Cast & Crew

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Jessica Honor Carleton is the senior writer and cast member on GSA. She also brings her experience as an improviser, clown and puppeteer to the show, designing and building the show’s puppets. Jessica holds degrees in Theatre and Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern University. As an actor, Jessica has performed onstage in plays around Chicago, including Steppenwolf’s production of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Mick Kelly), Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Series and Chekov’s Emerging Women at Piven Theatre. As a playwright, Jessica has been honored at the Kennedy Center and received the 2005 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. As a professional storyteller, she performs at libraries and festivals. Jessica has taught improvisation and storytelling for children and adults. Jessica also brings her knowledge of sign language and commitment to the disability community to GSA.

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Kierra Bunch is a Black Theatre Alliance award-nominated actress. Born and raised in Chicago, her acting credits include Short Eyes, The Sun Always Shine for the Cool, and Runaways with Urban Theatre Co, Mississippi Delta with ETA Theatre, and a summer series with the Black Ensemble Theatre which included Golden Boy, A Love Misplaced, and The Glamorous Life. She is an ensemble member of Green Screen Adventures.

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Scotty Gryder is a cabaret singer and entertainer in Chicago. Having graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, some of his favorite roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Linus in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Chip in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scotty is pleased to be an ensemble member of Green Screen Adventures.

 

Zach Rebich is an actor, writer, and computer programmer living in Chicago. He has been performing on stage since he was a boy and has appeared in dozens of plays, musicals, and independent pieces. Recently he completed the Second City Comedy Studies and Conservatory programs. Prior to moving to Chicago, Zach spent five summers working with Off Beat Players, a theater group for young adults. He is very happy to be able to continue working in children’s theater.

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Brendan Buckley is an actor from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater. Brendan is truly excited to be working with everyone on Green Screen Adventures. Some of his favorite roles in the past include Dodge from Buried Child, Taylor from Curse of the Starving Class, and George from All my Sons.

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Robert Schleifer is a Chicago actor, teacher and photographer. Recent appearances include the Broadway National Tour of the Deaf West Theater, co-production of Big River; seven seasons with the famed Goodman Theatre in A Christmas Carol, The Tempest (Milwaukee Shakespeare Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (Amaryllis Theatre, PA) and Hamlet Dreams (Bailiwick Rep). Robert received the After Dark Outstanding Performance and Jeff Awards for his roles as Stinger in Police Deaf Near Far, and Dr. Dysart in Equus. Deaf since birth, Mr. Schleifer was educated at R.I.T and the University of Rochester (NY) and now teaches classes and workshops all over the world.

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Ariel Coleman-Turner is from West Palm Beach Florida. She graduated from the University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in acting. Since moving to Chicago, Ariel has worked with Second City’s Brown Co., in addition to appearing on Green Screen Adventures. Some of her favorite on stage roles have included Sheila in Front and Grace in the Piano Lesson.

Gail Sikevitz is the director of educational programming at Weigel Broadcasting Co. In that role, she created and is producer of Green Screen Adventures. Gail has spent over 40 years working in both the fields of television and education. As an award-winning producer and writer she has garnered thirty national and local awards including seven Emmy Awards, the NAB Education Foundation Service to America Award for Children, two duPont-Columbia Awards, and four Gabriel Awards. Earlier in her career, she was a producer and writer of documentaries and children’s specials at WBBM-TV and WMAQ-TV, as well as Executive Producer of Programming at WMAQ-TV (NBC) prior to moving into the field of education where she served as the executive director of the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation.
Christopher M. Faulkner is the multi-talented director, technical director, and senior editor of Green Screen Adventures. For the past twelve years, this Emmy award-winning director has also directed the classic program Svengoolie. Everyone on the Green Screen staff is grateful for Christopher’s many contributions to the program.
Aaron Covich has been a director and editor in Chicago for the past eight years since originally pursuing a degree in Music Business at Millikin University. It was at Millikin that his passion for theater and film led him to produce and co-direct two feature films, the second of which, Envying Alice, went on to win a Best Feature Length Drama award. Aaron has since worked on a variety of award winning productions in Chicago, including the Emmy winning Check, Please! on WTTW and has worked on a number of critically acclaimed theater productions with Oracle Theater. Working with Green Screen Adventures is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences he has had.
Liz O’Neill graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with degrees in Cinema and Media Studies and English Literature. Her Senior Thesis, an in-depth analysis of filmic language and adaptation in three film versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, combined her love of theatre and film. Her professional credits include working as a script supervisor on several feature films, such as Split Pillow’s Eye of the Sandman, a production assistant, a producer’s assistant, and a short stint as a writer with a film magazine. Liz began her career with Green Screen Adventures as a production assistant in 2008. She is now proud to be GSA’s Associate Producer and Web Producer.
Nancy McDonald Story Coordinator for Green Screen Adventures, graduated with honors from Louisiana State University with a BA in Elementary Education.  After teaching fourth and fifth grade in Baton Rouge for two years, she moved to Chicago to pursue her interest in documentary/film.  She interned with a local documentary filmmaker and has worked on several documentaries and film projects. As our Story Coordinator, Nancy creates costumes and props for the show, captions each episode GSA produces, and lends her educational expertise to all aspects of the process
Sean Cusick is a graduate of Tufts University. In Chicago, he has directed the National Touring Company of The Second City, and has created, performed and directed numerous stage shows. As a teacher, he has taught writing and improvisation for The Second City, the Annoyance Theater, and at Chicago Public Schools as part of the After School Matters program.
Steve Gensler graduated from Northwestern University, where he collaborated as a writer and composer various projects including the annual Waa-Mu revue and Griffin’s Tale. While on staff at the National Children’s Museum, Steve developed and presented solo theater pieces. His acting credits for young audiences include work with Chicago’s Vittum, Griffin, Li’l Buds, and Steppenwolf theater companies. In writing and adapting for GSA, he draws from his training in long-form improvisation, which he studied at OGM and The iO Theater.