Chicagoan, Sophie is a local actor and teaching artist. She recently left her work in ministry as director of an overnight camp to embrace a career path that is more inclusive of the queer community. She is a certified ASTEP fellow and certified in Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead™️ work. Recent credits: Titanic, As You Like It, Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Daddy Long Legs (Awaken Theatre), The Hundred Dresses, Say Something Do Something (Metro Theater Co), The Polar Express (Rail Events Productions).
Marketing and Outreach Director
Lauryn has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Lauryn is an opera singer and customer service specialist. Taking on the role of Marketing Director, Lauryn has already grown a large following for the theater company. As she develops the "image" of The Olde School Shakespeare Collective, she hopes you want to follow along on the journey. Lauryn is also the point of contact for all of your needs. Have any questions or just want to say hi, Lauryn is who you'll be talking to.
Drew is excited to be brought on as the Production Manager for the Olde School Shakespeare Collective. Drew has worked in numerous production roles for live theatre, including producing comedy and improv shows at Second City and the Playground Theatre, in addition to his current role as Production Manager for the Playground. He has also served as Production Assistant for film shoots with ESPN, Funny Or Die, and MTV. Drew can’t wait to bring his knowledge of production management to the collective.
Fight Co-ordinator and Safety Superviser
Emily Sturges (Sturge) is a born and raised Californian who recently turned Chicagoan! They are an athlete, actor, and storyteller. They specialize in stage combat and stunt work. They most recently worked at the PA Renaissance Faire as a stunt actor and have performed in various musicals and plays focused on dance and combat. As Brawl Master for the Olde School Shakes Collective, they are working hard to maintain a safe environment that explores regulated violence in a way the team and audience can all experience the thrill of!
We believe that what we have to offer is an antidote to the many complaints issued by the theatre community over the course of COVID: Lack of diversity, unequal pay, productions that don’t adjust to fit the times, outdated themes, companies that lack actual connections with the humans and artists within their communities, theatre companies that don’t listen, theatre companies who only listen to the highest paying subscribers, etc... the list could go on forever. We hope that you see these issues and complaints that you may have given voice to yourself and feel seen in some way. That is why we do what we do.