Dennis Bisto is honored to begin working with Trap Door Theatre. He moved to Chicago in 2012 and has enjoyed working with many companies including Griffin, Broken Nose Theatre, and Level 11 – where he is an Associate Artistic Director. Before Chicago, Dennis spent a brief period doing theatre and independent film in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from McKendree University and is a graduate of The New York Film Academy. Dennis is represented by BMG.
Abby holds a BFA in performance and completed a two year Meisner intensive at Columbus State University in GA before moving to Chicago in the fall of 2012. She’s performed with Redtwist Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, City Lit, and The Commission Theatre Co., among others. Abby is a graduate of the Shattered Globe Protege Program, is represented by Karen Stavins Enterprises, and so grateful to join the Trap Door family as an associate ensemble member! For more information and latest updates, visit abbyblankenship.com
Nate graduated from the University of Minnesota Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program and is a recent transplant to Chicago. While in Minneapolis Nate worked for The Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theater, Walking Shadow Theatre Company and many more. Nate is also proud to say he frequently works for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.
Bill Gordon was born and raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After acquiring his BA in Theatre from Ohio State, studying at the Moscow Art Theatre, and obtaining his MFA in Acting from NIU, he could not be happier in trying to make a home with Trap Door Theatre. After appearing in La Bete in 2015, it was clear this was a family he wanted to be a part of. Other Chicago credits include Henry IV and Henry V at Oak Park Festival Theatre, Caligula and Diviners with The Organic Theatre Company and Messina 3004 with Otherworld Theatre Company. Bill is also a stage combatant and choreographer. He can be seen putting these skills into action at The Bristol Renaissance Faire with the group By the Sword or with Imaginez in Steele for Hyre.
Henry is thrilled to be an associate ensemble member with Trap Door! Recently, he has been fortunate enough to have worked on Wastwater at Steep Theatre, The Diary of Anne Frank at Metropolis Arts, Lord of the Flies at WaterTower Theatre (Dallas/Ft. Worth) and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play at Stage West (Dallas/Ft. Worth). Henry can be seen performing semi-regularly with the improv team French Toast. Henry is a proud Baylor University Theatre alum. Extremely grateful for this life and the people I share it with.
Kelly Jean is originally from Dayton, Ohio and moved to Chicago in 2009 to further pursue theatre. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 with a BA in theatre. Some of her most recent credits include, “4Play: Sex in a Series” with trip. and ”I Saw the Best Minds…” with The Runaways, where she is a company member as well. Kelly is very excited to be a part of the Trap Door family!
Emily Nichelson is a graduate of Illinois State University. Since moving to Chicago, she has been able to perform with many great companies, including Griffin, Mary Archie, StrawDog, and Steppenwolf. Her first taste of Trap Door was performing in Nicole Wiesner’s The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Since being an associate, she has also been onstage in Max truss’s No Matter How Hard We Try. When she is not acting, you can find her performing with her band Mike P and the Dirty Deets
Benjamin, the latest to join the Trap cast for “How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients”, is more than happy to join now the Associate Ensemble and officially become part of the family. He will be touring Romania and Hungary with this great Trap show next year and participate to the prestigious International Theatre festival of Sibiu. You will be able to see him on stage at Trap in the remount and different fundraising activities that we’ll take him to Europe with his Artistic Home.
Pavi’s credits include Merry Wives of Windsor, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Circle Machine, Oracle Theatre; Hansel and Gretel, Emerald City Theatre Company; Mnemonic, Red Tape Theatre; Dessa Rose, Bailiwick Chicago; Godspell , Brown Paper Box Company; The Light in the Piazza, Theo Ubique; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Paramount Theatre; Meet John Doe, Porchlight Music Theatre; The Two Gentlemen of Verona Muse of Fire Theatre Company; Much Ado About Nothing, First Folio Shakespeare Theatre; The Suitcase Opera Project, Chicago Opera Vanguard. Film: Block Four (writer/narrator), Julian Hayda (dir). Education: Roosevelt University, BFA Music Theatre; The Second City Training Center: Improvisation, Writing. Upcoming: The Duchess of Malfi, Trap Door Theatre;How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients, Trap Door Theatre. Pavi likes to play and composition classical music, write and watch comedy, improvise on stage, play video games, and read and listen to books
Kelsey Shipley is overjoyed to join the Trap Door Family! A native of Chattanooga, TN, Kelsey has performed internationally for over 10 years. In middle school, she and her fellow Center for Creative Arts students represented Chattanooga in Germany and Italy through a musical theatre troupe entitled The Choo Choo Kids. In 2011, through her college (Birmingham Southern), and the Hellenic American University, she and four other US performers created a promenade piece surrounding the economic protests in Athens, Greece. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, she has had the honor of working with a variety of storefront theatres, and in 2014, a troupe founded by herself and a variety of a Chicago artists, Forks and Hope, took their critically acclaimed production of “The Hunting of the Snark” to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kelsey is thrilled to join a network of artists who only help to further her vision of creating socially stimulating theatre on a global level. Hooray team Trap Door!