TimeLine Theatre Company is pleased to announce the expansion of its full-time staff with the addition of Dan McArdle as General Manager; the appointment of new Associate Artists, including Chicago-based and soon-to-be Broadway director Kimberly Senior; and the election of new leadership for its Board of Directors, including President John M. Sirek.
DAN McARDLE NAMED GENERAL MANAGER
TimeLine’s first General Manager Dan McArdle has served as Managing Director with The Neo-Futurists since 2011, producing their last three seasons featuring more than 750 public events. In his tenure with the Neos, McArdle initiated several major facility and technology upgrades, presented their first international production and restructured ticketing policies resulting in increased attendance and revenue. He received his master’s degree from DePaul University’s MFA/Arts Leadership Program, a two-year program combining a full-time Fellowship position at Chicago Shakespeare Theater with coursework at DePaul. Prior to Chicago Shakespeare Theater, McArdle was the Finance Manager with Lookingglass Theatre Company. He is a former artistic Company Member with Theatre Seven of Chicago where he also served as General Manager. He has also held arts management positions with Goodman Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse and the Forestburgh Playhouse. McArdle received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently serves as Board Secretary with the League of Chicago Theatres.
As General Manager, McArdle will work closely with Managing Director Elizabeth K. Aumanto guide the business and financial operations and strategic goals of TimeLine, a growing non-profit theatre with an operating budget of $1.6 million during the 2014-15 season. He begins his work with the company on September 1.
“TimeLine’s place among Chicago’s cultural landscape has continued to gain prominence since inception due to their poignant mission and consistently excellent productions,” McArdle said. “I am overjoyed to be joining their prolific team of staff and artists in pursuit of their long-term goals.”
The addition of McArdle’s position expands TimeLine’s full-time staff to nine members. He joins a team that also includes Auman, Artistic Director PJ Powers, Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, Director of Marketing and Communications Lara Goetsch, Development Manager Lydia P. Swift, Production Manager John Kearns and Audience Services Manager Andi Sharavsky.
DANICA MONROE AND KIMBERLY SENIOR NAMED ASSOCIATE ARTISTS
TimeLine’s Company Members have named two new artists to the theatre’s roster of Associate Artists: actor Danica Monroe and director Kimberly Senior.
Danica Monroe has appeared in several TimeLine productions, including the upcoming MY NAME IS ASHER LEV and past productions MY KIND OF TOWN, NOT ENOUGH AIR, DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN, PARAGON SPRINGS and HANNAH AND MARTIN, for which she received a Non-Equity Jeff Award for Actress in a Supporting Role. She has worked around Chicago with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Uma Productions, American Theater Company and the Goodman Theatre, among others.
Kimberly Senior is a Chicago-based director who is directing TimeLine’s upcoming MY NAME IS ASHER LEV as well as past productions ALL MY SONS and DOLLY WEST’S KITCHEN. She is the director of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, which opens on Broadway in October. Senior previously directed DISGRACED at American Theater Company and Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3. Her extensive credits in Chicago and regionally include work at Northlight Theatre, Writers Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Next Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, Redtwist Theatre, The House Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Peninsula Players, among others.
Working closely with TimeLine’s Company Members, Associate Artists contribute to TimeLine’s short-term and long-term artistic programming and growth. Associate Artists serve as non-voting advisers in artistic planning and are encouraged to propose and promote artistic programming ideas and to enhance the work culture and environment of TimeLine. With a collaborative spirit and active participation, Associate Artists demonstrate passionate commitment toward TimeLine’s mission, vision and values.
These individuals join an already distinguished group of Associate Artists that includes Will Allan, Brian Sidney Bembridge, Eva Breneman, William Brown, Aaron Carter, Andrew Carter, Louis Contey, Charles Cooper, John Culbert, Behzad Dabu, Julie Eberhardt, Ana Espinosa, Mikhail Fiksel, Terry Hamilton, Andrew Hansen, Alex Wren Meadows, Keith Parham, Ron OJ Parson, Collette Pollard, Mark Richard, Mike Tutaj, Ann Wakefield and Alex Weisman. For more details, including full biographies, visittimelinetheatre.com/company/associateartists.htm.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP
TimeLine Theatre is also pleased to recognize the newly elected leadership of its Board of Directors for the 2014-15 season:
President John M. Sirek, Director, Civics Program, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Vice President Rick Gray, Retired Senior VP, Marketing and Communications, Hudson
Secretary Susan A. Payne, Executive Vice-President, Metropolitan Capital Ban
“This impressive group is leading TimeLine’s Board of Directors at a critical juncture in the company’s history,” said Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. “Guided by our long-term strategic plan, we are managing growth and planning for a future that supports our unique mission and can serve a broader audience. There is much work to do and we couldn’t be more pleased to have these individuals guiding the way.”
TimeLine’s Board of Directors also includes Elizabeth K. Auman, J. Robert Barr, Karen B. Case, Marti DeGraaf, Alvin Katz, Nadim A. Kazi, Michael J. Kennedy, Eileen LaCario, Michael B. Lowe, Thaddeus J. Malik, Jessica Graham Nielsen, PJ Powers, Matthew R. Reilein, Elizabeth Richter, Debra Siegel, Anne Stockton and Nicole Thomas.
ABOUT TIMELINE THEATRE COMPANY
TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicagomagazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over its first 17 seasons, TimeLine has presented 59 productions, including nine world premieres and 20 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 50 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production 10 times over 14 seasons of eligibility.
TimeLine launches its 2014-15 season with the Chicago premiere of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Kimberly Senior and running August 22 – October 18, 2014 (press opening on Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 pm) at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. For more information about MY NAME IS ASHER LEV and the rest of TimeLine’s 2014-15 season, visit timelinetheatre.com.
TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman and Board President John M. Sirek. Company Members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem.
Major supporters of TimeLine Theatre include Alphawood Foundation, The Crown Family, Forum Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Pauls Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.
TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Chicago’s Belmont Theater District.