Strawdog Adds New Leadership and Ensemble Members

Strawdog Adds New Leadership and Ensemble Members

Pictured: (bottom row) Elly Green, Kamille Dawkins, Ashley Ann Woods, and Raquel Adorno. (top row) Chelsea Wilson, Cara Beth Heath, Leah Barish, and Virginia Head. Photo courtesy of Strawdog Theatre Company. 

Co-Artistic Directors Michael Dailey, Heath Hays and Anderson Lawfer have announced the appointment of four leadership positions and the addition of four new ensemble members. Chelsea Wilson is the new board president, Leah Barish is managing director, Virginia Head is the director of individual giving and Cara Beth Heath is literary manager. Kamille Dawkins, Ashley Ann Woods, Raquel Adorno and Elly Green are the new ensemble members.

Last summer Strawdog said goodbye to its longtime home in Lakeview and is currently performing its 16/17 season at The Factory Theater in Rogers Park. “Starting fresh out after leaving Lakeview has helped the Company evaluate who we are as a group and what we can each contribute individually. The injection of new artists and administrators, combined with Strawdog members who have been here for years, helps secure the future and creates an environment for new ideas and new initiatives,” said Lawfer.

“It is an honor to have been asked to join Strawdog at such a pivotal and momentous time for the organization,” added incoming Managing Director Barish. “I am excited to work towards a future built on our core values of community, connection, and challenge with the enormously creative and energized individuals who make up our ensemble, board, staff and audience.”

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