Jack Hickey

Artistic Director

Jack has been with the company for nine seasons. For Festival Theatre he has directed Much Ado About NothingThe Comedy of ErrorsAs You Like It, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Roles with Festival Theatre include the title role in Sir Toby in Twelfth NightCyrano de Bergerac, Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, Howard Bevins in Picnic, Touchstone in As You Like It, John Douglas in Murder by the Book, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jack has worked with many other theatres including ShawChicago, The Goodman, Drury Lane Oak Brook, Remy Bumppo, and Chicago Dramatists. Favorite roles include that of Buckminster Fuller in the one man show R. Buckminster Fuller: The History and Mystery of the Universe at the Mercury Theatre, and Ko-Ko in The Mikado with Light Opera Works.  This summer, Jack will return to the OPFT stage as Claudius in HAMLET.


Jhenai Mootz

Managing Director

Jhenai has been blessed to be working with OPFT since 2006 as an actor, and joined the staff in 2016 as OPFT’s Managing Director. She has been seen as Osric in Hamlet, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Lady Anne in Richard III, Raina in Arms and the Man, Chrissie in  Dancing at Lughnasa, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Christine in Murder by the Book and Madge in Picnic (Oak Park Theatre Festival, IL). Other credits around town: Saint Joan, Man & Superman, Pygmalion, The Widowers’ HousesThe MillionairessMrs. Warren’s ProfessionArms and the Man (ShawChicago), Sparky!, Jane Eyre, The Moonstone (Lifeline Theatre), The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe (First Folio Shakespeare Company, IL), The WomenThe Philadelphia Story (Circle Theatre). Jhenai holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program. Jhenai’s theatre inspired artwork can currently be found in the lobby of the Lifeline Theater & Andersonville Galleria, O’hare Airport and on her website at

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Robert W. Behr

Finance Manager & Park Operations

Robert W. Behr is A proud Actors’ Equity member since 1980, he has performed and stage managed for many of the Chicago area theatres as well as in Toledo, Ohio; Muskegon and Saugatuck, Michigan; and with the opera company of the Eastman School of Music. He was last seen on stage in OPFT’s Robyn Hood and has stage managed over 20 productions for OPFT since he joined the board in 2003. He specializes in finance and bookkeeping for Oak Park Festival Theatre and was the Treasurer from 2003-2007. He is also a free-lance director.


Lucy Carr

Casting Director

Lucy has been involved with Festival Theatre since 2008. As an actor: Much Ado About Nothing, Midwinter’s Tales, and The Hound of the Baskervilles Assistant Director: BetrayalFaith HealerRichard III and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Jeff Recommended). She has been the Casting Director since 2012. She has cast Beyond the Fringe, Richard III, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Jeff Recommended), Seascape (Jeff Recommended), Amadeus (Jeff Recommended) and Twelfth Night. Lucy has worked with such theatres as Shaw Chicago, Remy Bumppo, Rasaka, Irish Repertory, Lookingglass, Bailiwick, Glass Onion, Absolute Shakespeare, A Reasonable Facsimile, Strangeloop, Spartan, The Poor Theatre, Abbie Hoffman Festival and Kennedy Center (Washington DC) as well as PR Casting, Simon Casting, Grossman Jack Talent and Stewart Talent. She also teaches at Piven Theatre Workshop and The Viola Project.

Lucy holds a BFA from University of the Arts (Philadelphia), where she was nominated for the Kennedy Center ACTF Best Ensemble award twice, and Gaeity School of Acting (Dublin, Ireland).

Mary Liming

Box Office Manager

Mary began her career with Festival Theatre in 1990 as Administrative Assistant to then Managing Director, Sue Levine-Kelly, and Box Office Manager for the 1990 production of Falstaff. She returned as Box Office Manager in 1992 for Dr. Faustus and has been here ever since. Because of her longevity in this position, she has become an archivist/historian for the company.




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