Instructors

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2015 – Hairspray

(Left to Right: Sam Tay, Angela Davis Couling, Miquela Cruz, Jonathan Crabtree, Orion Couling, Alex Boroff, Rick Olsen.  Front: Sydney Ray & Becky Horn)

2016 – Music Man

(Back row (left to right): Debbie Osenburg, Orion Couling, Alex Boroff, Rick Olsen, Brittany Nolan, Angela Davis Couling.
Front row: Becky Horn, Sam Tay, Sydney Ray, Jenny Nilsen)

 

Orion Couling

Orion Couling grew up in the historical Michigan port Saulte Ste. Marie and has dedicated himself to theater, the sword and social change since deciding to be a Jedi at age 5!  He has a degree with honors from Northern Michigan University, and as a stuntman has studied and taught stage combat in Hawaii and China.  He has worked as an educator and interpreter at Old Mill Creek, Fort Mackinaw, The Michigan Renaissance Faire, and The Tall Ship Royaliste, Red Witch, Argus and The Windy.

On the stage his favorite roles have been “Tony” in Westside Story, “Danny” in Haywire and “Booth” in Assassins. Recently you might’ve seen his work in the Red Twist production of View from a Bridge, as his fight direction “packed an impressive punch.”

He is invested in bringing theater to marginalized communities.  Orion received the Commitment to Excellence Award from Ups For Downs for his work directing children with Down Syndrome.

 


 

Rick Olson

Rick is thrilled to be back working with E.D.G.E.! While a student at Northern Michigan University, Rick began working with children in the arts at young authors conferences and in various summer shows. After graduating, he took to the road and has performed in touring childrens’ theater at Theatre West Virginia and The Children’s Theatre of California over the course of 4 school years playing roles such as The Dragon in “the Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon”, Brutus in “That’s History!” and Tom in “Schoolhouse Rock Live 2″. While touring, Rick was fortunate enough to also teach young artists at the Theatre West Virginia Professional Training Academy where he has taught classes in Staged Combat, Advanced Acting, Intermediate Acting, and Musical Theatre. Directing credits include an all-childrens production of “The Lottery” and “Class Action.” It has been and honor and a privilege to work with the talented young artists at E.D.G.E. this year and hopes you enjoy their craft.

 


 

 Miquela A. Cruz 

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Miquela Cruz is a native Chicagoan who has been teaching improv and directing musicals at Harand Theater Camp for over a decade and performing in the fan favorite Original Improv Gladiators for 18 seasons. She is an ensemble member with Corn Productions and A Reasonable Facsimile Theater Company (ARFTCo) as well as a pirate on the Tall Ship Windy. A writer, director and performer she believes that improvisational acting can not only improve your performances on stage but it can also improve your whole life. (Give and Take, Say Yes, Listening, etc) Her overall theatrical philosophy can be summed up in three words – “Always choose love.”

 


Sam Shimanek

SamSam is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago area with a passion for theatre, reading, and learning.  She has been involved in theatre in many facets since a young age.  Sam has also taught creative drama for Kindergarten-first grade and second-third grades with ISU Creative Drama. Throughout her life, she has been a part of UPS for DownS in many facets with the inspiration of her younger brother.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Constellation Project!

 


Alex Boroff

Alexheadshot1Alex has been working with EDGE since 2012 as a teacher in the Constellation Program, but has been working with children with special needs for over 20 years. Alex is the General Manager of EDGE, and is proud to have helped grow this company over the past 4 years! Outside of EDGE, Alex is the Managing Director for The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago.