OUR STAFF

 
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Artistic Director: Ian Damont Martin

IAN DAMONT MARTIN (he/him/his or they/them/their) is a theatre/filmmaker who is pleased to serve Haven Theatre as Artistic Director. He is also the Program Manager of Enrich Chicago, an organization that organizes anti-racism learning to realize racial equity in the Chicago arts community. Before Haven, Ian worked with Goodman Theatre, where he completed an Artistic Producing Apprenticeship funded by the Joyce Foundation. He has also worked with Middle Coast Film Festival, Sideshow Theatre Company, the Gift Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, the DuSable Museum, the National Society of Arts and Letters, Indiana University, Ivy Tech Community College, Midsommer Flight, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Youth Theatre Journal, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati. He received his BA in theatre and drama from Indiana University and his diploma in drama from the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, OH. Ian sends love and gratitude to the women of color who made him the man he is today.

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Managing Director: Angela Salinas

ANGELA SALINAS (she/her/hers) moved to Chicago in 2017 for the prestigious, year-long Production Management Apprenticeship at the Goodman Theatre. Before then she had previously worked in several regional theaters including: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Cal Shakes. Later that same year, Angela joined Haven Theatre serving as the Assistant Production Manager for that season's Director’s Haven. In January 2018, she was hired on as Haven’s General/Production Manager, and finally as of January 2019, Angela officially took the reigns as the full-time Managing Director of Haven. Angela graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Stage Management and Lighting Design from California State University, Fresno.

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Associate Artistic Director: Josh Sobel

JOSH SOBEL (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based director, producer, dramaturg, educator and Associate Artistic Director of Haven Theatre, after serving as Artistic Director from August 2014 to May 2019. Recent credits include Fear & Misery in the Third Reich at Haven, We're Gonna Die at Haven (remounted in Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series), Bobbie Clearly at Steep Theatre, The Long Christmas Ride Home and Hunting of the Snark at Strawdog Theatre (also Edinburgh Fringe) and The Importance of Being Earnest featuring Lisa Tejero at Iowa Summer Rep. Additional credits: Flying V Theater (Washington, DC), 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Red Orchid, Victory Gardens, Collaboraction’s Sketchbook, Abbie-Fest and New Leaf. Josh founded Haven's flagship Director's Haven program (recently featured in American Theater Magazine), and has taught at Columbia College Chicago, NTI and Shimer College. This Fall he will begin pursuing his MFA in Directing at CalArts. Associate Director, NTI "Theatermakers" program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 2010-2013. Recipient, Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) Observership, Hamlet at Writers' Theatre. Associate member, SDC. Alumnus, Oberlin College and NTI. Janet Bookspan.

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Associate Producer / Director of Casting: Nik Whitcomb

Nik Whitcomb (he/him/his) is a theatre artist and casting director based in Chicago, IL. Nik started his career in the arts as an actor, but now works as a director, producer, and teaching artist as well across the Midwest. Over the years Nik has worked with the Omaha Theater Company for Young People (The Rose), The Blue Barn Theatre, The Performing Arts Collective at the Union for Contemporary, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre among many others. Nik is also one of the founding members of Strings Attached: A Puppetry Social Club and is a Casting Associate with Paskal Rudnicke Casting, Inc. Nik is dedicated to telling meaningful stories that elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and making our stages and screens reflect the world that we live in. nikwhitcomb.com

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Literary Manager: Dani Wieder

DANI WIEDER (she/her/hers) is a director and dramaturg in Chicago. Recent directing credits include People in the Wind (Haven Theatre), La Ronde (American Theatre Company, CORE), and Josephine the Mouse Singer by Franz Kafka (Curious Theatre Branch, Rhinofest). Recent dramaturgy credits include The Ridiculous Darkness (dramaturg, Sideshow Theatre), and In the Canyon by Calamity West (dramaturg, Jackalope Theatre). She has assistant directed and dramaturged plays across Chicago at theaters such as at The Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Steep Theatre Company, and Court Theatre. Dani is a graduate of University of Chicago, where she studied Theater and Performance Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Up next, Dani will be the Associate Director for The Fly Honey Show 10, and her film, Cool for Five Seconds by Calamity West, is set to be released in Summer 2019. www.daniwieder.com

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Director of Development: Anna Trachtman

ANNA TRACHTMAN (she/her/hers) is a freelance director, producer, and arts advocate originally from New York City. She holds a degree in directing and arts management from Emerson College and a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from DePaul University. Anna is the Managing Director of DirectorsLabChicago, a local service organization, and has previously worked with The Ruffians, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Theatre on Fire, and was proud to bring free, accessible theatre to communities in Delmarva with Brown Box Theatre Project. Her goal is to increase equity and access in the performing arts.

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Resident Stage Manager: Corbin Paulino

CORBIN PAULINO (he/him/his) is so happy to have found a home at Haven Theatre since moving to Chicago. He wants to thank everyone at a Haven for this opportunity and for all of you reading this for spending your time with us and supporting some great theatre. Corbin has previously stage managed Fear & Misery..., Director's Haven 2017, We’re Gonna Die and How We Got On with Haven Theatre, American Hwangap with A-Squared and Halcyon Theatre, and is a company stage manager with Barrel of Monkeys. 

Artistic Associates: 

Carol Cohen
Cody Estle
Josh Sobel

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