Meet the Artistic Team

Jackie Intres, Managing Director, holds a Master of Arts Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her BA in performance studies from Northwestern University where she directed As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Vilify: Shakespeare’s Villains and Contemporary Dance.  She has also held lead roles such as Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Maria in Twelfth Night.  She most recently performed in the “Emerging America” Festival co-sponsored by the American Repertory Theatre and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.  She is currently working as the Operations Manager for Ingenuity Incorporated, an organization dedicated to supporting arts education in Chicago Public Schools.
Tiffany Kim, Production Manager, will soon be receiving her BS in environmental sciences at Northwestern University. However, since theatre people can be more fun than awkward science nerds, she has thoroughly enjoyed producing The Taming of the Shrew and La Ronde at NU, as well as stage managing several productions, including The Arabian Nights this spring.  She’s hoping she will be able to do some research this summer where at least one person knows what a Tony is.
Aaron Mays, Public Relations Consultant, 26, is an up-and-coming playwright based in Chicago. He has always considered himself a writer but his love for stage writing came to life during his undergrad years. While attending Northwestern University, he wrote several plays including “Hush Hush” and “The Sons of Tennessee” which he self-produced and directed. During that time, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Competition. Shortly after he was commissioned to write a new play for Northwestern University’s African American Theatre Ensemble titled “The Street Corner.”  Since then, Aaron has received a number of readings of his work. His most recent piece, Sticks and Stones, received its first reading at the AstonRep Theatre Company in June 2010.  Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Aaron graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies.
Charlie McGrath, Resident Director, is very excited about this project; it’s a rare opportunity to direct female actors in strong leading roles.  She is an associate member of the SDC and a graduate of AMDA and Northwestern University, where she directed All’s Well That Ends Well, I Hate Hamlet, and Taming of the Shrew. Professionally, she’s directed Minimalistic Men for Appetite Theatre Company, Chekhov’s Anyuta, a staged reading of Ron Hirsen’s Land Where My Fathers Died for Polarity Ensemble Theatre, and a staged reading of Aaron Mays’ Sticks and Stones.  She has enjoyed assistant directeding Griffin’s No More Dead Dogs and Letters Home, Remy Bumppo’s  Chesapeake, and Porchilight Music Theatre’s tick, tick…Boom!  In her free time, she assesses scripts for Stage LeftNext up she’ll be assistant directing The Vortex for Dead Writer’s Theater Collective and Billy Pacholski’s Assassins.
Kate Merena, Events Manager, is an event planner who is passionate about creating an atmosphere that sparks creativity and builds community. Throughout her career, she’s earned a toolbox of skills from experiences as a writer, project manager and alternative energy healer. She’s worked everywhere from a Mom-and-Pop shop to a Fortune 500 company, and each environment has added a new dimension to her view of the world. She’s thrilled to be working with the ProudKate Theatre Project on Ruby Sunrise.

Kevin Stevens, Marketing Director, holds a bachelors degree Northwestern University. As an actor his Chicago credits include work  with the Bailiwick, the Griffin Theatre Company, the Mime Company, Ourobouros. He currently resides in Washington D.C where he spent a year working with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. While he is gearing up to begin the next stage of his life with a move to New York in the upcoming months, he is excited and proud to continue his work with the Chicago Theatre community through the ProudKate Theatre Project.


Claire Winkleblack,
Casting Director and Webmaster, is currently in her senior year at Northwestern University pursing a BA in Theatre. Primarily an actor, Claire has also been very involved on the production side, stage managing I Hate Hamlet and assistant producing As You Like It.  Professionally, she assistant directed Minimalistic Men for Appetite Theatre Company. To bridge the gap between her senior year and her professional career, Claire happily moved directly into her position here at ProudKate.

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