Northlight Education Department
Mara Stern (Director of Education) has been a member of the Northlight education staff since serving as a counselor in our Senior Camp during the summer of 2008 and has served as Senior Camp Director for the past two summers. Mara has been a Teaching Artist with Northlight since 2011 working in our Season Access, Speak Up! and Northlight on Campus programs. Mara is also a Teaching Artist with Lookingglass where she has piloted several new programs on health and wellness, physical theatre and adaptation. Mara spent two years in Lookingglass’ box office as the Manager of Audience Services and as Group Sales Manager. She is a Teaching Artist with Steppenwolf in their pre- and post-show residency program and she works with Turning the Page, a non-profit dedicated to creating community in North Lawndale’s public schools. Mara is a director and producer in Chicago, working with EX-Pats, Jackalope, Pride Films and Plays, The Kinematics and The Hypocrites. Mara is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and The British American Drama Academy in London.
Andrew Marikis(Education Associate) is an actor, teaching artist, and storyteller. As an actor he’s worked with Lifeline, Irish Theatre of Chicago, BoHo, Adventure Stage Chicago, and Filament Theatre. As a storyteller, Andrew tells true, personal tales all over Chicago & is the host and producer of Story Club South Side monthly. As a teaching artist, he’s the lead teaching artist with the ASC Trailblazers & teaches with Writers, Dream Big, and Adventure Stage Chicago.
Northlight Teaching Artists
Jessica Alldredge (Teaching Artist) is thrilled to teach for Northlight on Campus again! Jessica moved to Chicago from Birmingham, AL where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In Birmingham, she frequented the stage with Theatre UAB, the Birmingham Park Players, and the Bards of Birmingham as well as appearing in the film Awakened. Jessica founded the drama program at Creative Montessori School in Homewood, AL for preschool and elementary students and served as a mentor, actor and director for the Bards of Birmingham. In Chicago, Jessica’s acting work includes projects with CUBE Ensemble, Fury Theater, Dream Theater Company and Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company. As a teaching artist, she has also worked with American Theater Company, Mudlark and the Viola Project, and is a member of the Teaching Artist Development Studio 2015 cohort through CCAP at Columbia. For Northlight, she has worked with awesome kids at Orrington, Middleton, Beidler and Gale schools, as well as summer camp.
Peter G. Andersen (Teaching Artist) is a graduate of Emerson College where he obtained his BFA in Acting. Since then he has gone on to work for Steppenwolf Theatre Company as the Steppenwolf For Young Adults Apprentice and Multicultural Fellow. As a teaching artist he has worked for Northlight, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Company One, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Shakespeare & Company. He has also worked at TimeLine Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Yale Repertory Theatre as an assistant director. As an actor Peter has performed professionally in Boston, The Berkshires, and Chicago. For more information visit his webpage at www.petergandersen.com.
Kaylyn Carter (Teaching Artist) is thrilled to be returning to Northlight’s Teaching Artist team since serving as the Education Intern in 2016. She is a recent Chicago transplant since graduating with a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University. Kaylyn is a performer with an interest in new writing and ensemble devised work. Since arriving in Chicago, she has worked with Tympanic Theatre company, The Side Project Theatre, and Hot Kitchen Collective. You can find more of her work here: www.kaylyncarter.com.
Kelsey Chigas (Teaching Artist) first joined Northlight in 2011 as an Education intern, and went on to serve as a Senior Camp counselor in 2012 and Senior Camp Assistant Director in 2013. She currently serves as the Education Manager and as a Teaching Artist for Writers Theatre, and has worked artistically, educationally and administratively with organizations across the city including Steppenwolf, American Theatre Company, MCA Chicago, Mudlark Theater Company, Tympanic Theatre Company, Genesis, the side project, and Salonathon. Kelsey is an alumna of Cornell College, where she double majored in English and Theatre with concentrations on performance and social justice.
Jazmín Corona (Teaching Artist) is happy to be a part of this extraordinary team of teaching artists at Northlight Theatre. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) teaching artist, she’s worked with youth of all ages and backgrounds, teaching theatre, dance, and photography. In Chicago, she has worked with Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), ElevArte, American Theater Company, The Beverly Arts Center, Boom Troupe, The Viola Project, and Steppenwolf. In Cleveland, where Jazmín is originally from, she worked with Great Lakes Theater Festival and Cleveland Play House. As an actress, she’s had the pleasure of working with Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Free Street, First Folio, Teatro Luna, Goodman Theatre, Collaboraction, Urban Theater Company, Prop Theatre, Babes With Blades, and Adventure Stage. She has worked on such films as Dawn and The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens, both having been shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival with the latter winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film.
Matt Farabee (Teaching Artist) is an actor and teaching artist in Chicago. He works as a teaching artist for Northlight at Fairview South School directing their middle school plays. He also directed Seussical! The Musical with area students at Northlight. As an actor, Matt has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, Eclipse Theatre Company, Pavement Group, Steppenwolf, Route 66, Chicago Dramatists, Rivendell, and Theater Wit. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Theatre and Recreational Therapy. Matt is also a teaching artist and faculty member with the National High School Institute Cherubs Program at Northwestern University.
Tiffany Fulson (Teaching Artist) is a Chicago native theatre performer, director, and teaching artist. She began her teaching practices with Global Girls Inc, a youth performing arts organization on the South side of Chicago that targets African American girls between the ages of 5-18. This program sparked her passion to educate in the art field and even more so to illuminate the voices of the marginalized. With this incentive she has gone on to teach hundreds of students all over the Chicagoland area. Tiffany is currently a teaching artist with Steppenwolf for Young Adults and Timeline Theatre Company Living History Program where she serves as the Education Assistant as well. She holds a BFA degree in Theatre Performance from University of Illinois at Chicago and also studied at Arcadia University for Global Studies in London, England. Tiffany finds it important that all youth and adults of any background understand that they have the freedom to investigate their world and turn their findings into art.
