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Join Us Saturday, December 19th, 2020

on Twitch.tv/theLEVITYchannel

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Annelyse Ahmad

(she/her)

Feature Artist

A Chicago native, "Elyse" is an actor and improviser based in Los Angeles. She performs and teaches with Stir Friday Night, Chicago's premiere Asian comedy troupe, and is an alum of Deeva Dance Troupe, Northwestern University's award-winning Bollywood fusion dance team. Previous film/TV credits: Dhoom 3 (dir. Vijay Krishna Acharya), Shift Focus (NDTV-HINDU), Silver Cord (dir. Suha Toraman), Jimmortal (dir. Bradley & Weber; winner Best Actress in a Pilot, Chicago Comedy Film Festival), and commercials for Special K and T-Mobile. Previous theater credits include Orange (world premiere, Mixed Blood Theatre), The Who and the What (Marin Theatre Company),  A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Rep); Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno (u/s, The Second City, E.T.C.), Christmas Mubarak (Silk Road Rising), East by East East, 8 Angry Asians (Second City Blackout Cabaret), and Coupled: Your love story, improvised! (Second City Skybox). She's currently writing a pilot with fellow SFN performer Louise Loeb. annelyseahmad.com

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Echaka Agba

(she/her)

Panelist

Featured Artist

Echaka is an award winning actor based in Chicago having performed on stages including Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.  For TV/Film, she has appeared on several network and cable programs including Showtime's critically acclaimed comedy series Work In Progress. 

While acting and new work development have been her primary focus over the course of her career, the paradigm shift the world experienced in 2020 has helped her recognize the need and importance of finding new ways to create and engage with storytelling. In short, Echaka decided to get hyphenated. She's now an Actor - Writer - Director - Producer. This essential step towards expansion in skillsets has led her to collaborations with some of the most highly artistic and talented creatives. Currently, she is in pre-production for Where Could We Go, an anthology docu-series which investigates what home actually means and where we make home.

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Breon Arzell

(he/him)

Featured Artist

Detroit native, Breon Arzell, came to Chicago in 2013, and is now an award-winning and critically acclaimed performer/artist. Actor, Choreographer, Director, Writer, Poet, Stylist, Activist, Teacher, Creator, Collaborator, Enthusiast, Guru of Hustle; he is constantly striving to deliver love and light into this world. A career spanning 23 years (and counting), his talents have allowed him to perform all across the U.S., Canada, Italy, Germany, Denmark, London, & Singapore, and be a voice for inclusion, equality, and his community. Represented by Shirley Hamilton Talent, inc. Follow the glow @breonarzell or www.breonarzell.com

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Micah Beauvais

(he/him/his)

Featured Artist

Micah Beauvais is a Chicago based actor and singer-songwriter .  He is excited to share this virtual experience as we venture into the holiday season. This year has been filled with so much uncertainty and pain so hopes this experience can uplift us as we end the year together. Some of Micah’s recent credits include You're a Good Man Charlie Brown at Drury Lane and the world premiere of OTHER WORLD in NYC by Tony nominated Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen.

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Mark Jacob Chaitin

(he/him)

Panelist

Featured Artist

Mark Jacob Chaitin is an actor, writer and arts educator currently residing in Los Angeles.  Classically trained at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in MN, Mark has worked across the country in theater, film and television.  He is thrilled to work with this group of artists on ACC, and Dickens' tale reminds him now more than ever of the power of compassion and kindness as agents of change and justice.  

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Tina El Gamal

(she/her)

Featured Artist

Tina El Gamal is a Chicago-based actor, director, and teaching artist. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Recent credits include: Young Playwrights Festival (Pegasus Theater), Twice, Thrice, Frice... u/s (Silk Road Rising) Much Ado About Nothing (Oak Park Festival Theatre), the Chicago premiere of I Call My Brothers (Interrobang Theatre Project), and the world premiere of Through the Elevated Line u/s (Silk Road Rising). Tina is represented by Big Mouth Talent

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Tyler Gabrielle

(she/her)

Featured Artist

Tyler Gabrielle, that Chicago actress who uses the stage, screen and voice acting to shine light on the beauty in the crazy that lives in us all.  After receiving her degree in dress up and make believe, Tyler was blown to the Windy City where she knew she could make magic happen. Tyler, the Chicago artist with a healthy mix of Texan in her, has spent the past five years in the entertainment industry riding the waves and building her platform. She continues to work out of Chicago and in various countries as she uses her talent and passion in the performing arts to tell stories and insinuate positive change for the good of humanity. Tyler is delighted to be a part of the ACC cast and thankful that, despite the turbulent status of the world, we are still able to gather, create art and make magic together.   

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Molly Gloeckner

(she/her)

Featured Artist

Molly Gloeckner is a Chicago based actor and comedian. Molly could recently be heard in The Onion's podcast The Topical.  Other credits include The Buttcracker (Rat King), The Selfish Giant (Giant), and performances with her sketch group, Girl Scouts Unleashed, at The Chicago Women's Funny Fest and Laugh Out Loud Chicago. Molly recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Acting. 

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Tommy Malouf

(he/him/his)

Featured Artist

Tommy Malouf is totally psyched to be a part of this project.  He is an actor, musician, and teaching artist all about the city of Chicago.  He has worked with companies such as Remy Bumppo, The House Theatre of Chicago, Jackalope, Steep, and several others.  He is a proud EMC represented by Stewart Talent. tommymalouf.weebly.com/

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Kevin O'Connell

(he/him)

Featured Artist

Kevin O’Connell got his BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho. He worked in Chicago at several theatres and was part of Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company for their 2018-2019 season. He currently lives in NYC and is represented by Firestarter talent.

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Taylor Raye

(she/her)

Featured Artist

Taylor Raye is a Chicago-based actor and director, and excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol! Her recent virtual credits include The Quarantine Diaries 3, Other Rockpools with The New Colony, and The Living Newspaper Festival with Jackalope Theatre. 

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Amaya Thompson

(she/her)

Guest Performer

Amaya Thompson is a sixth grade student from Gurnee, IL. She was last seen in the world premiere of The Handbook by Laura Schellhardt at Carthage College. Previous credits: Green Town Tales (Three Brothers Theatre), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Three Brothers Theatre) Lion King Kids (Andrew Cooke Magnet) Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Three Brothers Theatre), The Nature Crown (Carthage College) and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Wilbur Wright College). Amaya would like to thank her mom for always believing in her, her sister Alexis for loving her, and her dad for making it possible to be a family of artists.

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Sheldon White

(he/him/his)

Featured Artist

Sheldon White is an actor and writer based in Los Angelses, California. He is known for Never Have I Ever (2020), Splitting Up Together (2018) and All Rise (2019). 

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Martin Yousif Zebari

(he/him/his)

Featured Artist

Martin Yousif Zebari is an Iraqi-born, Assyrian-American, actor, playwright and designer based in Chicago. His theatre acting credits include: Mosque4Mosque (National Queer Theatre); Lost and Guided (The Angle Project); Yasmina’s Necklace, The Winter’s Tale (Goodman Theatre); Guards at the Taj, (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Mary Stuart (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); The Hard Problem (Court Theatre); Human Terrain (Broken Nose Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), and Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Failure: A Love Story, The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). His television credit includes NBC’s Chicago Med. Martin holds a BFA in Acting from the Arts University of Bournemouth, England and is represented by Stewart Talent Chicago.

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