Paul Stroili, Photo: Joe Mazza

Paul Stroili is a Resident Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan (founded by Jeff Daniels) His stage credits include Doll’s House Part 2, God of Carnage, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear, Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Souffle (for which he received a Wilde Award for best supporting actor) , Ghosts, Wonder of the World, Confessions of a Catholic Child, A Flea in her Ear, the ACE Award-winning literary parodies A Christmas Twist and Of Grapes and Nuts, as well as Under Milkwood, and Oedipus; A Requiem. A member of the original Chicago cast of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, Paul directed the critically-acclaimed revival 25 years later. Recently, Paul served as Executive Producer for the award-winning feature, WAKE. directed by Cyrus Mirakhor.

As a playwright, his work includes the plays Last Call at the Aardvark, Cheese Louise (with Maureen Morley), My Dinner with Arlecchino and Plane Crazy (with Cissy Conner). His play A Jukebox for the Algonquin will enjoy its World Premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre. He has also written for Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine and the LA Stage Alliance. 

Television credits include “Empire,” “Chicago P.D.,” and “Undercover Bridesmaid” along with “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Brother’s Keeper,” “Getting Personal,” and “The Untouchables,” as well as the films Only Dance Can Save Us, Wake, The Beating, Gratitude, Cold Justice, The Wrong Profile and The Real Whatever. Paul was nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Solo Performance and an LA Weekly Award for Paul Stroili’s Straight Up with a Twist, which enjoyed over 1000 performances nationwide, including a twice-extended Off Broadway run.

Kevin Theis, Photo: Joe Mazza

Kevin Theis has been an actor, writer and director in Chicago for over thirty years. His acting credits include ten shows at the Goodman Theatre, including Silvius in As You Like It, a number of productions with the Oak Park Festival Theatre, including Salieri in Amadeus, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Jeff nomination) and the title role in Richard III.  Kevin is an ensemble member with the Irish Theatre of Chicago, where he played Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Finbar in The Weir and Mr. Lockhart in The Seafarer (Jeff Award – Best Ensemble).  He has also performed at the Next Theatre, Lifeline, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and Peninsula Players, among others.

As a director, Kevin has been thrice nominated for Jeff Awards, including his own adaptation and direction of Thomas Heywood’s The Fair Maid of the West, The Mandrake for greasy joan & co. and Jeeves and the Mating Season for City Lit.  He has also directed for the Irish Theatre, Lifeline, Oak Park Festival and the Timber Lake Playhouse, among others

He has two published plays, the aforementioned Fair Maid and the Sherlock Holmes classic The Sign of the Four, co-written with Shanghai Low Theatricals.  He has written two books, Confessions of a Transylvanian with Ron Fox and his own Invading Nirvana.

Kevin has appeared on the television programs “Chicago Fire,” “Betrayal,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Empire” and has narrated over 275 audiobooks.

Eric Zudak (Producer) is the Sr. Director, Enterprise Accounts with the application development company Trifecta Clinical, where he directs business strategy for accounts including fortune 500 as well as smaller focused Pharmaceutical companies.

Eric holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Evansville. His career with Trifecta has spanned the past 16 years, his background in the arts has informed his approach to problem solving and relationship development.

Prior to Trifecta, Eric worked at Walt Disney Imagineering supporting attraction development for Tokyo Disney Seas, California Adventure and Euro Disneyland Park. Eric also worked at ABC Television and numerous capacities for independent productions and events.

Eric founded the College Town Film Festival, which produced 6 festivals in partnership with Penn State University and Ohio University between 2013 and 2017.

As a producer Eric was Executive Producer of Karaoke Man (2012) and Killing Diaz (2020) as well as short films The Beating (2015) Buckeye (2017) and the stage production In Walked Monk at the Hudson Guild in Hollywood in 1999.

As a performer Eric’s last role was in the TV pilot 26 miles in 2008. Prior to that Eric starred in Lost on the Bohemian Road (1995) and was an Artist in Residence at the Griffin Theatre in Chicago (1992-1994) appearing in Brilliant Traces, Loving Little Egypt and The Night Hank Williams Died among other plays. Eric also appeared behind the bar at Butch McGuire’s on Division street and the Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park where he received his real education. 

After relocating to Los Angeles, Eric appeared on stage in Riding the Dolphin and In Walked Monk, and perhaps his favorite role as Eamon in the short film Locked Up Down Shorty’s.