1781217_10151895035996976_1741992508_oKevin Theis

Board Member

Kevin’s association with Festival Theatre goes back to 1990, where he first appeared as Prince John in Tom Mula’s production of “Falstaff.”  Since then, he has appeared in numerous productions as a performer- both indoors and out-  and has staged six show for OPFT as a director.  Favorite roles include Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing,” George in “Of Mice and Men,” Edward in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me,” (Jeff nomination), Frank Hardy in “Faith Healer,” the title role in “Richard III” and Salieri in “Amadeus.”  As a director, he has worked on “Picnic,” “Robin Hood,” “Henry V,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.”  A former President of the Festival Theatre’s board of directors, Kevin is a current board member and Artistic Associate of the theatre.  In addition to his work at OPFT, Kevin has worked as a performer at the Goodman Theatre, Next, Theater Wit, Peninsula Players, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and the Irish Theatre of Chicago (formerly Seanachai Theatre).  He was in the Jeff Award winning ensemble of 2014’s “The Seaferer.”  He has directed at Seanachai, CT20 Ensemble, Lifeline Theatre, City Lit and greasy joan & co. and has been nominated for three Jeff Awards for his directing work.  He has two published plays, adaptations of Thomas Heywood’s “The Fair Maid of the West” and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Sign of the Four” (the latter in conjunction with Shanghai Low Theatricals) and a novel, “Confessions of a Transylvanian” with co-author Ron Fox.  He has been seen on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” and ABC’s “Betrayal.”

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