The Ensemble

When Profiles Theatre Company began performing in the late 1980s, Artistic directors Joe Jahraus and Darrell W. Cox envisioned an actor-driven theatre ensemble dedicated to creating provocative and emotionally truthful productions. 25 years later Profiles still performs edgy, hard-hitting theatre at The Alley Stage at 4147 North Broadway and at The Main Stage at 4139 North Broadway. To date, Profiles has staged 60 productions including 31 Midwest premieres, six American premieres and four World premieres. Driven by an undiminished appetite for creating honest and resonant theatre, Profiles still seeks to present work that illuminates the determination and resiliency of the human spirit.

The Ensemble

Joe Jahraus (Founder/Artistic Director) most recently directed Profiles' Midwest premiere of Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. As an actor, he recently appeared in Profiles' Midwest Premieres of Body Awareness by Annie Baker and The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson as well as Things We Said Today and autobahn by Neil LaBute, which received an After Dark Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Other appearances at Profiles include The Glory of Living, Reparation and Noise. Joe received a 1999 Jeff Award Nomination for Ensemble for his performance as Wells in Stray Dogs. He has previously been seen in Profiles' productions of Wonder of the World, Snakebit, Jump to Cow Heaven, Some Voices, Dogs Barking, Popcorn, Eye of God, Paddywack, The Baby Dance, Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Twilight Zone: The Series, How the Other Half Loves, The Water Engine, Minor Demons, Orphans, Battery, and True West.

Joe's other recent directing credits with Profiles include "Lovely Head" as part of Profiles' production of Vices and Virtues', The Jacksonian, Our New Girl, The Other PlaceThe Cryptogram, Gidion's Knot, In God's Hat, The Dream of the Burning Boy, Sweet and Sad, the American Premiere of In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute as well as Profiles' World Premiere of Assisted Living by Deirdre O'Connor, recipient of the Jeff Award for New Work. Other directing credits at Profiles include Fifty Words, Jailbait, The Mercy Seat, Great Falls,The Thugs, Kid Sister and Apple. He directed the long-running hit Fat Pig by Neil LaBute for which he received a Jeff Award Nomination for Outstanding Director. Joe directed the Jeff Award-winning Blackbird, Babylon Gardens, the Jeff Award-nominated Carnal Knowledge andSexual Perversity in Chicago. He was the co-director of Profiles' productions of The Water Engine, The Twilight Zone: The Series and How the Other Half Loves. Joe has designed numerous sets for Profiles including Stray Dogs, for which he received a 1999 Jeff Award nomination for Set Design.

Darrel W. CoxDarrell W. Cox (Artistic Director) can currently be seen in Profiles' Midwest premiere of Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. Prior to that, he was seen in Profiles' 20th Anniversary production of The Cryptogram by David Mamet, and Profiles' Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. Darrell received his fourth Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance as Joe Cooper in Profiles' production of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts. Darrell has appeared at Steppenwolf in the World Premiere of Men of Tortuga (where he originated the role of Taggart), the Midwest Premiere of Orange Flower Water (which traveled to the Galway Arts Festival), and the World Premiere of Wendall Greene. He has also been seen at the Goodman in The Shawl and Home as part of the David Mamet Festival, American Theatre Company's Speed the Plow and Oleanna as part of the Mamet Repertory, as well as Jim Jones in the Midwest Premiere of The People's Temple, and the World Premiere of Martin Furey's Shot at TimeLine, among others. He has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards for Principal Actor for his work in Profiles' productions of Killer Joe, Blackbird, Some Voices, and Eye of God. In addition, he has received two After Dark Awards for Outstanding Performance for Profiles' productions of Popcorn,and Carnal Knowledge. Darrell was featured in a recurring role as Uncle Ray on "Chicago Fire" on NBC and also in the film "AB-" , which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to Cannes, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival, among others.

