LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE WELCOMES NEW ENSEMBLE MEMBERS KEVIN DOUGLAS AND ANTHONY FLEMING III
Lookingglass Theatre Company, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, announces the addition of two new Ensemble Members: Kevin Douglas and Anthony Fleming III. They are both frequent performers on the Lookingglass stage and have been members of the company as Artistic Associates.
“Both Anthony and Kevin have been “family” for a long time now, and we’re equal parts ecstatic and proud to welcome them as members of the Ensemble,” says Artistic Director Andy White. “Anthony first worked with us in 2003 on Studs Terkel’s Race, and we knew immediately that this was a force to be reckoned with – his intensity, his commitment, his humor, and his ability and willingness to “bring it” to every performance make him thoroughly compelling for audiences and totally exciting for his fellow actors on stage. Kevin’s astonishing versatility was first in evidence on a Lookingglass stage in 2007’s Black Diamond, and the sheer speed with which he’s able to wholly transform himself into an amazing range of characters has been on vivid display in so many of our shows since. In addition to their remarkable gifts as actors, though, both of these guys are full of integrity, totally hilarious, and just wonderful human beings. Both our theater and our conversations are richer when either one of them walks in the door. We’re lucky to have them in our ranks, and look forward to the many years ahead with them as part of our Ensemble family.”
The Lookingglass Ensemble now includes 24 members: Eva Barr, Mara Blumenfeld, J. Nicole Brooks, David Catlin, Thomas J. Cox, Larry DiStasi, Kevin Douglas, Christine Mary Dunford, Laura Eason, Anthony Fleming III, Raymond Fox, Joy Gregory, Doug Hara, David Kersnar, John Musial, Daniel Ostling, David Schwimmer, Joey Slotnick, Philip R. Smith, Heidi Stillman, Tracy Walsh, Andy White, Temple Williams IIIand Mary Zimmerman.
Kevin Douglas has been an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass since 2008. He was seen last season at Lookingglass in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting and The Great Fire. Other Lookingglass credits include Lookingglass Alice, Our Town, Around the World in 80 Days and Black Diamond. Kevin’s other Chicago credits include Orlando at Court Theatre and A Civil War Christmas at Northlight. He is also a member of MPAACT (MA’AT Production Association of African Centered Theatre). Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Baltimore Centerstage, Kansas City Rep and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.
Anthony Fleming III has been an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass since 2003. He most recently appeared at Court Theatre in Jitney and at Lookingglass Theatre in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting. Other Lookingglass credits include The Arabian Nights, Fedra, 1984, Icarus, Lookingglass Alice and Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession. A native Chicagoan, other local credits include Camino Real(Goodman Theatre), Division St: America and The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre), Fences (Court Theatre),Hambone, Free Man Of Color, and Denmark (Victory Gardens Theatre), Journal of Ordinary Thought and Cut Flowers (Chicago Theatre Company), Orlando (Piven Theatre), and The Cider House Rules (Famous Door Theatre.) Regional credits include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), McCarter Theatre in NJ, New Victory Theatre in NY, Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Syracuse Stage, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta (Lookingglass Alice.) When not onstage Mr. Fleming works as a voiceover artist with Naked Voices. This fall he appeared in an independent film titled Mother of War. He is a proud member of Actors Equity.
About Lookingglass Theatre Company
Inventive. Collaborative. Transformative. Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, was founded in 1988 by eight Northwestern University students. 2012-2013 marks the company’s 25thanniversary season. Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined ensemble of artists who create story-centered theatrical work that is physical, aurally rich and visually metaphoric. Lookingglass has staged 58 world premieres at 23 venues across Chicago, and garnered 52 Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations.
Work premiered at Lookingglass has been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Berkeley, Philadelphia, Princeton, Hartford, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and St. Louis. Lookingglass original scripts have been produced across the United States.
The Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works opened in June 2003. In addition to developing and presenting ensemble work, Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, teamwork and confidence with thousands of community members each year.
Lookingglass Theatre Company continues to expand its artistic, financial and institutional boundaries under the guidance of Artistic Director Andrew White, Executive Director Rachel Kraft, Producing Artistic Director Philip R. Smith, Artistic Director of New Work Heidi Stillman, a 24-member artistic ensemble, 13 artistic associates, 11 production affiliates, an administrative staff and a dedicated board of directors led by Chairman Richard Ditton of Incredible Technologies and President Joe Brady of Jones Lang LaSalle. For more information, visitlookingglasstheatre.org.