The Inconvenience Announces New Artistic Associates
THE INCONVENIENCE is pleased to announce the addition of its first Artistic Associates. LORI CROSTHWAIT, Shannon Matesky and Brandon Moorhead have been outstanding collaborators and supporters of The Inconvenience for years and we are proud to welcome them into our family.
"We are so delighted to have Lori, Shannon and Brandon join our team." Said Artistic Director Chris Chmelik, "These three artists have worked very diligently and brought their creative talents generously to our table. We feel that this official partnership is less of a beginning of our relationship and more of a definition to the world of how we have been working together and our commitment to them as artists. We stand behind them and are so honored that they stand with us."
Lori Crothswait has worked as a dancer with The Inconvenience since 2008. In the last couple of years she has stepped into a grander role, most recently as Dance Captain for The Fly Honey Show 2013 at Chopin Theater and then as Production Manager for Aftertaste. Shannon Matesky has also worked with The Inconvenience since 2008, most notably playing Roberta in the original production of Hit the Wall at Steppenwolf Theatre Garage. Brandon Moorhead most recently shared his musical talents at The Fly Honey Show 2013 and has been a pillar of reliability in technical aspects for The Inconvenience since 2010.
"We are especially excited to see how these artists expand our horizons. Lori's experience in hospitality and dance, Shannon's expertise in creative writing, poetry and education, and Brandon's musical theatre, spectacle and puppetry background will grow our community and expand the breadth of our events." said Inconvenience Producer Missi Davis.
Lori Crosthwait has called Chicago home since 2008. A Louisville, Kentucky native, she completed her BFA in Dance at the University of Arizona where she performed in work by Doug Nielsen, Susan Quinn-Williams, and Amy Ernst. She has performed in Chicago and New York for choreographers Lauren Hale Biniaris, JoAnna Rosenthal, and Keesha Beckford, among others. Lori has danced in The Fly Honey Show since its inception in 2010. Most recently, she served as The Inconvenience's Project Assistant for Aftertaste: Experiments in Food and Dance. Lori is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer with Chicago Athletic Clubs.
Shannon Matesky has been seen on numerous stages across the country as a poet and actress. Some of her theatrical credits include: The March(Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Hit the Wall (The Inconvenience, Steppenwolf Garage Rep);Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses (The Hypocrites); and Sonnets for an Old Century (UrbanTheater Company, Steppenwolf Garage Rep). Shannon was a featured spoken word artist of the Brave New Voices College Tour and the final season of HBO'sDef Poetry Jam. She has performed with the likes of Talib Kweli, Rachel McKibbens, George Watsky, and countless others. She is featured in the award-winning documentary 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry (Corduroy Media). Shannon is an activist and teacher who has worked with such organizations as Young Chicago Authors, Youth Speaks, Step-Up Women's Network, Kuumba Lynx and others, aiding young adults in technical and life skills. Shannon has also written her first solo play, She Think She Grown.
Brandon Moorhead is a longtime friend and fan of the Inconvenience. He started singing and performing when he was three years old while growing up in Vinita, Oklahoma and has performed in places as varied as Connecticut, Michigan and Japan. He now lives in Logan Square and regularly performs with Redmoon, The Paramount Theatre, and his performance duo Head/Rhap. With the Inconvenience he has created work for The Fly Honey Show and last year's BlockOut, and he has worked in a technical or administrative capacity on multiple other projects. He is elated and honored to bring his experience in musical theatre and opera as well as his skills in production and direction to the Inconvenience.