Darrell most recently directed Profiles' World premiere of Genius by Kate Walbert. Recent directing credits include the Midwest premiere Reasons to be Happy by Neil LaBute, the Midwest premiere of Cock by Mike Bartlett, Profiles' Holiday Season Revival as well as the 20th Anniversary production of Hellcab, and the Midwest Premiere of Bachelorette by Leslye Headland. Other directing credits include the American Premiere of The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson, Profiles' Midwest Premiere of This is How it Goes, "Coax" and the titular play in the evening of short plays, Things We Said Today and autobahn, all by Neil LaBute, The Radiant Abyss by Angus MacLachlan, and Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire. Appearances in other Profiles productions include In God's Hat, The Dream of the Burning Boy, Sweet and Sad, In a Forest Dark and Deep, A Behanding In Spokane, Fifty Words, reasons to be pretty, Kid Sister, Mercy Seat, Great Falls, In a Dark, Dark House, Some Girl(s), Apple, Fat Pig, The Glory of Living, Reparation, Snakebit, Jump to Cow Heaven, Dogs Barking, Babylon Garden, Paddywack, The Baby Dance,Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Glengarry Glen Ross, Zara Spook and Other Lures, The Twilight Zone: The Series, How the Other Half Loves, The Water Engine, Minor Demons, Orphans, Battery and True West.

Neil LabuteNeil LaBute (Resident Artist/Playwright) has been working with Profiles since their 2006 production of Autobahn. He is a writer, director, filmmaker and playwright. His World premiere adaptation of his original play and film In the Company of Men (New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best First Feature and the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival) had its debut at Profiles in 2013 and received a Jeff Nomination for Best New Adaptation. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from New York University and was the recipient of a literary fellowship to study at the Royal Court Theatre, London and also attended the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Lab. His films include Your Friend and Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession, The Shape of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title), The Wicker Man, Lakeview Terrace, Death at a Funeral, Some Girl(s) and Some Velvet Morning. LaBute made his television debut with a new series for DirecTV entitled Full Circle. His plays include Bash: Latter-Day Plays, The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, Autobahn, Fat Pig, Wrecks, Some Girl(s), Things We Said Today, This is How it Goes, In a Dark Dark House, The Break of Noon, In a Forest, Dark and Deep, The Money Shot, Lovely Head and Miss Julie. Reasons to be Happy, a follow-up to his acclaimed play reasons to be pretty, opened at MCC in May 2013. reasons to be pretty premiered off-Broadway in 2008, receiving three Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Play. It became Neil LaBute’s first play ever to be staged on Broadway when it opened in 2009 and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play. LaBute is also the author of several fictional pieces including “Seconds of Pleasure,” a collection of his short stories published by Grove Atlantic.

Rick SnyderRick Snyder (Resident Artist) is a Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble Member, Artistic Director of The Theatre of Western Springs, and award-winning actor/director. Rick most recently directed Profiles' World Premiere of Neil LaBute's stage version of In The Company of Men. In 2010, Rick won a Joseph Jefferson award for Direction for Profiles' production of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts. Rick's previous directing credits at Profiles include - the Midwest Premiere of A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, the Midwest Premiere of reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute and the first full Chicago production of Men of Tortuga. Other directing credits include God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre, Speed the Plow & Oleanna as part of the Mamet Repertory at American Theatre Company, Art, Betrayal, The Last Of The Boys, The Fall To Earth and Orange Flower Water at Steppenwolf (which also traveled to the Galway Arts Festival) among others, The Actor, as part of the Horton Foote Festival and Jolly and The Disappearance of the Jews as part of the Mamet Festival at the Goodman Theatre, Mauritius at Northlight, and Lion In Winter at Writers' Theatre.

Rick's acting credits at Steppenwolf include August: Osage County, Man From Nebraska, I Never Sang For My Father, Time Of Your Life, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in London and on Broadway, Sideman in Galway, Ireland, and the Tony Award-winning Grapes of Wrath, among others. Rick appeared as agent Frank Burrows in the film U.S. Marshals starring Tommy Lee Jones. His other film credits include Meet the Applegates, The Tuskegee Airmen, Alien Nation Millennium, The Net starring Sandra Bullock, Whiteboys, Soul Survivors and The Human Stain starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.