Jewel Hale (Teaching Artist) is a spoken word, performance, and sound artist who hails from the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. She obtained her BA in theater studies from Northern Illinois University and received her MA in interdisciplinary arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has been writing and performing professionally since 2012. She has performed at various places across the Chicago-land area such as Prop Theater, The Spoken Word Lounge, Hamlin Park Theater, and Manifest Art Festival. She has also worked with Free Street Theater, The Viola Project, and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She has recently worked in Northlight’s Speak Up program with the amazing kids from the Logan Square neighborhood.
Jasmine Henri Jordan (Teaching Artist) graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Theatre and Humanities. In addition to teaching for Northlight, she has also taught for Mudlark Theater, the Viola Project, and for American Theater’s Mosaic program. Jasmine was introduced to Northlight when she served as education intern. She recently became Victory Gardens Theater’s Audience Development Manager. Jasmine is a deviser, dramaturg, and performance artist around the city. For more info, check out her website jasminehenrijordan.weebly.com.
Tuesdai B. Perry (Teaching Artist) is thrilled to be joining Northlight’s education team! She recently completed Northlight’s education apprenticeship with the Speak Up! and Northlight on Campus programs. She holds a degree in Directing and Creative Writing from Western Illinois University. Tuesdai also works with Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Theatre, Northbrook Theatre Junior Company, and Northbrook Community Theatre as a teacher, choreographer, performer, director, and stage manager with ages 5 and up. Additionally, she teaches with Oak Lawn Park District and has worked with Beverly Theatre Guild, Chicago’s oldest community theatre.
Will Quam (Teaching Artist) joined Northlight in 2012 as a Senior Camp counselor, and has since served as the Senior Camp Assistant Director in 2014 and 2015, and Director in 2016. During the school year, Will has taught with Northlight’s Northlight on Campus and Speak Up! programs in Evanston, Skokie, and Chicago. He is also a teaching artist with Mudlark Theatre Company, teaching improv and ensemble in Evanston. Will is a company member with Two Pence Theatre Company and serves as Education Programs Manager, developing and teaching programs that bring Shakespeare into the lives of young people. Before moving to Chicago, Will directed and toured abridged Shakespeare to schools and libraries across Ohio as the co-founder and artistic director of The Billy Shakes Project at Kenyon College. Will is a director and designer in Chicago, and has worked with Jackalope Theatre Company, Walkabout Theatre Company, Fearless Theatre, and Rhinofest, amongst many others. His writing has been published in the literary magazine The Calling Bell and performed as part of the Valentine’s Play Festival. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and a proud Minnesotan.
Wilfredo Ramos Jr. (Teaching Artist) is an educator, dramatist, and improviser in Chicago. As an educator, Wilfredo urges his students to be curious, to be playful, and, above all, to be bold. Wilfredo has been teaching with Northlight since the spring of 2016. In addition to his work with Northlight, Wilfredo currently serves as an Assistant Teaching Artist with the Steppenwolf for Young Adults program. He also teaches with Chicago Improv Productions and has taught with American Theater Company and Mudlark Theater. Wilfredo is a member of El Semillero, a playwriting collective that fosters the development of new works by Latinx playwrights, as well as the founder of the Surfboard Poems, a forum where writers who have been targets of systemic discrimination can share messages of hope and healing. In May 2015, Wilfredo received a BA in English from Yale University. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and conversational in French. www.wilfredoramosjr.com
Christopher Salveter (Teaching Artist) is a singer, songwriter, performer, visual artist, and educator. He was born in a Missouri river town but calls Chicago home. For nearly two decades he has been engaging with Joseph Beuys’ concept of Social Sculpture (art that transforms society) in his writing and performances. He spent the majority of his twenties on tour with his rock band, Low Skies, sometimes supporting acts like Neko Case and The Handsome Family. Currently Christopher is developing a podcast with his group, The Fruit Stare, based on their recent stage show Dr. Atop’s Journey to the Polygon of Suffering. His training in teaching artistry includes completing the Northlight TA Apprenticeship and the Lincoln Center’s Fundamentals of Teaching Artistry program. He received his BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is also a certified Yoga instructor.
Alejandro Tey (Teaching Artist) is a Chicago-based actor, director, writer, and teaching artist. Alex is so proud and honored to be joining the Northlight teaching artist team- he also teaches Imaginastics and Beginner Circus Arts with Actors Gymnasium; Creative Improv with Mudlark Theater Company; and Performance-Based Sexuality Education with For Youth Inquiry. His plays for young audiences (and performers!) have been seen onstage at The Actor’s Gymnasium, Mudlark Theater, and McAllen Parks and Rec. Alex is the founding Artistic Director of Thirteen O’Clock Theatre in South Texas, and has worked nationally as an artistic associate with Sojourn Theatre, most recently as a performer/facilitator in the professional premiere of HOW TO END POVERTY in collaboration with Portland Playhouse. He is also a proud touring ensemble member of Theater Unspeakable and a company member with Rabid Bat Theatricals. Chicago acting credits include: The Compass (Steppenwolf for Young Adults), Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Portage Park (Filament Theatre); and Since I Suppose (one step at a time like this/Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). Oh, and don’t tell anyone, but he’s also Spider-Man.
Emily Wills (Teaching Artist) has worked professionally as a teaching artist with Raven Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Northlight and Mudlark. Emily is also a storyteller with the Lifeline Storytelling Project, and has appeared on stage in The Boy at the Edge of Everything, and The Reluctant Dragon at Northwestern University. Emily studied Theatre with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences and Community Development at Northwestern University and is a graduate with the class of 2015.