The Loop Players is an integral part of Harold Washington College and the English, Speech and Theatre Department. This is an acclaimed 25-year-old theatre company created to redefine the concept of educational theatre. It is a rich, cohesive mixture of students, dedicated amateurs and seasoned professionals with a history of more than 100 professional quality productions, repeated inclusion in Chicago's Humanities Festival and a devoted city-wide audience.
HISTORY OF THE LOOP PLAYERS
Founded by Director Sydney R. Daniels, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theatre, the Loop Players has explored every theatrical genre, every movement, every style. It has embraced theatrical aspirants and devotees of every age, race and ethnic background. The Loop Players promoted coloróblind casting before it was politically correct, and it continues to fulfill its mission to make theatre inclusive, enlightening and to bring everybody into the downtown Chicago loop.
In 2010, Assistant Professor Kathryn Nash became the Artistic Director of the Loop Players. Last spring, Kathryn directed Bus Stop by William Inge with an all student cast. Twelve Angry Jurors was her second directing project with the theatre. All but two of the cast members were students at Harold Washington College. In addition, the house managers, ushers, box office personnel, and set construction crew are all students at the college. Kathryn is dedicated to providing on-the-job training to theatre students, so that they can effectively bridge the gap as they transition to four year colleges, as well as to the profession of theatre in the Chicago community and beyond.
For more information on the Loop Players, contact Kathryn Nash at 312-553-5997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
The Loop Players Theatrical Group is an integral part of Harold Washington College and the English, Speech and Theatre Department. This is an acclaimed 25-year-old theatre company created to redefine the concept of educational theatre. It is a rich, cohesive mixture of students, dedicated amateurs and seasoned professionals with a history of more than 100 professional quality productions, repeated inclusion in Chicago's Humanities Festival and a devoted city-wide audience.
Kathryn Nash is honored to be the newly appointed Director of Theatre at Harold Washington College, a position held by the esteemed Sydney Daniels for many years. Kathryn was introduced to the Loop Players in 1998 when she taught as an adjunct for HWC. Prof. Daniels asked her to assist in some of the plays as a dialect coach and choreographer and she has been an avid supporter of Loop Players ever since. After being hired full-time in 2004 as Speech & Theatre faculty, Ms. Nash became the Director of Forensics, coaching the HWC Speech Team and traveling with them as they competed in many local and national tournaments. She teaches classes in Speech, Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Directing, Oral Interpretation, and Training of the Speaking Voice.
Kathryn's theatrical career began when she was in high school and, in addition to directing, she is a professional actress, dialect coach, and choreographer. As an actress, she has acted in over 50 plays at major theatres in the Midwest, and is a former member of The Acting Company of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Favorite plays include Vieux Carre, Mother Courage, Merry Wives of Windsor, Gypsy and The Taming of the Shrew. Ms. Nash has also choreographed 20 musicals and continues to serve as a dialect coach for theatres in the Chicago area. From 2004-2010, she was a member of Chicagoís Joseph Jefferson Committee which bestows annual awards to theatres and theatre professionals, similar to the Tony Awards in New York.
Ms. Nash received a Bachelorís degree from West Virginia University, a Masterís in Education from the University of Florida and a Masterís of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Minnesota. Kathryn is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).