Eric BurgherEric Burgher (Ensemble Member) was most recently seen in Profiles' Midwest premiere of Reasons to be Happy by Neil LaBute. Prior to that, he appeared in Profiles' Midwest premiere of The Dream of the Burning Boy by David West Read. In 2011, he appeared in Profiles' Midwest premiere of A Behanding in Spokane by Martin McDonagh, for which he received a Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Supporting Actor. Appearances in other Profiles productions include Sweet & Sad, Bachelorette, Jailbait, Fat Pig, Graceland, This is How It Goes, Body Awareness, Kid Sister,"Land of the Dead" as part of Profiles' Midwest Premiere of LaBute shorts, Things We Said Today, autobahn, The Glory of Living, The Radiant Abyss and Noise. He also appeared in the World Premiere of A Beautiful Spell by Greg Kalleres, with Rare Terra Theatre at the Royal George. Eric directed "Totally" as part of Profiles' production of 'Vices and Virtues', Profiles' 14-'15 and '15-'16 Holiday Season Revivals of Hellcab by Will Kern, as well as Profiles' Midwest premiere of Annapurna by Sharr White. Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches acting and has directed productions of Blood Wedding and The Shape of Things. He has Assistant Directed Profiles' productions of In God's Hat, Hellcab, Apple, Blackbird and Snakebit. Technical credits include Sound Designer on Men of Tortuga, In a Dark, Dark House,Things We Said Today,Some Girl(s), Apple, Fat Pig, autobahn (for which he received an After Dark Award for "Outstanding Sound Design"), The Glory of Living, The Radiant Abyss, Reparation and Noise.

Maryann Carlson (Ensemble Member) was most recently seen in Profiles' Holiday Season Revival of Hellcab by Will Kern. She is Profiles' Internship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for the Advanced Scene Study Intensive. She has stage managed several productions at Profiles including Bachelorette, Graceland, Men of Tortuga, and In a Dark, Dark House. She comes to Chicago from the great state of Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont in 2004. Maryann has served as assistant stage manager at Lowell Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA and a scenic painter at both Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, RI and The Arundel Barn Playhouse in Arundel, ME. She toured for two years with Missoula Children's Theatre. Most recently she has performed with Chicago Kids Company in their production of Cinderella.

Raquel Adorno (Artistic Associate/Costume Design) is Profiles' resident costume designer. She has designed costumes for Profiles' productions of The Jacksonian, Genius, Our New Girl, The Other Place, The Cryptogram, Reasons to be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion's Knot, Wrecks, In God's Hat, In the Company of Men,The Dream of the Burning Boy and the 20th Anniversary production and Seasonal Revival of Hellcab. Raquel's previous credits include Patria Libre for Prologue Theatre Company, The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret for Pride Films and Plays and Starting Here, Starting Now for Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater. Raquel is a designer and stylist living in Chicago.

Scott WolfScott Wolf (Artistic Associate/Literary Manager) can currently be seen in Profiles' Midwest premiere of Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth. He is proud to be an Artistic Associate at Profiles, where he has directed "Kandahar" as part of Profiles' production of 'Vices and Virtues' and assistant directed Profiles' productions of The Other Place, Reasons to be Happy and Cock. Scott is a former executive board member of Sit and Spin Productions, part of Northwestern's Student Theatre Coalition, which provides artists opportunities to explore unconventional and risk-taking work.

Thad HallsteinThad Hallstein (Artistic Associate/Set Designer) has been designing sets for Profiles since 2007. His designs for Profiles include Jerusalem, The Cryptogram, In The Company of Men, Body Awareness, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Apple, This is How it Goes, Fifty Words, A Behanding in Spokane, and In a Forest, Dark and Deep. Other recent designs include Saved, and Sea Marksfor Mary Arrchie,The Butler Didn’t for Metropolis, The Full Monty, Rent, andChess for Brookhaven College in Dallas Texas, and Educating Rita and Schoolhouse Rock Live! for the Laboratory Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the full time Resident Designer and Technical Director for The Theatre of Western Springs, where he is also on the faculty of the Children’s Theatre. His recent set designs there have included Sly Fox, Bunnicula, Dinner With Friends, and Lady Winderemere’s Fan. He has also worked as a scenic painter for several Chicago area theatres, and for Chicago Scenic Studios Inc. Thad has worked in varying capacities for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, The Illinois and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, and Opera Illinois. Thad holds degrees in Scenic Design and Graphic Arts from Illinois State University.

