WILLIAM OSETEK (Artistic Director) was the recipient of the 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Director of a Musical for Next to Normal (the show also received a Jeff nomination for Best Musical). Other Drury Lane credits include: Young Frankenstein, Spamalot & Thoroughly Modern Millie (each Jeff nominated for Best Direction and Best Production), Deathtrap, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Game’s Afoot, Sunset Boulevard, Gypsy, Funny Girl, Mame, The Mousetrap, Of Thee I Sing, The Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, Barefoot in the Park, The King & I and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Osetek has a B.A. in Theatre from Loyola University of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Illinois State University.
JANE LANIER (Choreographer) Choreography credits include: Guys and Dolls: Broadway 2009 Associate Choreographer, Big Rosemary: Blake Edwards writer-director, Little Fish starring Alice Ripley and Wild Party (LA Weekly and Beverly Garland Awards, Ovation Award and NAACP Award Nominations): The Blank Theatre Co., Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Pippin: Fifth Ave. Theatre Seattle, Kiss Me Kate: Musical Theatre West, and the shorts films Not Your Time starring Jason Alexander and Spells starring John Glover. Directing credits include, Bad Dog: by Jennifer Hoppe-House, starring Valerie Harper, Anne Ramsay, and Jennie Garth, The Conex: by Dan Fruedenburger, Jukebox, Sophisticated Broadway, and Spiderman Turn Off the Dark: Young Playwrights Festival - The Blank Theatre Co., Smell of the Kill: Interact Theatre Co, Out of My Mind: by Steven Kane, staged readings of House of Blue Leaves, The Swan and Yesterday Quicksand: Interact Theatre Co. and the independent short film Touch. As a performer Jane has appeared in six Broadway shows: Sweet Charity: directed by Bob Fosse, Fosse: Drama Desk Award Nomination, Jerome Robins’ Broadway: directed by Jerome Robbins which earned her a Tony Award Nomination, Anything Goes directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Patti LuPone, Guys and Dolls, starring Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, and On Your Toes directed by George Abbott. Regionally she has performed around the country, including such shows as A Chorus Line, World Goes Round, Pippin, and the play Counsellor at Law for which she won the Ovation and LA Drama Critics Circle Award. Jane danced with John Travolta in the film Michael, had recurring roles on Murder One and Medium, and was last seen on television guest starring on Glee.
ROBERTA DUCHAK (Music Director) returns to Drury Lane after musical directing the box office sensation Saturday Night Fever. Drury Lane MD credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe Crazy for You, Hazel, Billy Elliot, Les Misérables (Jeff Nomination), West Side Story, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Oliver, The Sound of Music (Jeff Nomination), Sweeney Todd (Jeff Nomination), Ragtime (Jeff Award), Spamalot (Jeff nomination), Gypsy, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Miss Saigon (Jeff nomination). Chicago MD credits: Brigadoon (Goodman), The Story of My Life directed by Richard Maltby Jr. (Biograph); The Original Grease (ATC), The Little Mermaid (Chicago Shakespeare), and Rocky Horror (Mercury) and musical supervisor for A Little Night Music at Writers. Roberta has two busy vocal studios in the Chicago area. She was the vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the film Les Misérables. Acting credits: Broadway: Ragtime (Mother); National Tours: Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge, Magnolia and Ellie in Showboat and Rona Lisa Peretti in Spelling Bee (Chicago and national tour companies).
KEVIN DEPINET (Scenic Designer) Kevin Depinet returns to the Drury Lane where he has designed over fifteen shows. He has designed for the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Paramount Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Players Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre and The Mark Taper Forum. Broadway credits include associate designer for August: Osage County, The Motherf**ker with the Hat and Of Mice and Men. National tours credits include Camelot and Ragtime. Mr. Depinet has also designed for the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, the Discovery Channel, Netflix, 21st Century Fox and Disney.
SULLY RATKE (Costume Designer) is thrilled to return to Drury Lane where she previously designed Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Hazel. She is a recent graduate from the stage design MFA program at Northwestern University, with a fascination for all peoples and an intuition for connecting them - particularly through their common use of symbols, rituals, and spiritual ideas. Fresh credits include Project Compass (Steppenwolf Theatre), Richard III (The Gift Theatre), Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theatre), Pocatello (The Griffin Theatre Company), Big Love (Northwestern University), and The Turn of the Screw (Chicago Fringe Opera). Thanks to the costume shop and to Jimmy for making it possible for her do what she loves.
LEE FISKNESS (Lighting Designer) Design credits include: Hazel, White Christmas, Billy Elliot, Camelot (Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Young Frankenstein (Drury Lane); Spring Awakening (The Marriott Theatre), Yellow Moon (Writers Theatre); Sucker Punch, Gospel of Loving Kindness, L-Vis (Victory Gardens); Balm of Gilead, Burnt Part Boys, Port (Griffin Theatre); You Never Can Tell, Changes of Hearts (Remy Bumppo Theatre); End Days (Next Theatre, Joseph Jefferson Nomination); Souvenirs (Northlight Theatre); Peter Pan (Lookinglass Theatre); Woyzeck (Hypocrites Theatre); Pony, Flowers (About Face Theatre). Regional credits: Ghost Of Versailles (Manhattan School of Music); The Last Savage (Indiana University); Forever Plaid, Ring of Fire, Song Man Dance Man, Liberace, Soultime at the Apollo (Milwaukee Rep); Jacques Brel…(Two River Theatre). Lee is the Lighting Director at The Santa Fe Opera and worked there for 14 seasons. He received a MFA in Lighting Design from Northwestern University.
RAY NARDELLI (Sound Designer) Previous Drury Lane credits include: Saturday Night Fever, Crazy for You, Hazel, Bye Bye Birdie, White Christmas, Peter and the Starcatcher, West Side Story, Camelot, The Games Afoot, Spelling Bee, Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein, Hello, Dolly!, Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, Singin’ in the Rain, Xanadu, Hairspray, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Saigon (Jeff Award), Meet Me in St. Louis, Buddy Holly, The Full Monty (Sound Designer) and Oliver, Xanadu, Sweeny Todd, and Ragtime (Associate Sound Design). Mr. Nardelli is co-owner of Aria Music Designs, LLC which provides music and sound for theatre, film, and other media ventures. Off-Broadway credits include: Lookingglass Alice at The New Victory Theatre. Regional theatres include The Goodman Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep Theatre, The Court Theatre, Hartford Stage, Congo, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, and American Girl Theatre. Memberships include USA #829, ASCAP and IATSE #2.
CLAIRE MOORES (Wig and Hair Designer) is pleased to join Drury Lane for this production of Chicago. Ms. Moores is a wigmaker and make up artist with over 35 years experience at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has worked on touring shows including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Showboat. Her film experience includes Public Enemies, Road to Perdition, High Fidelity and Amityville Horror. She has designed wigs for Pine Mountain Music Festival and Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and has served as wig master for American Players Theatre.