Jeffrey LevinJeffrey Levin (Artistic Associate/Sound Designer) is Profiles' resident composer and sound designer. Past Profiles productions include The Other Place,  The Cryptogram, Reasons to be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion's Knot, Wrecks, In God's Hat, In The Company of Men, Hellcab, The Dream of the Burning Boy, Sweet and Sad, After., In a Forest Dark and Deep, Bachelorette, Assisted Living, A Behanding in Spokane, Fifty Words, reasons to be pretty, Kid Sister, and Jailbait. In addition to his work with Profiles, Jeffrey composes music, creates sound designs, provides musical direction, and plays piano for various Chicago venues and theatre organizations. Outside of his theatre work, Jeffrey is pursuing a Masters of Music in contemporary classical composition at DePaul University and also teaches music theory and musicianship at DePaul, the Merit School of Music, and for private students.


Mike DurstMIKE DURST (Artistic Associate/Lighting Designer) is Profiles' resident lighting designer and recently designed lights for their Midwest premieres of Reasons to be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion’s Knot, In God’s Hat, The Dream of the Burning Boy,Sweet and Sad and Hellcab (2012 and 2013 productions). Lighting design for other Chicago theatres include Lookingglass Theatre, A Red Orchid Theater (Ensemble Member), About Face, Theater Wit, Pegasus Players, Adventure Stages, and others. Other work includes Better Angels(Eli Broad PAC, Santa Monica) starring Dustin Hoffman, James Cromwell and Amy Ryan, Pete Townshend in concert at La Jolla Playhouse, X, Live in Los Angeles at The House of Blues and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Nightman Cometh National Tour. In New York City, credits include Splitting Infinity (Summer Play Festival), Stock Home at NYC Fringe and Off-Broadway with Extinction at Cherry Lane (Red Dog Squadron) and Secrets of the Trade with Primary Stages at 59e59. Mike has received Chicago’s Jeff Award (Equity Wing), Los Angeles’s Ovation Award, and San Diego’s Craig Noel Award.

Greg YaegerGreg Yaeger (Artistic Associate) last appeared onstage with Profiles as Cody in Geography of a Horse Dreamer. Prior to that Greg played Aaronow in Profiles' production of Glengarry Glen Ross. Other Profiles credits include appearances in Death Knocks, The Twilight Zone: The Series, How the Other Half Loves, The Water Engine, Rumors and Dogg's Hamlet. Greg has also been seen in Zymotic Theatre Company's productions of Ball Boys and The Popcorn Knot.


Wayne Karl (Artistic Associate/Technical Staff) has long been a fan and supporter of Profiles Theatre and its ensemble. A graduate from the University of Iowa, Wayne has designed or assisted with most technical aspects of the company's productions including sound design, lighting, set construction for such shows as Stray Dogs, Babylon Gardens, Eye of God, Paddywack and The Baby Dance. He also works as a graphic designer and has created many of the company's posters and artwork.

Profiles Theatre, founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus, joined shortly thereafter by Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox, was formed as an actor-driven theatre ensemble dedicated to creating provocative and emotionally truthful productions. Passionate about shaping an original vision for new works, they focused on performing World, American and Midwest premieres as well as rarely performed plays. Critically acclaimed hits, such as BLACKBIRD, FAT PIG, GRACELAND and the multiple Jeff Award-winning KILLER JOE, established Profiles as a destination for challenging and edgy theatre. Their unique collaboration with playwright Neil LaBute led the ensemble to perform an entire season of his plays in 2007-2008. Now a Resident Artist at Profiles, LaBute remains an unequivocal artistic influence on the ensemble.

After performing at 4147 North Broadway for more than two decades, Profiles acquired an adjacent theatre at 4139 North Broadway in 2012. Profiles’ new theatre, The Main Stage, with its larger seating capacity, increased performance space and higher ceilings, accommodates more ambitious and technically demanding productions. Their long-time venue, renamed The Alley Stage, continues as the home for plays strengthened by a more intimate staging. Driven by an undiminished appetite for creating honest and resonant theatre, Profiles still seeks to present work that illuminates the determination and resiliency of the human spirit.



Actor Training Classes

The Advanced Scene Study Intensive is taught by Profiles' Artistic Director Darrell W. Cox and Steppenwolf Ensemble member Robert Breuler. It offers a practical, Meisner based, very human approach to contemporary scene work. Audition is required as class size is limited to ten students.

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Now PlayingThe Village Bike

Profiles Theatre concludes their 27th season with the Midwest premiere of THE VILLAGE BIKE by Penelope Skinner, a darkly comic look at fantasy and romance, directed by Artistic Director Joe Jahraus. Previews begin August 26. For more information, call the box office at 773-549-1815.

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